Knicks Morning News (2021.10.27)

  • #SportsReport: Atlanta Braves win game one of World Series; Knicks defeat the 76ers – WAMC
    [www.wamc.org] — Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:15:00 AM

    #SportsReport: Atlanta Braves win game one of World Series; Knicks defeat the 76ers  WAMC

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  • Walker scores 19, Knicks romp to end 15-game skid against 76ers – The Delaware County Daily Times
    [www.delcotimes.com] — Wednesday, October 27, 2021 4:58:18 AM

    Walker scores 19, Knicks romp to end 15-game skid against 76ers  The Delaware County Daily Times

  • New York Knicks snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Philadelphia 76ers with a 112-99 victory – TheWestNews
    [thewestnews.com] — Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3:07:30 AM

    New York Knicks snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Philadelphia 76ers with a 112-99 victory  TheWestNews

  • Knicks news: RJ Barrett on his personal goal this season with New York – ClutchPoints
    [clutchpoints.com] — Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:11:09 AM

    Knicks news: RJ Barrett on his personal goal this season with New York  ClutchPoints

  • Knicks vs 76ers: Thibodeau on Knicks quality depth a key to team’s success | Knicks Post Game – Yahoo Sports
    [sports.yahoo.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 11:45:00 PM

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  • Knicks beat 76ers for first time since 2017 – Associated Press
    [apnews.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 11:39:06 PM

    Knicks beat 76ers for first time since 2017  Associated Press

  • Knicks will win many games if they play like they did in this one – New York Post
    [nypost.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 11:30:00 PM

    Knicks will win many games if they play like they did in this one  New York Post 76ers vs. Knicks – Game Recap – October 26, 2021  ESPNKnicks 112, 76ers 99: Scenes from a cathartic streak-snapper  Posting and ToastingKemba Walker ignites Knicks fans in big win over 76ers: ‘I was waiting for that moment’  Yahoo SportsKemba Walker leads Knicks to win over 76ers  New York Daily NewsView Full Coverage on Google News

  • Knicks beat 76ers for first time since 2017 – The Washington Post
    [www.washingtonpost.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 11:05:24 PM

    Knicks beat 76ers for first time since 2017  The Washington Post

  • The New York Knicks Are Really Good – Yardbarker
    [www.yardbarker.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:16:39 PM

    The New York Knicks Are Really Good  Yardbarker

  • 76ers vs. Knicks – Game Recap – October 26, 2021 – ESPN
    [www.espn.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:08:08 PM

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  • Walker scores 19, Knicks romp to end 15-game skid vs 76ers – Spectrum News
    [spectrumlocalnews.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 9:58:00 PM

    Walker scores 19, Knicks romp to end 15-game skid vs 76ers  Spectrum News

  • Despite optimistic updates, Noel remains out of action for Knicks – Newsday
    [www.newsday.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 9:10:50 PM

    Despite optimistic updates, Noel remains out of action for Knicks  Newsday

  • NY Knicks: 3 trades for Center upgrades NY can explore – Daily Knicks
    [dailyknicks.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:00:00 PM

    NY Knicks: 3 trades for Center upgrades NY can explore  Daily Knicks

  • Knicks top 75 people list: No. 65 JR Smith to No. 56 – New York Post
    [nypost.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 4:53:00 PM

    Knicks top 75 people list: No. 65 JR Smith to No. 56  New York Post

  • Knicks: 3 concerning things for New York early in 2021-22 season – ClutchPoints
    [clutchpoints.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 4:48:35 PM

    Knicks: 3 concerning things for New York early in 2021-22 season  ClutchPoints

  • Derrick Rose points to lack of hustle as catalyst in Knicks’ loss to Orlando – Empire Sports Media
    [empiresportsmedia.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 2:17:38 PM

    Derrick Rose points to lack of hustle as catalyst in Knicks’ loss to Orlando  Empire Sports Media

  • 2021 NBA Offseason In Review: New York Knicks – hoopsrumors.com
    [www.hoopsrumors.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:32:00 PM

    2021 NBA Offseason In Review: New York Knicks  hoopsrumors.com

  • Carmelo Anthony joins eight former Knicks on NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team – Posting and Toasting
    [www.postingandtoasting.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10:15:00 AM

    Carmelo Anthony joins eight former Knicks on NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team  Posting and Toasting

  • How Immanuel Quickley Became the New Name at Madison Square Garden – The Ringer
    [www.theringer.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 9:21:47 AM

    How Immanuel Quickley Became the New Name at Madison Square Garden  The Ringer

  • Knicks’ roller-coaster ride in first three games, RJ Barrett’s lofty goal, Kemba Walker’s struggles in paint – The Athletic
    [theathletic.com] — Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:24:56 AM

    Knicks’ roller-coaster ride in first three games, RJ Barrett’s lofty goal, Kemba Walker’s struggles in paint  The Athletic

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    114 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2021.10.27)”

    1. Well, this was a good reaction, I’m happy to be wrong about the bad vibes at the start of the game.
      A lot of good things to rejoice for and still, I agree with who said that we didn’t play at our “real” best, at the end of the day we won just one quarter and there are still kinks to be worked out.

