Knicks Morning News (2015.02.25)

  • [New York Daily News] Without Melo, Knicks hope Bargnani can become go-to scorer (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:02:18 GMT)

    Phil Jackson’s Knicks have another opportunity to please the basketball Gods Wednesday night in Boston.

  • [New York Times] Chicago’s Rose Out Again With Knee Injury, Needs Surgery (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:28:25 GMT)

    Derrick Rose’s knee has failed him again.

  • [New York Times] Ellis, Nowitzki Pace Mavericks to 99-92 Victory Over Raptors (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:46:31 GMT)

    Discord in Dallas, even in victory.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s Triple-Double Leads Thunder Past Pacers, 105-92 (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:05:16 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook shrugged off his triple-double.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Curry Lifts Warriors Over Wizards in His Return (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:05:07 GMT)

    Stephen Curry returned from a one-game absence to lead all scorers with 32 points, playing nearly 34 minutes and hitting 11 of 18 field-goal attempts.

  • [New York Times] Bulls’ Rose to Undergo Knee Surgery (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:55:17 GMT)

    Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will undergo surgery for a torn meniscus is his right knee, the National Basketball Association team said on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Curry Leads the Way With 32, Warriors Down Wizards, 114-107 (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:37:38 GMT)

    Considering the workout he gave it Tuesday night, Stephen Curry’s right foot appears to be just fine.

  • [New York Times] Love Hits 8 3-Pointers, Cavaliers Beat Pistons 102-93 (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:31:33 GMT)

    LeBron James rarely likes to talk about his individual achievements.

  • [New York Times] LeBron James Passes Pippen for Most Assists by Forward (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:34:52 GMT)

    Showing off his all-around game, LeBron James broke Scottie Pippen’s NBA record for career assists by a forward when he found Kevin Love for an open 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] KG Returns to Minnesota as Player, Wants to Stay as Owner (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:40:52 GMT)

    Kevin Garnett never wanted to leave Minnesota when the Timberwolves traded him to Boston nearly eight years ago, never wanted to jump from a sinking Celtics ship before Paul Pierce convinced him to follow him to Brooklyn two years ago.

  • [New York Post] One man the Knicks are hoping will replace some of Melo’s points (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:14:53 -0500)

    Certainly, it is not going to turn around the team's fortunes but the Knicks would like to replace part, if not all, of the 24.2 points Carmelo Anthony produced before…

  • Knicks Morning News (2015.02.24)

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Francesa’s rip of Jackson could be sign from Dolan (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:03:03 GMT)

    Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa deposited Phil Jackson under the balcony Monday.

  • [New York Daily News] Phil Jackson alienates two of Knicks brass with one tweet (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 02:09:32 GMT)

    With one tweet, Phil Jackson managed to throw his coach and team under the bus while also violating James Dolan’s sacred media policy.

  • [New York Daily News] Anthony Mason’s son says former Knick ‘getting better’ (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:21:05 GMT)

    Former Knick Anthony Mason is improving but in critical condition following multiple surgeries after suffering a massive heart attack.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Beat Clippers 90-87 Behind Conley and Green (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:25:20 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies are on a roll with Jeff Green.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Defeat Nuggets for Second Road Victory in a Row (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:05:52 GMT)

    Brook Lopez led seven Nets players in double figures with 19 points, and the Nets beat the Nuggets, 110-82, on Monday night in Denver.

  • [New York Times] Trey Burke, Defense Leads Jazz to 90-81 Win Over Spurs (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:04:46 GMT)

    Trey Burke scored 23 points and the Utah Jazz beat San Antonio 90-81 on Monday night, extending the Spurs’ losing streak to three since returning from the All-Star break.

