Knicks Morning News (2015.04.16)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks give free passes to Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:10:56 GMT)

    The season ended, appropriately enough, on tax day.

  • [New York Daily News] Pistons’ Monroe talks possible move to NY before Knicks loss (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:56:30 GMT)

    Free-agent target Greg Monroe has never met Phil Jackson but says he’s willing to sit down with the Knicks’ president in July.

  • [New York Post] Time is now for Phil Jackson to engineer Knicks’ turnaround (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:16:29 -0400)

    Mercifully, the gut-emptying disaster known as the 2014-15 Knicks season came to a close Wednesday at the Garden, as a basic replay of so many other games — the Knicks…

  • [New York Times] Let the Championship Chase Begin: It’s NBA Playoff Time (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:50:01 GMT)

    Let the championship chase begin.

  • [New York Times] Kings Beat Lakers 122-99, Sending LA to Worst Season Ever (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:08:02 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up the worst season in franchise history with an eight-man roster of castoffs and journeymen trudging to their eighth loss in nine games, never threatening to contend under all those gold championship banners hanging high above the Staples Center court.

  • [New York Times] Pacers’ Playoff Hopes End With 95-83 Loss to Grizzlies (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:02:06 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies are headed into the postseason with home-court advantage. The Indiana Pacers are simply heading home.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Wrap Up Regular Season With 133-126 Win Over Denver (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:11:04 GMT)

    Klay Thompson scored 25 points before resting in the second half, and the Golden State Warriors wrapped up the best the regular season in franchise history with a 133-126 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets Clinch Playoff Spot After Win, Pacers Loss (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:41:11 GMT)

    Joe Johnson thought about so many missed chances by the Nets this season, unsure whether he would play another game this season.

  • [New York Times] Win and Help Put Nets in Playoffs (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:34:25 GMT)

    Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 28 points to help the Nets to a victory, which helped lift them into the playoffs along with the Indiana Pacers’ loss.

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads Pelicans Past Spurs, 108-103 and Into Playoffs (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:32:10 GMT)

    After Anthony Davis’ final flurry of clutch shots, blocks and rebounds ensured the Pelicans’ first postseason berth since before he was drafted, the 22-year-old All-Star known as the “unibrow” was ready to admit how much it meant to him.

  • [New York Times] New Orleans, Brooklyn Clinch Last Two Playoff Spots (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:22:55 GMT)

    The New Orleans Pelicans and Brookyln Nets clinched playoff spots on the final night of the NBA regular season on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pelicans Earn First Playoff Spot Since 2011; Bulls Edge Hawks to Lock Up East’s No. 3 Seed (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:11:46 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans earned a playoff berth with a victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

  • [New York Times] Brooks Leads Rally, Bulls Beat Hawks 91-85 (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:05:24 GMT)

    The Chicago Bulls looked as if they were on their way to a lopsided loss. Aaron Brooks had other ideas.

  • [New York Times] Harden Has Triple-Double, Rockets Beat Jazz 117-91 (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:41:26 GMT)

    James Harden and the Houston Rockets won’t take long to celebrate winning their first division title since 1994 and clinching the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

  • [New York Times] Thunder’s Playoff Streak Ends at 5 Years (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:39:24 GMT)

    Westbrook’s 37 points and a 138-113 victory were not enough to get the Thunder into the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Beat Timberwolves, 138-113, but Still Miss Playoffs (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:35:05 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook did everything in his power to drag the banged-up Oklahoma City Thunder to the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Sits, Cavaliers Edge Wizards 113-108 in Overtime (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:17:19 GMT)

    LeBron James sat out Cleveland’s regular-season finale to rest for the playoffs and the Cavaliers rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 113-110 in overtime Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Top the 76ers 105-101 and Strengthen Draft Lottery Pick (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:08:21 GMT)

    Miami ended the season with two wins in one game.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Win 6th Straight, Beat Bucks 105-100 (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:08:18 GMT)

    Gigi Datome scored 22 points, including two key buckets in the final 3 minutes, and the Boston Celtics ended the regular season with their sixth straight win following a 105-100 victory Wednesday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • [New York Times] Jackson Has 24, Pistons Beat Knicks 112-90 to Close Season (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:08:16 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson had 24 points and 11 assists and the Detroit Pistons closed out the season with a 112-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Kyle Lowry Leads Raptors to Record 49th Win (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:32:03 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and the Toronto Raptors wrapped up the regular season with their franchise record 49th victory, beating the Charlotte Hornets 92-87 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] The Best and the Worst: The Rangers and the Knicks Are a Study in Contrast (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:18:59 GMT)

    The two main teams that share Madison Square Garden represented opposite ends of the sports spectrum this season: The Rangers compiled the N.H.L.’s top record, and the Knicks endured their worst season.

