Knicks Morning News (2018.10.18)

  • [Sports Illustrated] Watch: Knicks Fan Sinks Half-Court Shot for $10K at Season Opener
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:03:09 PM)

    The Knicks were 0-for-9 when the fan sunk his half-court shot.

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Burke, Porzingis, Noah, Ntilikina
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:48:29 AM)

    Trey Burke is poised to open the season as the Knicks‘ starting point guard, which means he’s in line to lock in a partial guarantee on his salary for 2018/19. According to Basketball Insiders’ salary data, Burke’s $1,795,015 salary for the coming season is mostly non-guaranteed, with only a modest $100K partial guarantee. However, as long […]

  • [NYDN] Bondy: Enjoy it for now — Knicks blow out lowly Hawks in regular-season opener
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:40:00 PM)

    A fan hit a shot before the Knicks did.

    That’s how bad it started Wednesday in the season opener for the home team, which missed its first nine field goals and watched spectator George Holmes from Northport celebrate his halfcourt heave for $10,000.

    But New York’s struggles ended at that moment…

  • [NYDN] Bondy: David Fizdale ready for season void of winning expectations as Knicks rebuild continues
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:40:00 PM)

    David Fizdale had never, with a decade of experience as a head coach or an assistant, entered a season without the expectation of winning.

    Until he joined the Knicks.

    Now, as Fizdale explained ahead of his New York coaching debut Wednesday against the Hawks, he’s reaching for a lower bar.


  • [NYDN] Knicks president Steve Mills: Kristaps Porzingis isn’t complaining and ‘we’re in a good place’
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:35:00 PM)

    Knicks president Steve Mills believes “we’re in a good place” with Kristaps Porzingis despite not giving the All-Star forward an extension by Monday’s deadline.

    In an interview with ESPN Radio, Mills said he was straightforward with Porzingis agent and brother, Janis, about their plans and, “We…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Fan knocks down half court shot for $10K before Knicks hit field goal in regular-season opener
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 5:10:00 PM)

    It can’t get anymore Knicks than this.

    Everyone knows David Fizdale’s team is in for a rough season as the team continues its overdue rebuild.

    But, well, not even this was expected during the Knicks opener Wednesday night against the Hawks.

    A fan nailed a half court shot for $10,000 during a break…

  • [NYTimes] LeBron James Once ‘Hated’ Southern California. How He Came to Embrace It.
    (Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:00:09 AM)

    His first trip to Los Angeles was for a basketball tournament as a teenager. Friends say it planted a seed that reached full bloom when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • [NYTimes] Pistons 103, Nets 100: Nets Fall Just Short on Opening Night
    (Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:56:24 AM)

    Caris LeVert had 27 points, but he was unable to score with the game on the line in the closing seconds, sending Brooklyn to a frustrating loss.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: David Fizdale’s Candor Sets Tone for Knicks
    (Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:51:11 AM)

    They won’t all come as easy as the Knicks’ 126-107 win on opening night, but their new coach could be the breath of fresh air they need to endure it.

  • [NYTimes] Congratulations, You’re a Certified N.B.A. Agent. Good Luck Finding a Client.
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:14:59 PM)

    Salaries have never been higher and the glamour of the N.B.A. is at a fever pitch, which means representing players is brutally competitive.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: N.B.A. Jumps Out to a Sloppy Start and a Celtics Victory
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:50:23 PM)

    Boston established itself as a clear favorite in the Eastern Conference with an opening-night drubbing of the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • [NYPost] It was a mixed bag for the Knicks’ rookies
    (Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:51:23 AM)

    On opening night, the Knicks’ three rookies ran the gamut. There was the good (Allonzo Trier scoring 15 points), the bad (Kevin Knox making just 4-of-16 shots) and the unfortunate (Mitchell Robinson tweaking his ankle in just over a minute of action) in the Knicks’ 126-107 rout of the Hawks at the Garden on Wednesday…

  • [NYPost] Knicks get a double-double from this Noah
    (Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:38:00 AM)

    Noah Vonleh looked at the roster, saw its youth, players with a similar story to his, heard coach David Fizdale’s mandate on the importance of development, and knew the Knicks were the right move. It sure seemed like a good fit on opening night for the 23-year-old forward. Taking advantage of extra playing time after…

  • [NYPost] Knicks display an energy that gives fan base a lift for one night
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:55:16 PM)

