Knicks Morning News (2017.05.31)

  • [SNY Knicks] Duke’s Jefferson among several players to work out with Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 30, 2017 5:46:05 PM)

    Duke’s Amile Jefferson was among six players to work out with the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] North Carolina’s Justin Jackson could be Knicks’ new scoring threat
    (Tuesday, May 30, 2017 1:50:17 PM)

    The Knicks could target North Carolina scoring threat, Justin Jackson, with their pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Carmelo spends 33rd birthday in the gym
    (Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:43:20 AM)

    Knicks star Carmelo Anthony picked basketball over balloons yesterday as he decided to spend his 33rd birthday working on his craft.

  • [NYDN] ESPN analyst Mark Jackson: Phil Jackson is ‘failure’ with Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:44:06 AM)

    ESPN analyst Mark Jackson minced no words in his evaluation of the job Phil Jackson’s done running the Knicks, calling him a “failure.”

  • [NYPost] ‘Failure’ Phil Jackson outsmarted by Carmelo: Mark Jackson
    (Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:02:40 AM)

    Mark Jackson, sticking up for Carmelo Anthony, called Phil Jackson a “failure’’ as Knicks president. The former Knicks point guard-turned-television analyst said Tuesday, during ABC’s conference call promoting the NBA Finals, the Zen Master is “definitively’’ the best coach of all time with his 11 rings, but has done a “poor job’’ handling the Anthony…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks work out Luke Petrasek, Columbia center and East Northport native
    (Tuesday, May 30, 2017 7:27:54 PM)

    Luke Petrasek is one step closer to playing basketball professionally.

  • [NY Newsday] Mark Jackson: Phil Jackson’s tenure with Knicks ‘a failure so far’
    (Tuesday, May 30, 2017 2:22:00 PM)

    Mark Jackson, a former Knicks guard and native New Yorker, did not mince words Tuesday regarding the state of things back home, calling Phil Jackson’s term as the Knicks’ president “a failure so far.”

  • [NYTimes] An N.B.A. Throwback Returns: Ads on Jerseys
    (Wednesday, May 31, 2017 1:30:56 AM)

    Players on company teams once sported uniforms emblazoned with logos, like that of Goodyear. When N.B.A. teams begin wearing ads from sponsors next season, Goodyear will again be on a basketball uniform.

  • [NYTimes] The Warriors, Once the N.B.A.’s Darlings, Flirt With the Villains’ Role
    (Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:00:24 AM)

    Things turned when Golden State signed Kevin Durant because fans want “Hulk Hogan versus Andre the Giant, not for them to tag-team together.”

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.05.30)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks to hold workout with Columbia’s Petrasek
    (Monday, May 29, 2017 10:10:31 PM)

    The New York Knicks will hold a workout with Columbia forward Luke Petrasek on Tuesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Jackson confident in Gaines despite turnover in staff
    (Monday, May 29, 2017 2:50:08 PM)

    In an offseason in which the New York Knicks will keep player development coach Dave Bliss and part ways with assistant Josh Longstaff, team president Phil Jackson remains confident in Clarence Gaines Jr., vice president of player personnel.

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony is having a really bad birthday
    (Monday, May 29, 2017 6:45:01 PM)

    This might rate as the most bittersweet birthday for Carmelo Anthony, who turned 33 on Monday with his professional career and personal life in upheaval. On the team’s official Twitter account, the Knicks posted a large Anthony photo with “Happy Birthday Carmelo” wishes, though it is doubtful he got a card from Knicks president Phil…

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.05.29)

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: One Thing LeBron James Can’t Win: A Comparison With Michael Jordan
    (Sunday, May 28, 2017 4:14:16 PM)

    By playing in different eras, the outspoken James and the follow-the-rules Jordan are like apples and oranges.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn posterizes Josh Norman in charity game
    (Sunday, May 28, 2017 6:28:32 PM)

    Perhaps the Giants could call on the Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn for some extra muscle this season.

