Knicks Morning News (2018.07.06)

  • [NYPost] Knicks coach is planning a historically massive lineup
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 1:29:12 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Knicks coach David Fizdale has big — and small — plans for Kristaps Porzingis. Fizdale revealed he may try Porzingis at some small forward in an envisioned quartet that would be one of the longest the NBA has ever seen. Fizdale plans to visit Porzingis in Latvia about five days after the…

  • [NYPost] Knicks can’t believe how good their new ‘athletic freak’ looks
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 8:21:33 AM)

    LAS VEGAS — No rust? Fourteen months is a long time not to play in a five-on-five basketball game, unless you are Mitchell Robinson. The Knicks’ 7-foot center project has floored Knicks coach David Fizdale. “Ma-a-a-n, is he athletic,” Fizdale said of Robinson, whom they selected with the 36th pick of the draft. After two…

  • [NYTimes] Michelle Musler, Courtside Perennial in the Garden, Is Dead at 81
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 11:53:31 PM)

    Her four-decade devotion to the Knicks was legend — she’d even straighten Jeff Van Gundy’s tie — though she wasn’t too happy about those ticket prices.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Finally Free From LeBron’s Reign, the N.B.A. East Has No Reason to Change
    (Friday, July 06, 2018 12:32:09 AM)

    Calls for changing N.B.A. playoff seeding to favor the dominant Western Conference won’t be answered in the East. With LeBron joining the Lakers, half the league sees an easier path to the finals.

  • [NYDN] Out of jail cells & into havens: Rikers must give way to humane alternatives for the seriously mentally ill
    (Friday, July 06, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    “Bring back the asylum” is a buzzphrase popularized by President Trump, who reaches back in time for a simplistic solution to mass shootings.

    For more than 10 million Americans with serious mental illness, asylum — defined as “an inviolable place of refuge and protection” by Merriam-Webster — is…

  • [NYDN] Torture goes out of fashion: Momentum builds for a ban on NYC fur sales
    (Friday, July 06, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    New York City prides itself on being a fashion capital, with designers who create the most innovative looks on the world’s stage. Now it’s time for the city to truly become fashion forward — to take its lead from powerhouse designers such as Stella McCartney and Michael Kors, and cities such as…

  • [NYDN] Exit Pruitt, stage right: Goodbye to Trump’s distinctively dirty EPA administrator
    (Friday, July 06, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Scott Pruitt distinguished himself among stiff competition as the swampiest denizen of Donald Trump’s chronically compromised Cabinet, where insider trading and taxpayer-paid private jets are par for the course.

    It was impossible to say which was more revolting, Pruitt’s never-ending, often preposterously…

  • [NYDN] How to help Trump: Just keep shouting ‘Abolish ICE’
    (Friday, July 06, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    On July 4, Therese Patricia Okoumou chose to use the towering symbol of a welcoming America to protest President Trump’s cruel policies separating asylum-seeking parents from their children. We couldn’t sympathize more with the cause — or less with how she acted on it, splintering from a group…

  • [NYDN] Chris Brown arrested after Florida concert, posts $2,000 cash bail and is released
    (Friday, July 06, 2018 12:10:00 AM)

    Chris Brown was arrested by local authorities after a concert in West Palm Beach, Fla., late Thursday, jail records show.

    The controversial singer was taken into around custody by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies for an outstanding warrant around 11 p.m., according to those records,…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Trump-as-clown, MTV and traffic lights
    (Friday, July 06, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    The News, not Trump, is the clown

    Valatie, N.Y.: The News’ July 4 cover is really distasteful. No wonder society is getting more and more vicious and intolerant of opposing/different views. How have we sunk as low as this when even the highest office in the land is held in contempt? You have every…

  • [NYDN] Brooklyn dad shot dead on Father’s Day was killed because of a months-old fight about a parking spot, sources said
    (Friday, July 06, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    A heartless hothead who fatally shot a Brooklyn dad on Father’s Day over a parking dispute turned himself in Thursday, police sources told the Daily News.

    David Hall, 46, stewed for months after 33-year-old William Fernandez took his parking spot in January, and on June 17 he got his revenge —…

  • [NYDN] More than 100 phony Super Bowl rings found in Philadelphia
    (Friday, July 06, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Federal authorities say they have intercepted a shipment of 108 phony replica Super Bowl rings representing many past champion teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the rings were found in an express consignment parcel that arrived…

  • [NYDN] 10 dead, dozens missing as tourist boat sinks in Thailand
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 11:30:00 PM)

    PHUKET, Thailand — Thai divers scoured the wreckage of a boat with Chinese tourists that sank in a storm off the resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 10 with about 45 others missing on Friday, officials said.

    Nine bodies of Chinese tourists were being brought to Phuket, where authorities…

  • [NYDN] Secretary of State Pompeo to present Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ to Kim Jong Un at denuclearization summit: report
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 11:20:00 PM)

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo packed his bags last night, pre-flight, zero hour, 9 a.m.

    America’s top diplomat, who’s heading for Pyongyang for Friday disarmament talks with North Korea dictator Kim Jung-Un, is bringing along a little gift from President Trump — a copy of Elton John’s “Rocket…

  • [NYDN] Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang to nail down details of North Korea’s denuclearization
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 11:20:00 PM)

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his first trip to Pyongyang since President Donald Trump’s summit with leader Kim Jong Un last month with a vow to nail down the specifics of the commitments Kim made on denuclearization.

