Knicks Morning News (2018.09.02)

  • [NYTimes] Elena Delle Donne Only Remembers Titles. She’s Ready to Make New Memories.
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 2:54:41 PM)

    Delle Donne, the Washington Mystics superstar, knows she’ll ultimately be judged by the number of championships she wins. This could be her year.

  • [SNY Knicks] Walt Clyde Frazier gives brutally honest Knicks assesment
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 4:30:07 PM)

    The Knicks are “going nowhere” without Kristaps Porzingis, according to Walt Clyde Frazier.

  • [NYDN] The Daily News put a light on NYPD disciplinary abuses now being probed by blue-ribbon panel
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 3:15:00 AM)

    A blue-ribbon panel investigating abuses of the disciplinary system in the NYPD has requested records of several controversial cases that were first exposed by the Daily News.

    Probers plan to review the outcomes of cases involving a detective who padded his reports with phony info from fake witnesses;…

  • [NYDN] Nonprofit community worries Congress could scrap ‘crucial’ finance law Trump falsely claimed he repealed
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    President Trump recently told conservative Christian leaders that he had gotten “rid of” the Johnson Amendment, a decades-old law prohibiting political campaigning by nonprofit charities, churches and religious groups.

    While Trump’s assertion was false — he issued a toothless executive order on…

  • [NYDN] Breast milk donations from mothers help others in need
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Oh, baby.

    The New York Milk Bank — which coordinates breast milk donations for infants in need — recently moved into a larger space and bought a new pasteurizer so that it can process twice as much of the goods.

    That’s great news for families who need some extra help nourishing their babies and…

  • [NYDN] Shoplifting bust for writer with rags-to-riches story who lost big in market crash
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    The next chapter of novelist and socialite Suzanne Corso’s life will be written in criminal court.

    Corso — who is also membership director of Manhattan’s new Playboy Club — is charged with shoplifting luxury goods from the Battery Park City branch of Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Corso, who documented her…

  • [NYDN] GRIDLOCK SAM: Traffic bummers to ring out the summer
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Sept. 2 – Sept. 8


    Gridlock Alert for central Brooklyn — Crown Heights/Prospect Heights/Flatbush — on Monday as millions (yes millions) of people are expected to celebrate the annual West Indian Day Festival. Eastern Parkway between Howard…

  • [NYDN] What we’ll like to see on Broadway: These retro flicks would make cool musicals
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Broadway is experiencing a retro movie revival — with theatrical takes on films such as “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Tootsie” in the works.

    Here are some other movies that could make for interesting musicals.

    ‘The Blues Brothers’

    The classic 1980 tale of Jake and Elwood Blues, played respectively by John…

  • [NYDN] Trump Vs. McCain: No Contest
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Never have the differences between bully and hero been more devastatingly clear than this week when our great American hero, Sen. John McCain passed away — but not without passing out a few good zingers at the draft-dodger-in-chief. Like? Like reportedly not wanting President Trump to attend his…

  • [NYDN] Hollywood continues to make a splash on Broadway with adaptations of ‘Tootsie’ and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ on the way
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Could “Platoon: The Musical” be coming soon to a Broadway theater near you?

    While that’s a long shot, the recent announcement that the Robin Williams movie “Mrs. Doubtfire” is being turned into a Broadway-bound show demonstrates how reworked retro films are all the rage on the Great White Way.

  • [NYDN] Debating Israel on campus, civilly
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Students in the U.S. are gearing up for the new academic year. Most are looking forward to seeing friends, enjoying new experiences, immersing themselves in their studies. But some are bracing themselves for battle — readying to fight for their freedom of speech and even their very place on campus.

  • [NYDN] Money for nothing: The case for universal basic income
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Think about your job. About the jobs of your neighbors. About the jobs of those you walk past as you head down Broadway on the way to work. What do the 8.5 million people who live in New York City do for a living?

    You probably walk past lawyers and home care workers. Accountants and teachers. Waiters…

  • [NYDN] Heavens to Betsy: There’s a lot to like in her Title IX overhaul of federal campus assault rules
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Blind trust in new rules to address campus sexual assault and harassment from a government headed by a confessed offender would be folly.

    But so are the shouts to dismiss the agenda-in-development from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to carry out the crucial statute known as Title IX, which…

  • [NYDN] Paging the future: A salute to libraries as they reach more people through tech
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    Hankering to use the last long summer weekend to dig into James Patterson’s latest thriller, or “Everything Trump Touches Dies” by regular Daily News contributor Rick Wilson? Drat: The city’s public libraries, across all five boroughs, are shuttered Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the holiday.

  • [NYDN] Accused pimp challenges search warrants that uncovered his ‘2017 pimp of the year’ post
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Even pimps have a right to privacy.

