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 SNY.tv, 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.

  • 83 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2017.05.24)”

    Regarding the Longstaff contract nonrenewal: it honestly did seem like many folks got their panties in a bunch over a seemingly straightforward personnel decision.

    Here’s a question for everyone:
    What happens if Melo doesn’t get traded?

    Do they waive him and pay 7-11MM over the next 5 years?

    Bring him back in a reduced role (possibly even as a bench scoring specialist)?

    Would they even consider ‘Marburying’ him, and tell him to stay home for the next year or two?

    This sounds a bit Machiavellian but:

    What if Phil’s play is to actually keep Melo and have him discover, via the tweeting/public statements and the less-than-stellar trade value, that he isn’t as awesome as he thinks he is (perhaps prompting him to accept a lesser role of some sort)? And that Phil’s completely okay with being vilified if it means that the team gets the kind of Melo it needs in the process.

    Historically, given Phil’s MO with star players, this sounds completely in character.

    And if someone else is willing to pay a king’s bounty for Melo, I think Phil could also accept that as a second option.

    Idk if Phil’s that sinister, but throughout his career he’s worked around conflict and thrived in it. Apparently him and Pippen’s relationship was never really mended after he sat out the play Phil drew up for Kukoc and his relationship with Kobe is well documented as not good at all, but they’e now very tight.

    As much it’s apparent Melo’s game has declined and his defensive effort was crap this year, I think keeping him around for the next couple of years instead of forcing a deal is an acceptable choice. You can probably cover for 1 defender like him in the lineup to a reasonable degree if everybody else is average or better and executing to scheme. It was pairing him with Rose that was truly disastrous, especially since Rose gave less fucks on defense than I knew was humanly possible.

    Gotta be honest – I know we shouldn’t necessarily be into guys who just score, but watching Kyrie’s 3rd quarter last night makes you appreciate guys who can literally just detonate and win you a playoff game all on their own. Dude was outrageous last night.

    Speaking of guys who can detonate – there seems to be this thing going around that Malik Monk is just a volume shooter and is inefficient (see P&T’s mock draft roundup). Is a TS of 59 on a usage of 27.7 considered bad now?

    I’m definitely ok with keeping Melo this year. If we suck, he’ll opt out and at least we didn’t take any bad contracts. If he’s good and we’re good, then that works too. I guess it’s possible he sucks really badly and/or has a real injury and then we’re stuck with him for another season, but that’s probably better than making a really bad trade.

    All the buzz about Justin Jackson makes me wonder whether there IS a trade in the works with a team picking in the teens. Of all the teams picking in the 11-20 range, the only one that makes any sense at all is Miami, but I sort of doubt that that would happen.

    I guess other possibilities are a trade down if whoever we want at 8 isn’t there. would anyone do #8 for Juan Hernangomez and 13? Guys available at 13 could be Donovan Mitchell, Justin Jackson, OG Anunoby, possibly even Ntilikina.

    Re: Monk

    What I like about his scoring is how active he is off the ball in working to get open. That’s a less flashy part of shot creation that has a value that’s hard to quantify, but I think it helps the offense in a lot of ways as it doesn’t allow defense to solely focus on the ball and on primary actions. His focus off ball at UK is a reason why he tended to “disappear” for long stretches at times.

    I could see him topping out as a Redick if he never improves his handle, but if he does I think he can get up to a Beal level of performance. At the 8th pick I could get with that, but with the league so obsessed with 3 point shooting now I struggle to see him dropping that far.

    Defensively he profiles as more of a 1 than a 2, so you’d likely need to find a bigger PG to orchestrate the offense that could switch up with him on D. There’s also the theory that he can handle better than we saw at UK where he had to play off ball as the only credible floor spacer they had and that he could take on more on ball responsibility moving forward. Idk if that’s the case though, so for now I view him as a 2 on O that will primarily defend 1’s on D. Weird fit, but potentially worth it if the scoring translates.

    @lavor –

    yeah that’s why I have been higher on Monk than many here I think — I certainly didn’t watch all his games, but he is relentlessly moving off the ball and can get shots off (and make them) with very little space. He is great spotting up, shooting off screens, shooting off the dribble. If he can handle the ball at all (and I think he can), you can even imagine him and KP playing the two man game on the weak side.

    Bring him back in a reduced role (possibly even as a bench scoring specialist)?
    Would they even consider ‘Marburying’ him, and tell him to stay home for the next year or two?

