Knicks Morning News (2017.08.19)

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway’s second Knicks act excites one team exec
    (Friday, August 18, 2017 4:08:38 PM)

    Allan Houston is excited to see what Tim Hardaway Jr. can do during his first year of his big contract with the Knicks. Houston, the Knicks’ assistant general manager and a former guard who played for the team, was at Hofstra University on Friday working with his youth program, FISLL, which stands for faith, integrity,…

  • [NYPost] ‘Walking bucket’ Beasley is tired of not getting enough respect
    (Friday, August 18, 2017 12:37:39 PM)

    Michael Beasley is hardly lacking bragadoccio these days. He calls himself “a walking bucket’’ and thinks he’ll score a lot of them at Madison Square Garden because he’s “always done well with pressure.’’ Beasley, a 6-foot-9 forward, signed with the Knicks on a one-year deal last week for the veteran’s minimum, possibly as Carmelo Anthony’s…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks players vote Carmelo ‘Best Teammate’ for NBPA awards
    (Friday, August 18, 2017 8:20:21 PM)

    The Knicks’ players voted F Carmelo Anthony “Best Teammate” as part of the NBPA awards on Friday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks agree to terms with G Xavier Rathan-Mayes
    (Friday, August 18, 2017 6:47:04 PM)

    The Knicks have announced they agreed to terms with G Xavier Rathan-Mayes. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks agree to terms with Jamel Artis
    (Friday, August 18, 2017 2:40:44 PM)

    Artis, 24, said in July that he was ready to seize a “major opportunity” with the Knicks after going undrafted out of Pittsburgh.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks sign Nigel Hayes to partially-guaranteed contract
    (Friday, August 18, 2017 2:15:24 PM)

    Former Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Knicks, sources told ESPN and the New York Daily News.

  • [NYTimes] Nigel Hayes, an Outspoken Star With Wisconsin, Signs With the Knicks
    (Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:08:17 AM)

    In addition to Hayes, the team signed Pittsburgh’s Jamel Artis and Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony the ‘best teammate,’ according to Knicks players
    (Friday, August 18, 2017 12:38:27 PM)

    Unlike Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony’s teammates didn’t seem to have a big problem with him holding the ball too long.

  • [NYDN] Nigel Hayes signs contract with Knicks
    (Friday, August 18, 2017 6:25:22 AM)

    The Knicks have signed Nigel Hayes to a partially guaranteed contract, according to ESPN.

  • [ESPN] Rumor Central: Nigel Hayes to sign with Knicks
    (Friday, August 18, 2017 10:30:20 AM)

    Rumor Central: Nigel Hayes to sign with Knicks

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    KP and the Mindawg going head to head tonight. Lithuania should be a better test for our Latvian giant.

    I checked Serbia’s box score from yesterday and Jaramaz was not listed, wonder why. Is he injured? Did he not make the team?

    Jaramaz is not on Serbia’s roster, he was in the preliminary squad and I can’t find anything about an injury, so he probably just didn’t make the cut. Serbia has a lot of talent in the guard rotation so that does not surprise me much… still a bummer for us.

    “Kevin Durant never scored 40 points on LeBron James?,’’ Beasley said. “Like Golden State isn’t running 140 points on everyone and Houston too. … It’s only a problem when I play defense. I’m always watching half the game. I’ve never had a chance to play defense a whole game to be good at it. I’ve never had a chance to play a whole game and let the game manifest itself.”

    Yup. Big things. I’m predicting big things. It’s only a problem when he actually plays defense. Good to know…

    Beasley is really delusional.

    At least it’s a kind of funny delusional. 🙂

    Sort of funny, but is that the kind of funny you want on your team? I mean, he is out there!

    KP still looks a bit shaky on D, got smoked by JV; KP just drove by JV but couldn’t finish a dunk.

    Good, competitive game, though!

    Sort of funny, but is that the kind of funny you want on your team? I mean, he is out there!

    No, not really, but I dunno, is Beasley even really going to be a big part of this team? If he is, they’re probably in trouble, ya know?

    A Latvian player named Davis Bertans caught my eye, had no idea that he played 800 minutes of .135 WS48 ball with the Spurs last year!

    Yeah, he had some cool plays for the Spurs last year. He had this one really awesome three. I’ll try to find it for ya.

    Lituania cuts the lead to 5, can’t believe how competitive this “friendly” game is!

    I’d rather not see KP balling out 100% on defense in a meaningless Latvia vs Lithuania game. Take it easy out there, tall skinny guy!

    Yeah, he’s def a good rotation player on a good team. Lots of really good players in this game!

    If you took the best 12 players from this game, you’d have a pretty good NBA team.

    If KP doesn’t wind up getting hurt, this is great training for him, Willy and Kuz. Speaking of which, Kuz played nearly the entire game and definitely looked stronger out there. He guarded KP a lot and was pretty effective, which worries me a bit.

    can anyone link the box score for the game?

    Lithuania is probably at least a top 5 team in eurobasket this year, so its nice to see Porzingis and Latvia hanging on there.

    If KP really shows up in the group stage Latvia has a good chance at making it far, specially if they can upset Serbia playing without Jokic and Raduljica.


    Lithuania is ranked #5 worldwide, nevermind in Europe (where they’re probably #3)




    I know, that’s why I said at least, but they haven’t been playing well, lost friendlies against Georgia and now Latvia. Spain, Greece, Serbia and Croatia all have a pretty big chance at being better than they are now, the eurobasket power rankings even put them at 5th behind those. Greece being without Giannis and Serbia without Jokic and Raduljica will help them a lot tho.

    I don’t know how to feel about KP’s efficiency numbers or his lack of offensive rebounds. This is probably just an exercise in film review.

    KP has always been a bit of a streaky shooter and had his fair share of 4 for 12 games last year. I don’t think he will ever be an elite jump shooter and wouldn’t expect him to boost his efficiency by making more jump shots. His key to success going forward is finding ways to get more easy buckets instead of relying so much on his jump shooting.

    No Marshall Plumlee this year. The Clippers signed him to a partially guaranteed deal.

    Dear Knicks,
    See what the Mets are doing? That’s what you should be doing.

    Thank you,
    A concerned fan

    @33 We have a lot of 5’s (and twos)
    @34 IDK. I see what you mean but the Mets are post trade deadline. Knicks wanna see what they have right now. It is possible that Lee and TH2 play together. O’Quinn is good. Maybe we need to give the team credit for not making bad deals involving these guys (not talking about the TH2 deal which may be excessive, I’m talking about Lee and O’Quinn). Who knows what they might have been offered.

    @35 know we don’t need Plumlee, but some people here like him, so I passed on the news. I actually thought he played badly in Summer League, much worse than he should have been given his experience; so I don’t mind letting him go at all. I will say that it is remarkable to me how many of our ex end of the bench players find roles on other teams. Plumlee, Jason Smith, Galloway, Derrick Williams, are the ones I remember off of the top of my head.

    When we signed Beasley people were optimisticly pointing to his improved TS% and other stats. I made the point that there are reasons he hasn’t been able to stick anywhere, including Miami where they gave him multiple chances. Now we are getting to know him better.

    Beasley’s attitude really makes me mad that we’re stuck with him for one season at the veteran’s minimum

    Beasley’s attitude really makes me mad that we’re stuck with him for one season at the veteran’s minimum

    There are degrees of stupid. On a scale of 1-10, signing Beasley for a year at the minimum is probably only a 1 or 2. But why be stupid at all? They could have used the roster spot either now or later for a young player that might be part of the long term future.

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