Knicks Morning News (2018.07.17)

  • [NYPost] Knicks dump last year’s surprise Troy Williams
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 9:50:01 AM)

    OK, the Knicks are ready to start the season. At least numerically. The Knicks waived 6-7 forward Troy Williams on Monday, and the move brought them down to 15 players under contract plus a pair of two-way contract players, the maximum allowed for Opening Night. Williams, 23, joined the Knicks last season on the first…

  • [NYDN] Alleged gang members accused of killing Carey Gabay during J’Ouvert await judgment from their juries
    (Tuesday, July 17, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    The fates of four alleged gang members accused of participating in a Brooklyn shootout that killed governor’s aide Carey Gabay during are in the hands of two juries.

    Over 80 days, jurors in Brooklyn Supreme Court viewed nearly 350 pieces of evidence and listened to 50 witnesses — including four…

  • [NYDN] The big private prison break: N.Y. is making a strong statement against companies that profit off incarceration
    (Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Kudos to Controller Tom DiNapoli for divesting state pension funds from the morally abhorrent private prison industry. Honorable mention to Sen. Brian Benjamin of Harlem and activists including the ACLU and Randy Credico for raising the issue months ago and finding creative ways to keep it in the…

  • [NYDN] What Eric Garner and Saheed Vassell deserve
    (Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    On April 4, 2018, Saheed Vassell was killed at the hands of five police officers responding to 911 calls in Crown Heights. The officers shot at him 10 times — and even though an investigation is underway, it will be impossible to know whether any of those officers had a history of excessive force…

  • [NYDN] A chokehold on justice: The NYPD is right to lose patience with the feds
    (Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The agonizing death of Eric Garner four years ago today, the result of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo applying a banned chokehold to a man whose offense was selling loose cigarettes, has been followed by excruciating delays in the quest for even basic disciplinary justice.

    At long last, there’s light…

  • [NYDN] July 18 Readers sound off
    (Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Choice and NY’s governor

    Manhattan: “Roe, Roe, Roe the vote” a July 15 editorial, was both confusing and factually inaccurate. You questioned the need for expanding reproductive rights in New York. Why is Gov. Cuomo fighting day in and day out to protect women’s rights in New York? The Supreme…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Trump-Putin, abortion and humidity
    (Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Putin trumps America in Finland

    Bayport, L.I.: Just for a moment, following Putin’s victory lap in Finland, let’s consider him not based on character or danger to us, but as a leader. Not since Alexander the Great has a single person dominated so much of the civilized world of his time. He is absolute…

  • [NYDN] CVS fires two employees for calling cops on black female customer attempting to use a coupon
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 11:30:00 PM)

    Two Chicago CVS employees were fired amid backlash from a Facebook video posted by a black customer who said white managers accused her of presenting a phony coupon and called police on her.

    The pharmacy giant said it had completed a review of the Friday night incident and subsequently axed the…

  • [NYDN] NRA gun activists swirled around alleged Russian agent Maria Butina
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 10:45:00 PM)

    Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist, went from running a small group in her home country to hobnobbing with major politicians and attending the National Prayer Breakfast after the election of President Trump.

    The 29-year-old, indicted for allegedly acting as an unregistered Russian agent…

  • [NYDN] Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 9:35:00 PM)

    HONOLULU — An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said.

    They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from the long-erupting…

  • [NYDN] ‘Sopranos’ memorabilia, including Bobby’s fat suit, go up for auction
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 9:25:00 PM)

    You, too, can dress just like a New Jersey mobster.

    A treasure trove of memorabilia from “The Sopranos” is being auctioned off by Steiner Auctions this summer, including autographed scripts, a cast varsity jacket and several posters.

    ‘Sopranos’ prequel movie brings back series director Alan Taylor…

  • [NYDN] Saints defensive lineman helps save man trapped in SUV after it plunges from fourth floor of parking garage
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 9:20:00 PM)

    A New Orleans Saints defensive lineman helped a man escape from a car after it had plunged from the fourth floor of a parking garage Sunday afternoon, according to The Times-Picayune.

    Mitchell Loewen was having brunch with his wife and two-year-old son when a Mercedes Benz SUV came crashing down…

  • [NYDN] Yankees appear out of the running for Manny Machado as Phillies, Brewers and Dodgers emerge as favorites
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 9:10:00 PM)

    WASHINGTON – Manny Machado seems likely to be traded following Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

    It’s just a matter of where – whether to Philadelphia, to Milwaukee or to the Dodgers.

    It appears the Yankees are out of the mix, at least as of Monday night.

    Various reports said the Orioles were getting “close”…

  • [NYDN] Bryce Harper and his dad may have bent Home Run Derby rules by pitching before balls landed during final tear to 18
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 9:05:00 PM)

    Was there more rushin’ collusion going on in Washington Monday night?

    Nationals star Bryce Harper was the hero in D.C. after beating Kyle Schwarber in a thrilling finish of the 2018 Home Run Derby, but he and his father may not have been playing exactly by the rules.

    Technically, the pitcher is…

  • [NYDN] Four years after police chokehold victim Eric Garner died, there’s a teddy bear and barely justice
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    They remembered him with a cuddly teddy bear.

    On the Staten Island street where he died four years ago Tuesday at the hands of police, Eric Garner was memorialized with a large stuffed bear — its arms folded and its eyes looking skyward.