  • [New York Times] Lopez Scores 19 Points, Nets Beat Nuggets 110-82 (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:55:20 GMT)

    Brook Lopez led seven Nets players in double figures with 19 points, and Brooklyn won its second consecutive road game by beating the Denver Nuggets 110-82 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Thomas Helps Celtics Beat Suns in Return to Phoenix (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:49:30 GMT)

    Avery Bradley scored 23 points, Isaiah Thomas burned his former team with eight critical points in the last two minutes, and the Boston Celtics held off the Phoenix Suns 115-110 Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Erase 18-Point Hole, Beat Raptors 100-97 (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:16:22 GMT)

    Alexis Ajinca capped a 16-point performance with a go-ahead layup in the final minute, and the New Orleans Pelicans erased an 18-point deficit en route to a 100-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Harden’s Triple-Double Helps Rockets Over Wolves, 113-102 (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:55:22 GMT)

    James Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season, leading the Houston Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Hit Boards to Beat Bucks 87-71 (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:37:28 GMT)

    Tony Snell scored 20 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and the surging Chicago Bulls pounded the Milwaukee Bucks on the boards on their way to an 87-71 victory on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Deng Scores 29, Heat Click in 2nd Half to Beat 76ers 119-108 (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:13:30 GMT)

    Luol Deng made 11 of 14 shots and scored 29 points, Goran Dragic added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Miami Heat set a season high for scoring in a 119-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

  • No Dominion

    On Sunday evening, Jim and Deana Cavan’s beautiful, innocent, perfect baby son Everett succumbed to a cancer that spread aggressively over the past four months from a rhabdoid tumor in his liver to his lungs and, finally, his abdomen.  Rett spent nearly half of his brief but inspiring life in and out of hospital beds, fighting his illness with courage and resilience, his bright blue eyes and irrepressible smile suggesting some inner tranquility that seems impossible for one to whom life dealt such an impossibly unfair hand.  His was a grace that even the cruelest fate could not subdue, a grace inherited through the nature and nurture of parents who swaddled him in love and hope and determination to death and beyond. His father, with typical eloquence and unfathomable strength, posted this on Facebook:

    With one last, perfect and peaceful breath, our baby boy finally set his spirit free at sunset last night. He departed as he arrived: on a Sunday, as stubborn as they come, but with an ultimate calm that spoke to the abiding grace and wisdom within him.

    Buoyed by kisses of loved ones and blessings from countless people the world over, Everett’s soul is now one with the boundless beyond. And while the pain of heart and mind will never fully subside, Deana and I can breathe a little easier knowing his memory—afflicted by that evil disease though so many moments were—will be one forever defined by our little owl’s eyes and smiles. For every lesson he taught us during his too-short life on earth, there will be millions more for us all to glean as the days and years roll on, and his lasting legacy reveals itself in full.

    To that end, we’re asking that, in lieu of flowers and gifts, donations be made instead to Rett’s medical relief fund, which Deana and I will soon parlay into a fund for Rhabdoid tumor research and helping families dealing with pediatric cancer. The lives our little man touched in life—manifold though they were—speak to a legacy whose reach will only deepen. Just as it will help heal the wounds wrought by this loss, so too will time define the everlasting impact of a life deferred. Deferred in flesh and blood, perhaps, but never, ever defeated.

    In the meantime, we will look forward to seeing many of you at Rett’s memorial service, to be held within the coming few weeks. Mournful though it may be, let us see to it this occasion marks in equal part the full faith and credit of community, and the unconditional love Rett’s fight and spirit have sowed.

    We love you to the most distant moon and back, son.

    And death shall have no dominion.
    No more may gulls cry at their ears
    Or waves break loud on the seashores;
    Where blew a flower may a flower no more
    Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
    Though they be mad and dead as nails,
    Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
    Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
    And death shall have no dominion.

    — Dylan Thomas

    We tell you this because Jim’s words, and Thomas’s, are true; because death is not an end but rather the passing of a torch, because lives remain to be saved and good, brilliant people need to be empowered to save them. We tell you this, too, because we’ve all found each other here on this little corner of the Internet, and because the only thing to do in the face of a world that bares the teeth of its worst evil even to people like Jim and Deana, which is to say, the kindest, gentlest, and best of us, is to band together, to refuse to concede to even the darkest injustice, to love as hard as we fight and to fight as hard as we love.

