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Friday, December 15, 2017

Knicks Morning News (2017.12.03)

  • [SNY Knicks] Patrick Ewing “knew if someone didn’t wash their hands” after using the bathroom
    (Saturday, December 02, 2017 3:05:55 PM)

    Former Knicks trainer Timmy Walsh shared amusing Patrick Ewing stories.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis misses practice (illness), questionable for Sunday
    (Saturday, December 02, 2017 11:25:51 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis missed practice Saturday (illness) and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Magic.

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis can add illness to his ailment list
    (Saturday, December 02, 2017 9:29:25 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis has a second reason he could miss the Knicks’ next game. In addition to still recovering from the sprained right ankle he suffered during Wednesday’s win over the Heat, Porzingis missed his second straight practice Saturday with an illness, and is being listed as questionable to play Sunday against the Magic at Madison…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ offensive revival sparked by this journeyman
    (Saturday, December 02, 2017 1:45:19 PM)

    Instantly, Jarrett Jack understood everything he had ever heard. The hype was warranted. The buzz was confirmed. The Georgia Tech freshman walked into Madison Square Garden for the first time — 15 years ago this week, to face Marist — and walked out with a memory that still makes the 34-year-old smile like a kid….

  • [NYPost] Courtney Lee on love for John Starks, life without Phil Jackson
    (Saturday, December 02, 2017 8:47:11 AM)

    Knicks guard Courtney Lee takes a shot at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: How would you describe your hunger to win an NBA title? A: I would describe it as a lion in the jungle that had not eaten over months. If you watch me play, man, even if I’m having a…

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis misses practice with illness, sprained ankle
    (Saturday, December 02, 2017 10:01:34 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks were dribbling and shooting and defending and rebounding Saturday on the MSG Training Center court, but their 7-3 standout was standing out with his absence.

  • [NYDN] Ankle injury may keep Kristaps Porzingis out of Magic game
    (Saturday, December 02, 2017 3:59:51 PM)

    The Knicks not only survived without Kristaps Porzingis for the final 45 minutes against the Miami Heat last Wednesday.

  • [NYDN] Fun & heroic tales from ex-Knicks, Nets trainer Timmy Walsh
    (Saturday, December 02, 2017 9:45:55 AM)

    A doctor at a L.A. hospital had just cleared one of the Nets players to travel with the team, but Timmy Walsh knew something wasn’t right.

  • 19 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2017.12.03)

    1. danvt

      Alright, here we are. #8 in the conference just ahead of IND. In the playoffs as of now. Any chance the team could get better? I think maybe. I’ve said all along that this is a new team. They’ve been inconsistent. They’ve had injuries. Still, they’ve managed to inject some real energy into the home crowd. Personally, as a fan of the team, I say, if they can solidify playoff position, let the draft be damned. Keep the Vets. I really like Lee and O’Quinn. If they fall into oblivion by the trade deadline, let’s try to clear some cap and play Dotson and Ntilikina big minutes. It seems that there have got to be teams that would be anxious to make deals based on the early season play of many Knicks vets. I think Lee in particular is an asset that a contending would drool over and be willing to overlook his cap # and age.

      It seems the major reason for the team’s success so far is Kanter. He’s clearly been their best center since Chandler and probably their best player. Storm clouds on the horizon in that we were hoping for a leap from Wily which has not occurred. Also, I have to admit I’m worried about Frank now. On the bright side, KP seems to be a verified number 1 option and a very good two way player.

      What does it all add up to? It’s fun being a fan of a Melo-less, egoless, hustling team. Maybe the fun now comes at the expense of a top pick but maybe there are options to improve without it.

    2. ess-dog

      Yeah I’d simply like to add that I freakin hate Melo’s game and am so glad he’s gone. Watching him play was like watching flies swarm around fresh dogshit. He seems like a great guy, but this team is infinitely more watchable with him in Oklahoma.

    3. at knicksfantv

      The buzz if def back at MSG. They play hard, fast and smart (most of the time). The only tradeable assets are Lee and Kanter. If they are out of it by the deadline, I would try to move Lee if I can get a 1 (doubtful). If not, just stand pat and let this team gel. I think Frank should go to the d league and work on his offensive game. For more news and debates, follow us at knicksfantv on all social sites. Peace

    4. Bruno Almeida

      @1

      This back to back with Orlando and Indiana will tell us a lot I think. KP and Ntilikina should be both available and both opponents are on a similar situation than ours, young teams hovering around decency, with pretty good and pretty terrible stretches of play. Orlando was in absolute free fall, best OKC them promptly got destroyed by the Warriors right after, so this one should be a win. The Pacers game will be tougher but certainly winnable.

    5. Brian Cronin

      . Personally, as a fan of the team, I say, if they can solidify playoff position, let the draft be damned. Keep the Vets. I really like Lee and O’Quinn.

