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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Is it Worth it for the Knicks to Spend a Draft Pick for Masai Ujiri?

There’s been a buzz on the internet about the Knicks acquiring the Toronto Raptors VP Masai Ujiri for their front office vacancy. Poaching an executive from another team isn’t illegal in sports, as there usually requires some kind of compensation for the deed. In May the Raptors acquired a second round pick from Orlando, because the Magic hired Jeff Weltman to be their president. Ujiri would likely cost the Knicks more than a second round pick. I’d say a good estimate would be a protected first, maybe with sliding protection like top-15 the first year, top-10 the second, top-5 the …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.30)

[NYDN] Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin to interview for Knicks presidency (Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:31:38 PM) The Knicks have eyes on Masai Ujiri, but the man recently jettisoned by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert could also be considered. [NYDN] Jeff Hornacek, Knicks aren’t completely abandoning triangle  (Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:25:10 PM) On the surface, nothing really had changed for the Knicks. [NYDN] Hard to believe Isiah Thomas is out of mix for Knicks’ job (Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:25:04 PM) Dolan has made it known that Thomas is his friend and that he values his opinion. [NYDN] John Calipari denies …continue reading

Knicks 2017 Summer League Roster Breakdown

With the Knicks summer league right around the corner, I thought I’d look at some of the lesser known prospects and give my opinion on them. Jamel Artis SF, 6-7, 23 Artis is an empty scorer. Other than scoring and a moderate amount of rebounding (6.7 reb/40), he adds literally nothing else. With 0.7 stl/40 and 0.5 blk/40 he will get roasted on defense. On offense he can hit from downtown (37.8%) and gets to the free throw line (5.2 fta/40), so he’s not really a Novak-style bomber, but seems to able to score in a multitude of ways. But …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.29)

[SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Ian Begley on Jackson’s dismissal (Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:04:01 AM) [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Jackson, Knicks part ways (Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:08:12 PM) [SNY Knicks] Knicks remain intent on trading Anthony despite Jackson’s departure (Wednesday, June 28, 2017 4:55:24 PM) Jackson attempted to trade Anthony during the season and had reiterated that desire last week. He had also irked Anthony with comments he made during the season about Anthony’s style of play. [SNY Knicks] JRSportBrief: The Knicks are a dumpster fire (Wednesday, June 28, 2017 3:50:29 PM) In the latest installment of JRSportBrief …continue reading

ESPN Sources: Jackson and Knicks to Part Ways

According to ESPN: The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson will announce that they’re parting ways early Wednesday morning, sources told ESPN. Conversations about what was best for the team’s future between Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony, sources said. Jackson, 71, had made it well known that he felt it was best for Anthony and the organization to part ways, both publicly and privately, but Anthony refused to waive his no-trade clause, and the Knicks were determined not to accommodate any …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.28)

[ESPN] Sources: Phil, Knicks to part ways Wednesday (Wednesday, June 28, 2017 3:06:00 AM) Sources: Phil, Knicks to part ways Wednesday [ESPN] Knicks’ interest in Rose ‘legitimate,’ sources say (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:14:15 PM) Knicks’ interest in Rose ‘legitimate,’ sources say [ESPN] La La: Carmelo prefers to stay close to son (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:07:51 PM) La La: Carmelo prefers to stay close to son [NYPost] James Dolan, Phil Jackson expected to part ways: reports (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:50:43 PM) Knicks owner James Dolan is expected to let team president Phil Jackson go, according to multiple reports. …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.27)

[NYTimes] Russell Westbrook Wins M.V.P. at N.B.A. Awards (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 3:55:47 AM) Westbrook received the honor after a season in which he set a record with 42 triple-doubles. [NYTimes] D’Angelo Russell, Happy for a Fresh Start, Is Ready to Lead the Nets His Way (Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:19:09 AM) Criticized by the Lakers executive Magic Johnson for not playing a greater role in Los Angeles, Russell said he would lead by example in Brooklyn. [NYTimes] 8 Reasons the Big3 Might Succeed, and 6 Reasons It Might Fail (Monday, June 26, 2017 2:45:39 PM) Attendance at Barclays Center …continue reading