    I don’t think they have these options. Look at the KP mess they’re in, presumably because Melo is in his ear. Sadly he’s too powerful with the players and in the organization and the media.

    Lol why do you guys keep saying Melo is getting Marburyed? A player who is almost universally loved by his peers isn’t gonna get benched.

    He isn’t even close to being a cancer that some on here think he is.

    What does everyone think of the Bosh situation, where Miami is petitioning the league and the players association to get all of Bosh`s salary off their books if they waive him even if he ends up playing for another team. News reports suggests Miami is likely to get their wish.

    And that Phil’s completely okay with being vilified if it means that the team gets the kind of Melo it needs in the process.

    The thing about this is that the difference between actual Melo and imaginary Melo is probably pretty small. LMA went to the clockwork orange of player development and has been a similar or just marginally better offensive player than he was on average in his Blazer career. Melo is 33 years old; you’re not tweeting him into Paul George or prime Dirk. It would be nice if he pretended to try on defense more than 1/4 of the time and held the ball a little less, but it wouldn’t matter all that much at this point.

    Monk is already an offensively NBA-ready player (I wish he was in a system where he could pass more in college, but wasn’t allowed to in that role). I would love to pair Monk with a defensive guard. Trade someone for Ntilikina’s pick and I’m very very happy.

    ts% does not translate well to the nba… shooting a ton of 3s to get to a decent ts% in college will certainly not…. i mean it can.. but shooting a ton of 3s in college usually means you’ll just have to jack up more in the nba… that can work but only if you also show the ability to score inside… something monk hasn’t really shown….

    What does everyone think of the Bosh situation, where Miami is petitioning the league and the players association to get all of Bosh`s salary off their books if they waive him even if he ends up playing for another team. News reports suggests Miami is likely to get their wish.

    I don’t mind it. We’re only talking about the Heat getting the guaranteed cap room a week early. If they waited until July 1st, they could do this new deal (where teams can take players off their cap permanently if an independent doctor rules that a player will likely never be healthy enough to play again in the NBA), so all this does is give them their cap room during the draft, which could help them a little bit, but doubtfully would help them that much. So I find it hard to complain too much about the Heat just getting their cap room a week early.

    Monk is already an offensively NBA-ready player (I wish he was in a system where he could pass more in college, but wasn’t allowed to in that role). I would love to pair Monk with a defensive guard. Trade someone for Ntilikina’s pick and I’m very very happy.

    The Knicks literally have two players who could net you a pick where you could take Ntilikina, and I dunno if you’d want to move either of them just to get a pick to get Ntilikina. 🙂

    blazers are picking #15, #20, #26:
    are #20 and #26 worth an #8, is that smart?

    I wonder if the Spurs would have any interest in Kyle, since it’s likely Dewayne Dedmon leaves in free agency.

    I’d probably take the trade down scenario w Denver where we get Juan–kid looks like he’ll be a v solid player. Then we draft OG or Frank if he’s available–or even Kennard.

    If Isaac is available at 8 I’m not sure if I do it though. And I’d have to think pretty hard if Smith is there too.

    I think they want to cut bait on Mudiay and draft another PG

    @21

    To try and draft a solid point guard (or at least a good combo guard). It’s not like they can really believe that Jameer Nelson can hold down the fort for much longer, and Mudiay pretty much sucks.

    Ideally their first round pick, but I suppose Anderson would be worth a look if we’re really going to be committing to going triangular. The Spurs move to a primarily iso-offense might have limited some of his playmaking skills. Sadly I think the league underrates Kyle, so I don’t know what else we can get for him-I’d try to trade him to Boston as well.

    given these options at #8 who do you want?

    Malik Monk, freshman G, Kentucky

    Dennis Smith, Jr., freshman PG, NC State

    Frank Ntilikina, PG, Strasbourg (FR)

    Jonathan Isaac, freshman F, Florida State

    Jayson Tatum, freshman F, Duke

    The Knicks literally have two players who could net you a pick where you could take Ntilikina, and I dunno if you’d want to move either of them just to get a pick to get Ntilikina. 🙂

    Anyone but those two!!! I’m sure Lee, Melo, O’Quinn, and a few others could net a mid-to-late, no?

    Malik Monk would be perfect next to Luka Doncic. So would Frank Ntilikina.

    @26 you jump at the chance to draft Jonathan Isaac. He’s the future of basketball.

    Hire some friggin’ disciple of Bob Myers or R.C. Buford, stay out of his way for a few seasons, and the rest should get better. A turnaround plan should be taking shape.

