Knicks Morning News (2016.05.11)

  • [New York Times] Thunder 95, Spurs 91 | Oklahoma City leads series, 3-2: Thunder Pull Out Tight Win and Are Game Away From Ousting Spurs (Wed, 11 May 2016 03:53:09 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder edged the San Antonio Spurs to take a three-games-to-two lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Stephen Curry Turns the Amazing Into the Everyday and Raises the Bar, Over and Over (Wed, 11 May 2016 00:39:23 GMT)

    Whether it’s leading his team to an unprecedented number of wins, obliterating the record for 3-pointers or becoming the N.B.A.’s first unanimous most valuable player, Curry continues to astound.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Leads Thunder Past Spurs, 95-91, for 3-2 Lead (Wed, 11 May 2016 04:51:33 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook couldn’t be stopped down the stretch, not even when the San Antonio Spurs were trying to foul him.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 35, Thunder Power Past Spurs (Wed, 11 May 2016 03:24:31 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 35 points, including a crucial three-point play in the final seconds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-91 on Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semi-final series.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Wednesday's Knicks Links: J.R. Smith was not happy with trade to Cavs (Wed, 11 May 2016 04:54:14 EST)

    Wednesday's Knicks Links: J.R. Smith was not happy with trade to Cavs

  • 75 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.05.11)”

    Interesting article from Berman:

    http://nypost.com/2016/05/10/carmelo-anthony-eyes-david-blatt-with-porzingis-upside/

    I’m not sure where this story came from leak-wise but I’ve always thought Melo’s best course of action was to make it very clear to everyone — Phil, Mills, Dolan, fans — that he is NOT going to waive his no-trade clause and that he is NOT going to support Rambis as coach. Isola has lots of agenda in what he writes, but he’s always been right that Melo is the most powerful man in MSG other than Dolan. The Knicks absolutely cannot succeed without Melo’s buy-in, whether by waiving the NTC and allowing the team to really rebuild, or by leading the team as its best player and getting them to buy in to whoever the coach is. Melo doesn’t even need to be outspoken about not supporting Rambis if/when Rambis is made the coach. Just hijack a play here or there, ignore Rambis, much like his buddy Lebron did to get Blatt fired. Without Melo either buying in to the coach or letting himself get traded, the Knicks will go down in flames in 16-17, and so will Phil’s reputation. Is Phil really that stubborn?

    And whoever leaked the “Kristaps wasn’t happy with how Rambis used him” bit is a genius.

    Melo and Porzingis have contracts that end at the same time. Melo has a NTC so if he wants to be, he can be in KP’s ear for his entire rookie contract, whether for the good of the Knicks or to tell KP he should get out while he can, even if it means taking a chance on signing the QO and becoming a UFA after his rookie contract is up. It’s obviously a stereotype, but the european players just don’t care as much about making max dollars — growing up in a different culture they have different priorities.

    As much as Phil might want to be simpatico with his coach, the coach has to be simpatico with his best player or else he has no chance. This is an important article.

    I should clarify that Melo doesn’t even have to follow through with undermining Rambis during the season or refusing to waive his NTC — he just has to make it clear (subtly or not) at this point, before any decisions are made on the coach, that that’s what he plans to do. The question then would be whether Phil will call his bluff.

    Melo’s only power is to demand a trade. He’s just not a poison the troops kinda dude. And he has way too much on the line — the last couple years of his prime — to make any kind of credible threat about half assing his way to the finish line. Melo you may have noticed seems to be rather aware of the notion of personal branding, and that makes it all but impossible for him to play chicken with tweeting buddha. If he doesn’t want to be traded, leaks to Berman is actually his version of “11 ringZZZ!!!” It’s not a threat, it’s his whole arsenal.

    Melo’s only power is to demand a trade. He’s just not a poison the troops kinda dude. And he has way too much on the line — the last couple years of his prime — to make any kind of credible threat about half assing his way to the finish line. Melo you may have noticed seems to be rather aware of the notion of personal branding, and that makes it all but impossible for him to play chicken with tweeting buddha. If he doesn’t want to be traded, leaks to Berman is actually his version of “11 ringZZZ!!!” It’s not a threat, it’s his whole arsenal.

    lol you must not have been around during the D’Antoni / Jeremy Lin era. Or the George Karl era.

