Knicks Morning News (2018.03.31)

  • [ESPN] Jeff Hornacek: Triangle offense ‘probably’ was a turnoff for free agents last summer
    (Friday, March 30, 2018 5:20:12 PM)

    The Knicks coach acknowledged on Friday what seemed obvious last summer: Last year’s free agents were likely wary of the team because of the triangle.

  • [NYDN] For Knicks, the future is always brighter than the present
    (Friday, March 30, 2018 9:40:46 PM)

    The Knicks sit on the precipice of unfortunate history.

  • [NY Newsday] Jeff Hornacek: Triangle didn’t square with attracting talent to Knicks
    (Friday, March 30, 2018 8:02:00 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks should have an easier time attracting free agents this year than they did last year. So says Jeff Hornacek, the current coach who may or may not be a part of the offseason recruiting process.

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson’s triangle likely turned off free agents: Hornacek
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 1:04:44 AM)

    It is no secret a lot of Knicks were not sold on the triangle offense in previous seasons. Coach Jeff Hornacek, who had been tasked with implementing the antiquated system under Phil Jackson, suspects the dislike went beyond the team — like to free agents who saw the offense as a negative. “I think it…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ Michigan duo can’t shake their NCAA-changing moment
    (Friday, March 30, 2018 10:22:16 PM)

    Five years and one vacated championship later, two of the principle players for Michigan, current Knicks teammates Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke, cherish their Final Four memories. Oh, and both maintain Burke did not foul on one of the key plays of the Wolverines’ 82-76 loss to Louisville in the 2013 national championship game…

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek: Free agents passed up Knicks due to triangle offense
    (Friday, March 30, 2018 9:25:18 PM)

    The Knicks can look ahead to the offseason already with no playoff hopes in the distance. And despite not being a popular destination last season, head coach Jeff Hornacek thinks he knows why.

  • [NYTimes] Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball
    (Friday, March 30, 2018 10:32:08 PM)

    As Loyola-Chicago (with Sister Jean) and Villanova make the Final Four in San Antonio, here is a look at the deep connection between Catholic colleges and basketball.

  • [NYTimes] Top Private Schools Bring In the Power Elite (and the Power Forwards)
    (Friday, March 30, 2018 9:00:17 AM)

    Sidwell Friends and other exclusive schools want to be great at everything. That includes basketball.

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  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway Jr. appreciates Jeff Hornacek let him call a play
    (Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:12:25 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. says his chance to draw up a play with a clipboard in the fourth quarter of a one-point game at Charlotte on Monday was genuine boost to his relationship with Jeff Hornacek. Nobody knows exactly what transpired to prompt Hornacek to spontaneously hand over the clipboard to the Knicks swingman, but Hardaway…

  • [NYPost] Emmanuel Mudiay’s demotion is just what he needed
    (Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:13:09 AM)

    Leave it to Walt Frazier to paint it most properly in Philadelphia. “Every time I give up on [Emmanuel] Mudiay,” the MSG Network analyst said, “he comes up with a good game.” It’s actually two good games, as Mudiay is suddenly thriving in his demoted role off the bench after crashing and burning as a…

  • [NY Newsday] Emmanuel Mudiay on the attack coming off Knicks’ bench
    (Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:56:31 PM)

    Emmanuel Mudiay says his mentality isn’t different whether he starts or comes off the bench. But his play has been.

  • [SNY Knicks] Former Knicks Cheeks, Kidd to be inducted in Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
    (Thursday, March 29, 2018 3:15:16 PM)

    Former Knicks point guards Maurice Cheeks and Jason Kidd are expected to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018.

  • [NYTimes] Top Private Schools Bring In the Power Elite (and the Power Forwards)
    (Friday, March 30, 2018 9:00:17 AM)

    Sidwell Friends and other exclusive schools want to be great at everything. That includes basketball.

  • [NYTimes] Kings Partner With Black Lives Matter Sacramento and Build Black
    (Friday, March 30, 2018 2:19:32 AM)

    The N.B.A. is far more willing to address social issues than other leagues, but a partnership with a Black Lives Matter group is the first of its kind.

  • [NYTimes] Keeping Score: Karl-Anthony Towns Dethrones Timberwolves Scoring King: Mo Williams
    (Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:33:05 PM)

    Towns’s 56-point performance set a single-game franchise record, moving Williams to second place. Kevin Garnett? He’s not even in the top three.

