Knicks Morning News (2016.02.11)

  • [New York Post] Is Phil Jackson’s focus on the Knicks or a future with Lakers? (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:11:12 -0500)

    Phil Jackson is contractually obligated to conduct the Knicks' coaching search this summer, and any scenario he can bolt for the Lakers after the season was branded as ridiculous by a person close to the Zen Master. There has been speculation since last June Jackson's opt-out is this summer. But the Knicks team president has…

  • [New York Post] Knicks face these challenges if they want to hire Luke Walton (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:16:30 -0500)

    Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton will be a hot commodity this offseason and is near the top of Knicks president Phil Jackson's wish list as the team's next coach. One drawback, however, is needing to wait until June before a club can make its pitch, with the Warriors expected to romp to The Finals again….

  • [New York Daily News] Matt Barnes looks to clothes the door on Instagram post (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:20:23 GMT)

    Matt Barnes wasn’t being fresh Monday on Instagram, but he was looking fresh.

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Phil failed with ‘His Guy’ and now needs ‘Best Guy’ (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:54:36 GMT)

    Knicks need to win some games the rest of the way, and make a run at the playoffs, if Knicks fans are supposed to buy into the cult of Phil.

  • [New York Times] Morris-Goodwin Scuffle Makes Defeat Worse for Suns (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:09:30 GMT)

    The Phoenix Suns’ season took another fractious turn on Wednesday when team mates Markieff Morris and Archie Goodwin got into a shoving match during the team’s loss to the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 31 as Surging Blazers Beat Rockets 116-103 (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:42:33 GMT)

    Damian Lillard sparked a second-quarter outburst for the Portland Trail Blazers and finished with 31 points and nine assists in a 116-103 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Curry Flirts With Triple-Double, Warriors Top Suns 112-104 (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:45:37 GMT)

    The Golden State-Phoenix mismatch wasn’t the blowout most expected, just another routine Warriors victory.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Send Bulls to Fourth Straight Loss (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:36:27 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks made sure they went into the All-Star break feeling good by sending the Chicago Bulls into the schedule break with a thud.

  • [New York Times] Davis, Pelicans Snap Jazz’s 7-Game Win Streak, 100-96 (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:12:34 GMT)

    Anthony Davis wasn’t about to leave the court with any regrets.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Late Jumper Lifts Spurs Over Magic (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:05:11 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and drilled a jumper from the top of the key with 0.9 on the clock to lift the visiting San Antonio Spurs to a 98-96 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Kobe, LeBron Share Court as Cavaliers Beat Lakers 120-111 (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:54:38 GMT)

    With 20,000 fans roaring, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own.

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Come Back From 18 Down to Stun Raptors, 117-112 (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:09:48 GMT)

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves came back from 18 points down to stun the Toronto Raptors 117-112 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Rally Late, Overtake Clippers in Overtime 139-134 (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:09:46 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas had 36 points and 11 assists, including a fade away jumper that sent the game to an extra period, to help the Boston Celtics overtake the Los Angeles Clippers 139-134 in overtime on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Love Injury Overshadows Kobe’s Cleveland Farewell (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:09:27 GMT)

    Kevin Love departure in the final minute of the second quarter with a left shoulder injury marred the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 120-111 victory over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies 109, Nets 90: Nets Look to Turn the Page on Misery. Maybe Next Week. (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:04:39 GMT)

    Entering the All-Star break, the Nets are trying a more up-tempo style as they look to rebuild again, but the result was the same against the Grizzlies.

  • [New York Times] Teague, Horford Lead Hawks Over Bulls 113-90 (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:45:58 GMT)

    Jeff Teague had 17 points and eight assists, Al Horford scored 16 and the Atlanta Hawks routed the struggling Chicago Bulls 113-90 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Hold Off Short-Handed Pistons 103-92 (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:27:51 GMT)

    Will Barton scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets held off the depleted Detroit Pistons 103-92 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Rout Nets in 1st Game Since Gasol’s Broken Foot (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:57:40 GMT)

    Mike Conley scored 20 points, Jeff Green had 12 of his 18 in the third quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-90 on Wednesday night in their first game since losing Marc Gasol to a broken right foot.

  • [New York Times] Leonard Lifts Spurs to 98-96 Win Over the Magic (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:54:41 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and drilled a jumper from the tip of the key with 0.9 on the clock to lift San Antonio to a 98-96 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Hornets Take Advantage of Pacers’ Poor Defense in 117-95 Win (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:51:42 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 25 points and Jeremy Lamb had 16 as the suddenly surging Charlotte Hornets rolled to a 117-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Cousins, Collison Lead Kings Past 76ers (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:45:53 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Darren Collison scored 21 of his 25 points after halftime to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 114-110 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Cavs’ Kevin Love Re-Injures Left Shoulder Against Lakers (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:36:55 GMT)

    Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has re-injured his surgically repaired left shoulder.

  • [New York Times] By Hiring Lisa M. Borders, W.N.B.A. Gets a Leader Who Follows the Game (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:52:46 GMT)

    Borders, a former Atlanta City Council president who calls herself a “raving fan” of the Atlanta Dream, takes over a league that is struggling with attendance.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Reflects on LeBron Before Final Matchup in Cleveland (Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:21:59 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant remembers giving a pair of his sneakers to LeBron James as a gift and offering the teenager some advice.

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    56 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.02.11)”

    1. ?@BillSimmons 2m minutes ago
      Team that should make a move and won’t… the Knicks. There’s never been a better time to trade Carmelo. They will be too afraid to do it.

      No trade clauses-how do they work?

    2. I don’t really get Simmons. He often is very smart, astute, and brings up history that no one else does.

      Then he gets on that mass-media bandwagon coverage at times, and spews nonsense like his trade proposals (which are almost always dumb)

    3. Team that should make a move and won’t… the Knicks. There’s never been a better time to trade Carmelo. They will be too afraid to do it.

      The only reason I would advise against it is because I don’t want for KP to have to carry this team in his rookie season. He needs to at least get a full season under his belt before that should be expected of him.

    4. The only reason I would advise against it is because I don’t want for KP to have to carry this team in his rookie season. He needs to at least get a full season under his belt before that should be expected of him.

      We’ve already seen what happens when Melo is absent. It’s happened a lot. When Melo is out, Afflalo acts like he’s the star of the team. And Fisher even coaches the games that way. So I wouldn’t worry about Porzingis having to carry the team, since he won’t. Remember the actual close game against OKC? Porzingis was nowhere near the centerpiece of the Knicks that game. He sat out long stretches of the game.

    5. We’ve already seen what happens when Melo is absent. It’s happened a lot. When Melo is out, Afflalo acts like he’s the star of the team. And Fisher even coaches the games that way. So I wouldn’t worry about Porzingis having to carry the team, since he won’t. Remember the actual close game against OKC? Porzingis was nowhere near the centerpiece of the Knicks that game. He sat out long stretches of the game.

      True, but that was with Fisher as the head coach. I have a feeling that Rambis isn’t going to allow Afflalo to isolate and hog the basketball under his “purer” Triangle offense.

    6. So taking the Lombardi model……..good idea that Phil Bengston didn’t ask the question? “How do we play better football?” If he did…Nitschke would have killed him.

    7. I don’t put any stock into anonymous rumors and speculation. Jason Winhorst is one step removed from being a TMZ reporter at this stage in his sad career.

    8. This is all troubling news about Fisher. I’m sincerely worried about my team. Culture was the #1 thing I was hoping would change over the years.

    9. 1. The fact that there was no new coach bump, even for a night, is a bit ominous. The Knicks looked pretty much like they have the last 10-12 games or so, as many of us noted and darkly joked about in the game thread.

      “Can you prove that the ‘new coach bump’ doesn’t exist?”

    10. Woman-Timmy-Fish
      Woman-Barnes-Fish
      Phil’s Triangle

      Too many damn triangles, all of them bad for the team. And too many Windhorsts.

    11. I think we can all safely assume Rambis will likely (1) suck, (2) play “veterans” that suck (Calderon/Vuj/Seraphin >> Grant/O’quinn), (3) will likely run at least one of Melo/KP to the ground. I can’t tell you why, but I’m pretty sure of all that. But at least we will probably see Walton or Blatt take over this summer.

    12. I am stunned that actual professional NBA reporters are passing along gossip like that about Fisher/Hardaway. If there was any credible evidence, fair enough, but their sources are astonishingly weak. Don’t get me wrong, it’s probably true, but if you’re a professional reporter, you can’t report unsourced gossip that likely is true as true.

    13. They didn’t say it was true-they reported that Big Wos said something-which is true! (whoever the fuck big wos is, he certainly sounds credible)

    14. Yeah, that was the one that astonished me. Hey, if Big Wos says it is true, that’s enough to write an article about it!

