Knicks Morning News (2014.02.06)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks can’t complete furious last-minute comeback vs. Blazers (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:52:33 GMT)

    Mike Woodson’s long walk from the bench to the locker room included a slight detour toward center court, where Woodson tossed one final insult in the direction of referee Danny Crawford.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Kenyon out until after All-Star break (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:33:21 GMT)

    Kenyon Martin’s season of injury and pain could be over before it ever really started. Martin revealed on Wednesday that he’ll be sidelined through the All Star break due to recurring soreness in his left ankle.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Woodson cries no-call as Knicks are in free fall (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:25:51 GMT)

    By the end of another bad night at the Garden for his Knicks, Mike Woodson wanted referee Danny Crawford’s head. Carmelo Anthony couldn’t get a call and couldn’t buy a hoop in a scoreless fourth quarter.    

  • [New York Times] James, Heat Hold Off Clippers 116-112 (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:47:25 GMT)

    The Miami Heat played the final minutes the way championship teams are supposed to. The Los Angeles Clippers are still perfecting the art of closing out games against the elite teams.    

  • [New York Times] Cousins, Gay Lead Kings by Raptors 109-101 (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:10:59 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter for a 109-101 victory Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: Odd Ending for Lakers (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:35:58 GMT)

    The depleted Los Angeles Lakers had to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out in the fourth quarter of a 119-108 victory at the Cleveland Cavaliers.    

  • [New York Times] James Eager for Role With Beckham’s Miami Franchise (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:58:49 GMT)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham’s plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami.    

  • [New York Times] Chandler Leads Nuggets Past Bucks, 110-100 (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:47:17 GMT)

    Wilson Chandler scored seven of his 24 points in the final 1:52 and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Rockets Down Suns 122-108 for 4th Straight Win (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:41:10 GMT)

    The Houston Rockets have won four games in a row.    

  • [New York Times] Blazers 94, Knicks 90: With Felton a Step Slow, the Knicks Allow the Blazers to Run Away (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:29:27 GMT)

    Point guard Raymond Felton sat out the final 14 minutes for the Knicks, who lost a second-half lead and fell to Nicolas Batum and the Trail Blazers.    

  • [New York Times] Depleted Lakers Beat Cavaliers 119-108 (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:17:25 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers left Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike D’Antoni felt it was the best move for his depleted team.    

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads Pelicans Over Hawks, 105-100 (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:02:26 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-100 on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki Has 26 to Lead Mavs Past Grizzlies 110-96 (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:59:18 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Brandan Wright added 17 and the Dallas Mavericks used a second-half surge to grab a 110-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Blazers Shoot Poorly but Hold Off Knicks, 94-90 (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:56:23 GMT)

    Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 18 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame poor-shooting nights by their two All-Stars to beat the New York Knicks 94-90 on Wednesday.    

  • [New York Times] Oladipo Spurs Magic to 112-98 Win Over Pistons (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:41:00 GMT)

    Rookie Victor Oladipo came off the bench to score 20 points and Glen Davis had 18, leading the Orlando Magic to a 112-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Durant Leads Thunder Past Love-Less ‘Wolves 106-97 (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:35:05 GMT)

    Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder won for the 12th time in their last 13 games with a 106-97 victory over a Minnesota Timberwolves team without Kevin Love and two other starters.    

  • [New York Times] Spurs Win 16th in Row vs Wizards, 125-118 in 2OT (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:26:03 GMT)

    Tim Duncan scored a season-high 31 points Wednesday night before fouling out in the second overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Washington Wizards for an NBA-high 16th time in a row, holding on for a 125-118 victory.    

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Arena to Be Renamed Smoothie King Center (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:17:18 GMT)

    The New Orleans Pelicans and Louisiana-based Smoothie King have reached a 10-year agreement to rename the New Orleans Arena as the Smoothie King Center.    

  • [New York Times] Jeff Green Leads Celtics Past 76ers, 114-108 (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 02:47:17 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter in the Boston Celtics’ 114-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Magic Johnson Steps In to Rescue Los Angeles Sparks (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 01:18:47 GMT)

    Johnson and Mark Walter, the chairman of the Dodgers, become the owners of a W.N.B.A. team that was in danger of folding or moving to another city.    

