Knicks Morning News (2015.01.31)

  • [New York Post] Knicks hope Project Orlando produces Galloway-like results (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:37:34 -0500)

    Call it Project Orlando. Orlando Sanchez, who played for St. John's last season and went undrafted because of his age (26), continues to impress with D-League Westchester and is on…

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo says ‘it kills me’ to see Kobe Bryant’s injury woes (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:24:33 GMT)

    The plan was for Carmelo and the Knicks to square off against Kobe and the Lakers as a nationally televised lead-in to the Super Bowl.

  • [New York Times] Bledsoe, Dragic Team for 44 Points as Suns Beat Bulls 99-93 (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:18:05 GMT)

    As they have so often this season, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic pushed the Phoenix Suns to victory.

  • [New York Times] Hayward, Utah Jazz Upset Golden State Warriors 110-100 (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:39:07 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors stepped off the plane in Salt Lake City with a bad taste in their mouths from a two-point overtime loss against the Chicago Bulls earlier in the week. Things got even worse against the Jazz on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Gordon Leads Davis-Less Pelicans Past Clippers, 108-103 (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:18:15 GMT)

    Eric Gordon looked a lot more like the player the Pelicans thought they were getting when he first arrived in a trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Lakers Assign Forward to D-League (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:07:37 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned forward Ryan Kelly to their D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

  • [New York Times] Motiejunas Scores 26, Rockets Top Celtics for 4th Win in Row (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:07 GMT)

    Donatas Motiejunas wasn’t thinking about a new career high when he took an alley-oop from James Harden and hit a layup as he fell to the floor late in the fourth quarter. Preserving a Houston Rockets victory was foremost on his mind.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Hawks Top Blazers for 18th Straight Win (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:58:14 GMT)

    Atlanta overcame 37 points from Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge to beat the Trail Blazers, 105-99, and extend its franchise-record winning streak to 18 games.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Returns, Love, Irving Team for 44, as Cavs Top Kings (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:42:11 GMT)

    LeBron James met with Cavaliers team doctors Friday night to decide if he would play after missing a game because of a sprained right wrist.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Keep Streak Alive, Top Trail Blazers 105-99 (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:36:02 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks keep finding new ways to extend the longest winning streak in franchise history. This time, Kent Bazemore was the surprise star off the bench.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Embarrass Heat in 2nd Half, Win 93-72 (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:45:01 GMT)

    Charlie Villanueva scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks went on an incredible 37-2 run in the second half to embarrass the Miami Heat 93-72 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Blow Big Lead, Edge Nets 127-122 in Overtime (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:42:00 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Amir Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 41 seconds left in overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 127-122 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Carter-Williams Leads 76ers Past Timberwolves 103-94 (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:48:07 GMT)

    Michael Carter-Williams had a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night in a matchup of two of the league’s worst teams.

  • Knicks Morning News (2015.01.30)

  • [New York Post] How Knicks’ Lou Amundson celebrated new contract in style (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:31:20 -0500)

    INDIANAPOLIS — Knicks new big man Lou Amundson isn't going anywhere this season. The Knicks are his 10th team and there won't be an 11th for now. Amundson celebrated a…

  • [New York Post] Bill Bradley cops to deflating balls in Knicks glory days (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:35:07 -0500)

    INDIANAPOLIS — Bill Bradley is a Knicks legend and former U.S. Senator and now an admitted former ball doctor. Bradley told The Post in a phone interview Thursday he used…

  • [New York Times] For 1st Time Since ’80, Hawks Get 3 Players in All-Star Game (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:51:02 GMT)

    The Hawks keep reaping the rewards for their amazing season.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Stop 9-Game Skid, Beat Bulls 123-118 in Double OT (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:30:01 GMT)

    When the Los Angeles Lakers blew a nine-point lead in 70 seconds late in regulation, they certainly seemed to be careening straight toward another loss in overtime.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: With Loss to Pacers, Knicks Slide Back to Basement in East (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:54:11 GMT)

    With the loss, the Knicks fell behind Philadelphia (9-37) for the worst record in the East.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Shrug Off Slow Start, Pull Away From Knicks 103-82 (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:45:35 GMT)

    Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers rediscovered their winning formula.

