Phil Jackson remains calm over New York's depth concerns

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The New York Knicks are a funny old franchise. Having failed to reach the playoffs for a third consecutive season after they fell off in the second half of the campaign, it looks as though their roster could have a very different feel to one that finished with a 32-50 record.

Having traded away Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round draft pick, the Big Apple organisation have just five players under contract at the minute.

Of course, more additions are sure to be confirmed once the moratorium period finishes on July 7 but, as it stands, only Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn and the two former Chicago Bulls players are committed to the franchise for next season.

Their starting five is sure to be exciting and packed with big-names, but there are some serious concerns surrounding the depth of the roster. The Knicks and president Phil Jackson have often been advocates of breeding continuity within the locker room, but with seven players now free agents there is potential for a huge amount of change.

Jackson was recently posed a question about the overturn of players expected in New York this summer and the former L.A. Lakers coach insisted the change was a by-product of the new NBA, but hoped the franchise could begin to establish some continuity further down the line.

He said: "We hope to bring several of our players back that are still out on the market but this is a process we are going through now in the NBA where there is a lot of years where you're going to have six, seven, eight guys maybe on your roster to begin with.

"With these expanded rosters, 14, suddenly you're bringing in half a team that is still searching to develop a relationship with other players. We think that if we have some key players who have understanding of what we are doing, I think it will make it a lot easier. But we do want continuity, we are hoping to get to that point."


The Knicks are the biggest market in the league but have struggled for any sort of success for far too long. Rose's addition addressed a glaring problem that plagued the organisation throughout the previous campaign, but there is still much work left to do for them to be competitive again.

Porzingis, Melo and D-Rose forms the basis of a 'big three' but it will take more than those individuals to make them competitive in the Eastern Conference. New York wants a playoff team and Jackson is under pressure to produce after a spell of disappointment since he arrived. It is a big week ahead.

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