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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.03.10)

  • [New York Daily News] Chock-Phil of Drama: Jackson expects to give Knicks decision by Monday (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:59:11 GMT)
    The Knicks are hoping Phil Jackson will tell them on Monday that he is up to the challenge of running a franchise that last won an NBA championship in 1973.    

  • [New York Daily News] Woody, Melo thinking playoffs, not Phil Jackson (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:58:03 GMT)
    While the Knicks await Phil Jackson’s final answer about possibly joining their front office, Mike Woodson and Carmelo Anthony are not consumed by the pending news. Their short-term focus remains on what has become a more manageable situation concerning their once-longshot playoff chances.    

  • [New York Post] Nets staking their claim to city (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:48:13 -0400)
    The NBA is not an exact science, which is why we can't be sure the Nets are a team on the rise or simply teasing us with their impressive play…

  • [New York Post] Nets staking their claim to city (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:48:13 -0400)
    The NBA is not an exact science, which is why we can't be sure the Nets are a team on the rise or simply teasing us with their impressive play…

  • [New York Times] Warriors Win 4th Straight, Hold Off Suns 113-107 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:32:55 GMT)
    When Steve Blake checked in at the scorer’s table with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen Curry shook his head and shouted across the court, asking Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson not to take him out.    

  • [New York Times] Mavs Extend Pacers’ Skid to 4 With 105-94 Win (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:32:53 GMT)
    Devin Harris rolled through the lane, hit a layup and pumped his fist when the whistle blew for a foul.    

  • [New York Times] Rockets Rally for 118-113 OT Win Over Blazers (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:38:53 GMT)
    James Harden scored 41 points, Jeremy Lin had 26 and the Houston Rockets rallied for a 118-113 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Rondo Has 18 Assists, Celtics Beat Pistons 118-111 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:20:59 GMT)
    The Boston Celtics overcame Detroit’s dominance inside by passing the ball precisely and protecting it better than they had all season.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: For Bulls, a Victory to Replicate (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:07:54 GMT)
    Chicago beat the Miami Heat, 95-88, after overcoming a 12-point deficit down the stretch and forcing overtime against its frequent playoff nemesis.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 104, Kings 89: Nets Shrug Off More Injuries to Rise Above .500 Again (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:56:00 GMT)
    The Nets bounced back from a poor performance in Boston with a home win against Sacramento, but Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko were injured.    

  • [New York Times] Surging Raptors Beat Timberwolves 111-104 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:41:58 GMT)
    Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth career triple-double, lifting the Toronto Raptors to a 111-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads Pelicans Past Nuggets, 111-107 in OT (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:32:56 GMT)
    Anthony Davis tied his career high with 32 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked six shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans erased a 16-point deficit to capture their third straight victory, 111-107 over the Denver Nuggets in overtime Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Thornton Scores 27 to Lead Nets Past Kings, 104-89 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:02:53 GMT)
    Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team and Joe Johnson added 18 points, helping the Brooklyn Nets overcome an injury to Paul Pierce in a 104-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Meeks Powers Lakers Past Durant, Thunder 114-110 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:08:50 GMT)
    From Jodie Meeks’ big day to the final result, this was definitely a surprise.    

  • [New York Times] Warriors Win 4th Straight, Hold Off Suns 113-107 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:32:55 GMT)
    When Steve Blake checked in at the scorer’s table with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen Curry shook his head and shouted across the court, asking Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson not to take him out.    

  • [New York Times] Mavs Extend Pacers’ Skid to 4 With 105-94 Win (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:32:53 GMT)
    Devin Harris rolled through the lane, hit a layup and pumped his fist when the whistle blew for a foul.    

  • [New York Times] Rockets Rally for 118-113 OT Win Over Blazers (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:38:53 GMT)
    James Harden scored 41 points, Jeremy Lin had 26 and the Houston Rockets rallied for a 118-113 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Rondo Has 18 Assists, Celtics Beat Pistons 118-111 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:20:59 GMT)
    The Boston Celtics overcame Detroit’s dominance inside by passing the ball precisely and protecting it better than they had all season.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: For Bulls, a Victory to Replicate (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:07:54 GMT)
    Chicago beat the Miami Heat, 95-88, after overcoming a 12-point deficit down the stretch and forcing overtime against its frequent playoff nemesis.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 104, Kings 89: Nets Shrug Off More Injuries to Rise Above .500 Again (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:56:00 GMT)
    The Nets bounced back from a poor performance in Boston with a home win against Sacramento, but Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko were injured.    

  • [New York Times] Surging Raptors Beat Timberwolves 111-104 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:41:58 GMT)
    Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth career triple-double, lifting the Toronto Raptors to a 111-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads Pelicans Past Nuggets, 111-107 in OT (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:32:56 GMT)
    Anthony Davis tied his career high with 32 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked six shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans erased a 16-point deficit to capture their third straight victory, 111-107 over the Denver Nuggets in overtime Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Thornton Scores 27 to Lead Nets Past Kings, 104-89 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:02:53 GMT)
    Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team and Joe Johnson added 18 points, helping the Brooklyn Nets overcome an injury to Paul Pierce in a 104-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Meeks Powers Lakers Past Durant, Thunder 114-110 (Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:08:50 GMT)
    From Jodie Meeks’ big day to the final result, this was definitely a surprise.    

