Knicks Morning News (2015.02.07)

  • [New York Daily News] Jarrett Jack hits clutch 3 as Nets hold off Knicks, 92-88 (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:14:23 GMT)

    Jarrett Jack hits a dagger 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds left to propel Brooklyn to a 92-88 win over the Knicks.

  • [New York Daily News] For Carmelo Anthony, it’s another long night in Brick-lyn (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:09:13 GMT)

    The Knicks managed to battle back from a 17-point deficit and had every chance to defeat the Nets at Barclays Center Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Davis Has 41, Hits 3 at Buzzer to Lift Pelicans Over Thunder (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 07:04:15 GMT)

    Pelicans coach Monty Williams isn’t afraid to say what a lot of people are thinking by now: Anthony Davis might be turning into one of the best clutch players in the NBA.

  • [New York Times] Davis Has 41, Hits 3 at Buzzer to Lift Pelicans Over Thunder (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 07:01:22 GMT)

    Anthony Davis scored 41 points and hit a 3-pointer as time expired that gave the New Orleans Pelicans a 116-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Heat 98-85 in First Meeting Since NBA Finals (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:28:28 GMT)

    Facing Miami had the San Antonio Spurs playing like champions again. It left the Heat feeling awestruck once more.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Atop East, Hawks Win Against Best of the West (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:12 GMT)

    Chris Paul’s criticism of a rookie referee had nothing to do with the fact that she was a woman, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association said Friday.

  • [New York Times] Marcus Morris Has Career-High 34, Leads Suns Over Jazz (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 04:49:17 GMT)

    Marcus Morris scored 24 of his career-high 34 points in the first half, grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds and led the Phoenix Suns past the Utah Jazz 100-93 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets 92, Knicks 88: Before Rivalry Yields to Cooperation, Nets Hold Off Knicks (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 04:44:43 GMT)

    New York’s basketball teams engaged in their final interborough matchup before they host the N.B.A.’s All-Star weekend.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Grind Out a Victory Against James and the Cavaliers (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 04:43:19 GMT)

    George Hill was just looking to get to the free throw line when he heaved up an awkward 3-pointer. Instead, he put his Pacers in position to end the Cavaliers’ winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Use Balance to Win Showdown With Warriors, 124-116 (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 04:28:35 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks climbed back to the top of the NBA standings by leaning on their depth.

  • [New York Times] Houston Rockets Hit 15 3-Pointers to Beat Bucks 117-111 (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:52:32 GMT)

    James Harden scored 33 and the Houston Rockets hit 15 3-pointers to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 117-111 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Rubio Carries Wolves to 90-89 Stunner Over Grizzlies (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:46:39 GMT)

    Ricky Rubio shook off an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and scored eight points in the final 1:47, and the Minnesota Timberwolves stunned the Memphis Grizzlies with a 90-89 victory on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Monroe, Pistons Breeze to 98-88 Win Over Nuggets (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:19:37 GMT)

    Greg Monroe had 21 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons cruised past the slumping Denver Nuggets 98-88 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Jared Sullinger Leads Celtics Past 76ers, 107-96 (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:13:36 GMT)

    Jared Sullinger led six Boston players in double figures with 22 points, adding eight rebounds and seven assists to send the Celtics to a 107-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets Win New York Season Series, Beat Knicks 92-88 (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 02:37:16 GMT)

    Brook Lopez scored 22 points, Jarrett Jack made a clutch 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds left and the Brooklyn Nets beat the New York Knicks 92-88 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] National Basketball Association Roundup (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 00:58:18 GMT)

    The head of the NBA referees’ union has described Chris Paul’s criticism of a rookie female official as “personal and unprofessional”.

  • [New York Post] After spurning Knicks, Kerr can expect boos from MSG crowd (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 02:54:18 -0500)

    Will Steve Kerr be booed Saturday in his first game at the Garden as head coach, nine months after backing out of a deal with Knicks team president Phil Jackson…

  • [New York Post] Banged-up Prigioni hoping to remain a Knick — for this season (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 02:41:59 -0500)

    Veteran point guard Pablo Prigioni, still nursing a hip injury, said he hopes not to get traded at the Feb. 19 deadline, but remained vague on whether he wants to…

  • [New York Post] Carmelo’s game does nothing to quiet harsh Brooklyn crowd (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 01:42:32 -0500)

    Brooklyn fans taunted Carmelo Anthony with chants of "Overrated! Overrated!” on Friday night at Barclays Center, and he did little to prove them wrong, missing jumper after jumper, including his…

  • [New York Post] Compared to Nets, Knicks’ future is rainbow-coated cakewalk (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 00:47:33 -0500)

    The city clubs took the court for tip-off at Barclays Center on Friday night to a less-than-half-full arena. The Nets were well ahead of the Knicks in the standings and wound…

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    27 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.02.07)”

    1. An ideal trade for both sides would be our 2-5 pick to Sacto for Cousins. I think Jax would do wonders with him.
      Hell, we could get Bynum (if he’s healthy, big if) on the cheap and have a Cousins/Bynum front court and still have 30 mil in cap space. Or if Bynum’s a bum, go for Gasol.
      Meanwhile, Sacto could start over with a Towns/Myles Turner front court.

