Knicks Morning News (2019.02.19)

  • [NYDN] Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s All-Star game conversation is giving Knicks fans false hope
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 5:40:00 PM)

    It would take a professional lip-reader to truly find out, but Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were definitely cooking up some kind of scheme at the All-Star game Sunday night.

    Whether they were actually talking about the Knicks is up for fans to believe…or pray for.

    A video surfaced on Monday…

  • [NYDN] MSG slams rumors of James Dolan ‘courting offers’ to sell Knicks
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 11:10:00 AM)

    Rumors that the unapologetic James Dolan is selling the Knicks are like his basketball team winning games.

    Both don’t happen everyday. But when they do, mass hysteria ensues.

    Sports personality Bill Simmons gave Knicks fans a glimmer of hope — one that doesn’t include Kevin Durant or Zion Williamson…

  • [Hoops Rumors] Atlantic Notes: Knicks, Marks, Tatum, Irving
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 8:01:22 PM)

    The Knicks need to keep on tanking to assure themselves a top five pick in the draft, Steve Popper of Newsday argues. The team with the worst record can’t fall any lower than the fifth pick under the new draft lottery rules, Popper notes, and the Suns currently hold that distinction after New York ended […]

  • [Hoops Rumors] MSG Denies Report Dolan Is ‘Courting Offers’ For Knicks
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 2:02:06 PM)

    1:02pm: As was the case in December, MSG Co. has issued a statement refuting the idea that there are plans to sell the Knicks (Twitter link via Stefan Bondy). “The story is 100% false,” the statement reads. “There has been nothing. No discussions. No plans to have discussions — nothing.” 12:13pm: After Knicks owner James […]

  • [Sports Illustrated] Knicks Deny Report Suggesting James Dolan Is ‘Courting Offers’ to Sell
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 2:22:24 PM)

    On Monday, it was reported that Knicks owner James Dolan was “courting offers” to sell the team.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: For Curry, a Return Home Shows He Is Where He Belongs
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 7:13:53 PM)

    An All-Star weekend in his hometown, Charlotte, N.C., affirmed the growth, and greatness, of the Golden State Warriors guard.

  • [ESPN] MSG denies Dolan courting offers to sell Knicks
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 2:45:55 PM)

    The Madison Square Garden Company said Monday that chairman and Knicks owner James Dolan hasn’t been courting offers to sell the team.

  • [NYPost] Knicks can target cheaper free-agent All-Star to pair with Durant
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 6:14:13 PM)

    As the Knicks attempt to best use their $74 million in cap space, they could do worse than unsung Bucks swingman and free-agent-to-be Khris Middleton, who is coming off a breakout All-Star Game on Sunday in Charlotte. While the 27-year-old is not regarded in most circles as a max-contract player, he is coming close. In…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ All-Star break report card: Weight on future means no failures
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 1:47:10 PM)

    If I could give one grade to the Knicks, it would be a “T” for Tank. It’s been a season of auditions with no regard for the win-loss record. As the All-Star break concludes Wednesday with the Knicks’ return to practice, David Fizdale’s 11-47 tank machine will have to go 6-18 in its final 24…

  • [NYPost] Rumors about James Dolan selling Knicks are back: ‘It’s happening’
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 8:19:31 AM)

    The 11-47 Knicks will not be interesting before this summer’s free agency, but they may have some higher-up-the-ladder intrigue. The James Dolan rumors are back, with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons reporting on his podcast Sunday night the Knicks owner is listening to offers to sell the team — which the Garden immediately denied. On “The…

  • [SNY Knicks] How David Fizdale has done thus far in first season with Knicks
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM)

    Despite a roster built to tank, David Fizdale has had a significant impact in his first season as Knicks head coach.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly ‘courting offers’ to sell team
    (Monday, February 18, 2019 2:15:25 PM)

    James Dolan has left the door open to selling the Knicks before but now it appears to be becoming more realistic.