Knicks Morning News (2017.03.31)

  • [ESPN] Friday’s Knicks News: Courtney Lee: ‘Everything just didn’t work out’
    (Friday, March 31, 2017 4:59:04 AM)

    Friday’s Knicks News: Courtney Lee: ‘Everything just didn’t work out’

  • [ESPN] Pippen: Phil’s tenure with Knicks should end
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 8:11:26 PM)

    Pippen: Phil’s tenure with Knicks should end

  • [SNY Knicks] Pippen blames old coach Jackson for Knicks poor season
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:45:00 PM)

    Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen believes Phil Jackson is to blame for the Knicks’ awful season. The former Chicago Bull also offered his support for Carmelo Anthony, and said he thinks it’s time for Jackson to move on from the Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis: Knicks did it wrong from the start
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:40:00 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis offered a blunt assessment of the Knicks’ season on Thursday, saying the team “didn’t do it from the beginning the right way.”

  • [SNY Knicks] Eliminated from playoff contention, Knicks look toward future
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:00:25 PM)

    The Knicks were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs during Wednesday night’s loss to the Heat, making this the fourth consecutive season where New York will not reach the postseason.

  • [NY Newsday] Scottie Pippen blames Phil Jackson for Knicks’ failures, praises Carmelo Anthony
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:31:55 PM)

    MIAMI — Scottie Pippen blamed his former coach, Phil Jackson, for the Knicks’ failure to make the playoffs again and believes he shouldn’t be back as team president.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ early warning signs proved to be true after great preseason expectations
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:22:00 PM)

    MIAMI — The Knicks will honor their 1999 team Sunday and its memorable run to the NBA Finals. This season’s team will be remembered for not living up to lofty expectations.

  • [NYDN] No Bull! Pippen blames Phil Jackson for Knicks awful season
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:32:35 PM)

    So much for triangle solidarity: Even Scottie Pippen thinks his former coach has done a poor job as an executive and should leave New York.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo is too young to be mentor and too old for tanking Knicks
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:32:07 PM)

    The harsh reality facing Carmelo Anthony is that there’s nothing here for him anymore.

  • [NYDN] Sore knee keeps Derrick Rose out of Knicks’ lineup vs. Heat
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:17:33 PM)

    The aches and pains continue for Derrick Rose.

  • [NYPost] One Knick frustrated the ‘most talented’ team he’s played on was a bust
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:32:15 PM)

    As a rookie in 2008-09, Courtney Lee went to The Finals with the Magic who lost in five games to the Lakers coached by Phil Jackson. That was frustrating. But not as frustrating as falling short of the 2016-17 playoffs with the “most talented” team Lee has been a part of, a Knicks team assembled…

  • [NYPost] Scottie Pippen: Phil Jackson is to blame for Knicks’ mess
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:37:05 PM)

    Add one more Hall of Famer who came to the support of Carmelo Anthony. But this one, Scottie Pippen, puts the blame for the Knicks woes at the feet of his former Bulls championship coach, Phil Jackson, and feels his old boss should get out of New York. “I’m going to have to go at…

  • [NYPost] ‘Didn’t do it right’ from onset: Is Porzingis blaming Hornacek?
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:13:12 PM)

    A word that surfaced a lot in recent Knicks conversations was “consistency” — as in the lack of consistency helped caused the team to stink for much of the season. And to Kristaps Porzingis there also was a lack of fundamentals, both offensively and defensively. Whether Porzingis was faulting the coaching staff or not, only…

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.03.30)

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks fall to Heat and fall out of playoff contention
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:49:45 PM)

    Phil Jackson sat in his usual seat about 10 rows off the court, watching as the Knicks put the finishing touches on another lost season.

  • [NY Newsday] NBA agrees with Knicks doctors that Joakim Noah can resume playing, so suspension starts
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 8:46:02 PM)

    Joakim Noah should make his 2017-18 season debut for the Knicks in Game 13, if he’s healthy.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks legend Bernard King relates to Carmelo Anthony’s burden
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:00:00 PM)

    If anyone can relate to being a Knicks forward who must carry a heavy load on offense, it is Carmelo Anthony’s favorite player, Bernard King.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks podcast: Will Joakim Noah ever live up to expectations in New York?
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:01:02 PM)

    Joakim Noah’s signing was viewed widely as a disappointment this season. And that was before his 20-game suspension.

