Knicks Morning News (2016.04.20)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Wednesday's Knicks Links: Phil Jackson's triangle seminar (Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:06:03 EST)

    Wednesday's Knicks Links: Phil Jackson's triangle seminar

  • [New York Times] Stephen Curry’s Ankle Finally Gives Warriors Cause to Worry (Wed, 20 Apr 2016 01:07:32 GMT)

    Golden State’s 2-0 lead over Houston belies the fragility of its championship chances when the health of Stephen Curry, the reigning M.V.P., is in question.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: A 7-Point First Quarter Dooms the Celtics (Wed, 20 Apr 2016 03:26:13 GMT)

    The Celtics’ troubles were not unexpected as they had to play without Avery Bradley, their leading scorer. Atlanta now leads the first-round series, 2-0.

  • [New York Times] Nera White, Hall of Fame Basketball Star of 1950s and ’60s, Is Dead at 80 (Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:01:21 GMT)

    White, who was 6 feet 1 inch and could dunk, was an A.A.U. all-American for 15 straight years and one of the first two women to enter the Naismith Hall of Fame.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Cruise to 94-68 Victory Over Grizzlies (Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:42:50 GMT)

    The more things change the more the San Antonio Spurs remain constant.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Cruise to Game 2 Win Over Grizzles (Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:45:29 GMT)

    Patty Mills scored 16 points off the bench as the San Antonio Spurs made things look easy from the opening tip and shellacked the Memphis Grizzlies 94-68 Tuesday in Game 2 of the two teams’ Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series.

  • [New York Times] NBA Playoff Capsules (Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:27:49 GMT)

    The Hawks held Boston to the lowest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs since the NBA went to the shot clock, building a 21-point lead and holding on despite an ugly shooting performance of their own for an 89-72 victory Tuesday night, giving Atlanta a 2-0 lead in the opening-round series.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Stifle Boston in 1st Quarter, Lead 2-0 After 89-72 Win (Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:48:47 GMT)

    Talk about a short memory. Kyle Korver came out shooting, and this time he couldn’t miss.

  • [New York Times] Korver Breaks Out of Slump to Lead Hawks to Victory (Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:18:27 GMT)

    Kyle Korver busted out of a shooting slump and buried the banged-up Boston Celtics with a barrage of first-half 3-pointers in an 89-72 Atlanta Hawks win in Game 2 Tuesday at Philips Arena.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.19)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Jackson, Walton deny head coach job was discussed (Tue, 19 Apr 2016 04:49:08 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Jackson, Walton deny head coach job was discussed

  • [New York Times] Warriors 115, Rockets 106: Warriors Get By Without Stephen Curry, but His Injury Looms Large (Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:03:44 GMT)

    Golden State’s 2-0 lead over Houston belies the fragility of its championship chances when the health of Curry, the reigning M.V.P., is in question.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Mavericks Survive at Buzzer and Tie Series With Thunder (Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:41:22 GMT)

    A putback at the buzzer by Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams that would have won the game was disallowed upon review, and Dallas evened its series at one win apiece.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Shrug Off Curry Absence to Beat Rockets (Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:03:30 GMT)

    With Stephen Curry out of action due to an ankle injury Monday night, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was comforted knowing he had Shaun Livingston in reserve.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Win Without Curry in Game 2, Beat Rockets 115-106 (Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:18:37 GMT)

    As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast proved they can win on the playoff stage without their NBA MVP.

  • [New York Times] Blowouts Abound in First Round of NBA Playoffs (Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:12:40 GMT)

    The NBA playoffs are supposed to be the time when the casual approach many teams take in the regular season goes out the window.

  • [New York Times] NBA Playoff Capsules (Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:39:35 GMT)

    As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast picked up the slack for their absent NBA MVP to hold off the Houston Rockets 115-106 on Monday night and take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series.