  • [NYPost] Knicks getting visit from title-winning North Carolina stud
    (Sunday, May 28, 2017 6:31:53 PM)

    North Carolina junior swingman Justin Jackson will bring his championship résumé to the Knicks’ Tarrytown facility next month, The Post has learned. According to an NBA source, Jackson will work out for the Knicks on June 13 ahead of the NBA draft. Jackson interviewed with the Knicks at the the league’s draft combine in Chicago…

  • [ESPN] Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn posterizes Redskins’ Josh Norman in celebrity game
    (Sunday, May 28, 2017 7:18:59 PM)

    Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn posterizes Redskins’ Josh Norman in celebrity game

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.05.28)

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson’s closest adviser knows what champions look like
    (Saturday, May 27, 2017 8:01:12 PM)

    Unheralded out of the small school, Arkansas-Little Rock, Derek Fisher played 18 NBA seasons and won five NBA titles with the Lakers — proving to be a leader, clutch 3-point shooter, rabid and prideful defender, playing hurt and playing “bigger than his size’’ — all attributes found in Clarence Gaines Jr.’s scouting report filed in…

  • [NYPost] Meet Phil Jackson’s Knicks draft guru — a respected ‘odd duck’
    (Saturday, May 27, 2017 7:39:46 PM)

    Clarence Gaines Jr. walked into the Quest gymnasium in Chicago for the draft combine earlier this month wearing a brown/beige/orange-checkered African gown known as a dashiki. Gaines avoided all personal contact, darting through a phalanx of scouts, general managers and media. He silently took a seat in the metal bleachers. He sat alone, as is…

  • [NYPost] How Knicks and Nets unwittingly created the NBA juggernauts
    (Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:37:59 AM)

    With June approaching, that emptiness every New York basketball fan has felt since 2003 is returning. Here come the NBA Finals. Where are the Knicks and Nets? Right, lounging. The Nets last made the Finals in 2003 and lost to the Spurs, the team that beat the Knicks in their most recent Finals run in…

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.05.27)

  • [NYTimes] Them Again? And Again? Warriors-Cavaliers Finals Are an N.B.A. First
    (Friday, May 26, 2017 11:11:16 AM)

    A third consecutive championship matchup, never before seen in the N.B.A., is a rarity in any professional team sport.

  • [NYTimes] Sports Briefing: Enes Kanter Scoffs at Report on Turkish Warrant
    (Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:33:47 AM)

    Kanter, a vocal critic of Turkey’s president, wrote on Twitter, “I will come on my own will anyway, to spit on your ugly, hateful faces.”

  • [SNY Knicks] Earl Monroe: Phil didn’t give Anthony right pieces
    (Friday, May 26, 2017 1:00:58 PM)

    Knicks legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe thinks Phil Jackson did not give Carmelo Anthony the right complimentary pieces to give the star forward a chance to truly succeed.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rick Pitino sees PG Donovan Mitchell as good fit for Knicks
    (Friday, May 26, 2017 10:45:00 AM)

    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino believes point guard Donovan Mitchell would be a good fit with the Knicks.

  • [NYPost] Knicks point guard target’s New York plans put on hold
    (Friday, May 26, 2017 7:44:01 PM)

    French league point guard Frank Ntilikina is not coming to New York just yet. The 6-foot-5 Ntilikina, a Knicks target with the eighth pick in the June’s NBA draft, saved his best playoff performance for a deciding game. The 18-year-old put up seven points, two assists, five rebounds and one steal on 3-of-6 shooting in…

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.05.26)

  • [NYTimes] Cleveland Cavaliers Make N.B.A. Finals as LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan
    (Friday, May 26, 2017 4:03:23 AM)

    James finished with 35 points, becoming the career playoff scoring leader, as Cleveland beat the Boston Celtics, 135-102, to win the series, 4-1.

