Knicks Morning News (2018.05.19)

  • [NYPost] It might not matter to Knicks if Trae Young is best player in draft
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 8:24:37 PM)

    CHICAGO — Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, who claimed himself the best player in the NBA draft, isn’t sure yet if he will grant a private workout to the Knicks, who have the ninth pick. Under the draft combine rules, the Knicks requested Young, who became one of their 20 interviewees Friday. It’s hard to…

  • [NYPost] John Calipari talks up freshman as worthwhile Knicks project
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 7:05:50 PM)

    CHICAGO — John Calipari admitted his freshman small forward Kevin Knox is a project, but if the Knicks drafted him at 9, the Kentucky coach said he believes he could become a better player than the more established Mikal Bridges in three years. The outspoken Kentucky coach said maybe it’s time for Knicks brass to…

  • [NYPost] Duke’s NBA draft sleeper tries to quiet Knicks’ Porzingis fears
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 3:09:16 PM)

    CHICAGO — It was saved as the final question of Duke big man Wendell Carter’s interview with the Knicks on Friday morning. Because it is by far the only question that really matters. The Duke center, who played alongside likely top-three lottery pick Marvin Bagley III, was asked by general manager Scott Perry how he…

  • [NYPost] Jay Wright gives ‘big play’ pitch on Knicks target Mikal Bridges
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 12:01:19 PM)

    CHICAGO — Villanova coach Jay Wright has been in talks with Knicks general manager Scott Perry this month. No, the topic was not Wright leaving the NCAA champion Wildcats to coach the Knicks — a possibility the Knicks wanted to explore, but which Wright politely declined. The topic of these talks was Villanova small forward…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks meet with Kentucky wing player Kevin Knox, who fits what they’re looking for
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 8:11:51 PM)

    CHICAGO — Kentucky coach John Calipari believes freshman forward Kevin Knox will be a very good NBA player, but it might take some time.

  • [NY Newsday] Trae Young meets with Knicks, but will he work out for them?
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 7:46:24 PM)

    CHICAGO — Oklahoma guard Trae Young met with the Knicks at the NBA Draft Combine, but he isn’t sure if he’ll work out for them.

  • [SNY Knicks] Jay Wright thinks his pupil, Mikal Bridges, would thrive in New York
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 11:08:43 PM)

    Villanova head coach Jay Wright may not have talked to the Knicks about becoming their new head coach. But that didn’t stop him from talking about his players — particulary SF Mikal Bridges.

  • [SNY Knicks] Who could Knicks target at No. 9 in NBA Draft?
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 1:00:39 PM)

    The Knicks badly need to take an impact player this year that they can potentially insert in the starting lineup

  • [SNY Knicks] Fizdale hopes to create ‘special’ environment for Porzingis and Knicks
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 8:38:07 AM)

    When new Knicks head coach David Fizdale flies to Europe to visit with franchise player Kristaps Porzingis, he hopes he can get him to buy into a new team culture.

  • [NYDN] Pat Riley: David Fizdale is the perfect hire for Knicks, NYC
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 9:52:28 PM)

    The greatest Knick coach since Red Holzman has stamped David Fizdale with his approval.

  • [NYDN] John Calipari: Kevin Knox would be a steal for the Knicks
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 9:50:36 PM)

    In touting his Kentucky player as a strong fit for the Knicks, John Calipari said Kevin Knox has untapped potential.

  • [NYTimes] Flying With the Enemy: The Warriors Give the Rockets’ Daryl Morey a Lift
    (Saturday, May 19, 2018 12:14:57 AM)

    The Houston general manager was invited to join the Warriors’ contingent on a private plane to the N.B.A. combine soon after Game 2 of the Western Conference finals between the two teams.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: When Even LeBron James’s Best Might Not Be Enough
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 8:57:29 PM)

    A string of seven consecutive appearances in the N.B.A. finals by James-led teams is in jeopardy, and no solutions are presenting themselves.

  • [NYTimes] Lindsay Whalen Juggles Jobs as a W.N.B.A. Player and an N.C.A.A. Coach
    (Friday, May 18, 2018 3:01:43 PM)

    Whalen has taken on dual duties this year: point guard for the W.N.B.A.’s Minnesota Lynx and coach of the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team.