Knicks Morning News (2014.12.26)

  • [New York Times] Crawford, Paul Lead Clippers Over Warriors 100-86 (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:53:43 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors shot as dreadfully in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers did in the first. As a result, the team with the NBA’s best record absorbed its fifth loss of the season and second at Staples Center in three days.

  • [New York Times] Pau Gasol Leads Bulls Past Lakers, 113-93 (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:05:49 GMT)

    There was no getting around it for Pau Gasol, no denying this was one strange and emotional night.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: N.B.A. Rookies Carefully Choose Stockings to Fill (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:18:24 GMT)

    Around the holidays, young players who have recently earned their first big paychecks face pressure to buy gifts for family members, friends and hangers-on.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Back in Miami, LeBron James Receives Hugs and a Loss (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:54:07 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half as the Heat edged the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-91, in James’s return to Miami.

  • [New York Times] Applause and Defeat for LeBron in Miami Return (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:41:38 GMT)

    The Miami Heat got the better of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 101-91 victory in the Christmas Day return of the two-time NBA champion to his former team.

  • [New York Times] Heat Win LeBron’s Miami Return, Top Cavs 101-91 (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:35:52 GMT)

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: One-Name Stars Can’t Outshine All-for-One Teams (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:29:45 GMT)

    Thursday’s games demonstrated that a league long driven by a shoe-company, me-first agenda has continued to lean toward the long-underplayed joy of collective achievement.

  • [New York Times] Wizards 102, Knicks 91: Another Day, Another Game With Nothing to Celebrate for the Knicks (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:59:40 GMT)

    In the opening game of the N.B.A.’s Christmas Day schedule, Washington sent the host Knicks to their sixth straight loss and 26th defeat of the season.

  • [New York Times] Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Sidelined Again by Soreness (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:47:46 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game to rest his sore body, missing the Los Angeles Lakers’ contest Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls.

  • [New York Daily News] John Wall shows Knicks he’s a baller, not a fighter (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:33:47 GMT)

    In the moments after John Wall was dented by a pair of Quincy Acy elbows and driven to the floor, Wall swears he was aware of the situation.

  • [New York Daily News] Quincy Acy brawls, Knicks fall in 102-91 loss to Wizards (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:28:49 GMT)

    Quincy Acy was about the only Knick to show some true fight in a 102-91 Christmas Day loss to the Wizards.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Stoudemire says more rest is yet to come (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:56:54 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire’s production this season has been good: 13.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in about 26 minutes per game.

  • [New York Times] Crawford, Paul Lead Clippers Over Warriors 100-86 (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:53:43 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors shot as dreadfully in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers did in the first. As a result, the team with the NBA’s best record absorbed its fifth loss of the season and second at Staples Center in three days.

  • [New York Times] Pau Gasol Leads Bulls Past Lakers, 113-93 (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:05:49 GMT)

    There was no getting around it for Pau Gasol, no denying this was one strange and emotional night.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: N.B.A. Rookies Carefully Choose Stockings to Fill (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:18:24 GMT)

    Around the holidays, young players who have recently earned their first big paychecks face pressure to buy gifts for family members, friends and hangers-on.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Back in Miami, LeBron James Receives Hugs and a Loss (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:54:07 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half as the Heat edged the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-91, in James’s return to Miami.

  • [New York Times] Applause and Defeat for LeBron in Miami Return (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:41:38 GMT)

    The Miami Heat got the better of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 101-91 victory in the Christmas Day return of the two-time NBA champion to his former team.

  • [New York Times] Heat Win LeBron’s Miami Return, Top Cavs 101-91 (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:35:52 GMT)

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: One-Name Stars Can’t Outshine All-for-One Teams (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 02:29:45 GMT)

    Thursday’s games demonstrated that a league long driven by a shoe-company, me-first agenda has continued to lean toward the long-underplayed joy of collective achievement.

  • [New York Times] Wizards 102, Knicks 91: Another Day, Another Game With Nothing to Celebrate for the Knicks (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:59:40 GMT)

    In the opening game of the N.B.A.’s Christmas Day schedule, Washington sent the host Knicks to their sixth straight loss and 26th defeat of the season.

  • [New York Times] Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Sidelined Again by Soreness (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:47:46 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game to rest his sore body, missing the Los Angeles Lakers’ contest Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks stay loose before Christmas Day game vs. Wizards (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:38:25 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony was joking and laughing with some teammates. Other Knicks were punting and throwing basketballs into the Madison Square Garden stands for rookies Travis Wear and Cleanthony Early to chase and bring back.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks stay loose before Christmas Day game vs. Wizards (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:38:25 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony was joking and laughing with some teammates. Other Knicks were punting and throwing basketballs into the Madison Square Garden stands for rookies Travis Wear and Cleanthony Early to chase and bring back.

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    24 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.12.26)”

    1. Guys, I had the sound off. Wall obviously threw the first punch. Why did only Acy get kicked out?

    2. Acy hit him with the cheap revenge foul, and Wall just pushed Acy off of himself. Acy’s the one who went to throw the forearm to Wall’s face. It was the right call, imho.

    3. I guess that after rooting for the Knicks, Mets and Jets since 1966 or so, this season is not all that painful. I was hoping that we could be somewhat competitive this year, but it really means nothing in the long run. I still root for the Knicks to win every game I watch, even though it is better for them in the long run if they lose.

