Knicks Morning News (2016.01.13)

  • [New York Post] Jerian Grant finally shows why Phil Jackson traded for him (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 03:23:53 -0500)

    The rookie point guard needed an assist. On his best night as a Knick, Jerian Grant needed help to button the top button of his shirt as he wanted to look his best after the game. A Knicks official gave the needed assist and Grant was off and running. Even if you have a father…

  • [New York Post] How Kristaps Porzingis’ rising popularity is helping Latvia (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 03:00:00 -0500)

    The beaches are nice but Latvia never has been known as a giant tourist destination. Yet the Baltic country, once part of the USSR, is getting loads of publicity in New York because of Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks' sensational rookie-of-the-year candidate. On Tuesday, Liep?aja, a coastal city and Porzingis' hometown, unveiled two billboards on its…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks hold on for 120-114 win over Celtics (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:10:23 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony rolled his ankle and spent most of the second half in the locker room.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Nets need big name, but Knicks more attractive team (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:56:02 GMT)

    The billboard of Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov that loomed over Madison Square Garden has been painted over a few dozen times.

  • [New York Newsday] Confident Grant flourishes with best game as pro (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:03:08 EST)

    Jerian Grant received a huge confidence boost when Derek Fisher let him finish Tuesday night's game. The rookie guard rewarded his coach by giving the Knicks a needed boost to get the win.

  • [New York Times] Williams Leads Lakers Past Pelicans 95-91 to End 4-Game Skid (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 07:03:46 GMT)

    Anthony Davis didn’t suit up for New Orleans, and Kobe Bryant couldn’t make it through the first half.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Has 27, Cavs Win 8th in Row, 110-107 Over Mavs in OT (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:48:39 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving was headed toward Cleveland’s locker room when he was greeted exuberantly by general manager David Griffin.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavs’ Streak Reaches Eight as They Edge the Mavericks (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:07 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 27 points and Kyrie Irving added 22 as Cleveland won in overtime in Dallas.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:45:48 GMT)

    LeBron James had 27 points and the go-ahead layup in overtime, Kyrie Irving added 22 points and some big 3-pointers and the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their winning streak to eight games with a 110-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 120, Celtics 114: Knicks Top Celtics Despite an Injury (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:42:13 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony returned only briefly after injuring his right ankle in the second quarter, but the Knicks hung on for their fifth victory in six games.

  • [New York Times] Durant Helps OKC Hold Off Timberwolves, 101-96 (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:34:04 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder were letting another big fourth-quarter lead start to slip away, and precocious Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Zach LaVine was starting to look a little too much like Damian Lillard for Kevin Durant’s liking.

  • [New York Times] Porzingis Drives Knicks to Gritty Win Over Celtics (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:27:37 GMT)

    Rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis poured in 26 points to lead the New York Knicks to a gritty 120-114 win over the Boston Celtics Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Antetokounmpo Scores 29, Bucks Rally to Beat Bulls 106-101 (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:13:07 GMT)

    Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks used a late rally to slip past the Chicago Bulls, 106-101 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Hold Off Celtics After Anthony Sprains Ankle (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:07:23 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 points, Arron Afflalo had 20 of his 24 in the second half, and the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 120-114 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Pull Away in Fourth, Beat Suns 116-97 (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:01:21 GMT)

    Paul George had 21 points and seven rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns 116-97 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 25 to Lead Rockets Past Grizzlies, 107-91 (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:01:19 GMT)

    James Harden scored 25 points, Dwight Howard added 17 points and 14 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 107-91 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Pistons 109-99 for Ninth Straight Win (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 03:51:51 GMT)

    Tony Parker scored 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 109-99 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Eyes Not Yet on Gridiron, Clemson Scores Upset (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 01:52:22 GMT)

    The Tigers, whose football counterparts were preparing to play for the national championship, stunned No. 16 Louisville.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: With Mikhail D. Prokhorov, a Distant Owner, the Nets Have Lost Their Way (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 01:51:50 GMT)

    Prokhorov’s team, which went through a leadership shake-up on Sunday, can learn from its next opponent, the Spurs, and even a little bit from the Knicks.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Wednesday (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:52:03 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Wednesday

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Jerian Grant 'changes the dynamic' for the Knicks (Wed, 13 Jan 2016 02:26:57 EST)

    Jerian Grant 'changes the dynamic' for the Knicks

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    11 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.01.13)”

    1. Derek Fisher is becoming a Coach of the Year candidate. Phil Jackson is becoming an Executive od the Year candidate. They won’t win, but if things keep up like they are, they deserve consideration.

    2. Phil will definitely be considered for exec of the year so long as we don’t crash and burn. Going from a 17 win team to a team with 35-43 wins in or on the cusp of the playoffs in a newly-competitive conference is nothing to sneeze at.

    3. The biggest problem I see with the Knicks right now is that they have a very delicate recipe for success. Every one of the 9 rotation players is vital to sustained winning, and the dropoff to the 10th man and beyond is crazy steep. The only guy we could afford to lose for even a few games is Jerian (ironically he was the man last night!) We also are dependent on certain guys having continued success that defies their history (Lance, Derrick).

      Batum would be an interesting pick-up. He’s very versatile, and that is something we need to protect against that 6-week injury thing (broken finger, etc.)

    4. @2 and doing it with moves that were snickered at…drafting Porzingis and signing RoLo, Afflalo, DWill, etc. It’s not like we signed a mega-max FA.

    5. Phil deserves Exec of the Year just for having the stones to pick Kristaps.
      Kupchak and Hinkie didn’t have the guts to shoot for the stars. Everyone in the NBA knew that Kristaps had this kind of potential (maybe not this soon) but only 1 guy in picks 2 through 4 picked him.

      People will try to minimize that pick as the obvious pick, but it certainly was not. This was the first top 5 pick the Knicks have had since Ewing (I think), and with the cupboard of assets pretty much bare for the next couple years, he HAD to get this right. Would’ve been much easier to take “safer” guys like Winslow, WCS, or Mudiay.

      And that’s not even taking into account the highway robbery that was the THJ for anyone trade.
      If Grant turns into a contributor and the Knicks are in the 40-45 win range, I think Phil should be a shoe-in for Exec of the Year.

      Fisher as COY? Feels pretty unlikely with GS and SA playing at historic levels.

    6. Z is right; if any of the 4 guards get hurt, we are screwed. I could be sold that Jimmr could come up and play the 2 for a few weeks, but that’s not sustainable. A few weeks ago I would have said an injury to Lopez would be sustainable, but he’s really stepped up on O. I really feel like a 3 game injury to any of Melo, KP, Lopez, AA or even Calderon and Galloway means very high offs of 0-3 or 1-2. I have to run; I have to go wrap Melo’s ankle

    7. Re: Batum, I should qualify my statement with my opinion that Batum is nowhere near a max player and should not be paid in the $25 mill range.

    8. I would be hard pressed to find a team where if one of the 9 guys who plays regularly every night went down it wouldn’t hurt them. We want a balanced team. But we did go the first 10 games or so without Affalo and actually did ok. I trust this team a lot more right now to not have one guy for a few games outside of Melo (and I think we’ll be fine against The Nets without Mel0).

      I think if one of the guards went down or say Williams we could do fine for a handful of games. I think if Zinger went down we could do fine as long as we still had Melo and AA. I actually disagree with the sentiment that we’d be screwed if any of our top 9 dudes went down. Everyone thought Lance was a scrub but now if he goes down we couldn’t survive without him by giving more minutes to DWill and let Admunson soak up some minutes?

      Obviously a long term injury is a different situation and Sasha can’t hit anything right now. But Sasha has shown that he can step in for any one of the guards for awhile and the team doesn’t fall off a cliff bc he at least knows the system and is a pest on defense.

    9. This isn’t to say we don’t need upgrades. But I trust this team A LOT more right now to handle the adversity of an injury to any of the rotation guys. I guess it depends on how long they are out and if its one of the starters or a bench dude. Rolo going down just means Zinger at the 5 with some KQ and Seraphin off the bench. Not great but it also has its advantages. I think the team is pretty versatile. Fisher giving minutes to a lot of people early on has paid off I think.

    10. would you rather pay him the max or get Kent Bazemore for Danny Green money

      0 chance he makes 10 mil a year, i.e. danny green money. Lowe mentioned it in his recent column that execs were saying at minimum he’ll get 12, which makes sense. Danny Green was easily in line for 12-15 before #spursdiscount happened. This is without the rising cap inflating salaries. I promise you he gets at least 12, especially with teams having so much cap space. 3+D with athleticism is nothing to sneeze at — and useful athleticism at that (unlike, say, JR and Iman, who are both strong with great verts but due to their lack of speed/quickness are practically the same as unathletic guys in any non-alley-oop scenarios).

      It’s tough, and we err on the side of conservative contracts as scarred/cautious knick fans, but we on this board CONSISTENTLY undershoot free agent salary predictions for players who aren’t obviously max guys.

      @Z-Man how much do you think Batum deserves? The guy is a reliable 3 pt shooter, can penetrate, pass, is a great defender. Not to mention his efficiency would go up in the triangle and as a non-first option.

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