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Friday, November 17, 2017

Knicks Morning News (2017.11.14)

  • [NY Newsday] Tricky LeBron James got into Knicks’ heads
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:28:58 AM)

    Don’t believe him. LeBron James knew exactly what he was doing.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks run up big lead over Cavaliers, then collapse
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:49:45 AM)

    LeBron James nudged the Knicks with a comment and was pushed by Frank Ntilikina in the first quarter. But when the game was on the line, James pushed hardest and the Knicks crumbled.

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter again shows Frank Ntilikina he has his back
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:00:00 AM)

    Enes Kanter wanted to send a message to LeBron James and show him that these are not last season’s Knicks.

  • [NY Newsday] LeBron James, Cavaliers take New York subway to practice
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 10:45:27 PM)

    When in New York, do as the locals do.

  • [NY Newsday] Joakim Noah inactive for Knicks against the Cavaliers
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 9:40:00 PM)

    Joakim Noah went from the suspended list to the inactive list.

  • [NY Newsday] LeBron James clarifies: He took a shot at Phil Jackson, not Frank Ntilikina
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 11:48:23 AM)

    LeBron James said Monday morning that his comments criticizing the Knicks for not selecting Dennis Smith Jr. in last June’s draft were meant to be a shot at former team president Phil Jackson and not rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina.

  • [NYDN] Peter Vecsey uses N-word to comment on LeBron-Kanter scuffle
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 9:26:56 PM)

    Peter Vecsey caused a firestorm of controversy on Twitter Monday night.

  • [NYDN] James Dolan’s lawyers want Charles Oakley’s MSG suit dismissed
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 8:37:34 PM)

    The Knicks are throwing elbows again at former teammate Charles Oakley.

  • [NYDN] Ntilikina impresses Hornacek, teammates in standing up to LeBron
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 7:31:39 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina wasn’t about to back down. Not even to LeBron James.

  • [NYDN] Knicks blow 23-point second-half lead, fall to Cavs, 104-101
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 7:22:50 PM)

    The Knicks suffered a meltdown of extreme proportions Monday.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ tough talk falls flat as LeBron James gets last laugh
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 5:28:14 PM)

    LeBron James took his first New York City subway ride on Monday and suddenly he wants to fight everybody.

  • [NYDN] Noah inactive, Hernangomez tells The News confidence has waned
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 2:49:37 PM)

    The Knicks benched last season’s starting center but apparently added a very expensive defensive captain.

  • [NYDN] LeBron James is right about the Knicks, and they know it
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 7:28:34 AM)

    A hit dog will always holler.

  • [NYDN] LeBron: Shot at Knicks was at Phil Jackson, not Frank Ntilikina
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 6:46:38 AM)

    LeBron James wants to make one thing clear: he didn’t intend to take a shot at Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina over the weekend.

  • [ESPN] Despite loss, Frank Ntilikina says Knicks ‘can build something great here’
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:40:59 AM)

    Despite loss, Frank Ntilikina says Knicks ‘can build something great here’

  • [ESPN] LeBron dons ‘all good’ hat after Kanter scuffle
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 8:54:01 PM)

    LeBron dons ‘all good’ hat after Kanter scuffle

  • [ESPN] King’s commute: LeBron, Cavs hop on NYC subway after shootaround
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 3:03:02 PM)

    King’s commute: LeBron, Cavs hop on NYC subway after shootaround

  • [SNY Knicks] Enes Kanter calls LeBron ‘princess’ as war of words continues following Knicks’ loss
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 11:40:36 PM)

    NEW YORK — Enes Kanter and LeBron James went chest-to-chest in a shouting match during a high-intensity game, and they continued their two-day war of wars afterward.

  • [SNY Knicks] LeBron, Cavs storm back in fourth quarter to beat Knicks 104-101
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 10:21:01 PM)

    NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James had 23 points and 12 assists, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 104-101 on Monday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Cavaliers vs. Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 6:09:44 PM)

    NEW YORK — When the Cleveland Cavaliers head to Madison Square Garden on Monday night to face the New York Knicks, there are bound to be some awkward moments.

  • [SNY Knicks] LeBron James’ comments on Dennis Smith Jr. were aimed at Phil Jackson, not Ntilikina
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 11:10:20 AM)

    LeBron James made it clear that his comment about the Knicks not drafting Mavericks’ PG Dennis Smith Jr. was a shot at former president Phil Jackson.

