Knicks Morning News (2016.05.07)

  • [New York Times] Spurs 100, Thunder 96 | San Antonio Leads Series, 2-1: Spurs Hang on Against Thunder to Grab Series Lead (Sat, 07 May 2016 05:09:09 GMT)

    San Antonio benefited from two late Oklahoma City turnovers and now leads in their Western Conference semifinal. Kawhi Leonard scored 31 for the Spurs, while Russell Westbrook had 31 for the Thunder.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Cavaliers Pull Away From Hawks for 3-0 Lead (Sat, 07 May 2016 02:37:16 GMT)

    Channing Frye scored 27 points, his career high in the playoffs, and the Cavaliers kept up their 3-point barrage, widening the gap in the closing minutes for a 121-108 victory.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Are in a Hole, but They See a Way Out (Sat, 07 May 2016 02:00:18 GMT)

    Overachieving Portland isn’t rattled: It was in a similar situation when it was down by 2-0 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round and stormed back for a 4-2 series win.

  • [New York Times] Leonard’s 31 Help Spurs Beat Thunder 100-96, Take 2-1 Lead (Sat, 07 May 2016 06:15:35 GMT)

    This time, the San Antonio Spurs made the hustle play they needed to beat the Thunder.

  • [New York Times] Clippers’ Griffin Set to Miss Rio With Quad Injury (Sat, 07 May 2016 05:48:27 GMT)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin looks set to miss the Rio Olympics after his team announced that he will not attend the USA basketball team’s training camps this summer.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Edge Thunder in Oklahoma to Take Series Lead (Sat, 07 May 2016 05:24:28 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Succumb Again to Cavaliers Jinx (Sat, 07 May 2016 05:15:27 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks keep finding new ways to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers and they seem to have no clue how to arrest their free-fall.

  • [New York Times] Frye Leads Another 3-Point Barrage, Cavs Beat Hawks 121-108 (Sat, 07 May 2016 03:27:53 GMT)

    LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had their usual stellar performances.

  • 33 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.05.07)”

    Channing freakin’ Frye! That’s nuts.

    The Thunder are really giving the Spurs all that they can handle. It’s nice to see an actual close series.

    The Grizzlies fired Dave Joeeger, which puts another good coach on the market but also creates another potential opening for Vogel or Blatt to fill.

    Where would you rank Joerger among the other available candidates?


    Apparently, per Woj, it was more that Joerger wanted to explore other jobs than Memphis management being unhappy with his coaching.

    man, i would take either joerger or vogel in an instant. two really excellent coaches.

    I put Joerger, Blatt and Vogel I’m my better than Rambis tier

    You left every other coach in the NBA off that list.

    already starting to look like joerger may be heading to the kings. asking out of contract to work for vivek seems like a strange kind of ass-is-greener syndrome.

    I think he just hated the Memphis people after their change at the top of the organization.

    yeah well working for robert pera would not be on most people’s bucket lists. maybe the ass IS greener in sacto.

    That might free up Mike Conley from having any allegiances to the Grizzlies organization any more, possibly making him more easily obtainable?

    I see Wallace left out the part where he tried to get the Sacto GM job before affirming the importance that all Memphis employees be lifers.

    I don’t know if anyone else mentioned it but Kyle O’Quinn is getting his college degree today. He earned his last 24 credits taking courses during the summer and online during the season so he could keep a promise that he made to his parents that he would graduate from college. I’m a sucker for feel good stories like that…

    Maybe Phil should cut his road trip a lil short and get to the business of fixing the Knicks now that the Memphis job is open. The rosters in Memphis and Houston really aren’t bad when healthy.

    Yeah if Phil doesn’t get back soon somebody might offer one of those jobs to Rambis

    Aside from who any of us may think is/was the best choice to be coach, it seems clear to me that Blatt is the best combination of quality and fit with Phil.

    @17 as far as fit, I’d say Vogel then Blatt. But who really knows? Maybe Vogel has no intention of coming to the Knicks even if Jackson pursues? I still wonder if the spectre of Dolan makes some shy away from coming to NY regardless of who is running the team.

