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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2013.12.30)

  • [New York Post] Source: Knicks re-signing Tyler likely means waiving Chris Smith (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:51:45 -0500)
    As the Knicks negotiate a deal to re-sign big man Jeremy Tyler and have him for Monday's practice, the team is expected to release point guard Chris Smith to make…

  • [New York Daily News] Tall help from Eerie near for Knicks (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 04:16:56 GMT)
    James Dolan vowed last week that no coaching move or significant personnel changes are forthcoming, but the Knicks are moving closer to signing big man Jeremy Tyler, according to an NBA source.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks must ring in some effort (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 04:08:14 GMT)
    The Knicks will not lose again in 2013, with three more days without a game before a three-game Texas swing starting Thursday in San Antonio.    

  • [New York Times] At 29, James’ Numbers Are Off the Charts (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:21:35 GMT)
    If the number of an NBA player’s birthday candles were proportionate to his point total, then Miami Heat star LeBron James would need help putting out the fire atop his red velvet cake.    

  • [New York Times] Sixers Snap 13-Game Road Skid, Beat Lakers 111-104 (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 05:57:02 GMT)
    The postgame whoops and hollers from the visitors’ locker room were audible through two closed doors after the Philadelphia 76ers capitalized on their final chance in 2013 to end their 13-game road losing streak.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Coast-to-Coast Clash (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 05:22:13 GMT)
    The Warriors, making their first extended trip east this season, have the speed and size to give the Heat trouble.    

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Thunder Win 2nd Straight Without Westbrook, Drubbing Rockets (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 03:41:01 GMT)
    Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City’s All-Star point guard, is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.    

  • [New York Times] Magic Beat Hawks for Consecutive Victories (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:51:27 GMT)
    Arron Afflalo scored 21 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-102 on Sunday night to give them back-to-back victories for just the third time this season.    

  • [New York Times] Big 3 Powers Spurs Past Kings, 112-104 (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:42:22 GMT)
    Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, Tony Parker added 22, and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Thunder Rout Tired Rockets 117-86 (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:39:03 GMT)
    Kevin Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder won their second straight game without Russell Westbrook, beating the Houston Rockets 117-86 on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Curry’s 29 Lead Warriors Over Cavs in OT (Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:15:19 GMT)
    Stephen Curry scored 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors opened a long road trip with their fifth straight victory, 108-104 in overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.    

  • 17 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2013.12.30)

    1. d-mar

      Combing through the sports section looking for a story on the latest Knick loss, and realized they didn’t play yesterday. And in fact, they don’t play again until Thursday, so their record will not get any worse between now and then.

      Could be our most productive 3 days of the season, plus it’ll give Woodson time to work on some clever new switching strategies.

    2. Totes McGoats

      If Bynum gets cut in Cleveland, would anybody be opposed to takin a flier on him in a make good rest of the year deal? We’d most likely hafta lose Aldrich but that’s not a big deal right? At least we know we cnbcount on Bynum for more than a couple minutes a night. And if it works well and he manages to round back into shape it could give us all kindsa roster flexibility. On the downside it would also give us 3 big men with bad knees, but the risk/reward might actually be worth it.

    3. Donnie Walsh

      Could be our most productive 3 days of the season

      You can’t lose if you don’t play! (but, unfortunately, overnight the Knicks dropped into the cellar of the Atlantic Division…

      Yes, now all three teams that traded all of their good players in the offseason in an effort to be as bad as possible are above us in the standings. Knicks now officially the worst team in the worst conference in the worst division ever. Raise the banner!)

    4. hoolahoop

      If Bynum gets cut in Cleveland, would anybody be opposed to takin a flier on him in a make good rest of the year deal?

      Bynum’s best chance to succeed and get his act together is with a strong, no-nonsense organization that holds players accountable (Miami, SA, etc.) The knicks are the opposite of that. He’d run amuck here.

    5. KnickfaninNJ

      Donnie,

      I know just what you mean. It was so much more fun watching the Jets play an almost meaningless game yesterday than it was watching any recent Knick play that it was almost surreal.