  • [NYDN] Sore knee keeps Derrick Rose out of Knicks’ lineup vs. Heat
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:25:07 PM)

    The aches and pains continue for Derrick Rose.

  • [NYDN] NBA says Joakim Noah healthy enough to start his 20-game ban
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:24:30 PM)

    Joakim Noah is officially healthy enough not to play.

  • [NYDN] Jackson still far from matching Riley’s front office success
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:22:49 PM)

    There’s little to no chance Phil Jackson would study Pat Riley’s management style and emulate his old coaching rival.

  • [NYDN] Knicks eliminated from playoffs with loss to Heat
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:02:45 PM)

    A “Let’s go Heat” chant broke out at Madison Square Garden late in the fourth quarter. The Knicks obliged.

  • [NYPost] Rose and Noah’s absences symbolic of a Knicks’ lost season
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 8:45:34 PM)

    Before the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday after their 105-88 blowout loss to the the Heat at the Garden, their two key offseason additions from the Bulls were missing. Mark their absences as symbolic in a season gone astray. Point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakin Noah were supposed to lift the Knicks…

  • [NYPost] Hubie Brown on where Kristaps Porzingis must improve as a player
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:39:15 PM)

    Former coach Hubie Brown, on hand for the 1984 Knicks reunion, once had a pretty good post man in Bill Cartwright. Though the league is moving away from post-ups strategically, Phil Jackson’s triangle is not. That is why Brown, now an NBA analyst for ESPN , stressed Porzingis has to get better in that area,…

  • [NYPost] Bill Cartwright: Cut the triangle talk, defense is Knicks’ problem
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:23:15 PM)

    Bill Cartwright, who won three championships playing for Phil Jackson in Chicago, cannot understand all the talk about the Knicks and the triangle offense. Cartwright said he believes the focus should be upon the Knicks’ donut defense. “This has always confused me. … You’re scoring 105 points a game. How many you giving up?” said…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo sees ‘writing on wall’ after Knicks get ousted from playoff hunt
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:07:23 PM)

    After the first practice of the preseason at West Point, Carmelo Anthony said, “I haven’t been excited like this in a long time to actually get going and get ready to create something.’’ What the Knicks created was a mess, and they were mathematically eliminated Wednesday from the playoff race in a 105-88 Garden meltdown…

  • [NYPost] Start the clock on Joakim Noah’s 20-game ban
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:42:25 AM)

    The countdown on Joakim Noah’s 20-game suspension imposed by the NBA on the Knicks center for violation of the league’s anti-drug policy starts Wednesday against Miami. An independent doctor confirmed the assessment of Knicks physicians that Noah, who underwent left knee surgery Feb. 27, is fit to play. Noah returned to practice on Tuesday, though it…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks fall to Heat, officially eliminated from playoff race
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:12:08 PM)

    The Heat topped the Knicks, 105-88, on Wednesday night at MSG.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose, Thomas out against Heat
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 5:47:05 PM)

    Derrick Rose and Lance Thomas will both be unavailable to play against the Heat on Wednesday night, the team announced.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s Game: Knicks vs. Heat
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 5:00:09 PM)

    The Knicks host the Heat on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

  • [SNY Knicks] Noah medically cleared by NBA, will begin suspension Wednesday
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:00:30 PM)

    Noah will miss the final eight games of this season and the first 12 of the 2017-18 season.

  • [NYTimes] Joakim Noah’s Suspension Starts as Knicks Are Eliminated From Playoffs
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 2:35:30 AM)

    Hours before a loss knocked the Knicks from postseason contention, Noah was cleared medically to play, triggering the beginning of his suspension for taking a performance-enhancing substance.

  • [NYTimes] Steve Kerr Wins 200 Games Faster Than Any Other N.B.A. Coach
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:49:01 PM)

    The Warriors’ coach reached the milestone in 238 games, 32 games fewer than Phil Jackson did with the Chicago Bulls.

  • [NYTimes] Repeal of Bathroom Law Could Be Boon for North Carolina Sports Fans
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:27:04 AM)

    The law, which curbed protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, had led sports organizations such as the N.C.A.A. to cancel events in the state.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors 110, Spurs 98: Warriors Erase 22-Point Deficit to Beat Spurs and Build Lead in West
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:58:24 AM)

    Stephen Curry had 29 points as Golden State earned its first win over San Antonio this season.

