Knicks Morning News (2015.04.03)

  • [New York Times] Barnes’ Shot Lifts Warriors to 107-106 Win Over Suns (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 06:15:35 GMT)

    Harrison Barnes made two huge defensive mistakes in the final minute. He redeemed himself and the Golden State Warriors with one big shot.

  • [New York Times] Bhullar Makes History After Inking Kings Contract (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:06:03 GMT)

    The Sacramento Kings announced they had signed Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract on Thursday, making the 7ft-5in center the first player of Indian descent to join an NBA roster.

  • [New York Times] Phil Jackson Faces Fans and Talks of Future (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:04:44 GMT)

    Jackson and Steve Mills, the team’s general manager, fielded prepared questions from Al Trautwig and Alan Hahn of the MSG Network before an invitation-only crowd of roughly 300.

  • [New York Times] Kings Sign First Indian N.B.A. Player (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 04:43:22 GMT)

    Sim Bhullar, 22, has become the first player of Indian descent in the N.B.A.

  • [New York Times] Heat’s Wade Bruises Knee, Hopes to Play Again This Season (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 04:30:16 GMT)

    Dwayne Wade nearly did the splits. For a moment, it appeared Miami’s season was torn apart.

  • [New York Times] Dwyane Wade Injured as Heat Lose (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 04:18:28 GMT)

    Wade sustained a knee injury in the first half, and the Miami Heat’s playoff chances took another blow with a 114-88 road loss to Cleveland.

  • [New York Times] Heat Lose Wade to Knee Injury, Fall 114-88 to Cavaliers (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 04:12:14 GMT)

    Dwayne Wade’s left knee is only sore, nothing seriously damaged.

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 24, Rockets Rally Past Mavericks, 108-101 (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 03:39:15 GMT)

    James Harden scored 24 points, former Dallas guard Jason Terry hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer and the Houston Rockets beat the Mavericks 108-101 Thursday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Phil Jackson on Knicks’ 2015 season: ‘S— happens!’ (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 04:19:27 GMT)

    Phil Jackson already has summed up this disastrous Knicks season by calling it “an experiment that’s fallen flat on its face.”

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    44 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.03)”

    1. Cum tomorrow, I fully expect Kentucky and Duke to be the last two team standings. Which means an epic battle of the top two picks in the National Championship. When was the last time that happened? Either way it’ll epic and exciting and a clash of giants smashing each other in the paint as they lead their team to the title and prove themselves worthy of the first overall pick.

      And when the dust clears, I expect the Knicks to draft neither. Becuz Knicks.

    2. @1 –

      So, you plan your schedule every day around posting the first comment on KB so that you can share something pointless and negative with the world? Good times.

    3. Can’t see Phil picking anyone but Okafor at #1. We really need an uber-athletic wing to go with him though.

    4. Cum tomorrow, I fully expect Kentucky and Duke to be the last two team standings. Which means an epic battle of the top two picks in the National Championship. When was the last time that happened?

      It’s never actually happened. Although that includes the unique situation between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson where Bird played his senior year after being drafted the year before, so that obviously would have been a match-up of the top two picks had Bird been eligible, so I think that definitely should count. Otherwise, here are the closest we’ve come over the years…

      2005 DRAFT

      The #2 and #3 picks played against each other in the NCAA Finals that year…
      #2 Marvin Williams (North Carolina)
      #3 Deron William (Illinois)

      2007
      The #1 and the #3 picks played against each other in the NCAA Finals that year…
      #1 Greg Oden (Ohio State)
      #3 Al Horford (Florida)

      #2012
      The #1 and the #2 picks played with each other in the NCAA Finals that year…
      #1 Antony Davis (Kentucky)
      #2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky)
      and the #5 pick played against them…
      #5 Thomas Robinson (Kansas)

      Finally, the closest we come, in the 1965 NBA Draft, two of the territorial picks (so the picks that took place before the #1 pick) played against each other in the NCAA Finals…
      Bill Buntin (Michigan)
      Gail Goodrich (UCLA)

    5. 2005 DRAFT

      The #2 and #3 picks played against each other in the NCAA Finals that year…
      #2 Marvin Williams (North Carolina)
      #3 Deron William (Illinois)

      Im STILL pissed that Marvin Williams went 2 in that draft.

