Knicks Morning News (2015.01.01)

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Bargnani shows some positive signs in season debut (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 03:49:25 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES — At least he didn't get reinjured. Andrea Bargnani, showing some promising signs, made it through his first game since Jan. 22 , playing 20 minutes, scoring nine…

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Kevin Durant Has 44 Points in Overtime Win (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:04:01 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points in his return from a six-game absence as the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame Russell Westbrook’s ejection to outlast the Phoenix Suns in overtime.

  • [New York Times] Durant, Thunder Beat Suns in OT (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 04:43:01 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points in his return from a six-game absence and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame Russell Westbrook’s ejection to beat the Phoenix Suns 137-134 in overtime Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Clippers 99, Knicks 78: Before Ball Drops, the Knicks Continue Their Own Descent (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 03:56:51 GMT)

    Andrea Bargnani, J. R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony all started for the Knicks, who lost again anyway, this time to the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Edge Pelicans 95-93 in OT (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 02:58:06 GMT)

    Manu Ginobili had 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs avoided their fourth overtime loss at home in December, escaping with a 95-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Send Knicks to 9th Straight Loss, 99-78 (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 02:49:02 GMT)

    J.J. Redick is always ready to start a game. He follows a routine during warmups that ensures “everything is activated,” he said.

  • [New York Times] Harden Leads Rockets Over Charlotte 102-83 (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 02:43:02 GMT)

    James Harden scored 36 points, and the Houston Rockets bounced back from consecutive losses with a 102-83 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Knight Leads Bucks Past Cavs 98-80 (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 02:31:03 GMT)

    Brandon Knight scored 26 points Wednesday night and the Milwaukee Bucks led most of the way in a 96-80 win over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers, who played without LeBron James for the second straight game.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Jackson Asks Knicks Fans to Take a Sky-High Leap of Faith (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 02:18:51 GMT)

    Phil Jackson, the Knicks’ president, has asked fans to be patient, but the Knicks lack the kind of breakout players Jackson worked with in winning championships as a coach.

  • [New York Daily News] Clippers’ Doc Rivers was once in Knicks’ Derek Fisher’s boat (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 06:05:17 GMT)

    Doc Rivers entered the head-coaching ranks without any experience, albeit with a few years of broadcasting between his NBA playing days

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks need a new year as 2014 ends with predictable whimper (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 01:30:06 GMT)

    Phil Jackson has promised a better year to come for the Knicks and their fans, but a hideously bad 2014 concluded with a familiar whimper.

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    31 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.01.01)”

    1. In the meantime, though we’re not part of it, in the far distance, there’s a great race going on atop the Eastern Conference.

    2. What I hope the new year brings:

      1) More losses (but not embarrassing losses, close well contested losses)
      2) More Cole and less Samuel
      3) Lots more Bargs (will help cancel out the positive effects of #2)
      4) JR Smith wearing a different uniform
      5) Melo wearing street clothes
      6) The #1 or #2 draft pick
      7) Memphis self destructing in the first round, Gasol is then hypnotized by ringz and signs with NY

      Did I miss anything?

    3. So is Okafor the unanimous #1 at this point? He would sure look nice next to Shaquille O’Aldrich (sorry I had to try that.)

    4. So is Okafor the unanimous #1 at this point? He would sure look nice next to Shaquille O’Aldrich (sorry I had to try that.)

      I think so unless one of the other top big men go off during the tournament. I do wonder if Philly would draft Okafor after drafting centers in the two previous drafts.

    5. Best available player for the Sixers, for sure. The odds of hitting gold with three consecutive big men is slim. And if you do, you trade one for a known star guard and future picks.

      Always best available player or trade down for more picks.

    6. I’d trade down if there were some schmuck franchise like the Cavs who wanted to take Anthony Bennett with the #1 pick.

      If I knew Kawhi Leonard would be available at #15 and I could the #1 for the #15 and get two future firsts, maybe a second-rounder or two? Oh hell yes.

    7. What I hope the new year brings:

      1) More losses (but not embarrassing losses, close well contested losses)
      2) More Cole and less Samuel
      3) Lots more Bargs (will help cancel out the positive effects of #2)
      4) JR Smith wearing a different uniform
      5) Melo wearing street clothes
      6) The #1 or #2 draft pick
      7) Memphis self destructing in the first round, Gasol is then hypnotized by ringz and signs with NY

      Did I miss anything?

      Yes. Embid comes back healthy and makes Noel expendable which then leads Philly to trade him for Shump/Larkin or TH2 straight up…then Okafor somehow getting drafted 1 or 2 by our Knicks.

