Knicks Morning News (2017.11.02)

  • [ESPN] James Harden looks for Garden encore against surging Knicks
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 1:15:09 PM)

    James Harden looks for Garden encore against surging Knicks

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis brings buzz back to Madison Square Garden
    (Thursday, November 02, 2017 1:57:43 AM)

    Mike D’Antoni recognized the feeling the moment he walked into Madison Square Garden.

  • [NY Newsday] Rockets put damper on Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 11:40:59 PM)

    There were no “M-V-P” chants for Kristaps Porzingis inside the Garden Wednesday night and not much for the fans to cheer overall.

  • [NY Newsday] Mike D’Antoni knows what Jeff Hornacek is going through
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 10:22:45 PM)

    Mike D’Antoni has a very good idea of what life is like for Jeff Hornacek, trying to lead the Knicks through a rebuilding situation while feeling the pressures of coaching in New York.

  • [NYPost] ‘He lived a great life’: D’Antoni mourns dad’s death at 103
    (Thursday, November 02, 2017 1:34:00 AM)

    Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni decided it was best to cancel his team’s shoot-around at the Garden on Wednesday because of the closed roads around the team hotel in Battery Park following the terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. “We had a bus ready to go,’’ D’Antoni said before the Rockets’ 119-97 win over the…

  • [NYPost] Ryan Anderson more than happy he didn’t become a Knick
    (Thursday, November 02, 2017 12:16:41 AM)

    On second thought, maybe the Knicks should have accepted Houston’s summer offer of Ryan Anderson in a Carmelo Anthony deal. That was a big NBA offseason storyline: Anthony wanting to go to Houston, the Rockets hoping to land him, but insistent the Knicks accept Anderson, with three years and $61 million remaining on his contract….

  • [NYPost] Note to Knicks fans: Nights like these inevitable
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:28:40 PM)

    And then … Well, then there are nights like this one. There will be plenty of nights like this one, actually, nights when the Knicks run into a better team like a cartoon locomotive running into a brick wall, nights when the better team acts like the better team from tip to buzzer, not the…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ three-game win streak comes to crashing halt
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:45:20 PM)

    Mike D’Antoni’s Rockets looked like they, too, could present the city of Houston some championship thrills in the future. On the night the Astros, their baseball brethren, won their first World Series title, the Rockets accomplished a lesser feat, cooling off the red-hot but exhausted Knicks in a 119-97 Garden demolishing. The Rockets have now…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis the face of a nutritional bar company
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 5:27:23 PM)

    With a similar nickname, Kristaps Porzingis is aligning with the Seattle-based nutritional bar company, “Zing Bars.’’ Porzingis will serve as the brand ambassador for the company, it was announced Wednesday. Porzingis’ old nickname – bestowed by Spanish League coach Scott Roth – was “Zinger.’’ He has said since he prefers “KP6’’ to be his moniker….

  • [NYDN] Rebuilding Knicks should consider starting Frank Ntilikina soon
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:43:57 PM)

    After ugly loss to Rockets, rebuilding Knicks should consider starting Frank Ntilikina in near future.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ three-game win streak snapped in blowout loss to Rockets
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:26:42 PM)

    James Harden scores 31 as Rockets blow out Knicks, 119-97.

  • [NYDN] D’Antoni understands ‘tough’ environment Hornacek faces in NY
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 4:41:03 PM)

    Mike D’Antoni used to be the hoops coach under the microscope in New York, so he feels for Jeff Hornacek.

