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Knicks Morning News (2017.11.27)

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter upset after Twitter mysteriously unverified him
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 9:08:17 PM)

    Enes Kanter is averaging a double-double but apparently that isn’t enough to warrant a blue check mark.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter aiming to play Monday night vs. Trail Blazers
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 2:26:24 PM)

    After missing consecutive games, C Enes Kanter is hoping to suit up for the Knicks on Monday when the team hosts the Trall Blazers at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Michael Beasley shows off scoring skill with Porzingis on the bench
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:26:11 AM)

    Knicks F Michael Beasley stepped up for his injured team last night as he notched 30 points in the team’s loss ot the Rockets, 117-102.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon would love to work with Porzingis
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 9:11:23 AM)

    Hall of Fame C Hakeem Olajuwon said he would love to work one-on-one with Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis to teach him some of his ways.

  • [NYPost] Childhood friend brokers peace with LeBron and Frank Ntilikina
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:55:46 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina is accustomed to delivering assists to former French league teammate Romeo Travis. But Travis has returned the favor, reaching out to LeBron James recently to clear the air after James and the Knicks rookie got mixed up in an infamous tiff. Travis is James’ childhood friend and played with the King at St….

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter on a mission back with ‘pretty strong’ pills and willpower
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 8:06:22 AM)

    Maybe it was the pain medication talking, but center Enes Kanter vowed to play against the Trail Blazers on Monday, when the Knicks return home from their disastrous 0-2 trip south. Kanter missed both losses with back spasms and still hasn’t recovered but wants to suit up anyhow if team doctors allow it. The quirky,…

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter in pain but eager to return to Knicks lineup
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 2:26:54 AM)

    Enes Kanter was not walking well when he left the locker room Saturday night in Houston. The back spasms that kept him out of the last two games weren’t stopping him from saying he will try to play Monday night, though.

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    64 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2017.11.27)

    1. Brian Cronin

      Bagley seems like he’s living up to the hype. A draft where Bagley and Doncic are in it is a pretty amazing draft, and that’s not counting some of the other names out there that are very intriguing.

    2. Owen

      Watched the Bagley highlights. He is pretty intriguing. He moves incredibly well for someone who is 6’11.

    3. Bruno Almeida

      Collin Sexton has also been unbelievable in his first 3 games, including that weird as hell 3v5 game.

    4. kevin5318

      Jarren Jackson also looks like a defensive monster who could pair well with KP.

      I really want Mikal Bridges to pair with Frank and Timmy on the Wings though.

    5. wetbandit

      I know most didn’t agree with my thoughts before on this season, but I’m doubling down- What is the point of winning more games by virtue of guys like Lee (older), Kanter (expensive), Jarrett Jack (older), etc., if they cost us better draft picks? If we had played Baker-Frank/Hardaway-Dotson/McDermott-THJ/KP/Willy-OQuinn, we’d be losing more games, gaining a much better draft pick, and giving some of these guys (Willy especially) more minutes and experience.

      Jack wasn’t supposed to be a difference maker but he is, and Lee is stabilizing some of the younger players’ erratic play, while Kanter is playing very well and contributing many wins while probably being too expensive for us to keep long-term.

      Maybe I’m just alone in not enjoying this record, mostly because it’s on stilts that will be gone in a year or two.

    6. ess-dog

      I love what Kanter has brought this year, but this team won’t be serious contenders for at least another 3 years, so I think you have to trade him if you get the right offer. Kyle and Lee are just worth getting off the books, honestly.

      This team needs more athleticism. You’d think there would be more minutes for Dotson considering they need better athletes out there, but I understand they need to showcase Lee. Still don’t know wtf Baker can bring to the table… guess we’ll find out soon enough.

    7. Bruno Almeida

      I also agree. I’m happy with wins and good ball movement and some guys progressing, but if we’re gonna collapse in the 2nd half of the season, better start now.

      The good start should bring some value to the veteran dudes, and the draft is looking about as stacked as 2017. Dallas is looking better, but the Grizzlies are imploding real hard, so the competition will be very difficult.

      I don’t think Horny or Mills or Perry will go with it anyway.

    8. wetbandit

      What I’m saying is, it’s better to get them off the books sooner than to wait for a great trade. As long as there’s no long-term contract involved, I’m good. It seems that a youth core of only KP/Hardaway, with Frank/Willy/Dotson/Baker in the “who knows” category is not enough.

