Knicks Morning News (2017.09.30)

  • [NYPost] What Kristaps Porzingis thinks of his agency being raided in NCAA scandal
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 10:53:18 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis could have more to worry about than his minor right-knee bruise, wondering what is going on with the agents who represent him. Earlier this week, the offices of ASM Sports, an agency headed by Andy Miller, was raided by the FBI amidst an ongoing NCAA corruption scandal. Janis Porzingis, Kristaps’ brother, works for…

  • [NYPost] Why Knicks’ connections could unlock Doug McDermott’s potential
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 7:07:19 AM)

    Greg McDermott had it easy recruiting his son, Doug. The stringent NCAA allowed the Creighton head coach to bestow Doug McDermott with birthday and Christmas gifts and chat with him during so-called “dead periods.’’ “I was able to do anything a normal father could do,’’ Greg McDermott told The Post. Greg McDermott, starting his eighth…

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis focusing on training camp despite agency concerns
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 6:50:37 PM)

    Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis is focused on training camp and did not want to comment on the status of his agency ASM Sports.

  • [SNY Knicks] McDermott’s Knicks connections could jump start his NBA career
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 5:42:48 PM)

    Knicks forward Doug McDermott is playing for his fourth coach in four NBA seasons, but this stop in New York could be a turn in the right direction for the former Creighton sharp shooter.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis returned to practice on Friday
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 11:35:33 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis returned to Knicks practice on Friday after leaving practice early on Thursday due to a sore right knee.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis says there’s no need to clear the air with the Knicks
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 10:26:03 PM)

    Rumors swirled that then-Knicks president Phil Jackson was trying to trade Kristaps Porzingis during the week of the NBA Draft.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis back at Knicks practice after suffering sore knee
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 7:33:29 AM)

    After leaving Thursday’s Knicks practice with a sore right knee, Kristaps Porzingis returned to practice on Friday.

  • [NYTimes] Sparks 75, Lynx 64: Sparks Are One Win Away From Their Second Straight W.N.B.A. Title
    (Saturday, September 30, 2017 4:11:51 AM)

    The Sparks can become the first team since 2002 to win the championship in back-to-back years.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks want to be cautious with Kristaps Porzingis
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 10:30:04 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kristaps Porzingis said he wasn’t too concerned about his future on draft night despite the fact that former Knicks president Phil Jackson was listening to trade offers for him.

  • Thoughts On the Melo Era

    Now that the Knicks have finally found a suitor for Anthony, the book is closed on the ‘Melo era in New York. The Knicks acquired Carmelo in the middle of the 2011 season, and the forward spent 6 1/3 seasons with the team.

    Initially after Carmelo’s addition, the team had reached a level of success that eluded them in the decade prior. New York made the playoffs in 3 straight seasons, reaching the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2013. However that year would be the high-water mark for Anthony’s Knicks. The team would average only 29 wins over the next 4 seasons, including a franchise low of 17 games in 2015 when an injured Carmelo missed 42 games.

    It would seem from these facts that the Knicks were reliant on Carmelo in those years, rising and falling with their leading scorer. However this would be inaccurate. For instance, ‘Melo led the league in minutes per game in 2014, and yet the Knicks still fell 4 games short of .500.

    The true story of the Knicks during the Carmelo Anthony era wasn’t defined by Anthony, but by his teammates and the moves made by the organization. New York performed extremely well in 2013 because they paired Anthony with Tyson Chandler, flanked with a young pair of guards in Shumpert and J.R., got career years from Pablo Prigioni, Steve Novak, Chris Copeland, a geriatric Jason Kidd, and filled out the depth of the team with players who could give timely production like Kenyon Martin, Marcus Camby, and Rasheed Wallace.

    Unfortunately the year after the Knicks failed to build on their success, because they jettisoned many of these players (either due age, injury, or incompetence) and replaced them with sub-par players. The Knicks only had Chandler for 55 games, while Andrea Bargnani managed to play 1200+ minutes, and the end of the bench was filled with the likes of Beno Udrih, Jeremy Tyler, the animated corpse of Metta World Peace, and Toure’ Murry. The year after Chandler would be gone, Carmelo would get hurt, and the top minute getters for New York were Shane Larkin and Jason Smith. (Good goink Phil!)

