Knicks Morning News (2016.03.20)

  • [New York Post] Rajon Rondo tempts Knicks with triangle acceptance (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 00:55:39 -0400)

    On second thought, Rajon Rondo does think he can be successful in the triangle offense. A little more than a month after saying the triangle "wasn't a good look for him,” Rondo backtracked from those comments following a Kings practice at Baruch College ahead of the team's game against the Knicks at the Garden on…

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Warriors in Showdown, Stay Perfect at Home (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 05:03:37 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs continued their dominance at home, even against the NBA’s most dominant team.

  • [New York Times] Wizards 99, Knicks 89: Wizards Rally From 18 Points Down to Defeat the Knicks (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:48:25 GMT)

    John Wall scored 24 points for host Washington, while Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 20 points each.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Add to Streak as Warriors Fall to 62-7 (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:42:40 GMT)

    With Saturday night’s victory, San Antonio has now won 33 straight regular-season home games against Golden State dating to 1997.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Nets Give Kilpatrick Multiyear Contract (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:37:33 GMT)

    The Nets have signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a multiyear contract.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Dwyane Wade Reaches 20,000 Points; Heat Top Cavs (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:25:10 GMT)

    Miami’s Dwyane Wade became the 41st player in the league’s history top the milestone number as the Heat led from beginning to end.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:18:36 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 87-79 on Saturday night to remain perfect at the AT&T Center this season and extend their home dominance over the defending champions to 33 straight regular-season games.

  • [New York Times] Highlights of Saturday’s NBA Games (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:54:31 GMT)

    Highlights of Saturday’s National Basketball Association games.

  • [New York Times] No Happy Return for LeBron in Miami (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:54:28 GMT)

    LeBron James has yet to win at AmericanAirlines Arena since leaving Miami and that trend continued Saturday night as the Miami Heat got 24 points from Dwayne Wade and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-101.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Warriors, Stay Unbeaten at Home (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:51:30 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and the San Antonio defense held Golden State to a season-low offensive output as the Spurs made a statement with an 87-79 victory over the Warriors on Saturday to remain unbeaten at home.

  • [New York Times] Walls Leads Comeback, Wizards Rally Past Knicks 99-89 (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:33:47 GMT)

    With his team falling further and further behind against the New York Knicks, Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman told his team everything was OK.

  • [New York Times] Randolph’s 1st Triple-Double Leads Grizzlies Past Clippers (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:03:39 GMT)

    Zach Randolph recorded his first career triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Tony Allen added 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-102 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Backups Lift Pistons to 115-103 Win Over Nets (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:00:39 GMT)

    Anthony Tolliver on the perimeter and Aron Baynes around the basket.

  • [New York Times] Derrick Rose Scores 22 to Lead Bulls to 92-85 Win Over Jazz (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 02:33:47 GMT)

    Derrick Rose scored 22 points to lead the short-handed Chicago Bulls to a 92-85 victory over Utah on Saturday night, snapping the Jazz’s four-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Horford’s 22 Points Lead Hot Hawks Past Rockets, 109-97 (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 02:09:49 GMT)

    Al Horford scored 22 points and the streaking Atlanta Hawks continued to feast on Western Conference teams by beating Michael Beasley and the Houston Rockets 109-97 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Durant Help Thunder Withstand George’s 45 Points (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 02:09:47 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had his second triple-double in two nights, Kevin Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame Paul George’s 45 points to beat the Indiana Pacers 115-111 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade Reaches Milestone, Heat Roll Past Cavaliers 122-101 (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 02:06:38 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade got a hug from his close friend LeBron James before the game, a milestone in the third quarter, a rest for the entire fourth quarter and an easy win to enjoy when it was over.

  • [New York Times] Augustin Scores 24, Nuggets Defeat Hornets 101-93 (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 00:45:45 GMT)

    D.J. Augustin scored 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 101-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Arron Afflalo looking for at least one more big deal (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:47:45 GMT)

    The Knicks do not own his Bird Rights and would have to dip into their cap space to re-sign Arron Afflalo if he doesn’t opt in.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks blow 18-point lead in 99-89 loss to Wizards (Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:44:17 GMT)

    It’s official. The Knicks are losers again.

  • 34 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.03.20)”

    Rondo would be a clear upgrade over Jose, but if that’s what we come up with in the off season, I may be forced to boycott Knicks basketball next year.

    1. He’s 30 years old and has had several injuries (including a very serious one)

    2. He can shoot a lick.

    3. He’s a head case.

    4. Rhetoric aside, he’s not a good fit in the triangle given that he can’t shoot and the triangle will take the ball out of his hands a lot. The main thing he does really well is make plays for others when he has the ball.

    Why would you get Rondo when your future is a 20 year old rookie?

