Knicks Morning News (2016.10.31)

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose and Knicks face early test with schedule
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 5:13:35 PM)

    We’ve already seen what the Knicks look like with LeBron James on the court and when they get three days of rest.

  • [NYDN] It’s early, but Knicks have avoided crisis mode once already
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 7:11:40 AM)

    Perhaps you already forgot that the Knicks once fired Lenny Wilkens’ top aide, Dick Helm, after the second game of 2004-05 season.

  • [NYPost] How Carmelo’s 4th-quarter backseat shows Knicks’ potential
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 7:01:57 PM)

    There was a decided difference in the Knicks game Saturday compared to most of those in recent seasons — beyond the fact the Knicks won. In the fourth quarter, the Knicks had options, not just Carmelo Anthony. Oh, when matters in the eventual 111-104 home-opening victory over Memphis got tight, Anthony delivered perhaps the biggest…

  • [NYPost] Brandon Jennings revives D’Angelo Russell scandal: He’s a ‘snitch’
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:55:01 PM)

    Brandon Jennings hasn’t forgotten. The Knicks guard said he doesn’t respect D’Angelo Russell after the Lakers’ young, skilled point guard last year recorded teammate Nick Young confessing he had cheated on his fiancee in a video that later showed up online. Jennings, the 27-year-old in his first year in New York, was having a Q&A…

  • [NYPost] This is the Courtney Lee he wants Knicks fans to know
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:21:59 PM)

    Courtney Lee can now forget his opening night as a Knick. Lee’s first Knicks effort was a mess Tuesday in Cleveland. He shot 0-of-5. The Knicks stunk. Some guys say you just forget and move on, that the sting can be quickly forgotten. Not Lee. The bitter taste remained. It wasn’t like he got over…

  • [NYTimes] Sports Business: One-and-Done System Gets a Documentary. Call It a Farce.
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 11:58:07 PM)

    Ben Simmons, the subject of “One & Done,” knew that he would enter the N.B.A. draft after one season at Louisiana State. So why pretend?

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: A Knicks Opponent Offers Derrick Rose a Low-Profile Role Model
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 4:10:05 PM)

    The Knicks’ versatile attack on Saturday against the Grizzlies underscored that they need Rose to be more like the understated Mike Conley Jr. than an M.V.P.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis showing more poise, maturity in second season
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 7:51:52 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis needed to gather himself a couple of times during the Knicks’ home opener. But he’s no longer a rookie, so it wasn’t that difficult.

  • [ESPN] Monday’s Knicks News: In second season, Porzingis showing more poise, maturity
    (Monday, October 31, 2016 4:41:03 AM)

    Monday’s Knicks News: In second season, Porzingis showing more poise, maturity

  • [SNY Knicks] Will Joakim Noah make a greater impact than Robin Lopez?
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 9:37:01 AM)

    Joakim Noah’s versatile and eye-opening efforts in the Knicks’ Saturday night win over Memphis beg the question: will he make a bigger impact than Robin Lopez did last season?

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.10.30)

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ coach Jeff Hornacek likes veterans’ leadership after loss
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:24:17 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek wasn’t happy with the Knicks’ performance in their regular-season opener, but he liked what he heard in the days after it.

  • [NY Newsday] Derrick Rose makes Knicks way more interesting
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:16:44 AM)

    We will not know for some time how much better the Knicks are — or are not — compared to last season. But we already know this: They are far more interesting, perhaps nowhere more so than at point guard.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks rebound in home opener to defeat Memphis Grizzlies
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:14:46 AM)

    The sting of their one-sided opening-night loss lingered for a few days, and the Knicks played Saturday night like a team that just wanted to get it out of their system.

