Knicks Morning News (2019.05.15)

  • [NYDN] Knicks fans should have known better than this
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:37:35 PM)

    Somehow, Knicks fans got their hopes up for Tuesday night’s lottery. As the Daily News reported live from a lottery party in Midtown, they were “shocked” by losing out on Zion Williamson. Even though the team only had a 14 percent chance of securing the No. 1 pick, once they moved into the top…

  • [NYDN] Behind the scenes at NBA lottery that landed No. 3 pick for Knicks and sent Zion Williamson to New Orleans
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 8:57:08 PM)

    CHICAGO — The Zion balls were drawn first, accompanied with a tense silence in the room as the numbers were read at the podium.


    The Knicks survived until the third number. “Twelve” officially removed them from the Zion sweepstakes, and Allan Houston, the Knicks’ representative in the…

  • [YahooSports] NBA rumors: Kevin Durant to Knicks ‘100 percent done,’ veteran player says
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:52:09 PM)

    NBA rumors: Kevin Durant to Knicks ‘100 percent done,’ veteran player says originally appeared on Every day now it seems we go back and forth with the Kevin Durant free-agency rumors. He’s staying with the Warriors. He’s going to New York.

  • [TheRinger] NBA rumors: Kevin Durant to Knicks ‘100 percent done,’ veteran player says
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:52:09 PM)

    NBA rumors: Kevin Durant to Knicks ‘100 percent done,’ veteran player says originally appeared on Every day now it seems we go back and forth with the Kevin Durant free-agency rumors. He’s staying with the Warriors. He’s going to New York.

  • [Newsday] NBA rumors: Kevin Durant to Knicks ‘100 percent done,’ veteran player says
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:52:09 PM)

    NBA rumors: Kevin Durant to Knicks ‘100 percent done,’ veteran player says originally appeared on Every day now it seems we go back and forth with the Kevin Durant free-agency rumors. He’s staying with the Warriors. He’s going to New York.

  • [Sports Illustrated] Spike Lee on Knicks Missing Out on Zion Williamson: ‘Dagnabbitt’
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:51:14 PM)

    The Knicks landed the No. 3 pick in Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery.

  • [Sports Illustrated] Stephen A. Smith Is in Agony Over the Knicks Losing the No. 1 Draft Pick
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:12:27 PM)

    The Knicks earned the No. 3 draft pick and likely lost the chance to select Zion Williamson.

  • [Sports Illustrated] Knicks Land No. 3 Pick in 2019 NBA Draft Lottery
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:00:00 PM)

    The Knicks missed out on the No. 1 pick and a chance at Zion Williamson.

  • [Sports Illustrated] A Look Back at the Knicks’ History in the NBA Draft Lottery
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:11:06 PM)

    The Knicks haven’t moved up in the lottery since 1985, the year they took Patrick Ewing No. 1 overall. 

  • [Sports Illustrated] Report: Knicks May Target Anthony Davis Trade if They Land The No. 1 Draft Pick, Zion Williamson
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:57:12 PM)

    New York has a 14% chance of winning the No. 1 pick in Tuesday’s draft lottery. 

  • [Sports Illustrated] Spike Lee Asks ‘Basketball Gods’ to Give Knicks No. 1 Pick in NBA Draft Lottery
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:05:35 PM)

    Lee sought divine intervention ahead of this year’s NBA draft lottery.

  • [Hoops Rumors] Draft Notes: Hawks, Culver, Morant, Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:09:36 PM)

    The Pelicans and Grizzlies made meteoric rises in tonight’s draft lottery, landing the first and second picks respectively. It’s widely assumed that Zion Williamson and Ja Morant will be the selections, however, much can happen before the draft next month. Let’s take a look at some notes from teams that didn’t move up in the […]

  • [Hoops Rumors] Pelicans Win 2019 NBA Draft Lottery; Grizzlies, Knicks In Top 3
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 8:53:43 PM)

    With Tuesday night’s lottery results now official, the top 14 picks in the 2019 NBA draft have been set. The lottery order is as follows: New Orleans Pelicans Memphis Grizzlies New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns Chicago Bulls Atlanta Hawks Washington Wizards Atlanta Hawks (from Mavericks) Minnesota Timberwolves Charlotte Hornets Miami […]

