Knicks Morning News (2016.09.10)

  • [NYTimes] O’Neal and Iverson Lead New Hall of Fame Class
    (Saturday, September 10, 2016 3:41:21 AM)

    Shaquille O’Neal, Alan Iverson, Sheryl Swoopes, Tom Izzo and Yao Ming and five other people were inducted at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • [NYTimes] Yao Takes Friendly Shot at Shaq at Hall of Fame Induction
    (Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:48:27 AM)

    Yao Ming, who inspired a generation of NBA fans in his native China, wistfully acknowledged a career that “ended too soon” as he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

  • [NYTimes] Iverson, Shaq Headline Emotional Hall of Fame Ceremony
    (Saturday, September 10, 2016 3:06:52 AM)

    When Shaquille O’Neal was 10 years old, his father made a prediction.

  • [NYTimes] Retired NBA Star Duncan’s Ex-Financial Adviser Charged With Fraud
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 8:51:28 PM)

    Retired NBA superstar Tim Duncan’s former financial adviser has been indicted on federal fraud charges accusing him of bilking the long-time San Antonio Spurs player out of millions of dollars, court papers unsealed on Friday showed.

  • [SNY Knicks] Understanding the appeal of Sasha Vujacic
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 8:42:39 AM)

    After playing in just two NBA games from 2011-2015, Sasha Vujacic’s career in The Association was resurrected by his former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. Now serving as Knicks Team President, Jackson signed Vujacic at the beginning of last season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Inside the Knicks’ Offseason Training Session
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 8:27:06 AM)

    With training camp less than a month away, many of the Knicks have begun to arrive in New York for voluntary workouts. But when many of the team’s new additions finally get going in the Big Apple, it won’t by any means be the first exposure they’ve had with one another.

  • [NYDN] Reinsdorf explains why Bulls let Joakim Noah leave for Knicks
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 8:57:36 PM)

    Jerry Reinsdorf revealed that the team elected not to re-sign Joakim Noah because the club felt he is not a “frontline guy anymore.”

  • [NYDN] Iman Shumpert arrested in August for suspicion of DUI, Cavs say
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 7:33:57 AM)

    Former Knick and current Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert was arrested last month for suspicion of DUI outside Atlanta.

  • [NY Newsday] Iman Shumpert arrested on DUI suspicion last month, Cavaliers say
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 12:19:00 PM)

    CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers say guard Iman Shumpert was arrested last month on suspicion for driving under the influence.

  • [NYPost] Knicks foiled trying to reunite with snake lover Kevin Seraphin
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 1:39:24 PM)

    The Knicks wanted to re-sign center Kevin Seraphin, according to a source, but were outbid. The two-year contract Seraphin received Thursday from the rival Pacers starts at $2 million annually, according to a source, with only the first year fully guaranteed. The Knicks only were able to give Seraphin $1.2 million, the minimum for a player with…

  • [NYPost] Knicks had 11 percent of ticket holders withdraw – before roster splash
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 1:14:29 PM)

    The Knicks’ season-ticket renewal rate bumped ever so slightly from last year. According to Madison Square Garden officials, the Knicks’ season-ticket renewal rate went up from a mediocre 87 percent last year to 88.5 percent for this season. In comparison, the Rangers’ season-ticket renewal rate will be 95 percent. Last season’s Rangers renewal rate was…

  • [NYPost] Bulls owner: Why it was time to dump Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 9:56:30 AM)

    Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Knicks president Phil Jackson have disagreed on many matters over the years, dating to their time together in Chicago. Now there is another difference of opinion, this time over new Knicks center Joakim Noah, whom Jackson signed to a four-year, $72 million pact in July. Reinsdorf, who will be inducted into the…

  • [NYPost] Iman Shumpert admits to smoking weed in DUI stop
    (Friday, September 09, 2016 7:23:56 AM)

    Iman Shumpert should’ve hit the brakes on his seemingly perfect summer. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard was arrested on Aug. 10 outside Atlanta on suspicion of DUI, the team announced Friday morning. Shumpert initially was pulled over by Fayette County police for a lane violation. According to, which obtained an incident report, Shumpert admitted to…

  • 9 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.09.10)”

    It would be ludicrous to question whether Iverson belongs in the HOF. He was as famous as anyone who played at that time.

    Iverson will always be overrated, but he was a cultural icon and one of the most important figures of Aughts basketball.

    We can argue all day about the real vs. perceived production of a player who won an MVP on .518 TS% (blech) with league-high USG% (double blech) while missing 11 games, but that’s not really what the Hall of Fame is about. He’s absolutely deserving. No question.

    Except he should give that MVP trophy to Shaq.

    MVP voting is rigged! It’s a rigged system!!

    Bill Simmons puts forth a fairly lucid critique of MVP outcomes over the years in his Book of Basketball. Some outcomes are really outrageous. I suppose you can put Rose in that category.

    Iverson was my favorite player growing up. Being on the shorter side there wasn’t much of a choice but to love him. He gave all us short kids hope, glad he made it.

    First time I saw AI he was playing Stephs yellow jackets in the preseason NIT at the garden in ’95. I thought I was seeing the start of an all time great rivalry. It didn’t work out, but Al was a great player to root for even if the production didn’t match the rep.

    Bill Simmons puts forth a fairly lucid critique of MVP outcomes over the years in his Book of Basketball. Some outcomes are really outrageous. I suppose you can put Rose in that category.

    It’s always weird when you put guys who are in charge of coming up with narratives in charge of the MVP voting, as well, as they then let the narratives that they created drive their voting.

    But yeah, whether he was worthy of winning that particular MVP or not, Iverson’s a fine Hall of Fame candidate. 11-time All-Star, 3-time first team All-NBA, 3-time second team All-NBA. Even if you want to discount those achievements for the same basic reason that you discount the MVP (that he was so famous that people overrated him), then that argument should still support his inclusion in the Hall of Fame.

    All that said, I still believe that there are intangibles that get missed in box score stats (specifically the ones from which the advanced stats that purport that Iverson is overrated are drawn) miss something about extreme high-volume low-efficiency scorers. I’s be curious as to whether players who played with him, against him, or coaches that coached him would consider him overrated. They would probably all say that he underachieved, but might say the same for Shaq.

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