Phil Jackson made two big signings since becoming Knicks president, and Carmelo Anthony seems thrilled with both.
Derek Fisher has wisely used the first four preseason games to experiment with different player combinations. But he has been shorthanded at one of the most competitive spots on the roster.
“It’s going to take a few months,” Smith said. “Over the course of the year, understanding where everybody is going to be. It’s going to take a while.”
Can Anthony fit into the triangle? Will he get shots in rhythm in spots where he likes to score? Will the ball move? Will he be willing to move off the ball and cut for easy baskets?
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When the preseason starts in four days, we’ll see how much head coach Derek Fisher is getting through to his team.
The rookie coach ran his first practice Tuesday morning, a 2 1/2-hour workout that was heavy on defense and teamwork, which were both missing far too often last season.
When it came time to decide who he wanted to be with, Anthony passed on those partnerships and chose Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher. He believes they will fix the Knicks and wants to be a part of it.
“We believe we’re going to be a playoff team,” Jackson said Friday, “and then we don’t know how far we’ll be able to go, but we’re hoping for the best.”
The Knicks have added four assistant coaches to first-year coach Derek Fisher’s staff, hiring Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard, Brian Keefe and Joshua Longstaff.
Assuming the Knicks want to play a nine- or 10-man rotation for most of the season, Fisher is going to have to bench guys that expect to play serious minutes.
Fisher thinks the ‘Bockers can do something special in his rookie season as head coach, but they’ll have to prove it on the court.
There are no quick fixes here. Phil Jackson wants to build this team in his image, and it will take some time, with or without Carmelo Anthony.
It’s looking like a great day, Knicks fans! Carmelo Anthony is expected to announce that he’s re-signing with New York, according to the Daily News.
Derek Fisher is his own man, but without any head coaching experience the Knicks figure he’s going to need a hand from time to time. Who better than Kurt Rambis, a guy even more used to winning than Fisher is?