Knicks Morning News (2018.07.02)

  • [ESPN] Sources: Ex-Magic F Hezonja headed to Knicks
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:41:36 PM)

    Free-agent forward Mario Hezonja has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Knicks, league sources told ESPN.

  • [NYPost] Knicks fans probably should give up the LeBron dream forever
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 8:53:56 PM)

    LeBron James may be completely bald by the time he’s a free agent again and the Knicks can pursue him. And by then Knicks coach David Fizdale, who shares a bond with James dating to their Miami days, could have already packed his bags. It looks like King James will never be King of New…

  • [NYPost] Knicks get their man who could put end to Michael Beasley era
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 7:01:33 PM)

    The Knicks didn’t get Lakers-bound LeBron James, but they got Super Mario. The Knicks have agreed to terms with Magic 6-foot-8 combo forward Mario Hezonja on a one-year deal for a portion of their $8.6 million mid-level exception, according to sources. The source confirmed ESPN’s report the pact was for $6.5 million — a deal…

  • [NYPost] Knicks offering deal to Magic swingman who’s a ‘tease’
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:41:24 AM)

    The Knicks have an offer on the table for 6-foot-8 Orlando combo forward Mario Hezonja for a portion of the $8.6 million, mid-level exception on a one-year deal, according to an NBA source. The sharpshooting Hezonja was seeking a multi-year deal, but if he settles, the Knicks’ Michael Beasley era likely would be over. The…

  • [NYPost] Knicks bring back young center for $1.6 million
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 7:29:18 AM)

    The Knicks apparently really like center Luke Kornet. The Post has learned the Knicks have agreed to terms on a one-year deal for $1.6 million for Kornet, who was a restricted free agent. The $1.6 million stands as more than his minimum, as the Knicks dished out his non-Bird exception. Kornet, the 3-point-shooting former Vanderbilt…

  • [NYDN] Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp’s ex-girlfriend, marries French director outside of Paris
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 3:00:00 PM)

    Vanessa Paradis found her gold in the form of a wedding band.

    The 45-year-old actress wed French film director Samuel Benchetrit in a small schoolhouse town hall in Saint-Simeon, an hour west of Paris, according to French newspaper Le Parisien.

    Paradis, who launched her career as a child pop star…

  • [NYDN] Philippine city mayor gunned down during flag-raising event
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:45:00 AM)

    TANAUAN, Philippines — A Philippine provincial city mayor known for parading drug suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself was shot and killed by a sniper Monday in a brazen attack during a flag-raising ceremony in front of hundreds of horrified employees and village leaders.

  • [NYDN] Indiana police say they seized ‘Trump-shaped ecstasy pills’
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:30:00 AM)

    PERU, Ind. — Some drug traffickers appear to be using President Donald Trump’s image to brand their illegal wares.

    An Indiana State Police news release about 129 arrests in a series of drug busts in northern Indiana includes a photo of what police describe as “Trump-shaped ecstasy pills.”


  • [NYDN] Divers make progress in search for 12 boys, soccer coach in Thailand cave
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:05:00 AM)

    MAE SAI, Thailand — Rescue divers on Monday were making progress through a key passageway inside the flooded mountain cave in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been missing for more than a week.

    Thai navy SEALs said in a Facebook post early Monday that divers since Sunday…

  • [NYDN] The pain of losing Lesandro and the power of Neighborhood Policing
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Gang violence is ugly in any form, but the killing of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was an unspeakably savage act. The images of him being dragged from a store and then repeatedly stabbed and hacked are the definition of horror. The depraved indifference to this boy’s life is made all the worse…

  • [NYDN] Prosecutors need oversight now: Gov. Cuomo must sign the bill to create a watchdog commission
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Last week, state Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a motion to reargue a judge’s dismissal of a criminal indictment against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove, who is accused of lying to a grand jury and participating in a cover-up to protect a Troy police sergeant who shot…

  • [NYDN] A toxic coverup: There’s no denying the number of NYCHA kids poisoned by lead
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    He had to be backed into a corner by this newspaper and the Department of Justice, but Mayor de Blasio is now correctly having the city use standards set by federal health experts to protect children from lead-paint poisoning.

    City Hall’s assurances that only 19 children living in the Housing Authority…

  • [NYDN] New technology allows U.S. adversaries to influence elections through ‘deepfake’ videos
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    WASHINGTON — Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped?

    New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they’ve never said. Republicans and Democrats predict this high-tech way…

  • [NYDN] AirTrain to nowhere: there are better and faster ways to LaGuardia
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    Last Monday, Gov. Cuomo promised a 30-minute mass transit ride with one transfer from Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport, via his future AirTrain, now hopefully pegged at $1.5 billion.

    Last Tuesday, we headed to LaGuardia, and it took just 27 minutes on mass transit with one transfer from Times Square…

  • [NYDN] British government holds meeting to prepare for Queen’s death
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    British ministers have become drama queens, holding a meeting about their monarch’s potential death as she missed an engagement because she was sick.

    Leaders including the prime minister’s deputy David Lidington, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and parliament leader Andrea Leadsom met last week and…

  • [NYDN] Frick yeah! The museum beats the critics and the public wins
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Congratulations to the Frick Collection on expanding its world-class museum. Preservationist crazies failed in trying to stop a nice music room from being converted for other uses. The Frick won and so did the public, which will be able to visit the never-seen upstairs rooms. There will be space…

  • [NYDN] LOVETT: Potential leftist surge in New York could be tough for polls to pick up
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    ALBANY – If fired-up young and minority progressives are set to affect the state Democratic primaries, the polls could be the last to show it.

    Polling primaries has always been difficult because turnout has traditionally been low and hard to predict.