      BTW: hot take, but I would absolutely trade Hardaway (preferably Lee) and a vet or two for a high first this yr, and many teams would bite.

    9. Bruno Almeida

      If the team does decide to try to win now, is there any chance we could partake in the inevitable to come Marc Gasol chase, or even Conley? Gasol seems pissed and completely done with Memphis.

      Would Kanter + Dotson + a protected pick somewhere down the line do it, maybe Willy? Would they ask for Frank or the 2018 pick? Just speculating a bit.

    10. swiftandabundant

      @ 5 – wet bandit – Jack is a place holder and Frank is getting plenty of minutes. Who would you rather take his minutes? Kanter is expensive NOW but could be a piece moving forward as he’s only 25.

    11. thenoblefacehumper

      There is exactly one player on the roster who might fit the following criteria:

      1) Has some trade value
      2) Has no chance of being part of a future good Knicks’ team

      That player is Courtney Lee. We should definitely trade Courtney Lee if we can, no doubt about that.

      Literally everyone else on the roster either has a chance of being part of the future, or has no trade value at all. For that reason, I can’t get on the front office for not aggressively finding suitors for these guys.

    12. Bruno Almeida

      Also, off topic, someone recommended watching Deadwood, can’t really remember who it was, we were discussing The Wire and best shows ever. Just want to say thank you, I’m almost done with the 1st season and loving it.

    13. The Glass Half Rebuilt

      The Knicks definitely need to trade the 32 year old Courtney Lee who is having a career year. I love the guy and he’s a team captain but he’s playing out of his mind and a team with contention hopes could give up a 1st round pick for him. He’s currently better than every guard in Cleveland for example.

    14. wetbandit

      Courtney Lee should go. Lance too. Enes Kanter is a weird case since he is both young and expensive, but given his apparent synergy with KP and their incredibly complementary games, I could see his usefulness. If that is the case, then O’quinn’s gotta go, since Willy is lacking both minutes and confidence behind these two older players.

      There’s also the larger issue of ‘trying to win games’ playing vets like Jack, O’Quinn, Lee, Lance, and Beasley big minutes, and late in close games, which may win you a game or two, but then the younger guys lose out.

    15. ClashFan

      @15
      Bruno, I (and maybe someone else, too) recommended Deadwood. It is my all-time favorite TV show, and I’m hopeful that the recent rumors that an HBO movie may be forthcoming are true this time. There have been rumors on and off since the show was cancelled. Apparently Milch has had a screenplay ready for some time but HBO has hemmed and hawed on greenlighting it.

      As for trading the veterans, I am all for that, but we don’t know what deal, if any, can be done at this time. Sure, Lee, LT, and either OQ or Kanter should be traded (I’d deal OQ) if anything can be gotten. Since the new FO got a fair deal for Melo by being patient, let’s give them some slack.

      If we get deep into January and the team is below .500, there will be a lot more urgency to deal and give the young guys more time. Willy really needs to see more time. He’s looked bad out there, but he needs to get lots of regular rotation time to see if he can improve.

    16. Bruno Almeida

      @18

      Thank you my friend, I really love it, I have very very high hopes for seasons 2 and 3. It’s raw, very well written and beautifully done.

      I think most teams will be reluctant on trading for Lee simply because of the years on his contract, which is a shame. He could fetch a very nice price if he had 1 or 2 years left on his deal.

    17. nicos

      Interesting stat: Ramon Sessions has drawn more shooting fouls (6) in 100 minutes than Jack (1!!) and Frank (3) combined in 682 minutes. Lance Thomas also has drawn 6 in 212 minutes. I’m not suggesting putting Sessions back in the rotation- just saying it’s kind of amazing that the Knicks are 9th in offensive efficiency (per basketball reference) while getting zero penetration from their point guards.

    18. ClashFan

      @19
      Since you’ve finished season one, I’ll say that the subplot with the preacher was one of the most powerful stories ever on TV. What happens is shocking, horrifying, and touching all at the same time. And that’s just one of many amazing stories/character arcs over the three years.

      I would hope that if a team interested in Lee offered a first rounder and some sort of matching salary or two with the same or less years than Lee, that the Knicks would jump at it.

