Knicks Morning News (2014.11.12)

  • [New York Post] This Magic player, LI product could be fit for Knicks in 2015 (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:54:15 -0500)

    Tobias Harris, the Magic's second-leading scorer, turned down a recent contract-extension offer and will become a restricted free agent this summer. According to a source, Harris, who went to high…

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki, Mavericks Rally Past Kings 106-98 (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:48:47 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki vividly remembers watching Hakeem Olajuwon from his home in Germany as a teenager in the 1990s.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Play Regulars, Beat Warriors 113-100 (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:12:48 GMT)

    Steve Kerr approached Gregg Popovich on the court, smiled and shared a laugh with one of his mentors following his first home loss as coach of the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki, Mavericks Rally Past Kings 106-98 (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:57:43 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki vividly remembers watching Hakeem Olajuwon from his home in Germany as a teenager in the 1990s.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Rally to Beat Hornets 102-100 (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:49:04 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 29 points and the Trail Blazers trailed by as many as 23 points in the first half before rallying in the fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Hornets 102-100 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki Passes Olajuwon as Top International Scorer (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:18:39 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki became the highest-scoring non-U.S. born player in the National Basketball Association on Tuesday, passing Hakeem Olajuwon with a 23-point performance as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 106-98.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro basketball: Grizzlies’ Bench Helps Hold Off Lakers (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:08:34 GMT)

    Mike Conley scored 23 points, and host Memphis finally got a strong effort from its reserves to beat Los Angeles, 107-102.

  • [New York Times] Mayo, Knight Help Bucks Hold Off Thunder, 85-78 (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:22:07 GMT)

    O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Brandon Knight added 16 as the Milwaukee Bucks held off a late Oklahoma City rally to beat the Thunder 85-78 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Conley Leads Grizzlies Past Lakers, 107-102 (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:01:41 GMT)

    Mike Conley scored 23 points and Memphis finally got a strong effort from its struggling bench to beat Los Angeles, 107-102.

  • [New York Times] Spurs, Picture of Continuity, Are Set for Another Run (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:41:07 GMT)

    With the same players, save for a rookie, the Spurs are trying to recapture the form they displayed in June when they eviscerated the Heat to win their fifth N.B.A. championship.

  • [New York Times] Lowry Scores 19 as Raptors Rally Past Magic (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:20:23 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry had 19 points, Terrence Ross added 17 and Toronto erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando.

  • [New York Times] Taunting Nets? Family Makes That Its Domain (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:01:53 GMT)

    Along with her son, the owner of a New Mexico company that holds the Nets.com domain name is behind pranks on the site that are intended to push the Nets to buy the domain.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Despite call for patience, it’s same ol’ Knicks (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:00:33 GMT)

    Each loss produces the same rehearsed analysis from inside the Knicks’ locker room. It is a “learning process,” they will say over and over, which isn’t necessarily accurate considering that for the better part of 15 years the franchise has perfected the art of losing and excuse-making.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo: Triangle will start to fit (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:40:56 GMT)

    It’s no secret the Knicks are having a rough start to the season at 2-6 while trying to learn Phil Jackson’s triangle offense. But as Carmelo Anthony explains, you can’t expect everything to go smoothly when you’re starting something from scratch.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony hands out food in East Harlem (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:19:54 GMT)

    Hoops star Carmelo Anthony set the ball aside Tuesday to hand out free food to hundreds of hungry families in East Harlem.

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    19 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.11.12)”

    1. Friend and I were having a convo about how Melo leads the team in assists. The last time that this occurred was in 2011-12 when the Knicks also were horrible and PGless in the period before Linsanity. Interesting.

    2. I know this is a Knicks blog, but I would still like to congratulate Kobe Bryant on becoming the all time leader in Kobe-assists last night.

    3. Must win games tonight and Friday, these are teams we’re supposed to beat.

      Oh wait, we’re the team they’re supposed to beat

    4. @6 – I had the same thought earlier today.

      “Oh look. Orlando. We’re supposed to beat those guys… right? RIGHT?? OH GOD!”

    5. Must win games tonight and Friday, these are teams we’re supposed to beat.

      Oh wait, we’re the team they’re supposed to beat

      Former Knick Channing Frye had a hilariously candid moment on live TV last night when asked about all of their losses and he said something like, “Yeah, we’re getting closer to winning, but at the end of the day, it’s still fucking losing.” Awesome.

    6. Nah. Not sure why we need to sink more money into the decent rebounding, not efficient scoring SF/PF position.

    7. We better win tonight. I’m taking my wife to her first game since Jordan’s double-nickel game. She used to be the most insane Knicks fan ever, but sadly, the thrill is gone. Hopefully, 4th row seats, the new Garden and a hard-fought win (or a raucous blowout) will stir up the ol’ feelings.

    8. Your wife may be witnessing history yet again. No team in NBA history has ever had a FT/FGA rate below 15% while allowing opponents over 25%. The Knicks and the Magic are the two teams in the NBA who are currently on pace to change that fact.

    9. I like Tobias Harris okay, but to me that kind of signing just doesn’t move the needle enough considering our starting position in terms of talent. Like if we were to resign Shump at $10M a year and sign Harris at a similar number, that’s a nice young wing pairing, but it’s not nearly enough to make us anything like a competitor. We need to hit a homerun in free agency to get where we want to be, and Harris is a lot more like a single. He’s still young enough that I guess you could talk yourself into some big improvement, but he has shown a pretty serious lack of said improvement in his game since his rookie year – his per game numbers look better because his minutes have gone up, but all his rate stats look pretty similar (including his usage so you can’t even play the “taking a bigger role” card). He may make us slightly less bad, but if you pay him $10M a year or whatever that seems to me like $10M less flexibility to actually make whatever big move it is that takes you from bad to good.

    10. Yeah, the Harris stuff just makes no sense. Since he is a RFA, the Knicks would have to blow the Magic away on an offer and if they do that, well, why the hell would they want to do that?

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