Knicks Morning News (2016.02.24)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Rambis says flailing Knicks 'can't accept losing' (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 01:19:17 EST)

    Rambis says flailing Knicks 'can't accept losing'

  • [New York Times] Backcourt Boosts Blazers Past Nets (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:03:27 GMT)

    The Brooklyn Nets didn’t beat the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night at the Moda Center, but they made them sweat.

  • [New York Times] OT Win Lifts Jazz Past Rockets Into 8th Place (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:42:30 GMT)

    After being one of the hottest teams in the NBA before the All-Star break, the Utah Jazz were in danger of losing more ground in the playoff race Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers 112, Nets 104: Trail Blazers Pull Away From Nets in Final Minutes (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:06:11 GMT)

    Brook Lopez of the Nets led all scorers with 36 points, but Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each scored 34 in Portland’s sixth straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Cousins Helps Kings Hold Off Nuggets for 114-110 Win (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:57:42 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins has soft hands around the rim and deceptively quick ones in the open floor.

  • [New York Times] Portland Beats Brooklyn 112-104 for 6th Straight Win (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:51:37 GMT)

    Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each scored 34 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-104 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

  • [New York Times] Hayward Scores 28 as Jazz Defeat Rockets 117-114 in Overtime (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:51:35 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward scored 28 points and the Utah Jazz defeated the Houston Rockets 117-114 in overtime Tuesday night in a game with significant playoff implications.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Wizards Keep Pelicans’ Davis in Check (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:00:33 GMT)

    John Wall had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as Washington beat New Orleans, which got 20 rebounds but only 9 points from Anthony Davis.

  • [New York Times] Wall Gets Triple-Double as Wizards Beat Pelicans 109-89 (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:30:39 GMT)

    The Washington Wizards have played tough defense since the All-Star break. They answered another big challenge on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Vucevic Scores 35 Points to Lead Magic Past 76ers 124-115 (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:01:08 GMT)

    Orlando coach Scott Skiles called it a must-win game, and the Magic found a way.

  • [New York Daily News] Dolan as angry as Carmelo Anthony after Knicks loss: source (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:43:01 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony was still decompressing on Tuesday, politely informing reporters as he exited the practice court, “I’m off today.”

  • [New York Daily News] Phil Jackson doesn’t plan to bolt Knicks, says Jeanie Buss (Wed, 24 Feb 2016 01:40:51 GMT)

    Don’t worry Knicks fans, Phil Jackson remains in a New York State of mind.

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    32 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.02.24)”

    1. Rambis announced no changes to the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Pacers.

      What’s that definition of insanity again?

    2. It’s concerning that Rambis might be worse at allocating a respectable rotation than Fisher..Also why do they think playing veterans=winning games. That is the fundamental problem I have because it is likely the opposite. Jose, Sasha and to a lesser degree Affalo are losing us games as they play mid 30s in minutes

    3. I am looking forward to seeing what Myles Turner can do.

      What a shambolic exercise this season has become. Since I said “this is a solid team” we basically have imploded. Don’t blame Cronin, this one is on me.

      And Dolan.

    4. I am amazed at how quickly this team goes from competence to incompetence.
      It really crushes morale.
      I really though they had a shot at 40 wins, but am blown away at how poorly they have played since 22-22.

      First, Melo going down, which killed the teams flow, KP slowing down, and now the guard play is just so exposed.
      One other thing, I think other teams have figured out that AA struggles when playing against a bigger defender.

      The team doesn’t seem to believe in itself.

    5. Carmelo anxiously waiting for chance to talk future with Phil

      “We’ve been back a week or so [from the break],’’ Anthony said at Wednesday’s morning shootaround at Bankers Life FieldHouse. “He hasn’t sat down with the team or addressed anything.

      “I’ll have my opportunity to talk to him. That’s not the way to go at this point. It’s about winning games at this point. I’ll have my opportunity to talk to Phil about that.’’

      I love NY tabloids

    6. I love NY tabloids

      You mean because they are asking him leading questions in an attempt to stir the pot (and Carmelo has not mastered the Derek Jeter art of the non-answer answer).

    7. That’s not even a leading question. That’s taking a quote where a guy says “I’ll have my opportunity to talk to him. That’s not the way to go at this point. It’s about winning games at this point.” and somehow coming up with a headline that includes “anxiously” to describe how the guy in question is waiting. It’s flat out manufacturing the story.

    8. I think asking Melo if he’s talked to Phil about the state of the team is a fair question-NBA ‘superstars’ have a lot of input in how their teams are run. But there’s nothing in Melo’s response that suggests he’s anxious or eager to talk to Phil-he basically says he’s focused on the season and he’ll talk to Phil sometime in the future, which is the response all lamestream media writers would tell Melo to give.

    9. I think we need to let Rambis know his lineups suck worse than Fisher’s.

      But they’re basically identical. They suck equally. It’s just more frustrating that we fired a coach and promoted a guy who has made exactly ZERO changes to the starting line-up or rotation.

      Can we fire Rhombus and promote Sasha to HC?

    10. Let’s just play Grant and Galloway and see how the game goes with them starting. Calderon and Afflalo can “stabilize” the second unit.

