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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Author: Brian Cronin

Recent Articles Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. says helping RJ Barrett win Rookie of the Year is one of his season goals

Ian Begley parsed an excellent interview by Chris Henderson with Dennis Smith Jr. over at SNY. The key quote is Smith talking about how important it is for him to help RJ Barrett win Rookie of the Year, “I’m treating that as one of my focal points just to help him win Rookie of the Year. And whatever I can do, I’m willing to do it. It’s important for us and it’s important for our team and it’s important for our morale moving forward, so I think it would be major if he won that.” Smith also acknowledged the chip …continue reading 5 things that need to happen for Knicks season to be considered a success

This Rafael Canton piece isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel, but hey, he’s talking about the Knicks, and that’s what we’re all sort of desperate for, right? I figure that I’ll just post his five things and you can read the above piece to see his explanations and I guess everyone here can share the five things that YOU think that needs to happen for this season to be considered a success (I think Canton nails most of these, so I doubt many of us would quibble too much with these five. I personally think #4 isn’t that big of a …continue reading Frank Ntilikina Single-Handedly Snaps Team USA’s 58-Game Winning Streak

Okay, that is not the actual headline, but I think that we all know that that was implied. France has defeated Team USA 89-79 in a FIBA World Cup quarterfinal game at Dongguan, China. The loss ends Team USA’s 58-game winning streak in international tournaments with NBA players on the roster. Their last loss was against Greece in the semifinals at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Donovan Mitchell scored 14 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter to give the Americans the lead at the end of the period, 66-63. They don’t mention Frank, but he played really strong …continue reading

9/11: Knicks Reflect on the Tragedy

It has been 18 years since 9/11 and the Knicks, as you might imagine, have honored the victims of the tragic terrorist attack many times in the years since. I thought I would share some memories of 9/11 from Mark Jackson, who was in his second season of his return to the Knicks at the time, as well as then-Knicks coach, Jeff Van Gundy, who resigned in December 2001. Here’s Mark Jackson, as told to Marc Spears (then with Yahoo! Sports): I was living in Saddle River, N.J. I remember my wife calling me down to the kitchen to watch …continue reading

Yahoo!: Enes Kanter: Players are scared to play for Knicks because of owner James Dolan

I don’t know, man, I don’t even want to share it, but there’s so little Knicks news out there, that I guess I have to go with some Enes Kanter nonsense, as quoted by Yahoo! Sports’ Ryan Young: “Not many people know that, but players talk. From different teams, they talk,” Kanter said on Bleacher Report’s The Full 48 podcast. “I’m not blaming anybody. I had an amazing time with the Knicks. But other teammates that I talked to or if they’re on different teams, they always said, ‘Amazing city, MSG is amazing everything is so good, but the ownership.’ They …continue reading

NY Post: This is the Frank Ntilikina the Knicks want to see

Marc Berman writes about Frank Ntilikina’s FIBA adventures so far… Frank Ntilikina is finally fulfilling his potential. Of course, it’s just in China at the FIBA World Cup with the French national team against the likes of Germany, Jordan and the Dominican Republic. But it’s a start, at least, as the Knicks’ 2017 lottery pick attempts to create a long-term future in New York. Three games into the tournament, the 21-year-old Ntilikina has grabbed France’s starting point-guard job from Andrew Albicy. The 6-foot-6 guard has impressed his more accomplished teammates with his defense and ball sharing, getting credit for slowing …continue reading

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 …continue reading