  • [NYPost] Why Kristaps Porzingis could be even better in Year 2
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:32:04 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis’ season-opening performance sparked fears of a sophomore slump. In the Knicks’ home opener, the 21-year-old showed it’s far more likely he will take a leap toward joining the league’s elite. After struggling on both ends of the floor in a blowout loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday, last season’s Rookie of the Year…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose set to make Knicks fans forget these past PGs
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:10:42 PM)

    A Knicks’ 18-point lead became 10, became seven, became two against the Grizzlies. So back came three starters, including Derrick Rose with 8:36 left in the home opener. “They were just telling me to attack,” Rose said. “Usually when I attack, the paint is always open with the shooters that we have and someone has…

  • [NYPost] Noah sparkles in home debut as Knicks snag uplifting first win
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 6:28:50 PM)

    Joakim Noah took the microphone before tip-off of the Knicks’ home opener and told the Garden crowd: “It’s a long season. Thanks for the support. Let’s get it.” The Knicks got it. They built an 18-point first-half lead behind Noah’s crisp passing and defense. They held on for dear life in the fourth quarter by…

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek wants to bring the ’90s to the Knicks defense
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 8:58:46 AM)

    Let’s get physical! That’s Jeff Hornacek’s mantra to his Knicks, whose defense was deplorable in the preseason and in Tuesday’s opener in Cleveland. His best years coming in Utah, where he played in two Finals against Phil Jackson’s Bulls, Hornacek has invoked his old coach a few times this preseason. So far, the Knicks defense…

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 111, Grizzlies 104: Knicks Let Lead Slip Against Grizzlies, but Still Hold On
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:15:29 AM)

    In a 111-104 win over Memphis, the Knicks turned what appeared to be a triumphant homecoming into a white-knuckle affair as an 18-point lead wasted away.

  • [NYDN] It’s early, but Knicks have avoided crisis mode once already
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 9:05:56 PM)

    Perhaps you already forgot that the Knicks once fired Lenny Wilkens’ top aide, Dick Helm, after the second game of 2004-05 season.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis leads way for offense in Knicks’ home opener
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 8:44:32 PM)

    The Knicks never trailed in front of an excited crowd, and went on a game-breaking run midway through the fourth quarter.

  • [NYDN] Joakim Noah already becoming hometown hero at Garden
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 8:43:43 PM)

    For Noah, who was born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen, the Knicks’ win over Memphis was a “dream” come true — three decades in the making.

  • [NYDN] Seraphin admits Knicks career hurt by stress, being out of shape
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 7:10:53 AM)

    Kevin Seraphin’s brief Knicks career got off on the wrong foot because he arrived in camp out of shape, leading to sporadic minutes.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis, Noah lead Knicks past Grizzlies in home opener, 111-104
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:27:19 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis had a team-high 21 points and new Knick Joakim Noah had seven assists and 10 rebounds as New York held on to beat Memphis 111-104 Saturday in the Knicks’ home opener.

  • [SNY Knicks] TD’s 3 keys to victories against the Grizzlies
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 3:21:01 PM)

    Tommy Dee’s three keys to victory for the Knicks against the Grizzlies.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ new group shouldn’t rush good chemistry
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 11:35:25 AM)

    A new core for the Knicks will take time to gel.

  • [ESPN] Carmelo Anthony says he has no problem sharing the shots — and the spotlight — in New York
    (Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:30:17 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony says he has no problem sharing the shots — and the spotlight — in New York

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.10.29)

  • [NYTimes] Echo of Jeremy Lin’s Glory Days as Nets Win Home Opener
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 4:21:10 AM)

    The Nets, unsung and inexperienced, engineered a 103-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers, and Lin finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks Need Time to Regroup (or Just to Group)
    (Saturday, October 29, 2016 12:06:32 AM)

    An opening-night rout at Cleveland showed that the team remains a work in progress, with new players not yet meshing and the triangle offense still a puzzlement.

  • [SNY Knicks] Melo: Knicks will be ‘totally different team’ in home opener
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 6:36:40 PM)

    A disappointing loss on Tuesday has Carmelo Anthony determined the Knicks will play better on Saturday in the team’s home opener, he told reporters Friday after practice.

  • [SNY Knicks] Baker questionable for Saturday against Grizzlies
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 1:51:42 PM)

    Ron Baker is listed as questionable for Saturday against the Grizzlies.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek, Anthony look to solidify team identity
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 9:16:31 AM)

    With the Knicks clearly not be on the same page as a team in their opening-game loss to the Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony is eager to put that behind them and come together.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks made right move passing on Dwyane Wade
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 8:32:34 AM)

    In his Bulls debut on Thursday night, Dwyane Wade knocked down four daggers from deep en route to scoring 22 points. It was a solid victory, but perhaps the most interesting thing is that Wade connected on just seven long range shots all of last season. He’s already more than halfway there following one game.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony says Knicks have ‘sense of urgency’ for home opener
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 7:40:21 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony doesn’t want to make a big deal over one game, but he twice said the Knicks will have more of a sense of urgency in their home opener Saturday night.

