Knicks Morning News (2015.03.03)

  • [New York Daily News] Anthony Mason’s family considering public memorial (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:47:40 GMT)

    Anthony Mason Jr. is considering holding a candlelight memorial for his father, so Knicks fans whom he adored can pay their respects.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: LeBron James drama returns with mirror selfie (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:40:59 GMT)

    The LeBron James we all know, love and occasionally mock is finally back.

  • [New York Times] Dragic Scores 21, Heat Beat Suns 115-98 as Tensions Run High (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:00:59 GMT)

    Making no effort to downplay how much this win meant to him, Goran Dragic thanked the Miami Heat for his birthday present.

  • [New York Times] Jack’s Jumper Gives Nets 110-108 Win Over Curry, Warriors (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:31:21 GMT)

    There was no stopping Stephen Curry down the stretch, so Jarrett Jack shot over him.

  • [New York Times] Jefferson Keys 3rd-Quarter Spurt, Mavs Beat Pelicans 102-93 (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:25:08 GMT)

    Richard Jefferson tied his season high with 16 points, seven during a 16-0 Dallas run early in the third quarter, and the Mavericks raced past the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Harden to Miss One Game for Kicking Cavs’ James on Court (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:18:36 GMT)

    The Rockets’ James Harden became tangled with LeBron James during Houston’s victory on Sunday, and as James fell back to the court, he kicked James.

  • [New York Times] Bruised Hip of Nets’ Teletovic Leads to Blood Clot Awareness (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:14:31 GMT)

    Mirza Teletovic’s season ended in January when he was found to have clots in his lungs, and questions about clots have reverberated around the N.B.A.

  • [New York Times] Paul Has 26 and 14 as Clippers Outlast Timberwolves 110-105 (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:52:13 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 26 points and 14 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers allowed only one field goal in the fourth quarter to outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 110-105 victory Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Top 76ers 114-103, Snap 5-Game Losing Streak (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:43:09 GMT)

    Toronto needed a boost from any player to halt a miserable losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Harden Suspended 1 Game for Kicking James in the Groin (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:01:33 GMT)

    The NBA has suspended Houston star James Harden one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin.

  • Liked it? Take a second to support Mike Kurylo on Patreon!

    Mike Kurylo

    Mike Kurylo is the founder and editor of KnickerBlogger.net. His book on the 2012 Knicks, "We’ll Always Have Linsanity," is on sale now. Follow him on twitter (@KnickerBlogger).

    52 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.03.03)”

    1. Anthony Mason’s family considering public memorial

      If anything shouldn’t it be the Knicks who hold a public memorial (since we’re talking fans here and not friends/family) with James Dolan footing the bill. Then again that would be the classy gesture so why start nao, JD.

    2. Brian Shaw is out in Denver.
      He was receiving high praise as an ast coach in Indy. NY might be the best place for him to grab another HC gig.

    3. Brian Shaw is out in Denver.

      That was so obviously the wrong coach for the Nuggets I’m shocked it took this long.

      Karl CORRECTLY built the Nuggets to run incessantly and take advantage of the thin air in Denver against road teams that just came there. He also stressed attacking the rim, getting to the FT line, and shooting 3s. The team needed work in the in the half court and lacked a true star, but he had them overachieving, having fun, and taking advantage of home court.

      Shaw’s vision was to recreate the Indiana Pacers, play in the half court, and shoot mid range.

      It never made sense given the players they already had there or the intrinsic advantage they had in Denver. When his vision started failing (due to it being a bad idea to begin with and injuries), he tried to change up and rune more, but the roster was already loaded with mish mosh of players that didn’t fit and others that grew frustrated with the whole thing.

      This is the right move for everyone.

      They should hire D’Antoni to try to recreate what Karl was doing and coach Gallo/Chandler again (and Lin next year as the backup PG to Ty). If they don’t want to go back to that extreme offensive style again, then they should hire Mark Jackson who at least has a record of developing a young team and getting them to play right.

    4. i sure hope shaw doesn’t come here even in an assistants role.. he is a disaster…

    5. “NY might be the best place for him to grab another HC gig.”
      I realize that you don’t want it to be true, but I think that the odds of Fisher getting canned any time in the next year or so are only slightly less than the odds of Melo getting traded during that same time period.
      “Carmelo’s numbers against Battier are better than his career numbers per B-R.”
      It’s kind of ironic that the numbers seem to contradict Battier’s opinions expressed at an analytics conference.
      By the way, I read yesterday that the Kings will be without Cousins and Collison tonight. Uh-oh could be another winnable game…

    6. i sure hope shaw doesn’t come here even in an assistants role.. he is a disaster…

      That’s funny because I was just coming here to post that I think adding Shaw to the staff as an assistant would be a smart move. It didn’t pan out for him as a first time head coach, but as an assistant in Indy he was extremely well regarded. He was considered pretty important to the defensive identity they built there (not sure if any of our assistants is supposed to be a defensiv specialist but if they are it seems like they could use some help) and he was supposedly well liked in the locker room. Obviously none of that really translated to the head job, but it seems like by all accounts he was a good assistant coach, and he was teammates with Fish. I think it would be a smart hire to snag him.