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Hardaway Jr. will team up with father (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 01:54:20 -0500)

    The Hardaways will be together again. According to a league source, Knicks rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. and his father, Tim Hardaway, will be on the same team for "The Shooting…

  • [New York Post] Loss begins Knicks’ the ‘urgent’ part of the season (Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:12:00 -0500)

    The record is 19-30 now and there is no white-washing that, no camouflaging it. Forty-nine games isn't a sliver of a season, or a taste, or a sample size; it…

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    36 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.02.06)”

    1. It’s time Woodson started running more of the offense through Stat.
      It has become quite obvious to me that his athleticism has returned, perhaps not to what it was when he first arrive in NY, but to a very high level. He is a nightmare to guard, and there is no reason for him to get any fewer than 15 shots a game, and more if he is scoring efficiently.
      You live with his turnovers, and his defensive lapses and to a lesser degree his rebounding.
      There simply is no scorer on the Knicks with the potential to score as efficiently has he can.
      This is not to say Melo’s role should in any way be diminished. Indeed, an effective, unbridled, more present Amare’ will make Melo’s already very good year even better.
      Amare’ will require a double team. When that happens all kinds of higgledy-piggledy would commence.

      Since Dec. 1 he averaged 20 minutes per game and posted a TS% of .605 and an eFG% of .571. His FG% is .571.
      By comparison, Melo has a TS% of .575 and an eFG% of .519, with a FG% of .462.
      Now, we all know Melo’s usage is off the charts and the types of shots he’s forced to take as the Knicks go-to guy are tougher, and yet, he’s put up career like numbers over this stretch (his season totals are actually down from last year)…and yet, they lose, a lot.
      But Amare’ as the No. 2 option on this team is way better than Earl, who is having a historically bad year for him, since Dec is posting a TS% of .522 and an eFG% of .508.
      My point? Amare’ is the most efficient scorer on this team, seems physically up to it and, frankly, the alternatives have not worked to date. We suck
      Last, if they are worried about him being injured, I say ‘so what?’ You are not getting enough out of him playing him sparingly. Save him for the playoffs? Laughable. The doctors say go; he says go. Woodson needs to get him 30 minutes and his usage up to about 20%.
      Oh, and Bench the Penguin.

    2. @ 1
      I think everyone would like to see that and the Knics have run the offense through him a lot but as soon as he gets it going he gets injured/sore or he’ll havea game during which, several possessions he fumbles the ball, or maybe his jumper isn’t fallng, or he just doesn’t pass the ball.

      Despite that the Knicks should use him more with Melo in the pnr. I would try to give more minutes to Amar’e at the 4 and let Melo get more rest. Let JR continue to play the 3 with Amar’e and Tyler/Tyson at the 4 and the 5 for longer stretches.

      Side note: why don’t the Knicks run more PnR with Stat and Melo when they play the 4 and 5? They should really try to make teams force the switch, putting a 3 on STAT, have Melo back it out and let Amar’e go to work in the post.

    3. Not for nothing, but I can’t help but be kind of amused at the idea that Herb Williams might end up being interim coach for the third time in his career. I know it is stupid that the Knicks keep this guy employed, but I sort of like it. He’s like the Knick mascot.

    4. Really do have to give Woody some credit for benching Felton in the fourth.

      Did Felton untie somebody’s shoes? I can’t figure out any other reason Woodson would bench somebody.

    5. @ 1

      I’d love to see us run way more pick and roll or pick and pop with STAT as opposed to just throwing it down to him on the block like he’s the second coming of Kareem. If somebody has his Synergy numbers I’d really like to see the difference in shooting percentage based on his shot distribution.

      On another note regardless of whether we actually get hot and make a playoff push, if Chandler finishes this season strong I think we need to trade him. He’s far too one dimensional and wasteful offensively and his diminishing defensive presence makes that far less tenable. If we can flip him to OKC for the privilege of acquiring Perkins, Jones III/Adams and a first round pick I would be satisfied with that.

      Sounds like Melo, JR and CAA may be low key sending signals to the Knicks FO and Dolan that they are okay with losing Woodson

    6. He’s far too one dimensional and wasteful offensively and his diminishing defensive presence makes that far less tenable

      I have no problem trading Tyson. But he’s by far our best offensive rebounder among players who have been given a chance. Which helps our offense. And he sets screens and such, and opens space by rolling to the hoop.

      If you look at our offense last year and our offense this year, we’ve scoring a greater percentage of our points in the mid-range area at the expense of 3’s. I don’t think that’s on Tyson.