    This has the feel of a desperation move to pacify an aging overpaid “superstar” who has no clue how to value players and is nothing more than a moderately above player that we would be better of trading. It would be a very stupid basketball move. We need someone in the 25-27 age range that will still have some prime years left when KP starts peaking.

    Please God I can’t take this BS anymore. Building a basketball team is not rocket science. Why is we can’t get someone with half a clue in charge? Triangle? Fisher? Freaking Rambis? Focus on the post and midrange? KP should be a SF? I must be dead and this is hell.

    If Dwight Howard has been using stickum for years, how has no one noticed it until now?

    Also, stickum doesn’t seem like something overly friendly to optimal free throw shooting.

    I guess one of the nightmare scenarios for the offseason would be the Knicks signing Rondo and then resigning Afflalo to a bigger deal after he opts out.

    You guys aren’t really bothered by this Rondo nonsense? His agent likely told him, “You imbecile, how do you expect me to get you 15 M a year if you say you don’t like teams that might bid on you. Especially when they throw that, Mecca of Basketball stuff around. That’s for all the psuedointelligentsia NY fans who eat that shit up like pabulum to a 2 year old. The Mecca of Basketball is wherever the Warriors and Spurs are playing that night…..

    Yeah, i also wouldn’t worry too much about Rondo, either. Not to say that they won’t shock us and sign him (and yes, that would be awful), but it seems unlikely.

    How about we sign Rondo and Howard? Now there’s two guys I’d go to war with!

    How about we sign Rondo and Howard? Now there’s two guys I’d go to war with!

    Not if they go to war with each other first….

    Dudley’s contact will be fascinating. He’s a year away from basically being dumped by Milwaukee, but he was good last year and good this year. And he fits the modern NBA perfectly. But he’s not that good. How will he be valued? I think he might actually be gettable for $8 million, so if they waive Calderon, they actually could just afford Conley and Dudley if Dudley was $8 million.

    I don’t think Conley is coming, but it’s at least theoretically possible. They basically have enough money (if they cut Calderon) to get one max guy (Conley, Batum, DeRozan) and one guy for $8 million (I dunno who would take that contract).

    We can’t bring Dudley here, I’ll never forgive him for his tweet in 2010 that LeBron will be a Knick.

    So AD is done for the year with $24 million riding on making an all nba team?

    The way Rambis is distributing the minutes in the backcourt is beyond horrendous. I don’t want to wish an inury to a player but everytime Calderon starts limping Im hoping he is out for the season so Grant can actually play. I actually like Calderon and still think he could be a very good backup PG in the NBA but playing him as many minutes as Rambis is doing is just so freaking stupid. Don’t get me started on Vujacic….

    Alan Hahn: Basically what Rambis is saying is he’s not really interested in focusing on development and evaluation of young players vs trying to win.

    I wonder if the “win as many meaningless games as possible” thing is just Dolan wanting the pick that goes to Toronto to be as bad as possible because he remembers all the crap he got for all those mid 2000s picks we traded.

    The thing is the best way to try to win as many games as possible is playing Gallo and Grant more than Calderon and freaking Vujacic!! So “developing” the younger players and trying to win as many games as possible go hand-in-hand on this team but Rambis doesnt see it that way.

    Rambis is redefining the word “stupid”. Haralabos Voulgaris calls him one of the worst coaches he’s ever seen. I think that’s too generous of an assessment.

    If we were still competing for a playoff spot you could appreciate Rambis maybe not playing Grant a lot of minutes, but seeing we have been out of the race since the start of February, what’s the point in wheeling out Sasha and Calderon on a nightly basis? It’s maddening thinking about it (but such is life as a Knicks fan). I have no issue with Calderon getting minutes as a backup. His D sucks, but he still has some value. Plus it’s always good to have an experienced guy that can help young players like Galloway and Grant. I just don’t get why they can’t just start either Galloway or Grant. I mean I am sure Jim Cleamons is a great teacher, but there’s only so much a player can learn running drills and sitting on the sidelines having someone explain to you what is going on. Eventually you have to start playing guys. At this stage I would be happy to forego wins if we saw more Galloway, Grant, Early (pending health) , KP and O’Quinn. Everyone else on the roster is a known quantity, so we aren’t really gaining a lot wheeling out the usual suspects.

    Every year for the past couple years, a Knick has been the worst basketball player I’ve ever seen.

    2014: Chris Smith
    2015: Lance Thomas
    2016: Sasha Vujacic

    The Knicks are the best team in the league at finding completely useless players.

    6 points in 10 minutes against one of the league’s worst defenses is not how you win

    “The Mecca of Basketball is wherever the Warriors and Spurs are playing that night…..”


    I think these guys may be quitting on Rambis

    I quit on him the first day he became head coach.

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