Knicks Morning News (2015.01.19)

  • [New York Post] How Anthony Davis could give Knicks a glimpse at future (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:11:13 -0500)

    If — and it remains a colossal IF — the Knicks land the No. 1 overall draft pick as a reward for their historically inept season, there undoubtedly will be…

  • [New York Times] NBA’s D-League Becoming a Testing Ground for New Ideas (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:44:27 GMT)

    David Arseneault Jr. thought nothing of the email when it first appeared in his inbox.

  • [New York Times] Why Wait? NBA Teams Making Trades Early This Season (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:41:19 GMT)

    Don’t wait until the last minute.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Pelicans Edge Raptors (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:18:11 GMT)

    Tyreke Evans scored on a driving layup with less than 2 seconds to go, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the host Toronto Raptors, 95-93, on Sunday for their first victory in seven meetings between the teams.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Pistons at Hawks (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:02:52 GMT)

    Detroit, surging since releasing forward Josh Smith, has a chance to avenge a close loss to Atlanta, which is in the midst of a 12-game winning streak and has the second-best record in the league.

  • [New York Times] Hot-Shooting Helps Thunder Blow Past Magic, 127-99 (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:47:14 GMT)

    There’s no question the Oklahoma City Thunder have had their struggles at times on the road this season.

  • [New York Times] Splitter, Leonard Lead Spurs to 89-69 Win Over Jazz (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:41:09 GMT)

    Tiago Splitter scored 14 points, Kawhi Leonard had 12 points and nine rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed while holding Utah to a season-low scoring total in an 89-69 victory over the Jazz on Sunday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Ice KOs Knicks practice (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:17:22 GMT)

    The 5-36 Knicks begin the second half of their season without any practice since their return from London.

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    75 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.01.19)”

    1. Random item of the day: 15 years ago on MLK day the Knicks were beaten at home by the Charlotte Hornets 111-68 in their most lopsided home loss ever (Sprewell had zero points and said something about it being tough to get out of bed for day games) I remember it well because I took my daughter to the game for her first (and not surprisingly, last) Knick game.

      Ah, the good old days…..

    2. the Knicks were beaten at home by the Charlotte Hornets 111-68 in their most lopsided home loss ever

      At a first glance I thought you were describing a random game from this season.

    3. At a first glance I thought you were describing a random game from this season.

      Really, d-mar could be describing almost any game from the past 15 years.

    4. So PHX is lookin to move Plumlee. Do we have enough that we are willing to get rid of to get him? I’d love to see him in our C rotation. Maybe PHX secretly likes Jason Smith. If they would take him, I’d let them have the 2nd rounder we got in the Shump/Earl trade. Also they have a PG surplus so I’d also ask for Ennis as well. Hell, if they’d agree to that they can have Larkin or Prigs!

    5. @4

      Lol at the thought somebody would want Jah. Sadly, we certainly don’t want Plumlee because he can’t quite shoot and doesn’t pass that well, so he’s Triangled out. I think it’s much more likely Plumlee ends in Dallas or in Houston, though I don’t know what PHX could want from them apart from a few picks.

      That said, if they really really really really want to move him, I say Plumlee + anyone between Archie Goodwin, Tyler Ennis or Reggie Bullock for a 2018 second. Our trade exception comes in handy here.

    6. Sadly, we certainly don’t want Plumlee because he can’t quite shoot and doesn’t pass that well, so he’s Triangled out.

      True. but we don’t have enough big bodies that bring energy and effort on defense and rebounding. At best he’s probably a Bill Wennington type, but on this roster I’ll take that – especially if Ennis or any of their young guards that don’t get a ton of PT (Goodwin? Zoran Dragic?) is included in the deal.

    7. Cavs looking for a PG. They’ll likely go after Sessions or even Nate but Calderon for Hayward and 2nd rd picks would be nice.

    8. If Calderon could only find his shot. Down to .417 from .449 in 2013-14 and a league leading .461 in 2012-13. His FG% is at .403 now. Miserable! It even kills his trade value.

    9. “That said, if they really really really really want to move him, I say Plumlee + anyone between Archie Goodwin, Tyler Ennis or Reggie Bullock for a 2018 second. Our trade exception comes in handy here.”
      Mozgov has apparently set the market because I read that they are looking for 2 future first round picks for Plumlee.

    10. Chump Chump has moved on, and will now attempt erratic, fugly looking layups for the Cleveland Cavaliers on the rare occasions when he is healthy enough to play.

    11. “Plumlee for Shumpert and a 2nd rounder. Does Phoenix say no?”
      Phoenix says no for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is the same reason that he was of no use to the Knicks — he has half a season left on his contract. If he plays well the rest of the season, he is either gone at the end of the year or way too expensive to keep. If he plays lousy the rest of the season, then he’s not worth much to the Suns and certainly not worth giving up a competent backup center for. Shumpert at $2 million/year is a useful player to have on your team. Shumpert at $10 million/year is a colossal waste of cap space. Why so many people on this site still view Shumpert as a valuable asset is beyond me.

    12. @14 I know Shumpert is gone, I just think a GM with a spark turns him into a Plumlee instead of a trade exception.

    13. “I just think a GM with a spark turns him into a Plumlee instead of a trade exception.”
      Except that they are reportedly trying to get 2 first round picks for Plumlee. Young big men on cheap contracts are worth a ton more than injury prone erratic guards who can’t shoot worth a damn on expiring contracts.