      On the subject of Bynum, if we basically traded Cole for Bynum, it’s appealing on the surface but my worry is that Cleveland seems to be letting him go for character issues rather than for play. On the other hand, Woodson is a player’s coach and maybe could handle the issues. So basically if Woodson was willing I would be for it. It’s his neck that is on the line. But it’s unlikely anything will happen until January 7, since that’s the date the Cavaliers have to guarantee his salary for the rest of the year or outright release him. Of course they want to trade him, but I think they are only going to be able to do that if they take stuff other’s don’t want.

    6. JK47

      The pros and cons of signing Andrew Bynum:
      CONS
      -Was a poor defender even when healthy
      -Has a shitty attitude
      -Knees are made out of dust and silly putty

      PROS
      -The East is big, man

    7. Hubert

      I’m just thankful Masai Ujiri isn’t the Cavs’ GM, or we’d be giving up an unprotected 2018 pick for him right now.

      By the way, who knows what to make of Berman’s stunning reversal today? “Take that Masai” to “dining on the Knicks’ carcass” is quite a leap and I didn’t see any steps in between.

    8. thenamestsam

      For a guy coming back from a totally lost season I think Bynum has looked okay at times this year. The bad has been really really bad and consequently his season numbers suck, but there have been flashes that the old Bynum is still in there – a 15 and 7 type game here and there. And that’s with maybe the worst offensive coach in the league in Mike Brown and on a weirdly fitting roster. I think he could be a decent 10-15 minute a night guy. That’s not much, but Woodson clearly has demonstrated that he has no plan to ever use Aldrich in a meaningful way, so a flyer on Bynum is a pretty low risk proposition in that sense.

      On the other hand this team’s chemistry already seems to be pretty much in the toilet, and I’m not sure another malcontent is really what the situation needs. Plus I have 0 faith in our medical staff/Woodson to handle his health well.

    9. Nick C.

      It would make sense in that Woody is never using Cole. But can he actually be a regular (not once a week) positive contributor? For me do I really want to root for a guy like Bynum? The answer is no not really.

    10. nyk8806

      By the way, who knows what to make of Berman’s stunning reversal today? “Take that Masai” to “dining on the Knicks’ carcass” is quite a leap and I didn’t see any steps in between.

      Pretty sure his tongue was wedged deeply into his cheek when he made the first comment. Then again Berman trolling Dolan is like dog bites man.

    11. massive

      I just wish Kyle Lowry wasn’t so unattainable for us. Kyle Lowry, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler wins this division, especially with the way Lowry has been playing as of recent. We probably wouldn’t suck as much as we do, but then again, 60 minutes of JR Smith and Andrea Bargnani is enough to sink any ship.

      I’m hoping we’re holding out until JR can be traded somewhere and instead of giving up an asset, we pay Toronto by taking back DeMar DeRozan.

    12. Frank

      Pretty sure JR is close to unmove-able, at least at this point in his contract (ie. with 2+ seasons left on it). Maybe next year. He’s a known quantity around the league, and at his contract # you could easily get 95% of the production with 20% of the headache with other MLE-type guys.

    13. Hubert

      Pretty sure his tongue was wedged deeply into his cheek when he made the first comment.

      I’m pretty sure it wasn’t! He followed it up with three more tweets explaining his logic, which included such gems as “second rounders are useless” and (I’m paraphrasing here) “The pick isn’t until 2016, and that’s, like, 20 years from now.”

    14. Frank

      OK, WTF is going on here? Dolan refuses to trade draft picks for non-game-changing players. And now this from Ian Begley:

      @IanBegley: The #Knicks have decided to waive guard G Chris Smith, the younger brother of J.R. Smith, @ESPNNewYork has learned.

      Is this the beginning of an actual franchise?

    15. nyk8806

      I’m pretty sure it wasn’t! He followed it up with three more tweets explaining his logic, which included such gems as “second rounders are useless” and (I’m paraphrasing here) “The pick isn’t until 2016, and that’s, like, 20 years from now.”

      Yep, doesn’t get much more sarcastic than that.

    16. KnickfaninNJ

      , WTF is going on here? Dolan refuses to trade draft picks for non-game-changing players. And now this from Ian Begley:

      @IanBegley: The #Knicks have decided to waive guard G Chris Smith, the younger brother of J.R. Smith, @ESPNNewYork has learned.

      Is this the beginning of an actual franchise?

      Not to mention that Dolan’s stated reason for bringing in Mills was that he wanted a more advanced stats approach in the organization

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