Knicks Morning News (2015.04.30)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Windhorst: How injury affects Love's contract decision (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 01:48:20 EST)

    Windhorst: How injury affects Love's contract decision

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Earn Some Rest Before Semifinal With Warriors (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:49:04 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies were so busy finishing off their first-round series they haven’t considered the impact of playing the Golden State Warriors without Mike Conley.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Look to Move on, Bucks Try to Hang On in NBA’s Game 6s (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:12:59 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs want to move on. The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to hang on.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Advance, Beating Trail Blazers 99-93 in Game 5 (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:48:49 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies missed one chance to finish off their first-round series and get some much-needed rest before facing the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Thunder, Donovan in Talks About Coaching Vacancy (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:21:52 GMT)

    Florida coach Billy Donovan is entertaining a move to the NBA again.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Kevin Love Has Surgery and Will Miss Four to Six Months (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:13:20 GMT)

    Love, who was injured in Cleveland’s series-clinching win at Boston on Sunday, had surgery on his dislocated left shoulder and may need six months to recover.

  • [New York Times] Hawks 107, Nets 97: Tepid Start, and Hawks, Are Too Much for the Nets (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:05:42 GMT)

    The Nets could not overcome their sloppy beginning against the Hawks in Game 5, and Atlanta now leads the series, three games to two, as the teams prepare to play Game 6 at Barclays Center.

  • [New York Times] Cavs’ Love Out for Season After Shoulder Surgery (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 03:54:41 GMT)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have confirmed forward Kevin Love is out of the playoffs after “successful” surgery on Wednesday to repair his dislocated left shoulder.

  • [New York Times] Kevin Love Has Shoulder Surgery, Sidelined 4-To-6 Months (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 03:45:52 GMT)

    Kevin Love had surgery on his badly damaged left shoulder that could require six months of recovery, officially ending any remote chance he had of returning during Cleveland’s playoff run.

  • [New York Times] Horford, Teague Help Hawks Hold Off Nets 107-97 for 3-2 Lead (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 03:22:02 GMT)

    Al Horford banged his dislocated finger and spent much of the game fiddling with it. Jeff Teague twisted his right ankle and hobbled to the locker room for a quick tape job.

  • [New York Times] NBA All-Time Scoring Leader Abdul-Jabbar Evaluated for Dizziness After Surgery (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 01:21:41 GMT)

    Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was evaluated and released from the emergency department of a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday, about two weeks after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said.

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    42 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.30)”

    1. Yo guys, after reading the last Zach Lowe column on Grantland and stumbling on this

      If games like Monday’s remain an aberration, the Nets may even consider waiving Williams with the stretch provision — provided they are confident they could upgrade the roster somewhere with the resulting cap flexibility.

      and then watching the Nets lose as Williams laid another dud, I had a nightmare: Deron Williams, starter for the 2015-16 Knicks. You know it’s going to happen if the Nets waive him. Phil would look at him and say: big guard? Check. Can make the entry pass? Check. Can shoot some three pointers? Check. Was a prominent NBA name in 2008-10? Check.

      Guys, you’re welcome.

      (I have to say that if Phil nabbed him at the vet minimum I’d still be much more happy than if he signed Rondo)

    2. I hate you.

      30 year old oft-injured has-been, .504 TS% on 22.3% USG, .307 from the 3, with a WS/48 of .083 this season. Add in Pierce’s statements that Williams wasn’t interested in attending practices, you’ve got a winner.

      On the other had, two seasons ago: .574TS% on 24.4% USG, .184 WS/48. Drop-offs like that scream long-term injury to me.

      On a veteran minimum, fine. But he’s not going to go for vet-min. He really has no place on a rebuilding team.

    3. Just to be clear: I don’t want Deron Williams on this team. I wrote it at as nightmare… But a suddenly plausible one. Ouch.

    4. ” But he’s not going to go for vet-min. He really has no place on a rebuilding team.”

      If he gets waived isnt that vet min money just money on top of his Nets salary? Why wouldnt he take that?

    5. Can we at least wait for Jackson to make a colossal mistake before we all start trying to drink the cool-aid because somebody said something that has absolutely nothing to do with the Knicks?

