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Friday, May 29, 2015

What If… With the 4th Pick The Knicks Draft: Mario Hezonja

With the order of the draft being settled, the writers of KnickerBlogger thought we’d go over the possible outcomes. But since we were whipping out the ol’ Crystal Ball, we decided to go a little past June & see what fate possibly has to offer… 2015 Draft Order 1 MIN Karl-Anthony Towns 2 LAL Emmanual Mudiay 3 PHI D’Angelo Russell 4 NYK Mario Hezonja What happened on Draft Day 2015 Leading up to the draft the buzz that the Lakers were looking hard at picking a swing man, rather than a big, was getting louder and louder. On draft day, …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2015.05.29)

[New York Times] Warriors’ Thompson Better After Blow to Head: Father (Fri, 29 May 2015 02:41:45 GMT) Golden State guard Klay Thompson was recovering well from a blow to the head that caused headaches and vomiting and should be ready for the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, his father has said. [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Warriors’ Klay Thompson Is Recovering (Fri, 29 May 2015 02:33:49 GMT) The Golden State Warriors guard was feeling better and was on track to return for the N.B.A. finals next week, his father said. [New York Times] Roundup: After a …continue reading

What If… With the 4th Pick The Knicks Draft: Kristaps Porzingis

With the order of the draft being settled, the writers of KnickerBlogger thought we’d go over the possible outcomes. But since we were whipping out the ol’ Crystal Ball, we decided to go a little past June & see what fate possibly has to offer… 2015 Draft Order 1 MIN Karl-Anthony Towns 2 LAL Jahlil Okafor 3 PHI D’Angelo Russell 4 NYK Kristaps Porzingis What happened on Draft Day 2015 Steve Mills, who knows as much about NBA tampering rules as he does about how to avoid sexual harassment in the workplace, already has a deal in place with Greg …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2015.05.28)

[New York Times] Curry Wants What LeBron Has in Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals (Thu, 28 May 2015 06:56:58 GMT) Stephen Curry and LeBron James, this season’s brightest stars taking basketball’s biggest stage. [New York Times] Warriors Into Finals After 40 Year Wait (Thu, 28 May 2015 04:50:17 GMT) The Golden State Warriors shook off their bumps and bruises and advanced to their first NBA Finals in 40 years after defeating the Houston Rockets 104-90 to clinch their Western Conference Finals series on Wednesday. [New York Times] Warriors 104, Rockets 90, Western Conference finals: Stephen Curry Bounces Back, and the Warriors Head …continue reading

Jackson, the Checketts Doctrine, and the 2015 Draft

“With the 26th pick in the 1994 NBA draft, the New York Knicks select Charlie Ward from Florida State University.” These words, spoken on June 29th, 1994 by then-commissioner David Stern, represent the end of an epoch in New York, and the beginning of a new science of roster-building. It wasn’t because the Knicks were drafting a franchise player, or even their point guard of the future. It was because from that day forward a “win now” policy was put in place, favoring older, established, and famous players in favor of youth, upside, and the unknown. Ward, drafted over 20 …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2015.05.27)

[New York Daily News] Isola: Phil Jackson and Knicks may be Cav-nots (Wed, 27 May 2015 05:23:22 GMT) To paraphrase the famous line from “Jaws,” Phil Jackson’s gonna need a bigger boat. [New York Times] Better Than Ever, LeBron Leads Cavaliers Into NBA Finals (Wed, 27 May 2015 07:15:57 GMT) Escorted by family members and friends, LeBron James walked out of Quicken Loans Arena cradling his sleepy youngest son with his left arm while clutching an expensive bottle of champagne in his right hand. [New York Times] WNBA’s Johnson: Didn’t Expect Arrest After Griner Fight (Wed, 27 May 2015 06:24:57 …continue reading

What If… With the 4th Pick The Knicks Draft: Emmanuel Mudiay

With the order of the draft being settled, the writers of KnickerBlogger thought we’d go over the possible outcomes. But since we were whipping out the ol’ Crystal Ball, we decided to go a little past June & see what fate possibly has to offer… 2015 Draft Order 1 MIN Jahlil Okafor 2 LAL Karl-Anthony Towns 3 PHI D’Angelo Russell 4 NYK Emmanuel Mudiay What happened on Draft Day 2015 There were no surprises with the first 4 picks of this draft. After the draft, Phil Jackson gave an interview that turned to be one of this oddest. When Howard …continue reading