  • [New York Times] Rockets’ James Harden Chases M.V.P. With a Blizzard of Free Throws (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:17:41 GMT)

    On his way to what could be an N.B.A. scoring title, Harden has been drawing fouls and sinking free throws at an impressive rate.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] After their worst finish, Knicks eye best pick (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:23:27 ET)

    After their worst finish, Knicks eye best pick

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Lakers lose franchise-worst 61st game to Kings (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:28:27 ET)

    Lakers lose franchise-worst 61st game to Kings

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    51 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.16)”

    1. Isola does a good job of evaluating everything 10 months after it happens. He’d do a much better job than anyone else I’m sure.

    2. Guys, let’s be serious just a moment.

      The season is over. Enduring it was a tremendous task. We did it. We have to thank especially Brian, Thomas B., obviously Mike Kurylo (I can only imagine what it takes to read and post all those links, day by day, in a season like this). But we have to thank, most of all, us. We did the grunt work of keeping this blog alive.

      Sorry to say, but with the exception of the above-cited guys this blog got very lackadaisical during this horrendous 82-game stretch, and while it is human to be less and less engaged as the season goes by like this, there was a serious risk of total disinterest not only in the Knicks (which, after all, would have been a normal thing to do) but also in this great community, with or without bleach to drink. Great job guys, from Jowles to Captain Luke, from DRed to hoolahoop, from Alecto to swiftandabundant, from johnno to Kahnzy, and there are too many to cite, so let’s just say thanks to all of you who came here day after day to post your bitter thoughts about this wrecked bunch of guys in shorts.

      Guys, you the real MVP.

    3. +1000 to Farfa in post #5
      not sure i would’ve lived through this season without this board, even with all the arguing!!

    4. Just to see if I remember everyone (or almost):

      thenoblefacehumper
      KnicksfaninNJ
      GoNYGoNYGoNYGo
      JD & The Rim Shot
      stratomatic
      danvt
      massive
      er
      wetbandit
      nyk-somenumbers I can’t quite remember right
      Owen
      lavor postell
      heavencent35
      bidiong
      bobneptune
      Hubert
      MSA
      Eyal
      Frank
      Z-Man
      …and many more I just don’t remember right now.

      A thought to ephus and Kevin Udwary.

      A prayer to Jim Cavan and wife, and a lot of prayers to Rett. That is what really means to have a horrible year.

    5. Yes these comments kept me going for the whole season. Kudos to all you active posters!

    6. I did not post too much but I enjoyed reading all of the comments every day:

      – in the morning on my phone while on the can
      – during lunch on my work computer
      – winding down before bed on my ipad, which is probably not a good idea. No wonder I don’t sleep well and my gf thinks I am disinterested! (jk of course lol)

      Thank you all for keeping the flame alive, at least for me, this season. Looking forward to a new chapter – this offseason.

    7. As per the usual it was a bad year for the Knicks, but a pretty good year for Knickerblogger. Definite thanks go out to everybody who keeps this board moving. But now it’s playoff time! My predictions for what looks like a mighty entertaining first round.

      Warriors over Pelicans in 4 – not much to say other than that as far as hopelessly one-sided matchups go this one has pretty decent potential entertainment value.

      Rockets over Mavs in 7 – Another entertaining series that I think will be back and forth. Not sure who can guard Harden for Dallas. Interesting to see what kind of FA audition Rondo has. Wouldn’t be shocked if Carlisle sticks him to the bench for long stretches.

      Spurs over Clippers in 6 – Holy crap, what a good 1st round series. So of course the NBA is giving them all the late games. Game 1 Sunday at 10:30. Game 2 Wednesday at 10:30. RIP to my sleep schedule.

      Grizz over Blazers in 7 – This series doesn’t look half as good as it would have about 6 weeks ago.

    8. Every one of those West series is pretty damn watchable, so that’s the good news. On to the East:

      Hawks over Nets in 4 – I will not watch one second of this series, but good for the Nets I guess for sneaking in? They had the season I sort of thought the Knicks were going to have where they basically sucked but sort of muddled along enough to sneak in.

      Cavs over Celtics in 5 – Celtics, are frisky, exceptionally well coached, good home court advantage, but way under talented. Still, I’m not ruling out some Celtics-Hawks 2008 vibes, where a newly minted power team muddles their way through the first round a bit in a series that isn’t as close as the final margin. I think there’s a chance this one takes 7.

      Bulls over Bucks in 6 – This has the look of an ugly, ugly series. I don’t love how the Bulls are playing, but I think they’re a little too experienced (and too good) for this Bucks team. Another series I will plan on missing most of.