      Honestly I think this team has a lot of untapped potential, way more than expected, the starters in particular still have to learn to play together.
      What this team can become, if every player play his best basketball and team chemistry gel, makes me dream but we have a long road to get there.

      My grades:

      Randle C
      Stats stuffer as always (16-11-7), this season I like his defense way more than his offense. He’s unable to score an easy basket and yesterday had a healthy dose of frustrating miss at close range. Games like this one must help him understand that he can be the alpha dog even taking “only” 18 shots because the team around him is so much deep than the previous iterations. He’s smart, very talented, never stops working, believes in Thibs, he’ll learn.

      Robinson B
      I know this will irk many, but I understand some of Z-Man takes. At halftime his boxscore was a string of zeroes (no points, no rebounds, no blocks) with 3 fouls in 12 minutes. He defended really well on a limping Embiid, provided huge offensive boards in the second half and he’s a menace in a three feet radius from the rim. This bulked version is different in many ways, good and bad, but I’d still love to see some offensive improvement (and better DReb).

      Kemba A-
      Started enabling people for open looks, then went to work and break the game open (10 straight points in a 2:24 span). Stained the percentages at the end and some of his dishes were blown by teammates but he gives us things on offense we weren’t accustomed to and just the menace of his pnr pullup changes the way opposing defense must defend us. Defense is another matter but with Mitch (and Noel) we can survive.

    2. Hey Glidepath – did you make the 2nd half?

      Also an APB for Farfa, I really miss your recaps, they were sublime. Where are you Farfa, please check in.

    3. Fournier B+
      Smooth, capable, tries on defense, give as another creator and ball handler on offense. If he can limit bad shooting night and be steady from three he’ll end up a great sign.

      Barrett D
      Sorry guys, I don’t like this turnover prone, weak at the rim, wavering from outside version of Barrett, even if his defense is improved. I’d like to see him more assertive on offense and more alert with the ball. Slow starts are not new for him, needs to wake up early if he’s target is to become an All-Star in the future.

      Rose B+
      Once again the electric shock that ignited the bench mob. Just 20 minutes and I’m happy, he’s playing so well we need him as healthy as possible. Early candidate for 6MOY.

      Toppin C+
      No one electrify the MSG as he does. A bit lost on defense in the second half and mercilessly benched for that. Now it’s clear that we gained a good rotation piece. We must use his cuts better in halfcourt offense.

      Burks C
      Steady, professional, useful (5 rebounds)… He better forget layups forever…

      Quickley C
      Some incouraging signs, needs to give us some kind of reliability. He finally found the foul he was searching for months. His hot&coldness can be disturbing in the long run. Come on IQ, we’re rooting for you.

      Gibson C
      Couple of baskets, some rebounds, 5 fouls well spent, nothing shiny, the usual professional Taj.

    4. Didn’t get to watch most of the game unfortunately but I did tune in during the beginning of the 4th quarter when Philly went on that mini-run. But one play stood out to me — Philly had cut it to maybe 11 or 12, when Rose is on the right side of the floor, Mitch comes up to set a screen which frees Rose from Maxey. Embiid is in a drop of some sort (probably no-man’s land), and Rose just turns on the jets and gets right to the hoop for a lefty layup. Even though Embiid’s positioning was sort of crappy, I have not seen Rose get all the way to the hoop that fast in a long time — and going by perennial all-Defense guy in Embiid.

      Can watch it here if I didn’t mess up the link: https://www.nba.com/stats/events/?ContextMeasure=FGM&EndPeriod=0&EndRange=28800&GameID=0022100050&PlayerID=201565&RangeType=0&Season=2021-22&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&StartPeriod=0&StartRange=0&TeamID=1610612752&flag=3&sct=plot&section=game

    5. I’ve seen several Philly and/or national NBA writers blame Embiid’s performance on his knees being in bad shape at the moment. Whereas through Knicks-colored glasses, we’re simply seeing the newfound dominance of Swole Mitch. (Thic Mitch? Jacked Mitch? Big Mitch? The floor is open for nicknames.)