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  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter guts it out after taking hard hit by countryman
    (Wednesday, March 28, 2018 8:34:05 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Enes Kanter could barely walk in the visitor’s locker room after Wednesday’s 118-101 Knicks loss to the 76ers still racked with back pain after a hard fall. He hobbled down the hallway for X-rays that were negative, but he still plans to see a back specialist in New York. It was as tough…

  • [NYPost] Knicks show just how far away they are from the 76ers’ level
    (Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:46:23 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Everything has changed at Wells Fargo Center … except the moribund Knicks. The telltale sign of that is the paucity of Knicks jerseys in the crowd and lack of cheers for the road team. The Broad Street arena once was the Knicks’ home away from home during the 76ers’ depressing “Trust The Process’’…

  • [NYPost] Why Knicks still believe in their own complicated rookie point guard
    (Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:59:30 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Frank Ntilikina’s rookie season has been a cakewalk compared with Philadelphia’s No. 1-overall pick, Markelle Fultz, who has reportedly battled an odd physical and mental issue that forced him to relearn his shot. After not playing since October, Fultz made his return Monday, when Ntilikina’s roller-coaster season saw a high and then a…

  • [NYTimes] Keeping Score: Karl-Anthony Towns Dethrones Timberwolves Scoring King: Mo Williams
    (Thursday, March 29, 2018 4:45:02 AM)

    Towns’s 56-point performance set a single-game franchise record, moving Williams to second place. Kevin Garnett? He’s not even in the top three.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks hope their process turns out the way it did for 76ers
    (Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:28:49 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — The Knicks have lost nearly as much as the 76ers in recent years, but Philadelphia trusted the process and it has paid off.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks fall to Sixers, 118-101, as Philly extends winning streak
    (Wednesday, March 28, 2018 9:55:25 PM)

    The Knicks couldn’t stop the red-hot Sixers, who extended their winning streak to eight on their home court in a 118-101 win.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks at 76ers, 7 p.m.
    (Wednesday, March 28, 2018 6:15:04 PM)

    As if the Philadelphia 76ers needed to add any more fuel to their raging fire heading into their Wednesday night home matchup with the Knicks at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center, the return of No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz is giving a jumpstart to a team that hardly appears to need it.

  • [SNY Knicks] Dotson staying positive despite being odd man out in youth movement
    (Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:22:23 AM)

    At this point in the season, the Knicks are beginning to give minutes to their young guys for evaluation, and what their potential could hold for the future of the franchise. For 2017 second-round pick Damyean Dotson, those minutes have been very few.

  • [NYDN] Can the Knicks imitate the Sixers and make a similar turnaround?
    (Wednesday, March 28, 2018 9:47:03 PM)

    Remember, it’s a process. But do you trust it?

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.03.28)

  • [NYDN] Jeff Hornacek likely doomed due to relationship with team
    (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:16:31 PM)

    Jeff Van Gundy: “if they can’t get you on results they’ll get you on relationships.”

  • [NYTimes] Dirk Nowitzki Plans to Play for Mavericks Next Season
    (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:20:29 PM)

    “I feel great,” Nowitzki said. “I’ve only missed one game all season. I signed a two-year contract because I wanted to play two more years. And here we are.”

  • [SNY Knicks] Enes Kanter hopes new agent can help on and off the court
    (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:20:36 AM)

    Knicks C Enes Kanter has finally found himself a new agent, as he employed the services of Priority Sports’ Mark Bartelstein

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks rookie Damyean Dotson tries to stay upbeat despite limited opportunities
    (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 3:50:00 PM)

    As the Knicks’ season winds down, rookie Damyean Dotson is still waiting for his shot.

  • [NYPost] Knick getting rookie treatment from refs, and Hornacek loves it
    (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:35:15 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Luke Kornet got paid the ultimate compliment from Jeff Hornacek. The Knicks coach has lobbied on the rookie center’s behalf with the officiating. In the back-to-back set Sunday and Monday against the Wizards and Hornets, Kornet banged bodies with two of the NBA’s behemoths in Marcin Gortat and Dwight Howard. And the lithe…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks’ Jeff Hornacek rebellion is growing quickly
    (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:16:42 AM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It wasn’t hard reading lips when an irate Kyle O’Quinn screamed profanities at Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek on Friday at the Garden when he came to the bench. And it was evident when Joakim Noah laced into Hornacek and needed to be restrained last month at a Denver practice that the exiled…

  • NY Post: The Knicks’ Jeff Hornacek rebellion is growing quickly

    From Marc Berman, who sure seemed to have a direct line to Steve Mills back during Phil’s tenure with the Knicks (as Berman went from being over-the-top in his praise of Jackson to eventually picking away at Jackson constantly, right in line with Mills’ growing dissatisfaction with Phil):

    As Hornacek’s Knicks stint winds down to perhaps its final seven games, players may be displaying a level of rebellion that could be expected when led by a coach they know may not be back next season.

    The feeling around the league is Hornacek won’t be brought back by Steve Mills and Scott Perry and that the club may target Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson.

    Meanwhile, according to an NBA source, the Noah and O’Quinn shouting incidents weren’t the first time the lame-duck Knicks coach got profanities thrown his way by a Knicks player.

    The source told The Post that late last season, Kristaps Porzingis, normally the politest of souls, cursed out Hornacek during a practice, using the F-word.

    While players and coaches go at it behind closed doors more than you’d think, the Porzingis-Hornacek tiff partially underscored why Porzingis didn’t show up for his exit meeting. Phil Jackson wasn’t the lone target of his franchise disgruntlement.

