There is much speculation who the New York Knicks will draft at the four spot. While the Knicks have been mum on the subject, speculation is pointing more and more to a 7’1″ (and growing) 19-year old kid out of Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis seemingly has much more upside than downside.
“The kid can flat-out shoot,” a Western Conference executive said. “Now he’s really, really thin, but he’s athletic. A 7-footer who can step out and hit three’s is something.”
The Knicks new President, Phil Jackson has been fielding speculation that they may trade the pick if PG D’Angelo Russell was already gone.
“We’re listening,’’ Jackson said at a press conference. “We’re not soliciting so much, but we are listening.’’
Jackson, known for taking more established players, did mention by name Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky out of Wisconsin and Kentucky Junior Willy Cauley-Stein.
“Philly sits ahead of us,’’ Jackson said. “They’ve been an outlier on draft day. We don’t know what they’re going to do. It looks like their needs are guards because of the stockpile of big guys. But we don’t know if that’s what they’ll do. They have a penchant for doing things not according to scale.’’
The 2015 NBA Draft is scheduled June 25th.
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“Today marks the next step of this journey for the New York Knicks franchise as we name Derek to lead the team as its head coach.” Phil Jackson said. “Our relationship began 15 years ago, and over time, it has come clear to me that he and I can form a great partnership once again.”
That was on June 10th just a few day after the San Antonio Spurs won their 5th NBA Title, an intricate part of that winning formula is being lured by the bright lights of New York City.
A source close to the Knicks thinks that Mills would thrive in New York.
“New York is definitely a city Mills would want to play in,’’ the source said. “He has that personality,” the Source said.
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The New York Knicks General Manager, Phil Jackson, has completed the firing of Mike Woodson and his entire coaching staff from the 2013-14 Knicks squad.
Coach Woodson, caught by ESPN cleaning out his office had the following to say:
“I’m not really entertaining anything with the media right now. I’m just trying to clear my head. That’s what I’m doing. … I’m fine. I have been doing this a long time. I’m good, really good. It’s time to move on.”
Not many players have yet to voice an opinion on the subject with the exception of oft controversial J.R. Smith.
He was great to me. I think I got a fair shake for the first time in a while under him,” Smith told ESPN. “He treated me how he wanted to be treated. It sucks, but there is nothing I can do about it. I think he did a great job. I think he did a good job with me. He responded to the players. It’s just a sad day for him, for me and my teammates.”
No word yet on who Jackson is looking at to replace Smith, but the current rumor is that it will have to be someone with extensive Triangle Offense knowledge. Former PG Steve Kerr has been mentioned often in talks.