    The Knicks didn’t fail because of the narratives pushed by media and fans alike such as Carmelo undermined his coaches, his lack of defense, or his selfish play. They failed because the franchise was mismanaged from coach up to owner. The team lacked draft picks to help rebuild, partially because of the ‘Melo deal, but also because of other trades like the Andrea Bargnani disaster. New York had no first round pick in ’12 and ’14 and also had a low first pick in ’13. But their incompetence went beyond the draft as they acquired players (Shane Larkin, Jason Smith, Quincy Acy, Brandon Jennings, Sasha Vujacic, Derrick Rose, etc.) for roles greater than their production should warrant. In other words, they failed at all methods of building a team.

    via GIPHY

    While the price for Anthony was high (and one I would not have paid), the Knicks didn’t seem to suffer immediately after. It could be argued that had the team been run competently from that point forward, the team would have seen a moderate amount of success. Certainly they would have made the playoffs in more than 3 of their years, and absolutely they should have avoided the catastrophic 65 loss season.

    For his time in New York, Carmelo Anthony’s production was nearly identical to his production in Denver. The Knicks got the same player they saw in a Nuggets uniform, so it wasn’t a scenario where the star player let them down (*cough* Amar’e *cough*).

    via GIPHY

    Ultimately ‘Melo was neither saint nor savior for this team. But he was not the cause of the team’s downfall either. The Knicks went all-in to acquire a scorer like Anthony in order to win now. They successfully followed that script for a short time, and it appeared the move would pay off for them. However like so many other opportunities in life, the devil’s in the details, and New York squandered their investment by behaving foolishly.

    While I doubt that a Carmelo Anthony led team could win a championship, the Knicks could have had more exciting seasons like 2013 instead of what the fans were forced to endure over the last 4 seasons. Too bad ownership and the front office prevented that from occurring. Although given what I’ve seen since Dolan took full ownership of the team, I’m not surprised.

    Knicks Morning News (2017.09.29)

  • [ESPN] Melo: Agreed-on Rockets, Cavs deals fell apart
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:32:27 AM)

    Melo: Agreed-on Rockets, Cavs deals fell apart

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis leaves Knicks practice with sore knee
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:24:08 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis left practice early Thursday with what the Knicks described as a sore right knee.

  • [NYDN] Melo: Separate deals to Cavs with Paul George, Rockets were done
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:38:56 PM)

    Anthony twice thought he was traded this offseason before settling for OKC, including to Cleveland to create a team of super forwards.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis sits out Knicks scrimmage with sore knee
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 8:28:18 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — As the Knicks were scrimmaging Thursday, Kristaps Porzingis watched from the side with his practice jersey off. Then he walked to the locker room favoring his right knee.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony talks about trades that fell through
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:00:35 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony revealed that trades that would have sent him to Cleveland and Houston were “done” but he said they fell through. Anthony was ultimately traded to Oklahoma City.

  • [NY Newsday] Lance Thomas emotional about Carmelo Anthony’s departure
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:36:32 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Lance Thomas admitted he “was hurt” when Carmelo Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City, and he’s still emotional about his close friend leaving.

  • [NYTimes] Commissioner Still Expects N.B.A. Players to Stand for Anthem
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 2:23:49 AM)

    The N.B.A. is known for being socially progressive, but Commissioner Adam Silver said the league’s policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem has not changed.

  • [NYTimes] After Kristaps Porzingis Leaves Practice, Knicks Play Down Durability Concerns
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:01:19 PM)

    The Knicks have put their faith in Porzingis, but nagging injuries, including a sore knee that forced him to leave practice on Thursday, continue to hound him.

  • [NYTimes] Sparks’ Alana Beard Finds a Home on the Waves
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 1:43:35 PM)

    Beard, the W.N.B.A. defensive player of the year at age 35, says the “best feeling in the world” comes not on the hardwood, but on a surfboard.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Ntilikina impresses in Knicks’ camp
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 12:36:02 AM)

    Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina discusses his first NBA training camp with Michelle Yu and being compared to Kyrie Irving.

  • [SNY Knicks] Lance Thomas writes farewell letter to Carmelo Anthony
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:05:13 PM)

    Knicks F Lance Thomas thanked former Knick Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday via a letter in Players’ Tribune.

  • [SNY Knicks] Frank Ntilikina got advice from Michael Jordan at 16 years old
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM)

    At the Jordan Classic, the young French prospect got to meet the man behind the brand, Michael Jordan.

