Inside Knicks’ ‘high-energy’ workout as bonding gets started

“While president Phil Jackson is holed up at his Montana lakehouse, the bonding of his new Knicksbegan in a private gym in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Supervised by personal trainer Rob McClanaghan, Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings, Kristaps Porzingis and Sasha Vujacic mixed it up during a spirited 90-minute workout. McClanaghan has been Rose’s offseason trainer since the former Bulls point guard matriculated to the University of Memphis in 2007.

McClanaghan has also trained Jennings for five years, though the two Knicks point guards had never worked out together until Thursday. Rose also never even had met Porzingis or Vujacic, two of the five Knicks players back from last season. The club will have at least nine new faces on the roster next season. Camaraderie wasn’t built in a day, but Thursday got it started.”

Credit: Marc Berman

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Grinding for a 10-Day Contract

In the last six years, my duffle bag has been the only constant in my life. I’ve taken it all around the globe with me. It’s just small enough to lug around easily, but big enough to fit the necessities.

Toothbrush. Toothpaste. Soap. Shampoo. Razor. Deodorant.

iPod and headphones. (Gotta have the jams.)

And whatever clothes could fit after that.

And that’s honestly it. I never put anything more in that bag than what I thought I absolutely needed.

When I went undrafted out of Duke in 2010, I became a basketball nomad. From Tobacco Road to southern China to New York City — with plenty of stops in between — I packed that duffle bag, hit the road and tried out for anybody willing to give me a look.

I love the game and my passion took me to interesting locations, but at that time it didn’t feel like much of an adventure. In my mind, I was an unemployed college graduate looking for work in one of the most cutthroat job markets out there.

At times, it was hard not to internalize the critics — including my own friends — when they questioned my journey.”

Grinding for a 10-Day Contract

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Sources: Knicks, Joakim Noah agree to 4-year, $72 million deal

“Free-agent center Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks agreed on a four-year, $72 million deal, league sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Phil Jackson, Steve Mills, Jeff Hornacek and several other front-office members of the Knicks met with Noah at an Orlando-area hotel for about three hours on Friday night before reaching an agreement that will bring Noah to his hometown.”

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