Knicks Morning News (2017.10.31)

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis’ 38 points lead Knicks to 3rd win in row
    (Tuesday, October 31, 2017 1:48:12 AM)

    Porzingis is showing that he is more than ready to carry his team.

  • [NY Newsday] Jarrett Jack working on sticking with Knicks
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 10:48:13 PM)

    Jarrett Jack is the only Knick with a non-guaranteed deal, but he’s making it very easy for the team to keep him.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks Insider podcast: Knicks show progress Steve Mills wants in win over Cavaliers
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 11:42:00 AM)

    Knicks president Steve Mills wants to see progress from his team.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis fuels MVP hype after scoring career-high 38 points
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 9:38:04 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis scores a career-high 38 points as Knicks hold off late rally from Nuggets, win 116-110.

  • [NYDN] Hardaway held scoreless for three quarters, comes alive in fourth
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 7:30:08 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. held scoreless for three quarters before coming alive for the Knicks in the fourth.

  • [NYDN] Jarrett Jack has become a spark for Knicks after 0-3 start
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 3:40:39 PM)

    It’s amazing what a couple of wins can do.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 116, Nuggets 110: Kristaps Porzingis Scores Career-High 38 as Knicks Top Nuggets
    (Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:55:03 AM)

    The Knicks blew a 23-point lead but bounced back in the fourth quarter to defeat Denver at home.

  • [NYPost] Knicks are ridiculously strong at this one key position
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 10:18:19 PM)

    The Knicks are putting together quite the tag team at center. After starting center Enes Kanter struggled, Kyle O’Quinn came to the rescue Monday night with a monster outing and played the final minutes of crunch time. Getting key rebounds in the final two minutes, O’Quinn finished with a healthy double-double — 15 points, 12…

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway Jr. doesn’t have to score to be difference maker
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 9:58:23 PM)

    For three quarters Monday night, Tim Hardaway Jr. was the answer to a simple question: “What makes $71 million and is invisible offensively for the Knicks?” As that question, essentially, was being put to Hardaway, teammate Courtney Lee, standing nearby, interjected. “He made a lot of good plays throughout the game, though,” Lee said. He…

  • [NYPost] The Kristaps Porzingis MVP talk begins — and it’s not crazy
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 9:38:11 PM)

    By the end, his constituents were weighing in with voice boxes instead of ballot boxes, casting their votes for a favorite son in whom they have invested so much. As the dying seconds of this 116-110 Knicks victory over the Nuggets bled away, all 19,812 of them began the roar in earnest. M! V! P!…

  • [NYPost] Jarrett Jack is the common denominator in Knicks wins
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 8:29:34 PM)

    In the Knicks’ first three games, Jarrett Jack did not play in two and came off the bench for 18 minutes in the third. The Knicks lost all three. In the Knicks’ next three games, Jack started each time at point guard. The Knicks won all three. Discuss. And no, it’s not just coincidence. “I’m…

  • [NYPost] Rising Kristaps Porzingis guides Knicks to third straight win
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 6:17:48 PM)

    Enes Kanter said it’s time to talk about Kristaps Porzingis as a potential MVP — for this season. If the Knicks keep winning like this, he may be right. Porzingis was spectacular again in a career-best night and got a late boost from sidekick Tim Hardaway Jr. as the Knicks avoided an epic third-quarter disaster…

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek made hard decisions narrowing Knicks rotation
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 7:46:35 AM)

    CLEVELAND — In this season of supposed development, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek has admitted to the tough task of figuring out a rotation with a roster made up of comparable players. Hornacek played 12 guys in the first quarter alone in the season opener against the Thunder. But in the Knicks’ 114-95 win over the…

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis scores career-high 38 points as Knicks win third straight
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 10:33:33 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis scored at least 30 points for the fifth time this season to lead the New York Knicks to their third straight win with a 116-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Porzingis showing leadership
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 6:22:12 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks face Nuggets at home in search of third straight victory
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 5:07:00 PM)

    The Knicks look for their third straight win when they face the Denver Nuggets on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

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  • [NYPost] Porzingis, Hardaway help Knicks stun suddenly mortal Cavaliers
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 5:42:01 PM)

    CLEVELAND — You can’t believe what happened Sunday in Believeland. Armed with a devastating 1-2 punch of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks smashed their 10-game losing streak to the Cavaliers, hammering the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs in a 114-95 victory at a quiet Quicken Loans Arena. “We’re capable of beating a…

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson’s firing made Derrick Rose rethink Knicks
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:03:59 PM)