  • [Hoops Rumors] Anthony Davis Would Consider Re-Signing With Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:57:09 PM)

    If the Knicks were to trade for Anthony Davis, the big man would consider re-signing with the franchise if he felt he could be successful in New York, sources Ian Begley of  Speculation about the Knicks landing three max-level players this offseason has surfaced and Begley explains how New York could put together an intriguing big […]

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Rumors: A. Davis, Zion, Offseason Plans
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:29:52 PM)

    The winner of tonight’s NBA draft lottery will ostensibly be the winner of the Zion Williamson sweepstakes, but it’s possible that the team with the No. 1 pick will end up using Williamson as a trade chip. While most clubs wouldn’t pass on the opportunity to move forward with the Duke forward as a franchise […]

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Have Interest In Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 1:17:03 PM)

    While Kyrie Irving has been linked to New York for months, he’s not the only Celtics free agent that the Knicks will have their eye on this offseason. League sources tell A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston that the Knicks will also have interest in Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris. Rozier, who is finishing […]

  • [NYTimes] Warriors Beat the Blazers in Game 1 as Stephen Curry Sinks Nine 3-Pointers
    (Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:38:04 AM)

    Opening the Western Conference finals, Curry shot 12 for 23 from the field in his fourth 30-point performance this postseason.

  • [NYTimes] 2019 N.B.A. Draft Lottery: Pelicans Win No. 1 Pick, and the Right to Select Zion Williamson
    (Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:30:08 AM)

    New Orleans faces the decision of whether to select the N.B.A.’s most hyped prospect since LeBron James or to trade the pick for a king’s ransom of assets.

  • [NYTimes] Western Conference Finals Preview: Hungry for Its Own Title, Portland Aims to Dent Golden State’s Dynasty
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:28:32 PM)

    The Trail Blazers have run into the Warriors’ buzz saw in two of the previous three seasons, but led by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum they believe they can compete.

  • [NYTimes] Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Kawhi vs. Giannis: Tired Raptors Head to Milwaukee for Slugfest
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:35:48 PM)

    The Raptors, after one of the most memorable games in league history, have to immediately shift gears to take on the juggernaut Milwaukee Bucks. Here’s what to look for.

  • [NYTimes] In the N.B.A. Lottery, the Knicks Will Take Their 14 Percent Shot at Zion Williamson
    (Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:36:00 AM)

    Under the previous lottery system, the Knicks — by finishing with the league’s worst record — would have had a 25 percent chance at getting the Duke star.

  • [NYPost] Vegas didn’t punish Knicks for losing out on Zion Williamson
    (Wednesday, May 15, 2019 1:01:45 AM)

    The Knicks may have lost out on Zion Williamson, but they weren’t losers, according to Westgate SuperBook. The Knicks, who finished with a league-worst 17-65 record, remained a 16/1 choice to win the NBA title in 2020, in odds Westgate released after the lottery. The lofty odds stem from the belief the Knicks will make…

  • [NYPost] Isiah Thomas talks Kevin Durant and Zion Williamson’s star power
    (Wednesday, May 15, 2019 12:26:10 AM)

    CHICAGO — Isiah Thomas believes any team that lands Kevin Durant one day may be sipping his champagne during a championship celebration. On hand at the Chicago Hilton to promote a champagne partnership with the Players Association on Tuesday night before the Knicks got the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, the former…

  • [NYPost] This fan’s Zion Williamson Knicks tattoo didn’t age well
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:02:28 PM)

    Maybe this Knicks fan should have waited until after the NBA draft lottery to get a tattoo of Zion Williamson with the team’s logo. The Pelicans won the lottery that was held in Chicago and are expected to take the Duke star with the No. 1 pick. The Knicks had to settle for the third…

  • [NYPost] 2019 NBA Draft Lottery: The night tanking died
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:52:46 PM)

    The Knicks, Cavaliers and Suns lost one more time. And the NBA won big-time. Tanks. For. Nothing! The league, in an effort to crack down on teams losing with a purpose, bumped down the worst team’s odds to win the draft lottery — from a staggering 25 percent the season before to 14 percent —…

  • [NYPost] Inside Knicks’ edgy lottery party: Zion Williamson grief and hope
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 8:18:47 PM)

