Knicks Morning News (2018.12.31)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Kanter, Dotson, Hardaway, Mudiay
    (Sunday, December 30, 2018 9:57:56 AM)

    Knicks center Enes Kanter sounded off on his reduced playing time following a miserable night in Utah, relays Marc Berman of the New York Post. Kanter was pulled from the starting lineup earlier this season to give a more prominent to rookie Mitchell Robinson. With Robinson injured, Kanter remains a reserve as the team tries […]

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter’s clash with Knicks is only getting started
    (Sunday, December 30, 2018 12:55:14 PM)

    DENVER — Enes Kanter vs. the Knicks is just beginning. With Kanter finally letting out his bottled-up feelings, there’s probably only one logical solution — the Knicks center’s departure from the roster in either a trade or buyout. It couldn’t be more obvious that Knicks coach David Fizdale has no use for Kanter any longer….

  • [NYPost] Knicks guard determined to not let injury spoil Denver return
    (Sunday, December 30, 2018 8:04:07 AM)

    DENVER – It was fitting Emmanuel Mudiay left Saturday’s epic blowout loss in Utah with a sprained ankle. Ankle sprains were a part of his sour three seasons with the Nuggets and the Knicks were set to play them on New Year’s Day. Mudiay said in the dour visitor’s locker room in Salt Lake City…

  • New York Knicks 97 – Utah Jazz 129 – Game Recap

    Nope. Not going to do a recap this time.

    We lost by 32 but honestly the final score doesn’t even begin to tell the story of this game (and of this team). Look, it’s not about individual performances. Every single Knick sucked tonight, someone a little less, someone a little more (looking at you, Frank: -36 +/-, 1/7 from the field, 2 points and 2 boards. Let it be known that this is the night I officially give up on Frank. I’m not saying he should be traded or whatever. Keep on giving him minutes, this is a lost season. But the odds are completely against Frank ending up as an NBA player after his rookie contract. I’m not even sure it’s his fault. If he was a second-round pick probably things would be a little bit better. Dude’s a mess mentally and he’s regressing badly even on defense). Tonight it was about being a team. The Knicks totally failed at being a team.

    Losing a game by 32 is bad enough, even in a tanking/rebuilding year. I won’t complain about the loss. I’ll complain about the fact that nobody, once Vonleh picked up two quick fouls, seemed to give a single fuck about being on the floor with other four human beings and trying to compete, if not win altogether. This was not a back-to-back night. Utah is not a deadly offensive machine. Gobert is not Gozer the Gozerian. Thabo Sefolosha shouldn’t be supposed to post a double double, like ever (B-R says he has posted 15 in his whole career. There must be a glitch at that site). Dante Exum shouldn’t dish 12 dimes in the first half just by running elementary pick-and-roll variations.

    Most important of all, our guys are supposed to suck but are supposed to care! To care about what? About themselves, at least. Isn’t defense, at some point, a matter of pride? Ok, defense won’t get you a lot of money, but shouldn’t you be personally offended if the other team scores at will on you? I would be. And yet, nobody other than Vonleh seemed to take action. And definitely it wasn’t enough. Let it be known, though, that Vonleh posted a +11 plus/minus in a game we lost by 32 (Burke did, too, but he was playing against random people picked from the stands at that point).

    So, well, our guys suck. Big news, huh? We have lost 7 straight and have the second-worst record in the whole league (now this is great news).

    You know who I put the blame of this pathetic outing onto?

    The coach, that’s who. Nobody with a sane mind should advocate firing a coach in the midst of a tanking season. It just makes no sense. And yet, Fizdale’s credibility as a good coach is already over, if you ask me. I guess you all remember how we were fine with him at the time of his hiring. I was too (Budenholzer would have never come here unless we handed him the GM role too, and he was a terrible GM in Atlanta. Great, great coach, but a terrible GM)! I was enraptured by his manners, the League waxed poetic about him, and he had the support of LeBron and Wade, for what it’s worth. I thought he was a step in the right direction, maybe two.

