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Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Feb 16 2013)

  • [New York Times] Different Looks for Heat, Lakers at All-Star Break (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:43:04 GMT)
    The last All-Star game in Houston was a glimpse of what Miami Heat games would become.

  • [New York Times] Faried Shines in Rising Stars Game (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:01:10 GMT)
    Kenneth Faried had 40 points and 10 rebounds and entertained the crowd at the end with a series of dunks, leading Team Chuck to a 163-135 victory over Team Shaq in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett Unite for a Weekend, at Least (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:55:54 GMT)
    As Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett put aside their differences before Sunday’s All-Star Game, Hall of Fame finalists were announced, including the former Knick Bernard King.

  • [New York Times] Sunday Routine Tyson Chandler: Tyson Chandler’s Rare Free Sundays Are Spent With Family (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:47:11 GMT)
    For New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, an ideal Sunday is full of food, family, photography and more food.

  • [New York Times] Faried Shines in Rising Stars Game (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:21:56 GMT)
    Kenneth Faried had 40 points and 10 rebounds and entertained the crowd at the end with a series of dunks, leading Team Chuck to a 163-135 victory over Team Shaq in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: N.B.A. All-Star Game â?? Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard Interviewed (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 02:32:52 GMT)
    The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard remain focused on the present, not the dysfunctional first half of the season.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Union Is Expected to Fire Hunter (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 02:27:53 GMT)
    Billy Hunter, the chief of the N.B.A. players union since 1996, will not be at a meeting to defend himself, but he is vigorously contesting allegations of nepotism and questionable business practices.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Section 15: Undecided Voter (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 01:37:59 GMT)
    A onetime Knicks fan likes the Barclays Center; he’s just not sure about the team that plays there.

  • [New York Daily News] Former Knicks great King aims for Fame (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 03:57:15 GMT)
    For Bernard King, maybe the sixth time is the charm. The Brooklyn product and former Knick great was revealed as one of 12 finalists for the 2013 Hall of Fame class Friday, joining notables such as Gary Payton, Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian and Tim Hardaway.

  • [New York Daily News] All-Star Game Insider: KG, Anthony in Melo mood (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 03:31:57 GMT)
    The beef was squashed as easily as soggy Honey Nut Cheerios, as both Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony said they’re happy All-Star teammates following their tiff last month.

  • [New York Post] Melo: Knicks â??got to go out and do it’ (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:15:49 -0500)
    HOUSTON â?? Carmelo Anthony almost sounded like an ad for that firm whose corporate logo is everywhere. So when discussing the Knicks’ ultimate goal for the remainder of this season, Anthony entered “talk is cheapâ? mode. For the Knicks, the only message is, “Just do it.â?
    “We’re ready. My team…

  • [New York Post] N.Y. legends Guerin, Brown elected into Hall; King next? (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:09:52 -0500)
    HOUSTON â?? Two New York basketball legends made the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame yesterday, and another is potentially on his way.Though Richie Guerin and Roger Brown were two of five men directly elected to the Hall yesterday, New York basketball fans hope they will be joined by former…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ White made name on dunking (Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:09:52 -0500)
    Believe it or not, a 30-year-old NBA journeyman who has played a total of 229 minutes for the Knicks this season has a reputation. He’s one of the world’s best dunkers.
    James “Flightâ? White has won dunk contests before, and he’s the favorite to win tonight’s…

  • 23 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Feb 16 2013)

    1. d-mar

      Would the Clips really do a Bledsoe and Jordan for Garnett deal? They’d essentially be trading away all their youth other than Griffin for a one year shot at a title. Great deal for Boston, but unless Kevin McHale is GM for the Clippers, I can’t imagine it going down.

      Also, if the Millsap for Shump rumors have any validity, I would have to think long and hard about that one, Milsap would be a tremendous addition to our team.

    2. Z-man

      d-mar: Also, if the Millsap for Shump rumors have any validity, I would have to think long and hard about that one, Milsap would be a tremendous addition to our team.

