Phil Jackson

Fans hold a sign in support of Derek Jeter prior to the last game of the season against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Top 14 Sports Stories Of 2014

Our sports teams here in New York weren’t all that good this past year — except for the Rangers (and, OK, now the Islanders). Still, we found reasons — both good and bad — to keep tuning in.

2 hours ago

Carmelo Anthony takes a shot against the Phoenix Suns on December 20, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Knicks Will Ruin Christmas, But Only If You’re Foolish Enough To Watch

Putting the Knicks on national television on Dec. 25 is equal parts sadism and masochism. They’re off to the worst start in team history, which is saying a lot when you consider how bad they’ve been.

23 hours ago

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks looks on after a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Should Trade J.R. Smith For Anything With A Pulse

The Knicks should be jumping at a chance to trade him for anything with a pulse (or not) that has an expiring contract this season.

12/23/2014

Charles Barkley (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images), Phil Jackson (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Charles Barkley On Phil Jackson: ‘He’s Too Old To Be Tweeting’

Sir Charles, the Knicks’ biggest critic, has a tip for the team’s president: step away from the keyboard.

12/19/2014

Phil Jackson (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Boomer & Carton: Jackson Not Fit For Job As Knicks Prez And Much More

For Craigie, Phil Jackson’s tinkering with social media was the final straw…

WFAN–12/19/2014

Phil Jackson (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Phil Jackson Defends Tyson Chandler Trade In A Series Of Tweets

On Thursday, just two days after Chandler scored eight points and tallied 14 rebounds in a Mavs win over the Knicks, Jackson defended the move in a series of tweets.

12/18/2014

Head coach Derek Fisher of the New York Knicks gives direction to Pablo Prigioni #9 against the Dallas Mavericks on December 16, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Despite Knicks’ Awful Record, Derek Fisher Is Making Progress

Even though the team hasn’t turned it around, it is a positive sign that Fisher appears to be showing some growth.

12/18/2014

Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics shoots against the Orlando Magic on December 17, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Report: Knicks, Celtics Have Discussed Rajon Rondo Trade

The Knicks are a franchise-worst 5-22. They have to do something, right?

12/18/2014

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

Keidel: Blame Who You Want, But The Knicks’ Failure Falls On Dolan

If you look, you’ll see the winning organizations are more organic in their success. It starts, like it often does, with ownership, which is where we hit our dead end on Seventh Avenue.

12/17/2014

Tyson Chandler (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Trading Tyson Chandler Ended Up Being The Wrong Move

The real reason the trade has been such a disaster has nothing to do with either Chandler or Jose Calderon’s performances. It’s about cap space.

12/16/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Report: Carmelo Anthony Willing To Waive No-Trade Clause

“Come on, man,” the Knicks star responded Friday. “After all the work I did to get here and get back here, if I was to get up and want to leave now, that would just make me weak.”

12/12/2014

Carmelo Anthony's locker before the New York Knicks' opener against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden on October 29, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: It’s Obvious To Everyone — Melo Isn’t Part Of The Solution

This is going to be a time-consuming and painful process with the Knicks, and Carmelo Anthony is finally realizing that.

12/12/2014

Former Knicks coach Mike Woodson (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: An Open Letter To Mike Woodson

Let me start by saying I’m sorry. And then let me tell you why this Knicks debacle is your doing.

12/11/2014

Derek Fisher (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: And The Knicks’ Inevitable Implosion Has Begun

December 15 is coming, and Jackson was wise to say he wouldn’t make a move for the sake of making a move. But make no mistake about it: Change is coming, whether it’s now or after the season.

12/10/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Report: Knicks Players Frustrated With Each Other, Derek Fisher And Triangle

Jackson still has plenty of time to turn this disaster around, but the ‘Bockers look to be in worse shape than ever — both on the court and off.

12/10/2014

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