    Jim’s depth of character is staggering. The good-natured goofiness that comes through in his writing is real, but it is no bigger a part of him than his biting intellect or his poetic idealism. Any ostensible incongruity between these traits can be summarily dismissed after sitting or speaking with the man for just a moment, which is all the time it takes for his fundamental and genuine goodness to shine through. We have so often sought entertainment and insight through a lens of apparent cynicism on this site, but Jim Cavan has never been a cynic. He’s a bighearted idealist who has waited patiently for the world to realize the potential he knows it has for beauty, giving it a push in the right direction whenever and wherever he’s had the opportunity.

    We’ve all spent the bulk of the day—and during the many days and months since we learned of Rett’s illness—going over the thousands of conversations we’ve had and time we’ve spent with Jim. You build a friendship over moments, and then, without noticing or even truly understanding why, at some point you feel like you’ve known someone since forever, even if there’s no one instance in any of those thousand-odd scraps of dialogue that might indicate some kind of definitive turning point. It’s something ineffable and indefinable, save for the fact that you’ve arrived at a place where know you can say anything, even something stupid or angry, a dumb rant about meaningless Knicks-ian drivel, or to unpack some bit of ugliness that you’d only reveal to those nearest and dearest to your soul. You know in your heart of hearts that the person on the other end of the line/internet connection/sitting across from you in some crappy Boston bar will always respond with empathy or a joke or will cut through the bullshit to tell you what you need to hear, even if it isn’t pretty.

    That’s Jim Cavan; a true friend in the most profound sense of the word and an even better father.

    It’s unimaginable, the horror of what Jim and his family are dealing with. And we’re all struggling to find the words that might provide a scintilla of comfort, just because he’d do the same for any of us. Such language doesn’t exist, of course. There are no words that can avoid the agony or reversing the awful unfairness of it all. But it is also true that Rett, in his brief time in this world, touched the hearts and lives of so many.

    If knowledge and community can one day be the undoing—as they surely must—of brutality and despair, we must first cast our lot on the side of our better angels. That can mean a donation or it can mean support for a grieving parent; it can mean a kind word when a harsh one was available or the constructive spread of knowledge when the dismissal of ignorance would have been easier.

    Rett and his parents have been and remain heroic. Let their heroism have ripples. Let their friends be deepened in their resolve. And let this tragedy have no dominion.

    — Kevin McElroy, Robert Silverman and Mike Kurylo.

    Phil Jackson Uses Twitter To Criticize Team, So We Suggest More Ways To Improve The Knicks Via Technology

    According to the Mothership, Phil Jackson admonished his team via Twitter after their embarrassing expected loss to Cleveland.

    So here at KnickerBlogger, we have some suggestions for the Knicks:

    • Get on LinkedIn!
      Phil should start connecting to potential coaches on LinkedIn. Obviously Derek Fisher isn’t working out, so now’s a good time to see who’s out there. There’s got to be some more former guards out there Jackson can tap for the Knicks next coach. What’s B.J. Armstrong doing? How about Jo Jo English? LinkedIn is a great way to make those connections!

    • Coach via Skype!
      The grind of the NBA coaching season might be too much for Phil, but why not coach the team from the comfort of his bed. Jackson could leverage Skype to get back on the sidelines. Fisher would just hold up an iPad, which is about what he seems to be qualified enough to do. Much like today’s working youth, Phil could join the millions of telecommuters and work in his pajamas. I’d be surprised if this isn’t New York’s next move.

    • Extra Practice on NBA Live.
      Obviously Derek Fisher isn’t working out? Oh wait I said that already? Well whatever he’s doing isn’t working. Instead of running actual practices, why not punish the players by forcing them to do some extra practice? But this time on NBA Live! Maybe what Jason Smith needs is to get the hang of virtual rebounding before trying the real thing? Players won’t get tired by actually running around on a basketball court, and be fresh for the games. Fish could join in & try some of the players he rarely uses. Maybe he can discover a gem on the bench (*cough* Cole *cough*) that could actually help the team?

