Knicks Morning News (2015.02.10)

  • [New York Times] Popovich Earns Win No. 1,000 as Spurs Get Past Pacers 95-93 (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:26:10 GMT)

    Gregg Popovich spent 19 seasons teaching his players how to use teamwork and ball movement to break down defenses.

  • [New York Times] Kerr Coming to New York as an All-Star Coach With Warriors (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:19:35 GMT)

    Steve Kerr is smiling a lot these days.

  • [New York Times] Kevin Durant Scores 40, Thunder Beat Nuggets 124-114 (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:07:31 GMT)

    Kevin Durant’s shots kept dropping, and it didn’t seem to matter whether he was off-balance, falling away or putting the ball up in traffic.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro basketball: Three Free Agents Return to Liberty (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:14:40 GMT)

    The Liberty re-signed three free agents: Alex Montgomery, Avery Warley-Talbert and Natasha Lacy.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Heat Rally to Vanquish Knicks as Bosh Scores 32 (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:56 GMT)

    Down 14 points early, host Miami posted its biggest comeback victory of the season.

  • [New York Times] Jordan, Clippers Roll 115-98 After Mavs Lose Chandler, Ellis (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:19:32 GMT)

    DeAndre Jordan had 22 points and a career-high 27 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers won without Blake Griffin, beating Dallas 115-98 Monday night after the Mavericks lost Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis to injuries in the first 4 minutes.

  • [New York Times] Hayward Leads Jazz Past Pelicans, 100-96 (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:01:15 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half, and the Utah Jazz overcame a 14-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 100-96 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Popovich Earns Win No. 1,000 as Spurs Get Past Pacers 95-93 (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:49:35 GMT)

    Gregg Popovich’s grand plan has produced plenty of wins.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Rally From 17 Down, Beat Nets 103-97 (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:43:32 GMT)

    Khris Middleton scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-97 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Horford, Hawks Steamroll Timberwolves 117-105 (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:40:35 GMT)

    Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and DeMarre Carroll added a career-best 26 points to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 117-105 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Pull Off Biggest Comeback of Year, Top Knicks 109-95 (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:28:40 GMT)

    Chris Bosh scored 32 points, Mario Chalmers added 18 and the Miami Heat pulled away from the New York Knicks for a 109-95 win on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Curry, Barbosa Lead Warriors to 89-84 Win Over 76ers (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:13:26 GMT)

    Stephen Curry scored 20 points, Leandro Barbosa had 16 off the bench and the Golden State Warriors snapped Philadelphia’s four-game home winning streak with an 89-84 win over the 76ers on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall 1 Point Shy of Triple-Double, Wizards Top Magic 96-80 (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:37:24 GMT)

    John Wall fell one point shy of his first triple-double of the season, Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Orlando Magic 96-80 on Monday night to sweep the season series.

  • [New York Times] National Basketball League Roundup (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:52:09 GMT)

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will not punish New York Knicks owner James Dolan for his controversial and angry email to an unhappy fan of the team.

  • [New York Times] Criticism, but No Penalty, for Dolan (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:23:25 GMT)

    James L. Dolan, the Knicks’ owner, will not face discipline from the N.B.A. over an email in which he told a fan to start following the Nets “because the Knicks don’t want you.”

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony leaves in 4th in Knicks’ 109-95 loss to Heat (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:30:18 GMT)

    The Knicks can look to the Heat for a recent example of a team that bottomed out before quickly rebuilding into a championship contender.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo on Knicks owner’s email: ‘We all have those moments’ (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:05:35 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony was a good person to ask about Knicks owner James Dolan’s spiteful email exchange with an angered longtime fan.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks’ Dolan again proves to be big Broadway baby (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:05:17 GMT)

    Adam Silver’s worst nightmare for All Star Weekend isn’t frigid temperatures, traffic jams or injured superstars.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks fan still loyal despite Jim Dolan’s nasty e-mail (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:37:44 GMT)

    A day after James Dolan called him “a hateful mess,” longtime Knicks fan Irving Bierman said he was still “sadly” a fan of the team.

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Dolan message shows he can’t help himself (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:21:41 GMT)

    Pardon me, wasn’t this the season James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan vowed to distance himself from the Knicks?

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    27 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.02.10)”

    1. Who in the world thought that the NBA would punish Dolan?

      Durant’s 40 points came on 19 shots. Daaaaang.

