Phil Jackson has agreed in principle to take control of the Knicks' basketball operations, according to the New York Post.
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Jackson reportedly gave the Knicks a verbal agreement on Saturday, and although current president/GM Steve Mills will stay on in a lesser role, Jackson will assume the 'president' title while trying to rebuild the franchise around Carmelo Anthony. The Zen-master is almost back.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirmed that Rajon Rondo (knee) will not play vs. the Knicks on Wednesday as a precaution.
Rondo's knee isn't ready for back-to-back sets and the lottery-bound Celtics have no reason to push him at this point in the season. Rondo admitted that he was "tired" while playing 41 minutes on Tuesday, saying, "I think I still could have dominated the game better, so I've got to take this for myself as far as a loss." Phil Pressey should start at PG in his absence, but Rondo will be back in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Suns.
Nerlens Noel scrimmaged 4-on-4 for the first time during Tuesday's practice, and he earned rave reviews from his teammates.
"One of the times we were going at each other," said Thaddeus Young, "[Noel] altered the shot, I got the rebound and he was back off his feet again ... He's very quick off his feet. He could probably go three or four times before somebody jumps twice." Sixers coach Brett Brown already shot down any idea of Noel playing this season, while harping on the need for Noel to get stronger and rebuild his shot mechanics, but he'll be an intriguing fantasy option on a young Sixers team next season.