  • [NYPost] It took LeBron James to slow down Kristaps Porzingis
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 9:12:40 PM)

    It was a rare off night for Kristaps Porzingis. Maybe it was LeBron James. Maybe it was the new contraption on his elbow. With James hounding him at times, Porzingis fell short of his now-usual 30 points. And for the first time he wore a long white right elbow sleeve for his bursitis, a condition…

  • [NYPost] Knicks rookie refused to back down against LeBron James
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 8:04:57 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina, all 190 pounds of him, went to grab the basketball to inbounds late in the first quarter Monday. A 6-foot-8, 250-pound human piece of chiseled granite known as LeBron James stood in his way. So Ntilikina shoved James. Twice. Sort of had the same effect as a seagull’s wing brushing the Rock of…

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway’s best night yet overshadowed by brutal loss
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 7:53:49 PM)

    At some point, it will set in for Tim Hardaway Jr. that the Knicks blew a 23-point lead and lost to the Cavs Monday. “Twenty-three?” he said meekly. Yep, count ’em 23. But to Hardaway, this still so-early Knicks season is about forging identities, working and getting better. So yeah, the 104-101 loss to Cleveland…

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah sits out first game since end of PED suspension
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 7:44:21 PM)

    Finally, the wait ended for Joakim Noah. Finally, the 20-game ban handed down to the Knicks center for his use of an illegal supplement ended. Eight games last season, 12 this season. The time was served. So fans who awaited him went to Monday’s 104-101 loss to the Cavs and saw him … sit. Noah…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ feud with LeBron James erupts in heated shoving match
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 7:01:10 PM)

    A point of contention that had been heating up for the 48 hours leading into tipoff involving LeBron James, Frank Ntilikina, Phil Jackson and somehow Enes Kanter finally reached its boiling point late in the first quarter Monday night at the Garden. Eleven-plus minutes into the game, the drama hit the court — with all…

  • [NYPost] Knicks collapse in epic fashion as LeBron James takes over late
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 5:27:03 PM)

    The Knicks staged an epic fourth-quarter collapse Monday but give them some credit. The Knicks were chirping afterward — with Enes Kanter even poking fun at LeBron James’ nickname. The Knicks were on the verge of their season’s greatest triumph, beating the Cavaliers and James to a pulp for three quarters in what appeared destined…

  • [NYPost] It’s the little things Porzingis does that drop Bernard King’s jaw
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 11:00:12 AM)

    Bernard King sat on the Garden’s celebrity row Tuesday, when the Knicks hosted Charlotte, and said he’s never seen anything like it. One of many, King is in awe of Kristaps Porzingis, who is off to the best start in Knicks history after a dozen games, averaging 30.4 points. An offensive technician, King, one of…

  • [NYPost] New Yorkers weren’t ready for LeBron to take the subway
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 10:08:20 AM)

    Imagine taking the subway to avoid a delay? LeBron James and the Cavaliers opted to get the full New York City experience Monday, riding the subway instead of a bus back to their hotel after a morning shootaround at the Garden ahead of their game against the Knicks. James and the team documented the trip…

  • [NYPost] LeBron James redirects blast from Ntilikina to Phil Jackson
    (Monday, November 13, 2017 6:28:28 AM)

    LeBron James has redirected the dagger. Before the Cavaliers held a shootaround Monday morning at the Garden, James clarified his take that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr., saying it wasn’t a shot at Frank Ntilikina but instead Phil Jackson. “I wasn’t throwing shade at Frank at all, for people that got their…

  • [NYTimes] Cavaliers 104, Knicks 101: Knicks Show Fight, but LeBron James Scores a Knockout
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:53:05 AM)

    LeBron James and Cleveland erased a 23-point, second-half deficit at Madison Square Garden against a surprisingly potent Knicks squad.

  • 71 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2017.11.14)

    1. alsep73

      Was watching the game on DVR delay after putting my kids to bed, really enjoying the huge lead, how physically the whole team was playing, and how well the sidekicks were doing on a night when KP didn’t have it. Then a friend who was watching live texted me, “Um,” and I knew.