  • [New York Times] Randolph’s Double-Double Leads Grizzlies Over Nuggets, 99-69 (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:28:17 GMT)

    Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Jeff Green added 13 points and the Memphis Grizzlies built an early lead en route to a 99-69 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Bucks End 17-Game Skid in Orlando, Beat Magic 115-100 (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:00:09 GMT)

    Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points, Jared Dudley and Khris Middleton had 17 apiece and the Milwaukee Bucks ended a 17-game losing streak in Orlando with a 115-100 victory on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Signs Deal With Chinese Internet Giant (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:26:17 GMT)

    The N.B.A. announced a five-year deal said to be worth at least $500 million with Tencent Holdings to carry games, highlights and other league content.

  • [New York Times] 3 Hawks, Durant and Westbrook Are NBA All-Star Reserves (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:21:03 GMT)

    Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections.

  • [New York Daily News] Game full of All-Stars … but one Knick and no Nets (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:20:06 GMT)

    The 14 All-Star reserves were revealed, and as expected, the Nets (18-27), with the league’s highest payroll, came up empty.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo, Knicks blown out by Pacers, 103-82 (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:28:17 GMT)

    The Knicks improbably had the chance to match their win total for the entire first half in just a half-dozen games to open the back stretch.

  • 2014-2015 Game Thread: Knicks @ Pacers

    Things are starting to get interesting in the great tankathon of 2015.

    Last night, the Knicks continued their strong recent play (the only game in the last five that they lost they played without their second-best player after Langston Galloway, Carmelo Anthony*) with a victory over the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder. Tonight they go to Indiana to play against a Pacers team only 6.5 games ahead of them in the standings. The other two contenders for the worst-record “crown,” Philly and Minny, also won, so the Knicks begin today a half-game behind Minny and tied with Philly. It’s going to be a tight race to the bottom!

    The Knicks will be with Carmelo Anthony tonight, as the theory is, I presume, that if you’re going to have knee surgery, you might as well destroy the knee entirely before the surgery or else you’re not getting the most out of the surgery, right?

    The Knicks will also be with two other players for the rest of the season, as they are inking both Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas for the rest of the season (it doesn’t appear that they gave them non-guaranteed deals for next season, though, which is odd, as that would seem to be a no-brainer. Perhaps we’ll find out that they did later on. The contract specifics are still iffy).

    Boy, these 10-day contracts sure have worked out, right? It’s almost as if they should try to get rid of more useless players on their roster and try out more 10-day contract guys.

    Let’s go! Knicks!

    *That’s a joke, ah say, that’s a joke, son.

    Knicks Morning News (2015.01.29)

  • [New York Daily News] Melo and Knicks beat Westbrook and Thunder without Durant (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:58:53 GMT)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. and Lance Thomas played helped the Knicks build a fourth-quarter lead in a 100-92 win against the Thunder.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Kevin Durant said to have eye on Big Apple (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:46:48 GMT)

    The countdown to Kevin Durant’s free agency has already begun in places like New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington and especially OKC.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks DeflateGate? Phil Jackson: ’73 team deflated balls (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:52:30 GMT)

    Nearly 30 years ago Jackson revealed the team would literally take the air out of the balls and ‘deaden’ them.

  • [New York Times] Irving Dazzles, Scores 55 as Cavs Win 8th Straight Game (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:27:15 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving clapped his hands as he walked to the middle of the locker room unaware of the surprise his teammates had in store for him.

  • [New York Times] Dragic, Tucker Help Suns Hold Off Worn-Out Washington 106-98 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:30:08 GMT)

    When the Phoenix Suns’ big lead was fading away fast in the fourth quarter, P.J. Tucker put a stop to the collapse.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Merrily Roll Past Nets to Their 17th Straight Win (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:15:13 GMT)

    Atlanta brushed off the Nets, 113-102, its 17th straight victory, and continued to represent the N.B.A.’s most remarkable story this season.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Overcome Westbrook’s 40, Beat Durant-Less Thunder (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:06:11 GMT)

    Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas are winning over fans and helping the Knicks win games.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Rally to Beat Jazz 94-89, Extend Streak to 13 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:03:01 GMT)

    Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and the Los Angeles Clippers used a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Utah Jazz on the road 94-89 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Led by Irving’s 55 Points, Cavaliers Win Eighth in a Row (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:59:03 GMT)

    Paul Millsap had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games with a 113-102 victory over the Nets.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Leads Hawks to 17th Straight Win, 113-102 Over Nets (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:57:08 GMT)

    Paul Millsap played like one of the league’s best players.

