Knicks Morning News (2018.08.21)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson seems to agree that 29 teams slept on him in Draft
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 3:30:06 PM)

    Knicks’ second-rounder Mitchell Robinson was caught snoozing by his teammate G Allonzo Trier on Monday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Die-hard Knicks fan selling fanhood to highest bidder on eBay
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 10:00:39 AM)

    You can find almost anything your heart desires on eBay, but this latest bid from a Knicks fan is definitely out of the box.

  • [NYTimes] The Minnesota Lynx Are a Dynasty on the Brink
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:04:55 AM)

    Lindsay Whalen is retiring, and despite the Lynx being top-heavy in talent, a lack of ability to sort out their rotations has the team suddenly vulnerable.

  • [NYDN] NYPD Chief defends detective who used chokehold on man after responding to a noise complaint
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 2:30:00 PM)

    A high-ranking police official is backing the detective who used a banned chokehold on a man in Inwood after responding to a noise complaint.

    Chief of Department Terence Monahan did not specifically address Detective Fabio Nunez’s use of the chokehold in his July 14 arrest of Tomas Medina, but…

  • [NYDN] EXCLUSIVE: Officials block sale of 100-year-old woman’s $1M Upper West Side co-op after learning of plans to live with home aide
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Mi casa es su casa — unless the city has a problem with it.

    Lawyers for the city’s Adult Protective Services have sued to block the sale of an elderly woman’s Manhattan co-op after learning she plans to take the proceeds and move in with her Brooklyn caretaker.

    Florence Lee, who is 100 years old,…

  • [NYDN] N.C. man busted with car full of guns after placing bullets on ground outside Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    A North Carolina man drove to Staten Island with a car full of guns and started placing bullets on the ground at Fort Wadsworth Sunday, authorities said.

    U.S. Parks Police officers spotted Jessie Hospedales, 28, at about noon, as he placed 12-gauge shotgun shells and .40-caliber rounds on the ground…

  • [NYDN] Asia Argento sex assault settlement shouldn’t diminish #MeToo progress, experts say
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Asia Argento’s settlement of a sexual assault lawsuit should not diminish the strides made by the #MeToo movement, leading psychology experts say.

    Argento — who’s been at the forefront of the movement since she came forward last October to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape — recently reached a $380,000…

  • [NYDN] City agrees to bring Rikers Island into ADA compliance — even as it plans jails’ costly shutdown
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    The city has agreed to make scores of renovations to improve accessibility for disabled inmates on Rikers Island — even as Mayor de Blasio moves forward with a costly plan to shut down the East River jail complex.

    Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced the settlement agreement with the…

  • [NYDN] When religious schools fail: The city must rise to the yeshiva challenge
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    It’s a scandal that city and state officials continue to drag their feet on addressing credible allegations that dozens of Jewish religious schools are failing to provide a legally required minimum level of education in areas including math, science, English and history.

    There is abundant evidence…

  • [NYDN] Commission not accomplished: Keep the Charter Commission alive another year, Mr. Mayor
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    The Charter Revision Commission appointed by Mayor de Blasio in April is getting ready to put a few skimpy ballot questions on the November ballot and then turn into a pumpkin.

    Hold up. There’s work yet to be done to improve city government — and the main mission for this year, blocking mischief…

  • [NYDN] A Rey of light: Lana Del Rey does the right thing and refuses to buckle to BDS pressure
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The boycott, divestment and sanction bullies who want to turn Israel into a pariah state thought they could intimidate musician Lana Del Rey and get her to call off a Tel Aviv concert planned for next month.

    The rabid pressure campaign, after all, worked on Lorde and Gilberto Gil, both of whom…

  • [NYDN] Homeless man and woman charged in fatal Midtown stabbing
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:05:00 AM)

    A homeless man and woman are accused of fatally stabbing a man and leaving him to die on a Midtown street, cops said early Tuesday.

    David Gamble, 54, and Chantel Davis, 39, knifed the victim, who’s still unidentified, to death on W. 46th St. near Ninth Ave. at 2:50 a.m. Monday.

    Police arrested…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on American greatness, Rudy Giuliani and farm workers
    (Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Manhattan: Will all the Kim Jong Un wannabes out there, who are condemning Gov. Cuomo and insisting how “great” their nation is, please grow up? Jingoism and nationalism are Adolf 101, and childish as heck. It is irrefutably, scientifically quantifiable that America was not only never great, it…

  • [NYDN] Pol rips de Blasio appointment of political insider to monitor NYCHA safety compliance
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 11:05:00 PM)

    The head of the city council’s investigations committee says Mayor de Blasio and NYCHA are already violating a federal consent decree by handing a political patronage hire the crucial task of ensuring NYCHA complies with all health and safety rules.

    Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) blasted the recent appointment…

  • [NYDN] Russians hackers caught trying to infiltrate conservative American think tanks and U.S. Senate, Microsoft says
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    Russian intelligence agents tried to hack the U.S. Senate and two conservative American think tanks last week with the goal of stealing logins and influencing public opinion on the 2018 Midterm Elections, according to Microsoft.