    And re: playing chicken with the tweeting buddha – who has the greater legacy to lose? If the Knicks crash and burn in 2016-17 and Dolan opts out of the rest of Phil’s contract, that’s it for Phil’s basketball career. He’ll always have 11 rings, but the prevailing notion will be of a guy who rode the best rosters to those rings, and who puttered out as a crazy tweeting ganja-smoking old guy who was stubborn to the end with his arcane system which doesn’t work.

    The best thing for Melo’s branding is to succeed in New York. He doesn’t have to win a championship – he just has to really be in contention – like ECF – if he stays in NY. If he goes somewhere else, it’ll be his 3rd team — journeyman territory.

    How do you succeed in NY? Getting good players here, and a coach who is smart and adaptable. How do you do those things? NOT HIRE RAMBIS.

    @4 – Agree, get good players, hire a coach not named Rambis = a winning plan to improve

    The thing is, Dolan loves Melo, and has undermined previous GMs to acquire and/or appease his favorite player. So Melo does have some leverage here.

    It’s sad that we’re rooting for our destructive moron owner to intercede on behalf of our deeply flawed franchise player to overrule the team’s latest front office savior. But if Phil genuinely intends to hire Rambis, then chaos is the best thing we can root for.

    I mean Phil might just hire Blatt independent of Melo’s approval. He was interviewed by Phil and Mills well before Melo endorsed him yesterday and Phil did recommend him as a potential hire when he was operating as a consultant to Tom Gores and the Pistons.

    Hopefully Phil can recognize that Melo and KP not being in to Rambis and Blatt being a really good coach is the smart play here rather than promoting his guy. We’ll find out soon.

    Melo is a barely average player with a big contract. He is not Lebron James.

    #ShutUp

    Some good reading on Blatt

    http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/1/26/10825690/why-blatts-offense-didnt-make-sense-for-the-cavs-but-does-for-the

    http://grantland.com/the-triangle/qa-cavs-coach-david-blatt-on-lebron-princeton-and-the-natural/

    In the full Princeton, there are no plays. Well, there are plays, but there are not called plays. According to the movement of the ball, and the movement of the center, you’re gonna get into certain sets that you read according to how the defense plays you.

    That’s the part of the Princeton offense you can see in my teams — the reading and the multi-option possibilities off of any play. The Princeton offense is something that takes a long time to develop. It requires a particular kind of player, and more than anything else, it requires the giving up on the part of all the players of almost everything they know.

    But elements of the Princeton offense, in my mind — they are the right way to play.

    Honestly, I can’t imagine any actual good coach being more simpatico with Phil than Blatt.

    I actually think Blatt is going to be the coach.

    If Phil wanted Rambis to be the coach (and Dolan was ok with it), he’d already be the coach.

    Why hasn’t Rambis been announced yet? It’s one of 3 options — 1) Phil doesn’t want Rambis to be the coach in spite of all the chatter to the contrary; 2) Dolan won’t allow him to hire Rambis; or 3) Phil wants to wait until all the anti-rambis sentiment dies down because he doesn’t want to take the heat from the fan base.

    #3 seems the least likely to me. By hiring Rambis, you’re basically giving the finger to the fans who obviously don’t want him. So you don’t really care what the fans want. But you’re going to keep taking all the negative press…because he cares about what the fans think? Doesn’t make any sense.

    Either #1 or #2 is fine with me.

    Melo is a barely average player with a big contract. He is not Lebron James.

    #ShutUp

    I think you’re being sarcastic, but it’s accurate.

    @11 no he’s not being sarcastic. He hates Melo more than you do.

    That being said…I’m not sure that you fellas understand what average means

    That being said…I’m not sure that you fellas understand what average means

    You can have extraordinary talents (like Melo) and also do just a few extra bad things on a basketball court per game (like Melo) to be less productive than the eye-test would otherwise suggest (like Melo).

    If Phil wanted Rambis to be the coach (and Dolan was ok with it), he’d already be the coach.

    Frank, I like your post but I’m seeing this from the exact opposite angle. If we were looking for a head coach wouldn’t we be, you know, looking for a head coach? Every other team with a vacancy is constantly being linked with a variety of names, and a lot of those names are getting interviewed and the vacancies are being filled. In contrast we seem to be entirely sitting on our hands. There haven’t been any new names added to the conversation and both Blatt and Vogel reportedly interviewed for other jobs this week. If we are serious about one of those guys what are we waiting for?

    Rambis is the status quo. He’s the de facto head coach, and as long as nothing changes that has to be good for him. And by every appearance there’s a whole lot of nothing going on at Knicks HQ.

