Knicks Morning News (2018.07.03)

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ new forward has underachieved but dreams big
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 3:05:31 PM)

    Mario Hezonja’s NBA career hasn’t gone as projected, but that hasn’t dimmed his confidence. According to an NBA source close to Hezonja, the 6-foot-8 combo forward still believes he’s going to make it to an All-Star Game one day. On Sunday night, Hezonja agreed to terms on a one-year, $6.5 million contract with a portion…

  • [NYPost] Where Knicks could turn next in free agency — at cost of others
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:39:35 PM)

    The Knicks have 16 players under contract for next season — one over the max — but there’s still a chance they are not done in free agency. After inking Mario Hezonja on the first full day of free agency Sunday, the Knicks still could use a rebounding power forward and have inquired about Suns big…

  • [NYPost] LeBron James pal: Why he left, and Knicks didn’t have a shot
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 8:45:26 AM)

    Romeo Travis, a former teammate of both LeBron James and Frank Ntilikina, calls himself “an Akron guy, really Akron.” And on the day after “The Decision III,” Travis, James’ longtime buddy and former high school teammate at St. Vincent-St. Mary, said Northeast Ohio “gets it.” Travis, who won the French League championship eight days ago…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks reportedly planning next offseason around Kevin Durant
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 5:02:21 PM)

    LeBron James will probably never be on the Knicks, but maybe Kevin Durant will.

  • [SNY Knicks] Here’s why Mario Hezonja chose the Knicks
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:24:11 PM)

    The Knicks’ newest addition in SF Mario Hezonja could have gone to a contender like the Trail Blazers for next season. Instead, he chose the team he used to root for as a kid.

  • [NYTimes] DeMarcus Cousins Gives the Warriors a Fifth All-Star
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 2:56:07 AM)

    While the former Pelicans big man is still recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, he gives the team the one thing it has lacked: A dominant center.

  • [NYTimes] Brawl Mars FIBA Qualifier Between the Philippines and Australia
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 2:08:10 AM)

    Some aggressive shoving led to a full-scale brawl with 13 combined ejections and an eventual forfeit by the Philippines.

  • [NYTimes] When Sports Betting Is Legal, the Value of Game Data Soars
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 12:43:01 AM)

    Should the gambling industry be required to use league-approved “official data”? Britain’s data collection experience provides a preview of the battles to come in the United States.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: LeBron James to the Lakers: There’s Much to Unpack Here
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 8:09:08 PM)

    Will the Lakers be a contender? Not with their current roster. Will James tolerate LaVar Ball’s usual antics? Unlikely. Is the West supreme? It is.

  • [NYTimes] Keeping Score: The Lakers Got Their Man. (That’s What the Lakers Do.)
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 6:42:52 AM)

    LeBron James, like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal before him, was drawn to Los Angeles. But can he deliver like they did?

  • [NYTimes] LeBron James Joining Lakers on 4-Year $154 Million Deal
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:05:17 PM)

    In a move that was somewhat expected yet still surprising, the 14-time All-Star left the Cleveland Cavaliers, signing a four-year deal with Los Angeles.

  • [NY Newsday] LeBron James moving to the West makes life easier in the East
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 7:39:35 PM)

    They may have been crying in Cleveland on Sunday night, but fans of the other 14 teams in the Eastern Conference had cause for celebration.

  • [NYDN] EXCLUSIVE: Here’s why Brooklyn man convicted of 2 killings says he’s innocent
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    A Brooklyn man doing 50 years to life for two killings has testified he could not possibly have committed the slayings because he was immobilized — with his own gunshot wound.

    Earl Jefferson, who’s already served half of the low end of his sentence, told Justice Miriam Cyrulnik that he was the…

  • [NYDN] It’s a dog’s life: Ex-handler of a former Staten Island DA’s comfort canine sues in pet peeve over pay
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    A onetime comfort dog handler for Staten Island prosecutors isn’t going to roll over and accept never being paid for the extra hours he spent caring for the pooch.

    Kevin Ivany is suing for all the alleged uncompensated TLC he gave to Bronksey, the Staten Island district attorney’s onetime service…

  • [NYDN] Tennessee woman in Bahamas for 15-year anniversary killed in boat explosion
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 2:05:00 AM)

    A Tennessee woman celebrating her anniversary in the Bahamas was killed when a boat full of tourists burst into flame.

    Maleka Grimes Jackson and her husband Tyran were on a trip after 15 years together when an explosion the vessel off the coast of the southern island of Exuma.

    Ten Americans and…

  • [NYDN] American woman in Bahamas for 15-year anniversary killed in boat explosion
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 2:05:00 AM)

    A Tennessee woman celebrating her anniversary in the Bahamas was killed when a boat full of tourists burst into flame.

