Knicks Morning News (2015.07.10)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Agent: Antetokounpo wants spot on Knicks (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 01:45:21 EST)

    Agent: Antetokounpo wants spot on Knicks

  • [New York Times] Tina Charles Leads Liberty (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:36:20 GMT)

    Charles had 21 points in the Liberty’s victory over the Washington Mystics.

  • [New York Times] Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks’ Top Draft Pick, Is Set for Summer League Debut (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 03:11:53 GMT)

    Porzingis, the fourth overall pick in the N.B.A. draft last month, said he expected to play Saturday in a summer-league team against the Spurs in Las Vegas.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: From the First Round to a Last Chance for Thomas Robinson (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 01:35:33 GMT)

    Robinson, 24, is trying avoid the label of “bust,” and he underlines an energetic youth movement designed to allow the Nets to rebuild while trying to make another playoff run.

  • [New York Times] Matthews Sticks With Reeling Mavs After Jordan Rejection (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:16:43 GMT)

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave free agent guard Wesley Matthews an out after accepting the reality that DeAndre Jordan was spurning Dallas to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • [New York Daily News] Kristaps Porzingis may play in Knicks Summer League opener (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:11:05 GMT)

    Rookie “savior” Kristaps Porzingis appears set to make his NBA summer-league debut on Saturday, saying he no longer feels pain in his hip.

  • [New York Daily News] Nets Brook Lopez has first diss for twin, new Knicks center (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 01:42:33 GMT)

    Brook Lopez delivered the first of what figures to be many insults between neighboring twin brothers.

  • [New York Daily News] Nets’ Shane Larkin says Knicks triangle wasn’t a good fit (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 01:32:17 GMT)

    After struggling last season with the Knicks, Shane Larkin is hoping a different borough and system will rejuvenate his career.

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    2 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.07.10)”

    1. Dear friends:

      I’ve been reading a lot these past couple weeks and I have an observation or two since I think I have been a reader and poster to this site for a slight lesser period than Owen, Ted Nelson among others:
      1. As Owen noted this isn’t as analytical a site as it was five years ago, but that’s probably a good thing. Back then there was an argument going on in the community where deep statistically-oriented thinking was lacking in basketball and there were those, like Mike, who felt there needed to be greater rigor. Then arguments sprung up as to which paradigms worked best, and some of that continues today, but with some room for jocularity and fun.
      2. I find some of these arguments compelling between Ted and others on the site. Full disclosure, I believe Ted and I several years ago got into some nasty arguments in part because I at the time found him insufferable and he, rightfully, in some cases, questioned my logic and probably found me insufferable. But in the end, I came to see Ted’s dispassionate, almost autistic-sounding prose (I’m sure he’s not and he seems to be generally pretty nice and sharply analytical and even sensitive), and style of breaking out clauses with which to take issue, as a pretty effective way to deconstruct arguments and tease out interesting points. I also tend to find myself in agreement with him.
      3. I miss guys like jon abbey, another guy I sometimes found condescending and argumentative in the extreme, because he forced a certain vigor in reasoning, even if at the end he grew to be a very embittered Knicks fan.
      4. I suspect part of the problem is folks seem to take some of this so personally. Some folks will annoy you, but that doesn’t mean those annoying comments are catnip you can’t leave alone. If someone is being a dick or a bully, you can just turn the page, or scroll down and ignore them. At some point, their hollering is just into the void. Not every post requires a response.

    2. …continued.
      5. I have basically been on a knickerblogger break, although not as consistently as Ted, because the Knicks have been so utterly incompetent and hopeless, particularly since the Melo trade, but more unavoidably last season.
      I find now that again I am intrigued by the choices that have been made and a chance for a significant turn-around with a relatively young core of players, and this site, which enlarge seems not to be so high on the Knicks’ choices, has me thinking about the team and these choices with real hope. Interestingly, as strong as some feel this team will still suck, I am finding reasons to feel very hopeful that with a competent core arrayed around Melo, his work load will decline, he will take fewer shots and fewer bad shots, and he could possible have an effective, efficient season.
      Can anyone recall a Knicks team since Melo arrived that has this balance and size and youth? We have rebounders, we have competent defenders, we have size in the back court, players with good ball handling skills, etc., and perhaps a few players that can actually hit shots. Those are all multipliers that lift burdens and minutes from Melo’s shoulders and would allow him to be what he truly is: a scorer.
      I believe this team could do better than 40 wins and I got there simply by reading the arguments back and forth. So thanks.

      One last point, I miss Jim, and Bob, who seems to write less. They truly are gifted writers with strong voices. But, frankly, it’s hard to get truly gifted writers for bargain basement prices, like for free. lol

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