    They chanted and screamed for an hour, hoping their vocal chords could somehow translate into NBA draft lottery luck. They chanted, “We Want Zion” and “14 percent” and “Let’s Go Knicks.” Slattery’s Midtown Pub in Manhattan sounded like the Garden used to sound this time of year, when the Knicks were fighting for championships, not…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ Anthony Davis chances likely take huge hit
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 8:05:19 PM)

    CHICAGO — Not only don’t the Knicks have Zion Williamson to make the centerpiece of a package for Anthony Davis, but the Pelicans already have him. In a double-whammy, the Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery and the rights to Williamson. That has emboldened new Pelicans general manager David Griffin to attempt to sway Davis…

  • [NYPost] Zion Williamson’s heartbreak: He wanted Knicks before shocker
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:34:34 PM)

    Zion Williamson might be more heartbroken than Knicks fans. The wunderkind Duke phenom had been rooting for the Knicks to win his namesake sweepstakes, according to ESPN, only to see the New Orleans Pelicans jump from the seventh slot to the top overall pick following a chaotic lottery reveal. Williamson was “quickly whisked” out of…

  • [NYPost] Hey, Knicks fans: Zion Williamson lottery nightmare won’t sting forever
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:01:19 PM)

    WASHINGTON — In a few days, the disappointment will fade — honestly, it will — and reason will take over. In a few days — OK, maybe it’ll take a week — the reality that Zion Williamson is likely headed for Bourbon Street instead of Broadway will stop gnawing at you, and you will allow…

  • [NYPost] What Anthony Davis’ Pelicans future may look like after NBA lottery stunner
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:50:38 PM)

    Anthony Davis has been looking for his New Orleans exit, but could that change now that it appears likely the Pelicans will draft Duke star Zion Williamson? Before the 2019 NBA draft lottery, The Post’s Marc Berman reported that Pelicans GM David Griffin had a goal of changing Anthony Davis’ mind on a trade and…

  • [NYPost] 2019 NBA Draft Lottery reactions: Knicks fans can’t fathom the shock
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:23:25 PM)

    The Knicks survived the chaos until they didn’t. None of the three teams that came to town with the highest chance to win the NBA Draft Lottery — dubbed the Zion Williamson Sweepstakes — ended up winning in a shocking turn of events Tuesday at the Hilton Chicago. All that tanking from the Knicks, Cleveland…

  • [NYPost] NBA Draft Lottery order: Full list of where teams will pick in 2019
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:06:03 PM)

    We have a winner! After months of teams eyeing up the chance to take Zion Williamson with the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft, it’s the New Orleans Pelicans that have the chance to select him on June 20. The Duke wunderkind has long been tabbed as the top prospect, a sentiment only reinforced…

  • [NYPost] Knicks fall to No. 3 pick at NBA Draft Lottery, miss out on Zion Williamson
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:53:35 PM)

    CHICAGO — The Zion Williamson dream is dead. The Knicks, the NBA’s worst team, will select third in June’s draft — their 17-65 record failing to net them the golden ticket at Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery. In a three-star draft, however, No. 3 isn’t so bad. The Knicks will have a chance at either electric…

  • [NYPost] Fake 2019 NBA draft lottery results send Knicks fans into panic
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:30:16 PM)

    It is the nightmare Knicks scenario. It was also only a false alarm. Twitter user @NewLookKnicks caused chaos after catching ESPN rehearse the great Zion Williamson reveal Tuesday afternoon at the Hilton Chicago. The faux results in this run-through saw the pingpong balls bounce in the Phoenix Suns’ favor and the Knicks fall all the…

  • [NYPost] The hottest NBA takers go all-in on Kevin Durant-to-Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 1:57:14 PM)

    The suppliers of the hottest takes around are surprisingly in agreement with each other — and the masses. Colin Cowherd on Tuesday went all-in on the Kevin Durant-Knicks hype, one-upping ESPN adversary Stephen A. Smith and the conventional wisdom that’s been circulating for over a year. “An NBA veteran player very connected told me 15…

  • [NYPost] Patrick Ewing won’t reveal how he’ll fix NBA Draft Lottery for Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:39:27 AM)

    On the remote chance The Post’s appeals to the gods go unheeded, Patrick Ewing and the Knicks have their own covert operations in place. Before Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery, in which the Knicks (allegedly) have a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and Zion Williamson, the New York icon allowed that of…

