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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.03.21)

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Down Wizards 116-103 (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:35:52 GMT)
    Wesley Matthews had 28 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Washington Wizards 116-103 on Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Warriors Withstand Scare to Beat Bucks 115-110 (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:29:56 GMT)
    Stephen Curry had 31 points and 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 29 and the Golden State Warriors moved 18 games over .500 for the first time in 20 years with a 115-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: Durant Scores 35 in Win (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:09:00 GMT)
    Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder held off a furious Cleveland comeback for a 102-95 win over the Cavaliers.    

  • [New York Times] In Late-Season Trial, Knicks Have Little Room for Error (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:53:38 GMT)
    The Knicks face a road-heavy 14-game schedule, with several matchups against strong teams, as they seek to make the playoffs at the expense of the Bobcats or the Hawks.    

  • [New York Times] Recalling Jackson’s Detour to New Jersey (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:18:43 GMT)
    Before he turned to coaching, Phil Jackson dabbled in announcing games on television as an analyst for the New Jersey Nets.    

  • [New York Times] Harden Leads Rockets Over Timberwolves 129-106 (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:33:05 GMT)
    James Harden had 28 points with eight assists and the Houston Rockets rolled to an easy 129-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Durant’s 35 Leads Thunder Over Cavaliers (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:56:59 GMT)
    Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder held off a furious Cleveland comeback for a 102-95 win over the Cavaliers.    

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Who should Phil keep, dump? (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 06:00:39 EDT)
    Phil Jackson saw the Knicks in person for the first time on Wednesday night. But he’s been watching the team from afar for several months. Jackson revealed during his introductory press conference that he’s been watching the team since Tyson Chandler went down with a leg fracture in early November. A source with knowledge of Jackson’s thinking said he was impressed with the play of Carmelo Anthony, Chandler, Iman Shumpert, Cole Aldrich, Tim Hardaway Jr.

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Rejuvenated team gets Pop of encouragement (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:13:03 GMT)
    Now we really know that the Knicks might be onto something special with this Phil Jackson hiring, that it might be the best $60 million Jim Dolan ever spent in his life.    

  • [New York Daily News] Time for Knicks to re-Phil: Roster overhaul will be toughest job (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:02:30 GMT)
    Phil Jackson broke the ice with his new team on Wednesday by telling the Knicks players they were the last group of Garden employees he had been introduced to since arriving in town on Monday.    

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Could Clyde glide into larger role under Phil? (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:49:16 GMT)
    Until Phil Jackson returned to the Knicks, Walt Frazier was the most visible, constant link to the glory days. Still, he is a voice confined to the broadcast side of the organization.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Rejuvenated team gets Pop of encouragement (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:13:03 GMT)
    Now we really know that the Knicks might be onto something special with this Phil Jackson hiring, that it might be the best $60 million Jim Dolan ever spent in his life.    

  • [New York Daily News] Time for Knicks to re-Phil: Roster overhaul will be toughest job (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:02:30 GMT)
    Phil Jackson broke the ice with his new team on Wednesday by telling the Knicks players they were the last group of Garden employees he had been introduced to since arriving in town on Monday.    

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Could Clyde glide into larger role under Phil? (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:49:16 GMT)
    Until Phil Jackson returned to the Knicks, Walt Frazier was the most visible, constant link to the glory days. Still, he is a voice confined to the broadcast side of the organization.    

  • 15 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.03.21)

    1. johnno

      I heard an amazing stat the other night — the Pacers starting lineup has played more minutes together this year than any 5 man combination in the league. They’ve played well over 1200 minutes together, while the Knicks’ most used group (I think that it’s Chandler, Melo, JR, Hardaway and Felton) has played less than 160 minutes together. That is an incredible difference. This year, their starters have missed a total of 7 games and their top 8 guys have missed a total of 19 games due to injuries. Over the last four years, other than Granger, not a single starter has missed more than 10 games in a season. In those four years, other than Granger, their top 8 players each year have combined to miss fewer than 40 games. I realize that they have a young athletic team, but young athletic guys get hurt all the time (Shumpert, Rose, Westbrook, Gordon, Griffin, Davis, etc.). I think that one of the most underrated things about the Pacers is their unbelievable run of good health/luck.

    2. johnno

      “Boy, you really did shoehorn Shumpert in that list at the end of your post…”
      Only because it’s a list of young athletic guys, not a list of great basketball players…

    3. Frank O.

      Maybe I’m wrong, but I think Shumpert is strong and quick, but he’s also a two-footed leaper often and I never get a sense from him that he is overly athletic as compared to the best young athletic players in the NBA.
      Actually, if he were more athletic he might be better than an average role player.
      But from what I can tell, his forays into the paint are hampered somewhat by is average athleticism.
      Maybe before the knee injury it was different, but not that much.
      He’s 6’5 and a very good athlete, so please don’t misread me. Anyone who gets into the NBA is a freak.
      But among NBA players, his athleticism doesn’t stand out.
      Everyone else on your list does to varying degrees.

