John Schmeelk

Phil Jackson

Schmeelk: The Knicks’ Season Is Finally, Thankfully Over — Now The Rebuild Begins

The ping-pong balls bounce in May. The draft happens in June. Free agency starts in July. The Knicks need to do well in all three. The rebuild starts now.


Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons goes up for a dunk against the New York Knicks on January 2, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Greg Monroe To Knicks A Fait Accompli? Not So Fast

In the next few months, all sorts of stories like the Monroe thing are going to show up in the papers. Ignore them.


New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher reacts to a call during against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 13, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Only The Knicks Could Win When They’re Supposed To Lose

Watching the Knicks this season has been tantamount to corporal punishment. But all the pain and torture was supposed to yield at least a good chance of a happy ending.


Quincy Acy #4 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against Ian Mahinmi #28 of the Indiana Pacers on April 8, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Only 1 Thing The Knicks Have Left To Do — Lose 4 More Games

The Knicks have already lost 63 games this season. What’s four more?


Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils cuts down the net after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: After NCAA Tournament, Big Men Should Still Sit Atop Draft Boards

The college basketball season is over, and the very top of most NBA draft boards should look the same in 77 days as they did five month ago: Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor, and then everyone else.


Phil Jackson

Schmeelk: Phil Jackson Understands What The Knicks Need In Today’s NBA

Knicks fans should still believe in Jackson, despite the team’s failures this season. He has the chance to build this team from scratch, and everyone needs to give him a chance to do it.


Derek Fisher (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Pure Torture — The Knicks’ Season Can’t End Soon Enough

Once the Knicks are put out of their misery in the next two weeks, attention will finally completely shift to the players the Knicks can get in the draft and in free agency.


Anthony Mason back in 1996 (Photo by Brad Mangin/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Mase Was Always In Your Face — On The Court and Off

Written eulogies and memories of Mason have flooded the Internet the last couple of days, because he was a man that was far from the perfect player but was someone Knicks fans loved.


DeMarcus Cousins (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: 5 Interesting Knicks Notes As Nightmarish Season Rolls On

With all Knicks games more or less meaningless at this point, all there is left to discuss is next season, and other amusing or infuriating side issues.


Brian Cashman (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Yankees Made Big Mistake By Not Signing Yoan Moncada

Brian Cashman made a mistake on Monday, one that he might regret in a big way in a few years. Or Moncada might not pan out, and Cashman will look smart. But this was a risk worth taking.


Amar'e Stoudemire

Schmeelk: Amar’e Stoudemire Helped Put Knicks Right Back Where They Started

In the end, Stoudemire was right when he said “The Knicks Are Back.” Right back where they started, thanks in large part to Stoudemire.


dolan latter to fan

Schmeelk: James Dolan Has Confirmed Everything You Thought About Him

All this email exchange does is confirm exactly what everyone thinks of Dolan. He is overly sensitive. He overreacts to criticism. He is mean and rather nasty. Could you imagine working for someone like this?


Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks smiles during the game against the Boston Celtics on Feb. 3, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Analyzing The Knicks’ Delicate-But-Doable Rebuilding Process

Parsing the words of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher over past week, it’s abundantly clear that they are being pulled in two different directions as they embark upon the Knicks’ rebuilding process over the next couple of years.


Derek Fisher (R) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Maybe Derek Fisher Can Coach After All

While winning some games might cost the Knicks some ping-pong balls come draft time, it proves their coach might just be able to become a winner in the long-term.


Duke's Jahlil Okafor at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 15, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Duke Center Jahlil Okafor Is The Knicks’ Answer

He’s unique. A truly polished post player hasn’t come out of the college ranks in more than a decade, and some think he is better than Tim Duncan was when he was a freshman.