Knicks Morning News (2018.06.22)

  • [NYTimes] 2018 N.B.A. Draft Results: Analysis of Every Pick in Round 1
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 5:32:17 AM)

    The Phoenix Suns took the Arizona big man Deandre Ayton with the first pick in the draft. Here’s a look at the entire first round.

  • [NYTimes] ESPN and Others Try to Restrain Reporters for N.B.A. Draft, to No Avail
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 1:49:51 AM)

    Adrian Wojnarowski and other prominent journalists were said to be prohibited from disclosing draft picks, in deference to the N.B.A.’s broadcast agreements.

  • [NYTimes] Sports of The Times: Tank to the Top? Not So Fast
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:22:19 PM)

    The art of losing in order to rebuild with young, cheap players through the N.B.A. draft has become popular, but the data doesn’t necessarily back it up.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks got a ‘steal’ in Mitchell Robinson, his trainer says
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 12:35:13 AM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks went out on a limb and selected Mystery Man Mitchell Robinson with the No. 36 pick in the NBA Draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Booed like Porzingis, Knicks’ Knox looking to follow in his footsteps
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:05:13 PM)

    Kevin Knox is ready to follow in Kristaps Porzingis’ footsteps after being booed at the draft just like the Unicorn.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks impressed by ‘tremendous upside’ in Kevin Knox
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:30:02 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — In drafting freshman wing Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft, Knicks’ brass fell in love with his talent, upside, and Kentucky pedigree.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ draft focused on making team ‘attractive’ to 2019 free agents
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:50:02 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks drafted Kentucky’s Kevin Knox with an eye toward making the franchise “attractive” to free agents in 2019 — most notably New Jersey native Kyrie Irving.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks tab Kentucky’s Kevin Knox with No. 9 pick in NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:20:42 PM)

    Kevin Knox is coming to The Garden.The Knicks tabbed the 18-year-old Kentucky forward with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks select C Mitchell Robinson with second-round pick
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:15:09 PM)

    The Knicks selected former McDonald’s All-American Mitchell Robinson with the No. 36 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks fans weren’t too happy hearing Knox picked at No. 9
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:40:04 PM)

    Knicks fans at the Barclay’s Center were unhappy that the team passed on Michael Porter Jr. and selected Kevin Knox.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks players, others react to team drafting Kevin Knox
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:40:06 PM)

    The Knicks selected F Kevin Knox with the 9th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. Here’s how Twitter has reacted to the news.

  • [SNY Knicks] Here’s the scouting report for Knicks draft pick Kevin Knox
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:45:00 PM)

    The Knicks have selected Kentucky F Kevin Knox with the 9th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. Here’s his scouting report.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Highlights of Knicks’ draft pick Kevin Knox
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:33:39 PM)

    Here’s a look at what the Knicks expect the 6-foot-9 Knox to do on the Madison Square Garden court next season…

  • [SNY Knicks] Final mocks have Knicks tabbing Knox, Bridges, others
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 6:45:10 PM)

    With the 2018 NBA Draft upon us, let’s take a tour through the final NBA mock drafts around the sports media landscape to see who the Knicks might be taking with the 9th pick.

  • [SNY Knicks] A look back at the Knicks’ recent first-round picks
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 6:23:27 PM)

    It is a big night for Knicks team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry as they make their first NBA Draft picks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks could take chance on Lonnie Walker IV in Draft
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:55:02 AM)

    While talk has centered around Kevin Knox, Mikal Bridges, and Collin Sexton, Lonnie Walker IV could be an option for Knicks in Draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks unlikely to trade up for Mo Bamba — or anyone else in Draft
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:15:19 AM)

    Head coach David Fizdale met Wednesday with Mohamed Bamba, but the Knicks are unlikely to trade up for the shot-blocking sensation.

  • [NYPost] Big-time coach: Knicks made a good call picking Kevin Knox
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 12:02:34 AM)

    Go ahead, Knicks fans. Dream about Kevin Knox’s upside. John Calipari thinks the Knicks hit a home run with his former player. “It’s a futures league. He’s 18 years old. You’re trying to project who of these guys can be special, and when you look at what they were having at that pick, if that…

  • [NYPost] Knicks snag big man in the second round
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:26:42 PM)

    The Knicks selected New Orleans mystery man, 7-foot-1 center Mitchell Robinson with the 36th pick in the second round. Robinson, who has a 7-4 wingspan, didn’t play any games in college, committing to Texas A&M, switching to Western Kentucky before leaving the school and decided to train for the draft. Robinson even backed out of…

  • [NYPost] Knicks fans should realize new regime needs Knox to work out
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:08:22 PM)

    The fact is, in the end, you want what they want, and they want what you want. Sure, it’s always funny whenever a draft is held in New York and when the name announced causes visceral pain among the faithful in attendance. At last count, the video of the Jets selecting Jeff Lageman with the…

