Knicks Morning News (2019.07.05)

  • [YahooSports] Knicks become betting favorites … to win the NBA Summer League
    (Friday, July 05, 2019 12:57:49 AM)

    The New York Knicks may have missed out on Zion Williamson and every major free agent, but at least their fans can hang their hats on this: They are the odds-on favorite to win the 2019 NBA Summer League. The Summer League seems like an odd thing to bet on — I certainly wouldn’t recommend it — but sportsbooks are always looking for extra ways to print money. Thus, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released its odds for the 11-day rookie symposium.

  • [NYPost] Zion Williamson keeping NBA debut in perspective, even if world isn’t
    (Thursday, July 04, 2019 10:33:10 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — An earthquake shook the ground near Cox Pavilion Thursday morning. Contrary to popular belief, Zion Williamson was not throwing down dunks. But there may be another one Friday night when the Pelicans’ prized No. 1 pick will finally make his anticipated debut — no less against former Duke teammate RJ Barrett and…

  • [NYPost] Knicks rookie Ignas Brazdeikis looking to prove skeptics wrong
    (Thursday, July 04, 2019 8:48:16 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Ignas Brazdeikis worked out with 13 teams but never for the Knicks. His representatives couldn’t imagine the 6-foot-7 freshman forward from Michigan falling to New York and their 55th pick of the second round. The 21-year-old from Canada never fell that far, but dropped far enough. With Sacramento at bat at 47,…

  • [NYPost] Zion Williamson-RJ Barrett not only storyline at NBA Summer League
    (Thursday, July 04, 2019 7:17:39 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — The NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League tips off Friday on the campus of UNLV. Here’s what to watch for: Star watch Only three of June’s top-10 picks are expected to be in action Friday night and two of them will take the court together. Zion Williamson (No. 1) and RJ Barrett (No….

  • [NYPost] RJ Barrett on first Knicks game — and facing Zion Williamson
    (Thursday, July 04, 2019 5:31:30 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — RJ Barrett has faced Zion Williamson countless times in practice as teammates at Duke. Now they get the Las Vegas stage as opponents. Barrett, the Knicks’ new 6-foot-7 lefty lottery pick, doesn’t have any grand advice for his Knicks teammates as the summer league team debuts Friday (9:30 p.m. ET) at UNLV…

  • [NYPost] Where Elfrid Payton sees himself in the Knicks’ point-guard pecking order
    (Thursday, July 04, 2019 8:01:00 AM)

    LAS VEGAS — Elfrid Payton certainly didn’t sound like he was going to be a backup point guard for the Knicks. In fact, Payton said he had “so many options,” but picked the Knicks partly because of playing time. One of GM Scott Perry’s favorites, Payton agreed to terms on a two-year deal for $16…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson on RJ Barrett: ‘The kid can play’
    (Thursday, July 04, 2019 7:37:08 PM)

    And ahead of RJ Barrett’s Summer League debut, he has already impressed some of his teammates, including Mitchell Robinson.

  • [SNY Knicks] Names to watch on Knicks’ Summer League roster
    (Thursday, July 04, 2019 10:22:06 AM)

    NBA Summer League, how you’ve been missed.

  • [SNY Knicks] Source: Kyrie Irving looked at suitors from a ‘top down’ approach, including Knicks and Nets
    (Thursday, July 04, 2019 9:30:07 AM)

    In a post on Instagram earlier this week, Kyrie Irving shed some light on his decision to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.