Knicks Morning News (2017.04.01)

  • [NYDN] Knicks, without Anthony, Rose, play spoiler in win over Heat
    (Friday, March 31, 2017 10:02:53 PM)

    Anthony spent the first half on the bench and presumably watched the second half from the locker room.

  • [NYDN] Forget the triangle: Knicks’ greatest failure may be team defense
    (Friday, March 31, 2017 9:49:15 PM)

    While the Knicks were busy trying to make sense of Phil Jackson’s offense this season they ignored the other end of the court.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 98, Heat 94: On the Road, Knicks Earn a Rare Win Against the Heat
    (Saturday, April 01, 2017 3:35:18 AM)

    On a night when Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Lance Thomas did not play because of injuries, Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points, and the Knicks led almost the entire game.

  • [NYTimes] Lance Stephenson Hopes to Guide Pacers Back to Playoffs
    (Friday, March 31, 2017 11:16:26 PM)

    The 26-year-old guard, who signed a three-year deal with his former team, was brought back to play with the passion that made him a fan favorite in Indiana.

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose sit, and Knicks play spoilers
    (Friday, March 31, 2017 7:14:24 PM)

    MIAMI — Carmelo Anthony’s role Friday night was to sit on the bench in a gray suit. The Knicks took care of the rest. Anthony “rested” another game — his third in the last five games — as the Knicks finished their home-and-home versus the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday by cooling off the…

  • [NYPost] Why Jeff Hornacek wants Knicks to be more like Heat
    (Friday, March 31, 2017 9:39:09 AM)

    MIAMI — The 2016-17 Heat are the blueprint for Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek: An in-season turnaround can be made with a commitment to defense. It’s too late for this season, though Friday’s 98-94 stunner over the Heat was a first step. Hornacek garners hope the 2017-18 season won’t be as miserable once defense becomes the…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks show defensive consistency they lacked this season in win over Heat
    (Saturday, April 01, 2017 12:49:05 AM)

    MIAMI — The Knicks again will undergo changes after missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. One will be on the defensive end.

  • [SNY Knicks] Shorthanded Knicks come away victorious against Heat
    (Friday, March 31, 2017 11:04:18 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points, Courtney Lee added 20 and the New York Knicks led nearly the entire way in beating the Miami Heat 98-94 on Friday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] How would a Jimmy Butler trade impact Melo’s market?
    (Friday, March 31, 2017 12:30:04 PM)

    Bulls F/G Jimmy Butler will almost certainly be traded this offseason, according to an NBA executive.

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    48 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2017.04.01)”

    1. Willy Billaaaaayyyyyyyyyy, Willy Billy
      Willy Billy
      Willy Billy
      Willy Billy
      (watch it now, watch it)

    2. I’ve discovered our 2nd round sleeper pick. Not Frank Mason or a Euro stash either. Peter Jok is the guy we need in the 2nd round this year. There’s a chance he may go undrafted because he turned 23 on March 30th but the kid is legit. 6’6″ with long arms and he just won the college 3 point shoot out. Four year player out at Iowa and he did a little bit of everything as a senior with per 40 numbers of 25.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals. He’s old for a prospect but relatively new to basketball, and Ron Baker’s age and clear inability to play basketball doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a spot on this roster.
      https://youtu.be/H8tURA8WbZs

      That’s some film showing his strengths from his junior season. You can see the range on his jumper, the defensive potential, his ability to shoot off screens, the quickness of his release, and that he doesn’t need space or time to think in order to get his shot off. Jok can flat out ball. He ended up at Iowa because he tore his patellar tendon as a freshman in high school. North Carolina and Duke were recruiting him at that point, but they lost interest because of the 2 year recovery process. He reminds me a lot of Klay Thompson, and if I were a betting man I’d wager he goes on to have a better career than Malik Monk.

      Jok looks like what we need at the 2. He can play defense, he has good size, he’s a good rebounder, he can shoot the lights out, and he can create offense in a pinch. He also put up his numbers in a power five conference. Here’s his highlights against a very good Purdue team this year:

      https://youtu.be/hPzFEWnvODM

    3. Anytime you can take a flyer on an undrafted player that may be awesome, why not? Just depends if any of our scouts are looking at him. Might be though since Phil is probably still looking at winning now.

    4. This team can’t even execute a proper tank. Phoenix sits Bledsoe for the last 14 games of the season, and proceeds to lose almost every game and guarantee a bottom 3 spot. We rest our two “stars” Rose and Melo, and win.

      The difference is Bledsoe actually helps his team win, Rose and Melo, not so much.

    5. The three realistic choices I was cool with were Fox, Ntilikina and Isaac, but still, dropping to #6 or #7 would still suck, especially since it hurts their odds at getting to #2 for Ball.