    CLEVELAND — Derrick Rose couldn’t help but admit his interest in rejoining the Knicks rose after Phil Jackson got canned. The feeling wasn’t mutual. Entering Sunday’s match against the Knicks, Rose said he never had seen rookie Frank Ntilikina play and still hadn’t heard from the club. After Jackson was let go, Knicks president Steve…

  • [NYPost] Steve Mills commits to Ntilikina and Hornacek in State of Knicks
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 8:19:27 AM)

    CLEVELAND — Frank Ntilikina, Willy Hernangomez and Jeff Hornacek are safe. In a State of the Knicks address on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, Knicks president Steve Mills said Ntilikina and Hernangomez are keepers. He also dampened speculation about Jeff Hornacek’s immediate future, saying he’s not being judged by a won-loss record, and Friday’s Brooklyn…

  • [ESPN] Steve Mills: Jeff Hornacek, Scott Perry and I are on the same page
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:55:53 PM)

    Steve Mills: Jeff Hornacek, Scott Perry and I are on the same page

  • [NY Newsday] Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 34 points spark Knicks to rout of Cavaliers
    (Monday, October 30, 2017 12:16:48 AM)

    CLEVELAND — Tim Hardaway Jr. had put up brick after brick in his first four games as a Knick. He had seen so many shots miss the mark, but he finally watched them drop Sunday night.

  • [NY Newsday] Derrick Rose ‘would have loved coming back’ to Knicks
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:36:03 PM)

    CLEVELAND — Derrick Rose said he wanted to come back to the Knicks and would have listened if they had called him.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks president Steve Mills supports coach Jeff Hornacek
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 8:00:00 PM)

    CLEVELAND — Knicks president Steve Mills said this season is more about making progress than getting wins, and that he supports Jeff Hornacek and his coaching decisions.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis, Knicks hope victory over Cavs can lead to bigger wins
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 11:30:00 PM)

    After scoring 32 points and recording 12 rebounds in Sunday’s 114-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and the rest of the team hope that victory can be a sign of bigger things to come this season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hardaway, Porzingis lead Knicks to 114-95 win over Cavs
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:31:00 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a game-high 34 points, Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter recorded double-doubles and the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-95 on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose ‘would’ve loved’ returning to Jackson-less Knicks if team reached out
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 7:55:18 PM)

    Former Knicks and current Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose said he did have interest in returning to New York after the organization fired president Phil Jackson, however said he was content with being a member of the Cavaliers.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks vs. Cavaliers, 7 p.m.
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:57:05 PM)

    CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t concerned by their slow start and porous defense.

  • [SNY Knicks] Steve Mills defends Jeff Hornacek after 1-3 start
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 1:27:19 PM)

    Knicks President Steve Mills voiced his support for coach Jeff Hornacek after a 1-3 start to the season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis, Knicks hoping to end drought against Cavs Sunday
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:54:22 AM)

    Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis will have the spotlight shining on him in Cleveland Sunday when he takes on the Cavaliers on the road.

  • [NYDN] Loss to Knicks only latest blunder in Cavs’ poor start to season
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 5:48:36 PM)

    Shocking home loss to Knicks only latest blunder in Cavs’ poor start to season.

  • [NYDN] Knicks stun Cavs behind Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 34-point explosion
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 5:31:36 PM)

    Who saw that coming?

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose: Knicks didn’t want to bring me back
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:57:14 PM)

    With Phil Jackson and the triangle out of the picture, Derrick Rose wanted to return to the Knicks.

  • [NYDN] Injuries are hindering Frank Ntilikina’s development with Knicks
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:35:52 AM)

    Given Frank Ntilikina’s injury history, Jeff Hornacek warned that starting the 19-year-old could be a detriment to his health.

  • [NYDN] Steve Mills gives Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek vote of confidence
    (Sunday, October 29, 2017 8:36:15 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek has the support of the front office so long as the team shows improvement.

  • 2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks @ Cavaliers

    The Nets beat the Cavs recently and the Knicks beat the Nets on Friday. Ergo, the Knicks are 100% guaranteed to win tonight. It might be only 98%, though. I could be mistaken.

    In all seriousness, tonight will be interesting to see how Ntilikina does against the sketchy Cleveland point guards. Hopefully he continues his strong defensive play (and maybe fixes his shot a bit).

    Hopefully Porzongis has a good game against Lebron!

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2017.10.29)

  • [ESPN] Q&A with Walt Frazier on 50th anniversary of his NBA debut
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:42:48 PM)

    Q&A with Walt Frazier on 50th anniversary of his NBA debut

  • [NY Newsday] Frank Ntilikina’s home debut gives Knicks a much-needed lift
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 8:01:47 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina did nothing splashy or spectacular in his first regular-season home game, but his play provided hope for a fan base that needs it, and at a position that has been a weakness for the Knicks for years.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks impressed by success of LeBron James’ Cavaliers
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 5:09:00 PM)

    CLEVELAND — Courtney Lee reached the NBA Finals as a rookie with the Magic and has been searching for that kind of playoff success ever since. In the following eight years, Lee’s teams have won just one postseason series.

