Knicks Morning News (2017.06.23)

  • [ESPN] Knicks owner James Dolan sang the blues — literally — during Thursday’s NBA draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:27:10 PM)

    Knicks owner James Dolan sang the blues — literally — during Thursday’s NBA draft

  • [ESPN] Jackson extols Ntilikina’s hoops IQ, ‘athleticism’
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:51:13 PM)

    Jackson extols Ntilikina’s hoops IQ, ‘athleticism’

  • [ESPN] Youth served as record 16 freshmen go in 1st
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:06:15 PM)

    Youth served as record 16 freshmen go in 1st

  • [ESPN] Sources: Celtics, Knicks talk Porzingis trade
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:48:08 PM)

    Sources: Celtics, Knicks talk Porzingis trade

  • [ESPN] Draft prospect: Phil dozed during my workout
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:20:19 PM)

    Draft prospect: Phil dozed during my workout

  • [NYDN] Knicks draft Frank Ntilikina with No. 8 overall pick in NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:01:51 PM)

    There was a lot of chatter about the Knicks acquiring a higher pick in a blockbuster.

  • [NYDN] Clear after draft that Carmelo Anthony doesn’t fit Knicks’ plans
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:32:59 PM)

    Not that it was in doubt, but the draft reinforced that Carmelo Anthony doesn’t fit into New York’s plans.

  • [NYDN] Phil Jackson gets guy, but far from over with Kristaps Porzingis
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:30:52 PM)

    The trade talks and Phil Jackson’s acknowledgment that they were fielding calls was the Knicks way of retaliating.

  • [NYDN] Knicks select Damyean Dotson, Ognjen Jaramaz in second round
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:29:00 PM)

    He’s a shooter who can help spread the floor, averaging 17.4 points as a senior.

  • [NYDN] ‘Don’t Trade Porzingis’ billboard goes up across street from MSG
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:20:51 PM)

    Phil Jackson can’t even get home court advantage in New York City.

  • [NYDN] Infamous kid who booed Kristaps Porzingis back at NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:01:24 PM)

    What a difference two years makes.

  • [NYDN] Dick Vitale rips Knicks president Phil Jackson
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:59:28 PM)

    Dick Vitale is not a fan of Phil Jackson, and the energetic basketball announcer called out the Knicks’ team president Thursday night

  • [NYDN] 6 things to know about this NBA Draft’s first round
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:40:00 PM)

    With the NBA Draft Thursday night, here are six interesting facts to know about the first round.

  • [NYDN] Michael Rapaport on ugly Jackson-Porzingis feud, Odell’s antics
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:27:45 AM)

    New York City-born actor and comedian Michael Rapaport has a few choice opinions about the Zen Master’s job performance.

  • [NYDN] Phil Jackson was falling asleep during a top prospect’s workout
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:05:30 AM)

    The Knicks’ president may not have the best first-hand knowledge when it comes to making a decision.

  • [NYDN] Daughter of Bucks owner attempts to recruit Kristaps Porzingis
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:31:08 AM)

    With rumors swirling about a potential Kristaps Porzingis trade, people are flocking to Twitter to recuit the Latvian.

  • [NYDN] Knicks asking price for Porzingis too high for Celtics – for now
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:15:21 AM)

    The Celtics, as of now, are unwilling to meet his asking price, which would include two draft picks the Daily News has learned.

  • [NYDN] Stephen A. Smith slams Phil for signing Odom, ‘who was on crack!’
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:00:28 AM)

    Stephen A. Smith isn’t buying Phil Jackson’s master plan for the Knicks either.

