Knicks Morning News (2015.12.04)

  • [New York Daily News] Kristaps Porzingis: ‘Our fans are better than Brooklyn’s’ (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:51:24 GMT)

    Mikhail Prokhorov once vowed to turn Knicks fans into Nets fans, but Kristaps Porzingis is out on these streets working on the reverse.

  • [New York Daily News] La La Anthony: Porzingis has earned spot at dinner table (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 03:01:39 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis is impressing plenty of people in his rookie season with the Knicks, and that includes La La Anthony.

  • [New York Post] Nets can’t say enough good things about Kristaps Porzingis (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 03:21:24 -0500)

    While Kristaps Porzingis was busy throwing shade at Brooklyn — saying the Knicks had the better fans — the Nets were throwing bouquets at him. And with the rivals set to face off Friday in the Garden, Nets point guard Jarrett Jack tapped the 20-year-old big man as the favorite to win NBA Rookie of…

  • [New York Post] Lopez twins’ cat-filled, goofy rivalry about to go silent (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 02:02:14 -0500)

    Even Knicks coach Derek Fisher admits the better Garden story line Friday is Robin Lopez vs. Brook Lopez rather than Knicks-Nets. The intracity basketball rival has yet to reach scorching proportions since the Nets moved to Brooklyn three years ago, partly due to both team's mediocre fortunes. But it will get heated in the pivot…

  • [New York Times] Green Beats Odds, Keeps Getting Better for Golden State (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:03:36 GMT)

    Draymond Green pounds his chest with his right fist and roars toward the rafters after big plays, mouth agape.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Whip Kings in Mexico (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 06:42:27 GMT)

    Boston guard Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points and added nine assists as the Celtics made it a miserable trip to Mexico for the Sacramento Kings with a 114-97 whipping at Mexico City Arena on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Thomas, Celtics Beat Kings 114-97 in Mexico City (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 06:12:53 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas tormented his former team, scoring 21 points and leading the Boston Celtics over the Sacramento Kings 114-97 Thursday night in the NBA’s third regular-season game played in Mexico.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Lead Blazers in 123-111 Win Over the Pacers (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:48:32 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 26 points and backcourt partner CJ McCollum added 21, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped Indiana’s six-game winning streak with a 123-111 victory Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Leonard Scores 27 as Spurs Defeat Grizzlies 103-83 (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:43:03 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, shooting 7 for 9 on 3-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs eased to a 103-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Dwyane Wade Leads Heat to a Win (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:01:42 GMT)

    Wade scored 28 points, including two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to lead host Miami past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 97-95, in a game that featured 38 lead changes.

  • [New York Times] Wade Carries Heat Past Thunder in Topsy-Turvy Game (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 04:39:27 GMT)

    Guard Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, including two game-winning free throws with 1.5 seconds left to lead the Miami Heat to a 97-95 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • [New York Times] Harris, Magic Win Season-High 5th Straight, Beat Jazz 103-94 (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 04:39:09 GMT)

    Tobias Harris scored 17 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Utah Jazz 103-94 on Thursday night for their season-best fifth straight win.

  • [New York Times] Wade’s 28 Lifts Miami Over Thunder in Wild Game (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 03:54:53 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade was exhausted. Erik Spoelstra was nauseous. Goran Dragic was already sore when the game ended.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Beat Raptors to End 8-Game Losing Streak (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 03:31:07 GMT)

    Will Barton came off the bench to score 22 points and Danilo Gallinari added another 21 as the Denver Nuggets beat the Toronto Raptors, 106-105, Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Jim Loscutoff, a Tough Former Celtic, Dies at 85 (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 02:44:52 GMT)

    Loscutoff played forward for seven Celtics teams that won N.B.A. championships.

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    7 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.12.04)”

    1. I am on a Sixers sports page where there are posters who not only believe that Okafor is better than PorzinGod but one even said that Embiid was better than both. Yes, the same Embiid who hasn’t played one minute of real NBA basketball for the past two seasons because of a lingering foot injury that has already demanded two surgical operations. The same Embiid who’s played only 103 minutes more minutes in his college basketball career as a Jayhawk than KP6 has already played this season.