  • [NYPost] NBA draft lottery: Patrick Ewing joins these team representatives
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:00:09 AM)

    The Knicks hope that having the biggest star at the NBA draft lottery will bring long-awaited luck to the downtrodden franchise. Patrick Ewing, the prize of the first-ever lottery in 1985, will represent the team which drafted him at Tuesday night’s event in Chicago, with the Knicks tied for the best odds (14 percent) of…

  • [SNY Knicks] How Knicks landing No. 3 pick impacts a potential Anthony Davis trade
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:00:35 PM)

    One of the biggest questions for the Knicks in the aftermath of Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery? How does landing the No. 3 pick — and New Orleans landing the top pick — impact New York’s chances of trading for Anthony Davis?

  • [SNY Knicks] Zion Williamson was hoping Knicks landed No. 1 pick in NBA Draft: report
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:21:26 PM)

    When all the cards were shown to the masses, it was the New Orleans Pelicans that came out with the No. 1 pick in a wild drawing of teams. And it appears Zion Williamson wasn’t the biggest fan of that.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks get No. 3 pick in NBA Draft and will miss out on Zion Williamson
    (Wednesday, May 15, 2019 12:04:34 AM)

    No, the Knicks didn’t get the No. 1 pick on Tuesday night. But they ended up with, arguably, the next best thing.

  • [SNY Knicks] Why the Knicks landing Kevin Durant is now more crucial than ever
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:35:14 PM)

    Yes, the Knicks didn’t land the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. And while fans mourn their loss of Zion Williamson to the Pelicans — the team that did land the first pick — the gears shift to a very important free agency period for New York.

  • [SNY Knicks] SEE IT: NYC back pages react to Knicks missing out on Zion Williamson
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:38:48 PM)

    New York could have fallen to No. 4 or No. 5. Getting the No. 3 pick is good. But the New York back pages treated it as a tragedy.

  • [SNY Knicks] Twitter, fans react to Knicks getting No. 3 pick in NBA Draft
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:33:29 PM)

    The Knicks’ dreams of drafting Zion Williamson went out the door on Tuesday when they drew the No. 3 pick during the NBA Draft Lottery.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Knicks target Ja Morant on NBA goals
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:45:12 PM)

    With the Knicks drawing the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, they will likely land either Murray State guard Ja Morant or Duke guard R.J. Barrett.

  • [SNY Knicks] Patrick Ewing tells Knicks fans ‘Be happy with what we have’
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:27:46 PM)

    Knicks fans were let down on Tuesday night when it was revealed they will have the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Here’s how Knicks can trade for Anthony Davis and still fit two max free agents
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:34:26 PM)

    Anthony Davis would certainly consider re-signing with the Knicks if he felt he could be successful in New York, per SNY sources familiar with the matter. And here’s how a Davis to New York trade could work…

  • [SNY Knicks] If Knicks get No. 1 pick, their focus will shift to trading for Anthony Davis: Report
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:17:29 PM)

    Any trade for Davis would involve the Knicks’ top pick and more, and the Pelicans recently gathered intel on Kevin Knox, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks target Kyrie Irving: People around him ‘trying to convince’ him to look at Nets
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:05:17 PM)

    Celtics star Kyrie Irving can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kevin Durant on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors…

  • [SNY Knicks] Kyrie Irving isn’t only Celtics free agent Knicks have eyes on: report
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:47:24 AM)

    In addition to Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, the Knicks have taken an interest in Boston guard Terry Rozier and forward Marcus Morris.

  • [SNY Knicks] Patrick Ewing talks NBA lottery, conspiracies
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 12:01:47 PM)

    Knicks legend Patrick Ewing was drafted No. 1 overall by the team after New York won the draft lottery in 1985. Will the Knicks luck out with the top spot Tuesday?

  • [SNY Knicks] Why Mavericks’ spot in NBA Draft lottery is important to Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:42:56 AM)

    The Knicks will be pulling for the Mavericks to be picking outside of the top five in order to pick up two future first round picks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks target Kevin Durant: KD to NY is ‘100 percent done’
    (Tuesday, May 14, 2019 1:25:23 PM)

    Warriors star Kevin Durant can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kyrie Irving on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors…