Knicks Morning News (2017.06.30)

  • [NYDN] Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin to interview for Knicks presidency
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:31:38 PM)

    The Knicks have eyes on Masai Ujiri, but the man recently jettisoned by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert could also be considered.

  • [NYDN] Jeff Hornacek, Knicks aren’t completely abandoning triangle 
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:25:10 PM)

    On the surface, nothing really had changed for the Knicks.

  • [NYDN] Hard to believe Isiah Thomas is out of mix for Knicks’ job
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:25:04 PM)

    Dolan has made it known that Thomas is his friend and that he values his opinion.

  • [NYDN] John Calipari denies rumored interest in Knicks presidency
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 7:27:39 PM)

    Calipari might be ready to try his hand at the NBA again.

  • [NYDN] Knicks spell Frank Ntilikina’s name wrong on jersey
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:44:21 PM)

    Maybe they should’ve drafted Malik Monk.

  • [NYDN] Isiah Thomas says he’s ‘not interested’ in joining Knicks
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:03:37 PM)

    Isiah Thomas isn’t interested in a Knicks reunion — or so he says.

  • [NYDN] Knicks aren’t even good at selling jerseys right now
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:17:55 AM)

    The Knicks can’t even compete in selling gear these days.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Ntilikina misses Summer League practice with knee injury
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:08:54 AM)

    Knicks top draft pick Frank Ntilikina missed Thursday’s Summer League practice because of a bruised knee.

  • [NYDN] Inside Phil Jackson’s tumultuous three years as Knicks president
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:34:00 AM)

    Former Knicks president Phil Jackson was the highest paid part-time consultant in NBA history — and a three-season disaster.

  • [NYDN] Isiah Thomas a ‘dark horse’ candidate after Carmelo outlasts Phil
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 7:01:48 AM)

    Jackson’s next book is going to be a doozy, assuming of course that his divorce settlement with James Dolan doesn’t include a gag order.

  • [NYDN] 10 worst moves Phil Jackson made as Knicks president
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 6:18:52 AM)

    Phil Jackson made plenty of bad decisions with the Knicks, but here are his worst 10.

  • [NY Newsday] Report: Former Cavs GM David Griffin on Knicks’ list of possible replacements for Phil Jackson
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:35:44 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — The Knicks are assembling a list of candidates to replace Phil Jackson as president, and former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin is on it, according to an ESPN.com report.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks no longer looking for players to fit a system
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:08:09 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeff Hornacek said he texted Carmelo Anthony after Phil Jackson’s presidency ended on Wednesday. But when he was asked if he wants Anthony on the roster next season, Hornacek paused a few seconds, and he never said yes.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks draft pick Frank Ntilikina sits out practice with sore knee
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 7:45:38 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Frank Ntilikina stood on the side with ice wrapped around his right knee as the Knicks’ summer league team went over some plays at the end of practice.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Is Isiah Thomas going back to the Knicks?
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 5:42:01 PM)

    The Daily News Live panel discusses the report about whether Isiah Thomas is a contender to return to the Knicks front office.

  • [SNY Knicks] Isiah Thomas says he is not interested in becoming Knicks president
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 5:29:36 PM)

    New York Liberty president Isiah Thomas said in a tweet on Thursday that he is not interested in becoming the Knicks’ president.

  • [SNY Knicks] Frank Ntilikina sits out Summer League practice due to injured knee
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:29:59 PM)

    Knicks’ first-round pick, PG Frank Ntilikina, sat out of practice Thursday due to a bruised knee, per NY Daily News’ Stefan Bondy.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks interested in PG George Hill
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:03:44 PM)

    The Knicks are reportedly interested in Utah Jazz PG George Hill, per ESPN’s Ian Begley.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks focused on free agency, not Jackson’s replacement
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:18:41 AM)

    Rather than focus on Phil Jackson’s replacement, the Knicks are going to focus on free agency over the next few weeks, per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

  • [SNY Knicks] New York Sports Today: Knicks remain intent on trading Carmelo Anthony
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:01:49 AM)

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Jeff Hornacek Tries Being Tactful About the Triangle
    (Friday, June 30, 2017 12:52:13 AM)

    A day after Phil Jackson’s exit, Hornacek said the team’s offense would be a blend of last year’s plus some new things.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks Again Find Themselves at a Crossroads for Free Agency
    (Friday, June 30, 2017 1:23:05 AM)

    With Phil Jackson gone, the team has many options for the roster that center on how quickly they need to move on from Jackson’s play style.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Phil Jackson’s Beloved Triangle: A Symbol of Hubris
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:27:45 PM)

    The offense became more than just a system of basketball; it became a three-sided prison.

