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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.05.01)

  • [New York Daily News] Bulls will reportedly make a move for Melo, who meets Jackson over dinner (Thu, 01 May 2014 03:48:24 GMT)
    Phil Jackson’s old team is set to battle his new team for All Star forward and free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony. The Chicago Bulls season ended on Wednesday with a first round loss to the Washington Wizards and according to sources the club is expected to make a run this summer at Anthony.

  • [New York Times] Howard, Lin Lead Rockets Over Blazers 108-98 (Thu, 01 May 2014 05:41:45 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin was so unhappy with his performance in Houston’s Game 4 loss to Portland that he hardly slept at all after the game.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Parker Helps Spurs Take Series Lead (Thu, 01 May 2014 04:33:50 GMT)
    The point guard had 23 points and San Antonio took a 3-2 lead in their series with the Mavericks.

  • [New York Times] Atlanta Hawks Stress Their System While Leading Their Series (Thu, 01 May 2014 04:32:51 GMT)
    Not only do the eighth-seeded Hawks lead top-seeded Indiana, 3-2, but they have dictated style and pace, rendering the Pacers baffled and frustrated.

  • [New York Times] Raptors 115, Nets 113: Nets’ Exhilarating Rally Ends in Excruciating Fashion (Thu, 01 May 2014 04:32:41 GMT)
    The Nets scored 44 points in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors slipped away to take a 3-2 series lead behind the effervescent play of Kyle Lowry.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Blow 26-Point Lead but Beat Nets 115-113 (Thu, 01 May 2014 04:14:41 GMT)
    Kyle Lowry’s prolific offense carried the Toronto Raptors to a big lead, and his defensive smarts saved the game.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beats Mavs 109-103, Take 3-2 Series Lead (Thu, 01 May 2014 03:50:39 GMT)
    Tony Parker was nursing a sprained left ankle and playing a critical playoff game on no sleep only hours after the birth of his first child.

  • [New York Times] D’Antoni Resigns From Lakers (Thu, 01 May 2014 03:27:01 GMT)
    Mike D’Antoni resigned Wednesday after less than two seasons as the Lakers head coach, walking away from the one year and $4 million left on his contract.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni Resigns (Thu, 01 May 2014 02:41:42 GMT)
    D’Antoni, the Lakers’ fourth head coach in less than three years, resigned Wednesday after less than two seasons on the job.

  • [New York Times] Stars’ Newest Must-Have Item: The Clippers (Thu, 01 May 2014 01:03:03 GMT)
    The Los Angeles Clippers franchise, which may be for sale soon, finds itself in a disorienting position: as the toast of Los Angeles and a coveted commodity in professional sports.

  • [New York Times] Famous Bidders Already Lining Up for LA Clippers (Thu, 01 May 2014 00:41:46 GMT)
    If Donald Sterling is compelled to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the list of potential buyers has more stars than their roster.

  • 29 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.05.01)

    1. Brian Cronin

      It’s crazy how the NHL Playoffs so far have almost been as good as the NBA Playoffs! We’re lucky fans this year (well, except for the Knicks not being in the playoffs, of course).

      If the Hawks win tonight, then there is a guarantee that either the Hawks or the Wizards will be in the Eastern Conference Finals. High-larious.

    2. Brian Cronin

      “Millsap! DeRozan! It’s the Hawks vs. the Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals here on ABC!”

    3. Knicks4Eva

      I have a question about the Felton gun charges situation.
      There was a lot of talk about the gun laws in NY State/City and how strict they are.
      Is it possible that a conviction would let the Knicks release him and have his salary no longer restrict them? Perhaps through a clause in his contract?

    4. d-mar

      @2 LOL I think Adam Silver wakes up at night in a cold sweat with that line running through his head.

    5. stratomatic

      There was a lot of talk about the gun laws in NY State/City and how strict they are.
      Is it possible that a conviction would let the Knicks release him and have his salary no longer restrict them? Perhaps through a clause in his contract?

