TSN's Jack Armstrong offers his thoughts on Phil Jackson in New York, Ray McCallum's impressive play with the Kings, the reliable veteran in Memphis' Mike Miller, Andrew Bynum's debut with the Pacers and Anthony Bennett's injury.
1. PHIL JACKSON: Would be a major coup of the NY Knicks to get him as their President. Bottom line, owner James Dolan needs to stay out of the way. Jackson must have the ability to select his GM, front office staff, coaches, support staff and have final say on all player issues. If he wants to move current employees out, then he has carte blanche to do that as well. Anything less will be more of the same dysfunction. He needs to be the boss and the one who sets the tone with the folks he wants in place.
2. RAY MCCALLUM (Kings): Have been impressed with him in the last few games I've seen him. Great energy and feel for the game. Played for his dad at the University of Detroit and you can tell he's grown up around the game. Getting a chance to get some second unit minutes right now and he's been respectable.
3. MIKE MILLER (Grizzlies): Even though he's five points off his career average (down from 12 to 7 ppg) he is still a reliable veteran who really makes the defense defend him behind the arc, thus opening up more space for his teammates to operate. When you shoot the ball from distance at 45 per cent and you're a good passer you'll have a role and be counted on considerably. When you think back not too long ago there were major concerns due to his back issues about whether he'd have to retire before this year. He's beating the odds and even though he's not quite the same player - he's still a solid one.
4. ANDREW BYNUM (Pacers): Makes his debut with his new team and has a nice night with 8 and 10. If you're a Pacers fan you ask, 'Where can I sign up for that every night?' At his stage, he was brought in to make sure Miami didn't get him and to provide the force in the lane. Those numbers would be more than adequate at this point in the season and where he's at with his game.
5. ANTHONY BENNETT (Cavs): Out three weeks with a knee injury. When it rains, it pours. Please give me rain!! Sure beats all the snow we're getting!! Was starting to come around a bit and now this. His conditioning was a major issue for him and within three weeks on the shelf this is a setback in that area. Hopefully, he learns from his last rehab stint and approached his health/fitness routine in a more focused fashion.