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According to an NBA source, Garden Chairman James Dolan has met with Jackson about a potential return to the franchise where he was a member of the Knicks' only two championship teams. Jackson also won 11 titles as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers but apparently has no interest in coaching the Knicks.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported that Knicks president Steve Mills offered the head coaching position to Jackson but he declined. Jackson has on numerous occasions ruled out returning to the bench. However, the 68-year-old Hall of Fame coach has said publicly that he would like to move into a front office and run a team.
via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News
Robinson, 23, suffered a left patella tendon strain on Feb. 25 in game against the Denver Nuggets when he went up for a dunk attempt.
via Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest
In an interview this week with BasketballInsiders.com, George said he hoped he could spend some time talking to James this summer to get some advice.
"Pick [my brain] like Hannibal Lector?" James said jokingly. "You know me, I don't mind it at all. I don't mind giving guys [advice], whatever he wants to ask. Guys know I have an open door/phone policy."
via Brian Windhorst of ESPN
"I put it all on my shoulders," Woodson said Thursday in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show.
"I’ve always thought as a coach, and most coaches probably feel the same way, you need talent to win, you need healthy bodies to win. But I’ve kinda gotten past that," Woodson added. "I think I can take whoever suits up and win with it. That’s just how I feel."
via Ian Begley of ESPN New York
To Gay’s credit, he recognizes that while he wasn’t the only problem, his career-low 38.8% shooting and career-worst 3.3 turnovers per game were hurting the Raptors significantly.
“I was inefficient when I was here. I’m not anymore. I was when I was here,” Gay said, declining to provide a reason other than “it could have been a lot of things,” as to why his game was so off.
via Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun
So it may be premature to mention this, but hidden in the details of the league’s day-to-day business in recent months has been this fact: The groundwork is already being laid for another lockout.
That is the consensus among league executives and prominent agents. But it is articulated particularly well by Charles Grantham, who worked for the union from 1978-95, serving as its executive director for the last seven of those years (he left a year before Billy Hunter, who was deposed last year amid scandal, took over). No replacement for Hunter has been named, and that’s just one element feeding lockout fears.
via Sean Deveney of the Sporting News
"I'm not going to get into all of that," he said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" Thursday. "You know legally nobody can recruit anyone. You can't do that at this point. Melo is still wearing a Knicks uniform and I hope he stays with the Knicks for the rest of his career. I've always said that. So whatever was said between Noah and the Chicago Bulls, that's on them."
via Chris Broussard of ESPN
"I love it," Dallas Mavericks owner and resident pain-in-officials'-sides Mark Cuban told USA TODAY Sports via e-mail. "We are the only top league where some fans question the integrity of the league. That will change under Adam."
via Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports
via Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle on Twitter
“They gave me a little incentive that I might be here,” Gooden said.
A source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said the Wizards’ “likely” will sign Gooden to a second 10-day contract on Saturday after his first one expires.
via Michael Lee of the Washington Post
“That’s for Coach to figure out,” Zeller said. “Whatever happens, happens. It’s the life of an NBA player. You have to compete for every minute you get.”
via Bob Finnan of The News-Herald & The Morning Journal