Knicks Morning News (2018.06.08)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks work out Kerem Kanter, Enes’ younger brother
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:05:15 PM)

    Kerem Kanter, brother of Knicks C Enes Kanter, has worked out for the team ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft. Kerem is projected to be a second-round pick if he’s drafted.

  • [SNY Knicks] Ex-Knick says LeBron James will sign with the team this summer
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 6:15:55 PM)

    According to Kenyon Martin, the Knicks will sign both LeBron James and Paul George this summer.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks name four assistant coaches under David Fizdale
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 1:40:06 PM)

    Knicks head coach David Fizdale’s assistant coaches are set, with the team hiring Keith Smart, Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, and Royal Ivey.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks Draft target Mikal Bridges says he’d fit ‘really well’
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 12:45:50 PM)

    Mikal Bridges, who loves The Garden, knows he could thrive alongside Porzingis and Ntilikina with Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks to host Duke C Wendell Carter Jr. on Friday
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 11:30:33 AM)

    The Knicks continue to bring in top prospects ahead of the NBA Draft, with Duke C Wendell Carter Jr. is expected to visit and workout for New York this week.

  • [SNY Knicks] Fizdale wants to bring Knicks tradition back to MSG
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:11:14 AM)

    Fizdale is hoping to bring Knicks tradition back to The Garden next season.

  • [NYPost] Here is David Fizdale’s Knicks coaching staff
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 11:02:25 AM)

    David Fizdale’s coaching staff has been assembled. The Knicks announced Thursday that Keith Smart, Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan and Royal Ivey have been hired as assistant coaches. Howard Eisley, a Hornacek assistant, is still in the organization, but it’s unclear whether he’ll keep his assistant role. Smart, a former player, was a Fizdale assistant in…

  • [NYPost] Mikal Bridges: Why I would be great Knicks pick
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:11:53 AM)

    Villanova junior Mikal Bridges has heard the chatter about being a perfect fit for the Knicks and he said he would embrace the challenge of playing full time at the Garden. In fact, Bridges, who has won two NCAA titles with the Wildcats, said he believes he has had more success at the Garden than…

  • [NYTimes] Sterling Brown to File Civil Rights Lawsuit After More Videos of Arrest
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 2:24:32 AM)

    As expected, the Milwaukee Bucks forward, who was subdued with a stun gun over a parking violation in January, will file a lawsuit on Friday.

  • [NYTimes] The Left Side of Steve Kerr’s Brain
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 10:23:13 AM)

    Sammy Gelfand is the numbers guy behind the Golden State Warriors’ success. Some pretty good players help, too.

  • [NYTimes] The Story of the Wife Who Defended Her Husband in a Way That Left Him Unemployed
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:30:26 PM)

    A celebrated N.B.A. executive is out of a job after someone who loves him seems to have gotten a little carried away.

  • [NYTimes] Sports of The Times: LeBron James Delivered. Now Does He Exit?
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 10:23:15 AM)

    Down in the N.B.A. finals, three games to none, LeBron James appears set to leave Cleveland — again. And Northeast Ohio is O.K. with that.

  • [NYTimes] U.S. Team Could Dominate 3-on-3 Basketball. If Only It Could Qualify.
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 4:57:55 PM)

    A system designed by FIBA to increase global participation has kept the United States men out. Will that work for the Olympics?

  • [NYTimes] Kevin Durant Pulls Warriors Closer to Another N.B.A. Title
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 1:35:24 PM)

    Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson struggled, but Durant dominated with 43 points. The Warriors now hold a 3-0 lead over LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

  • [NYTimes] Not at the Game: Over, Easy: A Basketball Aficionado Foresees the Warriors’ Surge Past the Rockets
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 10:23:32 AM)

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

  • [NYDN] Off-duty NYPD police officer pulls knife on fellow motorist during bout of road rage in Queens
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 2:30:00 AM)

    An off-duty NYPD police officer exploded in a fit of road rage early Friday, pulling a knife during an argument with a fellow motorist in Queens, police said.

    Emel Lyndl Alegre, 34, was arrested after a war of words with another driver turned violent around 2 a.m., according to authorities.


  • [NYDN] Release the NYCHA files
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    No small number of the New York City Housing Authority’s 400,000 residents could have guessed what would come of the Justice Department’s two-plus year investigation into the agency’s preposterous claims it had lead paint and mold well under control: ample evidence of wrongdoing.

