Knicks Morning News (2017.12.31)

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis says Knicks needed key road win Saturday night
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 11:44:05 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis played a key role in the Knicks’ come-from-behind win over the Pelicans on Saturday night, giving the team a much-needed road win to wrap up 2017.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis’ late effort propels Knicks to 105-103 win on the road
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:35:56 PM)

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Jarrett Jack made two free throws to break a tie with 9 seconds remaining and the New York Knicks defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 105-103 on Saturday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks at Pelicans, 7 p.m.
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 4:07:05 PM)

    The Knicks hope to end recent skid against the Pelicans.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis shares personal theory for avoiding technical fouls
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 2:20:04 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis, who recently complained about not getting enough foul calls, shares his theory on how to avoid technicals.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis heats up late to carry Knicks over Pelicans
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:26:55 PM)

    Porzingis strapped on his cape and ended his 2017 with a bang.

  • [NYDN] Ntilikina earns more minutes, but won’t start for Knicks … yet
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 6:27:14 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek is not yet ready to start Frank Ntilikina. But that time is coming.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 105, Pelicans 103: Kristaps Porzingis’s 30 Points Help Knicks Top Pelicans and End Skid
    (Sunday, December 31, 2017 5:08:31 AM)

    Porzingis scored 7 straight points in a late fourth-quarter push as the Knicks won for the first time in five games.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks come back, earn road victory over Pelicans
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 11:27:41 PM)

    The Knicks ended 2017 with a hard-fought victory on the road. Those have been hard to come by for this surprising team.

  • [NY Newsday] Jeff Hornacek wants to give Frank Ntilikina more minutes
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:51:50 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek plans to give Frank Ntilikina more playing time, but he’s not quite ready to start him.

  • [NY Newsday] Looking back and ahead at the Knicks and the NBA
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 7:53:35 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions. But when pushed on it, the Knicks’ coach said, “Road wins” and laughed heartily.

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah makes the most of precious minutes in Knicks win
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:08:21 PM)

    NEW ORLEANS — This Knicks road trip started in Chicago with bad news for Joakim Noah. For the second time in 2 ½ weeks, he would not be dressing at the arena in which he was once an MVP candidate. The trip ended with one of Noah’s finest moments of a strange season — with…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis busts slump to rescue Knicks in rare road win
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 4:46:51 PM)

    NEW ORLEANS — Kristaps Porzingis broke out of his slump with a 30-point game and rose up in the clutch. Jarrett Jack, this time, hit last-second free throws. And the Knicks celebrated wildly on the court at the buzzer, heading into the new year with a .500 record. Rallying from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit, the…

  • [NYPost] Yankees rise, Giants crash, Knicks find hope: 2017 in review
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:25:59 PM)

    Well, there goes another year into the books that somehow marched merrily on without a championship from a New York City team. If you’re keeping score, come May 3, 2018, that will be 2,282 days since our last title (the Giants’ most recent Super Bowl run), and that will surpass, by one day, the most…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks are slowly expanding Frank Ntilikina’s role
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 10:24:06 AM)

    NEW ORLEANS – Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek isn’t ready to vault rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina into the starting lineup – at least not yet. Ntilikina is coming off his career-high 11 assists against French legend Tony Parker, logging a season-high 31 minutes in San Antonio. Meanwhile Jarrett Jack is starting to fade and Hornacek…

  • [NYPost] Porzingis is simmering, but has a secret for avoiding technical fouls
    (Saturday, December 30, 2017 8:36:01 AM)

    NEW ORLEANS — Kristaps Porzingis admits he has had a tough time fighting frustration on the court over not getting a lot of calls. The 7-foot-3 Latvian said he has done his best not to lash out at referees, but said, “it’s getting to me a bit.’’ After fouling out in San Antonio in the…

  • HoopsHype: No team is shooting or making fewer three-pointers than the Knicks

    Good article by Bryan Kalbrosky.

    Only the Golden State Warriors have a better catch-and-shoot field goal percentage this season. New York is shooting 38.7 percent from downtown when taking catch-and-shoot three-pointers, which ranks Top 5 in the East.

    But they rank last in the East (16.6) for attempts per game. They have not found a true spot-up shooter on their roster, as they have run this play type (15.3 percent) fewer than any other team in their conference.

    Last season, this is something they relied on from 6-foot-8 forward Lance Thomas. In fact, most of his offense (53.2 percent frequency) came from this play type. Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who they recently waived, was also a spot-up shooter (35.9 percent frequency) for the Knicks.

    The article also quotes Hornacek as noting that this needs to change, and yet….

    Knicks Morning News (2017.12.30)

  • [NYDN] Triangle gone but Knicks offense remains bafflingly inefficient
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 12:22:18 PM)

    The triangle is gone but Jeff Hornacek’s offense remains stuck in another era.

  • [NYDN] NY Sports Odds for 2018: The Yankees & a bunch of long shots
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 7:44:16 AM)

    The Big Apple fan base went without a title again in 2017. What are the odds that will change in the new year?