  • [New York Times] Off Night for Durant as Mavs Beat Thunder (Tue, 19 Apr 2016 04:30:27 GMT)

    Raymond Felton was embarrassed.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.18)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Monday's Knicks Links: Walton declines Jackson's offer (Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:12:26 EST)

    Monday's Knicks Links: Walton declines Jackson's offer

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love Make Fulfilling Playoff Returns (Mon, 18 Apr 2016 03:42:10 GMT)

    Both players had been knocked out of the playoffs with injuries last year.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Rout Blazers 115-95 With 3 Double-Doubles in Game 1 (Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:48:46 GMT)

    Blake Griffin is back to his old ferocious self just in time for the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Blowouts Were Everywhere on Sunday in the NBA Playoffs (Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:36:33 GMT)

    Sunday was a truly rare day in NBA history.

  • [New York Times] Warriors, Thunder Seek 2-0 Leads, Raptors Try to Bounce Back (Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:27:44 GMT)

    Golden State’s Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors have provided a little early NBA playoff drama for teams returning to the court Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Paul Scores 28 as Clippers Beat Trail Blazers (Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:39:27 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored 28 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed six rebounds, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 115-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series Sunday night at Staples Center.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Dominate Grizzles in Opener (Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:48:27 GMT)

    Defense carried San Antonio to the second-best record in the NBA this season but it’s likely to be the Spurs’ ability to get the most out of their offensive opportunities that will be the key for a push for a sixth championship since 1999.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.17)

  • [New York Times] Warriors 104, Rockets 78 | Warriors lead series, 1-0: Stephen Curry Leaves With Mild Injury, but the Warriors Fare Well Without Him (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:31:33 GMT)

    Curry rolled his ankle while trying to change directions but finished with a game-high 24 points.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder Past Mavericks in Game 1 (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:03:43 GMT)

    The Thunder scored the first nine points Saturday night against Dallas Mavericks.

  • [New York Times] Opening Burst of Thunder Too Much for Mavs (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:48:28 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 24 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 108-70 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • [New York Times] NBA Playoff Capsules (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:36:48 GMT)

    Stephen Curry dazzled from long range and drove to the hoop with fire and flair, scoring 24 points before tweaking his ankle as the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 104-78 on Saturday in their playoff opener.

  • [New York Times] Horford to the Rescue as Hawks Beat Celtics (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 03:33:28 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks were melting down, their 19-point lead over the Boston Celtics long gone. Al Horford wasn’t going down like that, though.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Hold Off Another Celtics Rally, Take Game 1 102-101 (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 03:18:31 GMT)

    When the Atlanta Hawks were staggered by another impressive Boston comeback, they put the ball in Jeff Teague’s hands.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.16)

  • [New York Post] It won’t be busy Warriors keeping Luke Walton from Phil Jackson (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:19:41 -0400)

    If Knicks president Phil Jackson wanted to talk to Warriors stud assistant Luke Walton during their expected long playoff run, Golden State would not stand in the way, according to an NBA source. Golden State's position is that an assistant can interview for a head-coaching position "as long as it does not interfere with the…

  • [New York Times] After Devouring League, Warriors Remain Hungry (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:03:07 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors broke a cherished record and have the N.B.A.’s likely M.V.P. That is not satisfying enough, however, for a franchise seeking its second consecutive championship.

  • [New York Times] 2016 N.B.A. Playoff Matchups (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 01:06:58 GMT)

    A look at the eight opening-round series, which all begin this weekend.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Denies Anti-Lin Bias on Fouls (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:28:31 GMT)

    The league responded to a fan-made video that highlighted hard fouls on Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin that were not ruled flagrant.

  • [New York Times] League Will Allow Ads on Jerseys and May Reassess All-Star Game Site (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:17:42 GMT)

    Commissioner Adam Silver said legislation in North Carolina regarding transgender people was problematic, but there was not currently any discussion among the owners to move the game from Charlotte.

