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ESPN Source: Knicks-Phil Jackson Deal is ‘Pretty Much Done’

HuffPostLivePhilJacksonA few weeks ago, we shared a plaintive, open letter to the New York Knicks from a lifelong fan currently living in London. When Nick Geltner posted that letter, he could not possibly have imagined a better answer to his prayers.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Phil Jackson-New York Knicks president of operations deal is now all but completed, though an official announcement might have to wait until next week. That announcement will surely send Los Angeles Lakers fans off the other coastal edge; purple-and-gold supporters have been hoping (against hope) that Phil would come to the rescue of his fiancée’s tattered team.

From the top of this afternoon’s ESPN item:

Jackson and the Knicks are expected to finalize a deal that will give the legendary coach control of the club’s front office by the end of this week, according to a league source.

“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”

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From London, Lifelong Knicks Fan Posts Pained Open Letter

NickGeltnerPic2Although Nick Geltner (pictured) is currently working far away in England as a sports editor-producer, he grew up in New York and remains a die-hard Knicks fan. Watching from across the pond, texting about each miserable game with NYC area friend Jonas, it has become for him – like so many others – unbearable.

Indeed, the 2013-14 NBA season will go down as the one during which the Lakers and Knicks combined for some epic drubbing of the league’s two most valuable franchises. Geltner, in a fantastic open letter, begs the team to get better while sharing fun anecdotal detail from his career as a journalist:

While covering the NBA, I had the chance to interview the greatest player to live, Michael Jordan… The man who ruined my childhood. Yet it was an honor to grow up watching him. What he said in that interview with me? I can’t remember.

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Teen Arrested After Threatening James Dolan on Twitter

FishbowlNY is not a fan of James Dolan, CEO of Cablevision and Destroyer of The New York Knicks. However we feel about Dolan, one thing we wouldn’t do is threaten him, because the police don’t take that kind of stuff lightly. That’s a lesson Johnny Giamella, a 19-year-old Staten Island resident, has just learned. Albeit a bit too late. The New York Daily News reports that Giamella was arrested after posting scary-sounding tweets regarding Dolan.

In one tweet, Giamella wrote “James Dolan, it’s officially time to die.” He followed that subtle note up with a slightly different version — “Death to James Dolan” — just in case anyone was confused.

Giamella also posted one picture of himself pointing a gun at the camera and another of himself naked, with only a gun covering his groin.

The photos are slightly more creative ways of critiquing Dolan’s impact on the Knicks, but still not recommended.

Meryl Streep Hangs with 50 Cent

Last night, Charlie Widdoes reminded that sometimes, the best option is to squelch the selfie. There is no CW pose, no CW locale and very few CW cohorts that could top the following tweeted photo from the New York Knicks digital media coordinator:

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If this were a movie, it might be called January: Knicks Country. A rap song: “In Da Oscar Club.” Per a report in the New York Daily News, add in – just for kicks – a five-time NBA champion superstar and it becomes ree-donk-ulous:

“Best ball KOBE, Best Rap 50, Best Actress Meryl Streep,” Fiddy captioned the [Instagram] pic. “TOP THAT.”

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Forbes Names Terrible, Awful, Dammit What The Hell are You Doing New York Knicks Most Valuable NBA Team [Updated]

According to Forbes, The New York Knickerbockers are the most valuable team in the NBA. The Knicks have lost their last four games in a row by an average of 19 points. They paid millions to Andrea Bargnani, a free agent no other team wanted, perhaps because he seems to think spinning like a top is the same thing as playing defense. The Knicks also employ a man named JR Smith. We lack the cognitive ability to comment sanely on Smith, so we’ll just move along.

Despite all this, James Dolan, owner of the Knicks, must be happy. Forbes claims that the Knicks are worth about $1.4 billion, making them number one in the league.

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Latest Knicks Loss Has Reporter Reaching for His Eagles Greatest Hits CD

The first thing New York Daily News Knicks beat writer Frank Isola did after the team’s disheartening Sunday night loss to the Pelicans was try and process the numbness in his game report.

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Here’s Isola’s lede:

James Dolan always believed this Knicks team would make history and he was right. These Knicks now hold the franchise record for futility at Madison Square Garden, the newly transformed MSG, that is.

And here’s his third paragraph:

The numbers are downright staggering: nine straight losses overall and a franchise-record seven in a row at the Garden. Who knows, maybe the Knicks will never win again.

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Knicks Owner Banishes Woody Allen

Shutterstock_WoodyAllenAll indications are that New York Knicks owner James Dolan will not be giving thanks this holiday weekend for the friendship of longtime fan Woody Allen.

According to a frivolous but fun item by Richard Johnson, Dolan has lowered the VIP boom on the Woodman, banning him from Suite 200 at Madison Square Garden. Why? Here’s what Johnson’s “Woody source” told the New York Post columnist:

“Allen got a call from someone at MSG saying they had bought the rights to air several of Woody’s movies on the MSG channel and wanted Woody to go on the air and talk about his movies or introduce them,” a Woody source told me. “Woody said he would not be comfortable doing that. He has never done that for any show or network.”

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Daktronics Plays Madison Square Garden

It reads like one of those great, underdog sports team movie scripts. Daktronics, founded in 1968 by a couple of electrical engineering university professors in South Dakota, gets its first patent three years later, goes public in 1994 and triumphs yet again at MSG on October 25, 2013.

New GardenVision at Madison Square Garden

That’s the day the company’s custom-designed, center-hung multi-media component GardenVision will be officially unveiled at Madison Square Garden. The specs:

- Four main video displays 15’7″ tall by 28 feet wide;
- Four auxiliary video displays six feet tall by 29 feet wide;
- Four curved displays matching the height of the main video displays;
- Four curved displays matching the height of the auxiliary displays;
- An ID ring LED panel that is more than two feet tall and circles the entire top;
- Internal Wi-Fi, IT and broadcast equipment designed to improve Wi-Fi coverage throughout the Arena and provide “new unique and compelling camera angles” for MSG Network.

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Metta World Peace, TV Reporter

Metta’s World is meta all right. It’s Metta World Peace, interviewing fellow New York Knicks for a new “All-Access” Web series.

MWP starts off strong on media day with the question, “What’s the fly-est thing about you?” Not so successful are his subsequent efforts to ask, on behalf of fans, “What’s your favorite toe?” But you know, when the player Knicks teammates have taken to calling “The Peacemaker” is involved, it’s always going to be unpredictable.

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Metta World Peace Rolls Out New Rap Single

The first wave of reaction is in for “Peace,” a new rap debuted this week on New York’s Hot 97 by incoming Knickerbocker Metta World Peace.

There’s faint praise from Dime magazine (“Metta World Peace is still probably one of the 10 best rappers among NBA players”); a minor spoiler from NBA.com (“The song ends with a fake crowd chanting “world peace”); and more faint praise from thedrop.fm (“The track actually isn’t that bad.”).

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