Knicks Morning News (2015.03.21)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks can’t even beat Philadelphia 76ers, fall 97-81 (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:28:48 GMT)

    The indignities and losses keep piling up for the Knicks, but at least they’ve solidified their draft-lottery position over past two nights.

  • [New York Times] Barnes Offsets Curry’s Off Night, Warriors Top Pelicans (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:04:49 GMT)

    Harrison Barnes sure is making it easy for Golden State to deal with Klay Thompson’s injured right ankle.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Close Strong in 113-99 Win Over Wizards (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:19:42 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 30 points and 15 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Washington 113-99 on Friday night to end the Wizards’ five-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Rudy Gay Scores 33 Points as Kings Beat Hornets 101-91 (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:58:56 GMT)

    Rudy Gay had 33 points and nine rebounds, leading the Sacramento Kings past Charlotte 101-91 on Friday night for their second victory over the struggling Hornets in 10 days.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Posts Another Triple-Double; Thunder Beat Hawks (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:19:50 GMT)

    The Thunder keep losing players and finding ways to win.

  • [New York Times] Lopez, Nets Pull Out 3-Overtime Victory Over Slumping Bucks (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:19:44 GMT)

    Jason Kidd’s games in Brooklyn now last almost as long as his coaching tenure did.

  • [New York Times] Kevin Durant Is Probably Out for Season as Foot Is Slow to Heal (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 03:47:23 GMT)

    Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said Durant still had pain in his right foot, well after he was expected to be ready to return.

  • [New York Times] Randolph Leads Grizzlies Past Mavericks 112-101 (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 03:31:58 GMT)

    Zach Randolph scored 21 points, Marc Gasol had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the third quarter to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 112-101 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Shakes Off Cold, Scores 29 as Cavs Edge Pacers 95-92 (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 03:31:52 GMT)

    LeBron James didn’t let a nasty head cold stop him from two appointments — seeing his son perform at school and getting the Cavaliers into the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Leonard Scores 22, Spurs Top Celtics 101-89 After Late Scare (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 03:11:03 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed Friday night, holding off the Boston Celtics 101-89 after getting a late scare.

  • [New York Times] Heat Stay Hot at Home, Pull Away From Nuggets 108-91 (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 03:08:04 GMT)

    A week ago, merely reaching the playoffs looked dicey for the Miami Heat.

  • [New York Times] Nets 129, Bucks 127, Three Overtimes: Jason Kidd’s Past Meets, and Beats, His Present (and Future) (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 02:57:24 GMT)

    The Kidd-coached Bucks lost to his old team, the Nets, in three overtimes, a result that could affect the Eastern Conference playoff race.

  • [New York Times] Mirotic, Noah Lead Bulls Past Lowry-Less Raptors 108-92 (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 02:47:03 GMT)

    Nikola Mirotic matched a career high with 29 points to propel the Chicago Bulls to a 108-92 victory Friday night over the Toronto Raptors, who were without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry.

  • [New York Times] Bad and Worse: Noel Leads 76ers to 97-81 Win Over Knicks (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 02:16:47 GMT)

    Nerlens Noel scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the New York Knicks 97-81 Friday night in a matchup of the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

  • [New York Times] Payton’s 2nd Triple-Double Lifts Magic Over Blazers 111-104 (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 01:58:56 GMT)

    Elfrid Payton had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak with 111-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

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    38 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.03.21)”

    1. Our championship ended last night. The rest of this season’s discussion should be devoted to brainstorming how to send DRed to represent the Knicks at the lottery. This seems doable. Phil probably has paper bag syndrome already and June 25 is Q2 crunch time for magnates like Melo. I recall the keep Jeremy Lin petition getting a pathetic 10-15K signatures. I think about 20X that number sounds about right.

    2. Thank goodness the Lin petition didn’t work out. On the other hand, Jerry East should be available for a near-minimum deal shortly, so maybe another petition should be initiated.