      Finally, a legitimate unemotional argument for stricter gun control laws backed by a thorough unbiased interpretation of the stats. :-)

    6. GoNyGoNYGo

      @3
      See sections 16a and 16g of the NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION UNIFORM PLAYER CONTRACT.

      The short answer is he can be terminated for it. Then he goes through waivers. In the end, the team doesn’t have to pay the player.

      The rub is that nobody is really sure what the impact of this would be on the salary cap. It’s never been used, although it has come close. The Gilbert Arenas case was the most recent and also, when Latrell Spreewell choked PJ Carlisimo.

      By the way, Felton’s contract is 4.36M in 14-15 and he has a 4.54 player’s option in 15-16.

    7. Knicks4Eva

      @6, thanks.

      Obviously if it would remove his salary from the cap then it seems likely to be a good idea…provided there’s a better-defending point guard available in the range.

    8. lavor postell

      Giving Felton a player option on the fourth year and that trade in general was the worst move of Grunwald’s tenure. If we can’t move him this summer, which I don’t think we’ll be able to do, I’m going to pray that Felton just has a complete outlier season and goes bonkers shooting like 45% from the field, 40% from 3 and plays average defense.

    9. Frank

      Giving Felton a player option on the fourth year and that trade in general was the worst move of Grunwald’s tenure. If we can’t move him this summer, which I don’t think we’ll be able to do, I’m going to pray that Felton just has a complete outlier season and goes bonkers shooting like 45% from the field, 40% from 3 and plays average defense.

      Don’t forget the Bargnani trade was under his watch. We’d all love to blame it on Dolan but there really isn’t any evidence of that other than no one wants to believe GG would sign off on it.

      And really don’t forget the Novak 4th year – also totally unnecessary, and was probably one of the impetuses for trading for Bargnani ie. to clear Novak’s 2015 salary.

      Grunwald did a lot of things right – namely swooping in to steal Tyson Chandler from Golden State, signing the geriatric boys from last year (who apparently had a lot to do with the team’s success), picking up J-Lin, and also Chris Copeland. But man were those Felton/Novak contracts awful.

    10. hoolahoop

      Crazy as you all may think I am, I still think Felton can turn it around.
      Larry Brown and MJ were really high on him. Not to say an upgrade wouldn’t be nice, but when he’s on, he’s decent. Maybe, off the bench he can contribute. But I’d hate to see Prigs lose minutes.

    11. Kahnzy

      Crazy as you all may think I am, I still think Felton can turn it around.
      Larry Brown and MJ were really high on him. Not to say an upgrade wouldn’t be nice, but when he’s on, he’s decent. Maybe, off the bench he can contribute. But I’d hate to see Prigs lose minutes.

      I agree he’d make an ok backup, but we still need a better starter. Especially defensively.

    12. hoolahoop

      With PJ and Kerr at the helm, and Melo on board with a fresh start, I can almost get excited about next season.

    13. d-mar

      Man, Lowry or Teague would have been such HUGE upgrades over Felton.

      I know we all didn’t want to give up a draft pick, but where exactly are we going to find a quality PG for next season and beyond?

    14. Kahnzy

      Hibbert rode the bench for most of that game, including the final 6-7 minutes. Probably won them the game doing that. It’ll be interesting to see if Vogel does it again in game 7.

    15. lavor postell

      Hibbert rode the bench for most of that game, including the final 6-7 minutes. Probably won them the game doing that. It’ll be interesting to see if Vogel does it again in game 7.

      More interesting is what they do against Washington. It wasn’t just that Hibbert did nothing defensively, but he has been completely terrible offensively as well. If they go small against Washington they’ll have some success, but Gortat and Nene will eat them alive inside. If they play big with Hibbert they are sacrificing a lot on offense against a team which is way better defensively than the Hawks.