      I see that Harkless has lost his starting spot in Portland but is young and can defend at the three. He’d be interesting to pair with McD. However, I don’t see a trade match with the Knicks. Lee would make sense for the Knicks, but not Portland.

    19. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      That player is Courtney Lee. We should definitely trade Courtney Lee if we can, no doubt about that.

      Exactly what are you expecting to get for Lee?

      He’s a good two-way player.
      He can space the floor.
      He’s on a fair contract
      He’s probably having the best year of his career so far

      But despite all that, I don’t think we are going to be able to get a similar quality “young” player that plays a different position or a really good draft pick for him. He can definitely get moved very easily, but at best you are going get back a similar older veteran with maybe 1 less year on his contract or maybe a young player on a bad contract. No one is going to give away an attractive young player or good first round pick for Courtney Lee. The only possibility of that happening is if a legit title contender has an injury to a key SG and is willing to lose the trade long term to keep their title hopes alive in the short term.

      The Knicks don’t have much to trade other than O’Quinn. The rest either have the potential to be part of the long term plans, have an unmovable contract (without including a pick), or they aren’t going to get us anything we need.

    20. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      If the team does decide to try to win now, is there any chance we could partake in the inevitable to come Marc Gasol chase, or even Conley? Gasol seems pissed and completely done with Memphis.

      I don’t think there’s any chance they’d go that route. They are both too old.

      I think we need to differentiate between “win now” and “improve now”.

      They are 2 different things.

      “Win now” has a negative connotation to it because it implies mortgaging the future to improve now. I don’t think there’s much chance they would do that. I think the organization understands that’s a bad idea. However, I think they would be willing to take the “improve now” route.

      By that I mean if they can make a trade that does not damage the long term cap space, flexibility, and development, but improves the team now, I think they will definitely do it.

      IMO, they have no plans to purposely tank away wins or trade away a player that adds wins so they can get a better pick. They are trying to get BETTER short term without damaging the long term process that involves developing young players, adding players via drat, and hopefully also adding good players on attractive contracts (to potentially be traded later).

    21. hoolahoop

      The way I see it, the knicks dumpster fire is over. Going into this season, they seemed destined to be among the worst in the league. Now, they look like a solid, middle of the pack team. Forget tanking. It’s not worth blowing up another season trying to get worse for the hope a better draft pick. Exhibit A: Okafor.
      Now, they need to build. The knicks are one or two players from being a top four team in the East.They need a good young PG with potential to be excellent.
      KP, Kantner, and Hardaway are the core to build around.
      Hermagomez and Ntilikina are maybe’s. They should get big minutes to determine their upside. Unless they show real potential, start shopping them along with O’Quinn, Lee and everyone else for a YOUNG PG. They’re going to have to give up something good to get something good.
      If a great trade doesn’t present itself, sit tight and wait for the right opportunity. which always occurs.
      O’Q, Lee are best trade bait.
      Mission 1 – PG

    22. GoNyGoNyGo

      As we start yammering away about breaking up this team, trading everyone, let me ask a fundamental question, ‘Who on this team can be part of a world championship team?’ I’ll follow that up by asking, ‘What does this team need to be a championship team?’

      I had dinner with a pal on Friday. He’s a casual fan and was so excited about the Knicks and thought I would be too. That is until I showed him that our schedule was a heavy “home” schedule and that in January we only play 4 home games. He said, “We’ll kill Atlanta and maybe we can steal a win against Houston. Of course he was wrong.

      My answer to my second question is that we need two more bonafide 2-way stars; one wing and a point guard. What would this team be with Kemba Walker and DeRozen?

    23. Frank O.

      I like Kanter.
      Jack is a placeholder.
      Lee is a very solid 2.
      Hardaway is a very good wing.
      O’Quinn won’t get you much and he is a solid backup center.
      Frank is developing.
      KP is very good.

      I like this team for now. We need a point guard. I think Kanter could be the starting center on an elite team.
      We need to shed Noah. Hernangomez is playing like a guy disappointed he’s not starting, rather than a young kid who’s hungry. He needs to mature more.
      I just don’t see any reason to rock the boat.

      We really need a good point guard.

      One thing I would change: stop dumping the ball to KP and letting him go isolation in the high block.
      It’s too Melo-ish. Get him in the flow.

