Knicks Morning News (2019.04.18)

  • [FOXsports] ‘We’re excited’: Knicks have hopes for lottery, free agency
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:05:16 PM)

    The New York Knicks are excited and optimistic

  • [NYPost] Which recent lottery pick got a better review from Knicks brass?
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:30:27 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina needs to become a better outside shooter. It’s that simple, according to the Knicks brass. As the team gears up for another draft with a certified top-five pick, Knicks executives still proclaim high hopes for their past two lottery picks: Ntilikina and rookie Kevin Knox. Judging by the lukewarm praise Wednesday from team…

  • [NYPost] Knicks on clock to back up all the hype
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:52:43 PM)

    They stand by the letter of their letter. For now, that is how we must judge Steve Mills and Scott Perry, the men tasked with building the Knicks out of this ash heap of a 17-65 season. Both men insist that the 279-word missive that was sent to season-ticket holders earlier this month over their…

  • [NYPost] Knicks exec on star chase: ‘A lot of guys are interested in New York’
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:26:11 PM)

    Whether it’s winning the draft lottery, or signing Kevin Durant and a star companion, or making trades to ease into their massive salary-cap space, Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry won’t back off from the giant optimism displayed in a recent letter to season-ticket holders. “I firmly believe [in] what we’re doing,…

  • [NYPost] The random call that put Patrick Ewing back on Knicks’ draft side
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:34:24 AM)

    Knicks owner James Dolan had a brainstorm in late March, and it turned into Patrick Ewing representing the franchise on the lottery dais in Chicago on May 14. According to team president Steve Mills, Dolan gave him a random phone call a few weeks ago that could turn Ewing into the good-luck charm that brings…

  • [NYPost] Awkward clue Kevin Durant is leaving the Warriors
    (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:08:53 AM)

    Kevin Durant isn’t voicing his summer plans, but his body language tells a story Knicks fans can only dream. The Golden State Warriors star — presumably until free agency in July — sat through a recent CBS “60 Minutes” interview alongside teammates that doubled as a torture session he seemingly couldn’t wait to escape. There…

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Playoffs: Kyrie Irving Powers Celtics to 2-0 Series Lead Over Pacers
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:00:34 AM)

    Irving had 37 points, Jayson Tatum had 26, and Boston, which had been trailing by 11 entering the fourth quarter, protected its home court advantage.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: The Celtics Really Need Jayson Tatum to Soar Again
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 1:27:45 AM)

    Whether he stays put or leaves as trade bait, much in Boston hinges on Tatum’s playing as well as he did in last year’s playoffs. Remember that dunk on LeBron James?

  • [NYTimes] Those Denver Upstarts Save Their Season Thanks to Jamal Murray
    (Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:39:04 AM)

    The Nuggets were considered a fluke No. 2 seed. They bounced back to even their series against the Spurs.