Knicks Morning News (2016.03.14)

  • [New York Daily News] Way, Jose! Calderon lifts Knicks past Kobe Bryant, Lakers (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 07:16:05 GMT)

    The dagger shot wasn’t delivered by Kobe Bryant or even Carmelo Anthony.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Porzingis has flu, misses game vs. Kobe and Lakers (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 01:31:13 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis didn’t get to face Kobe Bryant one last time.

  • [New York Newsday] Jose Calderon's game-winner tops Lakers in Kobe Bryant's finale vs. Knicks (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 02:09:49 EDT)
  • [New York Times] Spurs Host Clippers, Warriors in Tough Week at Home (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:36:31 GMT)

    The Spurs aren’t the only team that knows how to put together a winning streak in San Antonio.

  • [New York Times] Calderon’s Buzzer-Beating 3 Lifts Knicks Past Lakers, 90-87 (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:36:30 GMT)

    It was a busted play that led to the winning shot for the New York Knicks, and Jose Calderon turned out to be the right guy in the right spot.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 90, Lakers 87: Knicks Beat Buzzer to Take Last Game Against Bryant (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 04:58:27 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony’s 26 points and Jose Calderon’s last-second 3-pointer lifted the Knicks to victory in their final meeting with Kobe Bryant, who scored 14 points.

  • [New York Times] Antetokounmpo’s Fourth Triple-Double in 11 Games Leads Bucks (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 03:18:36 GMT)

    Giannis Antetokounmpo bolted from foul line to foul line in just a few dribbles, and after setting up teammates so frequently, this time it was his turn.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Bucks Beat Nets as Antetokounmpo Gets 4th Triple-Double (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 02:53:42 GMT)

    Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 28 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, and Milwaukee handed the Nets their fourth loss in a row.

  • [New York Times] James, Cavaliers Cruise Past Clippers (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 01:12:30 GMT)

    LeBron James says the Cleveland Cavaliers are hitting their stride.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Graduates Pursue a Fondest Wish Without Waiting (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 01:03:04 GMT)

    A rule that allows some graduating college players to transfer and play without sitting out for a year is great for midmajor players seeking the big time — and tough on the programs they leave.

  • [New York Times] Favors Scores 28, Hayward 27 to Lead Jazz Past Kings 108-99 (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:54:44 GMT)

    Derrick Favors had 28 points and 14 rebounds and Gordon Hayward scored 27 points for the Utah Jazz, who never trailed in defeating the Sacramento Kings 108-99 on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Horford, Millsap Pace Hawks in 104-75 Win Over Pacers (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:33:53 GMT)

    Al Horford and Paul Millsap each scored 18 points, Kyle Korver added 14 and the Atlanta Hawks used a blistering third quarter to rout the Indiana Pacers 104-75 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Post] Kobe Bryant urges Knicks fans to trust Phil Jackson (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 03:43:37 -0400)

    LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant had a message to Knicks fans and maybe even to Carmelo Anthony – trust Phil Jackson. "The people in New York need to trust the fact he knows more about the game than any of them put together,'' Bryant said in his post-game press conference after scoring just 14 points…

  • [New York Post] Arron Afflalo returns from ab injury to play in LA homecoming (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 01:40:01 -0400)

    LOS ANGELES — Knicks starting shooting guard Arron Afflalo bought a bunch of tickets for friends and family for Friday's game against the Clippers, so missing the contest with an abdominal strain wasn't easy. But on this long Hollywood weekend, Afflalo, who grew up in L.A. and attended UCLA, returned to action Sunday when the…

  • [New York Post] Knicks nip Kobe, Lakers, thanks to Jose Calderon buzzer-beater (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:13:56 -0400)

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant had one last chance to be hero against the Knicks late Sunday night, but there was no purple-and-gold fairy tale. In the end, Bryant didn't get beaten by his buddy Carmelo Anthony, but it was maligned point guard Jose Calderon who became the unlikeliest of heroes. Calderon calmly drilled a…

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Monday's Knicks Links: Afflalo's uncertain future (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:46:46 EST)

    Monday's Knicks Links: Afflalo's uncertain future

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Kobe to Knicks fans: Trust 'greatest ever' Jackson (Mon, 14 Mar 2016 02:50:28 EST)

    Kobe to Knicks fans: Trust 'greatest ever' Jackson

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    20 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.03.14)”

    1. That’s what they do here: honor the past because the present is so dreadful. Calderon added to that on Sunday.

      Jose has really grown on me in the last 24 hours

    2. Honestly why isn’t Thanisis on team where he can call his baby brother everyday and tell him how great NY is and to not be stuck like Davis is in NO by signing a long term extension. Wait it out and join me on the Knicks.

      Offensively I think that is what been Simmons will most closely resemble.

    3. tbh when Melo hits a game-winner the NBA gives us two wins so I’m not all that happy about last night tbh

    4. Sasha has been playing “fairly well” in AA’s place, but Rambis should shake thing up and start Grant at the 2. What’s he got to lose? It’ll speed that starting 5 up and still allow the offense to get set up in the halfcourt sets. If Melo didn’t need a veteran PG with him, I’d say start Grant and Galloway. But for now, I’d be thrilled with seeing Grant grow into his role with less pressure since the postseason likely isn’t in the cards. And when is Wroten coming in?? I hear he may not play at all this season, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. If healthy, he makes for a good SG in the system- but his backcourt mate has to be able to make outside shots. I’d like to see him play the final month just to see what he has at this point. But if he hasn’t fully recovered, then he should sit and focus on getting back to the form he showed before the injury.

