Knicks Morning News (2016.12.17)

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony says he will play Saturday in Denver; Rose’s status still uncertain
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 7:26:38 PM)

    Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters Friday that he will play against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Scout: Knicks’ offense lacks creativity
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 6:14:12 PM)

    Despite averaging 104.5 points per game, one scout from an opposing team believes the Knicks could do better offensively, according to Bleacher Report.

  • [SNY Knicks] TheKnicksBlog Podcast: Riding the Roller Coaster
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 4:45:29 PM)

    Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are a bit beat up from this west coast road trip, as the guys discuss the Knicks up-and-down play, the injuries to Melo and Rose, and a tough loss to the Suns.

  • [SNY Knicks] The bench helped undermanned Knicks compete against Warriors
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 1:45:32 PM)

    Without the injured Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, the Knicks’ bench helped keep them somewhat competitive with Golden State during their eventual 103-90 loss.

  • [SNY Knicks] Without Anthony and Rose, Porzingis had worst game of season
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 11:30:28 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis struggled Thursday night during the Knicks’ loss to the Warriors, shooting just 4 of 13 for eight points.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony on Denver Nuggets game: ‘Must-win’
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 8:29:00 PM)

    Ready for the first “must-win” game of the Knicks’ season?

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony thinks game in Denver is a ‘must-win’ for Knicks
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 9:12:38 PM)

    The difference between a good road swing and a disappointing one comes down to the final game against the Nuggets.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors 103, Knicks 90: Golden State Warriors Take Advantage of Carmelo-Less Knicks
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 7:56:55 AM)

    Anthony, nursing a sore shoulder, said he felt that he should play it safe for Knicks.

  • [NYPost] If Hornacek didn’t get Knicks job, he could’ve worked for Kerr
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 8:52:43 PM)

    DENVER — Jeff Hornacek is the last one to take offense that Golden State coach Steve Kerr ripped his Warriors for only blowing out Hornacek’s Knicks by 13 points after once leading by 25 in the third quarter. Had Phil Jackson not hired him in May, Hornacek, according to sources, would have been Kerr’s assistant…

  • [NYPost] Returning Carmelo: Nuggets game ‘a must-win’ for Knicks
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 4:43:20 PM)

    DENVER — Carmelo Anthony hasn’t had a lot of fun — or success — on return trips to the Mile High City. He has yet to win in Denver since becoming a Knick. The first season — the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season — the Knicks weren’t scheduled in Denver, but he has lost here in each…

  • [NYPost] How Kristaps Porzingis ‘pissed off’ Draymond Green
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 7:35:31 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis has Draymond Green’s attention, and that’s not a good thing. Porzingis told The Post on Wednesday he was motivated to step up his game against Green after he was shut down by the Warriors defensive stopper in both meetings against the Knicks last season. Those comments found their way to Green, who used it…

  • [ESPN] Sources: LeBron, CP3 could cash in on new CBA
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 12:42:54 PM)

    Sources: LeBron, CP3 could cash in on new CBA

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.12.16)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks put up fight against Warriors without Melo, Rose, but fall 103-90
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 1:33:41 AM)

    Klay Thompson scored 25 points, JaVale McGee added a season-best 17, and the Golden State Warriors put on an another spectacular passing display to beat the undermanned New York Knicks 103-90 on Thursday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony, Rose out for Thursday’s game against Warriors
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:05:17 PM)

    Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and guard Derrick Rose will both sit for tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis thinks he can help recruit free agents to the Knicks
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 3:30:54 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis thinks he can help recruit free agents to the Knicks

  • [SNY Knicks] Don’t expect Phil Jackson to leave Knicks any time soon
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:00:47 PM)

    Knicks president Phil Jackson has settled into his life away from Los Angeles and his competitive fire is lit.

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony on players skipping games: ‘I think everyone needs a rest day’
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:08:00 AM)

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony empathized with NBA players skipping games and road trips to get some rest, adding he may take a game to rest in the near future.

  • [NYTimes] They Paid to See LeBron James. They Got Kay Felder.
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 3:24:02 PM)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers rested their three best players — LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love — in their only road trip of the season to Memphis.

  • [NYTimes] Craig Sager, Colorful N.B.A. Sideline Reporter, Dies at 65
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:28:46 PM)

    Mr. Sager was known as much for his outlandish outfits as for his brief interviews with basketball coaches and players on N.B.A. broadcasts.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors 103, Knicks 90: Missing an Ailing Carmelo Anthony, Knicks Prove Easy Prey for Warriors
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 7:56:55 AM)

    Anthony, nursing a sore shoulder, said he felt that he should play it safe.

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ call to rest Carmelo the right move, but it doesn’t feel that way
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 11:00:40 PM)

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Knicks certainly weren’t going to walk into Oracle Arena and win this game absent Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony. They probably wouldn’t have won with Rose and Anthony (or with Clyde and Pearl, too, for that matter), not with the Warriors devoting so much of the night to an impromptu homage…

  • [NYPost] Melo-less Knicks never had a chance, but Steve Kerr still unhappy
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 8:15:10 PM)

    OAKLAND, Calif. — No Carmelo Anthony. No Derrick Rose. No sufficient pregame warmups. No chance for the Knicks at Oracle Arena. With the Knicks missing two of their Big 3, the team bus arrived late for their predictable rout versus the Warriors, with most players entering the locker room 45 minutes before tip-off after a…

  • [NYPost] Kevin Durant now praises the Knicks he couldn’t bother with
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:45:48 PM)

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Kevin Durant says he enjoys being the one to nickname Kristaps Porzingis “unicorn,’’ but that didn’t mean he wanted to suit up next to him. Reflecting on why he didn’t meet with the Knicks during his free-agency summit in the Hamptons, Durant simply said: “Uh, because I didn’t want to. It’s simple….

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony’s ‘bruised shoulder’ needed a break
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 11:16:40 AM)

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Carmelo Anthony’s right shoulder has been acting up the past two games, the Knicks star said, leading him to take a rest day against the Warriors on Thursday night. Derrick Rose also sat out with back spasms against the league’s best team, which topped the Knicks 103-90 to move to 23-4. Adding…

  • [NYPost] How to beat the Warriors? Have everyone play perfect, then hope
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:27:47 AM)

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors have not disappointed. They have put the super in “superteam” — off to an NBA-best 22-4 record going into Thursday’s nationally televised visit from the Knicks. “You got to be at full force,’’ Carmelo Anthony said when asked how to beat them. “You got to have everything clicking. I think…

  • [ESPN] Friday’s Knicks News: Warriors have easy time with Melo, Rose out
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 4:06:24 AM)

    Friday’s Knicks News: Warriors have easy time with Melo, Rose out

  • [ESPN] Draymond Green riled up by Kristaps Porzingis’ comments
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 2:59:28 AM)

    Draymond Green riled up by Kristaps Porzingis’ comments

  • [ESPN] Warriors showcase giving ways in blowout of short-handed Knicks
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 1:27:06 AM)

    Warriors showcase giving ways in blowout of short-handed Knicks

  • [ESPN] Knicks’ Rose, Anthony to sit out vs. Warriors
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:04:23 PM)

    Knicks’ Rose, Anthony to sit out vs. Warriors

  • [ESPN] Rival execs: Kristaps Porzingis can lure top free agents to Knicks
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 11:40:12 AM)

    Rival execs: Kristaps Porzingis can lure top free agents to Knicks

  • [ESPN] Thursday’s Knicks News: Porzingis plans to recruit free agents to New York
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:13:15 AM)

    Thursday’s Knicks News: Porzingis plans to recruit free agents to New York

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks fall to Warriors without Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose
    (Friday, December 16, 2016 2:18:24 AM)

    The Knicks, who had a tall task in upsetting Golden State at full strength, had little chance with Lance Thomas and Brandon Jennings in the starting lineup instead of Anthony and Rose and suffered a predictable 103-90 defeat.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony misses game vs. Warriors with shoulder soreness
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 11:23:00 PM)

    The issue of NBA coaches resting their star players took center stage again this week when Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue did not even bring LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to Wednesday night’s game in Memphis against the Grizzlies.

  • [NY Newsday] Derrick Rose out for Knicks against Warriors
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:52:00 PM)

    The Knicks will face the powerhouse Warriors on Thursday night without Derrick Rose, who is out with lower back stiffness.

  • [NYDN] Knicks arrive late to arena, fall to Warriors, 103-90
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:14:22 PM)

    The Knicks arrived late to the arena because they were stuck in traffic. But they might as well just driven straight to Denver.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose out for game vs. Warriors
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:58:33 PM)

    Derrick Rose (sore back) and Carmelo Anthony (sore right shoulder) were ruled out of Thursday night’s game against the Warriors.

  • [NYDN] Why Kevin Durant rejected meeting with Knicks during free agency
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 11:23:08 AM)

    Kevin Durant was stationed in the Hamptons over the summer during his free agent meetings, less than 100 miles from the Garden.

  • 2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Warriors

    The Knicks travel to Oakland later tonight to take on the best team in the league, the Golden State Warriors.

    Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony will both be out tonight, so it would take a Christmas miracle for the Knicks to win, but hey, the Memphis Grizzlies actually kicked the Warriors’ ass recently while playing without Mike Conley so, as they would say in Dumb and Dumber, “so you’re saying there’s a chance?”

    Hopefully Porzingis will not be run into the ground tonight. At the very least, we’ll likely see some excellent play by the Warriors. That’s something.

    RIP to Craig Sager. TNT did a wonderful tribute video to him. They have it up on their Twitter account here.

    Every game up to (and including) the Christmas Day game against Boston, I’ll be featuring a video from an old school TV Christmas Special.

    Here’s a musical number from an Andy Williams Christmas Special…

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.12.15)

  • [NYDN] Knicks won’t enjoy benefit of facing resting stars vs. Warriors
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:08:11 PM)

    Unfortunately for the Knicks, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant are all expected to play on Thursday.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis out for revenge on Draymond Green
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 3:54:44 PM)

    Nobody last season outplayed Kristaps Porzingis quite like Draymond Green.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis hopes to recruit free agents to Knicks
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 3:07:31 PM)

    Ever since LeBron James uttered “Taking my talents to South Beach,” the NBA has been obsessed and defined by the formation of Super Teams.

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose not happy about likely missing Knicks-Warriors
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 2:44:48 PM)

    The sense from practice was that the Knicks will likely have to try to beat the Warriors on Thursday without Derrick Rose.

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. and Players’ Union Agree to New Labor Deal
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 3:47:45 AM)

    The new deal, set to run through the 2023-24 season, was a pre-emptive move by both sides to avoid the possibility of a labor stoppage next season.

  • [NYTimes] Suns Behind Him, Jeff Hornacek Coolly Contemplates What’s Next
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:08:15 PM)

    A loss to Phoenix, his old employer, may have been bittersweet. But the Knicks’ coach has other priorities, like bringing out the best in his new team.

  • [NYTimes] Chauffeur, Shootaround and Boneless Chicken Wings: Living Large With the Nets
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 4:38:15 PM)

    Some people have it all, but still crave luxury, novelty and access without irksome hurdles. At Barclays Center, that’s the Nets’ Brooklyn Experience.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 103, Kings 100: To Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson’s Comments Are a ‘Temporary Black Cloud’
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:00:07 PM)

    The Knicks star dismissed the team president’s remark that Anthony sometimes holds the ball too long.

  • [NY Newsday] Derrick Rose still questionable to play against Warriors
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:12:02 PM)

    Derrick Rose, who did not practice, is listed as questionable with lower back stiffness for Thursday’s game against Golden State, which is 22-4 overall and 9-2 at home.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: NBA, players association reach agreement on new CBA
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:53:58 PM)

    The NBA and the NBA Players Association have agreed to a new seven-year collective bargaining agreement, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis shows fighting side in loss to Suns
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:45:35 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis reacted strongly to being shoved to the floor by the Suns’ Marquesse Chriss in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 113-111 overtime loss on Tuesday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose questionable for Thursday’s game
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 5:28:17 PM)

    Knicks guard Derrick Rose is questionable for Thursday’s game against the Warriors with a sore lower back, the team announced Wednesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony fails to deliver in crunch time on Tuesday night
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:45:14 PM)

    Even as Kristaps Porzingis continues to rise, Anthony is the centerpiece of this team as currently constructed. Unfortunately, he’s not acting like it.

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose’s latest ding shows how fragile the Knicks really are
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:38:15 PM)

    SAN FRANCISCO — Derrick Rose meant well when he said it. He probably even meant every word. This was a few weeks ago, just as the game he was bringing to the floor every night was starting to match the one from his — and everyone else’s — memory. “My goal is to play 82,”…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis’ goal: Solve Draymond Green riddle
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 6:12:04 PM)

    SAN FRANCISCO — If Draymond Green really wants to get under Kristaps Porzingis’ skin Thursday at Oracle Arena, he can whisper in his ear: “Zinger.’’ That’s the nickname from Spain Porzingis still loathes. Not that Green needed to do any trash-talking last season in their two meetings, which Green dominated against the rookie. Porzingis claimed…

  • [NYPost] What’s wrong with Carmelo? Maybe his tired knees
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 4:30:46 PM)

    SAN FRANCISCO — You can blame it on Phil Jackson getting in his head, broadcasting to the world Carmelo Anthony holds onto the ball too long. In truth, Anthony’s recent malaise likely is due to fatigue, as he has looked worn physically after playing the first 25 games for the first time in his six…

  • [NYPost] The limits of Jeff Hornacek’s creativity with Knicks
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 6:43:38 AM)

    PHOENIX — The night began with Suns coach Earl Watson, who replaced Jeff Hornacek following his firing in February, singing his former boss’s praises. “Jeff is very creative and needs space to be creative,’’ Watson said before the Suns stunned Hornacek’s hot Knicks, 113-111, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. “He understands basketball on another level….

  • [ESPN] Thursday’s Knicks News: Porzingis plans to recruit free agents to New York
    (Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:13:15 AM)

    Thursday’s Knicks News: Porzingis plans to recruit free agents to New York

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.12.14)

  • [NYDN] Knicks, without Derrick Rose, lose physical battle against Suns
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:53:35 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek’s return to Phoenix became an exercise in disappointment for the Knicks.

  • [NYDN] Phil Jackson’s ‘posse’ problem won’t hurt Knicks in free agency
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:07:38 PM)

    Phil’s got 99 problems but attracting free agents isn’t one.

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose re-injures back, leaves Knicks game early
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:44:09 PM)

    Rose missed all six of his field goal attempts before being subbed out on Tuesday.

  • [NYDN] Chandler thinks Phil Jackson did a great job motivating LeBron
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:25:04 PM)

    Tyson Chandler’s interactions with Phil Jackson consisted of two conversations:

  • [NYDN] Hornacek regrets firing ass’ts in effort to appease Suns brass
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:53:50 AM)

    In hindsight, Jeff Hornacek knows he shouldn’t have bowed to the Suns’ unfair demands.

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose starting to run more of the Knicks’ show
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:39:22 AM)

    Derrick Rose said his increase in play calling occurred organically, and it continues to evolve.

  • [NYPost] Knicks display resolve, but moral victories don’t cut it anymore
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 9:09:55 PM)

    They were a jangle of thoughts, opinions, emotions as they walked off the floor at Talking Stick Resort Arena late Tuesday night. Somehow, the Knicks had nearly pulled off their most satisfying victory of the season and yet, instead, wound up suffering their most excruciating loss instead. Such is life in the NBA when you…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose exits with back spasms: ‘I couldn’t move’
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:00:58 PM)

    PHOENIX — In the long run for the Knicks, Tuesday’s 113-111 overtime loss to the woeful Suns could be secondary to the loss of Derrick Rose 10 minutes into the first quarter. Rose’s back spasms flared up after he appeared to take a tumble into a row of cameras. He missed the final three quarters…

  • [NYPost] Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis show fight but drop overtime crusher
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:10:41 PM)

    PHOENIX — Kristaps Porzingis got mad and got even. But he didn’t finish or get the win. After Derrick Rose went down with recurring back spasms and missed the final three quarters Tuesday night, it appeared the Suns were trying to take out Porzingis, too. They failed and only got the 7-foot-3 Latvian steamed. After…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo, Rose pleading for this Knicks offensive wrinkle
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:14:17 AM)

    PHOENIX – Carmelo Anthony says he and Derrick Rose have only scratched the surface of how dangerous they can be as a tandem offensively. Indeed, there has been a push from both Knicks studs, Rose and Anthony, to have coach Jeff Hornacek call more pick-and-rolls for the two of them. And Hornacek is seeing the…

  • [NYPost] Michael Rapaport is all in on his podcast obsession
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:39:07 AM)

    This is what gets Michael Rapaport excited. It’s not news about his latest film or a big role, it’s a phone call from a basketball player. Former Knicks star Latrell Sprewell had called him days earlier, agreeing to appear on Rapaport’s podcast. “It was Spree, f—ing” Spree,” Rapaport says, unable to contain the pure joy of talking to the…

  • [ESPN] Wednesday’s Knicks News: Tough night in the desert
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 5:41:16 AM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks News: Tough night in the desert

  • [ESPN] Tuesday’s Knicks News: Hornacek downplays return to Phoenix
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:12:42 AM)

    Tuesday’s Knicks News: Hornacek downplays return to Phoenix

  • [NYTimes] Suns 113, Knicks 111, Overtime: Suns’ Eric Bledsoe Topples Knicks With 31 Points, and a Layup in Overtime
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 5:42:46 AM)

    Bledsoe had his third straight game with at least 30 points, helping the Suns overcome a 34-point performance from Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ fourth-quarter comeback spoiled in overtime loss to Suns
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:16:52 PM)

    PHOENIX (AP) Eric Bledsoe scored the go-ahead points on a driving, left-handed layup with 30 seconds to play and the Phoenix Suns beat New York 113-111 in overtime on Tuesday night, only the Knicks’ second loss in eight games.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose exits game in first quarter with back spasms
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:10:42 PM)

    Derrick Rose exited the Knicks game against the Suns in the first quarter with back spasms

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek returns to Phoenix for first time since getting fired
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:30:53 PM)

    Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is downplaying Tuesday night’s return to Phoenix, where he served as head coach for a year and a half before getting fired midway through last season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s Game: Knicks at Suns
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:50:42 PM)

    The Knicks (14-10) head to Phoenix to take on the Suns (7-17) Tuesday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] What more could you have asked for so far from the Knicks?
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 2:50:16 PM)

    What more could you ask for as we speak right now when talking about the New York Knicks?

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks go for fifth straight road win in Phoenix on Tuesday
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:25:14 PM)

    The Knicks travel to Phoenix looking for their fifth straight win on the road as they take on the Suns Tuesday night.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks battle into overtime, but lose to Phoenix Suns
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:19:57 AM)

    In Jeff Hornacek’s return to Phoenix, Derrick Rose returned to the trainer’s table, and Kristaps Porzingis showed more anger than he has in his brief Knicks’ career.

  • [NY Newsday] Tyson Chandler not surprised by Phil Jackson irking Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James
    (Wednesday, December 14, 2016 12:27:18 AM)

    Former Knick Tyson Chandler said he had only two conversations with team president Phil Jackson.

  • [NY Newsday] Derrick Rose-Carmelo Anthony combination a work in progress
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:14:46 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose want to play off of each other more, and they think it will make the Knicks more dangerous.

  • 2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Suns

    Tonight, the Knicks travel to Phoenix to take on the shitty Suns in the third game of this road trip, which has gone very well so far.

    The Knicks get Golden State next, so it would be good for the Knicks to win tonight to get to five games over .500. Five games over .500! Can you imagine that?!?! That would be amazing. Hell, I’m super pumped about them being four games over .500! So come on, Knicks, take advantage of another shitty team!

    Every game between now and Christmas (including Christmas’s game) I’ll feature a clip from a 1970s Christmas special.

    Today, we take a look at the 1974 Perry Como Christmas Special, where Rich Little plays Jack Benny (Jack Benny’s shtick was that he was really cheap) as Santa Claus. Check out the hilarious off-the-cuff reaction of a little extra. It’s annoyingly not embeddable.

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.12.13)

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Detroit and the Pistons Are One Again
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:28:47 AM)

    The N.B.A. franchise will reclaim the city identity it left behind when it took up residence in the suburbs in 1978.

  • [NYTimes] The Best N.B.A. Games This Week: Knicks vs. Warriors, and Three Others
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 7:33:20 PM)

    The Knicks have progressed, but they face a roadblock in Golden State on Thursday. The Celtics visit San Antonio on Wednesday.

  • [ESPN] Tuesday’s Knicks News: Hornacek downplays return to Phoenix
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:12:42 AM)

    Tuesday’s Knicks News: Hornacek downplays return to Phoenix

  • [ESPN] Jay Z takes shot at Jackson over use of ‘posse’
    (Tuesday, December 13, 2016 1:02:57 AM)

    Jay Z takes shot at Jackson over use of ‘posse’

  • [ESPN] Knicks approaching top-10 status in NBA Power Rankings?
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 10:36:27 AM)

    Knicks approaching top-10 status in NBA Power Rankings?

  • [ESPN] Monday’s Knicks News: Rose, Porzingis play big in win over Lakers
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 6:01:33 AM)

    Monday’s Knicks News: Rose, Porzingis play big in win over Lakers

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Have the Knicks shown they’re legitimate playoff contenders?
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 6:11:10 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Phil Jackson recently gave coaching advice to Luke Walton
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 3:45:48 PM)

    Knicks president Phil Jackson gave coaching advice to Lakers head coach Luke Walton as recently as three weeks ago, reports Marc Berman in the NY Post.

  • [SNY Knicks] Jennings continues to be the Knicks’ X-Factor
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 1:30:36 PM)

    Knicks PG Brandon Jennings had 19 points, four assists, and three rebounds during Sunday night’s win over the Lakers in Los Angeles.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis had a huge night against the Lakers
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 11:30:08 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis had a huge game during Sunday night’s 118-112 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ depth proving key in win over Lakers, 11-4 run
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 8:35:23 AM)

    While Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose are big names who have proved their worth, the New York Knicks have won 11 of their last 15 games in large part because of their depth.

  • [NY Newsday] Jeff Hornacek downplaying return to Phoenix
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 9:22:33 PM)

    PHOENIX — Jeff Hornacek’s coaching career got off to a good start with the Suns, but it ended quickly and by most accounts unfairly.

  • [NYDN] Woman claiming Knicks player assaulted her says she has video
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 11:00:00 PM)

    A Brooklyn woman claims a Kylie O’Quinn and his jealous girlfriend viciously assaulted her.

  • [NYDN] Jay Z takes dig at Phil Jackson while introducing LeBron James
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 8:48:42 PM)

    Even Jay Z is getting a shot in at Phil Jackson these days.

  • [NYDN] Hornacek has reason to stick out his tongue at Suns GM in Phoenix
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 10:37:11 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek arrived in Phoenix as something of a vindicated coach, a man who was scapegoated and undercut by the Suns.

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson’s advice to Brandon Jennings is paying off in big way
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 5:21:18 PM)

    PHOENIX — When Brandon Jennings agreed to sign with the Knicks to be Derrick Rose’s point-guard caddie, team president Phil Jackson told him to aim for Sixth Man of the Year honors. Jennings is heeding the advice of the Zen Master. Jennings’ numbers don’t jump off the stat sheet — just his play. He’s the…

  • [NYPost] Hornacek’s Knicks offense has scrapped Phil’s triangle: Walton
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 3:54:01 PM)

    PHOENIX — Jeff Hornacek is getting the last laugh on the hapless Suns. He returns to this city where he still owns a home, riding a wave of momentum with a 14-10 record as Knicks coach, good for third place in the East, and amid an allegation from a credible source he is not running…

  • [NYPost] The startling, happy reality of how good Knicks look
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 11:46:20 AM)

    PHOENIX – We know all of the things that can drive you batty about the Knicks, starting at the top, starting with Phil Jackson and his propensity for generating the kind of buzz that most team presidents shy away from. You can get weak in the knees when you think too much about the 3…

  • [NYPost] This is the Knicks’ opportunity to strike, and they know it
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 8:27:12 AM)

    All of a sudden the raging-hot Knicks, at 14-10, are tied for third place in the Eastern Conference with Charlotte. Following Sunday night’s 118-112 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center, the Knicks are 9-3 in their last 12 and have won four straight road games, including the first two on this five-game West Coast…

  • Knicks Not As Good As Their Record (Or Are They?)

    The New York Knicks have defied the odds and now sit tied for 3rd in the Eastern Conference. The last time the Knicks finished the season 3rd or higher was in 1913 … err I mean 2013. That New York team lost in the second round to Indiana. For those two young to remember, coach Woodson decided that he would give the Pacers a fair chance to win the series by matching their slow-footed big men with the same. New York could have easily ran the Hoosiers off the court by going small, but then what example would that set for the children about sportsmanship?

    While one might be tempted to start parsing the reasons for New York’s awesome start by identifying the players responsible, that puts the cart before the horse. Or as Woodson would say, the cart before three tall plodding mules. We should first ask are the Knicks really this good, or is this a mirage?

    The most simple way to determine a team’s true strength is to look at their expected win-loss based on points scored (aka Pythagorean wins). Scientists in a laboratory that resembled their parents’ basement noticed that a team’s Pythagorean wins is the best predictor of team success from season to season. Hence it does a better job of showing a team’s true strength than actual wins. Although expected wins isn’t perfect, it scores much higher than the two other methods tested against it — “this is our year because we’re due” and “that’s what my cousin Lou says and he knows someone on the inside.”

    Based on this year’s stats, the Knicks expected win-loss is 10-14, lower than their actual record of 14-10. So how can we explain this discrepancy? The first thing would be to look at a strength of schedule. However New York ranks 16th on that scale, in the middle of the pack. Next would be to look at close games, let’s say 3 points or less. The Knicks have played in 4 of these games, and have won all of them. They beat Detroit and Sacramento by 3, while edging Charlotte and Minnesota by 2. It’s unlikely that the Knicks will repeat their victories in close games at this rate, and is the primary reason Pythagoras is pessimistic on the New York’s current standing.

    But to stop there would be incomplete. There is another factor weighing in — Cleveland. The Knicks have played the Cavs twice this year, despite not even being 1/3 the way through their schedule. The reigning champs have beaten New York mercilessly, totaling 243-182. Against non-Cleveland teams, New York’s expected win-loss rebounds to a more healthy 11-11. While this is a cherry-picking-pie-in-the-sky way of looking at things, it does give optimists hope that the Knicks aren’t as bad as their numbers would say.

    Knicks Morning News (2016.12.12)

  • [ESPN] Monday’s Knicks News: Rose, Porzingis play big in win over Lakers
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 6:01:33 AM)

    Monday’s Knicks News: Rose, Porzingis play big in win over Lakers

  • [ESPN] Rose has 25 in return; ‘nothing wrong’ with back
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 2:15:01 PM)

    Rose has 25 in return; ‘nothing wrong’ with back

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose help Knicks edge Lakers, 118-112
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 8:54:37 PM)

    Phil Jackson’s greatest move as Knicks president was on full and incredible display at the Staples Center

  • [NYDN] Metta World Peace: Tension between Carmelo, Phil good for Knicks
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 12:20:19 PM)

    Metta World Peace understands Phil Jackson likes to motivate through criticism.

  • [NYDN] Phil Jackson warns Knicks to watch out for Lakers’ Lou Williams
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 11:46:49 AM)

    Phil Jackson gave the Knicks a warning for their game Sunday against the Lakers: watch out for Lou Williams.