  • [NYPost] Knicks legend: Phil Jackson didn’t give Carmelo right pieces
    (Friday, May 26, 2017 12:36:16 AM)

    Legendary guard Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, teammates with Phil Jackson on the Knicks’ last championship team in 1973, said the Knicks president hasn’t done enough to surround Carmelo Anthony with the right complementary parts. “I thought this team was going to be pretty good with Derrick Rose coming in and Courtney Lee, though I’m not…

  • [NYPost] Rick Pitino has the Knicks’ solution at point guard
    (Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:51:54 PM)

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino doesn’t like to hear draft analysts downplay 6-foot-3 Donovan Mitchell as an undersized shooting guard. That won’t be his position in the NBA. “Point guard is his natural position,’’ Pitino told The Post. “But because of Quentin Snider, who’s been around a while as a veteran, I played [Donovan] at the…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks would do well with either Frank Ntilikina or Dennis Smith, says Fran Fraschilla
    (Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:10:12 PM)

    Fran Fraschilla has seen enough of French guard Frank Ntilikina in person and on television to believe he will make an impact in the NBA at some point. He feels the same about North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr.

  • [NY Newsday] Mike Crispino, Knicks’ radio play-by-play man, won’t return for 2017-18
    (Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:31:00 AM)

    Mike Crispino, the Knicks’ radio play-by-play man and a fill-in for television coverage, did not have his contract renewed after this past season, MSG Networks confirmed on Thursday.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.05.25)

  • [ESPN] Ex-Knicks assistant GM Childs dies at age 84
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:41:23 PM)

    Ex-Knicks assistant GM Childs dies at age 84

  • [ESPN] Sources: Wolves may target Rose as free agent
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:39:40 PM)

    Sources: Wolves may target Rose as free agent

  • [NYPost] Former Knicks assistant general manager dies at age 84
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:58:37 PM)

    DUBLIN, Calif. — Hal Childs, a former assistant general manager for the Knicks and public relations director for the Warriors and Mariners, has died of complications from heart disease. He was 84. Childs’ wife, Jacqueline, said Wednesday that her husband died Sunday at his home in Dublin. Hal Childs served as assistant GM of the…

  • [NYPost] Kenyon Martin: Phil Jackson is failing Knicks in two big ways
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:15:25 PM)

    Count Kenyon Martin as another former player who believes Phil Jackson’s triangle offense is antiquated and does not belong in today’s NBA. “The triangle is not going to run in this NBA, I don’t care who you have on the floor,” Martin said on “Two Man Weave,” airing on NBA on TuneIn. “This is not…

  • [NYPost] French stud on Knicks radar showing why scouts doubt him
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:46:49 PM)

    French league point guard Frank Ntilikina, whom the Knicks have on their radar with the eighth pick in June’s NBA draft, could be down to his final game before he flies to the U.S. for workouts. In Wednesday night’s playoff game in France, the 6-foot-5 Ntilikina came off the bench to play 22 minutes, scoring…

  • [NYPost] MSG Networks getting rid of their longtime radio voice
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:19:32 PM)

    The Post has learned longtime Knicks radio voice Mike Crispino will not have his contract renewed. The veteran Crispino has called Knicks games since the 2013-14 season, and before that, was their radio voice from 2009-2011. His partner, Brendan Brown, is expected back. A search for Crispino’s successor is on. “We would like to thank…

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. All-Star Game Back in Charlotte in 2019
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:33:05 PM)

    The game had been set for Charlotte last February, but the N.B.A. moved it because of a state law that limited anti-discrimination protections for L.G.B.T. people.

  • [NYDN] Caleb Swanigan decides to enter Draft, works out with Knicks
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:39:30 PM)

    Caleb Swanigan, who worked out with the Knicks on Wednesday, is remaining in the NBA draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks work out Iowa State guard Burton, Purdue forward Swanigan
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:19:42 PM)

    In addition to Iowa State guard Deonte Burton, the Knicks worked out Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, the University of Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo and LSU’s Antonio Blakeney on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

  • [SNY Knicks] Timberwolves could have interest in Derrick Rose
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM)

    The Timberwolves could have interest in Knicks free agent PG Derrick Thomas this summer.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.05.24)

  • [NYPost] Knicks will be working out two rival big men
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:29:30 PM)