    Pompeo has the crucial task of dispelling growing…

  • [NYDN] Secretary of State Pompeo to present Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ to Kim Jung-Un at denuclearization summit: report
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo packed his bags last night, pre-flight, zero hour, 9 a.m.

    America’s top diplomat, who’s heading for Pyongyang for Friday disarmament talks with North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un, is bringing along a little gift from President Trump — a copy of Elton John’s “Rocket…

  • [NYDN] Prosecutors: 10-year-old boy was starved, tortured for days before death
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:45:00 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — A 10-year-old Southern California boy was starved and tortured for days before his death, sometimes by younger brothers and sisters forced to take part in the beatings, according to prosecutors who have charged his mother and her boyfriend with his murder.

    KNBC-TV on Tuesday cited…

  • [NYDN] Mississippi man kills 1-year-old daughter and himself in murder-suicide after fleeing from cops
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi man and his 1-year-old daughter died Thursday after officials say he kidnapped her, fled from police, and then shot the girl and himself on a Mississippi Delta highway.

    Holmes County Sheriff Willie March told The Associated Press that it was the third day this week…

  • [NYDN] Former police officer accused of molesting girl kills himself in jail
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    LARGO, Fla. — Florida authorities say a former law enforcement officer accused of molesting a young girl was found dead in his jail cell from an apparent suicide.

    A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office news release says 49-year-old Christopher Wayne Stufft was found dead Thursday morning. Guards say…

  • [NYDN] Columnist sued by Capital Gazette shooter receives letter suspect may have sent day of attack
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:45:00 PM)

    Accused shooter Jarrod Ramos is believed to have dropped a letter in the mail for the reporter at the heart of his ire the day of the Capital Gazette newsroom attack, according to police.

    It took a week for Virginian-Pilot editor Eric Hartley to receive the pink greeting card in Norfolk — seven…

  • [NYDN] Ronda Rousey becomes first woman inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:45:00 PM)

    Ronda Rousey is no stranger to making history.

    The first woman to ever sign with UFC is now, six years later, the first woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

    “I look around and think, together we built this,” Rousey said at her induction ceremony Thursday night. “This division, this sport,…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Gunman shoots man in Brooklyn apartment building hallway
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:40:00 PM)

    A bandanna-clad shooter was caught on video blasting another man in the back in a crowded apartment building hallway, police said Thursday.

    The shooter, wearing a light-blue bandanna tight around his head, can be seen lurking in the stairwell of a building on Kings Highway near E. 98th St. in Brownsville,…

  • [NYDN] Starbucks employee fired after mocking stuttering customer
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    NEW YORK — Starbucks says an employee in Philadelphia has been fired after reportedly mocking a customer with a stutter.

    The coffee chain says the behavior did not reflect the experience customers should have and the employee is no longer with Starbucks.

    A person on Facebook posted Sunday that…

  • [NYDN] A month after ICE arrest of immigrant pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio, wife pleads for his release
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    A month ago, Pablo Villavicencio kissed his wife and daughters goodbye as he left for work to deliver pizza, thinking he would hug and kiss them again later that night.

    His life as a dedicated husband and loving father was turned upside down when he stepped onto the Army’s Fort Hamilton base in…

  • [NYDN] U.S. Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 8:55:00 PM)

    SAN ANTONIO — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.

    The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program…

  • [NYDN] Ex-Thai Navy SEAL dies from lack of oxygen while rescuing 12 boys trapped in cave
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 8:20:00 PM)

    MAE SAI, Thailand — A former Thai navy SEAL working as part of the effort to rescue a soccer team trapped in a cave died Friday from lack of oxygen, authorities said.

    SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference Friday morning that the rescuer was working in a volunteer capacity and…

  • [NYDN] Poachers killed by lions after sneaking into South African game reserve to hunt rhinos
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 8:00:00 PM)

    A group of poachers were bested by a pride of lions after they broke into a South African game reserve in a bid to stalk and slaughter a herd of rhinos.

    At least three men made their way onto the Sibuya Game Reserve in the early hours of the morning on Monday. They were “armed with, amongst other…

  • [NYDN] Yankees to be only MLB team to never host LGBTQ pride night after Angels announce 2019 plans
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 7:30:00 PM)

    There is no pride of the Yankees.

    Entering the 2018 season, 28 teams in the league had hosted an LGBTQ pride night. The Los Angeles Angels this week announced plans for one at Angels Stadium in 2019.

    That leaves the Yankees as the lone team in baseball that is yet to schedule a night dedicated…

  • [NYDN] 16-year-old girl killed after plunging from waterfall
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 7:00:00 PM)

    LAKE TOXAWAY, N.C. — A 16-year-old girl has died at a North Carolina waterfall.

    News outlets reported the girl fell from Rainbow Falls in Transylvania County around noon on the Fourth of July.

    County emergency medical services director Bobby Cooper said the victim was H’Money Siu of Charlotte.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Fizdale jokes Porzingis will get sick of him after two days in Latvia
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:00:43 PM)

    David Fizdale jokes that Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis will be sick of him after two days in Latvia.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ David Fizdale thinks team got steal in draft with Mitchell Robinson
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 8:30:27 PM)

    David Fizdale is excited about Knicks second round draft pick Mitchell Robinson.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks Summer League Preview: Knox, Ntilikina among those to watch
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 11:45:16 AM)

    With the Knicks first game against the Hawks slated for this Saturday at 5:30 p.m., here are some players to watch in Vegas over the next couple weeks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks ink deal with first-rounder Kevin Knox
    (Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:07:19 AM)

    The Knicks have reached a multi-year deal with their 2018 first-rounder Kevin Knox.