    Vogel hasn’t interviewed anywhere yet and apparently might hold some at the Chicago pre-draft workout where all the Knicks brass is supposedly going to be this week.

    Frank, I like your post but I’m seeing this from the exact opposite angle. If we were looking for a head coach wouldn’t we be, you know, looking for a head coach?

    Yes – that’s why I think Dolan holding up Rambis’s hire might be what’s going on. He must have read my letter to him!! lol. Anyway, it felt a little strange to me that the articles about the Knicks reaching out to Vogel mentioned that it was Mills who reached out.

    I think it’s entirely possible that Dolan put the kibosh on Rambis and that Phil left for Montana to protest that and/or to figure out his next move (ie. resign??? please?!?!?), all while “freezing” the process by just going awol.

    I think it’s entirely possible that Dolan put the kibosh on Rambis and that Phil left for Montana to protest that and/or to figure out his next move (ie. resign??? please?!?!?), all while “freezing” the process by just going awol.

    Normally i’d say that is impossible but you can’t rule anything out here with NYK. But you don’t think that’s too many moving parts, even for Phil? I think much more likely is Phil is letting Mills do the primary / initial stuff while he’s on vacation…because he is on vacation.

    Since no one else is going to hire Rambis away from the Knicks, why should there be any rush to hire him? Phil can take his time and see what else happens out there. Heck, maybe Terry Stotts gets fired, too. He’s another good coach who theoretically could become available.

    I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think he’s hiring Rambis still (I’m hoping to heck that he hires Blatt or Vogel, though), but I don’t think waiting means much of anything either way. Now, if Blatt and Vogel both get jobs elsewhere, then yes, waiting would be an issue, but we’re not there yet at all.

    The Knicks absolutely cannot succeed without Melo’s buy-in, whether by waiving the NTC and allowing the team to really rebuild, or by leading the team as its best player and getting them to buy in to whoever the coach is.

    I couldn’t disagree more with you argument. Of course the Knicks can succeed without acceding to his wishes. First of all, they haven’t done too well catering to him the past 5 seasons.

    Secondly, they have the ultimate hammer….. his playing time. If he makes a sniff about laying down, he can sit on the end of the bench and shut up for the next 3 years and watch his beloved brand go like a floater in the toilet while he collects his money. Phil can play Branch Rickey to Melo’s Ralph Kiner when he was told, “We finished last with you and we can finish last without you!”

    Phil just has to walk in to Dolan and say. “Look… this guys impetuousness made you blow up a promising group five years ago and mortgage your teams future with picks and he wants to do it again. You can overrule me and pay me off for 30 M or you can listen to me and the worse thing that will happen is we will get the #1 pick the next 2 years and you will have a great franchise for the next 12 years.” My guess is if Melo sees Phil and Dolan are serious he’ll be begging to waive his NTC in about 10 minutes after looking into the abyss.

    The leverage in a negotiation goes to the guy with the hammer only if he is willing to wield it.

    Phil just has to walk in to Dolan and say. “Look… this guys impetuousness made you blow up a promising group five years ago and mortgage your teams future with picks and he wants to do it again. You can overrule me and pay me off for 30 M or you can listen to me and the worse thing that will happen is we will get the #1 pick the next 2 years and you will have a great franchise for the next 12 years.” My guess is if Melo sees Phil and Dolan are serious he’ll be begging to waive his NTC in about 10 minutes after looking into the abyss.

    mmmm. could go either way. Melo could go into Phil and say “sure, I’ll probably try hard but maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll silently undermine Rambis in a way that you won’t even know for sure, but might suspect. Maybe I’ll just ignore Rambis’s play call at the end of the game like Lebron and then tell everyone just like Lebron. Maybe I’ll tell KP to do the same thing, or that this organization is so messed up you should really look into not staying past your rookie contract because this 1990s offense doesn’t work in 2016-2018. And oh right Phil – Dolan has an opt out of YOUR contract after this year — so sure, maybe you’ll last the year but without me on board your Triangle legacy has no chance of ever succeeding. And then you’ll just be the guy who was lucky enough to have 2-3 HoFers on your championship teams and you were just a caretaker guy. And oh right, you can kiss the $24MM left on the 2 option years goodbye”.

    It can go either way. Phil has much more of a legacy at stake than Melo does. And if the Knicks bomb with Rambis at the helm, I honestly think most people will blame the Triangle and Phil, not Melo.

