NY Daily News: The Knicks’ new strategy, whatever it is, requires some explaining

Stefan Bondy actually talks about the Knicks a bit:

It’s hard to blame the Knicks for going radio silent since free agency. Sometimes it’s easier to avoid the uncomfortable questions.

But frankly, the team’s new strategy, whatever it is, requires some explaining. It certainly puts coach David Fizdale in a difficult situation.

The Knicks had a curious offseason, leaving success, or failure, hard to measure.

Are they gunning for a playoff spot?

Are they prioritizing the rebuild and a higher draft pick over winning again?

Are they tiptoeing around both and hoping for the best?

New York spent last season trying to develop its young players and it came at the expense of winning, alienating the veterans while trudging to the worst record in franchise history. Some called it tanking. The Knicks called it developing. There was no identity or consistent playing style, but Fizdale sold the plan as the first stage of a rebuild. Many of the players who the Knicks patted themselves on the back for developing — Emmanuel Mudiay, Noah Vonleh, Trey Burke and Luke Kornet — signed with other teams, leaving us to ask about New York’s 2018-19 campaign: Aside from Mitchell Robinson’s impressive emergence, what was the point of all that?

The front office also billed itself as a culture changer and appealing to great players, a description that felt dubious when they didn’t even get a meeting with a superstar.

Team president Steve Mills then signed several short-term pieces in free agency, including players accustomed to significant playing time and shot attempts. Statistics show that some will have reduced opportunities, and navigating that disappointment will require delicate ego managing from Fizdale. History suggests Fizdale’s on the clock because, when it comes to the Knicks, only Mills and James Dolan are timeless. Mike D’Antoni, who was five coaches ago, is the previous Knicks coach to last beyond his second full season. Fizdale is entering season No. 2 with a record of 17-65.

Not a whole lot of questions we haven’t already asked, but hey, it’s a new Knicks article, which has been a rarity this past week (believe me, I’ve looked!).

SNY: Knicks Q&A: Julius Randle looks ahead to 2019 season

Ian Begley continues his fine work at SNY with a great Q&A with Julius Randle. Some choice quotes…

Speaking on Mitchell Robinson:

Bobby Portis said in an interview with the New York Post that he expects to come off the bench behind Robinson this season. So Randle should play alongside Robinson regularly this season. He’s looking forward to it. “I’m excited man, that kid is going to be amazing,” Randle said. During his free agency meeting with the Knicks, Randle recalls telling Fizdale, “‘When we played I was like, ‘who is this kid?’ Cause every time I went to the basket he was coming out of nowhere. I’m like, ‘Yo, what’s going on?'” Randle said with a grin. “I had no clue who he was. He has so much potential now he’s only scratching the surface and I’m excited to get, on the court with him.”

On his three-point shooting:

“From high school on I’ve always been able to do that. It was just all about opportunity. Sometimes you have to sacrifice and I got to new Orleans and had a great opportunity to do that. I’m just trying to build on that.

So obviously this offseason I’ve been doing a lot of that, trying to build on that and become an even better 3-point shooter. I know what my bread and butter is at the same time though, I’m not going to leave that.”

There’s lots more great quotes. Well worth the read.

NY Post: Development-focused Knicks add ex-Westchester coach Mike Miller to staff

Brian Lewis at the Post brings up an interesting point regarding the Knicks’ promotion of their G-League coach to a position on David Fizdale’s coaching staff (replacing Howard Eisley, who went to go join Juwan Howard’s coaching staff in Michigan).

He notes, :

Miller — not to be confused with the sharpshooting former NBA champ with the Heat — won G League Coach of the Year in 2017-18. Now he gets a promotion to the NBA, filling the last vacancy on David Fizdale’s bench. Miller neatly fits the player-development ethos the Knicks are trying to instill.

“Mike is an accomplished and respected coach who has been an integral member of the Knicks family the last four years with Westchester,” Fizdale said in a statement. “Mike is a great addition to the staff, a relentless worker who shares our approach to the game with an expertise in player development.”

The interesting thing is that, for a team that is supposedly all big on player development, they didn’t seem to have a whole lot of guys known for player development, no? It makes you wonder if there is an avenue here for Miller to make a real name for himself if the Knicks falter out of the gate.

SNY: Mitchell Robinson, Allonzo Trier talk expectations for Knicks’ 2019-20 season

Ian Begley continues his fine work at his new digs with a quick interview with Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier about the upcoming season at the NBA Rookie Development Program.

Trier talked about shooting more threes and Robinson discussed his recurring foul trouble, noting, “I slide my feet more than I did (at the beginning of his rookie season). The game kind of slowed down for me at the end of last season. So the only thing I can do now is pick up where I left off last season, which is continue to stay out of foul trouble and get better.”

Knicks Morning News (2019.08.13)

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  • [NYTimes] Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson will sit out of Friday’s Team USA scrimmage as a precautionary measure
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    Knicks fans received a bit of a scare on Thursday when it was learned that Mitchell Robinson has been dealing with a knee injury at Team USA World Cup training camp in Las Vegas.

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    (Monday, August 12, 2019 4:35:54 PM)

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    David Aldridge did his “offseason rankings” of all of the NBA teams at TheAthletic (subscription required and recommended).

    Aldridge is very much an “old school” guy when it comes to evaluating teams, but he’s also been around the block so long that it is still somewhat interesting to hear his thoughts (and I’d prefer there be a more recent post than Mitchell Robinson’s knee injury), so I’ll quote you a bit from his Knick write-up. He has them #19 out of 30 teams (strictly in how he viewed their offseason, not based on how good they are – he thought Memphis, for instance, had a great offseason even though they’ll likely suck in 2019-20 and he has the Warriors very low on the list despite them still being a good team, but because they lost one of the best players in the NBA).

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    The jury’s out leaguewide on Barrett, with some not at all enthralled with his game, while others believe he’s built for the light and heat of Gotham. At the least, the Knicks should put out a product more worthy of the mega-prices fans in the Spike Lee seats — including, of course, Lee — shell out every year.

    He also noted that Kevin Knox is the key man for the Knicks, as he is one of their few players who have upside still.