    2. If anything, I would have been really annoyed if the NBA did punish Dolan. I think the guy is an awfully entitled and spoiled asshole, but he has every right to express his private opinion.

    3. Well, I mean, Donald Sterling also expressed his private opinion, ya know? So I think that there definitely is a line that, when crossed, the league has to get involved. But insulting some random old man without using any ethnic or racial slurs is nowhere near that line.

    4. Yes, well, I was one of the few who actually thought Sterling was expressing his private opinion and shouldn’t have been forced to sell the team because of that (not because it was right to say those awful words; but because he did it in his privacy). And I still think the leave of absence imposed on Ferry is a buffoonery, again not because the african-Deng things are kind but because that resolution appears to be only a PR issue, and not something that was deeply felt by the Hawks CEO or whoever is in charge there.

      I mean, racism is an awful thing, and owners should be aware that they’re due a very strict public scrutiny; that said, I don’t think an individual should be punished for his opinions. An individual should be punished for his actions (and Sterling had a long, long history of racism in his actions, not only his words, so Stern had plenty of evidence, but left the hot potato in Silver’s hands and V. Stiviano phone), or he should cave in to peer pressure (the good kind of peer pressure; kinda like when your serial cheating friend doesn’t get invited anymore to high school reunions because he cheated upon every single female then-classmate).

      I know I’m in the minority in this issue. But if I want to sniff glue in my house (not that I would really want to) I should be able to do so, if in doing so I’m not harming anyone.

    5. Farfa, while I agree with the logic behind your views, I feel like you aren’t considering the practical implications of all of this.

      In a court of law, I absolutely agree that private opinions are just that – free speech in the privacy of one’s own home. There is no way that should ever be punishable. And in Sterling’s specific case, he has as much right as any other citizen to be a racist and express that. Not only privately, but also publicly.

      The thing is, we are talking about a business. Whether or not Sterling is a racist at all doesn’t matter. What matter is that the public perception is that he is a racist. And once social media and public perception go against you, good luck. It will affect the image of the Clippers. It will affect the image of the NBA. It will cause hatred and anger towards an NBA team and owner. It will reduce revenues. It is a business problem, not a moral problem. Remember – none of these things are actually moral problems. They are business problems. The only moral issue anyone in the NBA front office cares about is the one that hurts revenues.

      So from a business perspective, it totally and completely made sense to remove Sterling and put on an act that improves the NBA’s public image (i.e., Silver’s “outrage”). Any smart businessman would have done the same thing, and Silver seems pretty shrewd.

      Again, I am not condoning this. Our society is quickly falling into a tyranny where trial is held on social media platforms (where accuracy of accusation or evidence do not matter much) rather than the courtroom. We will have to learn to navigate this new digital police state. Tread lightly – the slightest mistake for a public figure even in their private life means doom. Another example of this is Amy Pascal of Sony Pictures who stepped down due to an email leak. It doesn’t matter that all of us have made questionable statements in private, all that matters is that when someone gets exposed doing the same thing we all…

    6. [continued] metaphorically lynch them immediately without much reflection.

      Anyway, not approving Sterling’s views, but that’s my stance on the matter.

    7. The thing is, we are talking about a business. Whether or not Sterling is a racist at all doesn’t matter. What matter is that the public perception is that he is a racist. And once social media and public perception go against you, good luck.

      Agreed. And that’s why it was the vote of the owners that said that Sterling had to sell.

      So from a business perspective, it totally and completely made sense to remove Sterling and put on an act that improves the NBA’s public image (i.e., Silver’s “outrage”). Any smart businessman would have done the same thing, and Silver seems pretty shrewd.

      And that’s the thing that irks me so much. While I think that Silver handled things pretty well, I can’t help but notice that it was mostly a PR act. I mean, why hasn’t the league shown public support to all the guys who started wearing “I can’t breathe” shirts? Do the league really think that it’s helping minorities with black history month or, worse, “Los Spurs”, “El Heat” (at least make it “Los Sperones” and “El Calòr” – I think, I didn’t study Spanish)?

      That said, I really liked your take on this matter, MarvsTeeth.

    8. We all can only hope that Dolan pulls a Sterling and says something really awful that gets recorded and the NBA forces him to sell. But I think even a dummy like him is too smart for that.

