Knicks Morning News (2018.07.15)

  • [NYDN] UK’s Theresa May says Trump told her to ‘sue the EU’ over Brexit
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 2:40:00 AM)

    LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May says that President Donald Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union in the negotiations over Britain’s exit from the bloc.

    Trump told reporters Friday at a joint press conference with May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she…

  • [NYDN] Prince Charles and Prince William ‘snubbed’ Trump during his Queen visit
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 2:05:00 AM)

    Britain’s princes were not interested in charming President Trump, a report says.

    Prince Charles and Prince William could have attended the President’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, but “snubbed” Trump in favor of other engagements, according to The Times of London.

    “They simply refused…

  • [NYDN] In wheelchairs, unable to get around: Let’s finally fix Access-A-Ride
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Sunday is the 2018 Disability Pride Parade. It’s also a day on which the Metropolitan Transportation Authority can go from zero to hero (or heroine) by dramatically improving Access-A-Ride, its expensive and much-loathed transit service for people with disabilities who aren’t able to travel by…

  • [NYDN] Courting disaster: The trouble with Brett Kavanaugh’s views of executive power in the age of Trump
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    “If the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.” So said Richard Nixon after his resignation.

    Nixon left office in August 1974, just two weeks after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, U.S. vs. Nixon. The chief executive had argued he could not be investigated by a special prosecutor….

  • [NYDN] German town to hold lottery for coveted graveyard plots
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:40:00 AM)

    BERLIN — Quiet neighbors, pristine grounds and a view to die for: No wonder graveyard plots in Berchtesgaden are in high demand.

    The German news agency dpa reported Saturday that the picturesque town in the Bavarian Alps is now taking the unusual step of holding a lottery for vacant spaces in its…

  • [NYDN] Suspected California rapist posed as ride-hailing driver
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:20:00 AM)

    SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police say a serial rape suspect has been arrested after he allegedly preyed on women by posing as a ride-hailing driver and picking up women waiting for rides.

    Police said Friday that 37-year-old Orlando Vilchez Lazo of San Mateo was arrested on multiple charges including…

  • [NYDN] Show and tell: The NYPD should make a good-faith effort to comply with the Manhattan DA’s request for data
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    The NYPD and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office are locked in a bitter standoff over what information cops will turn over to prosecutors, and when and how that handoff happens.

    The DA wants systematic electronic access to police disciplinary records and investigative files, including…

  • [NYDN] Proposed NYC drug injection locale run by couple forced to resign from Canada site that spent big on hotels, limos and meals
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The line forms early outside a Dollar Plus storefront on W. 181st St. in Washington Heights.

    Men and women queue up for a chance to get into the Washington Heights Corner Project, a nonprofit needle-exchange program on the second floor — where they’re allowed to inject illegal narcotics inside…

  • [NYDN] SNAP out of it: Keep farmers’ markets open to the poor
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Come the end of this month, mid-season for their fresh and healthy bounty, farmers markets nationwide will have to turn away low-income shoppers who rely on SNAP benefits.

    Why? Good question, having something to do with the U.S. Department of Agriculture dropping a contractor that sponsors the…

  • [NYDN] Get a move on: New York needs to move further, faster on accessibility
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Thousands will walk and roll wheelchairs down Broadway Sunday in the city’s third Disability Pride Parade. The pageant is important; more critical is whether people with mobility problems can get from point A to point B.

    There’s been some meaningful progress since 2015, but big hurdles remain.

  • [NYDN] Pence family’s failed gas stations are now contaminated sites costing taxpayers over $20M
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 12:35:00 AM)

    GARDEN CITY, Ind. — Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.”

    The collapse of Kiel…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on FBI hearing, MTA funding and Bill de Blasio
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    The GOP’s clueless FBI grilling

    Freehold, N.J.: Watching the Republicans grill FBI agent Peter Strzok — when they should be holding hearings on more important matters, eg: Russian meddling in our elections, the missing children etc. — I was reminded of the 1964 movie, “The Pink Panther.”