    24. Bruno Almeida

      @21

      It’s really heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, which is a sign of great writing and acting to me. Trixie’s story arc has me in love too for the same reasons, portraying the sort of clash between the inevitability of the situations with the hope, dreams and feelings of a young girl.

    25. mase

      here is a list of players who seem to come up in trade chatter, they all are on the last years of their rookie contracts… does it make sense to pursue any of them? who can we get to make us better in the long run?

      harkless’ , i’ll admit i know nothing about him…
      nerlens noel, players like him and julius randle would make a formidable froncourt with KP
      … okafor(no need for him),
      hezonja, could make a step in the right direction with our euro squad.

    26. GoNyGoNyGo

      If I could trade Lee and parts for a top-10 point guard, I would do it.

      When I say top-10 point guards I mean the likes of Steph Curry, Lillard, Kyrie, Kemba, Lowry, Westbrook, Wall, Simmons, Jrue or CP3. Then we can draft a wing.

      The think is, we have tradeable assets now. Maybe it’s time for a sensible swap?

    27. Frank O.

      no one will give up a top 10 point guard for Lee as the anchor of some trade involving other Knicks pieces, without KP being in the mix.
      People don’t trade top 10 point guards unless the player hates where he is an is about to become a FA.

    28. thenamestsam

      I think we need to differentiate between “win now” and “improve now”.

      They are 2 different things.

      “Win now” has a negative connotation to it because it implies mortgaging the future to improve now. I don’t think there’s much chance they would do that. I think the organization understands that’s a bad idea. However, I think they would be willing to take the “improve now” route.

      By that I mean if they can make a trade that does not damage the long term cap space, flexibility, and development, but improves the team now, I think they will definitely do it.

      IMO, they have no plans to purposely tank away wins or trade away a player that adds wins so they can get a better pick. They are trying to get BETTER short term without damaging the long term process that involves developing young players, adding players via drat, and hopefully also adding good players on attractive contracts (to potentially be traded later).

      So we’re not giving up anything with any value long-term but we’re also making a short-term talent upgrade in the trade? Why is the other team taking back lesser short-term talent without getting back anything with long-term value?

    29. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      IMO, we are 2 all star caliber players away from making serious noise in the east. That wouldn’t be enough to beat a healthy Warrior team (then again who can), but we would be really good. We need an all star caliber PG and wing.

      We don’t have the surplus assets required to make a trade for a young player of that caliber at either position unless we include 1st round picks. We could also create some cap space by stretching Noah and making a couple of other moves to sign a free agent, but that’s not an easy task either.

      It’s way too soon to determine whether Frank can reach that level at PG in 2-4 years, but since we at least have a prospect at PG, we should probably try to land a wing in the draft this year if we aren’t going to go the trade or free agency route. Frankly, if we landed a legit young all star caliber wing via trade or free agency we might be able to make a little noise next year if Frank makes decent progress.

    30. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      So we’re not giving up anything with any value long-term but we’re also making a short-term talent upgrade in the trade? Why is the other team taking back lesser short-term talent without getting back anything with long-term value?

      If we could trade O’Quinn for someone that plays solid SF on a team with a surplus of SFs, both teams could get better. Of course you also try to win the trade if you can by being smarter than the other guy and getting back the better player, but I agree we can’t count on that.

      Our problem is that we really don’t have much in the way of a surplus anywhere other than O’Quinn at C and we need an upgrade at SF and PG.

    31. Grocer

      Noel could be a nice add but if he’s good and healthy this year he’s gonna get paid and if he’s not he’ll be cheap but we won’t want him.

    32. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      I found the report that Melo had actually also approved a trade to Portland in the event a deal could not be worked out with Houston, OKC or Cleveland to be interesting. Basically it came down to “I’ll go anywhere you can work out a deal as long as it’s legitimate serious playoff team”.

    33. hoolahoop

      @33
      Agreed. This is exactly what the knicks should be doing.
      PG should be the priority, but if they pick up a good young wing, they can fill the PG gap with a good, older veteran (J. Kidd type) to develop Ntilikina, until they find the young missing piece.

      In the mean time, they need to continue to develop a tough, hardworking, defensive identity. The more they win, the more attractive they’ll be for free agents.

    34. kevin5318

      The great thing about Frank is that we don’t need him to be our PG of the future with his size and length. Having him as a secondary ball handler could be huge for us with his play making skills.