  • [SNY Knicks] Carmelo Anthony says Draft night trade to Cleveland fell apart
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:20:18 PM)

    Thunder F Carmelo Anthony said a Draft night trade that would have sent him to the Cavaliers this past April fell apart.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis left practice early on Thursday due to sore knee
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:36:33 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis left Knicks practice early on Thursday due to a sore right knee.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek: Won’t just be Rambis solely running Knicks defense
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:05:44 AM)

    Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek has made it clear even before opening night that the team will be coached a little bit differently this season.

  • [NYPost] Knicks catch a break with latest NBA draft rule changes
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:01:49 PM)

    The NBA’s attempt to eradicate tanking and teams resting star players has led to some new regulations, but doesn’t seem likely to extinguish either tactic. The league’s Board of Governors passed legislation Thursday on both fronts, according to ESPN. Most importantly for Knicks fans, changes to the NBA draft process will not take hold until…

  • [NYPost] The biggest Kristaps Porzingis fear has already surfaced
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:51:35 AM)

    Many NBA personnel men believe Kristaps Porzingis’ durability will be the only thing separating him from greatness. So far the jury is out in that department. Porzingis, who played a lot of basketball during the European championships this summer, left the third day of Knicks practice early Thursday with a sore right knee. He was…

  • [NYPost] Why Carmelo finally caved after Rockets, Cavaliers deals were close
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:00:12 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony thought he had been traded twice before he actually was. It was wishful thinking. During an interview on SiriusXM, Anthony said he was under the impression “a trade was in place’’ with Cleveland and “got called off” on draft night in which both he and Paul George were headed to the Cavaliers. It…

  • [NYPost] Michael Jordan’s advice for kid who’d turn into prized Knicks rookie
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 8:26:52 AM)

    Frank Ntilikina, the Knicks’ rookie point guard, thanked Michael Jordan for advice he gave him a few years ago before he played in the Jordan Brand Classic at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — words he’ll treasure forever. In an essay posted on The Players’ Tribune, Ntilikina said Charlotte owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan paid a…

  • [NYPost] Lance Thomas wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Carmelo
    (Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:17:33 AM)

    At least one Knick is going to miss Carmelo Anthony. Immensely. Knicks small forward Lance Thomas penned a gushing, 2,000-word, emotional letter to Carmelo Anthony published in The Players’ Tribune, branding Anthony as an incredible, unsung leader, forever his idol, and sharing an anecdote about him schooling a boastful young Knick who challenged him to…

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.09.28)

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek: Kurt Rambis not in charge of Knicks ‘D’ anymore
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:49:47 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek indicated Kurt Rambis won’t be in charge of the defense this season, losing his title of defensive coordinator. The Knicks head coach said it will be done by committee. In the opening week of last season, with the defense struggling, Hornacek said Rambis would be the assistant in charge of defense. Things improved…

  • [NYPost] The incredible rise and fall of Long Island kid Rick Pitino
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 3:57:43 PM)

    Rick Pitino’s career may have come to a sad close Wednesday afternoon. If this was it, the Hall of Fame coach raised on Long Island wasn’t on the court barking out instructions when the clock hit triple zeroes. It was in a quick meeting with University of Louisville interim president Greg Postel, a day after…

  • [NYPost] Frank Ntilikina looks like a ‘young Kyrie Irving’: Knicks mentor
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:07:34 PM)

    Knicks veteran point guard Ramon Sessions is here as rookie Frank Ntilikina’s mentor and is already raising the stakes on the 19-year-old’s potential. Sessions already sees some Kyrie Irving in Ntilikina, the 6-5 point guard from France whom the Knicks drafted with the No. 8 pick in the 2017 draft. Signed for the $2.3 million…

  • [NYPost] Michael Beasley has a solution for NCAA corruption scandal
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:16:51 AM)

    In criticizing the NCAA for being hypocritical, Michael Beasley said there would be no scandals such as the current one enveloping college basketball if the legislative body did the right thing and paid its players. Beasley said the NCAA is “making billions.’’ Beasley, the new Knicks forward, said he helped put Kansas State on the…

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Dwyane Wade and LeBron James Are About to Create an Act II, in Cleveland
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:39:53 PM)

    Seven years after joining forces in Miami, they’re staging a reunion with the Cavaliers. And Wade’s arrival will give Cleveland some needed depth.