      Don’t we need guards right now?

    3. flossy

      d-mar: Also, if the Millsap for Shump rumors have any validity, I would have to think long and hard about that one, Milsap would be a tremendous addition to our team.

      Millsap will be a free agent this offseason, right? Would the Knicks be able to re-sign him despite being way over the cap? If not, I’d say no way, but if so, I don’t see how you can say no to that. It would definitely mean the end of the small-ball experiment, since there’s no way you have Amar’e and Millsap on the same team and still give Melo 25-30mpg at the 4. But Millsap is a good enough defender that you might be able to pair him and Amar’e in the frontcourt and not get murdered the way you do with Amar’e and anyone not named Chandler.

    4. klownboy

      I’m thinking the Knicks should finish 2nd or 3rd in the final Eastern Conference standings. That way they would avoid early matchups with Chicago and the Heat.

    5. Owen

      Millsap for Shump?

      That sounds insane. Isn’t Utah in the hunt still?

      Millsap is one of the best power forwards in the NBA. He actually plays defense. Of course you do that, in a second. Who cares about Amare. Put him in cold storage.

      With Millsap on the team and a frontcourt of Melo, Millsap, and Chandler, we actually have a shot against Miami.

      I am definitely missing something when it comes to Shumpert. It’s awesome he has enough of reputation that that kind of rumor even is plausible to float. But it’s very surprising to me.

      Yet another sign of how out of touch i am….

    6. flossy

      Well, Chris Sheridan is reporting that “Shumpert’s people” (whoever they are) want him traded because they feel the Knicks are stunting his development and confidence by playing him out of position.

      Combine that with the “Knicks FO doesn’t like his attitude” reports from Francesca and you can see the Knicks-fed media-hack character assassination machine start to rumble to life to give the front office cover if they do trade him, same way that over the course of a week Lin went from being an untouchable asset (we’ll match up to a billion dollars!) to a selfish cancer with a crazy contract whom the Knicks were better off without .

      I wonder if the front office realizes that this kind of negativity can become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

    7. flossy

      Owen:
      Millsap for Shump?

      That sounds insane. Isn’t Utah in the hunt still?

      Millsap is one of the best power forwards in the NBA. He actually plays defense. Of course you do that, in a second. Who cares about Amare. Put him in cold storage.

      With Millsap on the team and a frontcourt of Melo, Millsap, and Chandler, we actually have a shot against Miami.

      I am definitely missing something when it comes to Shumpert. It’s awesome he has enough of reputation that that kind of rumor even is plausible to float. But it’s very surprising to me.

      Yet another sign of how out of touch i am….

      If they know Millsap isn’t coming back (and since they have Favors and Kanter, why resign Jefferson and Millsap?), why not flip him for a young building block at a position of need? Is a shot at the 7th or 8th seed this season really worth passing up on the chance to collect assets? Not saying Shumpert is the best they could do, but I get the reasoning on their part behind trading Millsap.

    8. Owen

      I mean, I think a playoff berth and the attendant excitement is worth more than Shump, who won’t be cheap forever. Of course, they may not make the playoffs. Their differential I think is the most lopsided in the NBA. wildly outperformed.

      I get why they would do it. I just am surprised Shump is enough to get them to punt….

    9. jon abbey

      whoa, Kidd-Gilchrist said Jordan beat him in a one on one game recently. not bad for a 50 year old…

    10. JK47

      Paul Milsap for Shumpert + Novak works in the trade machine.

      If there would be any way to extend Milsap, I would think the Knicks would be fools to turn down that trade. Milsap is in his age 27 season and is very durable and productive. He’s a terrific two-way player who does a little bit of everything and the advanced stats give him the thumbs up.

    11. ruruland

      It’s interesting how a player always looks better on defense to fans who never watch him play. Milsap is average defensively. Excellent rebounder and crafty scorer, good lefties always have an advantage. Obviously you have to make that trade.

