Knicks Morning News (2018.07.26)

  • [NYPost] Knicks take a flier on Celtics’ G-League star
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 1:37:21 PM)

    The Knicks added 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard Kadeem Allen on Wednesday. He logged 107 minutes over 18 games last season for the Celtics, but averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, five assists and 2.2 steals in 34 games for their G-League squad in Maine. The addition gives the Knicks 17 players under contract, discounting the two-ways. The…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis pushes ACL fears away and welcomes Fizdale in
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:48:32 AM)

    The timing of Kristaps Porzingis’ return to the court remains unclear, but the Knicks star is promising last season’s ACL tear won’t be on his mind. As he continues his rehab process overseas — with new Knicks coach David Fizdale visiting him in Latvia this week — Porzingis is focused on the mental side of…

  • [NYPost] Is this Kevin Knox comment a dig at Carmelo Anthony?
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:45:59 AM)

    Kevin Knox’s pro-basketball career began with head-turning performances during the summer league. And now he has a head-turning opinion of his new competition. The Knicks’ ninth-overall pick chimed in on one of Carmelo Anthony’s infamous workout videos on Instagram on Tuesday, “Hoodie Melo” this time working out with former Knick/current Buck Brandon Jennings and Detroit’s Stanley…

  • [NYDN] How about building more great high schools?
    (Thursday, July 26, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Call it New York City’s version of Groundhog Day.

    Instead of waiting for a tiny creature to pop out and determine when winter’s over, everyone waits for the results of the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) to decide who wins access to some of the country’s best public schools and…

  • [NYDN] Family values a la Trump: a travesty of law and order
    (Thursday, July 26, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Thursday comes another court-imposed deadline the Trump administration is sure to blow right past: to reunite immigrant families torn asunder in the cruel policy of punishing border-crossers by ripping sons and daughters from their mothers and fathers.

    Federal officials Tuesday told U.S. District…

  • [NYDN] What’ll it take, John? Flanagan must bring back speed cameras outside schools
    (Thursday, July 26, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    It’s been one full day since the state Senate, led by Long Island Republican John Flanagan, let legal authorization lapse for life-saving speed-enforcement cameras around city schools, putting pedestrians, and children especially, in danger of reckless drivers.

    Why is New York City at Albany’s…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Daily News staff cuts
    (Thursday, July 26, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Eyes and ears needed on the beat

    Charlotte, N.C.: I have no ties to NYC but, nevertheless, I paid for an online subscription to the Daily News. You must ask yourself why I would think it worth my hard-earned dollar to do this. The very simple answer is that I thoroughly enjoyed the content, the…

  • [NYDN] Man sentenced to 255 years for sexually assaulting, robbing, kidnapping farm workers
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:50:00 PM)

    DOVER, N.H. — A judge has sentenced a man who was convicted of sexually assaulting, robbing and tying up workers at a New Hampshire farm to a maximum of 255 years in state prison.

    The Portsmouth Herald reports 47-year-old Joshua Flynn was sentenced Wednesday after he was found guilty of aggravated…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: The harrowing moment an officer saves man from being hit by commuter train
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:30:00 PM)

    A New Jersey police officer risked his own life and saved a man from being hit by a commuter train — sprinting and yelling at the person standing on the tracks.

    “Hey, Bud! Hey, move! Stop the train!” Perth Amboy rookie Patrolman Kyle Savoia can be heard screaming in his body camera video Thursday.

  • [NYDN] LeBron James and son’s AAU basketball team bolt Las Vegas gym after altercation
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 10:55:00 PM)

    LeBron James and his son’s AAU basketball team reportedly left a Las Vegas area high school Wednesday night and cancelled their game after an altercation broke out in the building.

    The new Lakers star was on hand to watch his eighth-grade son “Bronny” James play with the North Coast Blue Chips…

  • [NYDN] GOP Senate candidate giving away machine capable of building assault rifles
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 10:10:00 PM)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri is giving away a machine that can make rifles.

    Former Libertarian presidential candidate Austin Petersen on Tuesday sent an email to supporters advertising the giveaway. He says the milling machine can build “untraceable”…

  • [NYDN] Julio Jones, Falcons reportedly agree on revised deal and star receiver will report to training camp
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:15:00 PM)

    There won’t be a holdout.

    The Falcons and Julio Jones agreed on a revised contract that adjusts his salary for the upcoming season, according to NFL Network, and the team announced late Wednesday night that the star receiver would be at training camp.