    3. The lottery is actually May 19th, less than 2 months away, and 30 years from the last time the Knicks destiny was determined by a bunch of bouncing ping pong balls. I remember it so well, myself and 2 friends ran around screaming like maniacs and immediately called MSG and bought season tickets.

      I say the Knicks just drape a DeBusschere jersey over the chair.

    4. I hope it’ll go right, because this year…
      …Hearing “true fans” cheer for losses (sad losses, heartbreaking losses, humiliating losses, competitive losses) stripped me of the joy of fandom…

      After this mockery of a season every pick other than #1 or #2 will be like a giant middle finger up our collective Knicksian a**…

      Tanking, in all sports, is becoming so blatant and so disturbing…
      Sports is competitiveness, effort, pride, not this f*****g s**t…
      And remember, basketball gods have their ways to punish the sinners…

      I hope NBA blows away the “reverse winning” lottery and go for a random draft order with the same chances for the 30 teams.

    5. The lottery is actually May 19th, less than 2 months away, and 30 years from the last time the Knicks destiny was determined by a bunch of bouncing ping pong balls

      Actually, the early lottery was envelopes out of a hopper. There was a lot of speculation that it was fixed for the Knicks because the team was terrible and the league wanted a star in the biggest market. People said a corner was folded, others said that the envelope was colder than the others.

    6. Thank goodness the Lin petition didn’t work out.

      Yes, thank goodness! Imagine how bad the last few years could have been! The Knicks really dodged a bullet there!

    7. Yes, thank goodness! Imagine how bad the last few years could have been! The Knicks really dodged a bullet there!

      Can you imagine? We wouldn’t have traded Papanikoloau and next year’s second round pick for Felton, we wouldn’t have given him a four year contract, we wouldn’t have handcuffed ourselves in the Shumpert and Tyson trade negotiations insisting the other team take Felton off our hands. What a nightmare!

    8. The lottery should be totally random

      Yes, it should. Even if you changed the weighting, there would be plenty of GMs that would say, “Hey, the #1 lottery slot with an 8% chance is much better than the #14 slot with a 5% chance. Tank it!”

    9. Yes, thank goodness! Imagine how bad the last few years could have been! The Knicks really dodged a bullet there!

      Can you imagine? We wouldn’t have traded Papanikoloau and next year’s second round pick for Felton, we wouldn’t have given him a four year contract, we wouldn’t have handcuffed ourselves in the Shumpert and Tyson trade negotiations insisting the other team take Felton off our hands. What a nightmare!

      Are you sure the same scenario would not have happen? Would they have not insisted on a team to take Lin off their hands? Houston gave the Lakers a 1st rd pick so maybe the knicks still end up trading the rights to Papa and ’17 2nd to take on Lin. Is that even enough. Who knows?

    10. Are you sure the same scenario would not have happen? Would they have not insisted on a team to take Lin off their hands? Houston gave the Lakers a 1st rd pick so maybe the knicks still end up trading the rights to Papa and ’17 2nd to take on Lin. Is that even enough. Who knows?

      Because it doesn’t make any sense? Houston traded Lin to free up cap space to sign either Bosh or Melo. We traded Felton because he was a terrible locker room influence and he had another year on his contract. If we had Lin why would we force a trade when he expires this season?

    11. Thoughts on the wheel?

      It definitely has gameable elements, but I think a totally random draft makes for a kind of uncertainty that makes it impossible to plan your future properly and is something that gms wouldn’t get behind versus something static like the wheel that creates a predictable pattern so they can engineer their team in a more consistent fashion.

    12. I would be ecstatic if we traded down and ended up w Cauley-Stein and Russell

      I think everyone would be. That would probably involve somehow getting the 3rd pick along with another top 10 pick, though. I’m not sure how that would be possible.

    13. Because it doesn’t make any sense? Houston traded Lin to free up cap space to sign either Bosh or Melo. We traded Felton because he was a terrible locker room influence and he had another year on his contract. If we had Lin why would we force a trade when he expires this season?

      You’re right.

    14. Russell and Turner may be an intriguing possibility though. Maybe Russell and Harrell?

    15. Figured it may be possible w Philly if we had the #1 over all no?

      It would be possible if Cauley-Stein dropped out of the top 10…but you’re right, it would be amazing if he did and we nabbed him!

    16. It would be possible if Cauley-Stein dropped out of the top 10…but you’re right, it would be amazing if he did and we nabbed him!

      I was under the impression that the second Philly pick was top-10 protected. If not, then this seems very possible.

    17. I’m with you DRed. On the rare occasion when I watch college basketball, I am always surprised by how poor the quality of play is. Larry Brown said that Kentucky would make the playoffs in the NBA East? He is certifiably insane.

    18. Having said that, I think that I really like Cauley-Stein. Towns looks like he’s not in very good shape.

    19. Cauley-Stein reminds me of Tyson Chandler. Long, athletic, mobile, good at finishing and can defend all the way out to the 3 point line. Not a huge Towns fan — his O is touch and go — he scored in single digits in about half of his games this year. He is a good shot blocker, but not sure that’s enough for a #1 pick. Even though “lose more for okafor” has lost steam…I’d still go with Okafor at #1.

    20. Russell is a great player. Beautiful passing/court awareness and silky smooth jumper. Stanley Johnson still too raw. If we somehow ended up with Russell and Cauley-Stein, we’d be on our way UP.

    21. Russell to me is going to be the best player in this draft. I want him no matter where we pick.

    22. He’s 2 for 8 now but has 4 assists. He has quicker reactions than anyone else. Head and shoulders best player. How many other players make that last touch pass. He and Cauley Stein perfect compliments to Melo.

    23. I love the way that D’Angelo looks. He seems super confident (I liked the anecdote about wearing the number zero cause that’s how many people can guard him) and under control out there. He’s noticeably the best player on the court. His court vision and ability to make difficult passes is really impressive, but he also just seems to do all the right things on offense — he makes smart passes, puts other players in position to score, and takes good shots that are under control. This is bold, but he gives me a bit of a chris paul vibe. Maybe it’s just that he’s a legit point guard who really controls the game and chris paul is one of the only guys in the nba who plays that way.

      The only thing I can’t really judge is his D. Hard to tell when you’re watching someone play guard in a zone defense. But he does seem competitive, athletic, and very smart. Those qualities should mean he’ll be a good defender if he wants to be. My expert opinion based on watching 20 minutes of college basketball for the first time this year: D’Angelo should be the number one pick.

    24. Think Russell will be even better in the larger spaces created by the NBA game. And I think he’s the most pro ready of the younger players.

    25. Gosh, I’d like some of that praise back. He looks totally lost on D and doesn’t appear to be quick enough to get around McConnell.

      But I do agree about his skill set being a better fit for the NBA since he’ll have more space.

    26. What about this McConnell guy? He’s not in most of the mock drafts. He surely did a great job today against Russell.

    27. That Ohio State Arizona game was a tough one for projected lottery picks– Russell and Johnson combined to shoot 4 for 31. Ugh.

    28. Someone post this?

      http://grantland.com/the-triangle/new-york-knicks-phil-jackson-2015-nba-draft/

      Here is the money clip…

      “The Knicks began the 1969-70 season by winning nine of their first 10 games. Leonard Koppett, writing in the New York Times, examined the reasons for the team’s seemingly overnight ascent out of a years-long morasse: improved scouting and drafting strategies; smart, timely trades; excellent leadership from the front office and coaching staff; a willingness to spend money (something that, to be fair, has never been a problem). Lastly, Koppett cites “A sensible, but by no means easy, commitment five years ago to maximum development of young players, even if it meant fewer immediate victories — a policy that was completely opposite of the policy that had driven the Knicks deep into the cellar in the preceding five years.”

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