Knicks Morning News (2019.05.31)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Reddish, Draft, Beal
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:23:38 PM)

    The Knicks have an in-person visit scheduled with Cam Reddish, Ian Begley of the SNY.tv reports. It was previously reported that some of the team’s evaluators are fond of the Duke product. The franchise holds the No. 3 overall pick and many expect Reddish’s college teammate R.J. Barrett to hear his name called in that spot. […]

  • [Newsday] Knicks Notes: Reddish, Draft, Beal
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:23:38 PM)

    The Knicks have an in-person visit scheduled with Cam Reddish, Ian Begley of the SNY.tv reports. It was previously reported that some of the team’s evaluators are fond of the Duke product. The franchise holds the No. 3 overall pick and many expect Reddish’s college teammate R.J. Barrett to hear his name called in that spot. […]

  • [TheRinger] Knicks Notes: Reddish, Draft, Beal
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:23:38 PM)

    The Knicks have an in-person visit scheduled with Cam Reddish, Ian Begley of the SNY.tv reports. It was previously reported that some of the team’s evaluators are fond of the Duke product. The franchise holds the No. 3 overall pick and many expect Reddish’s college teammate R.J. Barrett to hear his name called in that spot. […]

  • [NYTimes] Warriors ‘Weren’t Very Familiar’ With Raptors Prior to Game 1 Loss in Finals
    (Friday, May 31, 2019 2:28:15 AM)

    The Warriors and Raptors met twice before the 2019 NBA Finals, but thanks to injuries, Golden State didn’t feel it knew its opponent well.

  • [NYTimes] Pascal Siakam: ‘I’m Just Doing it for My Dad’ After Leading Raptors to Game 1 Victory
    (Friday, May 31, 2019 1:49:15 AM)

    Pascal Siakam went for 32 points to lead the Raptors over the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

  • [NYTimes] Drake Talks Smack in Draymond Green’s Face After Raptors Top Warriors in Game 1
    (Friday, May 31, 2019 12:16:43 AM)

    Drake is going to annoy everybody on the Warriors as much as he can.

  • [NYTimes] Pascal Siakam Erupts to Lead Raptors Past Warriors in Game 1 of NBA Finals
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:40:43 PM)

    The Raptors received a huge boost from Pascal Siakam who, scored 32 points to lead Toronto past Golden State 118-109 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. 

  • [NYTimes] Raptors Put Together Defensive Masterpiece in Game 1 Victory
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:34:57 PM)

    The Raptors’ defense was stifling against Stephen Curry and the Warriors, leading to an impressive Game 1 victory in the NBA Finals. 

  • [NYTimes] Warriors Coach Steve Kerr: ‘Longshot’ Kevin Durant Cleared for Game 2
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:25:30 PM)

    Kevin Durant has not appeared in a playoff game since Game 5 of the Warriors’ second-round series due to a calf injury.

  • [NYTimes] Drake Trolls Steph Curry by Wearing Signed Dell Curry Raptors Jersey for Game 1
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:11:27 PM)

    Drake is Team Curry … just not Steph Curry.

  • [NYTimes] NBA Finals Game 1 Live Stream: How to Watch Warriors vs. Raptors Online, TV
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 5:00:00 PM)

    Find how to watch the Warriors battle the Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, May 30. 

  • [NYTimes] Report: Mike D’Antoni Ends Contract Extension Talks With Rockets
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 4:36:48 PM)

    Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has ended talks with Houston management on an extension.

  • [NYTimes] Andre Iguodala Compares Playing for the Warriors to Competing for Team USA
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 4:01:54 PM)

    Iguodala enters Thursday Finals battle against Toronto with three NBA championships and one Olympic gold medal.  

  • [NYTimes] NBA Rumors: Zion Williamson Picks CAA Sports to Represent Him
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:14:54 AM)

    Find out the latest news and rumors around the NBA.

  • [NYTimes] The DeMarcus Cousins Complication and the Warriors’ Dilemma
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:01:02 AM)

    DeMarcus Cousins has endured so much to reach his first NBA Finals. But in yet another cruel twist, Golden State may be better off without deploying its All-Star center.

  • [NYTimes] Bill Russell to Receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award at 2019 ESPYs
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:51:33 AM)

    Russell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2011. 

  • [NYTimes] Metta World Peace Is From the Future
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:56:26 AM)

    Metta World Peace, the subject of the new Showtime documentary “Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story,” is one of the NBA’s most complicated figures. Has he learned from his mistakes, or does everyone else need to?

