Knicks Morning News (2016.02.20)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Thinking about future, Phil Jackson makes 2018 1st-round pick off limits (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 02:32:16 EST)

    Thinking about future, Phil Jackson makes 2018 1st-round pick off limits

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks' playoff hopes take hit with discouraging loss to lowly Nets (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00:11:30 EST)
  • [New York Times] Lillard Dazzles as Portland End Warriors’ Winning Streak (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 07:39:30 GMT)

    Guard Damian Lillard said not getting an invitation to participate in the NBA All-Star Game didn’t provide extra motivation on Friday night at the Moda Center.

  • [New York Times] Durant Recovers From Injury, Returns to MVP Level (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 07:06:44 GMT)

    Kevin Durant had finally reached the pinnacle.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores Career-High 51, Blazers Beat Warriors 137-105 (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 06:54:33 GMT)

    Damian Lillard came through with the best game of his career against his hometown team.

  • [New York Times] Favors Scores 23 as Jazz Beat Celtics 111-93 (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 06:30:31 GMT)

    Derrick Favors had 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 111-93 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Parker Scores 25 Points, Spurs Beat Kobe, Lakers 119-113 (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 06:24:33 GMT)

    Tony Parker scored 25 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ 119-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night in the final matchup between Kobe Bryant and longtime Western Conference adversary Tim Duncan.

  • [New York Times] Cousin Has 37 Points, 20 Rebounds in Kings’ Win Over Nuggets (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 06:06:36 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 37 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks for the Sacramento Kings in a 116-110 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] James Harden Leads Rockets Past Free-Falling Suns, 116-100 (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 05:30:45 GMT)

    James Harden had 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and the Houston Rockets beat the free-falling Phoenix Suns 116-100 on Friday night in the first game after the All-Star break for both teams.

  • [New York Times] Nets 109, Knicks 98: Knicks’ Loss to Nets Shows They Still Need Help (It May Arrive Monday) (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 04:58:18 GMT)

    In the wake of their loss to the Nets on Friday night, the Knicks look forward to Jimmer Fredette joining their roster on Monday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Mavericks Hit 19 3-Pointers but Fall to Magic in Overtime (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 04:51:13 GMT)

    Victor Oladipo had 17 points and also hit the 3-pointer that put the Orlando Magic ahead for good in overtime to beat the visiting Dallas Mavericks, 110-104, on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] McDermott Drives Bulls Past Raptors (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 04:45:27 GMT)

    Forward Doug McDermott scored a career-high 30 points and the Chicago Bulls rallied for a 116-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Deng Has 30 Points, Short-Handed Heat Beat Hawks 115-111 (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:38:54 GMT)

    Luol Deng scored 30 points and Josh McRoberts had 19 — season highs for each player — and the Miami Heat, playing without All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-111 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Mavs Set Franchise Best for 3s but Lose to Magic in OT (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:15:26 GMT)

    Victor Oladipo had 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and hit the 3-pointer that put Orlando ahead for good in overtime to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-104 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] High Octane Is a Brotherly Blend (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:12:05 GMT)

    The Chino Hills Huskies are the best high school boys’ basketball team in the country. And three of the team’s starters are brothers, with a surname that could not be more apt — Ball.

  • [New York Times] Tony Phillips, Whose Play Sealed 1989 World Series, Dies at 56 (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:00:11 GMT)

    Mr. Phillips spent half of his 18-year major league career with the Oakland Athletics, finding glory with them in a World Series delayed by an earthquake.

  • [New York Times] Brook Lopez, Nets Hand Knicks Seventh Straight Loss, 109-98 (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 02:54:56 GMT)

    Brook Lopez scored 33 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat New York 109-98 on Friday night to hand the Knicks their seventh straight loss.

  • [New York Times] After Whirlwind Arrival, Nets’ New General Manager Slowly Exhales (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 02:48:04 GMT)

    At a news conference at Barclays Center on Friday night, Sean Marks, the Nets’ new general manager, took time to talk about his plans for the team, among the worst in the N.B.A.

  • [New York Times] Wall Scores 22 Points to Help Wizards Beat Pistons 98-86 (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 02:42:52 GMT)

    John Wall scored 22 points and Bradley Beal had 17 to help the Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 98-86 on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Without reinforcements, Melo and Knicks fall to Nets 109-98 (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 05:45:45 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony settled into life on his Knicks Island — still the lone superstar trying to resurrect fading playoff hopes.

  • [New York Daily News] Jimmer Fredette to sign 10-day contract with Knicks (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 05:42:48 GMT)

    Former NCAA Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette will sign a 10-day contract with the Knicks on Saturday.

  • 12 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.02.20)”

    Yup..this season’s officially in the shitter now. I’m still in shock that the team couldn’t muster up enough to beat the Nets. Wow. Hindsight is20/20, I know. But Phil DEFINITELY should have moved Melo before the trade deadline. Hopefully Rambis will deploy Melo a little more judiciously so that his trade value remains as high as possible. I expect it to go down after the season, even if he stays healthy, mainly for these reasons:
    1. Mileage. Melo has played ton of minute over his career. At age 31, it’s really starting to show.
    2. As a star player, he couldn’t carry a team talented enough to make the playoffs into the playoffs. No..I don’t think this team even has a shot at the playoffs now, with the moves Washington and Detroit made combined with the recent slump and Rambis leading the charge. A lot of the blame belongs to coaching, and I just don’t have faith in Rambis.

