Knicks Morning News (2018.01.20)

  • [NYPost] Kemba Walker’s availability is a big conundrum for Knicks fans
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 9:59:56 PM)

    This is the dilemma of every Knicks fan with any sense of hope who is always wrestling with an equal appreciation of history: You hear that Kemba Walker is available, that the Charlotte Hornets are thinking of trading the electric guard who cut his basketball teeth in The Bronx, starred at Harlem’s Rice High (RIP,…

  • [NYPost] Knicks nip Jazz as Tim Hardaway dominates in return as a starter
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 8:29:10 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the starting lineup and returned to being a difference-maker. After three games of coming off the bench to preserve his minutes, all resulting in losses, Hardaway started and erupted. He finished with 31 points in 27 minutes as the Knicks knocked out the Jazz 117-115 at…

  • [NYPost] Trey Burke explains why he was a Jazz bust
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 3:48:03 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — New Knicks point guard Trey Burke, back in Utah where he was a celebrated 2013 lottery pick who didn’t pan out, said the Jazz drafting Dante Exum before his second NBA season ruined his psyche. Back at the arena in which he played his first three seasons, Burke reflected on his…

  • [NYPost] Would Knicks get into the Kemba Walker sweepstakes?
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 12:06:04 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — While the Knicks are in a developmental mode with rookie project point guard Frank Ntilikina as one of the centerpieces of their rebuilding plan, an All-Star point guard hailing from New York City — Kemba Walker — has come on the trade market. The Hornets, faced with luxury-tax issues, want to…

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek guarantees playoffs won’t decide his future
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 10:25:31 AM)

    SALT LAKE CITY – Jeff Hornacek said he’s not being judged by a won-loss record, reiterating president Steve Mills’ offseason theme that making the playoffs is not the ultimate priority for the 2017-18 season. In a similar message he made on Martin Luther King Day, Hornacek said the playoff talk has come more from players…

  • [NYPost] The All-Star voting by NBA players is a hilarious mess
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 9:18:07 AM)

    The NBA announced 10 “starters” for its 2018 All-Star Game on Thursday, players who earned the nod through a combination of fan, player and media voting. None of the 10 choices were particularly controversial, and all 10 would certainly be named as reserves for the game had they not been deemed starters. The NBA revealed…

  • [NY Newsday] Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 31 points help Knicks defeat Jazz
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 2:50:55 AM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — Jeff Hornacek was nervous. Not about his job security, but about this game.

  • [NY Newsday] Porzingis on NBA All-Star voting breakdown: ‘Players know’
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 9:07:09 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — Even though Kristaps Porzingis wasn’t voted a starter in next month’s All-Star Game, it mattered to him that the NBA players voted him third among Eastern Conference frontcourt players.

  • [NY Newsday] Courtney Lee denies using inappropriate language that led to technical foul
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 8:41:31 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — Courtney Lee maintains that he didn’t direct “inappropriate language” at Memphis’ Dillon Brooks on Wednesday night.

  • [NY Newsday] Jeff Hornacek comfortable with support from Knicks’ front office
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 7:58:24 PM)

    SALT LAKE CITY — Knicks president Steve Mills and coach Jeff Hornacek left the arena floor together after Friday’s shootaround and had a private conversation outside the visiting locker room.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis on not being voted All-Star starter: ‘Players know’
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 8:53:38 PM)

    It’s safe to say Kristaps Porzingis feels the fans and media were wrong for not voting him as an All-Star starter.

  • [NYDN] As Hornacek’s job security comes into question, Knicks top Jazz
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 8:16:46 PM)

    For Jeff Hornacek, a Friday night in Utah represented another return to the basketball city where he’s most beloved.

  • [NYDN] Knicks coach Hornacek responds to speculation about job security
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 10:13:48 AM)

    As speculation about Jeff Hornacek’s job security ramps up, the coach said that he shouldn’t be judged on the team’s recent skid.

  • [ESPN] Porzingis: ‘Players know’ I’m an All-Star starter
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 4:46:29 PM)

    The Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis said he should be the starting forward in the NBA All-Star Game over 76ers forward Joel Embiid, based on player voting.

  • [SNY Knicks] Trey Burke takes his part of the blame for failing in Utah
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 10:50:32 PM)

    Trey Burke says he wasn’t totally focused on basketball while in Utah, citing distractions as why it didn’t work out after the Jazz drafted him 9th overall in 2013.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Hornets ‘would like to’ negotiate with Knicks for Kemba Walker
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 8:55:14 PM)

    According to a report, the Hornets ‘would like to’ open negotiations with the Knicks for Kemba Walker.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks at Jazz, 10:30 p.m.
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 8:20:40 PM)

    The Knicks take on the Jazz in Utah at 10:30 p.m. on Friday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis offers few words on All-Star voting: ‘Players know, that’s all I’m going to say’
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 6:45:20 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis takes solace in the fact that the players voted for him over Joel Embiid to start in the All-Star game.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter reiterates desire to be a Knick for life
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 8:32:35 AM)

    Center Enes Kanter reiterated his will to retire a New York Knick in an interview with ESPN’s Ian Begley.

  • [NYTimes] Cavaliers Pursue DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams Ahead of N.B.A. Trade Deadline
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 2:58:01 AM)

    The team seems willing to give up some veteran players to better position itself for a title run.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: 8 Fearless N.B.A. Predictions: LeBron, Boogie and the Blazers’ Backcourt
    (Friday, January 19, 2018 7:22:35 PM)

    Don’t order that LeBron James Lakers jersey just yet.