Knicks Morning News (2016.07.24)

  • [NYPost] Jeremy Lin opens up: On Knicks heartbreak, racism and Fitzpatrick
    (Saturday, July 23, 2016 1:03:21 PM)

    New Brooklyn Net, and former Knick, Jeremy Lin took a shot at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: When you knew your Knicks days were ending, how sad was that for you? A: I was really, really sad. I was sad the way everything went down, ’cause nothing happened the way I thought…

  • [NYTimes] W.N.B.A. Rescinds Fines for Players’ Pregame Activism
    (Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:37:16 PM)

    Three teams had been fined $5,000 and players had been fined $500 each for wearing black warm-up shirts in response to recent shootings involving the police.

  • [NYTimes] Better Late Than Never, Pullout Hands Australian Hearn Rio Berth
    (Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:48:31 AM)

    Sixteen years after being an unused reserve at her home Sydney Olympics, Australian rider Sue Hearn will finally make her Games debut at the age of 60 in Rio.

  • [NYTimes] More ‘B Team’ Than ‘Dream Team’ as U.S. Eye Rio Basketball Gold
    (Sunday, July 24, 2016 1:21:33 AM)

    No Stephen Curry? No LeBron James? No problem. Despite missing the game’s two best players the U.S. men’s basketball team are still the slam dunk favorite to return home from the Rio Olympics with the gold medal.

  • [NYTimes] WNBA President Lauds Activism, Wishes It Was Kept Off Court
    (Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:09:31 AM)

    WNBA President Lisa Borders applauds the league’s players for taking a stance on social issues. She just wishes the activism was kept off the court.

  • [NYTimes] Olympics: Funky or Classic? Medal Ceremony Gets Musical Makeover
    (Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:00:27 PM)

    Olympic organizers will bring typical Brazilian informality to the medal ceremonies at Rio2016 with three different kinds of podium music depending on whether the sports are considered classical, pop or cool, officials said.

  • [SNY Knicks] Derrick Rose: The evolving offensive player
    (Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:22:22 AM)

    We’ve seen Derrick Rose’s best, but can Rose return to the Russell Westbrook-esque athlete he was as a young player in the NBA?

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.07.23)

  • [NYDN] Melo set to host town hall meeting in LA on police violence
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 8:33:03 PM)

    For two weeks, Carmelo Anthony has spoken of some sort of action to help solve the issue of police violence.

  • [NYDN] Just how delusional is Derrick Rose about the 2016-17 Knicks?
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 8:30:49 PM)

    Tis the season for being overly optimistic and Derrick Rose may have outdone himself.

  • [ESPN] Derrick Rose: Knicks roster fits triangle ‘to a T’
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 11:55:16 AM)

    Derrick Rose: Knicks roster fits triangle ‘to a T’

  • [ESPN] Rose: Knicks being compared to ‘super’ Warriors
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 10:37:38 AM)

    Rose: Knicks being compared to ‘super’ Warriors

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: For Michael Jordan, a Chance to Speak Up (for Once)
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 10:17:48 PM)

    As a franchise owner, Jordan has broken barriers. But in the wake of North Carolina’s “bathroom law,” perhaps it’s time for him to break free of his corporate cautiousness.

  • [NYTimes] Corner Office: Lisa Borders of the W.N.B.A.: It’s Impossible to Refute Results
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 11:00:12 AM)

    Ms. Borders, president of the W.N.B.A., says she focuses on tangible outcomes because doing so allows her to rise above others’ good or bad opinions.

  • [NYTimes] Argentina’s Luis Scola Adds Olympic Flag-Bearer to his Résumé
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 11:32:10 PM)

    Scola, who won a men’s basketball gold medal with Argentina in 2004, will carry the country’s flag during the opening ceremony.

  • [NYTimes] WNBA President Talks About Fining Players Over Warmup Shirts
    (Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:09:30 AM)

    WNBA President Lisa Borders applauds the league’s players for taking an active stance on social issues, she just wishes they would keep it off the court.