    It was good to see him take the young players to watch playoff games together. This was a man interested in building a team and making it grow organically, it seemed. Yeah, he was saying strange things here and there (“I see Lance Thomas as our own Draymond Green”; seriously? It’s like saying I see Domino’s Pizza in downtown Bologna as my own five stars pizzeria in Positano, where you can eat the best calzone in the world while looking down and watching the soothing movement of the Mediterranean waves in a warm Sunday in June), but he looked like an alright guy. And the charisma! Dude oozes (oozed, I guess) charisma like he rolled three six on his character sheet. And then the first cracks in his armor. Kanter sulking. Burke sulking. Dotson getting DNPs. Hezonja starting for a stretch. Frank regressing (not sure if that’s Fiz’s fault, the kid looks completely lost). Weird rotation shuffles. Kanter sulking again. And so on.

    Then, this game came around. Anyone who has ever played basketball, or any team sport, knows what it means when a team gives such a performance. Let me spell it out for you: the coach has lost the team. I don’t know when it happened or why. I don’t even think he lost everyone. I guess Knox, Mudiay, Vonleh and possibly THJ, Dotson and Trier aren’t actually against Fizdale. He just lost the entire team, as in “we don’t know what we’re doing here on the court and we actually couldn’t care less about it”. That’s what happens when you preach but don’t put work in. They say defense is the best offense, and I concur, but it’s not acceptable that 37 games in we still don’t have a glimmer of an offensive system in place. You know why I’m sure this is on the coach? You just have to look at what Trier does. In the last two games, there have been some minutes where there was no ballhog on the court. They were few, but they existed. And people shared the ball – not effectively, of course, but they were playing a team game. Enter Trier: the offense grinds to a halt in terms of moving the ball (brief aside: what happened to Zo? I hope it’s the nagging injury, because we don’t need another guy who goes to the rim just to be swatted multiple times in a row and then decides it’s better to pull up from 18 feet again and again until the rim deflates the ball). Now, if the coach wasn’t ok with that, and specifically gave instruction to move the ball, he’d yank the player very quickly. That’s what happens at every level! But no, Fiz is ok with that, and so we are subjected to the “eat what you kill” offense taken from the darkest days of early aughts.

    Guys get tired of playing in a system where they never get the ball in their favorite places (unless you’re a chucker, because in that case your favorite place is always your hands) and might receive random DNPs because the coach wants to see if the other guy can chuck a little better. They simply check out and stop paying attention. Which, sadly, is what some of us could be tempted to do.

    So, yeah, don’t fire Fiz now. It makes no sense. We’re not playing to win anything, and we don’t have a lot to develop with Mitch sidelined, Trier hitting the rookie wall and the defense wall, Dotson being who he is (by that I mean that I think he’s already reached his ceiling: this version is who he is, and I’m good with that), Frank looking like a bust and Knox looking better just because he got the green light to do whatever he wants in generous minutes –  his double digit scoring streak though stays alive, yay for the Elias Sports Bureau! – but I think we should stop pretending that Fizdale knows what he’s doing with this team. It can’t get more apparent than this.

    PS: I loved how Kanter got booed by the crowd. I hope he asks for a buyout tomorrow. 0 points and 4 boards in 18 minutes, and he still thinks he’s a superstar? He got to be the most deluded man on planet Earth.

    I won’t see you again until next tuesday, so Happy New Year! And let’s keep on Knicksing, I just can’t help myself.

    Knicks Morning News (2018.12.30)

  • [NYDN] How Emmanuel Mudiay went from Nuggets bust to Knicks staple
    (Sunday, December 30, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    It got so bad with the Nuggets that Emmanuel Mudiay didn’t want to talk about it.

    The 7th overall pick in 2015 boycotted the media toward the end of his tenure in Denver, up until he was traded and given new life with the Knicks. Ahead of his first scheduled appearance Monday at the Pepsi Center…

  • [NYDN] NBA makes verdict on Knicks-Bucks altercation
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 8:25:00 PM)

    Enes Kanter just can’t get his way.

    The NBA on Saturday announced it won’t be fining Bucks’ coach Darvin Ham for his role in the Kanter-Giannis Antetokounmpo feud earlier this week.

    The two players also escaped punishment from the league.