  • [NYTimes] Storylines That Will Define the 2019 NBA Finals
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:12:31 AM)

    Will Stephen Curry win his first NBA Finals MVP? When will Kevin Durant return? The NBA Finals are here and The Crossover wants to consider every storyline in advance of the big game. 

  • [NYTimes] What Are the Rockets Doing With Mike D’Antoni? | Crossover Podcast
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:30:00 AM)

    Should the Rockets give head coach Mike D’Antoni a contract extension? The latest Crossover podcast episode explores his future and more.

  • [NYTimes] How Raptors’ Fred VanVleet Found His Shooting Stroke Ahead of NBA Finals
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:13:00 AM)

    All it took for Toronto’s Fred VanVleet to find his stroke—and reassert himself as a Finals threat—was becoming a father.

  • [NYPost] Quinn Cook has unique view of Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving free agency
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:57:55 AM)

    TORONTO — Quinn Cook, the Warriors’ backup point guard out of Duke, can’t confirm where his two buddies, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, will land this summer, but he can confirm the two are tight. Cook, who followed Irving at Duke and is a childhood friend of Durant’s from Seat Pleasant, Md., has socialized with…

  • [NYPost] Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson’s ESPN reign has no end in sight
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:13:50 AM)

    If only NBA executives felt as strongly about Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson as the two feel about each other. The two are widely respected for the work they have done on the sidelines, but recent attempts to return there have proven fruitless. Both were considered for the Knicks job last year that went…

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks free agent target Kevin Durant: Kerr says KD ‘longshot’ to be cleared for Game 2
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 1:54:59 PM)

    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…

  • [SNY Knicks] Zion Williamson picks agency ahead of NBA Draft
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:31:31 AM)

    Creative Arts Agency (CAA) will rep Zion Williamson, who picked the agency three weeks before the NBA Draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ NBA Draft Tracker: Lagerald Vick schedules workout with team
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 4:20:49 PM)

    NBA Draft season is upon us, and the Knicks were awarded the No. 3 overall pick following the NBA Draft Lottery. As June 20 approaches to them being on the clock, here is the latest about the top prospects in this year’s Draft class as it pertains to the Knicks…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.05.30)

  • [NYDN] NBA draft profile: Knicks target Cam Reddish of Duke
    (Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:38:00 AM)

    With the top two picks in the 2019 NBA draft seemingly set in stone, a dozen or so players are vying to be selected in the remaining eight spots of the top 10.

    Cam Reddish, a freshman forward from Duke, is projected as a lock for that group. Reddish was part of one of the finest recruiting classes…

  • [SNY Knicks] Jeremy Lin praises New York as Knicks wait for Kevin Durant’s decision
    (Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:54:26 AM)

    Kevin Durant is headed to the NBA Finals once again, and though he may not be on the court, he’s still one of the NBA’s biggest stories as he will likely head to free agency after this series.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks trade target Anthony Davis: Talks continue but AD’s stance still the same
    (Wednesday, May 29, 2019 6:33:01 PM)

    Pelicans star Anthony Davis has requested a trade, informing the team he has no interest in re-signing. With news of Davis wanting out came reports that the Knicks have strong interest in trading for him. Here are the latest rumors…

  • [SNY Knicks] Sources: Knicks plan to visit in person with prospect Cam Reddish
    (Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:37:47 AM)

    The Knicks have an in-person visit with Duke prospect Cam Reddish scheduled ahead of the NBA Draft, SNY has learned.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rockets’ openness to trade nearly everyone could impact Knicks’ pursuit of Anthony Davis
    (Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12:03:41 PM)

    The Rockets are open for business.

  • [SNY Knicks] What Knicks can learn from previous NBA Draft mistakes
    (Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM)

    The Knicks have not always made the best choices when it comes to the NBA Draft.

  • [NYPost] Jeremy Lin sells New York to Kevin Durant as Knicks now wait
    (Wednesday, May 29, 2019 4:02:27 PM)

    TORONTO — Jeremy Lin is back in the spotlight — in the NBA Finals — though his Raptors playoff role has been more of an out-of-the-rotation cheerleader than the star of “Linsanity.” But nobody knows better than Lin what New York feels like and what the Garden sounds like to a basketball star of the…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.05.29)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Five Key Offseason Questions: New York Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 28, 2019 5:03:05 PM)

    One of the NBA’s most iconic franchises, the Knicks have also been one of the league’s most dysfunctional in recent years. They’re set to enter a crucial offseason after having won between 17 and 32 games in each of the last five seasons. Having been unable to put together a core of promising young building […]

  • [SNY Knicks] Everything RJ Barrett said about the Knicks (and Brooklyn, too)
    (Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:57:58 PM)

    Presumptive No. 3 pick RJ Barrett would welcome the opportunity to play for the Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] NBA Draft prospect Jarrett Culver to work out for Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:55:11 PM)

    Some members of the Knicks front office are high on the 6-6 shooting guard from Texas Tech.