  • [NYTimes] Hornets Co-owner Hits Out at All Star Game Move
    (Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:18:31 AM)

    Hornets co-owner Felix Sabates has blasted the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina due to its objections to a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors’ Draymond Green Settles Assault Case Before Rio
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 6:16:20 PM)

    Lawyers say Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green will pay $560 for a noise violation in a deal that gets rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge in East Lansing, Michigan.

  • [SNY Knicks] Randle reportedly narrows list of potential teams to Knicks, two others
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 8:06:52 PM)

    Free agent guard Chasson Randle has narrowed his search to a list of three teams, which includes the Knicks, his agent told the New York Post.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose hopes rebuilt Knicks can prove themselves
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 8:27:20 AM)

    Newly-acquired guard Derrick Rose hopes he, Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the New York Knicks can make some noise in the Eastern Conference this season.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks now in ‘super team’ category with Warriors, says Derrick Rose
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 2:39:00 PM)

    Derrick Rose said the Knicks are now in the same “super team” category as the Warriors, according to

  • [NYPost] Chasson Randle could be natural fit as Knicks’ third point guard
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 12:01:01 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Summer-league sensation point guard Chasson Randle has narrowed down his choice to three teams, including the Knicks, according to his agent. Randle fit in so smoothly running the point at the Orlando summer league because he ran a lot of triangle at his alma mater, Stanford. After going undrafted in 2015, Randle…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose goes too far, compares Knicks to Warriors
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 8:30:48 AM)

    Derrick Rose’s visions of Knicks grandeur grow by the day. On Wednesday, Rose told Slam Magazine he thought the Knicks “have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that is rare.” Very rare. In fact, the only team you could say that about with a straight face would be the Warriors, who won an NBA-record 73…

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.07.22)

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. to Move All-Star Game From North Carolina
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 1:18:40 AM)

    The league’s move came as a reaction to state legislation perceived as being hostile to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

  • [NYTimes] Players Criticize W.N.B.A. For Fines Over Shirts Worn to Underscore Shootings
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 12:21:22 AM)

    Three teams were fined $5,000 and each player was fined $500 for wearing T-shirts intended to raise awareness in the aftermath of recent shootings by and of the police.

  • [NYTimes] NBA MVP Curry Regrets Missing Rio Games
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 4:36:27 AM)

    Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry said the injuries he suffered during the playoffs forced him to pull out of the Rio Olympics, a decision that still does not sit well with him.

  • [NYTimes] NBA Pulls All-Star Game From Charlotte Over Transgender Law
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:24:31 PM)

    The NBA is moving its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, given its objections to a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the league on Thursday.

  • [NYTimes] WNBA Fines 3 Teams, Players for Shirts in Wake of Shootings
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:49:35 PM)

    Social activism is coming at a cost for WNBA players.

  • [SNY Knicks] NBA moves All-Star Game out of Charlotte due to anti-LGBT law
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:30:28 PM)

    The NBA announced on Thursday that the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved from North Carolina due to the state’s passing of HB2

  • [SNY Knicks] Did the Knicks make the right head coaching choice?
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:30:12 PM)

    Phil Jackson and the Knicks hired Jeff Hornacek to be the team’s new head coach, but was it the right move?

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Wade could have been a Knick
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:33:12 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony told reporters in Las Vegas that the Knicks indeed had the chance to add Dwyane Wade to their roster during the NBA free agent frenzy period earlier this month.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony defends WNBA players for T-shirts
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:45:22 PM)

    WNBA players can’t understand why the league isn’t on board with their activism. And they have an advocate in Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony blasts WNBA for suppressing protest
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:22:36 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Carmelo Anthony is on a roll. While announcing his Olympic-team “town hall meeting” he is staging in Los Angeles will be held Monday, Anthony continued his activist role regarding “Black Lives Matter” issues when he criticized the fines levied against politically minded WNBA players. The NBA-run league has fined the Liberty, the…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose’s Knicks optimism is out of control
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 8:28:45 AM)

    Derrick Rose isn’t saying the Knicks can go 82-0. But the point guard’s rosy view of the new-look roster is he’s now part of a team equipped to go toe to toe with any opponent in the NBA. “I just love the group,” Rose told Slam Magazine. “I think we have a chance to win every game, and…

