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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.20)

[NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis speaks after Phil blow-off: I want to be a Knick (Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:59:21 PM) Don’t worry, he still wants to be a Knick. Kristaps Porzingis will leave for Latvia on Thursday without meeting with Phil Jackson, but he said blowing off his exit meeting with the team president is not a sign he doesn’t want to play at the Garden next season. “Of course,” Porzingis told The Post at… [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis says he wants to stay with Knicks (Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:10:00 PM) Kristaps Porzingis may not want to talk to team …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.19)

[NYPost] The Knicks’ coin flip with T-Wolves was a predictable defeat (Tuesday, April 18, 2017 11:53:48 AM) It’s not exactly seventh heaven. The pingpong balls didn’t go the Knicks’ way in Tuesday’s NBA tiebreaker drawing, meaning the jinxed club will be seeded seventh in the May 16 draft lottery. The Timberwolves won the drawing, giving them the sixth seed. If the Knicks don’t move up into the top three, they most likely… [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis doubles down on team that isn’t Knicks (Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7:43:27 AM) Kristaps Porzingis sounds excited about one thing at least: playing for Latvia …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.18)

[NYDN] Knicks star Carmelo Anthony splits from wife La La (Monday, April 17, 2017 5:05:31 PM) Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is about to lose the only ring he’s ever had in New York. [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony now at a crossroads professionally and personally (Monday, April 17, 2017 3:45:13 PM) This was clearly the most trying season of Carmelo Anthony’s career even. [ESPN] Rumor Central: Will the Holiday brothers play together next season? (Monday, April 17, 2017 10:33:31 AM) Rumor Central: Will the Holiday brothers play together next season? [NYPost] What’s at stake for Knicks-Timberwolves lottery drawing (Monday, April 17, 2017 …continue reading

Solving the NBA’s Tanking Problem

Tanking seems to be on everyone’s mind in the NBA these days. Like many sports problems, “tanking” is not singular but an amorphous cluster of problems all housed under one term. The term isn’t hard to define–it’s when a team has a strategic incentive to lose–but it lacks a precise scope. That makes it hard to settle on what exactly is included when different people use the term. Tanking involves teams actively competing to lose games, usually to better their draft position. So sure, we include The Process in Philadelphia. But do we also include Donald Sterling’s original version? For over a decade, he lived high on the …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.17)

[NY Newsday] Knicks 2016-17 season wrap (Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:04:00 PM) What went wrong? Plenty. [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: ‘That Got Ugly in a Hurry’: More Playoff Pain Delivered by the Spurs (Sunday, April 16, 2017 5:28:11 PM) In San Antonio’s first postseason game since Tim Duncan’s retirement, signs of continued dominance were everywhere. [NYTimes] Rockets 118, Thunder 87 | Houston leads series, 1-0: Rockets Trounce the Thunder in Game 1 (Monday, April 17, 2017 3:54:11 AM) James Harden had 37 points and Patrick Beverley added 21 as Houston took the first game of their first-round playoff series against …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.16)

[NYDN] NBPA reaches out to Silver over Jackson’s comments about Anthony (Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:12:05 PM) The situation between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony is so volatile that the players union is now getting involved. [NYDN] 3 ways Carmelo Anthony divorce from Knicks can play out (Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:07:59 PM) Get ready for the summer of Melo-Drama, the final Knicks chapter. [NYDN] Phil Jackson is the one who should be getting run out of MSG (Saturday, April 15, 2017 9:28:58 PM) Phil Jackson says that Carmelo Anthony would be better off somewhere else and at least Jackson …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.15)

[ESPN] Playoffs and lottery will decide where Melo goes next (Friday, April 14, 2017 5:13:45 PM) Playoffs and lottery will decide where Melo goes next [NYPost] Phil Jackson’s coaching dream wrecking his Knicks presidency (Friday, April 14, 2017 11:47:48 PM) There’s no reason to feel good about the Knicks’ future as a franchise as long as Phil Jackson, the coach, keeps undermining Phil Jackson, the team president. That conflict was evident during Jackson’s season-ending press conference Friday that sounded more like a coaching clinic than an explanation for one of the worst seasons in the… [NYPost] Frustrated Kristaps Porzingis blows …continue reading