    Maleka Grimes Jackson and her husband Tyran were on a trip after 15 years together when an explosion the vessel off the coast of the southern island of Exuma.

    Ten Americans and…

  • [NYDN] Battles for freedom forever fought: Americans gather to remember what we stand for
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    When the future looks bleak, the work that most needs doing is to remind the nation of the many past battles that ordinary citizens have chosen to fight on the long road to freedom. That has never been an easy task in the United States of Amnesia, and the quick, flickering pace of modern digital…

  • [NYDN] A new day in Mexico: New President López Obrador gives Trump a run for his money
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Riding a wave of voter anger against rigged, cheating elites, crime and institutional corruption (sound familiar?), former Mexico City mayor Andres Manuel López Obrador upended Mexico’s political order with a landslide election win Sunday.

    Never mind the polite tweets across the Rio Grande: hopes…

  • [NYDN] Hail a boost for drivers: App-service incomes are just too low
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    The Taxi & Limousine Commission got exactly what it ordered up in a report on earnings for drivers for app-hailing services like Uber and Lyft: confirmation that drivers often earn dismally.

    If only what to do about it was close to as clear.

    The study by labor economists at the New School and Berkeley…

  • [NYDN] Harvey’s running time: The DA digs in with a new Weinstein indictment
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    With a third woman bearing witness to sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance heightens the stakes for perversions if proved: an alleged 2006 oral sex attack, combined with two other complaints, amounts to what prosecutors call a pattern of sexual assault, carrying…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on parks, baseball and de Blasio
    (Tuesday, July 03, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    City parks are on the upswing

    Manhattan: “Study shows many aging New York City parks have infrastructure problems” (June 26) characterized our city’s parks as a wasteland. On the contrary, New York City’s parks system is a vast, vibrant and historic landscape. Our parks act as our living rooms…

  • [NYDN] Third-grade teacher accused of sex assault, trying to hypnotize girls he told to say “I will obey you, Master” as he swung a necklace in front of them
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 11:55:00 PM)

    A third-grade teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a Pennsylvania elementary school — and police are investigating whether he tried to hypnotize others.

    One victim told police James Mentzer made her repeat the phrase “I will obey you, Master,” as he swung a necklace in front of her…

  • [NYDN] Pruitt kept ‘secret’ calendar with controversial meetings: report
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 11:05:00 PM)

    Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt has kept a ‘secret’ calendar of meetings with the heads of industry and lawyers, according to a report.

    Internal EPA documents reviewed by CNN showed dozens more meetings on them than Pruitt’s public calendar, and his former deputy chief of staff…

  • [NYDN] Billionaires Row group sues city over homeless shelter plan
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    Billionaires don’t want to live near homeless people either.

    A neighborhood group called the West 58th St. Coalition sued Monday to stop the conversion of the old Park Savoy Hotel at 158 W. 58th St. into a homeless shelter.

    Members of the West 58th St. group say the Park Savoy is a “fire trap”…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Marvin Bagley ends Mo Wagner’s NBA career before it even begins with vicious dunk in Summer League
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 10:15:00 PM)

    Maybe Marvin Bagley should have been the No. 1 overall pick after all.

    The Kings rookie showed off the athleticism that led to some scouts ranking him as the top prospect in this year’s draft class during Sacramento’s Summer League opener on Monday, and ending Lakers rookie Mo Wagner’s career in…

  • [NYDN] 9/11 firefighter hero and girlfriend dead in Fire Island boat tragedy
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 9:45:00 PM)

    A hero 9/11 firefighter and his girlfriend were mourned Monday after they died of carbon monoxide poisoning aboard their boat.

    Peter D’Ancona, 54, and Tina Sgambati, 51, were found dead Sunday afternoon aboard a 35-foot boat docked in Cherry Grove on Fire Island, Suffolk Police said.

    Though carbon…

  • [NYDN] Families of slain Parkland students to receive $400G each from GoFundMe campaign
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 9:35:00 PM)

    FORT LAUDERDALE — The families of the 17 victims killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting will each receive $400,000 from a $10.5 million fund. Eighteen of the injured survivors will receive $1.63 million.

    The Broward Education Foundation and a steering committee for the victims…

  • [NYDN] Aaron Judge on failing to come down with Ronald Acuna Jr. home run in Yankees loss: ‘Just timed it up wrong. It’s all about timing’
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 9:15:00 PM)

    Aaron Judge’s 6-7 frame has helped him haul in many balls destined for the right-field seats at Yankee Stadium, but this time he fell short.

    With one on and one out in the 11th inning, Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. drove a ball to the right-center field wall, and as Judge backed up to the scoreboard…

  • [NYDN] Siblings of Brooklyn man slain by off-duty officer in 2016 road rage join protesters at Police HQ, demand cop’s firing
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 9:10:00 PM)

    The siblings of a Brooklyn man shot dead by an off-duty cop in a road rage incident said they’ll keep fighting to have the officer fired — two years after the fatal confrontation.