      It’s hard to stomach how bad just about every Knick is on one end of the floor, especially the defensive end. I know Calderon can shoot, but he is grotesquely bad as a defensive PG. I’d love to move his contract and hand the reins to Larkin.

    4. The Cavs are desperate for a short term solution at center.
      PJ should leave a one word message on Cleveland’s GM voicemail: “Dalembert”.
      He’d be negligent to not reach out and try to make a deal.

      Any move to make the knicks worse this season and better in the future is a good one.

    5. I’d love to move his contract and hand the reins to Larkin.

      But the Knicks can’t keep Larkin after this season, so it really doesn’t make much sense to develop him any.

    6. Sadly, the Cavs might be able to sign Tarik Black, who the Rockets inexplicably waived to add Josh Smith

    7. I guess that after rooting for the Knicks, Mets and Jets since 1966 or so, this season is not all that painful. I was hoping that we could be somewhat competitive this year, but it really means nothing in the long run. I still root for the Knicks to win every game I watch, even though it is better for them in the long run if they lose.

      Thanks for that, Z- Man. I’m totally down with this sentiment. Good sportsmanship is something I find missing in modern sports, so these issues are important to me. I won’t root for them to lose but if they get the #1 pick it might actually be better in the long run. As to rewarding poor performance, the NBA needs to rethink how it allots draft position, but AFTER this year :-)

      As to play on the court, I’ve never seen anything worse from NYK, and I’ve been watching NY sports since the early 70’s. It’s just stupefying. However, I think we can return to prosperity quicker than in past eras if we play our hand correctly. That’s a big if, but P Jax, though off to a slow start, has yet to make an Eddy Curry, Stephon Marbury, Amar’e type decision which takes us out of contention for half a decade. Max Melo, could turn out to be seen as his Waterloo but Melo can still play, will be a starter with potentially three impact players next year, and his contract is not utterly immovable.

    8. The Wiz rather easily sauntered to a 117.5 offensive rating yesterday, mostly aided by a hefty .552 eFG% and 30.2 ORB%. The Knicks can’t stop you from scoring, and on the rare occasions where they get lucky and an opponent bricks one of their wide open shots, the Knicks can’t get the rebound. It’s hard to believe that there are three teams in the NBA that have actually been even WORSE than the Knicks on defense: Utah, Minnesota and the Lakers.

      How do you even begin to fix a defense that is this terrible? The pieces that are likely returning next year are Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Pablo Prigioni, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Cleanthony Early. And sadly, probably JR Smith. The best defender of that group is the point guard who is about to turn 38. That’s about $40M of salary tied up in players who pretty much suck the big one on defense.

      Just thinking about the future of this team makes my head hurt. If Phil Jackson manages to get this team to .500 anytime over the next few seasons he’s a goddamned genius.

    9. Just thinking about the future of this team makes my head hurt. If Phil Jackson manages to get this team to .500 anytime over the next few seasons he’s a goddamned genius.

      Someone mentioned a combination of R. Lopez, W. Matthews and a top 5 pick. I really don’t know, and pretty much in the back of my head think anytime the don’t stink it’s an aberration, but if players like this bring some smarts, defense, and a culture change, .500 may not be such a long shot.

      Competing for a championship would make him a genius.

    10. Good college game on tomorrow: Kentucky vs Louisville, featuring two potential NYK draft targets, Karl-Anthony Towns and Montrezl Harrell. To me Harrell is a bit like Kenneth Faried with better defensive skills. He’s probably not quite as good on the glass as Faried but he has a better face-up game, and he plays some pretty stout, harassing man defense. Towns is a well-rounded prospect, a two-way player who can do a little bit of everything and has legitimate NBA center size.

    11. “But the Knicks can’t keep Larkin after this season, so it really doesn’t make much sense to develop him any.”

      I was thinking more about dumping Calderon’s salary than keeping Larkin. Shane is not hurting us any more than Calderon is, so let him play.

      BTW I thought we could re-sign Larkin, but only for afraction above what he’s making now. Is it literally impossible for us to sign him?

    12. Couldn’t the knicks claim Black off of waivers? They should cut Ja. Smith and pick up black.

    13. Couldn’t the knicks claim Black off of waivers? They should cut Ja. Smith and pick up black.

      But what about the floor spacing? Won’t someone please think of the floor spacing?

    14. But the Knicks can’t keep Larkin after this season, so it really doesn’t make much sense to develop him any.

      That’s right. And he’s been developing this season.

      Just thinking about the future of this team makes my head hurt. If Phil Jackson manages to get this team to .500 anytime over the next few seasons he’s a goddamned genius.

      Five years is a long time, enough to turn around a team. Signing Melo may have set the clock back another five years to become an elite team. I think both Melo deals were worse than the Amare deal.
      At least, when Amare arrived, he was leading a young squad to moderate success. Going forward, the knicks had flexibility to get to the next level. More optimism than now.

    15. So this season Morey has cut Jeff Adrien (.326 WP48) and Tarik Black (.221) in favor of Alexy Shved, Corey Brewer, and Josh Smith. Is he losing his mind? Is Harden for Kobe next?

    16. Weird – rooting for the knicks while they’re playing, and checking the standings wishing for them to get to the bottom.

    17. I figure the knicks will have to win about 22 games to lock a top 5 pick (22-60). They’d have to go 17-34 (.333) for the remainder of the season.

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