Knicks Morning News (2016.04.10)

  • [New York Times] Towns’ Clutch Shot Gives TWolves 106-105 Win Over Blazers (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:57:41 GMT)

    Karl-Anthony Towns hit a turnaround hook shot with 1.8 seconds left and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off a furious rally by the Portland Trail Blazers for a 106-105 victory Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Gay’s Free Throws Lift Kings Over Thunder in Arena Finale (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:48:44 GMT)

    Rudy Gay scored 24 points, including two free throws with 1 second left, for the Sacramento Kings, who celebrated the final game at Sleep Train Arena with a 114-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Sparks Hawks Fightback Against Boston (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:06:28 GMT)

    In an intense game with major playoff-seeding implications, the Atlanta Hawks were down 12 to the visiting Boston Celtics in the third quarter. That’s when Paul Millsap took over.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Overcome Grizzlies for 71st Victory (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:48:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors’ quest to become a big part of NBA history remains alive — barely.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Stay in Playoff Race, Beat Cavaliers 105-102 (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:30:40 GMT)

    The Chicago Bulls keep throwing in teases like this to go with all those flat performances.

  • [New York Times] 71-9! Warriors Rally From 10 Down to Beat Grizzlies 100-99 (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:09:38 GMT)

    Draymond Green is doing his best to help the Golden State Warriors make NBA history.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Warriors’ Pursuit of Record Remains Intact With Another Win (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 03:47:13 GMT)

    After defeating Memphis in a tight game Saturday night, Golden State can still top the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the best regular-season record in the annals of the N.B.A.

  • [New York Times] Millsap, Teague Power Hawks Past Celtics 118-107 (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 03:39:40 GMT)

    Paul Millsap believes the Atlanta Hawks are getting hot at the right time.

  • [New York Times] Goodwin, Teletovic Lead Suns Over Pelicans 121-100 (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:03:56 GMT)

    Archie Goodwin scored 24 points and Mizra Teletovic added 22 points to lead the Phoenix Suns past the New Orleans Pelicans 121-100 in a matchup of lottery-bound teams Saturday night.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks' Jerian Grant finally getting the minutes he deserves (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:24:28 EDT)

    Jerian Grant finally is getting the minutes he should have gotten much earlier. All it took was Carmelo Anthony and other vets telling interim coach Kurt Rambis they would sacrifice their minutes so the young guys could play more, along with an injury to starting point guard Jose Calderon.

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Phil Jackson’s triangle obsession hindering Knicks (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:49:19 GMT)

    So two years into this with Phil Jackson we are somehow still talking about an offense out of the past.

  • 17 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.04.10)”

    Ever since Phil swung the deal for Grant, I’ve been saying that Grant should spend much of year 1 as a SG and playing alongside Calderon as much as possible. I even advocated for him starting at the 2 even with Afflalo in the fold. It would have been perfect for him as the triangle sets are traditionally run with a 2 guard front. I can understand that the coaches felt that playing the vets more is essential to a playoff push, but Grant is the only guard we have (jury still out on Wroten for now) that can consistently attack the basket- and is good at it. Last I checked, the triangle runs good with a penetrating guard. So, it kinda pissed me off to see Grant starting in Calderon’s absence. Maybe Calderon wouldn’t have looked as bad had Fisher not been so insistent on a 1 guard front. Clearly Afflalo is not the kind of guard you want initiating an offense. He’s a scorer. He has always passed less than Melo. This feels like a ‘hindsight is 20/20’ thing, I know. But for as good as AA played early on, everyone could see that he and Calderon were a bad pairing- in the triangle. Especially as starters. Though he team overachieved at the start, it’s safe to say that our Knicks have been cursed with bad coaching all season. I get Fish wanting to have his own identity as a coach, but if you’ve got arguably the greatest coach of all time saying ‘run this system this way’, how do you not listen??? On the flipside of that, Phil probably dumped too much of his way on him by adding assistants to his staff that won’t from the triangle. Fish really had no shot of creating the hybrid he sought to create due to his assistants and the type of players he had to work with. Great coaches adapt and get the best out of what they have. It is also safe to say that there are no great coaches on the Knicks’ staff. Dolan probably should step in and make Phil coach, just like he did with Zeke. Or at the very least make Phil take a serious look at Thibs, or even Ewing given the tandem…

    And I’m not trying to say that Phil has done a bad job. I don’t think he has. He’s just been a bit too stubborn in certain areas. His stubbornness, combined with Fisher’s own stubbornness probably stunted the growth of a potentially good young coach. And the fact that we still have Melo, who’s window is considerably smaller than KP’s.

    Dolan probably should step in and make Phil coach, just like he did with Zeke. Or at the very least make Phil take a serious look at Thibs, or even Ewing given the tandem…

    That was meant to say “the tandem of KP and Lopez” but I got too longwinded and ran out of space

    With all that said, I do think the triangle is still a viable system. You’ve just gotta have the right types of players to run it. Of the players on the roster, I think KP/Melo/Lopez/OQ/Grant/Galloway/Thomas/Wroten are the right “types” of players. Maybe not the most talented, but the right types at least. If Phil can somehow build off of that and get a true 3rd threat (while Melo’s still on the team, top option if he’s not) on offense and guys who pass, defend, and rebound, then he will have built the team we all want to see. But that’s easier said than done in today’s NBA with all the trading of picks being commonplace, and some teams indulging more than others. And also with more and more players willing to leave to play with other great players for a chance to win.

    Phil take a serious look at Thibs, or even Ewing

    I almost feel this is a “Cardinal O’Connor” “Which doesn’t belong and why?” on Imus. What on earth do Thibs and Ewing have in common as coaches. One has been quite successful on the NBA level and one has never been a HC on any level.

    Other than the fact he played for the Knicks with distinction before shooting his way out of town, what does he show anyone that makes you think he’d be a great coach. Is he a demon breaking down film? Does he show any great intellectual insight into the game philosophically? Is he a modern stats guy?

    He’s been an assistant for the Wizards, Houston , Orlando and the Bobcats and in 13 years he’s received 2 HC interviews. Maybe there is a reason?

    Just get us Thibodeau and Ujiri. We’ll win a championship before the decade is out with those two and Porzingis.

    Yeah, I don’t mind seeing Ewing get a shot at a head coach, but

    A. He wouldn’t be the guy I would trust with a team like this one. He’s better off starting in a smaller market
    B. I loved the guy as a player (LOVED him), but he never struck me as a guy who would make a great coach. He was barely even a leader in the clubhouse.

    How about trading Phil to LA then go get Morey and Hinkie to run things.

    I dunno. Guy can’t shoot any more.

    Also, spoilers alert here, but Sasha is going to be on this team next season.

    I’d be okay with Sasha as long as Afflalo opts out and the Knicks sign a good SG to start. Sasha can come off the bench f0r 10-12 minutes per game…

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