    Victor Dempsey and Victoria Davis, the brother and sister of Delrawn Small, again called for Mayor de Blasio and NYPD…

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Enes Kanter burns the NBA — literally — and trolls Warriors, Adam Silver following DeMarcus Cousins signing
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 9:05:00 PM)

    Enes Kanter is playing with fire.

    Shortly after reports broke that DeMarcus Cousins had agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors, Kanter mocked both the signing and the state of the NBA as a whole on Twitter.

    The Knicks big man, like many fans and other players, appeared hilariously frustrated…

  • [NYDN] U2 light up Madison Square Garden on Experience + Innocence Tour: review
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 8:55:00 PM)

    Blistering guitars, bombastic drums and an ageless, majestic voice: thy name is U2.

    The boys from Dublin rocked Madison Square Garden Sunday night with a setlist that sprinkled in two new cuts — “The Blackout” and “American Soul” — with classics like “Desire” and “I Will Follow.”

    The energy inside…

  • [NYDN] Shopper spends $1M at a North Carolina Toys ‘R’ Us just before store closes for good, plans to donate toys to local children
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 8:30:00 PM)

    A generous stranger dropped $1 million at Toys ‘R’ Us in the children’s store’s final few hours.

    The anonymous good Samaritan walked into the Raleigh, N.C., store last week and told employees to box everything up, local station CBS 17 reported. The toys are expected to be donated to local children…

  • [NYDN] Ronald Acuna Jr.’s two-run homer in the 11th dooms Yankees in 5-3 loss to Braves
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 8:15:00 PM)

    The first matchup between the two teams with the best records in the American and National Leagues squaring off did not disappoint, and it was the Braves that came out on top in round one.

    Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a two-run home run off David Robertson in the 11th inning as the Braves beat the Yankees…

  • [NYDN] Harper: Upstart Braves remind Mets what could have been as they best a similar Yankees club
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 8:00:00 PM)

    Call them this year’s version of last year’s Yankees, and with the ahead-of-schedule Braves in the Bronx this week, it makes for quite an intriguing series. Who knows, maybe they’ll even meet again in October.

    Certainly the Braves looked up to the task on Monday night, pulling out a 5-3 win in…

  • [NYDN] Families of migrant kids in NYC shelters recall separation horrors in federal lawsuit
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 7:55:00 PM)

    Eighteen states suing the Trump administration over its contentious “zero tolerance” policy have released dozens of heart-wrenching accounts of distraught migrant parents who lost their children at the border.

    More than 400 pages of testimony was provided as the states’ top prosecutors, including…

  • [NYDN] Ex-federal officer planned to sexually abuse underage girls, prosecutors say
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 6:50:00 PM)

    A former federal law enforcement officer traveled from Minnesota to New York City with plans to sexually abuse two girls, prosecutors said.

    Ex-Federal Protective Service inspector Jesse Rodriguez was arrested Sunday when he showed up to meet an undercover officer posing as a mother of 8- and 13-year-old…

  • [NYDN] Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for child sex abuse cover-up
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 6:35:00 PM)

    NEWCASTLE, Australia — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been sentenced in an Australian court to 12 months in detention.

    Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone on Tuesday ordered Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson to serve at least…

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.07.02)

  • [ESPN] Sources: Ex-Magic F Hezonja headed to Knicks
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:41:36 PM)

    Free-agent forward Mario Hezonja has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Knicks, league sources told ESPN.

  • [NYPost] Knicks fans probably should give up the LeBron dream forever
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 8:53:56 PM)

    LeBron James may be completely bald by the time he’s a free agent again and the Knicks can pursue him. And by then Knicks coach David Fizdale, who shares a bond with James dating to their Miami days, could have already packed his bags. It looks like King James will never be King of New…

  • [NYPost] Knicks get their man who could put end to Michael Beasley era
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 7:01:33 PM)

    The Knicks didn’t get Lakers-bound LeBron James, but they got Super Mario. The Knicks have agreed to terms with Magic 6-foot-8 combo forward Mario Hezonja on a one-year deal for a portion of their $8.6 million mid-level exception, according to sources. The source confirmed ESPN’s report the pact was for $6.5 million — a deal…

  • [NYPost] Knicks offering deal to Magic swingman who’s a ‘tease’
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:41:24 AM)

    The Knicks have an offer on the table for 6-foot-8 Orlando combo forward Mario Hezonja for a portion of the $8.6 million, mid-level exception on a one-year deal, according to an NBA source. The sharpshooting Hezonja was seeking a multi-year deal, but if he settles, the Knicks’ Michael Beasley era likely would be over. The…

  • [NYPost] Knicks bring back young center for $1.6 million
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 7:29:18 AM)

    The Knicks apparently really like center Luke Kornet. The Post has learned the Knicks have agreed to terms on a one-year deal for $1.6 million for Kornet, who was a restricted free agent. The $1.6 million stands as more than his minimum, as the Knicks dished out his non-Bird exception. Kornet, the 3-point-shooting former Vanderbilt…

  • [NYDN] Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp’s ex-girlfriend, marries French director outside of Paris
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 3:00:00 PM)

    Vanessa Paradis found her gold in the form of a wedding band.

