Knicks Morning News (2015.02.15)

  • [New York Post] Steve Kerr laughs off boos at Garden (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 02:10:39 -0500)

    Warriors coach Steve Kerr heard boos when introduced during the Western Conference All-Star team's practice at the Garden. Kerr backed out of a verbal agreement with the Knicks last May…

  • [New York Post] Anthony Mason ‘holding his own’ (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 02:03:00 -0500)

    Though the situation remains serious, former Knick Anthony Mason has continued to show improvement following his hospitalization for congestive heart failure. His son, Anthony Jr., sent out a release on…

  • [New York Post] Two Knicks legends’ advice for Melo: Get surgery now (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:54:11 -0500)

    They are not doctors, don't play ones on TV, but two of the greatest Knicks ever, "The Captain” Willis Reed and Walt "Clyde” Frazier, know something about injuries and rehab….

  • [New York Times] Zach LaVine, With Nod to Michael Jordan, Soars to Victory in Slam Dunk Contest (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:59:08 GMT)

    LaVine, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, was the favorite before the contest and delivered a series of creative dunks, at one point wearing Jordan’s jersey from “Space Jam.”

  • [New York Times] Patrick Beverley Wins N.B.A.’s Overhauled Skills Competition (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:49:41 GMT)

    Beverley was more tortoise than hare, catching up to Brandon Knight of the Milwaukee Bucks in the final.

  • [New York Times] Curry Wins 3-Point Contest, LaVine Takes Dunk Competition (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:27:53 GMT)

    Stephen Curry honored a fallen fan the best way he knew how. Zach LaVine made a name for himself in a dunk contest that lacked star punch.

  • [New York Times] Facing the N.B.A.’s Best 3-Point Shooters, Stephen Curry Finishes First (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:13:36 GMT)

    Curry hit 13 consecutive shots, finishing with 27 points and outshooting Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews and Klay Thompson in the 3-point contest.

  • [New York Times] Sharp-Shooter Curry Wins Three-Point Contest (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:00:48 GMT)

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry made 13 shots in a row near the end and finished with a record 27 points in a terrific perimeter display to win the three-point shootout in New York on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] NBA-Commissioner Wants Longer Season So Players Get More Rest (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 03:51:48 GMT)

    The National Basketball Association wants to reduce the number of times that teams are scheduled to play four games in five nights next season, commissioner Adam Silver said on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Adam Silver Lays Out Goals, Focusing on Player Health and Draft Lottery (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 03:26:16 GMT)

    Silver, who dealt with off-the-court controversy during much of his first year as N.B.A. commissioner, said he wanted to concentrate on basketball.

  • [New York Times] Silver Seeking ‘Dramatic’ Improvements in NBA Scheduling (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 03:15:54 GMT)

    Commissioner Adam Silver is determined to make a schedule that keeps NBA players fresher, and he is willing to discuss starting the season earlier or ending later.

  • [New York Times] LaMarcus Aldridge Will Replace Anthony Davis in West’s Starting Lineup (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:54:13 GMT)

    Steve Kerr, the Western Conference’s coach in Sunday’s All-Star game, opted for Aldridge instead of Kevin Durant to start in place of the injured Davis.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Reflects on Life, Legacy Before 11th All-Star Game (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:27:58 GMT)

    LeBron James sat at a small desk inside a preschool classroom in Harlem surrounded by books like “The Little Engine That Could,” scribbled crayon artwork on the walls and an alphabet chart.

  • [New York Times] Dikembe Mutombo and John Calipari Are Among 12 Finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:25:50 GMT)

    Mutombo, a four-time N.B.A. defensive player of the year, and Calipari, a two-time college coach of the year, joined Tim Hardaway, Lisa Leslie and others on the 2015 ballot.

  • [New York Daily News] Anthony Mason in stable condition: son (Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:43:16 GMT)

    Anthony Mason’s oldest son revealed on Saturday that the former Knicks forward is in stable condition.

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    9 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.02.15)”

    1. The overwhelming, #1 thing I have to say is that it sounds like Anthony Mason is getting better. I hope that when he gets back on his feet he starts doing the things he needs to do to live a long life.

      Today is probably the last time that we’ll see Melo play basketball until next October. That’s a long time from now, enough time to have surgery, recover and grow strong again. It’s a unanimous sentiment, I think. Whether we like it or not, we’re stuck with him.

      With no draft picks to trade, can we still trade for picks? We traded for trade exceptions rather than picks when we shipped JR and Shump to Cleveland. Are we gonna use em or lose em? It bugs me that OKC got a protected 1st rounder and we ended up with a 2019 – 2nd rounder. We need a 2016 1st rounder. OK PJ, you’re on the clock. You need to find a way to parlay a combination of players from Jason Smith, Prigioni, Calderon and Stoudemire to a team for a first rounder. There’s so many teams in the west that are on the bubble. Find the most desperate one and pull the trigger!

      I have no desire to see the ASG. It’s hollow. It feels like our funeral and our enemies are dancing on our grave.

      How many of the current Knicks will be on the team next opening day? I’m thinking it’s no more than 5 and aside from Melo, they’re all role players. Do we see Thanasis any time soon? Can we open up slots for some other D-Leaguers?

      Only 4 days until pitchers and catchers!

    2. I have no desire to see the ASG. It’s hollow. It feels like our funeral and our enemies are dancing on our grave.

      ……..Yikes.

      I am a day behind, but I had to have a laugh reading yesterdays comments. The shoulda patrol were out in force big time. I always enjoy reading the opinions that get put forward on what the team can do with moving players, signing FA’s and cap discussion etc., but it does get mighty tiresome reading the endless “we should have done this”. No point dwelling on what we should have done, as with this franchise, it will drive you insane ha ha.

      Hoping Melo can have a solid All-Star game today. AT least give the home fans something to cheer about!

    3. How is it even possible to think that we have assets with enough appeal to fetch a first rounder? This is not early oughts NBA anymore. Our only asset tradable for a first rounder is Melo.

      Spoiler: we won’t be trading him any time soon, and if we ever do, it will be for a late first rounder, since Melo will want to go to a contender. But it won’t happen.

    4. Well, if (when) we suck again next year, Melo will start demanding to be traded. If this team comes out of the gate 5-15 or something like that next year, you can guarantee MeloDrama III: The Reckoning will be upon us.

    5. , you can guarantee MeloDrama III: The Reckoning will be upon us.

      —Anyone wanna place bets? You people are almost hoping for this actually probably. Im just trying to make a buck. So……wanna bet?

    6. There’s no “probably” about it, I AM actively hoping for this to happen. But I do think if this team isn’t much better next year in terms of results, homie is gonna be looking to get outta here.

      Nothing personal against Melo– he’s just the wrong guy on the wrong contract at the wrong time.

    7. The problem with Melo demanding a trade is the situation is much different than it was when Melodrama shook Denver. Back then, rightly or wrongly, there were a lot of teams that would’ve been willing to give up serious assets (not as many as we did, but still) for him. If he demanded a trade now or in the near future…could we even get an unprotected first rounder? I’m really not so sure. Especially seeing as how a trade demand specifically would sap us of any leverage. Shoulda let him walk.

    8. I don’t think the no trade clause is a huge deal so long as he’s the one who is motivated to be traded.

      I honestly don’t think he’s ever leaving, though. I don’t even think 2020 will be the end of Melo in New York.

    9. Has there ever been a more maligned “star” play for this team than Melo? I guess you could argue Marbury maybe. I get why a lot of people want to move him and what not, but man he has taken his lumps on this site ha ha.

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