    Atlanta’s first practice is scheduled for Friday.

  • [NYDN] Radio hosts facing heat for calling New Jersey attorney general ‘turban man’ on air
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:10:00 PM)

    TRENTON, N.J. — Two New Jersey radio hosts are receiving heavy criticism for repeatedly referring to the state’s attorney general as “turban man” on air.

    The Record reports WKXW-FM hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco made the comments Wednesday while discussing Gurbir Grewal’s recent order to suspend…

  • [NYDN] Sean Spicer gets heckled at NYC book signing — ‘You lied as press secretary, now you’re lying in your book’
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:05:00 PM)

    Guess this guy won’t be buying Sean Spicer’s new book.

    An angry protester showed up to the former press secretary’s press conference at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square and hurled insults before he was snapped up by security and tossed out.

    “Hey Sean you’re a real piece of garbage and I hope…

  • [NYDN] Man who destroyed Trump’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016 working to secure bail for ‘copycat’ vandal
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    They both used pickaxes to destroy Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — and one was devising a concrete plan to bail the other out of jail Wednesday.

    James Otis, a member of the wealthy Otis Elevator family, said he was willing to put up $2,000 of his own money if he could find a…

  • [NYDN] Former ESPN host Britt McHenry reportedly hired at Fox News
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 8:45:00 PM)

    Britt McHenry has found her next gig.

    The conservative pundit has joined Fox News, The Wrap reported late Wednesday night.

    McHenry was laid off in a round of mass cuts at ESPN, but famously blamed her exit on her politics.

    “I mean I’ve been openly Conservative … look how that ended up,” she wrote…

  • [NYDN] Decomposed body surfaces in waters near Trump’s Bronx golf course
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 8:30:00 PM)

    A heavily decomposed body surfaced in the waters off Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx on Wednesday night, police said.

    Police found the body in the East River at about 8:30 p.m., about 500 yards from the golf course, said Officer George Tsourovakas, an NYPD spokesman.

    The corpse was…

  • [NYDN] Hedge fund exec drops sexual harassment suit against her boss after he counter-sues and accuses her of theft
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 8:15:00 PM)

    A hedge-fund exec who sued her boss for sexual harassment has agreed to drop the suit without getting a dime — after the fund’s manager accused her of concocting her claims to derail an embezzlement probe.

    Kate Merli, the former CFO of Snow Park Capital Partners sued fund manager Jeffrey Pierce…

  • [NYDN] C.J. McCollum called Kevin Durant’s decision to join Warriors ‘soft’ and, well, the Golden State star responded
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 8:15:00 PM)

    Kevin Durant didn’t use a burner account to go off after C.J. McCollum called the star’s decision to join the Warriors “soft.”

    After KD made fun of the Trail Blazers on McCollum’s podcast — “bro, you know you guys aren’t going to win a championship — the Portland guard shared his feelings on Durant’s…

  • [NYDN] Former pilot gets 1 year in prison for flying while drunk
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 8:10:00 PM)

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A former Alaska Airlines pilot who flew a passenger plane while drunk has been sentenced in California to a year and a day in federal prison.

    David Hans Arntson of Newport Beach was also fined $10,000 on Wednesday.

    In 2014, Arntson flew an Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego…

  • [NYDN] Man tries bribing cops with Krispy Kreme doughnuts to avoid arrest
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:55:00 PM)

    FREDERICK, Md. — Police in Maryland say a man who was being detained told officers he worked at Krispy Kreme and would give them doughnuts if they would let him go.

    Sgt. Jonathan Shatlock tells The Frederick News-Post 25-year-old Matthew Tyler Rosenberg and another man were spotted Thursday by…

  • [NYDN] ‘9 to 5’ sequel moving forward with original cast, says star Jane Fonda
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:30:00 PM)

    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton are still working 9 to 5, almost 40 years later.

    Fonda confirmed Wednesday that she and her co-stars are on board for a sequel of their iconic 1980 workplace film.

    “My role is as an executive producer, and I’m working with the writers, with Lily, and talking…

  • [NYDN] Killer who bound, shot, then torched Queens mechanic during home robbery gets life without parole
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:00:00 PM)

    A cruel robber, who beat, bound and executed a Queens mechanic in his home, then torched him to destroy the evidence, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

    A Queens Supreme Court judge on Wednesday sentenced Stephen Peters, 27, to life without parole for the Feb. 24, 2013 murder of 43-year-old…

  • [NYDN] Padres’ deep farm system: Plenty of top prospects if San Diego wants Mets’ Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:35:00 PM)

    Could the Padres make the Mets change their mind?

