Knicks Morning News (2018.06.23)

  • [ESPN] Porzingis, Knox bond over ‘boos’ on draft night
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 6:10:05 PM)

    Knicks first-rounder Kevin Knox got a call from Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday, who told Knox that the boos he heard on draft night will eventually turn into cheers.

  • [NYTimes] Carmelo Anthony Is Not Planning to Opt Out of His Thunder Contract
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 9:13:05 PM)

    There are 27.9 million reasons for this decision.

  • [NYTimes] Why the N.F.L. and the N.B.A. Are So Far Apart on Social Justice Stances
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 2:59:51 PM)

    The way teams and players are marketed and the balance of star power in each league begin to explain how the leagues got on different sides of this cultural divide.

  • [NYTimes] 2018 N.B.A. Draft Results: Analysis of Every Pick in Round 1
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 3:41:33 PM)

    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.

  • [NYPost] Don’t expect Knicks to be active in free agency
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:35:09 AM)

    Knicks general manager Scott Perry didn’t sound as if he will be signing LeBron James in July. Or as if he’ll have any cap space at all. If center Enes Kanter opts in by June 29, as would seem the judicious move, the Knicks will have just their $8.4 million mid-level exception to wield July…

  • [NYPost] What Kristaps Porzingis told the Knicks’ top draft pick
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 9:04:56 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis has gone from exit-interview blow-off malcontent to team leader in one offseason. Kevin Knox, the Knicks’ No. 9 selection in Thursday’s NBA draft, received a big, 7-foot-3 welcome from Porzingis late Thursday night. According to Knox, Porzingis called him on FaceTime from Madrid, where he is doing his ACL rehab at soccer giant…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ top pick needs to be ready for NYC pressure cooker
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 4:24:18 PM)

    Shortly before the Knicks picked fourth in 2015 — their highest selection since they won the first NBA lottery — the grand prize from the 1985 draft, Patrick Ewing, was asked about playing in New York. “Whoever they get,” Ewing said, “tell him he better have a thick skin. A really thick skin.” No one…

  • [NYPost] Knicks feeling lucky athletic ‘Clint Capela-type’ fell to them
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 2:53:21 PM)

    Knicks new 7-foot shotblocking center Mitchell Robinson is a mystery man – and man of few words. Robinson, 20, let Knicks coach David Fizdale and team brass do the hyping for him after becoming their second-round pick at No. 36 in Thursday’s draft. At Friday’s introductory press conference for Kevin Knox and Robinson, Fizdale even…

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale cranks up the Kevin Knox hype
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 12:05:40 PM)

    Forget the notion that 18-year-old Kevin Knox’s rookie season will be spent as a reserve. Knicks coach David Fizdale said he has confidence the second-youngest player in this year’s NBA draft can crack the starting lineup at small forward. In rave reviews about the Knicks’ first-round pick, who was selected at No. 9 Thursday, Fizdale…

  • [NYPost] Kevin Knox has some strange Knicks draft history on his side
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 8:40:24 AM)

    Kevin Knox and Kristaps Porzingis already have one thing in common. Both were booed on draft night — and the same young fan, Jordan, who was seen crying after the Knicks drafted Porzingis was among those jeering at Knox and chanting to take Michael Porter Jr. instead at No. 9 on Thursday. “We were hoping…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks sign Arizona G Allonzo Trier to two-way contract
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:15:20 AM)

    Former Arizona guard Allonzo Trier has signed a two-way contract with the Knicks, and will be in New York City next week, a source close to Trier told

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson will need major support, may head to G League
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 4:30:20 PM)

    Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson will need a major support structure around him as he begins his NBA career, and that career could begin in the G League.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Fizdale has high expectations, compares Knox to Tatum
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 3:00:29 PM)

    Knicks head coach David Fizdale isn’t setting modest expectations for Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson.

  • [SNY Knicks] SEE IT: Back pages in New York after Knicks draft Kevin Knox
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 11:30:38 AM)

    The Knicks took Kentucky’s Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

  • [SNY Knicks] ICYMI: Knicks Knox – Reaction, analysis, more on big Draft night
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 11:00:55 AM)

    The Knicks took Kentucky’s Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick at the NBA Draft on Thursday. Here’s what went down, in case you missed it…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks got a ‘steal’ in Mitchell Robinson, his trainer says
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 10:15:13 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] Knicks reportedly agree to deal with Arizona’s Allonzo Trier
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 9:53:37 AM)

    The Knicks reportedly agreed to a two-way deal with former Arizona guard Allonzo Trier.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks legend Monroe on Knox, LeBron and the greatest backcourt
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 9:30:00 AM)

    In picking the younger Kevin Knox over the more polished Mikal Bridges, the Knicks went with a player who had a “high upside,” according to former legend Earl Monroe.

