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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.04.27)

  • [New York Daily News] Kerr sought Parcells for coaching advice (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:31:46 GMT)
    Steve Kerr sounds serious about getting into coaching, and Phil Jackson isn’t the only sideline legend he’s been leaning on for advice about the profession. Kerr’s agent, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, said Saturday that he personally has not spoken with Jackson — and he wouldn’t divulge whether the TNT analyst already has met with his former Bulls coach since Mike Woodson was fired on Monday.

  • [New York Newsday] Frank Hamblen would gladly reunite with Phil Jackson in New York (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:41:40 EDT)
    Frank Hamblen was enjoying another warm day in Southern California recently. He was sitting on the patio that overlooks his pool, living the good life.

  • [New York Post] Agent says Kerr had coaching chat with Parcells (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 03:11:25 -0400)
    It turns out potential Knicks coaching target Steve Kerr has been preparing for his coaching debut for quite a while. Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who now is Kerr's…

  • [New York Times] Obama Denounces Reported Comments by NBA Team Owner as ‘Racist’ (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:29:34 GMT)
    President Barack Obama said on Sunday that comments reported to have been made by the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers basketball team were “incredibly offensive racist statements.”

  • [New York Times] Thunder Beat Grizzlies 92-89 in OT, Tie Up Series (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 05:38:51 GMT)
    Reggie Jackson came off the bench and outscored teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook by himself. The Oklahoma City Thunder needed every point from their top reserve to win yet another overtime game against Memphis.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Comments Linked to Sterling Put Clippers Players in Ethical Bind (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 03:39:43 GMT)
    Should the allegations of racist comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling turn out to be true, it will be fascinating to see how players on the Clippers and around the league respond.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Probing Racial Remarks Tied to Clippers Owner (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 03:08:20 GMT)
    The N.B.A. has started an investigation into racially charged comments allegedly made in a recording by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • [New York Times] James, Heat Top Bobcats 98-85 for 3-0 Series Lead (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 03:02:44 GMT)
    LeBron James stripped the ball at midcourt, raced the length of the floor and lifted off for a powerful one-handed dunk.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Commissioner Promises Swift Investigation of Remarks (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:45:04 GMT)
    Adam Silver said the league would move quickly as it tried to prove the authenticity of racially charged statements reportedly made by Donald Sterling, the Clippers’ owner.

  • [New York Times] Carter Beats Buzzer, Sends Mavs Past Spurs 109-108 (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:59:42 GMT)
    Vince Carter knew right away the exact date of the last time he had a buzzer-beating try in a playoff game ā€” 13 years ago.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A Roundup: Carter’s 3 at Buzzer Gives Dallas Series Edge (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:52:05 GMT)
    Vince Carter hit a 3-pointer from the corner as time expired to give the Mavericks a 109-108 victory over the Spurs and a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Wizards Relish the Playoffs and the Long Lines (Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:12:51 GMT)
    Some fans are suddenly aware that the Wizards exist and that the young team is the buzz of the N.B.A.

  • 51 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.04.27)

    1. danvt

      I just read a book called “The Human Stain” by Phillip Roth. In it, a college professor is run out of his job over a misunderstanding over race. In the book, the character is completely innocent. In fact (in the story) It turns out that he’s a black man who has been passing for white for fifty years.

      I’m not saying that the Donald Sterling situation is any way analogous, I have no idea, but I certainly don’t trust the media, or gossip web sites. Shawn Livingston’s reaction might be the most telling. Just the fact that he wasn’t surprised.

      I guess my mind is just blown that there could be an overtly racist NBA owner. I mean it’s 2014. People obviously are still biased in all kinds of ways, and make insensitive remarks based on ignorance all the time, but this? It’s so bad as to almost strain credulity.

      I guess the fact is, we’re living through a dark time. Fossil fuels on the rebound, denials of climate science, the supreme court allowing the unfettered takeover of elections by a monied elite, the end of affirmative action, 85 billionaires controlling 1/2 of the worlds wealth, and now, apparently, a light shone into the psyche of one of our industrial captains. Not a pretty sight. Goodness. Hard to believe. I hope it’s not true but I’m very frightened it is.

