Knicks Morning News (2015.10.24)

  • [New York Daily News] Robin Lopez dealing with injury: ‘It’s nothing serious’ (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:01:43 GMT)

    The Knicks’ $54 million starting center didn’t want to go into details except to characterize the issue as minor and nearly cleared.

  • [New York Daily News] NBA confirms probe into Derek Fisher-Matt Barnes altercation (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 02:58:33 GMT)

    The two former teammates with the Lakers were involved in a physical altercation at the home of Barnes’ estranged wife.

  • [New York Post] Carmelo Anthony: Last year’s 65-loss agony may be ‘blessing’ (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 00:34:02 -0400)

    Carmelo Anthony says last season's 17-65, injury-wracked nightmare has given him a new "perspective,'' could become "a blessing'' and will turn out to be a major aberration. Though shy about…

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Pitino to Skip Media Session (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 04:33:05 GMT)

    Louisville announced Friday that Coach Rick Pitino would skip next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference media session on the advice of lawyers because of allegations by the escort Katina Powell that the former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired dancers for sex parties.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Rout Hawks 115-87 in Preseason Finale (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:21:58 GMT)

    Stanley Johnson scored 20 points and Marcus Morris added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons routed the Atlanta Hawks 115-87 on Friday night in the teams’ preseason finale.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge, Green Lead Spurs to 111-86 Win Over Rockets (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:09:40 GMT)

    Danny Green made six 3-pointers and joined LaMarcus Aldridge with 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs closed the preseason by beating the Houston Rockets 111-86 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Davis Scores 25, Pelicans Down Heat 93-90 in Preseason (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:06:38 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Miami Heat 93-90 in the last preseason game for both on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Carroll Scores 16, Raptors Beat Wizards 92-82 in Preseason (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 02:54:45 GMT)

    DeMarre Carroll scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry had 13 to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 92-82 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night in the final preseason game for both.

  • [New York Times] Rose Returns in Bulls’ 103-102 Win Over Mavericks (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 02:48:39 GMT)

    Derrick Rose made his preseason debut, playing just over 10 minutes, and Doug McDermott hit a fallaway jumper with 1 second left to give the Chicago Bulls a 103-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Wiggins, Towns Lead Timberwolves Over Bucks (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 02:39:39 GMT)

    Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 112-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night in the exhibition finale for both teams.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Beat Sixers 81-65 (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 02:18:35 GMT)

    Marcus Smart scored 10 points and Jared Sullinger pulled down 14 rebounds as the Boston Celtics closed out the preseason with an 81-65 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Tobias Harris Scores 18 to Lift Magic Over Grizzlies 86-76 (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 01:45:44 GMT)

    Tobias Harris had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Orlando Magic over the Memphis Grizzlies 86-76 in the final preseason game for both teams on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Isiah Thomas and James Dolan Are Praised for Speaking Out on 2007 Case (Sat, 24 Oct 2015 01:27:39 GMT)

    N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver commented on the two men’s statements, on an HBO program, about Anucha Browne’s sexual discrimination lawsuit.

  • 25 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2015.10.24)”

    If Afflalo’s hamstring keeps him out for the opener, would you rather start:

    1)Galloway, who’s our best backcourt defender and can compensate some for Jose’s flaws there;

    2)Grant, who can break down defenses, get the ball to Melo and Porzingis in the best spots, and allow Calderon to mainly shoot;

    3)Sasha, who keeps the Grant/Galloway bench team intact and knows the triangle, but is also slow and a liability on D;

    4)Sit Jose and just start the GG backcourt now?

    Fisher won’t do 4, and I hope he doesn’t do 3.

    Start Galloway, play Sasha with the second unit. Starters could use more defense, second unit could use more outside shooting.

    Grant at the 1. Calderon at the 2.

    Certainly makes the starting offense livelier. But as a defensive backcourt, that would be… volatile.

    But as a defensive backcourt, that would be… volatile.

    Thought it the minute I posted it. Who starts at 2 for MIL? OKOK I’ll check.

    MCW would have a field day driving past Jose. And probably Grant at this stage of Grant’s career. He can’t shoot, though, which would help the Knicks’ larger problem in terms of corralling 3-point shooters in time.