    15. In other news, KAT had a monster game last night. I’d be soooooo bummed out if we didn’t have Porzingis. Missing Townes is bad for any team, but at least it looks as though we got the second-best player, and he could be just as franchise-changing as KAT can be. And they are both so media-savvy already:

      When asked if he surprises himself with his production, Towns quipped, “I do surprise myself sometimes. Missing two free throws, missing open jump shots.”

      Lucky Minnesota.

    16. i heard this trade suggested on wfan…
      what do you guys think, basically its melo for dragic and deng.

      melo, bosh and wade would be a force, how could miami and melo not like it?

      for us, its a pg and cap space to sign fa’s to put around kristaps…

    17. @18, if we’re trading Melo, I’d be more down for a Whiteside, Dragic + bad salary fillers. The Heat need to get rid of Whiteside, and while they can get some nice picks for him, they aren’t getting mid-level guys when the team that acquires him needs to resign him.

      Plus, THCJ’s head would probably explode.

    18. maybe i dont understand how it works, wouldnt we be in the same position as miami in the summer with whiteside a free agent?

    19. And they are both so media-savvy already:

      If anyone gets a chance to have a listen to some of KP’s All-Star weekend press stuff he has done so far check it out. The kid is just so media savvy for a 20 year old. We’ve gushed a lot about KP here, but damn he is impressive.

    20. It’s a different path, that’s all. We’d need the reassurance of him resigning, and hopefully flipping Lopez for a wing. As Melo ages, I see him being more and more a 4 where KP is. I like KP at the PF. We’d have superb interior defense, a PG to get KP the ball.

      It’s which position is more important to building and if we like Dragic enough.

      People love to talk about ‘the future’ and Draymond Green, but the fact is most teams win with a traditional lineup right now, and there’s only 1 Dray.

      Huge upgrade over 1 position, and an upgrade over another position. Is that worth a downgrade at the wings?

    21. i see your point… so i should give up hope on the playoffs this season since we are not going to be able to upgrade via trades?

      what do you see as a viable move before the deadline…
      i think phil is eyeing evan turner

    22. I don’t think they can unless it’s Melo. One of the biggest failings of the Knicks this year is at least trying to showcase their bench more. If O’Quinn could actually get some consistent minutes, maybe he’d have more value, maybe we’d have lost more games too, I don’t know. Grant hasn’t gotten any real burn in a while too. So to tell a team “he can be your future starting PG”, no one will believe it.

      As an aside, I know he can’t shoot. But MCW can’t shoot. Rondo can’t shoot, and I don’t think Grant’s shot is so broken that he can’t get better at it, so I’m not sure why we don’t give him more of a chance.

    23. @18, if we’re trading Melo, I’d be more down for a Whiteside, Dragic + bad salary fillers. The Heat need to get rid of Whiteside, and while they can get some nice picks for him, they aren’t getting mid-level guys when the team that acquires him needs to resign him.

      Plus, THCJ’s head would probably explode.

      aroused

    24. Dragic, Whiteside, Anderson works in terms of money.

      Anderson’s expiring guarantees we’d have a max level contract (or really close).

    25. As an aside, I know he can’t shoot. But MCW can’t shoot. Rondo can’t shoot, and I don’t think Grant’s shot is so broken that he can’t get better at it, so I’m not sure why we don’t give him more of a chance.

      If you watch Grant’s practice videos that the team posts on Instagram and twitter or whatever social media outlet you may follow, his shot isn’t horrible. I think his problem is at the moment is that he’s not balancing or setting himself properly off the dribble. He’s doing what just about every rookie PG has done in that he is playing too fast and over complicating things. I still maintain he looks his best when he is penetrating and getting to the basket. His passing skills are nice and he does show energy on the Defensive end, but he just needs to find some offensive consistency. Maybe it’s a case for the coaching staff to go to a more PnR style while he is on the floor. Insert him into a game when the offence needs to show the defence something different outside the triangle. Get everyone on the same page that when Grant is on the floor we will look to do PnR more often. I don’t know, that could probably over complicate things, but just a thought I had.

    26. That is supposedly what the Knicks said they were going to do (when Fisher was still coach).

      I see it less as a mechanics problem and more of a confidence problem. The amount of open shots he passes up is pretty telling on what he believes will happen when he does take a shot, and perception becomes his reality.