    6. What’s the evidence that Phil is in love with guys who were prominent players between 08-10?

    7. On the other had, two seasons ago: .574TS% on 24.4% USG, .184 WS/48. Drop-offs like that scream long-term injury to me.

      Yeah, it wasn’t like Williams went to the Nets and just fell apart. That would suggest he was just a product of Jerry Sloan’s system. But he did really well for the Nets, to the point where everyone wanted to sign the guy to a max deal and then he was injured and then, well, he has not been good. So I also think the injuries are a bigger factor in his decline than his “will to win.” Remember, in the early years of the D-Will vs. CP3 debate (which I always thought was ridiculous, as CP3 was clearly better – not even as a shot at D-Will, but just, come on, CP3 is simply a next level player) the biggest argument in D-Will’s favor was that he was more successful in the playoffs than CP3.

    8. No evidence whatsoever, just a little tongue-in-cheek joke about the last time Phil went to the Finals. Also, no evidence about any Deron Williams waiving.

      Forget I said anything. I’ll go buy more bleach.

    9. @Farfa

      I meant that tongue-in-cheek, man, I said I hated you because you had me entertaining the thought of PJ signing D-Will at at 48M/4yr contract.

      And yeah, Dred, I haven’t heard PJ talk about people past their prime all that much (he actually gave up on Chandler, JR, Amare, etc, most of whom were considered at some point pretty darn good), and he talks about “youthful energy” a whole lot.

    10. I meant that tongue-in-cheek, man, I said I hated you because you had me entertaining the thought of PJ signing D-Will at at 48M/4yr contract.

      Yup, that was clear man.

    11. Lets make this fun, what would be a totally Knicksy lineup for next year?
      I vote for:
      PG: Rondo + Reggie Jackson + Galloway
      SG: Monta Ellis + Reggie Jackson + Galloway
      SF: Melo + Deng
      PF: Monroe + Melo
      C: BROOK LOPEZ!!! + Cole

      Yay, so much fun I gotta change my pants!

    12. I think you’re underselling Deng (who is pretty much shot but as a SF backup you could do muuuuuch worse. What about Danny Granger?). And poor Langston and Cole.

      All the other ones are spot on, though.

    13. What’s the evidence that Phil is in love with guys who were prominent players between 08-10?

      Dalembert.
      Calderon.
      Odom.

    14. A couple of interesting notes from around the league…

      1. So Love is now going to be out 4-6 months? Daaaaaaayum. It’s kind of crazy how the same basic injury can cause so much different results due to how much ligament damage there is. I figure he has to agree to stick around one more year now, why make the free agent rounds while you’re recovering from a major injury?
      2. Billy Donovan will clearly be an excellent NBA coach, but is OKC really the team you leave one of the cushiest jobs in sports for? Yes, they will be very good next year with a healthy Durant and a healthy Obaka (and perhaps even bringing Kanter back) and an improved coaching situation, but then you might be without Durant after just a single season. Is that really a great gig, then?
      3. There’s no doubt that the tweet by the Rockets PR director was in poor taste, but I dunno if I’d have fired the guy for it. It wasn’t that bad, I don’t think. Just unclassy.

    15. Pretty crazy situation for a new coach, let alone somebody with no NBA experience. Looks like it’s pretty much championship or bust in year 1 (obviously a lot still to happen before then in terms of playoffs and offseason, but they’ll certainly be among the favorites again), with almost no idea of what the team will look like after next year.

      If Durant does walk, I feel like they’ll almost be forced to trade Westbrook (can’t see him staying if Durant leaves) and then you might be looking at a pretty complete rebuild. Or he could be the coach of the defending NBA champs with the nucleus basically in place long term. Both seem pretty plausible for just about 15 months from now.

    16. OMG, we’re signing Elton Brand and Deron Williams, then we’re gonna sign Darko Milicic, Isaiah Rider and Chris Washburn, then Isaiah Thomas is coming back as President, GM, coach and point guard….