    7. Wasteful was probably the wrong word but he actually is terrible at finishing unless it’s an alley oop or an uncontested dunk and has time to gather before going up with two hands.

      My concerns with Tyson either way are more based on what I see as a decline in his athleticism which is affecting his presence and abilities defensively.

    8. I see as a decline in his athleticism which is affecting his presence and abilities defensively.

      I see a decline in giving a shit, personally. He looks like somebody who is deeply regretting his decision not to sign with the Warriors.

    9. I see a decline in giving a shit, personally. He looks like somebody who is deeply regretting his decision not to sign with the Warriors.”

      I do see a lot of frustration from Chandler. I would be frustrated too if I were literally the only person capable of playing above average defense other than a wizened geezer from Argentina.

      Chandler played at an extraordinary level for the last three years. He isn’t playing that well this year. But he is still really good.

    10. I realize Tyson is the favored whipping boy of the yay points mob, and he is almost certainly into his decline phase, but he’s still pretty clearly our best big man. That being said, we’d be smart to trade him now and start blowing this thing up. Whether he’s frustrated, worn out by being the only guy who knows how to play team defense, lazy, injured, or fresh out of fucks to give is fairly difficult for those of us on the outside to tell.

    11. The Knicks probably have the personnel to be a decent defensive team if the coach knew what he was doing. Good defensive players are wasted here though. I really don’t think Woodson knows how to get the most out of good defensive wings like Metta and Shump, and of course he gave a zillion minutes to the hapless Bargnani, who was a defense and rebounding nightmare.

      If JVG coached this exact squad, the minutes distribution would probably look a lot different, and so would the team’s defensive rating and probably W-L record.

      And our man Woodson is now throwing his players under the bus, publicly questioning their effort. He’s probably gonna get canned very soon but can we stop with the “I feel bad for Woodson ’cause he seems like a good guy” line? He’s acting like a complete douche.

    12. I’d be totally down with dealing Chandler if it either got the Knicks:

      A. A good 2014 first rounder
      B. Adams from OKC

      And even if it didn’t get those things, I’d still be down with it if means Melo is traded, too. You can’t deal Chandler without blowing things up (unless you’re getting a good 2014 first rounder or Adams from OKC).

      But since Dolan won’t blow it up or deal for 2014 first rounders, Chandler is likely going to stick around, partially because any big name coach they will want to try to get will want Chandler on the team next year (Imagine asking JVG whether the Knicks should keep Chandler or not).

    13. “I realize Tyson is the favored whipping boy of the yay points mob”
      I think that I might be viewed as being a member of the yay points mob (there’s probably some merit to that perception) but, for what it’s worth, I think that Chandler is the Knicks’ second most important player and I think that, if he had been at full strength in the playoffs, the Knicks would have beaten the Pacers. Watching his interviews lately, he appears to be totally fed up with the mess that is this season.

    14. I would like to see them dump Melo and Chandler. Either all or nothing. Has anyone here suggested a deal centered around Melo and Pau? The Lakers are shopping Gasol and are a rumored Carmelo free agent spot. Pau is expiring, so the Knicks can decide what to do with him moving forward. Pau, Henry and picks?

      Do you think Phoenix could be a spot for Chandler? A package like Okafor’s expiring, one of those first rounders and Plums?

    15. Yeah, if we are trading Chandler I want them to trade Melo also.

      I would be down with Perkins and Adams and super down with Perry Jones or Lamb as a flyer throw in, though that won’t happen.

      Chandler has been better than Melo in the three years preceding this one. Starting center on a championship team. DPOY. Three straight years of .200+ ws/48. Three straight years of leading the league in offensive rating.

      He’s been my favorite free agent Knicks acquistion of all time and I have his jersey hanging next to Lee’s.

      But if Melo goes I am ok with him going too though it will hurt a bit….

    16. I would like to see them dump Melo and Chandler. Either all or nothing. Has anyone here suggested a deal centered around Melo and Pau? The Lakers are shopping Gasol and are a rumored Carmelo free agent spot. Pau is expiring, so the Knicks can decide what to do with him moving forward. Pau, Henry and picks?

      Lakers have no picks to trade.

    17. Fun with quotes:

      Woodson, on Felton’s play lately: “I’m not ever gonna point the finger at one guy . . .unless that guy is named Iman or Beno”

      Woodson, on what Melo should focus on going forward: “He’s gotta look at the last two yrs and what we’ve built here, and not just this yr. . .because if he just looks at this yr he’d realize we fcking sck.”