  • [NYDN] Rockets F Ryan Anderson says he ‘didn’t think about’ trade rumors
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 4:24:45 PM)

    Ryan Anderson might be more happy to not be a Knick than Carmelo Anthony is.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ winning streak ends at three games after 119-97 loss to Rockets
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 10:45:08 PM)

    Despite 23 points and seven rebounds from Tim Hardaway Jr., the New York Knicks’ three-game winning streak came to an end with a 119-97 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks vs. Rockets, 8 p.m.
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 5:30:03 PM)

    NEW YORK — New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he didn’t bother showing his players film of their ugly loss in Boston on Oct. 24.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis is becoming a superstar
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 11:00:00 AM)

    On October 30 at Madison Square Garden, Kristaps Porzingis was getting “MVP” chants from the home crowd. While it’s only six games into the season and may sound crazy, it’s actually not.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: At Age 67, Dr. J Is Going Back to the Beginning
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 11:08:55 PM)

    Julius Erving will be at the Nassau Coliseum this weekend, where he was once a sensation with the A.B.A.’s New York Nets. Now, the G League Nets will honor him.

  • [NYTimes] Carmelo Anthony Is Gone, and Perhaps the Knicks Don’t Miss Him
    (Wednesday, November 01, 2017 8:33:10 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis has quickly assumed the role of franchise player, and Frank Ntilikina, the rookie guard, is showing flashes of real talent.

  • 57 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2017.11.02)”

    No shame in this loss. Rockets are well-oiled machine where players have been together for a while. When they’re hitting those 3s, hard to beat them. Some positives:

    – KP got 3 dimes

    – I’ve probably been Dotson’s biggest booster here since watching him in Summer League but he’s even better than I expected. He’s so fluid out there. He makes crisp passes in the flow of the offense and appears to have a high BB IQ. Excellent in transition. Maybe the team should execute some plays for him where he shoots off screens like they do for McD? There’s one major area for development. He had a path to rim and started to drive but chose to pass to KP for a 3. For some reason, his history has been not to drive to basket. Why? He looks like a strong guy, he’s got mad hops, his handle’s OK, and he’s shown a nice touch the rare times he’s done it. Once he gets minutes (and he and McD should be getting all of Lance and B’s minutes) and is shooting in the flow of an offense, guys will have to play him tight which will open up drives. He needs to stop being so timid.

    – I confess after watching pre-draft tape I figured Frank would be a below average 1 guard but an above average wing. He looked too slow and his passing somewhat pedestrian. I even compared him before the season to Shump at the 1. I was very wrong. His court vision is waaaaay better than Shump. I now believe he’s a legit 1. He’s the youngest player in the NBA at a position with the steepest learning curve. He played off the ball a lot in European league. I think he’s been very impressive so far when you consider all of that. Kid’s gotta a high IQ and if it’s possible for him to improve in some obvious facets of the game, he will do it.

    Frank a step slow but got good vision, and Dotson got good positioning. His wing span doesn’t look wide or is Frank’s just that long?
    I thought Willy looked lost, and Timmy as per Van Gundy noted, got bad body language. Who goes when Noah comes back?

    Frank looked pretty slow on offense but 8 assists and 5 steals in 26 minutes seems good? Also another 7 deflections last night, and our 19 year old PG is now leading the league in deflections per 36 at 5.3 (FWIW Robert Covington led the league last year with 4.8 per 36, and Baker led the Knicks last year with 3.5 deflections per 36). He really just understands where to be on defense and then lets those pterodactyl arms do the rest. It would be semi-interesting to see the Knicks roll out a Baker (4.5 deflections per 36) + Ntilikina defensive lineup just to see how much they could gum up the opposing offenses with active hands.

    Also like others, I really like what I saw from Dotson. But in a game that was basically a blowout, I still liked what I saw from THJ, who despite being a -18 for the game, I thought competed really well, had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in just 30 minutes. Some of his passes were really surprising.

    Overall it did seem like the team just got tired. 3rd game in 4 nights against a really good team… not so surprising.

    The Knicks never beat the Rockets. This loss didn’t surprise me. I was glad to see Tim Hardaway Jr put up encouraging stats, and I was happy to see James Harden go 9-23 from the field. Frank has to improve that handle because it’s clear his mind for the game on both ends is outstanding. Defensively he’ll improve over time, but it’s that handle he has to work on.