    35. The Glass Half Rebuilt

      If you don’t believe Frank is the answer at point guard then you’re looking at Trevon Duval in the draft. There is no other point guard that is going to be traded. This team as currently set up reminds me of the 2009 Jets who were really solid everywhere but at pass rusher and had a rookie QB. If the Knicks had even an average point guard we’d probably be a top 5 offense and top 15 defense. Luckily we’re a young group and have room to grow. Maybe we’ll miss the playoffs, Frank will improve into an attacking guard in the off season and we’ll land Porter Jr who goes on to have a healthy career.

      I know one thing, though. KP, Kanter, and Tim Hardaway Jr are the start of something really nice.

    36. GoNyGoNyGo

      in what world would any team trade a top ten pg for Lee?

      Lee alone, no. Lee + Hernangomez or O’Quinn + 2nd round pick might.

      @33 – Pretty much what I said too. But until we have a top caliber PG, we are nothing more than an also-ran. Oh, and I’m not advocating a trade. What I am advocating is a draft pick and a free agent, the other player being a wing.

    37. mase

      ‘Lee alone, no. Lee + Hernangomez or O’Quinn + 2nd round pick might.’

      does not get you a top 10 pg… gets you a young Pg like ish smith or jordan clarkson

    38. ClashFan

      RE Bruno, the only Deadwood character that I never really warmed up to is Calamity Jane. For some reason I just didn’t find her compelling. BTW, season two adds a couple more interesting characters to the mix, so have fun!

      I agree that the Knicks need a good young wing, someone who can guard the bigger threes in the league who often kill us. Lee and Hardaway are just not equipped to do that. Lee is doing his best, but he’s undersized. McD has been hot and cold, but seems more like a bench rotation guy unless he improves and becomes more consistent.

      Even with Frank’s potential, another young PG with upside is also important. Maybe this year’s picks can add a wing and a pg with lots of potential. I’d prioritize defense in both positions, though three point shooting would be nice, too.

      The Knicks flat out need more athleticism.

    39. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      Deadwood is one of the greatest shows of all time. On my model it gets a WS/48 of .45.

      I automatically watch anything that Ian McShane is in no matter what.

    40. djphan

      trevon duval looks ok as a prospect and probably solidly in the lottery right now…. his shot is definitely broken though….

    41. Bruno Almeida

      @44

      That makes two of us, love him.

      @clashfan, I can definitely see why but I like Jane’s character in principle a lot. She’s the would be kind hearted person if the circumstances didnt destroy her so damn hard. I got annoyed by her a few times in the first season so far but she represents an archetype I find very important for the setting, the nice person who creates a tough facade because she’s in the middle of fuck all and can’t just get through life with good looks or cleverness. Even if she’s a bit too archetypical for my taste, so far she has sorta rounded up the stellar women cast well for me, being the counterpart to Alma, Trixie and Joanie.

    42. thenamestsam

      Man, who would want to be an NBA coach?

      Seriously, it was like 5 minutes ago that all the preseason stuff was talking about him as a strength of the team and how much they overacheived last year. One bad stretch (with a distinctly untalented roster sans Conley) and he’s out the door. Granted you’re well compensated for your trouble, but the lack of job security is just crazy.

    43. GoNyGoNyGo

      gets you a young Pg like ish smith or jordan clarkson

      That level of PGs are available as free agents so I disagree. 2018 free agent PGs: Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Isaiah Thomas, Devon Harris, Dante Exum, Marcus Smart, Rajon Rondo, Elfrid Payton and Michael-Carter Williams.

    44. TheOakmanCometh

      Seems like most people agree that this team is 2 All-Stars away from being a conference finals contender. There are 3 ways any team can get All-Star players: draft them, sign them as free agents, or develop them internally.

      The Knicks have almost no cap room this summer, thanks to the Kanter ($18.6), Noah ($18.5), and Hardaway ($17.3) contracts. In 2019 we’ll have about $10m left of space once you subtract Zinger’s max extension, our 2018 pick’s salary, and fill in the rest with minimum salary types. That’s assuming we don’t sign ANY multi-year deals this offseason, including re-signing McBuckets or KOQ. Bottom line, we’re not getting any All-Star free agents in 2019 either. So free agency is out.

      As far as developing stars internally, the only guy who could conceivably make a huge leap is Frank. But right now I would not bet my life on him becoming an All-Star.