    4. d-mar

      As it’s starting to sink in that Shump might just be a role player, I went back and looked at the 2011 draft. Here’s 3 players that were drafted after Shumpert:

      Faried 22
      Jimmy Butler 30
      Chandler Parsons 38

      Not to second guess the Shump pick, because there are plenty of other players picked after him that haven’t amounted to much, but it doesn’t seem as much of a home run pick as it used to, to say the least.

    5. lavor postell

      It’s weird though with Shump because he’s still quick enough on his feet to stick with most ball handlers. There are very few times I’ve seen anybody simply blow past him off the dribble unless it’s in the PNR, which it seems he’s gotten better with defending over the course of this season. He’s not the most athletic guy in the world, but he just looks awkward on offense as if he’s always in a rush to complete whatever move he’s doing. Additionally once he sets his mind on doing something nothing will deviate him from that course which is the worst when he is set on shooting and drives into the lane right into a shot blocker or pulls up for some awful 18 footer.

      There is no nuance or subtlety to his game offensively which seems to hurt him more than his inability to jump off of one foot. The game against the Pacers he missed a bunch of jumpers that looked rushed or forced and that were clearly predetermined. The one shot he made was the Melo kick out 3 in the fourth quarter which he was set for and took in the flow of the offense. A lot of his offensive struggles this season may have to do with feeling the need to prove his value with all the trade rumors flying around. If all he does is play like he did at the end of last season into the playoffs and never develops past that point that’s fine, because he was a productive player offensively that could hit spot up threes, occasionally take a guy off the dribble when he had a mismatch and was a fiend defensively.

    6. lavor postell

      @d-mar

      Don’t you think with a competent coach and front office Shump could be every bit as good as Butler? The only difference between the two in what I’ve seen is that Butler plays for one of the best coaches in the league and is used in a way to maximize his abilities whereas Shump hasn’t seemed to have a clear role at all this season.

    7. Frank O.

      I think he’s lost a year of development because his head was all screwed up. First, they messed with him with summer league ball, where they wanted to make him a point guard.
      Second, they messed with him when it became evident they Knicks were seeing JR as the 2, rather than Shump.
      Third, he suddenly found out the Knicks were shopping him around.
      Fourth, the team kept sending the message that offense was what justified starting, so he tried to be something that maybe he is not.
      Meanwhile, he was trying to recover fully from knee surgery.

      In each case, his confidence in himself and how he plays got pounded daily, and it became a cycle.
      As he played worse, it affirmed his lack of confidence, and so his spiral continued.
      Best thing that could happen to him is either a new coach, or a new team.
      Or a solid run where his role on the team is affirmed and they team begins to play well.
      His upside is not as obvious as it seemed before he blew out his knee.

    8. Frank O.

      Lavor:
      Totally agree with this.

      Don’t you think with a competent coach and front office Shump could be every bit as good as Butler? The only difference between the two in what I’ve seen is that Butler plays for one of the best coaches in the league and is used in a way to maximize his abilities whereas Shump hasn’t seemed to have a clear role at all this season.

    9. Frank O.

      But I also don’t think Butler is that good.
      His play has dropped off significantly from last year, and last year he was only a modestly effective role player.
      He’s sporting a TS% of .514 and an eFG% of .434.
      His FG% is a terrible .390 and from 3 he’s .271, and taking better than three per 36, and a total of about 10 shots per 36.
      Two steals per 36 and almost 5 boards per 36 is not bad.

      But saying Shump could be as ‘good’ as Butler isn’t exactly what we all were hoping for from him.

    10. lavor postell

      I think a lot of people had high hopes for Shump but getting a solid two-way role player late in the first round is a good return. If he wants to elevate his level of play Shump needs to get back to shooting like he did last year from 3, improve his decision making (coaches need to put him in a position where his decisions are simple) and drastically improve his ball handling.

      I think Shump is one of the 5 best rebounding guards in the league and like I said his defense during the winning streak and I thought for a bit before that is getting back to his previous standards. He has shown signs of much better awareness in defending the ball handler in the PNR and I haven’t seen nearly as many lapses in his off ball defense. It seems like he’s been far more active and successful in knocking the ball loose and getting steals as well during this run.

      Honestly the things that Shump needs to improve shooting, decision making and ball handling are the exact same things Murry needs to work on, but bringing those up to just league average standards for the both of them would allow us to play them together which would be a nightmare defensively.

    11. Frank O.

      lavor: from your post to god’s ears. ;)

      Honestly the things that Shump needs to improve shooting, decision making and ball handling are the exact same things Murry needs to work on, but bringing those up to just league average standards for the both of them would allow us to play them together which would be a nightmare defensively.

      But I think the coach or the scene needs to change. His confidence seems to be returning, but they will need to nurse that along.

    12. lavor postell

      @ Frank O.

      Unless we make some miracle run and win the title this year I think we’re definitely going to have Kerr as our head coach next season. Obviously how Shump fits and what his role is going to be is yet to be seen, but it seems he’ll have every opportunity to prove himself.

      One can hope the message will be received.

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