    7. It’s kind of ironic that the numbers seem to contradict Battier’s opinions expressed at an analytics conference.

      Also funny that Carmelo has gotten better after the ‘analytics’ community finally realized he wasn’t a superstar, and now he’s a go to punch line for them. Amusingly, I think it’s more because the Knicks suck than any ‘advanced’ metrics.

    8. Also funny that Carmelo has gotten better after the ‘analytics’ community finally realized he wasn’t a superstar, and now he’s a go to punch line for them. Amusingly, I think it’s more because the Knicks suck than any ‘advanced’ metrics.

      Honestly I think it’s embarrassing. Just like I think Berri’s false arguments of people claiming Melo or Kobe are comparable to Lebron are embarrassing.

      If Melo is hated so much by these advanced analytics for being so one dimensional I’d love to hear from all these presenters and such why Daryl Morey, the god of avanced analytics in the NBA and founder of the Sloan Analytics Conference, was offering him a max deal last summer.

    9. People absolutely would compare Kobe to Lebron. They’re called Lakers fans.

      At one point, people actually did compare Lebron to Melo, even on this very website. If you think Melo is a top 5 player in the NBA, you think he’s at least somewhat comparable to Lebron (and you’re wrong, obviously). I agree Berri needs new material, though. I think he figured out what gets page views, and that is dissing the most popular players on large market teams.

    10. @7 – my opinion of him has more to do with how respected he is around the league and how it would just cause a distraction being behind fisher… i always thought the hiring of woodson under mda was a bad move… and i think shaw would repeat history all over again…

    11. If Melo is hated so much by these advanced analytics for being so one dimensional I’d love to hear from all these presenters and such why Daryl Morey, the god of avanced analytics in the NBA and founder of the Sloan Analytics Conference, was offering him a max deal last summer.

      1) I’m not so sure he offered the max. He needed to trade Lin to offer the max, which he didn’t do until he offered the max to Bosh.

      2) Anthony next to Howard makes some sense. It’s not like he wanted to pair him with Amar’e or Iverson.

    12. DRed,

      Lakers fans obviously are dumb, but the majority of the NBA viewing public is aware it’s not much of an argument.

      I think that you can think Melo’s a top-10 player or whatever and still know that Melo’s really not comparable. In all the time spent debating how good Melo is or isn’t on this board I don’t think I’ve seen anybody try and argue that Melo is in any way a similar caliber of player.

      Anyways my point is just that for a bunch of dudes discussing analytics it’s hilarious that the argument is Melo hasn’t changed the way he plays when simply looking at his average 3 point attempts per game since arriving in New York demonstrates that’s not true.

    13. 2) Anthony next to Howard makes some sense. It’s not like he wanted to pair him with Amar’e or Iverson.

      You can make a case for Melo on the Rockets. First, the Rockets are already a really good team. Melo, if he was healthy, would make them a few wins better, and those few wins would be very valuable. Melo has turned himself into a terrific 3 point shooter. The Rockets take a fuckton of 3 point shots. Howard would be behind Melo to help mitigate his shitty team defense. Etc. I don’t think that’s max worthy, but if the choice is Melo or whatever was available last summer, and Melo is healthy, and it’s the owners money on the back end, not yours, I could see rolling the dice on 4 years of Melo for a better shot at winning a title in the first two years of his contract.

    14. re:Shaw– he was groomed to run the triangle. But his roster was ill-suited for it. He tried to adapt, like Kerr did, but wasn’t able to. Per Darwin, he was left to migrate or die.

      I don’t think his future lies in NY. Phil needs to distance himself from his triangle obsession in the face of his “failed experiment”, not double-down. But Shaw will probably learn from this, and have success, somewhere, before it’s said and done.

    15. Rockets take a fuckton of 3 point shots. Howard would be behind Melo to help mitigate his shitty team defense.

      Yeah. The rockets this year are kind of like the 2013 Knicks. A defensive center and a high-usage swing man surrounded by insane bombers. (And it’s working!)

    16. @Donnie

      He was trading Lin no matter what to create cap space. They were had discussions with Philly from the beginning of FA until striking a deal with the Lakers. I think it’s safe to assume Morey was going to hand Melo, Bosh or Dirk the max if they wanted to come to Houston.

      Yeah I get that the pairing is better, but he must believe that Melo on his own has some tremendous value to be willing to go all in with him.

    17. he must believe that Melo on his own has some tremendous value to be willing to go all in with him.

      Well, if it all went sour for Houston, they’d still have Melo’s “brand” to fall back on. The Knicks have sucked for 2 years straight, but the team’s value keeps going up. (Morey’s not his own boss, remember).

    18. I don’t think his future lies in NY. Phil needs to distance himself from his triangle obsession in the face of his “failed experiment”, not double-down

      Let’s see how the Triangle looks with NBA caliber starters and not Lou Amundson, Jason Smith and Cole Aldrich. 3’s and shots at the rim are great and the Triangle can be tweaked to provide more of those shots, but I think the actual quality of the shots generated is more important than the distribution.