  • [NYPost] Phil gets message: ‘Don’t trade Porzingis’ billboard outside MSG
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 12:30:28 AM)

    Phil Jackson was a the Knicks’ offices in Tarrytown for the NBA draft Thursday night, but right outside Madison Square Garden, he was under attack. A digital billboard pleading with the Knicks to keep Kristaps Porzingis went live at the corner of 33rd and 7th. The pleas, of course, were answered as Porzingis made it…

  • [NYPost] Knicks snag two more guards in the second round of NBA draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:18:06 PM)

    Knicks president Phil Jackson talked about wanting guards in the draft and pulled off a trifecta. After nabbing point guard Frank Ntilikina in the lottery, Jackson took two guards in the second round, including a 6-foot-6 shooting guard with a sketchy past but a solid offensive game. With the 44th pick, the Knicks tabbed Damyean…

  • [NYPost] Scorer who ‘plays like Michael’ Jordan surprised Knicks passed
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 7:50:50 PM)

    Knicks fans weren’t alone in their disappointment over the team’s first-round pick. “I actually thought the Knicks would take me,” said Malik Monk, a high-scoring shooting guard out of Kentucky. Instead, they went with French point guard Frank Ntilikina with the eighth-overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft. The selection got a mixed reaction, cheers…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ draft just put Porzingis on different kind of hot seat
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:17:10 PM)

    So the sky didn’t fall on Madison Square Garden Thursday evening, and cooler heads prevailed. The Knicks weren’t able to pull off a heist, and neither were they snookered into a bad trade. There will be no charts and graphs recalling Bill Russell for Easy Ed Macauley, or Joe Barry Carroll for Robert Parrish and…

  • [NYPost] Knicks draft intriguing French point guard Frank Ntilikina
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:27:12 PM)

    The Knicks kept the Latvian and added a Frenchman. After failing to reach a blockbuster for Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks selected 18-year-old point guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, hoping they have their future triangle operator. The Knicks had four Europeans on their roster last season, and Ntilikina, dressed…

  • [NYPost] The whirlwind 24 hours for Knicks’ French draft target
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:26:46 AM)

    French point guard and potential Knicks draft pick Frank Ntilikina was up at 7 a.m. Thursday morning doing basketball drills at the gym Carmelo Anthony owns at the apartment complex in which Kristaps Porzingis and Sasha Vujacic live. The workout was run by Chris Brickley, who left the Knicks as player developmental coach two months…

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson fell asleep at my workout: top NBA Draft pick
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:21:55 AM)

    Phil Jackson has made some baffling moves since taking over as president of the Knicks in 2014. As recently as this week, the Zen Master confirmed he would consider trading franchise player Kristaps Porzingis. All of it has led Knicks fans, among others, to question just what the heck Jackson’s problem is. Turns out the…

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson’s pal makes it personal with Kristaps Porzingis
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:27:36 AM)

    Charley Rosen, Phil Jackson’s longtime confidant, offered a counter-argument in his column before Thursday’s draft on why Kristaps Porzingis may need to be traded. Rosen, a former assistant coach with the Albany Patroons, normally has the pulse of the Zen Master and predicted over the winter that Carmelo Anthony had “outlived his usefulness in New…

  • [NY Newsday] NBA Draft: Knicks take Frank Ntilikina, French point guard, No. 8 overall
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 12:55:48 AM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kristaps Porzingis remains on the Knicks’ roster and has a new guard to pass him the ball.

  • [NY Newsday] NBA Draft 2017 live chat recap
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:50:00 PM)

    The 2017 NBA draft finally has arrived.

  • [NYTimes] Bulls and Timberwolves Upstage Draft With Jimmy Butler Trade
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 4:17:50 AM)

    There were no big surprises among the early selections in the draft, but Chicago sent Butler, a three-time All Star, to Minnesota.

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Prospect Knows What It’s Like to Be a Pro (but in Baseball)
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:30:23 PM)

    Donovan Mitchell Jr., the son of the Mets’ director of player relations, is a 6-foot-3 guard with a 6-10 wingspan, a cool nickname and a chance to be a lottery pick.