  • [NYPost] The talk of NBA draft is the risky star who plunged
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 5:20:42 PM)

    Michael Porter Jr. gained a team and 13 enemies. Porter, once the top high school recruit in the country and widely projected as a top-10 pick until this week, fell all the way to No. 14 and Denver during the NBA draft Thursday. Teams, including the Knicks at No. 9, had gotten scared off by the…

  • [NYPost] Knicks pick Kevin Knox as their draft gamble
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:24:45 PM)

    With injury-plagued Michael Porter Jr. dropping like a rock to No. 9 and fans at Barclays Center chanting his name, the Knicks wouldn’t take a chance on the Missouri forward. But the Knicks still wound up taking something of a chance on draft night with Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox, the second-youngest player in the draft…

  • [ESPN] Knicks pass on bigger names and choose Knox
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:42:47 PM)

    Kevin Knox said he wasn’t fazed by some of the boos he heard when the Knicks selected him at No. 9, saying that Knicks fans booed Kristaps Porzingis on draft night, too.

  • [NY Newsday] NBA Draft: Knicks take Kevin Knox of Kentucky with ninth overall pick
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:46:24 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks could have gone with the safe pick or taken a risk. They went with the latter, but not the one their fans wanted.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks opt for medium risk by drafting Kevin Knox
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:54:00 PM)

    Scott Perry had done all his homework. He had brought in more players to work out than we can list here. He had talked to their college coaches. He had talked to some of their parents. He had made judgments about their skill and character and how they would fit with the Knicks’ current personnel.

  • [NY Newsday] NBA Draft: DeAndre Ayton stays in Arizona, goes No. 1 to Phoenix Suns
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:50:14 PM)

    Nearly everyone knew whose name would be called first Thursday at the NBA Draft, perhaps first and foremost, the man himself, Deandre Ayton. But when commissioner Adam Silver finally took the stage at Barclays Center, Ayton’s hands started sweating. His calm assurance — he had already declared his assurance that he would go first and only worked out with the Suns — suddenly abandoned him.

  • [NYDN] My kids at risk, because of pot
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    At a press conference this week, Mayor de Blasio said, “We will do everything we can to stop the federal government from separating parents from their children.”

    But the city itself is needlessly splitting up New York families through the Administration for Children’s Services. I know because my…

  • [NYDN] Tariffs vs. a free press
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    When Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter,” he was not yet President.

    His point, about the virtue of a free press and the vice of crony…

  • [NYDN] At least 33 children, three adults fall ill at Lake Placid summer camp in Florida
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 1:35:00 AM)

    At least 33 kids at a summer camp in Florida fell ill and are being examined, according to

    Officials in Highlands County say 33 kids and three adults from the Clover Leaf 4-H camp in Lake Placid began feeling nauseous — most began vomiting and suffering headaches.

    The cause of the disturbance…

  • [NYDN] Canadian thankful for CUNY Citizenship NOW! lawyer who helped her with the process
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    and helped her become

    Tori Cohen was in the right place at the right time.

    Cohen — a green card holder from Canada who works as a professional organizer in New York — was in a client’s home last October when they started talking and her immigration status came up in the conversation.

    Her client,…

  • [NYDN] Felder’s photo op: The state senator, with accomplices, is making city streets more dangerous for kids
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The broad-daylight March slaughter of two small kids in Park Slope, by a driver with no business being behind a wheel, should have spurred even the most craven lawmaker to ensure nothing similar ever happens again.

    New York’s Legislature, where pols are always setting new Guinness World Records…

  • [NYDN] Ichiro does his best Bobby Valentine impression, sits in dugout with fake mustache disguise
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?

    Wait a second — it was Ichiro!

    Now a team executive, Ichiro Suzuki donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch a bit of the…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: California deputy frees bear trapped inside car, then runs for his life
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    CARNELIAN BAY, Calif. — A bear that managed to break into a car needed help from a sheriff’s deputy to get out.

    The Placer County Sheriff’s Office in California says it happened near Lake Tahoe. The bruin had damaged the Subaru Outback so badly that the doors would not unlock.

    Video shows a deputy…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on tax cuts, the border crisis and the Knicks
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Tax cut revved up the economy

    Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.: What the biased dynamic duo Fordham University accounting professors Harry Newman and Stan Veliotis fail to mention in their “crumbs for the paupers” diatribe (“Keep asking: Why is your tax cut so small?” June 20) is the following: In the six…

  • [NYDN] Woman’s body found in creek after major Pennsylvania floods
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:30:00 PM)

    BETHEL PARK, Pa. — Residents and business owners began cleaning up Thursday in the wake of a storm that dumped nearly four inches of rain on parts of western Pennsylvania, killing at least one and prompting scores of evacuations as powerful floodwaters carried off cars and damaged buildings.


