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When Phil Jackson is standing in front of a top-tier free agent, the Knicks want him to begin his recruiting pitch with an old Pat Riley trick; throw all of his rings on the table. All 13, in fact. An NBA source says that a big part of the Knicks' thinking behind pursuing Jackson is to recruit free agents to New York, starting with re-signing Carmelo Anthony, who can opt out of his contract on July 1. NY Daily News
Nearly four years after the Knicks' recruiting pitch to LeBron James came up woefully short, Garden chairman James Dolan is counting on Jackson to become the organization's closer. "Can't talk about it," Knicks president and GM Steve Mills, who hasn't addressed the media since training camp, said as he walked past reporters before Saturday night's game against the Cavaliers. NY Daily News
Jackson never has been an NBA general manager, but he has stated publicly that he'd prefer to move into an NBA front office and that he has ruled out a return to the sidelines. Jackson won 11 championships as a coach with the Bulls and the Lakers, after winning two rings as a player with Red Holzman's Knicks in 1969-70 and 1972-73. NY Daily News
Saturday, after [Rick] Adelman once again had talked about the need for [Kevin] Martin to be aggressive, he was again asked what he thought about that. Cue the eye roll. “Since I’ve been back [from a thumb injury] we’re 3-1,” he said. “I’m averaging 21 a game, I’ve been pretty aggressive. I’ll take those results any day. The Knicks game I got in foul trouble early. Not much you can do. But whenever coach wants you to be aggressive that’s a good thing.’’ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Adelman and Martin have been going back and forth on this for a while. Adelman said he knows Martin is being aggressive when he acts quickly instead of hesitating. “What I mean by aggressive is not necessarily taking shots,” Adelman said, “but when he does take a shot he catches and goes. It’s all in rhythm. When he catches it and holds it, it’s not the same.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
Amar’e Stoudemire scored 17 points with 12 rebounds and three blocks as the new starting power forward and Tyson Chandler notched 15 points and 11 rebounds. The expensive trio combined for six blocks. Yeah, it’s working as the Knicks had a chance to move within 3 ½ games of the eighth seed with collapsing Atlanta playing a late game at the Clippers. NY Post
The Knicks blew a 15-point lead in the second quarter, trailed by 3 early in the fourth before stabilizing themselves. They came two points short of all five starters reaching double figures again. J.R. Smith, the new starting shooting guard, added 17 points and point guard Raymond Felton, out of his rut, ran the show with gusto and posted eight points with six assists and five boards. NY Post
The ceremony was nice; the return of LeBron James to Quicken Loans Arena was surreal. But the part that mattered most was the fourth-quarter inefficiency and another stinging loss in a playoff chase quickly circling the drain. The Cavs failed to hold a brief fourth-quarter lead and fell to the New York Knicks on Saturday 107-97, their fourth consecutive loss to extend their winless March on the night the franchise retired Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11. Akron Beacon Journal
Magic officials held Oladipo out for the second game in a row, citing a sore left ankle as the reason. To combat the Spurs' big-man combo of Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn started Kyle O'Quinn at power forward alongside center Nik Vucevic and employed Tobias Harris as the first man off the bench. Vucevic finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds while Harris contributed a team-high 23 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Orlando Sentinel
Washington's 15 three-pointers are tied for the second-most by a Bucks opponent this season. The New York Knicks made 17 in Milwaukee on Dec. 18 and had 15 against the Bucks on Feb. 3. Ariza, who scored 20 points in the first half, was stymied in the second and finished with 28 points. Six Bucks scored in double figures, led by Brandon Knight with 25. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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