    I don’t believe this guarantees anything. Hennigan worked under Buford in San Antonio and Presti in OKC and was god awful in Orlando.

    Similarly McDonough worked under Ainge in Boston, had a promising start in Phoenix before ultimately destroying that promise and now having to start from the ground up again.

    Maybe it gives you a better chance of success, but the smarter play is what Orlando pulled in getting Hammond from Milwaukee, a guy that has already proven successful in a lead executive role.

    On another note, here’s a half-baked idea: If the NBA is truly concerned about parity, why don’t they make it so that every off-season, a team can only protect 10 players and everyone else has to go into a waiver process before they can remain on their teams? Let’s say that the Nets have the worst record, give them 2-3 waiver picks, where they could simply take over the contract of any unprotected player, subject to cap restriction.

    For example, a team like the Knicks might leave Melo unprotected; Maybe SA sours on LMA and leave him unprotected. Maybe Melo passes through waivers and remains with the Knicks b/c no team with cap room wants him (certainly, no one would have taken Amare in years 4-5 of his contract.) Or maybe a team takes Melo, freeing up cap space for the Knicks and making the signing team happy to have a “star” that would make them “better.”

    Or maybe a team like the spurs has to leave a draft pick unprotected because they don’t want to part with a rotation player. That player probably would go to a bad team seeded high in the waiver draft, improving their chances.

    This could indirectly address tanking as well, since we know that it’s hard to tank when you have good players. In fact, this might make the “wheel” draft system more equitable, since the powerhouse teams would at least have to waive a rotation player to make room for the stud.

    @31 – Didn’t know that about Hennigan and I am a fanboy of Presti and of Buford… yes, it would be better than the type of hire the Knicks tend to make and yes, I obviously agree that it would be better to pluck an already successful GM rather than an assistant to a successful GM.

    I get the sense that stealing the GM of the Milwaukee Bucks wouldn’t be sexy enough for Dolan. He needs to make a splash; hire the big, well-known names.

    A lineup of Jonathan Isaac, KOQ, Noah, ‘Melo, Lance Thomas would be a lineup of players all from NYC. It would also not work as a lineup.

    I’ll continue push what I think would be a genius move for Dolan (yes I realize that’s an oxymoron) — get Theo Epstein to cross over and run bball operations for us.

    Yeah! You clearly stole this idea from my post in November. Just kidding… it would be splashy enough for Dolan and I’m sure Epstein could make the adjustment between sports. Doesn’t the guy want the challenge?

    If Dolan was going to hire somebody from the baseball world to be GM, it wouldn’t be Theo Epstein. It would be like A-Rod or John Kruk or somebody like that.

    If the NBA is truly concerned about parity, why don’t they make it so that every off-season, a team can only protect 10 players and everyone else has to go into a waiver process before they can remain on their teams? Let’s say that the Nets have the worst record, give them 2-3 waiver picks, where they could simply take over the contract of any unprotected player, subject to cap restriction.

    1) Michele Roberts would eviscerate anyone who suggested the idea.

    2) The NBA doesn’t really care about parity. Two superteams are about to hit the Finals. The all-time best ratings happened when Jordan & co. were roasting the league. The league’s last 5 MVP award-winners are about to take the court during this next series. It’s a win for the NBA, even if they want Game 7s in every series.

    3) The 11th and 12th men on each team? That’s but a drop in the NBA’s talent pool. The NBA does an awful lot to ensure superteams don’t happen via brute force (luxury tax, draft pick trade restrictions, max contracts inflating the value of top players) and that teams don’t stay in the gutter (lottery incentives, MLE, amnesty provisions) yet they happen anyway because there are smart people and very, very not-smart people in the NBA’s highest ranks.

    I like the enterprising spirit, Z-man, but it ain’t gonna work.

    what kills me is that for $12 million a year Theo probably would have taken the job (he makes around 3.5 mil now)…

    unfortunately though – out of the box for jimmy would be:

    If Dolan was going to hire somebody from the baseball world to be GM, it wouldn’t be Theo Epstein. It would be like A-Rod or John Kruk or somebody like that.

    Hennigan situation smells like ownership interference. He was fine his first 2-3 years there and then made that silly Frye signing and the stupid Ibaka trade… why? The Skiles and Vogel hirings also both smell like ownership interference. Skiles is a terrible player development coach and Vogel is not the kind of guy you want to hire if you’re into analytics.

    I don’t think Hennigan was great even not factoring that stuff in. He didn’t do great in the draft and got shysted by Hinkie in that Elfrid Payton trade.

