Knicks Morning News (2015.01.04)

  • [New York Times] Clippers Rout 76ers 127-91 for 3rd Win in a Row (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 06:54:44 GMT)

    It’s a rare game when the Los Angeles Clippers’ starters get to rest the entire fourth quarter.

  • [New York Times] Millsap With 27 and Hawks Down Blazers 115-107 (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 05:42:53 GMT)

    Paul Millsap had 27 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-107 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Pau Gasol Leads Bulls Over the Celtics (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 05:32:22 GMT)

    Gasol had 29 points and 16 rebounds to help Chicago win despite missing Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy.

  • [New York Times] Burke’s Hot Shooting Leads Jazz Over Timberwolves (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:39:51 GMT)

    The Minnesota Timberwolves were on the clock with the ninth pick in the draft in 2013 and Trey Burke was there for the taking.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Rout Travel-Weary Grizzlies 114-85 (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:36:46 GMT)

    Ty Lawson scored 25 points, rookie Jusuf Nurkic provided a lift inside by blocking a career-best five shots, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 114-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 28 to Lead Rockets Over Heat 115-79 (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:24:54 GMT)

    James Harden scored 28 points, Dwight Howard added 23 and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 115-79 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday night, rebounding quite nicely from their most lopsided loss of the season.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Wizards for the 17th Straight Time (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:12:44 GMT)

    Cory Joseph had 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame Washington’s fast start to beat the Wizards for the 17th straight time, 101-92 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Gasol Helps Bulls Beat Celtics 109-104 in Overtime (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:09:44 GMT)

    Pau Gasol had 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 109-104 in overtime on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Walker Leads Hornets Past Magic 98-90 (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 03:09:44 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 30 points, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Orlando Magic 98-90 on Saturday night to stop a five-game losing streak.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Hardaway may return vs. Bucks (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 02:11:41 GMT)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. darted around the court, hoisting up jumpers and working up a healthy sweat.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks to rest Melo, but no plans for long-term shutdown (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 01:57:37 GMT)

    Derek Fisher continues to kick around the subject of Carmelo Anthony and his troublesome left knee.

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    14 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.01.04)”

    1. Anyone ready to believe in Atlanta as realistic Eastern conference champs? Very impressive win in Portland last night, Millsap with another strong game. Speaking of which, how hard do we go after him this offseason? He’s definitely one of the most underrated players in the NBA, but he’ll be 30 this year, and in true Knicksian fashion, would probably start to decline the moment we signed him.

      Oh, and Korver is shooting .513 from 3 point range, which is just freakin’ ridiculous.

    2. Yeah. I like Milsap a lot but the price and contract length have to be right. $25 for 2 years/$30 for 3. I doubt he could be had for less.

      It’ll be easy to say “The Knicks need 15 new players” in 2015/16 but that’s irrational. I took a look at Hoopshype contracts and added some D-League names and based on the current roster we would have for about $40-45M leaving us about $30 M to spend.

      PG: Calderon, Prigioni, Galloway (D-League)
      SG: Shumpert (QO), JR Smith (PO), Hardaway
      SF: Anthony, Early, Wear (TO), Antetekumpo (D-League)
      PF: Acy (TO), Sanchez (D-League)
      C:

      So it’s obvious that size, rebounding and defense are all priorities. Millsap helps there.

      I have to hope that there are a bunch of fire sales pending. I don’t know if the Knicks can get a first rounder this coming year or next for anything on the roster except Melo and I don’t think they’re trading him.

      As for Atlanta winning the conference, I say it’s a long shot and the ownership situation really throws interesting spice into that mix.

    3. We have to move JR without burning a draft pick. That is of huge importance.
      I’d like to draft Towns and spend our cash on a real pg.

    4. They’ll make a run but I don’t think it’ll be a long one. Millsap could leave because…
      1) Money. It’s always at the top of the list of answers to this question.
      2) Atlanta is a lousy sports town. 24th in the league in attendance. Knicks are 4th.
      3) Broadway lights.
      4) Jackson.
      5) Anthony. Yeah. He’s last on this list.

      The first move I can think of the Knicks making is resigning Cole Aldrich right now. Buy low!

    5. Do you really think someone will offer Aldrich more than $5M? I think the league sees him as a back up and back up Cs do not get that much dough. I think the knicks can still retain Cole with his Early bird rights which will help them go over the cap if need be in FA.

    6. Thoughts on Phil cutting one of our many useless players to give Langston Galloway a shot?

    7. Thoughts on Phil cutting one of our many useless players to give Langston Galloway a shot?

      Very much in favor of this. Went to the Westchester Knicks game yesterday and came away pretty impressed with him. My buddies and I were talking about doing exactly that.

      At this point, I’d say just cut Bargs. I’d miss the GIF-worthy ineptitude but if he’s not out there on the court helping us earn ping pong balls then, really, what’s the point?

      I don’t think his contract has any value to us as a trade chip given that we’d have to take back a bad contract that runs beyond this year to make it happen, most likely.

      I’d like to see what Galloway can do. I find it hard to believe that he’d be appreciably worse than the dreck we’re running out there in the backcourt every night and we might as well take the time to gauge whether or not he’s a future rotation piece.

    8. It kills to see Tyson Chandler playing so well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we’re finally tanking for a top pick but clearly that wasn’t on purpose. Not to mention the fact that Dalembert and Calderon need to retire, and it looks like we sold low on Tyson.

    9. We gave up a useful player, a fucking first round pick and some other stuff for what’s looking like half a seasons work from the worst player in the NBA. It still astonishes me.

    10. It kills to see Tyson Chandler playing so well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we’re finally tanking for a top pick but clearly that wasn’t on purpose. Not to mention the fact that Dalembert and Calderon need to retire, and it looks like we sold low on Tyson.

      I called that a bad trade from the moment I heard it. But who am I to question the great Phil Jackson.
      Same goes with the Melo re-signing.
      And the Bargs trade never made sense either. But the GM’s get paid millions, so they must know what they’re doing.
      We can’t blame J. Dolan anymore. The last couple of blunders are on PJ.
      (Now enter knickerblogger chorus) “PJ hasn’t had enough time. This is his plan – to tank. Blah blah blah”

    11. If we’d waited to deal Tyson midseason we probably could have pulled in something more. Or Tyson could have gotten injured. Plus he would have blocked the development of the great Cole Aldrich.

    12. The last couple of blunders are on PJ.
      (Now enter knickerblogger chorus) “PJ hasn’t had enough time. This is his plan – to tank. Blah blah blah”

      You’re right. Half a season into his first year as a President/GM, it’s time to fire the guy. When has anyone ever needed more than half a year to master a new job? If Phil hasn’t built a contender yet, then clearly he never will. Time to fire the lot of them and start over…again.

      This franchise has been a complete joke for the last 15 years. If you truly think that all of that damage can be undone in one off-season and a third of a regular season, well you’re just setting yourself up for some serious disappointment. This is going to take a few years, at least.

    13. Thoughts on giving Glen Rice Jr a look this year? We can cut Sammy and Bargs to make room for Galloway and Rice

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