“We’re looking forward to this as our beginning of our new season,” Phil Jackson said on Friday, two days after a fourth straight losing season, “when we start over again and we start rebuilding the team.”
“No, I don’t think (he’s ready). He’s 21 years old. That’s a big load for anybody to take on,” Jackson said. “But he’s shown that he’s competitive. He’s shown that he’s competitive, he’s shown that he’s got a sense of desire to win, etcetera. So we’re really pleased with how he’s developed. I think he had some concern this year about physical. Not being able to stand up to all the games physically, Achilles tendon, back, etc.”
Butler scored 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the depleted Brooklyn Nets 112-73 in the regular-season finale to earn an Eastern Conference playoff spot on Wednesday.
But he was benched for the entire fourth quarter, and, with 31 seconds left, removed his headband to sneakers to give to the crowd as souvenirs. Following the 114-113 victory, he then stuck around on the court longer than any of his teammates, meeting with fans and signing autographs. Those same fans started a “Let’s Go Melo” chant in the fourth quarter, but Hornacek didn’t oblige. Instead, he rode with the youngsters and watched Maurice N’dour hit the game-winner with 15 seconds left, securing a victory that may prove costly in the lottery standings.
Jackson, who pushed for transparency when he took the job, hasn’t spoken to the New York media since September while declining multiple requests. He had previously spoken to the media during and after disappointing campaigns.
Hornacek said Anthony let him know in the morning about his desire to play, although a source said the 32-year-old knew all along after going through Tuesday’s practice. It was just another example of the Knicks and medical staff not being on the same page.
Phil began laying the ground work last December when he took a pot shot at the team’s best player and it continued with Phil’s media cronies doing his dirty work throughout the season. Those were once regarded as capital crimes in Jim Dolan’s Madison Square Garden but Jackson has been given the freedom to do as he chooses just as long as Dolan isn’t being blamed.
When Mike Hamersky tried to contact his ticket representative to renew his tickets Tuesday, he ran into dead end after dead end, according to ESPN.
The latter was the awful image from a nationally televised game in March between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers that had the league so up in arms. A resting LeBron sipping coffee during a game is not the look the league is going for.
“I think I could play in any system,” Fultz said. “I’m very versatile so I it was cool to see that. It’s a lot of openings and stuff like that so that’s why I came to see that in person.”