Shane Larkin fires back at Phil Jackson’s “tiny hands” comment

Shane Larkin (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After Phil Jackson criticized his hands, Shane Larkin responded by pointing his fingers. Earlier this summer, Jackson said to Charley Rosen that Larkin, who was under contract with the New York Knicks at the time, would likely not return on another contract. “Shane mainly wants to get his shot off a […]

Billy King takes swipe at Knicks — ahem, “local” — management

Andrea Bargnani Bargnani is a bit different from the three guys before him. Ellington, Larkin, and Robinson are all looking to find their NBA footing after things went south; at this point, Bargnani can only hope to prove his doubters wrong. He's still trying to find his NBA footing, but only after belief in his potential came, went, and then got pile-drived deep into the earth's core. There is not a single metric that justifies signing Andrea Bargnani to an NBA contract. He is a seven-foot center who does not defend or rebound at an NBA level. He is a stretch five that has hit well below the league average from three-point range in the last four seasons. It's hard to tell what's more laughable, his defensive rating (worst on last year's lowly Knicks), or the GIFs that show it. Bargnani has never lived up to his billing as a top overall pick in 2006, coming closest during a career-best season in 2010-11, when he averaged 21.5 points per game for the 22-60 Toronto Raptors. But if there's any silver lining here, it's this: Bargnani, who did not seem to enjoy rising to expectations, now has less expectations than ever. He's in Andray Blatche territory. Anything good he does will be a bonus. Anything else? Well, he's on a minimum deal, with no set rotation spot, and a few young guns (Robinson, Willie Reed, to name two) chomping at the bit for backup big minutes. He has the stability of a minor guaranteed contract and $72 million in career NBA earnings, but the pressure of needing to prove he belongs to stay on the floor. Is that enough? Well, probably not. Remember, we're talking about a player who posted the worst on-off court impact on the second-worst team in the NBA, who has struggled to stay healthy in recent years. But anything is possible... right?

The Nets & Knicks rivalry is about as fun as a doorstop these days, but that didn’t stop Nets GM Billy King from taking a dig at the Knicks front office Tuesday afternoon. Earlier this summer, an interview with Knicks president Phil Jackson was released in which Jackson critiqued his players and their performance. That […]

Top 10 Nets Games You Should Go To, Ranked


The NBA season schedule is out, which means it’s time to mark your calendar for Nets nights. Here’s one crack at a top 10 list. The criteria, in no particular order: overall quality of opponent, interesting or fascinating players, returning Nets, scarcity of games (the Warriors coming once means more than the Cavaliers coming twice), […]

Phil Jackson: Shane Larkin has “tiny hands”, Andrea Bargnani is “a big tease”


Last season, Phil Jackson sat down with writer Charley Rosen for “The Phil Files,” a once-a-month conversation regarding the state of the Knicks. In the seventh installment, Jackson dished out final evaluations of his players, including two players who have since signed with the Nets: Shane Larkin and Andrea Bargnani. Not surprisingly, Jackson wasn’t bullish […]

Shane Larkin responds to Phil Jackson’s comments: “couldn’t grow in an offense I wasn’t comfortable in”

Shane Larkin (second from right) is more comfortable in Brooklyn's offense. (AP)

“Unfortunately, Shane hasn’t grown any since the start of the season.” Those are the words of Phil Jackson as told to Charley Rosen, regarding new Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin after the beginning of last season. Though Jackson said he’d “stepped up” earlier in the year, he then referenced Larkin’s lack of development by the […]

The Glue Guys Podcast: Farewell, Kevin Garnett


Subscribe on iTunes Rundown: Start: Farewells and final thoughts for Kevin Garnett, and first impressions of Thaddeus Young. 13:00 Lionel Hollins’s weird, and sometimes effective, lineup changes. 21:00 Sad feelings that Jarrett Jack is still on this team. 26:00 What type of Deron Williams we’ll see post-trade deadline. 36:30 News around the NBA: did any […]

Nets-Knicks, a rivalry no one cares about

Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

Tonight, in their last home game before the All-Star break, the Nets (20-28) welcome in their crosstown rivals, the New York Knicks (10-39), winners of five of their last eight. The Nets begin the day a half-game behind the Miami Heat (21-28), participants in the second game of tonight’s nationally televised doubleheader, for the all-important […]

Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks Power Rankings: The Kings And Sewer Dwellers Of New York Basketball

Joe Johnson

The Nets-Knicks Power Rankings are back! Devin Kharpertian & Daniel Savitzky rank players, coaches, personnel, and TV crews to answer the crucial question: who’s the King of New York, and who’s in the sewer?

The NBA Offseason, Recapped


This past offseason in the NBA was one not to be missed. Just in case you may have, here is a brief recap of some the biggest offseason moves and news:

Some advice for Derek Fisher, after a year of Jason Kidd


The New York Knicks introduced Derek Fisher, who won five championships under Phil Jackson and played his last game with the Oklahoma City Thunder nine days ago, as the 26th head coach in the history of their franchise today. The parallels to Jason Kidd last year are stunning: nine days after announcing his retirement, the […]