    It would take a very enticing offer for the lowly Mets, currently sitting in the basement of the National League East, to deal away ace Jacob deGrom or flame-throwing righthander Noah Syndergaard.

    DeGrom, now a two-time All-Star, leads Major League…

  • [NYDN] Homeland Security boss says migrant kids will be reunited with families before deadline
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:15:00 PM)

    WASHINGTON — The chief of the Homeland Security Department has told members of Congress that the government is “on track” to meet Thursday’s court-ordered deadline of reuniting hundreds of migrant children with their families, lawmakers who met privately with her said.

    Wednesday’s assertion by…

  • [NYDN] Kelsey Grammer reportedly working on ideas for a ‘Frasier’ reboot
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:00:00 PM)

    Frasier Crane may be getting his radio show back.

    Kelsey Grammer is plotting to bring back the ’90s classic “Frasier,” Deadline reported Wednesday.

    The original show, a spinoff of “Cheers,” ran for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004, starring Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin and the…

  • [NYDN] Eric Garner’s mother confronts Mayor de Blasio about NYPD accountability for her son’s death
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:55:00 PM)

    Gwen Carr confronted Mayor de Blasio with a stark question Wednesday about the police officers involved in the death of her son, Eric Garner.

    “Would you agree to holding all of these officers accountable for their wrongdoing that day?” she asked. “I do not want to play anymore political procrastination.”

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — July 26, 2018
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:09:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope

    It seems as if the entire cosmos is in reverse and forward progress is grinding to a halt. We might reconnect with someone from our past as Mercury begins its retrograde period, joining five other planets already retrograde. This is a perfect time to “re”…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Kanter, Nets’ Dudley revive Twitter exchange after ‘retirement body’ comment
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:20:10 PM)

    Enes Kanter and Jared Dudley engaged on Twitter on Wednesday, months after they were involved in a feud that originated during a game and spilled onto Twitter.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Porzingis staying strong: ‘I want to be MVP of the league one day’
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:42:14 PM)

    Knicks C Kristaps Porzingis is working to make sure his recovery from an ACL tear he suffered last season goes smoothly — both physically and mentally.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks sign G Kadeem Allen
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:44:40 PM)

    The Knicks signed G Kadeem Allen, the team announced on Wednesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks GM Perry ‘pinching himself’ over performance of Kevin Knox
    (Wednesday, July 25, 2018 12:30:55 PM)

    The star of the Knicks Summer League, small forward Kevin Knox has been opening eyes on and off the court.

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    43 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2018.07.26)”

    1. I find myself certifiably addicted to watching Knox and Mitchell highlights from summer league. Is it possible that three years from now we are going to have the most dominant front line in the league?

      This season is going to be a blast!

    2. Re: Scotch and water, I tend to drink the lower proof scotches straight up and the higher proof ones with either a drop of water or a single ice cube. Some stuff is well over 90 proof, that’s too strong to not water down. The cask-strength can be up to 120 proof.

    3. My poison of choice is Johnny Walker black and above. I like blended scotch’s. Introduced to them by my dad when I was young. Particularly like the strong smoky flavor of double black and gold label. My dad always took his with 2 ice cubes, half whiskey glass scotch, and 1/3 water. So more then a splash. That’s how I drink it. To me it really brings out the flavor and “opens” the drink. But to each is own. There are many ways to enjoy something in life.

    4. Sheesh. How many days til preseason?

      I have to say, at least we’re not Nets fans. It f’n sucks over there! At least our “star” is semi-legit (although injured). Their star is D’Angelo Russell, who is basically Mudiay-level.

      They have a few nice pieces like Hollis-Jefferson, and Jarrett Allen looks like he’ll be a nice, true center, but this year’s draft doesn’t look like a real winner.

      They’re clearing cap space, but who’s going to go there? I can see them maxing out a guy like Boogie Cousins if he comes back from injury–maybe. They won’t have many choices! At least they’re finally getting their picks back.

    5. Enes Kanter is an interesting player. I like his attitude and the way he reps his team. Love it. I don’t love his defense. However..

      I can live with his lack of shot blocking and P&R coverage if he can become a full enforcer. He already is a top rebounder and he has the attitude. Plus he’s super efficient on offense. If he can play physical defense and get in guys faces, we can live with it right? I really like Kanter for this team.