      The parallel would be if Devin Booker went number 2 this year. I think he will be a great pro though.

    6. nah i dont see it. Lyles is a tough matchup for dekker, and WCS,Towns is tough for kaminsky

    7. Wisconsin plays such low possession count games that if they have a hot night shooting the 3 they’re always going to have a chance. But I do expect Kentucky to win. Wisconsin’s big offensive advantage is usually that most teams can’t handle Kaminsky one on one, but if you double they have a lot of good catch and shoot guys. I think Kaminsky is going to have a tough time with all that size, and consequently they’re going to have a tough time getting the quality of shots they’re used to. It’s a great matchup though.

    8. Yeah Wisc will have to have a tremendous shooting night to have a chance, but they have the shooters.

    9. Im STILL pissed that Marvin Williams went 2 in that draft.

      Can you imagine how good the Hawks would be if they selected CP3?

    10. When Harrison Barnes scores the game-winning bucket, that’s just plain ol’ unfair.

      A big difference for GS between last year and this year has been Barnes. Kerr put him in the starting lineup and his TS% is up over a hundred points. He’s had a really strong season.

      Speaking of Golden State, they could end the year as the #1 defense and #2 offense. Has a team ever been in the top 2 of both those categories and not won the championship? (Has a team ever been in the top 2 of both O and D ever?)

    11. Based on my very unscientific analysis (ok, totally unscientific, but based on the “eye test” reading the posts here), that most on this site prefer Towns to Okafor. Is there any way we can do one of those espn-like polls where we can vote eletronically? My guess is that it’s 80-20 Towns, but I could be way off on that. (I’m in the 80 group.)

    12. Can you imagine how good the Hawks would be if they selected CP3?

      He’d be loooooooooong gone by now. No way would he have stuck around through the Mike Woodson era (and then the Larry Drew era!).

    13. (Has a team ever been in the top 2 of both O and D ever?)

      95-96 bulls were #1 in offense and #1 in defense.

    14. A big difference for GS between last year and this year has been Barnes. Kerr put him in the starting lineup and his TS% is up over a hundred points. He’s had a really strong season.

      Oh sure, but I mean at the end of the game, up a point, if you keep Curry (who had just hit a three to put the Warriors up one with 6 seconds left) and Thompson from the ball, you think you did your job well, ya know?

    15. 95-96 bulls were #1 in offense and #1 in defense.

      Right, that’s the point. 72-10. Best team ever.

      Golden State is in that conversation, based on their regular season performance? Seems like they must be, right?

    16. The Knicks are #29 in offense and #29 in defense, which is impressive in its own way.

      On a per minute basis, Ricky Ledo has achieved something special: he has been the worst player on the 2014-2015 Knicks. These are the numbers Ledon’t has racked up so far:

      5.2 PER
      -0.140 WS48
      -.0.159 WP48

    17. The Warriors recently set the franchise record for most wins in a season. The team they passed? The 1975-76 Warriors. That team didn’t even make it to the NBA Finals (they were ranked 2nd in offense and 1st in defense).

    18. GS is loaded, but I could see an experienced grinding playoff team like Memphis slowing them down, beating them up, and wearing them down. I’d need a price, but I’d take a shot against them on that matchup. I can’t see anyone outrunning and out shooting them with OKC more or less out of the picture.

    19. In the history of the NBA, besides the 1974-75 Warriors, the only other team not to win an NBA Finals after finishing in the top two in offense and defense was the 1973-74 Bucks, who were 1st in offense and second in defense. They lost to the Celtics in the Finals (Celtics were 5th/6th, respectively). So it happened in back-to-back seasons, but never before and never since. That’s weeeeeeeeeird.

