Knicks Morning News (2014.05.05)

  • [New York Post] Sources: Kerr, Knicks getting close (Mon, 05 May 2014 05:11:36 -0400)

    The one-horse Knicks coaching derby should come to its conclusion this week. Steve Kerr is scheduled to broadcast Game 1 of the second-round NBA playoff series between the Thunder and…

  • [New York Times] Spurs Dispatch Mavs, Look Ahead to Blazers (Mon, 05 May 2014 07:41:45 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs barely had time to exhale Sunday after a grueling seven-game series with the Dallas Mavericks before an even more demanding test was presented.

  • [New York Times] Bigger Stage, Brighter Spotlight for Wall, Lillard (Mon, 05 May 2014 07:29:43 GMT)

    John Wall was the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft. Damian Lillard hit perhaps the signature shot of the opening round of these playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Nets Win Game 7, Move On to Miami (Mon, 05 May 2014 07:23:49 GMT)

    After a nail-biting triumph in Toronto, the Brooklyn Nets are moving on to Miami.

  • [New York Times] San Antonio Advances by Throttling Dallas (Mon, 05 May 2014 03:49:05 GMT)

    Led by Tony Parker’s 32 points, the Spurs ended a physical series with a Game 7 rout and advanced to face the Trail Blazers.

  • [New York Times] Analysis: Nets Know How to Beat Heat: Unconventionally (Mon, 05 May 2014 01:56:46 GMT)

    Coach Jason Kidd will have to rely on the flexibility of his roster and an unorthodox brand of basketball to succeed against Miami in the second round of the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] The Media Equation: A Key Player in a Scandal, V. Stiviano Feeds the Media’s Appetite (Mon, 05 May 2014 01:31:49 GMT)

    If you wanted to see clearly into how all the various components of the modern media ecosystem interact, you could not come up with a better real-time experiment than the Donald Sterling story.

  • [New York Times] Nets 104, Raptors 103: Nets Move On With a Swat at the Buzzer (Mon, 05 May 2014 00:50:35 GMT)

    Bounced from the first round a year ago, the Nets earned a measure of redemption as Joe Johnson scored 26 points and Paul Pierce blocked Toronto’s final shot.

  • [New York Times] Parker Leads Spurs Past Mavs in Game 7 (Mon, 05 May 2014 00:47:39 GMT)

    Faced with the possibility of having a second straight season end with a Game 7 loss, the San Antonio Spurs played with emotion and let Tony Parker have some fun.

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    48 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.05.05)”

    1. I’m officially declaring my jumping on the Washington bandwagon. Mostly because I hate the Pacers, Nets, Heat. Also they have two former Knicks draft picks!

    2. Agreed. They are the only team I can stomach in the east. In the west I like Portland. Come back Karl lol

    3. I just want to say I was deeply offended that the Empire State Building chose to honor the Nets by blinking black and white last night. Fuck the Empire State Building.

      If you want to embrace one specific borough and spend as much time as possible trying to piss on the city’s real team, you do not get to be honored by the city.

      And for fuck’s sake, they have Pierce and Garnett on their team. I mean really. Those cunts do not get honored by our landmarks. Ever.



      Empire State Building.

    4. If the Heat win again, they should have an * next to their name because they will have effectively had a bye to the finals, while the western teams will have beaten themselves to a bloody pulp. That is great basketball being played out there. It would be a true shame for the east to win this year. The WCF should be the actual finals. (The Suns, who didn’t even make the playoffs in the west, would have been the 2nd best performer in the eastern playoff bracket). (And the #8 seed Mavs would probably take Miami to seven games in a head to head matchup)

    5. Come back Karl lol

      I feel dumb as I don’t get that joke. Karl who?

    6. While I’d like to see the Blazers go far, I’d be fine with a Spurs/Heat rematch. That finals was amazing to watch. Although obviously I’d prefer to see the Spurs win this time around. If the Heat make it, it’d be the first time since the Bird Celtics that a team went to four straight finals, right?

    7. Fascinating piece on religion from the great Sam Amick:

      It was late 1999, the start of Rivers’ first season as coach of the Orlando Magic, and he saw a situation in the locker room that he felt needed to be addressed. As his players took part in the pre-game prayer that was part of their routine — with veteran point guard Darrell Armstrong handling the message like always, future New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams serving as unofficial co-messenger and the entire team standing in a circle — Rivers noticed something he didn’t like.

