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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Knicks Morning News (2017.09.30)

  • [NYPost] What Kristaps Porzingis thinks of his agency being raided in NCAA scandal
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 10:53:18 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis could have more to worry about than his minor right-knee bruise, wondering what is going on with the agents who represent him. Earlier this week, the offices of ASM Sports, an agency headed by Andy Miller, was raided by the FBI amidst an ongoing NCAA corruption scandal. Janis Porzingis, Kristaps’ brother, works for…

  • [NYPost] Why Knicks’ connections could unlock Doug McDermott’s potential
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 7:07:19 AM)

    Greg McDermott had it easy recruiting his son, Doug. The stringent NCAA allowed the Creighton head coach to bestow Doug McDermott with birthday and Christmas gifts and chat with him during so-called “dead periods.’’ “I was able to do anything a normal father could do,’’ Greg McDermott told The Post. Greg McDermott, starting his eighth…

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis focusing on training camp despite agency concerns
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 6:50:37 PM)

    Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis is focused on training camp and did not want to comment on the status of his agency ASM Sports.

  • [SNY Knicks] McDermott’s Knicks connections could jump start his NBA career
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 5:42:48 PM)

    Knicks forward Doug McDermott is playing for his fourth coach in four NBA seasons, but this stop in New York could be a turn in the right direction for the former Creighton sharp shooter.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis returned to practice on Friday
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 11:35:33 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis returned to Knicks practice on Friday after leaving practice early on Thursday due to a sore right knee.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis says there’s no need to clear the air with the Knicks
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 10:26:03 PM)

    Rumors swirled that then-Knicks president Phil Jackson was trying to trade Kristaps Porzingis during the week of the NBA Draft.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis back at Knicks practice after suffering sore knee
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 7:33:29 AM)

    After leaving Thursday’s Knicks practice with a sore right knee, Kristaps Porzingis returned to practice on Friday.

  • [NYTimes] Sparks 75, Lynx 64: Sparks Are One Win Away From Their Second Straight W.N.B.A. Title
    (Saturday, September 30, 2017 4:11:51 AM)

    The Sparks can become the first team since 2002 to win the championship in back-to-back years.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks want to be cautious with Kristaps Porzingis
    (Friday, September 29, 2017 10:30:04 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kristaps Porzingis said he wasn’t too concerned about his future on draft night despite the fact that former Knicks president Phil Jackson was listening to trade offers for him.

  • 32 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2017.09.30)

    1. DS

      So one would assume that Westbrook staying, makes PG13 more likely to stay, which make LeBron less likely to go the Lakers… although, he would still be a big deal if he went over there with the current roster.

    2. danvt

      Last thoughts on the Melo post mortem. I’m glad to see that Mr. Kurylo, one of my favorite basketball minds, doesn’t rate him as low as others do. I agree that he wasn’t simply a me first, low efficiency chucker. I also feel vindicated that, in advocating for solutions that included Melo over the seasons, I wasn’t completely being a fan boy.

      Yes, the FO was responsible for the team’s failure. You can’t hang that on Melo.

      Yet, I’m so happy right now. I just feel like we’ve moved on from a flawed thought process around team building. As much as I love KP, I really hope he doesn’t become the “star” of the team now. I hope we beat people with depth and strategy. I want to see a hustling likable young team that is building a future.

      It never should be about one player or now, the fashionable “big three”. I hope Hornacek is the right leader and we can take an enlightened approach as opposed to the poor man’s copycats of the past.

    3. stratomatic's love hate relationship with The Knicks because of Melo is over

      I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m going crazy waiting for a chance to see @FrankLikina play with KP and WH in pre season to see what we have.

    4. The Glass Half Rebuilt

      I think the Lakers don’t land any superstar in free agency. LeBron is going to stay in Cleveland and PG isn’t going to a bottom 10 team in his prime. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have to be All Stars if PG is going to take them seriously.

      In all seriousness, the Knicks have a better chance of signing PG than the Lakers. KP, Willy Hernangomez, Tim Hardaway Jr, and Frank Ntilikina should get a low playoff seed if KP breaks out and Frank doesn’t wet the bed. A young playoff team attached to New York City is a free agent attraction.

    5. Ntilakilla

      If you're an opposing point guard, you do NOT want to guarded by someone with this type of gigantic wingspan… pic.twitter.com/jnpYAyRviS— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) September 29, 2017

      at the Nike jersey reveal he was sitting/standing next to Trevor Ariza and they looked (physically) identical in practically every way.— NBA BACK (@World_Wide_Wob) September 29, 2017

      This photo demonstrates his size as well!! Plus, he figures to still be growing… pic.twitter.com/rSfT6dByMX— Ed Tsunoda (@ed_tsunoda) September 30, 2017

    6. Bruno Almeida

      @3

      I’m downright anxious to see it.

      @8
      I think it was mostly Sessions’ comments and Hornacek talking about him showing good things in practice. The videos we’ve had dont show much, just how strong and big he looks and his jumper looks real good.

    7. DS

      For whatever it’s work Frank is now #4 on draft express Trending Players board. Any news from the camp about him, other than the Kyrie comparison? News about the other young players?

      I think that has more to do with how ravenous Knicks fans are than anything else (see this thread)… BUT I saw one article that he is “the talk of the camp” (or something) PLUS he had a no-look pass to KOQ (KOQ missed and got the putback).

    8. Ingmarrrr

      In his short video interview he seems like a happy, bright kid and already with an NBA body. The hype is considerably less intense than what it was for KP but I think we have reasons to be optimistic about him.

