Knicks Morning News (2014.09.08)

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Phoenix Takes W.N.B.A Finals Lead (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 04:01:45 GMT)

    Brittney Griner had eight blocked shots, a W.N.B.A. playoff record, setting the tone for a dominant Phoenix performance as the Mercury routed the visiting Chicago Sky, 83-62.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Bruce Levenson’s Email Reveals Depth of N.B.A.’s Racism Issues (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:33:27 GMT)

    Bruce Levenson, the Atlanta Hawks’ controlling owner, follows Donald Sterling as another league owner selling his team after showing an inherent bias against blacks.

  • [New York Times] Bruce Levenson Will Sell Atlanta Hawks After Racially Charged Email Is Revealed (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:03:17 GMT)

    The owner of the Atlanta Hawks approached team executives with his thoughts about how to attract more white fans.

  • [New York Times] Neto Top Scores as Brazil Seal Quarter-Final (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:03:29 GMT)

    Raulzinho Neto had a game-high 21 points as Brazil avenged their defeat four years ago by Argentina and progressed to the quarter-finals of the basketball World Cup with an 85-65 victory on Sunday.

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    9 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.09.08)”

    1. @ Brian –

      agreed on #2, also crazy that he read whatever this racist word was about Luol Deng out loud to the group… not sure if that was b/c he wanted to out the guy, or b/c he thought it was normal / okay

    2. On a lighter note —
      multiple media outlets now reporting that the new TV deal will be 2+ billion/year, which suggests an increase in salary cap of about $16MM/year (http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/08/nbas-new-tv-contracts-could-increase-salary-cap-by-about-16-million/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter). Obviously changes things completely, and makes Melo’s unwillingness (and Phil’s not pushing it) much more understandable. Assuming that that # is real and the salary cap is in the area of $80MM in 2016, his # in 2016-17 will be about 30.75% of the cap, and the Knicks will have $55.4 million in non-Carmelo space. Salaries will go up proportionately to that increase, of course, but the doom and gloom about his near-max contract completely hamstringing the team is probably a bit overblown.

    3. First about the Levenson case….
      1) this is a case of political correctness gone wild.
      2) Kareem Abdul Jabar wrote a great piece about this:
      http://time.com/3296175/bruce-levenson-atlanta-hawks-racist-email-kareem-abdul-jabbar/
      3) There is much conjecture out there that Levenson actually wants to dump the team and after seeing what Sterling got for the Clippers, he’s using this as a way to do it.

      About cap space….
      So it was not all about money. There was an avenue available for Melo to make more cash. That was to do the LeBron 2-year hustle. LBJ is going to cash in double in 2016. Melo will be a Knick and the Knicks will have cap space to surround Melo with top-tier talent. In another interview Anthony claims that it was his businesses that tipped the scales in NY’s favor. http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/carmelo-anthony-says-business-a-big-reason-he-stayed-with-knicks-1.9227590?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    4. @4 yea I don’t think it was really racist….more like ignorant and dumb. And I do agree that he’s trying to cash in

      Now when Ferry says that Luol Deng “has some African in him” that may be a little racist. I’m not even sure what that means. Has anyone ever heard anything negative about Deng?

    5. Remember when Stephen A. Smith said this, regarding the Ray Rice incident:

      “We also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them, because we’ve got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way. And I don’t think that’s broached enough, is all I’m saying. ”

      MORON.

    6. @6
      I don’t think Stephen A is a moron and I think I understand what he’s getting at.

      While it’s obvious from the video that Ray Rice was 100% an asshole and deserves what he gets, what’s moronic is how quickly people jump on any news and act like judge and jury before getting ANY facts.

      Before this video, we didn’t know if she was on drugs and wielding a knife, if she fainted or if she had epilepsy or some other condition that did this to her. We do now, but what he was saying is that we need to gather information before trying anyone in the court of public opinion.

      Remember that in THIS country, you are innocent until proven guilty.

    7. SAS is a fucking moron. Full stop.

      In this country, you can beat a woman unconscious on videotape and not spend day in jail. At least the DA was nice enough to also drop the assault charge against Ray’s wife.

    8. What the fuck does this mean:

      “We also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them…”

      What kind of weasel word bullshit is that? “Elements of provocation?” And then what the hell does he mean when he says “we” have to do what “we” can to prevent the situation from happening? It sure sounds like he’s saying uppity bitches shouldn’t get too uppity or they’re likely to get punched in the face, but he doesn’t want to come right out and say it. The stupid is strong in him.

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