    2. johnlocke

      What do you mean by “overtly” racist? These comments were made in private to his gf, who recorded him. Having said that, he has also settled a case where the govt brought action that he was discriminating against blacks and Latinos in real estate dealings. Racists are a bane on our society, powerful, wealthy racists do real harm. If this recording is legitimate it is really horrible for the image of the league. Professional sports are one of the few billion dollar+ enterprises where the majority of the “workers” are minorities. To have one of the owners in this enterprise represent such ignorant comments is outrageous in so many ways. Curious to see what the NBA does on this one. Silver giving press conference at 8pm tonight.

    3. mokers

      I believe Sterling deserves due process, but nobody is going to cry any tears if he ends up selling the team over this, including him, who stands to earn millions on the sale. The problem with all of this is that it’s not really that surprising to anybody that this came from Sterling. Forget about being a possible racist and a possible slumlord, the players on his team kicked in to par for prostate cancer treatments for an assistant coach when the team said it wouldn’t pay for them. As sucky as Dolan is, he didn’t heckle his own players from courtside.

      In better news, it looks like another good day of NBA action. Wizards are looking pretty good and I think they will give Atlanta or Indiana problems.

    4. JK47

      It’s nice to see Donald Sterling getting raked over the coals today. What is happening to him today is the comeuppance he has had coming to him for a long, long time. Sure, due process and all, but Sterling is well known to be a true piece of shit.

      James Dolan is a doofus and he is embarrassing, but Sterling is on a whole other level. This is a truly awful human being we’re talking about here.

    5. ephus

      Warriors figured out how to play strong defense without Bogut. It’s called intensity.

      If the Warriors can do this with Lee at center, there is hope for the Knicks with Amare at the 4.

      Give Amare simple reads. Let him use his athletic ability trapping on the perimeter.

    6. Brian Cronin

      Harden takes some ugly long twos but damned if he doesn’t make way more of them than he should.

    7. lavor postell

      Yeah feel bad for Lin actually since he seems to be the Rockets’ designated scapegoat, but that was an awful sequence of events for him.

    8. Brian Cronin

      It really is a shame for either of these teams to lose. They legitimately are both playing really well.

    9. Brian Cronin

      Yeah, this whole “post up Dwight Howard every play automatically” idea is bizarre. McHale is such a terrible coach on offense.

    10. yellowboy90

      Can the Knicks find a UFA like Matthews? Wow. Who knew he was Toney Allen Light. I knew he was pretty good but wow. I could be prisoner of the moment but his stock has to be rising.

    11. Brian Cronin

      Matthews has been this good for a long time now. The Jazz really should have gotten a second year option on him when they first signed him (the Knicks know allll about that).

    12. yellowboy90

      Note to GMs: take a chance on Marquette players and shop Utah’s FAs. The Utah 3 in ATL and Matthews. I know the knicks have former players sprinkled in this playoffs too. I guess every team has them.

      One thing Reggie said caught my ear: He said Harden must be mad(at them posting up Howard) because he let Batum drive right by him during one play late in the 4th.

      I was like he must have been mad the whole series because has been doing that since game 1. Harden’s defense is really cringe worthy. He’ll get some deflections because of his length but other than that its a nightmare.

    13. Brian Cronin

      It’s super nuts just how close these two teams are. Simmons tweeted it and I agree – couldn’t you just watch these two teams play constantly? They’re both really good teams and they’re both so close to each other in quality that it is amazing to watch. I mean, for crying out loud, three overtime games out of four games played!!

    14. Farfa

      Can we agree that, as presently coached and motivated, Howard and Harden are not a good fit? Portland is playing really well, but come on, Houston has the two best players in the series (not by much, but Harden is a smidge better than Lillard – as of now – and Howard should be a tier better than Aldridge) and they don’t know how to play off each other’s strengths. Watch again the bucket by Howard to tie the game in regulation. Apart from the fact that this is how it should be done, their body language after the made bucket is truly awful. No chemistry there, and it’s not really a piece of news, since Howard is involved.

      Are we witnessing another case of Howarditis? Or is it more on McHale (who, again, I like very much as a person – even more after the loss of his daughter last year – but is not the right coach for this roster)?

      I was a fan of Harden but after his uneven play in these playoffs I don’t know what to think anymore. Maybe Harden was better in OKC if paired with Durant, and Westbrook would have thrived in Houston (not sure about that; still, Harden-Durant seems a much better pairing than Westbrook-Durant, for all parties involved).

    15. Brian Cronin

      Well, they were never a good fit, per se, but it was more a matter of them both being so talented that the team was still better off pairing them with each other than not adding Howard at all.

