Knicks Morning News (2016.04.24)

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nerves Fray as Thunder Leave Mavericks on Brink; Pacers Rout Raptors (Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:35:58 GMT)

    Enes Kanter scored 28 points, and Kevin Durant had 19 before he was ejected late in the game as Oklahoma City took a three-games-to-one lead on Dallas.

  • [New York Times] Spurs, Cavs Look to Sweep; Celtics, Rockets Try to Get Even (Sun, 24 Apr 2016 06:24:41 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs know finishing off a playoff series is challenging. Being a win away from sweeping an opponent is even harder.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Get Back Into Series With Game 3 Win (Sun, 24 Apr 2016 06:09:28 GMT)

    Guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 59 points to lift the Portland Trail Blazers past the Los Angeles Clippers 96-88 Saturday night at the Moda Center.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Has 32 and Blazers Beat Clippers 96-88 in Game 3 (Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:42:55 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers found their offense at home, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 96-88 on Saturday night to pull within 2-1 in the Western Conference first-round series.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Beat Mavericks 119-108 for 3-1 Lead in Testy Series (Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:36:35 GMT)

    Kevin Durant got ejected, Russell Westbrook was part of a shouting match in front of his bench and Serge Ibaka drew a technical for throwing an elbow in the final seconds with the outcome already decided.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Close In on Semi-Final Spot (Sun, 24 Apr 2016 03:30:28 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder are a step away from the Western Conference semi-finals.

  • 35 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.04.24)”

    When Phil was hired you thought he inherited a team that could be top 4 in the east and that the triangle might be a competitive advantage because nobody was else in the world was doing it. Since then we’ve won like five games, fired one coach for resisting the triangle, are not allowed to trade Melo but must still pay Jose Calderon, and you’re really excited that we might contend when Melo is 36 if we sign Russell Westbrook. Maybe you err toward optimism?

    This is, like, an unimpeachable assessment of the last year of Knicks.

    Since then we’ve won like five games, fired one coach for resisting the triangle, are not allowed to trade Melo but must still pay Jose Calderon

    Isn’t paying you best back court player customary in the NBA ? 🙂

    Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson would solve a lot of our backcourt problems. Who says no?

    I say no. At best they seem marginally better than Afflalo, Grant and Calderon. The whole shooting thing seems to be an issue.

    Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson would solve a lot of our backcourt problems. Who says no?

    Hopefully we say no. Have no idea what problems these two would solve for us.

    Upcoming free agent Dwight Howard is playing a really good game so far.


    Howard has his issues, but I wouldn’t be against taking him. He’d be the best player on the team.

    If we’re gonna keep Melo, we might as well go all out and try to win 50 next season so we look good to Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook in 2017. I could see Chris Paul’s willingness to join Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, KP, and Evan Fournier/Turner. We’d be like a smarter Clippers’ team with a much dumber head coach in Kurt Rambis.

    An aging, injury-prone center whose entire game is oriented around his freak athleticism? I’ll pass.

    Sign young players or sign no one.

    Steph Curry out again. Rockets should really be winning this series

    I honestly think the Warriors would still be contenders w/o Curry (tho Spurs this year…). Not greatest of all time, but easily a playoff lock.

    @10 I would much prefer Hassan Whiteside but I’ll probably get told off about that again.

    The Knicks need a really big summer or else they’ll continue the marginal improvement and we will only win 40. Grabbing a premier FA would be a great way to do that, and the best available FAs are Durant and Whiteside (both guys would cost RoLo a starting job).

    You know what I can’t wait for? I can’t wait for Durant to say he was interested in signing with the Knicks but Phil Jackson wanted him to play shooting guard or power forward and that was a deal breaker (like LMA’s refusal to sign here because we wanted him to play center).

    The only worse idea than signing Whiteside would be signing Howard. Howard is a moody malcontent that is clearly on the downside. It wouldn’t shock me if Lopez is better than him 2 years from now.

    Sign young players or sign no one.


    You can have have a mix of youth and veterans, but our team is not going to become a serious contender until 2-4 years from now. Melo (if he’s still here) will have a 1-3 year window as the 2nd option behind KP at that time. In the mean time we should be adding players in the 22-26 year old range so they are all peaking 2-4 years from now while gaining playoff experience starting next year . Lopez will still be at or close to his best at that time.

    21 3PM, no Triangle and a 31-point lead over a playoff team.


    That final possession by Atlanta was ridiculous enough to not even be good enough to qualify as Knicksy.

    I want the Celtics to play the Cavs in the next rd, with their style of play they may have a chance of winning a couple of games or at the very least getting someone from the Cavs pissed off enough to get them ejected. Celtics could make it an interesting series to watch. Hawks would be lucky to get 1 win vs the Cavs.

    My man Lance scored 27 today against the Spurs
    on 11-19 shooting. He would help us a lot.

    How about a starting five next year of Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Dwight Howard, Evan Turner and Melo?

    Now there’s a team I could root for!

    I seriously would not mind Lance Stephenson on the Knicks at all. Besides that terrible year in Charlotte, Lance has been a good NBA basketball player since he broke out on that Pacers team. He actually fits the triangle really well and is a native New Yorker so I could see it happening if there wasn’t the whole “Lance is a head case” thing going around. I say offer him $24 million over two with the second being a team option and guarantee him 2,000 minutes so he can build his value.

    I say offer him $24 million over two with the second being a team option and guarantee him 2,000 minutes so he can build his value.

    Guarantee him 2000 minutes now, so that we can complain about Rambis’s rotations later. Sounds like a plan to keep KB well commented on!

    I personally don’t care about next season as long as KPs development isn’t hindered. Giving Lance what amounts to 25 minutes a game to see if he can be as good as he was in Indiana isn’t a bad way to spend a season especially when Wroten will be getting the other 23.

    There are no good guard options in free agency this year or the next:

    1. Overpay for young, restricted, promising at best, mediocre at worst players like Fournier or Beal.
    2. Pay for stars over the heal like Rondo.
    3. ???

    So I think I’d max Whiteside and trade Rolo for one of the young promising guards and a 1st. The result is improvement at center and 2 more assets.

    We need one great guard. Don’t mind Howard or white side. Rolo Melo Kp is ok at center. I regret that we didn’t sign Jeremy Lin last summer. He’s doing good with the hornets. If only we can sign Durant and we will be contenders for the next decade.

    We need one great guard.

    Right. Only… other than a great trade there aren’t any on the market.

    Lance Stephenson?!?! Please, no more head cases. This is a guy who team after team couldn’t wait to get rid of. Didn’t we learn our lesson with JR Smith?

    Now that Byron Scott has been fired by the Lakers, Phil can expand his coaching search by one more ex-Laker.

    Rambis, Shaw or Scott, now there’s a Mt. Rushmore of coaching.

    I am sad. I was at least hoping to have some company in stupidity by the Lakers keeping an even worse coach.

    I have an idea. Hear me out. Rambis, Shaw and Scott are hired as both head coach and co-assistants to the head coach. Shaw coaches against the East, Scott against the West, and Rambis manages the Twitter page. Phil creates and accepts the position of Übermensch, which means he has to give at least fifteen minutes’ notice before he decides to coach a game. Whoever has the most wins at the end of the season gets a promotion to co-assistant head coach. Everyone has to answer the question, “How many rings am I wearing?” (A: Eleven) before speaking directly to Phil. I’m not sure if it’s goink to work but it’s 2016 and we need some creative solutions.

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