    20. I think bigger than their offensive and defensive rank is GS margin of victory which is over 10. Only 7 other teams in NBA history have ever finished with a MOV over 10 and 6 of them won the title that year. The only one that didn’t is the 71-72 Milwaukee Bucks; they lost to another team on the list, the 71-72 Lakers who did win the championship.

      Here’s the full list.

    21. Or how would the GSW do if we just removed their starters and played Barbosa, Lee, Speights, Igoudala, and Livingston? In the East they’d threaten.

    22. I wonder how much average MOV is impacted by pace. I would think it has to be at least a minor factor.

    23. Yeah, I think it’d have to be a significant factor. I mean, obviously, if you’re MOV is over 10, you’re an amazing team, but there are probably some equally amazing teams that didn’t have a MOV over 10 due to pace.

    24. The Knicks already have the record for the worst team to ever defeat a defending NBA champion, back when they beat the Spurs.

    25. So they will have defeated the previous and current champ in route to 16 wins hahahaha

    26. Any thoughts on the PJax/Mills chatfest, both linked to above and summarized over at P&T?

      Obviously, it’s all spin and public relations, but a few things at least sounded good:

      1)Mills talked about how they desperately need to hold onto their picks in the future, and acknowledged that the team developed a rep where, “People call the Knicks, the deal is: you call New York, you get a pick.”

      2)Jackson said he was interested in a big man with their pick, and particularly interested in a defensively versatile big man (which sounds like he prefers Towns to Okafor), and acknowledged that a defender like Tyson Chandler (albeit younger) has become very valuable given the way the game has shifted.

      3)Jackson got fed up with questions about the Triangle and said, “Forget about the Triangle. That comes after everything else. Players have to have skill, make passes, and help teammates out.”

    27. “Langston Galloway, Lance Thomas, and Lou Amundson have had no problem learning the system. They play defense, they’re two-way players”

      I love Lou Amundson, but homey couldn’t score in a brothel.

    28. @31 thanks for the link. Good article, but the comments remind me why I never bother with P&T. The comments are both visually clunky and mostly at the ESPN/yahoo message board level.

    29. all the Phil weirdness aside and a few arguable mistakes namely Calderon, everything that he is saying at a high level is exactly what consensus on this board has been..
      -start w defense / 2 way players
      -use the draft
      -don’t go after the big names in free agency
      -use FA to get multiple players
      -look for diamonds in the rough
      -5 year plan

      if it was anyone else that didn’t have a $60M bulls eye on Phil’s resume on their back we would be pleased with this high level strategy

      even with the Shump and Chandler deals he referenced cap holds, injury histories and investing in players that were going to be FAs which were all the proper and logical arguments for getting rid of them.

    30. So Phil commented “Mills said he scouted someone ‘in a city that’s in Europe and Asia’ and also scouted ‘someone’ the team drafted last year. ” I would assume that the someone the team drafted was Louis Labeyrie, who plays in France. The city in Europe and Asia has to be Istanbul. So who from the Turkish league could he have been scouting?

    31. “Langston Galloway, Lance Thomas, and Lou Amundson have had no problem learning the system. They play defense, they’re two-way players”

      I love Lou Amundson, but homey couldn’t score in a brothel.

      Phil said this? Lou is dreadful on offense. Hes literally the opposite of a two way player. Lance and Langst could be long term bench players.

    32. The only city I can think of that’s in europe and Asia is Istanbul, but I may be overly literal

    33. Patric Young is playing in Istanbul . He worked out for NY before the draft. NO signed him but then cut him earlier this season. It’s probably someone else but that’s one player I could think of.

    34. the only city I can think of that’s in both Europe and Asia is Istanbul

      Moscow?

      But, more importantly, is Steve Mills a scout? I thought he was a businessman.

    35. I’ve been to Astana quite a few times. If that’s where the solution to the Knicks’ problem lies, I will be shocked to say the least.

    36. He probably sent Mills there because he didn’t want him trying to give away a first round pick at the deadline.

    37. J’Covan is like a slower, fatter version of Felton, but with JR’s brain/character. Just think about that.

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