Knicks Morning News (2015.05.04)

  • [New York Times] Clippers and Chris Paul Survive the Spurs With Trust, Toughness and Resolve (Mon, 04 May 2015 01:57:55 GMT)

    A banged-up Paul and his teammates had only 48 hours to recover before facing Houston in the Western Conference semifinals.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Decades After a Famous Shot, the Fall Guy Is Still Recovering (Mon, 04 May 2015 01:40:01 GMT)

    Craig Ehlo is remembered for failing to stop Michael Jordan’s winning shot in the final seconds of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in 1989. But he has triumphed in other ways.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: On the Road, Wizards Top Hawks in Game 1 (Mon, 04 May 2015 00:53:37 GMT)

    After resting up for the past week, Washington remained unbeaten in the postseason by defeating top-seeded Atlanta in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Warriors Star Stephen Curry to Be Named NBA MVP (Mon, 04 May 2015 00:37:31 GMT)

    A person familiar with the decision says Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award.

  • 15 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2015.05.04)”

    I had a dream last night flashing back to my days at the University of Utah doing about every non pharmaceutical on the shores of Lake Powell overlooking Page, AZ and the Glen Canyon Dam.

    In my dream, it came to me that Beach Boy nephew Kevin Love will take his talents to la la land this summer as the Lakers have only 36 million on the books for next season.

    Melo sees the Knicks are years away from contention even if they land the #1 pick and asks to be traded to LA to play with Love and Kobe.

    Baby Buss then offers Randle, their 2015 pick, their 2022 pick and Jordan Hill for Melo.

    Did I smoke too much Nepalese Temple Ball hash in the 70’s?

    Ain’t no way PJ trading Melo for Randle/Jordan Hill/2picks.

    It may be nice to trade him for as many picks as possible. Throw in Ed Davis, add more picks, I’m happy.

    I wouldn’t oppose that trade. But there’s just no way it’s going to happen.

    I’d love to see Melo and Kobe fight over who gets to miss the buzzer beating shot for the loss.

    If we’re drawing up fantasy Lakers rosters that all the Kobe freaks would be claiming were title contenders pre-season before they spectacularly flamed out you just have to put Rondo on the roster. That’s the first rule of the game.

    In all seriousness though I can’t see Melo demanding a trade this summer. If we flatline again next year I could see it happening, but this summer? If free agency doesn’t go down in a way that’s to his liking (and as thrilled as a lot of us would be with guys like Cory Joseph and Demarre Carroll I don’t know if they set Melo’s heart racing) I could see his camp starting to float rumors of his displeasure, but I think the only way Dolan would ever be willing to let him go in that type of trade would be with an explicit demand of a trade. And I doubt that would ever happen just a single year after signing the deal. Not a good look for the #brand.

    Melo is not leaving. Get used to him here. He wanted to be traded here and he wanted to resign here. He’s made peace with the fact that he may not win a championship here.


    I’m not drawing up Laker ‘fantasy’ rosters, I’m trying to divine a way to get Melo’s 22+ million off the roster for hi picks and free cap space so GM Phil can build a team in his own image. One might say then why sign Melo in the first place? Fair question, but letting a valuable asset walk for zip isn’t great business, either.

    If paying Melo for a season nets something like a lottery pick, Randle and a future pick it is money well spent.

    We just need a place that Melo would go, (LA, CHI) that has cap space and picks and a newbie calling the shots who is under pressure for immediate gratification (baby buss).

    Love may actually be interested in LA as a permanent address after spending years in Minneapolis and Cleveland, and if so….. anything is possible.

    I’m trying to divine a way to get Melo’s 22+ million off the roster for hi picks and free cap space so GM Phil can build a team in his own image.

    I know, Bob! Okay, stay with me here. Time machine. You, me, DRed, hell, even Captain Luke. Mission: Impossible make-up artists. We take the front office hostage and the tallest of us gets to play Jax, the dumbest of us plays Jimmy. Now get this. We don’t offer a contract to Melo in the 2014 offseason. Not even the vet’s minimum! (Unless the Bulls want to sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler.) Then, depending on the quality of the in-house caviar and champagne, we either release the captive front office after the ink’s dried on his shiny new contract (elsewhere) OR we just play the part until one of us gets busted/overfull on fish eggs and bubbly. Jackson is like, 6’9″, so it might not take too long until we’re outed.

    DONE. Contract gone. This comment wouldn’t even exist in that bizarro-world.


    Man, I really miss the days when this board was debating whether he’d get $12M a year this offseason.

    Isn’t “What kind of contract will Shumpert get?” one of the big mysteries this off-season? Most of the numbers say that he has been just as bad since the trade as he was with the Knicks but somehow he is now viewed as a much better player. I’m curious to see what some GM thinks this summer.

    Shump filling up the stat line: 37 min., 18 pts., 1 rebound, 1 assist

    From CP3 to starting point guard Austin Rivers. That is quite a drop.

    Blake is definitely a top 5 player when he takes his head out of his ass

    McHale is like reverse Wittman. When the playoffs come around, he can’t coach to save his life. Have you seen the horrible sequence that sparked that 10-0 run by the Clips in the late fourth? Man, they lost at home by 16 without Chris Paul. Looks like this is the first series where I haven’t picked correctly (the solution for game 2 would be to start Brewer as SG and to not give any minute to Terry, who is useless in this series, but McHale will never, ever do it). New prediction: Clips in 5.

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