Knicks Morning News (2019.04.23)

  • [SNY Knicks] How David Fizdale feels about expectations for the Knicks entering NBA free agency
    (Monday, April 22, 2019 5:05:11 PM)

    The expectations could not be higher for the Knicks as they enter free agency this summer, having bottomed out during the 2018-19 season. But what if things don’t work out as hoped?

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on pending free agent Kevin Durant: KD, not media, will break news on where he signs
    (Monday, April 22, 2019 11:26:52 AM)

    Warriors star Kevin Durant can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kyrie Irving on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors…

  • [NYTimes] The Nets’ Joe Tsai Is Fined $35,000 for a Tweet About Officiating
    (Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:37:35 AM)

    Tsai, a part owner of the team, posted support for General Manager Sean Marks, who was suspended a game without pay and fined $25,000 for entering the referees’ locker room after Saturday’s loss.

  • [NYTimes] W.N.B.A. Games to Air on CBS Sports Network in New Deal
    (Monday, April 22, 2019 10:21:07 PM)

    The league recently unveiled a new logo and color scheme, and made clear that they reflected heightened ambitions. But growth in its TV audience has so far has been modest.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Trail Blazers Push the Thunder to the Brink
    (Monday, April 22, 2019 3:54:20 PM)

    Eager to atone for last season’s playoff failure, Portland has come together and found its rhythm and taken a 3-1 lead against Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City.

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.04.22)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Draft Picks, Ntilikina, Dotson, Dolan
    (Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:26 PM)

    The Knicks will miss out on a valuable pick in this year’s draft because of a trade former team president Phil Jackson made nearly five years ago, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post. New York would own the 31st pick, which is coveted because it offers a chance at a potential first-round […]

  • [NYPost] Potential Nets free-agent target is hoping for future with 76ers
    (Sunday, April 21, 2019 5:27:44 PM)

    Sixers forward Tobias Harris exploded for 53 points in two playoff games in Brooklyn. When Saturday’s Game 4 ended with the Sixers pulling out a 112-108 triumph, the 30 happiest fans inside Barclays Center came via the Long Island Rail Road — Harris’ family. And there was also one other relative not in attendance, but…

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: The Celtics Sweep the Pacers. Now Comes the Hard Part.
    (Sunday, April 21, 2019 11:07:13 PM)

    With a strong performance against Indiana, Boston suddenly looks like the team many predicted would roll through the East. Can the Celtics sustain it against the Bucks?

  • [NYTimes] Nets’ G.M. Sean Marks Suspended for Entering the Referees’ Locker Room
    (Sunday, April 21, 2019 11:35:39 PM)

    Marks was fined $25,000 and will be suspended without pay for Game 5 of the first-round series with the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.04.21)

  • [NYPost] Duke great: Zion Williamson would be a star in NBA playoffs
    (Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:07:55 PM)

    Sixers sharpshooter JJ Redick played a full four seasons at Duke, but has no issues that the Blue Devils’ hyped freshmen trio have chosen to be one-and-doners. And as far as Zion Williamson, Redick believes the dynamic power forward could have starred this season in the NBA at age 18. “I think Zion is the…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.04.20)

  • [SNY Knicks] David Stern weighs in on whether James Dolan’s antics will impact Knicks in NBA free agency
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 9:12:59 PM)

    The Knicks are hoping for a big summer, but will James Dolan keep top free agents from signing with them? Former NBA commissioner David Stern shares his opinion on whether that’s the case,

  • [NYTimes] An Underappreciated Tobias Harris Steals the Show as the 76ers Take a Playoff Lead
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 11:01:30 PM)

    Harris has been traded five times in eight seasons, but his latest stop, Philadelphia, may finally be a place he can call home.

  • [NYTimes] Breanna Stewart Shows the Toll of Pro Women’s Basketball’s Never-Ending Grind
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 7:16:40 PM)

    Stewart, like many women, plays overseas in the W.N.B.A.’s off-season to earn more money. But the endless season takes a mental toll and, as an injured Stewart shows, a physical one.

  • [NYTimes] Sports of The Times: The 76ers Dash the Evolving Nets’ Dream
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 6:12:30 PM)

    Something grand is happening in Brooklyn, though probably not this season.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks Fans Dream of Durant and Irving. Will Dolan Be the Nightmare?
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 9:00:14 AM)

    The Knicks could be a superteam next season. Or their owner, James L. Dolan, could mess it all up. What’s a fan to believe?