    The NBA said Ham “acted as a peacemaker” when he forcefully…

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Enes Kanter is not losing quietly: ‘It’s a problem’
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 1:55:00 PM)

    While the Knicks are rolling over and surrendering this season to “development,” Enes Kanter is fighting.

    He’s fighting against opposing superstars like Giannis Antetokounmpo.

    He’s fighting against a stitched-up eye lid.

    He’s fighting against a Bucks assistant coach.

    He’s fighting against being…

  • [Newsday] How Emmanuel Mudiay went from Nuggets bust to Knicks staple
    (Sunday, December 30, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    It got so bad with the Nuggets that Emmanuel Mudiay didn’t want to talk about it.

    The 7th overall pick in 2015 boycotted the media toward the end of his tenure in Denver, up until he was traded and given new life with the Knicks. Ahead of his first scheduled appearance Monday at the Pepsi Center…

  • [Newsday] NBA makes verdict on Knicks-Bucks altercation
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 8:25:00 PM)

    Enes Kanter just can’t get his way.

    The NBA on Saturday announced it won’t be fining Bucks’ coach Darvin Ham for his role in the Kanter-Giannis Antetokounmpo feud earlier this week.

    The two players also escaped punishment from the league.

    The NBA said Ham “acted as a peacemaker” when he forcefully…

  • [Newsday] Knicks’ Enes Kanter is not losing quietly: ‘It’s a problem’
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 1:55:00 PM)

    While the Knicks are rolling over and surrendering this season to “development,” Enes Kanter is fighting.

    He’s fighting against opposing superstars like Giannis Antetokounmpo.

    He’s fighting against a stitched-up eye lid.

    He’s fighting against a Bucks assistant coach.

    He’s fighting against being…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks takeaways from Saturday’s 129-97 loss to Jazz
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:43:45 PM)

    The Knicks losing streak extended to seven games as Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz blew them out 129-97.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks look to end six game skid vs Jazz at 8 p.m.
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 6:29:12 PM)

    The Knicks will look for spark plug Luke Kornet to continue opening the floor as he earns his second straight start.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Luke Kornet earns second straight start
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 11:08:59 AM)

    David Fizdale explains why he is giving the 23-year-old the nod over Enes Kanter.

  • [ESPN] Kanter: ‘Don’t understand’ why I’m not starting
    (Sunday, December 30, 2018 3:22:33 AM)

    Knicks center Enes Kanter expressed frustration with his new role coming off the bench, saying it’s “too early in the season to shut me down.”

  • [ESPN] NBA rules no fines out of Giannis-Kanter scuffle
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:26:02 PM)

    The NBA has determined that there was no need to punish any party in the wake of Thursday’s skirmish between Enes Kanter and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

  • [NYPost] The biggest thing missing from NYC sports is the pain of losing
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 9:43:33 PM)

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Sports fans, real ones, will understand what I’m talking about when I say: Winning teams aren’t the only things lacking from our sporting landscape as 2018 stumbles to a close. The winning is nice, yes, and in the year about to close, the lack of it was noticeable and it was aggravating….

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter doesn’t know why Knicks are ‘shutting’ him down
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 8:24:02 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — Enes Kanter slumped at his locker with his hands covering his forehead — a picture of doom and gloom. It was a miserable day for Kanter all around and he embarked on a locker-room rant after the Jazz’s 129-97 demolition of the Knicks — essentially accusing the franchise of declining to…

  • [NYPost] Knicks destroyed by Jazz, creep closer to worst mark in NBA
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 5:37:44 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Knicks were on “The Road to Zion’’ — literally — Saturday night. They “competed’’ against the Jazz in the state which houses world-renowned Zion National Park as they zero in fast on capturing the NBA’s best lottery odds for the chance to select Duke man-child Zion Williamson No. 1 in…

  • [NYPost] ‘Peacemaker’ Bucks coach won’t be fined for role in Kanter fracas
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:33:26 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — The NBA will not fine Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham for his “actions’’ during the fracas between Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Knicks’ Enes Kanter on Thursday night, according to a league source. The NBA reviewed the incident involving Antetokounmpo and Kanter, during which Ham ran onto the court and bumped…