  • [SNY Knicks] Here are the Knicks’ updated odds to sign free agent Kevin Durant
    (Tuesday, May 28, 2019 11:05:24 AM)

    While Kevin Durant remains mostly idle as the Warriors prepare for the start of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, new odds on where the pending free agent will sign have come out.

  • [NYPost] RJ Barrett is now hinting at Knicks fantasy: ‘New York is my favorite’
    (Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:46:18 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — RJ Barrett said all the right things, but you could sense he can’t wait to become a Knick. “It would be a lot of fun, definitely, playing in the Garden, those bright lights and they have so much history,’’ the Duke swingman said Tuesday at the BDA Sports Management Pro Day at…

  • [NYPost] Van Gundy, Jackson aren’t going there with Kevin Durant doubts
    (Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:22:57 PM)

    Former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson had precious little to say on whether they believe Kevin Durant should seriously consider New York as a prime destination. But the legendary broadcasting duo know the notion the Warriors are better — or as good — without the injured Durant is ludicrous. “He’s an all-time…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.05.28)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks legend Bernard King compliments ‘tremendous’ RJ Barrett
    (Monday, May 27, 2019 9:10:00 PM)

    RJ Barrett is projected to be the No. 3 pick to the Knicks in next month’s NBA draft. And one Knicks legend is high on him.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks Q&A: Longtime trainer believes Dennis Smith Jr. can work well with Kevin Durant
    (Monday, May 27, 2019 11:14:17 AM)

    Knicks coach David Fizdale said last month that he’d like to see guard Dennis Smith Jr. improve his shooting and conditioning. And that’s exactly what Smith Jr. plans to work on this summer.

  • [NYPost] Awaiting RJ Barrett’s first comments amid Knicks intrigue
    (Monday, May 27, 2019 4:47:37 PM)

    Duke swingman RJ Barrett will stage his Pro Day at UCLA Tuesday, along with 18 other Bill Duffy clients, but he will not participate in workouts. Presumably, Barrett will be on hand to speak to teams present and also break his post-lottery silence with the media. After the lottery reveal that put the Knicks in…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.05.26)

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks free agent target Kevin Durant: Knicks legend says KD can’t come alone
    (Saturday, May 25, 2019 6:57:42 PM)

    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…

  • [NYPost] Kevin Durant center of attention in packed sports summer
    (Saturday, May 25, 2019 3:23:48 PM)

    After all the winters of their discontent, the Knicks are poised to be the Boys of Summer. LeBron James never intended to take his talents to New York, but here we are, nine years later, and the Knicks will be asking the basketball gods for help. The lottery awarded Zion Williamson to New Orleans, but…

  • [NYPost] Bernard King: Kevin Durant can’t fall into this Patrick Ewing trap
    (Saturday, May 25, 2019 1:56:15 PM)

    If Kevin Durant wants to come to the Knicks, he had better bring along another star or he’ll wind up like Patrick Ewing — ringless. So says Brooklyn-born Bernard King, the former Knicks legend who played a role this past season as rookie Kevin Knox’s unofficial mentor. King, who signed as a Knicks free agent…

  • [NYPost] Nets’ Irving, Russell curiosity could ‘1,000 percent’ work
    (Saturday, May 25, 2019 12:45:58 PM)

    The Nets’ summer has been framed as having to pick between keeping D’Angelo Russell or chasing Kyrie Irving. But maybe they don’t have to choose. Sources told The Post that some within Barclays Center feel Russell and Irving could actually coexist. And Kevin Boyle — the only man who has coached both — guarantees that…

  • [NYTimes] Kevin Durant center of attention in packed sports summer
    (Saturday, May 25, 2019 3:23:48 PM)

    After all the winters of their discontent, the Knicks are poised to be the Boys of Summer. LeBron James never intended to take his talents to New York, but here we are, nine years later, and the Knicks will be asking the basketball gods for help. The lottery awarded Zion Williamson to New Orleans, but…

  • [NYTimes] Bernard King: Kevin Durant can’t fall into this Patrick Ewing trap
    (Saturday, May 25, 2019 1:56:15 PM)

