Knicks Morning News (2014.04.11)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Who to fault for this season? (Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:31 EDT)

    With the New York Knicks’ playoff chances fading with just four games remaining, it’s hard not to think about what went wrong and how the ‘Bockers got into this position in the first place. The Knicks started the season with high expectations and now they could be playing out the final four games of their season with no postseason and no picks for this coming draft. So with that in mind, who do you place the onus on for this disastrous season?

  • [New York Daily News] Metta World Peace could face court battle over tuition payments (Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:23:07 GMT)

    Jennifer Palma, the boy’s mother, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Family Court this week demanding Metta World Peace put up $140,000 so their son, Jeron Artest, can attend Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks GM: I’lI work well with Jackson (Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:18:32 GMT)

    Steve Mills believes he and Phil Jackson “can do something special” working together even though Jackson, who replaced Mills as Knicks president, could potentially hire a basketball executive to replace Mills as general manager.

  • [New York Times] Faried’s Shot Lifts Nuggets Over Warriors 100-99 (Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:39:21 GMT)

    Kenneth Faried made a turnaround hook shot over Draymond Green with a half-second remaining, and the Denver Nuggets made Golden State wait at least one more game to secure a playoff berth with a stunning 100-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: N.B.A. to Play Abroad in Preseason (Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:42:33 GMT)

    The N.B.A. on Thursday announced a slate of international preseason games to be played in October.

  • [New York Times] Mills Shines in Parker’s Place, Spurs Top Mavs (Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:57:25 GMT)

    Patty Mills scored 26 points starting in place of Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs moved to the brink of the top seed in the Western Conference with a 109-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

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    31 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.04.11)”

    1. I don’t have too much of a problem with Dolan not letting Mills make any changes, depending on the timing. If they were already in negotiations with Phil, then yeah, Mills shouldn’t touch anything. Let Phil make the big decisions when he comes aboard. Of course, I guess they could have fired Woodson and had an interim coach for the remainder, but what are the chances Herb Williams would have gotten us into the playoffs?

    2. What I took from the article was that Mills was/is a figurehead, which is no surprise at all.

    3. Steve Mills appears to be completely useless, and only exists as some sort of Dolan mole/fall guy. I’d be shitcanning that guy tout suite if I was Jax. The Knicks need to shed the perception that they’re running a clown show, and Mills is unfortunately part of the old clown-ass regime. He has to go. Fire Mills, bring in a young, smart, stat-oriented GM and show people you mean business.

    4. Dolan won’t fire Mills. He’ll just reassign him. Obviously, they never should have brought him back after the Anucha Brown Sanders fiasco, but from a strictly Knicks point of view as long as Phil is making decisions, it’s not going to hurt the team if Mills has some empty job at MSG.

    5. Woodson suggests things could've been different this yr had Bargnani stayed healthy. Used the oft-referenced "big piece of the puzzle" line— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) April 11, 2014

      Hol. E. Shit.

    6. And of course that tweet is followed up with a bunch of morons saying Bargs could thrive in the triangle. How long does a guy have to suck at basketball before people figure out he’s not good? It’s fascinating to me.

    7. @8 well, if you substitute “shit” for “the puzzle” I think it’s a pretty accurate statement

    8. It’s always hard to know what’s actually going on in MSG, but it appears that Steve Mills tried to trade for Kyle Lowry and tried to fire Mike Woodson. And that’s about it.

      I do have to give him credit for signing the mighty Cole.

    9. What has Steve Mills done this season? Anything? Anything at all?

      Steve Mills’ job was to pretend he was the GM while James Dolan did the actual GM-ing.

    10. Because if the MRI reads torn labrum, rotator cuff etc. there goes asses in the seats for the rest of the season or the infinitesimal chance of the post season. I am surprised his handlers aren’t smarter.

    11. It’s just bizarre from Melo’s standpoint. Obviously, heading into free agency with an injury is less than ideal, but wouldn’t you want to know if you were risking doing more serious damage by letting your idiot coach run you out for 40 minutes a night?