    2. In that scenario we’d have 20 million dollars available (and probably only if we trade Jose somewhere else). I’d like Cousins but I’m not convinced about that.

    3. quoteess-dog
      February 7, 2015 at 7:42 am
      An ideal trade for both sides would be our 2-5 pick to Sacto for Cousins. I think Jax would do wonders with him.
      Hell, we could get Bynum (if he’s healthy, big if) on the cheap and have a Cousins/Bynum front court and still have 30 mil in cap space. Or if Bynum’s a bum, go for Gasol.
      Meanwhile, Sacto could start over with a Towns/Myles Turner front court.

      Where are you getting $30M in cap space from? Right now, not counting our 1st round pick, we’ll have $30M in cap space next summer. Cousins name $14.7M next year; that would leave us with a little over $15M in cap space.

    4. In that scenario we’d have 20 million dollars available

      Yeah, Cousins would take up $15 mil, so you’d be able to sign an almost-max player along with him.

      The problem remains, though, that the Knicks need a point guard (this has been the case since 2008!), but there aren’t any game changing (or even moderately exciting) guards available in free agency this summer. So they’re left building their front line while bumbling around both sides of the perimeter.

    5. That news sucks big time. I was worrying about Rett since no update came out lately. I’m saying a prayer for him.

    6. Damn, so sorry for Rett and the family. Wishing for good news for them eventually.
      Right I meant 20 mil. Good enough for Wes Matthews, probably.
      But yeah, Sacto will likely want more than just Towns. Maybe Towns and THJ does it, IDK.
      But unless it’s Okafor, I just don’t see us keeping that pick.

    7. I dunno, I would rather roll the dice on a pick than root for a head case like cousins. Russell is my kind of player, I hope if we pick 3rd he falls to us. I can see a couple of other guards emerging.

    8. I think people tend to speak of floors and ceilings without really considering that there is no “floor” at all, as some top 5 picks don’t even last two years in the league. Injuries lower floors. Attitude lowers floors. And sometimes players just aren’t as good as their projections. Thabeet was dominant in college and his scouting said he’d be a tremendous NBA player. He was the #2 pick in a very strong draft (6 all-stars and counting). But he never panned out, and it had nothing to do with injury or attitude, as far as I can tell.

      If the Knicks plan on keeping whomever they draft, I think they have to target the top guard prospect. I normally am against drafting for need, especially at the top of the draft, but the Knicks (as usual) find themselves in such a precarious situation. They are invested in Melo, and have money to shop with in free agency, where there are so many more impact bigs available (Gasol, Hibbert, Jordan, Jefferson, Monroe, Aldridge, Millsap, Lopez, Vucevic, Asik, Wright, etc) than guards. I think the only way to make this team viable is to bring in a dynamic guard and there aren’t any available in free agency. So the Knicks pretty much have to roll the dice and go for BGA (best guard available). The Knicks have had a glaring hole at PG since 2008. The league is a PG league now. It seems silly to keep putting together these $60 million front lines while leaving the likes of Ray Felton, Chris Duhon, or the worm-rotted corpses of Baron Davis and Jason Kidd to drive the engine.

    9. Awful news about Rett.

      I’m desperate for a point guard that really knows what he’s doing. One that can run a team and distribute the ball. One that plays defense. One that can score inside and out. When you have one, everything else falls into place.

      And I’m talking about a player that’s better than Duhon, Marbury and Mark Jackson.

      The last winning point guard we had was Clyde. We won’t win until we replace him.

    10. Yeah, I’m starting to come around to the idea that we draft a point guard and figure out the big man situation through free agency.

      GoNyGo, I don’t know how far back you go as a fan, but I loved Derek Harper as our point guard in the mid 90’s. I’d be very happy to have a PG of that caliber running the show next year.

    11. But unless it’s Okafor, I just don’t see us keeping that pick.

      You might be right about that.

      IMO, the correct long term move would be to keep the pick. But if Jackson feels pressured to satisfy Melo, he may use it as part of deal that lands one of the stop FAs in a sign and trade. If we don’t do a sign and trade or some other kind of deal, I can’t see how any of the top guys are going to leave a ton of money on the table to play with the Knicks.