      It’s funny how much the first half turned on Obi’s performance when he joined the second unit, and then he had a couple of defensive brain farts in the second half and didn’t play again. I appreciate Thibs holding him accountable like that, in part because Obi is a hard worker and an optimist, so it’s far more likely he’ll learn from the benching than sulk about it.

      Kemba proving he is not, in fact, washed couldn’t have come at a better time, given yesterday’s discourse.

    6. Great win to get, especially so I can stuff it down my friend in Philly’s throat. As some wag posted on Twitter, channelling Vitas, “Nobody beats the Knicks 16 times in a row!!!”

      Malik Monk was a plus 31 in an overtime win for the Lakers. That’s like a black swan.

      Denver bench got wrecked last night.

      The OKC roster continues to pump out new people I have never heard of. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl? SGA had 30 and Lu Dort I am sure missed shots and locked someone up.

    7. Malik Monk was a plus 31 in an overtime win for the Lakers. That’s like a black swan.

      On a night when he shot 6-15 from the floor (4-10 from deep). I don’t really understand math, but that is still confusing to me.

    8. Fun with small sample sizes!

      @TommyBeer
      Per @bball_ref,Julius Randle is the first player in NBA history to average more than 25 points, more than 10 rebounds, more than 5 assists and more than 2 made 3-pointers over the first four games of an NBA season.

    9. Alan: On a night when he shot 6-15 from the floor (4-10 from deep). I don’t really understand math, but that is still confusing to me.

      Nothing to be confused about, nobody should be using single game +/- for anything. All this means is that Malik Monk happened to be on the floor when other players were playing really well and/or while the other team was playing really shitty.

    10. Very early on but Obi has nearly doubled his steals and Blocks per 36. Thibs looks to have harnessed that athleticism into a potential good defender.

      Still need to improve on balancing defensive rebounding and launching on fast breaks.

    11. I’ve seen several Philly and/or national NBA writers blame Embiid’s performance on his knees being in bad shape at the moment. Whereas through Knicks-colored glasses, we’re simply seeing the newfound dominance of Swole Mitch.

      The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
      Embiid took 7 shots yesterday, I think he’s not even close to his “normal” self.
      This doesn’t mean Mitch didn’t play well.
      His new jacked up version is better armed to fight strong physical centers, I hope it didn’t cost him too much mobility.

      I believe in this new-East the Sixers without Embiid and Simmons are barely a play-in team so they’re forced to use him now, but that’s their problem.

    12. Alan:
      Fun with small sample sizes!

      Who holds the Knickerblogger record for most posts and best total posting percentage over the first four games?

    13. I think Embiid is playing hurt. It may have been a mistake to not have surgery on his bum knee right after the season ended. I know he probably has a short window given his injury history, but I’d rather have 100% of Embiid for the end of the year or next year than 80% of him for the rest of his career. That’s not the same guy.

      The defensive strategy was very good on top of that. “New” Mitch is strong enough to slow him down and once he put the ball on the floor the double team came. That’s a situation where he’s supposed to find the open man and they are supposed to knock down the open 3 to make us pay so we have to stop doubling. But that didn’t seem to happen very much that I can recall.

    14. kevin5318:
      Very early on but Obi has nearly doubled his steals and Blocks per 36. Thibs looks to have harnessed that athleticism into a potential good defender.

      Still need to improve on balancing defensive rebounding and launching on fast breaks.

      Totally. If only he hadn’t missed that back door play ….

      In many ways, Obi is like the complete opposite of Randle. When we make that switch, it gives teams problems they didn’t know they had, especially the first time through the league. They’ll be gaming better for Obi next time around.

      Also, I can’t say enough about Fournier. If he plays 3 out of 4 games this way for us, we’re going to have a great season.

    15. Shams:

      Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine has a small ligament tear in the thumb of his non-shooting hand but intends to play through the injury, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. It’s a matter of pain tolerance and LaVine wants to play as Chicago starts the season 4-0.

    16. Apropos of nothing:

      Kemba Walker: 17/4/4 per-36, .520 3PT%, .627 TS%

      Dennis Schroeder: 16/7/5 per-36, .316 3PT%, .518 TS%

      A bit hard for me to buy that the defensive difference makes up for all of that when our defense is 11th and theirs is 21st.

      Warts and all, it’s been a revelation having a point guard who can actually shoot the ball. Could never be me longing for yet another highly questionable shooter over Kemba.

    17. Malik Monk carried Westbrook all night long.

      Vincoug, I am aware that single game plus minus is not a thing, but still, +31 in an overtime game is spectacular.

