Knicks Morning News (2015.09.25)

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: World Peace Returns to Los Angeles (Fri, 25 Sep 2015 04:03:46 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed forward Metta World Peace, who won a championship with the Lakers in 2010 when he was still known as Ron Artest.

  • [New York Times] Los Angeles Lakers Sign Metta World Peace (Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:25:15 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers are giving Metta World Peace another chance.

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    33 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.09.25)”

    1. Yesterday someone pointed out (correctly I think) that Anthony Bennett, at 6’8″ with a 7’1″ wingspan, is not small for a power forward in today’s NBA. In the NY Post, there are pictures of Porzingis walking the streets of New York yesterday. When I saw them, something really jumped out at me (probably because the pictures of him standing next to “normal-sized” human beings were so jarring — he is really really long) — if he’s playing power forward at 7’3″ with about a 7’6″ wingspan, he has the potential to create some real mismatch problems for guys the size of Bennett (regardless of how much stronger they might be than he is).

    2. I guess this counts as good news?

      Derek Fisher on #Knicks F Carmelo Anthony: “He is healthy and feels good about his body and where he sees himself going.”

      Where does he see himself going – Chicago, LA? We can only hope!

    3. @TimBontemps
      Steve Mills says Kristaps Porzingis was watching film of Usain Bolt to improve his running technique.

      Great tweet, or greatest tweet?

    4. How were you pumped up by the press conference? My interpretation of what I heard:

      Phil “I’m going to talk to Derek more. He seems to be lost”
      Derek: “Yeah, I’ve got no clue”
      Steve: “But Derek tries hard.”
      Phil: “I really wanted to stay away so nobody would figure out that I’m senile.”
      Steve: “I just want to be relevent. I’m not senile.”
      Derek: “I don’t even know where to start about learning how to coach. I’m totally lost.”
      Phil: “We got a bunch of different players we think will be good. We got…what’s his name?”
      Steve: “Derek comes in early and leaves late.”
      Derek: “I’m going to give the players Tex Winter’s notebook and hope they’re smarter than me.”
      Phil: “We got Sasha because he might remember what I told him that stuff in the notebook all meant back in the day. At least someone will remember.”
      Steve: “I’m supposed to say something now. Right?”
      Derek: “I’m just waiting for Kobe to come to the Knicks to play with Melo.”
      Phil: “I like Kobe, Maybe we can get him. I’ve been shmoozing him.”

    5. Don’t burst my bubble yet, dude. Let the fantasy live until at least preseason game #3. For now:

      Zinger: ROTY, future immortal
      Grant: Clyde reborn
      O’Quinn: an articulate Oak
      Lopez: Tyson who?
      Melo: 27ppg, 8rpg, 5apg, 30 usg%, .600TS% MVP
      Afflalo: JR with a brain
      Gallo: 3 and D
      Jose: 3 and no D
      Thanasis: D and no 3
      Cle: No 3 and no D
      Vuj: irritant, placeholder for call-up (Trice? Saunders?)
      Lou and Lance: DNP-CD
      Seraphin: 10 and 5 in 15
      DWill: Most improved
      Atkins: DWill insurance

      Ok, 43 wins

    6. THE METS!!!!!!!

      Mets fan here. I don’t want to get too much into talking baseball, but it’s so satisfying to see them win after embracing advanced statistics and committing to a true rebuild. The Madoff scandal ended up being a blessing in disguise, because it forced the Mets to play Moneyball, also known as “not being stupid.” The Mets did what I have always hoped and dreamed for the Knicks to do by committing to that long and steady rebuild.

    7. Clippers just made one of the more interesting deals of the year — signing Nikolz Tskitishvili, one of the biggest draft busts of all time. He’s been out of the league since 2006 and is now 32 years old. He’s had a very good career overseas and now wants to prove that he can play in the NBA. I hope he makes it. I love stories like this.

    8. Kostas Papanikolaou finally waived by Denver.

      I’d like to see him given a shot, but I really don’t think they plan on adding anyone until midseason.

    9. Papa is pretty much a tweener SF-PF, so we pretty much have that covered with DWill.

      Next two weeks: Mets and Yanks playoff baseball, Jets and Giants football, Knicks preseason basketball. Does it get any better?

    10. Clippers just made one of the more interesting deals of the year — signing Nikolz Tskitishvili, one of the biggest draft busts of all time. He’s been out of the league since 2006 and is now 32 years old. He’s had a very good career overseas and now wants to prove that he can play in the NBA. I hope he makes it. I love stories like this.

      Very interesting. Hope it works out for him.

    11. I don’t think Minaya was terrible, but he’s been gone a while, and definitely wore out his welcome by the time he was sent packing. Alderson deserves nearly all the credit for this team. he’s been really good.

    12. Minaya would have never traded Dickey for the massive haul that Alderson got, and he probably would have traded most of the good young pitching away for like John Lackey or something. Minaya did not have even a cursory knowledge of advanced stats and by the time he got fired the team was a dumpster fire.

    13. Minaya added Harvey, Degrom, Matz, and Niese. Also Familia and Robles. Duda, Murphy, Flores, Tejada, Lagaras too. All of these were through scouting, not via high priced free agent acquisitions.

      This is not to take away from Alderson who has been great! Is it too soon to say that this could be the beginning of a fantastic 5 year run? What will it cost us to keep Cespedes? Damn Madoff!

    14. Harvey, Matz and deGrom are studs. Familia is also excellent so far. Robles has potential, but too early to tell.

      Niese, Duda, Murphy, Lagares, Tejada and Flores are good, but very replaceable players.

      Minaya clearly did a decent job of restocking the farm system and getting the Mets back to contention, but bungled many other aspects of his job 2007-2010.

      Alderson brought in Granderson, Cespedes, Uribe, Johnson, Syndegaard, Colon, d’Arnaud, Conforto, Reed, Clippard, Wheeler, etc. He seems to trade players at the right time and has avoided the big boom or bust trades. He’s done wonders with a modest total payroll. I like Terry Collins, and I like the vibe of this team.

      The hard work is yet to come for Alderson, but I really like what he’s done so far.

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