      In the grand scheme of the season, it’s not a devastating loss, but I really wanted the whole team, and Frank in particular, to stick it to LeBron last night. Moral victories and all, but still.

    2. GoNyGoNyGo

      I saw it coming. Like the line in the “Replacements” as Shane Falco said in response to the coaches question about what they feared most. His response: Quicksand. “You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can’t move… you can’t breathe… because you’re in over your head. Like quicksand.”

      That was the game last night. Suddenly it turned. KP got frazzled. LeBron took control. Very frustrating loss, but good signs for the future. This Knick team is much better than the disaster last year. I’m not ready for moral victories, but damn that was a fun game to watch.

    3. english_knick

      I play golf. I didn’t start until my 20s and what I observed is that you get good in fragments. First some good shots. Then some good holes. Then some good runs of a few holes. A good 9. And eventually more complete good rounds (at least, I assume that’s what comes next…!).

      This will be the same. Look at the wolves a couple of years ago. They had a positive points difference but could never pull out close games. It’s part of learning. Last night was a shame in lots of ways but we had really good stretches, showed a real team dynamic.

      This is the path that can knit together team tank and team ‘wins are good’ – play hard, develop a team identify, Ben in tough games in the 4th Q – but lose more than our share because we’re young and learning to play together. Fine with me… provided it turns into title contention quicker than it’s taken me to get to a handicap of 15… (which in itself is the equivalent of permanently picking 12th in the lottery)

    4. KJG

      i’m a big proponent of not doubling/helping on defense late in the game… 1) play harder 2) in today’s NBA its about drive and kick for open 3 and it was happening over and over and we werent closing out… they were playing us for fools… at some point you gotta say, stick with your man… our severely collapsing defense wasn’t just getting guys open… no one was even in position to box their guys out… it was double edged sword… i get that guys want to help but it was torture to watch them get suckered like that… worst case, dont leave korver, ever… were they playing him aggressive… sure, but finally courtney lee REALLY started getting up on him late…too late… ALSO… all hands on deck for rebounds when you’re clearly getting beat… with or without kanter in there, everyone needs to crash hard… forget the outlet… when shot goes up… next goal, get the rebound, go at it hard… everyone…

    5. lavor postell

      I’m totally fine with that loss because I didn’t expect the Knicks to be good enough to compete against Cleveland on a night they were trying. They also didn’t give up one of those sould crushing 40-15-10 lines to LeBron so that was cool.

      Finally, LeBron is an all-time great player but there really isn’t a more lame tough guy act in sports. Trying to punk a 19 year old rookie for no reason is lame as fuck.

    6. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      I keep going back and forth on what I think of Kanter as an all around player. I thought he was terrific last night. However, I’m 100% certain he already bleeds blue and orange and is a Knick. I want him in the trenches with me!

    7. ess-dog

      I want to be ok with it, but that loss stings. All the arguments for patience are correct, I just think we let that one slip away. We needed better 3pt shooting late and Koreen finally found his touch. Also, KP still has to get a lot stronger. Long run, we are still on point, but that was winnable dammit.

    8. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      The good news is that we are about 1 1/2 players away from being legitimately good and 2 1/2 players away from being a very serious team. That 1/2 might be filled by the all-star break as Frank keeps getting experience.

    9. kevin5318

      KP’s elbow issue might be more serious than we thought. Hopefully last night was just an off game.

    10. Hubert

      I want to be ok with it, but that loss stings. All the arguments for patience are correct, I just think we let that one slip away. We needed better 3pt shooting late and Koreen finally found his touch. Also, KP still has to get a lot stronger. Long run, we are still on point, but that was winnable dammit.

      Stinging losses are what drives improvement. Hopefully the coaching staff breaks this down well for the kids and they get to work on what went wrong. KP should be getting an earful about how terrible he was on the boards.

      There was someone yesterday talking about how “KP’s championship window is open now” and that we need to add more scorers. I find that to be crazy talk. The kid is extremely talented but he has a long way to go.

    11. Frank

      Have to lay some of the blame for this loss on Hornacek. Jack was absolutely awful on both sides of the ball in the 4th quarter – I think he alone gave up multiple uncontested looks for Korver. And once it became clear that James was going to try winning the game on his own, he should have put Lance in the game to at least body him up. Lee did an admirable job but is just too small to bother James when he puts his head down.