    The 45-year-old actress wed French film director Samuel Benchetrit in a small schoolhouse town hall in Saint-Simeon, an hour west of Paris, according to French newspaper Le Parisien.

    Paradis, who launched her career as a child pop star…

  • [NYDN] Philippine city mayor gunned down during flag-raising event
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:45:00 AM)

    TANAUAN, Philippines — A Philippine provincial city mayor known for parading drug suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself was shot and killed by a sniper Monday in a brazen attack during a flag-raising ceremony in front of hundreds of horrified employees and village leaders.

  • [NYDN] Indiana police say they seized ‘Trump-shaped ecstasy pills’
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:30:00 AM)

    PERU, Ind. — Some drug traffickers appear to be using President Donald Trump’s image to brand their illegal wares.

    An Indiana State Police news release about 129 arrests in a series of drug busts in northern Indiana includes a photo of what police describe as “Trump-shaped ecstasy pills.”

    They…

  • [NYDN] Divers make progress in search for 12 boys, soccer coach in Thailand cave
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:05:00 AM)

    MAE SAI, Thailand — Rescue divers on Monday were making progress through a key passageway inside the flooded mountain cave in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been missing for more than a week.

    Thai navy SEALs said in a Facebook post early Monday that divers since Sunday…

  • [NYDN] The pain of losing Lesandro and the power of Neighborhood Policing
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Gang violence is ugly in any form, but the killing of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was an unspeakably savage act. The images of him being dragged from a store and then repeatedly stabbed and hacked are the definition of horror. The depraved indifference to this boy’s life is made all the worse…

  • [NYDN] Prosecutors need oversight now: Gov. Cuomo must sign the bill to create a watchdog commission
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Last week, state Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a motion to reargue a judge’s dismissal of a criminal indictment against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove, who is accused of lying to a grand jury and participating in a cover-up to protect a Troy police sergeant who shot…

  • [NYDN] A toxic coverup: There’s no denying the number of NYCHA kids poisoned by lead
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    He had to be backed into a corner by this newspaper and the Department of Justice, but Mayor de Blasio is now correctly having the city use standards set by federal health experts to protect children from lead-paint poisoning.

    City Hall’s assurances that only 19 children living in the Housing Authority…

  • [NYDN] New technology allows U.S. adversaries to influence elections through ‘deepfake’ videos
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    WASHINGTON — Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped?

    New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they’ve never said. Republicans and Democrats predict this high-tech way…

  • [NYDN] AirTrain to nowhere: there are better and faster ways to LaGuardia
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    Last Monday, Gov. Cuomo promised a 30-minute mass transit ride with one transfer from Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport, via his future AirTrain, now hopefully pegged at $1.5 billion.

    Last Tuesday, we headed to LaGuardia, and it took just 27 minutes on mass transit with one transfer from Times Square…

  • [NYDN] British government holds meeting to prepare for Queen’s death
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    British ministers have become drama queens, holding a meeting about their monarch’s potential death as she missed an engagement because she was sick.

    Leaders including the prime minister’s deputy David Lidington, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and parliament leader Andrea Leadsom met last week and…

  • [NYDN] Frick yeah! The museum beats the critics and the public wins
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Congratulations to the Frick Collection on expanding its world-class museum. Preservationist crazies failed in trying to stop a nice music room from being converted for other uses. The Frick won and so did the public, which will be able to visit the never-seen upstairs rooms. There will be space…

  • [NYDN] LOVETT: Potential leftist surge in New York could be tough for polls to pick up
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    ALBANY – If fired-up young and minority progressives are set to affect the state Democratic primaries, the polls could be the last to show it.

    Polling primaries has always been difficult because turnout has traditionally been low and hard to predict.

    But in New York, where the electorate is charged…

  • [NYDN] Cuomo to help Letitia James raise money for her attorney general run
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:55:00 AM)

    Gov. Cuomo next week will be headlining a big-money fund-raiser for New York City Public Advocate Letitia James’ attorney general campaign.