    Investigators for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. violated an accused pimp’s Fourth Amendment rights by sifting through years of content on his Facebook account, new papers argue.

    Lavelleous (King Casino) Purcell was charged in February with running…

  • [NYDN] We did it: Ryan Gosling needs an education on the Space Race
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Playing Neil Armstrong in the movie “First Man,” Canadian Ryan Gosling defended the omission of the iconic moment in which the first man on the moon, culminating the United States’ victory over the Soviet Union in the Space Race, stuck the American flag in the cold rock.

    “I don’t think that Neil…

  • [NYDN] New York leads blue states in protecting workers from Supreme Court’s Janus ruling
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Public-sector unions are moving to calculate how many members — and how much money — they’ll lose in the wake of a June U.S. Supreme Court decision that took away their power to charge non-members fees.

    But even before the high court ruled, eight of the 22 states that allowed unions to charge such…

  • [NYDN] CARIBBEAT: New York Caribbean Carnival boosts city businesses — and Caribbean-American pride
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Yes, there are plenty of sequins, feathers, bodysuits, tiaras, crowns, plastic and aluminum rods, beads and rhinestone, but the New York Caribbean Carnival is far more than glam and glitter.

    Sunday evening’s Dimanche Gras show – the New York carnival’s penultimate event of grandly elaborate Kings…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on telemarketers, scooters and the $275 sandwich
    (Sunday, September 02, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Telemarketers, please go away

    Brooklyn: I am 90 years old, walk with a cane, have arthritis, haven’t had a pain-free day and can’t get rid of phone calls from “This is Ann.” The Indians and credit card people call me too, but not as often as “Ann.” The only Ann I know is dead. She died very young…

  • [NYDN] In wide-ranging interview, John Mara accepts blame for what he calls the lowest point in his time as Giants owner
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 10:05:00 PM)

    John Mara was a 24-year-old student at Fordham University’s School of Law in Feb. 1979 during a Giants era he recalls as “no question the low point in the history of the franchise.”

    The Giants had missed the playoffs for a 15th consecutive season, and that wasn’t the worst of it. They had suffered…

  • [NYDN] Raissman: John Sterling’s under the weather? Let Suzyn Waldman fill the air
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    To hear the over-the-top praise heaped on John (Pa Pinstripe) Sterling while he worked a few games under the weather, you would think he was doing play-by-play from inside an MRI tube.

    Hey, he broadcasted games with a cold, or the flu, or some other bug. Big deal. Others have done it.

    Still, there…

  • [NYDN] Upsets in the City: Maria Sharapova moves on as top seeds continue to drop out of the way for Serena Williams
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 9:55:00 PM)

    The same road Sloane Stephens traveled as an unseeded player to win $3.7 million and the 2017 U.S. Open is again crowded with contenders. A slew of upsets in women’s matches during the first week have given every survivor reason to say, “This could be my year.”

    Maria Sharapova, the 2006 Open champion,…

  • [NYDN] Meet Joe Hammond, the greatest street baller that ever lived, before a life in the drug world took it all away
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 9:10:00 PM)

    It’s about five blocks from Joe Hammond’s building to the basketball court in Harlem. He can’t walk one of them without inspiring admiration.

    “Right here, this is the best there’s ever been,” says a man with an eye patch and a shopping cart.

    Hammond shuffles along with his cane and crocs on his…

  • [NYDN] Madden: Brian Cashman still dealing as Yankees wait for Aaron Judge, others to return
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 9:10:00 PM)

    About the last thing Brian Cashman wanted to do on the eve of the September stretch was trade another couple valued prospects for a rental fill-in player. But trade he did, sending middle infield prospect Abiatal Avelino and 20-year-old Dominican right-hander Juan De Paula, who averaged a strikeout…

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — September 2, 2018
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for September 2, 2018

    A fresh breeze brings a wave of new ideas once the Moon shifts into intellectual Gemini at 4:01 am EDT. We are less pragmatic now and more interested in how people can connect by exchanging information. Although it’s easy to be distracted…

  • [NYDN] Red Bulls routed in lackluster 3-0 loss to Montreal Impact
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 8:55:00 PM)

    The Montreal Impact scored a pair of goals off first-half set pieces and tacked on a late insurance goal to defeat the visiting Red Bulls 3-0 Saturday night at Stade Saputo.

    Combined with the New England Revolution’s 1-1 home draw Saturday against the Portland Timbers, the No. 6 Impact (11-14-3,…

  • [NYDN] American diplomats in Cuba were likely attacked with microwave weapons
    (Saturday, September 01, 2018 8:10:00 PM)

    The American diplomats in Cuba who suffered a host of mysterious health problems last year were likely zapped by microwave weapons that caused brain injuries.