      I’d love to know what the single game record for an overtime game is

    18. So I absolutely believe Mitch had this game circled in red on his calendar.

      Embiid is playing poorly so far, but he was 22 and 9 and 19 and 8 in his last two games. He was 14 and 6 for this one, and 2-7 from the field.

    19. Sure, we only won the second quarter but we absolutely dominated them in that quarter. That’s all you need sometimes.

      Our starters are still gelling. This second unit has played together as a unit since mid last season. Its not surprising that they have such good chemistry. Once the starters put it together…watch it.

      I suspect we will win a lot of games this season in this fashion. Our starters will play the other team’s starters to a draw and our bench will go ham.

    20. Kevin O’Connor wrote a bit about RJ’s defense at the end of a notebook column about the first week of the season:

      A scorer as advanced as Tatum can be a handful to defend. On several occasions, Barrett attempted to steer Tatum toward the baseline, but the Celtics All-Star went the other way. Still, Barrett was able to recover and bother him.

      Off-ball defense was Barrett’s weakness in the past. He’d lose focus, miss assignments, or take poor routes to fight through screens. He hasn’t been perfect this season, but he’s become reliable by improving his positioning and attentiveness.

    21. We’ve talked about it before but a remarkable feature about this team is we legitimately have 11 players you can trust to give you at least solid minutes, with many of them having more upside than that. It has definitely helped us avoid prolonged offensive slumps.

      It also makes upgrading the team a bit tricky, as we probably have 2 players at every position least as good as the kind of role players teams tend to trade/waive at the deadline and who tend to change teams as free agents. Aside from maybe a backup true small forward it’s really hard to see which players potentially on the market would get minutes here.

      It’s not a bad thing, it just means our next step is probably going to have to come in the form of a guy who makes all-NBA teams.

    22. BernieEarnie: Technically it is a Ben Simmons curse…which still is intact.

      I don’t have access to streaks by player, but against the other teams, it’s like this:
      PHI @ 15 (Last: Apr 12, 2017)
      DEN @ 7 (Last: Oct 30, 2017)
      PHO @ 6 (Last: Jan 26, 2018)
      BRK @ 3 (Last: Dec 26, 2019)
      MIA @ 3 (Last: Jan 12, 2020)

    23. I guess with Embiid the point is more: when is he ever not injured? With his track record and the way he plays, I don’t think he’ll ever be 100% healthy unless he goes full Kawhi load management, but Philly can’t possibly afford to do that with their roster.

      I think one of the biggest things so far about Kemba and Fournier is that Randle clearly seems to trust them. When Kemba was getting hot, Randle was immediately looking to pass to him at every possession instead of forcing his own shots. We have enough between the 3 of them, Rose and Barrett (and maybe Quickley and Burks) that we should be able to ride whoever is shooting well, sort of a primary scorer by committee approach.

      I’ve seen people compare it to the Pistons 2000’s team and of course there’s plenty of caveats and we aren’t close yet to that level obviously, but there’s some merit to the idea at least.

    24. Alan: the newfound dominance of Swole Mitch. (Thic Mitch? Jacked Mitch? Big Mitch? The floor is open for nicknames.)

      Didn’t Julius nailed that one? BROLIC Mitch! ;)

    25. KB Apprentice: Who holds the Knickerblogger record for most posts and best total posting percentage over the first four games?

      First four games, i don’t know. But if you’re asking on 4 consecutive threads, that’s (super) easy… Bobneptune! :P

    26. Deeefense: The defensive strategy was very good on top of that. “New” Mitch is strong enough to slow him down and once he put the ball on the floor the double team came. That’s a situation where he’s supposed to find the open man and they are supposed to knock down the open 3 to make us pay so we have to stop doubling. But that didn’t seem to happen very much that I can recall.

      Maybe Sixers’ fans also blame Embiid’s knees for his inability to pass out of the double team! LOL

    27. The defensive strategy was very good on top of that. “New” Mitch is strong enough to slow him down and once he put the ball on the floor the double team came. That’s a situation where he’s supposed to find the open man and they are supposed to knock down the open 3 to make us pay so we have to stop doubling. But that didn’t seem to happen very much that I can recall.

      I don’t recall him making good passes out of double teams either. In fact, my recollection is that some of the double teams really caused difficulty for him and we got a turnover or two from them initially. Then he seemed to try and pass when he saw the double team coming but it wasn’t necessarily a good pass. Maybe it’s different for him being double teamed when one of the guys has the size and mobility of Mitch.

    28. Bruno Almeida: I’ve seen people compare it to the Pistons 2000’s team and of course there’s plenty of caveats and we aren’t close yet to that level obviously, but there’s some merit to the idea at least.