    Despite the awful record this year, pretty much no one is blaming Melo. They’re blaming the Triangle, the roster, etc etc which is all Phil Jackson. That’s how it will be next year too.

    You can overrule me and pay me off for 30 M or you can listen to me and the worse thing that will happen is we will get the #1 pick the next 2 years and you will have a great franchise for the next 12 years.”

    Thing is – Melo is good enough that that won’t be the case if Melo refuses to be traded. With Melo on the court the Knicks were 32-40 this year. 0-10 without him. 0.444 ball is good enough to get you what, the 10th pick each year?

    That NTC makes him the most powerful guy. Phil can’t get rid of him if Melo doesn’t want to be gotten rid of. And barring another injury, with Melo on the team this team won’t bottom out. If Phil instructs Rambis to bench Melo without cause, you can imagine the players union will file a grievance, as they should. (and by the way, good luck with ever getting any free agents to sign in NY ever again)

    It might pay to keep Rambis just to get Melo to stop with his nonsense and agree to leave a team that no longer wants him. Just sayin.

    There is literally no circumstance in which keeping Rambis pays when both Vogel and Blatt are available for hire. That would be an offense by Phil worthy of immediate firing.

    It might pay to keep Rambis just to get Melo to stop with his nonsense and agree to leave a team that no longer wants him. Just sayin.

    I’m pretty sure the only person on the Knicks that might not want Melo is Phil. The players, coaches, owner, and 85% of the fans want him to stay. And that’s just a maybe Phil doesn’t want him. Without Melo this team will be awful. Not sure Phil will survive another 17 to 25 win season even if we get a top pick. My guess is that, barring a very unlikely Blake Griffin or Kevin Love for Melo deal, 25 wins might be too optimistic.

    Keep Rambis
    Melo demands trade
    fire Rambis 20 games into next season

    Profit

    Keep Rambis
    Melo demands trade
    fire Rambis 20 games into next season

    Profit

    Now you’re talking.

    Don’t forget: “partner Porzingis with one of the top picks in the 2017 draft”

    mmmm. could go either way. Melo could go into Phil and say “sure, I’ll probably try hard but maybe I won’t.

    And Phil can say, “Have fun laying down super glued to the bench! How’s that brand gonna look in 3 years?”

    And Phil has a legacy at risk? Really… the guy who won 2 times as a player and 11 times as a coach. He lives with an attractive billionaire and has 10’s of millions of his own money and HE worries about his legacy. I’m sure he loses a lot of sleep over that.

    Melo’s legacy has already been established as and overrated fugazy star who is hopelessly inefficient throughout his entire career. He also incredibly overestimates his value as a basketball player

    Honest question (and put aside the fact that Melo is never going to leave for a second):

    If the Lakers got the #2 pick in the draft, you think they would trade it for Melo?

    I think they would (because I don’t think they are smart). But I don’t read the mock drafts. Has Ingram gotten so close to Simmons that it’s almost a 1 & 1A scenario? I love me some Brandon Ingram. Oh, the two-way action we could have with him and KP.

    I’m already looking at who might be the top available lottery picks in 2017. That’s where my level of optimism stands w/r/t this franchise.

    The Lakers would definitely do the deal. Melo wouldn’t but the Lakers would.

    And Phil has a legacy at risk? Really… the guy who won 2 times as a player and 11 times as a coach. He lives with an attractive billionaire and has 10’s of millions of his own money and HE worries about his legacy. I’m sure he loses a lot of sleep over that.

    when people talk about damaging legacy, you realize they’re not talking about going from sparkling legacies to being thought of as horrible, useless has-beens right? All people mean is that he would get a black mark on a resume otherwise devoid of them, not unlike Jordan the GM or Last 2 years of Kobe.

    “Have fun laying down super glued to the bench! How’s that brand gonna look in 3 years?”

    As far as threats go, seeing as this has literally 0 precedent, i don’t think it would be a credible threat. Of course it’s not impossible, but it’s probably close to that, if we’re being realistic. On the other hand, the threat of a star demanding a trade, or of a star player half-assing and undermining through a season — both things melo can (but won’t) do — have actually happened many times!

    Melo’s legacy has already been established as and overrated fugazy star who is hopelessly inefficient throughout his entire career

    Not to take a stand on this hopelessly over-litigated issue, but I think you’re confusing cementing his legacy **on knickerblogger** with cementing his legacy to the general public. The most popular sportswriter of the last 15 years literally wrote a common on how *underrated* Carmelo’s career was for a Hall of Famer.

