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Thursday, July 28, 2016

2016 FA Roundtable: Joakim Noah

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

Knicks Morning News (2016.07.12)

[New York Times] On Pro Basketball: A Long Goodbye for Tim Duncan? ‘That Wouldn’t Be Him’ (Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:52:28 GMT) After 19 seasons of restrained brilliance and five championship rings, Duncan bade farewell in the only way befitting his career — with zero fanfare. [New York Times] Spurs’ Tim Duncan Retires After 19 N.B.A. Seasons and 5 Titles (Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:38:29 GMT) Duncan, 40, who played his entire career with San Antonio, won five N.B.A. championships and retires as one of the game’s greatest players. [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Before Vast Riches, Free …continue reading

2016 FA Roundtable: Derrick Rose

KURYLO: Sometimes when I show a cool chess move (oxymoron, I know) to my kids I’m thinking “an interesting an idea — white is obviously trying to counterattack on the queenside and open up space for their bishop pair, hoping that they can use their pawn majority to their advantage, but they’re ignoring the threat on the kingside.” Meanwhile my kids simplify the matter to “oh he moved a pawn.” There’s so much to consider with the trade for Rose. Could the Knicks have gotten more for Lopez? Maybe they could have gotten some youth (future picks) for the defensive …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.07.11)

[New York Times] Liberty Show Solidarity With Black Lives Matter in Rare Public Stance (Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:09:08 GMT) The players wore T-shirts addressing the recent shooting deaths of black men by the police, without giving notice to the W.N.B.A. [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Before Vast Riches, Free Agency’s Focus Was Freedom (Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:09:09 GMT) A settlement from a 1970 lawsuit filed by Oscar Robertson led to the easy movement and lavish salaries that are now commonplace in the N.B.A. [New York Times] Injured Bogut Named in Australia Basketball Squad for Rio (Mon, …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.07.10)

[New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Deep-Pocketed N.B.A. Has Short Arms When Offering a Hand Up (Sun, 10 Jul 2016 05:39:06 GMT) A financial windfall has enriched even the most middling of N.B.A. players while those in the N.B.A. Development League play for paltry sums. [New York Times] Keeping Score: Kevin Durant Was N.B.A.’s Ultimate Prize, With Participation Trophies Galore (Sun, 10 Jul 2016 05:39:24 GMT) The Golden State Warriors won free agency by signing the coveted Kevin Durant, while the Nets, Knicks and Bulls were forced to take risks. [New York Times] The UConn Legend Breanna Stewart Adjusts to …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.07.09)

[New York Times] Knicks’ Free-Agent Hires Add Needed Depth and Homegrown Passion (Sat, 09 Jul 2016 05:00:06 GMT) The Knicks introduced their three major free-agent signings from this month, guards Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee and center Joakim Noah, a New York native who grew up a die-hard fan. [New York Times] The UConn Legend Breanna Stewart Adjusts to Life in the W.N.B.A. (Sat, 09 Jul 2016 06:21:33 GMT) Stewart, a four-time national champion, is learning to deal with losing and the pressure of high expectations in a league that can use a breakout star. [New York Times] Former Princeton …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.07.08)

[New York Times] Kevin Durant, Whether Hero or Villain, Defends His Move to the Warriors (Fri, 08 Jul 2016 05:20:05 GMT) The newly minted Golden State Warrior said he was not seeking an easier path to a championship by leaving the Thunder. “Hopefully everybody understands,” he said. [New York Times] The UConn Legend Breanna Stewart Adjusts to Life in the W.N.B.A. (Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:00:26 GMT) Stewart, a four-time national champion, is learning to deal with losing and the pressure of high expectations in a league that can use a breakout star. [New York Times] Nine Questions: Dwyane Wade’s …continue reading