    Tickets to the New York City cocktail reception on July 10 range from $1,000 a person to the maximum primary donation of $21,100, according to a copy of the…

  • [NYDN] Working Families Party hires petition carriers for Nixon
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:55:00 AM)

    The following is an expanded version of the second item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:

    The Working Families Party has hired people to help circulate designation petitions to get actress and activist Cynthia Nixon on the Sept. 13 Democratic primary ballot.

    The progressive…

  • [NYDN] Woman challenging veteran Brooklyn state senator looks to become the next Ocasio-Cortez
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:50:00 AM)

    ALBANY — A state Senate candidate in Brooklyn is hoping to become the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    Julia Salazar, who like Ocasio-Cortez is a Latina democratic socialist and first-time candidate, is seeking to challenge veteran state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn) in the Sept. 13 state Senate…

  • [NYDN] Era of resistance defines new generation of House Democrats
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:45:00 AM)

    WASHINGTON — Ready or not, change is coming to the House Democrats.

    Across the country, a new generation is making its way to Washington. It’s not just that some of the Democrats, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are young and progressive. They are. Or that many are women entering politics…

  • [NYDN] LGBTI activists thumb their noses at ban, police by marching in Istanbul
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:25:00 AM)

    ISTANBUL — Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex activists gathered Sunday for an LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, moving from street to street for an hour as police tried to end an event the local government had banned for the fourth year in a row.

    Hundreds of people chanted slogans…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, taxi medallions and the Red Hen
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Greenburgh, N.Y.: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary win over the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives should send a message to public officials that they are wasting their time spending hours a day dialing for campaign contributions from lobbyists, special interests…

  • [NYDN] Trump admin drafted bill breaking commitment to WTO: report
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 11:25:00 PM)

    After launching tariffs based of alleged national security interests, the Trump administration has drafted a bill that would abandon rules of the international trading system, according to a report.

    A leaked draft of the “”United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act” would allow President Trump…

  • [NYDN] Man’s marriage to 11-year-old girl sets off investigation and outrage in Malaysia
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:50:00 PM)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities are investigating the marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim that has sparked public outrage and calls for child brides to be banned.

    Rubber scrap dealer Che Abdul Karim Che Abdul Hamid secretly married the girl…

  • [NYDN] Two women slashed, another whipped with belt in brawl outside Midtown nightclub, cops say
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:05:00 PM)

    A battle outside a Midtown nightclub ended with two women slashed and a third lashed by a belt late Sunday, cops said.

    Police said chaos erupted outside Le Reve, a nightclub on E. 54th St. between Park and Lexington Aves., just before 10 p.m..

    Two groups of clubgoers squared off as patrons filtered…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Lakers fans swarm Staples Center to celebrate LeBron James signing
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    L.A.Bron is already beloved in Hollywood.

    Less than two hours after LeBron James announced his decision to sign with the Lakers, fans flocked to Staples Center to celebrate the franchise-altering decision.

    In a video posted by ESPN, a group of Lakers fans gather outside the arena and scream in…

  • [NYDN] Kyle Higashioka records his first major-league hit in style, a solo homer off David Price
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:35:00 PM)

    Kyle Higashioka, the 28-year-old catcher who had a cup of coffee with the Yankees last season in making it to the majors for the first time, is back now with Gary Sanchez (right groin strain) on the disabled list. He was 0-for-22 in his MLB career through his first at-bat Sunday against the Red…

  • [NYDN] Canada begins slapping tariffs on U.S. goods from ketchup to lawn mowers
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada began imposing tariffs Sunday on $12.6 billion in U.S. goods as retaliation for the Trump administration’s new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States.

    Some U.S. products, mostly steel and iron, face 25 percent tariffs, the same penalty the United States…

  • [NYDN] Trump’s ex-lawyer Cohen to break his silence in interview on ‘Good Morning America’ on Monday
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:25:00 PM)

    Stormy clouds could be on the horizon for President Trump.

    Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who is under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York, says he sat down for an interview with ABC News and his “silence is broken.”

    Cohen tweeted a photo Sunday of him with ABC News’…

  • [NYTimes] Keeping Score: The Lakers Got Their Man. (That’s What the Lakers Do.)
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 6:42:52 AM)

    LeBron James, like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal before him, was drawn to Los Angeles. But can he deliver like they did?

  • [NYTimes] LeBron James Joining Lakers on 4-Year $154 Million Deal
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 5:41:12 AM)

    In a move that was somewhat expected yet still surprising, the 14-time All-Star left the Cleveland Cavaliers, signing a four-year deal with Los Angeles.

  • [NYTimes] 2018 N.B.A. Free Agency: Before LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Paul George Made Waves
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 3:06:08 AM)

    The N.B.A.’s free agency period officially began at 12:01 a.m. Now that James has landed, the rest of the league needs to be sorted out.

