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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Knicks Morning News (2017.08.05)

  • [NYPost] Victim’s attorneys think Oakley got off easy thanks to celeb status
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 2:23:22 PM)

    Former Knicks big man Charles Oakley got off easy in a Manhattan courtroom Friday for his ugly February scuffle with Madison Square Garden security — and the lawyers for the MSG security personnel weren’t happy. Citing Oakley’s long history of boorish behavior, the lawyers accused the Manhattan district attorney’s office of coddling the retired power…

  • [NYPost] Charles Oakley backs down, agrees to one-year MSG ban
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 7:25:47 AM)

    Ex-Knick Charles Oakley, who had insisted he was taking his misdemeanor assault case to trial, buckled Friday in Manhattan court and accepted a deal that includes a one-year ban from Madison Square Garden. Oakley agreed to an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal for the televised scuffle with two Madison Square Garden security guards at a…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis goes inside dream Nowitzki court session
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 6:27:30 AM)

    Entering last season, Kristaps Porzingis was talking playoffs or bust. He’s tempered that braggadocio now that the Knicks are embarking on a rebuilding plan that includes potentially shipping Carmelo Anthony for futures. Knicks president Steve Mills has talked of developing their young talent rather than focusing on a 2017-18 playoff berth. “My expectations are hard…

  • [NYDN] Ex-Knick Charles Oakley takes dismissal deal on MSG fight charges
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 11:27:24 PM)

    The “Oak Man” had a change of heart.

  • [NYDN] Knicks reach out to free agent Alan Anderson
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 10:10:51 PM)

    The Knicks and Nets have reached out to free agent Alan Anderson, the veteran wing said recently.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks reach out to veteran SG Alan Anderson
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 4:58:27 PM)

    According to his agent, the Knicks have reportedly reached out to SG Alan Anderson, per NY Daily News’ Stefan Bondy.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Cavs only interested in Porzingis from Knicks in potential Irving deal
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 10:45:28 AM)

    While Irving “very badly” wants to become a Knick, New York is reportedly unwilling to trade Porzingis in a deal for Irving.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis calls New York ‘home,’ wants Anthony to stay with Knicks
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 1:10:39 PM)

    After a turbulent offseason involving trade rumors, Kristaps Porzingis is excited to get things started this year with the Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Oakley reaches plea deal, plans to pursue civil case against Dolan
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 10:31:56 AM)

    Knicks legend Charles Oakley agreed to a plea deal on Friday stemming from an incident involving his ejection from a game at Madison Square Garden in February.

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony has had ‘great dialogue’ with new Knicks GM Perry
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 8:53:43 AM)

    Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter he has had “great dialogue” with new GM Scott Perry and alluded that the franchise understands his displeasure with the team.

  • [ESPN] Oakley accepts deal to dismiss MSG charges
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 10:16:33 AM)

    Oakley accepts deal to dismiss MSG charges

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Ron Baker: Small-town guy with Big Apple dream
    (Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:29:22 AM)

    SCOTT CITY, Kan. — It is hard to imagine a place less like Madison Square Garden than the cement slab where Ron Baker spent countless hours honing his game in high school.

  • [NY Newsday] Charles Oakley accepts plea deal in Madison Square Garden incident
    (Friday, August 04, 2017 6:04:20 PM)

    Charles Oakley accepted a deal in court on Friday that could result in the dismissal of five misdemeanor charges that stemmed from the Feb. 8 fracas between the former Knicks star and security personnel at Madison Square Garden.

  • [NYTimes] Charges Against Charles Oakley Set to Be Dropped
    (Saturday, August 05, 2017 12:12:39 AM)

    Oakley, a former Knick, will have to stay away from Madison Square Garden for a year.

  • 24 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2017.08.05)

    1. danvt

      Crazy but if it wasn’t for the Melo situation I’d be feeling pretty good about the team. And what I mean by that is twofold. If he was either off the team or with them and not a distraction.

      We’re not in full tank mode. We’re not great but there’s no Bargnani or Rose, that is players who are obvious net negatives who management believes in despite evidence. Our veterans are pretty good and there’s unknown and possibly great upside to our young prospects.

