Knicks Morning News (2017.01.04)

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Are the Knicks capable of improving their defense?
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 11:30:23 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Three issues facing the Knicks: Defense, the rotation, and Melo’s rhythm
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 6:00:59 PM)

    An inability to hold their own against the more competitive teams in the league has been a glaring weakness for the Knicks all season long.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ injury woes factoring into defensive struggles
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 3:15:53 PM)

    I agree with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, who when asked repeatedly Monday night about the team’s effort laughed off the idea that the team “hasn’t been trying” during their five game losing streak.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis sits out practice, doubtful to play Wednesday
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 1:50:49 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis missed practice on Tuesday, and is doubtful to suit up against Milwaukee on Wednesday, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

  • [SNY Knicks] Thomas was a bright spot as Knicks were drubbed by Orlando
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 12:25:28 PM)

    With more consistent minutes against the Magic, Thomas proved he might not be so far away from looking like his old self again.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek: Maybe Knicks ‘just not capable’ of defending
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 9:00:00 AM)

    Following consecutive games in which they’ve allowed at least 67 first-half points, New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek questioned his team’s defensive abilities.

  • [ESPN] Wednesday’s Knicks News: Porzingis aims to play against Bucks
    (Wednesday, January 04, 2017 5:31:20 AM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks News: Porzingis aims to play against Bucks

  • [ESPN] Jeff Hornacek wants sustained effort on D; P.J. Tucker a trade target?
    (Wednesday, January 04, 2017 12:12:36 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek wants sustained effort on D; P.J. Tucker a trade target?

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ effort on defense good, not great, says Jeff Hornacek
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 7:39:17 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek backed off his comment that he didn’t know if the Knicks had players “capable of” playing defense, but he still wants them to give more effort on that end of the court.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis held out of practice, but hopes to play vs. Bucks
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 7:40:45 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis did not practice Tuesday and is doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the Milwauke Bucks, Jeff Hornacek said.

  • [NYDN] Rambis an easy target but Knicks defensive woes fall on everyone
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 7:38:58 PM)

    Kurt Rambis should announce on Twitter that he’s breaking up with Phil Jackson.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks’ Coaches Scramble to Fix the Defense Before It’s Too Late
    (Wednesday, January 04, 2017 1:42:30 AM)

    With the team on a five-game losing streak, the emphasis at the Knicks’ practice was on improving their consistently poor defense.

  • [NYTimes] The Three N.B.A. Games to Watch This Week
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 6:01:38 AM)

    After a New Year’s Eve hangover, the league will be back in fighting shape with Oklahoma City at Houston on Thursday.

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek’s latest spin on Knicks’ defensive deficiencies
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 5:10:42 PM)

    OK, so the Knicks are giving effort on defense. It’s just not enough and not the proper kind needed to win. But it is enough to ensure that for the present there won’t be any Jet-like assistant shake-up, so Kurt Rambis remains the defensive coordinator. “No, not at all,” Hornacek said when asked following practice…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks’ unicorn can’t get over the Bucks’
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 3:05:03 PM)

    It takes a lot to impress a unicorn. But that’s exactly what Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo brings to the NBA table: a real lot. And that’s something the Knicks expect to see Wednesday when the Bucks of Jason Kidd invade the Garden. “He’s unbelievable,” Kristaps Porzingis, dubbed a “unicorn” as a rookie last season by Kevin…

  • [NYPost] Knicks trying to postpone the return Porzingis wants
    (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 10:44:20 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis, who sat out the last two Knicks games with a sore left Achilles and was a practice spectator Tuesday, said “there’s a chance” he will play Wednesday against Milwaukee, though coach Jeff Hornacek used the term “doubtful” because of the forward’s recent inactivity. “I think there’s a chance. I want to play obviously….

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