  • [NYPost] Knicks legend can’t say enough good things about Rose, Noah
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 11:20:04 PM)

    Despite the Knicks’ opening-night debacle in Cleveland, franchise legend Willis Reed said he believes the additions of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah will vault the team into the playoffs after a three-year drought. Reed, who lives in rural Louisiana and still hunts deer, attended Friday’s practice as guest of his former teammate, Phil Jackson. Reed…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony promises the real Knicks will show up this time
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 9:49:04 PM)

    Typically, an October home opener doesn’t come attached with a must-win scenario, but Carmelo Anthony is ultra anxious to prove the Knicks’ debut in Cleveland was a fluke. Coming off Tuesday’s embarrassing 117-88 blowout loss to the defending champion Cavaliers, the Knicks want to show their fans that really wasn’t them. The playoff-sturdy Grizzlies invade…

  • [NYPost] The lessons Derrick Rose learned from Knicks debut
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 11:13:09 AM)

    Coming off his one-assist, four-turnover Knicks debut in Cleveland on Tuesday, Derrick Rose promised he will be more “patient’’ and explained why he feels the Garden fans will come to appreciate his game more than did those in Chicago. Rose will play his first game at the Garden in a Knicks uniform on Saturday in…

  • Knicks 2017 Roundtable: New Guys’ Health

    How many games do Noah and Rose each play this year?

    Fisher-Cohen: Derrick Rose possesses just about all the predictors of a short career — terrible injury history; poor perimeter shooting; previous success predicated on athleticism. Similar players such as Marbury, Steve Francis, Baron Davis and Penny Hardaway all were basically bench caliber players by their late 20s if they were even still in the league. The only somewhat similar players who were able to extend their relevance are Dwyane Wade and Gary Payton, who unlike Rose were both excellent post players.

    While, as his anemic free throw rate illustrates (lower than Galloway’s last season), Rose has reformed his game so as to protect his body, I’m not sure he can be an effective player again unless he starts playing a more risky style, and I’m not sure he can stay healthy if he does.

    I’ll go with Rose playing it safe and having a largely healthy (for him) year — let’s say 70 games.

    As for Noah, the injuries haven’t deterred him from throwing his body at opponents, and while that’s allowed him to remain an effective player even as his athleticism has faded, it hasn’t and won’t help him protect his aging body. I’ll say 60 games played for Noah.

    From among the Knicks’ crew of players with awful injury histories, the player I have most hope for both in terms of health and productivity is Brandon Jennings due to his youth and his much lower impact style of play and build.

    Kurylo: I fully believe the Knicks’ short term success is based on the health of Noah. Even if he’s not 100% healthy, he will be the catalyst for the Knicks defense, which was a lukewarm 18th last year. If Hornacek isn’t totally incompetent, Noah stays healthy, and Porzingis continues his development, New York could have a pretty good defense.

    But how many games will Noah play? He’s been pretty consistent, although not in a positive way. Over the last 5 years, he missed 2 games twice, 15 games once, 16 games once, and 53 games last year. Looking at his entire career, it seems there’s about even odds he’ll miss just a handful of games or about 15-20 games. It’s a coin flip, and I’ll choose to be cautiously optimistic and split the difference – 74 games.

    As for Rose, even if we ignore his mostly absent 2012-2014, over the last 2 years he’s missed an average of 23.5 games a year. It’s possible that he puts his health problems behind him and bounces back. So I think he suits up for 60, although the less we all see of Derrick Rose the better (for a number of reasons).

    Plugh: I actually expect both guys to play most of the games. I expect their individual absences to be maintenance-related most of the time, with a short stretch of actual injury related DNPs each. Noah is older, which means he’s not going to be as durable as he was in his prime, but his two most recent injuries seem to be non-chronic in nature. I expect Noah to play in around 70 games, maybe 75, and I also expect Rose to play north of 70.