      Hornacek and co. need to really coach this team up in terms of staying home on the weak side. With Porzingis in the game (at center I think for a large stretch of the 4th), the only guy who should be helping on LBJ drives is KP and his 7’6″ wingspan. Maybe that leads to some dump-offs and relatively easy 2’s, but when you have a gigantic lead, you have to prevent the other team from shooting 3’s, not to mention wide open corner 3’s from Korver and JR Smith. HAVE TO.

    12. lavor postell

      Hornacek and co. need to really coach this team up in terms of staying home on the weak side. With Porzingis in the game (at center I think for a large stretch of the 4th), the only guy who should be helping on LBJ drives is KP and his 7’6? wingspan. Maybe that leads to some dump-offs and relatively easy 2’s, but when you have a gigantic lead, you have to prevent the other team from shooting 3’s, not to mention wide open corner 3’s from Korver and JR Smith. HAVE TO.

      No way of knowing this for sure, but I think their scheme calls for at least one of the weak side defenders to crash down into the paint and then recover out to the shooters on a kick out. They’ve been doing this all season and it’s why we got burned by Houston because Harden is a freaking magician at making that skip pass crosscourt. The first Cavs matchup we got bailed out because they looked listless, Lebron had zero effort and Rose playing fucks up all of that.

      I’m not a big fan of this scheme but it’s similar to what Budenholzer runs in ATL. Against them the Cavs also fell behind huge every time Rose was in the game and then nearly got back into and pulled a rabbit out of the hat in the final minutes as he sat.

    13. Owen

      It would have been great to stick it to Lebron. But it is what it is. Frankie Smokes really got me excited there for a bit, although a couple of the steals he was credited with were questionable. One bounced off Wade’s foot, another was a teammate. But he is a first class pest, no question about it. His handle though is unbelievably mediocre.

      I hope Porzingis isn’t hurt. He didn’t look hurt. He faced the Cavs on a night the refs were letting things go (until the fourth) and didn’t adjust properly and was a little off. But if he is hurt, they should shut him down at the All Star break.

    14. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      I don’t think KP’s mediocre shooting night had anything to do with injuries. They defended him physically and very well. Before the game I suggested they might use James to help on him. When he did that made it even more difficult.

      KP has to learn that just because you make a move to shoot does not mean you HAVE TO shoot. He put up a few impossibly difficult shots and a few others that were probably not very smart. When the defense has you covered or has put you in a difficult position, you have to pass. He hasn’t learned that lesson well enough yet. He better learn it quick because Boston and Cleveland have provided the blueprint for how to limit him. Now it’s on him to make them pay by making plays.

    15. thenoblefacehumper

      In a vacuum last night’s loss is obviously not a problem. Down to the buzzer against LeBron with a rebuilding team, etc. In the context of the actual game though, it sure did sting.

    16. Silky Johnson, Fleet Admiral of the Tank Armada

      @18

      He’s now got the second best WS/48, BPM, and VORP behind Lonzo out of all rookie guards. Take that, Mavs.

    17. d-mar

      There was a crucial sequence in the last 2 minutes where Korver (or maybe Smith) missed a 3 from the corner. KP was in perfect position for the rebound, and Wade sneaks in and grabs it.

      That stuff just cannot happen. I love KP to death, but he can’t let a washed up 2 guard steal a critical rebound right from under his nose.

    18. swiftandabundant

      Last night hurt but its losses like this that young improving teams learn from. We’ve played Cleveland twice. Once we blew them out on their home court and the second time we were up by 20 and blew it in the final minutes. If you had told me that would be the case after our first two matchups against them before the season started I would take that. Although I think this win for Cleveland might wake them up.

      But this is the type of game a team like us needs to lose from time to time. I’m sure they are all super pissed today and now they know better. Up by 20? Put your throat on them and push it to 30. Especially against a good team you can’t give them any life. We lost the game late in the 3rd.

    19. swiftandabundant

      Also, some peep last week brought up the fact that we won two close games so we could have a worse record. Well this is now the second game of the season where we had a huge lead but blew it late in the game, so we could have won those games as well. I think we’re about as good as our record, which is not bad for a young team like us!