      Wiz over Raps in 6 – I have no idea what to make of this series. The Wiz seem to be mostly quitting on their coach, but the Raptors haven’t exactly been tearing it up either. I’m more interested in whether either of these teams can give the Hawks a series in the 2nd round. Leaning towards no.

    9. —Spurs over Clippers in 6 – Holy crap, what a good 1st round series. So of course the NBA is giving them all the late games. Game 1 Sunday at 10:30. Game 2 Wednesday at 10:30. RIP to my sleep schedule.

      I mean those games are in LA right. I hope the SAS home games will be at 830 or so.

    10. Oof, those east matchups are uninspiring. They sticking a 60 win Atlanta team on nbatv? Bulls/Bucks is the most interesting to me in that the Bucks have some fun young players and (sadly) a good, unorthodox coach, and the Bulls are in their usual playoff trim. I hope the Cavs murder the Celtics, just to shut Bill Simmons up for a bit and to stall the lamestream media mass fellation of Brad Stevens for another few months. He looks like the platonic ideal of every middle age sports writers dream head coach. Fuck that guy, and fuck the Celtics.

    11. I mean those games are in LA right. I hope the SAS home games will be at 830 or so.

      True, but they could have had mercy on me on Sunday, right? The first SA game is Friday at 9:30, Game 4, Sunday @ 3:30. So a bit of relief there.

    12. and to stall the lamestream media mass fellation of Brad Stevens for another few months. He looks like the platonic ideal of every middle age sports writers dream head coach. Fuck that guy, and fuck the Celtics.

      Sadly he’s also young, analytically savvy, and a very, very good coach. I think it’s a decent bet he’s going to be eating the Knicks lunch for many years. So yes, fuck that guy. And always fuck the Celtics.

    13. He looks like the platonic ideal of every middle age sports writers dream head coach. Fuck that guy, and fuck the Celtics.

      Don’t you dare to hate on my guy Gigi Datome.

    14. –They sticking a 60 win Atlanta team on nbatv?

      I think they have been on NBAtv literally every year they have made the playoffs.

    15. One of the things that I think is pretty funny about this site is that, for most of us, it is completely anonymous. For all I know, DRed or Captain Luke might be the guy sitting in the office next to me and Lavor Postell might be the guy I often see frantically typing on his phone on the bus in the morning . There’s one guy who posts here fairly regularly who I think might be my nephew, yet he and I have never once discussed this site when we see each other. Maybe we both like to suffer in silence…

    16. There’s one guy who posts here fairly regularly who I think might be my nephew, yet he and I have never once discussed this site when we see each other.

      This would be amazing.

    17. @20 haha

      (For a year I was pretty sure JK47 was a dad at my kid’s school. It lined up well: he lives in LA now, went to Syracuse in the 90s, and his name starts with J… Then I learned JK47 was a professional musician. Oh well)

    18. My god looking at these series schedules i forgot how long the nba drags out the first round. A seven game series is scheduled 13-14 days. That is rediculous.

    19. If you ever vacation in Portland: I’m a dude, and you can actually see my ears, and they’re unpierced. Those criteria are enough to spot me.

    20. “But the Thunder had Dion Waiters and Anthony Morrow and Reggie Jackson coming off the bench, with Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins. Which means the Thunder second five was much more impressive than the Knick starters.”

      hahahaha

    21. That Morrow guy and that Nick Collison, tho.

      They know a few things about useful contribution.

    22. Yes kudos to everyone for sticking it out. I don’t post all the time and I know I got some heat for ragging on people about tanking but I love this site and the posters and honestly, you all teach me a lot about basketball and stats that I would not have known otherwise.

    23. This site is great. It is more fun than most of the actual Knicks games this year.

    24. @5 +infinity. Thank you for keeping this place open for us to vent. If you didn’t, my head would have exploded by now. I’ve learned a lot from all of you (whether we agree or not). I admit to coming here more than actually watching games this year (this year meaning 2015, not the season). I stopped watching at the trade deadline and saw 2 quarters since.

      By the way, who are these Shved and Lido guys? I never heard of them.

    25. Thanks for a great season, and promise to myself: when the Knicks make the playoffs again I’ll fly to NY and watch a game with y’all. It probably won’t be as much fun as reading the game thread after each loss (well, win recently) but still.

    26. I admit I posted a helluva lot less than I normally do this season thanks to how bad and boring the Knick games were to watch. I still read this blog on an almost daily basis but compared to how much Ive commented the past 6 or 7 years I really slacked off this season lol.

      But come draft time and especially the first couple of weeks of July when the off-season is in full gear I’ll be just as engaged as I was since I found this site in 2008.