    2. Who wants to hear the Nets praise Porzingis’ character? Are we supposed to find that laudable and uplifting or something? What is this, cricket? “Fine fellow, that.” Gimme a break. Get with the rivalry program. Talk some trash. Even if you’re actually just living large while coasting through a doomed season, at least bother to feign simmering resentment with pride on the line.

      Bosh and Wade did it right. They played the “You’re nothing special” card perfectly and then completely backed it up. It was very painful. It fueled my loathing of them and made me long to see the Knicks stomp them mercilessly.

    3. Bosh and Wade did it right. They played the “You’re nothing special” card perfectly and then completely backed it up. It was very painful. It fueled my loathing of them and made me long to see the Knicks stomp them mercilessly.

      I believe the Heat also put a hurtin’ on Linsanity back in the day. Bastards.

    4. “I am on a Sixers sports page where there are posters who not only believe that Okafor is better than PorzinGod but one even said that Embiid was better than both.”
      Sixers fans might be the most delusional fan base in the NBA. I occasionally read other teams’ fan blogs on my commute to work (editorial aside — this site has by far the best writers and posters) and, while all of us are guilty of over-valuing what we have, Sixers fans are completely out of control. Many are pissed that they let elite point guard Ish Smith go, most are psyched for the return of the immortal Tony Wroten, one proposed trading Nerlens Noel and a second round pick for Porzingis, another proposed Noel for Hezonja AND a first round pick (top 3 protected), many think that the Sixers are somehow going to end up with the first, third and fourth pick in this draft (and that all three guys whom they pick will be immediate all-NBA performers, including Ben Simmons as a point guard), most think that elite FAs will line up to play with the likes of Embiid, most think that Dario Saric is already Dirk, most think that Robert Covington is almost an all-star, almost none are the slightest bit concerned about Embiid’s injuries or attitude, many still think that Hinkie’s “process” is brilliant and that anyone who questions it is a moron and virtually none think that it was fair for the Sixers to suspend Okafor because he didn’t do anything wrong.

    5. I believe the Heat also put a hurtin’ on Linsanity back in the day. Bastards.

      Yes, their history of wrongdoing is long and dark. I was genuinely unhappy last night seeing how good they looked in beating OKC. Hard to tell how far they might go this year.

    6. @4

      Yep. Its insane. They have no clue for how a front court of Embiid (if he plays), Noel, and Okefor would work out in actual practice; or for how their guard situation, which is even worse than ours, is going to be rectified; or where their team full of players 25 years or younger are going to find the leadership or council on how to play together as a team of NBA caliber professionals.

      Sixers fans just know Hinkie has lots of future picks and their future will be automatically bright when its they draft their future stars. Meanwhile, they’ve been tanking for at least 3 years and its brought them a rookie of the year PG who was traded to Milwaukee after feuding with Brown, two malcontent big men (one of whom hasn’t played an NBA game because of serious foot problems and another who already needs a professional babysitter to stay away from trouble), and another big man being forced to be played out of his natural position to accommodate the discombobulated mess around him.

    7. I can’t knock Sixers fans for wanting to believe the pain of their present failures will lead future happiness. Seems like a universal human trait. Hinkie is a bona fide tool though. Planning to fail for whole seasons at a time = cheating.

      Say you know you can get rich at other’s expense by defrauding a system that is based on mutual trust. You also know you can get away with it because of a technicality. You’re a jerk if you take advantage of the loophole, not a fool if you play by the spirit rather than the letter of the rules.

      I hope Hinkie’s process fails spectacularly. The Sixers should pay people to watch that team rather than vice versa. It’s both a system problem – the perverse incentive for tanking – and an individual ethics problem – Hinkie’s willingness to exploit the loophole knowing that if several others followed suit 2/3rds of the games every night would be unwatchable.

      There’s nothing clever or redeeming about it no matter how many future high draft picks pan out for them. In fact, if he succeeds it will just force a change in the draft system which doesn’t assume that all teams are run by trustworthy adults.

      There. I’ve used up my sanctimony quota for the day. I’m done.

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