[ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Friday's Knicks Links: Role with Knicks was too big for Jose Calderon (Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:11:40 EST) Friday's Knicks Links: Role with Knicks was too big for Jose Calderon [New York Times] Spurs Officially Add Pau Gasol to Help Replace Tim Duncan (Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:54:06 GMT) Gasol, 36, who played in Chicago the past two seasons, has been one of the N.B.A.’s most talented and versatile big men for the last 15 years. [New York Times] Lakers Forward Nance Has ‘Probable Fracture’ in Right Hand (Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:12:31 GMT) The …continue reading
PLUGH: This was an “out of the blue” hiring for Phil, at least according to all the narratives about him being on vacation. I don’t really want to rehash that ugly period in Knicks media/fandom, but suffice it to say the moves he’s made have confused, surprised, and sometimes pleased the people in orbit of the team. The tone has shifted in the discourse around the Knicks, and much of that shift occurred when Jeff Hornacek came aboard and word came out he wouldn’t have to be a Triangle-orthodox coach. We’ll see how that plays out, but he’s been likable …continue reading
[New York Times] Several Stars Sit While 2016 Class Has Strong Day (Thu, 14 Jul 2016 04:21:37 GMT) A look at some of the highlights from the eight games Wednesday at the Las Vegas Summer League: [New York Times] Football Player Tells Cops: I Was Punched by Draymond Green (Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:42:33 GMT) Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green struck a Michigan State football player in the jaw during a weekend confrontation near campus, tried to apologize and then had to sit in jail for a while until he could sober up, according to a police report released …continue reading
THANK YOU PHIL JACKSON! According to the Daily News: The Knicks now have 14 players on guaranteed contracts after agreeing to terms with forward Maurice Ndour on a two-year deal, bringing in a power forward who shined for New York’s Summer League squad last year. When the Knicks failed to keep Ndour last year, Mr. Gibberman did an excellent analysis of the forward. If you’re not sure why to be slightly excited by this deal, read that post.
PLUGH: This was a really strong signing. Lee has bounced around during his NBA career, but it seems to be one of those unfortunate situations where he has enough skill to be a starting role player on good teams, but not good enough to meet the loftier aspirations of the teams that thought they could be better. The “shooting guard” spot in the NBA is one of those sexy positions that teams think they can fill with a dynamic, star player. Teams want that creator, shooter, defender, alpha personality at that spot. It’s the way a team can carve out …continue reading
[New York Post] Adam Silver praises Melo for speaking out on violence (Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:02:52 -0400) LAS VEGAS — Carmelo Anthony took to social media on Friday to denounce the violence that has divided the country and prod his fellow athletes to speak up and try to help in any way they can. In addressing the media Tuesday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver praised the Knicks' star for his efforts. "I… [New York Times] Rule Changed to Curb ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ Incidents (Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:39:27 GMT) The NBA approved rule changes on fouls away from the ball on …continue reading
KURYLO: I really liked Joakim Noah in Florida, and I like him as a pro. I’ve always been keen on players that rebound and defend, because I think there’s a huge deficiency in the market in that area. Or maybe it goes back to my high hopes for Mike Sweetney at the start of this blog. The Knicks are a franchise that have yet to succeed without defensive-minded big man in the middle. Think about every great Knicks team, and you can identify them by the center: Reed, Ewing, Camby, or Chandler. Throw in Noah’s ability to pass and his …continue reading