  • [NYTimes] Stephon Marbury Stars as Himself in Chinese Hoops Biopic
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:29:10 PM)

    The former N.B.A. player has become a beloved celebrity since decamping for professional basketball in China, and a sequel is in the works.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Lakers Have a Plan While the Knicks Hold Triangle Tryouts
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:59:49 PM)

    While the pieces seem to be falling into place in Los Angeles, turmoil surrounds the directionless Knicks and their president, Phil Jackson.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks Choose Frank Ntilikina of France in the Draft, Avoiding a Dramatic Twist
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 4:32:55 AM)

    Ntilikina, 18, was an intriguing first-round pick, but his selection was almost anticlimactic after days of speculation that the Knicks might trade Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [NYTimes] ‘Bizarre and Unusual’: Readers Respond to Helicopter Parenting
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:04:41 PM)

    We asked readers to send us their stories about being a helicopter parent, having such a parent or seeing the phenomenon play out in their workplace.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks select PG Frank Ntilikina in first round of NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:25:44 PM)

    The Knicks selected point guard Frank Ntilinkina with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Ntilikina reacts to being drafted by Knicks
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 2:53:49 AM)

    Frank Ntilikina reacts to being drafted by Knicks on GEICO SportsNite.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks pick Frank Ntilikina could be perfect fit for the triangle
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:00:25 PM)

    Unable to trade up in the lottery, the Knicks held on to the No. 8 pick and selected French point guard Frank Ntilikina, who was promptly greeted with a mix of cheers and boos when his name was announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at Barclays Center.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Reflecting on the Knicks draft night
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 3:05:31 AM)

    GEICO SportsNite looks back on the Knicks draft night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks select SG Damyean Dotson with 44th overall pick in NBA draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:43:52 PM)

    The Knicks selected SG Knicks SG Damyean Dotson with 44th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks select Ognjen Jaramaz with No. 58 pick
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 12:35:10 AM)

    The Knicks selected Serbian point guard Ognjen Jaramaz with the 58th overall pick.

  • [SNY Knicks] Celtics send trade offers for Porzingis, but neither side is close: report
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:30:30 PM)

    Multiple teams — including the Celtics — have been engaging the Knicks in trade talks for Kristaps Porzingis, but none are willing to meet the Knicks’ demands yet.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: What to expect from Knicks on draft night
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:16:43 PM)

    What will the Knicks do on draft night?

  • [SNY Knicks] PG Frank Ntilikina high on Knicks’ Draft board
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:30:43 PM)

    French prospect, PG Frank Ntilikina, met with the Knicks Wednesday morning, according to Adam Zagoria.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks owner James Dolan to skip NBA Draft for concert with his band
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:16:40 PM)

    Knicks owner, James Dolan, won’t be present for the 2017 NBA Draft because his band “JD & The Straight Shot” have a show to perform, per CBS Sports’ Jack Maloney.

  • [SNY Knicks] Teams using Twitter to recruit Kristaps Porzingis
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:35:41 PM)

    Since the news of the Knicks possibly trading away F Kristaps Porzingis surfaced, teams have taken to social media to recruit the young star, per NY Post’s Jaclyn Hendricks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Duke’s Luke Kennard says he would fit well in Knicks’ triangle
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:18:07 AM)

    Duke SG Luke Kennard thinks he can work well in the Knicks’ triangle offense after his workout with the team last week, per NY Daily News’ Daniel Popper.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Is NYC still the mecca of basketball?
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:05:40 PM)

    SNY’s Eamon McAnaney reports on the state of basketball in New York City, which may be losing its claim as the epicenter of hoops talent.

  • [SNY Knicks] New York Sports Today: Knicks keep Porzingis for now
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:26:25 AM)

  • 13 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2017.06.23)”

    Frank Ntilikina looks so much like Reggie Miller. That’s going to get annoying.

    Clarence Gaines’ rep may hinge on the last pick he made now. I like the Ntilikina pick, I’m ok with Dotson- though it makes me wonder if Holiday will be returning, but Gaines better hope Jaramaz is much better than his draft position with Oliver and Hayes available at a position of need when he was picked. But if Phil manages to ink those two, as Kornet has already signed, then it may not matter.