    But I think he was fine and with a supportive owner would have had the Magic in a good position by now. If you look back to his early days, he got Fournier for Afflalo and made out really well in the Dwight Howard trade. He got Tobias Harris for Redick. He made some really good moves early on.

    lol @ SA wanting melo

    There’s also a report that SA might be interested in Rose.

    Just what we need, Melo and Rose winning 65 games for Pop.

    I saw a headline somewhere that KP’s camp was pushing for a trade for Rubio, but now I can’t find the article. Was that a serious report?

    @44 And their WS48s will increase considerably because WS48 is the Jerian Grant of stats.

    @45 KP has a camp? Is that almost like a posse?

    Jowles, thanks for the thoughtful response. The 11th and 12th man would include drafted players, so a good team would have to choose between leaving an important rotation player or a draft pick unprotected. Think of the Celts, who would they choose to leave unprotected? Clearly they would either have to expose a legit rotation player (e.g. Rozier, Jerebko) or one or more of their draft picks to this process.

    I agree that it would never happen, but whatever, just tired of recycling the same ideas.

    @47 lmao white players have camps, black players have posses

    Could it be that Willy, KP and Doncic are already a part of Rubio’s camp?

    The only thing I can think of that actually exists in the current sports world that would curtail superstar teams is having franchise tags, but the NFL only has that because the league broke the union back in the 1980s.

    The Wolves want Derrick Rose. Is a sign and trade possible here?
    This would mean that the Wolves probably would be more motivated to trade Rubio.

    Sign and trade definitely possible. They presumably don’t want rose, Rubio and Dunn, so would be motivated to move Rubio if rose is interested.

    I also read something at the deadline that said part of why Minnesota pulled out was a fear they wouldn’t be able to resign rose, and a S&T sorts that.

    Finally, I think I read a theory that part of the reason the knicks didn’t waive rose and have talked him up is the possibility of a S&T.

    I cannot for the life of me imagine why Thibs would want to trade Rubio for an overpay on rose, but you never know…

    I cannot for the life of me imagine why Thibs would want to trade Rubio for an overpay on rose, but you never know…

    When coaches become GMs, their IQ drops 100 points. That’s what we have to hope for, that Thibs is a total moron.

    We better forget about Rubio. We have nothing to offer them, unless you want to trade KP or Willy.

    And the Wolves must be beyond stupid to do a S&T for Rose.

    They have capspace to sign him directly. Why on earth would they not only pay a max salary to Rose but give away assets to do it?

    Rubio may be an average player, but he’s young enough and on a somewhat friendly contract. There is no reason to trade him for nothing when there is a market for him.

    If Chris Paul ends up in SA, any chance Melo joins him?

    As much as I would weep to see Chris Paul hitting Kawhi for a 60% hit-rate corner three 12 times a game, the Spurs can’t offer him enough money unless Tony Parker retires from this injury and they are able to take his salary from their cap. Chris Paul personally advocated for the new CBA so he could get a $200M payday. I don’t care how much he wants to win — and know he would win — on the Spurs. No ring is worth leaving $80M (or so) on the table. His next contract will more than double his career earnings, and he gets to live in LA while doing it.

    I agree that it would never happen, but whatever, just tired of recycling the same ideas.

    I’m with you there. I think Mike K. should give us some “Open NBA Threads” so we can talk about things that aren’t prognostication about how the Clippers will give us DeAndre and Blake for Carmelo and Ron Baker.

    No one is giving Rose a max contract.

    So why do a S&T with the Knicks?

    They have around 30 million to spend in the free agency.

    The Wolves would almost certainly want Rose to take Rubio’s minutes. If so, they might prefer to remove Rubio while adding Rose to not be in the position of 1) carrying Rubio’s salary when they don’t have a role for him, or 2) having to obviously dump Rubio’s salary and taking back shitty contracts. Just because they have cap space doesn’t mean they want to blow it on a combo of Rose and Rubio. Maybe they get the Knicks to cough up a 2nd or two.

    It wouldn’t be the savviest move by the Wolves but we’re talking about a front office that consists of Scott Layden and a guy who hired Scott Layden.

    I also don’t think it will happen.

    The Wolves would almost certainly want Rose to take Rubio’s minutes. If so, they might prefer to remove Rubio while adding Rose to not be in the position of 1) carrying Rubio’s salary when they don’t have a role for him, or 2) having to obviously dump Rubio’s salary and taking back shitty contracts. Just because they have cap space doesn’t mean they want to blow it on a combo of Rose and Rubio. Maybe they get the Knicks to cough up a 2nd or two.

