Knicks Morning News (2018.04.14)

  • [NYDN] Tim Hardaway Jr. ‘can’t wrap thoughts’ around Knicks management
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 9:39:01 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. did not co-sign with the Knicks on their reasons for canning Jeff Hornacek.

  • [NYDN] Knicks would be wise to get Porzingis’ input on coach in meeting
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 9:37:45 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis is expected to attend player exit meetings on Saturday.

  • [NYDN] David Fizdale says he will interview for Knicks’ coaching job
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 9:37:09 PM)

    David Fizdale, considered by some as a leading candidate for the Knicks’ vacant coaching position, is scheduled to interview next week.

  • [NYDN] Abby Hornacek posts about father and fired Knicks coach, Jeff
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 7:20:34 AM)

    Recently fired Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek still has at least one ardent supporter.

  • [SNY Knicks] A look at the candidates for Knicks head coach
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 11:21:24 PM)

    With the Knicks’ search for a new head coach already underway, here is a look at the top candidates for the position in its early stages.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis expected to sit in exit interview
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 6:42:21 PM)

    Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis will be present at his exit meeting this season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Who will be the Knicks’ next coach?
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 6:50:15 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks GM Perry: ‘There’s a number of options’ to deal with Noah
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 10:36:35 AM)

    Knicks GM Scott Perry said the team does not yet have a plan regarding center Joakim Noah for the 2018-19 season but will evaluate all options.

  • [NY Newsday] Why Kristaps Porzingis could be a big part of Knicks’ coaching search
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 10:28:16 PM)

    It seems that everyone has an opinion about who the next Knicks coach should be. Few opinions, however, should carry as much weight as the one that could be delivered Saturday when Kristaps Porzingis meets with Knicks management.

  • [NY Newsday] Steve Clifford could be Knicks’ coaching candidate after getting fired by Hornets
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 1:00:10 PM)

    Could another coach with Long Island ties be joining the list of candidates to replace Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek?

  • [ESPN] Hornets fire Clifford after 36-46 season
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 10:15:26 AM)

    The Hornets announced Friday that they have fired coach Steve Clifford after a 36-46 season.

  • [NYPost] Van Gundy won’t rule out Knicks return, but backs Jackson, too
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 8:18:29 PM)

    Though his buddy Mark Jackson is up for the same gig, former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy hasn’t ruled out being a candidate for the coaching job. However, during a radio interview Friday, he tried mostly to deflect the situation while giving a strong endorsement to his broadcast partner. There’s a sense the awkwardness of…

  • [NYPost] Veteran coach expresses interest in Knicks’ coaching job
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 3:36:21 PM)

    No surprise, Frank Vogel has expressed interest in the Knicks job, according to an NBA source. Vogel, who was lights-out as the Pacers’ head coach (2011-16), was fired by the Magic after consecutive 50-plus loss seasons, posting a 54-110 overall record in Orlando. Knicks general manager Scott Perry, then serving as the Magic assistant GM,…

  • [NYPost] Mark Jackson would love Knicks job: Isiah Thomas
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 8:54:02 AM)

    If Isiah Thomas were still Knicks president and not Liberty president, it sounds like either Mark Jackson or Jason Kidd would be his choice to run the troubled franchise. Appearing on the “Bernie and Sid’’ WABC radio show Friday morning, Thomas gave endorsements for both former Knicks point guards. Kidd, who coached for Brooklyn and…

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Can Winning Become Rollicking Fun Again for the Warriors?
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 10:32:07 PM)

    The reigning champions have dealt with injuries, complacency and general fatigue, but even without Stephen Curry, they might rediscover the joy.

  • [NYTimes] 2018 N.B.A. Playoff Preview: As the Playoffs Begin, the N.B.A.’s Biggest Stars are Going Ring Hunting
    (Friday, April 13, 2018 11:00:08 AM)

    The Rockets, Warriors and Cavaliers all think they have an edge in the league’s annual contest for the jewelry that tends to dominate the conversation.

  • 30 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2018.04.14)”

    You know who would have all the “allure” and “clout” amongst New Yorkers that comes without all the ingredients of being a crazy person? Kenny Smith. He interviewed with the Rockets two years ago and he’d probably be able to get Hakeem Olajuwon to come show KP his moves. Just give me anybody who isn’t Mark Jackson. What is he going to say when Ben Simmons drops 50 in MSG?

    THJ with non PC comments on Hornacek and the coaching situation. Good for him. I may be able to root for him next year, if Dolan’s clan doesn’t exile him in revenge.

    Just listened to the NYK press conference. First it’s clear that Mills and Perry view KP as a center in the future. Second, Perry said outright that KOQ had a terrific year and he would like to re-sign him. Taking those two together, hard to imagine they would have any interest in Enes beyond 2018-19.

    Nothing really on the new coach although one of Perry’ statements suggested he favored someone who has prior NBA head coaching experience. They kept mentioning defense so I worry that may be to set up Jackson as their choice (Kerr’s comment). It’s been reported that Mills wanted Jackson in 2014 but Phil put the kibosh on that. Mills signing Hardaway is a bad omen in terms of what could happen on the coaching front. Isiah wants Jackson to be the new coach.

    The other day I predicted an Enes extension and Jackson as coach would be well-received by the average fan. The NYDN’s poll showed 77% wanted to keep Enes. I suspect a similar result for Jackson in part because most fans are not that familiar with all of the non-BB stuff. NYC is not a hotbed of lunatic evangelicals; MJ should wait for the OKC job. Let’s hope that all of this toxic stuff is publicized (though that won’t happen on ESPN which hired him as an analyst). Fan support might then turn against him and rescue us just like it might have done re: Phil/Rambis.