      We’re not headed to a high lottery pick, to the dismay of some, but we’re also not necessarily completely damned for this season. With no DRose leading to a team that moves the ball we may actually be fun to watch. If we miss the playoffs we have our pick and add another blue chip prospect. If we manage our cap right we may be a player in the FA market for someone that finishes a contending roster in the coming years. Like maybe Kyrie in the summer of 2019.

      We just have to settle the Carmelo situation but that seems doable. Phil is gone. You’re our starting three. Here’s how we’re gonna play.

      How’s that for optimism to start your day?

    2. Jack Bauer

      Danvt, Have you been secretly talking to reub ?
      Optimism about the Knicks is generally frowned upon on this site….

    3. danvt

      @5 ha!

      No, I think I’m balanced between optimism and despondency in general.

      I guess I just wanted to point out that the team seems to be changing it’s outlook a bit.

      TH was an overpay I’ll admit but at least it was for a decent healthy player entering his prime.

      I’m psyched for Frank, KP and Wily. Hoping for the best with Kuz and Baker. And Lee, Oaq and even Noah are not dead weight.

      Noah and Melo are classic bad contracts but management seems committed to not making it worse by trading them for worse ones.

      Hopefully the work environment becomes less toxic as well and some team culture pervades.

      It’s not overly Reub-esque to see a bit of a sea change. It’s just the latest Melo drama that has us missing it. How we handle that and how Frank develops are the X factors this season.

      Of course, watch us trade 5 1st round picks for two years of Kyrie because Knicks. Then you’ll get Jowles level invective from me.

    4. 2FOR18, understands math

      The Knicks haven’t done anything stupid since Perry was hired.

      So, there’s my optimistic take about something Knicks related.

    5. er

      I can’t wait to see who’s on the team at camp. The more I thought about it, I want Melo to stay one more year and the team to make one last crazy playoff run. Then he leave next year. I think that would set the team back to having a winning culture while giving KP one more year to develop before becoming the lead man. Then we become a perennial east power led by KP Billy Timmy and Frank. I think people play over their heads this year and come together and the Knicks have a great year with Melo. That’s my prediction for the future of the team.

    6. BigBlueAL

      Happy Birthday Patrick Ewing! The more the years goes by the more I appreciate how great he was.

    7. 2FOR18, understands math

      Nice KP highlights. What a difference it is playing with people who pass you the ball.

    8. Jack Bauer

      @13, yeah amazing – people passing you the ball will elevate your play.
      Hopefully Sessions, Frank, and Baker get the memo

    9. Bruno Almeida

      I would be very entertained watching Lowry hit KP on the break for 82+ games.

      I think Frank can be that guy. KP looks better physically and that’s encouraging, he could become a fearsome weapon cutting to the basket, specially if the Knicks defense gets better and he gets more opportunities on the break. One underrated aspect of why the Knicks have struggled on offense is how hard it is to play 48 minutes with your defense bleeding baskets and few easy fast break points coming. Im pretty optimistic that Frank, THJ and Sessions will be able to do a better job at that instead of Rose’s patented out of control drives. Melo leaving and his ball stopping type of play would help that too.

    10. chrisconley

      ESPN has their RPM based projections for next season. Knicks at 32 wins, 6th from the bottom.

    11. KnickfaninNJ

      Unfortunately, I believe ESPNs prediction. We only have eleven or twelve players under contract, and many are pretty young. If we trade Melo, we aren’t going to get better in the short term. And any new players we add are likely to be the Alan Aldersons of the world or D league prospects.

    12. Cock Jowles, Not a Knicks Fan Because Fuck This Team

      If we trade Melo, we aren’t going to get better in the short term.

      Melo was a bad player last year. The only way this makes sense is if you gave his minutes to, say, Tony Wroten or Michael Carter-Williams.

    13. KnickfaninNJ

      Melo was around a league average player on high usage. We are not going to get a player better than that in return, unless we trade a lot more than Melo. We are much more likely to trade for bad contracts plus youth with potential or draft picks, or trade him in a way that frees up cap space eventually. None of those options gets a better than league average player for next season in return

    14. KnickfaninNJ

      Ok, I gave in and tried out the trade machine again. I thimk Mrlo will not go for this trade, but what about Melo to Utah for Favors and Burks?

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