    I’d also like to see the Knicks call a play for KP where he doesn’t have to go iso and beat somebody in the post/off the dribble. Phil Jackson was right; when you hold the ball for more than two seconds you’re allowing the defense to settle in on you.

    https://youtu.be/JaXY_QH3Z3U

    This is DeAndre Ayton in pre season action. I would trade Willy Hernangomez to pair this kid in the front court with KP. I came away more than impressed with his ability to pass out of a double team, his offensive rebounding, and his dominance around the rim. Arizona might win the championship with Ayton and Trier headlining their roster.

    I have no doubt Ayton is going to be drafted in front of Luka Doncic. That’s how good a draft this is going to be.

    @1

    I think Dotson doesn’t drive to finish more frequently because he’s not explosive off of a 1 foot jump. He’s a 2 foot jumper and he’s explosive when he can do it as you see with his rebounding, but it’s harder to do that off the dribble as we saw with Shumpert.

    @3

    He does look kinda slow, but I think that’s more a function of him not having an advanced handle yet. When he’s just running in the open floor he’s fine. I expect he’ll look more speedy and fluid off the dribble in time, but it’s hard to see him ever being some explosive dynamo like a DSJr type guard. I’m fine with that.

    His defense is going to be insane. I think we added a couple of good 2 way pieces to our future in this draft with Frank and Dotson. I’m pleased with what I’ve seen so far.

    assuming some of it is lack of real game action but yes, willy looked quite lost… was he not ready? who knows, but those are the moments/opportunities he has to seize… and he didnt…

    We’re not beating the Rockets unless Harden has the flu, but one thing I found frustrating last night was some of our offensive sets. Very few high pick and rolls with Frank, and a lot of stagnant possessions with guys standing around and not cutting to the basket. And also +many instances of Kanter ending up with the ball at the top of the 3 point arc, and he’s not exactly a gifted passer.

    The entire league runs endless pick and roll, I don’t get why we don’t on most possessions.

    I think KP is going to have to improve his shot selection if he wants to become one of the premier high efficiency scorers in the league. He takes way too many tough shots to ever get his efficiency up to the elite levels. When you are the #1 option and help defense is coming all the time, you are going to wind up taking more than your fair share of tough ones. But he has to get more easy baskets at the rim, more spot up 3s etc… You can’t sustain a high TS% taking a lot of tough mid range shots off the dribble and the like.

    What lineup are people most eager to watch? To me, it’s Frank/Timmy/Dotson/KP/KOQ but I’d like Frank/Timmy to execute some PnR/P with KP and KOQ.

    Check out THIS RANKING

    Actually, DRed, that’s only 10% above Houston per game average. New statistical realities in play. Saw a stat that said 2006 Ssol Suns would be 25th in 2017 NBA in pace. Mike Dantoni will go down as biggest innovator of this era.

    I was surprised how well Houston rebounded. We got only 6 offensive rebounds and had fewer rebounds overall than Houston did. That played a significant part in how the game went.

    “What lineup are people most eager to watch? To me, it’s Frank/Timmy/Dotson/KP/KOQ but I’d like Frank/Timmy to execute some PnR/P with KP and KOQ.

    Check out THIS RANKING” Being #2 in assist ratio was cool , especially since I am on his bandwagon. Which made me dismayed to click the other columns and see he was 2nd worst TS% and 2nd highest TO ratio. Sigh.

    But, but, a lot of the things that are good about him are not boxscore things, such as the deflections and general spatial awareness on defense.

    As a 19 year old neophyte, you take the bad with the good. Every PG in this class has shown good things to be excited about, and a lot of flaws.

    Lonzo can’t shoot and won’t defend, but he damn well can pass, Smith can get to the rim against anyone but has turnovers, shot selection issues and is a sieve on defense, Mitchell can explode on offense but never met a long 2 he didn’t like and seems to be an unwilling passer… Frank has been truly great defensively and shown good passing, while the shooting and the playmaking have been terrible. Fox has been a bit farther along in terms of development as I expected, but he’s still scoring inefficiently.