    20. swiftandabundant

      The next stretch of games to end November will tell us a lot. We got a tough stretch here. Utah, twice against Toronto, Atlanta (that should be an easy one), Clippers, Portland, Miami. None of those are for sure wins except probably Atlanta.

    21. Dough Chew [IT'S A NEW DAY YES IT IS]

      @24 I’d agree with most of your list except Utah. Gobert is out for 4-6 weeks with a bone bruise in his knee and they also have one of the worst offenses in the league. Rubio is their leading scorer. RUBIO. Also they let Donovan Mitchell chuck up 20 shots a game.

    22. DRed

      I’m still more annoyed that we let Dwyane Wade get 5 offensive rebounds than anything else from last night. Hat’s off to Timmy for a very good game-28 fairly efficient points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists is the time of line I never thought he’d put up after his first years as a Knick.

    23. Frank

      No way of knowing this for sure, but I think their scheme calls for at least one of the weak side defenders to crash down into the paint and then recover out to the shooters on a kick out.

      Might be the case, but from what I remember, Jack wasn’t even close to being able to affect anything in the paint — he was just too far away from his responsibility in the corner.

    24. Jack Bauer

      It would have been really sweet to win that game. The Knicks were dominating through 3 quarters. Lebron is an all time great player, but he acts like such an ass sometimes. Do Not Like

    25. DRed

      We are also now dead last in the NBA in allowing opponent 3’s on a per possession basis. We really need to try to clean that up a bit if we want to have any success this season.

    26. Frank

      @30 and @31 – the worst thing about it is that up 23 points with about 18 minutes left to play, almost the only way you can lose that game is via turnovers and giving up 3 pointers. You just HAVE to lock down on 3 pointers at that point, even if it means giving up slightly easier 2’s. It’s one thing if you are helping off Shump or Rose or Wade, but leaving JR and Korver open? It’s inexcusable.

    27. JK47

      Some players are born rebounders— the split second that ball hits the rim, their brains are calculating the rebound angle and their body is simultaneously getting into position to make the correctly timed jump. Part of it is sheer reflexes, and part of it is tenacity. Kanter, for example, fights to the death for rebounds.

      Porzingis is not that guy. He gets rebounds because he’s tall and because he stands near the rim. He is a tepid rebounder for a man of his size and athletic ability.

    28. lavor postell

      Korver made a lot of unopen shots too though. You can argue it’s because the open ones Jack conceded got him into a rhythm, but sometimes guys make shots. What’s more important to me is how they bounce back in a winnable game against Utah at home on Wednesday. In previous season this is the type of game that would send them into a tailspin. Let’s see how they react now.

    29. geo

      started watching the game in the 3rd quarter…as soon as kyle picked up those three quick fouls – the worm definitely turned…

      lebron simply shut kp down in the fourth…can’t wait to see how kp responds in their next matchup…sometime in the next year or so i have no doubt kp will start getting the better of their play against one another…

      kanter is a blast to have on this team…he and kyle bring an energy we sorely need…i really like the low key competitive grit frank’s shown very early on in his career…i’m sure frank’s own family has been a lot tougher on him than lebron could ever be…

      always amazed at just how small timmy looks out on the court…i’m a little dubious of him being 6’6″ – there’s no way he weighs 205 lbs…more like 185…i think he’ll continue to improve his game though throughout his time as a knick…just by working harder than most others are willing to…

    30. KJG

      it was certainly oquinns 3 fouls that clicked my mind into panic mode… the aura was not right after that…

    31. Brian Cronin

      always amazed at just how small timmy looks out on the court…i’m a little dubious of him being 6’6?

      Then how about Phil’s special measurements that had him taller than Melo? :)

    32. Brian Cronin

      What’s more important to me is how they bounce back in a winnable game against Utah at home on Wednesday. In previous season this is the type of game that would send them into a tailspin. Let’s see how they react now.

      Absolutely agree. The Jazz were struggling before their star center, the centerpiece of their team defense, was injured (because no one on the team can score), but with Gobert out? That has to be a win. Even if you’re a mediocre team, you have to beat the Jazz at home. So it will be interesting to see what happens (I imagine that they will pull it out, as, come on, it’s the Jazz. They tried to make Rubio their go-to scorer, for crying out loud).