    The rematch will occur at the Knicks’ Tarrytown compound Wednesday. In March, Iowa State forward Deonte Burton and Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan staged a battle royale in the NCAA Tournament’s second round. Burton outscored Swanigan 25-20, but Purdue prevailed to advance to the Sweet 16. Burton and Swanigan, the Big Ten Player of the Year, will…

  • [NYPost] The real reason behind firing of a Kristaps Porzingis favorite
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:45:10 PM)

    This wasn’t about Kristaps Porzingis. The conspiracy theory regarding Knicks assistant coach Josh Longstaff’s departure sounded plausible. But multiple NBA sources who have talked to members of the front office told The Post the Knicks had unofficially decided not to renew Longstaff’s contract before the Kristaps Cold War. Though Longstaff was only informed recently, the…

  • [NYPost] How Kristaps Porzingis is channeling his frustration
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:39:21 AM)

    It would’ve been more appropriate if his opponent were wearing a Phil Jackson mask, but Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis has made good on his promise to take up boxing this offseason. The disgruntled Porzingis posted photos Tuesday on his Instagram of a sparring session in the Liepaja arena with Mairis Briedis, a world-renowned Latvian cruiserweight,…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks Insider podcast: Mending Kristaps Porzingis relationship top priority
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:39:00 PM)

    The Knicks’ priority this offseason will be clearing the air with Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [NYTimes] Cavaliers 112, Celtics 99: Kyrie Irving Scores 42 to Help Cavaliers Rally Past Celtics
    (Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3:38:45 AM)

    Irving and LeBron James combined for 76 points as Cleveland moved to within one game of returning to the finals.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Spurs’ Manu Ginobili Gets Quite a Send-Off, but Will He Retire?
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:25:39 PM)

    After 15 seasons in San Antonio, Ginobili, 39, said he would weigh retirement in the coming weeks.

  • [ESPN] Knicks looking for more players like Courtney Lee in free agency
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:00:04 AM)

    Knicks looking for more players like Courtney Lee in free agency

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis getting himself into fighting shape in Latvia
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:57:13 AM)

    This offseason, Kristaps Porzingis is preparing for a fight.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis channeling offseason frustrations in boxing
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:07:21 PM)

    Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis is channeling his season frustrations in the boxing ring this offseason.

  • [SNY Knicks] JR Sport Brief: Porzingis vs. Phil
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:15:46 PM)

    In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on, JR finds no winners in the battle between Kristaps Porzingis and Phil Jackson.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks showing interest in P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:25:21 AM)

    The Knicks are interested in adding more two-way players like Courtney Lee in free agency this summer, and have shown preliminary interest in P.J. Tucker and Dante Cunningham.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks to keep assistant coach Dave Bliss on board next season
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:44:48 AM)

    Player development coach Dave Bliss will stay on Knicks coaching staff next season.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.05.23)

  • [NYDN] Dave Bliss will stay aboard Knicks as coach
    (Monday, May 22, 2017 3:47:35 PM)

    The Knicks dropped one of their player development coaches but the other will remain on the staff.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors Sweep Spurs to Reach Third Finals in Three Years
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:20:02 AM)

    Stephen Curry scored 36 points, and Kevin Durant had 29 points and 12 rebounds, as Golden State advanced to the N.B.A.’s championship series.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks Will Not Renew Contract of Josh Longstaff, an Assistant Coach
    (Tuesday, May 23, 2017 2:46:55 AM)

    Longstaff was a favorite of the Knicks’ young star Kristaps Porzingis, who is on rocky terrain with the team after he skipped his exit meeting last month.

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Player Enes Kanter Blames Erdogan for Detention in Romania
    (Monday, May 22, 2017 6:04:16 PM)

    Kanter, a center for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was stuck at a Bucharest airport for hours because Turkey had canceled his travel documents.

  • [NYTimes] Celtics’ Upset of Cavaliers Stretches Out a Foregone Conclusion
    (Monday, May 22, 2017 2:39:08 PM)

    Boston trails the Cavaliers by only two games to one, but before you make plans for a Game 7, consider the unusual events that led to Sunday’s surprising win.

