Knicks Morning News (2015.03.19)

  • [New York Post] Fisher: It would be easier to inspire Knicks if I still played (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:50:44 -0400)

    So maybe it wasn't Hampton beating Manhattan, but the Knicks upending the world champion Spurs was a shocker. It left coach Derek Fisher feeling positive about his woebegone Knicks, knowing,…

  • [New York Times] Warriors Cruise Past Hawks 114-95 for Best Record in NBA (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:26:10 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors whipped perfect passes through the lane that led to pretty shots and plenty of high-flying dunks.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Push Win Streak to 5 With 88-84 Victory Over Jazz (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:11:06 GMT)

    The Utah Jazz kept John Wall in check for 24 minutes Wednesday night. That wasn’t quite enough.

  • [New York Times] Paul Scores 30 in Clippers’ 116-105 Win Over Kings (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:43:45 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 30 points and 11 assists for the Los Angeles Clippers, who defeated the slumping Sacramento Kings 116-105 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers, Down Early, Rout Nets (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:28:19 GMT)

    J. R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov scored 17 points apiece, Kyrie Irving had 10 assists and Cleveland shook off a slow start to win its 14th straight home game, 117-92, over the Nets.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki Scores 25, Mavs Hang On to Beat Lowly Magic 107-102 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 03:13:54 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and the Dallas Mavericks withstood a fourth-quarter meltdown against lowly Orlando on Wednesday night, beating the Magic 107-102 for their third straight win since an embarrassing home loss to Cleveland.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 36 to Lead Thunder Past Celtics 122-118 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 03:08:14 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Boston 122-118 on Wednesday night, snapping the Celtics’ five-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Green Scores 20, Spurs Bounce Back to Beat Bucks 114-103 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:58:53 GMT)

    Danny Green scored 20 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and seven assists as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-103 Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers Shake Off Poor Start, Roll Nets 117-92 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:58:47 GMT)

    Cavaliers coach David Blatt had seen enough, more than enough.

  • [New York Times] Mirotic, Dunleavy Lead Bulls Past Pacers (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:52:51 GMT)

    Rookie Nikola Mirotic scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, Mike Dunleavy added 21 points and Pau Gasol had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the short-handed Chicago Bulls to a 103-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Scores 21, Raptors Beat Timberwolves 105-100 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:22:58 GMT)

    Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 and the Toronto Raptors won their 11th straight home game over Minnesota, beating the short-handed Timberwolves 105-100 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade Scores 30, Heat Rally to Beat Blazers 108-104 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:19:44 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, including a jumper with 13.6 seconds left to break a tie and help the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-104 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Snap 4-Game Skid With 94-83 Win Over Pistons (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:53:41 GMT)

    Ish Smith scored 15 points to pace a balanced offense, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a four-game skid with a 94-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Obama Joins Millions in U.S. College Basketball Madness (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:52:38 GMT)

    March Madness gripped the White House and lots of other workplaces on Wednesday as President Barack Obama joined an estimated 60 million Americans scrambling to make their predictions for the annual tournament to crown a collegiate basketball champion.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks coach Derek Fisher files for divorce (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:06:31 GMT)

    Knicks coach Derek Fisher has filed for divorce from his wife, Candace.

  • 23 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2015.03.19)”

    A former coach described Ricky Ledo thusly: “he’s the single worst human being I’d ever been associated with on a basketball court”


    I might be “misremembering” but weren’t there a bunch of guys on this site who were touting Ricky Ledo as a real draft sleeper a couple years ago? I seem to remember that there was a lot of buzz about him, Charles Jenkins and Nate Wolters. He hasn’t done anything as a pro yet but could that be partially due to wrong team wrong time?

    Note — I typed my prior post before I saw DRed’s post. Maybe it wasn’t wrong team wrong time. Maybe he’s a jerk.

    I dunno. I would have drafted Wolters over Timmy, but I don’t remember Ledo at all. I mean, dude is 22 and seems to have barely played competitive organized basketball since HS. It’s a 10 day contract. He’s young. Worst case scenario-our scouts have unearthed a diamond who helps us win another game or two.

    A loss tonight is more important than losing to philly. We get the tiebreaker if we lose to Minny tonight.

    Reposted from other thread:

    Since Dallas waived Ledo to make room for Amare, I guess we kind of traded Amare for Ledo.

    I assume the comments on his stats refer to his D-League ones. His shot chart shows he hasn’t shot very well overall but is good at corner threes and some mid-range shots and OK around the rim. I’m more worried about his character issues, but he’s still young and maybe two years of doing nothing in the NBA has taught him something. I can always hope he does well, but it seems unlikely there aren’t other D-League guards who are better prospects that him.

    The funniest thing about that article about Ledo is how many of the guys listed as having big question marks surrounding them either play(ed) for the Knicks (Larkin, Hardaway, CJ Leslie) or we have at various times on this site talked about the Knicks acquiring (Snell, Rice, Wolters).

    Tall guard (6’7″) who’s supposed to be a good catch and shoot player (although I realize his d-league numbers don’t reflect a good shooter), but isn’t really a natural PG? Sounds drawn directly from “Triangle PG” central casting. Can’t hurt I guess.

    Like everyone else I’ve been clamoring for them to use a bit more of the “throw shit against the wall and see what sticks” approach to team building, so I’m glad to see them giving somebody a chance even if he wouldn’t have been on my personal list of 5 pulled out of my ass d-league names.

    Does he have an arrest record or is the character question just based on body language, multiple HSs and apparently flunking out of/somehow not qualifying academically at Providence before he even suited up?

    I’m just slightly appalled at the thought that we signed Ricky Ledo and not Khem Birch or Willie Reed (or, you know, if you really really wanted another guard, Seth Curry).

    Oh, and before someone says “but Seth Curry is on the Suns”, yeah I know, but we had an open roster spot for ages.

    A former coach described Ricky Ledo thusly: “he’s the single worst human being I’d ever been associated with on a basketball court”


    I’m just slightly appalled at the thought that we signed Ricky Ledo and not Willie Reed

    Yeah, just to see Willie Reed hobble out of the tunnel and inspire the Knicks to a final loss when it matters most.

    That’s no big concern because I don’t think Phil will be the one to give it to him. People are operating under the assumption that Phil is a total moron.

    I bet dollars that Phil offers Bargnani a contract, and if he manages to resign Bargnani, he cites his past as a #1 overall selection.


    I have to say, that even though there are certainly more accomplished players in the D-League, Ledo might be a good choice if you are taking a shot at hitting a home run and getting a potentially really capable player eventually, instead of going after a good role player. He’s young, very athletic, can shoot corner threes, gets to the rim a lot and reportedly can catch and shoot in a short time. Those are NBA tools. If you have doubts about him getting to the rim or shooting corner threes, look at his shot chart on the D-League statistics page. Of course it’s very chancy, but that’s what going for home runs is all about.


    You forgot #goodfitwiththetriangle

    Ledo was not on my radar, and I much rather would have called up a big man, because our PF rotation is appalling, but at least we called up a kid. It doesn’t seem likely Ledo becomes a productive NBA player, but he’s got a better chance of becoming one than Shannon Brown did. Baby steps.

    I bet dollars that Phil offers Bargnani a contract, and if he manages to resign Bargnani, he cites his past as a #1 overall selection.

    Well, I bet dollars too, I think he sees Bill Wennington in Bargnani (welp?).

    but he’s got a better chance of becoming one than Shannon Brown did

    But can he steal that ball? You have to look at that.

    because our PF rotation is appalling

    A certain Mr. Louis Amundsen is very upset by this comment

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