2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night

I figure we might as well have an open thread if anyone is going to be watching The Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and the Slam Dunk Competition tonight.

With KP injured, the Knicks won’t have anyone involved in any of the competitions tonight, but honestly, it’s been a long time since we ever expected to see Knicks in these things, right? Even back in the day, John Starks never participated in the three-point shooting contest and Allan Houston only did it once. In fact, very few Knicks have ever participated in any of the major events. KP, Kenny Walker and Nate are the only Knicks to ever win any of the major All-Star Game competitions.

But hey, it’s still fun!

The dunk contest should be a good one this year. Larry Nance Jr. trying to become the first father/son dunk contest champions!

Knicks Morning News (2018.02.17)

  • [NYTimes] The N.B.A. Dunk Contest Has the History. The 3-Point Contest Has the Stars.
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 11:12:49 PM)

    The 3-point shot has increasingly become the signature play of the N.B.A. So why shouldn’t it resonate at the league’s All-Star weekend?

  • [NYTimes] Don Carter, 84, Who Brought the N.B.A. to Dallas, Is Dead
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 8:57:23 PM)

    Mr. Carter and a partner founded the Mavericks in 1980 and built the team into a model franchise that quickly became a contender.

  • [NYTimes] Laura Ingraham’s Comments on LeBron James Draw Criticism From Dwyane Wade
    (Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:33:49 AM)

    The N.B.A. star was reacting to the Fox News host’s mocking comments toward his former teammate, LeBron James.

  • [NYDN] Donovan Mitchell has changed his game since AAU days in NYC
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 8:50:57 PM)

    The point guard legends of NYC – the Stephon Marbury’s and the Kenny Anderson’s – were all better than Donovan Mitchell in high school.

  • [NYDN] Smith Jr.: Knicks were in ‘funky’ situation ahead of draft
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 6:21:18 PM)

    Smith Jr. claimed the Knicks reneged on an agreement during their predraft meeting and that’s why he declined to work out for Jackson.

  • [SNY Knicks] Frank Ntilikina helps Team World win NBA Rising Stars Challenge
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 10:50:59 PM)

    Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina showcased his skills for Team World during the NBA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend on Friday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Charles Barkley tells Knicks fans to be more patient in rebuild
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 9:40:55 PM)

    Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley told New York not to give up on the Knicks just yet.

  • [SNY Knicks] Five reasons to keep watching the Knicks this season
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 3:25:23 PM)

    Why should we even be watching the Knicks the rest of the season?

  • [NY Newsday] Frank Ntilikina’s family ties run strong
    (Saturday, February 17, 2018 1:32:20 AM)

    Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina grew up in France, after his mother and two brothers had escaped the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.

  • [NY Newsday] Leading ROY candidate Donovan Mitchell doesn’t dwell on not being picked by Knicks
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 10:30:38 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — This is going to be hard for some Knicks fans to hear.

  • [NYPost] Frank Ntilikina era may be dawning for the Knicks
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 7:17:05 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — There’s a possibility rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina will go from the no-defense Rising Stars game Friday at Staples Center straight into the Knicks’ starting lineup. The 19-year-old Frenchman, who hasn’t yet made a start, is hopeful. After the Knicks blew a 27-point lead to the Wizards on Wednesday, coach Jeff Hornacek…

  • [NYPost] Some Knicks optimism from a most unlikely source
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 7:25:25 AM)

    LOS ANGELES — Charles Barkley won’t kick the Knicks when they’re down. The legendary TNT mouthpiece believes “you people in New York’’ need more patience with Kristaps Porzingis as well as with the club’s future, saying the franchise is building something sturdy. Barkley even thinks Porzingis’ catastrophic ACL tear that jeopardizes next season, too, could…

  • [NYPost] NBA tanking season: Here come the Knicks
    (Friday, February 16, 2018 6:58:57 AM)

    The Warriors and Rockets look poised to stage an epic battle for the best record in the NBA. It looks like six teams in the Western Conference will battle for the final four playoff spots. But let’s be honest, the best race in the NBA to watch as the regular season finishes up is the…