      Cronin said this last night, and I have to agree. This draft has a bunch of good young prospects, and I have no idea which ones are going to develop, but I’m pretty confident that Lonzo has a very high floor.

    6. I’m “all in” on the triangle with the young guys.

      I’m assuming Frank is not going to be ready to contribute too much next year, but assuming he develops a bit and is getting steady rotation minutes by the 2nd half of the season, is he a PG or SG?

      That may be a critical question in terms of long range planning.

      First, no matter how you slice it, we need a starting PG. If Frank is not likely to be the PG of the future, then we have to make a move to get one.

      Second, we are also going to need some more scoring if Melo is traded and Rose walks. KP is not going to be able to carry the scoring load every night. He has trouble some nights being a solid #2 option. He’ll get better, but he will need help.

      I would WAY rather get the scoring from the new SF and get a more traditional play making PG. I think the old way of doing things is way better the new way where the PG is also a major scorer.

      But a lot depends on what Frank (or whoever we draft) can do and how ready he is. If that player is ready and plays SG, we could start Holiday for awhile and trade Lee. Lee, Melo, and possibly KOQ as trade assets should be able to net us some decent pieces. (though the thought of trading KOQ makes me slightly ill because I like him as a player and person).

    7. It’s stupid. You don’t even have to tell the players to let up. You just, with 5 minutes to play, put in one of (a) the 5 worst players in your line up, (b) the five worst guards, (c) the five worst forwards, or – if you are a sophisticated thinker – (d) the five players in your squad who work worst together. I’m pretty sure the Heat/Spoelstra can solve any of those in the time allowed and squeeze out a 4 point advantage.

    8. MMiranda from P&T noted that Lee has a similar shooting form to Ball. Somehow I didn’t notice it before.

    9. I’m assuming Frank is not going to be ready to contribute too much next year, but assuming he develops a bit and is getting steady rotation minutes by the 2nd half of the season, is he a PG or SG?

      He’ll be able to do both in our system, which is just fine by me since this system relishes backcourt players with the skillset to both find the open man and shoot the long distance jumper. Its the reason why I’d love to have a Luka Doncic next year. He’s also the type of “combo guard” who would thrive in this system.

    10. that last game of the season vs. Philly is going to be interesting!!!!

      Orl has Brooklyn tonight; lets hope that is a win.

    11. He’ll be able to do both in our system, which is just fine by me since this system relishes backcourt players with the skillset to both find the open man and shoot the long distance jumper. Its the reason why I’d love to have a Luka Doncic next year. He’s also the type of “combo guard” who would thrive in this system.

      Doncic would be amazing. Let’s hope that they’re in position to get Doncic.

    12. Tough break (no pun intended…well, no pun intended when I first wrote it, but then I guess since I know it is a pun, perhaps it has to be intentional now?) for Nurkic.

    13. So we have to root for another year of tanking? When can we just be regular fans again?

    14. @15

      I’m all in on team success after tanking next year for Doncic or Bonga or something.

      We make a playoff push the year after, when KP becomes an RFA, resign or extend him, and all our bad contracts come off the books that year or the next. It’s pretty much the ideal timing. We come out with a core of KP Willy Fox/Frank/Isaac, Doncic/Brown/Walker/Bonga

      That’s a pretty good base to build on imo. Of course this is presuming that Jackson doesn’t do anything stupid, which he probably will.

    15. I’m pretty ambivalent on team success next year. I don’t want to sign any high-priced free agents, that’s for sure. If we’re a decent team without doing so (seems unlikely but who knows) I definitely won’t complain, but there’s no reason to go out of our way to make it happen.

    16. If they had done a normal rebuild when Jackson took over, next season could have been the “try to win as much as you can” season, but since they didn’t, they have to keep the rebuild going at least another season. They probably won’t, because Jackson is, well, Jackson, but they should.

      By the way, I was playing with Tankathon, and the Knicks ended up with Monk way too many times for my tastes. The only times they didn’t get him in the 30 simulations I did was the 1 time they got into the top 3 (and took Ball), the 1 time they got #1 (and took Fultz) and the times when someone else took Monk ahead of them.

    17. By the way, I was playing with Tankathon, and the Knicks ended up with Monk way too many times for my tastes. The only times they didn’t get him in the 30 simulations I did was the 1 time they got into the top 3 (and took Ball), the 1 time they got #1 (and took Fultz) and the times when someone else took Monk ahead of them.

      Does anyone take their lottery valuations seriously? I just did one that had De’Aaron Fox being chosen number 10th overall.