    At first glance, I’ll give Phil a C+ for the draft because I think Dotson would have been there at 58 with the way the 2nd round fell. That was a weird round. Actually, the whole draft got weird after the Kennard pick. Lakers did well even though I probably wouldn’t have traded Bradley for Hart, but hindsight is 20/20 and they had no way of knowing the rest of the draft would fall the way it did. Nevertheless, kudos to Magic on his 1st offseason so far.

    Melo wants to stay, and I can’t trust Phil in trade negotiations, so I’m wondering if keeping Melo isn’t a bad idea now that we have a pass 1st PG who plays great defense. Phil, win or lose, is gonna earn that paycheck this offseason

    D+ draft for me.

    We could’ve had Smith, Brooks, and Meeks. Instead we have three guys who all might be awful. I hope I’m wrong, but last night didn’t make me anymore optimistic about the future.

    I’m…intrigued by Frank though he would not have been my pick. I’m very interested to see how we plan to use him offensively early in his career. I think it would be best for his development to let him play PG and live with the mistakes, but I think he’s much more ready to be a contributor as an off the ball guy. As always with Phil’s tenure I expect we’ll be looking to straddle the line between rebuilding and making a playoff run. Finding the balance will be key. I can’t shake the feeling that Frank would’ve gone about 5-10 slots lower if his profile said SG (the position he seems to mostly play currently) instead of PG.

    I’ll give Phil a C for the draft, but the best part of the night was not making a trade like that horrific Bulls-Wolves trade. Man that was just amazingly awful. Gotta figure Dwyane Wade is picking up his option and then immediately mailing it in so he can get bought out and go join Lebron in Cleveland. Kris Dunn will be 23.5 by the time the season starts, and had a TS of 43 in 1300 minutes and 20.8% turnover rate. I remember watching the Wolves-Knicks game last year and thinking “who is that guy who obviously doesn’t belong on the floor?” and it was Dunn. Just awful.

    And so the Bulls traded away Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to get Cam Payne, who is and was awful, and now will be the 3rd PG behind Dunn and Jerian Grant (let’s not forget about Rondo also)? It’s just inexplicable. And then to give away the 16th pick in addition is mind-boggling.

    Dunn is terrible. Lavine is an ok offensive player but is an absolute defensive liability, ranking juuuuuust above Derrick Rose in DRPM (76th out of 86 PGs). AND he’s entering the last year of his rookie contract (and so they’ll need to make a decision on a rookie extension before they actually see him on the court in 2017-18 or let him enter RFA at the end of the season). AND he’s coming off an ACL.

    If I’m a Celtics fan, I’m seriously wondering whether Ainge is able to pull the trigger on anything where he isn’t completely fleecing the other GM. #3 plus Marcus Smart and maybe Boston’s own #1 next year would’ve been a better package than what they got.

    Does Mirotic gets re-signed? It seems like a waste of money to have him and lauri when neither one can defend.

    Also, the Lakers picking Ball and Hart might have just drafted a 10yr duo.

    Yeah, the Butler trade was the worst evaluation I’ve ever seen for a guy who is a true superstar. It’s doubly weird because there was no particular pressure to trade him. He’s not an upcoming free agent and he wasn’t demanding a trade.

    On top of it all, how the hell did the Wolves manage to swap picks as opposed to just giving theirs up?! Still would’ve been an awful trade, but I mean, the pick swap puts it into Carmelo Anthony trade territory.

    We could’ve had Smith, Brooks, and Meeks. Instead we have three guys who all might be awful. I hope I’m wrong, but last night didn’t make me anymore optimistic about the future.

    Same. I can’t imagine Dennis Smith being a total bust whereas it’s easy to imagine it happening to Frank.

    RE: our own picks.

    I have a feeling we’re going to regret not drafting DSJ — not because he would necessarily have done great here under this current regime, but because he is going to BLOW UP in Dallas. He is going to be freaking awesome throwing lobs to Noel and PNP with Dirk. And Carlisle will find a way to hide his physical liabilities on defense — I mean, Carlisle was able to hide JJ Barea and win a championship with JJ playing huge minutes, and DSJ is 50x the athlete that JJ was. Man I wish Carlisle was our coach (and Cuban was our owner).