      “This year has been, for me, it’s been kind of a disaster from a coaching standpoint in trying to get players to compete and play at a high level,” Woodson said in an interview on ESPN “but from a LULZ standpoint, it’s been great, and giving the fans something to laugh at is a big part of what we do here.”

      In other news, it’s been rumored that we’re looking to add Larry Johnson to the coaching staff. Please let something good come out of this season. Give us Assistant Coachmama.

    18. I remember Thibs wanted LJ on his coaching staff and he declined so this does seem like something he has been thinking about doing. Looks like to me this would only happen if Herb is named coach since the article said Todd and Walker are considered Woodson guys so I guess all 3 would be fired??

    19. I know Thibs and JVG absolutely adore LJ, but seriously, LJ as a coach? Not a good idea.

    20. I know Thibs and JVG absolutely adore LJ, but seriously, LJ as a coach? Not a good idea.

      What’s wrong with coachmama? Even if he’s totally incompetent, what real damage is he going to do.

    21. What can we make of CAA illuminati Steven A. Smith going off on Knicks ownership all season (and again in another column today)? Are we hopefully seeing fractures in the clandestine relationship between Dolan and CAA? Am I just grasping at anything potentially positive to discuss about this otherwise abysmal year of basketball?

    22. SAS’ loyalties have always been to Melo, not the Knicks. If he starts trashing Melo, that’d be one thing, but he won’t. He’s ripped the Knicks a lot over the last few years, usually in terms of how they’re doing Melo a disservice.

    23. Quite frankly, I never thought I’d agree with Stephen A. Smith, but he’s right that we should deal Melo.

    24. “Anthony, held scoreless in the fourth quarter against the Blazers, was devoid of any help, as usual — and because of that, the vultures are already calling for the departure of point guard Raymond Felton. ”

      I would like to ask Stephen A. how the Knicks outscored the Blazers by 5 in the 4th quarter without Melo scoring if he’s totally devoid of help. Shouldn’t we have scored, like, zero points if that were true?

    25. Interesting to see how the Spurs second team performs without Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili against the Nets. I am predictiong they only score 48 points…..

    26. Can’t really blame Woodson for being pissed off at the refs in that last quarter. Knicks got hosed on the fouls. I never like to blame bad officiating for a loss so I’m not going to, but there were some outrageous calls. I would like to think Batum gets a warning for his reaction on the JR offensive foul. It was also frustrating to see Lillard push off with his forearm so much and not get called. Furthermore, it was frustrating to see Melo get contact on drives and get no calls, when Knicks players only had to breath on a Blazer to get a call. *sigh* good to get that off my chest.

      Really loving STAT getting some big minutes. If used properly off the bench he could be a nice little x-factor down the stretch. Might need to watch his minutes though, as he started to fatigue pretty obviously. Love Prigs getting minutes too. Everything just seems to run better on both ends with him around.

      On another frustrating note, if the Knicks had have played like they did yesterday against the Bucks, we probably would have won. That’s what has been my sticking point with this team this year, not beating the lottery teams…….which I guess makes us look like a lottery team…….just without the pick.

    27. You know who would be a good coach for this team? Former coach of the year runner-up Eric Musselman. Musselman has a great basketball mind (like his father), and has had success at every level, including coaching the Venezuelan national team for a while.

      He’s known as a guy who coaches to a team’s strengths, and as a coach who personally develops young players. JVG called Musselman the most competitive person he’s ever coached against, and others have called him a coaching genius.

      And, as if his coaching talent isn’t enough, he is also a flawed human being (with a DUI to show for it), making him a reclamation project for our own recovering addict James Dolan to take pride in.

      Currently, Mussleman is an assistant coach at Arizona State.


      (In a side note, Musselman coached the 2010 Reno Bighorns in the D-League– a team that had Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak, Marcus Landry, Patrick Ewing jr, and Nick Fazekas. A little bit of everything for KB bloggers to love!)

      (In another side note, Jeremy Lin credited Musselman for his development, as have many others, including Kevin Martin, who talked specifically about how Musselman was able to increase his efficiency by teaching him how to draw contact)

    28. It’s pretty amazing that Lillard will be competing in the 3-point shooting contest, the Slam Dunk contest, the Skills challenge and the actual All-Star Game (and I’m sure he’d play in the Rising Stars challenge if he wasn’t already, you know, an actual All-Star). That’s pretty impressive of him.

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