    But in New York, where the electorate is charged…

  • [NYDN] Cuomo to help Letitia James raise money for her attorney general run
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:55:00 AM)

    Gov. Cuomo next week will be headlining a big-money fund-raiser for New York City Public Advocate Letitia James’ attorney general campaign.

    Tickets to the New York City cocktail reception on July 10 range from $1,000 a person to the maximum primary donation of $21,100, according to a copy of the…

  • [NYDN] Working Families Party hires petition carriers for Nixon
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:55:00 AM)

    The following is an expanded version of the second item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:

    The Working Families Party has hired people to help circulate designation petitions to get actress and activist Cynthia Nixon on the Sept. 13 Democratic primary ballot.

    The progressive…

  • [NYDN] Woman challenging veteran Brooklyn state senator looks to become the next Ocasio-Cortez
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:50:00 AM)

    ALBANY — A state Senate candidate in Brooklyn is hoping to become the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    Julia Salazar, who like Ocasio-Cortez is a Latina democratic socialist and first-time candidate, is seeking to challenge veteran state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn) in the Sept. 13 state Senate…

  • [NYDN] Era of resistance defines new generation of House Democrats
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:45:00 AM)

    WASHINGTON — Ready or not, change is coming to the House Democrats.

    Across the country, a new generation is making its way to Washington. It’s not just that some of the Democrats, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are young and progressive. They are. Or that many are women entering politics…

  • [NYDN] LGBTI activists thumb their noses at ban, police by marching in Istanbul
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:25:00 AM)

    ISTANBUL — Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex activists gathered Sunday for an LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, moving from street to street for an hour as police tried to end an event the local government had banned for the fourth year in a row.

    Hundreds of people chanted slogans…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, taxi medallions and the Red Hen
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Greenburgh, N.Y.: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary win over the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives should send a message to public officials that they are wasting their time spending hours a day dialing for campaign contributions from lobbyists, special interests…

  • [NYDN] Trump admin drafted bill breaking commitment to WTO: report
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 11:25:00 PM)

    After launching tariffs based of alleged national security interests, the Trump administration has drafted a bill that would abandon rules of the international trading system, according to a report.

    A leaked draft of the “”United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act” would allow President Trump…

  • [NYDN] Man’s marriage to 11-year-old girl sets off investigation and outrage in Malaysia
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:50:00 PM)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities are investigating the marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim that has sparked public outrage and calls for child brides to be banned.

    Rubber scrap dealer Che Abdul Karim Che Abdul Hamid secretly married the girl…

  • [NYDN] Two women slashed, another whipped with belt in brawl outside Midtown nightclub, cops say
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:05:00 PM)

    A battle outside a Midtown nightclub ended with two women slashed and a third lashed by a belt late Sunday, cops said.

    Police said chaos erupted outside Le Reve, a nightclub on E. 54th St. between Park and Lexington Aves., just before 10 p.m..

    Two groups of clubgoers squared off as patrons filtered…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Lakers fans swarm Staples Center to celebrate LeBron James signing
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    L.A.Bron is already beloved in Hollywood.

    Less than two hours after LeBron James announced his decision to sign with the Lakers, fans flocked to Staples Center to celebrate the franchise-altering decision.

    In a video posted by ESPN, a group of Lakers fans gather outside the arena and scream in…

  • [NYDN] Kyle Higashioka records his first major-league hit in style, a solo homer off David Price
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:35:00 PM)

    Kyle Higashioka, the 28-year-old catcher who had a cup of coffee with the Yankees last season in making it to the majors for the first time, is back now with Gary Sanchez (right groin strain) on the disabled list. He was 0-for-22 in his MLB career through his first at-bat Sunday against the Red…

  • [NYDN] Canada begins slapping tariffs on U.S. goods from ketchup to lawn mowers
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada began imposing tariffs Sunday on $12.6 billion in U.S. goods as retaliation for the Trump administration’s new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States.

    Some U.S. products, mostly steel and iron, face 25 percent tariffs, the same penalty the United States…

  • [NYDN] Trump’s ex-lawyer Cohen to break his silence in interview on ‘Good Morning America’ on Monday
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:25:00 PM)

    Stormy clouds could be on the horizon for President Trump.

    Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who is under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York, says he sat down for an interview with ABC News and his “silence is broken.”

    Cohen tweeted a photo Sunday of him with ABC News’…

  • [NYTimes] Keeping Score: The Lakers Got Their Man. (That’s What the Lakers Do.)
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 6:42:52 AM)

    LeBron James, like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal before him, was drawn to Los Angeles. But can he deliver like they did?

  • [NYTimes] LeBron James Joining Lakers on 4-Year $154 Million Deal
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 5:41:12 AM)

    In a move that was somewhat expected yet still surprising, the 14-time All-Star left the Cleveland Cavaliers, signing a four-year deal with Los Angeles.

  • [NYTimes] 2018 N.B.A. Free Agency: Before LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Paul George Made Waves
    (Monday, July 02, 2018 3:06:08 AM)

    The N.B.A.’s free agency period officially began at 12:01 a.m. Now that James has landed, the rest of the league needs to be sorted out.

  • [SNY Knicks] LeBron James agrees to deal with Lakers
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 8:24:08 PM)

    LeBron James agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks agree to one-year deal with Magic SF Mario Hezonja
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:32:27 PM)

    The Knicks agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with former Orlando Magic small forward Mario Hezonja.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks have contacted free agent Amir Johnson
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 3:47:40 PM)

    The Knicks are among the teams that have contacted veteran forward Amir Johnson, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks meet with free agent Mario Hezonja
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:38:04 PM)

    The Knicks have met with free agent Mario Hezonja, reports The Athletic.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks, Luke Kornet agree on one-year deal
    (Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:19:39 PM)

    The Knicks have agreed to a one-year deal with C Luke Kornet, reports the New York Post.