  • [SNY Knicks] LeBron James agrees to deal with Lakers
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 8:24:08 PM)

    LeBron James agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks agree to one-year deal with Magic SF Mario Hezonja
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:32:27 PM)

    The Knicks agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with former Orlando Magic small forward Mario Hezonja.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks have contacted free agent Amir Johnson
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 3:47:40 PM)

    The Knicks are among the teams that have contacted veteran forward Amir Johnson, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks meet with free agent Mario Hezonja
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:38:04 PM)

    The Knicks have met with free agent Mario Hezonja, reports The Athletic.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks, Luke Kornet agree on one-year deal
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:19:39 PM)

    The Knicks have agreed to a one-year deal with C Luke Kornet, reports the New York Post.

  • ESPN.com: Sources: Mario Hezonja agrees with Knicks on one-year, $6.5M deal

    Woj and Ian Begley report:

    Free-agent forward Mario Hezonja has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN.

    The Knicks are hopeful that Hezonja, 23, will fulfill the potential to become the complete player that made him the fifth overall pick by the Magic in the 2015 NBA draft.

    On the pro side of things, Hezonja showed some real signs of turning his career around after Orlando embarsssingly turned down his fourth year team option. I was interested in seeing him sign with the Knicks, so in a vaccuum, it’s a great risk on a still young player that was showing real signs of improvement. The Knicks might be able to flip him for a draft pick.

    On the con side of things, since it was only a one year deal, the Knicks did not gain his Bird rights, so if he performs well, they would have to use their cap space to sign him. Plus, his cap hold will be relatively high.

    So this is probably a relatively unimportant signing, but, hey, at least they didn’t give him a player option for year two! Baby steps!

    Knicks Morning News (2018.07.01)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Kanter discusses opting-in, takes $20m insurance policy
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:30:18 AM)

    Enes Kanter admits that the market wouldn’t have been good had he decided to opt-out from the Knicks.

  • [NYTimes] 2018 N.B.A. Free Agency: Kevin Durant, Paul George Make Waves While the World Waits for LeBron
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 6:08:55 AM)

    The N.B.A.’s free agency period officially began at 12:01 a.m. Where will the big names, including LeBron James, land?

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: The N.B.A. Has the Hottest Stove. LeBron James Is the Flame.
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:25:27 AM)

    No other sports league has a free agency quite like the N.B.A., but the action is at a standstill until LeBron James decides where he wants to go.

  • [NYPost] Why Knicks should be in no rush to extend Kristaps Porzingis
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 11:09:34 PM)

    As free agency began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, so did the clock on whether Kristaps Porzingis has a chance of receiving a contract extension this summer with the Knicks. Porzingis can sign a $155 million extension July 6. But if there’s hope of any extension signed by October’s deadline, it won’t be so quickly. The…

  • [NYPost] Knicks eyeing veteran power forward
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:40:28 PM)

    With the Knicks mulling re-signing Michael Beasley, they expressed interest in Pistons power forward Anthony Tolliver early Sunday morning when free agency began. The Knicks are offering one-year deals with their $8.4 million mid-level exception as they hunt for a starting power forward as Kristaps Porzingis heals from knee surgery. The journeyman 33-year-old improved his…

  • [NYPost] Durant’s new deal gives Knicks glimmer of hope
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:20:42 PM)

    It looks like you can add Kevin Durant to the list of 2019 free agents the Knicks will salivate over. Multiple reports stated Durant came to a one-year agreement shortly after midnight Sunday with the Warriors that will include a surprising second-year opt-out. According to a source, the only issue entering free agency was the…

  • [NYPost] Big man hoping to get full-time deal with Knicks or elsewhere
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 5:50:55 PM)

    Luke Kornet has participated in David Fizdale’s workouts the past five weeks, the new Knicks coach hoping to add another dimension to Kornet’s game and make him not just a 3-point, big-man specialist. Fizdale wants the 7-foot free-agent Kornet to be able to take it to the rim and finish with authority if the 3-pointer…

  • [NY Newsday] Why Knicks should be in no rush to extend Kristaps Porzingis
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 11:09:34 PM)

    As free agency began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, so did the clock on whether Kristaps Porzingis has a chance of receiving a contract extension this summer with the Knicks. Porzingis can sign a $155 million extension July 6. But if there’s hope of any extension signed by October’s deadline, it won’t be so quickly. The…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks eyeing veteran power forward
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:40:28 PM)

    With the Knicks mulling re-signing Michael Beasley, they expressed interest in Pistons power forward Anthony Tolliver early Sunday morning when free agency began. The Knicks are offering one-year deals with their $8.4 million mid-level exception as they hunt for a starting power forward as Kristaps Porzingis heals from knee surgery. The journeyman 33-year-old improved his…

  • [NY Newsday] Durant’s new deal gives Knicks glimmer of hope
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:20:42 PM)

