John Schmeelk

Serge Ibaka (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk’s NBA Notes: Thunder Can’t Win Without Ibaka’s Offense

Even with Serge Ibaka on the floor, the Thunder would be hard-pressed to beat a well-oiled machine like San Antonio.

05/21/2014

Kevin Love (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Kevin Love To Knicks? Unrealistic In Every Way

It’s not going to happen, no matter how much Phil Jackson might try. Unless he actually has Zen powers of hypnotism, and even then it’s a long shot.

05/20/2014

Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Mark Jackson Is Not The Right Man For Knicks’ Job

If Phil Jackson interviewed him, perhaps Mark Jackson would promise to make changes. If he did, maybe it could work. But for the Knicks, that’s a bet they cannot afford to make.

05/19/2014

Derek Fisher (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Time For Phil Jackson’s Plan B — And It Better Be Good

What, you thought this was going to be easy? C’mon, it’s the Knicks!

05/16/2014

Steve Kerr (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images), Phil Jackson (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Kerr Uses Knicks On Way To Big Money With Warriors

As the Steve Kerr negotiations dragged on longer and longer, it became more and more clear that something wasn’t right. It was truly an “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” situation.

05/15/2014

NBA instant replay has been under the microscope during the 2014 playoffs. (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: A Solution To The Huge Flaw In The NBA Replay System

On Tuesday night we saw why replay in the NBA doesn’t always work the way it is designed.

05/14/2014

Steve Kerr (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE/Getty images)

Schmeelk: Wait On Steve Kerr Is All About Dollars And Sense

Kerr will coach the Knicks next year for more than he should have been paid, and no one will care as long as he wins games.

05/12/2014

Steve Kerr (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks President Phil Jackson Needs To Get His Man

Jackson needs to get his man. Whatever his Plan B is doesn’t matter. The Plan A needs to work. That’s why Jackson is getting $10 million a season to run the Knicks.

05/07/2014

A Thunder fan holds up a giant Kevin Durant head (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images), LeBron James  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images), Deron Williams (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk’s Picks And Predictions For NBA Playoffs Round 2

I don’t believe in Deron Williams, but the Nets will still manage two wins. Heat in six. As for the rest of the matchups…

05/05/2014

Steve Kerr with former Nets coach Lawrence Frank (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Taking Different Course Than Lakers In Finding Coach

Jackson might not be the man on the sideline, but it is his voice that the players are going to be hearing through the mouth of Kerr.

05/02/2014

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Commissioner Silver Threw Down A 2-Handed Jam On Sterling

Getting banned for life and fined was always the inevitable result of Donald Sterling’s racist diatribe, but it was the way NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did it that really needs to be applauded.

04/30/2014

An NBA fan (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) and Clippers star Chris Paul  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) protest against Donald Sterling.

Schmeelk: Only Players, Fans, Sponsors Can Truly Punish Donald Sterling

I’m sure Adam Silver and the NBA will do a great job and punish Sterling to the extent of their powers. But in the end they can’t give people what they want: the Clippers owner out of the league.

04/29/2014

Steve Kerr with former Nets coach Lawrence Frank (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Too Early To Anoint Kerr — Or Anyone Else — As Knicks Coach

The worst thing Phil Jackson can do is repeat the Mike Woodson hiring process. Steve Kerr might very well end up being the best guy for the job, but let’s look at all the options first.

04/25/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by David Dow NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Better Chance Melo Leaves Than Stays On A Max Contract

Phil Jackson was finally asked Wednesday about Carmelo Anthony returning to the Knicks on a max contract. His answer should ring like music to Knicks fans ears.

04/24/2014

Phil Jackson  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images), James Dolan (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Despite Reports, Jackson’s Basketball Autonomy With Knicks In Place

Frank Isola of the Daily News tried to drop a bombshell Wednesday morning, but the story’s own headline betrays how minor the story really is.

04/23/2014

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