    11. I think there’s a good chance many of Fisher’s bad ideas were actually Rambis.

      I think there’s a good chance Monta Ellis goes for 40 tonight.

      I think there’s a good chance Rambis’s second-half record will be in keeping with his 57-148 coaching record, and even then, he will keep that smug look on his face.

    12. The bright side to Rambis’ incompetence is there’s no chance he’ll be coach next season, and we can bring in a true genius like Brian Shaw.

    13. The bright side to Rambis’ incompetence is there’s no chance he’ll be coach next season, and we can bring in a true genius like Brian Shaw.

      Or, to be even more optimistic, the bright side is that Rambis will be gone, and watching him work up close (as opposed to when KR was running the Wolves) may finally force Phil to accept that he has to reach outside the triangle and his personal coaching tree to get this fixed.

    14. So we are still thinking that the coach is the reason for the shitty play the last few weeks? I think it has more to do with some of the the shitty players we have to give minutes to.
      Also its because Lance Thomas has come back to earth from his great start the first half of the year. If it were not for his play, we would have been toast even earlier.
      On a positive note… No big contract for Lance, while AA and DWill are surely gone at the end of the year.
      Setting up a run at Batum and Linsanity ;) in the off-season.

    15. if you gave Popovich this team he still wouldn’t get them above .500

      he’d probably bench everyone

    16. he’d probably bench everyone

      We’d lead the league in 5 second violations, if nothing else.

    17. If you’re Lebron and Durant really does sign with GSW this summer, do you re-up with a cavs team that can’t really improve next year? Then again, if your goal is to give yourself half a chance against a team with curry/durant/draymond/klay, is there really anywhere to go? Take a discount and make a big four with the Clips? Join Kawhi/Lma/Danny green and whatever is left of the big 3 next year? What a shitshow/spectacle it would be if KD really does join superfriends and lebron tries to form the legion of doom somewhere new.

    18. If you’re Lebron and Durant really does sign with GSW this summer, do you re-up with a cavs team that can’t really improve next year? Then again, if your goal is to give yourself half a chance against a team with curry/durant/draymond/klay, is there really anywhere to go? Take a discount and make a big four with the Clips? Join Kawhi/Lma/Danny green and whatever is left of the big 3 next year? What a shitshow/spectacle it would be if KD really does join superfriends and lebron tries to form the legion of doom somewhere new.

      Maybe Durant and LeBron take less money and they both join the Warriors. Then they can be the new Globetrotters and every other team can be the Washington Generals as they cruise to 82-0.

    19. If you’re Lebron and Durant really does sign with GSW this summer, do you re-up with a cavs team that can’t really improve next year?

      LeBron has absolutely never made a choice that wasn’t about the money. Right now, he is exactly where he wants to be. A team headed de facto by his Klutch Sports agency (exactly like the CAA/Knicks connection), where he can make percentages off any player coming to play with his team. It’s even headed by LeBron’s childhood buddy. He even Woj has posted about this extensively (here is where he talks about Blatt’s chances by not being represented by Klutch). Makes me really dislike James.

    20. The bright side to Rambis’ incompetence is there’s no chance he’ll be coach next season, and we can bring in a true genius like Brian Shaw.

      I think I might actually go to MSG and wind up getting arrested.

    21. It’s pretty clear why we are so bad (aside from coaching and system).

      Afflalo and Calderon are terrible defenders. Our bench, which actually looked pretty at the start of the season, wound up being quite bad at virtually every position. We really don’t have a decent player coming off the bench other than Galloway and he should probably be starting. We basically have 4 good players (Galloway, Lopez, Melo, and KP) and none of them are very good.

    22. I’m slightly skeptical that Durant would be a massive upgrade for the Warriors. He’s obviously better than Barnes in a vacuum, but they’d have to sacrifice a significant chunk of their depth to get him, and at some point you’re reaching diminishing marginal returns on the offensive end of the court.

      The thought of something like Curry, Klay, Iggy, Durant and Draymond all on the court is mouthwatering on paper, but in practice Durant and Curry can’t both have the ball at the same time. If you’re taking the ball out of Curry’s hands that’s rarely a good thing, and if you’re having Durant mainly spot up around Curry-Green stuff then you’re not really using what makes Durant Durant. It definitely gives them more different stuff they can do, but when nobody can stop the things you do now doing more stuff doesn’t necessarily seem better, you know?

    23. yeah i do think there’s something to that argument, though Durant would give them the chance for something that probably no team has ever had: the possibility of still being the favorite even if your best player goes down for the year.

    24. I agree that sacrificing depth can be a concern (especially if one of the stars gets injured), but it’s really no different from Westbrook and Durant. Curry is a creator and so is Durant. We’re not talking about a Kyle Korver situation here.

    25. heyo I know my ideas aren’t totally stupid when ptmilo posts them before I read his comment

    26. There will definitely be some diminishing returns from combining Curry and Durant, but it’s kind of like going from infinity on paper to a bazillion on the court.

    27. There would be no more diminishing returns than Westbrook and Durant have yielded. They’re both .300ish WP players right now. That’s all on-court, measurable performance.

      Even the best players in the league don’t have USG% above 35%. Curry and Durant would be unguardable. And with Thompson on the other side of the court? Shheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiit

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