    In a hilarious…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: State trooper dragged at high speed after traffic stop
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:50:00 PM)

    CLEVELAND — A dashcam video showing an Ohio state trooper being dragged at high speed for a mile down a city street by a suspect fleeing from a Thursday night traffic stop is stark evidence of the dangers faced by police officers, a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

    The video released…

  • [NYDN] Dozens sent to hospital, some with bleeding in ears, after Ryanair flight loses pressure
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:45:00 PM)

    More than 30 people aboard a low-cost airline flight from Dublin to Croatia were sent to the hospital after the plane’s cabin lost pressure.

    Ryanair flight FR7312was forced to make an emergency landing at Germany’s Frankfurt-Hahn airport late Friday when it depressurized for unknown reasons and…

  • [NYDN] Louisiana couple arrested for sex in courthouse stairwell
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:10:00 PM)

    ALEXANDRIA, La. — A couple caught having sex in the stairwell of a Louisiana courthouse is facing obscenity charges.

    The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Miguel Glorioso, of Alexandria, and 19-year-old Jamie Lee Coutee, of Pineville, were arrested after a courthouse employee investigating…

  • [NYDN] Ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi emerges as favorite for Cardinals job: report
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    Maybe it’s what he wants.

    Earlier this summer, Joe Girardi told The News he’d love to get back into managing and now it seems the former Yankees skipper might get the chance sooner rather than later.

    Girardi has emerged as a favorite to become the Cardinals manager following Saturday’s unexpected…

  • [NYDN] Harper: Top 5 trade deadline deals of the century as the Yankees and Red Sox search for their midseason game changer
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:40:00 PM)

    ?As the Yankees and Red Sox are reviving memories of what for years was called The Last Great Pennant Race, involving the Braves and Giants in 1993, it is worth remembering the difference that year ultimately turned out to be a trade-deadline deal.

    ?Which is why this trade season is so fascinating:…

  • [NYDN] Botte: Mets need Dom Smith to zip it and just focus on his development
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    Another lost season and a few more injuries should serve as the perfect opportunity for the Mets to find out if Dom Smith can be a regular contributor at the major-league level, so in that sense, they continue to mishandle his development by playing him so sporadically since arriving in Flushing…

  • [NYDN] Raissman: Finding an escape from bad Mets baseball, SNY booth hits home run with ‘Media Guide Musings’
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:25:00 PM)

    Like men stranded on a remote island, Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez gaze out from SportsNet New York’s Mets broadcast booth looking for emotional rescue. Knowing there will be no relief until Mickey Callaway’s sinking ship docks Sept. 30, the three mouths are still charged with keeping…

  • [NYDN] As an Israeli African-American Jew, Nets’ Shane Dawson should feel right at home in Brooklyn
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:20:00 PM)

    Through his own life encounters, Shawn Dawson believes he’s one-of-a-kind — an African-American Israeli Jew.

    Not that Dawson was reminded often about his differences growing up in Israel. It’s a credit, he says, to the inclusive environment promoted by his friends and countrymen. But Dawson’s story…

  • [NYDN] Harper: If Mets are truly serious about winning next year, then they should rethink trading up-and-coming Zack Wheeler
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:15:00 PM)

    Here’s what the Mets have made clear to other teams inquiring about their pitchers as the trade deadline nears: of the four main starters, Zack Wheeler is the only one they’re really interested in trading – barring a massive overpay for any of the others.

    And here’s what I don’t get: if they’re…

  • [NYDN] Mazzeo: Yankees manager Aaron Boone shows he has his team’s back with fiery tirade that leads to ejection
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:05:00 PM)

    CLEVELAND – It doesn’t happen often, but when Aaron Boone gets run, he always gets his money’s worth.

    For the second time in his first season as manager of the Yankees, the typically mild-mannered Boone was ejected over what he thought was a missed call, and then let the umpires have it in an expletive-filled…

  • [NYDN] NYCFC buries two goals late to topple Columbus Crew
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    New York City FC scored a pair of goals Saturday in the final 10 minutes to continue its dominance at home with a 2-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC.

    Jesus Medina drilled a left-footed shot from close range past Crew SC goalkeeper Zach Steffen in the 80th minute and 10 minutes later Anton Tinnerholm…

  • [NYDN] Driver in custody after badly injuring pedestrian in Queens
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 9:55:00 PM)

    A motorist in Queens was taken into custody after seriously injuring a 47-year-old pedestrian in a crash Saturday night, cops said.