  • [NYTimes] Lens: In Brooklyn, a Shrine to Sports and Consumerism
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 4:20:23 PM)

    After his apartment was demolished to make space for Barclays Center, Jeff Mermelstein photographed the new arena’s suits, shills and suds.

  • [NYPost] Disastrous Phil Jackson trade could lead to Frank Ntilikina draft night deal
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 12:21:25 PM)

    It was a minor, nothing-with-nothing trade at the time. But it now goes down as another Phil Jackson blunder. Usually a bonus to finishing with the NBA’s worst record – which the Knicks did for the first time since 1985 – is having the first pick of the second round. Teams treasure that slot more…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.04.19)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Steve Mills, Scott Perry Discuss Knicks’ Offseason
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:54:27 AM)

    The Knicks are entering their most crucial offseason in years, but president of basketball operations Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry told reporters on Wednesday that they’re not necessarily feeling pressure to turn the team into an instant contender overnight with a series of major additions. As Marc Berman of The New York Post […]

  • [SNY Knicks] Why former Duke star Jay Williams doesn’t want to see Zion Williamson with Knicks
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:28:55 PM)

    Not everyone wants to see Zion in Madison Square Garden. Former Duke star and current ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams is one of them

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks front office optimistic about what NBA draft, free agency will bring
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:11:25 AM)

    Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry are optimistic in the franchise’s future heading into the NBA draft and what is expected to be a busy free-agency period.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks Fans Dream of Durant and Irving. Will Dolan Be the Nightmare?
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 9:00:13 AM)

    The Knicks could be a superteam next season. Or their owner, James L. Dolan, could mess it all up. What’s a fan to believe?

  • [NYTimes] North Carolina Coach Sylvia Hatchell Resigns After Investigation
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 5:57:35 AM)

    Ms. Hatchell led U.N.C. women’s basketball for 33 years, but an investigation ordered by the university supported accusations that the coach had made racially insensitive remarks in front of her team.

  • [NYTimes] 76ers 131, Nets 115 | Philadelphia leads series, 2-1: Leaning Into His Role as the Villain, Ben Simmons Leads 76ers’ Rout of Nets
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 4:07:10 AM)

    Criticized by Jared Dudley and taunted by Nets fans, Philadelphia’s second-year guard responded with 31 points, easily making up for the absence of Joel Embiid.

  • [NYTimes] Lens: The Sports Arena is a Human Zoo. Sometimes It Gets Messy.
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:24:39 PM)

    After his apartment was demolished to make space for Barclays Center, Jeff Mermelstein photographed the new arena’s suits, shills and suds.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: The Celtics Really Need Jayson Tatum to Soar Again
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:45:47 PM)

    Whether he stays put or leaves as trade bait, much in Boston hinges on Tatum’s playing as well as he did in last year’s playoffs. Remember that dunk on LeBron James?

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Photographers ‘Do It for the Gram,’ Too
    (Friday, April 19, 2019 12:31:23 AM)

    New technology and the rise of social media have changed what it means to take pictures of the N.B.A. One new requirement: making the athletes look good on Instagram.

  • [NYPost] Former Knick Tim Hardaway Jr. has surgery for stress fracture
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:25:50 PM)

    DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has undergone surgery for a stress fracture in his lower left leg and is expected to resume basketball activities before the start of training camp in September. The procedure announced Thursday came after Hardaway missed the last 11 games of the regular season. The sixth-year player averaged…

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale wants to crank the Knicks hatred this summer
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:39:13 PM)

    You don’t have to tell Phil Jackson, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas or Carmelo Anthony about the risk of losing your legacy in New York if things fall apart. Knicks coach David Fizdale doesn’t see it that way at all. On July 1, Fizdale will peddle the rewards — not the risks — to free agents….

  • Hey, Mitchell Robinson, This is What Knickerblogger Said When You Were Drafted

    In case you happen to check out Knickerblogger, I thought it’d be fun to show you what posters here had to say when you were drafted last June. People were very much into you from the start.

    Frank had some pre-pick thoughts…

    There really are some interesting names left. 9 picks left. I’d be super happy with:

    Jacob Evans
    Mitchell robinson
    Khyri Thomas
    Bruce Brown
    Justin Jackson

    Silky Johnson, Fleet Admiral of the Tank Armada announced the pick…

    Mitchell Robinson, not Deanthony Melton…..

    The reactions began…


    Mitchell Robinson? I can roll with that.

    Brian Cronin

    I’m down with Robinson.