    Rubio will earn 13.5 million next season and there are 18 teams that could afford Rubio’s contract without sending crap to the wolves. They can do better than the Knicks 2nd rounder.

    It wouldn’t be the savviest move by the Wolves but we’re talking about a front office that consists of Scott Layden and a guy who hired Scott Layden.

    Well… you got a point.

    Bondy reporting that the 76ers are interested in Fox or Smith Jr. with the third pick…

    How concerning is it that Fox is 6’3″ 170? He’s got solid length, but if you’re that skinny you’re not going to be able to stop John Wall if they let you bring a baseball bat onto the court. Since Fox can’t shoot at all he needs to be able to finish through contact and be a plus defender, and if you’re 170lbs I’m not sure you can do either in the NBA. Do you think he can put on 20lbs?

    that’s not so great news…. the kings will probably take fox or smith also…

    being skinny is not too much of a concern on prospects… weight is gained over the course of someone’s life naturally…. it’s a bit foolhardy that a pro basketball player will stay at such a low weight in even two years… durant was one of the skinniest dudes ever and he did fine also…

    If Fox can shoot like Steph Curry I’m not as worried.

    It’s also worth noting Curry was 12 lbs heavier than Fox at the combine.

    Yeah, but it’s more Steph’s game wasn’t predicated on defense and his ability to get to the rim. He’s got some other things going on. If Fox is too slight to finish at the rim or to fight through screens for a couple years he’s going to be completely useless unless he finds a shot.

    curry was actually really good finishing in the paint in college… he was always really clever around the basket….

    I like that we are looking at Swanigan, but is there any chance he slips to 44? Most mocks have him late first to early 2nd, so just out of our reach at 44.

    Rubio will earn 13.5 million next season and there are 18 teams that could afford Rubio’s contract without sending crap to the wolves. They can do better than the Knicks 2nd rounder.

    This is true, but my impression is that not too many teams are interested in Rubio. If lots of teams were interested, then the Wolves would probably have traded him by now. I have been trying to figure out some scenario that works for both teams. I came up with the following.

    The Wolves have $12M in cap room now. They do have $6M to in expiring contracts, for Rush and Mohammed. But they might want to keep one or both of them. Which means they might not have enough room to sign Rose. So what if we let Rose expire and then trade Kuzminskas, and perhaps a second round pick, for Rubio. Without Rose, we have plenty of cap space to do the deal. Then Minnesota has almost $26M in cap room which should be enough to sign Rose, and let them resign Mohammed or Rush or sign another free agent.

    Wasn’t Curry a senior and Fox a freshman?

    So you’re saying Fox was only 155lbs before he gained the Freshman Fifteen?

    we’re talking about a front office that consists of Scott Layden and a guy who hired Scott Layden.

    Scott Layden is a actalually a legendary talent evaluator… we just don’t realize that as knicks fans because we only saw him doing the Devil’s work for one James L Dolan.

    Curry’s pretty shredded for a guy that slight.

    Maybe you mean Frank Layden? Scott Layden sucks.

    Frank’s son, Scott, was in charge of the Jazz scouting and drafting in 1984 and 1985 when they drafted two all-time greats: John Stockton out of the WCAC with the #16 pick, and Karl Malone out of the Southland Conference with the #13 pick.

    Later, as the official GM of the Jazz, he drafted virtual unknown 18 year old Andrei Kirilenko with the #24 pick.

    After NY he assisted RC Buford maintain the Spurs success, which I think needs no explanation.

    So, either he’s had success everywhere he’s been except NY because he “sucks”, or he’s had success everywhere he’s been because he is good at his job, but in NY he worked for an owner that even legendary winners such as Phil Jackson, Larry Brown and Lenny Wilkins have somehow been turned into laughingstock losers. Hmmmm…

    Couldn’t it just be a Peter Principle thing? He was never actually the man in charge at Utah (that’s why he left, as they passed him over in favor of Kevin O’Connor when Frank Layden retired in 1998), so perhaps he’s just better as an assistant GM. Which, of course, is really his role in Minny, as Thibs is in charge.

    Fox has like 4.8 percent body fat which is nuts. He’ll get bigger over time. He also gets up real well. Don’t think getting to the rim will be a problem.

    Fox will get crushed going to the rim as well as trying to defend powerful NBA players. Plus he can’t shoot well. He doesn’t really distribute that well either. I think there’s too much hype over him.

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