Knicks Morning News (2019.04.10)

  • [NYTimes] Magic Johnson’s Biggest Moments While Running the Lakers
    (Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:29:42 AM)

    In his two years as president of basketball operations, Johnson presided over a team as chaotic and playoff-free as the one he’d inherited.

  • [NYTimes] Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki Each Net 30 in Home Finales
    (Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:05:42 AM)

    Both players will end their careers Wednesday on the road.

  • [NYTimes] Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers’ Team President
    (Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:35:55 AM)

    The Hall of Famer helped recruit LeBron James to Los Angeles, but after a disastrous season in which the team failed to make the playoffs, he is stepping down.

  • [NYTimes] Kyle Korver, a White Utah Jazz Player, Speaks Out on Race and White Privilege
    (Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:48:50 AM)

    The Utah Jazz guard wrote in The Players’ Tribune that he was oblivious to racial bias and is seeking to change. His words have resonated in the league.

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale not looking to change Knicks’ coaching staff
    (Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:09:23 AM)

    CHICAGO — Knicks coach David Fizdale is content with his young coaching staff and has no plans of hiring a veteran assistant to focus on improving the team’s defense, ranked 28th in the NBA. Last week, Fizdale said the focus of the offseason would be bringing in more defensive-minded players. Fizdale passed on hiring veteran…

  • [NYPost] These Knicks can’t be franchise worst — by themselves
    (Tuesday, April 09, 2019 6:37:40 PM)

    CHICAGO — The Knicks won’t be the very worst. Point guard Dennis Smith Jr., starting in place of an ailing Mario Hezonja, scored 25 points and had five assists, while Kevin Knox chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Knicks avoided becoming the worst team in franchise history with a defense-oriented 96-86 victory…

  • [NYPost] Expect a very different Kevin Knox in sophomore Knicks campaign
    (Tuesday, April 09, 2019 11:56:26 AM)

    CHICAGO — Knicks brass believe next season will be different for Kevin Knox. He could have some marquee veterans by his side, and a new responsibility to help the Knicks win games. The front office and coach David Fizdale are excited about Knox’s late-season uptick in areas of more efficiency, ball movement and taking contact…

  • [NYPost] NBA peers agree: Kevin Durant is coming to the Knicks
    (Tuesday, April 09, 2019 9:04:09 AM)

    A noteworthy majority of NBA players polled agree Kevin Durant will soon be a member of the Knicks. In an extensive survey carried out by The Athletic over the last month, 69 of 109 players canvassed (63.3 percent) believe the Knicks will land free agency’s most coveted prize come July. The Warriors finished a distant…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks takeaways from Tuesday’s 96-86 win over Bulls
    (Tuesday, April 09, 2019 10:44:07 PM)

    Dennis Smith Jr. took over in Chicago, as he led the Knicks to a 96-86 win over the Bulls on Tuesday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Magic Johnson steps down as Lakers president, recalls passing on Knicks job
    (Tuesday, April 09, 2019 10:14:14 PM)

    Magic Johnson recalled how he could have joined other teams, such as the Knicks, but wanted to be a “Laker for life” in an emotional, impromptu press conference.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks face Bulls in final road game of the season at 8 p.m.
    (Tuesday, April 09, 2019 7:47:59 PM)

    The Knicks play their last road game of the season against the Bulls at 8 p.m.

  • One reply on “Knicks Morning News (2019.04.10)”

    The Magic Johnson thing last night is mind-boggling. Wow. I guess I can’t say I’m super surprised – he’s a guy who loves to be loved, and being an executive, while lucrative and rewarding in its own ways, is not an easy job for someone like that. But man, what shitshow it is out there right now. Jeannie Buss seems likable enough, but she does not seem to be doing a much better job than her incompetent brother.

    Highly recommend last night’s Knicks Film School podcast where they went through the salary machinations of this summer including why (unless the 2 theoretical max FAs agree to take less) it’s likely one of DSJ/Frank/Trier will not be here next year. I really like Jeremy Cohen’s idea of trying to send DSJ to his hometown Charlotte Hornets perhaps for that 2020 Cleveland 2nd rounder, which I assume will be a top 5 pick in that round next year, assuming that a PG comes in FA – Kemba seems likely to leave, and if so, they’ll need some sort of crowdpleaser and young prospect at the position.

    I like DSJ just fine but there’s no question he will be redundant on a team that might have Kyrie and Trier on it. One could easily find an acceptable backup PG for the minimum — especially with (theoretically) Kyrie/KD acting as recruiters.

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