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Monday, October 20, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.03.13)

  • [New York Times] Griffin Leads Clips Past Warriors for 9 in a Row (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:20:54 GMT)
    When Blake Griffin soared past Stephen Curry and hammered home his one-handed rebound of Danny Granger’s missed jumper, the slam emphasized everything that’s so impressive about the Los Angeles Clippers’ nine-game winning streak.    

  • [New York Times] Mills, Duncan Lead, Spurs Roll Past Blazers 103-90 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:32:54 GMT)
    The San Antonio Spurs continued rolling against the elite teams they struggled against early in the season, using a balanced attack to beat the Portland Trail Blazers for their eighth straight victory.    

  • [New York Times] Cavs Spoil Bledsoe Return by Beating Suns 110-101 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:54:02 GMT)
    Kyrie Irving scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers spoiled the return of Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe with a 110-101 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: Bryant Out for Season (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:29:10 GMT)
    Kobe Bryant expressed only mild frustration after Wednesday’s official announcement of the long-expected decision to shut him down for the year.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 96, Heat 95: Quiet in Morning, Pierce Erupts at Night to Lead Nets Over Heat (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:03:54 GMT)
    Hours after Paul Pierce declined to speak to reporters, saying he was in “locked-in mode,” he scored 29 points to lead the Nets to their first win in Miami since 2008.    

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki Leads Mavericks Past Jazz 108-101 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:47:55 GMT)
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points and moved into sole possession of the No. 12 spot on the all-time NBA scoring list in the Dallas Mavericks’ 108-101 win over the Utah Jazz Wednesday.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 116, Celtics 92: Knicks Enjoy Outcome as They Keep Waiting for Resolution (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:56:52 GMT)
    With an efficient dispatching of the Celtics, the Knicks won their fifth straight as the wait to hear whether Phil Jackson would join the team continued.    

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Rally at End to Beat Pelicans 90-88 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:54:10 GMT)
    Mike Conley hit a driving layup against Austin Rivers with 1.5 seconds remaining to complete the Memphis Grizzlies’ comeback for a 90-88 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Nets Get Heat Again, Win 96-95 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:45:00 GMT)
    Something about facing the Miami Heat still brings out the best in Paul Pierce.    

  • [New York Times] Anthony Carries Knicks Past Celtics, 116-92 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:17:53 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 34 points in the first half as the New York Knicks opened a 24-point lead and coasted to their fifth straight win, 116-92 over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Faried Leads Nuggets Over Magic 120-112 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:06:13 GMT)
    Kenneth Faried scored 26 points and Wilson Chandler added 21 points and 10 rebounds to rally the Denver Nuggets to a 120-112 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Gay, Thomas Lead Kings Past Sixers 115-98 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:59:52 GMT)
    Rudy Gay scored 27 points, Isaiah Thomas added 20 and the Sacramento Kings defeated Philadelphia 115-98 Wednesday night to extend the 76ers’ losing streak to 18 games.    

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Scores 25 as Raptors Beat Pistons 101-87 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:41:51 GMT)
    DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Amir Johnson had 20 against his former team and the Toronto Raptors handed Detroit its 10th straight road defeat, beating the Pistons 101-87 Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Jefferson Scores 26; Bobcats Top Wizards 98-85 (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:32:56 GMT)
    Al Jefferson had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Gerald Henderson went 6 for 9 in his return from a calf injury Wednesday night to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 98-85 win over the Washington Wizards.    

  • [New York Times] As Knicks Rebuild, Their Ex-Architect Prospers (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:26:08 GMT)
    For Ernie Grunfeld, a former Knicks executive, a patient approach has paid off as the Washington Wizards contend for a playoff berth.    

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks coast past Celtics for fifth straight win (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:11:20 EDT)
    As the Phil Jackson Watch continues, the Knicks are still playing meaningful games and winning them.

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony: I've 'heard' Phil Jackson is coming (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:21:18 EDT)
    Carmelo Anthony said he's "heard" that Phil Jackson will be joining the Knicks' front office, but that nothing is official yet.