      By the by, if any team should be tanking in the NBA, it’s the Jazz. They desperately need the impact scorers that are available at the top of the draft and they’re not going anywhere this year. I wouldn’t be shocked if Gobert’s injury becomes a year-long deal, wink wink nudge nudge.

    33. Ntilakilla

      I really believe Frank is going to be an NBA All-Star one day. There is something about this kid which tells me he is holding back and once he becomes comfortable in this league he will figure out to get to the spots he can score in.

    34. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      Everyone know how much I like Rubio’s game, but that’s a HORRIBLE fit in Utah. They have a playmaking and defensive guard on a team with no scorers. ??? He should still be in Minnesota and Teague should probably be in Utah.

      Maybe Rubio joins NY in 2 years and Frank goes to SG.

    35. TheOakmanCometh

      Some players are born rebounders— the split second that ball hits the rim, their brains are calculating the rebound angle and their body is simultaneously getting into position to make the correctly timed jump. Part of it is sheer reflexes, and part of it is tenacity. Kanter, for example, fights to the death for rebounds.

      Porzingis is not that guy. He gets rebounds because he’s tall and because he stands near the rim. He is a tepid rebounder for a man of his size and athletic ability.

      This does seem to be the case. At the beginning of his rookie year he was boarding like crazy, especially on the offensive glass, which eased my fears of him being another Bargnani. But his rebounding has regressed since then. His rebound rate is 12.6% — 55th in the league among those with at least 200 minutes played. That’s pretty poor for a guy with his height.

      It’s not realistic to expect him to be a tenacious rebounder. His brain isn’t built that way, he’s still skinnier than most bigs, and it doesn’t make sense to expend a huge amount of energy boxing out when he’s got such a big load on offense and defense. But it would be nice if he’d do more to get the rebounds that are in his vicinity. He can reach over most players just by jumping straight up.

    36. DS

      LeBron calls him self the King of New York on Instagram. ESPN interrupts its originally scheduled programming for the next 8 hours.

    37. The Glass Half Rebuilt

      I don’t think anybody will ever get the best of LeBron physically because his basketball IQ is unmatched in the NBA to match his physical superiority over guys. That said, last night the Knicks showed you can’t just key in on KP because Kanter and TH2 can both get 25 points on any given night. We need to get KP in more pick and roll/pick and pop situations, but I imagine that will develop over time as Frank gets more comfortable. We really need a dominant wing rebounder type to match with the rest of the unit. A Kevin Knox type would be perfect in the draft. His TS% is in the dumpster right now but I suspect he’ll pick it up.

    38. Bruno Almeida

      LeBron sees he has no way to beat the Warriors so he decided to pat himself in the back for almost not beating the Knicks once and losing once.

    39. kevin5318

      LeBron sees he has no way to beat the Warriors so he decided to pat himself in the back for almost not beating the Knicks once and losing once.

      Exactly.

    40. geo

      Lack of a father figure.

      Untrue, Delonte West played with him for two and a half years.

      oh man, it just got very cold in the office…hahahahahahaha…

    41. vincoug

      Some players are born rebounders— the split second that ball hits the rim, their brains are calculating the rebound angle and their body is simultaneously getting into position to make the correctly timed jump. Part of it is sheer reflexes, and part of it is tenacity. Kanter, for example, fights to the death for rebounds.

      Porzingis is not that guy. He gets rebounds because he’s tall and because he stands near the rim. He is a tepid rebounder for a man of his size and athletic ability.

      Yeah, it’s pretty clear that 3 years into his career that KP is never going to be a great rebounder. But, as long as he can be Amare-level bad instead of Bargnani-level bad we’ll be ok.

    42. hornyKnickfan

      What I liked the most about Frank last night was how he stood up to the big bully who is almost twice his age and probably has sixty pounds on him. He bumped the prick and then bumped him a second time. In two more years Frank will be stealing Lebron’s lunch on the court.

    43. Bruno Almeida

      @55

      I also think people underrated Marion A LOT throughout his career. He never had the best shooting numbers but he did so much to cover the gaps on every team he was in, either rebounding, defending star players, etc. A guy like him doesn’t come around often, unfortunately, because a player of his type would be amazing for the Knicks.

    44. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      @57 I agree. He was an excellent player.

      I’m not sure what we should or will do next.