    That Berman is writing an article like this is a very good sign that the Knicks are, in fact, preparing to move on from Horny.

    Get your Bibles out, folks, it’s going to be a bumpy ride next year with Pastor Jackson.

    Knicks Morning News (2018.03.27)

  • [NYDN] Hornacek (briefly) hands over coaching duties to Tim Hardaway Jr.
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 6:43:27 PM)

    Now that these games are meaningless, Jeff Hornacek decided to let somebody else handle his job.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Trey Burke coming into his own but future role is unclear
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 5:32:04 PM)

    It’s one thing to look like Allen Iverson, and it’s quite another to play like the former MVP.

  • [NYDN] Kanter to hire agent after endorsement talks break down
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 3:38:46 PM)

    Enes Kanter said he’s close to hiring power agent Mark Bartelstein,

  • [NY Newsday] Trey Burke hits career-high 42 points, but Knicks fall in OT to Hornets
    (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 1:10:02 AM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Trey Burke’s game was influenced by Allen Iverson, and the Knicks point guard showed some AI-like moves and shots Monday night.

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter close to hiring agent to chase endorsements
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 11:33:23 PM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Enes Kanter wants to get paid.

  • [SNY Knicks] Burke has career night despite Knicks loss
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 11:45:00 PM)

    Knicks guard Trey Burke scored a career-high 42 points and became the first Knicks player to record at least 40 points and 10 assists in 13 years in Monday’s 137-128 overtime loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks fall to Hornets in OT despite Burke’s 42 points
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 10:00:25 PM)

    Despite Trey Burke’s career-high 42 points, the Knicks lost to the Charlotte Hornets 137-128 in overtime on Monday at Spectrum Center.

  • [SNY Knicks] Mudiay to miss Monday’s game due to illness
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 6:12:12 PM)

    Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay will miss Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets due to illness.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks take on Hornets in second game of back-to-back
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 5:08:32 PM)

    The Knicks play the second game of a back-to-back when they take on the Charlotte Hornets on the road Monday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] O’Quinn says argument with Hornacek wasn’t personal
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 3:10:20 PM)

    After yelling back at head coach Jeff Hornacek in the Knicks’ matchup against the Timberwolves, center Kyle O’Quinn said it was nothing personal.

  • [NYTimes] Markelle Fultz Returns for the 76ers, and He Brought His Jumper
    (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 4:50:34 AM)

    The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, Fultz had been inactive since October, but he came on as a reserve in Monday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

  • [NYTimes] Zeke Upshaw Dies After Collapsing During N.B.A. G League Game
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 7:38:07 PM)

    Upshaw, a Detroit Pistons developmental player with the Grand Rapids Drive, collapsed on the court during a game Saturday.

  • [NYTimes] Front Burner: Stoudemire Takes a Shot at Kosher Wine Market
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 4:23:10 PM)

    The former N.B.A. star Amar’e Stoudemire has released three kosher for Passover wines.

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter needed a change — but it might not affect Knicks
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 8:56:46 PM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This doesn’t mean Knicks center Enes Kanter is opting out, but he’s ready to sign with a new agent — the highly regarded Mark Bartelstein, who runs Priority Sports, according to an industry source. Kanter, who has one year left on his contract worth $18.6 million, is expected to sign with Bartelstein…

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek briefly gave Tim Hardaway control of the Knicks
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 8:40:30 PM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While some could view it as Jeff Hornacek losing control of his bench, the Knicks coach said he was just trying to have some “fun” in the fourth quarter of their 137-128 overtime loss to the Hornets. Hornacek gave his clipboard to Tim Hardaway Jr. after the player said he was “disappointed’’…

  • [NYPost] Trey Burke did everything but it wasn’t enough in Knicks loss
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 5:45:40 PM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Trey Burke notched a career-high 42 points and 12 assists to lead a Knicks comeback from 17 points down before they fell 137-128 to the Hornets in overtime Monday at Spectrum Center. Burke, who became the first Knick to go 40 and 12 since Bernard King in 1985, couldn’t beat another New…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter to switch agents with Knicks decision looming
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 7:57:52 AM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This doesn’t mean Knicks center Enes Kanter is opting out, but he’s ready to sign with a new agent — the highly regarded Mark Bartelstein, who runs Priority Sports, according to an industry source. Kanter, who has one year left on his contract worth $18.6 million, is expected to sign with Bartelstein…

  • [NYPost] Trey Burke is taking his first NBA steps to resembling his idol
    (Monday, March 26, 2018 7:12:17 AM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Trey Burke won’t admit the braided hair is a tribute to his idol, Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. The Knicks’ new starting point guard does admit, though, he is striving to come close to Iverson’s grandeur. Burke has done Iverson proud on back-to-back nights. One night after leading to the Knicks to…

  • [ESPN] Kanter: Turkish views stifle endorsements
    (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 12:24:18 AM)

    Knicks center Enes Kanter said that Nike and other companies have shied away from signing him to endorsement deals because of his outspoken criticisms of the Turkish government.