      I don’t think our players have the same profile as theirs, but yeah a very good team without a superstar is what connects both teams. One player that can be similar is Mitch, if he can improve to be like Ben Wallace, that’d be amazing. What a beast he was. I rooted for the Pistons in the 2004 Finals, and it was a fun ride. :)

    29. Re: Embiid – he’s undoubtedly a great player, but IMHO he doesn’t get enough heat for that game 7 loss to Atlanta. Yes he had 31/11 but he had 8 freaking turnovers in what was basically a 1 possession game down the stretch. He had a brutal game 6 also (8 more turnovers, shot 9/24), which Philly managed to win because Seth Curry did his best Steph Curry impression (24 points, 6 3’s). 16 turnovers in game 6 and 7 – if not for that passed up dunk by Simmons, Embiid easily could’ve been the story of that series, and not in a good way.

      And honestly – Ben was right about his stat line – 13 assists (vs only 2 TOs), 8 rebounds, and hounded Trae Young into a 5/23 night. Draymond never has to apologize for his lack of point output, and whereas Ben doesn’t provide the rim protection that Draymond does, Draymond also never guards PGs like Trae.

    30. much as i hate to say it, i lean more toward the embiid is wasn’t himself than the jacked-mitch-is-gobert end of the spectrum. embiid often looks gassed and gimpy, but this year has been different. he has shot 9pct of his shots from the restricted area and is shooting 46pct on well below his typical 2pt usage. these are alec burks type numbers. dunno if it’s stamina or knee or what but embiid hasn’t looked himself.

      if mitch regains some of his explosion by getting healthy or comfortable or fit then maybe we do get to some rollicking defensive shangri la, but so far i think the putative trade off has been a net negative for him.

    31. It also makes upgrading the team a bit tricky, as we probably have 2 players at every position least as good as the kind of role players teams tend to trade/waive at the deadline and who tend to change teams as free agents. Aside from maybe a backup true small forward it’s really hard to see which players potentially on the market would get minutes here.

      We also have basically everybody but Mitch, Taj, Knox, and the two-way guys under contract past this season — and hopefully we’ll extend Mitch before then — and could have between 2 and 4 draft picks next year. At some point, Leon Rose is gonna execute a 3-for-1 or 5-for-2 kind of trade, both because he wants a star (which in turn slots Julius in the sidekick role to which he’s better suited) and simply to clear space for future moves and acquisitions. I’d prefer that happen in the offseason, but we’ll see.

      Zach Lowe and Tim Bontemps were talking about the Raptors at the end of yesterday’s podcast, and speculated that Toronto could wind up being among the few sellers on the market this year, with FVV and Siakam as their big bits of trade bait. Siakam’s not really a fit with all of our bigs. Van Vleet, though, is a more long term PG solution than Kemba. I just doubt Rose would ship Kemba out of the country a half season after Kemba finally joined his hometown team. So, again, where’s the room for a new guy?

    32. Hey Glidepath – did you make the 2nd half?

      Made it just in time for the fourth. Mobilizing bodies into manhattan on a rainy Tuesday was a challenge – I ended up befriending some stragglers by penn. Those seats were incredible – again, thank you so much!

      And garbage time is fun when the knicks are up. Especially because for some reason, the starters are still in.

    33. We don’t need to make any trades this season unless its a Knox plus a second rounder for a clear upgrade (like the D Rose trade last year).

      Let the team play this season and post season and see what we can do next off season. After this season all of the vets we resigned plus Fournier become pretty nice trade pieces since their salaries are all very reasonable and they’re short contracts after this season (with team options for Burks, Rose, Noel).

    34. The OKC roster continues to pump out new people I have never heard of. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl?

      Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is who we traded the pick for in getting Rokas and Grimes in return.

    35. The OKC roster continues to pump out new people I have never heard of. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl?

      He was drafted by the Knicks!!

      Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is the guy OKC wanted so bad that they gave us the 34th & 36th picks so we could draft him at 32 for them. He’s the reason we have Deuce & Rokas, not Duece or Rokas.

    36. We’ve talked about it before but a remarkable feature about this team is we legitimately have 11 players you can trust to give you at least solid minutes, with many of them having more upside than that.

      This is absolutely true, but only until someone throws an effective zone at us like Orlando did Sunday. Then we just have Derrick Rose.

    37. Alan: We also have basically everybody but Mitch, Taj, Knox, and the two-way guys under contract past this season

      We actually have Sims & Taj next year too. Sims is a RFA in 2023 & Taj is a non-guaranteed contract next year, so we have him if we want him.