      Harden and Durant would definitely work better than Westbrook and Durant, but I dunno about Westbrook and Howard. I think you’d have the same basic problem you have now.

      I still think Howard probably made the right decision, though, as Kobe couldn’t even play this season. And where else was he going? I guess Dallas looks like the best bet in retrospect, as at least he’d have a great coach. Then again, SVG was a good coach and Howard was a dick to him.

    16. Farfa

      Yes, Howard and Houston probably made the right decision. I’m just wondering why he seems to be a dick everywhere he goes, what with all his talent and his basketball chops (he’s still a great player, and is smart enough to know his limits), since his behavior limits greatly the chances of success of his own team. I’m really in awe of all the times the mindset of a person is the only thing that stands between that person and success for himself and people surrounding him. I guess that’s only human.

      PS: Westbrook and Howard would have worked the same way offensively, that’s for sure. But the level of atrociousness Harden is displaying on defense is unrivaled, even for the jumpy habits of Westbrook.

    17. Brian Cronin

      I have no real answer for why Howard hasn’t figured it all out yet.

      It doesn’t help that he’d prefer a worse coach who coddles him then two better coaches (SVG is much better than D’Antoni, but they’re both better than McHale) challenged him.

    18. yellowboy90

      What was interesting is how everyone else was locked out of the offense because of Harden and Howard in the second half/OT.

    19. Z-man

      Morey is a really smart GM in a lot of ways, but this team is deeply flawed. I wonder if he’s ruing letting Dragic and Lowry go. Jeremy Lin at $15 million next year? Ugh!

    20. Z-man

      It’s also looking like the Howard deal is not panning out so well. I always felt that Howard was overrated, and don’t get why they went after him after signing Asik.

    21. Farfa

      I wouldn’t say that Howard is overrated as a player. He’s certainly a better center than anyone in the league, save for Noah and M. Gasol (both much more well-rounded but still not as dominant when locked in), so he’s between #1 and #3 in the list of 2014 NBA centers.

      I would say, however, that he is overrated as a teammate, as a cog, as a part of a five-man unit (or of a 15 people roster, or of a 50 people organization, counting coaches, GM, directors, scouts, etc.). As I wrote before, his behavior represents a major obstacle for his teams. In that sense, Asik is a better teammate, and probably Houston would be better served with Aldridge-Asik than Howard-Jones or Howard-Parsons or Howard-Motiejunas or whatever.

    22. Farfa

      I will not stop saying this: eye-test is not everything (see: countless inefficient wing scorers), analytics are not everything (see: RPM, which puts in the first 10 positions Nick Collison and Channing Frye, good role players and nice teammates by all accounts, but not building blocks). Body language is sooo important in evaluating a player.

    23. Z-man

      Not completely true, look at Lowry, his body language was awful in Houston. A coach, teammates, family situation can affect a player’s mood at any given time.

      At the end of the day, talent, skill, work ethic, health and B-Ball IQ trump all else. All of these things work their way into stats at some point.

    24. Brian Cronin

      And his first year in Toronto.

      Hell, for the first month of this season, too!

      Funny what not having to play with Rudy Gay will do for a guy. ;)

    25. Frank

      I only know one thing about these playoffs – the NBA has to start scheduling earlier games especially on the weekend. These Western conference games are awesome, and I have to be up at 6 every morning so can’t watch any of them. We should go to China’s system and just have 1 time zone for the whole country. At least for playoff season.

    26. Brian Cronin

      Ha! I know just what you mean, Frank. Heck, forget just staying up late, there’s not enough time to watch all of these great games! I had things to do Saturday and Sunday and while I didn’t miss much with the early Sunday games, I did miss out on a lot on Saturday!

    27. johnno

      “I would say, however, that he is overrated as a teammate, as a cog, as a part of a five-man unit (or of a 15 people roster, or of a 50 people organization, counting coaches, GM, directors, scouts, etc.). As I wrote before, his behavior represents a major obstacle for his teams. In that sense, Asik is a better teammate,”
      I guess Asik is a better teammate…if you ignore his public complaining about playing time, his public trade demands, the fact that his coach felt the need to bench him earlier this year for his bad attitude, etc… yeah, he’s a real team-first kinda guy.
      Re: whether Howard is over-rated — when people were calling him the second or third best player in the league, I thought that he was absurdly over-rated, since I never saw him play a game in which I thought that he was the best player on the court in the fourth quarter. If people are now saying that he is the third best center in the league and maybe the 25th best player, I think that he is properly rated. I still think that the video of him putting his arm around SVG and saying, “Where are these reporters getting the idea that I want you fired?” right after Van Gundy had just told reporters that Howard was trying to get him fired was one of the funniest sports clips I’ve ever seen.

