Knicks Morning News (2017.12.08)

  • [NYPost] Why fewer Knicks sell outs are not concerning MSG officials
    (Friday, December 08, 2017 12:00:09 AM)

    The Knicks are showing they don’t have to sell out to win at the Garden. In an odd quirk, the Knicks have sold out fewer than half their home games this season on their way to an 11-5 home mark. Only seven of 16 Garden games have seen a full capacity of 19,812. The nine…

  • [NYPost] Boxing champ has secret to Kristaps Porzingis recovery
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 10:40:08 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis can take a punch. Recovering in just one week from his right ankle bending sideways at 90 degrees was no surprise to Latvian boxing champion Mairis Briedis. Briedis, the WBC cruiserweight champion, and Porzingis trained and boxed together for two weeks in July. Latvia’s two most famous athletes have remained in contact across…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony accepts he’s not always ‘going to be the man’
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:41:31 PM)

    MEXICO CITY — Carmelo Anthony has had to make all sorts of adjustments since being traded from the Knicks to the Thunder in September. The ex-Knicks star has had to adjust going from New York to Oklahoma City. But most importantly, he has had to adjust going from being the man to being a teammate,…

  • [NYPost] Knicks finally feeling the effects of no Phil Jackson: NBA expert
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:48:53 PM)

    Turner Sports Hall of Fame NBA reporter David Aldridge talks Knicks, Lonzo and covering Gregg Poppovich with The Post’s Justin Terranova. Q: Have the Knicks removed the laughingstock label that was plastered on them in recent reasons? A: Nobody seemed to understand what Phil [Jackson] was doing, and he wasn’t really sharing that information with…

  • [NYPost] The draft incentive that comes with Knicks ending road woes
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:46:32 AM)

    A victory in Chicago Saturday would be a boost to the Knicks’ awful road record. And it also would be a boon to their draft-night hopes — getting them closer to the coveted 31st pick in the draft. In the unsung part of the Carmelo Anthony trade with Oklahoma City that netted Enes Kanter and ex-Bull…

  • [NYDN] Ntilikina hopes to return to all-around game he displayed earlier
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 2:47:26 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina admits he’s put too much emphasis on defense recently.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis hangs with female pal, banters with fans at NYC club
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:00:49 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with a balky ankle this week, appears back at full strength.

  • [NYDN] Jarrett Jack explains why Durant quizzed him about Steph Curry
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 9:54:25 AM)

    Jarrett Jack received a strange phone call in the early hours of the morning in late June 2016.

  • [NYDN] Ex-Knick Chris Smith converts to Judaism, signs deal in Israel
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:42:44 AM)

    Chris Smith has signed a three-year deal with Ironi Nahariya of the Israeli first division.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily New Live: Knicks’ expectations rising?
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 7:54:02 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Co-captain Thomas dazzles with defense in start Wednesday night
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:44:48 PM)

    Knicks F Lance Thomas may not dazzle on the scoreboard, but the co-captain of the Knicks leads the way with his defense.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis confident the Knicks will win without Hardaway Jr.
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 10:31:23 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis assured everyone that the Knicks will find a way to win without Tim Hardaway Jr. in the lineup.

  • [NY Newsday] As captain, Lance Thomas brings energy and defense to Knicks
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 7:46:38 PM)

    Lance Thomas doesn’t often fill up the boxscore, but he’s usually one of the Knicks’ most active players and definitely the one talking the most. He can be seen directing the defense as well as the offense when he’s on the floor.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks Insider podcast: Kristaps Porzingis has youth on his side in quick injury recovery
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:08:00 PM)

    It didn’t look good when Kristaps Porzingis went down with an ankle injury last week.

  • [NYTimes] Nets 100, Thunder 95: Short-Handed Nets Beat Thunder in Mexico City
    (Friday, December 08, 2017 6:29:16 AM)

    After a trade earlier in the day, Brooklyn had to scramble, but with 21 points off the bench from Caris LeVert they toppled Oklahoma City.

  • [NYTimes] Jahlil Okafor Headed to Nets in Trade With 76ers
    (Friday, December 08, 2017 1:54:05 AM)

    The Nets have two of the top three picks in the 2015 draft after adding Okafor, along with Nik Stauskas and a draft pick, in exchange for Trevor Booker.

  • [NYTimes] Perry Wallace, College Basketball Pioneer, Is Dead at 69
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:42:21 PM)

    As the first black varsity basketball player in Southeastern Conference history, he distinguished himself on the court while battling racism.

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Plans to Put a Minor League Team in Mexico City
    (Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:04:01 PM)

    The G League will have a team in Mexico City that is owned and operated locally. The expansion could help gauge the viability of putting an N.B.A. team there.