    I’m very excited to see how these uber talented dudes will react to the NBA and how they’ll improve, to be honest.

    @13
    Yeah, they did a really good job of keeping Kanter off the offensive boards. He was down there fighting, but just could not get much. And they seemed to get a lot of long rebounds off their own misses.

    I was really impressed with Houston’s ability to get off threes, even in situations where a defender is there. Either step back and fire or head fake-dribble-side-step and fire. They hit a lot of those. I’d image that when they are on, as they were last night after the first quarter, that they are very hard to stay with.

    Willy looked really lost out there, and he keeps missing his free throws. Hasn’t he missed 6 in a row now?

    If Dotson was 20 instead of 23 I’d be almost as excited about him as Frank. If his shot starts falling he’s a viable 3 and D guy right now with excellent rebounding and a bit of playmaking thrown in. Makes the Hardaway deal even more annoying though when his shot is falling THJ has looked like a more complete offensive player than I expected. Still not a great defender but his effort level has been much better than it was in his first stint here.
    As for Frank, obviously he’s got to shoot better- given that he’s not super quick and isn’t a good ball handler he’s going to need to knock down open looks if he’s going to able to run the offense in the half court. I’m more bullish on him as a point than I was even a few games ago but he’s going to have to be an efficient shooter to be a quality starter.

    One of those games I miss Justin holiday and his intangibles, I still don’t understand giving baker and Thjr big contracts and nit signing holiday

    There’s no way you can miss Justin Holiday after we played Houston. Justin Holiday is the worst match up against Harden because Holiday and long and skinny. That means James Harden can muscle past him and then use Holiday’s length against him and force him to foul. Justin Holiday repeated got smoked by James Harden when he went for 53, 17, and 16 against us last year.

    Frank Ntilikina really needs to improve his handle, and I wish I could see him run the break in some 3 on 2 opportunities.

    I feel like we’re gonna end up with Reggie Jackson if there’s a Bledsoe to the Pistons trade. Maybe the Suns would rather have Lee and whatever else the Pistons send and the Pistons take KOQ. Not a Reggie Jackson fan, but I could see it happen.

    Houston is just a bad matchup for us. No one can defend Harden (yet) and Anderson is a tough cover for our bigs.
    Next time we should play them smaller, with KP at center and lots of shooters, Dot, McD, and TH2.
    I’m not worried about Frank. I think he’s partially getting used to the speed of the NBA game and partially playing methodically bc he’s afraid of messing up. He needs to just push the pace, mistakes be damned right now. That said, I don’t think he’ll ever be the drive guy that DSJ is, but he can get to the hoop in crafty ways and will be able to muscle smaller guards better once he fills out a bit.
    He also needs to set his feet more on jumpers off the dribble and not float. His D will be terrific once he learns the different players.

    In this Ringer article where Knicks bloggers discuss Frank, staff writer Katie Baker makes a very interesting point about his high turnover rate so far this rookie season:

    In my daily browsing of internet forums, I saw someone refer to a 2009 John Hollinger column in which he asserted that a young Russell Westbrook, with his high turnover ratio, would wind up more effective than fellow rookies Derrick Rose and O.J. Mayo because “a higher turnover ratio … in a paradoxical twist of logic, is actually a good thing for a rookie. … Historically, those with high turnover rates have had much higher rates of improvement in subsequent seasons.”

    Here is the link to the Hollinger piece and the excerpt which she references:

    He’s [Russell Westbrook] getting zero attention because he had a dreadful November and his team has won only five games. But Westbrook has been spectacular over the past month — he shot 34.5 percent in November but 46.2 percent in December and hung 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds on the Knicks on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Rose and Mayo have cooled off from their hot starts.

    Westbrook also is the youngest of the three, the best defender and the only one who had to change positions upon arriving in the NBA. All of which suggests he’s only scratching the surface of his potential — as does the fact that he has a higher turnover ratio than the other two, which, in a paradoxical twist of logic, is actually a good thing for a rookie. Historically, those with high turnover rates have had much higher rates of improvement in subsequent seasons.