    It looks like you can add Kevin Durant to the list of 2019 free agents the Knicks will salivate over. Multiple reports stated Durant came to a one-year agreement shortly after midnight Sunday with the Warriors that will include a surprising second-year opt-out. According to a source, the only issue entering free agency was the…

  • [NY Newsday] Big man hoping to get full-time deal with Knicks or elsewhere
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 5:50:55 PM)

    Luke Kornet has participated in David Fizdale’s workouts the past five weeks, the new Knicks coach hoping to add another dimension to Kornet’s game and make him not just a 3-point, big-man specialist. Fizdale wants the 7-foot free-agent Kornet to be able to take it to the rim and finish with authority if the 3-pointer…

  • [NYDN] St. John’s law professor sues Apple over $70 iPad cord, sparking two-year legal battle
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    For Francis Facciolo, five frustrating hours unsuccessfully trying to connect a $70 cord from his iPad to his television led to a two-year legal battle against the world’s most profitable corporation.

    The David vs. Goliath showdown in Brooklyn Small Claims Court ended last month in defeat for the…

  • [NYDN] Battle over upstate NXIVM properties heats up in sex cult case
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    A court fight over NXIVM-linked real estate is getting real bitter.

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors want to seize two upstate properties that, they say, are the scenes of crimes for a salacious sex cult led by NXIVM guru Keith Raniere and his alleged lecherous lieutenant, actress Allison Mack.

    But…

  • [NYDN] Overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India, killing 30
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 2:10:00 AM)

    LUCKNOW, India — At least 30 people were killed on Sunday when an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road into a gorge in northern India, officials said.

    Chief Minister of Uttarakhand state Trivendra Rawat said the bus fell into a 700-foot (213-meter) deep gorge in the Himalayan foothills….

  • [NYDN] Why I’m backing Cynthia Nixon: A dedicated & proven progressive for New York governor
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    When I ran for Speaker of the City Council four years ago, very few gave me a chance. I was too aloof. I was too progressive. I worked hard and I won, but still, many said that I owed my success to someone else — or that I’d carry people’s water. These were the challenges I faced, running as a…

  • [NYDN] Honoring the Fourth, saving the nation: How Lincoln marked our foundational holiday
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    One does not immediately think of Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War when pondering the meaning of the Fourth of July. The nation’s founders, whom Lincoln revered despite their flaws, deserve full credit for American independence. Men of George Washington’s era fought the battles that made America…

  • [NYDN] Rocket developed by Japan startup bursts into flames during disastrous test run
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:30:00 AM)

    TOKYO — A rocket developed by a Japanese startup company burst into flames seconds after a failed liftoff Saturday in northern Japan.

    The MOMO-2 rocket, developed by Interstellar Technologies, was launched in Taiki town on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island. It was supposed to reach as…

  • [NYDN] Indian fan dies in World Cup car crash
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:15:00 AM)

    An Indian fan visiting Russia for the World Cup died after a car accident on Saturday, the first death of a visitor to the international tournament.

    The unidentified man was a passenger in a car on the highway near the southern host city of Sochi when the vehicle he was riding in collided with…

  • [NYDN] Up from the underground: let stressed homeowners rent out apartments, period
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Hats off to Mayor de Blasio and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Rafael Espinal and Inez Barron, who’ve teamed up to allow some basements to be used as living quarters — they are anyway — where building and fire rules currently forbid it.

    That’s a great idea, long discussed. Show these underground apartments…

  • [NYDN] Far off track at 100: Cortlandt St. subway station still scandalously shuttered
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    On this date 100 years ago, July 1, 1918, a dozen new subway stations opened, stretching down 7th Ave. from Penn Station to South Ferry. One of those brand new stations was the one at Cortlandt St.

    In the 1960s, it would be enveloped when the World Trade Center was built. On 9/11, when the towers…

  • [NYDN] A match made in hell: Trump and Putin flirt their way to Finland
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Star of the world’s worst rom-com, President Trump again rejects the disapproving counsel of smarter and more mature outside voices — U.S. intelligence, NATO partners, anyone with good sense — to flaunt his forbidden passion for international man of misery Vladimir Putin.

    Their latest scheduled…

  • [NYDN] CARIBBEAT: Dollar van organization backs bill to make the industry safer — through Taxi & Limousine Commission enforcement
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Dollar vans organizations — whose members want to maintain safe conditions for their passengers, drivers and industry — are backing proposed legislation to have their vehicles fall under the jurisdiction of the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission.

    Each year, tens of thousands of New Yorkers rely…

  • [NYDN] Trump asserts he didn’t push House GOP on immigration
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:40:00 AM)

    BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Donald Trump claimed Saturday that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration bills that failed last week, offering his latest display of whiplash on the legislation.