  • [NYPost] How Knicks pair is working together to fix shooting slumps
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:19:53 AM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — The team bus had left the university grounds an hour before for the trek back to their downtown Salt Lake City hotel Friday. Suddenly emerging from the University of Utah’s women’s basketball practice gym were Damyean Dotson and Trey Burke, alongside emerging assistant coach Kaleb Canales, finishing up their hour of…

  • Post Game: Jazz beat Knicks, 129-97

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  • Full BoxScore:
    http://www.nba.com/games/20181229/NYKUTA#/boxscore

    Score by Period:

    Team 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
    Knicks 17 17 32 31 97
    Jazz 39 32 26 32 129

    Four Factors

    TEAM eFG TOR ORB FTR
    NYK 0.460 0.136 0.151 0.210
    UTA 0.635 0.147 0.358 0.119

    Simple Box Score

    Name min pts fga 3pm ftm or Reb ast stl to blk pf +/-
    Knox, Kevin 41:16 12 12 3 1 1 5 1 0 1 1 1 -29
    Vonleh, Noah 23:55 13 5 2 5 0 9 0 3 1 0 4 11
    Kornet, Luke 28:38 14 11 4 0 1 6 5 1 2 0 1 -3
    Hardaway Jr., Tim 26:16 18 13 2 6 1 2 0 1 5 0 2 -14
    Mudiay, Emmanuel 23:55 13 11 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 3 -7
    Thomas, Lance 7:05 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 -9
    Ntilikina, Frank 16:29 2 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 -36
    Trier, Allonzo 21:44 2 8 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 2 -18
    Kanter, Enes 17:12 0 6 0 0 3 4 3 1 1 0 0 -30
    Dotson, Damyean 21:18 9 6 2 3 1 4 0 2 0 0 1 -36
    Hezonja, Mario 4:36 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
    Burke, Trey 7:36 12 5 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 11
    Lee, Courtney 0:00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Knicks 240:00 97 86 15 18 8 35 17 10 15 1 19 -32
    Name min pts fga 3pm ftm or Reb ast stl to blk pf +/-
    Ingles, Joe 20:49 6 5 0 4 0 1 3 1 4 0 2 10
    Favors, Derrick 24:35 12 8 2 0 3 10 3 1 0 1 2 24
    Gobert, Rudy 24:58 25 12 0 5 5 16 0 0 1 1 2 14
    Mitchell, Donovan 27:23 15 14 2 1 2 5 3 1 2 0 2 22
    Exum, Dante 26:07 13 11 0 1 0 0 13 0 1 0 2 19
    Korver, Kyle 21:35 15 10 5 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 35
    Sefolosha, Thabo 20:22 10 6 2 0 0 10 0 3 2 0 2 25
    Neto, Raul 19:52 9 7 1 0 0 5 3 0 2 0 3 19
    O’Neale, Royce 18:26 8 4 2 0 0 5 1 1 1 3 2 26
    Niang, Georges 9:40 5 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 -6
    Udoh, Ekpe 9:01 8 5 0 0 3 4 2 0 0 1 1 -8
    Bradley, Tony 8:36 0 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 -10
    Mitrou-Long, Naz 8:36 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 -10
    Jazz 240:00 129 93 16 11 15 60 30 8 17 6 27 32

    Knicks Morning News (2018.12.29)

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Is David Fizdale’s process helping Knicks get better?
    (Friday, December 28, 2018 9:05:24 PM)

    The Knicks are tanking, but is head coach David Fizdale doing it the right way? The DNL crew debates.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Luke Kornet impresses with career night in return to starting lineup
    (Friday, December 28, 2018 8:32:44 AM)

    Second-year forward Luke Kornet impressed head coach David Fizdale by tying his career high with 23 points in his first start of the season on Thursday.

  • [NYTimes] Hornets 100, Nets 87: Hornets, Never Trailing, Avenge Overtime Loss
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 3:01:30 AM)

    Charlotte lost in double-overtime to the Nets earlier this week.

