Knicks Morning News (2015.04.09)

  • [New York Post] James Dolan’s latest review on Phil Jackson and state of Knicks (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:04:43 -0400)

    Knicks owner James Dolan, in a long Q & A with The Hollywood Reporter on his many business ventures, gave a big vote of confidence for struggling president Phil Jackson….

  • [New York Post] George, Pacers rout Knicks after teammate Copeland’s stabbing (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:45:01 -0400)

    The Pacers were in a fragile state, shaken by the news popular teammate and former Knick Chris Copeland had been stabbed in the abdomen and elbow outside a Chelsea nightclub…

  • [New York Daily News] Indiana Pacers’ Chris Copeland stabbed near 1 OAK in NY (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:47:34 GMT)

    Chris Copeland, a forward for the Indiana Pacers, was stabbed during an argument near the 1 OAK club early Wednesday, NYPD sources said.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks owner James Dolan still keeping the faith (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:02:50 GMT)

    James Dolan suddenly is invoking the same catchphrase with the Knicks that once worked famously for the Mets.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: With any luck Copeland will rebound from stabbing (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:01:09 GMT)

    Contrary to popular belief, the singer and renowned party girl Rihanna did not coin the phrase “nothing good happens after 2 a.m.”

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Has 24 and Blazers Rout TWolves 116-91 (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:37:27 GMT)

    All the Trail Blazers can do is try to win their final four games. The playoffs will sort themselves out, coach Terry Stotts said.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Rally for 103-91 Win Over Kings, Favors Scores 18 (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:37:31 GMT)

    Even if the Utah Jazz are not playing for playoff seeding, their minds haven’t turned to summer vacation quite yet.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki, Mavericks Knock Suns Out of Playoff Race (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:34:21 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket and a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks eliminated the Phoenix Suns from playoff contention with a 107-104 victory Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Rockets 110-98 for 9th Straight Victory (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:25:23 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs are surging to close the regular season, and the Houston Rockets couldn’t slow them down.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Derrick Rose Returns to the Bulls’ Starting Lineup in a Limited Role (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:07:12 GMT)

    Rose started Wednesday against the Orlando Magic and played just over six minutes in the first quarter before taking his first break.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Clinch Division, 2nd Seed, 104-99 Over Bucks (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 03:58:20 GMT)

    Largely dormant through the first three quarters, LeBron James did just enough to help the Cleveland Cavaliers firm up their playoff picture.

  • [New York Times] Kenneth Faried Leads Nuggets Past Lakers, 119-101 (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 03:31:23 GMT)

    Kenneth Faried scored a season-high 29 points and had 11 rebounds, Danilo Gallinari added 27 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-101 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Beat Knicks 102-86 (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 03:25:24 GMT)

    The Indiana Pacers looked like a team fighting for a playoff spot. The New York Knicks looked like the team with the league’s worst record.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 03:19:29 GMT)

    Victor Oladipo had 23 points and scored on a layup with 1.5 seconds left to give the Orlando Magic a 105-103 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night, spoiling Derrick Rose’s return to the Bulls.

  • [New York Times] Stabbing of Chris Copeland Hangs Over Games in New York (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 03:02:59 GMT)

    Until recently, Wednesday night’s slate of local basketball games held little intrigue, but that changed after the Nets’ run of wins and a stabbing involving the Pacers’ Chris Copeland.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Eliminate Pistons From Race, 113-103 (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:55:31 GMT)

    Isiah Thomas had more than a few great games during the Pistons-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s and 1990s.

  • [New York Times] Randolph Leads Balanced Grizzlies Past Pelicans (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:34:47 GMT)

    Zach Randolph had 15 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 110-74 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Horford’s Dunk Helps Hawks Edge Nets, 114-111 (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:16:30 GMT)

    Al Horford made the go-ahead basket on a dunk with 19 seconds remaining, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-111 on Wednesday night to complete a season sweep.

  • [New York Times] DeMar DeRozan Helps Raptors Beat Hornets 92-74 (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:10:37 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets for the first time in seven games, 92-74 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic, Oladipo Spoil Rose’s Return in 105-103 Win Over Bulls (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:07:32 GMT)

    Victor Oladipo had 23 points and scored on a layup with 1.5 seconds left to give the Orlando Magic a 105-103 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night, spoiling Derrick Rose’s return to the Bulls.

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    22 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.09)”

    1. The Predator will self-repair and be fine.

      As to the Tank Campaign, our destiny is in our hands. Bucks want to win to avoid LeBron in 1st round. Orlando is a young, talented team with an edge, so they should beat us. Atlanta’s 2nd 5 is better than our starting 5, so even if they rest guys, they should beat us in their building. Detroit should murder us on the boards and should beat us there. I really hope they don’t fuck this up at this point.

