Knicks Morning News (2015.10.05)

  • [New York Times] Bryant Returns as Jazz Beat Lakers 90-71 in Preseason (Mon, 05 Oct 2015 04:30:56 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant scored five points in his first action since undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 90-71 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Fever 75, Lynx 69: Fever Win in Opener, Handing the Lynx a Rare Home Loss (Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:41:19 GMT)

    Briann January had 19 points and 6 assists, and the Fever stole home-court advantage in the W.N.B.A. finals with a 75-69 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Slimmed-Down Lowry Scores 26, Raptors Beat Clippers (Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:09:37 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 26 points in 21 minutes, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 93-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night in a preseason game.

  • [New York Times] Bosh Returns to the Lineup, Hornets Top Heat 90-77 (Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:58:02 GMT)

    Chris Bosh returned to the Miami Heat lineup and scored 14 points in a 90-77 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night in a preseason game.

  • [New York Post] Why is Phil Jackson ignoring Knicks players? 5 camp takeaways (Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:19:14 -0400)

    Phil Jackson kept his distance from the media during the Knicks' six-day stay at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point that ended Saturday. Mostly, he stayed away from the…

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    22 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.10.05)”

    1. The Knicks seem to have a very late start to preseason games this year compared to other teams. I am frustrated waiting to see them play, but I think the delay is good over all. They are basically a completely new team and probably need more time in training camp to get the offense and defense to gel than an experienced returning team would. Fisher is saying that the offense is easier to implement this year because more of the team is familiar with it already. I hope he’s right. I don’t think our regular season schedule starts off very easily for us.

    2. I feel like the Knicks’ pre-season schedule starts late every year. It is so disappointing. I actually have to travel for business overseas for 2 weeks starting the 7th. I’ll miss pretty much all of pre-season.

    3. That is a shame. Pre-season you see everyone play, so you get a feel for the end of the bench players as well as for the normal rotation players.

    4. From what I understand the Knicks will be less tied to running straight Triangle at all times in an attempt to push the tempo more and they are more likely to use the high PNR option within the Triangle late in the shot clock in 1 guard fronts like we saw towards the end of last season.

    5. Games start Wednesday. That’s fine by me ;)

      Interesting back-and-forth between Durant and Stephen A. Smith. Essentially Durant is calling SAS a liar for saying he’s on his way to LA. SAS replies that Durant is a liar and that “You do not want to make an enemy out of me”. I’m getting soooooo sick of Stephen A. Smith.

    6. Lets play guess that Knick:

      A) Embedded in league’s lowest tier of defenders

      B) Defensive metrics have declined to well below average

      C) Indifferent defender losing mobility with age

      D) Struggles on defense

      E) Huge wingspan for height and uses it well on defensive end

    7. A) Calderon

      B) Afflalo (I still think there’s way too much noise with his defensive metrics. I see him as about average on that end)

      C) Melo

      D) Grant? This is pretty general.

      E) Galloway or KOQ but it applies to both

    8. D is Williams. Our frontcort has good options on D. OQuinn, Lopez and Lou are all solid plus and Porzingis should be able to be effective as a help defender. I think Afflalo can hold up on D at small forward, but unless Grant is ready to play Galloway is the only reliable defender we’ve got on the perimeter.

    9. Assuming the answers the five questions are different players, I would agree with DRed except that I think that D might be Derrick Williams.

    10. DRed, our answers crossed in posting. I think Saunders is a good perimeter defender. At least that’s what his Harvard coach raved about.

    11. Saunders is a very good defender and he’s a nice playmaker for a 2 guard. If he can find a functional jumper he has a shot to be a rotation player in the league.

    12. Afflalo just needs to play high-IQ, non-rockheaded basketball on the defensive end and I’ll be happy. We’ve been watching some real low-IQ defensive players for a mighty long time now. It seems like the guys Phil has brought in (well, other than Derrick Williams) are not unbelievably stupid players like some of the clowns who have been here the last few years. This team had Andrea Bargnani AND Amar’e Stoudemire AND JR Smith AND Tim Hardaway Jr on it. That’s like a low-defensive IQ All-Star team.

    13. Yeah,that’s a good point. If Afflalo is just a bad defender that’s a big upgrade over Timmy, who was the worst defender.

    14. it will be hard to watch Amundson this season and not wonder why he’s in a New York uniform and Cole Aldrich is not. Aldrich is younger, put up over three WARP last season and even signed for less 2015-16 money than Amundson is getting from New York.

      Don’t go breaking my heart, Bradford Doolittle

    15. Also, Sweet Lou, on the hopefully rare occasions when he plays, won’t run out of breath after running the length of the court three times.

    16. I like Lou. He’s a bit undersized, but he’s very mobile for a big man and really works on D. He might be the worst offensive big in the NBA (I’d pay money to watch him and Bismack Biyombo have a game of horse), but I can live with his limitations as a 4th big man.

    17. Lou’s at least the fifth big man (after Lopez, Porzingis, O’Quinn, and Seraphin), and possibly further down the depth chart depending on how much Melo and/or Williams winds up playing PF. I have zero problems with that guy as a glorified cheerleader and hustler in practice who knows the system.

    18. it will be hard to watch Amundson this season and not wonder why he’s in a New York uniform and Cole Aldrich is not.

      Aldrich isn’t here anymore through his inability to be a professional and be in reasonable shape to play more than 90 seconds straight. Add to that he cannot guard anyone outside of 5 feet from the rim because he is glacially slow footed.

      Jackson has made it clear he won’t tolerate unprofessional behavior on the court.

    19. Amundson’s contract reminds me of the crazy thing about the earlier Shved vs. Seraphim discussion some folks were having the other day. The Knicks could have had both Shved and Seraphim if they had just given Shved less than the money that they instead gave to Amundson and Lance Thomas (Shved wanted $2.8 million, the Knicks wouldn’t go that high – Amundson and Thomas were signed for roughly $3.2 million). Hell, I’d have a hard time ever believing that they couldn’t have still then signed Amundson for the vet minimum on top of that (Amundson ended up getting roughly $300,000 or so more than he would have gotten from the vet minimum, while Lance Thomas got roughly $600,000 more than he would have gotten from his vet minimum. Who else out there was going to offer Amundson more than the vet mimimum?).

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