    6. NBA.com headline
      Carmelo Anthony says time with Oklahoma City Thunder ‘wasn’t a good fit’

      Hahahaha

      When did he fit? It’s been a while.

    7. 15 years ago Kanter could’ve been great. He plays decent post defense, but big men don’t post up much anymore. Kanter gets exposed on the fast break, on backdoor cuts, lobs, and when bigs step out to shoot threes. Plus, yeah, the pick and roll blinds him like a solar eclipse.

    8. Great discussion of Knick draft picks now happening at http://www.worldofliquor.com if anyone’s interested.

      They’re clearing cap space, but who’s going to go there?

      Kyrie and Butler or Butler and Kawhi or Kyrie and Kawhi….

      That’s why Knicks need to have a plan to free up 2 max slots or they may strike out on free agent difference makers. Not just Nets but Clippers and others will have cap space for 2 max players.

      OK, that’s it, think I’ll fix myself a Shirley Temple.

    9. ILoveVegan.com had a great conversation last week about the ideal time to stretch the Joakim Noah contract.

      Yeah that was a terrific discussion. Even Fiz chimed in: You kill it, you keep it.

    10. Kanter is a fun guy to root for. Big men who can only be nimble on offense are pretty fascinating.

    11. In many ways, Kanter is the perfect tank commander: exuberant, likable guy who’s a genuine pleasure to watch on one end of the floor, but who also gives up so much at the other end that you rarely have to worry about him costing you ping-pong balls. If we were trying to be good and he was a major contributor, he’d be pretty exasperating, but I enjoy rooting for him during this period when we have finally embraced the tank, even for just a little bit.

    12. I would be fine with Kanter as a starting Center on a good team. Let’s say we had a legit superstar like Giannis and KP was healthy, he could be a part of a very good front court specially since he rebounds well to cover KP’s weakness and his lacking rim protection gets compensated by KP. If your defense consists on players who are not Jarrett Jack and Michael Beasley you can somehow compensate for his very poor defense.

      Of course he’s not my ideal Center, as I’d much rather have a Gobert or Jordan, guys who can provide the same efficient offense and rebounding but with great defense, but Kanter has value. He’s just not what we need right now as he has pretty much no upside and gets paid too much for a team that is not in position to maximize his talents.

    13. It’s pretty funny how Kanter doesn’t seem to realize that step one in us getting a big name free agent next year is getting out from under his comtract.

    14. I like Kanter too. He actually is not that old. And who knows…maybe he could be had for a lot less on his next contract bc centers like him aren’t paid a lot anymore. He just got lucky with the timing of his contract and OKC was being stupid.

      If he could even improve a little bit on defense and take/make the occasional 3, he would up his value A LOT. And he does rebound well too.

    15. He just got lucky with the timing of his contract and OKC was being stupid.

      Technically, Portland was being stupid in the way we were with the Timmy contract: giving an RFA a contract so outsized that his current team surely wouldn’t match it. But OKC did.

      So I guess they were also stupid.

    16. I like what the Nets did, given the hand they were dealt, but in hindsight…..the Russell trade was bad. they should have kept Lopez for a year…..not sure if they would have been smart enough to draft Kuzma. They are very lucky to not still be stuck w/ Mozgov

    17. The problem is that the Nets had the double whammy of being a franchise no one wants to play for + having zero assets.

      Their main moves have not really paid off and it’s still going to take a long while until they’re good, but considering the apocalypse Sean Marks inherited he has done pretty well. They’re not stuck with terrible contracts and there’s some hope Allen, Hollis-Jefferson, LeVert or even Russell become something.

      That’s what I say about building by renting cap space and gathering assets with young players, at least if this group of players show nothing eventually, they can all be cut or traded away without further commitments, they just return to a clean slate once again and can attempt to restart the rebuild once more.

    18. Kanter would be a fine backup, but you are never going to get him cheaply enough to be a good backup on a fair contract. He’s going to wind up taking more money to start on some bad team.

      No matter how competent the Nets are it’s going to take them a long time to become relevant again unless they can attract some good players on fair contracts. If they build through the draft from here by the time they are good KP will be getting his first grey hairs. They could be 2-3 years behind us even though they may have the better record next year.

    19. Yeah, but they are recovering from an at least top 5 all time franchise crippling trade, so it’s kinda to be expected, that’s what I’m saying.

      They tried to get those good players on fair contracts, but what can they do when no one wants to play there and the RFAs that did got matched? I don’t know what you expect them to do.

