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Friday, March 24, 2017

Knicks Morning News (2017.03.14)

[NYDN] John Andariese, longtime Knicks broadcaster, dead at 78 (Monday, March 13, 2017 7:39:25 PM) “Johnny Hoops” has died. [NYDN] Why Phil Jackson may be looking to dump Hornacek after the season (Monday, March 13, 2017 7:28:29 PM) Phil Jackson has never really been sold on Jeff Hornacek as his head coach. That was painfully obvious from the beginning. [NYDN] Knicks – Pacers postponement would be up to NBA (Monday, March 13, 2017 1:32:53 PM) The Knicks haven’t been able to stop the losing themselves, so maybe a snowstorm will save them Tuesday. [NYTimes] Thin Lines of the N.C.A.A. Women’s …continue reading

R.I.P. John Andariese

We lost “Johnny Hoops” today, the great former Knicks announcer, John Andariese (whose last name was so tricky that I already spelled it incorrectly on Twitter), today. For Knick fans of the 1990s, we were not only in a Golden Age, but we all KNEW we were in a Golden Age, as we had John Andariese and Marv Albert on MSG with Mike Breen and Clyde Frazier on the radio. Breen and Frazier were clearly way too talented to be “just” radio announcers, but boy, all four were great. John Andariese then swapped roles with Clyde Frazier and eventually, Andariese …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.03.13)

[ESPN] Monday’s Knicks News: Anthony hits scoring milestone in loss to Nets (Monday, March 13, 2017 4:47:48 AM) Monday’s Knicks News: Anthony hits scoring milestone in loss to Nets [ESPN] Kristaps Porzingis: Knicks’ scheme changes have led to mass confusion (Monday, March 13, 2017 1:30:46 AM) Kristaps Porzingis: Knicks’ scheme changes have led to mass confusion [ESPN] Porzingis: Knicks confused ‘from top to bottom’ (Monday, March 13, 2017 1:20:34 AM) Porzingis: Knicks confused ‘from top to bottom’ [NY Newsday] Jeremy Lin starts slowly but warms up to help defeat Knicks (Monday, March 13, 2017 1:03:58 AM) You’ll have to excuse …continue reading

2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Nets

After a much-needed loss last night, the Knicks are running up against one of the hardest teams in the NBA to lose to in the Brooklyn Nets. The good thing is that the Nets have no reason to lose this game, while the Knicks have a very good reason to try to lose this game, so there’s a chance that the Nets could pull it out at home. The Nets have been playing better since Jeremy Lin returned to the team, as they had a point guard-driven offense being driven by, like, Randy Foye (it still shocks me that the …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.03.12)

[NY Newsday] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony takes only nine shots in loss to Pistons (Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:33:00 PM) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — On the surface, Carmelo Anthony is trying to be the perfect soldier. [NY Newsday] Nets feel as if offense is improving since return of Jeremy Lin (Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:03:00 PM) DALLAS — The Nets played eight straight road games in four time zones and spent a total of 17 days on the road counting takeoff and their landing in the wee hours Saturday morning. Their record was a modest 2-6, but those two road wins …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.03.11)

[NYTimes] The N.B.A.’s ‘Turkish Thunder’ Excels at a Painful Task (Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00:27 PM) Ersan Ilyasova, a power forward for the Atlanta Hawks, steps in front of runaway human trains to take a charge better than anyone else in the game. [NYTimes] The Triangle: A Simple Name for a Complex Basketball Scheme (Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:39:12 AM) To make it work, Knicks players know firsthand that it requires flexibility and continuity on the roster, with players who possess a high basketball I.Q. [SNY Knicks] Jackson conducts on-court triangle training with Knicks guards (Friday, March 10, 2017 8:20:14 …continue reading

Carmelo Anthony’s Memory

When I was a child, my grandfather would pick me up from school every Wednesday. We’d walk over to the local Off Track Betting office, pick up some horse racing sheets, sit in a mostly-empty bar, and pour over the data. “It’s not the horses,” my grandfather insisted “it’s the jockeys.” That was his system, the jockeys controlled how hard the beasts tried and inevitably how fast they went. A reliable horseman was worth more than a fast horse. He’d lay a few dollars down and play the daily double, which would give a higher pay-out than just a single …continue reading