    16. Brian Cronin

      It’s hilarious how Cope is now a regular rotation member all of a sudden (and playing well).

      Honestly, I think it is just that it is a bad matchup for Hibbert because Antic can shoot the three. If the Pacers win this series, I imagine Hibbert will be a lot more valuable against Gortat/Nene.

    17. Brian Cronin

      Great play by Curry. Warriors up one, shooting one free throw with 0.4 seconds left. He missed the shot badly enough to run the 0.4 seconds off of the clock to end the game.

    18. Kahnzy

      Great play by Curry. Warriors up one, shooting one free throw with 0.4 seconds left. He missed the shot badly enough to run the 0.4 seconds off of the clock to end the game.

      That’s a lot harder to pull off than most casual fans think to0. Remember this?

    19. dtrickey

      How about Iggy in the 4th? That turn around fade away over Jordan was huge. It’s a nice luxury to have a guy like Iguodala around when the Splash Bros. shoot like shit for most of the game. Not that he’s lights out, but rather a pretty handy contributor. We are being spoilt with 3 confirmed game 7′s and a very big possibility for 6 in the first round.

      I think if the Hawks get game 7, you can all but lock in Miami for the Finals.

    20. Brian Cronin

      That’s a lot harder to pull off than most casual fans think to0

      Oh definitely, that’s why I thought it was such a great play. Lots of players try that and they can’t get the accuracy Curry had on his shot. I mean, it helps that it was one of the top shooters in the league being asked to be accurate, ya know?

    21. Frank

      one of the dumbest ESPN articles I’ve read in a while — and that’s really saying something:

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/10869813/new-york-knicks-carmelo-anthony-call-phil-jackson-bluff

      If I were Phil Jackson and I had already said I need a knee replacement and that I physically can’t coach, and Melo came to me with an ultimatum, I’d tell him — see you later a**hole, then leak that ultimatum everywhere to the press. What is wrong with this writer?

    22. Brian Cronin

      One of the worst parts of the article is where she starts discussing possible free agents the Knicks could sign if Anthony took a hefty discount. The Knicks are so far over the cap that Anthony could literally make the league minimum and the Knicks would still be slightly over the cap. How does she not know that?

    23. lavor postell

      He’s been reminded a lot how his friends and contemporaries like LeBron and Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Chris Paul, have already won titles or pulled closer than he has.

      Chris Paul, he of the 2 playoff series wins and zero appearances in a conference finals. That was my favorite part.

    24. Brian Cronin

      She at least gave herself some wiggle room there, as “or pulled closer” is suitably vague as to mean whatever she wants it to mean (although yes, it was obviously a weird point to throw Paul in there). But not knowing what the Knicks’ cap space looks like this offseason? She took the time to look at a list of free agents but she couldn’t take the time to look at the Knicks’ cap situation?

    25. Frank

      Yeah the article is just ridiculous. Then when someone called her out on Twitter re: her “understanding” of the salary cap situation she wrote back: “Yes thanks, do know. But this isn’t roster Phil keeps. Trades, backloaded deals, etc. Ur right: Lowry not cheap”

      I’d like to know what possible trade in this world includes the Knicks keeping Melo and being able to land anything that looks like Kyle Lowry. We can’t receive players in S&T if Melo stays. We have no trade assets that anyone actually wants other than players we need to keep. (I’m not counting Tyson as a trade asset since no team that has the cap room to absorb him without sending salary back wants a 30 year old declining center as a 1 year rental). We have no draft picks to sweeten any deals.

      Backloaded deals? Does she even follow the NBA?

    26. Brian Cronin

      Wow, even called on it she can’t just cop to having made a mistake? I hate that stuff.

    27. pablopilot

      Sign ‘n’ trade Melo + JR to Chi for Boozer and 2 or 3 #1s!!!! See if you can somehow throw Felton into the mix, and while your at it, Bargnani. Kind of the reverse of the trade we made getting Melo from DEN….

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