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale isn’t done with his latest starting-lineup experiment
    (Friday, December 28, 2018 10:52:58 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — Luke Kornet will start at center for a second straight game when the Knicks face the Jazz on Saturday night, coach David Fizdale said. In his first start of the season — and second of his career — Kornet shined Thursday in Milwaukee, tying his career high with 23 points and…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter blasts ‘childish’ Greek Freak, ‘nobody’ Bucks coach
    (Friday, December 28, 2018 4:22:20 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — Knicks center Enes Kanter was still fuming a day after his ejection in Milwaukee, calling his combatant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, “childish,” mockingly branding him “the golden child’’ and demanding the NBA fine Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham for his role in Thursday’s fracas. According to a source, the NBA would look into…

  • [NYPost] Knicks won’t let one telling stat sour their opinion of Kevin Knox
    (Friday, December 28, 2018 7:01:10 AM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — Five observations from the Knicks’ chippy 112-96 loss to the Bucks at the sold-out Fiserve Forum Thursday. 1. The Knicks’ hot-shooting rookie lottery pick Kevin Knox saw his string of scoring 15-plus points in eight straight games come to an end. He was 4-for-15 for 12 points and zero assists. After…

  • [ESPN] Kanter calls for NBA to fine Bucks assistant Ham
    (Saturday, December 29, 2018 12:41:58 AM)

    A day after Thursday’s skirmish with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Enes Kanter called for Bucks assistant Darvin Ham to be fined and suggested that Antetokounmpo got preferential treatment from the refs.

  • New York Knicks 96 – Milwaukee Bucks 112 – Game Recap

    See, we’re not asking for much. Most of the times, we’re not even asking for real competitiveness. We ask for rootability and hints of development from somebody. Even if that somebody is not a core component of our future, but we feel like he’s a kid of ours nonetheless. Well, tonight we got a tiny bit ot that, with Kornet starting in place of Kanter.

    I’ll pull out a total jerk move and quote myself here: “When Luke Kornet plays instead of Kanter, you can see the team trying to play better. They fail, of course, because Luke sucks and they all suck, but it’s a breath of fresh air to see someone who’s clearly not interested in padding his boxscore.”

    In the first quarter that was very evident. Apart from the improved spacing (and the diminished offensive rebounding) the team played better not having a big body who demands to be fed inside and who passes the ball just once in a while. Kornet is far from a good player, and let’s say he hits 2 fewer threes and you’re looking at a mediocre offensive game from him, but watching him play is so much better than seeing Kanter post empty double doubles while hindering whatever movement without the ball happens around the altruism-challenged THJ and Mudiay.

    We got beat by Milwaukee, and that’s ok. They’re a good team and we’re terrible. The game was not competitive in the last 15 minutes. But I didn’t feel like I wasted my time watching this game. It’s not too much to ask, but sometimes it’s too much for this coaching staff/front office to give.

    The good:

    – Noah Vonleh (15 pts, 13 rebs, 2 ast, +2 +/-) showed his sulking teammate – let’s hope not for long – Kanter what a real, meaningful double double is. His rebounding number could have been a bit inflated by the fact that Kornet is a downright wet noodle on the boards, but Noah was there everytime. He wasn’t that good on offense, turning the ball over four times, but his defense tonight was awesome. He got tasked with guarding Antetokounmpo and made him sweat his routinely great performance. Giannis got close to a monster triple double (31/14/8) but through no fault of Vonleh, who might be one of the few players in the league able to keep pace with the Greek Freak on defense. He also added three blocks for good measure. I don’t think someone else will emerge from the fray to take away the Knicks MVP from Vonleh during the season. Now re-read the last sentence, remember Vonleh got into the roster as a non-guaranteed minimum salary player, and you’ll have your Knicks season in a nutshell.

    – You’re damn right, I’ll put Luke Kornet (23 pts, 3 rebs, 5 ast, -8 +/-) in this section even if his game was nothing special. Yeah, he recorded 5 assists but most of them were lazy passes to semi-open guys who ended up hitting their shots. His 3 boards in 35 minutes are a freaking insult to the fact that he’s 7’1″. His defense was at best meh, even if just by raising his hands up he’s a 300% better rim protector than Kanter. But how can you not put him here on a night where he hit 7 treys and, as I said before, the team looked like it was playing better with him on the court? Some of his minutes were a gift from the officials, who weirdly ejected Kanter without him deserving it, but it was hard not to see the sheer difference in collective body language when Luke was on the floor compared to when Enes was playing. Bonus fun fact: Luke is now the tallest player ever in the NBA to hit at least 7 three pointers in a game.