      We’re still crying about the assets we lost in the Melo / Bargs trades and even those trades were considerably better then what Billy King did comparing what we lost and what they lost.

      If they had simply kept their damn picks and did nothing they would have something like Jaylen Brown, Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball or Jayson Tatum and Collin Sexton or Kevin Knox or anyone selected after.

      I just don’t think the Nets could have done much better with their situation.

    20. If they had simply kept their damn picks and did nothing they would have something like Jaylen Brown, Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball or Jayson Tatum and Collin Sexton or Kevin Knox or anyone selected after.

      Don’t forget the amazing Gerald Wallace for the-pick-that-became-Damian-Lillard trade. IIRC, they made that trade late in a season where it was already clear they were going to have a great pick. I remember Billy King saying something like “there’s only three good players in this draft, so we’re cool giving up this pick as long as it has top 3 protection.”

    21. Kanter is a similar player to Greg Monroe. Monroe still doesn’t have a contract, so you figure he’s going to sign for close to the minimum. That should tell us something about Kanter’s value on the open market. I don’t care how many numbers he puts up on this bad Knicks team, we should not be offering him any kind of extension.

    22. @1 – When I got back home from work yesterday, and realized there was no Yankee game to watch, I found myself watching a DVR’ed summer league game.

      Yes, I’m kind of excited for this upcoming 20-win season. We have a roster filled with youth. Our draft picks look like steals. If, for some strange reason, the team starts to win, I won’t be upset. We have our 1st round draft picks going forward. We have some diamonds in the rough. We have, what seems to be, an intelligent front office and a management team that understands how to build a team.

      If we do well it means that Knox, Robinson, Frank and the other kids took a step forward. If we’re that good, we may be able to attract free agents and become a competitive team.

    23. I think it probably says more about Monroe being underrated to be honest, and how much playoff performance factors heavily on decisions. He was bad in the playoffs but he can rebound and score, there’s no way he’s a minimum value player.

      I don’t think he’s good and I don’t want him on the Knicks, but I can think of a lot of players signed above the minimum I would take Monroe over.

    24. The problem is that the Nets had the double whammy of being a franchise no one wants to play for + having zero assets.

      Wait, nobody wants to play for them? Not even 2011 Carmelo Anthony? In that case, can we have Gallinari, Mozgov, Randolph, Chandler, and Saric back please? Thanks.

    25. The problem is that the Nets had the double whammy of being a franchise no one wants to play for

      I think if they had changed their name when they moved to Brooklyn that would’ve helped. The Nets have such a long history of being terrible that I feel like there’s a cloud hanging over the name itself and people automatically have a negative feeling when they hear it. I watched their last game in NJ because I’ve always had a soft spot for them since Nets games were the only NBA games I could go to when I was a kid. It was pretty sad; they had brought back a bunch of former players but it was guys like Kerry Kittles and Todd MacCulloch.

      It’s also a really stupid name, probably one of the 5 worst names in pro sports. I’m still shocked they didn’t rebrand when they moved to Brooklyn not even going with something super-corny like Nights/Knights.

    26. Re: Scotch and water, I tend to drink the lower proof scotches straight up and the higher proof ones with either a drop of water or a single ice cube. Some stuff is well over 90 proof, that’s too strong to not water down. The cask-strength can be up to 120 proof.

      Personally usually have the OP stuff neat, but a couple of drops of soda water activates the flavour nicely.

      Re: Kanter, he is probably the most enjoyable personality we have had on the Knicks in a long time. I wouldn’t have any qualms re-signing him on the right deal. All things seem to indicate he loves NY, so not difficult to see him potentially taking a discount to stay (that said, we all know how things went the last time we thought someone was going to take a discount *cough* Melo *cough*). Ideally you have KP next to him to cover any Defensive deficiencies, which could be some of the reasoning behind the Vonleh was signing.

    27. Yeah, it’s a bit crazy that they started with all the hype, Brooklyn, Jay-Z, Russian billionaire, state of the art arena and then in less than 4 years they were back to the same old Nets.

      I don’t get why players wouldn’t want to play for the Nets nowadays, maybe all they need is one guy to make the decision. I guess NBA players do care about location but it’s more of a tradition thing, like the Lakers and the Celtics, than just the place.

    28. Nobody wants to play for the Nets because they suck. If they were an even okay team they would be able to sign guys like Enes Kanter and Tobias Harris if they miss on Durant, but they’ve been dreadful ever since Deron Williams forgot how to play basketball.