    Trump tweeted from his New Jersey golf club that he didn’t press GOP lawmakers…

  • [NYDN] Refugees among 9 victims in Idaho stabbing spree
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:20:00 AM)

    Refugees were among 9 people wounded after a man went on a stabbing spree in Idaho, according to police.

    Officers in Boise arrested the unidentified 30-year-old Saturday night, but said that they “are still investigating why the suspect targeted these individuals.”

    “This incident is not a representation…

  • [NYDN] Florida man confesses to killing pregnant wife, dad-in-law, police say
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida man charged with fatally shooting his pregnant wife texted from her cellphone to make it seem like she was still alive.

    Fort Lauderdale police say 20-year-old Martine Bernard’s body was found earlier this month in an alley behind the home she shared…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Access-a-ride, Al Sharpton and John Ashbery
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    E-hail a boon, Access-a-Ride a pain

    Brooklyn: I couldn’t agree more with Voicer Steve Dolman on the e-hail program versus Access-A-Ride. I lost most of my sight last year to a neurological disease. My first thought was, “How am I going to continue to work?” I rely on this service to take me from…

  • [NYDN] Evangelical leaders downplay potential Roe v. Wade reversal
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 11:40:00 PM)

    NEW YORK — For evangelical Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr., this is their political holy grail.

    Like many religious conservatives in a position to know, the Liberty University president with close ties to the White House suspects that the Supreme Court vacancy President Donald Trump fills…

  • [NYDN] Tennessee church shooter was full of hate and happy to kill in 2008 attack
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    Jim Adkisson got lockjaw when his sentencing judge gave the confessed rage killer a chance to address members of the Tennessee church where he had launched a shotgun attack.

    There would be no contrition from this angry man.

    “No, ma’am,” sneered the 58-year-old former truck driver. “I have nothing…

  • [NYDN] Add Red Sox’s Rafael Devers and Chris Sale to long list of Yankees killers
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:35:00 PM)

    Long gone are the days of David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez tormenting the Yankees, but the Red Sox seem to have some new players to give their AL East foe nightmares.

    Chris Sale and Rafael Devers are proving to be the kryptonite for the Bronx Bombers these days and demonstrated why in a 11-0 shellacking…

  • [NYDN] Armed robber running from cops dies in fall to Bronx subway tracks
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    An armed robbery suspect running from cops fell onto subway tracks in the Bronx early Sunday — and was killed either by the third rail or the train that soon hit him, authorities said.

    Officers were chasing the man on foot just after midnight when he fell to the tracks at the Fordham Road/Jerome…

  • [NYDN] Man shot on Bronx street corner by ex-girlfriend’s new beau, cops say
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    A 36-year-old man was fatally shot on a Bronx street by his ex-girlfriend’s new beau late Saturday, police sources said.

    The man was at the corner of University Ave. and Morton Place in Morris Heights when the aggrieved boyfriend blasted him in the head and back around 10 p.m., according to cops.

  • [NYDN] Police find 11 bodies, most of them blindfolded and hanging from roof of home in India
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:25:00 PM)

    NEW DELHI — Police in the Indian capital said Sunday they found 11 bodies in a village home in mysterious circumstances, 10 of them blindfolded and hanging from the roof.

    Police officer Vineet Kumar said all of them belonged to a family and most had lived in one home in Burari village in the northern…

  • [NYDN] Police report assaults in Oregon on day of nationwide protests against Trump immigration policy
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    Police in Portland, Oregon, have ordered participants in a march by Patriot Prayer to disperse after officers saw assaults and projectiles being thrown.

    Police said Saturday that some arrests have been made at the downtown protest involving immigration.

    The problems occurred as two opposing protest…

  • [NYDN] Austin Romine’s MRI negative after leaving loss to Red Sox in seventh with tight hammy
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:25:00 PM)

    A bad night could’ve gotten a lot worse for the Yankees on Saturday, but a precautionary MRI on Austin Romine’s left hamstring came back negative. He is listed as day-to-day.

    Romine came out of the team’s 11-0 loss to the Red Sox due to left hamstring tightness, which prompted the MRI. He grounded…

  • [NYDN] Capital Gazette reporter describes horror inside newsroom
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    As gunfire rang out inside his Maryland newsroom, Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis jumped under his desk.

    He couldn’t see what happened next — fatal bullets ripping into five of his colleagues — but he could hear it.

    “I heard everyone get shot,” Davis, a crime reporter, told The Baltimore Sun….

  • [NYDN] Isola’s NBA Free Agency Primer: Predicting where LeBron and the other big names will end up
    (Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    LeBron James’ influence over the NBA is so profound that he dominated the free agency conversation last summer while still under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    At 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, LeBron officially becomes an unrestricted free agent so get ready for what will be an eventful few days/weeks…