  • [New York Times] Williams Scores 27, Raptors Hit 17 3-Pointers to Top Kings (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:39:01 GMT)

    The Sacramento Kings made it out of New York this week before getting buried by a snowstorm.

  • [New York Times] Denver Snaps 7-Game Skid With 93-85 Win Over Pelicans (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:33:08 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson weren’t going to let the Denver Nuggets fall apart again — not even after they had blown a 16-point lead on the road.

  • [New York Times] Parker Scores 17 to Lift Spurs Past Hornets 95-86 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:57:21 GMT)

    Tony Parker scored 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame another lethargic third quarter to beat the Charlotte Hornets 95-86 Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Smith and Harden Lead Rockets Over Mavericks 99-94 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:51:20 GMT)

    Josh Smith scored 18 points and James Harden added 17 as the Houston Rockets used a balanced scoring effort to outlast the Dallas Mavericks for a 99-94 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Irving Scores 55 as Cavs Win 8th in a Row Minus LeBron (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:51:12 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving put on a spectacular show and LeBron James watched it from a front-row seat.

  • [New York Times] Martin’s Return Sparks Timberwolves Over Celtics, 110-98 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:29:58 GMT)

    Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Loss to Knicks Leaves Thunder Less Room to Err (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:43:08 GMT)

    The Thunder are trying to bounce back from their injury-plagued start and into a playoff spot, and their 100-92 loss to the lowly Knicks further complicated things.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Snap 6-Game Skid, Beat Pistons 89-69 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:42:01 GMT)

    Michael Carter-Williams got winded sooner than he usually does and had difficulty breathing well throughout the game.

  • [New York Times] Judged by Their Covers, Atlanta Hawks Fascinate Bettors (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:01:50 GMT)

    The Hawks (38-8) have covered the spread 33 times, more than any other team through 46 games in at least a quarter-century, according to the odds tracker Covers.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Has Surgery and Is Expected to Miss Nine Months (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:18:08 GMT)

    If Bryant meets his current timetable, he could return to basketball shortly before the start of the 2015-16 season.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Out for Nine Months After Shoulder Surgery (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:11:48 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant’s NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Leading development in Melo's Knicks role (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:36:23 EDT)

    NEW YORK — The New York Knicks have won four of five, and some people are confused. Are they tanking for a top pick in June’s draft?Are they trying to make a run at the 8th seed in the East? (You can stop laughing now.)We’ll get answers to those questions in the coming weeks and months. For now, a more pertinent question is this: are we watching Carmelo Anthony develop into a leader?According to Derek Fisher, that’s exactly what’s happening.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Galloway reminds Melo a little of 'Linsanity' (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:46:36 EDT)

    NEW YORK –- In a short amount of time, Langston Galloway has made quite an impression for an undrafted rookie. In fact, Galloway’s confidence and ability to step up in some big moments reminds Carmelo Anthony of another undrafted New York Knicks point guard who created a worldwide stir a few seasons ago. When asked if he has seen another rookie as fearless as Galloway in taking big shots, Anthony mentioned the “L” word –- “Linsanity.

  • [New York Post] Wasn’t Phil Jackson supposed to bring pride back to Knicks? (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:09:13 -0500)

    Phil Jackson was charged with restoring a sense of pride in the Knicks organization when he was named the team president last spring. That may have been just as important…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks defeat Thunder minus Kevin Durant (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:15:50 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant hugged and briefly exchanged some pleasantries before and after the game. The real recruiting will come later.

  • 2014-2015 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Thunder

    Tonight we will all get to see a superstar point guard play.

    Oh, and Russell Westbrook will also be in action tonight.