  • [New York Post] Knicks give Aldrich game ball after double-double (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:27:19 -0400)
    BOSTON — As starting-center-for-the-night Cole Aldrich spoke to a phalanx of media following the Knicks' 116-92 rout of the Celtics, J.R. Smith shouted across the locker room, "Hey Cole Chandler.''…

  • [New York Post] Knicks give Aldrich game ball after double-double (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:27:19 -0400)
    BOSTON — As starting-center-for-the-night Cole Aldrich spoke to a phalanx of media following the Knicks' 116-92 rout of the Celtics, J.R. Smith shouted across the locker room, "Hey Cole Chandler.''…

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Can Phil & Dolan get along? (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:00:52 EDT)
    There has been speculation in some corners that the marriage between Phil Jackson and James Dolan is bound to fail. Dolan, the New York Knicks owner, has a history of meddling in his executive’s basketball decisions and keeping them mostly off limits to the media. Jackson is known as something of a free spirit who will likely want final say in basketball decisions. He also won’t like to be told if and when he can share his thoughts with the media, according to those who have covered him in the past, such as Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Aldrich's career night garners game ball (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:07:22 EDT)
    BOSTON — Cole Aldrich played in 120 NBA games before making his first start Wednesday night.A shorthanded New York Knicks squad missing their top four big men, including Tyson Chandler (out for personal reasons) and Amar’e Stoudemire (knee recovery) caused head coach Mike Woodson to give Aldrich the long-awaited opportunity. The wait was worth it for the fourth-year center, as Aldrich scored a career-high 12 points and added 10 rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Streak keeps Knicks' hopes alive … for now (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:44:11 EDT)
    BOSTON, MA — For the first time in a long time, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks had plenty to smile about after a 116-92 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. “We are doing good right now and we want to keep it going,” Anthony said. The Knicks are now riding a five-game win streak, matching their season high. Anthony’s game-high 34 points tied the mark for most points scored by a Celtics opponent this season, as the top scorer in the East captained a Knicks’ offense that was firing on all cylinders in Beantown.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Can Phil & Dolan get along? (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:00:52 EDT)
    There has been speculation in some corners that the marriage between Phil Jackson and James Dolan is bound to fail. Dolan, the New York Knicks owner, has a history of meddling in his executive’s basketball decisions and keeping them mostly off limits to the media. Jackson is known as something of a free spirit who will likely want final say in basketball decisions. He also won’t like to be told if and when he can share his thoughts with the media, according to those who have covered him in the past, such as Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Aldrich's career night garners game ball (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:07:22 EDT)
    BOSTON — Cole Aldrich played in 120 NBA games before making his first start Wednesday night.A shorthanded New York Knicks squad missing their top four big men, including Tyson Chandler (out for personal reasons) and Amar’e Stoudemire (knee recovery) caused head coach Mike Woodson to give Aldrich the long-awaited opportunity. The wait was worth it for the fourth-year center, as Aldrich scored a career-high 12 points and added 10 rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Streak keeps Knicks' hopes alive … for now (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:44:11 EDT)
    BOSTON, MA — For the first time in a long time, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks had plenty to smile about after a 116-92 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. “We are doing good right now and we want to keep it going,” Anthony said. The Knicks are now riding a five-game win streak, matching their season high. Anthony’s game-high 34 points tied the mark for most points scored by a Celtics opponent this season, as the top scorer in the East captained a Knicks’ offense that was firing on all cylinders in Beantown.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: For Jackson, Anthony may be too Melo (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:07:33 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony hung out at TD Garden after the Knick shootaround Wednesday morning, talking to reporters, very much in the loop on management’s negotiations with Phil Jackson — yet somehow utterly clueless about the meaning of such contract talks.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks win fifth straight as Jax talk dominates (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:33:59 GMT)
    Barely one week ago, no one was mentioning the Knicks as a possible playoff team or as a potential employer for Phil Jackson. But here we are eight days later. Carmelo Anthony fronted the Knicks to their season-high matching fifth straight victory, a 116-92 coast-to-coast rout of the Celtics.    

  • [New York Daily News] Irked Knicks fans set to rally against Dolan (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:26:19 GMT)
    The people united will never be defeated — but the more well-heeled among them might be persuaded to put down their protest signs in exchange for sodas and hot dogs, or maybe even the arrival of Phil Jackson.    

  • [New York Daily News] Kobe, Magic make last-ditch effort to keep Phil from Knicks (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:17:15 GMT)
    The chase for Phil Jackson has turned into a bicoastal soap opera with the Knicks convinced a deal for the Hall of Fame coach is imminent while Lakers legends Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant made public pleas on Wednesday for the franchise to keep Jackson in Los Angeles.    