    14. I have a bad feeling about tonight…feels like a win. Bummer about AD, I was really looking forward to seeing him light up the Garden

      Clyde’s outfit is above and beyond.

    15. I think it’s fitting that they’re showing this game as the opener before the Westchester Knicks v. OKC Blue main event at 8pm on NBA TV.

    16. Is it just me, or does the Garden look like a Hawks game? Which, coincidentally looked like a Knick game of the past today (like the way past, when we were good).

    17. Amare and Melo looking spry! (sigh…)
      Man does Travis Wear suck. Why is he still on the team?

    18. Knicks up 12 at the half and should be up more if it wasnt for a few bullshit shot-clock beating 3pters by the Pelicans.

    19. I’m starting to think that Galloway and Calderon could make a nice backcourt together. Galloway can cover for Calderon’s weaknesses and it seems he can knock down open three pointers. Calderon-Galloway-Melo could be the makings of a decent starting lineup.

    20. Amundsen is a total zero on offense, but at least at the other end he stays with his man and actually provides help defense. I’d rather see him on the court than the human marshmallow Jason Smith.

    21. Kahnzy, we had a double digit lead against Boston on Dec 12th

      I am both impressed by your detective work, and your sardonic commitment to said detective work.

    22. If amundson is on the roster he should play instead of Jah. But neither one should be on the roster

    23. Amundson has zero touch on his shot but seems to bring some decent defensive energy – an element sorely lacking on these Knicks. Fish needs to sit him before we jeopardize any ping pong balls.

    24. Good to see Calderon still has his eyes on the prize. Good to know there’s a sure hand on the tiller of the tank.

    25. Exactly. 10 years in league = way too high a basketball IQ to ride our tanktrain. Isn’t his 10 Day contract up tomorrow?

    26. If we’re going to risk winning games we need to do it with some upside kids or plausible trade bait. Lou doesn’t tick those boxes

    27. I get that we don’t like Amundsun taking minutes away from Cole, and I agree with that. But it’s nice to watch a big run around on defense and the boards and …y’know, try. Not that Cole doesn’t, he just threatens a heart attack if he does it for more than 3 or 4 minutes.

    28. How many waiver claims would be made if both teams waived everyone on the floor at the end of Q3?

    29. I have no problem with Lou Amundson the player. And it’s not that he’s taking minutes from Cole. He’s taking minutes from Khem Birch or someone like that

    30. Jason Smith should be paid the minimum wage. Not the NBA minimum wage, but the Federal minimum wage. $7.25 an hour, or whatever it is in NY (if it’s higher).

    31. A crushing 3pter by Calderon and a crushing win overall. Well, the streak had to end eventually. With a little luck we can rebound with a solid loss in Philly.

    32. Fuck it, good for them for winning this game. Im all for tanking but shit they dont have to be historically bad at it. Hopefully for the players on the team the rest of the way they can win a few more games and at least avoid losing 70 games.

    33. Two in-n-outs from 3 by dead-eye Anderson. It just wasn’t in the cards.

      If Melo stays in the lineup, I’m thinking we wind up with around 18 wins and the 3-seed in the lottery, behind Sixers and either Celts or Wolves.

    34. I wanna say that I too dont get playing Admundson and Thomas ahead of Acy and Aldrich. They certainly provided alot more defense than most of their teammates and they are NBA caliber end of bench players but for a team like the Knicks this season there is no reason for them to get minutes over guys like Acy and Aldrich. Like DRed also said they shouldnt even be on the roster, their spots should go to a couple of other DLeague guys like Galloway.

      I can see why Fisher would want to give them minutes cause again you see the effort on defense but still playing them at the expense of Acy and Aldrich is foolish.

    35. I don’t know guys. Got the Sixers, Magic and Hornets coming up – all under .500. Last thing we want is this motley crew getting a “winning attitude” and jeopardizing everything. This could be the moment the whole season turned, and not for the better.

    36. Seriously, if you are gonna lose you gotta bring a champion’s attitude, suck hard every single night, no matter how good the competition is, and take nothing for granted.

    37. Okafor is 5/9 for 14 pts again tonight for a season FG% of .675. Screw short-term wins – we need long-term talent.

    38. Okafor is 5/9 for 14 pts again tonight for a season FG% of .675. Screw short-term wins – we need long-term talent.

      I don’t think anyone here is really arguing with you. But you can’t honestly expect them to lose every game.

    39. I can. Since New York has to be the best at everything, I at least expect them to be the best at being the worst.

    40. As much as it was nice to see Amundson hustle I still can’t think of a good reason why Acy isn’t playing. He does the same thing but actually scores. Why not see if he can be a legit bench player?

    41. There’s a limit to the amount of 10 day contracts a player can sign before it has to be for the rest of the season correct?? Obviously Galloway will sign on to stay the rest of the season but there is still hope Amundson and Thomas wont be around much longer.

    42. I don’t even mind Amundson and Lance on the roster if Fisher wants veteran leadership and/or eyes and ears in the locker room. However, if you keep them then cut Ja and Bargs. You can’t have 4 wasted roster spots.

    43. I have no problem with playing Lou and Lance over Cole and Q for this game. These are interchangeable scrubs of the highest degree who would never break a rotation for any contender in the foreseeable future.

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