  • [NYDN] Beasley addresses new NCAA scandal, calls for players to be paid
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 9:56:57 PM)

    While the lid has only recently been blown off NCAA basketball, Michael Beasley can attest the corruption is nothing new.

  • [NYDN] Ramon Sessions compares Frank Ntilikina to young Kyrie Irving
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 9:55:32 PM)

    Given Frank Ntilikina’s projections as a rangy defensive specialist, nobody has compared him to Kyrie Irving — except Ramon Sessions.

  • [NYDN] Jeff Hornacek says Kurt Rambis won’t run Knicks defense
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 3:49:53 PM)

    Kurt Rambis is no longer the lone voice of the defense.

  • [NYDN] Lance Thomas pens ‘Thank You, Melo’ essay after best pal traded
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:20:45 AM)

    Knicks forward Lance Thomas couldn’t let Carmelo Anthony leave New York without letting the world know what he meant to him.

  • [SNY Knicks] John Starks believes Knicks can make playoffs this season
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 9:49:25 PM)

    With the Knicks trading Carmelo Anthony, many believe that they aren’t a playoff team with their current roster, but Starks disagrees.

  • [SNY Knicks] Ramon Sessions: Frank Ntilikina has similarities to Kyrie Irving
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:19:08 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina has yet to play in a regular-season game with the New York Knicks, but one of his teammates is already giving the rookie high praises.

  • [SNY Knicks] The five biggest questions facing the Knicks
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:45:39 PM)

    SNY.tv takes a look at the five biggest questions for the Knicks heading into the 2017-18 NBA season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Beasley discusses NCAA scandal, says college athletes should be paid
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:15:53 PM)

    Knicks F Michael Beasley addressed the NCAA college basketball scandal on Wednesday and said college athletes should be paid.

  • [SNY Knicks] What is Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks legacy?
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:30:57 AM)

    After six and a half seasons and three playoff appearances, the Carmelo Anthony era with the Knicks is over.

  • [SNY Knicks] Timeout with Taylor Rooks: Knicks forward Michael Beasley
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:01:00 AM)

    In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, 8-year NBA veteran and Knicks forward Michael Beasley stops by SNY to discuss his unique fashion sense, the impact of certain words in the English language, and how he is impacted by his reputation around the league.

  • [NY Newsday] Rookie Frank Ntilikina impressing Knicks early
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:28:12 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Frank Ntilikina is wide-eyed on the court, watching and learning how to play the toughest position in the NBA for a rookie. But the teenage point guard from France also is opening some eyes with his play.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Michael Beasley says college players should be paid
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:46:55 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Knicks forward Michael Beasley said he’s been paying close attention to the FBI investigation of bribery and fraud in college basketball recruiting, and he didn’t pass when asked about the process being corrupt.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.09.27)

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks training camp opens up without Melo
    (Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:28:56 AM)

    SNY’s Michelle Yu reports from Knicks’ camp and gets reactions from Kristaps Porzingis and Jeff Hornacek after the Carmelo Anthony move.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Whose absence will benefit the Knicks more?
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:25:06 PM)

    The Daily News Live panel debates if the Knicks will benefit more from the absence of the recently traded Carmelo Anthony or Phil Jackson.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Cavaliers nixed Carmelo Anthony deal because Knicks wanted Tristan Thompson
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 5:39:02 PM)

    The Knicks were unable to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Cavaliers because they wanted Tristan Thompson in return, and Cleveland wasn’t willing to agree to such a deal, reports Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, citing sources.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis says Knicks ran triangle elements Tuesday, Hornacek downplays it
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 2:15:08 PM)

    Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis said the team ran some triangle offense elements during practice on Tuesday, but head coach Jeff Hornacek said they were simply “basketball” actions.

  • [SNY Knicks] Joakim Noah focused on redeeming himself this season
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 12:10:48 PM)

    Knicks C Joakim Noah is looking to put his first year as a Knick behind him, and redeem himself this season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Timeout with Taylor Rooks: Knicks forward Michael Beasley
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 9:45:08 AM)

    In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, 8-year NBA veteran and Knicks forward Michael Beasley stops by SNY to discuss his unique fashion sense, the impact of certain words in the English language, and how he is impacted by his reputation around the league.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis wants to lead Knicks through work ethic
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:28:08 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kristaps Porzingis didn’t feel compelled to be more vocal or act much differently during his first practice as the Knicks’ new go-to guy. Porzingis said he will first lead with his work ethic.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks ready to run as Jeff Hornacek wants to open up the offense
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:21:21 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks opened training camp Tuesday with a new outlook, a new franchise player, a new offense and some traces of a system from the recent past.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks Insider podcast: After Carmelo Anthony trade, this is Kristaps Porzingis’ team
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 12:15:13 PM)

    The deal finally got done.

