As always, the outspoken Turner Sports analys (Charles Barkley) t was willing to discuss a number of basketball topics, including the latest rumor du jour in New York: Phil Jackson coming to work for the Knicks in an executive capacity.
“I like Phil Jackson and respect Phil Jackson, but coaching is not the problem with the Knicks,” Barkley said. “Making bad decisions is the problem. He won’t be able to fix this thing for a few years.”
“The Knicks are not a good team. I told you that four months ago. Nothing has changed. What I would tell Mr. (James) Dolan is break this thing down and start over. That’s what they have to do. You guys (New Yorkers) are not patient. How has the other way been working for you? Not well, right? You have a bunch of bad contracts and you are screwed for years. Sometimes you have to step back. Listen, what is Phil going do? Carmelo (Anthony) might leave but if he don’t leave, he’s going to put a big number on your cap. And you still stuck with Amare (Stoudemire) and J.R. Smith’s contract. It’s a mess.”
Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry Blasts Officiating After Loss to Rockets
For the second consecutive game, the coach opposing the Houston Rockets finished the night with an epic rant against the officials. This time, it was New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry, who fired off against the referees following the Pelicans’ 107-101 home defeat.
“The thing that bothers me more than anything, and I really don’t care, we try to play the right way, and we play our asses off,” Gentry said. “All we want is an equal opportunity to win the game. Not have a situation where we are guessing on the biggest play of the game, where they call a 3-point foul from the corner.
Source: Stefano Fusaro of ESPN
Grizzlies End 19-Game Skid, Earn Win vs Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets did something no NBA team has done in almost seven weeks: They lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, Tyreke Evans added 20, and the Grizzlies snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN