Knicks Morning News (2017.03.06)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ late rally not enough in 112-105 loss to Warriors
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 6:41:00 PM)

    While Derrick Rose scored 28 points, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 60 as the New York Knicks lost to the Golden State Warriors, 112-105, Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Joakim Noah to begin strengthening work on Monday
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 2:43:35 PM)

    Knicks C Joakim Noah said he is walking without a limp and has started the rehabilitation process following last month’s knee surgery, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.

  • [NYDN] Knicks shut down noise, nearly Carmelo Anthony, in latest loss
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 8:48:59 PM)

    The World’s Most Famous Arena on Sunday was as silent as Phil Jackson.

  • [NYDN] Draymond Green rips Knicks after they fall to Warriors, 112-105
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 7:34:03 PM)

    The Garden transformed into Bizarro World during the first half Sunday.

  • [NYDN] Joakim Noah hopeful for Knicks return this season after recovery
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 11:11:27 AM)

    The odds are stacked against him. But Joakim Noah still intends on playing again this season.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: For Warriors and Cavaliers, Pursuit of Another Finals Turns Bumpy
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 10:35:23 PM)

    Golden State is without Kevin Durant, who is recovering from knee and leg injuries. Cleveland lost J.R. Smith, who fractured a thumb, and Kevin Love, who had knee surgery.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors 112, Knicks 105: Knicks Show Some Spirit but Still Lose to the Warriors
    (Monday, March 06, 2017 3:25:31 AM)

    The Garden was strangely quiet, with no in-game entertainment for the first half, but the Knicks still had one of their better outings.

  • [ESPN] Monday’s Knicks News: Though unlikely, Noah wants to return this season
    (Monday, March 06, 2017 5:02:05 AM)

    Monday’s Knicks News: Though unlikely, Noah wants to return this season

  • [ESPN] Rest of Knicks’ season should be about developing young players
    (Monday, March 06, 2017 12:18:29 AM)

    Rest of Knicks’ season should be about developing young players

  • [ESPN] Green rips Knicks’ quiet first half as ‘pathetic’
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 8:01:41 PM)

    Green rips Knicks’ quiet first half as ‘pathetic’

  • [ESPN] Knicks nix in-game music, videos for first half
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 4:29:19 PM)

    Knicks nix in-game music, videos for first half

  • [NY Newsday] Warriors’ Stephen Curry ends shooting slump with 31 vs. Knicks
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 11:02:10 PM)

    If you’re a little bit lost — which the Warriors were in dropping their first two games after losing Kevin Durant to a knee injury — it’s a nice luxury to have someone like Steph Curry to guide you back to the path.

  • [NY Newsday] Joakim Noah rehabs knee, wants to return this season
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 10:47:37 PM)

    Joakim Noah walked through the locker room with no crutches and without a limp six days after surgery on his left knee. He said he’s focused on coming back strong and proving himself.

  • [NY Newsday] Warriors end mini-slide as hot Stephen Curry cools off Knicks in 2nd half
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 10:24:00 PM)

    The Knicks got experimental in the first half Sunday before everything went back to normal, and normal has not been good for them.

  • [NY Newsday] Warriors find silent Garden experiment unnerving
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 10:03:23 PM)

    The Knicks tried something new for the first half of Sunday’s game against the Warriors at the Garden: They played no music, showed no videos and had no on-floor entertainment at breaks.

  • [NYPost] How Stephen Curry took over third quarter and doomed Knicks
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 8:14:48 PM)

    Before the game Sunday, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek was explaining how a game can be won at any point, not just in the closing moments. And then Stephen Curry went out and provided a living, breathing, shooting example of what he meant. Curry, who finished with a game-high 31 points in the Warriors’ 112-105 Garden…

  • [NYPost] Knicks curiously bench Carmelo for stretch of marquee game
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 3:57:35 PM)

    When he arrived in New York in February 2011, Carmelo Anthony had dreams of a being part of a Knicks team that is much like the Warriors bunch that came, saw and conquered in the Garden on Sunday. “Oh yeah, that’s something that was kind of one of the reasons I wanted to come here…

  • [NYPost] Draymond Green slams Knicks’ ‘pathetic’ sound experiment
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 3:12:11 PM)

    The idea, the message on the scoreboard claimed, was to give Garden fans a chance to experience basketball in its purest form. But to Draymond Green, playing the first half without music or any entertainment was pure crap. “That was pathetic. It was ridiculous. It changed the flow of the game,” the outspoken Green said…

  • [NYPost] Porzingis’ game and mouth show what Knicks’ dream future can be
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 3:02:30 PM)

    If there is a redemptive quality to a lost season, Kristaps Porzingis found it Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Sure, it was a kick to be right there with the Warriors down the stretch, even if they’re missing Kevin Durant, even if they were mired in their worst slump in two years. And yes,…

  • [NYPost] The Steph Curry show erupts to quash Knicks’ charge
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 1:17:00 PM)

    The Garden sound system was on mute in the first half, part of an organizational experiment to allow fans “to experience the game in its purest form,” according to a scoreboard message. Some Knicks thought it robbed them of home-court advantage against the mighty Warriors. Either way, the musical in-game entertainment resumed in the second…

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah wants to salvage his year — even if Knicks can’t
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 10:34:59 AM)

    Still wanting to “prove’’ he can be an asset, Joakim Noah said even if the Knicks are out of the playoff race, he would consider returning in April, if healthy. Noah, who has been a $72 million bust in his first season as the Knicks starting center, walked around the locker room without a limp…

  • 2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Warriors

    Under normal circumstances, I would not even be slightly concerned about tonight today’s game because the Warriors are normally SO much better than the Knicks. They are still better than the Knicks without Kevin Durant, but the difference is obviously smaller. Not small enough that I think the Knicks have a legitimate chance of winning the game, but small enough that it wouldn’t completely blow my mind. Therefore, I am just slightly worried enough to be, well, slightly worried.

    Let’s go? Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2017.03.05)

  • [NYDN] Knicks can only wish they had problems Warriors do
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 8:57:33 PM)

    The Warriors enter Sunday’s game against the Knicks with a two-game losing streak, something they hadn’t done in 146 games.

  • [NYDN] Knicks coach hits back at Carmelo over his coaching criticism
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 8:57:02 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek directed the criticism towards the players – including Anthony – with a plea to get creative.

  • [NYPost] Knicks coach sees team’s flaws differently than Carmelo does
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 6:11:17 PM)

    Several times throughout the season, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek stressed he knew what coming to work in New York entailed. He received warnings. Lots of warnings. Guess the warnings were not given without cause. So Hornacek barely broke verbal stride Saturday when asked about a possible snipe by Carmelo Anthony, who after the latest disheartening…

  • [NYPost] Lance Thomas: Face fracture was an indirect ‘blessing’
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 4:45:27 PM)

    Lance Thomas fought plantar fasciitis early in the season then was out for 14 games after suffering a fractured orbital bone. But he is back, and his presence has helped the Knicks’ defense. “Continue to stay vocal, just be aggressive. Do the things that my teammates expect of me. And just do it at a…

  • [NYPost] It took one Wizards game for Brandon Jennings to swipe at Knicks
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 9:01:30 AM)

    In one sentence, Brandon Jennings offered a thinly veiled critique of the Knicks’ triangle and the Knicks themselves. After his Washington debut, in which he played 10 minutes without a point, the new Wizards backup point guard said he was thrilled to be with a cohesive team — unlike the team he left behind after…

  • [NY Newsday] Time for Knicks to run offense through Kristaps Porzingis
    (Sunday, March 05, 2017 2:57:15 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis is trying to find a silver lining in the Knicks’ disappointing season. The team should try to find Porzingis more on offense.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks being hurt by defensive lapses, Hornacek says
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 8:19:55 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Jeff Hornacek says a sometimes predictable offense is not what’s causing the Knicks to lose leads or fail to close out games. It’s their predictable lapses on defense that continue to hurt them.

  • [NY Newsday] New York stars aging out of their prime, and city, at the same time
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 12:02:57 PM)

    Happy 35th birthday, Henrik Lundqvist! But more because of the 35 part than the birthday part.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hernangomez questionable for Sunday
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 1:43:15 PM)

    Willy Hernangomez (ankle) is questionable to play Sunday against the Warriors, according to multiple reports.

  • [SNY Knicks] Jennings happy with move from Knicks to Wizards
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 11:23:16 AM)

    Former Knicks guard Brandon Jennings, now with the Wizards, told reporters he prefers his new team’s chemistry and system to what he saw with the Knicks.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.03.04)

  • [NYDN] Knicks fall to 76ers on final possession, again
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 8:53:43 PM)

    A loss for the Knicks. A big victory for their number of Ping Pong balls.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony doesn’t want to hear about tanking
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 8:43:43 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony is longing for the playoffs.

  • [NYPost] Why tanking isn’t a full-proof strategy for Knicks: Exhibit A
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 10:37:46 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — There is a segment of NBA followers who believe the fastest way to rebuild the Knicks is to tank the rest of this frustrating season to improve their chances of getting the first or second pick in the upcoming draft. Never mind that the Knicks still have a long-shot chance of qualifying for…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo takes veiled jab at coaches after ugly loss to 76ers
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 4:59:38 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Carmelo Anthony missed the shot and Derrick Rose took the blame. Another last-possession loss — and the Knicks probably won’t recover from this one. With the Knicks trailing by one, Anthony ended a disjointed night by missing a left-of-the-lane 14-foot fadeaway over a 76ers double-team with three seconds left as Philadelphia hung on…

  • [NYPost] Holiday brothers ‘dream’ of playing together, maybe on Knicks
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 10:32:00 AM)

    PHILADELPHIA – If point guard Jrue Holiday is to leave New Orleans as a free agent, the Knicks have an ace in the hole in drawing the former UCLA product the club passed up in the 2009 draft. Justin Holiday told The Post he and his brother have talked about playing together since they were…

  • [NYPost] Knicks tank job is Carmelo Anthony’s nightmare
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 8:19:38 AM)

    PHILADELPHIA – Saying he “misses the playoffs a lot,’’ Carmelo Anthony said it’s impossible for a player to embrace the tanking bandwagon across the final 21 games. The Knicks, who lost 105-102 to the Sixers on Friday night, are 4 1/2 games out of the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, needing to hop…

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee miss shots in final seconds as Knicks fall to 76ers
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 11:16:45 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — When the Knicks close their eyes at night, do they have nightmares of Franklin the Dog, the 76ers’ blue-furred mascot? Do they shudder when they see a cheesesteak? Because for a team that entered Friday night’s game preaching the importance of playing as if they still have a shot at the playoffs, the truth is that their greatest foil is none other than the 76ers.

  • [NY Newsday] Lose on purpose? Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony says no tanks
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 9:48:30 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — The Knicks may have been neck-deep in 76ers territory for the last two days, but that doesn’t mean they were all that keen about taking part in the local custom. While 76ers management appears to have made tanking an art form, Carmelo Anthony said Friday that it is a “terrible way to think.”

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks Insider podcast: Playoff push is the right call
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 12:45:43 PM)

    Should the Knicks tank, or should they go for it all?

  • [NY Newsday] New York stars aging out of their prime, and city, at the same time
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 12:23:30 PM)

    Happy 35th birthday, Henrik Lundqvist! But more because of the 35 part than the birthday part.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks’ Playoff Hopes Take a Hit in Philadelphia
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 4:02:31 AM)

    The 76ers, a team with little to look forward to this season, pulled out a 105-102 victory, thwarting several late opportunities for the Knicks.

  • [NYTimes] Jeanie Buss, Fearing Brothers’ Takeover of Lakers, Briefly Takes to Court
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 5:28:21 AM)

    Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ president and controlling owner, withdrew her court request after her brothers backed down on calling for a board meeting she felt was a move against her.

  • [NYTimes] Cavaliers Hit 25 3-Pointers, Setting N.B.A. Record for Regular Season Game
    (Saturday, March 04, 2017 3:45:09 AM)

    Cleveland’s Kyle Korver made the record-setting 3 in his return to Atlanta against the Hawks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks lose another nailbiter with 76ers, 105-102
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 9:47:49 PM)

    Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony both missed shots in the final 47 seconds as the 76ers edged the Knicks 105-102 Friday night in Philadelphia.

  • [SNY Knicks] Update: Justin Holiday would welcome brother Jrue as teammate
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 5:51:37 PM)

    The Knicks’ Justin Holiday hopes the team pursues his brother Jrue in free agency this offseason.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks at 76ers
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 6:15:06 PM)

    The New York Knicks face the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center.

  • [SNY Knicks] TheKnicksBlog Podcast: Noah Way Out
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 2:49:18 PM)

    TheKnicksBlog Podcast: Noah Way Out

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks, 76ers meet again in series of wire-to-wire games
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 1:15:06 PM)

    The New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers meet for the third time this season after their two previous games came down to the wire.

  • [SNY Knicks] Thomas, finally healthy, could provide value this offseason
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 10:15:35 AM)

    Lance Thomas is finally healthy and proving himself, which could provide some value to the Knicks this offseason.

  • 2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ 76ers

    Another big tank game for the ‘Bockers tonight!

    A loss would be huge!

    Let’s go? Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2017.03.03)

  • [SNY Knicks] Oakley in no hurry to return to Madison Square Garden
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:20:00 PM)

    Charles Oakley believes it’s the Knicks’ responsibility to come to him and he’s only concerned with clearing his record

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis, a fan of the triangle, scores 20 in return
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:50:32 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis, a fan of the triangle offense, scored 20 points in his return to the court from an ankle injury on Wednesday.

  • [NYTimes] Team Plagiarizes Golden State Warriors. Team Is Undefeated.
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:00:43 AM)

    This Texas college coach hasn’t seen Golden State in person. But he knows good basketball, and his team has mimicked the Warriors to perfection.

  • [NYPost] Breaking down players who could be next Knicks point guard
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 8:39:42 PM)

    In a perfect world, the Knicks would steam into free agency this summer and land one of the primo point guards at the top of the heap, a Steph Curry, Chris Paul or Kyle Lowry. If you haven’t noticed, neither the world nor the Knicks are perfect. Forget those top-tier talents. “It’s either through the…

  • [NYPost] Knicks want Derrick Rose to be less predictable and shoot 3s
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 11:45:36 AM)

    PHILADELPHIA – Derrick Rose said it with a straight face. His rarely used 3-point shot will be raring to go as soon as the postseason. Rose, who bedeviled the Magic on Wednesday with his explosions to the rim on his way to an 18-point, seven-rebound, four-assist night, acknowledged the Knicks coaching staff is trying to…

  • [NYPost] Amar’e Stoudemire slammed as sad homophobic man-child
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:50:20 AM)

    Amar’e Stoudemire has enough to worry about as the co-owner and ostensible star of a team in the far-flung outpost of Israeli basketball league. He probably didn’t need to attract the attention of a pair of ex-NBA players who slammed the former Knick’s homophobic views. After Stoudemire told an Israeli website he would “shower across the…

  • [NYPost] This is the player Jeff Hornacek has waited all season for
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 7:32:28 AM)

    ORLANDO — Lance Thomas has replaced Ron “Burgundy’’ Baker as Jeff Hornacek’s favorite player. With the Knicks defense rising up, Hornacek dished all the credit to Thomas’ return after a month-long absence. Thomas broke the orbital bone in his face in mid-January when he got clocked by the elbow of Raptors center Jonas Valunciunas. Thomas never…

  • [NY Newsday] Charles Oakley says next move is Knicks’; he’s worried only about clearing his record
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 11:01:44 PM)

    Charles Oakley says he hasn’t been in touch with the Knicks or the NBA lately and doesn’t know if he will ever set foot inside Madison Square Garden again in the wake of his physical altercation with security last month.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Derrick Rose trying to add three-pointer to his game
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 7:32:00 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Derrick Rose has a personal game plan for the playoffs.

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose on embracing Knicks’ triangle: ‘Do I have a choice?’
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 12:41:29 PM)

    Derrick Rose has a philosophy now with the triangle, a system still like a foreign language to the point guard: “Don’t F’ it up.”

  • [NYDN] Big Apple’s basketball reputation gets dunked in new survey
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:12:32 AM)

    It used to be that New York was a basketball town. The capital city of the sport, even.

  • [NYDN] Amar’e Stoudemire apologizes for homophobic joke
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:29:31 AM)

    Amar’e Stoudemire is now saying sorry for “joking” about the possibility showering with a gay teammate.

  • [ESPN] Friday’s Knicks News: Rose working to improve 3-point shot
    (Friday, March 03, 2017 4:48:49 AM)

    Friday’s Knicks News: Rose working to improve 3-point shot

  • [ESPN] Rose on running triangle: ‘Do I have a choice?’
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 8:10:28 PM)

    Rose on running triangle: ‘Do I have a choice?’

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.03.02)

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis shines in return as Knicks thump Magic
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 4:45:48 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — This is the land of fantasy and unicorns, so why not? March is here, the Knicks are playing defense, trying to make the month meaningful. Like it or not, tank police. Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 Latvian unicorn, made a triumphant, stirring return after missing the previous two games with an ankle sprain….

  • [NYPost] How Phil Jackson meddled his way to triangle triumph
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 7:54:38 AM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeff Hornacek acknowledged Knicks president Phil Jackson has influenced him into using more triangle offense — especially to enhance the team’s defense. And Jackson has a supporter in Kristaps Porzingis, who thinks the club should’ve used the triangle a lot more at the beginning of the season instead of Hornacek’s combo attack….

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose’s free-agency plan after awkward Knicks tenure
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 7:14:44 AM)

    ORLANDO – Wednesday is the deadline for Derrick Rose to take the Brandon Jennings path. The Knicks would need to be waived Rose on March 1 for him to be eligible for a playoff roster with another club. Instead he will face Orlando on Wednesday night as the starting point guard and won’t be asking for a…

  • [NYDN] Knicks point guard Derrick Rose isn’t going anywhere (yet)
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 7:30:51 PM)

    Derrick Rose, who was actively shopped prior to the trade deadline, apparently survived another one on Wednesday.

  • [NYDN] Knicks, refusing to tank, beat Magic with Porzingis back
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 7:30:35 PM)

    The Knicks still believe they can make something of their season.

  • [NYDN] John Amaechi rips Amar’e Stoudemire for homophobic shower joke
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 7:59:09 AM)

    Ex-NBA player John Amaechi wants Amar’e Stoudemire to shut his mouth.

  • [ESPN] Thursday’s Knicks News: Porzingis endorses the triangle offense
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 4:42:46 AM)

    Thursday’s Knicks News: Porzingis endorses the triangle offense

  • [ESPN] Stoudemire says he’d avoid a gay teammate
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 7:53:13 AM)

    Stoudemire says he’d avoid a gay teammate

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks roll past Magic to get back in win column
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 10:01:33 PM)

    The Knicks beat the Magic, 101-90, on Wednesday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Brandon Jennings clears waivers
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 5:18:44 PM)

    Point guard Brandon Jennings has cleared waivers and is now free to sign with any team, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s Game: Knicks at Magic
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 5:06:22 PM)

    The Knicks head to Orlando for a matchup with the Magic at 7 p.m.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose has sights set on free agency, winning
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 2:15:00 PM)

    Knicks G Derrick Rose remains steadfast in his desire to receive a max contract this summer once he hits free agency, but he’s still focused on getting the Knicks into the playoffs first.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek not at fault for Knicks’ struggles
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 11:30:15 AM)

    While New York has struggled mightily this season, Jeff Hornacek is not to blame for the team’s inability to win.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis to return Wednesday night, Hernangomez, Ndour out
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 12:40:00 PM)

    Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will return on Wednesday night against the Magic, head coach Jeff Hornacek said.

  • [SNY Knicks] Brown: If Jackson wants the triangle, he should coach Knicks himself
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 9:35:51 AM)

    Former Knicks coach Larry Brown thinks Phil Jackson should coach the Knicks himself if he insists on the team using the triangle offense.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose lead Knicks past Magic
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 10:49:00 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — The Knicks are not playing like a team that wants a better draft pick and Jeff Hornacek isn’t coaching them that way.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis a fan of the Knicks’ triangle offense
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 8:36:34 PM)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Phil Jackson isn’t the only person who likes that the Knicks are playing more triangle. Kristaps Porzingis is a fan of the often-criticized offense and believes the Knicks should have been emphasizing it from the start of the season.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 101, Magic 90: Kristaps Porzingis Scores 20 in His Return, Leading Knicks Past Magic
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 3:25:37 AM)

    Porzingis, who missed two games with an ankle injury, created matchup problems for Orlando in the Knicks’ win.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors’ Kevin Durant Out at Least Four Weeks
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 11:39:45 PM)

    Golden State hopes that its major free-agent acquisition can return from a knee injury before the end of the regular season.

  • [NYTimes] Keeping Score: Anything Else, LeBron? Cavaliers Give James the Depth He Coveted
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 3:36:14 PM)

    James complained about the roster in January, but recent acquisitions have turned the Cavaliers into one of the most complete teams he has had to work with.

  • [NYTimes] A Page From the Warriors’ Playbook? Why Stop With Just One?
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:00:42 AM)

    This Texas college coach hasn’t seen Golden State in person. But he knows good basketball when he sees it, and he views the Warriors as a template for his team.

  • [NYTimes] Isaiah Thomas Puts Up 31 Points as Celtics Hold Off Cavaliers
    (Thursday, March 02, 2017 4:30:19 AM)

    Boston overcame a triple-double by LeBron James to win the battle of Eastern Conference leaders.

  • [NYTimes] Amar’e Stoudemire Says He Would Steer Clear of Gay Teammate
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 4:36:51 PM)

    A response to a hypothetical question in Israel causes a stir.

  • [NYTimes] Styles Q. and A.: Filmmaker Bart Freundlich on Shooting Hoops at 47
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 11:00:01 AM)

    “I get to turn my mind off,” the director of “Wolves” says.

  • 2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Magic

    This is a big game for the tank, as the Magic have been playing a little better since their roster became more balanced following the Serge Ibaka trade and the Knicks will be without Billy tonight. So this is a lose-able game for the Knicks, but it is a borderline lose-able game, so it can be a tricky one.

    Let’s go? Knicks!

    How is Porzingis Doink?

    On this blog, there’s been some good debate on the growth and potential of Kristaps Porzingis. I thought I’d dip a little into the stats to get a better understanding.

    Porzingis’ detractors point to his disappointing rebounding numbers as a red flag in his growth. Per 36 minutes, his rebounds have dropped from his rookie rate of 9.3 to 7.8. The decline on the defensive portion to 5.9 dreb/36 is what’s most worrisome. While there have been successful centers with this low of a rate (Kareem, M. Gasol, Ilgauskas, Miller, Cartwright, Smits, Okur, etc.) it’s not an ideal trait in a franchise player.

    However that number may not be indicative of Porzingis’ lack of glasswork. Porzingis shares front court duty with Noah, O’Quinn, or Hernangomez, and those three are averaging 14.2, 13.5, and 13.1 rebounds per 36 minutes respectively. Hence it’s entirely possible that Zinger is playing with better rebounders who are negatively affecting his personal stats.

    On the other hand, the Knicks are 30th in the league in defensive boards. But according to, New York is +1.6% better at defensive rebounding with Porzingis on the floor.

    In other words, it’s a bit murky whether or not Porzingis is a sub-par rebounder or merely average. Either way he could silence the debate with stronger numbers, but it’s unlikely to get significantly better than his current rate. So let’s leave it that he’ll never be great at capturing misses, and look at the other stats.

    Rating his defense is another difficult proposition. However he’s averaging 2.2 blk/36, and again has New York’s defense as -3.3 points per 100 better with him on the floor. Of course this isn’t exactly definitive one way or another, but these numbers could be worse. Almost certainly he’s an average defender or better.

    Finally let’s look at his offensive efficiency. Here Kristaps has seen an increase in his ts% from 51.8% to 54.9%. Again we need some context for this, so I looked at all 21 year old sophomore big men since 1979. Our center ranks 24th in eFG our of 77 players from the list. Again it’d be nice if Porzingis were in the top 3 with Shaq & K.A.T., but he’s in decent company with the top 3rd.

    It’s unlikely that Vienradzis is a generational talent, as most HOFers begin to excel by their second season. However to write him off as a regular NBA-er is a bit shortsighted. It’s very possible that Porzingis becomes an All Star, although it’s not going to happen as an elite rebounder. Taking that list of sophomore centers, and Zinger is 9th in points/36. Of the top 15 sorted by points, all have made an All Star Game except for Porzingis and Larry Hughes. That’s not bad company to be in.

    Post script: Which center would you rather have?

      Age R/36 P/36  B/36 TS%
    A 20  6.1  14.5  1.0  49.1%
    A 21  6.5  17.6  0.8  56.4%
    B 20  9.3  18.1  2.4  51.8%
    B 21  7.8  19.9  2.2  54.9%


    Based on that, Player B (Porzingis) is the better option. Player A is Nowitzki.

    Just sayin’…

    Knicks Morning News (2017.03.01)

  • [NYPost] Willy Hernangomez replaces Porzingis as Knicks’ injury worry
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:03:17 PM)

    The Knicks figure to welcome Kristaps Porzingis back to active duty Wednesday in Orlando. So naturally they plan to be without center Willy Hernangomez. Apparently there is a ban on too much happy news for the Knicks. While Porzingis practiced Tuesday in Tarrytown after missing two games with a sprained right ankle, Hernangomez sat out…

  • [NYPost] Larry Brown to Phil Jackson: Quit pulling strings and coach the Knicks
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:50:49 PM)

    Peering into the Knicks’ power structure, Larry Brown has a message for Phil Jackson: If you want the triangle offense, be the coach. The former Knicks head coach said it’s wrong for Jackson to force his style of play on current coach Jeff Hornacek, as the Knicks place a bigger focus on the system Jackson made famous. Brown,…

  • [NYPost] Amar’e Stoudemire under fire for gay ‘joke’ days after tolerance award
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:25:53 PM)

    Two days after winning Israel’s prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Award for his work with underprivileged children, Amar’e Stoudemire suggested in a video posted Tuesday his goodwill does not extend to all types of people. The former Knicks forward, who is playing with Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem, said (joked?) he would avoid a theoretical…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony is asking for another talk with Phil Jackson
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:22:14 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony wants to sit down and chat with Knicks president Phil Jackson later rather than sooner. “I don’t think right now. Right now we’ve got to sit down and kind of finish these games and go back down to the drawing board after this season. But not right now,” Anthony said about hashing out…

  • [NYPost] Knicks turning rest of season into triangle auditions
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:48:16 AM)

    The Knicks are coming full circle. Or is full triangle more appropriate? Coach Jeff Hornacek admitted Tuesday the final two months of the season basically will contain triangle-offense auditions for players as the Knicks utilize more of team president Phil Jackson’s preferred roots. “We’ve gotten better,” Hornacek said in Tarrytown after the Knicks prepared for…

  • [NYDN] Knicks to evaluate players based on ability to grasp triangle
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:02:02 PM)

    It’s back to Square One. Or should we say, Triangle One.

  • [NYDN] Doesn’t seem Amar’e Stoudemire would be OK with gay teammate
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:11:40 PM)

    Amar’e Stoudemire would be better off keeping his mouth shut.

  • [NYDN] Larry Brown: Knicks prez should coach if he really wants triangle
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:26:38 AM)

    Larry Brown thinks Phil Jackson should either cease forcing the triangle on Jeff Hornacek or coach the Knicks himself.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Drama continues to follow the Knicks
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 12:10:19 AM)

    Drama follows the Knicks after a heartbreaking loss to the Raptors on Monday night after releasing Brandon Jennings.

  • [SNY Knicks] Should Knicks make Lee, Thomas available this offseason?
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:00:57 PM)

    After signing a four-year deal, Lee obviously won’t be waived. But his value as a veteran, versatile player could be more useful to contending teams.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Knicks may target Jrue Holiday in free agency
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:30:10 AM)

    The Knicks may target Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday in free agency this summer, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks’ Big Question for Rest of Season: Who Fits the Triangle?
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 4:33:32 AM)

    With the team in a no man’s land between a playoff berth and a top draft pick, the final six weeks will be used to evaluate players in a system the Knicks have solidified their commitment to.

  • [NYTimes] The Knicks Are Bad. This Is Not New.
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:18:39 PM)

    Here is a look at the 10 most despairing, demoralizing Knick seasons of all time.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ aptitude test will be learning the triangle
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:56:00 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Want to play for the Knicks next season? You better learn to love the triangle.

  • [ESPN] Wednesday’s Knicks News: Sprained ankle may force Hernangomez to miss games
    (Wednesday, March 01, 2017 4:47:37 AM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks News: Sprained ankle may force Hernangomez to miss games

  • [ESPN] 3 missed calls in last minutes of Knicks-Raptors
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:56:53 PM)

    3 missed calls in last minutes of Knicks-Raptors

  • [ESPN] Sources: Jennings agrees to join Wizards
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:01:48 PM)

    Sources: Jennings agrees to join Wizards

  • [ESPN] Brown: Phil should coach if Knicks run triangle
    (Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:47:42 PM)

    Brown: Phil should coach if Knicks run triangle