    • Scout via Omegle!
      Given the rising number of undrafted players in the NBA, it’s about time teams look outside of traditional methods of acquiring players. Phil should tap into Omegle to get ahead of the curve and reach out to even less known people. I’ve heard there are a lot of ballers on there, so I imagine New York could find someone that could give the team a hand.

    What are your suggestions?

    Knicks Morning News (2015.02.23)

  • [New York Daily News] J.R., Shumpert help Cavs beat up on Knicks in MSG return (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:29:28 GMT)

    J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert weren’t on the positive side of too many of these Garden variety blowouts this season.

  • [New York Daily News] Phil Jackson rips Knicks on Twitter after loss to Cavs (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:57:51 GMT)

    Phil Jackson’s moves and Carmelo Anthony’s injury have left the Knicks without much of a chance to win many games.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: J.R. Smith keeps Carmelo Anthony company (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:04:49 GMT)

    J.R. Smith spent part of his Saturday night off in New York cheering up an old friend.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: Cavaliers title could be good thing for Knicks (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:44:47 GMT)

    The Cavs are winning big, the Knicks are losing bigger, and never the twain shall meet.

  • [New York Daily News] Justin Bartha embarrasses Knicks reporter Jill Martin (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:20:08 GMT)

    The award for most awkward halftime interview goes to…Justin Bartha and Jill Martin.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Stop 7-Game Losing Streak With OT Win Over Celtics (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:55:22 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin had a season-high 25 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 118-111 overtime victory against the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Warriors at Cavaliers (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:48:25 GMT)

    Golden State and Cleveland, two teams that are rolling right now, opted to stick with what they had at the trading deadline.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Overcome Deficit to Beat the Blazers 98-92 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:43:56 GMT)

    Marc Gasol scored 21 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 98-92 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Reggie Jackson’s Debut With Pistons Ends With Win Over Wizards (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:41:37 GMT)

    After a win over the Wizards, the Pistons are 2-0 since trading four players to get Reggie Jackson and Tayshaun Prince at the trading deadline Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Monta Ellis Leads Mavericks Past Hornets, 92-81 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:11:00 GMT)

    Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Amare Stoudemire had 14 points in 11 minutes in his Dallas debut in the Mavericks’ 92-81 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Leads Thunder Past Nuggets Without Durant (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:34:54 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 21 points and a career-high 17 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 119-94 on Sunday night without Kevin Durant.

  • [New York Times] Vucevic Powers Magic Past 76ers 103-98 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:25:46 GMT)

    Nik Vucevic had 31 points and 14 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-98 on Sunday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Playing Forward (and Pundit, and Savior), LeBron James (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:19:22 GMT)

    LeBron James may never match Michael Jordan’s six championships, but he is building a legacy that could have a greater impact.

  • [New York Times] Stuckey Scores 30 Points, Pacers Beat Warriors 104-98 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:07:33 GMT)

    Rodney Stuckey scored 30 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors 104-98 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] National Basketball Association Roundup (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:31:33 GMT)

    Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant underwent a small procedure on Sunday to help alleviate pain on his surgically repaired right foot, general manager Sam Presti announced.

  • [New York Times] New-Look Pistons Beat Wizards 106-89 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:22:52 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson really wanted to make a good impression in his Detroit Pistons debut.

  • [New York Post] Carmelo played much of season with tear in his knee (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:38:35 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony played most of the season with a partial tear of the left patellar tendon, The Post has learned. In new details, the debridement part of Thursday's surgery was…

  • [New York Post] How LeBron is prepping for big Cavs playoff run (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:10:35 -0500)

    For two games after the All-Star break, Cleveland's LeBron James has sat back and put his feet up in the fourth quarter as he preps for the Cavs' playoff run….