    So 12 months from now, don’t be surprised if we’re calling Westbrook the top guard from this rookie class.

    “Youngest of all three, the best defender, and the only one who had to change positions upon arriving to the NBA.”

    Sounds like Frank Ntilikina.

    i like watching frank play…turnovers and fouls included – just a lot of fun watching a young guy, who’s very easy to root for, make his way in the league…

    was funny, watching lance last night out on the court – great understanding of the game, works hard – but, if him or beasely are out on the court – bad news…

    hopefully kuz and baker will be back soon…

    i’d keep sessions over beasely when noah returns…can’t imagine having a guy who thinks he has lebron level talent hanging out at the end of the bench a good thing for the team…

    I don’t get how you guys can be so knowledgeable about Dotson’s skills; like playmaking. he’s played like 35 minutes, mostly garbage time.

    Sounds like Frank Ntilikina.

    Yes it does, doesn’t it? It’s amazing how prescient Hollinger’s article was. Of course, Frank and Russ have very different games but it is interesting to see how their early struggles of high turnovers and very poor shooting mirror one another. Even a strong, bullish guard like Russ had problems getting to the basket and finishing early on in his career. One very interesting note is how the high turnover problem for rookies counterintuitively signals a greater possibility of improvement. I would love to see the math for that and an explanation as to why this is the case.

    Think you guys might want to re-read that article. Katie Baker’s whole angle was that she was going to use an incredibly stupid statement to justify her irrational happiness with Frank despite his ghastly turnover percentages.

    For the record, I’m also irrationally pleased with Frank

    I would guess that a high turnover rate for a young PG might reflect aggressive passing that leads to turnovers. If the player matures with experience, the turnover numbers come down but assists stay up?

    The Knicks as a whole have a lot of new players and are trying to learn and get consistent with what Hornacek wants.

    I know it makes zero sense to even be scared, but if the Knicks are the 3rd team in the Eric Bledsoe to Pistons trade and take Reggie Jackson I will flip out.

    I guess its just the Knicks fan scars talking.

    I guess its just the Knicks fan scars talking.

    those scars run deep…and, cover about 90% of my psyche…

    @27

    Baker’s post was tongue in cheek. But Hollinger’s point – which was what I wanted to discuss – was serious and dead on accurate.

    Frank’s vision in the open court be it in transition or semi-transition is waaaaay ahead of where I expected. He needs to improve his handle and ability and willingness to look for and create his own shot but I like what I’ve seen thus far. The defense is going to be great and already has stretches of genuine impact.

    @32

    Yeah, last night’s game was also positive in two regards. Frank played some terrific defense without fouling much (2 fouls and 5 steals in 26 minutes) and he had 8 assists with only 3 turnovers. Two positive developments. His shot needs to start falling, though, plus he has to find ways to be a consistent ball handler in getting himself where he needs to be to orchestrate the offense and score.

    I know it makes zero sense to even be scared, but if the Knicks are the 3rd team in the Eric Bledsoe to Pistons trade and take Reggie Jackson I will flip out.

    I guess its just the Knicks fan scars talking.

    Luckily for them there’s no real way they can do that.

    God, their cap sheet is such a mess. Next year is obviously capped out, but even 2019 will be close to capped out when you figure in Porzingis’ extension. If there’s anyway they can dump Lee (I’m assuming there’s no way anybody takes LT/Noah) over the next two years, they should do it. Feels like I’ve been doing this exercise for the past 15+ years

    @34

    I mean, Jackson makes 16 per year, Lee + KOQ equals exactly 16… I’m still sorta afraid.

    Historically, those with high turnover rates have had much higher rates of improvement in subsequent seasons.

