Knicks Morning News (2014.03.12)

  • [New York Times] Warriors Whip Mavs 108-85 for 5th Straight Win (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:23:52 GMT)

    Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the surging Golden State Warriors routed the Dallas Mavericks 108-85 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: Fever Trade Guard Phillips to Mercury (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 04:13:56 GMT)

    The Indiana Fever traded guard Erin Phillips to the Phoenix Mercury for forward Lynetta Kizer and a first-round draft pick.    

  • [New York Times] Ginobili Leads Spurs Past Bulls 104-96 (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:59:50 GMT)

    It didn’t take long for the San Antonio Spurs to show the Chicago Bulls why they’re leading the NBA.    

  • [New York Times] Durant, Westbrook Lead Thunder Past Rockets (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:14:53 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 106-98 on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Gasol, Randolph Lead Grizzlies Past Blazers 109-99 (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:47:52 GMT)

    Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies solidified their hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot with a 109-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: Pacers’ Skid Ends at Four (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:44:12 GMT)

    David West scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum had a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut, helping Indiana to a 94-83 victory against visiting Boston.    

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Outlast Bucks for 112-101 Victory (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:41:55 GMT)

    Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and J.J. Barea broke out of a horrid shooting slump to score 19 points to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 112-101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Pistons Clamp Down on Kings in 99-89 Win (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:24:04 GMT)

    Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Analysis: If Jackson Joins the Knicks, His Options at the Beginning Are Few (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:21:24 GMT)

    If Phil Jackson agrees to guide the Knicks’ personnel decisions, he won’t be dealing with an easy fixer-upper.    

  • [New York Times] Pacers Top Celtics to End Skid at Four (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:47:55 GMT)

    David West scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut, helping suddenly struggling Indiana pull away late for a 94-83 win over Boston on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: Leaving us time to Phil (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:15:51 GMT)

    Phil Jackson was supposed to finalize things on Monday, and then we were still waiting around on Tuesday afternoon for an announcement from the Garden. Why? Because Jackson can afford to wait as long as he wants, demand anything he wishes in the contractual fine print.    

  • [New York Daily News] Bill Assists, Zen and Now: Dolan solicits Bradley to help broker Jackson deal (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:37:58 GMT)

    James Dolan and Bill Bradley could not be any different in terms of education, background and career paths. But the billionaire Knicks owner and the Hall of Fame player known as “Dollar Bill” do share a common goal: bringing Phil Jackson to New York.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening tip: Does Dolan win for trying? (Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:00:54 EDT)

    So Phil Jackson could be the new New York Knicks czar by the end of the week. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported on Tuesday that Jackson is expected to finalize a deal which would give Jackson “control of the club’s front office by the end of this week.”It sounds as though the Knicks are on the verge of landing the biggest catch in the NBA. But what if things fall apart between the Knicks and Jackson? The longer this dance goes, the more chances there are of something going wrong.

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    27 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.03.12)”

    1. Uhh no Chandler tonight and no Amar’e which the Knicks are calling a “recovery day”. Don’t really care about wins or losses but man I hope that this isn’t some knee problem for STAT.

    2. Phil Jackson has given a verbal agreement to work for James Dolan and the lead story in the news thread is Jordan Crawford leading the Warriors past the Mavs, followed by an off-season WNBA trade.

      I have to say, doesn’t it seem like the MSG PR Dep’t is so used to announcing news on Friday afternoon that they don’t know that there are papers printed on Sunday through Thursday?

    3. You know, I was thinking about line ups and what people believe will work and won’t work.
      I think the small lineups worked last year, but because of the IQ of some of the personnel we had.
      I think this year at has been a disaster.
      I see what starting Melo, Tyson and Amar’e has looked like in the past three of four games, and it is pleasing to the eye. Defense is just enough and the offense has been pretty impressive. Many, many weapons, and those weapons seem to complement.

      But if you look at teams the Knicks field, according to, two of the top three teams the Knicks field in terms of +/- involve Bargnani at a +31 and a +23. And no one seems to believe that has worked well.
      The very best team is Felton, Prigs, Shumpert, Anthony and Chandler at +42.

      I don’t know the +/- of the starting lineup we have run these past four games, predominantly Felton, JR, Melo, Stat and Chandler, but I have to believe it was pretty good.
      One thing is clear, by any measure the team over the past four games is outperforming itself by season standards across the board and by a lot. Team TS% is up .60 percentage points and the same for eFG%.
      The pace is up 3 percentage points. They give up on average two points less per game, but they are 16 points per game better than their season average.
      Their three point percentage is 6 percentage points better. Meanwhile opponent percentages are down across the board.
      Now, the level of the opposition plays into this, but the fact of the matter is there are a lot of bad teams in the east and the Knicks play all of them four times, I believe, and they have won few games, so beating bad teams should not be scoffed at.

    4. I don’t see how the Knicks are going to get a win in Boston today without STAT and Chandler.

    5. I don’t see how the Knicks are going to get a win in Boston today without STAT and Chandler.

      We’re going to ride the Cole Train all the way to victorytown.

    6. I don’t see the Celtics of being much of a threat. Tyler and Aldrich can handle the center spot.

    7. What I like about Tyler is that he creates motion on offense because of his willingness and desire to set screens for the ball handler. My biggest worry tonight though is that we get dominated on the boards. Our minutes at the 4 and 5 are probably going to be split among Anthony, Tyler, Aldrich and Clark. That is really going to suck. Hopefully Shump and JR can have big games on the glass to help us out, because Humphries and Sullinger are pretty good on the glass.

    8. Honestly, I don’t see Woodson giving any minute to Aldrich unless is garbage time.

      He’s gonna ride Tyler to the ground with an occasional Clark at 5.

    9. We have zero margin for error if we hope to catch the Hawks i.e. one loss to a Boston or a Cleveland and we’re pretty much done. So this team cannot afford any “the Knicks just didn’t seem ready to play tonight” games which we’ve become all too familiar with throughout this season.

      In that regard, feeling a little leery about tonight’s game, I can see Sullinger or Green having career nights.

    10. I thought so, as well, but then they lost to Detroit (who I put in the “cannot lose to and still think they will make the playoffs” category) but then they beat Minny. So while logically, yes, they really can’t afford to lose to any of the lesser teams at this point, that’s only true if they also don’t beat the good teams, which this team is certainly capable of doing. This team could beat the Heat, for instance. Or the Suns. Or the Raptors. Or the Nets. I don’t think I’d be surprised by them beating (or losing to) any team at this point. Their unpredictability has become predictable, ya know?

    11. I feel like we’re probably toast tonight. I wonder what’s really wrong with Amare; this game is too important to take a recovery day. I root like hell for him, but i fear some arthroscopic surgery in on the menu. I agree that our margin for error should be assumed to be slim no matter what, but don’t underestimate the Hawks inclination to tank. They can swap picks with the Nets in this draft…early on when the nets sucked, Hawks played well…as soon as the Nets proved their turnaround was for real, they lost 9 straight. They might move right out of our way.

    12. I wonder what’s really wrong with Amare; this game is too important to take a recovery day.

      Seriously. Without a game yesterday or tomorrow and with Tyson already out it’s certainly an odd time for a rest day. You can look at it as a good sign in the sense that maybe the Knicks are taking a longer view than just this season (would have been even better if they’d done it pre-deadline) but more likely those knees just aren’t feeling good at all. Worth noting also that Amare was playing 4th quarter minutes with an 18 point lead on Monday. Probably not one of Woodson’s brighter ideas.

    13. Some playoff run: electively letting chandler off for personal reasons and resting Amar’e.
      This team is amazing…

      But they’ll make Melo play 44 minutes…

    14. Amare’s knees are fucked. Anyone who thinks he will ever be a reliable player again is delusional.

      Then again, this game really isn’t important.

    15. And seriously what the hell is up with Tyson just bouncing? Most people don’t get to skip out on work because of an illness in the family. Idk maybe I’m just an asshole, but unless it’s a death in the family or somebody being in a life threatening condition and on their death bed then I don’t think you should be missing games down the stretch, especially if the team is striving to make up ground in a race for the 8th seed.

    16. or if you are paid millions of dollars. It’s not like he is some minimum wage employee without benefits.

    17. you don’t know how severe his family ilness is so tough to judge. Plus, the only reason we really need to make the playoffs is so that Denver doesnt win the draft lottery. Don’t get me wrong, i’d love to see a ’99-like run, however unlikely. But barring that, this team failed to care when they owned their own destiny so i dont care for them now….just dont let Denver hit the lottery!!! Hey, who knows…maybe Phill Jackson already has deals in place for both Amare and Tyson and needs to keep ’em healthy, lol.

    18. My mother had an accident at home earlier in the year and was briefly hospitalized (it wasn’t life threatening at all), and I bounced the fuck out of work immediately when I got a call from my Dad.

      If the choice is “be with very sick relative” or “help a terrible basketball team beat another terrible basketball team so maybe you can get crushed in the first round of the playoffs” it would be a pretty easy decision for me.

    19. Ok DRed I respect you leaving work and I get that, but I’m going to assume that you don’t make 14 million dollars a year. I also am going to assume you don’t miss work for illnesses consistently. I can understand missing one game, but seriously we play Boston tonight, most likely fly back after the game and don’t play again until Saturday. I’d imagine the team would be willing to let him skip out on practice so I personally feel at the minimum Chandler should be out on the floor tonight.

    20. My guess with Tyson is that it is something really bad — Knicks are as leaky a ship as it gets when it comes to info and this is bottled up super tight. Probably a family member, child etc. is very sick.

    21. Yeah I guess I should reserve my judgment until the situation clears up. Anyways I do genuinely hope everything is ok with Tyson and his family.

    22. If the Knicks don’t want to pay him that’s fine with me. I would imagine there’s some language in his contract that covers games missed for non-injury reasons.

    23. Magic Johnson on twitter: @MagicJohnson: I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers.

      Starting to feel, like ephus, that this was all prearranged by Phil, Magic, and the rest of the pro-Phil Laker club. Pretty sure that Jim Buss is stubborn enough that it’s not going to happen.

    24. If Magic is worried about us getting Jackson that’s a good sign. I have a friend who roots for the Spurs; he’s worried too. And I think there is a good chance Jim Buss already burned his bridges with Phil by the way he treated him when D’Antoni was hired; and with Jeannie by not giving her a significant say in running the team. So my fingers are crossed on this one.

    25. I hope that Phil Jackson comes.

      I fear that he would rather be in the Laker FO than in NY. This drawn out process has (probably by design) put maximum pressure on Jimmy Buss to fold. In the last 24 hours, he has been called out by Magic and Kobe.

      If Buss stands his ground, I am starting to believe he comes to MSG. Feels like Lucy and the football.

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