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Could Bill Wennington Become New York Knicks Assistant Coach?

April 23rd, 2014 at 10:51 PM
By Matt Agne

Bill Wennington played in the NBA from 1985-2000 but is best known for winning three NBA championships as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Now the radio color commentator for the Bulls, could Wennington have a future as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks?

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Bill Wennington may have been born in Montreal, Quebec but he grew up a New Yorker. Wennington attended Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in New York and went on to play college ball at St. John's University. Although he never got the chance to play professionally in New York he may get the chance to begin his coaching career here.

Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports Phil Jackson will likely look to bring in former Bulls to help change New York's culture and transition into the triangle offense. Wennington thinks that former players could help greatly with the transition to the triangle offense.

Wennington expects Jackson to bring in guys he's worked with previously.

"He'll bring in people that he trusts, know what the triangle is about, the spacing of it, and the options that you have in the triangle," Wennington said. "When you have a system like the Triangle to run you want to have people to understand how it works and the options out of it."

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NBA Looking to Increase Age Limit and D-League Salaries

April 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Matt Agne

The NBA is all about controlling their players. David Stern wanted to control how players acted, what they wore and then how old they had to be to enter the NBA. That's resulted in players wearing suits and watching what they say in fear of paying fines. It's also created the culture of the one-and-done in college. Now the NBA is looking to end the one-and-done by making players wait longer to enter the NBA. They are also proposing raised salaries in the D-League to give players alternatives other than college.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver likes the idea of upping the league age limit. Let's be clear, if it's his agenda it's the NBA owners agenda.

To make this happen, the owners and the players union will have to negotiate it. That's what the CBA is all about. That means if  Silver and the owners are going to get what they want they'll have to give the players union something it want.

Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports the leagues idea for increasing the age limit and more.

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Will Kurt Rambis Join the New York Knicks?

April 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Matt Agne

The front runner, by a long shot, to become the next head coach of the New York Knicks is Steve Kerr. However, another person close to Phil Jackson who will also be a candidate to join the Knicks is Kurt Rambis. Could he find his way to the Knicks bench either as the head coach or as part of Kerr's coaching staff?

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Kurt Rambis is very qualified to be a coach in the NBA. He was a professional basketball player from 1980-95 playing in Greece, for the Los Angeles Lakers for two separate stints, the Charlotte Hornets, the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings. He's also had four stints as an assistant coach of the Lakers, was their head coach in 1999 and was also the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

No matter what anybody says, this is Steve Kerr's job if he wants it. The only way Jackson hires another coach is if Kerr sticks to his guns about staying on the west coast and remains a television analyst.

'Kurt Rambis. Dead Sexy.' photo (c) 2009, nate bolt - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ Rambis hasn’t had great success as a head coach, but Jackson’s former assistant is a triangle guy. He's currently on Mike D'Antoni's coaching staff in Los Angeles but D'Antoni may soon find himself with a similar fate as Woodson. 

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Steve Kerr Expecting New York Knicks Offer for Head Coaching Job

April 21st, 2014 at 12:25 PM
By Matt Agne

Two of the worst kept secrets since Phil Jackson was hired as New York Knicks president has been that Mike Woodson would eventually be let go and that Jackson had his eyes on Steve Kerr to replace Woodson. Well, Woodson has officially been let go. Could hiring Kerr be the next move by Jackson?

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Phil Jackson believes in system basketball. The New York Knicks have always been able to attract stars to their franchise. How Jackson wants to put the right structure in place to sustain a winning culture. He want balance. He wants three guys crashing the offensive glass while two guys get back on defense to slow down fast break opportunities.

Beyond just believing in system basketball, Jackson believes in the triangle offense. In order to put that system into play Jackson had to make changes to the Knicks franchise. Out with the old, in with the new. That's why Mike Woodson and his coaching staff are unemployed.

Even before Jackson was officially hired Kerr was linked to the Knicks. Frank Isola speculated the union on his Twitter account back in early March.

If – that's if – Phil Jackson runs the Knicks don't rule out the team's next coach being…Steve Kerr.

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New York Knicks Fire Head Coach Mike Woodson

April 21st, 2014 at 11:18 AM
By Matt Agne

In the most obvious move of the year the New York Knicks have officially decided to move on from head coach Mike Woodson. Woodson had taken over for Mike D'Antoni and was then able to lead the team to a 54-win season in his first full season as Knicks head coach. However, this season was a disaster and once Phil Jackson was hired Woodson was never expected to continue as head coach. Now that's become a reality and the Knicks will now have to find their next coach moving forward.

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The writing has been on the wall for a while. Mike Woodson led the New York Knicks to a disappointing season that ended without a trip of the playoffs. Even before that most expected Woodson to be let go. Knicks president Phil Jackson wants to hire his own coach. Now he'll get his chance.

The Knicks made the announcement on Knicksnow.com about letting their coaching staff go.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said. “The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.

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