      That leaves the draft. To me, this is by far the most realistic option. The top of the 2018 draft looks good, and it is in our best interests to be picking there. That’s why I would happily trade our vets away for minimal returns, rise in the lottery, and improve our odds at getting a true star. Stars are the only thing that win championships. We can always find Lee/Kanter/Lance/Willy complimentary types later.

      Small step back, big step forward.

    45. geo

      Jack McCall: Should we shake hands or something, relieve the atmosphere? I mean how stupid do you think I am?
      Wild Bill Hickok: I don’t know. I just met you.

      ditto on all the love for deadwood…i’m partial to westerns as is – but, the writing on that show was insane…

      yeah, seems like fizdale got totally rooked…

    46. The Glass Half Rebuilt

      I think the thing we have to look at, as far as the Knicks go, is if we can get a 23 year old Willy Hernangomez and a 32 year old Joakim Noah to produce at a similar rate as a 25 year old Enes Kanter and a 27 year old Kyle O’Quinn. If the answer to that question is yes, then we should let Kanter and O’Quinn walk and go hard after a wing player like Paul George. If the answer is no, we need to flip Willy Hernangomez fast.

    47. MKinLA

      Fitzdale antagonized by far the most important player in team history by needlessly benching him in the 4th yesterday and then not explaining / communicating.

      In a small-market like Memphis, you just can not piss off stars, because getting them / getting them to stay is so hard.

    48. 2FOR18, understands math

      The only realistic way we’re getting another star player (realistic is not trading Lee and flotsam for one) is through the draft, which means trading Lee and O’quinn for anything with a short contract and some type of draft pick and playing the young guys.

    49. kevin5318

      I’m pro-tank but its not really absurd to say that guys will want to come here in 2020. KP will be 25, Frank 22, Timmy 28 and Kanter 28(if you want to include him).

      In the short term obviously its better to build through the draft.

    50. TheOakmanCometh

      That’s right. Clearing out Lee, Lance, and Kanter for expirings has the dual benefit of making us worse (allowing us to maybe get one star in the draft) and freeing up cap space (allowing us to maybe sign a star in free agency).

      There is no other plausible path to contender status in the next 4 years.

    51. Ben R

      Kanter is very much looking like a top 10 -15 center. A long term piece that complements KP well. Hardaway since his slow start has also looked every bit like the player we want him to be, a top 10-15 SG. We don’t need two more all-stars, we need a solid starting 3 and a solid starting 1, one of which should be at least a fringe all-star if we want to truly compete.

      We don’t need superstars, a forward like Crowder or Harris or Otto Porter would be more than enough. Maybe we can steal away MKG or roll the dice on Parker.

      We have three foundational pieces, plus a couple of potential long term bench pieces in Dotson, McDermott and Willy. If Ntilikina is the real deal we are in a great position. If he’s not then we have a problem.

      If we can get value from Lee or O’Quinn or Thomas then of course but if not keep them. There is no rush.

    52. Brian Cronin

      We don’t need superstars, a forward like Crowder or Harris or Otto Porter would be more than enough

      Otto Porter is A. amazing and B. making $24 million a year, so….huh? How did he get mixed in with those guys?

    53. JK47

      This is going to be a long and slow rebuild, in large part because of Phil’s, um, “hybrid approach.” If Phil had the foresight and acumen to tear everything down and go with a youth movement on day one, we’d be a lot further along in the rebuild right now. Instead we’re in a kind of limbo, where we add one player per year through the draft and keep our fingers crossed that we don’t draft too many busts while we wait for the bad contracts to come off the books. It’s going to be a long haul.

    54. Knick fan not in NJ at this time

      I am really not in favor of Knicks’ management going out and looking for a trade at the moment. The current Knicks’ team is basically new, because of the large number of new players and because they are changing their offensive and defensive systems from last year. With a year together under their belt and hopefully the normal improvements of young players, next year they should be better. I’m also not upset that Hernangomez isn’t getting many minutes. Sometimes finding out you have to do more to be the NBA player you think you are is the best thing that can happen to players (See THJ as an example). Of course it would be nice to fix our center glut, but there is plenty of time for that. We shouldn’t do anything on the trade market until the trade deadline approaches and other teams feel forced to make a move. Then maybe something good will come our way. Otherwise, we can just wait for next summer to make moves.

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