      It’s just Knox, Selden, Mitch, & new Luka.

    38. cybersoze: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl… OAKAAK! :D

      Ha!

      Meanwhile, what do we think of “Bing Bong!” becoming the unofficial battle cry for this year’s Knicks, thanks to one of the overenthusiastic fans in that video taken outside MSG after the season opener? I could use some more foolishness in my life right now, so I’m in favor.

    39. Alan: Meanwhile, what do we think of “Bing Bong!” becoming the unofficial battle cry for this year’s Knicks, thanks to one of the overenthusiastic fans in that video taken outside MSG after the season opener? I could use some more foolishness in my life right now, so I’m in favor.

      But you need gif-posting powers for that to be even funnier! ;)

    40. Overly enthusiastic? Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man. Looked appropriately hyped to me.

    41. Hi guys! Everything’s fine, but my day-to-day activities are way too much labored still to give you quality recaps, so I’m mostly lurking and enjoying the Knicks as an off-brand Uatu the Watcher. I’m working 9-19 most days (and sometimes 9-23) while getting on track with a new Lady Farfa and preparing a 300+ people national meeting so… really not much time on my hands. I hope to be more present on months to come but I see Max is bringing you some Italian spice nonetheless!

      Still can’t wait to wax poetic in 1000+ words about Thibs and the gang, it’s such a nice turn of events from Fizdale magic depths!

    42. Whatsup Farfa! We finally have a team worth recapping! And one which can’t be improved by trade. Allegedly.

      Glad to hear all is well.

    43. Ciao Farfa, welcome back!

      I’m glad to hear that everything’s okay,
      hope to read soon your recaps, you’re deeply missed.

    44. d-mar:
      Sorry guys, but this clip will change your mind about adopting Bing Bong

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niSLZDVApdQ

      On the other hand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPQRHemfk9E

      Farfa: Farfa
      October 27, 2021 at 3:52 pm
      Hi guys! Everything’s fine, but my day-to-day activities are way too much labored still to give you quality recaps, so I’m mostly lurking and enjoying the Knicks as an off-brand Uatu the Watcher.

      Good to know you’re doing ok Farfa!

    45. Great to hear from you Farfa! Sounds like things are going well, if busy.

      I prefer to think of it as us having stolen bing-bong from the bloated authoritarian twit.

    46. howdy farfa…hopefully life’s not all work for you right now…them cool models still need to be made, and some songs still needs to be sung…

      chi beve vino campa cent’anni…

    47. i don’t know, i’m getting old max, and seeing things a bit different now…

      life gets mighty precious when there’s less of it to waste)

    48. geo:
      i don’t know, i’m getting old max, and seeing things a bit different now…

      life gets mighty precious when there’s less of it to waste)

      Me too Geo, me too…

    49. So nice to hear from you, Farfa. And looks like you’re doing more than OK, which is even better. :) We’ll wait for the recaps… in May for the ECF! ;)

    50. geo: life gets mighty precious when there’s less of it to waste

      I guess today, Geo, you’re here to give us pearls of wisdom. Nice. :)

    51. The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      Is Westbrook washed? Is he? Is he done?

      Why don’t you ask him face to face? Lol.

      Hubert: He was drafted by the Knicks!!

      Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is the guy OKC wanted so bad that they gave us the 34th & 36th picks so we could draft him at 32 for them. He’s the reason we have Deuce & Rokas, not Duece or Rokas.

      Yes, Deuce and Rokas. Not Grimes and Rokas.

    52. geo:
      not me…bonnie raitt – nick of time
      raitt has a bunch of lyrics in her songs that contain some unbelievable clarity regarding life…

      “Those lines are pretty hard to take, When they’re staring back at you” – true story! ;P

    53. Meanwhile, what do we think of “Bing Bong!” becoming the unofficial battle cry for this year’s Knicks, thanks to one of the overenthusiastic fans in that video taken outside MSG after the season opener?

      I think it’s about time we found something to replace “shump shump.”

      And D-Mar, come on. Trump said “bing bing bong bong.” It’s totally different.

    54. I love Mitch, always have. Just seems like lots of objectivity and box score analysis goes out the window when talking about him. I agree he still has potential to improve, but he’s a 4th year player now and pushing 24 years old. He can’t make a shot beyond 3 feet and struggles from the line. I will continue to believe that there is a marginal difference between him and Nerlens until the overall stats say otherwise.

    55. So who has surprised on the upside and who has disappointed so far?

      I’d say Obi, Rose and maybe Fournier on the upside and RJ, Quick, and Randle on the downside. Randle’s shot selection remains poor despite a very good start from Fournier and pretty good overall shooting from Kemba.