    Ironically, Westbrook committed almost two more turnovers per 36 last year than he did in his rookie season and the 3.7 he committed in his rookie season was well under his career average of 4.2. The difference is his usage has skyrocketed so those turnovers make up a smaller % of his total possessions than they did when he wasn’t shooting so much. My guess is that rising usage rates as players age has as much to do with improvements in turnover % as anything else. That said, given his current TS% of .350 I’m hoping Frank’s usage rate drops off from the relatively high 20.2 it stands at now.

    This article is not good. At first I was pissed at his brother for trying to upset what appears to be a better than expected apple cart and creating drama. But reading between the lines I think perhaps the Knicks approached him about his new deal already and tried to lowball him??? Assuming that’s it I don’t get the shot at melo (unless they’re using the blown off interview as an example of immaturity and part of the rationale to lowball??)

    “It’s interesting how many people who are even somehow involved in all of this have criticized it afterward as something so unprofessional. Just look at Melo, how he is handling things,” Janis Porzingis said, according to the Eurohoops.net translation. “And I’m thinking, wait a minute. In reality, if he, for once, decided to fight for something, we wouldn’t be in this situation and Kristaps wouldn’t be forced to take all the damage on himself. It wasn’t done for some personal interest or ambitions or dislike for someone, it was for the sake of overall peace.

    “It should have been a task for the team’s leaders, but Melo and people around him never tried to change anything.”

    absolutely love that the porzingis family is tight…

    good for kp making himself high maintenance – cuz, the knicks management needs some intelligent organizational maintenance…

    if ever an organization needed a team player to mess with it – the knicks are exactly that organization…

    nothing like having a 21 year old foreign born player tell you how fucked up as a team you are…

    Either this new administration did something to piss them off (my money would be on lowball negotiating) and they’re responding which I understand…or….his brother is an absolute moron. The one thing I really don’t understand are the melo comments… why undo what seemed to be a carefully crafted narrative that mellow took all this pressure off of KP and he was so appreciative… And I just don’t see what the motivation would be for that

    the porzingis’ are just letting folks know that kp ain’t about to be the smirking ‘go along’ type guy as the front man for the knicks when the team does weird, stupid shit like they’re prone to…

    hell, someone has to have some standards…

    sure, if we had a strong functioning management/ownership team – stay in line, do your job…

    but, we’re the knicks…

    So you think they just woke up and decided to do this today, unprompted by some other going on? I’m not buying that. There’s too much venom in here.

    or….his brother is an absolute moron.

    I vote for this.

    After a season full of drama, only a moron would bring up the exit interview and Melo again after we finally put all that garbage behind us and had a pleasant start to the season. And quite frankly, anyone from the media that’s trying to create new drama over the same nonsense is being a prick.

    It’s obvious KP is getting a max offer and it’s understandable that he wants to win.

    There’s no doubt Dolan, Mills, Perry, and Hornacek want to win also. Every management team we’ve ever had wanted to win and Dolan gave them as much money as they wanted. The problem has been competence.

    Phil drafted KP, Frank, Willy, and Dotson despite not having 2 1st round picks. He gave us a good start in the rebuild despite the burden of the Noah contract (which will be gone by the time those guys are peaking anyway). As long as Mills and Perry don’t screw it up with bad deals and overpays (like Baker and probably Hardaway) there’s nothing to worry about.

    The issue I see is that if your Janis, you’re seeing that your brother is getting mad respect around the league. If KP became a free agent, there would be many, many teams interested in paying him the max. You also know that the Knicks have been at least one of the 3 or 4 most dysfunctional franchises in the last 20 years.

    It makes total sense to go for a power play and let it be known that Porzingis won’t stay out of loyalty and he wants to see the bullshit sorted out for his future. It’s not so much about guaranteeing a max in my opinion, because the max is guaranteed already pretty much, there’s no way Janis or Kristaps himself thinks Mills won’t give him one. It’s about showing that they ultimately hold the cards in this situation.

    While I would rather family members / agents stay out of basketball businesses, I have to say I don’t condemn them. We all know the bullshit runs deep in this organization.

    @46

    I understand what you are saying, but no organization plans to be dysfunctional and incompetent. They are all trying to be successful.

