Knicks Morning News (2017.10.20)

  • [NYTimes] Atlanta Hawks Set to Hire N.B.A.’s Michelle Leftwich for Front Office
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:23:03 PM)

    Leftwich becomes the latest woman to hold a prominent post in basketball operations for an N.B.A. team.

  • [NYTimes] Jeremy Lin Out for the Season With Ruptured Patella Tendon in His Knee
    (Friday, October 20, 2017 3:16:45 AM)

    The Brooklyn Nets guard landed hard after driving to the basket near the end of the Nets’ season opener.

  • [ESPN] No. 1 consolation: Kristaps Porzingis shows he’s worthy successor to Melo
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:20:19 PM)

    No. 1 consolation: Kristaps Porzingis shows he’s worthy successor to Melo

  • [NYDN] Willy Hernangomez plays just 4 minutes in blowout loss
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:20:10 PM)

    In one training camp, Willy Hernangomez went from franchise cornerstone to waiting for garbage time.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo struggles, but OKC’s future still brighter than Knicks’
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:53:04 PM)

    Carmelo didn’t get 40 on the Knicks although there were times when he moved like he was 40.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo helps lead Thunder to 105-84 win over Knicks
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:39:12 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony gets off to rocky start but still helps lead Thunder to 105-84 win over Knicks.

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Kristaps Porzingis blocks Carmelo Anthony at the rim
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:57:23 PM)

    No hard feelings?

  • [NYDN] Melo implies Knicks were ‘hell’ in final dig before Thunder debut
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:52:49 PM)

    Like escaping an everlasting burning furnace of misery, Carmelo Anthony traded his Knicks jersey for something more heavenly.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis has three very lofty goals for himself
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:56:38 AM)

    While the Knicks front office has set very modest goals for this season (just play hard!), Kristaps Porzingis has not.

  • [NYPost] A glimpse at what the Porzingis era will look like for Knicks
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:43:02 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — At the ripe old grizzled age of 22, Kristaps Porzingis already has played — endured? — two Knicks seasons in New York. He became many things to Knicks fans because of his 7-foot-3 length, perimeter shooting skills and explosiveness at the rim. The Future. The Hope. The Cornerstone. But no matter what…

  • [NYPost] ‘No more Knicks talk’: Carmelo gets closure with emphatic ‘W’
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:07:20 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Less than one game-time minute had passed and Carmelo Anthony accepted a Russell Westbrook pass on the right side and launched an open 3-pointer. The Thunder were up on the Knicks, 3-0. “It felt good,” Anthony said. “I was actually surprised the first shot was that wide open. Glad it went in…

  • [NYPost] One Knicks building block didn’t play much in opener
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:44:26 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Center Willy Hernangomez, the young building block who was a first-team All-Rookie selection, found himself out of the rotation in the season opener Thursday versus the Thunder. As expected Enes Kanter started and Kyle O’Quinn got 22 minutes as the backup. With 3:46 left, Hernangomez was put in during garbage time of…

  • [NYPost] Knicks no match for Carmelo, Thunder in opening-night dud
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:55:52 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Kristaps Porzingis bested Carmelo Anthony in their individual matchup, but that was the only thing that went right for the Knicks. Anthony didn’t have a very good performance in the first game of his new life, but he had a very good cast, led by Russell Westbrook’s triple-double (21 points, 16 assists,…

  • [NYPost] MSG would do better without Rangers, Knicks: investor
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:15:14 PM)

    The Knicks and Rangers aren’t the only franchises at Madison Square Garden not playing up to their potential, one Wall Street investor said Thursday. The Madison Square Garden Co. itself is underperforming — and James Dolan should take decisive action to bring full value to shareholders, according to Samantha Greenberg of the Margate Capital hedge…

  • [NYPost] One of Porzingis’ personal goals is particularly audacious
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:36:27 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Kristaps Porzingis has lofty individual goals that go beyond making his first All-Star Game, which he made known over the summer. In an interview with the Players Tribune, Porzingis listed two other honors in his sights — one likely unreachable considering his defensive rebounding numbers. “As far as individual goals … I…

  • [NYPost] Hornacek and Carmelo aren’t done taking shots yet
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:06:59 AM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Jeff Hornacek declined to get into a war of words with Carmelo Anthony, who doesn’t seem to mind the escalation. However, Hornacek made an indirect dig at his former star, saying this season’s team is “really committed to doing the right things” when asked about Anthony. In a subsequent tweet Thursday afternoon,…

  • [NYPost] The critical advice one ex-Knicks coach gave to GM Scott Perry
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:02:43 AM)

    It’s a good time to start a rebuild, and the Knicks finally seem ready to commit to one. That’s the current state of the top-heavy NBA with another season tipping off this week. “The Knicks are going to be in the same position as 28 other teams and that’s looking up to the Golden State…

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Melo reflects on his time in NYC
    (Friday, October 20, 2017 12:54:27 AM)

    Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony opens up about his journey since being traded to Oklahoma City and reflects on his time in New York.

  • [SNY Knicks] Westbrook leads Thunder to 105-84 win over Knicks
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:17:07 PM)

    Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, Paul George had a team-high 28 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 105-84 win over the Knicks in the season opener on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks set to face Carmelo Anthony, Thunder
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:40:17 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A new Carmelo Anthony chapter begins Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Knicks open season against Camelo Anthony, Thunder
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:47:36 PM)

    Taylor Rooks and Stefan Bondy preview the Knicks season opener against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis ready to guard Carmelo Anthony, lead Knicks
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:00:10 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis is embracing the task of guarding former teammate Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night — and the challenge of leading the Knicks in Anthony’s absence.

  • [SNY Knicks] Three things to watch as Knicks open season against Thunder
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:10:30 PM)

    The Knicks open the season tonight against the new-look Thunder in Oklahoma City. Some old friends will meet again after the Carmelo Anthony to OKC trade a few weeks ago. Let’s take a look at the three things to watch for…

  • [SNY Knicks] Carmelo Anthony tweets that he walked ‘through hell’
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:10:32 PM)

    The afternoon before he faces the Knicks in Oklahoma City as a member of the Thunder, Carmelo Anthony tweeted that he’s ready to walk out of hell.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony scores 22 in Thunder debut as OKC routs Knicks
    (Friday, October 20, 2017 1:53:02 AM)

    The Knicks hung in for most of the first half, but were beaten handily, 105-84, Thursday night.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony: Kristaps Porzingis has to ’embrace’ being ‘The Man’
    (Friday, October 20, 2017 12:57:39 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony tried grooming Kristaps Porzingis the past two years, knowing that he someday would replace him as the Knicks’ franchise player. Now that he has, Anthony called it “a big, big year” for Porzingis and had some advice.

  • [NY Newsday] Porzingis gets first chance to lead Knicks tonight
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:55:15 PM)

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Kristaps Porzingis is 22 and has never been an All-Star or played a full NBA season. But starting Thursday night, the Knicks are officially his team.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks Insider podcast: Carmelo Anthony opens up on time with Knicks
    (Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:26:00 PM)

    The Knicks open the regular-season Thursday against a familiar face: Carmelo Anthony.

  • 18 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2017.10.20)”

    I walked away happy last night. (1) I think watching KP’s potential really pan out in his first game as the focal point was most important. (2) I want the team to tank. (3) I want KOQ and Kanter to get minutes to be viable trade chips (4) disappointed that Frank looked that raw and didn’t get minutes (5) ditto WHG not getting minutes (6) point play is awful but I’d rather see Jameer go to Cleveland or OKC than us sign him.

    Whew, that was quite a game.

    KP obviously looked pretty damn good — missed some bunnies or his line would’ve looked even better. One under-the-radar thing I really liked is that he basically had zero dumb fouls. And while on D it would be nice to have him closer to the rim, it is really true that in the new small ball NBA, he is freaking gigantic playing the 4 and posting up the Melos, PG’s, and Pattersons of the world.

    Kanter is not a starting C in this league unless you are stealth tanking. And if we’re tanking, that’s fine, but you can’t tell Willy that he’s not playing because of his defense, then at the same time literally start one of the worst defensive PGs in the league and literally the worst C in the league over him. Not sure if Hornacek is trying to do the Budenholzer-THJ thing, but that only works if the guys that ARE playing instead of that player are actually playing D.

    Sessions is a backup PG, and on this team, which is clearly not going anywhere this year, he should be a mentor / break glass in case of emergency player. If you’re not going to start Ntilikina (yet), that’s fine since he missed most of the preseason and is still in puberty playing against Russ, but then start Ron Baker, who despite all the negative comments in the last thread, looked pretty good IMHO. He played 22 minutes, mostly in non-garbage time, and in a game we lost by 21, he was a +4 and had 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. And like DRed wrote, assuming he hasn’t completely forgotten how to shoot free throws, would’ve had a very nice line if he had just hit, say 6 of 8 from the line rather than 3 of 8. I dunno – Baker just seems like he knows what he’s supposed to be doing out there, like TJ McConnell or similar guys that never are flashy but whose teams just play better when he’s out there.

    THJ – obviously an ugly line, but he had a couple nice passes, and PG/Roberson make most people look bad. I thought his 1-on-1 D was pretty good.

    I haven’t watched the full game yet, only highlights, but I agree with all of this – great from KP, fine with losing, fine with showcasing some trade chips, but REALLY not fine with the balance struck on minutes for Willy and Frank. Frank – ok, he’s working his way back so maybe that’s ok? But Willy getting 3 mins? ABSOLUTELY NOT OK!

    On a side note, just looked at the box score from the Pels game. WOW is that a top-heavy team – 61 out of 91 points, 28/51 rebounds, 21/24 made FTs, 8/12 blocks… from two guys? Crazy.

    Couple other thoughts –

    I’ve generally been a Lance Thomas supporter but man was he terrible last night and during the preseason. It’s fine to play him for now but Dotson should be getting all of Lance’s SF minutes eventually.

    Back to Baker — he had 4 assists and 2 secondary assists, as well as 5 deflections and 1 loose-ball recovered. So in 22 minutes he led the team in assists and steals, had the only 2 secondary assists we recorded, and next closest in terms of deflections had just 1 deflection vs 5 for Ron. Dude just hustles and plays smart. Call me crazy but if he could just be an average shooter he’d really be valuable.

    Did you see the part where Ron Baker struggled with ball pressure from Ray Felton. He’s not an NBA guard bro. That was Ray Felton.

    Did you see the part where Ron Baker struggled with ball pressure from Ray Felton. He’s not an NBA guard bro. That was Ray Felton.

    Maybe you didn’t see the part where the Knicks played 100x better with Baker on the floor than when off. Yes, that’s just in comparison to Sessions, but Baker was the best PG on the floor for us last night, Ray Felton pressure or not.

    Reggie hit the point when he mentioned Knicks got six players over 6’10” when the league is going small and position less

    Mario Chalmers was available.. Tony Allen could have been the mentor on D

    Baker is not much, but he’s a rotation player on this team. He’s going to have to shoot better than he did last year, but he hustles, can play defense, can pass, and is active enough to have an impact. Sometimes he tries to do too much and winds up driving into bad spots (which causes TOs), but I think he’s going to be OK. The thing is, he’s a not real PG and he’s not enough of a scorer to be a SG. He would have been better in the triangle than he is the way we are trying to play now.

    It’s a sad situation. We have no PG again….at least until Nitti is ready. That’s going to hurt the efficiency of our other players and the offense overall.

    Willy not playing was insane, but maybe the idea was to give Kanter a really good run in OKC. The rotation may look a little different for the next game.

    i have no problem with the rotations… koq, kanter and thomas need to be showcased so we can get something in return for them….

    hardaway looked like the normal hardaway… it’s going to be a long 4 years with him…

    the biggest thing with kp was his assertiveness… i like that he was working in the post a bit more and only a few times where he was trying to faceup iso and the awkward crossover… the rebounds and the FTA are the most promising parts of his line… if that’s for real then we have a really good player…

    I think it was pretty clear from last night that it’s going to be a huge struggle on offense this year. The guard play has compounding effects on everything. I don’t remember more than 2 or 3 easy buckets generated the entire game. So many possessions ended with our terrible guards trying to slip a pass through a non-existent gap because they just don’t have other options. They can’t get their own shot, they can’t penetrate to get someone else a shot, there isn’t anybody else who can consistently draw double teams and then pass out. There just isn’t anywhere to go on offense, and that was with KP having a really strong game. I realize OKC is going to be a strong defense, but I just saw so many structural issues with this Knicks roster that aren’t going away unless Frank is ready to contribute soon.

    Also the rotations were a disgrace. I hope Scott Perry gave Horny an ear-full after the game. The young guys need to play and they weren’t even out there once it was extremely clear that the game was well into garbage time. Also Willy is quite possibly the 2nd best player on the team.

    FYI to the people saying you need to play the vets to “showcase” them, it’s not a showcase if they all suck. Lance Thomas: 15 minutes, 2 points 1/4 from the field, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO, 4 fouls, -23. I’m sure the phone is ringing off the hook this morning.

    Baker had a good game on defense and was mediocre offensively. Sessions was bad on defense and bad on offense. Frank (not surprisingly) looked like a kid who didn’t know what he was doing. The Thunder should be a very good defense, but the PG spot is not looking good.

    Hornacek knows what he’s doing, he played Willy all Season last year and knows what he’s capable Of.

    He wants more offense and kanter Provides that… also kanter draws defense away from KP. There were a few sequences where kanter was a load on the offensive glass, but I think kanter is too slow in transition and Willy and KOQ are better options in that regard.

    If Brandon Ingram is going to be a decent NBA player won’t be anytime soon. He looks the same as last year, just more aggro. Lonzo had to fave Pbev, but he’s gonna be so good.

    Jesus…why would anyone want to play in this town. Could someone open the Valium concession plz…..

    I am fairly certain Sessions and Baker might make one of the all time worst PG combinations. I’m pretty sure they re expecting Frank to play 30 minutes a night. If he is a real bust then its an absolute cluster fuck.

    But FFS is 8 minutes on the road against one of the best PGs in the world after 2 practices in 2 weeks with a total of 17 pre season minutes of total NBA experience just a touch early to crawl into a proverbial ball? My God!

    Who the fuck is Isaiah hicks? We
    Signed him

    He’s basically a nobody, but the Knicks had an open two-way roster spot, so he seems as good as anyone else for that spot.

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