  • [NYDN] Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis makes plea for more foul calls
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 7:05:33 AM)

    Mired in an ugly shooting slump, Kristaps Porzingis made a public plea to the referees for help.

  • [NYPost] The Knicks are missing their ‘Angry Grandpa’
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 7:51:52 PM)

    NEW ORLEANS — It took a while, but the sliding Knicks now feel Tim Hardaway Jr.’s extended absence full bore. Michael Beasley calls Hardaway “Angry Grandpa,” and the Knicks miss his spirited oncourt fight — as well as his scoring. It has been almost four weeks since he was diagnosed with a stress reaction (at…

  • [NYPost] What Porzingis is really focused on during shooting slump
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 7:04:51 AM)

    NEW ORLEANS — The consistent 30-point games are history and the shooting percentage has dipped to 44.4 percent. After a 119-107 loss Thursday to the Spurs in San Antonio, slumping Kristaps Porzingis even lobbied referees for the second time this season after he felt they missed contact opponents made on his arms when he rises…

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek wants more threes from Knicks, who are NBA’s worst from deep
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 8:20:42 PM)

    The Knicks are dead last in three’s attempted and made. Jeff Hornacek hopes that changes.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis frustrated at lack of foul calls
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 3:15:44 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis has grown frustrated at his lack of shooting fouls and took to the media to air his grievences.

  • [SNY Knicks] It’s time for the Knicks to make changes
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 12:30:08 PM)

    You may not be sure anymore if you’re watching basketball or you’re on the Superman roller coaster at Disney World.

  • [NYTimes] Keeping Score: Is LeBron James, at 33, Better Than He Was 5 Years Ago?
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 7:21:51 PM)

    You can say he’s ageless and even sublime. But can you truthfully say, as Steve Kerr did, that James is better in his 15th N.B.A. season than he was in his 10th?

  • [NYTimes] These N.B.A. Dancers Bring Their High Kicks Courtside
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 3:00:25 PM)

    With packed routines, the hard-working Brooklynettes and Knicks City Dancers are “there to create just as much of a show as the basketball players.”

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis wants refs to call touches that foul up shot
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 7:46:00 PM)

    The game isn’t coming as easy for Kristaps Porzingis these days as it was at the start of the season.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.12.29)

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks lose to Spurs, fall to 2-12 on road
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 1:05:04 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis never got into an offensive rhythm, and he had his share of difficulties on the other end guarding LaMarcus Aldridge.

  • [NY Newsday] Tony Parker thinks Frank Ntilikina has what it takes to be good
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 9:40:00 PM)

    Tony Parker is a fan of Frank Ntilikina’s game. The team in France owned by Parker (ASVEL) played Ntilikina’s (Strasbourg) the previous three years, and Parker saw enough to believe that the rookie point guard will make an impact in the NBA.

  • [NY Newsday] 2017 coaching, exec changes: Few NY-area teams went untouched
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 6:19:00 PM)

    It has been a tumultuous year for New York-area managers, executives and coaches:

  • [NYTimes] Spurs 119, Knicks 107: Knicks Fall to 2-12 on the Road With Loss at Spurs
    (Friday, December 29, 2017 4:32:48 AM)

    The Knicks were able to push the pace against the Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, but could not overcome a balanced effort from San Antonio.

  • [NYDN] Tony Parker helped Frank Ntilikina prepare for rookie season
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 8:23:07 PM)

    French point guards stick together.

  • [NYDN] Knicks drop fourth straight game with 119-107 loss to Spurs
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 8:22:05 PM)

    It’s officially trouble time.

  • [NYDN] Justin Holiday explains why he thought he’d re-sign with Knicks
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 9:25:48 AM)

    Justin Holiday wanted to return to the Knicks and believed the feeling was mutual.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Enes Kanter trying to block out looming contract decision
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 7:09:26 AM)

    It’s been long assumed Enes Kanter will opt into the final year of his contract. The $18.4 million is just too great.

  • [NYPost] Knicks overwhelmed by Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 6:26:41 PM)

    SAN ANTONIO — The Knicks were just relieved they weren’t blown out of Alamo City. They received a holiday gift from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who rested superstar Kawhi Leonard on Thursday night for what the Spurs termed as “return from injury management.’’ Popovich made the right call and the Knicks returned below the .500…

  • [NYPost] What could determine Kyle O’Quinn’s future with the Knicks
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 4:13:31 PM)

    SAN ANTONIO — The Knicks’ interest in trading Kyle O’Quinn at the Feb. 9 trade deadline will rise at the same rate as their chances of making the draft lottery. According to league sources, O’Quinn’s market value will depend on how clubs view his opt-out clause. The Knicks are under the impression O’Quinn, a Queens…

  • [NYPost] Frank Ntilikina is finally getting the matchup he’s dreamed of
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 6:24:44 AM)

    SAN ANTONIO — French point-guard pioneer Tony Parker knows Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina all too well. As the quarterback for Strasbourg last season, Ntilikina led his French team past Asvel in the French League semifinals. Parker, the Spurs legend, has owned Asvel for three years and said Ntilikina “was on our radar’’ in 2014 before…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks lose to Spurs 119-107, drop below .500
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:08:35 PM)

    The Knicks drop their fourth straight, and fall below .500, with a 119-107 loss to the Spurs.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tony Parker hopes New York will be patient with compatriot Ntilikina
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 9:28:55 PM)

    Tony Parker believes in the ability of Frank Ntilikina– but hopes the Knicks are patient with him.