      We’re doomed, doomed I tell ya…

    17. Pablo Prigioni is winning fans in Houston. It’s nice he’s doing well and playing in meaningful games. To quote from the blog “The Dream Shake”

      Jason Terry is completely out of gas. You want to know why I’m okay with that? Because Pablo Prigioni has emerged as the Rockets’ crunch time point guard, and he is the most dependable, trustworthy-with-the-ball point guard the Rockets have had in a long time. He is far better on defense than a man of his age and slowness should be. That’s not to say that he’s good, but he is great at getting in passing lanes and draws offensive fouls like a true Euroleague veteran. McHale’s finishing lineup in this game was Pablo-Harden-Brewer-Jones-Howard, and my God did it look good

    18. Pablo Prigioni is winning fans in Houston. It’s nice he’s doing well and playing in meaningful games. To quote from the blog “The Dream Shake”

      It was funny watching Houston fans’ initial reactions to the trade, because I knew that they’d eventually grow to love Prigs. Prigs really deserves to be on a good team. He fits in so well with good teams. His skills translate perfectly to being a supporting character on a good team.

    19. The thing that kills me in that piece about who the Knicks would draft is this bit:

      38.7 percent chance of landing a top-two pick

      Grrr…

    20. Prigioni is a really nice fit in Houston (pretty sure I brought them up earlier this year when somebody was spit-balling trade destinations for him) because they can perfectly protect his weaknesses (and his weaknesses are extremely weak at this point in his career). That blog post really highlights it pretty perfectly.

      Offensively, “he is the most dependable, trustworthy-with-the-ball point guard the Rockets have had in a long time”, and they’re in the fairly unique position that all they need from their PG is to be dependable with the ball and shoot 3s because Harden already does all the other PG stuff. He’s the one with the ball in his hands most of the time penetrating the D and making things happen. So they don’t need any of that from Prigs, which is good because it’s the part of being a PG that he just can’t do.

      And defensively, “He is far better on defense than a man of his age and slowness should be”, and the reason he looks good on D for them is because the fact that he can’t stay in front of a traffic cone makes a lot less of a difference with elite rim protection, which they have in spades (side note: Capela really impressed me against the Mavs). So again they can cover up the thing he can’t do, which really lets the things he’s good at (drawing charges and sneaking like a ninja) shine through.

      Perfect situation for him in every way.

    21. Bulls up 44, and Thibs still has some of his main guys in. He may be tough, but he’s an idiot.

    22. Honestly, I’d fire Thibs right now in the middle of the game if I could. This is beyond Woodson stupid.

    23. It is being reported that Lillard is seeking the designated max extension this summer. The Blazers are going to be shelling out some serious cash this year. What could that luxury tax be this year if they retain their players? Could they try saving some money by letting Lopez go and moving Meyers into the starting unit?

      I had hope that the knicks could have traded for Meyers early last year when his stock was low. However, I don’t think his defense is ready yet but maybe you save the money and hope he takes a jump on D. idk.

    24. Brian, I can’t believe you care so much that we didn’t land the #1 lottery seed. I mean, sheesh, we finished with a worse record than the Sixers, who were projected to be historically bad! Our best case scenario going into the season was a first round playoff exit, followed by a #15 pick, which is where many thought we’d be sitting now.

      You’re like the guy that sold his stock a few cents before it hit a record high and broods about how if only he had waited. I mean, seriously, is 38.7 vs. 46.5 that big of a deal?

    25. Number of seasons where Chandler averaged 15ppg per 36 minutes: 0. For the record I do think Chandler’s a very good guy to have on offense, just not a great one.

    26. Clippers by 7 in game 7.

      Also, nobody is beating the Warriors this year even though experience counts and they’re going to be in unknown territory pretty soon. The other teams aren’t as good, or has the experience of winning anything.

    27. I mean, seriously, is 38.7 vs. 46.5 that big of a deal?

      A 6.8% reduction in odds for no good reason is a lot.

      Hopefully, though, the “basketball gods” will honor Jackson’s sacrifice and award the Knicks a top 2 pick! That would be super, super awesome. Doesn’t make falling to #2 any less dumb, but it certainly would make me feel a lot better about it all!

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