    Enough that Mayor…

  • [NYDN] Bronx 5-year-old will celebrate 6th birthday in street where he was shot in head
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    He’s braver than his favorite superhero, and has special powers of his own.

    Little Jaheem Hunter— the boy who barely survived a gunshot to the head last year on his fifth birthday — will bravely return a year later to the same Bronx street where a stray bullet nearly ended his life to celebrate…

  • [NYDN] Freed Scarcella victim helps another inmate claiming innocence to find a path to justice
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    There’s a special place in jail, a former inmate said Thursday.

    But despite leading investigations that resulted in 13 wrongful convictions, Louis Scarcella’s shattered credibility is not an automatic get-out-of-jail-free card, according to prosecutors involved in the case of Nelson Cruz, who has…

  • [NYDN] Iowa teen killed in Mexico three weeks after he’s forced to return to country
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    An Iowa teen about to graduate from high school was instead sent back to Mexico — and killed weeks after he arrived in the nation he left at age 3.

    Manuel Antonio Cano-Pacheco, 19, was killed while eating with his cousin’s friend in Zacatecas, a state in northwest Mexico where he’d arrived three…

  • [NYDN] Exclusive: Cop who tackled former pro tennis star James Blake hit with five day penalty, half what oversight board recommended
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The cop who tackled former pro tennis star James Blake got a penalty of five lost vacation days — half of that recommended by an independent oversight board, the Daily News has learned.

    Officer James Frascatore was slapped with the five-day rip by Police Commissioner James O’Neill in February,…

  • [NYDN] Nathan’s Famous sues fired hot dog vendor for selling wieners from ‘Natten’s Famous’ cart
    (Friday, June 08, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    To be frank, Nathan’s might have a case.

    A fired Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs vendor is in hot water for operating a “Natten’s Famous Hot Dog” cart at Central Park South and Sixth Ave.

    Photos of the “Natten’s” cart present a clear link to the lettering of the roughly 35 Nathan’s carts in the city….

  • [NYDN] Ex-Jet Kellen Winslow Jr. reportedly arrested for burglary
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 11:20:00 PM)

    Former Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested Thursday afternoon for residential burglary in Encinitas, Ca., according to KUSI News.

    Winslow, 35, played for the Jets in 2013, his final season in the NFL. He caught 31 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns.

    Winslow’s best season came…

  • [NYDN] Arrest warrant issued for mom of ‘Affluenza Teen’ after she fails latest drug test
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 11:15:00 PM)

    The mother of Ethan Couch — once notoriously dubbed the “Affluenza Teen” — was hit with an arrest warrant for the second time in three months after failing another drug test, according to a report.

    Tonya Couch’s bond was revoked after a scan showed the 51-year-old had methamphetamines and amphetamines…

  • [NYDN] Mysterious health problems prompt new alert from U.S. Embassy in China
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    GUANGZHOU, China — The U.S. Embassy in China sent its second alert in two weeks Friday to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuation of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city.

    The alert urged Americans to seek medical help…

  • [NYDN] Mitt Romney predicts President Trump will win second term
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    PARK CITY, Utah — He once called Donald Trump “a con man,” but Mitt Romney on Thursday night predicted that Trump would “easily” win his party’s presidential nomination in 2020 and “solidly” win a second term.

    Romney, the GOP’s failed 2012 presidential nominee from Massachusetts, now a Republican…

  • [NYDN] Man, 24, dead after argument in a Brooklyn apartment ends in gunfire
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    An argument in a Brooklyn apartment building ended with one man shot dead and another slashed on his arm Thursday night, cops said.

    The fight broke out inside a building on Ocean Ave. near Church Ave. in Flatbush just after 10:30 p.m., police said.

    The 24-year-old victim was shot in the back and…

  • [NYDN] EXCLUSIVE: Upper East Side dentist gets jail-free deal in sex abuse case
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 10:05:00 PM)

    An Upper East Side dentist pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a man inside his office, the Daily News has learned.

    Michael Krochak, 60, took a jail-free deal in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday after the district attorney’s office decided not to seek an indictment in the case.

    Krochak took…

  • [NYDN] Retiring Yellowstone boss claims Trump administration trying to nudge him out early
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    The retiring head of Yellowstone National Parks accused the Trump administration of forcing him out early over squabbling with the Interior Department.

