Knicks Morning News (2018.06.03)

  • [NYTimes] Not at the Game: Over, Easy: A Basketball Aficionado Foresees the Warriors’ Surge Past the Rockets
    (Sunday, June 03, 2018 10:23:12 AM)

    Fabulous Flournoy, a Bronx native, has been a player-coach for a professional team in Britain for the past 17 seasons.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Ntilikina thinks he might not be done growing
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 2:20:20 PM)

    Knicks G Frank Ntilikina has been building muscle this offseason and thinks that he might not be done growing.

  • [NYPost] Knicks eye ‘the next Stephen Curry’ to heal old draft wounds
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 10:24:19 PM)

    If the basketball gods show New York hoops fans any justice, “The Next Stephen Curry’’ will fall — this time — to the Knicks at No. 9 in the June 21 NBA Draft. Trae Young is the biggest celebrity if not the most electric player in the draft. Yet it’s the grimy late-season details of…

  • [NYDN] A better way to educate black young men
    (Monday, June 04, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Brenton James, a young New Yorker, received his bachelor’s degree in economics, philosophy and politics from the University of Pennsylvania earlier this month. Like his fellow graduates, Brenton applied his keen intellect and studied hard to earn his diploma.

    But unlike most of his U Penn classmates,…

  • [NYDN] This year demands a defiant Puerto Rican Day Parade
    (Monday, June 04, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    For the past 60 years, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade has been a celebration of everything that it means to be Boricua. Each June, we come together to march up Fifth Ave. not only to show the world our pride in our culture and heritage, but to highlight our contributions to the overall success…

  • [NYDN] The chancellor’s principles: Carranza says the right things, again; the true test is action
    (Monday, June 04, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Nine weeks into the job but who’s counting, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza visited the Daily News Editorial Board last week. We like the way he talks and respectfully note, as a teacher might, that words must be followed by deeds.

    His predecessor Carmen Fariña, a spirit animal and educational…

  • [NYDN] Top Jewish cops discuss shared values of Judaism and policing ahead of NYC’s Celebrate Israel parade
    (Sunday, June 03, 2018 5:00:00 AM)

    Each year at the Celebrate Israel parade, the police contingent is greeted with roaring applause — a fact that doesn’t surprise the two highest-ranking Jewish members of the NYPD, who say Judaism and policing share many of the same fundamental values and that cops have long enjoyed support from…

  • [NYDN] Erect buildings, not obstacles
    (Sunday, June 03, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    As-of-right development — meaning, the freedom to build without any special land-use permission — has been critical to New York City’s success.

    Developers, contractors, architects and financiers involved in any project rely on the time-tested process. They know that the zoning rules with which…

  • [NYDN] A bumbling plot by philandering doc and his stunning flame gave tabloids a true crime bodice-ripper
    (Sunday, June 03, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Carole Tregoff, the other woman in a Los Angeles love-triangle murder, arrived at her perp walk in 1959 dressed for breakfast at Tiffany’s.

    She wore a lily-white fit-and-flare party dress with a fabric flower at the waist, dainty matching gloves and cat-eye sunglasses that masked her dewy peepers.

  • [NYDN] Reeducate parents on integration: To open opportunities to all kids, we must confront adults’ ingrained bias
    (Sunday, June 03, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Earlier this week, in response to the outcry over a white Starbucks manager calling the police on two black customers who were waiting for a friend to arrive in one of its Philadelphia stores, the coffee behemoth closed 8,000 of its locations across the United States to conduct a four hour “implicit…

  • [NYDN] CARIBBEAT: Food, drinks — and discounts — on the agenda for ‘Eat Caribbean Restaurant Week’ in New York
    (Sunday, June 03, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Whether you were born loving the unique tastes or have grown to crave the tropical flavors during your vacations to the region, Caribbean foods are taking center stage during New York’s “Eat Caribbean Restaurant Week,” returning June 17 through 24.

    Eateries have until next June 10 to get involved….

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on buses, Barr and Bee
    (Sunday, June 03, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Driven to despair on the B9 bus

    Brooklyn: I’m writing about my awful experience riding a city bus in hopes that something can be done to ensure a similar situation never happens to me, my son or any other disabled MTA passenger in the future.

    On May 17 around 2 p.m., I boarded a B9 bus at 60th…

  • [NYDN] Giancarlo Stanton snaps home run slump as Yankees take down the Orioles, 8-5
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 11:10:00 PM)

    BALTIMORE — Giancarlo Stanton did something on Saturday afternoon he hadn’t done in a while: He homered.

