Knicks Morning News (2014.09.30)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani are healthy, happy (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:44:05 GMT)

    Better check those expiration dates. Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani will combine for $35.4 million in expiring contracts after the upcoming season for Phil Jackson and the Knicks to have some workable cap space next summer.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Clock already ticking on Knicks and Carmelo Anthony’s partnership with Phil Jackson (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:38:17 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony’s waistline shrunk this summer as his wallet expanded. For those of you who believe money can’t buy happiness, take a good look at the thinner, more optimistic Melo. “I feel awesome,” he says.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony has ‘unfinished business’ with Knicks (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:21:44 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony doesn’t want to — or expect to — endure the pain of missing the playoffs he experienced with the Knicks last season. The slimmed-down, perennial All-Star agrees with Phil Jackson’s contention that the retooled Knicks should return to the playoffs this season.

  • [New York Times] New System and Season Bring Carmelo Anthony and Knicks Fresh Perspective (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:32:41 GMT)

    As the Knicks prepared to begin training camp Tuesday at West Point, Carmelo Anthony addressed the news media with a renewed sense of optimism.

  • [New York Times] Questions About Clippers Remain After Sale to Steve Ballmer (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:24:07 GMT)

    As the Clippers prepare for their first season since Ballmer bought the team, the Donald Sterling scandal is behind them, but they still need to prove they can make a title run.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Return Focus to Team Post-Sterling (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:18:57 GMT)

    Doc Rivers loves nothing more than talking basketball. And with the scandal involving former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling beginning to fade into the background, Rivers welcomes returning the focus squarely to the team and its performance.

  • [New York Times] National Basketball Association Roundup (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:49 GMT)

    The Phoenix Suns signed forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris to multiyear contract extensions Monday reportedly worth a combined $52 million for the twin brothers.

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    19 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.09.30)”

    1. Mike, are the roundtables, interviews, contributions from distinguished writers and all we’ve been spoiled in the past with gone? Jim& Bob gone? Just commentary?

      It’s like holy Inquisition up here. No writers, no abbeys, no franks, dyuanys….prurists took over hard. And no disrespect to Jowls, Dred(i’v lerned/loled a lot)….but this WS curfew needs some balance.
      Free eye-test, highlight reel, PPG, if A and B then C and D fundamentalists up here.
      Are we going to die?
      Let the good results from the knicks bring us back to life.
      Man, I ‘d do anything to do something when I work:)) I say 54 wins and Bargniani career year…WS48 .150

    2. I’m hoping we get more discussion when there’s finally something tangible to talk about. Because of press day a bunch of articles appeared about the Knicks, but they were so fluffy and positive, there was nothing there to debate. I mean “We have the best rotation of 2 guards in the league”, “It’s great coming into the season healthy”, “I can handle a lot of minutes”, etc. are just hard to say anything about. The first tangible thing to ignite debate is likely to be a preseason game, or maybe it’s starting lineup. That’s a week away.

    3. Yeah, right now the only interesting NBA stories are on other teams and even they aren’t really all that interesting. Like Dion Waiters saying today that he and Irving are better than Wall and Beal.

      1. Huh?
      2. Why?
      3. Huh?

    4. This diehard Syracuse fan thinks Dion Waiters is a douche. He’s a bigger douche than either Beal or Wall.

    5. Actually, I spoke too soon. There was some interesting news today. Zach Lowe’s latest excellent column (about the Rockets’ title window possibly closing very soon) brings up an idea I did not know existed and one that could have significant impact on the Knicks. The idea is that instead of seeing the NBA salary cap rise dramatically when the new TV deal is signed (which would be huge for the Knicks) there is a movement to raise the cap limit gradually instead (you know, still get to $80 million eventually, but first go $72 million, $74 million, $76 million and then $80 million), for the following reasons:

      1. The League likes it for the same reason we Knick fans would hate it – it would prevent big market teams from suddenly having max cap room in spite of their own poor planning. The Knicks, Lakers and Nets all poorly planned their caps but might suddenly be gifted max cap room to work with (or room for multiple max salaries in New York and L.A.’s case)

      2. The Players might like it in the sense that it might be viewed as unfair to players on current max deals to suddenly be making 30% less than current free agents just because the current free agent happened to become a free agent at the “right” time.

    6. Here’s some food for thought: Timofey Mozgov, the player the Knicks basically threw in the Melo deal as a throw away piece came in at 179 in the ESPN player rankings. Looking back over the rankings he has come in higher than the entire current Knicks PF/C stocks.

    7. First set of over/under that I’ve seen this year was posted today: http://tmi.me/1eM7z2

      Has our beloved Knicks at 40.5 which honestly…seems just about right. .500 seems like a reasonable expectation for the year.

      A couple others that stood out to me:

      I like the under on the Bulls at 55.5 – I’m not convinced about Rose’s health and I think the Pau addition has been seriously overstated – he was just bad the last couple years and it’s not like he’s some perfect fit on that team really, yes they need offense but he’s worse than Taj and Noah overall. How much of an improvement is he really over what they were getting from Boozer?

      I like the under on the Lakers at 31.5 – bad coaching, bad chemistry, bad players I just think this is going to be a mess.

      I like the Pacers over 32.5(!!!). I think the Pacers are going to be bad this year. But 32.5 is a really, really low number for a team that won 56 games last year even missing a lot of guys. The offense is going be a dumpster fire, there’s no doubt about that, but I think Vogel is a good coach and I still think they’re going to be pretty good on D and in the East that should be enough to get them to the high 30s at least.