    Daniel Wenk initially planned to leave the National Parks Service next March when he opted to not take a transfer to Washington, D.C., but said…

  • [NYDN] Developer Michael Shvo gets no jail sentence after paying $3.5M restitution
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    Wealthy real estate developer Michael Shvo paid back about $3.5 million and got a wrist-slap in his felony tax scam case Thursday.

    Shvo, 45, received a conditional discharge after copping to a felony in Manhattan Supreme Court in April, admitting he dodged New York State tax obligations on art,…

  • [NYDN] Belmont Stakes Bettor’s Guide: All the info you need to know as Justify tries to make history
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    Post Time: Saturday, 6:34 p.m.

    TV: NBC

    Distance: 1 1/2 miles

    Purse: $1.5M

    Last Year’s Winner: Tapwrit


    1. Justify (4-5)

    Trainer: Bob Baffert

    Jockey: Mike Smith

    Last Three Starts

    5-9 Preakness 1

    5-5 Kentucky Derby 1

    4-7 Santa Anita Derby 1

    Justify is on the cusp of doing something that hasn’t…

  • [NYDN] Mila Kunis says there’s no yelling on movie sets with female directors
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    Mila Kunis, who was cast in “That ‘70s Show” in 1998 at just 14 years old, worked with her first female director on a movie that hasn’t even hit theaters yet.

    The 34-year-old actress said began focusing more on empowering women in Hollywood after becoming a mother; she and husband Ashton Kutcher…

  • [NYDN] Photos of accuser’s bruised privates revealed to jurors in Port Authority inspector’s assault trial
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:20:00 PM)

    He was defending his manhood — literally.

    GOP fund-raiser Arcadio Casillas told jurors on Thursday that a former Port Authority police inspector kneed him in the testicles, and he produced the photographic evidence he says proves it.

    Casillas, 70, meticulously documented the injuries to his nether…

  • [NYDN] Capitals’ T.J. Oshie on what Stanley Cup win means for father who’s battling Alzheimer’s: ‘You can bet your ass he’s going to remember this’
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:15:00 PM)

    T.J. Oshie will likely never forget this Stanley Cup win. He hopes the same can be said for his father, Tim Oshie.

    Tim was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six years ago. Oshie was visibly emotional following the Capitals’ 4-3 Game 5 win when discussing what this meant not just for him, but for his father…

  • [NYDN] Man dies after jumping in front of Queens F train
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:10:00 PM)

    A man took a deadly leap into the path of a Queens subway train Thursday night, police said.

    The man jumped in front of a Manhattan-bound F train at the Sutphin Blvd. stop by Hillside Ave. in Briarwood just after 10 p.m., cops said.

    Service was disrupted for about an hour as authorities investigated.

  • [NYDN] Woman in crowd flashes Capitals players as they celebrate Stanley Cup victory
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:05:00 PM)

    Let’s hear it for double-D.C.

    The Capitals ended their 44-year title drought on Wednesday, beating the Golden Knights in Game 5 to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship.

    You’d think team captain Alexander Ovechkin would be the center of attention as he skated around the arena with…

  • [NYDN] LI feds expand anti-gang case vs MS-13
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:50:00 PM)

    A big-time federal case against reputed MS-13 gang members on Long Island got larger Thursday as the feds unveiled new defendants and more charges of murder and mayhem.

    The 73-count superceding indictment tacks on eight defendants and lays blame for another three murders. That brings the case’s…

  • [NYDN] El Chapo defense fumes on late ‘exculpatory’ evidence reveal from federal prosecutors
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:05:00 PM)

    El Chapo says the feds have been holding back information that could help him beat his blockbuster drug-trafficking trial.

    After Brooklyn federal prosecutors turned over 41 pieces of evidence to lawyers for Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman earlier this week, the defense blasted authorities Thursday, saying…

  • [NYDN] Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals win Stanley Cup after years of playoff heartbreak
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:05:00 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — After 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey.

    Lars Eller broke a tie with 7:37 to play, and the Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night.