    The bad:

    – Allonzo Trier (7 pts, 2 rebs, 4 ast, -14 +/-) and Damyean Dotson (4 pts, 4 rebs, 2 stl, -8 +/-) were a combined 3-for-19 from the field tonight. While Dotson missed mostly good shots – but still ends here because shotmaking is something that has to be asked from him – Trier was a total mess. Iso Zo tried, over and over again, to delve deep into the Bucks defense without a care for the long arms of Milwaukee’s defenders. Seriously, have you considered now long they are? Giannis, Middleton, Hill, Maker, and Wilson (a sneaky good player in Bud’s system) are all superlong and have no trouble at contesting shots. Trier just couldn’t learn the lesson and went on to get swatted ad libitum, and when he didn’t, he bricked some iso shots. Normally I like Trier, but tonight I started suspecting I like him because we also have THJ who’s much worse. When THJ is not around, I might find myself liking him less simply because he’s the other black hole I usually tolerate thanks to his younger age and driving mentatity. Don’t get fooled by Trier’s 4 assists, he didn’t try to run an offensive set even once.

    Tank-sized bits:

    – Kevin Knox (12 pts. 6 rebs, 1 stl, -19 +/-) posted the worst plus-minus of the game while shooting horribly (4-for-15) and getting destroyed on defense by Middleton and Giannis. It’s nice that his double digit scoring streak still stands (nine straight, ten in the last eleven, eleven in the last thirteen), as it is that he’s grabbing more boards. Sadly, it’s not enough to be a functional NBA player, but it’s enough to give us a faint hope about this year’s lottery pick.

    – Speaking of lottery picks, Frank is quickly becoming a frustrating issue. Keep in mind that tonight I had nothing to complain about the rotation (it was hard to screw it to begin with, given THJ was out and Kanter got ejected), so I could focus better on how the single pieces were doing. That focus allowed me to get struck by a revelation: to put it simply, Frank plays like I used to play at the local gyms once my paint-roaming days were over. As you might know, I stopped growing at 13. I never learned to play any other position than PF/C. At 16, I suddenly found myself being a bulky wing without any handle. I stayed on the perimeter waiting for someone else to pass me the ball and shoot it with inconsistent results. Every dribble I took was a steal waiting to happen. I attacked the basket maybe twice every month. Everybody recognized that I was a smart, dedicated player, with a fire and desire for playing defense (and a knack for rebounding and posting skinnier guys: it’s the only thing that differentiates my style from Frank’s one) but I wasn’t really in demand, as I was pretty much a zero on offense for the aforementioned reasons and couldn’t dribble to save my life. Now, add to this walk in the memory garden the fact that Wally said “I like Frank playing PG”, and it’s pretty much a death sentence for his future in the NBA. But I still want to see more from him, we don’t have anything to lose playing him ahead of Burke and Thomas. His two offensive rebounds were a nice touch, too.

    – I won’t say anything else about Kanter apart from the fact that I viciously hate his “slighted superstar” act. I’m tired of everything Enes. Just pull your head out of your ass and count your days in NY, dude.

    – Is any player in the League more average (in a bad way) than Courtney Lee? Is there any other player who is that fixated on the fake from three/shoot from two routine? Is there still someone kidding him/herself thinking we can trade him without a sweetener? Bonus fun fact 2: Courtney was the only Knick to hit more than half his shots.

    – When do we trade Mudiay? He’s not as horrible as we thought he was at the beginning ot the season, but he can’t be the answer to anything Knicks-related, and I don’t trust our front office with his impending free agent status. Someone be a friend and do us a favor taking him away, like you do with your pal who drinks too much everytime you go out for a boys night, so you start boxing him out from the bartender.

    It feels good to be just a half game from the worst record in the NBA. Let’s keep on losing without THJ and Kanter in sight, and all will be well! See you on Saturday against the Jazz, trying to keep this losing streak alive.