    Listening to JVG on Michael Kay — he really wants this job.
    C’mon Perry — make the right choice.

    It’s just been reported that several players want JVG as coach. Let’s hope one of them is KP; in fact, he’s the only one that matters. People should start tweeting to KP all of the bizarre Jackson behaviour. Jowles, maybe you could repost that list you made a few days ago on Jackson and those of us on Twitter could start to tweet parts of it to KP.

    The only downside to hiring JVG would be losing him as an NBA analyst.

    OTOH, the upside to hiring Mark Jackson would be losing him as an NBA analyst (“if you’re LeBron James… what Steph Curry knows”)

    Imagine losing Mark Jackson as a broadcaster just to hear his voice at 82 post game pressers. That’s a nightmare.

    Yesterday topic about chandler Hutchinson being as good or better than mikal bridges. Yet nine of the mocks have him going in the first round let alone lottery. I’m dumb as rocks when it comes to draft selections but what gives ?

    I only heard his name like 2 days ago, but he’s a senior and he turns the ball over a lot and he’s not a great free throw shooter. My barely educated guess is that scouts don’t think his offense will carry over to the NBA

    From yesterday..

    The Atlanta job is a shit job, though. They’re at least 3 years away from making the playoffs, and they’d probably fire him before that happens.


    Not sure why Budenholzer would want to leave Atlanta to coach possibly an even shittier team.


    Smart move. Why bid against themselves?

    As an aside, the NFL used to compensate teams that lost free agents with additional draft picks. This might do the NBA good to base the bonus pick on what the player signs for:

    Max deal: end of lottery
    All star/near max deal: end of 1st
    Everyone else: end of 2nd

    Just a thought.

    Also, I’d be ecstatic if Fizdale gets the job.

    I agree with Brian in that the dollar amount doesn’t matter as much as long as we put injury protections on it.

    I like the decision, there’s no reason at all to commit before even knowing how his rehab process is going to turn out.

    Let’s see if they are this patient with every other move.

    Regarding Budenholzer, he’s from Arizona and to be frank the Suns look much better for the future than the Hawks. The Hawks have zero players who should be a part of their next good team outside of probably Collins and have the 4th place in the lottery. The Suns have Jackson and Booker, who as much as I don’t see a as a superstar he is a leap in efficiency away from possibly becoming one, and the best lottery odds + multiple other picks this year and next year. I would definitely choose Phoenix over Atlanta, the only wild card is the ownership situation that sucks for the Suns.

    Oh man, I was just looking at the Western Conference playoffs and I thought, “Huh, I bet New Orleans doesn’t even try to re-sign Boogie, right?” That then made me think of this scenario – Kanter opts out, they stretch-waive Noah and then max out Boogie.

    I don’t even dislike Boogie, per se, but that would be such a Knicksy move.

    Brian, when you have a chance to add a superstar scorer like Boogie, you absolutely have to do whatever it takes to get that guy. Who cares about things like “fit” and “timeline” and “attitude” and “conditioning” and “age?” Boogie is a superstar, and the Knicks need superstars or else John McEnroe won’t come to their games, and that would be a damn tragedy.

    I wonder if this management would rent out cap space to acquire assets. If Kanter and KOQ opt out, the Knicks can take on someone else’s mistake contract (for a premium, of course) and may still be able to resign KOQ.

    Case in point: What would the Lakers give in exchange for taking on Dueng’s contract, considering they want to go chase LaBron?

    Damn, Boogie is another dude who I’m scared is destined to be a Knick. I always thought the Knicks would go for him when he’s older and 100% washed up, but it could be now. I just hope Clyde doesn’t have to narrate Boogie’s games or he might think about early retirement.

    The Lakers are an interesting trade partner as they have all of their future first rounders available and just a lot of young players to develop already. I would certainly accept a pick in 2019 or 20 to rent cap space for Deng, it’s 2 more years and would fit into the Kanter slot without having to stretch Noah or move anyone else. Even if they get a guy like PG it’s not a guarantee they’ll be good since the west is just so stacked.

    The only thing is that if they decide not to re-sign Randle, the Lakers could simply let everyone go and have 2 max contract slots even without moving Deng if I’m not wrong.

    I’m also not opposed to taking Deng for the right price. But if we do, we have to re-sign Rose so we can bring the three Thibodeau corpses together.

    Can’t wait to trade for a one-legged Wiggins in 6 years!

    Backpicks finished its top 40 players of all time the other day, and the wrap up article has some really valuable stuff to read about player valuation, defensive value, and championship teams. Its individual player profiles are also really enlightening, I recommend everyone take a look. (If you want to see the top 40 list, go into the menu and select top 40).

    Remember, no matter how bad things get here, we didn’t TOTALLY humiliate ourselves like Philly. They’ll never be able to shake that losing culture!

    Yeah, there’s certainly a toxic cloud around the team that won’t ever let them get cheap veteran role players, the players have never learned how to win!

    If only they could have signed veteran free agents like Redick, Ilyasova or Belinelli, but they would never join this disgrace of a franchise that mistreated their veterans so much 3 years ago! Player’s talk to each other you know.

    By the way we should have figured out a way to get Delon Wright before he inevitably becomes too expensive to be worth it.

    I definitely have New Orleans winning that series. Portland and New Orleans were separated by one game in the regular season so the talent level is close. In situations like that you go with who has the best player, and Anthony Davis is the best player on either team by a country mile.

    What the hell is Portland doing, oh my god.

    I get trying unusual plays and Lillard was well defended, but you can’t fucking rely on Meyers Leonard and Pat Connaughton to make shots when Lillard is on the court, come on.

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