    8. How long will the Knicks remain undefeated in 2015? I am estimating 11 hours and 45 minutes.

    9. Serious question — how good is Okafor? I don’t follow college basketball at all, but the various scouting reports I’ve read don’t exactly peg him as “certain immediate impact player.” I’ve only seen 10 minutes of highlights of him against Wisconsin and, in those highlights, he was outplayed by that guy Kaminsky and he looked completely lost on defense.

    10. Well my 2015 began swimmingly in other sports, as my beloved Tottenham Hotspur just went out and thumped Chelsea yesterday.

      I doubt I’ll have a similar moment with the Knicks (in fact, I hope we don’t have any good results at all). But I’m excited about our prospects of hitting the lottery and I will continue to believe that if things don’t go well in Cleveland we can work out a Melo for Love trade. That is the unicorn I will be chasing this year.

    11. Serious question — how good is Okafor? I don’t follow college basketball at all, but the various scouting reports I’ve read don’t exactly peg him as “certain immediate impact player.”

      His scoring chops are extremely impressive. He has a .685 shooting percentage, on high usage. His free throw shooting is of the Shaq/Wilt caliber, but he is a brutally efficient scorer anyway.

      But the thing that kind of turns me off about Okafor is that scoring is really his only “plus” attribute. He’s a solid rebounder, but not great for a center. He is not an extremely explosive athlete, and may not be an above-average defensive center in the NBA. His defense this year at Duke has been adequate but not game-changing.

      Karl-Anthony Towns does not have the flashy scoring numbers that Okafor has been putting up this year, but Towns is a hellacious rebounder, an extremely good passer and an impact defender. Towns’ post game needs a lot of work, and Okafor is certainly the better offensive player right now, but I think Towns will probably end up being a better two-way player.

    12. @14 – That’s what I’ve been saying. There is risk with him as the #1 pick and we need a lot of help. Okafor could develop into an elite center, but he’s not a franchise player. He has a really good post-up game but has no perimeter game. We might be better off with Emmanuel Mudiay.

    13. @Hubert a Tottenham fan and a Knicks fan? That’s some grade-A masochism right there (I’m an Arsenal fan, so i know plenty about masochism…)

    14. Everything I’ve seen/heard/read about Okafor just makes me think he’ll be a little bit better than Al Jefferson. Now, Jefferson is a nice player to have at center…but he’s no Anthony Davis. I don’t think there is such a player in this year’s draft.

    15. docvega, I’ve got some friends who, in addition to Spurs and Knicks, are also Jets and Mets. So it’s not all bad.

    16. docvega, I’ve got some friends who, in addition to Spurs and Knicks, are also Jets and Mets. So it’s not all bad.

      I’m Knicks/Mets/RAIDERS. That is a rough trio of teams to root for right there.

      Mets are gonna be good going forward though,

    17. Towns may not be as good as the Eyebrow, but I’ll sign up for a plus defensive center who is a monster rebounder, good rim protector and excellent passer any day. Towns could be like Pau Gasol, or Andrew Bogut with better offense.

      I still love Stanley Johnson, who just screams “Kawhi Leonard” to me.

    18. I thought about going to the Knicks game tonight and went over to Stubhub. Ticket prices still starting at over $100 per seat. 11 wins between the two teams. Am I in the Twilight Zone??

    19. Towns may not be as good as the Eyebrow, but I’ll sign up for a plus defensive center who is a monster rebounder, good rim protector and excellent passer any day. Towns could be like Pau Gasol, or Andrew Bogut with better offense.

      That description sounds like a Young Noah.

    20. Pistons playing better since the departure of Josh Smith, even have a three game win streak! The Drummond/Monroe combo seems to be firing.. that will be against Bargs/Smith

      btw, Grunwald article on times..

    21. Great video by Coach Nick on our status with the triangle. (Hint: we suck.)
      http://youtu.be/Ts5R55g-BJg

      I also saw how much Melo F’s it up by holding on to the ball in the middle of a set. I don’t really know what the blind pig is, but he is not blinding or pigging anyone. Maybe pigging.

      Does anyone have a good resource on the triangle? Seems like something we should be talking about on here.

    22. The triangle will be worth talking about when we have a team worth watching.

      That said, I know where I’ll be at 7:30 tonight…hating my masochistic nature.

    23. We might be better off with Emmanuel Mudiay.

      That would be the Knickiest pick ever, so it likely will happen.

      The Knicks need one of the top two picks so that they can save themselves from shooting themselves in the foot by picking up Mudiay.

      Okafor or Towns are both fine picks. I’m cool with either one, although Okafor is the better prospect. But after those two, there is little chance of the Knicks actually drafting the next best prospect and much more of a chance of them getting someone like Mudiay, who is basically a dumber version of OJ Mayo. So the Knicks really need the first or second pick.

    24. Good comparison. In other words, Mudiay is clearly an NBA-level talent, but I don’t want any part of him.

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