    9. DS

      In all seriousness, the Knicks have a better chance of signing PG than the Lakers. KP, Willy Hernangomez, Tim Hardaway Jr, and Frank Ntilikina should get a low playoff seed if KP breaks out and Frank doesn’t wet the bed. A young playoff team attached to New York City is a free agent attraction.

      I think if Kanter declines his P.O., we have a little over $30 million in cap space?

      These playoffs you speak of… Cleveland, Boston, Toronto, Washington, Milwaukee figure to return to the postseason. Atlanta, Indy, and Chicago won’t. Miami, Charlotte, Philly (although they’re not a sure thing) have better odds than we do to get in.

      We are raw and lopsided with big men right now.

    10. Totes McGoats Makes 18mil For 14ppg

      @9…
      SHEESH! With that kinda length at the 1 and KP’s length potentially at the 5, our Knicks have a great chance to build an amazing defense

    11. Silky Johnson, Fleet Admiral of the Tank Armada

      We could conceivably have plus size and length at 4 positions next year, especially if we draft someone like Troy Brown, who can guard 4 positions from the SG/SF role, or Miles Bridges. This is assuming we’re in the 6-10 range in the draft. Mikal Bridges later in the 1st looks good too.

      Something like:
      1. Frank
      2. Tim
      3. Brown/Miles Bridges
      4. Willy/KP
      5. Willy/KP

      That has the makings of a very good defensive starting 5 if Tim’s improvement on that end is real. 3-4 of our players have multi-positional switching ability.

    12. The Glass Half Rebuilt

      If Dion Waiters leads the Miami Heat in minutes, which is very possible, the Miami Heat will miss the playoffs. Dragic and Whiteside ain’t enough to fend off the human chuck.

    13. Ntilakilla

      SHEESH! With that kinda length at the 1 and KP’s length potentially at the 5, our Knicks have a great chance to build an amazing defense

      Hence the reason I’ve salivated over Ntilikina for almost a year. I believe long athletic players with pterodactyl wingspans at multiple positions is the defensive wave of the future to counter these small ball offenses we see around the league. Put hands in front of their faces and in their passing lanes.

    14. Z-man

      Can’t wait till Tuesday! There hasn’t been this level of uncertainty about the Knicks since, I dunno, forever?

    15. Z-man

      Some thing that ARE virtually certain:
      The established vets are who they are: LT, Lee, KOQ, Ramon, Jack. Noah less so, but probably similar to his past 3 years at best.

      Everyone else is uncertain:
      The younger vets with tentative upside: Kanter, McDermott, TH2

      The 2nd-3rd year players with lots of upside: KP, Willy, Kuz, Baker

      The rooks: Frank, Dotson

      That’s 15 rotation-seeking players. Which 4-5 will be out?

      My hope is that the following guys are ditched or benched: Noah, Lance, Jack, and either. McBuckets or Kuz, whoever plays worse.

    16. Z-man

      I’m really excited about seeing Dotson play. He just tooks the part of a 3 and D wing with a pure stroke.

    17. er

      It’s crazy because this team is 1 superstar away fro, being a great team in 3 yearz. I want themy to gel but suck and win 23 games

    18. d-mar

      Have you guys looked at our early season schedule? In October and November we play 21 games, and 14 of them are home, including games against Brooklyn, Indiana, Utah, Phoenix and Sacramento.

      I think we’ll have a pretty good idea of how are season is going to go by the beginning of December.

    19. english_knick

      @13 – sadly not. If KOQ and Baker also opt out we get to anlroijd $30m. But then you have to add two min roster charges and the cost of our first rounder, at least. Plus is there any chance Baker opts out? So probably more like $20m if Kanter and KOQ opt out. Which is still not to be sneezed at in a year when not many teams will have space, but it’s not a max salary slot…

    20. DRed

      If Dion Waiters leads the Miami Heat in minutes, which is very possible, the Miami Heat will miss the playoffs. Dragic and Whiteside ain’t enough to fend off the human chuck

      I’m pretty bullish on the Heat this year. If they play Winslow as a small 4, and get a bounceback from Richardson they’re going to be very good. Neither of those is a sure thing, but the reasonable upside on Miami is much higher than people think (imho)

    21. hoolahoop

      I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m going crazy waiting for a chance to see @FrankLikina play with KP and WH in pre season to see what we have.

      Every knicks season is exciting before it starts.

    22. the don nelson era

      I hope there’s a chance the Knicks stretch Noah next offseason.

      They’d gain about $10-11 mm in cap space and if they did spend all the cap space on one or more multi-year contracts they would likely be well over the cap in the following 4 seasons that the Noah cap hit lasts.

    23. english_knick

      I think you only consider amnestying Noah if there’s a great long-term piece of the right age ready to sign, AND you can’t fee the space up in other ways such as trading Lee. And that’s pretty unlikely – most guys at the right age and level for where we are will be RFAs. You can’t stick your cap with 5 years of Noah for the chance to sign a guy to an offer sheet who then gets matched.

      Better in my view is to see next summer as transitional – use the space to take on bad contracts with a year to run and pick up assets. Then in the summer of 2019, that’s your FA window. KP is on a low hold until we sign him. Willy, Frank and Dotson still under rookie deals. If annestying Noah that year makes the difference so be it, as from 2020 on, a lot of our space will he used on KP, Willy etc.

    24. stratomatic's love hate relationship with The Knicks because of Melo is over

      It’s crazy because this team is 1 superstar away from, being a great team in 3 yearz.

      I may be a grumpy old white guy and contrarian pain in the butt, but I’m a fan since the last 60s. This is the best I’ve felt about our team in a looooog time.

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