  • [NYDN] Why a Knicks – Cavs trade for Carmelo wouldn’t have worked
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 9:34:43 PM)

    The Knicks, according to a source, asked the Cavaliers for young rebounding machine Tristan Thompson.

  • [NYDN] Melo leaves Knicks on good terms as agent talks ‘win-win’ trade
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:25:59 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony’s agent praised the Knicks for agreeing to trade the All-Star forward prior to the start of training camp.

  • [NYDN] Michael Beasley attempts to blow minds with bizarre brain theory
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:12:44 PM)

    Michael Beasley has been making headlines with his thoughts, but his latest conversation about brain power might’ve been a brain fart.

  • [NYDN] Hornacek working on installing a better offense for the Knicks
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 12:18:15 PM)

    The Knicks project as pitiful on defense again, so their best chance of winning games is scoring A LOT of points.

  • [NYPost] What Carmelo does and does not need to change with the Thunder
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:30:20 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony laughed. To him, it was the only possible reaction after being asked how he’d feel about coming off the bench with the Thunder. Anthony has played 976 games, starting each one. He is a 10-time All-Star. He is a former scoring champion. But Anthony is no longer the biggest star…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis offers some insight into his leadership style
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 4:25:32 PM)

    With a monster slam dunk off a fast-break drill, Kristaps Porzingis finished up his first Knicks practice with Carmelo Anthony wiped from the roster. His teammates surrounded Porzingis for high-fives. Porzingis is now “The Man” — and leader — at age 22. Anthony’s six-year, seven-month reign as the Knicks’ franchise player truly ended on the…

  • [NYPost] What is Knicks’ post-Melo starting 5 going to look like?
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:33:20 AM)

    With Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, Jeff Hornacek is looking at an empty canvas, facing three openings in the starting lineup. And he hardly sounded worried about filling Anthony’s void at small forward. In fact, Hornacek couldn’t have sounded less sentimental that Anthony is no longer a Knick. Courtney Lee, last season’s starting shooting guard,…

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek is in triangle denial
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 9:27:36 AM)

    The triangle is not totally dead. After the first day of training camp practice, Kristaps Porzingis said there were some triangle actions Jeff Hornacek’s coaching staff reviewed. Somewhere in Montana, exiled president Phil Jackson is smiling. Porzingis admitted he has no idea if they’ll use that stuff in the gameplan, but it’s not a dead…

  • [NYTimes] News Analysis: Chuck Person, With N.C.A.A. and N.B.A. Pedigree, Runs Afoul of F.B.I.
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:45:43 PM)

    Federal investigators say Person, who spent 13 seasons in the N.B.A., participated in a bribery scheme as a coach at Auburn.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.09.26)

  • [ESPN] Porzingis wants to leave Knicks’ issues ‘in past’
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 5:24:35 PM)

    Porzingis wants to leave Knicks’ issues ‘in past’

  • [ESPN] It’s official: Melo trade to Thunder announced
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 11:36:33 AM)

    It’s official: Melo trade to Thunder announced

  • [NYTimes] At N.B.A. Media Days, Players and Coaches Take Aim at President Trump
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 11:04:06 PM)

    LeBron James weighed in again, as he did on Saturday, when he referred to Trump as a “bum.” Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan compared Trump to a “12-year-old.”

  • [NYTimes] Carmelo Anthony: No N.B.A. Title, but Lots of Olympic Gold
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 11:32:53 AM)

    In Rio de Janeiro last year, Anthony, a cornerstone of the American team, earned his third Olympic championship.

  • [NYDN] Knicks can exhale without Melo, Phil Jackson at Media Day
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 4:56:18 PM)

    Stepping to the microphone for the first time as the franchise player, Kristaps Porzingis promptly offered perfect symbolism.

  • [NYDN] Joakim Noah has the solution to fixing America’s current mess
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 2:23:26 PM)

    Joakim Noah, a noted pacifist and critic of Donald Trump, has a two-step plan to get this country back on track.