    It’s possible a trade involving Boston and a 1st rounder could have happened. It’s possible that a later 1st round pick could have been obtained with a younger player or 2. This team’s not gonna play much worse with KP, Afflalo and Derrick Williams as the top options on offense. Should’ve sold high on Melo

    PHIL JACKSON: The style of leadership that I’ve been put in a box with it: transformational as juxstaposed to transactional. This style of leadership has more to do with the group goals and the esteem of an individual fed by the group achievements. It involves moving the organization or culture of a group towards a higher nature.

    AL DAVIS: Just Win Baby.

    Somewhere in a Motel 6 last night, Fish was enjoying the company of some friend’s wife or girlfriend and laughing hysterically. Speaking of Fish, we really could have used Rambis last season. Kat would be suiting up for the Knicks instead of Twolves tonight.

    The curse of Bargnani continues. We probably win that game if Bargs plays. And the final exorcism of those demons will not occur until Silver announces that the 2016 #1 pick goes to the NY Knicks.

    But in the meantime…

    Jimmer has mounted his white horse and is galloping furiously toward MSG to rescue us. This team really lacks a guard who shoots well but plays no D. Calderon/Jimmer/Afflalo/Vujacic may be the worst defensive 1/2 in the history of the NBA.

    Random comment:

    Harrison Barnes is 23 years old, starts for one of the best teams in history, has shot 40% from 3 over the last two years, runs the break and finishes, defends at least two positions, and is a plus athlete. He is also much smarter than average. Given the ratio of cap space to players this summer, someone will try to pry him away from GSW with a max offer. It will be a huge mistake.

    We really should cut Sasha and bring TA up for another 10 day. He just shot 5 for 10 from 3 point range against Iowa.

    Jimmer won’t be a successful NBA guard, and I doubt he will be useful. The release on his jumper is both awkward and slow which leads me to believe he’ll never be able to get his shot off against capable defenders. We’ll see though.

    Random comment:

    Harrison Barnes is 23 years old, starts for one of the best teams in history, has shot 40% from 3 over the last two years, runs the break and finishes, defends at least two positions, and is a plus athlete. He is also much smarter than average. Given the ratio of cap space to players this summer, someone will try to pry him away from GSW with a max offer. It will be a huge mistake.


    Fisher doesn’t strike me as a Motel 6 type of guy. More of a Hilton type.

    I hope the Knicks are getting closer to just forgetting the whole playoff thing, restricting Melo’s minutes, playing Grant more (why not bench Calderon and Afflalo soon?) and maybe Jimmer and Thanasis, too. These vets aren’t getting the job done.

    Maybe Melo waives the NTC in the offseason.


    I think he’s more likely the kind of player who looks better in a great offense as opposed to being a bit stifled, like say Kevin Love is presently. In his career, Barnes has a TS of 50.4% when Curry’s not on the court with him. He’s a minus ball handler and passer, and an unusual percentage of his 3s are uncontested and/or corner assisted attempts. He really shies from contact and so is not likely to ever be a good drawer of fouls. Offensively, I think he’s more Bryon Russell or Trevor Ariza, nowhere near a max player.

    And I think he’s worse than both of those guys and all the other big names 3&D wings like Battier and Bowen defensively. It’s nice to be versatile, but I see his versatility as mere adequacy at multiple spots, which is only so helpful. Despite usually being the smartest guy on the floor, he is a really crappy switch defender. And sure he does surprisingly well in the post against much bigger guys, but that seems to be more a relative thing (like ‘hey, Bargs isn’t such a bad post defender’), and GSW still doubles most of the time in those situations. Similarly, he’s not a guy you stick on the other team’s ball handling wing to shut him down, more like a guy who won’t get humiliated. And he doesn’t make up for it by being a big steals or blocks guy in the least.

    In general, he has lots of walking around smarts but I’m not sure his instincts or fire are what you tend see in still-young guys that tend to surprise on the upside after 7000 minutes in the league. I think paying max salary, even a lower scale max salary, for a guy like him is a big problem for 99% of possible teams.

    edit: But I bet someone will. And I have no idea if GSW will match as matching for a great, capped out team is a much different calculus, plus GSW isn’t 99% of teams.

    Three silver linings to this awful stretch:

    1. Increases likelihood Melo agrees to be traded this summer, which is best for both parties.

    2. Decreases chances Rambis runs him into the ground, since it will soon be blindingly obvious playoffs are a fantasy.

    3. Increases chances that Phil will not only look for a new coach, but maybe look outside the triangle tree for one.

    Downsides to this stretch:

    1. It sucks to watch.

    2. Makes the team a harder sell in free agency.

    3. Did I mention how much it sucks to watch?

    Melo has been holding this organization hostage ever since he came here. Now his knees are going and he’s no longer a difference maker on the floor. (You can argue he never was.) The time is passing where he can even be a good wingman for a team like CLE or LAC. The contract is a pair of cement galoshes. The NTC given by Phil will define his failed run as team president. Kristaps was a great pick. So was David Lee but that didn’t make Isiah Thomas a good executive.

    Say what you want about coach Woodson, at least he kept the offense simple. This “team” looks drunk out there. Just kicking the ball all over the floor. How can an NBA team be so unprepared? We STILL haven’t settled on a rotation or found consistent roles for players. Going on fifteen years of horrible basketball. I must have been an asshole in a past life (please don’t insert the obvious punchline here.)

    Bermuda triangle.

    On a practical level, maybe Jose should just go under screens. I mean, a three is easier to miss than a dunk, no?

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