Sports of The Times: At Knicks’ Facility, Hopeful Talk and Lessons Learned (or Maybe Not)

It was also encouraging to hear Knicks executives talking about building with lean, long, young athletic sorts. This is as opposed to the past season, when Phil Jackson, the Knicks’ busted valise of a Svengali, turned to two former Chicago Bulls stalwarts, Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose, to serve as the pillars of the team. Rose played defense almost never and went AWOL for a game without explanation; Noah was injured and injured again and then was caught taking performance-enhancers and suspended.


Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez are considered part of a young nucleus for the Knicks to build around.

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And Jackson then exited the Garden…

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