    The motorist hit the pedestrian as he drove east on Northern Blvd. near 81st St. in Jackson Heights around 11:20 p.m., said Patrick Mahony, 26, a construction worker…

  • [NYDN] FDA OKs first drug to treat smallpox, in case of terror attack
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 9:55:00 PM)

    U.S. regulators Friday approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack.

    Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign.

    But people born since…

  • [NYTimes] Why Kobe Bryant Fans Don’t Like LeBron James
    (Sunday, July 15, 2018 5:38:29 AM)

    He’s a ‘diva.’ He ‘doesn’t have a post game.’ And he’s ‘really cocky.’ The Lakers’ newest star has not been embraced by many Kobe devotees.

  • [NYPost] Mitchell Robinson’s agent cost himself a job with pre-draft ploy
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 6:48:40 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Mitchell Robinson is certainly acting the part of an NBA player now. According to league sources, Robinson, the Knicks’ 20-year-old project center who dazzled the Las Vegas summer league, has made an agent change already. Sources indicate Robinson, a Chalmette, La. product, has moved on from agent Raymond Brothers and has inked…

  • [NYPost] Knicks already have big plans for Kristaps Porzingis, top pick
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:44:31 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Imagine the buzz for the Knicks if Kristaps Porzingis were fully healthy entering training camp and had Kevin Knox waiting on him. Knox can’t wait to meet — and play with — Porzingis. Perhaps Porzingis, too, will be motivated to get back sooner than later after watching clips from Europe. Porzingis FaceTimed…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Kanter discusses death threats, loss of national identity
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:20:06 AM)

    Knicks C Enes Kanter discusses the death threats his receives and his loss of national identity.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks target Jimmy Butler reportedly turns down contract extension
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:10:07 AM)

    Knicks target Jimmy Butler has reportedly turned down a contract extension with the Timberwolves.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Kanter discusses death threats, loss of national identity
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:20:06 AM)

    Knicks C Enes Kanter discusses the death threats his receives and his loss of national identity.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks target Jimmy Butler reportedly turns down contract extension
    (Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:10:07 AM)

    Knicks target Jimmy Butler has reportedly turned down a contract extension with the Timberwolves.

  • 23 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2018.07.15)”

    In 1964 the Knicks selected a center from a small town in Louisiana in the 2nd round. That worked out pretty well. Just sayin’…

    Lance Thomas’s contract is a good one for him. Robinson may have made a good choice in a new agent.

    Actually, the whole idea that the Knicks actually got such a good deal that a player fired his agent is both mind-boggling and surreal.

    Idk, was Robinson’s contract so bad? It looks like Moritz Wagner got about 1.75 mil per year on a 4 year while Robinson got 1.6 for the same length. There’s some team control on the last 2 years, but the Knicks seem to be working in good faith and really helping this kid out. Plus, Robinson’s new agent was a former Knicks scout I believe.

    The article about Robinson’s agent indicates that the problem Robinson had wasn’t with the four-year, two-option contract, but rather with the fact that Robinson was advised to skip the combine.

    Robinson probably should have been more upset about the contract. I researched contracts for 2nd round picks last summer regarding Dotson. My memory might be a bit fuzzy but here’s what I remember: a 2nd round pick may take a minimum 1-year deal and then be a UFA. The risk is that the money is not guaranteed and he could be cut at any time. That’s a huge risk for 2nd round picks since that first million is very important to these guys.

    If Mitch’s agent had waited until Knicks finished Summer League, the obvious action would have been to take the min. In a redraft he’d go top 10 and therefore might end up making more money than a 1st round pick over 4 years if he took the 1-year deal. The 4-year contract is a tremendous coup by Perry when you consider this alternative.

    The article about Robinson’s agent says that the terms of his NBA contract weren’t the reason for the firing, but rather that it was his representation’s haphazard handling of his pre-draft process (like entering the combine only to pull out at the last minute even though he was ready to go) which led to nobody drafting him in the first round.

    Yes he can take the required tender, which is a non-guaranteed one year deal for $800k, but at the end he becomes a restricted free agent not unrestricted. This is what K.J. McDaniels did. But this is not an easy thing to do. We might be excited about him, but turning down $3.2 million in guaranteed money after skipping college and watching 30 plus teams pass on you is a scary thing to do. Plus the injury insurance market is very expensive and of course only pays out injuries. Some players do manage to negotiate a happy medium. Jordan Bell is a RFA next summer but got guaranteed money. But I think that was largely because GSW were capped out and couldn’t offer the Hinkie inducement (NYK guranteed $3m plus instead of $2.2m bc we had some midlevel left to use).

