Knicks Morning News (2015.02.12)

  • [New York Times] Silver ‘Focused on Action’ in 2nd Year as NBA Commissioner (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:44:45 GMT)

    Adam Silver stood at the podium last All-Star weekend and said he wanted to listen.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki In for West All-Stars; Harden, Thompson to Start (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:23:23 GMT)

    Western Conference All-Star team coach Steve Kerr’s lineup will look nothing like the one voted for by fans as star after NBA star has gone down with injuries.

  • [New York Times] Jordan’s 24 Points, 20 Rebounds Lead Clippers Over Rockets (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:41:33 GMT)

    DeAndre Jordan had 24 points and 20 rebounds, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick each had 20 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Houston Rockets 110-95 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Distinction for Knicks: Worst Team to Host N.B.A. All-Star Game (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:31:54 GMT)

    At 10-43, the Knicks go into the All-Star break with a winning percentage of .189, lower than that of the Heat when they hosted the 1990 game.

  • [New York Times] No Carmelo Anthony, No Hope as Knicks Fall to Another Lowly Team (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:31:54 GMT)

    With Anthony sitting out again, the Knicks lost at Orlando and entered their All-Star break with a 10-43 record, the worst in the N.B.A.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Celtics Rally to Hand Hawks a Rare Loss (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:31:33 GMT)

    The Hawks, who have lost four of their last seven after a 19-game winning streak, still have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Hand Lakers 11th Straight Road Loss, 102-86 (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:23:26 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers extended the Los Angeles Lakers’ road losing streak to a franchise-record 11 games with a 102-86 victory Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pelicans’ Davis Decides to Sit Out NBA All-Star Game (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:59:12 GMT)

    Anthony Davis has decided to sit out this Sunday’s NBA All-Star game.

  • [New York Times] Thompson, Harden Will Start for West in All-Star Game (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:53:23 GMT)

    Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Houston Rockets guard James Harden have been named starters for the Western Conference All-Star team.

  • [New York Times] Barea Scores 22 for Mavericks in Ragged 87-82 Win Over Jazz (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:38:13 GMT)

    J.J. Barea enjoyed a pleasant surprise when Monta Ellis lined up beside him in the backcourt after it looked as if Dallas’ leading scorer would have to sit with a left hip injury.

  • [New York Times] Durant, Westbrook Lead Thunder Past Grizzlies, 105-89 (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:26:13 GMT)

    The Thunder put an exclamation point on their hot streak heading into the All-Star break.

  • [New York Times] LeBron, Cavs Overpower Heat 113-93 for 14th Win in 15 Games (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:05:48 GMT)

    Seconds before the opening tip, LeBron James pulled Chris Bosh close and tightly hugged his former teammate.

  • [New York Times] Reserves Help Warriors Survive 94-91 Over Timberwolves (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:02:32 GMT)

    After a first 51 games unlike any other in franchise history, the Golden State Warriors need a rest.

  • [New York Times] Brandon Knight Scores 20, Bucks Beat Kings, 111-103 (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:53:37 GMT)

    Brandon Knight certainly looked like an All-Star.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Ease Into All-Star Break With 104-87 Win Over Pistons (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:24:39 GMT)

    With Gregg Popovich’s 1,000th victory out of the way, San Antonio had one more game before the All-Star break.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Rally, Beat Hawks 89-88 on Turner’s Buzzer-Beater (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:24:32 GMT)

    Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens wasn’t about to put too much importance on his team’s comeback victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Times] West, Hill Each Score 17 and Pacers Pound Pelicans, 106-93 (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:30:11 GMT)

    David West and George Hill each scored 17 points and the Indiana Pacers went into the All-Star break with their fourth victory in their last five games, pounding the New Orleans Pelicans 106-93 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Leads Raptors Past Wizards (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:15:44 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan hit a tiebreaking jump shot with 12 seconds left and the Toronto Raptors headed into the All-Star break on a winning note, beating the Washington Wizards 95-93 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Vucevic Scores 28 to Help Magic Hold Off Knicks 89-83 (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:09:13 GMT)

    Nik Vucevic had 28 points and 18 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off the New York Knicks 89-83 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] National Basketball Association Roundup (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:53:25 GMT)

    Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal will miss his third straight game at Toronto on Wednesday night after an examination revealed a “mild stress reaction in his lower right fibula.”

  • [New York Daily News] Former Knick Mason in critical condition, source confirms (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:07:52 GMT)

    Anthony Mason was in critical condition following a massive heart attack.

