Knicks Morning News (2014.09.24)

  • [New York Times] Qatar Forfeit Basketball Game in Hijab Row (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:44:36 GMT)

    The Qatar women’s basketball team refused to play in their Asian Games group match against Mongolia on Wednesday after being refused permission to wear the hijab.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Sue Bird Is First American on Four Teams for World Championship (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:58:06 GMT)

    Bird, who won gold in 2002 and 2010 and a bronze in 2006, was named to the 2014 United States team.

  • [New York Times] Caldwell Jones, Artful Center, Dies at 64 (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:52:39 GMT)

    Caldwell Jones, who helped the Philadelphia 76ers to three N.B.A. finals appearances, was a top defender who also had smooth, slithery move to the basket, a fluid hook shot and a reliable short-range jumper.

  • [New York Post] Steve Serby’s Q&A with Phil Jackson (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:40:26 -0400)

    First of two parts: As the Knicks ready for their first training camp under Phil Jackson, Post columnist Steve Serby sat down with the team president and 13-time NBA champion…

  • [New York Times] Qatar Forfeit Basketball Game in Hijab Row (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:44:36 GMT)

    The Qatar women’s basketball team refused to play in their Asian Games group match against Mongolia on Wednesday after being refused permission to wear the hijab.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Sue Bird Is First American on Four Teams for World Championship (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:58:06 GMT)

    Bird, who won gold in 2002 and 2010 and a bronze in 2006, was named to the 2014 United States team.

  • [New York Times] Caldwell Jones, Artful Center, Dies at 64 (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:52:39 GMT)

    Caldwell Jones, who helped the Philadelphia 76ers to three N.B.A. finals appearances, was a top defender who also had smooth, slithery move to the basket, a fluid hook shot and a reliable short-range jumper.

  • [New York Post] Steve Serby’s Q&A with Phil Jackson (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:40:26 -0400)

    First of two parts: As the Knicks ready for their first training camp under Phil Jackson, Post columnist Steve Serby sat down with the team president and 13-time NBA champion…

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    23 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.09.24)”

    1. “If he focuses on doing what he does best, he’ll have a nice career, but oftentimes that’s what derails younger players. Instead of narrowing what they do they’re always trying to expand what they do so they end up playing to their nonstrengths instead of playing to their strengths.”

      If only Tyson Chandler had wised up and worked on his mid-range game!

    2. Love the Phil Jackson Q&A. How can you not be optimistic about the Knicks after reading that?

      RIP Caldwell Jones

    3. @1, yeah, it sure was a waste of time for David Lee and Joakim Noah….

      Yeah I think it’s just different for each player. Some guys are able to add new skills, improve and elevate their level of play and other guys are just more limited and like Van Gundy says perhaps should focus on what they’re good at and keep it simple.

      And for the millionth time nobody is arguing that Chandler is some garbage player because he has limitations. Chandler is really good at basketball when he’s motivated, but he has a more limited skill set than say Tim Duncan so you have to game plan for that and make sure that whatever you do offensively is able to utilize Chandler’s one offensive strength (and a great one) of being an elite finisher as the roll man in high PNR.

      I’m just talking about Chandler as a scoring option since he also has good value as an offensive rebounder.

    4. Yeah its a completely different scenario. Shump is still a very young player who started to establish himself as a 3 and D guy but then lost track of that last year. He’s been told to be more of a PG, to play SF sometimes, etc.

      Chandler could have added a mid range jump shot to his arsenal and made himself an even better player. But if he was going to do that it was probably wise for him to first really establish the current identity he has and add that into the mix over the course of several seasons. If he had tried to add that and a bunch of post moves super early in his career he might not have ever gotten good at what he does now, which is good defense and rolling to the basket.

    5. Joakim Noah is an atrociously bad shooter. He should almost never take jump shots. Hitting mid range shots at a blistering mid-30s clip does not space the floor.

    6. Joakim Noah is an atrociously bad shooter. He should almost never take jump shots. Hitting mid range shots at a blistering mid-30s clip does not space the floor.

      Noah has become a far better passer, particularly from the elbows where he’s great at hitting cutters on the baseline. Shooting isn’t the only skill that can be improved.

