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New York Knicks’ Derek Fisher Starts with D

September 30th, 2014 at 8:50 PM
By Matt Agne

There was some bad news out of the first practice of the year for the New York Knicks. As Knicks 101 reported, Amare Stoudemire was restricted in the first practice of training camp. It's ironic that Stoudemire was limited, because of his claims of an all-healthy off-season. However, it's also ironic because the practice was one that concentrated solely on defense which is an area Stoudemire has been limited in his entire career. That being said, it's also been an area the Knicks as a whole have struggled in. That's why starting with a practice concentrating on defense instead of the triangle offense was the right way to start the season.

Tuesday, the New York Knicks assembled in West Point’s Christl Arena. The first practice under Derek Fisher lasted 2 1/2 hours and was a defense-only session. The Knicks were ranked 24th of 30 teams in defensive rating last season and looked lost at times.

Players and fans alike complained about the lack of in-game adjustments by the coaching staff and that nearly every defensive possession was riddled with poor effort, poor technique and constant switching. That's something Fisher and his staff intend to leave in the past.

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Amar’e Stoudemire Restricted in New York Knicks’ Defense-Only Practice on Tuesday

September 30th, 2014 at 4:38 PM
By Doug Rush

With a month to go until the start of the 2014-2015 NBA regular season, Derek Fisher had his team ready and practicing at West Point, but they were practicing defense only in their first of two practices on Tuesday.

With the first of two practices, Derek Fisher kept Amar'e Stoudemire restricted and held him out of the last 30 minutes of the practice in order to keep his starting center's knees healthy and with the goal in mind that he would have him around for the regular season.

It wasn't rare for the Knicks to limit Stoudemire's practice time during the week due to his injury histories and it's something he understands becuase he wants to play all 82 games this season.

“Maybe there’s times I will go 100 percent depending how hard I train the time I’m out there,’’ Stoudemire said. “The medical staff will figure out if I reached maximum potential as far as his conditioning. Just follow their lead. Right now I feel great,’’ Stoudemire said. “No limitations as far as games played at this point. It’s up to the coaching staff. At this point, Lord willing I will play 82 games.”

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No Contract Extension Talks for New York Knicks’ Iman Shumpert Yet

September 29th, 2014 at 7:48 PM
By Matt Agne

It's been a long time since the New York Knicks were run by anyone with any sense. The history of the Knickerbockers is littered with foolish move after mind boggling maneuver. However, now that the Knicks are under the control of Phil Jackson and have some promising youth along with a superstar on their roster most expect that to change. At least they hope so. However, one of those young players hasn't had discussions with the Knicks over a contract extension. That makes this season a make-good season for Iman Shumpert.

Iman Shumpert finds himself entering the final guaranteed season of his New York Knicks' rookie contract under his third head coach. There's probably no other Knicks player who has worked harder to learn the triangle offense in hopes of proving his worth to Phil Jackson.

Shumpert is schedule to make $2,761,113 this season. He also has a $3,898,691 qualifying offer for the 2015-16 season. However, while many teams would be looking to extend their promising young player the Knicks are waiting. They want to see if Shumpert will continue to be an underachieving athletic player full of potential or if he can finally step up as a reliable contributor to both ends of the court.

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New York Knicks’ Head Coach Derek Fisher is not Phil Jackson or His Puppet

September 28th, 2014 at 8:24 PM
By Matt Agne

It's no secret that New York Knicks' head coach Derek Fisher is a Phil Jackson guy. He played under Phil on the Los Angeles Lakers for years and after the Knicks were spurned by Steve Kerr, Fisher became the top coaching option for Jackson. There's little doubt that Fisher works well with Jackson, has learned a lot from him on and off the court and is open to instructions from the Zen Master. However, the first-time head coach knows he's not Jackson and refuses to be his puppet.

Derek Fisher is very thankful that his former coach Phil Jackson was willing to give him a chance to be a head coach on the NBA level. He also recognizes that he's learned a lot from Jackson and probably has plenty more to learn under the Zen Master. However, he's learned plenty from others as well and doesn't want anyone to think of him as Jackson's puppet.

He's his own man and while he'll take as much help from Jackson as he can get, he's the head coach. Jackson's in the front office, not in the trenches.

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New York Knicks’ Phil Jackson Doesn’t Expect Carmelo Anthony to Be Kobe Bryant

September 27th, 2014 at 10:53 PM
By Matt Agne

When it comes to Carmelo Anthony he's unquestionably the New York Knicks number one scoring threat. However, when most think about his role in the triangle offense most think about the success Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant had for years. Phil Jackson expects Anthony to thrive in his new role but understands that those comparisons are unfair to put on any player no matter how talented.

Yes, both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant become all-time scorers in the triangle offense under Phil Jackson's watch. Yes, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony is one of the best scorer in the game of basketball today. However, that doesn't mean that anyone should unfairly expect Anthony to perform like they did or be compared to them.

Steve Serby of the New York Post recently sat down with Phil Jackson for a Q&A session where they discussed many things including Carmelo Anthony and his role in the triangle offense.

Q: Is Kobe Bryant the model for Carmelo Anthony?
A: No. No one can approach that. I don’t expect anybody to be able to model their behavior after that, although Kobe modeled his behavior a lot about Michael Jordan, but he went beyond Michael in his attitude towards training, and I know Mike would probably question me saying that, but he did.

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