Knicks Morning News (2017.11.07)

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
    (Monday, November 06, 2017 3:46:15 PM)

    The 22-year-old scored a career-high 40 points while swatting six shots in the Knicks’ comeback win over the Pacers on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Ntilikina shows glimpse to future in clutch performance against Pacers
    (Monday, November 06, 2017 10:30:50 AM)

    Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina saw his first clutch performance with the team, and he delivered in the 108-101 win over the Pacers.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis comfortable being ‘that guy’ in career night against Pacers
    (Monday, November 06, 2017 9:50:35 AM)

    Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis dropped a career-high 40 points in last night’s comeback win over the Pacers, 108-101.

  • [NYPost] The Knicks’ young studs are done waiting for the future
    (Monday, November 06, 2017 1:52:44 PM)

    The future may loom brighter than the sun. But the Knicks don’t seem to care. They are more right-here, right-now kind of guys. Why not? With 22-year-old, 7-foot-3 unicorn Kristaps Porzingis, 19-year-old Frank Ntilikina with his wingspan that rivals crosstown streets plus a couple of steadily improving 25-year-olds, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Enes Kanter, the…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks were dead — and they knew the spark they needed
    (Monday, November 06, 2017 11:19:14 AM)

    Lance Thomas saw it. He couldn’t miss it. No one could. The Knicks’ body language was somewhere between that of the title characters of “The Walking Dead” and the Knicks of recent seasons. So Thomas knew he needed to bring energy. He knew the place to start was on the defensive end. He approached Kristaps…

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis enjoying breakout season with Knicks
    (Monday, November 06, 2017 12:18:38 PM)

    A few hours after Kristaps Porzingis was again establishing himself as a go-to scorer, Carmelo Anthony was being thrown out of a game.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis: ‘I’m just playing ball . . . and having fun’
    (Monday, November 06, 2017 8:41:47 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis’ preseason goals of leading the Knicks to the playoffs, becoming an All-Star and winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards don’t seem as far-fetched now.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: From the N.B.A., a Cautionary Tale on National Anthem Protests
    (Tuesday, November 07, 2017 2:43:01 AM)

    The highly visible players in the socially conscious league don’t need to kneel to get their message across. But would the league act if they did?

  • [NYTimes] Keeping Score: James Harden and Kristaps Porzingis Have Career Nights
    (Monday, November 06, 2017 4:36:36 PM)

    Harden scored 56 points and Porzingis had 40 on a weekend that began with a 57-point night by LeBron James.

  • 3 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2017.11.07)”

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but much like Dirk was in his prime- I don’t care if KP’s rebounding aren’t great if he’s scoring and protecting the paint like he is now. With guys like Kanter, Willy, KOQ, and Noah we can probably afford to have KP’s rebounding numbers where they are. He’s playing that well, hence the Dirk reference. Besides, he’s already spending enough energy being in the Durant/Steph/Harden/LeBron/Giannis stratosphere offensively. It’s entirely possible that if he steps up his rebounding, he could wear down. He’s carrying a helluva load for a team that doesn’t have the talent yet to buoy things when he needs a break. I can’t believe I’m saying this as well, but that’s practically what Melo went through as a Knick- and we all know how that turned out for him.

    I think I would cut both B and Sessions and then give Burke some burn (he’s been playing well in G League). Start Frank and let him develop some KP/Timmy chemistry and try Burke on the second unit. Trey’s ability to penetrate might really help there.

    Looks like Covington (UFA) and Kyle Anderson (RFA) are the available SFs this summer. I don’t think Spurs will go too high on Anderson since they’ve got Kawhi playing the same position. Trading both Lee and KOQ together for a 1st round pick and an expiring contract would be ideal. If we’re lucky we might end up with this rotation to start next season:

    1: Frank/Burke
    2: Timmy/Dotson
    3: Covington/McDermott
    4: KP/Draft Pick
    5: Kanter/Willy/Noah

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