  • [New York Times] Minus Two Stars, Memphis Staggers Into the Playoffs (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:52:51 GMT)

    Mike Conley is just one of several Grizzlies who are nursing injuries as Memphis prepares for its first-round playoff series against San Antonio.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Lakers Coach Is Upbeat (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 03:48:45 GMT)

    Byron Scott said that he anticipated returning to the Los Angeles Lakers next season despite having presided over the two worst years in the history of the team.

  • [New York Times] Hornets C Jefferson Accepting, Embracing New Role as Backup (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 06:42:34 GMT)

    Al Jefferson was the focal point of the Charlotte Hornets’ offense when they faced the Miami Heat in the playoffs two years ago.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Turn Focus From Record 73 Wins to Title Repeat (Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:42:40 GMT)

    Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors had their chance to celebrate their record-setting regular season before turning their focus to even bigger goals.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.15)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Friday's Knicks Links: Melo puts pressure on Jackson to win now (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 05:35:06 EST)

    Friday's Knicks Links: Melo puts pressure on Jackson to win now

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson not on same page with Knicks (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:09:20 GMT)

    It’s getting harder for Carmelo Anthony to keep his faith. The questions aren’t being answered. The concerns aren’t alleviated.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Phil Jackson no longer the cool, calm man on bench (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:05:22 GMT)

    When Phil Jackson was coaching he had this habit of sitting back with his legs crossed while coaches ranted and raved along the sidelines.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks prez Phil Jackson says he won’t abandon his system (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:55:00 GMT)

    Phil Jackson ambled to the podium and assumed his familiar defensive stance on the triangle, with some added shots directed at the media.

  • [New York Times] As the NBA Playoffs Loom, Here’s 10 Things to Watch (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:30:51 GMT)

    The NBA playoffs start this weekend, and there’s no shortage of story lines worth following. Here’s a list of 10 to get you started:

  • [New York Times] Stephen Curry’s Season: In a Word, Golden (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:22:40 GMT)

    The excellence of the Golden State Warriors’ 73 wins was embodied by the record-shattering performance of their star, Curry.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: UConn’s Latest Sweep: The W.N.B.A. Draft (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:26:28 GMT)

    Breanna Stewart led a University of Connecticut sweep of the first three picks in the W.N.B.A. draft, going first over all to the Seattle Storm.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Unable to End Kings’ Woes, George Karl Is Fired (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:55:14 GMT)

    Karl, 33-49 in his first full season with Sacramento, could not improve the team’s defense and clashed with the star center DeMarcus Cousins.

  • [New York Times] Breanna Stewart Top Pick in WNBA, Leading 1-2-3 UConn Sweep (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:48:45 GMT)

    Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck had historic careers at UConn. The trio made more history Thursday night in the WNBA as the top three picks in the draft.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Exit, as Phil Jackson Addresses What’s Next (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:41:27 GMT)

    After finishing exit interviews with the last of the Knicks, Jackson faced reporters, who had plenty of questions, including who the next coach will be.

  • [New York Times] In NBA Playoffs, Warriors Want to Add 16 Wins to Their 73 (Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:10:03 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors don’t want a record without a championship.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.14)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Carmelo Anthony may need Dolan’s help for next coach (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:50:45 GMT)

    Must see television would be MSG Network taking us live into Phil Jackson’s exit meetings with the Knicks on Thursday morning.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Thursday's Knicks Links: Who will stay and who will go? (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:28:43 EST)

    Thursday's Knicks Links: Who will stay and who will go?

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Kobe Bryant Ends Career With Exclamation Point, Scoring 60 Points (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:44:45 GMT)

    The third-leading scorer in N.B.A. history gave Los Angeles a night to remember in his final game of a 20-year career with the Lakers.

  • [New York Times] Polarizing in His Prime, Kobe Enjoys Some Love in the End (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:36:40 GMT)

    They came to pay tribute, the rich and famous in their courtside seats and the less affluent up high in the rafters of Staples Center.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Set Record but Playoffs Bring ‘Clean Slate’ (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:33:28 GMT)

    Now that the Golden State Warriors have set the NBA record for most wins during a regular season, the team must grapple with an even bigger challenge: winning a second consecutive championship.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Scores 60 Points in Unbelievable Farewell Victory (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:24:36 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant scored 60 incredible points. He carried a miserable Los Angeles Lakers team to an improbable comeback victory.