    Meanwhile, Mavs cut Dalembert. That guy…

    If Afflalo isn’t healthy, I’m worried. He looked like he would be really effective in this system even though he had limited minutes. If he’s not ready for the opener, it gets kinda tricky. I’m an advocate for the Grant/Galloway backcourt, but they are more effective on the second unit for the time being because of the energy they bring. If they started, that would leave a Calderon/Vuj tandem on that second unit. A lot of shooting, but probably not a great fit for that second unit. I think O’Quinn/Williams/Early/Grant/Galloway make a great change of pace 2nd unit. Vuj probably has to start if Afflalo isn’t ready. Funny how no one mentions how well Calderon is playing. A lot of fans predicted or hoped for Grant to beat him out. If Vuj starts, it gives a nice balance to the rotation, but opposing guards will eat us up. A Grant/Vuj 2nd team backcourt is not that bad though, so maybe Galloway is the right choice to start in Afflalo’s absence. Either way, opposing guards will play fairly well- as I don’t expect Galloway to be as effective guarding bigger 2’s as he is guarding 1’s. In the first 10 or so games, the Knicks face a backcourt gauntlet of MCW/Middleton/Wall/Beal/Teague/Korver/Irving(possibly)/JR/Parker/Manu/Green/Kobe/Russell/Clarkson/Lowry/Derozan/Walker/Lin(yes, because he’s actually gonna have the ball in Charlotte). And it doesn’t get much easier after that. When in doubt, go with the best defensive option I suppose. Galloway is my final answer.

    The Anthony exchange was pretty great. There’s a reason Stoudemire didn’t think he was on the list. They shared the court for 2,906 minutes and Anthony dished him just 122 times. To put that in perspective, that’s an average of 24 minutes of on-court time in between assists during their time in New York.

    But what about teh Kobe assists?

    Thanasis may stay in the D-League after all, and possibly even in Westchester (who have his NBADL rights, though those can be traded very easily), per his agent.

    D-League I think was almost definite, since the European leagues have already begun playing, but the Westchester thing is fascinating. I guess $75,000 still buys you some good will in 2015. 😉

    They were asking him the top 10 guys who have assisted his baskets. When he couldnt think of anymore he said melo definitely isnt up there.

    To his suprise melo was 7th.

    Here’s the exchange (as STAT is trying to figure out who the top ten is).

    TH: Well, No. 3 on the list is not a point guard.

    AS: Oh, Joe Johnson.

    TH: Bingo. 135 assists, tied with a Brazilian.

    AS: [Leandro] Barbosa.

    TH: Yup.

    AS: Who else … I know Carmelo’s definitely not up there.

    TH: He is! He’s actually at No. 7.

    AS: Carmelo Anthony?

    TH: Yes. You played a lot of years with him, I guess…

    AS: That’s right.

    Funny stuff. The whole bit is a really good idea. I went back and read some other ones. Andre Miller is amazing on his (who has he assisted the most?). He got Melo and Iggy quickly as his 1 and 2, but then he pulled Wesley person and Lamond Murray out of his ass quickly and they were #3 and #4 in order!

    I just read Chris Paul’s, it is amazing. It is who are the 18 guys he’s thrown alley oop dunks to. The funny thing is that Paul gets one correct who’s not on the list! He insists he threw one to Speedy Claxton and they check later and he was right. The NBA just marked it as “driving dunk” instead of an “alley oop dunk.”

    Paul apparently is a huge Synergy aficionado. That makes a ton of sense. Here’s him waxing poetic about Synergy:

    CP3: Wow, that’s crazy. They left out a couple, I know for a fact. I could show you. It was at LSU after Katrina. No, it was in Toronto. It was in Toronto. I got a steal, and I saw Speedy coming, and I stopped just like I did with Blake and threw it up like that, and Speedy dunked it. I can show you that. I’m on Synergy all day, everyday. You know what I’m talking about, Synergy?

    TH: Of course. Use it every day.

    CP3: So, go to Synergy. And go to ’05-06. And then filter it for New Orleans versus Toronto. I’m going to find this.

    (He misremembered the opposing team. It was actually against the Knicks!)

    Lots of talent on the waiver wire. Lorenzo Brown, Perry Jones, Nick Johnson, Xavier Henry to name a few. We have one open roster spot plus Amundson and Thomas. Do we really need the both of them?

    Pery Jones has the Fisher OKC connection going for him but a back up guard is probably needed. Can they cut Thomas and bring him back as a coach because his play is not needed.

    I’d like for the Knicks to sign Michael Qualls who was waived by OKC to Westchester and help him in rehab from an ACL tear. If he recovers properly he has the chance to be the big 3 and D wing they were hoping Thanasis would be.

    Not sure who they’ll bring in to fill the final roster spot on the big boy Knicks.

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