    7. Shockingly (SHOCKINGLY, I SAY!) the Suns and Bledsoe are re-engaging in talks. Shockingly (SHOCKINGLY!) the Suns are not interested in taking garbage from the Timberwolves for a player whose rights they control and the often injured Bledsoe is not that interested in taking a one-year deal for $3.7 million in the hopes of getting a max deal next offseason.

      They’re roughly $12 million apart right now, so I would imagine the deal gets done somewhere in the middle (which would be 4 years/$54 million).

    8. 5/70 in the end. It seems pretty reasonable for both sides and I’m definitely glad that this Suns team will be roughly intact since they were amazing to watch last year.

    9. Such a strange situation. He could totally outplay that deal at 4/$54M, or he could be a total bust. The only mitigating factor is that the cap is about to explode, but any injured-player-in-second-year-of-an-eight-figure deal in a virtually-hard cap league is dead weight.

      I’d gladly take him, but only because I’m afraid that if the Knicks don’t overpay for a fragile near-superstar now, they’ll waste their cap space on more overrated scorers take tiny little paycuts in the name of “winning.”

    10. So Bledsoe signs on for 5 years at $70 million. I’m disappointed. I really wanted to see Bledsoe in a Knicks’ jersey, and it’s not fair that Phoenix can have Bledsoe, Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, and Tyler Ennis on their roster. Maybe we’ll push for Goran Dragic next year.

    11. Seems like a decent enough contract for Bledsoe, but I think Phoenix was definitely the best fit for him. He’s struggled throughout his career when he’s the only PG on the floor and he definitely needs to play on a team that will push the tempo. Also he does have a bit of an injury history and his lack of experience as a starter is a little worrying, but if he can continue to mature and make the most of his freakish physical gifts he’ll be a great value for them.

    12. An interesting question is what this does to Dragic. He has already pretty much said he’s returning to Phoenix no matter what, but he’s not going to be willing to take less than Bledsoe, right? So does it really make sense to spend $39 million a year on three point guards? Hmmm…as I say that, I realize that that is roughly what New Orleans is paying for their three worse guards (Evans, Holliday and Gordon) so I guess it makes some sense.

      Anyhow, I’m glad for the Suns and Bledsoe that they came to an agreement that made them both happy. I hate when guys leave good situations out of silly “respect” issues (Do note that my opinion would be different if I thought that the Knicks had a chance at signing him next season).

    13. huh, the WWL suspended Simmons for 3 weeks for calling Goodell a liar. I guess he’ll be back in time to take shots at the Knicks at halftime.

    14. @BC

      I think what you have to consider is that the Suns run a ton of 2 PG lineups so $39m on 4 guys for 2 positions is good if 2 of those guys are the best players on your team.

      @DRed

      Seriously how fucking lame is ESPN? That “rant” Simmons went on would qualify IMO as somewhat inappropriate. If calling Goodell a liar and labelling his whole press conference and handling of the situation as “fucking bullshit” is worthy of a 3 week suspension well it’s hard to take ESPN seriously as a legitimate source of news at least as far as the NFL is concerned.

    15. Oh yeah, like I said after typing it, at least Phoenix is paying $39 million to three legitimately good guards.

      I really don’t get the Simmons thing.

    16. Also worth noting that this supposed breach of their “journalistic standards” occurred on a weekly podcast in which Simmons and a comedy writer among other things openly discuss their illegal gambling habits and joke about how Simmons and Russell Wilson are dating. The podcast (like the majority of what ESPN does it should be noted) doesn’t have the first thing to do with journalism. That’s not a shot at it (I actually like a lot of what Simmons does), it’s just a simple fact.

    17. Money talks. NFL=money. Simmons can’t be dissin’ the head honcho of the meal ticket.

      So stupid, though.

    18. It’s all very strange to me. Simmons is suspended for criticizing a de facto CEO for his behavior in connection with suspending “employees” who committed unseemly or could have been criminal acts outside the course of their employment. There is something very off putting about the whole matter. Could you imagine if your boss had to start issuing suspensions and/or public apologies to control employees misbehavior off-hours and then everyone could comment or critique their response.

    19. The Post had an interesting take on the Simmons suspension — He got suspended 2 weeks longer than Stephen A got for saying that Janay Rice provoked the punch and 1 week longer than Ray Rice got for actually throwing the punch.

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