  • [New York Times] Kerr Changed Fortunes of Long-Suffering Warriors (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:21:27 GMT)

    Steve Kerr, who last season became the first rookie head coach in 33 years to win an NBA title, has quickly transformed a Golden State Warriors team that was once a laughingstock into one that could dominate for years to come.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Built Hall of Fame Career With Tireless Work Ethic (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:18:30 GMT)

    For 20 long seasons, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant lit up the National Basketball Association with a work ethic and closing ability matched by very few until he finally ended his stellar career on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Rockets Clinch Spot as N.B.A. Playoff Matchups Are Determined (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:17:23 GMT)

    The Jazz would have finished eighth in the Western Conference with a victory over the Lakers and a Rockets loss, but Houston cruised past Sacramento.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Earn Record-Setting 73rd Regular Season Victory (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:09:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors earned a National Basketball Association record-setting 73rd regular season victory on Wednesday with a 125-104 blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Scores 60 Points in Final Game of Career (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:00:29 GMT)

    Moments before starting the final game of his stellar 20-year career in the NBA, Kobe Bryant was described as “the greatest” ever to wear the purple and gold by fellow Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson.

  • [New York Times] The Latest: Kobe and the Warriors Delivered in Finales (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:39:48 GMT)

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors’ chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant’s final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

  • [New York Times] Playoff Destination Sealed, Blazers Beat Nuggets 107-99 (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:24:58 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 21 points before sitting in the final quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers, with their playoff fate sealed earlier Wednesday night, defeated the Denver Nuggets 107-99.

  • [New York Times] Teletovic’s 22 Leads Suns Past Clippers Reserves, 114-105 (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:18:38 GMT)

    Mirza Teletovic scored 22 points to lead seven Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns finished their second-worst season in franchise history Wednesday night with a 114-105 victory over a Los Angeles team made up almost entirely of Clippers bench players.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Sit 4 Starters, Top Mavs; Game Ultimately Meaningless (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:12:36 GMT)

    The Spurs left four starters and two key reserves in San Antonio for their meaningless regular-season finale in Dallas.

  • [New York Times] Warriors 125, Grizzlies 104: Warriors Set Record for Most Victories in a Season (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:11:00 GMT)

    Behind Stephen Curry, Golden State reached 73 wins, eclipsing the old record that they had shared for three days with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

  • [New York Times] Hawks End Up as No. 4 With Loss to Wiz; Wittman Out as Coach (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:42:45 GMT)

    Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer is ready to move on.

  • [New York Times] Person Familiar With Decision: Wittman Out as Wizards Coach (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:33:40 GMT)

    Randy Wittman has been told he will not be back as coach of the Washington Wizards, let go after failing to reach the playoffs this season, according to a person familiar with the decision.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Roar Back From 26-Point Deficit to Beat Heat 98-88 (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:24:44 GMT)

    The Celtics invited players from three of the franchise’s championship teams to the Garden on Wednesday night to support them in their regular-season finale.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Wipe Out Big Early Deficit, Pound 76ers 115-105 (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:03:48 GMT)

    Nobody’s getting fired. Roster changes could be coming.

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Blast Pelicans in Mitchell’s Final Game (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:00:54 GMT)

    Sam Mitchell smiled and laughed with his young Minnesota Timberwolves one last time, reveling in one of the few easy victories his team has had in its home building.

  • [New York Times] Minnesota Timberwolves Open Search for New President, Coach (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:51:42 GMT)

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are embarking on a massive overhaul of their leadership and have hired a search firm to look for a new president of basketball operations and coach, the team announced late Wednesday night.

