Knicks Morning News (2017.10.15)

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek sets defensive challenge for second-year Knick
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 11:22:12 PM)

    Courtney Lee’s locker at the Garden hung next to Carmelo Anthony’s last season. Thursday in the Knicks season opener, Lee may be draped all over Anthony on the court in Oklahoma City. In search of a speedier defensive starting unit, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek is expected to start Lee at small forward against the Thunder,…

  • [NYPost] The numbers don’t agree, but Knicks see progress in a key area
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 2:35:49 PM)

    The Knicks finished dead last in the league in defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) in the preseason. They gave up 112 points per game while going 0-5 (two losses to the Nets, two to the Wizards, one to the Rockets). Nevertheless, coach Jeff Hornacek, whose team opens Thursday in Oklahoma City, believes the Knicks…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks working on simplifying defense
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:05:13 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Jeff Hornacek admits that the Knicks’ defensive principles and concepts were confusing last season and that not everyone picked them up.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks simplifying defense after rough year one under Hornacek
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:46:25 PM)

    Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek admitted that the Knicks’ defensive principles and concepts were difficult and confusing during his first season on New York’s sideline last year.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks waive Trey Burke, Nigel Hayes, Xavier Rathan-Mayes
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:42:31 AM)

    The Knicks announced they have waived three players: PG Trey Burke, SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and F Nigel Hayes.

  • [NYDN] Knicks keeping defense simple to avoid confusing players
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:12:02 PM)

    The lesson learned from dreadful defense was to keep it simple.

  • [NYDN] Knicks Preview: Position-by-position breakdown
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 2:53:24 PM)

    A look at what the 2017-2018 Knicks are working with.

  • [NYDN] 5 burning questions for the Knicks
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:55:44 AM)

    It wasn’t just Phil Jackson that prompted Kristaps Porzingis to skip his exit meeting in April.

  • [NYDN] Not too early for Knicks to look at top of ’18 NBA Draft
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:53:49 AM)

    This is it for their Knicks. Their last chance to take advantage of the current draft lottery system.

  • [NYDN] Knicks cut Nigel Hayes, 2 others to set opening night roster
    (Saturday, October 14, 2017 7:12:57 AM)

    The Knicks announced the former Wisconsin star was one of three players cut Saturday to get their roster set for opening night.

  • 19 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2017.10.15)”

    I am all for resting Frank and KP anytime the coaches feel like it. Keep them as healthy as possible and lose as many games as possible.

    Kind of stating the obvious, I know, but I also think every time that they sit, fans start to get frustrated.

    We are really entering a rebuild. I don’t think I’ve been this optimistic since the time we traded Z-Bo and Crawford.

    Agreed. If a guy needs a day of rest, give him two. Yes, it will be hard as fans to watch Sessions and Baker running a bad offense isntead of Frank. But we’ve got to play the long game here.

    Horny should run out a 5 center lineup at least once this year. It would be fun to watch.

    Artis got a two way with Orlando? No big deal, but still kind of surprised he was cut vs. XR-M. I guess the numbers game at the 2 (Lee, THJ, Ron, DD) may have meant they were actually doing him a bit of a favor by not waiting till now to cut him.

    Jets up 7-0 vs. NE.

    Wow, Jets were going to lose anyways, but they just got screwed by the single worst video overturn I’ve ever seen.

    And after getting literally robbed of a TD, the Jets get the ball back, get a FG, stop NE, and are getting the ball back. They’re pretty much dominating the 4th quarter. A truly game-changing call to not just take a TD away, but give it to the other team as a turnover when the player never lost the ball.

    TV analyst Fouts is beside himself; he’s already called it the worst call he’s ever seen.

    Maybe some good will come out as there’s the creeping overanalysis of replays in the NFL. The whole idea of “irrefutable visual evidence” being needed is totally lost.

    Opening night is starting to look like it will be Kanter, KP, Lee, Hardaway, and Sessions.

    I’m conflicted with this Jets loss. I really wanted the Jets to beat New England because I hate the Patriots with all of my being that still cares about the NFL. But I also want the Jets to go 3-13 so they can draft Darnold or Rosen this year. Josh McCown’s Jets feel like more of the same 6-10 win Jets I’ve grown accustomed to and it sucks. Let’s just lose and get a QB.

    I really wish that Willie would start, but I guess I understand the logic in starting Kanter.

    @12
    I too am all of the Jets losing lots of games and getting a higher pick, but what happened today really stinks. There is a still frame available of the ball being in the air for a tiny fraction of a second as Jenkins was struggling for the end zone, but there’s no goal line perspective on it. The ball basically shifted from one hand to the other incredibly quickly, and it might have happened before he crossed the goal line. He certainly had it when he hit the pylon. There’s no “irrefutable video evidence” (or whatever term the NFL uses) to overturn the call on the field. It takes a TD away from a team and gives the ball to the other team on a play where the receiver had and never lost the ball. What should be a 3 pt. game remains a 10 point game more than halfway through the 4th quarter. Huge.

    The NFL is so nitpicking and video micromanaging the whole concept of what constitutes “possession” in games that it has become ridiculous. It’ll do what it always does in these situations: quote some badly worded rule as justification.

    Anyways, gripe over! Agree re McCown. He is what he is; a mediocre stop gap.

    Oh yeah; there is no disputing that the NFL did Tom Brady and the Patriots a favor by gifting them the turnover and there was also the BS interference call on Jamal Adams.

    McBuckets might be our most tradable asset. If we start him and he scores in the upper teens per game while shooting 38%+ from 3 point range, we might be able to get a 1st round pick from Portland or some other playoff team at the deadline.

    An interesting thing to look for with McB is that he supposedly loves the rims at MSG. Even if that’s just in his head, he might do well enough with the Knicks to either become a piece moving forward or a decent trade asset.

    One thing for sure about the opener: Kanter, McB, and Melo will be highly motivated to score lots of pointz!

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