    Stanton went deep for the first time since May 19 and the Yankees beat the Orioles, 8-5, at Camden Yards.

    The 2017 NL MVP came in with a .602 OPS against right-handed pitching. He struck out…

  • [NYDN] Mercedes madman drives into three cars, injuring four in Brooklyn parking lot
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 10:40:00 PM)

    A Brooklyn driver slammed his Mercedes into three cars Saturday night, injuring four people, police said.

    The 49-year-old man decided to take his luxury car for a parking-lot ride near the Tompkins Houses on Myrtle Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 9 p.m., witnesses told the Daily News.

    He reversed…

  • [NYDN] Bronx creep kicks 10-year-old girl in face, steals her iPhone
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 10:15:00 PM)

    A savage Bronx bandit attacked an unsuspecting 10-year-old girl and stole her iPhone, police said Saturday.

    The child was on the phone with her mother at 4:50 p.m. on May 25, the creep followed her into a Holland Ave. apartment building in Allerton.

    As the young victim opened the door, the mugger…

  • [NYDN] Plane crash off Long Island coast kills three family members, pilot
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 10:15:00 PM)

    An East Hampton builder to the stars died with his wife, their grandson and a pilot Saturday after his small plane crashed into the waters off the coast of Long Island.

    Bernard Krupinski — who built sprawling homes for celebrities like Martha Stewart and Billy Joel — was in the plane with his wife,…

  • [NYDN] Offense — not bullpen — to blame for Mets’ latest disaster
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 10:10:00 PM)

    This wasn’t on the bullpen, it was on the Mets’ lineup for a lack of support in the latest stellar performance from Jacob deGrom the Mets have wasted this season.

    The Mets finished with seven hits and left 16 men on base in 14 innings, while striking out 15 times in a 7-1 loss to the Cubs.


  • [NYDN] Governors Ball 2018: Travis Scott delivers fiery set as rain-soaked fans flee Randalls Island
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 9:45:00 PM)

    Travis Scott brought the fire to Governors Ball Saturday — but the rain eventually put it out.

    The Kylie Jenner-linked trap rapper attracted a young, massive crowd to the festival on Randalls Island, but once the sky opened up, many couldn’t tough it out.

    Scott, whose performance relied on pyrotechnics…

  • [NYDN] Harper: Miserable Mets are hurting Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young chances
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    In 2010, as sabermetrics clawed its way into mainstream baseball analysis, Felix Hernandez was voted the American League Cy Young Award with 13 wins, the fewest ever by a starting pitcher.

    Perhaps Jacob deGrom is destined to re-define that standard. He can hope, anyway.

    At this point it’s about…

  • [NYDN] Mets waste (another) Jacob deGrom gem, fall to Cubs in 14 innings
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 9:15:00 PM)

    Jacob deGrom extended his recent string of dominance, yielding no more than one run for the eighth consecutive start, while twice escaping bases-loaded situations with minimal damage.

    But come on, you know the rest by now.

    The Mets somehow fell to 5-7 in games started by the National League leader…

  • [NYDN] Mazzeo: Yankees avoid injury scare to Gleyber Torres while Giancarlo Stanton, others break out
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 8:55:00 PM)

    BALTIMORE — Before the Yankees improved to 20 games over .500 and put on Drake’s “Passionfruit” — their postgame clubhouse victory song — they had to survive a scare.

    Gleyber Torres, their 21-year-old super rookie, got hit with a pitch on the right wrist in the sixth inning of their 8-5 victory…

  • [NYDN] Jason Kidd, former Nets star, interviews with Pistons for head coaching job
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 8:05:00 PM)

    DETROIT — A source has confirmed to the Free Press that former NBA player and coach Jason Kidd is the latest to interview for the vacant Detroit Pistons head coaching position.

    Kidd, who played in the NBA from 1994-2013, was fired as the Milwaukee Bucks head coach in January. He coached the Bucks…

  • [NYDN] Your Dreams: Analyst Lauren Lawrence reveals the secrets behind Daily News readers’ dreams
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 8:00:00 PM)


    I dreamed that I had a stain on my trouser leg on one of my knees. On further inspection, I saw that it was whiteout, so I started scratching the dry chalky mark with my nail and it was flaking off like powder and slowly disappearing. Please decode this dream.


  • [NYDN] Steve Cauthen looks back at making Belmont Stakes history with Affirmed four decades ago
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 8:00:00 PM)

    It was late May, a stretch in spring when most 18-year-olds are gearing up for their prom and high school graduation, a two-step springboard into adulthood.

