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NBA Franchise Notes: Knicks' Fisher Must Settle Into Jackson's Shadow
Published June 11, 2014
JOHNNY UTAH: In Boise, Dave Southorn notes the Jazz and the NBA D-League Idaho Stampede yesterday “announced a ‘hybrid’ affiliation for next season.” The Stampede will “handle the business side of operations, while the Jazz will manage the basketball side, including coaches and the roster.” Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett said that the team's uniforms and logo “may undergo tweaks next season to match the Jazz, and likely will evolve further as the affiliation continues.” The Trail Blazers, who served as the Stampede’s affiliate last season “assigned, then called back up, only two players for a total of eight games.” But Ilett said of the Jazz, “I think they'll use it quite a bit more. Geographically, we can move players easily, and I think culturally it makes a lot of sense” (IDAHO STATESMAN, 6/11).
BIG BAD WOLF: In Minneapolis, Chip Scoggins wrote what the T’Wolves need “more than anything is stability,” as they “rarely experience the tranquility of calm waters.” The reason for that “starts at the top and flows downward.” If the T’Wolves “were a Doppler radar, they would be covered in bright ominous colors because the atmosphere around this organization is always unstable” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/8).