    If Kevin Durant wants to come to the Knicks, he had better bring along another star or he’ll wind up like Patrick Ewing — ringless. So says Brooklyn-born Bernard King, the former Knicks legend who played a role this past season as rookie Kevin Knox’s unofficial mentor. King, who signed as a Knicks free agent…

  • [NYTimes] Nets’ Irving, Russell curiosity could ‘1,000 percent’ work
    (Saturday, May 25, 2019 12:45:58 PM)

    The Nets’ summer has been framed as having to pick between keeping D’Angelo Russell or chasing Kyrie Irving. But maybe they don’t have to choose. Sources told The Post that some within Barclays Center feel Russell and Irving could actually coexist. And Kevin Boyle — the only man who has coached both — guarantees that…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.05.25)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Atlantic Notes: Knicks, Sixers, T. Harris, Nets
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 1:06:24 PM)

    The Knicks find themselves in an interesting cap situation this summer as they mull a possible run at Anthony Davis, as well as the pursuit of multiple elite free agents. As Ian Begley of SNY.tv explains, it’s possible for New York to sign a pair of star free agents and then acquire Davis by sending […]

  • [SNY Knicks] Derek Fisher says Porzingis/Knicks split was best for both parties
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 7:18:17 PM)

    Ex-Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who had a strong relationship with Kristaps Porzingis during their time together in New York, believes Porzingis will thrive with the Dallas Mavericks.

  • [SNY Knicks] LeBron James ‘likes’ Knicks free agency target Kyrie Irving in a Lakers jersey
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 6:04:23 PM)

    LeBron James apparently likes the idea of Kyrie Irving joining him in Los Angeles.

  • [SNY Knicks] NBA officially moves up negotiating period for free agency
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 12:20:02 PM)

    The NBA and Players’ Association reached a deal to move the beginning of free agency to a reasonable hour at 6 p.m. on June 30.

  • [NYPost] Kevin Durant snaps back at talk of being Warriors outsider
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 8:30:30 PM)

    In his first interview since being felled by a calf strain, Kevin Durant indicated Friday that he still feels he’s perceived as a Warriors outsider — one of the factors in a growing belief he will leave as a free agent. The Warriors have moved on to The Finals without Durant. On Friday, the elephant…

  • [NYPost] LeBron James steps up Kyrie Irving recruitment in bold Instagram move
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 11:33:25 AM)

    LeBron James has another superstar target, and the Knicks may have a competitor for Kyrie Irving. James liked an Instagram post Friday afternoon displaying Irving in a Lakers jersey, adding fuel to the fire that ESPN’s Brian Windhorst started Thursday. “I think Kyrie is considering the Lakers,” Windhorst told Stephen A. Smith. “… I know…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ NBA draft dream: RJ Barrett ‘a lot like’ James Harden
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 7:32:17 AM)

    Here’s a juicy comparison to chew on over Memorial Day Weekend — courtesy of ESPN’s college basketball savant Jay Bilas. Bilas sees a lot of 2018 MVP James Harden in Duke’s lefty 6-7 shooting-guard sniper, RJ Barrett, who should be available at No. 3 when the Knicks are on the clock at the June 20…

  • [NYTimes] Kevin Durant snaps back at talk of being Warriors outsider
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 8:30:30 PM)

    In his first interview since being felled by a calf strain, Kevin Durant indicated Friday that he still feels he’s perceived as a Warriors outsider — one of the factors in a growing belief he will leave as a free agent. The Warriors have moved on to The Finals without Durant. On Friday, the elephant…

  • [NYTimes] LeBron James steps up Kyrie Irving recruitment in bold Instagram move
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 11:33:25 AM)

    LeBron James has another superstar target, and the Knicks may have a competitor for Kyrie Irving. James liked an Instagram post Friday afternoon displaying Irving in a Lakers jersey, adding fuel to the fire that ESPN’s Brian Windhorst started Thursday. “I think Kyrie is considering the Lakers,” Windhorst told Stephen A. Smith. “… I know…

  • [NYTimes] Knicks’ NBA draft dream: RJ Barrett ‘a lot like’ James Harden
    (Friday, May 24, 2019 7:32:17 AM)

    Here’s a juicy comparison to chew on over Memorial Day Weekend — courtesy of ESPN’s college basketball savant Jay Bilas. Bilas sees a lot of 2018 MVP James Harden in Duke’s lefty 6-7 shooting-guard sniper, RJ Barrett, who should be available at No. 3 when the Knicks are on the clock at the June 20…