      It’s very early. So I’m not all that worried about anyone’s fg% or 3p% yet, but I am concerned about the way Randle is playing despite having all this help. It was supposed to be easier, but he’s still driving into brick walls and forcing some shots.

    56. Redraft — Ja or Zion?

      you still have to bet on Zion’s promise, I think. But it’s more of a top 2 than before.

      Who do we take at 3 in a redraft — Barrett or Garland?

    57. Zion’s weight & injuries have pretty much been worst case scenario. I take Ja at this point.

      Zion played most of the games last year and put up absurd efficiency/usage numbers, but was below expectations at everything else.

      Ja still needs higher efficiency over a full season. But give me the healthy guy.

    58. Randle has a .534 TS% despite shooting only 31% from 3. I believe in Randle, so I think that 3p% & YS% are going to skyrocket. He needs to make some adjustments, but that’s to be expected.

      I still want to see more from Kemba. The shooting was great last night, but I want to see more PG and driving to the basket. He was better on that last night too, but it was 90% shooting and 10% other stuff.

    59. Who do we take at 3 in a redraft — Barrett or Garland?

      Or Hunter? I’m happy with RJ, but until he gets better at finishing, he seems more a jack of all trades, master of none player who can help any team but isn’t going to be a star.

    60. Watching Brooklyn/Heat game, and you can tell the new rule on fouls has affected Harden a lot. He’s complaining more than ever and I looked up his stats and he’s averaging about 3 FT attempts per game – more than half less than his usual average. Wondering how Trae is doing.

      Personally I think the rule change is good for long run. Now they just have to do something about those take fouls that stop fast breaks.

    61. Now they just have to do something about those take fouls that stop fast breaks.

      100%…not sure how they’ll need to define it, but, 2 shots and the ball…

    62. feels like just yesterday when we were all praising presti and griffin for acquiring so many picks…

      the pelicans just keep getting worse…okc will be lucky to win 20 games this year…

      I haven’t checked the home attendance numbers for either, but lot of empty seats there in new orleans…

    63. Big DeAndre guy here. Going to be an interesting runout with him and RJ.

      Ja is a major injury risk too with his style of play. Zion still the only guy with transcendental talent.

      The only thing that has surprised me is that the prediction that we would be deep seems to really be panning out.

      And the fact that Thibs has actually gone Bomb Squad.

      Although, I don’t know, I actually think I am dangerously close to “In Leon We Trust” territory. THATS the most surprising thing.

    64. Ty Jerome has scored 3 points and is.a plus 28. Love that the Thunder are playing almost all of their players I have never heard of.

      Some amazing bench unit differentials tonight too.

    65. Although, I don’t know, I actually think I am dangerously close to “In Leon We Trust” territory. THATS the most surprising thing.

      He’s done weird stuff like the incinerated pick, and some questionable stuff like Obi over Hali (which at least is more palatable and fun these days), but on the whole, there’s a clear plan and it’s being executed fairly well. You could say they got lucky with Randle taking this huge leap, but at the same time, Thibs seems the perfect coach for him, and Leon locked in immediately on Thibs as his guy.

    66. kevin5318:
      RJ is two years younger so I’ll hold onto that for now over Deandre

      Yeah, Hunter was great last year but he only played 23 games so too small a sample size to give up on RJ for. Also in very small sample size theatre Cam Reddish has looked the best of the three so far this year.

    67. Yeah, that’s right. I don’t love everything he has done but everyone is clearly on the same page in the organization and there is a coherent plan being executed competently.

      He’s put together a team that runs 11 deep, which doesn’t have any bad contract, with an intelligent mix of players and a good coach.

      That’s a lot better than I expected at this stage.

    68. Watched some Nets-Heat tonight and I’m almost ready to buy some “the Nets might actually be just another good team” stock.

      Their shoring up of the bench this offseason was lauded by many, myself included, but Kyrie’s absence has forced all of those guys into a larger role (31 minutes for Patty Mills in a tight game is bleak) and ages are starting to show. It’s too early to draw any conclusions about Harden so I’ll just say he has thus far not looked like James Harden.

      This could all sound stupid soon if Kyrie Irving stops watching Instagram videos and/or the refs drop the “new sheriff in town” routine on Harden, and probably will. But they do not look like a super team right now.

    69. with the Nets Harden isn’t in shape and also he doesn’t know how to play with the new rules. He keeps doing his foul drawing bullshit even though it doesn’t work. I think there’s a good chance he gets it together but he’s a fucking mess right now.