  • [New York Daily News] Does Jeanie Buss’ sweatshirt hint at Phil Jackson’s future? (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:10:11 GMT)
    LOS ANGELES — As the world awaits official word on whether Phil Jackson will save the Knicks, his fiance, Lakers president Jeanie Buss, hinted Wednesday morning that she has the answer.    

  • [New York Daily News] Melo wants to meet Jackson before making decision on future (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:07:19 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony huddled with Knicks brass earlier this week, coming away with the expectation that Phil Jackson indeed will be joining their front office. Anthony spoke highly of the Hall of Fame coach before Wednesday’s victory over the Celtics, but the pending free agent indicated that he still wants to speak with Jackson before deciding his future in New York.    

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: For Jackson, Anthony may be too Melo (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:07:33 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony hung out at TD Garden after the Knick shootaround Wednesday morning, talking to reporters, very much in the loop on management’s negotiations with Phil Jackson — yet somehow utterly clueless about the meaning of such contract talks.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks win fifth straight as Jax talk dominates (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:33:59 GMT)
    Barely one week ago, no one was mentioning the Knicks as a possible playoff team or as a potential employer for Phil Jackson. But here we are eight days later. Carmelo Anthony fronted the Knicks to their season-high matching fifth straight victory, a 116-92 coast-to-coast rout of the Celtics.    

  • [New York Daily News] Irked Knicks fans set to rally against Dolan (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:26:19 GMT)
    The people united will never be defeated — but the more well-heeled among them might be persuaded to put down their protest signs in exchange for sodas and hot dogs, or maybe even the arrival of Phil Jackson.    

  • [New York Daily News] Kobe, Magic make last-ditch effort to keep Phil from Knicks (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:17:15 GMT)
    The chase for Phil Jackson has turned into a bicoastal soap opera with the Knicks convinced a deal for the Hall of Fame coach is imminent while Lakers legends Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant made public pleas on Wednesday for the franchise to keep Jackson in Los Angeles.    

  • [New York Daily News] Does Jeanie Buss’ sweatshirt hint at Phil Jackson’s future? (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:10:11 GMT)
    LOS ANGELES — As the world awaits official word on whether Phil Jackson will save the Knicks, his fiance, Lakers president Jeanie Buss, hinted Wednesday morning that she has the answer.    

  • [New York Daily News] Melo wants to meet Jackson before making decision on future (Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:07:19 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony huddled with Knicks brass earlier this week, coming away with the expectation that Phil Jackson indeed will be joining their front office. Anthony spoke highly of the Hall of Fame coach before Wednesday’s victory over the Celtics, but the pending free agent indicated that he still wants to speak with Jackson before deciding his future in New York.    

  • 11 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.03.13)

    1. Totes McGoats

      Surefire way to earn a spot in the rotation and possibly a future spot on the roster? Step up when key cogs are out. Great way to take advantage of the moment by Cole. As much as Woodson harps on D and rebounding, I can’t understand why it took so long for him to give Cole regular minutes- even if it was 5-10 minutes a game. I’m not gonna suggest that he should get 20 minutes a night, but his size and style of play should always deserve some burn. He does dirty work and doesn’t mind. And he does it well. How many other players on the roster have that attribute? 2 or 3? Allen Iverson’s career proved that when u have a gifted scorer like Melo, u need grit and guys who can knock down shots around him. Cole fits in the grit category. And he’s not just big..he actually plays defense and seeks out rebounds, AND he’s got a little Oak mentality whereas he doesn’t mind popping u if you’re in his lane too much lol. Great showing by Cole.

    2. DRed

      You’d think Kobe would be content with stealing 30 million or so dollars from the Buss family this year. But now he has to go after coach Pringles too?

    3. Brian Cronin

      The Kobe thing is just insane. Just ludicrous. Obviously, in retrospect, Melo’s problems with D’Antoni look kind of silly (as he would now gladly embrace the role that he refused to play for D’Antoni back then – sort of like how Dwight Howard is fine playing the same system in Houston that he was offended that D’Antoni asked him to play in Los Angeles) but I at least get it for both Melo and Howard – D’Antoni asked them each to take on less of a dominant role in the offense, and D’Antoni has never been a good enough communicator to soothe their egos (you see it with Pau Gasol, as well), which is clearly D’Antoni’s biggest fault. However, Kobe? Kobe? D’Antoni built the entire team around Kobe! One of the reasons Howard hated playing for the Lakers so much is that D’Antoni made Kobe the focal point of the team and not him. Or is it simply a matter of D’Antoni not having Kobe score as much? Is Kobe that much of an egomaniac about his poin…oh, wait, I guess I just answered my own question of why Kobe doesn’t want to play for D’Antoni. He really is that much of an egomaniac about his points. He just wants a coach who will let him score at will next year.