  • [ESPN] Sources: Griffin, Knicks talk front-office position
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:40:40 PM)

    Sources: Griffin, Knicks talk front-office position

  • [ESPN] Calipari makes inquiry to Knicks, sources say
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 6:58:44 PM)

    Calipari makes inquiry to Knicks, sources say

  • [ESPN] Knicks’ next move? Free agency, Melo take priority over president search
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:45:20 AM)

    Knicks’ next move? Free agency, Melo take priority over president search

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ top pick already having trouble staying on the court
    (Friday, June 30, 2017 12:37:39 AM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — For French rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina, when it rains, it pours. Not only is the guy who drafted him six days ago no longer around, but Ntilikina has barely gotten on the court during the first two days of summer-league practice because of a bruised right knee. It hasn’t been determined…

  • [NYPost] What offense will Knicks run post-triangle?
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:45:51 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Phil Jackson’s triangle offense is not dead and buried, but it’s moving toward life support. As pre-planned, the Knicks ran a bunch of triangle sets during summer-league practice Thursday, but it’s a long way until late September. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, trying to be deferential to his ousted boss, said he can…

  • [NYPost] Knicks will interview former Cavaliers GM David Griffin: report
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 7:23:05 PM)

    Tim Leiweke, the former Staples Center executive who is heading the Knicks’ presidential search, apparently listens to Jerry West. After West contacted Leiweke to endorse David Griffin, the former Cavaliers general manager contacted the Knicks and will be among the initial interviews, according to an ESPN report. West, a Clippers adviser, had a poor relationship…

  • [NYPost] Knick accused of choking woman says she launched attack on his ‘private parts’
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 6:00:05 PM)

    A Knicks player who is being sued for choking a woman outside a downtown Manhattan bar says that he’s the real victim — and that the woman launched an attack on his “private parts.” In a new court filing released Thursday, Knicks forward Kyle O’Quinn told a very different story from his accuser, Brooklyn resident…

  • [NYPost] Dysfunctional Knicks misspelled first-round pick’s name on jersey
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 2:40:36 PM)

    If you thought the firing of Knicks president Phil Jackson would mark the beginning of the organization getting its act together, you might want to think again. The Knicks’ No. 8-overall draft pick, Frank Ntilikina, arrived to one of his first summer-league practices Wednesday to find his last name misspelled on his jersey. What was…

  • [NYPost] Isiah Thomas makes statement about Knicks vacancy
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:16:31 PM)

    Isiah Thomas has “no interest” in replacing Phil Jackson as the Knicks’ president of basketball operations, according to Thomas himself,

  • [NYPost] If this is Jeff Hornacek’s best case for Carmelo Anthony, yikes
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:50:55 AM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Phil Jackson is gone, but Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek fell short of giving Carmelo Anthony a full-blown endorsement in regard to his return next season. Asked directly if Anthony will be on the Knicks next season, Hornacek didn’t offer his support. “Carmelo’s a great player,’’ Hornacek said during a wide-ranging interview Thursday…

  • [NYPost] Knicks draft hope’s last week: Hurt knee and backer got fired
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:00:30 AM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. – For French rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina, when it rains, it pours. Not only is the guy who drafted him six days ago no longer around, but Ntilikina has barely gotten on the court during the first two days of summer-league practice because of a bruised right knee. It hasn’t been determined…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ free-agency options can expand with Phil out of picture
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:16:54 AM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Phil Jackson’s ouster as Knicks president has opened up the door potentially to a new wave of free-agent options, but the team’s cap space hasn’t yet opened up, putting the franchise in a murky position with free agency dawning Saturday at 12:01 a.m. Even if the Knicks renounce the rights to Derrick…