  • [New York Daily News] Charles Oakley calls Knicks owner James Dolan ‘a bad guy’ (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:54:33 GMT)

    For all the blood, sweat and tears Charles Oakley sacrificed while wearing a Knicks uniform, he has no lost love for owner James Dolan.

  • [New York Daily News] Amar’e Stoudemire, Knicks begin conversation about buyout (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:52:31 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire’s agent acknowledged on Wednesday that he has begun conversations with the Knicks about a possible buyout.

  • [New York Daily News] Late Jerry Tarkanian was ‘father’ to ex-Knick Larry Johnson (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:28:02 GMT)

    When Jerry Tarkanian walked into Larry Johnson’s life he was the coach Johnson needed, but quickly became the father he never had.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo sits as Knicks enter All-Star break with loss to Magic (Thu, 12 Feb 2015 02:48:11 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony will have three more days off to see if he can be ready for the All-Star Game.

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    35 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.02.12)”

    1. I like him. I know his advanced stats aren’t great because he takes way too many midrange jumpers now, but a lot of that has to do with him being lower down on their big man pecking order and having to fit in around Favors and Gobert. His first couple years when he got to play inside more he showed a good variety of post skills, shot a good percentage, pretty good offensive rebounder. He’s not a particularly good defender but he has legit center size, and he doesn’t turn 23 until May. Definitely a guy I’d take a chance on – move him back to C, put him in the post more, and he could turn into a really excellent offensive C for the triangle – someone who can both post and space it to the 3 point line when necessary. For a reasonable price I would definitely look to buy.

      Another intriguing guy who is potentially on the move is Andrew Nicholson. He has g0tten really squeezed out this year for Orlando, but he was a really promising rookie two years ago, and he’s another multi-skilled big who might be a good fit in the triangle. I’d expect he’d be available on the cheap too given how little he has played this year.

    2. Hasn’t Kantner been starting at C all season for Utah? Young good rebounder why wouldn’t a centerless team like the Knicks be interested?

    3. Bargnani had a pretty good box score last night, something like 11 points on 9 shots and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes, which is roughly 20 points and 10 rebounds per 36 minutes. He only turned the ball over once, drew fouls, and had a better plus/minus than the team did. Am I missing something, or did he actually play well?

    4. Hasn’t Kantner been starting at C all season for Utah?

      I think he is typically listed as the C, but in terms of the way they play on offense he is generally asked to space the floor while Gobert and Favors are used as PnR dive men. That’s what I was trying to get at.

    5. Really, the right way to look at Bargs’ night is that he used 12 possessions and scored 11 points. Can’t forget the free throws. So no, that’s not great.

    6. I would actually be okay with trading a 2019 first round pick along with Hardaway and, don’t know, Prigs to Utah for Kanter. Young guys are the right guys to trade a first for, not declining stars or uprising Bargs.

      Bargnani had a pretty good box score last night, something like 11 points on 9 shots and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes, which is roughly 20 points and 10 rebounds per 36 minutes. He only turned the ball over once, drew fouls, and had a better plus/minus than the team did. Am I missing something, or did he actually play well?

      Bargs had two seasons in Toronto where he averaged more than 19 points per game; one where he averaged more than .400 from three (on almost 4 attempts per game); and even one where he averaged more than 6 boards and 1 block per game! But he was bad even then, so go figure.

    7. I’d deal Hardaway for Kanter, but I don’t like giving up a pick for a guy who might be good if he could only stop taking stupid shots. We’ve gone down that road plenty of times and it generally doesn’t work out so good.

    8. I’d rather have a 5% shot at the next Anthony Davis than a 100% chance at Enes Kanter. That’s just me, tho. I’m no Phil Jackson. I could never imagine myself turning Kwame Brown into a passable NBA player.

    9. “I’d rather have a 5% shot at the next Anthony Davis than a 100% chance at Enes Kanter.”
      I agree. Also, Kanter is an RFA this summer and, since he’s a center and centers get paid, the Knicks will have to overpay by a lot to keep him or let him go for nothing (and, if they give up a first rounder to get him, they will feel obligated to overpay to keep him — think Nets – Gerald Wallace/Lillard draft pick).

    10. From Zach Lowe’s Twitter Page:

      “Kanter and Kanter’s agents think he’s a super-duper star MT @basketballtalk: Jazz’s Enes Kanter wants to be traded”

      “Every player’s personal team obviously pumps them up, but people around league are a bit wary of Kanter’s people”

    11. Above all else, the Knicks need a center and point guard. I place the higher priority on the point guard because they control the game. Kanter is an OK piece but I want something better. There are a lot of FA centers coming on the market. With the likes of Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Garnett,DeAndre Jordan, Kendrick Perkins, Omer Asik, Robin Lopez, Greg Monroe, Brandan Wright, Bismack Biyombo and others coming on the market, I think committing now is foolish.