  • 12 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.03.10)

    1. JK47

      This sounds good:

      Whatever his title, the source said, Jackson will be an integral part of the club’s basketball operations

      But this sounds bad:

      Dolan is still expected to maintain a voice in terms of decision-making, the source said.

      But this sounds good:

      Bringing Jackson aboard could move the Knicks away from their ties to Creative Artists Agency, the player and coach representation firm that many league insiders, including some Knicks players, believe has an inordinate amount of influence within the franchise.

      So I don’t know.

    2. lavor postell

      I think it’s inevitable that Dolan is going to still have a say in decisions as the owner but if Jackson is coming in I don’t think it will be the hands on approach he took under Walsh and grunwald. Anyways having Jackson’s voice at the table and in association with the Knicks can only help this franchise.

    3. Frank

      The way the team has played is definitely encouraging FWIW, but I still don’t see us making the playoffs no matter how bad Atlanta is. Their schedule is ridiculously easy the rest of the way with only 9 out of their remaining 21 games against teams >.500. Meanwhile we’ve got 10 out of 18 against teams >.500. We’re currently 5 games behind Atlanta in the loss column, and are 4 games behind them in the loss column in terms of conference record (we have a 2-2 season record against them and so conference record would be the next tiebreaker). So effectively we are probably 6 games behind in the loss column since we’ll have to have a better overall record than them to sneak into the 8 seed.

      I figure we probably need to go something like 13-5 to even have a shot — ie. we’d have to make it to SCHOENE’s exact prediction of 37 wins…

      Really might come down to the wire — and we play Brooklyn the 2nd to last game of the year. If we’re close to getting in, that’ll be a really fun game.

    4. d-mar

      Also, if Dolan starts overruling Jackson’s decisions, how long do you think he’ll stay? He really doesn’t need this job (or the money I would guess) so there’s no way he’s going to stick around if he doesn’t have a high degree of autonomy.

    5. Z

      Wait, Phil Jackson’s executive resume is a consulting gig in Detroit last summer?

      Could Jackson be the first step in bringing Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings over from Detroit?

      (Not that I’m scarred by the Scott Layden years or anything, but nightmares of Shandon Anderson and Howard Eisley still keep me up at night…)

    6. d-mar

      @3 Does Atlanta have their draft pick this year? If so, what could possibly be their motivation for holding on to the 8th seed, except for a couple of home playoff blowouts?

    7. Frank

      @3 Does Atlanta have their draft pick this year? If so, what could possibly be their motivation for holding on to the 8th seed, except for a couple of home playoff blowouts?

      lol one can only hope!

    8. KnickfaninNJ

      Based on Stephen A. Smith’s comments this morning, I really suspect Phil Jackson is using the Knicks as leverage in the Lakers’ drama.

      Stephen A. said this morning on Mike & Mike that the prospect of Phil Jackson going to NY was putting pressure on Los Angeles to resolve the questions of whether Phil Jackson and/or Jeannie Buss would be brought back into the Lakers front office. He cited Jerry Buss’s dying wish that Jimmy Buss run the team and the high esteem for Kupchak as two things that were pushing Jackson towards New York.

      Ephus, I am moving this discussion to the new thread.

      This seems like Stephen A. Smith’s speculation. I suspect he’s wrong (which wouldn’t make his accuracy track record much worse than it already is). I don’t think Phil Jackson will wait on anything LA might do given that they hired D’Antoni as coach without waiting for Jackson’s decision on their day old offer. In addition, if Jerry Buss wanted Jimmy Buss to run the team and Jeannie was denied influence in the front office, that might actually push Jackson to take on the challenge of the Knicks, and show LA what they could have had from him.

    9. flossy

      Wait, Phil Jackson’s executive resume is a consulting gig in Detroit last summer?

      Could Jackson be the first step in bringing Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings over from Detroit?

      (Not that I’m scarred by the Scott Layden years or anything, but nightmares of Shandon Anderson and Howard Eisley still keep me up at night…)

      As if Joe Dumars needs anyone’s help blowing cap space on ill-considered FA signings…

      But seriously, I think PJ’s influence in Detroit amounted to telling the new owner to let the GM pick a coach. Which did not turn out well, true, but really, what coach was going to be able to polish that turd of a roster?

    10. MSA

      @7 – Does Atlanta have their draft pick this year? If so, what could possibly be their motivation for holding on to the 8th seed, except for a couple of home playoff blowouts?

      Money, basically.

      Any home playoff game is a lot of extra money without any additional cost since players contracts are per year, not per game.

    11. Eternal OptiKnist

      @7 – Does Atlanta have their draft pick this year? If so, what could possibly be their motivation for holding on to the 8th seed, except for a couple of home playoff blowouts?

      I checked into this very thing this morning. So Atlanta has the option to swap their pick with the NETS (from the J. Johnson trade), so in the beginning of the season, it was great for Atlanta to be able to play hard, knowing that they could have the nets shitty pick so they were .500 or a bit a above…solid. Then, very fishily…as soon as the Nets proved they were for real….BOOM…Atlanta drops like a rock. We’re making the playoffs for that reason. All we have to do is pass Detroit, which probably doesnt want the 8th seed either since they traded a pick to the bobcats thats top-8 protected. It’ll actually be funny to see who gets into the playoffs as its like a game of low-ball poker..teams trying to win with the worst hand. The saddest part of it is we’re doing one of the best tank jobs but are the only team actually trying not to. My only motivation for the 8th seed is keeping Devner out of the lottery.

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