  • [NYDN] Frank Ntilikina showed why he was top draft pick at MSG debut
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:59:38 PM)

    It was just one game, just 22 minutes off the bench.

  • [NYDN] Knicks finally get first win of season with 107-86 rout of Nets
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:15:38 AM)

    The Knicks were looking up at everyone else in the league standings entering Friday’s home game against the Nets.

  • [NYPost] This could be Porzingis’ chance to show how he’s improved
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 3:08:20 PM)

    CLEVELAND — Kristaps Porzingis has never excelled against the Cavaliers. Last season. in four Knicks losses, Porzingis shot 35 percent and averaged just 11.3 points. If Porzingis continues the trend Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, the Knicks will be in for a long night against LeBron James and the Cavaliers — no matter what point…

  • [NYPost] LeBron has an inside source on Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:11:15 PM)

    CLEVELAND — Romeo Travis plans to send LeBron James a text Sunday: “Watch out for Frank.’’ Travis, who plays in the French League, is one of James’ best friends, dating to their high-school days in Akron, teammates at St. Vincent-St. Mary. Last season, Travis, a power forward, and Knicks’ rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina were…

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  • [NYTimes] Alibaba Co-Founder Joseph Tsai Said to Buy Brooklyn Nets Stake
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:39:49 AM)

    Mr. Tsai has agreed in principle to buy a 49 percent stake in the team, people briefed on the matter said, valuing the franchise at $2.3 billion.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Another N.B.A. 7-Footer, Trying to Keep Up, Ventures Into 3-Point Land
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 4:29:41 PM)

    The Nets’ Timofey Mozgov was encouraged to take more deep shots, after Coach Kenny Atkinson got a scouting report from the team’s owner.

  • [NYPost] Jarrett Jack turns a year older and is now starting for Knicks
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 12:52:46 AM)

    Jarrett Jack turned 33 at midnight Saturday. But Friday night, in the hours leading up to his birthday, Jack gave birth to a new role and gave new life to the young Knicks season. In one swoop, Jack has gone from waiver-wire candidate when Joakim Noah’s suspension is done to starting point guard. Jack who…

  • [NYPost] Nets’ Achilles heel exposed with Knicks’ relentless effort
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 11:28:07 PM)

    The Nets haven’t kept opponents off the offensive glass so far this season, but on Friday night, they took that to all kinds of new lows. With the Nets playing a heretofore winless Knicks team, this wasn’t shirts and skins. This looked more like hobbits versus giants. The Nets got humiliated on the boards and…

  • [NYPost] Ntilikina gives Knicks fans tantalizing glimpse of what could be
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 10:41:47 PM)

    Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina let fly with a couple of shots early Friday night. They were, um, what’s the word? “Terrible,” Ntilikina filled in neatly. For a 19-year-old, he is wise beyond his years. Soon, Ntilikina looked like anything but a teenager making his home NBA debut. So the Garden crowd quickly fell in love…

  • [NYPost] Nets fall into the letdown trap after big win over Cavaliers
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 10:19:51 PM)

    The Nets’ lethargic non-effort Friday should be the plot of the next “Hangover” flick. With their heads still in the clouds after Wednesday’s thrilling, draining upset of the Cavaliers, the Nets predictably suffered a King James-sized letdown in their next game. The heretofore winless Knicks proved the perfect trap game, and the Nets fell right…

  • [NYPost] Porzingis, Ntilikina propel Knicks past Nets for 1st win of season
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 6:11:07 PM)

    Finally a victoire — with a French twist. The Knicks, with a playmaking boost from their injury-riddled French rookie lottery pick, Frank Ntilikina, and a monster game from their franchise player, Kristaps Porzingis, finally tasted triumph. Porzingis busted out for 30 points and Ntilikina, in his return, played 20 electric minutes as the Knicks plastered…

  • [NYDN] Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, step up in Knicks win over Nets
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 10:03:20 PM)

    Lottery pick Frank Ntilikina wasn’t the only little-used point guard to make a difference in the Knicks’ first win of the season.

