Knicks Morning News (2015.08.24)

  • [New York Times] East Shows Its Better Than West in Head-To-Head Matchups (Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:52:44 GMT)

    Bragging rights for the regular season belong to the Eastern Conference.

  • [New York Times] Fever 80, Liberty 79: Liberty Keep Close but Fall at Indiana (Mon, 24 Aug 2015 02:45:35 GMT)

    Shenise Johnson hit a go-ahead jumper with 1 minute 32 seconds left to help defeat the Liberty, 80-79.

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    20 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.08.24)”

    1. Yesterday was a great day for me and my two sons. We had the chance to see and take pictures of some of the players from our beloved NY Knicks. Carmelo Anthony visited my hometown Loiza, Puerto Rico. We saw Melo, Allan Houston, Kristap Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Lou Amundson, Lance Thomas and Kyle Oquinn. I’ve been a NYK fan since 1989 and I really can say that yesterday was one of the happiest days of my sports life. #KnicksTape

    2. RK, That’s just awesome. I’ll be heading down to PR (San Juan) with the family just in time to miss the first 3 games of the season. I’m really looking forward to it. So, what was it like? Did they play a pickup game or just sign autographs?

    3. Thnx guys!!! I gotta say that they were really cool and down to earth. All of them were in good spirit, except maybe for Allan Houston and Lou, they were kind of serious and not engaging with the crowd much. They participated on Saturday of a celebrity softball game and had a private pick up game. I was expecting to see Phil and Fish because there were rumors of them coming, but they didn’t. Melo was really great with the kids and he seems to enjoy this type of things a lot. It was awesome seeing Kristaps, I took a picture of him with my youngest son (11 yrs old) and he was really nice with the kids. Kristaps is crazy tall…I’m 6’3″ and it was really impressive standing besides him.

      @GoNY I’m really glad you are making the trip to PR. You’re going to love it. Awesome places to visit, great music and great food. Don’t forget to visit “El Yunque Rain Forest” and tell someone to take you to Piñones to eat (ask for an Alcapurria and some mofongo…you’ll love it)

    4. I was in san juan visiting family 2 weeks ago, JUST missed them…damnit. But my jealousy aside that sounds amazing.

      (ask for an Alcapurria and some mofongo

      I second this, and also suggest a breakfast-diner spot called cafeteria Mallorca in old san juan…Spanish (as in spain Spanish) inspired pastry sandwich thingies that are amazing and cheap. 4 bucks there, and I can’t find one here in DC for less than 15$, which is both depressing and unsurprising.

    5. We booked our flights today. And yes, we are going to El Yunque ;) I’m taking notes so keep up with the suggestions!

    6. That’s awesome RicanKnick! I do have one question. Does Melo look as slim as he did at the start of camp last season or does he look closer to 240? Being that it’s so close to camp, how he looks could tell us whether or not he’s playing the 3 or 4 primarily. Before Summer League, I really really wanted Melo at the 4. After seeing what Porzingis can do, I want to see Porzingis get as many minutes at the 4 as Fish can afford to give him. That would mean starting Williams or O’Quinn at the 4. I love the fact that Melo has finally brought some teammates into the fold for his summer workouts. This could be huge. He’s proactively “leading” for once. And with him being an elder statesman, and the most accomplished Knick, I think this means a lot for team chemistry and success. I’m not suggesting that this team will be a top 5 or 6 team in the East because of it, but Melo has to be applauded for this. Maybe he really has bought into the system and is thinking, “I’ve got a lot of new teammates so I need to teach them what I know and find out what they can do and where they are most effective from”. After years of criticism, we are seeing another side to Melo as a player.

    7. @Totes Melo looked way slimmer than I expected him to be. He looks already in shape, but he doesn’t look big as to bully other players playing the 4. I think we are going to see a faster Melo playing mostly the 3. I was impressed by Kyle Oquinn, he looks tall and strong. Kristaps is just tall, he really needs to gain a “couple” of pounds. They have been posting pictures of them running in the island so I guess they are pretty much focused on being in shape for the start of the season.

