2014-15 Game Thread: Knicks @ Grizzlies

So we have to hope that the Knicks play poorly enough to lose but also somehow persuade Marc Gasol to come play for them next season.

This game should be a laugher, so just watch this one surprise us with a tough effort.

Let me take a moment to pay my respects to longtime NBA reporter Stuart Scott, who passed away yesterday at the age of 49. All of the on-air tributes to him were quite moving.

Knicks Go? Let’s!

EDITED TO ADD: In major news, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith have been traded to Cleveland and Sam Dalembart has been waived. The details of the deal are not yet revealed. The Knicks are either getting Reggie Jackson or Dion Waiters. Please let it be Jackson!

Knicks Morning News (2015.01.05)

  • [New York Post] Knicks big man may be angling for way out of ‘tragic’ season (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:45:44 -0500)

    Knicks center Samuel Dalembert admitted the Knicks' season has been "a tragedy'' and a "tragic thing.'' And there's a chance he could escape it soon because of a quirk in…

  • [New York Post] There’s nothing left for these Knicks to do except give tanks (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:44:51 -0500)

    OK , it’s time for big changes at the Garden. Replace the Knicks "Defense!” chant. Time to go with "Tank!” The fans started a mild "Fire Fisher” chant late in Sunday…

  • [New York Daily News] Terrible Knicks lose 11th straight, fall to Kidd’s Bucks (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:31:05 GMT)

    Even Phil Jackson’s Zen-like presence wouldn’t have fixed this mess as boos filled the air in the game’s final seconds.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: For Knicks, little can make up for futility at Garden (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:16:56 GMT)

    Things are so bad at the Garden these days, and celebrity row is so depleted, that the team featured two Westchester Knicks.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Scott’s cancer battle personal for Fisher (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:34:14 GMT)

    Derek Fisher spoke eloquently of what the late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who died of cancer on Sunday at 49, meant to him.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Flourish After Big Trade They Didn’t Make (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:13:05 GMT)

    Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Rallies Lakers Past Pacers, 88-87 (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:27:51 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant has gradually accepted that it’s a good idea to miss a few games this season to keep his 36-year-old body in top shape for the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers’ schedule.

  • [New York Times] Kobe to Skip Lakers’ Game in Portland on Monday (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:54:43 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant will skip the Los Angeles Lakers’ game in Portland on Monday to rest.

  • [New York Times] Bucks 95, Knicks 82: Seeking Better Play, if Not a Win, the Depleted Knicks Get Neither (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:59:52 GMT)

    The Knicks, playing without several injured players, fell to 5-31 with a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was their 11th straight defeat.

  • [New York Times] Suns Guard Trio Leads 125-109 Rout of Road-Weary Raptors (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:42:51 GMT)

    Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points, fellow guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas added 18 apiece and the Phoenix Suns handed the Toronto Raptors their second straight blowout loss, 125-109, on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Hand Knicks 11th Straight Loss, 95-82 (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:36:44 GMT)

    Zaza Pachulia had 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks handed the New York Knicks their 11th straight loss, 95-82 Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: With Loss to Heat, Nets Fall Shy of .500 (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:28:05 GMT)

    Chris Bosh scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 25 in the last five and a half minutes, and Miami held off the Nets to end a four-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Despite Tumult Around Them, the Atlanta Hawks Have Risen to the Top (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 02:57:57 GMT)

    Atlanta has compiled the best record in the Eastern Conference while up for sale and battling public relations problems.

  • [New York Times] Heat Hang on, Top Nets 88-84 to Stop Slide (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:51:43 GMT)

    Chris Bosh scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 25 points in the final minutes and the Miami Heat held off the Brooklyn Nets 88-84 on Sunday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Jennings Leads Pistons to 114-95 Win Over Kings (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:45:44 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings scored 35 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings 114-95 Sunday for their fifth straight win.