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose says he’ll be ready to go for Knicks vs. Lakers
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 10:39:28 AM)

    As expected, the Knicks will have Derrick Rose for Sunday night’s game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

  • [NYPost] Porzingis busts out of slump with monstrous swatting display
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 7:07:54 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — Kristaps Porzingis’ star shined brightest in Hollywood on Sunday. In a spectacular two-way tour de force that ended his slump, Porzingis bashed the Lakers for 26 points, a career-high-tying seven blocks and 12 rebounds as the Knicks won their fourth straight road game, a 118-112 Staples Center victory. Team president Phil Jackson…

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson already advising Lakers coach in possible sign of bolt
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 2:23:10 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — Is Phil Jackson already assuming the role of Lakers consultant? Lakers rookie head coach Luke Walton admits he’s been in contact with Jackson from time to time to get advice — including right after he got the job last spring and as recently as three weeks ago. Walton is one of Jackson’s…

  • [NYPost] Profane Metta World Peace: Carmelo-Phil feud what stuffy Knicks need
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 10:47:37 AM)

    LOS ANGELES – Lakers forward Metta World Peace believes the Carmelo Anthony-Phil Jackson verbal war was great for the Knicks franchise because he feels the Garden culture is “so tense” and needs “controversy.” World Peace said he loved that Anthony never “backed down’’ from the Zen Master. The always mercurial Queensbridge product played one season…

  • [NYTimes] The Bane of the N.B.A. Coach: The In-Game Interview
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 1:07:36 AM)

    The 15 to 20 stolen seconds between quarters is a high-wire act for reporters and a disdained distraction for coaches.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 118, Lakers 112: With Derrick Rose Back on Court, Knicks Handle Depleted Lakers
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 5:55:57 AM)

    Rose returned after recovering from back spasms, and the Knicks jumped to an early lead and held off a tenacious opponent.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis, Rose lead Knicks to 118-112 victory against Lakers
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 1:33:41 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 25 in his return from injury and the New York Knicks held off the Los Angeles Lakers 118-112 Sunday night for their sixth win in seven games.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose available, O’Quinn out for Sunday’s game vs. Lakers
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 8:18:39 PM)

    The Knicks (13-10) are off to their best start since a 54-win campaign in 2012-13 — the last season they made the playoffs. Coach Jeff Hornacek’s team will look to continue that momentum on Sunday when they take on the Lakers in Los Angeles in the second game of a five-game road trip.

  • [SNY Knicks] Jackson, Anthony clear air over differences
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 8:18:56 AM)

    Knicks team president Phil Jackson met with Carmelo Anthony this weekend, days after Jackson claimed Anthony was slowing down the team’s offense.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis dealing with right knee ‘pinch’
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 8:07:45 AM)

    Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has been dealing with an issue in his right knee, which he has labeled as a “pinch.”

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis downplaying ‘pinch’ in knee
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 2:55:55 AM)

    LOS ANGELES — Kristaps Porzingis continues to downplay a right knee issue and said he’s not considering taking any games or practices off at this point.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose lead Knicks over Lakers
    (Monday, December 12, 2016 2:51:04 AM)

    LOS ANGELES — Derrick Rose showed no effects from a back issue that kept him out of the previous two games, and Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play like someone dealing with knee pain. And the Knicks continued to roll.

  • [NY Newsday] Metta World Peace impressed with Carmelo Anthony’s handling of Phil Jackson’s comments
    (Sunday, December 11, 2016 7:59:00 PM)

    Metta World Peace has been keeping a close eye on the Knicks and what’s been going on between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony.

  • 16-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Lakers

    The Knicks head to Los Angeles to take on an interesting Lakers team. They are not a particularly GOOD team, but hell, at least they’re fun to watch, unlike some of these other recent shitty teams that the Knicks have played (have I mentioned how much I hate the Timberwolves?).

    Derrick Rose returns tonight, so the Knicks should win this one.

    Let’s go, Knicks!