Knicks Morning News (2015.06.20)

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Fever Defeat the Liberty (Sat, 20 Jun 2015 04:41:00 GMT)

    Maggie Lucas hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23 points, and the visiting Indiana Fever cruised to an 80-63 victory over the Liberty.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Hawks Reach Buyout Agreement With GM Danny Ferry (Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:16:43 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a buyout of the final two years of general manager Danny Ferry’s contract, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Friday.

  • [New York Times] One Million People in Oakland Celebrate NBA Champion Warriors (Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:10:30 GMT)

    A crowd estimated at 1 million people in Oakland celebrated the NBA champion Golden State Warriors at a parade and rally on Friday, where league MVP Stephen Curry remarked on how things have changed since he went unrecognized in the city.

  • [New York Daily News] Phil Jackson: Knicks’ draft plans might not be big (Sat, 20 Jun 2015 03:23:51 GMT)

    Phil Jackson had not spoken publicly since his end-of-the-season address in April, aside from a few curious comments.

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    7 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.06.20)”

    1. I love Nate Silver’s work:

      http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/projecting-the-top-50-players-in-the-2015-nba-draft-class/

      (Someone referred to this work on an earlier thread, I think)

      Of course, this is all about probability. The first thing that jumps out at me is that nobody has even a 20% chance of being a star.

      Russell might be a future star, but he has a 40% chance of being a total bust, not even in the top 25 least risky players by this measure. That’s why I feel that Zinger is a better choice. At worst, Zinger will be a bust like Bargnani, who at a lower salary had trade value (crazy that Toronto extended him, and that we traded for him, but it underscored that he had some “perceived” value based solely on being 7′ tall.) Busts like Jimmer Fredette have virtually no value.
      Foreign players are not graded (Hezonja, Zinger, Mudiay) and not even mentioned (boo, you’d think Silver could find a way to make at least a hypothetical correlation)

      Dakari Johnson would be an amazing late 1sr round pick. Lyles, Booker, and Hollis-Jefferson grade out in the top 10.

    2. every time i think to myself. 4’s not so bad. we could get WCS. or we could get Zinger. or we could get mudiay. every time i talk myself into being happy with one of those.
      rumors come out
      that make me say
      fucking.
      knicks.

    3. How does Phil not choose this guy? He could be a top 15 all-time player.

      Should be the #2 pick.

    4. Trading the number 4 pick to the Sixers is so weird to me. Phil seems to want more draft picks, so I don’t see him trading up. You can build a great team without really high picks like the Warriors did, but you can’t build one with just second rounders. I’m sure Phil knows this, so what could he actually get from the Sixers for number four? If The Sixers want both number three and number four, then they must not think much of the productivity of their previous drafts. The only reasonable trade I can think of would be something like Noel and future protected first rounders for the number four pick. Does anyone think that’s actually likely or even a good trade for the Knicks? If not, can anyone think of a reasonable deal the two teams could make?

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