    “I came in this morning and saw it there. Then I quickly…

  • [NYDN] Sociology prof says city needs less heavy-handed policing and more transparency
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Much has changed in policing since the death of Eric Garner four years ago, but have these changes brought real relief to communities that have faced a long history of at times excessive and abusive policing? While tremendous effort and expense has gone into new training and technology, it has…

  • [NYDN] Biased ‘broken windows’ policing fractures lives of minorities and the poor
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of Eric Garner’s death at the hands of an aggressive group of NYPD officers. In the course of holding Garner down on the ground, one officer, Daniel Pantaleo, applied a chokehold whose use is banned by NYPD guidelines.

    We police reformers focus on this incident…

  • [NYDN] 10 best MLB All-Star Game performances by New York players
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 8:45:00 PM)

    Before the trade deadline and MLB’s home stretch, baseball’s schedule takes a break this week for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in D.C. By pitting baseball’s best against each other since 1933, the All-Star Game allows the game’s elite a chance to add to their legacies with legendary performances. This…

  • [NYDN] Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen trolls President Trump’s servile support of Putin
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 8:40:00 PM)

    The man who paid off porn stars for President Trump on Monday trolled his ex-client’s servile support of Vladimir Putin.

    “I respect our nation’s intelligence agencies who determined that Russia, had in fact, interfered or meddled in our democratic process,” Michael Cohen tweeted Monday evening.

  • [NYDN] Mazzeo: Yankees ace Luis Severino deserved All-Star Game start over Chris Sale
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 8:30:00 PM)

    WASHINGTON – Sevy got shafted.

    Luis Severino deserved to start the All-Star Game over Chris Sale — even if, as A.J. Hinch said, “the proof is in the numbers.”

    Sure, Sale has a better ERA (2.23) and more strikeouts (188) than Severino (2.31, 144).

    But why not give the Yankees’ emerging, 24-year-old…

  • [NYDN] Hometown hero Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby in front of raucous Washington D.C. crowd
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 8:30:00 PM)

    WASHINGTON – It must’ve been the headband.

    Bryce Harper scored a home victory in front of his fans on Monday night at Nationals Park, defeating Kyle Schwarber 19-18 in extra time of the finals to capture the 2018 Home Run Derby.

    “This is for the whole city of D.C.,” Harper said afterward, choking…

  • [NYDN] Charter commission’s first report will recommend lower campaign donation limits in city elections
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 8:00:00 PM)

    The staff of the commission Mayor de Blasio appointed to overhaul the City Charter will recommend lowering campaign donation limits and offering more taxpayer cash for city candidates.

    In a preliminary report set to be released Tuesday, the Charter Revision Commission staff will also say the city…

  • [NYDN] Jacob deGrom’s agent: Mets should extend him or trade him
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 7:55:00 PM)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jacob deGrom wants a commitment from the Mets. The ace right-hander wants to be part of the Mets’ long-term solution, asking for an extension that would go beyond the two years that the team controls him. If not, then the Mets should consider taking advantage of this hot trade…

  • [NYDN] MGM Resorts International sues more than 1,000 victims from Las Vegas mass shooting, denying any liability
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 7:55:00 PM)

    MGM Resorts International claimed in a new lawsuit that it has no liability in any of the injuries or deaths in the October mass shooting in Las Vegas.

    The company, which owns Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue, argued that its security vendor took all necessary precautions, approved…

  • [NYDN] Vladimir Putin refuses to touch indictment papers naming Russian spies accused of hacking 2016 US presidential election
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 7:55:00 PM)

    Putin that on the table!

    Russian President Vladimir Putin become agitated when Fox News’s Chris Wallace waved a Justice Department indictment of 12 Russians who allegedly interfered in the 2016 presidential election during a tense interview.

    “May I give this to you to look at, sir?” Wallace asked…

  • [NYDN] Man at urinal wrongly busted by MTA cop who “leaned over and looked” at his genitals: lawsuit
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 7:30:00 PM)

    A Harlem man claims an MTA cop “leaned over and looked at” his genitals at a urinal – before arresting him on bogus allegations of indecent exposure, new court papers allege.

    William Campbell was using the restroom at Grand Central Terminal about 10:40 p.m. on April 17, 2017, when a “man using…

  • [NY Newsday] Game changer: Tim Hardaway Jr. worked his way back after ‘dark period’ of career
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 8:40:00 PM)

    Hardaway and his father believe that he wouldn’t be where he is today without his five-game stint in the developmental league early in the 2015-16 season.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks waive forward Troy Williams
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 1:33:05 PM)

    The Knicks announced on Monday afternoon that they have waived forward Troy Williams.

  • [NYTimes] 76ers Foiled in Their Pursuit of Houston’s Daryl Morey
    (Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:07:26 AM)

    The Sixers had strong interest in hiring Morey to replace the ousted Bryan Colangelo, but Morey could not be lured away.

  • [NYTimes] Len Chappell, 77, College All-American and N.B.A. All-Star, Dies
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 4:08:07 PM)

    Chappell led Wake Forest to the Final Four in 1962 and was the top scorer for the Knicks in 1963-64, averaging more than 17 points per game.

  • [SNY Knicks] Emergence of Knox, Robinson among five takeaways from Knicks Summer League
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 12:30:26 PM)

    Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson stole the show for the Knicks during the Summer League.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks waive F Troy Williams
    (Monday, July 16, 2018 1:33:12 PM)

    The Knicks announced they have waived F Troy Williams on Monday. Williams had just completed the Summer League with New York in Las Vegas.