This has to be the Knicksiest last 48 hours. Well maybe not the Knicksiest, as they didn’t trade any draft picks for an overpaid and over-the-hill scorer in that time. But it’s hard to argue that it hasn’t been a Knickly two days. It started when New York drops a home game to the Pelicans, competing like an actual NBA team for a half, before playing a third quarter that saw a 9 point deficit balloon to 25. In that period Knicks star Carmelo Anthony got himself ejected. And tough-guy Kyle O’Quinn decided to try to end the career of …continue reading
[NYTimes] 76ers 98, Knicks 97: Knicks, Losing at the Buzzer, Are Unable to Break Their Fall (Thursday, January 12, 2017 5:00:20 AM) Squandering a 17-point lead in the first half, the team lost for the ninth time in 10 games despite the return of Derrick Rose. [NYTimes] As Jimmy Butler Sizzles, Bulls Struggle to Play .500 Ball (Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:58:01 AM) Butler, an All-Star swingman, is averaging career highs of 25 points and 6.7 rebounds a game, but Chicago, like the Knicks, is lingering outside the playoff pack. [NYTimes] New Three-on-Three League Has a 4-Point Shot, and Allen …continue reading
The Knicks and their starting point guard, Derrick Rose, travel to Philadelphia for a very important game for the future of the team. The Sixers are not particularly good and the Chicago Bulls are playing without Jimmy Butler on Thursday, so the Knicks very well could win both of these games and be right back in the playoff hunt, which is good if you want them to get the #8 seed and not so good if you want the future of the team to not be not so, you know, bad. Let’s go, Knicks!
[NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: For Knicks, Professionalism Was Missing Way Before Derrick Rose Was (Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:44:11 PM) Behavior like Rose’s mysterious absence on Monday tends to spring up in organizations when the negligence comes from the top down. [NYTimes] Derrick Rose Returns to Knicks and Explains His Absence (Wednesday, January 11, 2017 1:41:41 AM) The point guard said that he had missed Monday night’s game to go home to Chicago to be with his mother and that “basketball didn’t have anything to do with this.” [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek not a fan of Carmelo Anthony’s ejections in blowouts …continue reading
NBA.com reports: Last night, the Knicks hosted the New Orleans Pelicans with hopes of reversing a recent funk in which New York had lost seven of its last eight games. Not only did the Knicks fall last night to the Pelicans, 110-96, but they did so without starting point guard Derrick Rose. Rose was absent from the team for the game for reasons that were unclear, and the team responded today by fining him for his actions. The Knicks followed by noting that he will be in uniform for the game against Philadelphia on Wednesday. If there’s a bigger joke …continue reading
[SNY Knicks] Report: Rose leaves Knicks without permission to deal with family issue (Monday, January 09, 2017 11:26:18 PM) New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose was not with the team for Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to undisclosed reasons. [SNY Knicks] Shorthanded Knicks struggle against Davis, Pelicans (Monday, January 09, 2017 10:08:00 PM) Playing without Derrick Rose and Mindaugas Kuzminskas, the New York Knicks allowed a 40-point, 18-rebound performance to Anthony Davis in a 110-96 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday at Madison Square Garden. [SNY Knicks] Kuzminskas to miss Monday’s game vs. Pelicans due …continue reading
[NYTimes] Keeping Score: Ron Baker, Knicks’ Third-String Point Guard, Provides Lift (Monday, January 09, 2017 1:17:34 AM) The fourth-quarter play of Baker, a little-used option behind Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings, helped end a six-game losing streak and injected offense into the game that followed. [NYPost] Knicks are sick of their own excuses (Sunday, January 08, 2017 8:18:19 AM) Brandon Jennings says there can be no more excuses that the Knicks are still getting to know each other. It’s 37 games in — closing in on the halfway mark — and the Knicks are worse than mediocre at 17-20. In …continue reading