John Schmeelk

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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.


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.


Herb Williams, center, directs the Knicks’ Summer League team against the Washington Wizards on July 14, 2013, in Las Vegas . (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Jackson Is Exercising His Complete Control Of The Knicks

The most telling move the Knicks made Monday was not firing Mike Woodson. That was inevitable. It was firing Herb Williams.


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Schmeelk: Knicks’ Coaching Search — Steve Kerr Is Best Choice Of Weak Crop

Calling games for TNT, he certainly knows the game and the players in it, and seems very intelligent and measured in his opinions.


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Schmeelk: How Many Years Does Carmelo Anthony Have Left?

How good will Melo be in three years? If anyone has a crystal ball, this would be a great time to hand it over, because NY can’t afford another broken-down star.


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Schmeelk: Last Call For Mike Woodson — Time For Knicks To Move On

Despite his plea after the Knicks’ final game of the season on Wednesday night against Toronto, the clock has reached zero on the time left in Mike Woodson’s coaching career for the Knicks.


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Schmeelk: Knicks End Most Underachieving Season In More Than 20 Years

Last year proved to be nothing more than a tease to the fan base. There’s been plenty of hurt over the years, but this year’s was of a different variety.


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Schmeelk: Shumpert Is Keeping Knicks’ Defense, Playoff Hopes Afloat

Perhaps it’s Phil Jackson who sees that his impact on defense overcomes his lackluster offensive game. The bottom line is that the Knicks are much better off with Shumpert still here.


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Schmeelk: Knicks’ J.R. Smith Has Turned His Awful Year Around

Smith has played well in 2014, and his improved play is one of the reasons the Knicks are two games over .500 since the calendar flipped to 2014.


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Schmeelk: Playoffs Are Still A Long Shot For Inconsistent Knicks

If the Knicks do end up making the playoffs it will have much more to do with a continuing Hawks collapse than anything the Knicks manage to do over the season’s final weeks.


Xavier Henry #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a dunk against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on March 25, 2014. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Gave Up On Themselves, On Season In Front Of Jackson

The Knicks gave up on themselves, their coach, their fans and their season. They laid down and gave up.


Anderson Varejao fights for the ball with the New York Knicks' Cole Aldrich on March 23, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Revert To Form And Drive Another Nail In Coffin

Now we’ll see if the Knicks can bounce back to defy that identity, or if they will react poorly to a bad loss and watch their season slide into oblivion.


James Dolan (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: James Dolan Speaks — And The World Loves It

Was he perfect? Of course not. He is not a great public speaker, so there was plenty of hesitation and “uhhs” between his words, but none of that matters when compared to the words that came out of his mouth.


Phil Jackson shakes hands with James Dolan, Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, during his introductory press conference as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks’ Jackson-Dolan Alliance Already Off To Great Start

The Phil Jackson era has begun. It’s a new beginning. It’s real hope for Knicks fans. In a season that has had very few good days, yesterday was a great one for the ‘Bockers.


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Schmeelk: 5 Most Important Questions For Knicks Prez Phil Jackson

This is the start of a new era filled with questions and great anticipation. Knicks fans, enjoy the show, but don’t expect to learn a whole lot. This is only the beginning.