Knicks Morning News (2014.10.29)

  • [New York Times] Hornets Hope Stephenson Takes Them to Next Level (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:00:55 GMT)

    Lance Stephenson could be the missing piece to the championship puzzle Michael Jordan is trying to build in Charlotte.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Rout Lakers 108-90 in Kobe’s Return (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:54:55 GMT)

    After Lakers rookie Julius Randle left his NBA debut strapped to a wheeled stretcher with a broken right leg, every player at Staples Center gained a sober perspective on the season opener.

  • [New York Times] Former NBA Player Suffers Racial Abuse in Australia (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:24:46 GMT)

    Former NBA player Josh Childress of the United States has shut down his Twitter account after being subject to racial abuse for flooring an opponent during a local league match in Australia.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Edge Mavs in San Antonio to Open Title Defense (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:54:46 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs raised their championship banner then elevated their game when it mattered to edge the Dallas Mavericks 101-100 in a season-opening win on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Rookie Randle Leaves Court on Stretcher (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:36:57 GMT)

    Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle has left his NBA debut on a stretcher after injuring his right leg in the fourth quarter Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Davis Power Pelicans Past Magic, 101-84 (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:21:57 GMT)

    With 7-footer Omer Asik joining 6-10 All-Star Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans figured they would have a formidable frontcourt this season.

  • [New York Times] Parker Helps Spurs Edge Mavericks in Opener (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:15:57 GMT)

    Tony Parker, who had 23 points, hit a winning 3-pointer for San Antonio, which capped an emotional N.B.A. championship commemoration with a thrilling victory.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | basketball: Parker Helps Spurs Edge Mavericks in Opener (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:04:54 GMT)

    Tony Parker scored 23 points, Manu Ginobili had 20, and San Antonio opened its title defense with a 101-100 victory over visiting Dallas.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Edge Mavs in San Antonio to Open Title Defense (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:24:49 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs raised their championship banner then elevated their game when it mattered to edge the Dallas Mavericks 101-100 in a season-opening win on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Hornets’ Walker Gets 4-Year Extension (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:37:08 GMT)

    A person familiar with the deal says the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with point guard Kemba Walker.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Legacy Shaped in Northwest Takes Hold in Brooklyn (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:30:41 GMT)

    Lionel Hollins, the Nets’ new coach, played under Jack Ramsay with the N.B.A. champion Trail Blazers in 1977 and talked basketball with him up until Ramsay’s death in April at age 89.

  • [New York Times] Question Mark Shadows Derrick Rose’s Return to the Bulls (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:26:20 GMT)

    Rose, whose Bulls will face the Knicks on Wednesday, is coming back from two knee injuries, and whether he can still be a franchise player will be an intriguing subplot this season.

  • [New York Newsday] Lords of the rings: Phil Jackson brings championship expertise to new regime (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:00:00 EDT)

    Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith were eating together at the Thayer Hotel at West Point during training camp when Anthony looked over at a table where Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and a couple of Knicks assistant coaches were sitting.

  • [New York Newsday] The torch has passed, and Fisher has prepared himself to lead the Knicks (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:30:00 EDT)

    Derek Fisher, the Knicks' rookie coach, knows what to do in a crisis. He flourished playing alongside Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. He was president of the NBA players' union during one of its most turbulent times. And he might have saved his own college basketball program when he was 19 years old.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Money, not rings, is only thing guaranteed for Melo with Knicks (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:49:57 GMT)

    It’s not exactly now-or-never time for Carmelo Anthony, but it is getting close. Melo’s biological basketball clock is ticking, make no mistake about it. Now 30, Anthony enters the next phase of his career as far away from winning an NBA title as he was when he first joined the Knicks four seasons ago.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony won’t pay mind to grim predictions for new season (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:43:05 GMT)

    As Carmelo Anthony easily splashed three-pointers through the net on Tuesday at the end of practice, he smiled, reveling in the knowledge that he had just made 10 straight.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks coach Derek Fisher expects Jose Calderon to play in opener (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:30:51 GMT)

    Derek Fisher said he expects Jose Calderon to suit up for Wednesday night’s season opener after the point guard practiced without restrictions on Tuesday.

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    27 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.10.29)”

    1. I just can’t see the Knicks making the playoffs.

      As it stands nao, you have SuperFriends 2.0 and Bulls with the top two spots in the East. Followed by Toronto, Washington, and Atlanta taking up the middle bracket.

      That leaves 3 spots split between 6 teams (Miami, Indiana, Charlotte, Brooklyn, Detroit, and NY).