  • [NYDN] Immigrant arrests soaring under Trump as cold-hearted ICE agents bust undocumented people with no criminal records
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:00:00 PM)

    The powerful federal agency behind the lockup of an immigrant pizza deliveryman has gone on such a spree of arrests under President Trump, it’s created a backlog in the system, court records show.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement was born in the post-9/11 climate and has emerged under the Trump…

  • [ESPN] K. Smart, 3 others hired as Knicks assistants
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 5:46:02 PM)

    Keith Smart, who most recently was an assistant to David Fizdale in Memphis, has been hired by the Knicks as an assistant on Fizdale’s coaching staff. Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan and Royal Ivey also were added to the staff.

  • [NY Newsday] Mikal Bridges works out for Knicks, calls Madison Square Garden ‘a special place’
    (Thursday, June 07, 2018 10:51:00 PM)

    Mikal Bridges’ ties to the City of Brotherly Love run deep.

  • 54 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2018.06.08)”

    Memo to Kenyon Martin: Put the cracks pipe down, you are hallucinating. Lebron and Paul George are not going to sign with the Knicks. April Fools day is long past, stop trolling Knick fans with this nonsense.

    sounds very unlikely Michael Porter will get past Chicago — his agent is very tight with Bulls management, he’s staying in Chicago during the draft process, and had the Bulls’ physicians do his physical…

    Wow, I never thought I’d live to see the day that Jud Buechler became a Knick.

    that’s an eclectic group of assistants… all young too…. gives me hope that we’ll operate in a modern and open-minded way…. but for the first time in a long while there’s a lack of steady and long experience on the bench…

    I think that’s a good approach with this particular group of players we have but I hope that we don’t start pulling some grizzled vets to fulfill that role of ‘experience’….

    didn’t realize that… but it always seemed that we had some old lifer somewhere on the bench throughout all these tenures… woodson, rambis, brown, malone, jvg, wilkins, chaney etc….

    I guess smart approaches that…

    @6 I think the Knicks finally have it figured out. I worry about Steve “let’s renounce Ron Baker just to make good and give him the full MLE and then give TH2 a 4 year/$70M deal” Mills around, but Scott Perry seems to be the de facto POBO with Mills getting the position through Doloyalty. I like having Michelle Obama’s brother around, I love the Fizdale hire (if he can make Marc Gasol take 400 3s he can make KP stick at center), and I thought the development and rehabilitation of Trey Burke was an excellent job. I like Dolan’s “never trade 1st round picks” policy that he had to pay somebody in 2013 to tell him was necessary, and I like that Dolan has largely been out of the way since Phil Jackson got hired. I wish Kanter would opt out already, but McDermott and Kanter were more useful pieces than Melo was this year, we landed the 36th pick in what might be a 50 prospect draft, and didn’t take back any salary.

    What they do in this draft matters a lot. Yahoo is reporting that Boston is worried they may lose Kyrie Irving to the Knicks (lol), but that’s so far down the pipeline all that really matters is these next two drafts and the rehabiliation of Porzingis’ knee. I feel like we can trust Perry, Fizdale, the scouting department, and to a lesser extent Steve Mills and Dolan to not mess things up. New York is a city that should always have a good basketball program so long as we’re not paying the wrong players and trading 1st round picks. This is a very different decade if:

    1) We didn’t give Amar’e’s right knee $100M and
    2) We never traded the farm for Melo.

    As long as we don’t invest $100M in bad knees and go full Billy King over DeMar DeRozan, we’re going to be fine.

    I think we go for Mikal, but I hope we get one of these guys in the 2nd round: Omari Spellman, Jarred Vanderbilt, De’Anthony Melton.

    I guess smart approaches that…

    Smart was the coach of the Warriors before Mark Jackson. I say that only as an interesting thing about Keith Smart. 🙂

    ” The Story of the Wife Who Defended Her Husband in a Way That Left Him Unemployed ”

    Weird seeing the Times reporting it that way as that’s just BS. There’s no way that that was just Colangelo’s wife without him being involved.

    Whoa, NBADraft updated their mock to have Orlando take Mikal at 6. Do they know something we don’t?

    I looked to see if there was any buzz about Mikal and Orlando on Twitter, and found the following from a no-name on Twitter, “Key NBA sources tell me the Magic are “drooling and salivating” over Villanova foward Mikal Bridges. 3 more scouts I talked to today think Bridges will become the next James Worthy. Sitting at pick # 6, look for Orlando to pick Bridges and design the offense around him………..”