    One of the reasons I expect Rose to play so many games is that he’s entering this year as healthy as he’s been at any time in the last 4-5 years. His preseason absence was legal in nature, and he seems to be in very good shape. The key to Rose playing most of the year is avoiding early wear and tear. Hornacek can make very good use of Brandon Jennings (who’s dealing with his own recent injury issues) and limit the minutes and back-to-backs Rose plays. If Rose makes it out of the All-Star break with a strong management of his health, there’s no reason to think he won’t finish the season out playing more minutes and more games. If he gets hurt at any point, they’ll be conservative bringing him back, which is my only hesitation in saying he’ll play much more than 70.

    Knicks Morning News (2016.10.28)

  • [ESPN] Friday’s Knicks News: Phil Jackson urges patience with triangle offense
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 5:36:39 AM)

    Friday’s Knicks News: Phil Jackson urges patience with triangle offense

  • [ESPN] Carmelo, Hornacek preach patience when it comes to triangle, defense
    (Friday, October 28, 2016 2:35:15 AM)

    Carmelo, Hornacek preach patience when it comes to triangle, defense

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks’ home opener
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:39:32 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] How can Thomas elevate his game again?
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 3:25:17 PM)

    If the Knicks want to have a real shot at competing this season, they will need Lance Thomas to elevate his game.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose wants Knicks to utilize pick-and-roll more
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 3:20:53 PM)

    Knicks guard Derrick Rose said he wants the Knicks to use the pick-and-roll more in the team’s offense after Tuesday’s loss to the Cavaliers, according to Newsday’s Al Iannazzone.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks operating without a defensive coach
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:25:59 AM)

    The Knicks, who are operating without a defensive coach, were blown out by the Cavaliers on Opening Night.

  • [NYTimes] 10 Things the N.B.A. Openers Taught Us
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 2:41:26 PM)

    Among them: The Warriors may need time to jell, the 76ers may be competitive and the Cavaliers still have it.

  • [NYTimes] 30 Seconds With Willis Reed
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 3:24:32 PM)

    The long-retired N.B.A. center recently spoke about the new Knicks and his team’s old philosophy.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony, Jeff Hornacek understand Derrick Rose’s frustration
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:28:50 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek isn’t getting much of a honeymoon with the Knicks.

  • [NYDN] Knicks coach hints Phil wants team to be patient with triangle
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 9:08:03 PM)

    Life comes at you fast, especially when you’re the head coach of the New York Knicks.

  • [NYPost] ‘Thrives in madness’: Joakim Noah’s NYC homecoming
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 10:29:16 PM)

    The changes are striking — towers of glass and steel climbing from once-ignored blocks, intent on touching the sky. The changes are subtle — new, dimly lit restaurants trying to be trendy enough to survive the next round of rising rents. Disfigurements and improvements dot Manhattan’s West Side, where tourists keep trickling out from an…

  • [NYPost] Knicks other strategy for scoring besides hoisting up 3s
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 9:49:05 PM)

    Sometimes, there are elements of the good old days that are missing in today’s NBA. Like absorbing elbows, and punches and getting knocked on your butt. “Part of the strategy in basketball that’s changed over the years is nobody gets the other team in foul trouble,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Thursday. “This pick-and-roll stuff…

  • [NYPost] Making Phil Jackson’s triangle work: Knicks preach one word
    (Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:44:59 PM)

    Here’s some free, unsolicited advice in case you are sitting around, holding your breath waiting for the Knicks to resemble the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen Bulls or the Kobe Bryant-Shaquille O’Neal Lakers in running the triangle offense: Exhale. There’s a new coach, Jeff Hornacek, who hasn’t coached it before. There is a former MVP, Derrick Rose,…

  • Knicks 2017 Roundtable: Porzingis’ Efficiency

    Over/Under: Porzingis’ TS% .54% (last year 51.8%)

    Fisher-Cohen: OVER! KP’s major issues last season were stamina and the triangle offense. The triangle is hopefully pretty much gone, and the new coach has a history of success utilizing what should be Porzingis’s bread and butter: pick and pop. Frye and Markieff Morris thrived under Hornacek because he recognized the value of pick and pop, which is hopefully something he can repeat here in NY even if his guards are a lot worse.

    The thing is, KP wasn’t a great three point shooter last year — 33% for the season. Things get interesting though when you look at his splits. Porzingis shot 38.7% from three in the first half of games and just 27.8% in the second half. If he can maintain that 38.7% shooting through entire games, he’s up to a 54.3% TS%. I’m hopeful that he can accomplish that.