    29. There is nothing wrong with Brooklyn other than they suck right now. That’s going to make it hard to attract a premier free agent (or 2) even if they have a ton of space next year. If I were the Nets I’d have been looking to sign players like O’Quinn. They almost certainly could have had him on a bargain contract since he wanted to remain in NY. If you can find 2-3 productive players on fair contracts like that to add to what they already had, they’d suddenly have a mix of very young and “young enough” players that could win 35-40 games next year (they won 28 last year). Then they could start trying to roll them into a better players, continue trying to add better bargains with the cap space since they’d have a better team, and start drafting again. Before you know it they’d have a 45 win team, some improving young players and contracts that could be traded. It’s not easy rolling up, but I don’t think they can sign premier free agents while they suck this badly and doing it primarily via draft at this stage may literally be a 10 year process.

      They have some pretty good players that are going to remain good for a few more years. Some may come back cheaper. They need to get better.

    30. Look, I like Kanter. But value is based on alternatives and opportunity cost. If I can have monroe at the min, I’m not paying kanter more, ya know?

    31. They almost certainly could have had him on a bargain contract since he wanted to remain in NY

      Based on his comments post signing with the Pacers, I am not sure he would have gone to Brooklyn, if he was wanting to leave the Knicks for a bit more on-court success.

      The petty part of me has taken a small amount of sick joy watching the Nets fall apart. Mostly because of how hyped they were, and how they were going to win a title before the Knicks. I mean most teams are probably going to win one before us, but you don’t have to be a dick about it. I think Sean Marks has done the best he can with the dumpster fire he inherited. Brooklyn with it’s picks is probably a promising looking roster.

    32. Based on his comments post signing with the Pacers, I am not sure he would have gone to Brooklyn, if he was wanting to leave the Knicks for a bit more on-court success.

      Maybe I’m mistaken, but I didn’t take that comment literally.

      I thought it was clear he wanted to stay in NY. He even “liked” a Tweet that asked if he would be willing to give us a discount. I think he was disappointed the Knicks didn’t make him an offer and that was the kind of comment a jilted lover makes. He was saying “You guys weren’t so hot anyway. My new girlfriend is way hotter”. But inside, he wanted a multi-year deal from the Knicks.

    33. The Nets actually out-Knicked the Knicks and managed to get into an even worse rebuilding situation.

    34. I think Marks inherited a truly terrible situation and has improved it to now merely “bad.” I mean, there weren’t a lot of moves he could make. I do agree that picking up a few KOQ pieces would have been good for them, but maybe we see things in those players that others don’t see. I think we’re right – KOQ is a good player making winning plays, usually – but maybe there are other reasons players like that have been undervalued.

      Nah, we’re probably right, and they’re probably all chasing the hot thing, which is interchangeable forwards who shoot 3s. Flava of the moment.

    35. The worst part about the Billy King trade is how smart he made Danny Ainge look in the process.

    36. Maybe I’m mistaken, but I didn’t take that comment literally.

      I thought it was clear he wanted to stay in NY. He even “liked” a Tweet that asked if he would be willing to give us a discount. I think he was disappointed the Knicks didn’t make him an offer and that was the kind of comment a jilted lover makes. He was saying “You guys weren’t so hot anyway. My new girlfriend is way hotter”. But inside, he wanted a multi-year deal from the Knicks.

      Maybe so. You can give yourself a decent headache trying to read between the lines of what NBA players are saying sometimes. If he was inclined to give the Knicks a discount or even stay here he could have just opted in to the $4.25 million. I think there was a sliver of truth to his desire to play for a “winner” given he ultimately signed a 1 year deal for $4.5 million. Either that or he and his agent misread the market.

    37. melo used the nets as leverage to trick the morons in charge of the Knicks to trade all of their assets for him instead of waiting 3 months to sign him for nothing but cash.
      So, screw the nets and screw melo.

    38. Whether Monroe is worth more or not, the fact is that he’s going to get close to the minimum. Noel, Lopez, and Amir Johnson did the same, and Ed Davis and Baynes didn’t get much more. B ackup centers are available on the cheap.

      If Robinson is decent and Zing comes back healthy, they should get the bulk of the center minutes going forward. That makes Kanter a virtual 3rd stringer. Only dumb teams give big extensions to 3rd string centers. If he wants anything more than a near -minimum deal, we shouldn’t hesitate to replace him.

    39. Melo is like Red label. He’s a good idea when you’re completely gone and know you’re throwing up in the morning anyway.

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