    4. DRed

      Just watched Bill Simmons and friends rubbish the idea that Phil can succeed with the Knicks. They kept talking about the grind of being a GM. Seriously? I’m supposed to believe Steve Mills has been physically exhausting himself all year to manage pick up Shannon Brown and Earl Clark?

    5. lavor postell

      I’ve never been a big D’Antoni fan and I think what he sucked at with Melo and Howard is not actually explaining to them what his strategy was, but just to implement and expect them to be professionals and accept his coaching decisions. That’s a fair enough idea to have, but it’s fucking stupid when you’re dealing with players with superstar egos, salaries and goals.

      In regards to Melo simply putting in 4-5 plays per game where Melo could operate from the elbow, get a post up look or be the ball handler in the PNR would have gone a long way to helping make that relationship work. Instead D’Antoni decided not only was he going to play Lin 35+ a game, but he was also going to give him the freedom to run whatever plays he deemed suitable as if he was Steve Nash. It’s not surprising that Melo wouldn’t be such a huge fan of standing around on the wing and in the corners for kick out threes while Lin is prancing around Chandler/STAT picks. It’s actually mind boggling that D’Antoni would really think this would be cool and was completely shocked that Melo wasn’t a happy camper.

      Same thing with Dwight last year. Obviously he was always going to be used in PNR much like how SVG used him, but SVG also mixed in 4-5 post ups a game to massage and satisfy his ego as well. Again I’m sure it’s really annoying that guys won’t just recognize what the most efficient option is at all times, but that’s part of being an NBA coach. Every superstar thinks that they can be Jordan in 1-on-1 situations and it’s imperative that you at least feed the illusion a couple of times a game so that they will generally buy in to the overall product you’re selling.

      The Kobe thing might be like hey why the fuck is this guy running me into the ground for 35+ mpg as soon as I got back from a massive injury, similar to how he ran me into the ground last year? Kobe’s a warrior and is never going to bitch about playing too much but if that was his logic I’d have to…

    6. lavor postell

      @DRed

      If any other team was giving Jackson the keys to the kingdom and impunity to do whatever he wanted I doubt these guys wouldn’t be having a verbal circle jerk on how great of a decision this is. Obviously the Knicks and Dolan deserve a fair share of skepticism, but this whole idea that the grind of being a GM is going to destroy him is stupid. Granted there’s a lot of contract negotiation, cap planning, draft evaluation (we don’t need to worry about this!!) and overall roster construction that needs to happen, but I honestly believe you can do a lot of that sitting on a couch at home on your laptop given access to the kind of information I’m sure he’ll have at his disposal. He also will be hiring a GM to handle the contract and negotiation stuff he hates so I can’t buy that.

    7. d-mar

      Bill Simmons is a twerpy little dick who will never say anything positive about the Knicks. That will never change.

    8. yoda4554

      Obviously, in retrospect, Melo’s problems with D’Antoni look kind of silly (as he would now gladly embrace the role that he refused to play for D’Antoni back then – sort of like how Dwight Howard is fine playing the same system in Houston that he was offended that D’Antoni asked him to play in Los Angeles)

      That’s the most ridiculous thing about the D’Antoni-Anthony feud–Anthony has had the best two seasons of his career in the last two years precisely because he’s become a D’Antoni-esque stretch 4 instead of the Bernard-King-esque mid-range 3 he’d insisted on being throughout his career up until that point.

    9. Frank

      Just goes to show you that communicating with your players and getting them to buy into the team concept is just as important (if not more so) than Xs and Os. D’Antoni did great in PHX when he had a self-policing team and Nash, who everyone respected and who was conveniently the epicenter of the offense MDA wanted to run. His inability to get along with Melo and Kobe says as much about MDA as it does about Melo and Kobe.

    10. Brian Cronin

      Oh yeah, no doubt. Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree that it is on D’Antoni to communicate better with his players.

    11. Z

      Melo wants to meet Jackson before making decision on future

      Luckily Melo will be in LA on March 25th. That’s his only chance to meet him because Phil isn’t leaving LA, whether he takes the Knicks job or not!

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