    8. We booked our flights today. And yes, we are going to El Yunque ;) I’m taking notes so keep up with the suggestions!

      If anyone approaches you offering muni bonds paying 15%, just say no! (-:

    9. That’s awesome RicanKnick.

      My girlfriend who is a consultant travels the entire week. Last Monday, at JFK, she spotted and took a picture of Zinger. He was ridiculously tall and eating pizza at 8:30 in the morning! Presumably, that was his flight down to PR.

      She barely recognizes any ball players (except Soccer), but since I’ve watched so much of him on Youtube and during the SL, she knew it was him (that and being 7’3 is pretty hard to miss).

    10. @Totes Melo looked way slimmer than I expected him to be. He looks already in shape, but he doesn’t look big as to bully other players playing the 4. I think we are going to see a faster Melo playing mostly the 3. I was impressed by Kyle Oquinn, he looks tall and strong. Kristaps is just tall, he really needs to gain a “couple” of pounds. They have been posting pictures of them running in the island so I guess they are pretty much focused on being in shape for the start of the season.

      Awesome, thanks!

    11. Phil Files: Jackson scouting reports on all our free agent signings:

      Lots of praise, unsurprisingly, including a lengthy defense of the Derrick Williams signing. Phil clearly reads his press clippings.

      That was probably the most subdued Phil Files yet. It didn’t really go much for the bombastic over-the-top statements. Also, I am absolutely shocked that Rosen actually conceded that Lopez was not one of Jackson’s top choices. I was expecting some revisionist history there, like “I never really wanted Greg Monroe.”

    12. And because these guys will all be with the team at least through the near future, it’s largely sunshine and rainbows with them, as opposed to the harshness about JR and Bargs and some others in past installments.

      Given that he said Williams could maybe start down the road, and that he sees him more as a 3 anyway, I wonder who Phil sees as the starting 4. Zinger? O’Quinn? (He says O’Quinn could play PF or back up Lopez at C, and the Seraphin signing gives him more latitude to play KOQ elsewhere.)

    13. And because these guys will all be with the team at least through the near future, it’s largely sunshine and rainbows with them, as opposed to the harshness about JR and Bargs and some others in past installments.

      While true, I think that’s fair enough. I mean, that’s what the whole Phil Files is supposed to be, really, right? Promotion for Jackson in exchange for amazing access for Rosen.

    14. Bargs was fucking terrible and JR, while not without some real NBA skills, is still JR. Fuck em- why should Phil be particularly nice? And considering how awful and how unprofessional they were, respectively, I thought Phil was pretty lenient

    15. I don’t have a problem with the Phil files. It is totally consistent with my expectations for Phil, a known self-righteous blowhard with a long-established rep for using the press as a bully pulpit to wax philosophical about anything and everything. In fact, I absolutely love the fact that the Dolan Rules regarding media silence clearly don’t apply to Phil.

      That’s not to say that Phil doesn’t say some stupid shit. I mean, the 3-pt “how’s it goink?” comment was a red flag for dementia, or at least heavy hallucinogen abuse.

      And it’s never a good idea to give opposing teams/players locker room material for extra motivation, especially when you’re not on the sidelines.

      But that’s Phil. No reason to expect anything different.

    16. I don’t have a problem with the Phil files. It is totally consistent with my expectations for Phil, a known self-righteous blowhard with a long-established rep for using the press as a bully pulpit to wax philosophical about anything and everything. In fact, I absolutely love the fact that the Dolan Rules regarding media silence clearly don’t apply to Phil.

      That’s not to say that Phil doesn’t say some stupid shit. I mean, the 3-pt “how’s it goink?” comment was a red flag for dementia, or at least heavy hallucinogen abuse.

      And it’s never a good idea to give opposing teams/players locker room material for extra motivation, especially when you’re not on the sidelines.

      But that’s Phil. No reason to expect anything different.

      Absolutely agree. We knew we were getting it, so it’s fine by me.

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