      Between the addition of Lance EarBlow and a young on the rise core of Kemba Walker, Kidd-Gilchrist, and Zeller, that gives Charlotte a spot.
      Despite the big offseason disappointment from both Eastern Conference Finals teams, I think one of them still makes the playoffs. My bet is on Miami. McRoberts and Deng are both strong two-way players and while they can’t replace Lebron, they both cover any gaping holes he leaves behind.

      So that leaves three teams (the Brooklyn Ruskies, the Detroit Van Gundys, and the NYK) fighting for that last spot. The safe bet would be on the Nets, but I think the Pistons actually take it. They’re not a good team but that doesn’t mean they didn’t underperform last year either. Two of their biggest weaknesses last season were they’re putrid defense and inability to rotate they’re 3 big men. SVG is one of the top defensive coaches if not 2nd best after Thibs and smart enough to get the maximum value from his personnel. Between regression to the mean and the best coaching hire of the off-season, I think they pull off the Suns upset surprise of the season.

      As for the Knicks, I’ll take a stab and say 36 wins. They finished in the bottom quarter of the league in defense last year, which is even moar pathetic when you consider half of those eight teams were essentially outright tanking. And there major offseason move (while a net positive) loss them their main defensive anchor and brought in the worst defensive starting PG in the league.

    2. “McRoberts and Deng are both strong two-way players and while they can’t replace Lebron, they both cover any gaping holes he leaves behind”
      The problem is that the gaping-est hole that LeBron left behind is that, in addition to being their best defender, rebounder and scorer, he was also their de facto point guard. Unless Shabazz Napier is ready to step in immediately, they’ve got a major problem there.

    3. Looks like Chandler Parsons to Dallas is a proven failure.

      Knicks can definitely make the playoffs this year. They probably shouldn’t try to, but the east is still pretty bad at the bottom.

    4. Is Byron Scott’s continued employment the death rattle of the appeal to authority? Or is it an elaborate tank job to set up a possible flop in next year’s draft?

      Deadspin made a joke about Byron Scott losing every game he coaches for the Lakers. Honestly, I could see this happening.

    5. Was Austrailia always a racist place? I never knew…..first the incident on the bus now this ….huh. It sure is fun being black in the world lol

    6. Also, if you’re Phil Jackson, you’re talking to your lady every night about the floor stretching big man we have available, right? If you’re a team semi-secretly trying to lose most of your games, there is no player better suited for you than Bargnani.

    7. Was Austrailia always a racist place? I never knew…

      Australia, the island colonized by British criminals?

    8. I am having trouble understanding why people think we’re going to be worse than last year.

      Last year, we had the league’s absolute worst starting PG, we started Bargnani at center for half the season, Tyson Chandler ran out of cares to give and the whole mess was presided over by a coach who elevated dumbstruck stupor to a kind of performance art.

      This Knicks team won’t be contenders, obviously, but I’m of the mind that replacing Felton with Calderon and Woodson with Fisher is enough to make up the difference between a sulking Tyson Chandler and the rent-a-center committee we’ll be running out there this year, and then some.

    9. I am having trouble understanding why people think we’re going to be worse than last year.

      Last year, we had the league’s absolute worst starting PG, we started Bargnani at center for half the season, Tyson Chandler ran out of cares to give and the whole mess was presided over by a coach who elevated dumbstruck stupor to a kind of performance art.

      This Knicks team won’t be contenders, obviously, but I’m of the mind that replacing Felton with Calderon and Woodson with Fisher is enough to make up the difference between a sulking Tyson Chandler and the rent-a-center committee we’ll be running out there this year, and then some.

      Calderon is one of the few point guards in the league, though, who is a worse defender than Felton. The Knicks’ biggest weakness last year was their defense and they’ve only gotten worse this season. So I imagine that’s why people believe that the Knicks can be worse this year.

      I, though, agree that I find it hard to believe that they’ll be as bad as last year, as I think Woodson’s poor coaching had a lot to do with how bad things were (we’ve already seen how a good defensive coach can turn a shitty defensive team into a good one just through a strong sysyem). I think 42 wins is realistic.

