Knicks Morning News (2015.06.06)

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: LeBron James Misses, and a Sense of Destiny Evaporates (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 07:00:07 GMT)

    James, tightly guarded by Andre Iguodala with the score tied near the end of Game 1, made a potentially costly decision in opting for a long jumper instead of driving to the basket.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Brittney Griner Seeking Annulment (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 04:05:15 GMT)

    Griner filed papers seeking to annul her 28-day marriage to Glory Johnson.

  • [New York Times] Liberty 82, Dream 73: Isiah Thomas Era Opens With Liberty Defeating Atlanta (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 03:26:06 GMT)

    Thomas, returning to Madison Square Garden as team president, watched the New York W.N.B.A. squad win as about 20 fans protested his hiring.

  • [New York Times] Kyrie Irving Out of N.B.A. Finals With Broken Kneecap, Cavaliers Say (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:45:42 GMT)

    The injury, which Irving is expected to take three to four months to recover from, ended his season.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Hire Agent Arn Tellem as a Front Office Executive (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:00:49 GMT)

    The high-profile agent will be vice chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment, which includes operating as a liaison to the Detroit-area community.

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    28 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.06.06)”

    1. As I wake up to a new day, my first thought as it often is is how to best trade Melo. How ’bout to the Mavs for Parsons, Ellis and their #21 pick. Am I still dreaming?

    2. I want him, over okafor and Russell. Only one I would take over Mudiay is Towns.

      If he can develop like Wall I’d be thrilled.

    3. As I wake up to a new day, my first thought as it often is is how to best trade Melo. How ’bout to the Mavs for Parsons, Ellis and their #21 pick. Am I still dreaming?

      The problem is that Melo has that no-trade clause. I feel if he was willing to go to Texas he would have just signed with Houston last Summer. If he’s going to waive his NTC I think it will only be to Chicago, LAC, maybe LAL, maybe Miami, and maybe Washington. And Washington won’t do anything until Durant makes a decision next Summer.

    4. What do you guys think of Lebron’s game 1, seemed like a lot of ISO-BALL. Was that a great game by LBJ?

    5. The only chance LeBron has is to destroy his body with hero ball for the next three games. If he plays team basketball, he’s going to have dudes like Shumpert missing threes and lay-ups all the way to a sweep.

    6. The finals are over. It sucks, because a fully healthy Cleveland could have given the Warriors a hell of a fight.

      Have any of the top 10 players had a bad workout according to chad ford? Dude is a fucking hype man.

    7. Did Flava Flav try to go back and retroactively change the lyrics to “Can’t Do Nuttin For Ya, Man?” to look better at his job? If not, I think Flava Flav is better than Chad Ford.

    8. Also, why does everyone think that the Sixers would trade Embiid or Noel if they drafted another big? Between 3 bigs, they could play 32 minutes a game and develop all three at the same time. That’s if they all play 82 games! (Unlikely.)

    9. Sure, the Sixers could play three big men, but it’s still probably more efficient to add in a good guard, presuming the guard is close in value to the big.

    10. I want him, over okafor and Russell. Only one I would take over Mudiay is Towns.

      Get er to the Lakers/Sixers front office, STAT!

      If he can develop like Wall I’d be thrilled.

      Oh, is that all?

    11. Check out Mudiay’s shooting here. Looks a bit bricky to me and a bit slow and blockable. And he’s not shooting off the dribble here – mostly catch-and-shoot. Interviews well, however. What do others think?

    12. So wait, you’re saying Chad Ford made edits to make something look better than it really was? That doesn’t sound like him at all.

    13. As long as one of the top 3 don’t drop, I think we’ll take Winslow. Hopefully we can buy a 2nd and grab either Upshaw or Dakari Johnson as we need serious big man help.

    14. i’m not mudiay’s biggest fan but you can’t really say much about empty gym shooting situations… ideas about form and what not is highly influenced by the end result…

      mudiay’s biggest problem from what i’ve seen with his shot is that his mechanics are inconsistent and he shoots a flat shot… along with some questionable shot selection… it reminds me a lot of baron davis…

    15. I agree that the workout shooting videos are mostly meaningless, it was just funny to see Ford tweet video of Mudiay hitting threes and then later we see the full video, and he look like he was missing just as much as he was making, Ford just chose to highlight a good stretch.

      Baron Davis is definitely in that same basic realm as Mudiay.

    16. they compare favorably with each other… great athleticism.. questionable shots…

      the things that give me pause with mudiay.. more than his outside shot.. is his low 2p fg% which was .520.. will bynums in comparison was over .580 and von wafer’s was around .550… so i’m a bit worried that talk of his athleticism doesn’t translate to elite finishing ability in the nba… if that’s the case his whole offensive game is going to be questionable…

    17. I think that’s a very fair concern, but I think he shows enough athleticism to be at least decent around the rim. That’s what I like about Mudiay, he looks like he’s athletic enough that his downside is a decent scorer with very good passing ability and good-to-very good defense (mostly due to his size). I like that he gives you some certainty. A guy like Hezonja might not even be an NBA rotation player.

    18. Mudiay’s shooting and athleticism reminds me of Shump. I get that he is suppose to have a better understanding of the game though and hopefully he is a better finisher at the rim than Shump is.

    19. Fran Fraschilla said in some radio interview that a reasonable mid-range projection for Mudiay might be Jrue Holiday (minus the injuries). I think he said ceiling would be Jason Kidd with a more advanced jumper at this stage of his career. Not bad.

    20. Fran Fraschilla said in some radio interview that a reasonable mid-range projection for Mudiay might be Jrue Holiday (minus the injuries). I think he said ceiling would be Jason Kidd with a more advanced jumper at this stage of his career. Not bad.

      Yeah, a slightly better overall Jrue Holiday and a better passing Tyreke Evans has always been what I think Mudiay will be if he doesn’t fix his shot. If he does fix his shot, then, well, that changes everything, of course.

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