    That said – I’m good with Ntilikina. We have forever been asking for a player that actually plays defense, has a high basketball IQ, and not just look at POINTZZZ and jumping ability. He’s been the “best young player” award winner in that league for the last 2 years — an honor that since 2000 has gone to Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Ian Mahinmi, Nic Batum (x2), Fournier (x2), Capela, and now Frank (x2). By all accounts he’s a really good kid, and supposedly a gym rat as well.

    Speaking of Batum – I wonder whether he’s actually a good comp for Frank — Batum is listed in DX as 6’7-3/4″ with shoes, which probably correlates to actually being 6’6″-6’6.5″ with a 7′ wingspan. Neither are specifically explosive athletes. Both with long arms, good basketball IQ, good defenders but not specifically great at anything.

    Re: Damyean Dotson – I was unaware of the Oregon stuff, and just read a couple articles from back then– yikes and smh. From a pure on-court standpoint he looks nice — great shooter, was used as a defensive stopper, good rebounder — and if you read the stuff from Portsmouth this year (where he was MVP) he flashed as a passer/creator also. I don’t know though – just from a character standpoint I would’ve gone Thornwell from an old 3-D good rebounder prospect.

    Jaramaz looks really fun on the few clips I’ve seen – really bouncy, likes to dunk it on people.

    Did anyone else feel a new wave of anger at the Rose deal when the Butler package was announced? I always felt like Phil gave up one piece too many for an unwanted, expiring player. I don’t mean to relitigate that deal, I’m just curious if anyone else got a traumatic flashback haha

    Flipping through the last 2o drafts, it’s actually relatively rare to miss on a top-10 point guard pick. Here’s the list of the worst PG’s selected in the top 10 (many of whom are combo guards):

    Mudiay, Exum, D’Angelo Russell; Elfrid Payton all have some time before being labeled busts; Jimmer, D.J. Augustin, Randy Foye, Ray Felton, T.J. Ford, Keyon Dooling, Jamal Crawford, Antonio Daniels, Larry Hughes

    Shaun Livingston, Jay Williams, and Derrick Rose could have been better w/o injuries.

    I don’t imagine DSJ joining that list. Frank? It’s difficult to say…

    Same. I can’t imagine Dennis Smith being a total bust whereas it’s easy to imagine it happening to Frank.

    I dunno – my worry about Dennis Smith is that he’ll be an empty calorie sort of player. Floor is probably Steve Francis, who I guess was a good player but basically scored a lot of points for a lot of bad teams. I guess he could be Baron Davis who was awesome before all the injuries, but I’m not sure Smith will ultimately have the body of Baron, who was just so strong and forceful in addition to being explosive. And Baron was an absolute animal on defense, which Dennis Smith was not at NC State.

    Re: Frank’s floor – by all accounts he has a high basketball IQ, quick feet, a desire to play defense, and he will always be 6’6″+ with a 7’+ wingspan. If you believe in his shooting, it’s hard to imagine that he’s not going to be at least a rotation player even as an off-ball guy. And remember- he’ll be the youngest player in the NBA — tons of room to grow not just his basketball skills but also physically. For all we know he could be 6’7″+ with a 7’2″ wingspan when it’s all said and done.

    by the way – not sure if anyone heard Alan Hahn’s bit with Michael Kay yesterday, but he said some highly worrisome stuff about KP — specifically that not only was he much more entitled this past season, but also that his work ethic also suffered. He said his first year he was in the gym all the time working on his game but that that fell off in 2016-17. THAT is maybe the most worrisome thing I’ve heard about KP.

    One last thought before I try and actually get some work done.

    People have said that Phil doesn’t care about what the fans think, but I am not totally sure that is true. Before he ultimately hired Hornacek, rumor was of course that he wanted Rambis to stay as HC — and lots of reporting around the time suggested that the reason he didn’t is because he knew the fan base would go absolutely nuts if he did that. So maybe — just maybe — all our collective outrage this week had a little effect.

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