    Let’s not forget that along with winning and playing in NY, Melo also likes money. And he gets a substantial pile of it if we trade him. It’s not impossible

    @35

    I’d be more optimistic if I knew who our coach was going to be and his name wasn’t Kurt Rambis

    @26 Interesting, but you pass up a chance to get Blatt or Vogel right now. I’d rather do that.

    If Rambis does get the nod, I guess many of us will pray for the silver lining of Melo then demanding a trade and the Knicks getting a decent deal for him. No way Phil would ever fire Rambis after only 20 games, though.

    @37

    Honesly, if Phil gave Rambis the nod I’d be done with this franchise until they’re gone. I’ve endured a lot of stupid shit from this franchise and a lot of it much worse than a really bad coaching hire, but something about Rambis being the HC of the Knicks moving forward is too much for me to roll with.

    I am very optimistic. And it’s because of Phil and KP and Grant, not Melo. If Melo wants to shut up and realize that he’s not a star, play hard and stop being a malcontent then I can deal with him. If he wants to try to ruin what Phil and KP and Grant are starting to put together then I have no tolerance for him.

    Melo has announced that he absolutely will play for the Knicks next season. He also talked about disruptive technology and Melo7 Tech Partners

    Then let him play. Let him work on his not so clutch shooting and poor defense and stop undermining the man with 13 rings, two of which he got for the Knicks.

    Phil and KP and Grant are starting to put together then I have no tolerance for him.

    KP and Grant have replaced Steve Mills and Allan Houston as Gm and assistant GM?Thanks for breaking the news !!!

    Melo has announced that he absolutely will play for the Knicks next season.

    Did anyone think he was going to say, “Yeah…. everything except me sucks and I”m looking to shoot my way out of Dodge City?”

    Has Melo really been a malcontent? All I’ve heard was, “Please let me have some input into who will be coach,” and “Please Gd not Rambis,” and “Pls Thibs pls,” and “Blatt would be good for KP.”

    No objections to any of that here.

    @39 – It’s time for you to figure out what you’ll be doing this fall. It would be shocking to me if Rambis wasn’t on the bench in November.

    Melo is undermining Phil’s vacay? Let Phil get some me time. He deserves it for all the hard work he did during the season. It’s not like he had a vacay 2 months ago in LA. It’s hard work man. It’s not like the Knicks have a draft pick and need/want their coach at the combine to scout. Rambis can do that and relay what he sees to his bestie

    the quoted part of Melo’s comment sounds like a standard PR response to the question. If Melo had come out and said, “I’m not waiving my no trade clause,” that’d be another story.

    Kind of fucked up that I am #1Knickerblogger Optimist these days

    I think you’d make a great Assistant to the General Manager fwiw

    DRed for Assistant General Manager 2016

    …I’m sorry, I have just been informed that it is Assistant TO THE General Manager.

    Amar’e has finally completed the defensive journey he has been since around 2011. Replaced by McBob because they needed someone less soft in the paint.

    When it comes to Melo, I realize there is nothing short of a 5-35 start to next season that will make Carmelo Anthony demand a trade. I also side with him completely when it comes to how the Knicks are handling the coaching search. Phil and Mills need to hurry up and offer Vogel a 5 year deal because he’s the best coach on the market, he’s had a Phil guy on his staff before, and he’s worked with Phil before. I do like the way he’s thinking w/r/t KP and Blatt, though. Blatt would be a good hire in terms of developing KP as an offensive player, but Vogel would take KP and make him a perennial All-NBA level defender. Either guy beats Rambis by a mile, but if I had my choice it would be Vogel. My off-season wish list is Whiteside (and a subsequent RoLo trade), Vogel, Seth Curry, and Lance Stephenson.

    How interesting is the news that Kenny Smith is interviewing for the Rockets HC Job? That could be a great hire. Too bad there’s nobody in broadcasting that would take the Knicks’ coaching job…

    And how great do the Heat look without fake stud head case Hassan Whiteside? They’re like a whole new team!

    If Pat Riley lets Whiteside leave town he’s a sucker.

    Watchin this Raps-Heat game, I can’t help but notice that Winslow doesn’t even look 6’4″. Strange. He’d make a great 3 & D SG if he had a passable handle and could knock down jumpers.

    Winslow measured only 6′ 4-1/2″ barefoot at the combine last year.

