Knicks Morning News (2015.02.23)

  • [New York Daily News] J.R., Shumpert help Cavs beat up on Knicks in MSG return (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:29:28 GMT)

    J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert weren’t on the positive side of too many of these Garden variety blowouts this season.

  • [New York Daily News] Phil Jackson rips Knicks on Twitter after loss to Cavs (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:57:51 GMT)

    Phil Jackson’s moves and Carmelo Anthony’s injury have left the Knicks without much of a chance to win many games.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: J.R. Smith keeps Carmelo Anthony company (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:04:49 GMT)

    J.R. Smith spent part of his Saturday night off in New York cheering up an old friend.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: Cavaliers title could be good thing for Knicks (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:44:47 GMT)

    The Cavs are winning big, the Knicks are losing bigger, and never the twain shall meet.

  • [New York Daily News] Justin Bartha embarrasses Knicks reporter Jill Martin (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:20:08 GMT)

    The award for most awkward halftime interview goes to…Justin Bartha and Jill Martin.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Stop 7-Game Losing Streak With OT Win Over Celtics (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:55:22 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin had a season-high 25 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 118-111 overtime victory against the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Warriors at Cavaliers (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:48:25 GMT)

    Golden State and Cleveland, two teams that are rolling right now, opted to stick with what they had at the trading deadline.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Overcome Deficit to Beat the Blazers 98-92 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:43:56 GMT)

    Marc Gasol scored 21 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 98-92 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Reggie Jackson’s Debut With Pistons Ends With Win Over Wizards (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:41:37 GMT)

    After a win over the Wizards, the Pistons are 2-0 since trading four players to get Reggie Jackson and Tayshaun Prince at the trading deadline Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Monta Ellis Leads Mavericks Past Hornets, 92-81 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:11:00 GMT)

    Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Amare Stoudemire had 14 points in 11 minutes in his Dallas debut in the Mavericks’ 92-81 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Leads Thunder Past Nuggets Without Durant (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:34:54 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 21 points and a career-high 17 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 119-94 on Sunday night without Kevin Durant.

  • [New York Times] Vucevic Powers Magic Past 76ers 103-98 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:25:46 GMT)

    Nik Vucevic had 31 points and 14 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-98 on Sunday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Playing Forward (and Pundit, and Savior), LeBron James (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:19:22 GMT)

    LeBron James may never match Michael Jordan’s six championships, but he is building a legacy that could have a greater impact.

  • [New York Times] Stuckey Scores 30 Points, Pacers Beat Warriors 104-98 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:07:33 GMT)

    Rodney Stuckey scored 30 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors 104-98 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] National Basketball Association Roundup (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:31:33 GMT)

    Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant underwent a small procedure on Sunday to help alleviate pain on his surgically repaired right foot, general manager Sam Presti announced.

  • [New York Times] New-Look Pistons Beat Wizards 106-89 (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:22:52 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson really wanted to make a good impression in his Detroit Pistons debut.

  • [New York Post] Carmelo played much of season with tear in his knee (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:38:35 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony played most of the season with a partial tear of the left patellar tendon, The Post has learned. In new details, the debridement part of Thursday's surgery was…

  • [New York Post] How LeBron is prepping for big Cavs playoff run (Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:10:35 -0500)

    For two games after the All-Star break, Cleveland's LeBron James has sat back and put his feet up in the fourth quarter as he preps for the Cavs' playoff run….

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    9 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.02.23)”

    1. Phil cuts the roster down to the bare bone of young, inexperienced guys for full tank mode, then berates them on twitter for getting their ass kicked by the Lebron all-stars.
      Outstanding.

    2. Really weird comments by Phil. I didn’t think the problem yesterday was that the Knicks players were angering the basketball gods or failing to show their “best nature” but that they were a team with 0 talent playing against a team that has lots of talent.

      It seems to me like Phil is a little defensive that he is perceived as a guy who got his rings with all-star teams, and came into this job expecting to show everyone that his triangle zeniness could make even a bunch of scrubs into contenders…only it hasn’t quite worked out that way. It’s concerning to me as a fan that he seems to believe that all we need are a bunch of guys who are going to buy into the system and know what “it” takes (Phil’s scare-quote usage is consistently odd). This team is in need of a massive, massive talent infusion, and short of that we can run the triangle, the parallelogram or the octagon and it’s not going to make more than a minor difference. I really hope our GM is aware of that fact.

    3. One of the reasons why I am pessimistic about the Knicks’ future over the next few years is that the team is devoid of talent. I think this was evident yesterday. Granted Cleveland is one of the better teams in the league but the Knicks just had no chance. I am dubious that any GM could turn this thing around in 1-2 years with a top 3 pick and cap space. There are just way too many holes. The Knicks probably have 2 players who could crack a contenders 7-8 man rotation (Melo and Calderon). In 3 or 4 years when the Knicks hopefully refill the cupboard, then Melo will be past his prime and on the downside of his career where injuries etc will begin piling up. Yay Knicks!

    4. So I guess I’m in the minority in saying I totally read these tweets as being addressed to JR Smith?

    5. At first I did wonder if he was taking a shot at Cleveland in some respect, since they were the ones who gave me more of the impression of not taking yesterday’s game seriously (understandably since their lead never even threatened to drop below 20) but I never considered that it was addressed to JR. Interesting thought. I do hope somebody gets a chance to ask him specifically what he was referring to.

    6. I just want to extend my condolences to Jim and the Cavan family. There are much more important things in the world than Knicks basketball, and I cannot imagine the strength you must have. I wish your family nothing but the best.

    7. Say what you want about Bargnani, but athletically speaking, he’s an extremely gifted athlete. Very very few seven footers can put ball on the floor or shoot as well as him.
      JR Smith is one of the most athletic guys in the NBA.
      Melo has the talent and skills to be on par with Lebron and KD.

      This is what I don’t understand.
      Why couldn’t the knicks coaching staff teach them, discipline them, to play high IQ basketball. Along with Tyson, Amare and Shump, it looks like a core roster with a lot of talent.

    8. JR and Shump are kicking ass because they are good ball players being better utilized, and playing in a better system. If they weren’t good, it would be easy for them to become invisible playing along such great players.
      My gripe is the knicks have not played high IQ basketball for a long long long time.
      Paging Mr. Jackson. We have a clean-up on the Mecca floor.

    9. My gripe is the knicks have not played high IQ basketball for a long long long time.
      Paging Mr. Jackson. We have a clean-up on the Mecca floor.

      I don’t think you’ll get a lot of disagreement there, but your notion that Jackson should be able to turn around 15 years of incompetence and ineptitude so quickly is entirely unreasonable.

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