    But Steve Cauthen’s calendar had already been booked solid from early May through June 10, 1978, and the events occupying his busy schedule…

  • [NYDN] Even a Mets’ Todd Frazier pullover giveaway lands on the disabled list
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 7:35:00 PM)

    The Mets can’t even keep their giveaways off the disabled list.

    Saturday night at Citi Field was supposed to be Todd Frazier replica batting practice pullover night, but nobody at the stadium actually received said pullovers.

    The Mets released a statement earlier in the day that there was a “quality…

  • [NYDN] VIDEO: Clay Matthews takes line drive to face in charity softball game, will have surgery
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 6:25:00 PM)

    The linebacker wasn’t ready for the comebacker.

    Packers star Clay Matthews was drilled in the nose with a line drive during a charity softball game on Saturday at Fox Cities Stadium in Wisconsin.

    Matthews was on the mound pitching when he was hit with the line drive. He went down as soon as the…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Fan spotted wearing Manny Machado Yankees’ jersey at Camden Yards
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 5:16:00 PM)

    Back in spring training, Aaron Judge told Manny Machado he’d look good in pinstripes.

    Well, one fan wasn’t content just imagining it.

    Someone was spotted wearing a No. 13 Machado Yankees’ jersey at Camden Yards on Friday night during the Bronx Bombers’ 4-1 win.

    Unlike Judge, it’s unlikely this…

  • [NYDN] STASI: Seeing Melania Trump is believing we still have a First Lady
    (Saturday, June 02, 2018 5:00:00 PM)

    Where is Melania Trump? The missing First Lady mystery deepened on Friday when she didn’t go to Camp David with her husband, marking the 21st day she hasn’t been seen in public.

    In fact she already hadn’t been seen for four days when, on May 14, the White House announced that she was being admitted…

  • 27 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2018.06.03)”

    Hehe, yeah, I’ll let Mike know the the algorithm has run amok. 🙂

    Stratomatic "Porzingis, Ntilikina, and one of the Bridges are going to lead us to the promised land"says:

    Phil was many things but a guy who’d go low ceiling like Old Man Ron Harpers with the 8th overall pick is not what I believe would have been his aim. IMO, whether right, wrong or completely misguided, he thought Frank had Pippen potential. Given the stuff about his growth and that his frame seems able and willing to take on added muscle, I think it’s very likely that was his aim.

    I think you are right.

    Phil may wind being very wrong, but the goal was Pippen not Harper. In fact, Charlie Rosen was quoted as bringing up the Pippen comparison a few weeks ago in an article. He also called Frank a “rookie rookie” because he’s so young and raw.

    I really hope Frank gets as good Pippen. That would be sensational. Then we’d have a player that’s
    better than Capela! #JustGoingForTheLaugh

    I really don’t look at Frank and see Pippen, but whatever. I like his D and he seems like a smart kid. Once he perfects his three-ball, he’ll be a fine 3&D swingman who also comes with a lot of other tools.

    For instance, compare him to Mikal. He’s already a better ball-handler, passer, and driver at a younger age. He’ll likely never be as good a finisher, but if he improves his shooting, then he’s a really nice piece. We just have to clear TH2 and Lee out so he can start at the 2.

    My money is on Frank as the starting shooting guard in the next 12 months with Lee gone and TH2 as the 6th man.

    At this point I just want Lee gone. We can’t have another year where KP is out and we keep giving heavy minutes to useless veterans. The front office absolutely has to realize there’s no point in treading water without Porzingis and commit 100% to Frank, THJ, Burke, Dotson and the 9th pick without caring about the results.

    Pippen??! I love Frank but expecting him to approach Pippen’s level is delusional.

    Pippen??! I love Frank but expecting him to approach Pippen’s level is delusional.

    Nobody is expecting him to approach that except in his max ceiling outcome which is highly unlikely.

    Point is more that he can be in that archetype of player as a playmaking wing player who can run your offense for stretches as a primary ball handler or play in a secondary ball handler role off ball. Batum may be a more realistic outcome in this vein.

    Eh, Pippen didn’t enter the league until he was 21 and wasn’t an all-star player until he was 24 years old. I like Scottie, but if you look at his best comparison in terms of career trajectory win shares you’ll find Shawn Marrion at the top of that list. Though it is unlikely Frank ever reaches that level the comparison isn’t so crazy.

    I learned here at Knickerblogger that there will never be a player now or in the future that will be as good as Pippen was, so it’s fruitless to compare anyone to him.