    9. Yeah, Jimmy looks like a run of the mill simpleton, not a borderline comic book villain like Sterling. He’s going to own the Knicks for a lifetime.

    10. The Knicks will target several free agents this summer including Greg Monroe, whom I previously mentioned at the end of December, Reggie Jackson, Jimmy Butler and Wesley Matthews (should Butler sign elsewhere) according to league sources.
      Read more at http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/02/10/scotto-draymond-greens-free-agency-value-is-skyrocketing-amid-breakout-season/#XSiUbOxF17P9jE0x.99

      Price is always a consideration, but what is the general feeling about Reggie Jackson?

      I like the other 3, but I’m not as sure about Jackson.

    11. there isn’t a free agent that i can get behind besides butler and possibly tobias harris but both are longshots… jackson is sort of in the collison/george hill ranks of pgs… low-end passable starter who could have a more consistent jumper…

      kyle lowry would be the hopeful comp here….

    12. “Price is always a consideration, but what is the general feeling about Reggie Jackson?”
      Not crazy about Reggie Jackson (although some might think that he is the straw that stirs the drink), but would be happy if the Knicks added D’Angelo Russell, Draymond Green and Greg Monroe this offseason.

    13. I’d like to see if we can swindle OKC out of Jeremey Lamb. They seem to have no idea at all how to evaluate shooting guards, and Lamb is young, cheap, and has improved every year he’s been in the NBA.

    14. I fear that Jeremy Lamb is the second coming of pre-Nets Gerald Green, but he’s on the cheap, so it could be a cool bet.

    15. Personally not a fan of Jackson at all at this point. I think his development has really been hindered by playing for Brooks/in OKC. He has a fairly well rounded skillset for a PG, but I worry that he has been fully indoctrinated into that stagnant all-iso offense – his game has really failed to develop over the last couple years when he should have been coming into his own.

      The big upside to me is his age – he’s 4 full years younger than Wesley Matthews for example – and if (really when) we miss out on the biggest FAs this summer I’d much rather we take shots on young guys who might have real upside left, and Jackson does potentially fit that criteria. So for the right price I’d take a shot despite not loving his game, but I don’t see him as an 8 figure player at all, even projecting some growth. It’ll be interesting to see what he gets paid.

    16. I’m intrigued by Lamb as well, but the reason he doesn’t play is because he’s really bad on D – no focus and hasn’t improved at all on that end. But yeah, talk about youth – he only turned 22 in November. He still has a bunch of years to get it, and he’s definitely a talented offensive player. Really nice shooting stroke.

    17. I can’t argue with you about Lamb’s D or lack thereof, but OKC plays Dion Waiters more than Lamb and Waiters sucks on D and really sucks on offense as a bonus. That to me indicates to me that OKC wants rid of Lamb, and isn’t valuing him correctly-and that’s the type of player the Knicks (and most other teams) should be targeting.

    18. And that’s the thing that irks me so much. While I think that Silver handled things pretty well, I can’t help but notice that it was mostly a PR act. I mean, why hasn’t the league shown public support to all the guys who started wearing “I can’t breathe” shirts? Do the league really think that it’s helping minorities with black history month or, worse, “Los Spurs”, “El Heat” (at least make it “Los Sperones” and “El Calòr” – I think, I didn’t study Spanish)?

      It’s always going to be a PR thing when billions of dollars are on the line. Remember Michael Jordan’s apolitical balancing act: “Republicans buy shoes, too.”

    19. What about Brandon Knight? He’s having a solid season in Milwaukee, is unrestricted this summer, and will turn 24 tomorrow.

    20. Brandon Knight is a much better player than Reggie Jackson at this stage. I think Milwaukee won’t match any offer higher than 10 million dollars per year, and if I was given the choice between those two I’d like to have Knight over Jackson. That said, I don’t think we should pursue a PG. My wild guess is that Jose is going to be our starting PG at least for another year, and if so we need a 2-guard who can shoot and defend like there’s no tomorrow. Anyway, the Triangle has no need for ballhogs at the PG position.

    21. I think the knicks should try to go after Khris Middleton and see if the Bucks are willing to pay Knight and Middleton serious money. I think the knicks can overpay him and still be under what they would have to pay Matthews or Green. Plus, Khris can play up and down the lineup.

    22. What about Brandon Knight? He’s having a solid season in Milwaukee, is unrestricted this summer, and will turn 24 tomorrow.

      He’s not unrestricted.

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