  • [ESPN] Friday’s Knicks Links: Carmelo Anthony blasts WNBA for fining players
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 5:30:41 AM)

    Friday’s Knicks Links: Carmelo Anthony blasts WNBA for fining players

  • [ESPN] Melo planning meeting to address police violence
    (Friday, July 22, 2016 1:19:01 AM)

    Melo planning meeting to address police violence

  • 2016 FA Roundtable: Brandon Jennings

    PLUGH: I really don’t like Brandon Jennings’ game. People sometimes pine over the memory of Jordan Hill being selected two slots ahead of him, but not me. Jennings has a lot of jittery, herky jerky moves and he slings up three pointers in bunches. Most of the time it’s out of the flow of the offense and totally inefficient. It’s like Jamal Crawford on acid. The Knicks reportedly wanted to trade for Jennings at the deadline last year, but the idea of giving anything up for him is sickening. I’m being really harsh in my assessment of Jennings game, but there’s no way to paint the picture kindly. If you look at his shot charts he’s dismally below average in almost every spot on the court. It’s amazing, though, how perceptions change when situations change. With Derrick Rose in tow, Brandon Jennings looks like a nice flier on a one-year, $5 million deal off the bench. Nothing about him changes as a player, but the number of gambles the Knicks have made in other areas makes this feel like a “why not” type of move. If Rose is inefficient as the starter, but plays fast to some positive effect, Jennings doesn’t pose any new problems. If the two of them fail to make a positive impact next year, they can both be jettisoned in favor of bigger fish. I’ll never be a fan of Jennings inefficient style of play, but in this particular spot, I’m not mad.

    CRONIN: It seems awfully fishy that this dude couldn’t beat a one-year/$5 million contract out there. It makes me worried that everyone thinks his injuries are just too much. Hopefully not. The upside of the deal is also a bit off. I mean, $5 million for a rotation guy who has had at least a half-year of strong play (before suffering a major injury) is not bad, but when the Knicks are going to be really tight with cap space next year (especially since the NBA is now saying that the cap will be $5 million lower than expected next year), there seems to be little chance of him coming back even if he has a decent year. Let’s hope he has a decent year, though!

    MA: Jennings has had good games as recently as March, so I don’t mind taking the risk. Unfortunately, if it does pan out, the Knicks could easily lose him. He’s not the most efficient scorer, but he showed in Detroit and Orlando that he could be a distributor. Defensively, I’ll just look away.

    UDWARY: It’s a one year, cheap contract for a likely awful player. Not really much else to say. He is one of the very few guys we could have backing up the PG position that will make you hope Rose can play lots of minutes, though.

    FISHER-COHEN: Brian, it could be that Jennings is betting on Rose getting hurt, and even if he doesn’t, who’s he competing with for bench minutes? There’s no more Rambis to stuff Vujacic down our throats, so that leaves just Justin Holiday. In any case, I find it hard to care about Jennings given it’s a one year deal, but here’s my best attempt: I would be less surprised to see Jennings repeat that streak he put up in Detroit before the injury than to see Noah outperform his 14/15 numbers or Rose put up NBA average numbers. He’s still just 26. Even in that hot streak, he couldn’t finish at the rim (like the rest of the Knicks!), so it’s not like he was reliant on quickness and leaping ability back then.

    KURYLO: If you want to know how I evaluate a player, unless they’re a defensive juggernaut, the first thing I check is their ts%. Jennings’ career is 49.7%. “Yikes”, I think to myself, “maybe he was bad earlier in his career, and has gotten better.” So I then look at the ts% by season. Brandon’s last 4 seasons were 51.0%, 48.6%, 52.2%, and 49.1%. Some years were better, but nowhere near the league average which usually hovers around 54%.

    But I’m curious why Jennings is such an inefficient scorer. Career-wise he’s 35% from downtown, which isn’t an Achilles Heel unlike Rose (30.3%). Next I scan free throws wondering if he just doesn’t convert from the line much. Negative — 3.1 makes per 36 and he makes him at just a tad under 80%. Not great numbers, but well enough.


    Then I look at the final component of true shooting percentage, his 2P%. HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL! WHAT THE HECK IS THIS KID DOING ON THE COURT? I COULD PROBABLY — OK I COULDN’T — BUT STILL! HOW MANY NBA MINUTES HAS HE GOTTEN??? ALMOST 15,000! AND NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET HIM TO SHOOT PROPERLY? Well maybe he doesn’t shoot that often — 15.8 fga/36. WHAT THE @#@*(@#)*!!!!!

    Brandon Jennings shoots two point shots at 41.3%. How bad is that? Let’s answer with a trivia question.

    In the 3-point era (1980 season), how many NBA players have amassed 14,000 minutes but have only managed to hit 41.3% of their 2 point shots?
    A. 5
    B. 10
    C. 25
    D. 50

    [Extra credit name the two Knicks – one player and one coach.]

    So my parting thoughts are — how many nights will I be throwing stuff at the tv because Knicks point guards are having “an off night”?

    Knicks Morning News (2016.07.21)

  • [NYTimes] Nets, With Many New Players, Look to Build Something Lasting
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:16:10 AM)

    The free-agent guard Jeremy Lin was among six players introduced Wednesday, as the team strives to improve.

  • [NYTimes] Jeremy Lin Is Back in New York, and So Is a Glimpse of the Old Linsanity
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:13:26 PM)

    By returning to a city with the largest Chinese population outside of Asia to play for the Nets, Lin is stepping back into a broader, brighter spotlight.

  • [NYTimes] WNBA Fines 3 Teams, Players for Shirts in Wake of Shootings
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 5:09:39 AM)

    Social activism is coming at a cost for WNBA players.

  • [NYTimes] Suns, Mavs, Spurs to Play Games in Mexico
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 7:36:31 PM)

    The Phoenix Suns will take on the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in the first consecutive regular-season NBA games in Mexico on Jan. 12 and 14.

  • [NYTimes] Phoenix Suns to Play 2 Regular-Season Games in Mexico
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 5:52:25 PM)

    The Phoenix Suns will play two regular-season “home” games in Mexico City this season.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony believes Knicks had shot at landing Dwyane Wade
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:08:59 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Carmelo Anthony believes the Knicks had a realistic shot at signing Dwyane Wade during free agency.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony glad J.R. Smith has a championship ring
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 7:54:00 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony enjoyed seeing his former teammate and good friend J.R. Smith win a championship with the Cavaliers and respected the way he celebrated.

  • [ESPN] Thursday’s Knicks Links: Jim Boeheim sold Carmelo Anthony on the Olympics
    (Thursday, July 21, 2016 5:10:17 AM)

    Thursday’s Knicks Links: Jim Boeheim sold Carmelo Anthony on the Olympics

  • [ESPN] Carmelo Anthony: Knicks ‘definitely’ had a chance to sign Dwyane Wade
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:54:50 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony: Knicks ‘definitely’ had a chance to sign Dwyane Wade

  • [NYPost] The Jim Boeheim call to sell Carmelo Anthony on Olympics
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 5:40:22 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he knew Carmelo Anthony was wavering about playing in the 2016 Olympics given all the defections and health and safety concerns in Rio. So Boeheim placed a call to the player who helped him win the 2003 national championship to try to convince him Team USA needed him….

  • [NYPost] Melo: Knicks’ shot at Wade was real — ‘If it was 2 days earlier…’
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 5:04:02 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Not that Carmelo Anthony is pining for him, but the Knicks star thinks if the momentum for Dwyane Wade to leave Miami occurred earlier this month, the Knicks may have had the cap room to snare him. The Knicks had talks with Wade, but he ultimately signed a $23.5 million per year…

  • [NYPost] Coach K: How this Plumlee will help the Knicks
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:20:56 AM)

    LAS VEGAS — You can excuse Duke and US Olympic Team coach Mike Krzyzewski for mixing up his Plumlees. After all, he’s had three of them. Now all the Plumlee brothers are in the NBA after the Knicks gave Marshall a guaranteed, minimum deal to come to training camp despite going undrafted last month. When The Post…

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony talks about how Knicks almost got Dwyane Wade
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 7:24:46 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony revealed that the Knicks had a realistic chance of signing Dwyane Wade.

  • [NYDN] Melo says he may pull a J.R. Smith if he ever wins an NBA title
    (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 4:21:25 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony admired the fashion sense of his good friend and former teammate in both Denver and New York.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.07.20)

  • [NYTimes] Carmelo Anthony Is Using His Voice and Olympic Platform for Social Change (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:01:33 PM)

    While training with the United States basketball team that will be headed to the Rio Olympics, Anthony spoke about his activism against gun violence.

  • [NYTimes] Connecticut Improving Despite Lack of Wins; Sparks Rolling (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:30:43 PM)

    Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller knew his team might struggle in his first season on the bench.

  • [NYTimes] Twitter Signs Streaming Deal With NBA for Non-Game Programing (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 3:03:31 PM)

    Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had signed a deal with the NBA to stream exclusive non-game programing, pushing deeper into sports streaming as it seeks new ways to attract users.

  • [NYPost] Carmelo speaks carefully about his solo Durant recruitment (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:42:41 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Carmelo Anthony is not resentful Kevin Durant didn’t strongly consider New York, and the Knicks star said fans should lay off Durant for making the decision to join the superpowers of Golden State. Anthony spent a late June weekend with Durant in New York before free agency began. Those get-togethers came amid…

  • [NYPost] Thibodeau raves about ‘great’ new Knicks, sidesteps Phil snub (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:15:01 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — If Timberwolves chief Tom Thibodeau sounds envious about the Knicks’ additions of two of his favorite players, he’s not. While heaping major praise on the damage ex-Bulls Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah can do in New York despite their injury-riddled résumés, Thibodeau deflected any notion of being bitter that president Phil Jackson…

  • [NYPost] Jerian Grant offers preview of the future Phil Jackson fears (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:10:59 AM)

    LAS VEGAS — At a press conference in Tarrytown earlier this month, Knicks president Phil Jackson said his former point guard Jerian Grant “has a future.’’ The future is now — at least it was Monday in Las Vegas. Grant, playing for the Bulls’ summer-league team, captured the championship-game MVP award. Grant erupted for 24 points,…

  • [ESPN] Wednesday’s Knicks Links: Thibodeau likes the additions of Noah, Rose (Wednesday, July 20, 2016 5:30:18 AM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks Links: Thibodeau likes the additions of Noah, Rose

  • [NYDN] Tom Thibodeau likes Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah for Knicks (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:52:33 PM)

    The coach Carmelo Anthony wanted in New York will be coaching him for the next month

  • [NYDN] Here’s what Carmelo Anthony thinks of Durant going to Warriors (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:36:48 PM)

    Kevin Durant never granted the Knicks an official meeting during free agency but Carmelo Anthony maintains that he was in constant contact.

  • [SNY Knicks] Thibodeau has praise for Knicks’ additions of Rose, Noah (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:05:56 PM)

    Former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is a fan of the moves the Knicks made to bring in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, who he coached in Chicago.

  • [NY Newsday] Tom Thibodeau says Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah big assets for Knicks (Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:21:00 PM)

    Tom Thibodeau wasn’t high on Phil Jackson’s list of coaching candidates, but he’s high on the Knicks.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.07.19)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Revamped roster excites Carmelo Anthony (Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:24:43 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Revamped roster excites Carmelo Anthony

  • [ – New York Knicks] Melo: 'As a country, we have to stand united' (Tue, 19 Jul 2016 03:33:13 EST)

    Melo: 'As a country, we have to stand united'

  • [New York Times] Carmelo Anthony Is Using His Voice and Olympic Platform for Social Change (Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:29:39 GMT)

    While training with the United States basketball team that will be headed to the Rio Olympics, Anthony spoke about his activism against gun violence.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Believe Future Could Be Bright After Dismal Seasons (Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:21:39 GMT)

    Without playing a game, the 76ers will still spend this summer in the cellar.

  • [New York Times] Valentine’s Buzzer Beater Gives Bulls Title at Summer League (Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:03:36 GMT)

    Denzel Valentine put a thrilling finish on the NBA Summer League.