  • [NYPost] Cavaliers fall guy getting behind-the-scenes Knicks push
    (Thursday, June 29, 2017 7:11:06 AM)

    From LeBron James to the Knicks’ dysfunction? That’s the move David Griffin could potentially make. Sources told ESPN that running the Knicks is the type of job he covets after being ousted by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert earlier this month. The Knicks are targeting Raptors president Masai Ujiri, but taking him from Toronto would cost the…

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    14 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2017.06.30)”

    1. Wow…that KOQ story is nuts, huh? No pun intended- but both sides sound questionable. It’s just bizarre

    2. I’m in favor of giving a protected pick to either Toronto or OKC for Masai or Presti.

      not really in favor of David Griffin. Might be a nice guy and all, but look at his executive record – it is really pretty ugly. He made a bunch of trades and literally maybe only the JR Smith / Iman Shumpert trade would be considered a good trade. He signed a bunch of market-rate or worse contracts. He doesn’t have much of a draft history. I think if you’re going to pay a dude a bazillion dollars and give him full control, he has to have some kind of track record you can trust –> that seems obvious but especially in our situation, because if Dolan gives full control over to someone again and it’s another disaster, he may never do so again.

      Give Toronto a lottery-protected 2018 first which then changes to a top 10 protected 2019 first, then a top 5, then a top 3. I’d much rather have Masai than Presti, whose best GM’ing days are well behind him (if you look at his record, the last notably good transaction he made was probably 4-5 years ago).

      I just think this decision is way too important. We need a guy who has a vision, who has a strategy that looks beyond the next move to the moves 2 and 3 steps down the road — a guy who has cachet not just with the league/agents/players but also with Dolan. We can’t take a chance on a guy who hasn’t shown that he can do the job. If it costs a mid-late 1st, then so be it.

    3. I’ll probably get killed for this, but I’d like to give Steve Mills a chance to earn the job. With full control.

    4. Argh, never mind. ESPN now reporting that we’re not expected to ask Toronto for permission to talk to Masai.

    5. I imagine the Raptors have made it clear that they will be VERY uncooperative with any attempt to sign Ujiri away and since he’s under contract, what can the Knicks do? Hopefully it’s all just the dance, “Oh, we’re not that into Ujiri actually, but maybe if it just took a second rounder…”

    6. I was really worried about Ntilikina crossing the Atlantic twice in two days and then playing basketball, because being jet lagged and tired makes it more if an injury risk. I didn’t say anything out of superstition. And it happened. I hope the Knicks are cautious with this. Of course I want to see him play, but it’s better to take care of him.

    7. As for Mills, he’d be better than some options like Cal or Zeke, and his ability to handle all the awful personalities in MSG management shouldn’t be undervalued, but he’s never seemed like a guy with much vision in terms of building a team, making deals, etc.

    8. Mills might be ok – just hard to know since the dude has literally never said anything of significance in any press conference or news article. Probably smart (went to Princeton), seemingly well connected to agents etc. Not sure.

    9. I’d be okay with him as a placeholder until Ujiri could get out of his contract. He is better than Allan Houston, at the very least!

    10. How do we know how good Houston is? I’m honestly asking… what good or bad things has he done in his role(s) with the team? Is he highly thought of?

    11. David Griffin is a competent adult, which would automatically make him one of the better Knicks GMs of all-time. I do agree that his record isn’t particularly impressive though and I’d probably prefer Presti even with all his warts.

      The most annoying thing about the Ujiri situation is I’m sure there’s some smart person who works under him in Toronto who would love to have a job of their own. They’d probably be every bit as good as Masai honestly. We will never hire that person, though, because Dolan cares about names not qualifications.

    12. Jerry West recommending David Griffin means more to me than anything else. If he thinks he’s really good and we are impressed with him after vetting and interviewing him, then we should go for it.

    13. Griffin is used to working for a sleazy owner, too, so he’s got that working for him.

      But, LBJ falling into his lap makes it tough to evaluate him.

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