    That’s the conclusion of the doctor who examined 21 affected diplomats, according to The New York Times.

    “Everybody was relatively skeptical…

  • 15 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2018.09.02)”

    I’ve been thinking about the draft and it keeps occurring to me that Collin Sexton might be a lot better than some think, like Kyle Lowry good. He’s smart, tough, and relentless. At the very least, I’m glad we don’t have to worry about whether it was a good idea to pass him over.

    Atlanta OTOH is going to burn in draft hell for thinking that Trae Young is all that. Imagine if we had the #3 pick and made that trade with Dallas. I think the KB community would have a mass suicide on its hands.

    Honestly, Kyle’s statistical profile wasn’t very good coming out of college, but I’m not sure I see the comparison between Sexton and Lowry beyond their both being undersized PGs who can rebound. Lowry is now an elite shooter and a good defender, while Collin doesn’t really do much besides be a plus rebounder and score at high usage on solid but not great efficiency (mainly because of his propensity to draw FTs which Kyle didn’t do as well as Sexton at in college). I wouldn’t have drafted either at 8 this year. I would’ve been wrong about Lowry, but I think the odds are in my favor when I say that Sexton was a poor pick at 8, because the things he’s good at (high usage scoring) don’t consistently translate to the NBA, especially when you’re undersized.

    I’ve been against stretching Noah because I don’t see any long term upside UNLESS they are at a point where they already have an attractive free agent lined up. But the more I think about it the less I think it matters. The Knicks are probably going to wind up over the cap after next year no matter what they do with Noah because they’ll be resigning KP and perhaps a couple of other players. So what does it really matter if Noah’s money is on the books for a couple of extra years?

    My question about Sexton is really the shooting. Lowry was 20 when he was drafted and didn’t really become a good player until his 5th year in the league, when he started to shoot a lot of threes and hit them consistently.

    Sexton is coming into the league even younger and his shooting was pretty mediocre in college, granted that he had terrible teammates and had to shoot a lot every game (which to some extent will be true of him in the Cavs too).

    I can see a similar career path making sense, and I think he’ll be in the ROY conversation simply because he’ll put up 18 ppg and be the 2nd focal point of a team that’s not tanking, but it might take a while before he’s actually good.

    What makes me optimistic about him is that his work ethic is supposedly legendary. And he seems smart enough to figure out how to shoot better…it’s not like he shot horribly, just needs work. As to his defense, I read some good things about his aggressiveness and strength.

    Lowry’s statistical profile wasn’t great, but his steal rate jumped off the page. Sexton’s certainly does not. I see him as a future backup.

    Someone on r/nba just told me that I was dumb for saying that Deng is washed. Said that if you go back to 2015-16 and earlier it’s clear that he was trending upward and I shouldn’t clutch onto 2016-17 numbers because he wasn’t used correctly. Also that it was a choice to sit him in 2017-18 that had nothing to do with his playing ability. I really hate people sometimes.

    I’m sure I have read some posts on reddit that are very jowles-like, and they probably where heavily downvoted.

    But oh well, it’s just so much more convenient then reading through twitter and conventional news outlets for the news and the drama, so just skipping the Kobe Bryant appreciation posts every once in a while is not so hard.

    That Kareem Abdul-Whatever guy would have probably been unplayable too. Couldn’t shoot threes.

    It’s honestly amazing that Kareem posted a 60+ TS% on high usage in multiple seasons (peaking at 63! 63!) without shooting a single three. That’s a real testament to his dominant post play, because he wasn’t the same kind of dunker that, say, Shaq was.


    It’s so insane. And that’s with shooting like 6 FTA per game with only a 72% average, so he didn’t get the boost in ts% that guys like Curry do shooting 90% on free throws.

    …and a very high % of Kareem’s FGA were highly predictable. Old Wilt was the only guy that even had a chance to even contest the sky hook.

    …and a very high % of Kareem’s FGA were highly predictable. Old Wilt was the only guy that even had a chance to even contest the sky hook.

    Why the Knicks haven’t given Jabbar a million bucks to teach KP the nuances of a sky hook is beyond incomprehensible to me.

    To those of us old enough to remember what a force vintage wilt actually was we remember him as the greatest athlete we’ve ever seen. He just had a perfect body and pure athleticism for any sport.

    And Hank Stram was nuts for wanting to make him a tight end in football. How would some 5’11 corner cover him split out wide. Lenny Dawson would have had a 100% completion rate.

    Why the Knicks haven’t given Jabbar a million bucks to teach KP the nuances of a sky hook is beyond incomprehensible to me.

    I feel that Kareem has moved onto doing other things

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