Knicks Morning News (2016.01.10)

  • [New York Times] Curry Scores 38 Points in Warriors’ 128-116 Win Over Kings (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:21:44 GMT)

    Even though this was a road game, the crowd enthusiastically cheered for the visiting Golden State Warriors — a common occurrence this season.

  • [New York Times] Curry Delivers 38 Points, 11 Assists in Warriors’ Win (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:15:27 GMT)

    After watching his MVP light up the scoreboard with an array of long-distance bombs, short flips and ridiculous layups, Golden State Warriors coach Luke Walton summed up Stephen Curry’s night relatively simply.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Two Young Pistons Step Up in a Win Over the Nets (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:53:43 GMT)

    With Marcus Morris sitting out with left knee tendinitis, Stanley Johnson made his first start of the season, and Darrun Hilliard made an impression in his most extensive action yet.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | College Basketball: Maryland Edges Wisconsin (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:11:16 GMT)

    Melo Trimble hit a long 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to lift No. 3 Maryland to a 63-60 win at Wisconsin (9-8, 1-3 Big Ten).

  • [New York Times] Hayward Scores 34 Points, Jazz Defeat Heat 98-83 (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:04:08 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 34 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Miami Heat 98-83 on Saturday night to break a three-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Lowry, DeRozan Lead Raptors to 108-95 Win Over 76ers (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:30:42 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and DeMar DeRozan added 19 to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 108-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Helps Wizards Beat Magic for 12th Straight Time, 105-99 (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:18:33 GMT)

    John Wall had 24 points and 10 assists to help the Washington Wizards defeat the Orlando Magic for the 12th straight time, 105-99 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Ease Past Nets 103-89 for 3rd Straight Win (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:09:38 GMT)

    Andre Drummond had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons pulled away at the beginning of the fourth quarter for their third straight victory, 103-89 over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Horford, Hawks Take Down Bulls (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 02:45:27 GMT)

    Al Horford made sure the Chicago Bulls’ six-game winning streak came to an end and that the Atlanta Hawks had a significant home victory.

  • [New York Times] Carmelo Anthony Shares the Load by Shooting Less and Trusting More (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 01:44:43 GMT)

    Anthony remains the focal point of the Knicks’ offense, but he may no longer consider shooting the basketball to be his birthright.

  • [New York Times] Horford, Millsap Lead Hawks Past Bulls 120-105 (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:45:43 GMT)

    Al Horford scored a season-high 33 points and had 10 rebounds, Paul Millsap added 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 120-105 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Loss to Spurs won’t diminish how Knicks are improving (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:26:01 GMT)

    Was it a breakthrough or simply a breakdown?

  • [New York Post] 2 reasons why it’s OK to talk Knicks and playoff race (Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:53:48 -0500)

    Late Friday in San Antonio, Spurs grouchy legendary coach Gregg Popovich referred to Carmelo Anthony as "a Hall of Fame player.” He raved 7-foot-3 rookie Kristaps Porzingis will become "great.” And the Spurs Majordomo didn't trash his team afterward for nearly losing their season's first home game to a sub-.500 club from the smarmy East….

  • 17 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.01.10)”

    Nets just fired Billy King and Lionel Hollins. I don’t even know what King’s replacement does to fix that mess. Either the Celtics own their picks outright or have a pick swap for a while, and I have no idea what kind of trade value either Brook or Joe Johnson have on those contracts.

    The Nets are last decade’s Knicks. Billy King arguably is every bit as bad as Isiah was and that team really has no chance of being good anytime soon. It sucks to see how one man’s incompetence can really destroy a team. I really feel bad for the fans, and, as a native of Brooklyn, part of me wants to see them do well. That is such a bad situation over there.

    That Celtics trade was the Knicksiest thing done by an NBA team in recent memory that didn’t involve trading for Andrea Bargnani

    Oh, the Garnett/Pierce trade was MUCH worse than the Bargs deal, as awful as the Bargs deal was. The Knicks traded away a pick where the Nuggets already had pick swap rights, so even if we somehow won the lottery in the spring, the pick would be going to Denver. The Nets traded two first-rounders with zero protection, plus a pick swap in between with zero protection, for two old guys whom they didn’t have very long contractual control of. Short of an improbable title run that first year or so, there is no justification for that deal.

    The better comp would be the Eddy Curry deal, which cost us the draft picks that would have been LaMarcus Aldridge and (in a pick swap) Joakim Noah.

    And don’t forget the right to pick Lillard for Gerald Wallace on an expiring contract and then the doubling down of re-signing Wallace to an awful contract. Brooke Lopez probably has pretty good trade value but Joe Johnson has none. Any team wanting him would have to have 25 million in cap space or 20+ million in contracts to trade back. And he’s shooting below 40% from the field last I checked. By the way, the world is upside down — Berman wrote a positive piece about the Knicks today.

    Best part of that article (emphasis mine):

    Popovich claimed not to remember hearing Porzingis’ name much in the Spurs’ pre-draft process despite San Antonio’s history of stockpiling international players. Porzingis won Rookie of the Month in the Eastern Conference for November and December.

    “I don’t do any of that stuff,’’ Popovich said. “I’m guessing [general manager R.C. Buford] did.’’ We don’t draft in that area. Why would we waste our time?’

    “What did we ever do to deserve someone with so much potential and such a great attitude?”

    We hired Phil Jackson. He’s a winner and he knows what winning teams are made of. He knows the types of players that are needed to win a championship. He’s taken over our dysfunctional franchise and has a philosophy and game plan in place to bring this franchise back to respectability. We are seeing the fruits of his labor in less than 2 years of him taking over. This is just the beginning.

    Yeah Brooklyn is a joke. What is sad is that when they were still in Jersey they were on the road to respectability. They had Lopez and made the trade for Deron, which was a good trade for them I think.

    If they had just stopped there and kept drafting then they could have built slowly around those guys and by now they could have had a good team that would be good for awhile. Instead they traded away every pick they had for a one year window that was an outside shot at best of competing.

    If the next GM in Brooklyn is smart, he would trade Brook Lopez to Chicago for one of their three big men and a 1st round pick. They absolutely need to be picking in the first round this year if they want to build some semblance of a good roster. Cap space, a huge market like New York, and young players. That’s what they need.

    Yeah Brooklyn is a joke. What is sad is that when they were still in Jersey they were on the road to respectability. They had Lopez and made the trade for Deron, which was a good trade for them I think.

    Yeah I think you make that Williams trade again, but every move after that was pretty awful. As Knicks supporters, I think we are pretty familiar with what a bad deal looks like. I am also not sure how Billy King kept his job for so long. Surely after the Garnett & Pierce gamble failed, you have to show him the door.

    I don’t think there has ever been a trade in NBA history that was as immediately and obviously awful as the Pierce-Garnett deal.

    Surely after the Garnett & Pierce gamble failed, you have to show him the door.

    I’m sure there was immense pressure from Prokhorov to do something big and splashy. Not to say King has been a good GM, but I’m sure the invisible Russian had a lot to do with his moves once he bought the team.

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