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Phil Jackson’s Regime Continues To Humiliate New York Knicks Franchise



There is no way to get around the obvious. The finger of blame points at one person and one person only. It’s not James Dolan, who has had his issues as an owner both with fans and even ex-players. It’s not the head coach. It’s not the talent.

No longer can a portion of the blame be divided up like slice of a pie and handed out accordingly. For how things are now, the pie is dedicated to one person and one person only.

Phil Jackson.

For all Jackson has done in his career, albeit alongside some of the greatest players to ever play the game (Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal), it no longer saves him. It no longer excuses his stubborn ego. It no longer buys him a “pass”.

The New York Knicks are a disaster and it all falls on Phil Jackson.

When the Knicks initially brought Jackson in, Jackson demanded his famous triangle offense would be put in place.

So, the Knicks built their team, their coaching staff and ran their offense in the image of Jackson, not a franchise player such as Carmelo Anthony and/or Kristaps Porzingis.

The New York Knicks built their team around their team president and that was what planted to seeds of failure for the Knicks.

But failure wasn’t all that Jackson brought to an organization that was already tired of it’s history of failure. Jackson brought humiliation to a franchise in desperate need of a new, solid foundation to hold it’s respected, celebrated and historic brand upon.

And that’s when Jackson’s ego continued to keep the Knicks drowning in it’s own pool of misery and ineptitude.

Jackson feuded with players such as Carmelo Anthony and despite clear signs that his system wasn’t working, Jackson refused to sit back in the role of team president, refused to let a coach do a coach’s job, refused to stop treating himself as the smartest man in the room at any time and refused to get out of his own way.

Jackson, drunk on his own legend, drunk on his own ego and his own self-infatuation, couldn’t except that fact that he was wrong, or that he could be.

And in typical Jackson fashion, and a blatant example of narcissism, Jackson re-directed blame and called out Carmelo Anthony, not himself, for the Knicks failures.

“We’ve not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time,” Jackson said to the media on Friday. “I think the direction with our team is that he’s a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship.”

Jackson admitted that he told Anthony he may be better off accepting a trade.

“I just said that you haven’t won here. You don’t want to end up your career not winning,” Jackson said of his talks with Anthony. “This is not something that you want to have labeled on your career. You want to get to that territory where you have a chance to win. That’s — we talked around that. But he likes it here. He expressed that.”

Sure, Phil.

But then came an ESPN report that said Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meetings with Knicks management due to frustration over what he perceives as the dysfunction and drama surrounding the organization.

Again, Jackson re-directed blame towards anyone but him.

I think there’s disconnect sometimes with this team, and I think there was some rebelliousness with this team that created some of the discord during the year,” Jackson said. “And I think [that] has to stop and that will stop.”

And when Jackson was asked if the Knicks were going to be open to move players on the roster.

“Everything has got to be possible, and we have to make sure that if people have something to say, we listen to it, we examine it,” Jackson said before complimenting Porzingis for his development this season.

At the end of the day the Knicks can make bold moves, trades and sign the big money free agents but it all seems destined, regardless of those moves, to succumb to the unwavering stubborn ego of Jackson, who can’t seem to fully embrace his executive role nor can he accept that it’s possible that he may not always be the smartest guy in the room.

And for that, the Knicks will be stuck swimming against the current in this river of constant misfortune.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested



Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).

Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.

According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.

Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.

Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.

Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.

“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.

The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”

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Dallas Mavericks

Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis Accused of Rape in New York



Dallas Mavericks big man and former New York Knick Kristaps Porzingis is being investigated back New York for an alleged rape that a woman told police took place sometime last year, according to the New York Post.

The woman, who informed police about the alleged rape on Thursday, says that she waited more than a year to come forward regarding the incident because she had discussed receiving $68,000 from Porzingis to keep quiet.

Roland G. Riopelle, the attorney for Porzingis, has since denied the allegations and has said they had previously referred the case to federal authorities due to the “accuser’s extortionate demands.”

“We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations,” Riopelle said. “We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on Dec. 20, 2018, based on the accuser’s extortionate demands. We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago, and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement. We cannot comment further on an ongoing federal investigation. Please refer any questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the National Basketball Association.”

The woman alleges that the incident took place on February 7th, 2018, at the Sky building in New York, where Porzingis lived, just hours following Porzingis suffering a torn ACL, the injury that has kept him off the court for more than a year.

An NBA spokesman said the league is aware of the situation while the Knicks’ team spokesperson said; “This is Kristaps’ personal matter and not related to the Knicks.” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated that the team is aware of the situation but “we have been instructed by federal authorities not to comment.”

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks had informed the Mavericks of the pending Porzingis rape allegations during a trade call with NBA headquarters, that took place on January 31st,  that finalized the deal that sent Porzingis to the Mavericks.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department issued the following: “The NYPD takes sexual assault and all rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors.”

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Golden State Warriors

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Says Fans Have Called Him ‘N—-r’, Says He’s Reported it to League



Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins is speaking out about how NBA fans treat players, revealing that fans have called him the N-word during games and stating that he had reported the incidents to the league.

Cousins discussed the incidents during an interview with Chris Haynes on the ‘Posted Up’ podcast:

“Oh, I’ve been called n—-r, and it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back, and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook] and he was still fined for it. I don’t really understand it. We’re the product. We push this league. So, I don’t understand. When does our safety, when does, it become important?”

While Cousins spoke candidly about his experiences, he did not specific which cities in which he heard the racial slurs.

“I don’t really want to, because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base” Cousins said when discussing which cities he heard the slurs. T”here are ignorant individuals in every city. I’ll just put it like that. [NBA] tells you to ignore it, or whatever the case may be. But how many times am I supposed to ignore that? Me coming from where I come from [Mobile, Alabama]. They lucky all they got was a response.”

While Cousins did not mention any cities or teams, Haynes reported that one city was Sacramento, where Cousins spent the majority of his career playing for the Kings.

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