Knicks Morning News (2016.02.02)

  • [New York Times] Gay Scores 32 to Lead Kings Over Bucks, 111-104 (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:54:42 GMT)

    Rudy Gay had 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 111-104 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets End Raptors’ 11-Game Winning Streak, 112-93 (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:39:54 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors were ready for Danilo Gallinari. They didn’t have an answer for Nikola Jokic.

  • [New York Times] Randolph, Green Lead Grizzlies Past Pelicans, 110-95 (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:33:55 GMT)

    Zach Randolph used his size and leverage to frustrate the New Orleans Pelicans in the paint. Jeff Green scored from all over the court.

  • [New York Times] Hayward Has 27 Points, 12 Rebounds as Jazz Beat Bulls in OT (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:12:45 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Rodney Hood added 19 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls 105-96 in overtime on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s Triple-Double Leads Thunder Past Wizards, 114-98 (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:54:47 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook doesn’t feel comfortable taking credit for his triple-doubles.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Drummond and Pistons Outlast Nets; Suns Fire Hornacek (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:44:44 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson, who had been listed as questionable to play because of dehydration, battled through cramps to help Detroit defeat the Nets in Brooklyn.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers Rally to Defeat Pacers in OT (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:42:28 GMT)

    There’s a specific reason why Cleveland’s LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are referred to as “The Big Three.”

  • [New York Times] Irving Leads Cavaliers to Rare Win at Indiana, 111-106 in OT (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:18:46 GMT)

    Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving spent the break between regulation and overtime urging his teammates to close out Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Scores 28 as Spurs Beat Magic 107-92 (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:09:56 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Orlando Magic 107-92 Monday night to remain undefeated at home.

  • [New York Times] Teague Scores Season-High 32, Hawks Breeze Past Mavs (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 03:51:49 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored a season-high 32 points, Kyle Korver added 16 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-97 on Monday night to snap a three-game skid.

  • [New York Times] Slumping Suns Fire Head Coach Hornacek (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 03:42:30 GMT)

    The slumping Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek and named assistant Earl Watson as the interim coach, the National Basketball Association team said on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Drummond, Jackson Help Pistons Edge Nets 105-100 (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 03:00:57 GMT)

    Andre Drummond had 21 points and 18 rebounds, Reggie Jackson scored 19 points, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-100 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Video Game Featuring LeBron James, Kobe Bryant Tattoos Sparks Lawsuit (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 01:39:27 GMT)

    Take-Two Interactive Software Inc has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over its depiction of tattoos belonging to National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in a popular video game.

  • [New York Times] Reeling Suns Fire Jeff Hornacek as Coach (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:22:07 GMT)

    Phoenix, mired in one of the worst stretches in its history, with a 14-game road losing streak, promoted Earl Watson to interim coach.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis comes up small late in game (Tue, 02 Feb 2016 03:22:49 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis was in the practice facility trying to fight off a defender and create enough space to accept a post-up pass.

  • 15 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.02.02)”

    Interesting tidbit from Bondy piece yesterday:

    The stats tell the story here: During what is defined as clutch time — or when the score is within five points with five minutes or less remaining — Anthony has taken 47 shots this season (hitting 32% of them), Afflalo has taken 45 (41.3%) and Porzingis a meager 19 (47%).

    Draw your own conclusions……

    The only way it makes any sense at all for KD to go to GS is if somehow GS gets blown out in the playoffs. They’ve already won a title and are basically a dynasty as currently constructed. I don’t see how that does anything for KD’s legacy.

    Now if he were to take the Knicks to the promised land…that’d be a whole different story.

    I don’t like judging players on where they want to play, but boy, yeah, if Durant actually went to Golden State…that’d be very disappointing.

    You spun that nicely Frank.

    It just makes the most sense for him. I’m really just looking out for his best interests. (I’m that kind of guy)

    @1 hes a rookie. Thats the conclusion. We are just past the halfway point in the season and his numbers will go up

    Still trying to think of trades that might help us out.

    Anyone think OKC might go for trading Cameron Payne for Lance Thomas? Sounds very much like OKC is looking for a wing defender who can shoot a bit (at least according to Zach Lowe). Maybe they could be convinced to give up Payne for Lance.

    Very little chance of this happening unless we completely collapse between now and the trade deadline. From all reports it sounds like Lance is basically Derek Fisher’s BFF.

    OKC is not dealing their lottery pick from this current draft, especially as he has already taken over the backup point guard job from DJ Augustin. That same Lowe article was pretty clear on how much they dig Payne, and with all the money they’ll possibly be needing to spend on extensions coming up soon, he’s even more valuable to them.

    I doubt Lance Thomas want to lose his EB-Rights in a trade but maybe he thinks he will get more than $5m.

    I think AA still has value because people just really like him. He is an upgrade from Waiters.

    I would try to flip a 3-deal with OKC and Minny

    Give Minny Waiters and a 2nd rd pick from each team.

    Ny gets a pkg around Martin and Shabazz.

    OKC gets AA

    Cameron Payne WS/48 = .175
    Cameron Payne = 21
    Cameron Payne >>>> Lance

    Or perhaps this is a simplistic reading of the situation

    I doubt Lance Thomas want to lose his EB-Rights in a trade but maybe he thinks he will get more than $5m.

    That reminds me – why in the world does the NBA have that particular rule? Bird Rights transfer in trades all the time, except for one year deals where the player gains Early Bird or Bird Rights (which is Lance’s situation). What’s the point of that rule?

    for “legacy” purposes:

    winning a title on a stacked team that you helped stack > never winning a title


    winning > not winning

    he’s never winning a title unless he’s on next year’s Cavs, Spurs or Warriors

    for “legacy” purposes:

    winning a title on a stacked team that you helped stack > never winning a title


    winning > not winning

    he’s never winning a title unless he’s on next year’s Cavs, Spurs or Warriors

    Pretty spot on. I think the whole legacy thing only really became something the general public became obsessed about after LeBron and Bosh went to Miami and some of the old timers piped up about never having to move teams to win a title (because their teams were always great without having to add pieces). End of the day, the record books aren’t going to have an asterisk next to the number of titles you won because you played with Steph Curry.

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