    The newly-signed Langston Galloway has himself a tough matchup tonight. Let’s see if he can keep his strong play up. He’ll actually open the game as the off guard, as Jose Calderon has returned to hopefully pump up his trade value (come on, teams, you know you want Jose!).

    Melo also returns to the lineup. He’ll be the starting three tonight, with Jason “Stretch” Smith and Lou Amundson forming the rest of the Knicks’ starting frontcourt.

    Let’s go! Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2015.01.28)

  • [New York Times] Rose’s Shot Lifts Bulls Over Warriors 113-111 in Overtime (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:21:05 GMT)

    One after another, teams trotted into rowdy Oracle Arena the past two months confident they could cool off the NBA’s hottest team on their home floor.

  • [New York Times] Wall’s Wizards Rally, Send Lakers to 9th Straight Loss 98-92 (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:57:05 GMT)

    For one entertaining half, Wayne Ellington and Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson outscored and outplayed Washington’s star backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

  • [New York Times] Randolph, Grizzlies Hand Mavs 1st 3-Game Skid, 109-90 (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:24:08 GMT)

    Who needs timeouts when you have Z-Bo.

  • [New York Times] Irving, James Lead Cavs to 7th Straight, 103-95 Over Pistons (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:29:53 GMT)

    LeBron James came leaping in to try to stop Jodie Meeks as the Detroit guard drove to the basket during the final seconds of the third quarter.

  • [New York Times] Balanced Bucks Beat Heat for 3rd Time This Season, 109-102 (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:08:54 GMT)

    Jason Kidd’s wins against Miami keep piling up.

  • [New York Times] Toronto Overcomes Sluggish Start to Run Past Pacers 104-91 (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:38:51 GMT)

    Toronto’s dynamic backcourt delivered a one-two knockout punch Tuesday night. Again.

  • [New York Times] Staal, Faulk Lead Hurricanes to 4-2 Win Over Lightning (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:30:24 GMT)

    Eric Staal and Justin Faulk each had a goal and an assist to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Daily News] J.R. Smith’s secret to success? Boring Cleveland nightlife (Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:04:12 GMT)

    In J.R. Smith’s eyes, Cleveland doesn’t rock. And, he says, that’s a good thing.

  • ESPN New York: Knicks agree with Langston Galloway

    The Knicks have agreed to a two-year contract with point guard Langston Galloway.

    Ian Begley has the details at ESPN:

    The Knicks have agreed to a contract with point guard Langston Galloway for the remainder of this season and the 2015-16 season, league sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

    Galloway’s second 10-day contract with the Knicks expired earlier Tuesday, so he had been free to sign with any team.

    His contract for the 2015-16 season contains a partial guarantee, according to league sources. Galloway has impressed the Knicks’ coaches since being signed to his first 10-day contract Jan. 7.

    The stumbling block as to this deal getting done was that Phil Jackson didn’t want to commit any of his upcoming cap space unless he had to. A cap hold is $500,000. A fully guaranteed second-year contract is $800,000. So that’s just $300,000, but I guess Jackson believed that $300,000 might turn out to be very valuable. So my guess is that the partial guarantee for next season is $500,000.

    I saw someone note that the Knicks are in danger now of losing Galloway after next season, but I don’t think that’s much of a worry. The Knicks will have a lot of cap space, so if Galloway somehow develops into a star (which seems unlikely), they’ll be able to keep him. I don’t see Galloway getting even a MLE offer next season. Galloway is a bright spot on this team, but he’s more of a back-of-the-team player on a better team. Still worth a roster spot, of course, but I wouldn’t worry too much about losing him in two years. I’d be irked about losing him this year over $300,000, but that’s about it. And there, Jackson called Galloway’s bluff (that Galloway would just try to sign somewhere else) and got the deal he wanted. So good for Phil there.

    Along those lines, though, many of us were presuming that the Knicks would pick up Quincy Acy’s relatively cheap qualifying offer for next season ($1,181,348), but I would imagine that the odds are better than not that Acy does not get an offer now. Jackson seems to be valuing cap space over pretty much anyone not named Melo on this roster (it is also why Prigioni will likely be traded this season, as well) so I suspect Acy’s days with the Knicks will be over after this season.