    Like I said, the Twitter guy was a no-name, but that’s also a fairly odd thing to make up. It was followed pretty quickly by ESPN moving Bridges up to the Magic, ya know?

    I don’t wanna jinx it, but I’m starting to think Trae Young might actually drop to us.

    Well, let’s say that Chicago does go Porter and Orlando goes Mikal. Then does Cleveland really pass up Young to go with, say, Carter? Seems kind of unlikely, no? Young sort of slots into Cleveland pretty darn well.

    Then does Cleveland really pass up Young to go with, say, Carter? Seems kind of unlikely, no? Young sort of slots into Cleveland pretty darn well.

    I take it you’re not a big Jordan Clarkson believer?

    If Porter is letting every team in the top 10 see his medical reports and working out for all of them, then he’s going 5th overall to Dallas and maybe as high as #2 to Sacramento. That’s always been my fear; not that he was healthy, but that he would workout for everybody. Now, to update my mock draft:

    Porter Jr
    Carter Jr
    Mikal Bridges

    Mikal Bridges worries me so much. He’s the one prospect that I want to feel good about but can’t because of a few things. For one, he is not an agile player. He has trouble sliding his feet and staying in front of guys, but he’s long as shit so he makes up for it there. However, guards with a tight handle can separate from him no problem so that may limit his positional versatility on defense. He’s not the best rebounder, either, so you really can’t play him anywhere but the 3 and he may only be able to defend the 2 and the 3 instead of 1-4 as pundits are lauding him. There’s a decent chance he’s Justin Holiday and not Robert Covington, and I hope the Knicks really do their homework on him.

    I remember being surrounded by Syracuse fans when Keith Smart hit that shot to beat them in the finals.

    Good times.

    someone is gonna fall… hopefully it’s carter… but hoping it’s not someone like bagley or bamba….

    I can live with young and maybe porter….

    “I think they’re scared. I think they’re scared and should be scared to some degree of Kyrie Irving walking in 2019. I know he had a great year, but you know there are people in Cleveland that will tell you that the Knicks should be considered a real threat for Kyrie Irving. Because Kyrie had talked about it, about playing with the Knicks with some players in that Cleveland locker room from what I was told.”

    That’s from the Yahoo Sports report that Kyrie Irving may leave Boston for New York. Considering that Kyrie Irving’s father is from the Bronx and Kyrie Irving played alongside Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, Channing Frye, and a slew of other former Knicks that went to Cleveland, I want to take some time out to acknowledge the 3D Chess Phil Jackson was playing. How crazy would it be if the JR Smith/Iman Shumpert trade, who once said he believes everybody should experience being a New York Knick, is one of the reasons Kyrie Irving ends up in a Knicks jersey? I worry about those knees, but that would be serendipity at its finest.

    I think Kyrie Irving is the one superstar dumb enough to leave this Celtics future situation because he wants somehow to go to the Knicks. If we got 2017-18 healthy Kyrie as a free agent, sign me up. I’m worried we would actually get the Amare Stoudemire version of Kyrie Irving.

    On the draft, I think there’s just no way Cleveland doesn’t draft Young if he’s available. He would be the next Kyrie Irving to rebuild post-Lebron and the biggest name available to keep fans engaged after James leaves, and they desperately need guards. Specially if Mikal is gone, there’s no reason for them to look for a big man when Love and Thompson are presumably still there.

    Bill Simmons’s trolling (at least I hope he’s just trolling since this is silly for everyone but Boston) idea is LeBron to Boston with Kyrie to the Knicks, and Knicks #9, Enes, Mudiay, Marcus Morris to Cleveland.

    Bill Simmons’s trolling (at least I hope he’s just trolling since this is silly for everyone but Boston) idea is LeBron to Boston with Kyrie to the Knicks, and Knicks #9, Enes, Mudiay, Marcus Morris to Cleveland.

    That doesn’t seem silly for the Knicks. I don’t think I’d do it, but even if, say, Young were available, you’re basically hoping he turns into Kyrie. If he does, then you have a (young)er version with healthy knees on a great salary. But if he doesn’t….then that’s actually in line with the odds for pick #9, and you got nothing.

    It’s silly on at least 2 levels for the Knicks:
    1) there’s no KP next season, so the team will suck anyway
    2) Kyrie will be a free agent after next season, so we could just sign him then w/o giving up a pick. Also, he could just leave after the season once he gets a taste of Dolanville.