    27. Say what you want but I still believe we should look to sign Jeremy Lin in the offseason. Charlotte Hornets fans love him and think he’s a 6th Man candidate who has come up bigger for their team with less playing time than Kemba Walker. The dude can still penetrate to the basket and his dribble to the left is so much better than it was four years ago. We need a guard who can take it to the paint so badly and I don’t see the point of overpaying for someone like Mike Conley who is marginally better at this point their careers.

    28. Just listened to Wojo’s podcast this week with JVG. He really needs to get another head-coaching job. Listening to him speak about coaching and what he knows he has to improve in his next job if he gets one (offense) is great stuff to listen to.

    29. Conley is a superior player in most categories.

      Not by much. Look at their per 36 minute stats. And Conley will attract waaay more money that Lin.

    30. Assist to turnover ratio of 4 vs 1.5.
      33% assist rate to 22%.
      Superior ws/48.
      Offensive rating of 113 vs 104.
      Better 3pt shooting, better ft shooting.

      He’s got a better T/O to AST than CP3. Can argue he may not be worth the max, but he is certainly worth more than Lin, and the superior player in just about every important PG category on a year where he’s been injured. Last year, he was at 56% TS.

    31. I think we’re so starved for a penetrating PG that we shouldn’t fall into the trap of getting a Jeremy Lin when you can get a Mike Conley.

      The more players you have excelling at multiple categories on the court, the better your chances are of winning

    32. Trade for Darren Collinson and call it a day. Real pgs are marginalized in the triangle anyway.

    33. The Knicks are running the triangle this year. It doesn’t mean that’s what they’re running next year, and Phil came out to explicitly say this.

      If you think he said it to as a way to calm the fans/media, that’s not his style.

      As non-mainstream bloggers like Tommy Dee (formerly of The Knicks Blog) have said, Blatt is really high on Jackson’s list because of Mills’ connection to him. I think that’s far more believable than the Isolas and Bermans of the world constantly tossing out Brian Shaw. Isola didn’t even get the opt-out of Jackson right.

      I mean, Jackson’s Twitter message is actually more straightforward in my opinion than the ‘translations’ provided by the media.

    34. The funny thing about Lin is that he is worth more than the salary he’s making, but no one seems to believe it nor did they want to pay for it this past summer and there was plenty of money to go around too.

      I’m not really sure what that says about Lin. I think Conley will end up getting 4/$88 or even 5 for $110+. He’s not eligible to be a 30% 10 year player yet as he’s on his 9th season.

    35. Good board today top to bottom. Love the Fish rumors. I look forward to Kblogger poster Ruruland being cited as a source on Melo’s willingness to be traded.

      Since we are talking about Fish, locker room issues, and player character, I do think it’s worth noting that very few good players in the NBA have a worse rap than Whiteside right now, from what I can tell. Still balling, but I suspect PJ would never go for him….

    36. As bad as his rep is, it can’t possibly be worse than Rodman right? While Jackson didn’t ‘acquire’ him, he sure won championships with him. Would it be a surprise if Jackson feels he can fix Whiteside?

    37. My favorite Whiteside statoid is that he has more career triple doubles than games with more than 2 assists.

    38. It does seem he’s usually catching passes in a position to dunk. You could make the argument he passes out to a guard after he grabs a monstrous 31% of the defensive rebounds, lol.

      Those assist numbers do seem pretty pathetic, but he is shooting 62% from the field. Do you really want him to pass or just finish around the hoop?

      http://nbasavant.com/player.php?player_id=202355

    39. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I like Whiteside as a player-I’m just not sure Phil Jackson is anxious to get his hands on arguably the least passingest player in the NBA.

    40. He has the 2nd least passingest player in the NBA in Arron Afflalo, and the 3rd in Kevin Seraphin (who is honestly way too talented to suck that much, but the same could be said for Mike Beasley and a bunch of other guys who suck). Might as well go for the trifecta.

    41. Holy crap, you guys have to check out the back page in Friday’s Daily News. Poor Fisher lol.

      Pretty sweet opening line from Daily News article….

      TORONTO — Who says Derek Fisher is not committed to the triangle?

    42. Don’t get me wrong DRed, I don’t give a fuck about whatever the hell Fisher is doing now with Barnes’ ex-wife. It’s just hilarious how the Daily News continues to mock him about it, especially now with the rumored Tim Hardaway Jr girlfriend thing coming out.

    43. The recent clown show surrounding Fisher and the Knicks is not helping to improve the culture or reputation of the Knicks. Man, it is HARD work being a fan of this team!

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