Knicks Morning News (2018.12.20)

  • [NYDN] Tim Hardaway Jr. and plantar fasciitis equals a tough Knicks reality
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:45:00 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA –Tim Hardaway Jr., the Knicks leading scorer, is dealing with the dreaded plantar fasciitis in his right foot and will have to manage the pain moving forward this season.

    Hardaway missed Monday’s game to ease the inflammation, watching as the Knicks were smacked in an embarrassing…

  • [NYDN] David Fizdale turns poop anecdote into Knicks lesson as losses pile up
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 6:50:00 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA – David Fizdale can turn anything into a teaching moment.

    That has been his gift to the Knicks in this season of avalanching defeats – a therapeutic voice of perspective and motivation.

    Remarkably, this occurred to Fizdale even as he lay bleeding in his backyard amid dog poop and pee.

  • [NYDN] Ex-Knicks fan favorite Ron Baker picked up by new team: report
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 5:05:00 PM)

    Ron Baker is going from one dysfunctional organization to another.

    The former Knicks fan favorite is expected to sign with the Wizards, ESPN reported Wednesday, a week after being waived by New York.

    Baker became a Knicks casualty as the team used its bi-annual exception to retain Allonzo Trier…

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A Roundup: Nets Hold Off the Bulls for Their Seventh Straight Win
    (Thursday, December 20, 2018 4:53:27 AM)

    Spencer Dinwiddie’s 27 points and stout defense in the final moments delivered a win for the Nets.

  • [NYPost] Knicks left defenseless in crushing loss to 76ers
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:34:06 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Knicks coach David Fizdale said this retooling season is dedicated now to “small victories,” such as Kevin Knox posting a double-double. Knox came close Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center as the prized lottery pick struck for 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting with six rebounds for his sixth straight game of 15 or more…

  • [NYPost] Former Knicks guard Ron Baker expected to sign with Wizards
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 2:47:55 PM)

    The Bake Show is headed to D.C. Ron Baker is expected to sign with the Washington Wizards, according to an ESPN report. The former Knicks reserve guard was made expendable last week after Allonzo Trier played his way into a full-time gig with the big club. “Ron is a true professional and we thank him…

  • [NYPost] The Zion Williamson legend and freak show now has its iconic stage
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 1:31:23 PM)

    DURHAM, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski has been making the sacred secular pilgrimage for more than 50 years, starting when he was a junior at West Point, the Black Knights fighting Notre Dame to the final minute of the NIT’s opening round. He’s been back plenty as a coach, too, notably the day in January 2015…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ losses are changing Fizdale — with worst yet to come
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 10:42:16 AM)

    PHILADELPHIA — By late on Jan. 8 in Oakland, there is a chance the Knicks will own the NBA’s worst record. That is how murderous the Knicks’ schedule will turn starting on Christmas and ending against the Warriors. Knicks coach David Fizdale said he’s just trying to cope, “rewire” his brain and keep reminding his…

  • [NYPost] Knicks come clean on dreaded Tim Hardaway diagnosis
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:06:18 AM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Tim Hardaway Jr. has been playing with the dreaded plantar fasciitis in his right foot for the last three weeks — a chronic heel ailment that could affect him the rest of the season, according to Knicks coach David Fizdale. Hardaway returned to the lineup in Wednesday’s 131-109 loss to the 76ers and…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks takeaways from Wednesday’s 131-109 loss to 76ers
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 9:50:15 PM)

    The Knicks fell apart in the third quarter and lost to the lowly Phoenix Suns 128-110 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks castaway Ron Baker reportedly finds new home with Wizards
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 7:34:59 PM)

    Ron Baker has found a new home in the NBA.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks look to bounce back against 76ers, Wednesday night at 7:00
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 5:40:06 PM)

    After both suffering tough losses, the Knicks and 76ers convene in Philadelphia looking to bounce back on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. is dealing with plantar fasciitis
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 1:33:33 PM)

    Knicks coach David Fizdale revealed Tim Hardaway Jr. is dealing with plantar fasciitis, a chronic heel ailment that has been bothering his right foot.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tyson Chandler likes Knicks’ chances of landing top free agent
    (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 10:35:29 AM)

    Former Knicks center Tyson Chandler says the team has what it takes to attract a superstar free agent to New York.

  • 6 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2018.12.20)”

    Well, by the 4th quarter it’s hard to watch. Watching Frank is like rubbernecking at the scene of an accident right now. OY! Thing about PHO is that their couple of young players are starting to show chemistry. We’re much more in a sorting process. They have their identity. And they have better lottery odds! So, that’s awesome…

    Knox played pretty well though? No?

    In a cherry-picked 6 game sample that has no utility other than to make Kevin Knox look as good as possible, he’s averaging 19.7-6.7 (nothing else really) and shooting 43% from 3 (.532% TS). Still not good per se, but would be very encouraging for a teenage rookie if he could keep it up. Safe to say I won’t be holding my breath but it’s been nice to see him look like an NBA player.

    Mudiay is terrible and this team would be infinitely more fun if he was De’Anthony Melton instead.

    Kevin Knox has been playing some pretty encouraging basketball as of recent, and Tim had a decent game last night too. I’m hoping we can trade the two of them to Portland for Damian Lillard after the draft.

    Noah Vonleh had 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks in 36 minutes. I really hope we re-sign him in the off season. Mudiay’s been upping his stock but he’s a very slight regression away from becoming useless again, so I don’t care what happens with him either way. If he’s good, give him some money, and if he’s the Mudiay we saw last night, let him walk.

    It is really unbelievable sometimes…. the first minute Frank was in the game he attacked the rim mercilessly and scored easily and never tried it again the entire game. It is almost like Fiz should stand on the sidelines with a cattle prod and hit him in the ass with it every time down the floor. The guy plays like he ate a couple of Tuinals with his pre game meal…..

    Clearly he is a system player searching for a system. He probably never played 3 on 3 his entire life.

    Anyone see Simmons’ trade value primer on the ringer? He’s amusingly high on Knox. Meaningless, of course, but still interesting.

    His trade value column used to be so well-thought out. He stopped doing it for a long time and decided to bring it back in the most half-assed way possible. I love how he has Anthony Davis listed in “Will never be traded,” except, well, you know…

    But yes, it was nice to see Knox get a little love! Porzingis was in the top 20, which is a good thing, too, I guess!

    On the other hand our lottery odds are improving greatly in the last week.

    To me, the main culprits (hero’s) in losing are Kanter, Mudiay and TH2…on defense.

    Offense really isn’t the problem. Even in a modern NBA giving up 130 is a big number.

    Tim Hardaway is the tank commander. He is progeny of a former Knick torturer sent to continue to wreak havoc on our bottom line, both on the court and the cap sheet. He will need to accept a bench role one day and may excel in that role. Lieutenants Kanter and Mudiay will ensure that the Titanic is hit with the ice berg and then go down with the ship.

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