    What would the Blazers look like with Paul Millsap? If the Hawks blow things up would he help the Blazers that much for them to trade for him?

    Then again he has an opt out so I am not sure how attractive that would be for them plus he is old. Anyway, just a thought

    This game is awesome! It’s a basketball party. Pure shootout.

    Crabbe and Aminu hitting three after three, Thompson on fire, Curry isolating on Ed Davis and taking him to the dance to end the quarter. So much fun.

    I really want to like Lillard, but something about his game reminds me a bit too much of Stephon Marbury…

    Oh, he’s totally Steph-like. But Steph was a very good player for a few years.

    Also, I know it is illogical, but I think Crabbe just sealed himself up a ton of money with that game.

    Portland is a hell of a team. Amazing effort in every game against a true golliath. One of the lowest payrolls. Lost 4 starters. It’s a well put together franchise.

    Oh, he’s totally Steph-like. But Steph was a very good player for a few years.

    Yeah, definitely. Lillard is excellent. I just have a visceral reaction to his game, I think, because the Marbury years were so ugly and he was so unlikeable, especially at the end of the road in NY.

    Lillard, from what I know, has an amazing work ethic, admits to having no life off the court, and keeps himself in amazing shape, so it’s unfair to compare him to the Vaseline Eater, but, like I said, it’s a visceral thing, beyond my control 🙂

    Dame was throwing up bricks in the 4th. He should have hit CJ more.
    Btw Allen Crabbe is amazing in NBA 2k16 for any of my fellow franchise mode fantasy draft players

    8 hours ago – via ESPN.com
    The veteran forward didn’t address the coaching search on Wednesday, but league sources with knowledge of Anthony’s thinking said a report that stated he “likes” the idea of the Knicks hiring David Blatt is a gross exaggeration. This isn’t to say that Anthony wouldn’t support a Blatt hire if the Knicks choose to go that route. But the league sources say Anthony hadn’t expressed his opinion on Blatt to anyone. Blatt, of course, remains a candidate for the Knicks’ opening. Team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills met with Blatt late last month.

    In a not so stunning event, local tabloid Knick reporters just make shit up as they go along.

    My thing there, though, is not to say that “Oh man, Berman wouldn’t make something up,” but rather that Berman tends not to write stuff involving Knick sources unless someone at MSG tells him to write something. So that he said Melo said something is less interesting to me than who at MSG wants Berman to say that Melo said that, ya know? For instance, could it be Mills trying to put public pressure on Jackson to go after Blatt?

    @69

    I think Ian Begley manages to have less credibility than Berman and Isola. Really, I don’t think any of these guys have a clue as to what Jackson or Melo are thinking or doing right now.

    We will find out when it happens. Until then we’re pissing in the wind.

    We are not even sure Phil wanted to draft/keep KP so.

    Yeah. I’m sure if we had the #1 pick we’d have picked Towns. Exploring your options in trade for the 4th pick without making one is normal behavior for any organization. The fact he then drafted KP, has kept him and openly talked about him as a foundational talent says plenty.

    He drafted him ergo he wanted to draft him. When one says that they’re not sure whether he really wanted to draft him after he really did draft him it just shows one’s state of bias.

    You know what scares me? The Knicks have a terrible history of developing players and we’re relying on two young guys going forward to carry the franchise. Maybe not Grant, but KP’s improvement is essential to the health of the franchise going forward. What if KP never gets better? What if his efficiency hovers around .520-540 his entire career and stays a 7-9 rebound a game kinda guy? What if Grant never puts it together? These are all very possible when it comes to Knicks’ rookies, especially of recent. Shumpert, Hardaway, Fields, and Galloway never improved. We need to do a better job developing our youth if we expect to have a shot in the future.

    Galloway did improve. His finishing at the rim was improved a ton (50.0% to 58.0%) and he shot much better from the corner 3 (30.4% to 47.5%) this past year.

    If he can improve his above the break 3 and reduce the number of awful mid-range pull ups he took for no reason (he also shot way worse on those 43.4% to 27.6% on long 2s), those improvements will be clearer.

    He reduced the percentage of attempts he took from 10-16 feet and 16-23 and attempted more shots from both 3 and in the restricted area and at the rim.

    Also playing with a more dynamic guard, be it a 1 or 2, would help him out a lot.

    This doesn’t mean our development is a lock to be great, but with regards to Galloway I think we will see a more fully formed player next year.

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