    27. Farfas right on the money great job by everyone keeping this miserable season afloat. all of you are great including captain Luke and hoola who ive moderately warmed up to in the past month or two

    28. danvt

      Thanks but I don’t think I deserve to be on your list, Farfa. I kind of bailed this year. Just too depressing. I did watch Duke’s title run with interest. Are people around here sanguine on Jahlil? Where’s the draft coverage I really need? Who’s got the word? Bill Simmons thinks Justise Winslow is the best player.

      I hope LBJ and CO. flame out and him and Irving get into a slap fight in the locker room or something. Then we sign him and go getem next year with the new superfriends. Let’s go NY. (Weed is my friend).

    29. Winslow was mediocre the first couple months, then had some injury issues, but the last 2 months of the season and the tourney he played like a potential superstar.

    30. Anyone else really intrigued by this Porzingas guy? The scouting video on draftexpress.com makes him look really interesting. (Although I realize that, by picking and choosing highlights and lowlights, you can make virtually anyone look really good or really bad. For example, I realize that Okafor is a weak defender, but his video makes him look absolutely, positively brutally bad on defense.)

    31. Prozingis projects higher on most mock drafts besides dx I think like a couple have him in the 4-6 range. I would certainly take him over hezonja today, tomorrow, and every other day of the year. He seems good and seems like his defensive issues are fixable.

    32. @5 Farfa is spot on.

      As a longtime lurker and occasional poster, I always appreciate what this site has to offer. There aren’t too many actual Knicks fans here in Australia, so I love coming to the site to see what actual Knicks people think and feel. Easily the best community of Knicks supporters and the best analysis.

      Whilst I don’t always agree with everything that gets posted, it’s great to get some unabashed opinions and healthy debate going about the team, and I look forward to the upcoming off-season and what KB has to offer.

      Personally I think I will be watching a lot more of the West 1st round. The 1st round matchups in the East look like a bit of a non-event, but some of those West matchups look huge. I think you could argue it could be one of the better West 1st rounds in recent memory. I thing GS have the tools to make it out of the West, but I just can’t completely right the Spurs off. Would love to see the Hawks get out of the East, just because of the way Budinholzer has that team playing. LeBron might have something to say about that, but still rooting for the Hawks.

    33. I didn’t see anyone mention Melo’s interview where he said if the Knicks eventually get another star he’d be willing to be the 2nd scoring option.

      It has always been my contention that Melo is not a superstar scoring option because at his high usage level he’s not efficient enough. However, if we could somehow attract a legitimate star level #1 scoring option (most likely in 2016) , I think Melo would instantly become a great #2 option.

    34. It has always been my contention that Melo is not a superstar scoring option because at his high usage level he’s not efficient enough. However, if we could somehow attract a legitimate star level #1 scoring option (most likely in 2016) , I think Melo would instantly become a great #2 option.

      Yes, but a #2 scoring option who is a weak defender, mediocre passer, and so-so rebounder making $24 million is like spending a third of your home furnishing budget on a nice ottoman.

    35. Melo is a good passer and a good rebounder. He would make a wonderful number 2. Salary as you said would be daunting for that role

    36. I agree Farfa @5 et.al. This site has been a part of my daily routine for years and I have learned so much from all of you…even how to mix a bleach cocktail!

      May this be the lowest low before the highest high. Excelsior!

    37. Some thoughts though. GS is an overwhelming favorite but I am just thinking that Drue Holiday is once known as a good defender he can somehow stop Spicy Curry. Thought?
      Also, it will be a make or break for the Clippers. Many experts are picking the Spurs but for the LAC to move to the next step, this will be their test.
      Rockets and Mavs is also interesting. Is Harden for real or he will choke again and Mavs will pull an upset. hm

    38. With regards to the Knicks. The future looks bright. We can rebuild our team and next few months will be exciting. Lets get lucky with the draft, then be smart in the free agency. I am in for one year rentals ala Mavs few years ago. I am not enticed to any big names free agents not even gasol. I prefer signing guys like butler or kawhi if failed, i prefer getting the likes of Asik/Robin lopez, thomas robinson, cory joseph, rob covington, mcdaniels, perkins/ajinca for a not so expensive contract.

      C Asik or lopez/Perkins/ Cole
      PF Towns or Okafor/ Thomas Robinson / Amudson
      SF Melo/Early/Lance Thomas or Acy
      SG Covington/McDaniels/THJ
      PG Joseph/Calderon/Shyved

      I only want these players for a NOT SO EXPENSIVE contract. If we end up with something like this i will be happy. I think it is reasonable. The Max FA dream for me is Butler and Kawhi. The rest i think is not worth it.

    39. God, if we signed Kendrick Perkins I don’t think I’d be able to handle this site anymore.

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