Knicks Morning News (2014.10.14)

  • [New York Times] Gobert’s Double-Double Lifts Jazz Over Clippers (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 03:41:52 GMT)

    Trey Burke scored 16 points and had eight assists while Rudy Gobert chipped in 11 points and 20 rebounds to lift the Utah Jazz to a 102-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Butler Leads Bulls to 110-90 Win Over Nuggets (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:51:00 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler scored 21 points while rookie Doug McDermott added 16 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 110-90 rout of the Denver Nuggets in an exhibition game on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Jones Leads Rockets to 95-92 Win Over Suns (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:47:54 GMT)

    Terrence Jones scored 18 points and Isaiah Canaan put Houston ahead for good with a three-point play with 29 seconds left as the Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns 95-92 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Back at the Garden, a Different Knicks Team Is in Search of Chemistry (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:43:45 GMT)

    The Knicks lost an exhibition game to the Raptors, but Coach Derek Fisher said wins and losses were not the focus of the preseason.

  • [New York Times] Lou Williams Scores 21, Raptors Beat Knicks 81-76 (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:09:17 GMT)

    Lou Williams scored 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat New York 81-76 on Monday night in the Knicks’ preseason home opener.

  • [New York Times] Hornets Rally to Beat Magic 99-97 (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:24:26 GMT)

    Third-string point guard Jannero Pargo scored 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Charlotte Hornets rallied for a 99-97 preseason victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Derek Fisher has buffer in Phil Jackson to stay off hot seat (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:53:10 GMT)

    There was no greater optimist inside Madison Square Garden on Monday than Derek Fisher, who for the first time was occupying the same precious space on the Knicks bench that once belonged to Phil Jackson’s mentor, Red Holzman, and Jackson’s rival, Pat Riley.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Carmelo Anthony focusing on patience as Knicks struggle (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:32:05 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony is taking a triangle-or-bust attitude toward the team’s new triple-post offense under Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher.

  • [New York Daily News] Phil Jackson has Knicks meditating before preseason opener at Garden, an 81-76 loss to Toronto (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:45:42 GMT)

    While Phil Jackson isn’t coaching the team, his influence is everywhere, and on Sunday he revealed his players have been involved in a meditative, “mindfulness training” program, which is an attempt to make the players, well, more aware of their surroundings and focused and comfortable in their own skin and other stuff like that.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Amar'e Stoudemire: Mindfulness training 'will definitely help' Knicks this season (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:57:37 EDT)

    Derek Fisher sees plenty of value in the Knicks’ learning “mindfulness techniques.””I think it falls into the category of mental performance,” Fisher said. “We’ve seen that evolve in professional sports in recent years, where instead of always focusing on improving your performance in just the muscles and the bodies and the shooting, there is a very big muscle up here that also needs training sometimes. And so mindful training, mental performance, we take it seriously.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] J.R. Smith: Knicks' new triangle offense [more complex] than we're used to playing (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:39:05 EDT)

    J.R. Smith made an interesting observation about the Knicks’ new offense on Monday. “You have to think the game more. It’s just more of a complex way that we play, [more complex] than we’re used to playing,” Smith said after the Knicks’ third preseason game. “We’re used to just catching and going, stuff like that. Now, cutting, making sure we’re getting in our right spots. It’s just a conscious effort I think.”The Knicks’ new triangle offense has been hot and cold so far in the preseason.

  • [New York Post] Phil Jackson’s ‘brilliant’ plan for the Knicks that is very Zen (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:51:58 -0400)

    The Zen Master is already spinning his Zen on the Knicks. During training camp at West Point, the Knicks went through one 45-minute "mindful training'' session with a practitioner whom…

  • [New York Post] Knicks score only 76 in preseason home opener — uh oh (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:01:36 -0400)

    Trying to explain away his team's wayward shooting, Iman Shumpert said the Knicks were "overly excited'' being back at the Garden for their preseason home opener. That must be it….

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    5 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.10.14)”

    1. Andrea Bargnani, C DNP COACH’S DECISION

      Cole Aldrich, C DNP COACH’S DECISION

      The coach gave, and the coach hath taken away.

    2. Last night was the first game I’ve gotten to watch and what a mixed bag it was. There were some possessions that looked better than just about anything we did last year – an offense with motion and continuity was a sight to behold, but lots of long droughts where we fell back on bad habits and didn’t run anything that looked like an offense – triangle or otherwise.

      Assorted thoughts:
      Calderon is a pleasure to watch on offense – really good passer. Which really, who was the last Knick who you would say was really a good passer? David Lee, right? Been a few years now.

      Early has a smooth looking jumper but still looks like the game is moving too fast for him when he tries to do literally anything else. It’s very early of course, but he’s not exactly a pup at 23 and looks like a bit of a project.

      THJ needs to focus on finding other ways to contribute, particularly when he’s having a rough shooting night. Seemed like the more he struggled the harder he forced it. Got to the line well which is a positive, but too much ill-advised gunning.

      Big man rotation is potentially a mess. Dalembert is fine but a lot is riding on him. Stat was awful, Acy is fine for what he is, but what he is is extremely limited, Jason Smith I barely noticed out there. I’m not even a Cole Alrdrich person but not giving him any burn right now is silly. We really need to figure out where he fits in, because what we have in front of him doesn’t look that imposing.

    3. Which really, who was the last Knick who you would say was really a good passer? David Lee, right? Been a few years now.

      Probably Kidd.

      THJ needs to focus on finding other ways to contribute, particularly when he’s having a rough shooting night. Seemed like the more he struggled the harder he forced it. Got to the line well which is a positive, but too much ill-advised gunning.

      I am more than worried about him. He looks 100% the poor defender he was last year, and that leaves him as one of the worst defenders I’ve ever seen. The correlation between athleticism and defensive effectiveness is so oddly low. Think about THJ vs. Trent Tucker. I remember very early last year a lot of observers were admiring how he “sat low” in his defensive stance. Right into the bean bag, it turns out. I think his upside is as a highly overrated 20 pt scorer with decent efficiency who is a defensive liability and below average at everything else.

    4. Andrea Bargnani, C DNP COACH’S DECISION

      Cole Aldrich, C DNP COACH’S DECISION

      The coach gave, and the coach hath taken away.

      That wasn’t even the coach giving, since Bargs is currently limited with a hamstring injury. As opposed to the rest of his career, where he has been limited with poor basketball skills.

    5. Keep your facts away from my biblical allusions, Cronin. I’m trying to class this place up a bit.

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