    Trading the 9th overall pick, Enes Kanter, and Emmanuel Mudiay in order to get back Kyrie Irving? That isn’t even half silly. The only problem is how that knee would hold up, but man that would be a big win for everybody except Cleveland. How do you trade LeBron to Boston and not insist somebody takes JR Smith or Tristan Thompson’s contract?

    @23 that makes sense, but what if Kristaps Porzingis is actually back by January?

    1) there’s no KP next season, so the team will suck anyway
    2) Kyrie will be a free agent after next season, so we could just sign him then w/o giving up a pick. Also, he could just leave after the season once he gets a taste of Dolanville.

    These are not good reasons. Yes, possibly we could sign him next year, but on terms far worse than whoever has his rights. And even if you think the earth is flat, an extra $15 million (or whatever it is) probably still gets your attention enough to think that, you know, maybe I can play for the Knicks in my next contract….

    The only reason I would be on the fence is that trading the 9 and getting Kyrie leaves us less poor in terms of assets, but still poor…and Kyrie’s knee might not hold up long enough for the team to get anywhere.

    but what if Kristaps Porzingis is actually back by January?

    Then he returned from his injury too soon.

    @25 – what 27 said.

    If KP was healthy, you could maybe talk me into it after a few drinks. It would be fun at least for once.

    so that trade basically has Bos trading an injured Kyree and a Morris for Lebon? Or….Cleveland basically trading Lebron for our 9th pick and some filler?

    I think there’s a better chance that the Uncle Drew movie wins an oscar.

    Actually, on that note…..who wins? Uncle Drew’s crew (I looked it up, it’s him, Shak, Chris Webber, Nate Robinson, Reggie Miller and Lesa Leslie) or our opening day roster?

    If Irving’s knee is completely healthy, which is a pretty big if in a scenario where Ainge actively wants to trade him, Id do it. As much as I want this team to fully rebuild let’s be honest, they won’t, and if Kyrie manages to keep up his stats from this past season he is a 26 year old superstar which is better than anything we’ve had in the last decade or more.

    I was against trading for him last year because I didn’t expect him to be so good after leaving the Cavs, but he did perform very very well. The 9th pick is not very valuable to be honest and getting rid of Enes and Mudiay might be an improvement after all. If Irving then leaves next year it’s the same as if Enes opted in and left anyway salary wise and we still have all our future picks and everything else to rebuild.

    Like I said, the Twitter guy was a no-name, but that’s also a fairly odd thing to make up.

    It’s clearly John Hammond’s wife.

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

    I don’t think Ainge is going to just allow Irving to walk. If Irving wants to come to NY we are going to have to trade for him somehow. Personally, I wouldn’t have a problem with doing that as long as we traded a future 1st round pick. We are too far away to trade away this year’s pick. However, if we had a young core of KP, Irving, Frank, Bridges (with Hardaway, Burke, Dotson, and O’Quinn on the bench), we’d need one more solid player to go to war with just about anyone in 2020/2021. The question would be KP and Kyrie’s knees.


    But Ainge doesn’t have a choice in the matter, why would we have to trade something? Irving has one more year of contract then a player option for 2019-20, he’s a free agent if he wants after next season.

    I understand you guys feel like he has magical powers, but contracts are contracts.

    Lol did I just read that Enes Kanter (and his $25M option) and Emmanuel Mudiay would be significant pieces of a three-way trade of the best player in the league and a top-3 PG in the East? Ahahahahhahhahahahahhahahahahaha yeah no that’s not going to happen

    Hey someone call Utah and see f they’ll give us Mitchell and Gobert for Noah and Timmy!

    Here’s a video that might you feel a little better once we draft Miles Bridges. If Fizdale wants to have an uptempo ball-movement offense it’d help to have a wing who’s an above average passer.

    “Defense, of course, that’s where I take my pride,’’ Bridges said. “Shooting the ball. I shoot the ball really well and transition and finishing. That’s my top three. Ball-handling and play-making, people say I need a lot of work. I know I do, but it’s better than people think.”

    Asked about his “3 and D’’ branding, Bridges said, “I take pride in defense more than anything. So I’d rather people say I’m a defensive guy.’’