      “I looked up in one of the prayers, and Tariq (Abdul-Wahad) had his arms folded, and you could see that he was really uncomfortable with it,” Rivers, whose team hosts the Golden State Warriors tonight in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs, told USA TODAY Sports recently. “So the next game, we were standing up in a circle, and I said, ‘Hey guys, we’re no longer praying,’ and I remember Darrell and Monty looking at me, like ‘What’s going on?'”

      Rivers calls himself a “very religious” man, having grown up in the Second Baptist Church in Maywood, Ill., and praying on his knees every night in his home to this day. But he prefers to practice privately and is quick to note that he has attended church only for funerals the past 15 years.

      So, that day, he decided his teams would keep their religious practices private as well.

      “We’re no longer praying,” Rivers recalled saying to his team. “I want to take a minute. Everybody close their eyes. We all can have different religions, we have different Gods, we can just take a minute to compose. If you guys want to pray individually, you can do it. If you want to meditate, do whatever you want.

      “Then after that game,Tariq Abdul-Wahad walks in to me, gives me a hug with his eyes tearing, and said, ‘Thank you. That is so important to me. No one has ever respected my (Muslim) religion.’ He said, ‘I’m going to give you everything I’ve got.’ “

    8. “Then after that game,Tariq Abdul-Wahad walks in to me, gives me a hug with his eyes tearing, and said, ‘Thank you. That is so important to me. No one has ever respected my (Muslim) religion.’ He said, ‘I’m going to give you everything I’ve got.’ “

      And then Tariq proceeded to post a .484 TS% before being traded to Denver later that year, proving that there is no correlation between performance and religious tolerance.

    9. Don’t beat around the bush Hubert, tell us how you really feel about the Empire State Building and the Nets.

      Agree on the Wiz bandwagon, I hate the Heat, Pacers, & Nets. Rooting for the Clippers in the West, although I think SA will find a way to get it done yet again. Portland will be a tough out.

    10. If you’re not rooting for the Eye Test All-Stars in Portland you’re wrong. Terry Stotts is one of the best offensive coaches in the league and Portland matches up fairly well with San Antonio. They might be able to pull an upset if they can get a split in the first 2 games. I’ll say Spurs in 6, but wouldn’t surprise me if Portland pulls it out.

    11. Don’t beat around the bush Hubert, tell us how you really feel about the Empire State Building

      Chrysler Building > Empire State Building.

    12. @10 – I had a similar situation with a Little League team I coached. It wasn’t prayers, but the situation was very similar. I had to stop it before it fractured the team. People think bible-thumping is cool. I cringe whenever I see it on the field or court. Religion can be the single most destructive force out there. Kudos to Doc Rivers. He gets it. He really does.

      I want to point to a Knick issue from back in the day that centered around Charlie Ward, Allan Houston and Kurt Thomas

    13. MCW wins RotY. Not all that surprising, but I have to agree with some writers on this one; he had a good season, but given the 76ers season as a whole, was it really that good?

    14. MCW winning was not surprising, but what was surprising was that Kerr voted for THJ for ROY!

      It’s an idiotic vote (just idiotic – THJ was possibly one of the top five rookies this year but was in no way shape or fashion the best rookie) but good to see that the likely incoming coach is a big THJ fan.

    15. Re: religion in sports

      Say what you will about Paul Pierce tormenting the Knicks (and really, over the past decade we’ve kind of deserved it), but the one thing I appreciate about him is that whenever he gives an on-court interview, he never starts off with the “all glory to God” bullshit (which is the biggest reason I, personally, cannot stand Jason Terry). I remember an interview he was doing (can’t remember with whom or what game or any of the other details), and he was asked how he was able to do what he did. Too many players just give some pre-rehersed answer about God that means nothing. They didn’t suddenly wake up to be amazing aesthetes, it took the combination of genetics, discipline, and an incredible amount of work. Anyway Pierce responds with “Practice. Lots and lots of practice.” It was one of the most honest answers to an overly asked question I can remember. I’ll always respect him for that, even if he bows like an asshole.

    16. @18

      I’ll never respect Paul Pierce and no fanbase deserves to watch the fake injury, wheelchair hero hit multiple game winners and strut around their home court. I do agree that at least his interviews provide real answers and he gets some credit for that, but never enough for me to not hate his guts. Durant is actually super annoying with this shit and it’s fucking annoying as hell.