  • [ESPN] Thursday’s Knicks News: Clock starts on next season after loss to Heat
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:02:35 AM)

    Thursday’s Knicks News: Clock starts on next season after loss to Heat

  • [ESPN] Bernard King: Carmelo Anthony ‘hasn’t had the cast around him’ to compete for a title with the Knicks
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 2:00:02 AM)

    Bernard King: Carmelo Anthony ‘hasn’t had the cast around him’ to compete for a title with the Knicks

  • [ESPN] Melo accepts role: ‘I see the writing on the wall’
    (Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:18:00 AM)

    Melo accepts role: ‘I see the writing on the wall’

  • [ESPN] Noah cleared, but now his suspension kicks in
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:17:51 PM)

    Noah cleared, but now his suspension kicks in

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.03.29)

  • [NYDN] Apologetic Joakim Noah says taking supplements ‘backfired’
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:19:26 PM)

    Joakim Noah said he failed a drug test after independently ingesting supplements to help with his injuries.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Joakim Noah apologizes for 20-game suspension, says he ‘made a mistake’
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:52:00 PM)

    Joakim Noah apologized to his teammates and the Knicks organization on Tuesday for being suspended 20 games for taking a banned supplement.

  • [ESPN] Wednesday’s Knicks News: Willy Hernangomez a bright light in a bad season
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:51:43 AM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks News: Willy Hernangomez a bright light in a bad season

  • [ESPN] Noah apologizes for taking banned substance
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:02:27 PM)

    Noah apologizes for taking banned substance

  • [NYTimes] Cloud of Uncertainty Envelops Joakim Noah’s Suspension
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:34:13 PM)

    Noah, a Knicks center, received a 20-game penalty for taking a banned performance-enhancing drug. But knee surgery made it unclear when he can return to serve it.

  • [NYTimes] Cavs’ Terrible Defense Costs Them Top Spot in East
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:10:50 PM)

    Cleveland is 6-9 in March, but Coach Tyronn Lue has insisted that the team has a plan to fix its defense and rebounding when the playoffs come around.

  • [NYPost] The lone Knicks positive to Joakim Noah’s disastrous year
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:59:46 PM)

    The playoffs are a fantasy — something for other teams to do — for a fourth straight Knicks season. Expectations died long ago. Now the starting center who was signed for four years and began the season fighting injury will end it serving a suspension. Still, coach Jeff Hornacek found a positive amid the Joakim…

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah: Decision to use supplement ‘backfired’
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:36:41 AM)

    The 20-game suspension is “severe,” Knicks center Joakim Noah believes, but he accepts his punishment because ultimately only he is to blame for “a mistake” in taking an over-the-counter supplement that contained a banned substance. “I made a mistake,” an apologetic Noah said Tuesday following practice in Tarrytown, a non-contact session he participated in. “It…

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Joakim Noah on 20-game suspension
    (Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:10:41 AM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Noah medically cleared by Knicks, says he won’t appeal suspension
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:30:30 PM)

    Joakim Noah will not appeal his 20-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, he told reporters on Tuesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek: Knicks will look to upgrade defense during offseason
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:00:34 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek told reporters on Monday that the Knicks will look to upgrade the team’s defense through free agency and the draft this offseason.

  • [SNY Knicks] Would Malik Monk be a good fit for Knicks?
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:00:42 AM)

    With De’Aaron Fox garnering attention following Kentucky’s Elite Eight loss, Malik Monk is still finding himself underrated and in his teammate’s shadow.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.03.28)

  • [ESPN] Tuesday’s Knicks News: Noah hopes to begin suspension on Wednesday
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:01:25 AM)

    Tuesday’s Knicks News: Noah hopes to begin suspension on Wednesday

  • [ESPN] Jeff Hornacek: Knicks will look to upgrade defense in free agency, draft
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:15:39 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek: Knicks will look to upgrade defense in free agency, draft

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Carmelo Anthony weighs in on Joakim Noah’s ban
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:55:04 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony talks about Joakim Noah facing the consequences for being suspended due to the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony scores 21 in return to lineup as Knicks beat Pistons
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 10:06:17 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose combined for 73 points as the New York Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons, 109-95, Monday at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Noah to be re-evaluated, Thomas’ MRI comes back clean
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 6:12:08 PM)

    The New York Knicks will re-evaluate forward Joakim Noah’s status to see if he is medically cleared to practice and begin serving his suspension.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hernangomez knows he has to improve defensively
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 1:00:49 PM)

    Knicks C Willy Hernangomez has been a soild offensive contributor but knows he needs to improve defensively.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks interested in Kansas F Josh Jackson
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 9:55:58 AM)

    With the NBA Draft just a few months away, the Knicks are reportedly interested in drafting Kansas combo forward Josh Jackson.

  • [NYDN] Knicks win, but fall behind Magic and Sixers in NBA Draft Lottery
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 9:45:41 PM)

    The Knicks have delayed the inevitable for at least two more nights.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Joakim Noah could start his suspension on Wednesday
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 8:40:04 PM)

    Joakim Noah could begin his 20-game suspension for failing a drug test by Wednesday, meaning he could miss just 12 games next season

  • [NYDN] Jeff Hornacek addresses Knicks’ defensive woes
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 4:52:19 PM)

    The focus on the wishy-washy triangle has detracted from New York’s greatest encumbrance this season: the awful defense.

  • [NYDN] Stan Van Gundy makes pitch for Patrick Ewing to coach Georgetown
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 4:14:29 PM)

    Stan Van Gundy thinks Patrick Ewing is the perfect hire for Georgetown.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis, Hernangomez tandem best thing Knicks have going on now
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 11:58:16 AM)

    If things work out the way the Knicks hope, these two Europeans will be tethered together for quite some time as a big men tandem.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks anxious to get Joakim Noah back on court
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 11:44:46 PM)

    When Joakim Noah underwent knee surgery four weeks ago, there was hope — however faint — that he’d be able to suit up for the Knicks again this season. He could very well be ready if they made a playoff push, the Knicks said at the time, holding on to that fading glimmer of possibility.

  • [NYTimes] The N.B.A.’s Best Games to Watch as the Playoff Races Tighten
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 6:07:45 PM)

    Cleveland is at San Antonio on Monday, Golden State is at Houston on Tuesday and Golden State is at San Antonio on Wednesday.

  • [NYTimes] Spurs 103, Cavaliers 74: LeBron James Leaves With Injury as Cavaliers Lose Top Spot in East
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:20:14 AM)

    James left the game after being elbowed in the back in the third quarter, and the Cavaliers slipped behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

  • [NYTimes] Only Ambiguity Remaining for the Knicks Is Where They Go From Here
    (Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:37:56 AM)

    An 0-4 trip in which Carmelo Anthony didn’t play the final two games extinguished their faint playoff hopes. The long-term view is the team’s only concern.

  • [NYPost] Knicks finally show the kind of heart NCAA brought to Garden
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 9:56:35 PM)

    Perhaps some of the residue from last weekend’s NCAA East Regional rubbed off on the Knicks after South Carolina used their locker room while earning its first ever trip to the Final Four. Watching a bunch of college kids playing with heart and passion in games where every point and possession mattered was exhilarating. Cheers…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo opens up on Noah ban: I’m more into African herbs
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 8:29:32 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony said he goes au naturel when it comes to boosts for his body, saying he’s into “African herbs.’’ In the wake of Joakim Noah’s 20-game ban for taking a supplement that contained Androgen, a banned ingredient that works like an anabolic steroid, Anthony was asked if he takes supplements. “I’m more of a…

  • [NYPost] Knicks rookie’s slump could cost him chance to represent country
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 8:10:05 PM)

    With his midseason dip, there could be a movement by Knicks brass to foil Mindaugas Kuzminskas’ grand plan of playing for the Lithuanian national team in the prestigious European Championships. The national team’s training camp begins in late July. The event starts in late August, brushing close to the start of NBA training camp. Kuzminskas…

  • [NYPost] It all comes together for Knicks’ big three (to mess up their tank)
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 6:00:01 PM)

    See? Pride means more than pingpong balls. Just not to Knicks fans. Staring playoff elimination in the face — yeah, it only seems like they’ve been doing that since December — the Knicks lived for another game, at least, dropping the fading Pistons, 109-95, at the Garden on Monday. “It was kind of a must…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks are hectically rushing Joakim Noah ‘back’
    (Monday, March 27, 2017 4:08:28 PM)

    The Knicks can’t wait for center Joakim Noah to practice again. With an urgency to get his drug-suspension clock to start ticking, Noah huddled with Knicks doctors Monday night in an attempt to get him to be cleared for Tuesday’s practice. If cleared, the Knicks will lobby for the NBA to have his 20-game suspension…