Knicks Morning News (2018.08.13)

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis had these words of wisdom for Nets rookie
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 7:27:07 PM)

    Dzanan Musa, known as the Bosnian Scoring Machine, received an unexpected phone call after being drafted by the Nets with the second-to-last pick of the NBA draft’s first round in June. It was from the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis. “He encouraged me to just go for it,’’ Musa told The Post on Sunday at the NBA’s…

  • [NYPost] Why Trae Young has date with Knicks circled on his calendar
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 7:24:39 PM)

    Trae Young has always talked about liking the big stage. That is why he can’t wait for Oct. 17 when the Hawks rookie point guard makes his NBA debut in the Knicks’ season opener at the Garden. Young, the electric point guard out of Oklahoma, said he has never set foot on the court of…

  • [NYPost] Kevin Knox has noticed Vegas’ Knicks doubts
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 10:20:19 AM)

    Knicks lottery pick Kevin Knox dominated Las Vegas last month and now thinks Vegas is giving the Knicks short shrift. While Knox sees the Knicks in the playoff hunt, Vegas’ Westgate Sports Book has put the Knicks with an over-under of 29 ½ wins. “I saw that,” Knox told The Post at the NBA’s rookie…

  • [NYDN] ‘I’ll kill you!’ Rival NYC tour bus companies in cutthroat competition, suit says
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Sightseers hoping to find the Big Apple’s dark underbelly need do no more than sign up for a double-decker bus ride.

    They’ll see aggressive confrontations between tour company ticket sellers — replete with flipped birds, colorful cursing and veiled threats of violence, says a lawsuit between two…

  • [NYDN] Indiana man accused of killing and eating ex-girlfriend found fit to stand trial
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 2:32:00 AM)

    An Indiana man who stands accused of raping and killed his estranged girlfriend — and cooking and eating parts of her body — was found competent to stand trial by a state psychiatrist.

    The update comes nearly one year after a judge ruled Joseph Oberhansley incompetent to stand trial, and placed…

  • [NYDN] For housing answers, look up: We need to build bigger to create affordable units, including at 80 Flatbush
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    At the heart of the struggle to address the affordable housing crisis in cities across the country is a resistance to building, even when that building helps address critical public needs. This resistance, buoyed by elected officials who too often heed the calls of some of their most vocal local…

  • [NYDN] White cops vs. black men? Nope: Data on police killings reveal a more complex and stubborn dynamic
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Several years ago, I found myself questioning the validity of news accounts that suggested that white police officers were choosing to exercise lethal force when interacting with black male suspects. After locating reliable sources for police killing data, my colleagues and I began collecting and…

  • [NYDN] The verdict on Manafort: A perfect match for a President beyond the pale
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Apologists for President Trump dismiss the trial of campaign chairman Paul Manafort as busywork for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who supposedly has nothing better to do than pester peripheral targets because his core job of unraveling Russian interference in the 2016 election is coming up snake…

  • [NYDN] Full of sound and fury: Shakespeare and helicopters in the park
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    For 56 years, theatergoers have enjoyed Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Founder Joe Papp overcame opposition from the all-powerful Robert Moses and happily, ever since, 100,000 annually have delighted to the works of the Bard of Avon, free of charge.

    The world’s…

  • [NYDN] Hip hop community eying new political party line on ballot, wants Busta Rhymes or LL Cool J to run for governor
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    ALBANY — Expressing frustration that urban issues are not being sufficiently addressed in New York, members of the hip hop community are looking to form their own party line for the coming state elections.

    The line, which would be called the New American Party, is being pushed by Jineea Butler,…

  • [NYDN] Burning the popcorn: The Academy Awards’ new category shows Hollywood in a sorry state
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is designing a new category to honor achievement in popular film.

    Of course great movies can become blockbusters (we’re rooting for Spike Lee’s acclaimed “BlacKkKlansman”). And of course perfectly engineered box-office candy can be great (go see the…

  • [NYDN] LOVETT: Kalief Browder’s brother backing Nixon over Cuomo, cites stalled criminal justice reforms
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    ALBANY – Akeem Browder, whose brother committed suicide after spending three years on Rikers Island awaiting trial on charges he stole a backpack when he was 16, is backing actress Cynthia Nixon over Gov. Cuomo in the coming Democratic primary.

    In doing so, Browder said Cuomo has failed to deliver…

  • [NYDN] Dutchess county state Senate candidate is sister-in-law of Cuomo campaign chairman
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 12:55:00 AM)

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

    ALBANY — Karen Smythe, a Democrat challenging incumbent Republican state Sen. Sue Serino in Dutchess County, is the sister-in-law of Gov. Cuomo’s campaign chairman and former top…

  • [NYDN] EXCLUSIVE: Assembly speaker feeds state Senate Dems pork to help with effort to win control of chamber
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 12:50:00 AM)

    ALBANY — Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has directed hundreds of thousands of dollars in Assembly pork money to help a fellow Democrat with his reelection effort, the Daily News has learned.