      This is one of the problems with our approach. It’s WAY harder to land FAs now than it used to be, but we have cleared the decks to land FAs to team with a 30 year old Melo. We are pressured to do something faster that would otherwise be necessary and must resist unless the deal is correct.

    12. I think under this cba sign and trades limit you to the 4y/4.5% raise-deals anyway, so it makes only sense for the knicks if they are over the cap to do a s&t

    13. I don’t get the need to draft a point guard. I’ll say it again: the Triangle diminishes a lot the classic point guard role. Phil won championships with the following starting PGs: John Paxson, BJ Armstrong, old Ron Harper (hardly a real PG), Derek Fisher. Not a murderer’s row of pristine NBA talents. I am against the rigid philosophy at the base of the Triangle, but this is a huge advantage.

      Go for the best player available. If we pick 3rd, I agree Russell is the best option. But at 4th, I’d roll the dice with Johnson and at 5th I’d go with Turner.

    14. Rett in my thoughts and prayers now more than ever.

      From yesterday’s thread:

      Let’s put the best case scenario out there:

      1) Knicks land the #1 pick, draft Okafor, and he plays in the pros like he has in college.

      2) Knicks sign Marc Gasol.

      3) The Triangle (and the team surgeons) keep Melo playing at his peak level over the next few years.

      I know most fans look at that as the best case scenario, but I really don’t think it is. In fact, I’m pretty much hoping Gasol doesn’t come here (I’ve said it before, I think he’s overrated and too old to build a lasting foundation around). I think the real best case scenario involves dividing the cap space among undervalued types. Could Joseph, Matthews, and maybe Asik/Wright/Lopez be had if we can dump Calderon? It’s possible, and I think that’s a much better idea than Gasol and dreck.

    15. When Jamie O’Grady tweeted the Rett news last night, I was just stunned. And when they updated the GoFundMe today, all hopes that perhaps Jamie was mistaken were dashed. So freakin’ awful. My best wishes to Jim and Deanna in this awful, awful time.

    16. Wright is not starter material, much mess in the Triangle. Asik (and I like the guy, a lot) has stone hands… Don’t know. Overrated or not, Marc Gasol is by far the best fit at center in the entire NBA, save maybe for Horford.

    17. Wright is not starter material, much mess in the Triangle. Asik (and I like the guy, a lot) has stone hands… Don’t know. Overrated or not, Marc Gasol is by far the best fit at center in the entire NBA, save maybe for Horford.

      I don’t necessarily disagree with this, but we’re not comparing Gasol to Asik/Lopez/Wright in a vacuum. The question is, would it be better to give Gasol $20 million and have $12 million or so left (assuming we can dump Calderon) or give Asik/Lopez/Wright anywhere from $5-$10 million (depending on which one it is) and still have a lot of money left to play with? I have to lean towards the latter.

    18. Thanasis has been balling in Westchester since the turn of the year. Maybe just a hot streak, but if the light has started to come on that would be very good for next year

    19. R. Lopez will probably get over $10m Would you have to max/near max Lopez to get him out of Portland? If a team does pry Lopez then I doubt Portland would let Matthews get away.

    20. assuming we can dump Calderon

      I wouldn’t assume this. Knicks would certainly have to take something back, no? Maybe a team with cap space that strikes out on all the available guards this summer, but that would be too late to help the Knicks at all. I could see him being a part of a deal that includes the draft selection, but not Calderon for $7 million in free money.

      I think the real best case scenario involves dividing the cap space among undervalued types. Could Joseph, Matthews, and maybe Asik/Wright/Lopez be had if we can dump Calderon?

      I think it’s better to discuss what is probable rather than what is possible. Phil talked about bringing in something like 5 or 6 players with his cap space, but I don’t see how that could play out. A lot of teams have cap space (looks like close to half the teams in the league could have enough to offer max contracts), which creates a sellers market. Plus, a lot of the young talent is restricted, which adds to the cost of doing business. So, though it’s possible that the Knicks use their $24 million to re-stock a depleted roster and get lucky that the guys they want are flying under the radar, its more likely that we see a meat-market like 2010, but with a fraction of the talent level available, leaving the Knicks with a questionable max guy (like Amar’e was) and a cheaper guy that gets overlooked for a reason (like Felton was).

    21. @15

      GoNyGo, I don’t know how far back you go as a fan, but I loved Derek Harper as our point guard in the mid 90’s. I’d be very happy to have a PG of that caliber running the show next year.

      I go back to Frazier. Derek Harper was never on that level. We need to send a point guard to the all-star game year after year. That’s what I’m talking about.

    22. We need to send a point guard to the all-star game year after year. That’s what I’m talking about.

      We do. They just don’t play for us.

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