Knicks Morning News (2013.12.06)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks prove less rotten in battle of Big Apple, beat Nets 113-83 (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 07:51:29 GMT)

    Jason Kidd’s presence alone was worth every penny last season as the wise old point guard helped turn the eternally dysfunctional Knicks into a competent, cohesive and winning basketball team. Apparently, Kidd still has that same effect.    

  • [New York Daily News] Atrocious Nets even worse than Knicks during ‘Toilet Bowl’ of New York (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:41:23 GMT)

    If Lawrence Frank were really writing daily reports, you’d think he’d emphasize guarding the 3-point line. He’d also have been doing his job by warning Jason Kidd about the third quarter.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: It isn’t close, but give Woodson a cigar (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:27:49 GMT)

    Mike Woodson had his first win since Nov. 13, a ridiculously easy 113-83 rout of the Nets, and now he was headed out to the team bus at the Barclays Center. In the tunnel that leads out to the court, a buddy handed him a victory cigar, and there were back-slaps, handshakes, hugs and happy faces surrounding the embattled Knicks coach.    

  • [New York Daily News] Bark takes bite out of Big Apple (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:27:25 GMT)

    There isn’t a more ever-present voice around the NBA these days than Hall of Famer Charles Barkley’s, and TNT took him out of his usual studio role Thursday and made the provocative pundit a guest analyst with Marv Albert and Steve Kerr for the network’s broadcast of Knicks-Nets at the Barclays Center.    

  • [New York Daily News] In any language, Bargnani bests KG (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:15:51 GMT)

    Kevin Garnett has engaged in more than his share of trash talk over the years with the Knicks. Thursday night he was on the receiving end, even if he wasn’t sure what language he was being yelled at when Andrea Bargnani earned his first career ejection in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ slump-busting rout of the Nets at Barclays Center.    

  • [New York Daily News] Melo denies report he’s already decided to leave Knicks (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:01:55 GMT)

    One day after labeling the last-place Knicks the “laughingstock of the league,” Carmelo Anthony shot down a radio report that he has already decided he will leave New York as a free agent after this season.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Shump finally the Iman (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:00:34 GMT)

    Iman Shumpert finally got back to playing like he did last spring when he was one of the Knicks’ top players in the postseason. Shumpert produced his best game of the season, scoring 17 points with six rebounds in the Knicks’ 113-83 victory.    

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Longing for the Days When the Knicks Electrified a City (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 07:44:56 GMT)

    The Knicks may be less woeful than their New York rivals, but they have a long way to go to match the 1990s teams that were sometimes exasperating but always exhilarating.    

  • [New York Times] Boozer Leads Bulls to 107-87 Win Over Heat (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:31:23 GMT)

    The way everything was crumbling, the Chicago Bulls sure needed a reprieve. Knocking off the defending champions was a nice one.    

  • [New York Times] An Aggressive Bargnani Gets the Best of Garnett (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 05:45:54 GMT)

    The Knicks’ Andrea Bargnani, not known for his tough play, showed he was not afraid to mix it up with the Nets’ Kevin Garnett, no stranger to on-court confrontations.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Clippers Top Grizzlies (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 05:27:20 GMT)

    The reserves Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford each scored 15 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers used a strong second half to beat the host Memphis Grizzlies, 101-81.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 113, Nets 83: Nets Make Rivals Look Newly Potent (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 05:08:19 GMT)

    The Knicks, losers of nine consecutive games, embarrassed the even-worse Nets at Barclays Center and delayed, temporarily, discussions about when they might hit rock bottom.    

  • [New York Times] Teammates’ Contributions Reduce Anthony’s Burden (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:18:46 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony leads the N.B.A. in minutes played, but he was able to take a few breathers during the Knicks’ victory over the Nets as the team played more crisply.    

  • [New York Times] Collison and Crawford Lead Clippers Past Grizzlies (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:01:34 GMT)

    The reserves Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford each scored 15 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers used a strong second half to beat the host Memphis Grizzlies, 101-81.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Crush Nets in 1st Meeting This Season (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:59:09 GMT)

    The “laughingstocks” won in a laugher.    

  • [New York Post] Another ‘embarrassing’ loss for Nets (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:33:59 -0500)

    Jason Terry summed up the state of the Nets quite nicely after Wednesday's practice. "I mean, if it gets any worse,” Terry said, "who the [expletive] knows? "I don't.” Well,…

  • [New York Post] Bargnani stands up to Garnett; Knicks cheer over ejection (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:27:13 -0500)

    A large portion of the pro-Knicks crowd at Barclays Center stood up and cheered as Andrea Bargnani walked off the court with 8:23 left after his first NBA ejection for…

  • [New York Post] Shumpert comes up big in Knicks’ win (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:20:02 -0500)

    As Iman Shumpert exited the game with 2:12 left in the third quarter, Knicks coach Mike Woodson patted him on the rear as he got to the bench. That's the…

  • [New York Post] Melo’s strong effort in victory quiets critics — for now (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:12:41 -0500)

    There is no right answer —none that will appease those wanting to forecast Carmelo Anthony's future or blame him for the present state of the Knicks. No matter what he…

  • [New York Post] Knicks least lousy team in NYC – for now (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:57:48 -0500)

    So what happens when calamity meets catastrophe? What happens when two teams that can't get out of their own way are suddenly in each other's way? What happens when bad…

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    9 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2013.12.06)”

    1. Nope. Can’t do it. I refuse to get pumped up over last night’s (OH SHIT SON! DID YOU SEE WHAT WE DID TO THE NETS LAST NIGHT??!! HA HA HAAAA!! THAT’S WHAT THEY GET CUZ THEY TALK TOO MUCH SHIT!!!) win. all seriousness, I am glad we won, but there’s alotta work left to be done. We’ve all hashed over what the team needs to do ad nauseum these past few days, so I’ll only point out the positives:
      1. Knick offense is back..for a night. I know that when a team is slogging through a terrible stretch that the players tend to revert back to what they know or rather what got them drafted, because they all have the confidence that they can pull the team out of it’s slump on their own. So I really..REALLY hope they took mental notes and are watching the film of last night’s game over and over. The team is really talented but they hafta trust the system offensively. D’Antoni always said that the ball finds energy, well..Melo and company should have felt what that means last night. What I mean’s great to have an all NBA scorer on our team. With the shot makers we have it just means that he should be able to carry the team for stretches when the offense bogs down. If the ball is moving and shots are falling, we can put up tons of points because we also have the luxury of having other players who can get their own points without much help. Melo’s ego might not like 19 points 10 boards and 6 assists, but fans and especially the team LOVES IT. Shots were falling. Poetry in motion. But to borrow from our good friend, the great Bob Silverman, let’s see it against a real team. Pretty please?
      2. The reappearance of Coach Woodson was great to see
      3. Shump/TH2/Bargnani. Holy crap! Did yal see the swag just oozing from Shump? GIVE ME MORE!! Looks like TH2 is a player..he has earned regular rotation time. We have way too many guards now. Bargnani? His swag is back also. Way to not back down from the bully. Major might just have enough to succeed…

    2. That said..I hope KG is finally humbled. Until he became downright ugly in Boston he has always been one of my favorite players. But when a player of Bargnani’s rep leans on the bully like that and shuts him’s time to go. You’re done here buddy. Accept your new role player status and STFU for once. Keep your confidence and fire, but leave the other BS for YMCA games against competition you can still dominate. Thanks Bargnani for giving us a little more hope.

    3. I could not for the life of me the sentiment of Knick fans that wanted to see us get blown out so Woody could get canned. Don’t get me wrong, i dont think Woody posesses the X/O acumen to get us far in the playoffs, and i would love a new coach in the offseason, but without draft picks, hoping ur team loses is silly. The pick & roll last night with Amare was great (and not just with Melo) can see the last few games that they’re running it for him and especially with Tyson out im shocked. I love the new postgame he has, but nice to see them go back to the play that made him who he is (was). I always assumed they’d run it with melo/amare when MDA was here but they never did either. Why did amare go to the locker room yesterday? he didnt look hurt on his way out. But a few mins before i was like WHY IS HE PLAYING GARBAGE TIME!?

    4. We just saw the best of what Shumpert offers last night. His positive energy clearly rolls over into his shot, rebounding and pushing the ball down the floor .

      At this point, its completely on woodson to maintain this energy. When Shump is on full throttle, you can feel it trickle down to the rest of the team. It seems like it all stems from the coach’s and others players confidence in him. PLEASE DONT TRADE SHUMP!

    5. I hated the Tim Hardaway Jr. pick and was very critical of him early in the season but man is he proving me wrong. He has been easily one of the best rookies in the NBA so far this season. He may not be much of a box score-stuffer and if his scoring efficiency falls off he’s not a very useful player, but a .392 percentage from 3PT and a .576 TS% on high usage with a low turnover rate… that is impressive. It’s looking like he was by far the best player on the board when the Knicks drafted him.

    6. I could not for the life of me the sentiment of Knick fans that wanted to see us get blown out so Woody could get canned.

      I proudly state I was one of those persons. Our defense has looked like that of those teams who play the Harlem Globetrotters. We automatically double lousy offensive players. We go over picks against speedy PGs who are lousy mid-range shooters. His lineup management has been atrocious. EB noted here that Woodson has yet to play his best lineup featuring KMart as center from last season when Chandler was out with injury (a unit which went +20 in 80 minutes). I’ve been pounding on him to accept that Bargs is best used as center in a 5-out lineup (fairly obvious early on). Instead of a revolving door of lineups over the last 14 games, we should have settled on a combination of Bargs 5-out lineups and that KMart lineup from last season. The data’s been there for some time.

      We could be a very good team but we won’t maximize our talent with this coach. We know what happens in the playoffs – he’ll be slow and stubborn to react to whatever the situation be it LBJ fronting Melo or a typical atrocious JR playoff performance. Woody’s strength is his relationship with the players. The best solution at this stage would be to fire his staff and bring in new quality coordinators. Someone mentioned Lawrence Frank as one option.

    7. Woodson is going to have to accept that JR Smith is not physically right at the moment, and curtail his minutes. No more of this 32 minutes, 11 points on 13 FGA crap. There is another guard on the roster who is very similar to JR, guy by the name of Hardaway, who is completely healthy and who is about three times the player JR is at the moment.

      Their roles should switch until JR shows he is healthy. Hardaway is lighting it up right now– ride the hot hand and save your job, Woody.

    8. Yeah, I’ve bitched about Hardaway’s inability to do anything but score more than probably anyone here, but if he keeps scoring like this, he’s certainly not terrible. And he should certainly be playing over J.R., who is right now.

    9. Still very far from a believer in THJr. But as long as he is doing a reasonable Klay Thompson impression I am ok with him.

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