    5. If we sign Batum in the offseason, a starting backcourt of Batum and Wroten could improve our perimeter defense by something like 1000%. It will certainly make Rolo’s job a lot easier. Wroten’s strength seems to be his ability to dribble penetrate. Hopefully, he proves competent at driving and kicking out to KP, Melo and Batum. Maybe he can actually make layups at a decent rate as well. Wouldn’t that be nice to see on this team?

    6. And yes, Sasha has played hard and been a solid contributor the last few games…

      If by the last few you mean last two:

      4-15 FG, 2-12 3 PT

      Pretty much a regression to his normal shit-itude.

    7. Playing hard has never been Sasha’s problem. The guy obviously gives it his all. I legitimately like the guy, despite him having one of the most punchable faces in the NBA. He just sucks, that’s all. So even when he gives his all, it ain’t much. There are few teams in the NBA where he would have remained on the roster this long.

    8. Congrats to Bill Simmons’ new website, The Ringer, for the brilliant (if somewhat expected, since it just made too much sense not to do) move of hiring our old pal, Jason “netw3rk” Concepcion!!

    9. If healthy, he makes for a good SG in the system

      no he doesn’t, not at all

    10. Interestingly enough, Antetokounmpo leads the league in personal fouls. I think Milwaukee is legitimate a terrible organization for young basketball players because Jason Kidd doesn’t want his guys shooting threes. In 2014 (his rookie season), GA was 41 for 118 (34.7%) from 3 point range. He has since that season taken 118 3s and converted on 23 of them. He (and Jabari Parker) could be so much better if their coach didn’t have things backwards. I mean, at least the Knicks are in New York and have a system that values the 3 point shot. Guys like Jason Kidd just don’t get it. You need to shoot threes in this league to have a chance. Despite being #14 in the league as a team in 3 point percentage, the Bucks have attempted the 2nd lowest amount of threes in the league behind Minnesota. That’s just dumb, and it’s part of the reason Milwaukee’s offense is ranked 21st in the league. Jabari Parker and GA would be so much better if their coach allowed them to develop a three point jumper.

    11. If you’re a team that doesn’t value three pointers, you’re just dumb period. Even that absolute moron, Byron Scott, has come around on three-pointers.

    12. I was included Sasha’s breakup game in that assessment and I think his hustle is always a plus. Not saying that he should ever get more than 10-12 min even on this team but in a limited role, he hasn’t been the problem. Defense and hustle matter don’t they??? If the other guards were playing better, he’d never leave the bench anyway. The bigger issue in my eyes is Grant not getting consistent minutes (at pg, not sg) in order to develop more and gain some confidence.

      Anyway, I’m really hoping that Wroten surprises us so we can use that money on a decent shooting guard and another wing in the event D-Will takes a walk.

    13. Not saying that he should ever get more than 10-12 min even on this team but in a limited role, he hasn’t been the problem.

      He has been terrible. He had one good game. He has been awful otherwise, including defense. But yes, he hustles. Dude better hustle, he doesn’t do anything else.

    14. 1) Hustle is something that gets you playing time on the JV team. NBA players are either productive or unproductive. If Sasha Vujacic hustles and is unproductive, he should not play minutes in a professional basketball league.

      2) 10-12 minutes is not a trivial amount of time to play in a basketball game. Opportunity cost is the concept we need to work with, here. Last night, Vujacic played 18 minutes, Kyle O’Quinn played 12 minutes and Jerian Grant played 13. In sum, they scored 13 points on 17 field goal attempts and 4 free throw attempts. This is horrible for your team’s chance to win. Luckily, the Lakers managed to shoot even worse than the Knicks did, because the Lakers are also horrible at basketball.

      I’m reminded of one of the Warriors’ losses where Mo Speights went 1-6 for 2 points on 7 scoring possessions in something like 6 minutes. Six minutes sounds like a very small amount of time to play in an NBA game, but when those possessions could have been used to, you know, actually score points, they were possessions that might as well have been turnovers, or not existed in the first place. Every shot matters.

      3) You have to be an insanely good defender to justify a 45 TS%. Too much eye-test for my taste.

      4) If Wroten isn’t terrible, I will take back everything bad I’ve ever said about Phil Jackson. Luckily for me, it’s about as likely that I’ll win the lottery tomorrow, and I don’t even buy tickets.

    15. Not only is Vujacic terrible, but he’s 32 and obviously towards the end of his career. So you’re not even gaining anything for the future by “developing” him now. You could give his awful minutes to an awful young player from the D-League and while not actually be improving this year, you might at least stumble into a young player who can improve.

    16. move of hiring our old pal, Jason “netw3rk” Concepcion!!

      Was he a poster here or just editorial? Don’t remember him….

    17. He posted here back in the day, yes. Before he started using the netw3rk name, though, I believe.

    18. I actually think that Thanasis has made enough progress to help us next year. And if he can help bring his baby brother then all the better! When is his brother an unrestricted free agent?

    19. and1,
      The idea of signing Batum and having a healthy Wroten next season is actually a great idea! Hopefully signing Batum wouldn’t take up all of the cap space so Phil can grab a shooter or 2 and bring Lance Thomas back. I wouldn’t mind if DW picked up his option either. On the surface it doesn’t move the needle much, but it gives Melo a better backcourt on both ends, and if Galloway is retained- it keeps the chemistry of Grant & Galloway intact while lessens the pressure on Grant until he’s ready.

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