    18. I think a point guard like Dennis Smith Jr. makes an immediate impact on the Knicks next year. Strong frame, speed, ability to penetrate, find the open shooter, shoot from outside (36%) and play defense when motivated. Can create his own shot and finish against contact with his 200 lb frame, which will undoubtedly get stronger since he’s only 19. He has a tendency to default to playing one on one but coaching and an early season talking to possibly takes care of that.

      I fear the Knicks will go after Monk or De’AronFox. Would be terrible fits. Monk is not a true PG and Fox can’t shoot (25% from college 3) and will not be able to speed his way to the rim like he does in college. No way he finishes at the rim with his frame against NBA front courts.

      There is some value in the 2nd round with guys like Monte Morris who is a true point guard and has a 6/1 assist to turnover ratio and is a 37% outside shooter. Great backup PG for the second unit right there who knows how to move the ball.

    19. The pick is obviously going to be Malik Monk. He’s the Knicksiest player projected to go in the top 10.

      It was always Malik Monk. He’s got all the attributes you want from a Knick: he’s a one-dimensional scorer who doesn’t play much defense. I’m sure there will be some “good for the Triangle” mumbo jumbo attached to him when the Knicks draft him.

      Welcome home, Malik.

    20. Does anyone take their lottery valuations seriously? I just did one that had De’Aaron Fox being chosen number 10th overall.

      They do seem unreasonably down on Fox.

    21. Tankathons rankings aren’t reliable I’m pretty sure. They also do rankings based on “need” before the NCCA tournament is even over or the NBA season is over so it’s not too reliable

    22. Fox reminds me a bit of Michael Carter Williams coming out of Syracuse. Bad shooter who gets most of his points on fast breaks and would make some flashy passes but turn the ball over every other time. Height and speed were the attributes that enamored him with NBA execs at the time. I don’t think anyone would pick MCW 10th in an NBA draft now.

    23. MCW was (and is) a terrible defender and he never had good court vision, which Fox has in spades.

      Fox might not be a star, but he’s not going to be as bad as MCW.

    24. MCW was (and is) a terrible defender and he never had good court vision, which Fox has in spades.
      Fox might not be a star, but he’s not going to be as bad as MCW.

      MCW had a positive DRPM in his whole career. He’s also a little bit below average in DBPM (except this season) and his DWS are kinda average too.

      His assists peaked at 7.8 per 36 with a 40 ast% in 2014-15

      I guess MCW is a good comparison for Fox if everything goes wrong.

    25. After the game Ron Baker said that everyone was playing together, “hair on fire.” Could this be the start of a new trend?

    26. You guys like McGrady being in the HOF? (Like him over Webber?) (Like Webber over Shawn Kemp?)

    27. Also after the game Hornacek was positively glowing about Baker. I think that he’ll be with us for many years to come.

    28. You guys like McGrady being in the HOF? (Like him over Webber?) (Like Webber over Shawn Kemp?)

      Good questions. I should think that of the three Kemp belongs there first based on pure achievement. He was a great PF in his day during an era that saw Charles Barkley and Karl Malone play. A shame his extracurricular activities got the better of him as he aged. To me, Chris Webber belongs there before T-Mac too. He’d have led that Princeton offense-oriented Sacramento team to a championship if it weren’t for fishy officiating.

    29. Advanced defensive stats just aren’t good measures.
      Fox will be better imo.

      And I think t-mac should be HOF. Tons of players have made it so w/e

    30. The Basketball Hall of Fame just doesn’t make any sense, so I can’t complain about anyone getting in.

    31. Oh the nets beat the magic guys.

      It’s a perfect storm of one team trying to lose and the other team having no incentive to lose.

    32. That was the most pathetic end to a college basketball game in recent memory. Wow.

    33. Jordan Bell didnt box out 2 times in a row. complete lack of awareness, desire, heart. pathetic really.

    34. We’re set for the #5 or 6 pick barring some truly Pyrrhic victories

      We’re in a good spot.

    35. as a UNC alum I’m obligated to shill for Justin Jackson.

      Not sure where he’s getting drafted–his #13 spot on DX is not reflected in any other NBA draft board (most have him in the mid 20s.)

      Would love to spend a pick on him if we can get a late first and we draft a guard with our first.

    36. We have to find a way to add Harry Giles if he’s a mid to late first rounder and he’s healthy. I’d move Melo for a draft pick to get him. The guy had number one overall draft pick talent before the knee problem.

    37. The Basketball Hall of Fame just doesn’t make any sense, so I can’t complain about anyone getting in.

      What he said. If Iverson is in T Mac should be in. I think C Webb had too short a career and probably wasn’t good enough.

      Kennedy Meeks baby. How can you not love the guy? He was born to be a Riley Knick.

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