  • [NYDN] Knicks finally get first win of season with 107-86 rout of Nets
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 10:02:10 PM)

    The Knicks were looking up at everyone else in the league standings entering Friday’s home game against the Nets.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks beat Nets in Frank Ntilikina’s home debut; Kristaps Porzingis scores 30
    (Saturday, October 28, 2017 12:52:57 AM)

    Frank Ntilikina was hungry to get back on the court, and the Knicks looked like a team hungry for its first win of the season. They both left Madison Square Garden satisfied Friday night.

  • [NY Newsday] Listless Nets beaten on boards in third straight road loss
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 11:05:07 PM)

    After missing the Nets’ signature win over LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, point guard D’Angelo Russell returned from his mildly sprained right knee to start against the Knicks on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Nets looked like a dramatically different team — but not in a good way.

  • [SNY Knicks] ‘French Prince’ Ntilikina shows glimpse of bright future in win over Nets
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 11:15:43 PM)

    Rookie Frank Ntilikina looked promising in his first win at Madison Square Garden Friday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks notch first win of season over Nets, 107-86, at The Garden
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 10:00:32 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 on Friday night for their first victory of the season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Frank Ntilikina activated, Jarrett Jack starting point guard against Nets
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 6:00:16 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina (sprained ankle) did not practice Monday, and is unlikely to play against the Celtics Tuesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks vs. Nets, 7:30 p.m.
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 6:30:32 PM)

    NEW YORK — The best and the worst offenses in the NBA will meet on Friday at Madison Square Garden when the Brooklyn Nets visit the New York Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: What is wrong with the Knicks?
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 6:47:59 PM)

    The DNL panel debates the importance of Friday’s home game against the Nets at the Garden and whether Jeff Hornacek is in the hot seat.

  • [SNY Knicks] Are the Knicks the worst team in the NBA?
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 9:45:12 AM)

    In their three games, the Knicks are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.10.27)

  • [NYTimes] Checking In on the Nonconformist New Orleans Pelicans
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:14:58 PM)

    How are they doing with their towering frontcourt of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis? “Ay, we good,” Cousins says.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Another N.B.A. 7-Footer, Trying to Keep Up, Ventures Into 3-Point Land
    (Friday, October 27, 2017 10:00:16 AM)

    The Nets’ Timofey Mozgov was encouraged to take more deep shots, after Coach Kenny Atkinson got a scouting report from the team’s owner.

  • [NYPost] Knicks fans finally will get a look at Frank Ntilikina
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:09:31 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina is excited. And ready. But most importantly, he’s healthy. So the Knicks’ rookie, picked No. 8 overall, is expected to make his home debut against the Nets on Friday. Ntilikina missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle. A sore knee kept him out of summer league and a bruised knee…

  • [NYPost] Why Michael Rapaport won’t shoot hoops with George Clooney
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:19:15 PM)

    Michael Rapaport is an actor and director who is also known for his pop-culture commentary. The 47-year-old native New Yorker — currently starring in Netflix’s “Atypical,” appearing on Showtime’s “White Famous” and hosting a podcast for Barstool Sports — can now add author to his résumé. His new book “This Book Has Balls: Sports Rants…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks swear this practice is just what they needed
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:46:18 AM)

    So now they apparently know what’s going on with the playbook. Just two days after players admitted confusion and disarray with the offense, the Knicks were going the opposite way and insisted a solid practice Thursday would go a long way in fixing what’s wrong with their world. Well, they can prove it at home…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina ready to return Friday against Nets
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:18:12 PM)

    Rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina will be back on the court Friday when the Knicks host the Nets at Madison Square Garden.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks Insider podcast: Team needs to get it together — and fast
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:15:37 PM)

    The Knicks are off to an 0-3 start, and things already seem to look ominous.

  • [ESPN] Knicks’ Ntilikina (ankle) expected to play Friday
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:04:39 PM)

    Knicks’ Ntilikina (ankle) expected to play Friday

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Frank Ntilikina to return from injury Friday against Nets
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:29:49 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina discusses being ready to go for Friday’s game against the Nets and Jeff Hornacek talks about Ntilikina’s energy and passion.

  • [SNY Knicks] Are the Knicks the worst team in the NBA?
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:00:12 PM)

    In their three games, the Knicks are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks talk about lack of effort and confusion amidst 0-3 start
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:00:48 PM)

    The Knicks are off to a winless start in their first three games of the season, and they have noticed it is entirely on them.

  • [SNY Knicks] Frank Ntilikina expected to play Friday against Nets
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:00:16 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina (sprained ankle) did not practice Monday, and is unlikely to play against the Celtics Tuesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Former Michigan PG Trey Burke excited to show Knicks what he can do
    (Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM)

    When Trey Burke was originally drafted with the No. 9 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Michigan in the 2013 NBA Draft, he never figured he’d end up in the NBA G League.