  • [NYDN] Money and belief kept Carmelo in New York, left to win
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 1:55:09 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony called his relationship with New York as “love at first sight,” but he said money was part of why he stuck around.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony says ‘hardest goodbye’ to Knicks, NYC in letter
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 8:04:01 AM)

    In a personal letter to New York, Carmelo Anthony called leaving the city that helped him become who he is today ‘the hardest goodbye.’

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony deal works for team and Melo, says Knicks prez
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 7:19:54 AM)

    The Carmelo Anthony deal is official.

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah knows this whole season is about redemption
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 8:04:24 PM)

    Joakim Noah’s first year as a Knick was beyond nightmarish, starting the first few days of training camp when he protested the club being at West Point because of his anti-war, anti-gun stances. Noah got a public rebuke from West Point officials and it only got worse as he turned into a $72 million, drug-addled…

  • [NYPost] Knicks front office would rather not focus on the past
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 7:26:27 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony is gone, but the Knicks have been left with an abundance of centers following the trade with Oklahoma City that became official Monday. Center Enes Kanter, one of the prolific bench scorers in the NBA last season, is a Knick, joining presumed starter Willy Hernangomez. And then there’s the $72 million man, veteran…

  • [NYPost] Thunder knew Carmelo Anthony deal was too good to pass up
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 4:54:27 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Sam Presti doesn’t yet know whether he has built a legitimate championship contender, but the Thunder general manager wasn’t to going to pass on a chance to put his team in the conversation. When Carmelo Anthony became available, Presti only saw one avenue: A deal must get done. “It was an incredible…

  • [NYPost] 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 4:02:36 PM)

    The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this time of year, everyone’s optimistic,”…

  • [NYPost] New, thrilled Knick ‘punched myself’ to check if trade is real
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 1:54:09 PM)

    Enes Kanter admitted he had to contain his glee Saturday, when his manager told him via cellphone he had been traded to the Knicks. The Knicks’ new 25-year-old center from Turkey was in the middle of a kids camp for orphans in Oklahoma City when his manager, Hilmi Cinar, called him, and he reluctantly halted…

  • [NYPost] These feel like brand-new Knicks — which is good, unless it’s not
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 1:24:29 PM)

    Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky above the Knicks’ practice facility in Westchester County on Monday afternoon. There was a soft breeze blowing, and a bright sun left over from summer. There probably haven’t been five nicer days all year. Coincidence? Probably. Still, on the First Day…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony relieved as Knicks ‘roller coaster’ ends
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 12:01:14 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony wasn’t just the face of the Knicks. For the better part of six years, he was perceived to be the biggest reason for every underachieving season. Once seen as a savior, the superstar was often labeled as a scapegoat; a player who could raise his game on any night, yet…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis ready for fresh start in every way
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 10:27:47 AM)

    What exit meeting? Kristaps Porzingis said he is willing to “leave in the past’’ any bad blood, declined to go into why he blew off his April meetings with Knicks brass and denied his relationship with coach Jeff Hornacek went sour last season. The 7-foot-3 Latvian claimed he has moved on as he becomes the…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony says goodbye to New York
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 8:29:20 AM)

    Go Me7o. Carmelo Anthony is gone and said his goodbye to New York on Monday, when the Knicks and Thunder officially announced the trade that ends his up-and-down-and-further-down, seven-year tenure with the team. Anthony, who arrived in Oklahoma City on Sunday, wrote a farewell addressed to “NEW YORK,” thanking the city in which he was…

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks look to move on without Melo
    (Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:29:44 AM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Enes Kanter likens trade to Knicks as a “dream”
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 6:00:03 PM)

    After Enes Kanter found out he had been traded to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, he woke up in the middle of the night and reminded himself what had just happened.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks still talking playoffs, even without Carmelo Anthony
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 4:00:16 PM)

    The Knicks are adjusting to a new reality and getting used to life in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era.

  • [SNY Knicks] Melo talks trade, feels “wanted and appreciated” in Oklahoma City
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 2:51:38 PM)

    “It happened so quickly, I had to make a quick decision,” Anthony said. … “This was a team, organization, and city” he had no problem coming to and being a part of.

  • [SNY Knicks] Frank Ntilikina says he’s a high-IQ player, will use disrespect as motivation
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 1:00:38 PM)

    Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina cited his high basketball-IQ as one of his strengths while speaking during media day on Monday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Mills, Perry say executing Melo trade made sense for Knicks
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 12:12:16 PM)

    Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry discussed the Carmelo Anthony trade during media day on Monday, noting that it made sense basketball-wise.

  • [SNY Knicks] Carmelo Anthony pens farewell to New York
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 11:30:39 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony, whose trade to the Okahoma City Thunder was announced on Monday, penned a farewell letter to New York, the Knicks organization, and fans.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks announce Carmelo Anthony trade to Oklahoma City Thunder
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 10:50:08 AM)

    The Knicks officially announced the trade involving Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks waive PG Chasson Randle
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 11:32:46 AM)

    The Knicks have waived PG Chasson Randle, the team announced Monday.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony happy to put drama behind him and start fresh in Oklahoma City
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 8:07:27 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony sat at the table wearing a gray hoodie and a white jersey with his trademark No. 7 highlighted in blue and orange over his long-sleeve selection.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis excited to be Knicks’ leader
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 8:04:25 PM)

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony trade official as Knicks start anew
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 6:23:00 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony is normally the Knicks’ main attraction on Media Day and most days for that matter. But for the first time in seven years, Anthony wasn’t sitting in front of a throng of reporters talking about trying to lead the Knicks into the playoffs.

  • [NY Newsday] Joakim Noah wants to prove his worth to Knicks and himself
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 5:46:00 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Joakim Noah wants to redeem himself and prove he was worth the $72 million former Knicks president Phil Jackson paid him last summer.

  • [NY Newsday] How Russell Westbrook influenced new Knicks center Enes Kanter
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 5:44:00 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Enes Kanter was caught off guard by his trade to the Knicks. He was conducting a basketball clinic for orphaned children in Oklahoma City on Saturday when his phone rang. His friend picked it up and told Kanter it was “urgent.”

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.09.25)

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis ‘ready for the challenge’ of replacing Anthony as face of Knicks
    (Sunday, September 24, 2017 6:43:06 PM)

    Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis told the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola he is confident he can take over as the face of the franchise after New York traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rooks, Begley, Bondy discuss Carmelo Anthony’s departure to OKC
    (Sunday, September 24, 2017 9:00:32 AM)

    SNY’s Taylor Rooks is joined by ESPN’s Ian Begley and the NY Daily News’ Stefan Bondy to discuss Carmelo Anthony’s trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Carmelo Anthony: How Much Was He to Blame for Trouble With the Knicks?
    (Monday, September 25, 2017 12:20:09 AM)

    Anthony is hardly alone in failing as a supposed savior for the franchise, but he set himself up for some of the drama that enveloped him in New York.

  • [NYTimes] Stephen Curry, on a ‘Surreal’ Day, Confronts a Presidential Snub
    (Sunday, September 24, 2017 1:55:19 PM)

    The Warriors star woke up on Saturday to learn that he was no longer welcome at the White House, after he had already said he didn’t want to go.

  • [NYTimes] Sports of The Times: As Trump Takes On Athletes, Watch Them Rise
    (Sunday, September 24, 2017 1:56:11 PM)

    The president’s inflammatory comments might not be as significant as the players’ responses.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis ready for ‘fresh start’ with Knicks
    (Sunday, September 24, 2017 11:29:56 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis has volunteered to care for Carmelo Anthony’s Rolls Royce should Anthony decide not to bring it to Oklahoma City.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis will lead Knicks’ young, revamped roster
    (Sunday, September 24, 2017 9:53:39 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis got stronger and added some much-needed muscle this offseason. It should help him because he will carry more weight and more of the workload for the Knicks this season.

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ grand Kristaps Porzingis plan finally falls into place
    (Sunday, September 24, 2017 9:11:44 PM)

    In a lot of ways, it has been good — very good — to be Kristaps Porzingis these past two years, despite all the losses he has endured, despite getting an up-close look at what New York-style chaos can be, despite not exactly having the kind of player-coach relationship with Jeff Hornacek that, say, Matt…

  • [NYPost] New Knicks piece wants to prove he overcame biggest weakness
    (Sunday, September 24, 2017 8:14:09 PM)

    New Knicks center Enes Kanter spent a lot of time in New York this summer, working out, losing weight and appearing on a couple of occasions with Russell Westbrook at Carmelo Anthony’s pickup games at his Manhattan gym. According to Kanter’s manager, Hilmi Cinar, Kanter has used New York as his training base the past…