    28. slovene knick

      The moment the Knicks were eliminated I said to myself that at least I get to focus on real life again…but damn those playoffs are dragging me back in to the hole. Super games…thank god for endless play reviewing, century long timeouts, blown calls by refs…if not for that the games would be to good to be true.
      And Frank…for us Europeans those early games are pure gold.

    29. Brian Cronin

      I think peak Howard was one of the five best players in the NBA. He just hasn’t been at peak level in years.

    30. Frank

      Meanwhile — all these reports about the meeting of Kerr and Phil — I’m loving it. Not just the fact that they’re meeting, but that by all appearances, these are 2 adults having a long conversation about organizational and basketball philosophy. Kerr isn’t someone (yet) who is just jumping at the chance to get into coaching — he’s making sure he understands what he’s getting into. And conversely, Phil is probably doing the same thing. This has the feeling of an actual methodical process, which is what it should be.

      Obviously we know nothing about Kerr as a basketball coach, but still – I’m 100% on board with him. He’s obviously a smart guy, worked his butt off as a player with limited athletic ability, believes in analytics (speaks at and attends the Sloan Conference every year I think), and has played for nearly a decade under the two best coaches in the last few decades. Hopefully Phil can close the deal.

    31. Brian Cronin

      I think the fact alone that he is desired by multiple good teams suggests that Kerr is legit. I can’t recall the last time a brand-new coach was this desired. Hmmm…hmmmm…Doc Rivers, maybe?

    32. johnno

      “Meanwhile ā€” all these reports about the meeting of Kerr and Phil ā€” Iā€™m loving it.”
      Not to mention that all of this openly talking to the media by both of then must be driving Dolan crazy…

    33. Farfa

      @40

      Exactly! Lowry is a wonderful player right now, but I wouldn’t want to add him unless I had a strong foundation or he came for the right price (20mln-3yrs). Too volatile, too ornery. I didn’t mean you have to overvalue body language. I meant that it has to be taken into account: I guess you shouldn’t think of a player as a superstar (or even a key player) if his body language is bad; otherwise, you could find yourself stuck in a relationship that could go awry in a very short time. In my previous comment, I was just trying to say that a true superstar is a guy who never quits on the game if things don’t go well for him, and that you can’t add people just on talent or numbers alone. In that sense, adding Howard was a risk (that had to be taken: imagine yourself to be a single man in his late 20s – early 30s and having a chance to date regularly Emily Ratajkowski, even if you knew she could be crazy, a possible cheater, and always self-centered. Would you avoid her before even trying? Not by chance. Should you stick with her to the bitter end just because she’s smoking hot although she’s ruining your life? Not by chance) only because we know too well his habits. Sadly, he confirmed them all.

      @44

      Asik is by all accounts a better teammate. Not a team-first guy, just a better teammate. His public demands never hurt anyone apart from his chances to really get traded (because his trade value got deflated by being publicly sold), and, well, on the floor he always gave his best. Yes I know, he refused to play one time and had to be benched and DNPed. Look, even Pippen once made a giant mistake when Phil designed a play for Kukoc and he didn’t get back on the floor; being an asshole once it’s human, it’s being an asshole very often that is childish.

      @ 45

      You told’em, boy. From a fellow European, there’s nothing better than a game scheduled on early times!

    34. Zanzibar

      July 1st, 2014 at the MSG Offices

      Paging Phil Jackson….Daryl Morey on line 1
      Paging Mr. Jackson….Gar Forman on line 2
      Paging Phil….Doc Rivers on line 3
      Phil…….Lala on line 4, says it’s urgent

      I think Kerr only takes Knick job because he realizes knowledge of the triangle is his key differentiator. If he’s successful implementing it here, he would have great value in the future; there really are no decent coaches who are familiar enough with the system to make it work. Pacers, for example, would have been an ideal candidate where everybody would have been involved not just on defense but offense as well. And Jax being in charge will give him every opportunity to make it work here. BTW the only reason Kerr has not been offered the job yet is so that he could continue in his current position (which pays well) for a couple more weeks.

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