    2. Dolan owns the AMC Network and the Tribeca Film Festival and the league leading NY Rangers?

      He just may be history’s greatest idiot savant.

    3. Well, he is musically gifted, the Eagles chose JD and the Straight Shot over all other bands to be their opening act based purely on talent level.

    4. Well, he is musically gifted, the Eagles chose JD and the Straight Shot over all other bands to be their opening act based purely on talent level.

      Yep. That had nothing at all to do with CAA, the agency that just happens to represent The Eagles.

    5. I’m not a big hockey fan, but that Rangers team is a monster. You’d think Jimmy could learn a lesson somehow.

    6. I think, in this case, that Jimmy should get some credit for hiring Phil Jackson, giving him control and letting him play a lot of young guys. That’s basically what he did with Sather and the Rangers and is definitely different than what used to be business as usual. I know that, as long time Knick fans, we are basically scarred for life and completely mistrustful of Knicks management; but we all liked the Jackson hire when it happened, and so far his actual actions are not as horrible as what many GMs have done in the past.

    7. There’s one major difference in that the Knicks have MMM while the rangers were allowed to build from the ground up–but we cant really tell if the Knicks have a real medium term and long term future until the end of the off-season (or maybe even the next trade deadline) and until then we wont know whether Phil will be the Sather of the Knicks or just average/bad.

    8. As to the Tank Campaign, our destiny is in our hands. Bucks want to win to avoid LeBron in 1st round. Orlando is a young, talented team with an edge, so they should beat us. Atlanta’s 2nd 5 is better than our starting 5, so even if they rest guys, they should beat us in their building. Detroit should murder us on the boards and should beat us there. I really hope they don’t fuck this up at this point.

      Orlando and Detroit are frightening, frightening games.

    9. Apparently, in addition to the various stab wounds and Chris Copeland’s broken elbow, Thabo Sefelosha broke his leg the other night. That must have been quite a melee. I still can’t figure out how an argument between Copeland and his fiance ends up with some 55 year old woman stabbed and Sefelosha and Antic injured and/or under arrest.

    10. Right? The weird thing about it all (well, besides everything about it, of course) is that the information keeps trickling out there without any context. So we learn these weird things but not how they happened.

    11. I believe the 6 police officers who wrestled Thabo to the ground had something to do with him breaking his leg.

    12. I agree, but that’s what I mean. That’s not the way they’re reporting it. It’s just “Sefelosha was involved.” Then it’s “Sefelosha out for the year due to injuries” without any “This is how it happened” information.

    13. Dolan owns the AMC Network and the Tribeca Film Festival and the league leading NY Rangers?

      He just may be history’s greatest idiot savant.

      His father founded Cablevision, HBO, AMC, and more, building a multi-billion dollar empire.

      Jimmy is his son.

    14. In that case, what was he doing that motivated six cops to beat the crap out of him? He and Antic were arrested for “refusing to allow police to set up a crime scene.” What? They weren’t involved in the fight at all and then cops show up and they were like, “Oh no you don’t. We will NOT allow you to hang that yellow tape all over here!” And they start getting in the cops’ faces? Unless, of course, the cops took one look at Antic and thought, “Holy crap that guy is scary. He must be the perp,” and Thabo jumped to his defense.

    15. Right, that’s what I mean. No one wants to explain what happened before the cops assaulted him. I can totally believe the cops grossly overreacted, but I’d love to at least hear someone explain what happened. Or how the whole thing even started in the first place.

    16. His father founded Cablevision, HBO, AMC, and more, building a multi-billion dollar empire.

      Jimmy is his son.

      Easiest way to make a small fortune…start with a big one. :)

    17. There’s one major difference in that the Knicks have MMM while the rangers were allowed to build from the ground up–but

      Eh, not so much. When Sather was signed on, they still spent a few years chasing stars and missed the playoffs entirely. It was another few years before they won a playoff series. After that it was still a few more years until the Rangers gained some respectability. The MMM may have been an overpay, but I think the thing that really drags the Knicks situation down is the lack of picks. We bled away assets for so long it means we can’t just build through the draft like other teams can. Still I am pretty hopeful. If Phil can bring half the sanity that Sather has brought to MSG, it would be a massive improvement.

    18. Yeah, Sather is a weird situation, in that he really did kind of a shitty job for years, except for the amazing draft pick of Lundqvist with the, what, 208th pick or something like that?

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