    What makes this a rare move is that this time, the Assembly powerbroker is assisting a member of the state…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on NYCHA, Alex Jones and Michael Kay
    (Monday, August 13, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Keep your NYCHA promises, Bill

    Little Egg Harbor, N.J.: To Voicer Paula Cruz, who asks why the blame for what is going on with the NYCHA is on Mayor de Blasio’s shoulders: For one thing, He promised while he was campaigning that he would take responsibility and assured those living in public housing…

  • [NYDN] Sonny Gray’s struggles at Yankee Stadium continue, even in relief, but he says there’s no extra pressure in the Bronx
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 9:15:00 PM)

    It’s never Sonny in the Bronx.

    Struggling Yankees’ right-hander Sonny Gray made his second appearance out of the bullpen Sunday and left after allowing two runs on five hits in an inning plus of work.

    After the Rangers scored two runs off him in the seventh, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre opened…

  • [NYDN] Mets captain David Wright plays five innings at third base in rehab game, believes he can return to majors
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 9:15:00 PM)

    David Wright believes he took a “baby step in the right direction” toward a potential long-awaited return to the majors.

    The Mets captain felt “butterflies” as he participated in his first rehab game Sunday afternoon, going 0-for-3 and playing third base for five innings with Class A St. Lucie….

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — August 13, 2018
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for August 13, 2018

    An all-too-familiar theme resurfaces today, requiring us to make crucial choices between real-world responsibilities and our captivating dreams. Insistent Mars retrogrades back into industrious Capricorn for a one-month remedial program…

  • [NYDN] Ackert: Didi Gregorius does it all in Yankee win over Rangers, proving to be a leader for club’s young infielders as well
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 8:45:00 PM)

    Didi Gregorius made it work like only he could. On a sharp groundball in the hole, the Yankees shortstop made a diving backhand grab. In the dugout his manager was thinking “No, no, no,” watching the Rangers’ speedy center fielder Delino DeShields racing toward first base. But the smooth and calm…

  • [NYDN] Man charged over loaded gun in 4-year-old son’s backpack
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 8:25:00 PM)

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — An Illinois man is charged with reckless conduct after authorities say his 4-year-old son found a gun in a backpack his father had brought to him at day care.

    The Belleville News-Democrat reports that authorities say 32-year-old Joshua Finley of Maryville packed a “nap time…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Video shows mugger choking Harlem victim into unconsciousness
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 8:10:00 PM)

    An armed robber choked a Harlem man into unconsciousness as he tried to steal the man’s cell phone from his hand, shocking surveillance video shows.

    The robber, who wore an “R.I.P. Youth” t-shirt, stalked the victim into the stairwell of his building on W. 147th St. building near Amsterdam Ave….

  • [NYDN] Utah man had $100G in drugs mailed to him: police
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 8:10:00 PM)

    PROVO, Utah — Authorities say a man has been arrested in Orem after allegedly having $100,000 in illegal drugs mailed to him.

    The Daily Herald reports 29-year-old Manteo Soto of Price was arrested Friday on suspicion of distributing, offering or arranging the distribution of a controlled substance.

  • [NYDN] NYCFC takes advantage of Jozy Altidore being sent off as Ismael Tajouri-Shradi nets winner in 88th minute to top Toronto FC
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 7:25:00 PM)

    TORONTO — A defining theme of Toronto FC’s 2017 season was control. You always sensed the Reds just about clung on to it — even through the moments, in the playoffs and the Canadian Championship, when they sailed closest to the wind.

    At its best — including in the MLS Cup final — Toronto was an…

  • [NYDN] Tiger Woods, fist pumping once again, places second at PGA Championship for best major finish since 2009
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 6:55:00 PM)

    The fist pump for the birdie at the 18th was demonstrative, but didn’t have the same ferocity as the celebration a decade ago at Torrey Pines.

    The result was not a major triumph, but a significant step in an extraordinary comeback.

    Tiger Woods didn’t win the PGA Championship on Sunday, but it sure…

  • [NYDN] Police search Jamaica Bay for woman, 35, feared drowned as husband swam nearby
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 6:25:00 PM)

    Police searched Sunday for a 35-year-old woman feared pulled underwater by rising tides in Jamaica Bay.

    The woman and her husband were swimming in the bay off Bayswater Point State Park Sunday evening when she disappeared around 5:30 p.m., authorities said.

    NYPD divers and a police helicopter searched…

  • [NYDN] ‘Can you believe your little girl is in New York City?’ Australian tourist told dad before tragic cycling death
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 6:25:00 PM)

    Like so many other visitors to New York, Australian tourist Madison Jane Lyden was on a “trip of a lifetime” — but hers ended in horror and tragedy.

    “Dad, can you believe your little girl is in New York City?” she gushed the last time she spoke to her father in Tasmania, nearly on the other side…

  • [NYDN] Kat Graham was not thrifty because it was cool
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 5:40:00 PM)

    “Vampire Diaries” star Kat Graham wasn’t one of the cool kids at her area thrift shop.

    “When I was young, I was really poor and my mom and I use to go vintage shopping and I’d see all of these cool kids like (deejay) Steve Aoki and (photographer) Cobrasnake at the vintage shops, but we were there…

  • [NYDN] Woman busted for allegedly stabbing husband with sword
    (Sunday, August 12, 2018 5:25:00 PM)

    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — A Bremerton woman has been charged with second-degree assault after authorities say she stabbed her husband in the arm with a samurai sword.

    The Kitsap Sun reports the man called police early Wednesday morning and was later flown to a Seattle hospital.

    The man told police…