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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.23)

[NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Celtics Regain Confidence, With an Assist From Kevin Garnett (Saturday, April 22, 2017 5:26:09 PM) A colorful message from Garnett before Game 3 on Friday night resonated with a team that had a difficult week. [NYTimes] Steve Kerr Will Not Coach Warriors’ Game 3 Against Portland Because of Illness (Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:37:50 AM) The team announced that Kerr would be replaced by Mike Brown on Saturday night and did not specify what sort of illness Kerr had. [NYPost] Bob Rosen, statistician and Knicks fan from the start, dead at 84 (Saturday, April 22, 2017 …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.22)

[NYTimes] Keeping Score: Golden State Gets a Boost From an Unlikely Source: JaVale McGee (Friday, April 21, 2017 5:32:29 PM) The Warriors have raced to a 2-0 series lead against the Portland Trail Blazers, and McGee appears to be a key cog on the star-laden team. [NYTimes] The Celtics Bounce Back Against the Bulls (Saturday, April 22, 2017 5:00:08 AM) The top-seeded Celtics pulled away in he second half and have a chance to tie their first-round playoff series on Sunday. [ESPN] Rumor Central: Could Celtics come calling for Carmelo Anthony? (Friday, April 21, 2017 10:17:29 AM) Rumor Central: Could …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.21)

[NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: James Harden Can Pass the Ball (Just Make Sure You Catch It) (Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:30:07 PM) Harden again showed off an undervalued part of his game as the Houston Rockets took a 2-0 series lead against the Oklahoma City Thunder. [SNY Knicks] Melo’s Very Bad Year (Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:35:53 PM) takes a look at the worst moments of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony’s season. [SNY Knicks] Porzingis loves New York, still wants to be a Knick (Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:10:57 AM) Kristaps Porzingis said he loves New York, and still wants …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.20)

[NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis speaks after Phil blow-off: I want to be a Knick (Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:59:21 PM) Don’t worry, he still wants to be a Knick. Kristaps Porzingis will leave for Latvia on Thursday without meeting with Phil Jackson, but he said blowing off his exit meeting with the team president is not a sign he doesn’t want to play at the Garden next season. “Of course,” Porzingis told The Post at… [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis says he wants to stay with Knicks (Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:10:00 PM) Kristaps Porzingis may not want to talk to team …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.19)

[NYPost] The Knicks’ coin flip with T-Wolves was a predictable defeat (Tuesday, April 18, 2017 11:53:48 AM) It’s not exactly seventh heaven. The pingpong balls didn’t go the Knicks’ way in Tuesday’s NBA tiebreaker drawing, meaning the jinxed club will be seeded seventh in the May 16 draft lottery. The Timberwolves won the drawing, giving them the sixth seed. If the Knicks don’t move up into the top three, they most likely… [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis doubles down on team that isn’t Knicks (Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7:43:27 AM) Kristaps Porzingis sounds excited about one thing at least: playing for Latvia …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.18)

[NYDN] Knicks star Carmelo Anthony splits from wife La La (Monday, April 17, 2017 5:05:31 PM) Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is about to lose the only ring he’s ever had in New York. [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony now at a crossroads professionally and personally (Monday, April 17, 2017 3:45:13 PM) This was clearly the most trying season of Carmelo Anthony’s career even. [ESPN] Rumor Central: Will the Holiday brothers play together next season? (Monday, April 17, 2017 10:33:31 AM) Rumor Central: Will the Holiday brothers play together next season? [NYPost] What’s at stake for Knicks-Timberwolves lottery drawing (Monday, April 17, 2017 …continue reading

Solving the NBA’s Tanking Problem

Tanking seems to be on everyone’s mind in the NBA these days. Like many sports problems, “tanking” is not singular but an amorphous cluster of problems all housed under one term. The term isn’t hard to define–it’s when a team has a strategic incentive to lose–but it lacks a precise scope. That makes it hard to settle on what exactly is included when different people use the term. Tanking involves teams actively competing to lose games, usually to better their draft position. So sure, we include The Process in Philadelphia. But do we also include Donald Sterling’s original version? For over a decade, he lived high on the …continue reading