    12. Steve Mills can say that he signed Shannon Brown and Earl Clark to 10 day contracts! It’s like he just looked at a list of recently released free agents at the time, threw the names into a hat and picked out those two jokers. What a debacle this year has been. Woodson should have been fired after about 10 different losses. Just off the top (SAC @ home, PHI @ home, WAS (Beno Udrih game), ORL (2 OT), MIL (Brandon Knight game), ATL when they were on like a 10 game losing streak, etc.)

    13. @16

      Throw the Boston 40 point destruction at MSG coming off of two consecutive 30 point wins in there too. The Memphis road loss was painful to watch as well seeing how in the last 3 minutes we abandoned the high PNR and ball movement which had sparked our comeback into the lead in order to play ISO-Melo down the stretch. I don’t think I’ve been more excited for any coach of any team I’ve supported to be fired and I’m a Bills fan who had to watch Chan Gailey fuck around with his thumb up his ass and do awesome things like sign Ryan Fitzpatrick to a 6-year $39m extension after 4 good games.

    14. I can’t believe that at the beginning of the season I thought Bargnani would be benched if the team sucked when he played. Thank god he got injured.

    15. Woodson has had some amazing quotes this season but the one today about Bargs has to be the best.

    16. Yeah that Bargnani quote is really fucking amazing. Just remember Mike Woodson has been getting paid 7 figures to coach basketball teams and his insight into our struggles this season are that Andrea “47% eFG, 28% 3P” Bargnani being injured hurt us as a team. There are no words.

    17. I will say this for Steve Mills:

      He wanted to acquire Kyle Lowry, and he wanted to fire Mike Woodson.

      He may not be stupid.

    18. @8 well, if you substitute “shit” for “the puzzle” I think it’s a pretty accurate statement

      See, that’s the joke. He bought a turd puzzle.

      I’m not going to lie, as the season is winding down, I’m starting to read these stupid Woodson quotes and feel a tinge of sadness, like senior year at college. I’m going to miss reading them, being shocked by the stupidity, and coming here to rage about them.

    19. @20

      Yeah that Bargnani quote is really fucking amazing. Just remember Mike Woodson has been getting paid 7 figures to coach basketball teams and his insight into our struggles this season are that Andrea “47% eFG, 28% 3P” Bargnani being injured hurt us as a team. There are no words.

      I think you may give Woody too much credit. I think a better summary of his insight is that we struggled because Andrea “Big Man” Bargnani was injured. Your quote implies that Woodson knows that stats exist.

    20. two tweets courtesy of Herring from a minute ago, summarizes this:

      Asked Woody why Pablo doesnt start when he usually helps NYK get back 2 last yr’s principles. “The East is big, man.” Cites need to match up

      NYKs starting 5 — Felton, Prigioni, Shumpert, Melo & Chandler — is outscoring opponents by 20 pts per 100 plays, the best rating in NBA

    21. Bargs is a big piece of the puzzle. The thing is that he belongs to those kids puzzles with, like, 10 pieces and the Knicks are one of those 1,000 piece puzzles. So he literally is a big piece of the puzzle and therefore totally ruins the Knicks when you stubbornly try to jam him in there even though he clearly, clearly doesn’t fit.

    22. Yikes, Bill Simmons left Melo off of his All-NBA ballot entirely. That seems a bit harsh. I mean, there are a lot of talented forwards out there, but Melo not being even the sixth-best forward in the NBA seems rough.

    23. In Simmons mailbag, he helped confirm my Wittman hatred. Did you know that he has the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA among coaches who’ve coached 300 games? Why is he still in the NBA?! Poor Washington – just hire a good coach for them!

    24. Also, what the fuck is up with us not sending Melo to get an MRI on his shoulder?

      Before the MRI they want to sign him to a long term max contract.

    25. Honestly I don’t think Barg’s presence or absence has made that much of a difference. He’s been out for weeks with his tendon injury and the team isn’t suddenly looking like a playoff contender.

    26. They’re not a great team without him, of course, but they’re 18-18 without him and 15-27 with him. That’s a significant change, most notably in their offense, which has been great without him and awful with him (their defense is so bad that it sucks with or without him, and that’s obviously what keeps the team from being a real contender but I believe it has been slightly better without him).

      And a .500 team would be more than just a playoff contender in the East – it’d be a playoff lock.

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