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Monday, November 20, 2017

Knicks Morning News (2017.09.04)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks rookie Ntilikina working out with Anthony, fellow teammates
    (Sunday, September 03, 2017 7:36:40 PM)

    Knicks rookie guard Frank Ntilikina told reporters on Sunday he has been working out with fellow New York teammates Carmelo Anthony, Lance Thomas and Tim Hardaway Jr.

  • [NYTimes] Lynx and Sparks Secure Top W.N.B.A. Playoff Seeds
    (Monday, September 04, 2017 2:26:52 AM)

    The Lynx had to beat the Washington Mystics on Sunday to secure the top spot.

  • [NYDN] Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina attends Yankees vs. Red Sox game
    (Sunday, September 03, 2017 2:31:55 PM)

    Knicks first-round pick Frank Ntilikina attended the Yankees vs. Red Sox game on Sunday.

  • [NYPost] The Yankees get a glimpse of the Knicks future
    (Sunday, September 03, 2017 3:54:16 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina doesn’t fully know what to expect in his first NBA season — or who to expect will be by his side. In preparation for the start of Knicks training camp this month, the team’s first-round pick has recently been working out in New York with Carmelo Anthony, Lance Thomas and members of the…

  • [NYPost] The European Championships must be making Knicks drool
    (Sunday, September 03, 2017 3:13:46 PM)

    Maybe there’s some hope for the future if the European Championships are any indication, as the Knicks’ young frontcourt tandem of Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez are lighting things up across the Atlantic. Before the tournament began last week, Porzingis tweeted he intended to make his first NBA All-Star team. So far through two games…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina meets, greets Yankees
    (Sunday, September 03, 2017 9:57:29 PM)

    Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina has begun to sample life in New York. He’s been in the city a little more than a month, and on Sunday night, he got his first live taste of major-league baseball.

  • 12 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2017.09.04)

    1. english_knick

      As a British Knick fan I should in theory have divided loyalties about today’s Latvia vs GB tilt.

      Thankfully, international basketball isn’t really a thing here so I can focus all my fandom on KP – which is good, since he is currently straight up Clowning my fellow countrymen to the tune of 21 points, 6 boards, 2 blocks, 8/10 overall and 3/4 from 3. At halftime.

      Love it.

    2. english_knick

      (Of course the brits are legit terrible at basketball so nothing can be read into this line. But it’s still a lot of fun)

    3. fmikieo

      I don’t think that these Knicks are going to have problems getting points. Yet nother good reason for not picking DSJ, aka Starbury II as this has greater need for a pg that both defends as well as makes his teammates better. Both of which Frank does in spades better than Starbury II.

    4. Z-man

      He didn’t play particularly well when he returned after GB cut the lead (I believe he was 0-3 with a bad foul), but obviously a good game overall.

    5. lavor postell

      He didn’t play well when he returned, because like the rest of the starters he had checked out believing the backups could hold onto a 29 point lead for 1 quarter against GB.

    6. ptmilo

      Current NBA o/u picks:

      Charlotte: over 42.5
      Raptors: under 48.5
      Clippers: over 43.5
      Lakers: under 33.5
      Nuggets: over 44.5

      I agree w the nerd hoops world that Sixers 41.5 is high but basically ignoring it for two-way volatility. Clips have ton of downside-only vol with injury risk but this is a good thing from an over perspective bc you don’t pay more if you miss by 12 wins.

      Would take the over on the Knicks 30.5 if Melo was staying. I know that’s a little heterodox here but I think Melo minutes replacement range from really bad (Kuz) to bad (Lance) and having a player like Melo is marginally more useful when you don’t have an NBA pg on the roster. Would take the over either way but with less confidence sans Melo. As a fan would rather watch games this year without Melo.

    7. Totes McGoats Makes 18mil For 14ppg

      I know these were just pickup games that were not against top NBA defenders, but I was impressed with Ntilikina’s confidence and aggression with trying to score in that video. He has the little crafty and subtle movements with his dribble to kinda mask his elongated handle. I think he’ll be ok if he can carry that confidence into the regular season. He seems to be- even in a pickup setting- a very heady player. So…here’s to the hope that he won’t be overwhelmed too much in year 1. There’s plenty to like about his game.

    8. ptmilo

      He has the little crafty and subtle movements with his dribble to kinda mask his elongated handle.

      the thing that jumps out at me watching him dribble in games isn’t so much an elongated handle as a high center of gravity and only good but not great hand eye coordination to go with it. he looks a bit slow to change direction compared to other long armed kick ass handlers like rondo or Durant or Penny.

      I see some of that in other long armed not-1s like tony snell and kcp. But I don’t mean that as pessimism. Basketball is weird and you can be more like snell than penny and still be an awesome player by being a modestly better version of an only okay player. batum is kinda like that. Pat Beverly is a lot like Langston Galloway but the smallish difference make him a much better player.

    9. Totes McGoats Makes 18mil For 14ppg

      the thing that jumps out at me watching him dribble in games isn’t so much an elongated handle as a high center of gravity and only good but not great hand eye coordination to go with it. he looks a bit slow to change direction compared to other long armed kick ass handlers like rondo or Durant or Penny.

      I see some of that in other long armed not-1s like tony snell and kcp. But I don’t mean that as pessimism. Basketball is weird and you can be more like snell than penny and still be an awesome player by being a modestly better version of an only okay player. batum is kinda like that. Pat Beverly is a lot like Langston Galloway but the smallish difference make him a much better player.

      I can dig it. I kinda see that too. Penny was very quick for his size. Durant is kinda awkward looking because of his length, so to me he doesn’t look very quick for his size. If Ntilikina falls between those two athletically, I think we’ll be very lucky. Nevertheless, he’s kinda like Harden in the sense that neither of them have great quickness and athleticism to rely on and they hafta be craftier than most on offense. Harden’s handle is miles ahead of Ntilikina much like Ntilikina is miles ahead of Harden with defensive tools. He’s just so hard to project right now. I can’t wait to see him develop.

    10. ess-dog

      I’m impressed with Frank thus far, albeit with no real nba action yet. I think he could wind up being pretty good close to the hoop if he gets the pick and roll down.
      It looks like he has a nice floater already and a soft touch, and with nice height and those long arms, he should be able to get some good junk buckets over shorter pgs – all while playing suffocating D. Hopefully he and Zinger will be our bread and butter in the half court once Melo is dismissed.
      I just hope freakin THJr will play his role adequately and not try to be a mini Melo.

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