  • [NYPost] The only way to save the Knicks is beyond their control
    (Monday, May 22, 2017 6:37:31 PM)

    Danny Ainge had already turned the Celtics down twice. This was 14 years ago, and the Celtics had settled into a most unaccustomed place in the NBA’s stratosphere: No longer powerful enough to contend for championships, not woeful enough to qualify for top-flight draft picks, not attractive enough to lure big-time free agents. The men…

  • [NYPost] Knicks now curiously allow another Porzingis pal to stay
    (Monday, May 22, 2017 3:39:26 PM)

    The Knicks got rid of one player development coach and Kristaps Porzingis confidant in Josh Longstaff, but they’re keeping another. Dave Bliss will be retained by the team, according to a league source. The pair had been instrumental in tutoring the 21-year-old Porzingis, but Longstaff’s contract wasn’t renewed. It was an eyebrow-raising move by the…

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Where do Phil Jackson and Kristaps Porzingis stand?
    (Monday, May 22, 2017 6:33:44 PM)

    The DNL panel doesn’t understand Phil Jackson’s firing of the Knicks assistant coach, and questions his relationship with Kristaps Porzingis

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks to work out Iowa State guard Burton
    (Monday, May 22, 2017 5:06:00 PM)

    The New York Knicks are reportedly planning on holding a workout with Iowa State guard Deonte Burton on Tuesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Will Knicks be interested in G Dennis Smith, Jr.?
    (Monday, May 22, 2017 11:25:13 AM)

    Will the Knicks, with the eighth overall selection in next month’s NBA Draft, be interested in North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr.?

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.05.22)

  • [NY Newsday] Josh Longstaff, assistant close to Kristaps Porzingis, let go by Knicks, official says
    (Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:45:31 PM)

    The Knicks coach with whom Kristaps Porzingis was closest will not be back next season.

  • [NYPost] Knicks fire Porzingis-friendly assistant to make way for Prigioni
    (Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:47:56 PM)

    Knicks assistant coach Josh Longstaff won’t be heading to Latvia this summer. Longstaff, whose contract had expired, has been let go, according to a team source. Coincidently or not, Longstaff was dispatched to Latvia last summer to work with Kristaps Porzingis, who recently has been at odds with team brass. Janis Porzingis, at his brother’s…

  • [NYTimes] Celtics 111, Cavaliers 108 | Cleveland Leads Series, 2-1: Celtics Rally to Send Cavaliers to First Loss of the Postseason
    (Monday, May 22, 2017 4:04:14 AM)

    Boston trailed by 21 in the third quarter and won on Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer with less than a second to go. The Celtics held LeBron James to 11 points.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Democracy, It Turns Out, Suits the Warriors Just Fine
    (Sunday, May 21, 2017 1:52:05 PM)

    All the new pieces have fit nicely, and now Golden State is on the verge of sweeping the Spurs and roaring into the N.B.A. finals.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks part ways with assistant coach Longstaff
    (Sunday, May 21, 2017 8:05:00 PM)

    The New York Knicks parted ways with assistant coach Josh Longstaff, who was reportedly considered Kristaps Porzingis’ favorite assistant coach.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis’ brother meets with Phil Jackson
    (Sunday, May 21, 2017 11:06:04 AM)

    A recent meeting between Kristaps Porzingis’ brother, Janis, and Knicks president Phil Jackson did not end very well, according to the New York Daily News.

  • [NYDN] Knicks make matters with Porzingis worse by firing assistant
    (Sunday, May 21, 2017 9:32:42 PM)

    Phil Jackson sent Kristaps Porzingis the basketball equivalent of a Sicilian message.

  • [NYDN] Knicks cut ties with assistant Josh Longstaff
    (Sunday, May 21, 2017 9:30:51 PM)

    As their relationship with Kristaps Porzingis sits on rocky terrain, the Knicks made a curious decision.

  • [ESPN] Knicks will not renew contract of Josh Longstaff, Kristaps Porzingis’ favorite assistant coach
    (Sunday, May 21, 2017 8:50:56 PM)

    Knicks will not renew contract of Josh Longstaff, Kristaps Porzingis’ favorite assistant coach