Daily Gossip, Monday 23/2/15

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Phil Jackson’s nightmare first season as GM of the New York Knicks is still mercifully in progress. His team’s latest loss, a 101-83 blowout against Cleveland Cavaliers hurt that little bit more too.

JACKSON TAKES TO TWITTER TO RELEASE ANGER

In Phil Jackson’s eyes: the basketball gods are pissed.

So Jackson is pissed.

New York’s 101-83 loss to the Cavs hurt the GM of the Knicks a little bit more as ex-Knick stars JR Smith and Iman Shumpert torched their former side, especially in the fourth quarter, when they combined for this:

Jackson was not happy post-game, and took to Twitter to voice his displeasure:

KG TO BUY THE TIMBERWOLVES?

Kevin Garnett is back with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team where he started his NBA career.

And now, with the help of Flip Saunders, KG, nicknamed “The Big Ticket” wants to buy the biggest ticket of them all: the franchise itself.

Via Twin Cities:

The contract extension Kevin Garnett, 38, will sign with the Timberwolves this summer will be for two years. During that period, Garnett and Wolves president-coach Flip Saunders are expected to try to form a group to buy the team from Glen Taylor.

Garnett has amassed more than $325 million in salaries during 20 seasons in the NBA. Saunders, who turns 60 on Monday, has made an estimated $40 million during 17 seasons as a NBA coach.

The Wolves, for whom Taylor paid $88 million in 1994, were valued at $625 million last January by Forbes. Taylor, who turns 74 in April, is amenable to taking in more limited partners. But he’s not interested in selling his team until he finds out what the Atlanta Hawks, who are for sale and currently are taking bids, end up going for. […] It’s clear, though, considering the NBA’s new $24 billion, nine-year media rights deal that begins next year, that Garnett and Saunders will need considerably more wherewithal to buy the Wolves.

RICHARD JEFFERSON TURNS BACK THE CLOCK

And the Dallas Mavericks veteran even got a reaction from Charlotte Hornets’ Lance Stephenson on the bench.

We’re sorry to all Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fans., even if he did get the last laugh as the bucket was chalked off for an offensive foul.

REGGIE JACKSON: THUNDER SCAPEGOATED ME

The Oklahoma City Thunder dealt backup point guard Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons late last week, ending a tumultuous four-year partnership.

Jackson was thrilled to join the Pistons, as you might have seen on Twitter and was given the reins to his own squad.

According to the emotional 24-year old — who had 17 points and 5 assists, following a rough start in his Pistons debut Sunday — he took too much of the blame whenever things didn’t go right for the Thunder.

Via Yahoo! Sports:

“You’re my point guard,” the president and coach of the Pistons said, and soon they hung up, and Reggie Jackson crumpled and started to sob. He couldn’t stop. He cried and cried and cried. And, now, 24 hours later, Jackson was on the phone with a reporter, and it was happening again. 

“I’ve always dreamed about this, and I was never sure it would happen,” Jackson said. “Stan (Van Gundy) believes in me, in the leader that I can be. He believes in the player that I can be, and I’ve always imagined having a coach like this, an opportunity like this, in the NBA.” 

“I wasn’t always perfect, nor was the situation, but I became the brunt of the blame there,” Jackson said. “Everything bad that happened, I was the scapegoat. I’m taking all this blame, and I’m wondering: ‘How am I supposed to change it all here, make an impact, in eight minutes a game?’ Everybody is jumping down my neck, and it gets annoying when I’m supposed to have this great impact playing so little this season. […] All of a sudden, I’m the bad locker room guy. I’m the problem…”