    Look, there is nothing wrong with savoring what you saw Wednesday night. There is nothing wrong with admitting you got a little caught up in the frenetic pace the Knicks employed, and the fact that for the first time since Prohibition there were basketball players wearing Knicks uniforms who actually looked interested in defense. There…

  • [NYPost] Knicks put on a show and open season with Hawks destruction
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:01:56 PM)

    Don’t get used to it, but David Fizdale’s youthful Knicks created fireworks, a fast pace and history on opening night. Scoring a franchise-record 49 points in the second quarter and with Tim Hardaway Jr. adjusting superbly to his No. 1 option role, the Knicks captured their season opener with a 126-107 pounding of the even-younger…

  • [NYPost] Knicks boss denies contract rift with Kristaps Porzingis
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 4:23:42 PM)

    Knicks president Steve Mills said he has no evidence of Kristaps Porzingis being unhappy that he didn’t get his rookie $158 million contract extension at Monday’s deadline. It was a foregone conclusion for months the Knicks would wait until he became a restricted free agent. Had they extended Porzingis, the club would have had little…

  • [NYPost] Frank Ntilikina’s season-opening start is major Fizdale statement
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:54:14 PM)

    It took former Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek into March before he gave Frank Ntilikina his first NBA start. New coach David Fizdale didn’t waste any time — even if it meant making the gutsy decision to sit this year’s prized lottery pick, Kevin Knox, for Wednesday’s season opener against the Hawks at the Garden. Whatever…

  • [NYPost] Opener special for Fizdale, even with Knicks’ sad-sack hopes
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:32:06 PM)

    David Fizdale took comfort in the familiar most of the day Wednesday. Coaches are like that. Routines are sacraments to them. He led the Knicks through their shootaround — just another game day, 1 of 82 — and he drove to Madison Square Garden, and he studied film and he thought, a lot, about the…

  • [NYPost] Jeremy Lin sounds so happy, though maybe not with the Nets
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:09:39 AM)

    Lloyd Pierce’s expectations are high for Jeremy Lin’s first game as a Hawk. “I’m looking to recreate Linsanity tonight,” the Hawks coach joked Wednesday. When those comments were relayed to Lin following Wednesday’s shootaround at the Garden, he froze, like he had seen a ghost. When told it was in jest, the reference to his…

  • [NYPost] It took one game and one sales job for Kevin Durant to snap
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 8:37:34 AM)

    It’s going to be a long season for Kevin Durant. The rumors about Durant opting out and leaving the Warriors this offseason have been running rampant, with the Knicks mentioned as a possible destination. “I just want people to focus on basketball,” Durant told Yahoo Sports after scoring 27 points in Golden State’s 108-100 season-opening…

  • [SNY Knicks] Unlike Porzingis, Kevin Knox’ Knicks debut preaches patience moving forward
    (Thursday, October 18, 2018 2:03:27 AM)

    NEW YORK — The Knicks’ unveiling of their shiny new lottery pick three years ago went a little bit differently.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Knicks fan makes half-court shot at MSG to win $10,000
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 8:13:47 PM)

    WATCH: Fan makes half-court shot to win $10,000

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks president Steve Mills: It was ‘smart move’ not to extend Kristaps Porzingis
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:09:55 PM)

    Knicks President Steve Mills said on the Michael Kay Show that the team is happy with its decision not to extend Kristaps Porzingis before he is set to become a restricted free agent next summer.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks kick off 2018-19 season against Hawks at MSG at 7:30 p.m.
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:17:07 PM)

    NEW YORK — The David Fizdale era kicks off for the New York Knicks on Wednesday night as they open their season with a visit from the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] With LeBron out West, who will be Knicks’ Enes Kanter’s arch nemesis this season?
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:23:02 PM)

    With James taking his talents this time to the Western Conference with the Lakers, Enes Kanter won’t be seeing his newfound rival that often.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks target Kevin Durant’s brother hints that KD will leave Warriors
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:25:01 PM)

    Kevin Durant doesn’t want to talk about free agency much, but he and those around him keep fanning the flames that he’ll leave the Warriors after this season — potentially for the Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Charles Oakley is cheering for Kevin Knox ahead of rookie’s Knicks debut
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 2:07:23 PM)

    Kevin Knox has the support of at least one Knicks legend, even if it’s one who still isn’t on the best terms with the franchise.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks GM Perry: Trading Joakim Noah would’ve been too costly
    (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:38:57 AM)

    The Knicks are on the hook for the remaining $37.8 million on Joakim Noah’s contract, but GM Scott Perry said the team is in better shape after waiving the big man rather than dealing him.