  • [New York Post] Dolan-Jackson-Rambis triangle: Where do Knicks go from here? (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:57:39 -0400)

    Knicks owner James Dolan gambled on Phil Jackson as a novice team president and has lost his shirt. However, he's not ready to cut his losses. After a recent home game, Dolan was said to be in a chipper mood, telling employees things will turn around. Ever the contrarian, sources say Dolan still trusts Jackson…

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.13)

  • [New York Times] Warriors’ Chase, Kobe’s Finale Highlight NBA’s Final Night (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:48:39 GMT)

    Golden State is playing for history. Kobe Bryant is playing for the last time.

  • [New York Times] Wiggins, Towns Hope Mitchell Keeps Timberwolves Job (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:42:32 GMT)

    The young Minnesota Timberwolves’ strong finish to the season has helped interim coach Sam Mitchell’s case to land the permanent job, and now some of the team’s most important pieces are voicing their support for him as well.

  • [New York Times] Chris Paul Leads Clippers Past Grizzlies 110-84 (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:09:43 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 12 points and 13 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers extended the Memphis Grizzlies’ freefall to the final night of the NBA’s regular season, defeating the Grizzlies 110-84 Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Leonard Scores 26, Helps Spurs Beat Thunder in OT, 102-98 (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:24:44 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs got an unexpected battle in their final home game of the season Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Tie Celtics’ Mark for Best Record at Home (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 03:43:04 GMT)

    The Spurs finished 40-1 at home, a mark that matches the home record set by the Boston Celtics in 1985-86.

  • [New York Times] Heat Beat Pistons 99-93, Pull Within Win of Southeast Title (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 03:36:56 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade got off to his slowest start offensively in a decade and finished with 14 points, helping the Miami Heat beat the Detroit Pistons 99-93 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers 102, Knicks 90: Knicks Finish 32-50: ‘Little Bit Better’ (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 02:32:03 GMT)

    The Knicks fell, 102-90, to the Indiana Pacers and are 49-115 after two years under Phil Jackson, the team president.

  • [New York Times] Paul George Scores 19 and the Pacers Beat the Knicks 102-90 (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 02:31:09 GMT)

    Paul George and George Hill each scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 102-90 to win their final home game of the regular season.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Earn 12th Straight Win Over 76ers, 122-98 (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 02:13:08 GMT)

    Rookie Norman Powell had 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 more and 11 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers for the 12th straight time,122-98 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Just One More for Curry and Bryant (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:28:52 GMT)

    The Warriors will seek a record 73rd win Wednesday, and the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant will probably play his final game.

  • [New York Daily News] After another lost season, Knicks left wondering where to go (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:50:17 GMT)

    The Knicks played their B team in the final game of another lost season, ending with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis on the sideline.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo demands to be part of Knicks’ free agent decisions (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:48:50 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony issued something of an ultimatum on the final day of another lost season, sending a stronger message to Phil Jackson.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Wednesday's Knicks Links: Porzingis to spend most of offseason in New York (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:31:07 EST)

    Wednesday's Knicks Links: Porzingis to spend most of offseason in New York

  • [New York Post] Knicks-Carmelo Anthony divorce best for both parties (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:04:27 -0400)

    Three years ago, another Knicks season ended in the same place this one did, inside a deafening Indianapolis gym called Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The visitor's locker room didn't much look the way a professional locker room usually looks. This was more like the high school football team who just lost the state quarterfinals. Thousand-yard stares….

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.12)

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Kurt Rambis will be back next season (in some fashion) (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:40:43 -0400)

    INDIANAPOLIS — Whether Kurt Rambis is Knicks head coach for the last time Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse hasn't been determined. What has been determined is Rambis will return in some capacity next season — whether as offensive coordinator or assistant general manager, according to sources. That's part of the reason Rambis talks about the…

  • [New York Times] Rockets Home In on Playoff Zone After Early Turbulence (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:00:28 GMT)

    Houston Rockets scripted a stunning turnaround to stand one win away from salvaging their once-shaky playoff hopes following a tumultuous season.