    Dude, Mitchell Robinson is seriously talented…Robinson is legit.




    Certainly can’t complain about his college production.


    I actually love that pick….the scouting reports and (admittedly limited) numbers on Robinson are really good.

    Brian Cronin

    Yeah, Robinson has talent.


    Kevin Pelton had Robinson as his 18th best prospect.


    Sam Vecenie (who really follows high school and college players) said that as a high school senior he basically played Deandre Ayton to a standstill or maybe even got the better of him. He loves Mitchell Robinson.

    SI has as his comp = Tyson Chandler.


    He was apparently a very good AAU player


    I can’t complain about this pick just bc I was irrationally in love with Melton. Robinson seems like a totally legit flyer for round 2.


    The more I read about Robinson the more I like the pick, kid apparently during his AAU games was the best shotblocker and rebounder in his draft class and shot 70% on his 2pters.


    Pelton notes that his rankings are different from how the actual draft will turn out, but this order is still odd and way off from everything else we’ve seen this draft season.

    Here’s what the top 10 of this projection looks like:

    1. Luka Doncic

    2. Deandre Ayton

    3. Trae Young

    4. Jaren Jackson Jr.

    5. Michael Porter Jr.

    6. Mikal Bridges

    7. Mohamed Bamba

    8. Dzanan Musa

    9. Mitchell Robinson

    10. Miles Bridges


    Huge value pick with Robinson

    Bruno Almeida

    I actually really like the Robinson pick, seems like a super fair gamble for a guy who might have a sky high ceiling.


    I am actually kind of excited about summer league- rolling out Frank, Dotson, Knox, and Robinson.


    I think we just drafted a Hassan Whiteside clone…

    Knicks Morning News (2019.04.18)

  • [FOXsports] ‘We’re excited’: Knicks have hopes for lottery, free agency
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:05:16 PM)

    The New York Knicks are excited and optimistic

  • [NYPost] Which recent lottery pick got a better review from Knicks brass?
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:30:27 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina needs to become a better outside shooter. It’s that simple, according to the Knicks brass. As the team gears up for another draft with a certified top-five pick, Knicks executives still proclaim high hopes for their past two lottery picks: Ntilikina and rookie Kevin Knox. Judging by the lukewarm praise Wednesday from team…

  • [NYPost] Knicks on clock to back up all the hype
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:52:43 PM)

    They stand by the letter of their letter. For now, that is how we must judge Steve Mills and Scott Perry, the men tasked with building the Knicks out of this ash heap of a 17-65 season. Both men insist that the 279-word missive that was sent to season-ticket holders earlier this month over their…

  • [NYPost] Knicks exec on star chase: ‘A lot of guys are interested in New York’
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:26:11 PM)

    Whether it’s winning the draft lottery, or signing Kevin Durant and a star companion, or making trades to ease into their massive salary-cap space, Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry won’t back off from the giant optimism displayed in a recent letter to season-ticket holders. “I firmly believe [in] what we’re doing,…

  • [NYPost] The random call that put Patrick Ewing back on Knicks’ draft side
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:34:24 AM)

    Knicks owner James Dolan had a brainstorm in late March, and it turned into Patrick Ewing representing the franchise on the lottery dais in Chicago on May 14. According to team president Steve Mills, Dolan gave him a random phone call a few weeks ago that could turn Ewing into the good-luck charm that brings…

  • [NYPost] Awkward clue Kevin Durant is leaving the Warriors
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:08:53 AM)

    Kevin Durant isn’t voicing his summer plans, but his body language tells a story Knicks fans can only dream. The Golden State Warriors star — presumably until free agency in July — sat through a recent CBS “60 Minutes” interview alongside teammates that doubled as a torture session he seemingly couldn’t wait to escape. There…

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Playoffs: Kyrie Irving Powers Celtics to 2-0 Series Lead Over Pacers
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:00:34 AM)

    Irving had 37 points, Jayson Tatum had 26, and Boston, which had been trailing by 11 entering the fourth quarter, protected its home court advantage.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: The Celtics Really Need Jayson Tatum to Soar Again
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 1:27:45 AM)

    Whether he stays put or leaves as trade bait, much in Boston hinges on Tatum’s playing as well as he did in last year’s playoffs. Remember that dunk on LeBron James?

  • [NYTimes] Those Denver Upstarts Save Their Season Thanks to Jamal Murray
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:39:04 AM)

    The Nuggets were considered a fluke No. 2 seed. They bounced back to even their series against the Spurs.