    17. Durant comes from the Derek Jeter school of interviews. Very open to talking but will never say anything real.

    18. The rookie of the year voting is always skewed to players that rack up counting stats and huge minutes, regardless of actual team success or individual performance. I actually like MCW as a guard, but if he is to be efficient, he needs to be the 3rd or 4th option. Just not that great of a shooter overall. He does have the tools to be really good at defense as well. Hopefully Philly becomes a fun team to watch again, I need something to do when I visit my younger sister (although taking a train in NY and watching the Knicks isn’t a bad second option I guess).

    19. So maybe the Pacers just suck and it wasn’t just a bad matchup. I mean it’s not exactly like Pero Antic tore Indiana up last series.

    20. I think the Wizards starting 5 is way better the Atl because they match up well defensively against the Pacers.

      It’s early and the Pacers will likely make a run.

    21. I think Hibbert’s problem is that he envisions himself as the next generation of great Georgetown centers like…well I don’t actually have to spell it out for you, do I? And when he doesn’t receive the deferential treatment from his teammates and a proportionate share of the media spotlight like said great centers, he pouts. And when Hibbert pouts he goes 0-fer-everything with 0’s across the board.

    22. Hey, remember that time we traded Trevor Ariza for Steve fucking Francis? Boy that was stupid.

    23. Stevenson loose dribble is showing its head early this series. Even Korver was able to get his hands on the ball at times and Beal is much quicker

    24. David West reminds me of Tyson because they do the most pushing when things go bad.

    25. Also, the Pacers getting fucking waxed on their home court by the Wizards while John Wall has 8 points on 12 shots is incredible. Fun to watch too.

    26. Looking up his regular season stats, Beal was not nearly as good as I thought. TS% below 51% (despite great 3pt shooting) and a WS/48 of only .076.

    27. Beal has some serious long 2-itis. Still, he’s only 20.

      We’re getting close to Al Harrington time here.

    28. Washington starting to show signs of them letting the pressure of the moment get to them.
      Beal is playing like he is tired. I don’t remember him getting a blow this half.

      I like Beal and have been following him since HS(same school as D.Lee) but I think people fall in love with his form and do not realize he is not that great of a shooter. I think he will improve but people overrate him right now. I wish he was doing the all around stuff that he did at UF but right now his shot selection is that of a young 20 year old.

      He has a bright future though

    29. Another no rebound game for big Roy. Seriously, they’d be better with Bargnani out there.

    30. Bargs would stretch the floor forcing Gortat or Nene to leave the paint on D……

    31. Hibbert’s complete deterioration as a competent NBA player since the all-star break has been unbelievable. He has become virtually useless on a basketball court. Is there something wrong with him physically? Has he developed a drug problem? Has he just lost it mentally? What in the world has happened to him?

    32. Hibbert will not be a Pacer next year. I’ll say it again. He goes to the Nets for Brook Lopez.

    33. I think I heard Bill Simmons talking today about how Russel Westbrook owned Chris Paul this year. Yeah. . .

    34. I don’t know why people thought the Wizards were a better matchup for the Pacers. Yeah, Gortat and Nene are more “traditional” than Antic but they’re also much better basketball players. I guess Hibbert will always have that decent game 7 against the 38 win Hawks in the first round!

    35. Wizards arent a very good team either. 17th ranked offense. They are actually much better defensively than on offense. They only won 44 games for a reason.

    36. Wasn’t part of that reason that Nene was injured a lot of the season?

    37. I don’t particularly think OKC has a chance in this series unless Westbrook and Durant combine for close to 70 points a game. Brooks has no chance matching wits with Doc Rivers and OKC has no answers inside for Blake and DeAndre unless they can get them in foul trouble. Sure Paul was on fire, but almost every other 3 point attempt has been a quality catch and shoot look. With how poor OKC’s perimeter defense has been I expect that to continue.

    38. Beal has some serious long 2-itis. Still, he’s only 20.

      Well, remember, his coach is a fucking moron, so that plays a big part of it.

      The fact that Beal and Wall take so many long twos is a total testament to Wittman’s ineptitude.

    39. The 2014 Yankees are becoming the baseball version of the 2013-14 Knicks. Finding new embarrassing ways to lose games on a nightly basis.

    40. The 2014 Yankees are becoming the baseball version of the 2013-14 Knicks. Finding new embarrassing ways to lose games on a nightly basis.

      With Brian Roberts playing the role of Andrea Bargnani! Seriously, give Anna or Scott Sizemore a shot. Roberts sucks.

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