    But yeah this is a pretty raw deal from his perspective and reciprocally those four years of control are potentially incredibly valuable for the Knicks with almost no risk. I was concerned we might invent the maiden second round player option.

    Athletes and agents get caught up in the short term, but think about how valuable it is in the long run to end up with the right team. In that sense, it could turn out that getting drafted late pans out pretty well.

    I’m glad the Knicks are on the good side of a contract, for a change. I said way back that they should try to lock him up with a Willy-like contract, and they did, only better (I think all 4 years of Willy’s is guaranteed).

    Hey, don’t feel bad for Robinson. He’ll get over $3m for these first two years. If he plays well and the Knicks pick up both option years, he’ll be a FA at, what, 24 (after making over $6m) and can get serious NBA money. In the meantime, he can grow up a bit before having ridiculous amounts of money thrown at him. Since there are questions about his maturity and all, that might be a good thing.

    Maybe the kid’s big mistake was not just sucking it up for a year and staying in college. I wonder if that decision weighed on teams passing on him, too, not just sitting out the combine? Those two in combination might have generated serious questions about his maturity and long-term willingness to work hard.

    I think there are legit long-term questions about him. Let’s hope he answers those positively and can fulfill his huge potential.

    From what I understand Robinson leaving college early was partly a loyalty issue and not a maturity one. He was recruited to go Western Kentucky because his godfather, Shammond Williams, was hired to assistant coach the basketball team there. When Williams “resigned” from the Hilltoppers coaching staff in July Robinson followed him out of there. Instead of deciding to wait a year to transfer to another program he decided to enter the NBA draft.

    I’m interested in how Robinson does for several reasons. One is his success will give some indication how much good a year of NCAA basketball does for a top prospect. So far, it seems like it could have helped give him exposure to be first round pick, although maybe going to the combine would have done some of that. The lack of organized Basketball is another question. If he has to spend extensive time in G League, that would indicate he missed that. But if he steps right into the Knicks and is useful, maybe that’s not such a loss.

    @1, z-man. You bring up a great NYKs selection. Good teams need to find players others overlooked for whatever reason. Reed because he was undersized, only 6′-9″. But his heart, guts and will to win were giant-sized. And a great leader.

    Interesting, my take on your article was that absent the Olympics Reed might not have been drafted at all. Did I read that wrong?

    I think that the Olympic trials definitely helped him more than they hurt him, yes. They just helped other players even more than Reed. Lucious Jackson got helped the most. #4 pick in the draft! And that was likely due to him beating out Reed for a spot on the team.

    However, with at least 11 rounds of the draft at the time, Reed would have been drafted regardless. The Olympic trials probably helped him get drafted in the high second round. More importantly than being drafted would be whether he would have been signed after being drafted. A lot of guys who got drafted back then never got to play in the NBA (just a simple matter of supply and demand. Each team drafted, like, 10 guys and added like 2-3 new guys a year, so that was 7-8 guys who never caught on). And the trials likely helped prove that he was a guy who could cut it in the NBA and thus wherever he ended up being drafted, he would have made a team.

    Honestly the NCAA doesn’t do all that much to prepare prospects for the NBA

    What the NBA does, at least with top teams, is exposure to a much higher (hopefully) level of coaching. Going to college for a year teaches a young man a measure of how to live on their own and become independent. Robinson may have more to learn about life than he does about basketball.

    Jaren Jackson looks very impressive in summer league. He’s got that all-star look about him. I don’t know who you can compare him to. He already looks like a better defender than KP and a better shooter too. Jevon Carter looks great as well.

    Yeah, Jackson was one of my picks the other day for the rookies who have impressed me the most during Summer League.

    JJJ did not shoot particularly well after game 1. Statistically speaking, he was significantly outplayed by Mitch, who had more rebounds and blocks, and scored more points on a much higher percentage. It’s only summer league, but I’m not convinced that JJJ will be the better player. He shoots the 3 but his interior game is not great.

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