Knicks Morning News (2017.12.17)

  • [SNY Knicks] Melo on the Knicks: ‘I like what I see, I like the potential that they have’
    (Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:27:54 AM)

    The Knicks downed the Thunder, 111-96, in Anthony’s first game in New York since he was traded in September.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis-less Knicks top Thunder in Melo’s return to MSG
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:19:41 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the New York Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

  • [SNY Knicks] Carmelo Anthony goes scoreless in second half of MSG return
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:55:44 PM)

    Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony finished with 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting, including zero points in the second half, in his return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out vs. Thunder
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 6:30:06 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis has been ruled out for Saturday night’s game against the Thunder with a knee injury.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks vs. Thunder 7:30 p.m. ET
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 5:16:47 PM)

    Coming off arguably his team’s most important win of the season, Carmelo Anthony makes his return to Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night for the first time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • [SNY Knicks] Donovan unsurprised of former player Kanter’s success
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:38:31 PM)

    Thunder head coach Billy Donovan isn’t surprised at the success Enes Kanter is having with the Knicks this season.

  • [SNY Knicks] What would the Knicks look like if they kept Carmelo Anthony?
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:00:57 PM)

    With Carmelo Anthony making his return to Madison Square Garden tonight when his Thunder take on the Knicks, it makes you think…what would the 15-13 Knicks look like right now if they kept Melo?

  • [SNY Knicks] Carmelo Anthony ahead of MSG return: How could I not miss New York?
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:10:57 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony speaks at length about the Knicks and New York ahead of his return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

  • [ESPN] Beasley upstages Melo’s return to New York
    (Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:44:49 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis was sidelined, Carmelo Anthony was in visitor colors and Michael Beasley was the best power forward on the floor at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

  • [ESPN] Weary Thunder return home after eventful reunion trip
    (Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:07:49 AM)

    Thunder stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony got to visit their old locales on the same road trip, with triple overtime in Philadelphia in between.

  • [ESPN] Melo thanks Knicks, calls tribute ‘bittersweet’
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:57:58 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony received a mix of cheers and boos in his first game back at MSG since being traded to OKC and said he hopes Knicks fans will remember him as “somebody who wanted to be here” and “remained positive through all the negative situations.”

  • [NY Newsday] Honoring Carmelo Anthony right move by Knicks
    (Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:43:36 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony sat on the visiting bench, hoodie on, head down, as a tribute video showing some of his best moments as a Knick aired high above the Madison Square Garden floor. The nearly one-minute montage before he was introduced ended with the words “Thank You, Melo.”

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter on facing Thunder: ‘It always feels special’ to play former team
    (Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:00:47 AM)

    The video tribute played and then Carmelo Anthony was introduced, to the sound of mostly loud cheers in his return to the Garden with Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks beat Thunder; Carmelo Anthony held to 12 points
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:53:25 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony who? Kristaps Porzingis who? Mike Francesa who?

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis hurting too much to face Carmelo Anthony’s Thunder
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:25:48 PM)

    Knicks fans hoping to see Kristaps Porzingis play against Carmelo Anthony at the Garden will have to wait ’til next year.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony’s departure was long overdue
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:53:16 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony returned to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night with the Knicks in a better place than when he left.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis misses Carmelo Anthony’s MSG homecoming
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 9:07:08 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony was back at the Garden on Saturday night, but his replacement as the face of the Knicks wasn’t.

  • [NYDN] Michael Beasley drops 30 as Knicks beat Melo’s Thunder
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 9:03:27 PM)

    Anthony’s return to Madison Square Garden at least represented a familiar experience from much of his New York tenure.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis has the New York City spotlight all to himself
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:13:19 PM)

    The big guy for the Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis, is even bigger right now than Aaron Judge.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony welcomed back to MSG with video tribute
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:59:41 PM)

    Fans at MSG had no problem booing Carmelo Anthony towards the end of his Knicks career, but on Saturday night they made up for it.