    12. kanter is fools gold… he is not that efficient and defensively he is unsalvagable… which is a pretty big deal for a center…

    13. kanter is fools gold… he is not that efficient and defensively he is unsalvagable… which is a pretty big deal for a center…

      Idk if he’s unsalvageable on defense. He’s 22 years old. Seems like he still has time to improve on that end and he is fairly athletic, not just some lumbering stiff.

      Offensively more than shot distribution, which has hurt him a little bit, his decline in free throw rate is the major reason for his drop in efficiency. It’s actually gone down every year since his 1st year in the from .445 to .309 to .239 and now finally at .203.

    14. I’d do Kanter for J.R. Smith’s trade exception if our scouts think he’s worth a look. But the problem is that if he plays well down the stretch for us he’ll probably want more than we’d be willing to pay him and winning games is not really our thing right now.

    15. I’d do Kanter for J.R. Smith’s trade exception if our scouts think he’s worth a look. But the problem is that if he plays well down the stretch for us he’ll probably want more than we’d be willing to pay him and winning games is not really our thing right now.

      My guess is if Carmelo was only leading us to 10 wins and the league’s worst record an addition of Kanter wouldn’t change much.

    16. My issues with Kanter are twofold:

      1. I don’t think he fits in well with either of the two players that the Knicks should be hoping that they end up with in the draft, Okafor or Towns. He fits better with Towns than Okafor, but it is still not a great fit (if Towns is going to move off of center, it should only be for a good defensive center, like Marc Gasol).
      2. His RFA cap hold is ginormous (over $11 million), so he basically becomes 40% of the Knicks’ free agent haul this offseason.

    17. Idk if he’s unsalvageable on defense. He’s 22 years old. Seems like he still has time to improve on that end and he is fairly athletic, not just some lumbering stiff.

      This is a classical Knicks response.

      “He’s not good, but he’s 22! He could be good someday because he’s athletic.”

      I’m not trying to come at you or anything, but it’s basically the opposite of what the Knicks should do, which is sign/trade/draft good players who don’t need a complete overhaul to be good at basketball.

    18. 2. His RFA cap hold is ginormous (over $11 million), so he basically becomes 40% of the Knicks’ free agent haul this offseason.

      Oh. Fuck that.

      Towns or Okafor BC?

      Also how do people feel about Monroe now? Seems like he could become Zach Randolph 2.0.

    19. I’m not trying to come at you or anything, but it’s basically the opposite of what the Knicks should do, which is sign/trade/draft good players who don’t need a complete overhaul to be good at basketball.

      Jowles I’m not saying that Kanter is great or anything, but I do think this is the kind of player the Knicks could potentially buy low on this summer and maybe reap the benefits of later. Either way if he has an $11m cap hold then we shouldn’t bother trying to trade for the guy and gauge our interest this summer. He’ll still be a free agent after the first couple of weeks when teams have their sights set higher.

    20. “Sorry Z-Man, I understand that this franchise has seen lots of next-year saviors that in a matter of month transformed themselves in steaming piles of shit, but to me it’s evident that there’s no Langsanity this time, only a mild appreciation of a player who has some basketball neurons in his head.”

      The big beef I had with some posters here was that they actually cared whether we signed him to any kind of deal or let him walk when he was playing hard to get.

      And actually, he is playing pretty much like a steaming pile of shit in the last 6 games. His TS% is .409. His DRtg is 111. Although averaging 30mpg since he was brought up, he’s reached the 5 assist mark once and is averaging 3.6 per 36. He is clearly in no way, shape or form a PG and is nowhere near good enough on either end to be a 2.

      “No question Galloway’s shooting has suffered. But you know what hasn’t? His defense, which after watching Felton-esque efforts from our last 10 point guards is really refreshing. Of course, it’s difficult to really measure defense, but NBA.com tries to”

      Frank, he might be a scrappy defender, but I’ve noticed that even middling 1’s (Jack) and 2’s (Bynum) could do to him pretty much at will in iso situations. I agree that that he moves his hands and feet well, and is scrappy in loose-ball and double-team situations. He’ll get his share of rebounds and steals. He also seems to be humble, a hard worker and all that. But I have to think there are better ways to fill a roster spot from the D-League.

