In what was a relatively quiet day around the association, we begin our gossip column with the circus shot to end all circus shots.
BOOKER PLAYS VOLLEYBALL
With just 0.2 seconds left on the shot clock, Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker tipped an inbounds pass over his head and into the basket. The basket was so unexpected that Booker himself had to laugh after it went in.
JACKSON TAKES RESPONSIBILITY
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has told the fans to blame him for the NBA-worst 5-34 record, which includes a 14-game losing run which is currently ongoing.
Jackson reiterated on Saturday that he thought the Knicks would be a playoff team this season. Instead, things have gone horribly wrong for Jackson and the Knicks.
New York entered Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets with a 5-34 record, the worst in the NBA. The club took the court Saturday with a franchise-high 14-game losing streak and having lost 24 of 25.
So instead of trying to chase a playoff berth, Jackson changed course on Monday and executed a trade that essentially pulled the plug on the season. He sent Iman Shumpert and J.R Smith to Cleveland in a three-team trade that netted the Knicks two trade exceptions and a 2019 second-round pick.
“There was something going on there that didn’t click toward making winning necessary or a possibility for us,” Jackson said.
He added that he didn’t want fans to blame first-year head coach Derek Fisher for the Knicks’ struggles.
“The fans, I want them to leave Derek alone in this regard. He’s doing the best job possible. It’s not his fault,” Jackson said.