Knicks Morning News (2015.02.13)

  • [New York Times] 2 Years After Snub, Curry Is All-Star Man of the Moment (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:52:03 GMT)

    Stephen Curry will take on his teammate and team up with his father, then finally take the floor as the leading vote-getter for the All-Star game.

  • [New York Times] Curtains for Visitors: How Arizona State Reinvented Free-Throw Distraction (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:24:35 GMT)

    A statistical analysis shows that a new version of student antics appears to be costing visiting teams one to two points per game.

  • [New York Times] Rose Scores 30, Bulls Beat Cavaliers 113-98 (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:17:29 GMT)

    Derrick Rose drove hard to the rim and heard those familiar “MVP! MVP!” chants from the crowd. The star point guard was in top form, and so were the Bulls.

  • [New York Times] George Karl Is Set to Coach the Sacramento Kings (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:09:30 GMT)

    The Kings said they had reached an agreement in principle with Karl to become head coach.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Says He Is Likely to Sit Out Rest of Season (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 03:37:00 GMT)

    Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, voted by N.B.A. fans to start the All-Star Game, told ESPN Radio he would probably sit out the remainder of the season afterward because of his injured left knee.

  • [New York Times] Owners of Host Teams Can Skip the All-Star Festivities (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 01:55:30 GMT)

    Although the N.B.A’s All-Star events will take place in New York City this weekend, fans should not expect to see the host teams’ owners at too many of them.

  • [New York Times] Pelicans’ Davis Saving Himself for Playoff Push (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 01:02:06 GMT)

    New Orleans Pelicans rising star Anthony Davis is disappointed at missing out on a starting assignment in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game because of a shoulder injury but the mature 21-year-old is looking at the big picture.

  • [New York Daily News] Fan vote: Owner James Dolan should sell the Knicks (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:28:45 GMT)

    Irving Bierman may have gotten a nasty email from Jim Dolan, but on his feelings about the Knicks’ owner, he is clearly not alone.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo says it’s ‘very likely’ season ends after All-Star Game (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:20:23 GMT)

    It’s All-Star Weekend in NYC, and Carmelo Anthony, the lone representative from both teams, insisted he will play in Sunday’s All-Star Game.

  • [New York Daily News] Former Knick Mason’s condition ‘slightly’ improved: report (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:04:58 GMT)

    Anthony Mason’s condition, which seemed so dire on Wednesday after he suffered a life-threatening heart attack, has “improved slightly.”

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Pairing Carmelo with Amar’e was a bust for Knicks (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 03:04:15 GMT)

    The worst-kept secret in the NBA is that Carmelo Anthony is on the verge of having season-ending knee surgery.

  • [New York Post] The all-time Knicks team would be incredible (Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:20:26 -0500)

    It is the stuff of not just New York but NBA legend. Willis Reed limped out on the Garden floor, the Lakers stared in amazement. Reed hit his first two…

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    23 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.02.13)”

    1. The trade deadline is this Sunday, I think. It seems like we might stand pat. There could be teams interested in Pablo, but I don’t think GMs are willing to give draft choices back because the mostly likely teams for him are Detroit and Miami. But both teams probably have worries about making their teams better for the short term, losing out on the lottery and and then losing Pablo to age in a year or two.

    2. There could be teams interested in Pablo, but I don’t think GMs are willing to give draft choices back because the mostly likely teams for him are Detroit and Miami

      Cleveland is looking for a backup PG. Why not just send Pablo up there? (since NY has, somehow, become Cleveland’s farm system)…

    3. The Knicks should be trying to accumulate as many 2nd round picks as possible.

      No quality free agents are going to give up a ton of money to sign in NY. The only way we are going to get any of the really good FAs is via a S&T. But right now, we have nothing to give up other than our first round pick (which I would way rather have long term than any of the players we are considered as having a shot at).

      At least if we had a few 2nd rounders we “might” be able to package “something”.

      Cap space is good thing to have, but things aren’t the way they used to be. There’s too much money on the line for players to just leave unless they are miserable.

      That’s why I think all the trades we made where we gave up more than we received just to have more space are highly suspect.

    4. The Knicks should be trying to accumulate as many 2nd round picks as possible.

      Sadly for Plan Stratomatic, we don’t have a second round pick until 2020.

      (I realize you probably know this, but it’s just too funny to not write)

    5. Sadly for Plan Stratomatic, we don’t have a second round pick until 2020.

      I’m not an expert on the rules. I’ll leave that to the GMs. I’m just worried that we are going to have all this cap space, but when it comes time to do the signing there are going to be other teams with assets that can do deals that will enable those FAs to get more money or years than we can offer. Suppose no one worth anything signs with us? Then we have Melo, 1st round pick, and assorted filler. That’s another year down the tubes. If memory serves me, we don’t even have a first round pick the following year.

