Knicks Morning News (2013.12.20)

  • [New York Post] Rotten to the core: New York sports at an all-time low (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 01:30:05 -0500)

    Well, we were due for a day like this, right? Call it an early Christmas present, a morning when we wake up in the greatest city in the world, this…

  • [New York Times] Short-Handed Spurs Outlast Warriors, 104-102 (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:27:02 GMT)

    With or without its star trio, the San Antonio Spurs still play with a championship pedigree.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Durant Leads Thunder Over Bulls (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:32:53 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 32 points as the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls, 107-95, for their eighth straight win.    

  • [New York Times] Durant Leads Streaking Thunder Past Bulls (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 04:12:00 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 32 points as the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls, 107-95, for their eighth straight win.    

  • [New York Times] James’s No. 6 Is Again No. 1 In Jersey Sales (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 03:41:47 GMT)

    The latest list of the N.B.A.’s top-selling jerseys is led by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.    

  • [New York Times] Keeping Score: Smith Puts On Air Show With 17 3-Point Shots (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 02:39:29 GMT)

    Who shot? J. R., of course. In the Knicks’ double overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks, J. R. Smith missed 12 3-point shots and made five.    

  • [New York Times] Bryant and Lakers’ Plans Break Down (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 02:00:57 GMT)

    The Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant, six games into his comeback, would be out six weeks after fracturing the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee in Tuesday’s win at Memphis.    

  • [New York Times] Bryant Back on Sidelines for Another Six Weeks (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:29:37 GMT)

    Just 11 days after Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return for the Los Angeles Lakers, the shooting guard is expected to be out for “approximately six weeks” because of a knee injury, the team announced on Thursday.    

  • [New York Times] Kobe Likely to Miss 6 Weeks With Fracture in Knee (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:21:07 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee, dealing the second major injury setback of the year to the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar guard.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Fire Woodson? Van Gundy says that’s ludicrous (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:38:43 GMT)

    Former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy called it “ludicrous” to suggest that Mike Woodson should be fired for the Knicks imploding in the final 24 seconds of Monday’s loss to Washington.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Too many issues for Knicks to contend with (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 04:38:21 GMT)

    If Jim Dolan had done the smart thing and caught Miami’s pulsating comeback win over Indiana on Wednesday night, he would have gotten a very good look at two genuine championship contenders.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks give Dolan lots of reasons to fire coach this holiday season (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 04:31:46 GMT)

    If you don’t think James Dolan would fire Mike Woodson around Christmas, just remember that Sunday marks the 10-year anniversary of the Garden boss spreading his holiday cheer by terminating then-team president Scott Layden’s employment three days before the holiday.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Gilbride: Injuries not Giant excuse, but… (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 03:20:08 GMT)

    Embattled Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride didn’t try to deflect any blame for the woes of a disappointing Big Blue attack in 2013. But he did admit that injuries have played a role in the decimation of a once-dangerous unit.    

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Knicks’ soap opera set for national audience (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 02:46:16 GMT)

    The chances of the Knicks achieving marquee NBA status this season are as realistic as James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan inviting the media inside his Long Island estate for a private concert.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Why has Shump slumped? (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 06:00:46 EDT)

    One, eight, three, three, zero, two, zero. Those aren’t the winning lottery numbers. They’re Iman Shumpert’s point totals over the past seven games. And they’re making the Knicks feel anything but lucky. Inconsistent offensive production from Shumpert and J.R. Smith has been one of the driving issues behind the Knicks’ 8-17 start. Smith is coming off knee surgery and is known widely as an inconsistent shooter. So his struggles, to some extent, can be rationalized.

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    18 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2013.12.20)”

    1. I know this isn’t the platform for this and I come her to talk hoops and get insightful analysis from a different view than tv. But I think I’m gonna really need a cheer up post. I’m 36 and i buried my mother on my 21st birthday and..well without delving too deep I’ll just say some things u just don’t get over- u just push through. Even after years. Well..this morning I got a call saying that my Dad is being rushed to the hospital for a possible stroke. Which is troubling because other than the fact he’s my Dad and he’s old as hell lol, he takes care of his older sister who has dementia and Alzheimer’s with little help. So naturally I’m in full panic mode as I contemplate whats next because I am so not ready for this. I don’t know exactly why I’m sharing this..I just felt like I needed to say something…thanx

    2. Kawhi Leonard, Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills led the Spurs to victory. Coaching, system and effort carry that team a long way. San Antonio’s organization is the polar opposite of the Knicks. Owner is frugal but smart. He puts the team into the hands of great basketball men – Buford and Pop – and gives the full authority. Stars are respected and expected to sacrifice towards the ultimate goal.

    3. Totes:
      You get to a certain age and we all lose a parent, or both, as well as brothers and sisters, wives and friends.
      Which is to say, you are not alone, and I suspect there are people around you, friends, relatives, complete strangers, who, if you told them, would offer support during a difficult, sad time.
      Many care givers for family members of Alzheimer’s sufferers often suffer the greatest and develop their own medical problems in part caused by the stress of their experience as a care giver.
      Anyway, as a person who has experienced some of what you described, close family deaths, and extreme care giving, the first thing you will need to do it find yourself some support and perhaps help.
      You’ll be better able to cope from a strong base.
      Best wishes to you.

    4. Totes, I went through that this year with my fiancee’s dad (62) and a few years ago with my mom (now almost 70). Different situations, but both were unresponsive to commands, didn’t know what year it was, etc, and had to be hospitalized. Both pulled through and are doing fine now, but it doesn’t mean it is any less scary during the time it happens. I hope your dad makes a speedy recovery.

    5. @ Totes —

      Sorry to hear, especially at this time of year. Wishing your dad a fast recovery as well.

    6. @Totes–

      I just found out on Tuesday that my dad– 64 years old– has an incurable lung disease and has somewhere between a year and five years to live. We’re best friends and he is a great human being and I don’t even know how I’m going to deal with this. He’s a real fun-loving guy and had lots of plans of things he was going to do in his retirement, but it’s not going to be long before he’s confined to his bed, breathing from an oxygen tank. My anxiety levels are through the roof, and the sadness of the whole situation is just crushing. I completely understand how you’re feeling and my heart goes out to you.

    7. Totes,

      You are not alone. When it seems things are the bleakest, we all find strength within ourselves that we never even knew we possessed. I hope your dad pulls through buddy.


    8. @ totes

      Sorry to hear what you are going through. Prayers for your Dad, you, family, and friends.

    9. Best wishes to totes, JK47 and to all who are experiencing illness or loss in the family. If only the Knicks could go on a winning streak (including kicking OKC’s ass on Christmas) to cheer us all up. Happy Holidays to all!

    10. Totes,

      I’m 32 and I lost my father at a young age (15) and, in many ways, he’s the reason I am a Knicks fan. I grew up in Greenwich Village, he owned a legendary bar there, and the discourse about the Knicks (and Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants) that I heard from him and the many regulars at his bar (many of whom were sportswriters for the local rags) is what first got me interested in sports. My connection with basketball really took hold when he took me to a Knicks-Bulls game that went down as one of the greatest and most controversial in Knicks history (The Trent Tucker Game). The pain of losing him before he got to see me grow up will never fully go away, but, like you said, I’ve learned to push through. Every year on his birthday I go to the bar he owned (it’s now called Kettle of Fish) and toast one to him. It’s a small thing, but it makes me feel close to him. You know what else makes me feel close to him? The Knicks. Every time I feel like throwing the remote through the TV, I think of my dad’s stoicism when it came to the peaks and valleys of Knicksfandom and try hard to emulate it.

      Currently, my wife is pregnant with our first child, is battling cancer for the second time in 3 years, and is dealing with the affects that her father’s dementia have had on his quality of life and their relationship.

      I know I’m rambling here but I tell my story because I have probably felt many of the same things that you are feeling now and, as others have said above, you are not alone. I don’t post here much so you guys probably don’t have much of a feel for me but I am on this site everyday (and have been for 2 years now) and I do consider myself a part of the community, even if I only lurk on the fringes.

      I feel for you, buddy. I wish you nothing but the best. I hope your father pulls through. I hope the pain you feel now will someday be outweighed by fond memories of your mother and the great relationship you have and will continue to have with your father.

    11. Knickerblogger is a refuge.

      I hope that all who are struggling with monumental challenges come to tremendous success.

    12. The last few days this website has become very sentimental – in a good way.
      There’s a theory that the world is in perfect balance. Maybe all the knicks’ losing, is now being balanced by the positivity of our connection with each other.
      As it turns out, all you guys are real people with real lives, not just names with basketball opinions. I have so much more respect for everyone that posts here. Just the idea of personally insulting someone here, no matter how much we may disagree with their opinion, now seems far more offensive than not calling a timeout with six seconds left on the clock, or not holding on to the ball with 13 seconds to go.

    13. All the best to totes, JK47 and everyone else. I agree with ephus, this website is a refuge. Happy Holidays and better times for our team!

    14. Totes, good luck, I hope your dad is ok. My 85 year old mom had a stroke 4 years ago and my 89 year old dad insists on being her primary caretaker. This puts a huge burden on my brother and me, so I can relate to your situation and the other comments. We all go through this at some point and it can be brutal. Seek out someone to talk to , it helps a lot.

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