    If the Knicks were doing something like refusing to pay fair market price for free agents, allowing their best players to walk rather than pay them, being too cheap to hire the best help (like some organizations) then threatening them might work. But Dolan has been willing to spend whatever it takes to get whoever he perceived to be the best management, coaches, and players in place. The problem has been that he kept hiring the wrong people. Threatening the organization won’t change his judgement. Either Mills, Perry, and Horaneck are the right people or the dysfunction will continue.

    I completely agree with you stratomatic, but it is on KP’ s best interests to try to steer the franchise into making him happy.

    I don’t even think that’s necessarily good for the Knicks as I’m still not 100% sure that he is the #1 star that can demand such treatment. Lebron does, and the Cavs have made many mixed moves to appease him. That’s what KP and Janis realized: stars rule the league, and if the Knicks want to keep Porzingis happy, they’ll have to acquiesce. This is more a message than anything else, I’d say.

    KP and Janis are going about this entirely wrong. The Knicks’ organization will bend over backwards to please its stars as long as Dolan’s fragile ego is intact. Making this a media thing is dragging it out in public is worthless. Let Mills and Perry know how you feel. Letting Frank Isola know officially puts the NBA on “KP watch” until he signs his extension and this whole season will be a circus about the happiness of Kristaps Porzingis. If/when we keep losing you’re looking at a really long winter.

    I hope Kristaps Porzingis, Enes Kanter, and Tim Hardaway Jr is enough firepower to get us into the playoffs, because if not we’re going to hear about this shit all season long.

    I think this is the way of the future, with star players dictating everything. It’s not a criticism, just an observation. We (and Dolan) may not like it, but it’s reality.

    I have no problem with KP and his team manipulating like they are doing. Business is business, and every one of the owners are manipulators. In this case, KP was right, there was dysfunction from top to bottom. PS who manipulated more than Ewing did? He squeezed the Knicks for every dollar. He ran Nelson out. As to KP’s brother, who cares? If KP is ok with it, so am I.

    You know Dolan might say fuck you if you don’t kiss the ring. That would be the Knicksy thing that could happen.

    My new knickname for Frank is the Times Square Shuttle. …slow, predictable, only goes east and west.

    The game after Frank Ntilikina has 8 assists to 3 turnovers and 5 steals (most for any Knick rookie since Mark Jackson in 1987) to 2 fouls lol. Maybe comments like that will get Ron Baker off the inactive list!

    I hear you, though. Frank needs to work on that handle and find his jumper. It’s the only thing really keeping him from running the P&R and getting better looks for our bigs.

    It’s weird that Ron and Kuz are inactive, Willy is being demoralized, and Beasley is playing. Clearly this commitment to developing the young guys is only going to occur after Hornacek has won enough games to secure his job (knocking us out of the top 5 lottery slots in the process.)

    To be fair, Frank is demonstrating that he’s an exceptional defender and has excellent court vision (which I have said all along btw). I just have not seen any evidence to suggest that he will evolve into an asset at the PG position. I think his shooting will come around to the point where he might be a reasonably good 2 or 3 on the offensive end when paired with a top-15 PG. I also think that he will cut back on the TOs. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player improve his ability to dribble in traffic, turn the corner, blow by defenders or finish at the rim in both directions when challenged by bigs to the degree that Frank needs to if he is going to be an asset on offense as a PG. Sure, he’s 19 and all, but burst is one of those things that either you have or you don’t. In contrast, Westbrook had an all-time great level of burst from day 1. Being a confident, ambidextrous finisher in traffic is another thing that is very hard to improve. But we’ll see.

    To be fair, Frank is demonstrating that he’s an exceptional defender and has excellent court vision (which I have said all along btw)

    Interesting that these exceptional qualities don’t already make Frank and “asset”.

    Interesting that these exceptional qualities don’t already make Frank and “asset”.

    Please read more carefully: “I just have not seen any evidence to suggest that he will evolve into an asset at the PG position.”

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