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Friday, May 27, 2016

Knicks Morning News (2016.05.20)

[ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Friday's Knicks Links: Jackson has some explaining to do about hiring Hornacek (Fri, 20 May 2016 04:56:32 EST) Friday's Knicks Links: Jackson has some explaining to do about hiring Hornacek [New York Times] Cavaliers 108, Raptors 89 | Cleveland leads series, 2-0: Cavaliers Dominate Raptors Again as LeBron James Posts Triple Double (Fri, 20 May 2016 03:53:10 GMT) James had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 26 points, as Cleveland took a two-games-to-none lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals. [New York Times] Zhou Qi’s Potential …continue reading

What does hiring Jeff Hornacek mean for the Knicks?

Stunned. That was my reaction when I saw this tweet from Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck: Breaking: Knicks will hire Jeff Hornacek as head coach, per NBA source. — Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 18, 2016 Until about a week ago I was convinced Knicks president Phil Jackson was going to remove the interim tag and keep Kurt Rambis on a full time basis. The other choices seemed to be David Blatt, Frank Vogel and Hornacek. I would have bet all my money (so pretty much nothing) on either of the two not named Hornacek. A litte bit of background here. I live …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.05.19)

[New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Coasting to Wins, LeBron James and the Cavaliers Refuse to Let Up (Thu, 19 May 2016 01:26:18 GMT) Cleveland, which dominated in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals, had a nine-day hiatus after a semifinal sweep. But, James said, “we didn’t rest.” [New York Times] Knicks Appear Close to Hiring Jeff Hornacek as Coach (Thu, 19 May 2016 02:52:10 GMT) Hornacek, a late entry in the team’s search, was let go by the Phoenix Suns earlier this season. [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Top Pick in Draft Could Inspire False Hopes for …continue reading

Breaking (with Updates): Jeff Hornacek to be named Knicks Head Coach

According to Howard Beck, the coaching process is coming to and end, and in a most surprising way. More to come….. Breaking: Knicks will hire Jeff Hornacek as head coach, per NBA source. — Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 18, 2016 Update (7:55pm):   On Hornacek-Knicks: It’s “as close as humanly possible,” per source, tho not official. Deal is expected soon, barring any unforeseen snags. — Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 18, 2016 Update (8:20pm):   There’s no deal in place with Hornacek, according to a source. Negotiations are in very, very early stages. There’s mutual interest. — Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.05.18)

[New York Times] 76ers Win NBA Draft Lottery, and Lakers Get the Second Pick (Wed, 18 May 2016 04:00:08 GMT) Duke’s Brandon Ingram and L.S.U.’s Ben Simmons, considered to be franchise-shaping players, are heavily favored to be the top two picks in the June draft. [New York Times] Warriors’ Home Games Are a Show Befitting the Team (Wed, 18 May 2016 07:00:23 GMT) Games at Oracle Arena have been called the best show in sports, with a high-energy team working toward another N.B.A. title. But most of the show is not basketball. [New York Times] Cavaliers 115, Raptors 84: Cavaliers …continue reading

Whiteness and the Knicks Beat

A funny thing happened just now. I was holding a piece of writing I did this morning to avoid stepping on Mike Kurylo’s excellent post about the Liberty and Isiah Thomas, and I stumbled across a great interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Chris Herring. During the interview, Herring was asked about diversity in sports writing, and had this to say: There aren’t nearly enough women covering the NBA; especially if you look past the ones who serve as sideline reporters. It feels like there are more people of color who write about the NBA than in other sports, and …continue reading

Zeke Still Has It

I went to Sunday’s NY Liberty game. For me a Liberty game is like a Knicks game, without all the anger, frustration, and embarrassment. It’s like watching a professional basketball game, but fun. With my kids on each side I can pass on the finer points of the viewer experience — like how to properly skewer a referee or how to not catch a tshirt. (Side note: I’ve never caught a ball or tshirt at a live professional sporting event — ever.) I can point out to my wife that the Liberty coach was from that ESPN documentary we watched …continue reading