    21. Well, I’m convinced. No player in NBA history has ever shot poorly over a six game sample as a rookie and gone on to be even a decent player

    22. Yeah, but what about over his last SEVEN games? I’d like to see the numbers on that … and maybe every other game during that 7-game stretch. Let’s just do it by prime numbers. His last 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, and 23 games. How’d he do during those?

    23. Idk if he’s unsalvageable on defense. He’s 22 years old. Seems like he still has time to improve on that end and he is fairly athletic, not just some lumbering stiff.

      kanter’s already been in the league for 4 years now… and he hasn’t shown any improvement in any area other than being able to sustain his inefficient offense with more shots….

      what is moving is his steals/blocks numbers and they are going the wrong way … he was coming from a very low base to begin with… he came into the league with huge fouling issues that kept him off the court… and he responded by just not defending at all instead of using his formative nba years to actually improve it… he is basically matt bonner on the defensive end…

      someone is going to be very sorry signing him to any amount of money…

    24. @djphan

      He’s 22. Most players are not finished products at that age. I’m not saying he’s going to become a stud, but it’s absolutely ridiculous to say he has no hope at all to improve.

    25. “Yeah, but what about over his last SEVEN games? I’d like to see the numbers on that … and maybe every other game during that 7-game stretch. Let’s just do it by prime numbers. His last 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, and 23 games. How’d he do during those?”

      You’re right, I should have use his career stats: TS%=.470

      But don’t worry, he’ll be shooting the lights out any day now.

    26. Galloway shot well in college. He shot well in the D League. But yeah, he’s played less than 500 minutes in the NBA, and anyone who thinks he’ll shoot okay is wrong.

      Draymond Green had a .404TS% as a 22 year old rookie. LOL at people who thought he was going to be decent player.

      When Danny Green was a rookie on the Cavs he had a TS% of .480. Some morons on the Spurs thought they should give him a chance. ROFL. I’m not even going to look at his stats, because I have a small sample of data that tells me there’s no way he’s good today.

      Do you seriously not understand that Langston is a rookie who has not played many games? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he didn’t turn out to be a good player, but come on, you’re being ridiculous with this shit.

    27. ZMan, another member of the Patient Knicks Fan Club, who would willingly and patiently sit through a five year rebuilding plan, has concluded after a dozen games that Galloway has no future. Let’s not waste any more time on him. Cut him now. NEXT!

    28. I’m not for or against the Galloway signing (he seems okay, especially at the minimum or close to it) but it seems pretty silly to write off any rookie for bad play over six games. Or even a whole first year. Durant sucked his first year. LeBron too, although LeBron just sucked compared to Awesome LeBron, which started in, like, year 2 and has never let up.

    29. I think the problem (in this blog) with Galloway (and Fields, Lin, Zach Randolph, Melo, Jr Smith, Shumpert, …) is that there is absolutely no middle ground when evaluating players.

      Two weeks ago people were worried that Galloway was going to be a star and we had not locked him enough years. Every player on the knicks is either utter overpaid garbage, or the next Messiah. Zach Randolph was garbage till he got to Memphis, and Jeremy Lin was the Messiah till he got to Houston. And everybody was quite happy to part ways with JR Smith, which is quite a talented player.

      You know, there’s a middle ground; and most of the players in any team (even championship winning teams) are going to be middle of the pack players with its share of defects and virtues. It seems to me that this board only thinks there are minimum players (OMG, Reggie Jackson is not worth the minimum) or max players (give Draymond Green the max and more), although to be fair, salary cap dynamics makes that there a lot of young max players and a lot of old vet minimum players.

      Sometimes, fit and chemistry are also important to whether a player is overpaid or underpaid (ask Boris Diaw), or motivation (Tyson Chandler, players on contract years…). So it would be nice to let them play a bit before judging them, and try to separate the circumstance (tanking team, …) from their actual talent when evaluating them. I am really bad at evaluating players, but this blog is kind of hysterical!

      For me, Galloway is an end of the bench player, which is nice to have, and would be a nice fit if we manage a 2nd unit which is scrappy and defensive (Galloway and Acy seems like a start, add Towns to the mix?), which i would love to see. But i would not count on him being the next Danny Green (but please, let him prove me wrong)

    30. I agree w/ CJ Watson , Farfa, but I think his floor is an occasional D-League call-up, and most likely outcome is a 2nd string combo guard on a lottery team or end-of-bench dime-a-dozen player on a good team. Not writing him off, just being realistic.

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