    70. I guess Westbrook is still washed, that was so ugly. He’ll fill the stat sheet as always but how the hell are you giving up 10 turnovers and scoring 20 on 20 shots against a team of literal kids. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy watching the Lakers, of all teams, depend on ultra washed Melo and Westbrook to win games.

    71. DRed:
      with the Nets Harden isn’t in shape and also he doesn’t know how to play with the new rules.He keeps doing his foul drawing bullshit even though it doesn’t work.I think there’s a good chance he gets it together but he’s a fucking mess right now.

      The Nets got out rebounded 62-42. They have some major issues in that department too

    72. Nets only seem to have a chance when KD drops a triple double with 35+ points. Even then they still have too many holes without Kyrie

    73. @KeithSmithNBA
      Boy, do I want to know what the heck happened at Celtics shootaround this morning. Multiple references to it not being good from Ime Udoka, Al Horford and now Dennis Schroder.

      Never want to hear about Kemba vs Schroder again

    74. My draft pick of SGA still looks good, but I’m one of the people who has to take the L on Miles Bridges. I didn’t see it, but he has really grown into a good player.

      That would be a fascinating redraft. Hard to imagine Knox going before the second round…or maybe not at all…

    75. DRed
      October 27, 2021 at 10:35 pm
      Lakers, Celtics, and Nets in disarray. Knicks 3-1

      In the words of the great Clyde, “how sweet it is!”

    76. This is a fascinating early storyline, is Miles Bridges becoming a star? I think he was pretty good last season already when he learned to shoot 3s, but he’s been so good in this start while pretty much doubling his volume on every type of shot. The Hornets might be real feisty this season if this improvement is somehow sustainable, considering a small expected regression. Obviously too early to tell but it kinda smells like a leap.

    77. Leon doesn’t seem to be great at the draft but he makes up for it in other ways. The “no terrible contracts” thing is definitely something I’m not used to.

    78. The Hornets have to prove they can play defense first. Offensively they look really good, but you can score on them and they’re a pretty small team with no real rim protector. They’ll be in the playoff hunt for sure but let’s see how consistent they can be.

    79. I am feeling ptmilo’s disappointment as D’Andre Melton goes oh for everything in tonight’s loss…

    80. ***quadruple double from Westbrook 20 points 14 rebounds 13 assists 10 turnovers***

      Morant just misses one himself.

    81. JK47:
      Leon doesn’t seem to be great at the draft but he makes up for it in other ways. The “no terrible contracts” thing is definitely something I’m not used to.

      Saying “not great” is very fair. Leon does smh things in the draft for sure. I still give them the benefit of the doubt in terms of strategy, even when the execution is wonky. They clearly have a Team of Rivals approach that includes some very highly regarded people. And they seemed to put the Kentucky/CAA narrative on hold for now. In general, if we come out of every draft with 2 legit rotation prospects, I’m good, and that seems to be the case for two straight years. We are also coming out of drafts with more assets than we went in with, which is also good.

      As to contracts, at the end of the day, Leon & Co. have done as good of a job of threading the “win now without selling low on the future” needle as anyone could expect, especially under the continual specter of Dolan’s meddling. We put a classy, well-coached, highly rootable, eminently competitive product on the floor every night. It’s mindboggling how quickly (npi) Rose has transformed the Knicks organization from a perennial laughingstock to a highly respected and marketable NBA big market product. Without any real stars, we are a team the NBA is proud to feature on national broadcasts. That opening night win over the Celts was a marketer’s dream. I don’t know how anyone can objectively not find both the speed and the efficacy of this turnaround in both reality and perception astonishing.

    82. I am feeling ptmilo’s disappointment as D’Andre Melton goes oh for everything in tonight’s loss…

      …Morant just misses one himself.

      melton doesn’t miss shots you starfucker, he creates triple-double opportunities

    83. I’m the oddball who is still pro- trading 19. We should have gotten more value, but we’d need to stretch provision Knox to keep 19 this year & then incinerate our 1st, 2nd, or MLE next year (or Taj who we need for depth or Sims who looks like a legit NBA player).

      With Vildoza gone it gives us an available roster slot, but hindsight is 20/20. Still think Vildoza is/was a decent prospect.

    84. The east is so tough. There are very few easy games (and we blew one of them). A very good team could miss the playoffs and a pretty good team may miss the play in.

      Miles Bridges may be turning into a star, but he can’t play 3 on 3 at all. He has no “Big 3” in his future, I’m not surprised Knox didn’t develop into a better all around player than Mikal. but Miles is becoming a better player than I expected.

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