  • [SNY Knicks] Enes Kanter isn’t thinking about contract decision
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 8:40:17 PM)

    Enes Kanter could opt-out of his contract after this season and become a free agent.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks vs. Spurs, 8:30 p.m.
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 6:06:46 PM)

    After losing to the lowly Bulls, the Knicks travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs.

  • [SNY Knicks] Willy Hernangomez: I don’t like my situation
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 4:00:02 PM)

    Willy Hernangomez has played just five minutes in the last eleven games, and his situation is becoming increasingly difficult.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.12.28)

  • [ESPN] Knicks guard Hardaway’s return still unclear
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:16:24 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. has increased his on-court activities but his return to the Knicks lineup is still undetermined.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks tumble down stretch to another road loss
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:06:42 AM)

    The brutal road stretch that started for the Knicks Wednesday night began in brutal fashion with another gut-wrenching loss.

  • [NY Newsday] Tim Hardaway making progress but no timetable on return to Knicks
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 7:55:00 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. hasn’t been cleared for running yet, but he jogged over to the ball rack on the sideline, jogged back and shot a three-pointer.

  • [NYTimes] Bulls 92, Knicks 87: Knicks Let Big Lead Slip Away in Loss to Bulls
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 4:12:01 AM)

    The Knicks led by as many as 15 in Chicago, but Kris Dunn led a comeback for the Bulls as they edged ahead in the final moments.

  • [NYTimes] Suns Pull Off the Hidden-Rule Trick and Emerge With a Victory
    (Thursday, December 28, 2017 3:04:29 AM)

    In the latest instance of a coach exploiting an obscure rule, the Suns avoided a goaltending call on a last-second inbounds pass that was dunked by Tyson Chandler for a win.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks crumble late in 92-87 loss to Bulls
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:30:00 PM)

    Kris Dunn scored 17 points, including two clutch free throws in the final seconds, and the surging Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the New York Knicks 92-87 on Wednesday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks at Bulls, 8 p.m.
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 6:00:00 PM)

    The Chicago Bulls will go for their ninth win in 11 games when they return home to host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at United Center.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hardaway, Jr. making progress as he rehabs stress-reaction
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:11:27 PM)

    Hardaway, Jr. recently began jumping while shooting and is no longer wearing a brace.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek says Knicks won’t retreat like last year’s squad
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:35:35 AM)

    Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek implied that this year’s team is stronger-minded than the one that collapsed in the second half of last season.

  • [NYPost] Knicks reveal new ‘City Edition’ jersey
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:09:22 PM)

    Every NBA team is adding another alternate uniform, and the two local teams will highlight some of the best parts of the Big Apple with their “City Edition” threads. The Knicks will honor the New York City Fire Department. The jersey features an FDNY crest that says “Knicks” and “N.Y.C.” along with ladder and fire…

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek questions Knicks’ physicality after latest road loss
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 5:36:51 PM)

    CHICAGO — It ended with a missed free throw by Jarrett Jack and a weird 3-point shot by Enes Kanter that Jeff Hornacek called in the huddle. It ended with the Knicks coach calling out his team for not being tough or “physical’’ enough late in games away from the Garden. It ended in disaster…

  • [NYPost] Willy Hernangomez knows decision on his Knicks’ future is coming
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 4:53:10 PM)

    CHICAGO — At the Knicks’ Christmas Eve practice, center Willy Hernangomez got clocked by assistant coach David Bliss during a one-on-one drill. The blow caused a big welt on his right cheek. It swelled up, got infected and the normally handsome Hernangomez wasn’t ready for a modeling gig on Christmas. “I was worried — national…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose speaks: I’m not depressed, and I’ll be back
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:18:07 PM)

    Derrick Rose’s time with the Cavaliers did not get off to a good start, and after deciding to take some time away from the team, there was plenty of speculation about the ex-Knicks point guard’s NBA future. He wants you to know he has one. Rose left the Cavs on Nov. 22, but rejoined his…

  • [NYPost] Hornacek thinks Hardaway Jr. won’t miss all of crucial stretch
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 7:18:11 AM)

    CHICAGO — Tim Hardaway Jr. said he hopes to be cleared to run next week, and Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek still is eyeing a January return after Tuesday’s latest reevaluation. In the latest update after Tuesday’s reevaluation with team doctors, the Knicks announced he still will “continue to be reevaluated weekly.” The Knicks said in…

  • [NYDN] Knicks center Joakim Noah will be inactive against Bulls
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:27:48 PM)

    Joakim Noah will not play at the United Center this season. And that’s only because he’s no longer good enough to make the roster.

  • [NYDN] Knicks blow lead late in fourth, fall to Bulls, 92-87
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:27:17 PM)

    The Knicks blew it.