  • [NYPost] It looks like Ron Baker busted out of his sophomore slump
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:14:48 PM)

    The sophomore jinx is starting to turn for Ron Baker. Given a new lease on his second season because of Tim Hardaway Jr.’s leg injury, Baker is back to being “Ron Burgundy” — the affectionate nickname Carmelo Anthony bestowed on him as a rookie. As part of their balanced attack that saw six Knicks hit…

  • [NYPost] Michael Beasley outdueled idol Carmelo Anthony on huge night
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:05:33 PM)

    Michael Beasley welcomed the challenge of going against his idol, Carmelo Anthony. He said he grew up watching Anthony and was intrigued by his moves. So Saturday in a starting role for the Knicks against Anthony and the Thunder, Beasley got a chance to go one-on-one with one of his heroes. “For me, it’s fun,”…

  • [NYPost] Kanter, McDermott remind Thunder what they’re missing
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:27:19 PM)

    Saturday was a big night for Carmelo Anthony and his return to the Garden with the Thunder. And it was just as big for two other guys, Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott, who were traded away from Oklahoma City when Anthony made the move West. “It always feels good to beat whoever’s out there, but…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo Anthony’s warm Garden welcome didn’t last long
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:21:36 PM)

    Before Carmelo Anthony was introduced with the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night, the giant jumbotron dangling from the roof of the Garden began to play a short video of Anthony’s highlights as a Knick. After the montage of game-winning shots, his interaction with fans and some clips from his charitable endeavors, Anthony was…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo homecoming wrecked by dominant Knicks victory
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 5:26:41 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony couldn’t have everything. The ex-Knick got a rousing welcome during player introductions that included a stirring video montage, then the night of his Garden return went downhill from there, crashing and burning. Anthony would find himself in a familiar spot — a loser at the Garden. Booed almost every time he touched the…

  • [NYPost] Knicks don’t have Kristaps Porzingis for Melo’s return
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:49:16 PM)

    It was fleeting, but for a slight time Saturday, it seemed like Kristaps Porzingis might play for the Knicks. Yeah, fleeting to be sure. After testing his sore left knee that he injured Thursday in Brooklyn, Porzingis was ruled out against the Thunder in Carmelo Anthony’s Madison Square Garden return with the Thunder. Porzingis had…

  • [NYPost] Melo’s return likely to mimic his Knicks tenure — a mixed bag
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:24:15 PM)

    Once a Knick always a Knick is what former players who once made their home at the Garden are greeted with when they return. Mark Jackson got the salute the other night when he was courtside working the game for ESPN. Patrick Ewing was always acknowledged when he returned as an NBA assistant coach. Carmelo…

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway Jr. finds a new role while trying to wait out injury
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:58:42 PM)

    It’s a tricky injury, a stress reaction/fracture that requires more rest than rehab. So Knicks swingman Tim Hardaway Jr. is trying to use his extra time to help the team off the court. His father, Hall-of-Fame candidate Tim Hardaway, is currently a Pistons assistant coach, so it’s not unfamthomable his son will want to move…

  • [NYPost] The only holiday carols New York fans need this season
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:52:41 AM)

    Wait … it’s that time of year again? Holy cow, it’s that time of year again. Time for mistletoe, egg nog, a warm fire, and few ditties to commemorate the season A-one, and a-two and … “It’s the Most Mets-iest Time of the Year” (“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”) It’s the most…

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 111, Thunder 96: Carmelo Anthony, Back in New York, Gets Cheers, a Video and a Loss
    (Sunday, December 17, 2017 5:06:39 AM)

    Anthony also heard some jeers, and he made just 5 shots in 18 attempts during his first game at Madison Square Garden since the Knicks traded him to Oklahoma City.

  • [NYTimes] Ex-Wife of Lorenzen Wright Charged With Murder in 2010 Death
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:34:21 PM)

    The body of the former N.B.A. player was found near some woods in 2010, 10 days after he was reported missing in Tennessee.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: An N.B.A. Team in Mexico City: How Realistic Is That?
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 6:57:43 PM)

    Smog, traffic, security concerns — all are issues the league is assessing. But there are lots of reasons to think it might move aggressively into Mexico.