  • [NYDN] Man awarded $18.4M in lawsuit over canceled HIV test
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:30:00 PM)

    BOSTON — A federal jury has awarded $18.4 million in damages to a man who said in a lawsuit that two doctors failed to test him for HIV, which allowed the virus to progress to AIDS.

    The Boston Globe reports the jury ruled Monday in favor of 48-year-old Sean Stentiford in his medical malpractice…

  • [NYDN] Naked man terrorizes apartment complex residents, tosses glass at cop and attacks dog
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:20:00 PM)

    CONCORD, N.H. — A man who ran through a New Hampshire apartment complex terrorizing residents while naked, also threw glass at police officers and beat a dog before being hit with a stun gun and arrested.

    The Concord Monitor reports that 28-year-old Irakoze Ildephonse had appeared high on drugs…

  • [NYDN] Giant chunk of battleship that sank in Pearl Harbor attack heading to Texas war memorial
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    HONOLULU — An 800-pound chunk from the USS Arizona battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Texas for display at a war memorial.

    The Texas Panhandle War Memorial in Amarillo will receive the steel plate and part of the battleship’s wooden deck. The Navy cut…

  • [NYDN] CDC investigating confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Illinois
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has agreed to investigate a confirmed case of West Nile virus in Illinois.

    The Illinois Department of Public Health says Wednesday the state saw its first human case of the virus for 2018 in mid-May. The case occurred earlier in…

  • [NYDN] White Ohio cop fired for detaining daughter’s black boyfriend without cause: ‘We’ll make s–t up as we go along’
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    A white Ohio police officer was fired after detaining his daughter’s black boyfriend without cause, according to

    John Kovach Jr., a cop in Lorain, pulled over his daughter’s 18-year-old boyfriend, Makai Coleman, and proceeded to tell him he would be “going to jail” while offering…

  • [NYDN] Gov. Cuomo cleared in sexual harassment claim against Buffalo bigwig Hoyt
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    Gov. Cuomo was cleared of any wrongdoing in the sexual harassment claim against the former head of the Empire State Development Corporation, a judge ruled Thursday.

    In the #Metoo claim, Buffalo woman Lisa Marie Cater accused the governor of naming William (Sam) Hoyt, a former Democratic assemblyman,…

  • [NYDN] Border Patrol rescues 6-year-old Costa Rican boy abandoned by smuggler in Arizona
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    LUKEVILLE, Ariz. — U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona say they’ve rescued a 6-year-old Costa Rican boy who was abandoned by a smuggler in the desert.

    Ajo Station agents say they found the boy Tuesday just north of the Mexico border.

    He told agents he was on his way to see his parents in the United…

  • [NYDN] Rian Johnson baits ‘Star Wars’ fans who want to remake ‘The Last Jedi’
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:20:00 PM)

    Anything Rian Johnson can do, fans think they can do better.

    A group of fans, going under the Twitter handle @RMTheLastJedi or “Remake the Last Jedi,” have decided that they could put on a much better Episode VIII than Johnson did.

    “This is a campaign to provide Disney an opportunity to course…

  • [NYDN] Get to know Nets’ first-round pick Dzanan Musa, a ‘Bosnian scoring machine’
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:05:00 PM)


    Height: 6-9

    Position: SF

    Age: 19

    School/Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Fun fact: He was the ninth-youngest player to debut in the EuroLeague in October 2015 at 16 years and 160 days.

    Scouting report: ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz called him a “Bosnian scoring machine.” The guy can…

  • [NYDN] Trump administration official says 500 migrant kids already reunited with families
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:55:00 PM)

    Hundreds of migrant children have already been reunited with their families since the start of President Trump’s immigration crackdown, an official said Thursday, even as the administration’s struggle to house the kids intensifies.

    About 500 children separated from their parents because of the…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Chris Cuomo schools Corey Lewandowski on immigration policy
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:45:00 PM)

    Chris Cuomo just gave Corey Lewandowski a civics lesson.

    The former Trump campaign manager, who has been battered by the media for saying “womp womp” on live TV after hearing a 10-year-old immigrant girl with Down syndrome had been taken from her parents at the at the U.S.-Mexico border, was drilled…

  • [NYDN] Knicks take mystery man Mitchell Robinson in second round of NBA draft
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:40:00 PM)

    The Knicks have a new mystery man.

    Mitchell Robinson, who enrolled in Western Kentucky but never played (by choice), was drafted in the second round by New York on Thursday – (36th overall) – representing an intriguing talent with many concerns, both about his game and character.

    The 7-foot center…

  • [NYDN] Nets draft Bosnian small forward Dzanan Musa with 29th overall pick, take Latvian wing Rodions Kurucs in second round
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:35:00 PM)

    The Nets went full Euro.

    Brooklyn selected Bosnian small forward Dzanan Musa with the 29th pick of Thursday night’s draft at Barclays Center. Eleven picks later, in the second round, the Nets drafted another European wing, Latvian Rodions Kurucs, who spent last season with FC Barcelona Lassa of…

  • [NYDN] Pope says Christians must work together on peace during Geneva visit
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:30:00 PM)

    GENEVA — Pope Francis journeyed Thursday to the well-heeled city of Geneva to encourage all Christians, despite their differences, to join in efforts to foster justice and fight poverty while the rich grow “ever more wealthy.”

    The pontiff’s day-long “ecumenical pilgrimage” to the lakeside Swiss…

  • [NYDN] Get to know new Knicks forward Kevin Knox: ‘I think I can pretty much play all around the floor’
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:55:00 PM)

    Kevin Knox

    Height: 6-9

    Position: F

    Age: 18

    School: Kentucky

    Fun fact: His father, Kevin, was a wide receiver and national champion at Florida State before playing one season for the Arizona Cardinals.

    Scouting report: As his former college coach John Calipari repeated over and over about Knox:…

  • [NYDN] WikiLeaks publishes database with personal info on thousands of ICE employees
    (Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:50:00 PM)

    WikiLeaks has published a catalog of U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement officials with employment history scraped from their LinkedIn profiles.

    The group known for blasting classified records debuted its “ICEPatrol” project Thursday night with a database of photos, titles, job and school history…

  • 5 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2018.06.22)”

    I hope I’m wrong, but I think the next GM will trade Knox for a bag of peanuts before 2021

    Overall, I’m happy with the draft for the Knicks. Robinson was a steal at 36, so that bumps the grade up a bit. Clearly we’re in full, too to bottom development mode. I hope the coaches are up to it because Knox and Robinson have plenty of work for them lol. Now is as good a time as any to focus on development with KP out, and we picked 2 young, raw, and extremely talented players. So..I like it. I don’t love it, but I can’t say it’s a bad haul either- especially with adding Trier afterwards. This is one of those drafts where we as fans need to understand and trust the vision. We were never in a position to get a franchise altering talent without taking something bad back- even though I would have thought long and hard about a trade with Memphis for Bamba.

    I expect the team to look good in Summer League, but we all know we can’t trust that. I can’t wait to see the kids in preseason. I think we have an interesting mix of youth to throw in the fire of preseason. Hopefully Kanter opts out and we re-sign KOQ.

    Now..what happens with Lee?

    I think you’re wrong. My guess is that he will be at least a rotation player, and possibly much better than that. As I said yesterday, I put him in the same category as Ntilikina, a very young project with upside but with serious, glaring issues that must be addressed…but the physical profile and shooting alone will keep him in the league. He wouldn’t have been my pick (if I wanted to go for an upside pick, I would probably have gone for Walker (lol); if looking to play it safe, probably Mikal) but whatever. If he develops in line with his current profile, the guy I see him most resembling is Rudy Gay, and that’s not a good thing but not a bust either. But at 18 years old, who knows?

    Physically, Robinson is right up there with Ayton, Bamba and JJJ snd superior to Carter. I don’t know what’s between the ears or in the chest, but physically he has the whole package and could be a force on both ends. I’d rather have him than the guy the Celts picked…

    I’m all good with Robinson. We don’t have much to go on statistically except for those EYBL stats apparently, and also apparently EYBL stats are semi-ok for projecting forward. But 20 rebounds per 40 (8 offensive) sounds good. Also doing some quick math on the only stats I can find (15.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.1 blocks per game in EYBL), if 11.6 rebounds/game -> 20 rebounds/40, that means he averaged 7.1 blocks per 40. That feels good to me, especially when that is many more blocks than Jaren Jackson and Mo Bamba had in EYBL. Those numbers might even make Jowles happy.

    Sounds a little like he got screwed by NCAA rules and just flailed around before dropping out of Western Kentucky, and I read something somewhere that the G-league wouldn’t let him in either because he had been enrolled in a college already? or something like that?

    Aha here it is, from theStepien:

    On January 11th, 2018, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported that the G-League had been denying eligibility to some of the top prospects in the draft based on a set of little known rules that don’t allow players enrolled in a university to play in the league within the same academic year. Some basketball executives that Givony spoke to “went so far as to question whether the NBA is colluding with the NCAA.” It’s certainly a rule that makes very little sense and runs somewhat concurrent with the theory that the NBA and NCAA are very much in-line with each other’s motives and work to further their own interests, rather than those of the players and “student-athletes” that earn most of their capital. It became instantly obvious why Robinson was never able to join the G-League, despite it being an option that seemed to make plenty of sense.

    Anyway, we were all a little intrigued by Bamba + KP – should prob feel the same about Robinson + KP.

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