    12. flossy

      ruruland:
      It’s interesting how a player always looks better on defense to fans who never watch him play. Milsap is average defensively. Excellent rebounder and crafty scorer, good lefties always have an advantage. Obviously you have to make that trade.

      Do you think it’s even remotely within the realm of possibility?

    13. ruruland

      Sloan and Williams were what, a month apart? Pretty sure that makes anything possible with that franchise.

    14. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      flossy: He had literally never won a game in the playoffs, period.That’s a far cry from putting a talent-deficient Cavs team on your back and dragging it to the finals.People give Melo shit for not having gone farther in the playoffs, but Gasol had never won a single postseason game before becoming Kobe’s wingman.

      And Kobe has never won a playoff series without having a top-flight center to back him up. So his TEAM won a four games in two playoff series (and failed to make the playoffs in ’05). Am I supposed to think that Gasol was responsible for Mike Miller and Shane Battier’s shitty play?

      Look, I’m not denying that Kobe had some amazing playoff runs. ’09 was an incredible postseason (the low TOV% is exceptional even at his usage), but Pau Gasol was an All-NBA player whether his team won in the postseason or not. Miller and Battier were AWFUL (negative WS/48) in one of those years. Even LeBron would have trouble winning with his teammates playing that badly.

    15. ruruland

      The Honorable Cock Jowles: And Kobe has never won a playoff series without having a top-flight center to back him up. So his TEAM won a four games in two playoff series (and failed to make the playoffs in ’05). Am I supposed to think that Gasol was responsible for Mike Miller and Shane Battier’s shitty play?

      Look, I’m not denying that Kobe had some amazing playoff runs. ’09 was an incredible postseason (the low TOV% is exceptional even at his usage), but Pau Gasol was an All-NBA player whether his team won in the postseason or not. Miller and Battier were AWFUL (negative WS/48) in one of those years. Even LeBron would have trouble winning with his teammates playing that badly.

      Why did Battier and Miller become so much better by WS/WP later on, in your estimation?

    16. Brian Cronin

      For what it is worth, the Millsap/Shump rumors seem to be completely unsourced. That’s not to say that they’re not true, but when you don’t have a single source for a story, it seems kind of sketchy.

    17. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      ruruland: Why did Battier and Miller become so much better by WS/WP later on, in your estimation?

      http://www.thenbageek.com/players/358-shane-battier

      Battier posted the best WP48 of his career while on those Memphis teams.

      Wrong.

      http://www.thenbageek.com/players/165-mike-miller

      Mike Miller would go on to post his best WP48 on the Wizards in ’09-’10, but I know you’re quick to attribute his .118 WP48 in ’07 to Gasol, even though it was bookended by .190 and .186 seasons.

      What, dude? What?

    18. Owen

      Millsap doesn’t look so average defensively by one measure. Although, yeah, rapm isn’t my thing.

      He has always looked like a great defender to me….

      PAUL MILLSAP, JAZZ POWER FORWARD, +221.00: He is an underrated rebounder, offensive performer and most definitely an unsung defensive star, posting a +3.0 defensive RAPM, like he seemingly does every season. His nimbleness could be used to even greater effect as a small forward in Utah’s potential go-big lineups.

      ruruland:
      It’s interesting how a player always looks better on defense to fans who never watch him play. Milsap is average defensively. Excellent rebounder and crafty scorer, good lefties always have an advantage. Obviously you have to make that trade.

    19. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      Owen:
      Millsap doesn’t look so average defensively by one measure. Although, yeah, rapm isn’t my thing.

      He has always looked like a great defender to me….

      PAUL MILLSAP, JAZZ POWER FORWARD, +221.00: He is an underrated rebounder, offensive performer and most definitely an unsung defensive star, posting a +3.0 defensive RAPM, like he seemingly does every season. His nimbleness could be used to even greater effect as a small forward in Utah’s potential go-big lineups.

      Whoever wrote that obviously hasn’t watched him, like you, Owen.

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