      Ha, when I saw this the other day from you, Dan, “Last night looked pretty conspicuous in terms of the minutes O’Quinn and Lee both got. They both played well and are probably drawing attention. I guess I’m starting to think it might be time. I’d be sad to lose those guys because I really like them but I’m not seeing a leap from here where we rip off ten wins in a row and put ourselves in the middle of the playoff picture.” I was, like, “Wha? Dan is saying that?”

      Good to know that that was just an errant thought. ;)

    6. wetbandit

      If the guys getting you those wins are older and not with the team in 5 yrs, at least not in the same role, then what’s the point of winning

    7. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      I saw some interesting stats the other day about Frank’s shot distribution in France vs. on the Knicks. He’s getting way fewer spot up shots in NY. That could be because of the superior defenses in the NBA, but I think it’s at least partially related to his lack of confidence and the team not getting him high quality shots. He’s going to have to get better at shooting off the dribble long term if he wants to be a top PG, but I think if they run some screens and plays for him to improve the quality of his shots he will raise his efficiency to a level similar to what we saw in France on low usage. That’s all we need from him at 19 anyway. Just score efficiently on low usage.

    8. Bruno Almeida

      @7

      One thing that I would like to see more is lineups with Hardaway + Ntilikina with Hardaway initiating the plays. Teams are not going to respect Frank’s shooting until he knocks a couple at least, so there should be plenty of opportunities for spot ups with Hardaway running pick and rolls for example. The same could be done with playing Baker + Frank together, maybe, or even using Sessions if he’s indeed back in the rotation.

    9. DS

      @1 – I think with or without Lee and/or KOQ, that at the end of this season, we end up somewhere between the 7th seed (ahead of Detroit?) and landing a decent, but not surefire lottery pick.

      If so, is it really worth it to hurt the team’s future just to give them a better chance of a 7 or 8 seed? I vote no.

      KOQ is already behind Kanter and KP on the depth chart and then there’s WHG and Noah who, though stiff and overpaid, will probably not be totally useless. Losing Lee would hurt but his age makes him a better fit for a roster with older players.

    10. Stratomatic says "NY basketball is back"

      @8

      I agree. I’m curious about Frank and Baker. That was one of the combos I suspect they had in mind before we changed management. There’s no reason we can’t at least look at it some more. If it turns out to be a disaster so be it.

    11. thenoblefacehumper

      My way too early draft hopes based on where our picks seem like they might fall:

      -Bruce Brown from Miami with our first rounder (15-20 range)
      -Bonzie Colson from Notre Dame with the Chicago second rounder (31 as of now!)
      -Euro stash with our own second rounder unless someone intriguing is still on the board (Devonte Graham?)

    12. thenoblefacehumper

      Philly has our second rounder for the next several years, IIRC. But we could always buy another.

      They receive either the Knicks’ or Clippers’ second rounder this year, which ever is better. Right now that’s the Clippers’ and it seems likely to stay that way.

    13. Silky Johnson, Fleet Admiral of the Tank Armada

      We have the CHI 2nd rounder and the worse of either our 2nd or the Clippers second due to swap rights with Philly, so we have 3 draft picks this year.

      My ideal choices, given where we are:
      Our first (~pick #13-17): Rui Hachimura, Killian Tillie, Mikal Bridges
      Chicago 2nd (~#31-33): Rodions Kurucs, Isaac Bonga
      Our 2nd/LAC 2nd (let’s just say 42): Rodions, Bonga, Devnote Graham

    14. nicos

      I saw some interesting stats the other day about Frank’s shot distribution in France vs. on the Knicks. He’s getting way fewer spot up shots in NY. That could be because of the superior defenses in the NBA, but I think it’s at least partially related to his lack of confidence and the team not getting him high quality shots. He’s going to have to get better at shooting off the dribble long term if he wants to be a top PG, but I think if they run some screens and plays for him to improve the quality of his shots he will raise his efficiency to a level similar to what we saw in France on low usage.

      I don’t know about running plays to get shots for literally the worst shooter on the team. Over 50% of his shots have been either open or wide open and he’s still bricking them. Almost all of his threes are assisted (88%) and he’s still shooting 25% on those. He’s shooting well enough on long twos that I think he’ll eventually be a decent three point shooter but his problems go beyond shot distribution at the moment.

    15. wetbandit

      Could this be true? The reason we don’t have a 2019 2nd is because we traded Travis Outlaw, exchange rights for our 2018 2nd, and a 2019 2nd to Philly for Arnett Moultrie, who we then waived? WHY?
      The 2020/21 picks were also traded to Hinkie, but for his 35th pick, which was Willy. So I guess that’s ok.

    16. wetbandit

      Cole Jowles, #1 WP48 Knicks Superstar
      October 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm
      Who needs draft picks, anyway? Not like you can get an undervalued bargain at the league minimum on totally non-guaranteed contracts in the 2nd round or anything.

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