  • [New York Times] Injury-Riddled Grizzlies Grinding Their Way Into Postseason (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:03:43 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies are about to make NBA history in a season where they took their mantra of grit and grind to the extreme.

  • [New York Times] ‘Other’ Curry Has Big Night in Kings’ Victory Over Suns (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 04:54:46 GMT)

    Seth Curry had 20 points and tripled his previous career best with 15 assists and the depleted Sacramento Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 105-101 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Dominant at Times, Beat Bucks in Home Finale, 107-98 (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 04:27:34 GMT)

    Mario Hezonja has certainly had challenges during his rookie season with the Orlando Magic.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Cruise Past Hawks to Clinch Top Seed in the East (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:47:05 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 34 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving added 35, and Cleveland ensured it would have home-court advantage until the N.B.A. finals.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Clinch Playoff Spot With 101-92 Win Over Jazz (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:33:40 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 and the Dallas Mavericks clinched the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a 101-92 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night, leaving one remaining postseason slot.

  • [New York Times] LeBron, Cavs Clinch Top Seed in East With Win Over Hawks (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:19:01 GMT)

    LeBron James did all he could to downplay getting the No. 1 seed.

  • [New York Times] Jimmy Butler Scores 23 Points as Bulls Beat Pelicans 121-116 (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:13:18 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler scored 12 of his 23 points in the last six minutes and the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the injury-riddled New Orleans Pelicans 121-116 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Harden, Howard Keep Rockets Alive With Win Over Wolves (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:42:43 GMT)

    James Harden scored 34 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and eight rebounds to keep the Houston Rockets’ playoff hopes alive with a 129-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Lin Has 25 Points to Send Hornets to 114-100 Rout Over Celts (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:12:31 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin scored 19 of his 25 points in Charlotte’s big second quarter, carrying the Hornets to a 114-100 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Score First 20, Pull Away Late to Beat Nets 120-111 (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:09:38 GMT)

    Ramon Sessions had 21 points and 12 assists, and the Washington Wizards recovered after blowing all of their 20-0 lead to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 120-111 on Monday night.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Another exit in early April weighs on Melo (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:27:15 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Another exit in early April weighs on Melo

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Sources: Knicks interested in ex-Cavs coach Blatt (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:36:28 EST)

    Sources: Knicks interested in ex-Cavs coach Blatt

  • ESPN.com: David Blatt among available coaches who interest Knicks, sources say

    Chris Broussard and Ian Begley report:

    New York Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis continues to get strong consideration to become the team’s full-time coach, but team president Phil Jackson does intend to speak to other available candidates, according to league sources.

    Sources told ESPN.com on Monday that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt is among the names who interest the Knicks.

    This is where we are as Knick fans. We are legitimately excited when there are reports saying that the Knicks will interview other coaches, while wanting to keep their terrible current head coach.

    But hey, I’ll sure as heck take that over these reports not being out there.

    And really, I think this is such an easy call for Phil Jackson.

    Best case scenario, things go well, and the Knicks win more games next season and maybe even make the playoffs.
    Worst case scenario, things go the hell and Jackson can blame Blatt.

    I would say that this would also open up a scenario where Melo blanches at the idea of the Knicks hiring Blatt and then insists on being traded, but, come on, Melo isn’t going anywhere. We all know that. The only question with regards to Melo and the Knicks is what his next contract as a Knick will look like.

    I’m all in on Team Thibs (since Van Gundy is never coming back so long as Dolan is owner), but I can more than live with David Blatt. Then again, there are few options out there worse than rehiring their current terrible head coach (I’d even be willing to give Brian Shaw a chance at this point) – of course, the most likely option remains doing just that, as the ridiculous “continuity is important” narrative is now getting pushed by the team, because what we all know is that when you have a terrible team with mostly veterans on it, the most important thing is to not change as many things as possible.