    6. Deadline is Thursday afternoon.

      Thanks for the correction. There is more time than I thought.

      As for second round picks, we’ve managed to buy one or two in the past, but I think we did it mostly right before the draft. I think the value of those picks has gone up because the cap is expected to go up a lot, but rookie salaries are fixed in the CBA, which means that rookies will be cheaper than they were before, relative to other players salaries.

    7. Also, we can’t give up a 1st round pick until 2018. We are obligated to keep our 1st round pick every other year and we gave up our 2016 already to Toronto (in a complicated deal). We get 2015 and 2017 by law now.

    8. Pretty sure FA’s can’t do sign-and-trades that give them more years or more salary. I could be wrong, but last summer I don’t think we could have signed Melo to a 5-year max and traded him to Chicago.

    9. I think I have watched a total of 30 minutes of Knicks basketball this year.
      I have flirted with the idea of giving up this this brand loyalty for a few years now, but it seems it has just happened.
      Amare is too much past his prime to get exercised about, but beyond him there isn’t a player on this roster I care much about. Maybe in the off season, when they start wheeling and dealing I’ll start investing time and emotion into it.

      I had no idea that All Star game tickets are not offered to the general public, although it has apparently gone for years. Another reason the NBA writ large is losing me.

    10. With the new TV contracts coming soon, some players may want a short term contract. That could reduce the need for sign and trade deals.

    11. Pretty sure FA’s can’t do sign-and-trades that give them more years or more salary. I could be wrong, but last summer I don’t think we could have signed Melo to a 5-year max and traded him to Chicago.

      I don’t put any energy at all into understanding the CBA. There’s not enough upside in it for me as just a fan to put a lot of energy into a very complex subject.

      Here’s a link on S&T. It looks like there may be some salary benefits to the player, but not years.

      http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q91

    12. I’m not an expert on the rules. I’ll leave that to the GMs. I’m just worried that we are going to have all this cap space, but when it comes time to do the signing there are going to be other teams with assets that can do deals that will enable those FAs to get more money or years than we can offer. Suppose no one worth anything signs with us? Then we have Melo, 1st round pick, and assorted filler. That’s another year down the tubes. If memory serves me, we don’t even have a first round pick the following year.

      i’m fine with rolling over some cap space until next year… what i’m worried about is that he might be tempted to overpay for someone like a reggie jackson or greg monroe fearing that he will get shut out… or giving dregs like norris cole a multiyear deal…

      even tho we don’t have a pick… im fine with being bad/mediocre next year.. i’m really just resigned to wait for a .500+ team until 2017-18 because reaching now could set us back another 5 years….

    13. Newcomer here. Hoping to contribute to this great blog.

      What’s your specialty? Sarcasm, pessimism, or scorn?

    14. Hello everyone!

      Newcomer here. Hoping to contribute to this great blog.

      Welcome! Just be sure never to mention stats per game, or upside, or chemistry, or fit, or trading draft picks, or that Melo is worth his contract.

      And most especially, whatever you do, never mention spacing.

      You’ve been warned.

    15. Hearing Mike Walczewski announce Allan Houston’s name during the intros of the Celebrity All-Star Game brought a tear to my eye.

    16. All kidding aside, this is a great place. Aside from providing a place to share the angst of being a fan, every time I come here, I find something that informs, educates, amuses and/or infuriates. Today, after a crappy day at the office, Donnie made me laugh out loud with his post @16. Thanks guys.

    17. What’s your specialty? Sarcasm, pessimism, or scorn?

      Why pick just one, when you could strive to be a 5-tool poster like THCJ?

    18. Let’s get one thing straight. I have never made a single post containing original research. No analysis beyond the anecdotal and definitely at least a little bit believer of a catch-all (lol) statistic developed by a guy who, frankly, is not a very good writer and his proponents are generally better but sometimes awful. (Patrick from BoxScoreGeeks is a defiantly awful prick whose language has the general tenor of a 13-year-old suburbanite, or the 2011 The Honorable Cock Jowles.)

      One needs only one feeling for this team and franchise: total, unmitigated apathy. Or, no: balance. Zen.

      The Knicks will not be a champion in the next five years (I mean let’s be real) and so, because five years from now the only constants will be James Motherfucking Dolan and the blue and orange. We should then defer to the German Tank Problem (which I did not develop, nor do I know how to calculate) to see whether the Knicks will ever win a championship. The math says hahahahahahahahahahahahaha c’mon man

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_tank_problem

    19. Yeah, Jowles, feeling nothing but apathy or antipathy would be the logical thing to do. But hey, it’s just sports. Dolan sucks and always will, agreed. No championships in the foreseeable future, agreed. But there will always be the blue and orange. BLUE AND ORANGE 4 LIFE, YO!

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