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Monday, June 18, 2018

Author: Jonathan Topaz

Jonathan Topaz is a reporter for POLITICO. He can be reached at or on Twitter @JonathanTopaz.

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On Phil Jackson, Luck, and Humility

The March evening last year when Phil Jackson took over as team president, Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, and J.R. Smith made up 60 percent of the Knicks’ starting lineup. The team’s three players younger than 28 who regularly suited up for games — Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Cole Aldrich — combined for 1-14 from the field in a surprising win over the Pacers. And at that moment, the Knicks had zero picks in the upcoming NBA Draft — their first rounder a casualty of the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster, their second rounder one of two sent to the Rockets …continue reading

BREAKING: Knicks Trade Shump, J.R. for Second-Rounder

Edited to add the official team statement. The Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith era in New York is over, according to NBA kingslayer Adrian Wojnarowski. This is the breakdown of the three-team trade, as far as we know at 9 p.m. EST: The Cleveland Cavaliers have reached an agreement in principle to acquire New York Knicksguards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in a multi-team trade that also sends guard Dion Waitersto the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Oklahoma City will give the Cavaliers a protected future first-round draft pick and send guard Lance Thomas to the Knicks, league sources said. As part of the trade, the Cavaliers will …continue reading

First Quarterly Review: 6-on-5

Welcome to the KnickerBlogger First Quarterly review! We are basically done with the first quarter of this futility-of-existence-confirming monstrosity season, and the Phil Jackson era is off to a bit of a rough start. The Knicks stand at 4-16, and are struggling mightily on both ends. Simultaneously horrified and unable to look away at this car crash that is the Knicks’ beginning of the season, we Knickerbloggers got together for a 6-on-5 to discuss the Triangle, Coach Derek Fisher’s lineups, and any positive developments (stop laughing!) from the past 20 games Knicks fans can cling to. 1. So, this team …continue reading

On Iman Shumpert and the Unknown

Often, when thinking about columns to write for KB, my mind invariably drifts to some grand, What We Talk About When We Talk About Iman Shumpert glass-case-of-emotion think piece. I’m guessing I’m not alone in this. Amid a heaping dumpster of old players, big contracts, and forfeited draft picks, Shumpert for the last three years has been a brilliant but fleeting hologram — a young, homegrown, wildly athletic two-way player whose injury problems and maddening inconsistency make you wonder if your talent-starved eyes have been deceiving you the whole time. Russia, Winston Churchill famously said, is a riddle wrapped in …continue reading

6-on-5 Roundtable: Melo and Beyond

The Knicks and Carmelo Anthony agreed to a contract this weekend, a 5-year deal for $124 million, a player option on the final year and a no-trade clause.. The deal–which will color every move the organization and new president Phil Jackson make over the next half-decade–was such big news that we had to break out the roundtable; an illegal roundtable in basketball terms, in fact. We’re going 6-on-5 to discuss whether the Knicks overpaid, what the move says about Jackson’s reign, and what to expect from the team this year and beyond. 1. Is 5 years, $122.5 million (or so) …continue reading

Finding comps for Tim Hardaway Jr.

Not unlike the passenger in Airplane who happens upon a pamphlet of “Famous Jewish Sports Legends,” the silver linings of this cesspool of a 2013-2014 Knicks season make for some light reading. Among them: Carmelo Anthony’s 62-point game, Amar’e Stoudemire’s relatively healthy and very productive offensive season, and the emergence of Tim Hardaway Jr. Hardaway, a late first round pick, has quickly become a dynamic scorer. His remarkable athleticism and body control have allowed him to attack off the dribble and convert two-thirds of his shots at the rim. He is already an excellent shooter — 38 percent from three-point …continue reading

Trade Deadline Recap: On the Road to Nowhere

So after all that, we’re back where we started. For the past week, the Knicks reportedly flirted with trading Iman Shumpert in approximately 72 different deals. He was going to the Clippers for Reggie Bullock, Darren Collison and Knicks’ right to leave Raymond Felton on the Clips’ doorstep. He was going to the Thunder for a sure-to-be-very-late first-round draft pick. He was going to the Clippers again just for Collison, and then maybe for Matt Barnes or maybe for Willie Green too. There was, allegedly, and in this universe, a bidding war for the services of Beno Udrih. Ink was …continue reading