    Last week, the company’s Digital Crime’s Unit won a court order to…

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — August 21, 2018
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for August 21, 2018

    Although our inflated visions of progress run into roadblocks today, these temporary obstructions are only meant to give us a chance to improve on our plans. The Moon’s shift into ambitious Capricorn at 12:00 am EDT sets a serious tone…

  • [NYDN] Madonna pays rambling tribute to Aretha Franklin
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 8:40:00 PM)

    The Queen of Soul got a rambling tribute from the Queen of Pop at the MTV Video Music Awards Monday.

    While on stage to present Camila Cabello with the trophy for Video of the Year, Madonna paid tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at 76.

    The “Like a Virgin” singer told a tangent-filled…

  • [NYDN] Dominic Smith collides with Amed Rosario in left field, causing easy pop fly to drop and gifting Giants winning run against hapless Mets
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 8:30:00 PM)

    It was only a matter of time before sticking Dominic Smith in left field came back to bite the Mets.

    The first baseman by trade, who had only just been called up from Triple-A on Sunday, was sent into the outfield for the 13th inning and promptly cost the Mets the game in a grueling 2-1 loss to…

  • [NYDN] Confederate statue on UNC campus toppled by protesters
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 8:10:00 PM)

    The controversial “Silent Sam” statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been toppled by protesters.

    WRAL-TV reports that more than 300 people gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 7:30 p.m. on Monday before marching to the Confederate statue’s base and…

  • [NYDN] Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint deaths
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 8:00:00 PM)

    A judge on Monday ordered Michigan’s health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, the highest-ranking official to face criminal charges as a result of the city’s tainted water scandal.

    Nick Lyon is accused of failing…

  • [NYDN] Broken pipes in Bronx NYCHA houses cause flooding and havoc for two days
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 7:45:00 PM)

    Elderly and sick residents of a city Housing Authority building were forced to trudge down 20 flights of stairs after burst pipes shutdown elevator service two days in a row.

    On Sunday and Monday, the plumbing failed on the 20th and 17th floors, respectively, sending water cascading down the elevator…

  • [NYDN] Jennifer Lopez wins MTV VMAs’ coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 7:35:00 PM)

    Jenny from the block returned to New York City Monday night to accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV’s Video Music Awards.

    Jennifer Lopez, 49, wowed the crowd with a booty-shaking medley of hits ranging from her early tunes to more recent jams.

    The Bronx-bred musician covered everything…

  • [NYDN] American passenger reportedly pees on fellow flier during flight to Japan
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 6:45:00 PM)

    Break out the flotation device!

    An airline passenger bound for Japan from Chicago had to be restrained by the plane’s crew when he allegedly urinated on a fellow flier, according to Fuji TV.

    Japanese police arrested the unidentified, 24-year-old American suspect upon landing at Narita International…

  • [NYDN] Infuriated Knicks fan auctioning off his fandom on Ebay…for $1973
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 6:20:00 PM)

    It took 33 years for this Knicks fan to realize his fandom may no longer be worth the agony.

    Better late than never, right?

    An “infuriated New York Knicks fan” listed his fandom on Ebay for $1973, poetically symbolizing the last time New York was on top of the basketball world.

    The unnamed male…

  • [NYDN] SEE THE VIDEO: Puerto Rican Little Leaguer takes one for the team against ‘Arod’
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 6:00:00 PM)

    A Little Leaguer made an incredible stop on the diamond — unfortunately, it was by his crotch.

    Angel Vazquez, who was batting for the Puerto Rico squad in the Little League World Series, got more than he bargained for on Monday when a 77-mph fastball landed a direct hit to his groin.

    The preteen…

  • [NYDN] Cardi B debuts post-baby body on VMAs red carpet
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 5:40:00 PM)

    Motherhood sure looks good on Cardi B.

    The “I Like It” rapper, who welcomed daughter Kulture Kiari July 10, made her first public appearance since becoming a new mom at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City Monday night.

    The Bronx native, 25, rocked a new pixie haircut and flaunted her svelte…

  • [NYDN] Florida man, 88, busted for animal cruelty for torching wild raccoon
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 5:05:00 PM)

    An 88-year-old man, fed up with a raccoon munching his mangoes, trapped the critter in his yard and then cruelly set it on fire, said cops.

    Ezra James of Palm Bay, Fla., reportedly caught the hungry bandit in a metal cage before pouring gasoline all over it. He then lit a match, setting the animal…

  • [NYDN] Leonard: Pat Shurmur is not holding back on the importance of Giants’ O-line: We’ll go ‘as far as that line will block for us’
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 5:05:00 PM)

    Pat Shurmur has started the same five players on his offensive line all preseason, but based on merit, that soon may have to change.

    The line of Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, Jon Halapio, Patrick Omameh and Ereck Flowers, from left to right, has not gotten anywhere close to a sufficient push in…