Knicks Morning News (2016.07.29)

  • [SNY Knicks] Why Porzingis gives us a glimpse into the future of the NBA big man
    (Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:12:55 AM)

    The future of the NBA is centers with complete offensive skill sets who can get out and guard pick-and-roll, which Kristaps Porzingis has already proven adequate at.

  • [NYTimes] Dwight Jones, 64, Big Man Ejected in First U.S. Olympic Loss, Dies
    (Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:56:29 PM)

    Jones was thrown out near the end of the 1972 Olympic basketball championship game, contributing to the American team’s controversial 51-50 loss to the Soviet Union.

  • [NYTimes] London to Host Nuggets and Pacers NBA Clash
    (Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:27:31 PM)

    London is to host a regular-season NBA game for the seventh time when Denver Nuggets play Indiana Pacers in January, the National Basketball Association said on Thursday.

  • [NYPost] Knicks star Porzingis rents Midtown penthouse
    (Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:05:00 AM)

    It’s a basketball brotherhood troika. Latvian-born NBA star player Kristaps Porzingis just scored a new pad in Midtown West. The 7-foot-3-inch player has leased a corner penthouse that was asking $8,000 a month at Sky, the mammoth rental tower at 605 W. 42nd St. He also nabbed another two high-floor units for his two brothers,…

  • [ESPN] Amar’e: Suns not receptive to retirement idea
    (Friday, July 29, 2016 2:07:22 AM)

    Amar’e: Suns not receptive to retirement idea

  • [ESPN] Anthony has become the unlikely face of Team USA
    (Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:51:31 PM)

    Anthony has become the unlikely face of Team USA

  • [ESPN] Melo can’t believe Wade left Heat for Bulls
    (Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:28:38 PM)

    Melo can’t believe Wade left Heat for Bulls

  • [ESPN] Porzingis rents penthouse in same building as Carmelo’s gym
    (Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:00:31 PM)

    Porzingis rents penthouse in same building as Carmelo’s gym

  • 18 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.07.29)”

    Thanks for the Phil Files link.

    PJ brings up the hack-a-shaq issue. I know that I’m dating myself, but if they reinstate the 3-for-2 foul shots when a team is over the limit, that should do a lot to curtail that nonsense.

    Any idea why Rosen is just publishing this 8-month old interview now?

    I don’t understand how Phil can think Afflalo played “his usual good defense” last year. I watched something like 95 (fucking) percent of Knick minutes last year, and I just don’t see how it’s possible to see Afflalo as an even average defender. He never took any risks, leading to historically low steal and block numbers, yet was out of position roughly as often as normal risk takers. He was the king of “put your hand up when it’s too late to affect the shot” and he was constantly late on the second rotation. I don’t get it.

    Reminder that Derrick Rose is very much implicated in a pending sexual assault case. What I find particularly disturbing is even his exact version of events paint him in a pretty bizarre (at best) light. Phil Jackson traded three players generally accepted to be pretty good dudes for Rose while preaching about “character” and all that jazz. I don’t like any of it. Here’s to hoping the truth comes out I guess.

    Yeah, it’s a civil suit. This case was also apparently tossed out of criminal court a couple of times and also the plaintiff’s ex-roommate and co-worker also claims it’s BS.

    Because Derrick Rose is a Knick, I am fully committed to being optimistic that he did not gang rape that woman while she was unconscious. We must be glass half full on this board.

    Hoping he cracks .150 WS48 and leads us to the victory with his superstar style!

    Way before Derrick Rose became a Knick the consistency of that women’s story was supremely off. Now I don’t know if Derrick Rose raped her, but I give her about a 10% chance of her winning in a court of (tort) law.

    I don’t understand how Phil can think Afflalo played “his usual good defense” last year.

    Afflalo is one of those guys about whom you NEVER say: “He does all the little things that don’t show up in the box score” There were many times last season where I had to check to see if he was on the court or not, that’s what little impact he had.

    Happy trails.

    Jackson knows what he’s talking about, right guys?


    To be fair, that quote was from really early in the season, when Afflalo hadn’t yet played much because of his injury. And when he did start playing, everyone was pretty happy about it, because he was replacing Sasha, who at that point sucked. So there was a brief window when Afflalo seemed like he’d be OK for us. That window closed WAY before the end of the season.

    At that point in the season our starting lineup with Afflalo was playing at a really elite defensive level. Mostly because teams hadn’t realized how conservative our defensive strategy was. When Afflalo came back and replaced Sasha I believe there was a stretch where the starters were playing at an elite defensive level.

    Obviously that didn’t last.

    Afflalo is (and was at that point) simply not a starting-caliber player. I give Phil credit for paying him exactly enough to have him opt out. It would suck to have him here for another year eating up cap space.

    The starting lineup was playing very well defensively (or teams were just missing shots?) for a brief run when Afflalo came back from injury to replace Vujacic.

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