    Call me crazy (or blind, or whatever) but Renaldo Balkman was the closest thing I’ve ever seen to Pippen in a Knicks jersey. He was long, could defend multiple positions, and would dribble his rebounds up the court himself in Pippen fashion (it was kind of against the protocols of the division of labor for forwards to do their own play making back in Pippen’s day, not so much now). Like Frank (and unlike Pippen) he wasn’t much of a shooter, but everything felt Pippenesque enough for me to be really confused when Isiah banished him without explanation.

    Balkman was just too much of a head case. But boy, was he talented. I still love that guy.

    Balkman was the best. I loved watching him so much. He was a true headcase but those 08-09 numbers were solid. Should have come into the league in 1990.

    Stratomatic "Porzingis, Ntilikina, and one of the Bridges are going to lead us to the promised land"says:

    I remember watching Balkman in pre game warmups one time at MSG. He was working on his jump shot. He took about 30 3s from different spots on the court and made about 5. He finally gave up and started shooting FTs and mid range jumpers instead. He was still dreadful. Then I saw him a couple of times in the G league and I can’t remember if it was Thanasis Antetokounmpo or Cleanthony Early, but one of them was killing him and trash talking him relentlessly. It almost got physical.

    Balkman was the best. I loved watching him so much. He was a true headcase but those 08-09 numbers were solid. Should have come into the league in 1990.

    Oh, totally. Like when guys like Anthony Mason were small forwards.

    This is why useful comparisons can be so damn elusive. Frank seems to have so much in common with someone like Pippen, but from my perspective you’d literally be better off comparing him to Porzingis. Pippen’s defining quality might have been his low center of gravity relative to his size and explosiveness. And that might be Frank’s greatest weakness. He isn’t particular explosive, yet naturally moves in a very vertical, high center stance. I can’t argue that this may well change somewhat with time, but not to the extent where he’s going to compare to the polar opposite archetype. I would actually argue that Frank’s high center is responsible for the perception that his handle isn’t good; I think his handle is better than it looks though at some point the distinction is semantic.

    Luckily there’s a lot of room to be a really productive player without having anything that smells like a pippenesque combo. You could throw Batum, Bowen, McMillan and Lever into a hopper and end up with a fucking awesome chimera. One of the few fun things about next season is still not knowing whether Frank will be a meh player or really good, but even if it’s the latter I don’t think he’ll seem like Scottie.

    Comparing Frank to Pippen is hilarious, but a distant second to the most infamous of knickerblogger comparisons – Landry Fields to Grant Hill.

    We all want Frank to succeed, but right now all he is, is potential.

    I wouldn’t call it infamous, as Owen was comparing their slashing style of play, not the overall quality of production. Fields had an excellent rookie year and was never really the same thereafter. Cue Z-man to tell me that Fields was always bad and I just don’t know anything about basketball.

    Of course, discrediting excellent rookie years is a big part of what we do here. And ignoring terrible rookie years in the spirit of “untapped potential” is the other side of that coin.

    The Knicks screwed with Fields’ shot and basically ruined his career.

    Yes, he arrived with an awkward, slow release, but it worked: He shot threes pretty well his first year. Then we “rehauled” his shot the following summer and that was that.

    Fields game involved a lor of movement without the ball. The name Havlicek was thrown around by commentators. Unfortunately for him, halfway through his rookie season, the Knicks traded half their team for the ultimate ball stopper.

    IIRC it was nerve damage in his shooting arm while with Toronto that derailed his career and forced him to change his mechanics. I think he had hip surgery before entering FA that kept him out for half a year that finished him off.

    At the very least, he will always have the Andy and Landry show.

    LeBron looks gassed. Lots of missed layups and not getting back on d

    I seem to remember that Fields had an elbow injury and was never the same shooter after that.

    Landry Fields’ rookie year with the Knicks was just a massive outlier of a year in terms of his three point shooting. He was a mediocre three point shooter for Stanford and then shot .393 with the Knicks, despite having a knuckleball jump shot and a stroke that didn’t look very repeatable. He rattled a bunch of them in as a rookie, but it wasn’t sustainable.

    He shot .337 from 3PT as a senior at Stanford, and was a career 67% free throw shooter in college. There was just no way that .393 3PT% as a Knick rookie was anything other than a mirage. Eventually he turned into a pumpkin.

    Stratomatic "Porzingis, Ntilikina, and one of the Bridges are going to lead us to the promised land"says:

    In his rookie year Fields was playing for D’Antoni in a system that suited him well. He was getting a lot of wide open looks and scoring in transition. Then when they started guarding him he showed he couldn’t get a shot off quick enough and didn’t have the speed or handle to create a shot on his own. So he became almost useless on offense. Then the injuries sort of killed him in Toronto. He was good statistically as a rookie due to conditions. He was not a good basketball player.

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