      Last one, I like the Mavs over 49.5. Won 49 last year and I think there’s a pretty decent chance they’re going to get a seriously reinvigorated Tyson Chandler.

    8. The year of Cope!!!!!

      Seriously though, Pacers lost their best two players in Stephenson and PG. They have Copeland and CJ Miles(???) slated to start for them (ESPN depth chart). This was a notoriously thin team last year and they still are. I don’t know if I really believe in them. I love Cope, but you lose a lot on anything that’s not scoring when he’s out there.

    9. The pacers number probably has some tank built into it. The lack of moves this offseason suggests they don’t care much about the outcome of this season. Would anyone be surprised if the pacers move hibbert and west and just went for a high lotto pick?

    10. David West has some serious 2013-14 Chandler potential. I can imagine him mailing it in a couple of months into the season when he’s running PNR with Rodney Stuckey with Hibbert getting a heavy dose of post ups. I can definitely see the Pacers trading West, though getting any semblance of fair value on a trade for him will be difficult.

    11. With Tyson Chandler no longer roaming the paint, J.R. Smith said the Knicks “are going to push everything to the sideline” and keep “people out of our middle, [whereas] last year it was more forcing people to the middle.”

      See, to my uneducated eye it looked like guys were just strolling down the lane because our guards were a trainwreck on defense, but in reality it was just strategy.

      “Brilliant” is how Amar’e Stoudemire described Fisher’s tactic of going all defense for the first practice.

      And listen-if there’s one Knick who knows defensive tactics, it’s the guy who had played professional basketball for years without ever learning defense until Mike Woodson taught it to him.

    12. My favorite quote of the day was Jackson on JR: “He might be one of those guys that’s a little bit like Dennis Rodman that has an outlier kind of side to him. But I’m gonna get to know him as we go along, and we’ll find a way to either make him a very useful player on our organization, or whatever.”

      Jackson is smart so one must assume he’s thinking that JR’s a ticking time-bomb.

    13. “I’m gonna get to know him as we go along, and we’ll find a way to either make him a very useful player on our organization, or whatever.” -Phil

      I think I’d like to bet the “whatever” line. (I don’t even care what the odds are)

    14. If Phil wants us to be competitive this year, he has to figure out how to maximize good JR and minimize bad JR. If that doesn’t go well, I expect that JR will see his minutes decline, at least unless Shump doesn’t improve.

      Good JR is the 2nd best offensive player on the team, and a better defender than he’s given credit for. Bad JR is distracted and a distraction who hurts you on both ends. I think that it meant a lot for him to get 6th man of the year 2 years ago. He’s hardly popular or respected, so he really had to earn that.

      I also think that the injury and surgery recovery really set him back early on last year, and Woodson’s love affair with him and that, the suspension, the iso-centric offense and lack of accountability on D brewed the perfect storm for 3 months of bad JR.

      My biggest concern re: JR is that he is not a guy that will ever be a heady player in a stressful playoff situation, i.e. even the good JR is fool’s gold.

    15. Actually, I spoke too soon. There was some interesting news today. Zach Lowe’s latest excellent column (about the Rockets’ title window possibly closing very soon) brings up an idea I did not know existed and one that could have significant impact on the Knicks. The idea is that instead of seeing the NBA salary cap rise dramatically when the new TV deal is signed (which would be huge for the Knicks) there is a movement to raise the cap limit gradually instead (you know, still get to $80 million eventually, but first go $72 million, $74 million, $76 million and then $80 million), for the following reasons:

      1. The League likes it for the same reason we Knick fans would hate it – it would prevent big market teams from suddenly having max cap room in spite of their own poor planning. The Knicks, Lakers and Nets all poorly planned their caps but might suddenly be gifted max cap room to work with (or room for multiple max salaries in New York and L.A.’s case)

      2. The Players might like it in the sense that it might be viewed as unfair to players on current max deals to suddenly be making 30% less than current free agents just because the current free agent happened to become a free agent at the “right” time.

      I’ve read this a lot, but only from people quoting owners. Think about it for a second:

      The entire lockout was about reducing the players share of the money from 57.5% to 50%. So now the pot gets bigger, and the owners are going to try to NOT pay out 50%? And they think the players are going to go for that?

      They would be, in essence, reducing the players’s share further, from 50% to 47.5% (or whatever), without imposing a lockout, but promising to make them whole down the road.

      I would expect the players union to unanimously vote: NO FUCKING WAY!!!

    16. That doesn’t mean, however, that their may not be a way for the league and the players union to agree to way that actually prevents a sudden spike in available cap space across the league. But it would have to involve increasing salaries of all players under contract across the board. Because there is just no way the players union would agree to accept less than 50% of revenue just because revenues suddenly spiked because of their work!!

      (Then again, I thought there was no way LeBron would ever play for Dan Gilbert, so…)

    17. That doesn’t mean, however, that their may not be a way for the league and the players union to agree to way that actually prevents a sudden spike in available cap space across the league. But it would have to involve increasing salaries of all players under contract across the board. Because there is just no way the players union would agree to accept less than 50% of revenue just because revenues suddenly spiked because of their work!!

      (Then again, I thought there was no way LeBron would ever play for Dan Gilbert, so…)

      I would imagine that the plan would involve exactly that – they’d put the excess money into an escrow account and pay it out to the players following the season. So the players as a whole wouldn’t be losing out on any money. The plan wouldn’t be about depriving them of money, it’d just be about controlling the rise of the salary cap.

      And the escrow account would just get smaller each season until the cap finally got to actually 50%.

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