    10. Knicks split or win both of the opening two. Its just what Melo does in big reg season showcase games.

    11. How about this trade at the deadline one of Shump/JR/Timmy + Amare for Kobe and whatever other contracts expire at the end of this year to make the salaries match? The free agents available at the end of the year are not that inspiring. I would like to see us make a strong push for Durant in 2016 regardless if its unlikely for him to come here. Kobe is going to be so frustrated playing with that joke of a squad and would probably relish at the opportunity to play under Fisher/Phil and with his boy Melo. Granted I don’t think this deal could go down without Kobe demanding it but Lakers would get another scorer or shump and get out of Kobe deal for next year. We get melo a bonofide second banana and potentially a good guy to have if we can resign him on the “cheap”. Obviously will need to focus on defensive players but we need to do that either way

    12. How about this trade at the deadline one of Shump/JR/Timmy + Amare for Kobe and whatever other contracts expire at the end of this year to make the salaries match? The free agents available at the end of the year are not that inspiring. I would like to see us make a strong push for Durant in 2016 regardless if its unlikely for him to come here. Kobe is going to be so frustrated playing with that joke of a squad and would probably relish at the opportunity to play under Fisher/Phil and with his boy Melo. Granted I don’t think this deal could go down without Kobe demanding it but Lakers would get another scorer or shump and get out of Kobe deal for next year. We get melo a bonofide second banana and potentially a good guy to have if we can resign him on the “cheap”. Obviously will need to focus on defensive players but we need to do that either way

      This is the most depressing thing I have ever read.

    13. Calderon is one of the few point guards in the league, though, who is a worse defender than Felton.

      Even if you take that as a given (and maybe it’s true, though at least in the pre-season games I’ve watched it seems like Calderon is merely Felton-esque, and not sub-Feltonian, on defense), the guy is an outstanding offensive player and lights-out shooter. He’s going to be a major upgrade over Felton by virtue of being one-dimensional rather than zero dimensional.

      But yes, our defense is going to be a train wreck again. I’m hoping some of that will be mitigated by a more conservative and coherent defensive scheme, but there’s no doubt we’re going to win by outscoring people. I still think that a sub-37 win season is far-fetched unless Melo and/or Calderon get seriously injured, in which case we could struggle to crack 20 wins.

    14. Flossy- It sure is a depressing scenario but possibly our best route to success, take a gander at our options for free agency next year http://hoopshype.com/free_agency_2015.htm

      Who’s realistically coming next year that would make a difference? Maybe you want to lock up 30 year old Marc Gasol on a 4 year max deal which is what I imagine it would take. Other than that Dragic on the right deal would be nice I suppose. Al Jefferson/Milsap? maybe but again you probably have to overpay for those guys too. I think one year of Kobe at whatever makes given his expertise in the triangle wouldn’t be that bad of a path. Plus best case we jettision JR Smith/Amare

    15. Sounds like Jimmy Butler is going to miss some time, including tonight’s game. Wonder who they’re going to have guard Melo. Taj might get a try but I’m not sure he’s quick enough, and none of their remaining wings really have the defensive chops. Should be a good chance for Melo to get cooking.

    16. Flossy- It sure is a depressing scenario but possibly our best route to success, take a gander at our options for free agency next year http://hoopshype.com/free_agency_2015.htm

      Who’s realistically coming next year that would make a difference? Maybe you want to lock up 30 year old Marc Gasol on a 4 year max deal which is what I imagine it would take. Other than that Dragic on the right deal would be nice I suppose. Al Jefferson/Milsap? maybe but again you probably have to overpay for those guys too. I think one year of Kobe at whatever makes given his expertise in the triangle wouldn’t be that bad of a path. Plus best case we jettision JR Smith/Amare

      I would much rather have Marc Gasol on a 4-year max at age 30 than Kobe at 36 playing out a $48.5m contract for the next 2 years. You’re not building shit at all if you trade for Kobe for anything of worth and you’re punting on acquiring some kind of building blocks to put next to Melo long-term and for what? 45 wins and at best a second round exit? That seems very Knicksy, but I’m hoping Phil Jackson has more vision than that.

    17. No denying Gasol’s a great player right now, its just that big men typically don’t age that well which is why i would hesisitate to offer up a full max to him. I also don’t think Melo + Marc + role players are getting us past the Cavs/bulls anytime soon. Kobe’s deal ends after next year so its really only one more year you would be “punting”. My logic would be that Kobe resigns after this deal at around the mid-level and is as good at playing the old man game as Pierce. Then we go hard after Durant/Noah. Lets face it unless the triangle turns us into the spurs, or we draft a superstar our next best bet of winning a chip anytime soon is obtaining 1-2 absolutly elite players (well top 15) through free agency. With this being the case, I would really focus on Durant. I would think Fisher has a good repoire with him and Phil certainly has gravity. I realize this is a very pipe-dreamy scenario but rings in the nba sure are tough to get. You really need to stack the deck to compete with some of the teams that are out there right now and going forward.

    18. @ 21

      Isn’t Tony Snell Butlers back up?

      Think so. He’s pretty long but Melo should be able to abuse him with strength 1 on 1.

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