    Plugh: I’m also saying, emphatically, OVER! Hornacek understands how to use his new toy, as Max pointed out, and you can already see KP taking advantage of his new crossover, his comfortable spots on the floor, and his improved shooting mechanics. Over the summer it’s like they took a beautiful piece of sculpture and painted it in technicolor. Does that even make sense? Whatever. Go with it.

    I also think the addition of penetrating point guards is going to improve his opportunities by leaps and bounds. You already see Porzingis passing up the contested, straight on three in favor of moving the ball, finding better position and shooting on the second go around. Last season he often felt the need to shoot from 5 feet behind the arc because he knew he wasn’t going to get another decent touch. Rose and Jennings will create havoc in the lane and get him some open looks from three, not to mention some sweet lobs around the rim. When I see how Brandon Jennings has turned Kyle O’Quinn into a close-range offensive threat, I start drooling thinking about KP’s run with the second unit.

    Kurylo: I tried to determine this out as objectively as possible. So I took a look at all of the 20 year old rookies over the last 10 seasons that played 2000 or more minutes. Sorted by ts%, Porzingis was a spot above the median with 51.8% ts%. In the middle was Derrick Rose at 51.6%. Then I looked at a similar list of 21 year old second year players. The median of this group is Kyle Lowry (53.1%) and DeMar DeRozan (53.0%). Again Derrick Rose appears on this list, a spot above Lowry with 53.2%.

    Based on this data, it’s possible that Porzingis tops 54% ts%. As you can see Monta Ellis did it, and he’s just 3 and a half spots above the median. Nonetheless the evidence isn’t in Zinger’s favor, so I’ll stick with the UNDER. Sure call me a pessimist, but one of us has to be right.

    Rk Player Season Tm TS% WS PTS/36
    1 James Harden 2010-11 OKC 0.598 7.1 16.4
    2 Jonas Valanciunas 2013-14 TOR 0.579 6.7 14.5
    3 Serge Ibaka 2010-11 OKC 0.579 7.6 13.1
    4 Danilo Gallinari 2009-10 NYK 0.575 5.6 16.0
    5 Eric Gordon 2009-10 LAC 0.571 3.2 16.9
    6 Brook Lopez 2009-10 NJN 0.57 7.9 18.3
    7 Gordon Hayward 2011-12 UTA 0.568 4.9 14.0
    8 Gary Harris 2015-16 DEN 0.566 4 13.8
    9 Greg Monroe 2011-12 DET 0.563 7 17.6
    10 Ben McLemore 2014-15 SAC 0.552 2.5 13.4
    11 Mike Conley 2008-09 MEM 0.548 4.5 12.8
    12 Rudy Gay 2007-08 MEM 0.546 5 19.6
    13 Monta Ellis 2006-07 GSW 0.545 4 17.4
    14 Chris Paul 2006-07 NOK 0.537 8.8 16.9
    15 Derrick Rose 2009-10 CHI 0.532 6 20.3
    16 Kyle Lowry 2007-08 MEM 0.531 3.4 13.6
    17 DeMar DeRozan 2010-11 TOR 0.53 3.2 17.8
    18 Tristan Thompson 2012-13 CLE 0.516 5.2 13.4
    19 Wilson Chandler 2008-09 NYK 0.515 3.1 15.6
    20 Rajon Rondo 2007-08 BOS 0.515 7.2 12.7
    21 Brandon Knight 2012-13 DET 0.511 1.1 15.2
    22 Jerami Grant 2015-16 PHI 0.506 2.1 13.1
    23 Michael Beasley 2009-10 MIA 0.505 4.6 17.9
    24 John Wall 2011-12 WAS 0.502 3.5 16.2
    25 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 2014-15 DET 0.501 2.8 14.5
    26 Jared Sullinger 2013-14 BOS 0.497 3.9 17.3
    27 Brandon Jennings 2010-11 MIL 0.493 3.9 16.9
    28 Russell Westbrook 2009-10 OKC 0.491 6.1 16.9
    29 Harrison Barnes 2013-14 GSW 0.486 3.2 12.1
    30 Tyreke Evans 2010-11 SAC 0.482 1.6 17.3
    31 Julius Randle 2015-16 LAL 0.482 1.6 14.5
    32 Elfrid Payton 2015-16 ORL 0.478 2.2 13.1