    “I have a lot of work to do,’’ Bridges said. “I’m not close to being a finished product. I’m not going to stop until I’m the best basketball player I can be. I got a lot of things to work on [things] I thought I was really good at, but not close.”

    Music to my ears.

    Here’s a really good video on Mikal Bridges’ defense. I think it sums up my apprehensions well.

    I think you can make a reel of any player’s defensive lapses.
    On the other side of the ball, offensive highlight reels can be very misleading. Look at Lonnie Walker’s youtube highlights and you’d think he should be #1 pick overall.

    I listened to a Dunc’d On podcast that discussed Bagley. It scared the hell out of me. It started out by saying that maybe Bagley is the sort of player that is good at things the NBA doesn’t value much anymore. When it came to discussing his defense, it seemed it was anot issue. I came away thinking, maybe he’s going to drop in the draft and be available for the Knicks and I don’t want that to happen. If we have to pick player with poor defense, I want it to be someone like Young

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    But Ainge doesn’t have a choice in the matter, why would we have to trade something? Irving has one more year of contract then a player option for 2019-20, he’s a free agent if he wants after next season.

    If Ainge sees the handwriting on the wall he’ll try to make a move sooner. But you are right. If Irving is determined to come to NY, willing to wait, willing to sacrifice a lot of money, and NY has the cap space, it’s going to be hard for Ainge to get anything.

    Kyle O’quinn sitting behind home plate eating French fries! Lol!

    I’d tell Danny Ainge to go fuck himself if he offered us that deal. Kyrie has one year left on his contract and is coming off what, his 4th knee surgery? He’s a wonderful offensive player when he’s healthy, which is not that often, but we don’t need a great point guard next year because we’re going to suck anyhow, and after that Kyrie is going to want to get big money and I don’t want to give big money to a guy who can’t stay healthy. He’s 3/7 for in terms of being reasonably healthy for the entire season.


    Yeah, I’m hoping sorta against reason that this front office has learned from watching the mistakes with the Carmelo Anthony trade and won’t force something similar so Kyrie gets his money. If he wants to come it’s great, but it can’t be another Amare / Melo situation with Porzingis + Irving.

    The thing that worries me about miles bridges is he’s pretty good at a bunch of things but he doesn’t seem to have any elite skills. Pretty good offensive player, pretty good rebounder, can pass pretty well for a forward.

    No thanks on trading for Kyrie. No skipping steps this time around. Let’s build this from the ground up.

    The Cavs are getting swept, but think about how ridiculous giving the finals MVP to anyone not named Lebron James is. He’s going to average something like 36-8-8 against one of the best basketball teams every assembled.

    Anyone listen to Charles Oakley on the Simmons podcast? If you’re an old like me it’s really worth a listen. He was talking about how the big teams in his era were deep like the Warriors and then described the Cavs as Lebron ‘playing with 4 guys who work for the city.’

    Yeah that Oakley interview reminded me of like 20 different fake brawls I’d forgotten about. Brad Miller was pretty fortunate that he happened to have two of the tougher guys in NBA history on the floor with him when Shaq decided to attempt homicide.

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    No thanks on trading for Kyrie. No skipping steps this time around. Let’s build this from the ground up.

    The chances we build this team exclusively from the ground up are quite low. The only way you can do that is to get extraordinarily lucky in the draft or to have injuries that allow you to draft higher than you should in multiple years (like the 76ers). Sooner or later we are going to have to sign a star free agent or roll up up a couple of picks and/or players into one.

    You can argue that Kyrie is not that guy because of injuries, but he’s only 26 and he IS that kind of talent. Not everyone on the team has to be 22 or younger.

    If the Knicks traded for Kyrie he would end up eating Vaseline on YouTube

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    If the Knicks traded for Kyrie he would end up eating Vaseline on YouTube

    Kyrie may not be the brightest bulb in the room, but he’s a terrific player. As everyone noted, his knees are the issue.

    I don’t think Stephon was stupid at all, he was just in a heavy depression. Kyrie on the other hand seems to be pretty stupid to be honest.

    As I’m one of the only defenders of the “Stephon was actually better than people give him credit for” argument, Kyrie would still be the best PG we’ve had since forever though. It just scares me he would come and be Amare 2.0, have some really nice moments and then the injuries catch up and he’s overpaid and done.

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