      1. We have a backlog at C, but I’m not sure any of them is the long term answer. Noah is old. O’Quinn is good, but I see him as more of an energy guy off the bench and he’s one of our better trade assets. Kanter/Willy are terrific in some ways, but I’d rather have a defender and rim protector at C.

      2. We don’t have a solution at SF

      3. I’m not convinced Hardaway is ever going to be more than an occasionally explosive but volatile 6th man type player.

      4. KP and Frank are the obvious keepers, but I’m not even sure which position either of them will ultimately play.

      Putting together a better team is going to be tricky. We have a few unmovable contracts and question marks about how some of these players will develop. I’m kind of hoping Dotson makes a big jump and takes over the starting SG spot eventually. If that happens we can keep Hardaway at starting SF until we get a legit SF. Then we can move him to the bench and turn him into a 6th man of the year type player.

      Something like Kanter/Willy, KP, legit star caliber SF, improved and solid Dotson, and very improved Frank could make noise in 2 years.

    45. hornyKnickfan

      The Cavs beat up KP and tried to bully Frank last night and what was Hony’s reaction? He sits down our toughest player (Kanter) and didn’t dress Noah, who would have been perfect for this rough stuff (even for a 5 minute cameo).

    46. hornyKnickfan

      So is the law of averages legit or isn’t it? I’m voting that it isn’t.

      If a 40% shooter misses ten shots in a row his odds of making the next one is still only 40%.

    47. Bruno Almeida

      @58
      To be honest it will take a lot of luck I think and maybe some time. The good thing is that the top of this years draft is very big man heavy, while there are some intriguing wing guys in the 8th to 14th range that is likely for the Knicks to be in.

      There’s Kevin Knox, Miles Bridges, Justin Jackson, Dzanan Musa, Troy Brown, even Hamidou Diallo or Rui Hachimura.

      But man, it would be so damn nice to have a shot at Michael Porter or Doncic.

    48. Brian Cronin

      So is the law of averages legit or isn’t it? I’m voting that it isn’t.

      The law of averages, as it is most commonly known, is not a real thing, because there are too many biases in most samples (an NBA shooter does not literally have a 40% chance of making a three). That said, the basic theories behind it (if you flip a coin ten times, the odds are very high that one of them will be tails, so the odds are that if you flip nine heads in a row that the tenth will be tails) are legit.

    49. The Glass Half Rebuilt

      Yeah that’s it; Duval needs to work on his jumper. I was talking about him earlier in the year because he would be an excellent point guard in a two-PG set with Frank Ntilkina. I didn’t think Frank would be a true lead guard and I guess the jury is still out, but having a 6’3″ guard with a 6’9″ wingspan and a 6’6″ guard with a 7′ wingspan would have been a terror for opposing back courts.

    50. The Glass Half Rebuilt

      Just saw that huge dunk Dennis Smith Jr caught against San Antonio tonight. If he doesn’t change the way he lands after dunks he’s going to have a horrible knee injury before his rookie contract expires.

    51. iserp

      @62 No, that’s not true, the 10th flip will have a 50% chance.

      All the coin flips are independent events, and the order in which they are flipped does not change the outcomes. You could think it this way: You can flip all the coins at the same time behind some cover, and then reveal the results one by one.

      What it is is true, is that if you flip 10 coins, it is much more likely to have “9 heads and 1 tails” than “10 heads” (actually, 10x more likely), but the chance of flipping tails in the case of “9 heads and 1 tails” is equally distributed among the 10 coins.

    52. Brian Cronin

      It’s all a bit of a semantics thing, though, no? Yes, the odds of that final coin being heads or tails is 50/50, just like the other nine. The coin doesn’t have a memory, it doesn’t know that the previous nine flips were all heads. But, as you note, the odds of ten coins all being heads is very, very low, so it matters from where you’re counting. If you count before you start flipping and say, “What are the odds that I’ll hit a tails in the next ten coins?” The odds would be very much in favor of that happening and every heads you hit after the first two or three would be pushing your luck. But yes, the odds of that tenth coin being heads, in and of itself, will always be 50/50.

    53. Frank O.

      Enes Kanter
      I love the guy.
      I love that he didn’t let his young guard get punked.
      I loved that this upstart team stood toe to toe with Cleveland.
      I can’t wait to see their next game with the Cavs.

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