  • [NYDN] Deadly blast hits Ethiopia rally after new prime minister speaks to giant crowd
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:40:00 AM)

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A deadly explosion struck a huge rally for Ethiopia’s reformist new prime minister on Saturday shortly after he spoke and was waving to the crowd that had turned out in numbers unseen in recent years in the East African nation.

    Addressing the country minutes after he was…

  • [NYDN] Dog dies after left inside hot car while owner visited Florida bar
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:25:00 AM)

    SEBASTIAN, Fla. — Authorities say a dog died after its owner left it in a hot car to spend the afternoon at a Florida bar.

    Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that 64-year-old Harold Krages was arrested Thursday and charged with animal cruelty.

    Sebastian police say Krages arrived at Earl’s Hideaway…

  • [NYDN] Planned Parenthood sues feds over efforts to push abstinence-only on teens
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:15:00 AM)

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people.

    The lawsuits were filed in federal…

  • [NYDN] Plastic will pile up around the world thanks to China recycling ban, study says
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:05:00 AM)

    PORTLAND, Maine — China’s decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to pile up around the globe, and wealthy countries must find a way to slow the accumulation of one of the most ubiquitous materials on the planet, a group of scientists said.

    The scientists…

  • [NYDN] Protect buildings, and neighborhoods: The landmarks commission needs to do its job again
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    In the 1950s and into the 1960s, the indiscriminate bulldozer worked overtime to clear out New York City’s past to make way for an anti-urban, car-centric future.

    By the mid-1960s, the soul of the city was under assault. Penn Station was about to fall. Robert Moses had declared both Greenwich Village…

  • [NYDN] A second opinion: Police Commissioner O’Neill is right to convene an outside panel to investigate disciplinary procedures
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    Police Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill has spoken plenty about accountability and transparency. But the department he leads has miles to go: Reporting by The News’ Graham Rayman and Rocco Parascandola raises big questions about double standards in treatment of rank-and-file officers and senior “white…

  • [NYDN] Former N.C. teacher accused of sex offenses with minor linked to Anthony Weiner scandal
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    STATESVILLE, N.C. — A former North Carolina high school teacher has been arrested on sex offenses involving a minor.

    The Gaston County Sheriff’s Office says 54-year-old Jonathan Conrad Busch of Mooresville is charged with two counts each of statutory rape of a child under the age of 15 and indecent…

  • [NYDN] Man with gun tattoo on face busted for possessing firearm
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:30:00 AM)

    A South Carolina man with a gun tattooed on his face was busted for allegedly possessing a firearm.

    Michael Vines, who is federally prohibited from possessing a gun, was spotted throwing a loaded .38-caliber revolver into the grass after a car crash, the Greenville Police Department said on its…

  • [NYDN] Flight attendant pleads guilty in Los Angeles to turtle smuggling
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors say a flight attendant for a Chinese airline has pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle nearly two-dozen spotted and box turtles in a carry-on bag from Los Angeles to China.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Huaqian Qu, a Chinese national, entered his plea Thursday…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on immigration, the flag and John Wayne
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    The meaning of detention camps

    Haines Falls, N.Y.: Mexicans were separated from their children at the border with President Trump’s ridiculous disparaging that these are really bad people. Well, Mr. Trump, the only one who is bad is facing you in the mirror. To arrest Pablo Villavicencio, married…

  • [NYDN] Hungry rat busts into ATM, chomps on $19,000 in cash
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    GAUHATI, India — It was a cash machine heist with a difference: The attackers were hungry rodents.

    At least one rat slipped through a hole in the back of an ATM in northeastern India and started eating. By the time it was finished, police say more than $19,000 in bills were shredded.

    When technicians…

  • [NYDN] New Jersey woman admits to crime spree, robbing bank dressed as nun
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 11:55:00 PM)

    NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey woman has admitted her role in a monthlong crime spree across two states, including an attempted bank robbery in Pennsylvania where she and another woman dressed as nuns.

    Melisa Aquino Arias also pleaded guilty Friday to robbing a bank in Garfield, New Jersey, while…

  • [NYDN] Kentucky warehouse collapses, sending thousands of whiskey barrels crashing to the ground
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 11:45:00 PM)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Thousands of whiskey barrels crashed into a massive heap Friday when a large section of a decades-old storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country.

    The damaged warehouse at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown held about 18,000 barrels,…

  • [NYDN] Pennsylvania man convicted of slashing his baby slapped with 26 years in prison
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    LANCASTER, Pa. — A man convicted of kidnapping his newborn daughter, slashing her neck and cramming her into a trash bag inside a backpack has been sentenced to at least 26 years in prison.

    David Sleets was found guilty in April of attempted murder. The 37-year-old was sentenced Thursday to 26…

  • [NYDN] Man fatally stabbed in the neck in Queens attack
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    A Queens man was fatally stabbed Friday night outside his home in what police are investigating as a domestic dispute turned violent.

    Cops responding to a 911 call made just before 10 p.m. by the victim, George Bartoli, 70, found him face down in his Queens Village driveway at 220-12 104th Avenue…

  • [NYDN] Teens arrested in death of 9-year-old girl shot while sitting in car
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    CLEVELAND — Authorities in Cleveland say two 17-year-old boys and a 19-year-old man have been arrested in the death of a 9-year-old girl struck by an errant gunshot during an exchange of fire nearby.

    Cleveland police said Friday an arrest warrant has also been issued for a 16-year-old in Wednesday’s…

  • [NYDN] Man dressed in suit paddle boards across Hudson River
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    A New Jersey man looking to save time and money found a new way to commute.

    Dressed in a suit and hauling a briefcase, Scott Holt paddled on a board across the Hudson River on Thursday, creating an unusual sight for commuters on the New York Waterway Ferry.

    Holt, who lives in Jersey City, said…

  • [NYDN] Mazzeo: No reason for Yankees to panic after Bomber bats get baffled by Rays
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 8:50:00 PM)

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees are on-pace for 111 wins — 41-14 after a 9-9 start.

    So there’s no reason to overreact to their 2-1 loss to the Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field — even on a day when the Red Sox were able to come back from five runs down to beat the Mariners, 14-10.


  • [NYDN] Ship with reported norovirus outbreak stops in Alaska
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 8:45:00 PM)

    JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report an outbreak of norovirus on a cruise ship in Alaska.

    KTOO public media reports 73 people have reported getting sick on the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam.

    The ship, which is carrying more than 2,000 passengers and…

  • [NYDN] Antwon Rose protest makes way to Pirates game as car ‘plows’ through crowd: report
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 8:40:00 PM)

    Pittsburgh rallies surrounding the shooting of an unarmed teen earlier this week made its way to where the Pirates play.

    The gates at PNC Park were shut down at one point during Friday night’s game between the Pirates and Diamondbacks as crowds protesting the police shooting death of Antwon Rose…

  • [NYDN] Mets’ Zack Wheeler makes one bad pitch and takes the loss after getting slammed by Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 8:15:00 PM)

    All it took was one bad inning — actually, one bad pitch — to ruin an otherwise solid Zack Wheeler performance in the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night at Cit Field.

    Twice Wheeler jumped to 0-2 counts on Cody Bellinger. In the second inning, he put the Dodgers’ slugging first baseman…

  • [NYDN] Fantasy Baseball: Who to play next week, including two-start pitchers
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 8:15:00 PM)

    With concerns of Super 2 out of the way, the next wave of prospects is expected to make their debuts within the next 3-4 weeks. Those owners that are either holding a deep stash of FAAB in their vaults or are sitting near the top of the waiver wire order should feel giddy because at least a couple…

  • [NYDN] Staten Island principal busted for insurance fraud
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 8:05:00 PM)

    A Staten Island high school principal was busted for lying about where she lives to save on car insurance, prosecutors said Friday.

    Oneatha Swinton, who is the acting principal at Port Richmond High School, illegally applied for a Pennsylvania driver’s license in May 2014 using a former Department…

  • [NYDN] Brooklyn rescue dog tours NYPD headquarters for Take Your Dog to Work Day
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 7:40:00 PM)

    A three-legged rescue pup took a bite out of crime Friday, touring NYPD headquarters for Take Your Dog to Work Day.

    Chaplin, a 3-year-old Shih Tzu, was found abandoned in a Bushwick apartment earlier this month, authorities said. One of his legs was severely injured; his overgrown, matted hair…

  • [NYDN] Yankees’ late rally falls short as winning streak is snapped by Rays with 2-1 loss
    (Friday, June 22, 2018 7:30:00 PM)

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees’ seventh-inning rally came to an end — as did their four-game winning streak.

    After Aaron Judge’s RBI single brought the Bombers within a run in the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius failed to come through and the Yankees ultimately lost 2-1…