    Congrats to O’Quinn. Very cool to get that degree.

    Between Dave Joerger and Frank Vogel, who would you prefer? I think it’s a toss up. I also think Phil needs to step in and save Joerger from the Kings.

    Between Dave Joerger and Frank Vogel, who would you prefer? I think it’s a toss up. I also think Phil needs to step in and save Joerger from the Kings.

    Joerger is the better coach, but Vogel might be a better fit since he’s worked for Jackson before. Vogel’s good enough that the difference between him and Joerger isn’t huge. They’re both really good coaches.

    Ferocious fucking poster by Aminu. I credit Stotts.

    How big of an idiot would Joerger be to take the Kings job? Houston, New York, Indiana, and possibly Toronto are all available and you choose the franchise with the worst front office situation/roster/market combination? Why? That California weather is really a talking point, huh?

    Considering the persistent threat of Rambis, we’d have to be thrilled with Vogel, Blatt, or Joerger. The difference between them is so much smaller than the difference between them and Rambo.

    Considering the persistent threat of Rambis, we’d have to be thrilled with Vogel, Blatt, or Joerger. The difference between them is so much smaller than the difference between them and Rambo.

    Yeah, definitely. While I would prefer Vogel to Blatt, I’d be over the moon with Blatt, just because it would mean no Rambis.

    I have to say, I do not understand why teams fire good coaches and expect their replacements to somehow be better. I guess when GS fired Jackson and Kerr came in and seemingly flipped a magic switch that it empowered all the other teams to try to find the same switch, but Malone was doing well in SAC, and McHale wasn’t the problem in Houston, and Vogel was good in Indiana, and Memphis isn’t going to do better than Joerger. They’re all just going to play musical chairs. And the coach among them that stumbles upon the best players will be the most successful, system they implement be damned.

    I think if you have a serious philosophical difference of opinion with the coach, then it is fair enough to change coaches, even if your current coach is a good coach. Larry Bird wanted the Pacers to play small and Vogel wouldn’t do it. That’s a reasonable reason for getting rid of Vogel, I think. Bird handled it poorly by making Vogel twist in the wind for nearly a week, but I can understand the logic in letting him go. Joerger, meanwhile, wanted to leave (by the way, is there any bigger douche move than Chris Wallace firing Joerger for being disloyal when Wallace himself had asked for permission to interview for the Sacramento GM job? Holy shit!).

    Also, not for nothing, but the Memphis job being open is not good for the Knicks’ chances of getting Vogel, as I suspect they fit him a lot better than the Knicks do. He went to the University of Kentucky, so he’s already familiar with the general area of Memphis. Plus, the Grizzlies are one of the few teams who still want to play big – it could be a good fit for him.

    Winslow has not had a good year, struggles to find a role on offense. More than reasonable decision to bench him. Could still turn into a solid rotation player or even a starter but he has no offensive game to speak of

    I would love to see the Knicks have a forward rotation of:

    3: Carmelo -20 minutes
    Lance Thomas – 20 minutes
    Derrick Williams – 8 minutes

    4; Porzingis- 20 minutes
    Carmelo – 16 minutes
    Derrick Williams- 4 minutes
    Kyle O’Quinn – 4 minutes

    5: Robin Lopez – 24 minutes
    Porzingis – 12 minutes
    Kyle O’Quinn – 12 minutes
    Seraphin – DNP CD

    Winslow has not had a good year, struggles to find a role on offense.

    Definitely not true. Sucked on a offense but one of the better defensive rookie years for a non-center imaginable.

    Porzingis is not ready to anchor the 5 for 12 minutes a night unless we get better wings to play small with. Our units with him at the 5 get blitzed defensively and on the glass.

    Lopez should be getting 28-30 MPG a night. He’s our best defensive big and has a massive difference in our team rebounding levels. We go from above average overall and elite on the offensive boards, to complete trash when he sits.

    Hopefully Hernangomez will come here and turn out to be solid as a backup center. Give him KP or OQ’s 12 minutes.

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