      The Spurs don’t take an ass ton of 3’s and they run specific plays to get Duncan and Parker free for mid-range jumpers, but their offense in general creates a ton of high quality looks regardless of shot location.

    19. Brian Shaw is out in Denver.
      He was receiving high praise as an ast coach in Indy. NY might be the best place for him to grab another HC gig.

      Seems like only yesterday there was mass hysteria about how we got fleeced by Ujiri in the Melo deal, and the Nuggets were set up to make long playoff runs for years to come with their core of Gallo, Felton, Chandler, Mozgov and Lawson.

    20. Profoundly dumb article on Philly, tanking, and analytics from resident Grantland dunce Andrew Sharp:
      grantland.com/the-triangle/life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-crappiness-a-closer-look-at-the-sixers/

      My favorite part is this
      The Lakers investing in Kobe Bryant while they rebuild for two years actually isn’t much different from the Sixers investing in Noel and Embiid.Both teams are asking fans to believe in something that’s not really there. But one team is praised for being at the top of this list and one team is mocked for being at the bottom. If the Lakers are in better shape than the Sixers next summer, will anyone issue an apology?”

    21. The Sixer’s plan is stupid because it might not work. That’s not a convincing argument

    22. The Sixers are taking short term losses now for the potential for some major gains in the future. The Lakers are doing the exact opposite. As hard as it must be to watch the Sixers for the past few years (like watching these Knicks every year), at least there’s a plan and hope. I’d rather be a Sixer fan than a Laker fan…or a Knick fan, but there’s no helping that.

    23. Is it too early to call Early a bust?
      What’s better to watch? A regular season Knick game or a replay of the first pre-season Yankee game of which I know the final score?

    24. That Grantland article is the worst basketball thing I’ve seen in 2015. I am a New York Knicks fans.

    25. “The Lakers investing in Kobe Bryant while they rebuild for two years actually isn’t much different from the Sixers investing in Noel and Embiid.”

      I wonder if this guy would trade me my 90% scratched-off lotto ticket for his two brand-new ones. Good god that is stupid.

    26. Isnt it quite amazing how Dallas use Chandler and Amare well?
      We Knicks fans keep on hating this 2 guys as chandler has no offense and amare dont play D.
      But the truth is if you play with their strengths, chandler is one of the top rim finishers in the league and yes Amare is one of the most efficient scorers in the league.
      Same goes with MELO. We always criticize him but the fact remains that he is one of the best if not the best scorers in the world. It is a good arguement that if Melo is a free agent this off season, I am sure he is one of our target.

    27. Losing is good. Losing like this though? Not so good. Competitive losses are what we need to be doing, not getting blown out by Rudy Gay.

    28. Wow. Looks like Knicks are down by 31 to start the 3rd quarter, at home, to the Kings.

      Getting pingpong balls is one thing, but putting this squad on the court is just down right shameful. (How much are tickets again?)

    29. “The Lakers investing in Kobe Bryant while they rebuild for two years actually isn’t much different from the Sixers investing in Noel and Embiid.”

      – SAME in a way that the Sixers have the money. They can add Kobe to their roster and nothing will change. Lakers just did a class act with their rebuilding while Phillly looks cheap with their rebuilding.

    30. Lakers just did a class act with their rebuilding while Phillly looks cheap with their rebuilding.

      Lakers just suckered their fans into paying premium dollars for a still terrible team. They’re more interested in marketing Kobe’s next milestones than rebuilding a championship team.

      “Come see Kobe set this arbitrary mark for points!”

      “Come watch as Kobe passes so-and-so!”

      “Come give us lots of money to pretend Kobe is going to single-handedly will the Lakers to another championship at age 94 with an Achilles tendon made out of surgical tubing and duct tape!”

      If I were a Laker fan, I’d be even more depressed than I am now to be a Knick fan. The one complaint I’d have with the Sixers is they have almost no continuity. It’s one thing to watch your young team learn and grow, like New Orleans with Mr. The Brow, but the Sixers just keep putting out guys that won’t be around next year save for one or two.

    31. The Knicks and Celts seem to be engaged in a suck-off for big bucks. Or maybe the weather is making them crack up.

    32. The Knicks and Celts seem to be engaged in a suck-off for big bucks. Or maybe the weather is making them crack up.

      The Celtics, at least, are playing the Cleveland LeBron’s.

    33. Phil musta given them a talking to after the Toronto game, quoting liberally from Zen and the Art of the Tank.

    34. Maybe he told Galloway that if he hits another 3, he’ll be traded to the Mad Ants.

    35. these spankings are inevitable and needed …. less anyone gets crazy about resigning bargs, amundsen n crew….

    36. So Larkin is actually looking like he could be a perfectly serviceable backup at the very least. Good for the team that gets him!

    37. we could sign bargs back on a 5yr a max and i wouldn’t care if we landed towns….

    Comments are closed.