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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

New York Knicks News

NY Post: Kenny Wooten set up for Knicks chance in two-way contract shuffle

Berman reports, “The Knicks have paved the way for shot-blocking power forward Kenny Wooten to get some time in the NBA. The Knicks are waiving Ivan Rabb, their two-way contract player, an NBA source confirmed. That will allow the Knicks to now sign Wooten, already a member of the Westchester Knicks, to a two-way deal. Wooten starred at summer league after being undrafted out or Oregon and the Knicks were concerned he was going to sign elsewhere. Rabb was signed right before the season opener to a two-way deal when the Kris Wilkes’ agreement fell apart. Rabb came on recommendation …continue reading

Knicks Hire Mike Miller As Their New Interim Head Coach

Shams has the news first. Former NBA journeyman Keith Bogans is also getting promoted from the Knicks’ G-League coaching staff to join Miller’s coaching staff (presumably to fill in the Keith Smart shooting coach position). Miller is a former G-League Coach of the Year and becomes the third G-League Coach of the Year to become an NBA Head Coach. The two other ones are Quin Snyder and Nick Nurse, so that’s some heady company for Miller to be in. Miller’s a veteran college basketball coach who has always stressed hard-nosed defense with his teams and is well-liked by the players. …continue reading

The David Fizdale Coaching Death Watch Is Over

This team doesn’t make any sense. Why would you fire David Fizdale now? They even let him talk to the media about the Knicks’ next game tomorrow night before they fired him! How incompetent are these people? The only thing that we can hope for now is that whoever Steve Mills gets his terrible decision-making fingers over will be so bad that James Dolan will finally realize, “Huh, the one constant in all of this awfulness has been Steve Mills.” Get this – the only good seasons the Knicks have had in the past 20 years just “happened” to be …continue reading

ESPN: Sources: Knicks president angling for David Fizdale firing

Obviously, this was the big story of the day, so big, in fact, that it seems like it overloaded our server (or whatever. I honestly don’t know what the issue specifically was), so we never got the chance to actually put up a thread on the topic. Here it is now. From Woj at ESPN: Even before a startling news conference in the wake of a blowout loss to Cleveland on Sunday, New York Knicks president Steve Mills had started to lay the internal groundwork for the eventual dismissal of coach David Fizdale, league sources told ESPN. Mills is selling …continue reading

NY Post: Knicks decide contract fate of Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr.

I figured we should get up a thread for this relatively big news. From Marc Berman: The Knicks on Monday picked up the fourth-year options on point guards Frank Ntilikina ($6.3 million) and Dennis Smith Jr. ($5.6 million) for the 2020-21 season. They also picked up the third-year 2020-21 option on Kevin Knox. The Post reported over the weekend the Knicks would make their decision on Ntilikina before the season opener to eliminate any distractions. With the deadline for a decision on Oct. 31, that seemed to signal their decision was leaning toward the positive. While that’s a whole lot …continue reading

NY Post: Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson dealing with knee injury at Team USA camp

Marc Berman freaks us all out: According to a Team USA source, Robinson suffered a knee injury and missed the first two days of practice, beginning with an informal workout Sunday. He returned for two days, but re-injured the knee Wednesday. Robinson was expected to miss Thursday’s set of scrimmages and practice. A member of the Knicks training staff is in Vegas with Robinson. According to a source close to Robinson, he’s been experiencing “just soreness,” and the team and his camp are being extra cautious after an MRI turned up clean. The scrimmages end Friday. The Knicks were set …continue reading Canada: How RJ Barrett can impact the New York Knicks in his rookie season

Gilbert McGregor makes the case for the Knicks’ newest great hope… At Duke, Barrett averaged 4.3 assists per game, a mark that was second on the team and sixth among all players in the ACC. With even more talented players around him in the NBA, Barrett will continue to be able to create for others. In Summer League, Barrett’s playmaking ability was on full display in one game as he flirted with a triple-double by recording 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Thanks to his rebounding and ball-handling ability, Barrett will have plenty of opportunities to lead the break …continue reading