Knicks Morning News (2016.03.15)

  • [New York Daily News] Kobe gushes over Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony not so much (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:22:19 GMT)

    Phil Jackson received one ringing endorsement from an All-Star on Sunday but it wasn’t the endorsement that really matters.

  • [New York Times] Hood, Jazz Shoot Down Cavaliers (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:33:27 GMT)

    Taking over games is quickly becoming Rodney Hood’s personal trademark.

  • [New York Times] Stephen Curry Scores 27 Points Playing on 28th Birthday (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:12:36 GMT)

    Stephen Curry sliced himself a piece of red velvet birthday cake in the locker room and had a quick sample, then assured everybody he has no plans of slowing down in his late 20s.

  • [New York Times] Ducks 7, Devils 1: Silfverberg Scores Hat Trick in Ducks’ Rout of Devils (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:46:14 GMT)

    The Devils, who gave up Jakob Silfverberg’s first N.H.L. hat trick, failed to complete a sweep of their three-game California trip.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:39:34 GMT)

    Stephen Curry had 27 points, five rebounds and five assists on his 28th birthday, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-107 on Monday night for their record 49th straight regular-season home victory.

  • [New York Times] Hood Scores 28 to Lead Jazz to 94-85 Win Over Cavaliers (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:34:06 GMT)

    Rodney Hood scored 28 points and the Utah Jazz, playing without leading scorer Gordon Hayward, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Teletovic’s 3 With 1.2 Seconds Left Lifts Suns Over Wolves (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:06:46 GMT)

    Mirza Teletovic made a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to lift the Phoenix Suns to a 107-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] McDermott Leads Bulls Past Raptors (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 04:39:05 GMT)

    If Doug McDermott could play the Toronto Raptors every night, he would be an all-star.

  • [New York Times] Wall, Nene Lead Wizards to 124-81 Blowout of Pistons (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 03:06:43 GMT)

    John Wall had 15 points and 12 assists, and the Washington Wizards routed the Detroit Pistons 124-81 Monday night to snap a five-game skid and gain ground in the playoff race.

  • [New York Times] Winslow, Richardson Lead Heat Past Nuggets, 124-119 (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 03:00:42 GMT)

    What Miami rookie Josh Richardson is doing on game nights now was born in part from what he and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra went through in private on an off day back in December.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Bulls Extend Dominance of Raptors (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:54:18 GMT)

    Doug McDermott scored 29 points off the bench to lead Chicago to victory at Toronto on Monday night, with the Bulls earning their ninth straight victory over the Raptors.

  • [New York Times] Motiejunas and Ariza Help Rockets to 130-81 Win Over Memphis (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:51:42 GMT)

    Donatas Motiejunas scored 18 points, Trevor Ariza had 16 and the Houston Rockets coasted to their most lopsided win of the season, 130-81 over the injury-ravaged Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Parsons, Mavs End Hornets’ 7-Game Win Streak, 107-96 (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:48:45 GMT)

    The Dallas Mavericks went small Monday night and came up big.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s Triple-Double Leads Thunder Past Trail Blazers (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:39:43 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds in his 12th triple-double of the season, and Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 128-94 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Win Ninth Straight Against Raptors, 109-107 (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:36:56 GMT)

    Reserve Doug McDermott scored 29 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to their ninth straight victory over the Toronto Raptors, 109-107 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony Heartened in Talk With Phil Jackson (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 01:29:26 GMT)

    Anthony and Jackson, the team’s president, sat down for a one-on-one meeting. Afterward, Anthony came away feeling positive despite the team’s struggles this season.

  • [New York Times] Baron Davis Seeks to Rewrite His Career’s Sad Ending (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 01:02:31 GMT)

    Davis, who played 13 seasons in the N.B.A. before an injury tore up his right knee, is attempting a comeback with the Delaware 87ers of the N.B.A. Development League.

  • [New York Times] Misconduct Complaint Sidelines Berkeley Basketball Assistant Coach (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:09:33 GMT)

    An assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of California at Berkeley is being dismissed for violating the school’s sexual harassment policy, the university said on Monday as the team headed into the NCAA March Madness tournament.

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony satisfied after 'good conversation' with Phil Jackson (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:30:10 EDT)

    SAN FRANCISCO — Phil Jackson sought out Carmelo Anthony for their recent sit-down and the Knicks' All-Star came ready with questions for the team president.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Jose Calderon's uncertain future (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:39:15 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Jose Calderon's uncertain future

  • Liked it? Take a second to support Mike Kurylo on Patreon!

    Mike Kurylo

    Mike Kurylo is the founder and editor of KnickerBlogger.net. His book on the 2012 Knicks, "We’ll Always Have Linsanity," is on sale now. Follow him on twitter (@KnickerBlogger).

    36 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.03.15)”

    1. I personally would rather have Phil coaching home games and Rambis coaching road games than have some retread like Brian Shaw come in. And like others have said, it would just be fascinating to watch.

      The 2nd most interesting in that Shelburne article was that both Dolan and Phil have no-fault opt-outs next year. Gotta figure that Dolan will opt out if next season is as bad as this one (and rightfully so).

      Interesting possibility from previous thread – signing Shaun Livingston if GS lets him go. Not sure if/why GS would do that (I guess it is a partially guaranteed contract), but Livingston would be a great get.

      I unfortunately have the feeling that we’re looking at OJ Mayo and Evan Turner types. Doubt Conley or Batum or any other premiere free agent will want to come here. Bleh.

    2. I personally am sort of sick of all the Steph Curry GIFs with him running down the court with back turned while the shot is in the air… but check out this first one when Barbosa passes up the wide open layup to throw it out to Steph for the contested 3. His release is literally instantaneous, like a touch pass rather than an actual jumpshot. There is no defense for this.

      http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2016/3/15/11231154/stephen-curry-is-celebrating-his-birthday-by-doing-stephen-curry-things

    3. Is it worth having Lebron playing on your team for half of the games and playing Bargnani the other half the same amout of minutes?

      I don’t know. But i rather stay clear of this sort of crap.

    4. My ideal scenario: Clippers falter in the playoffs and realize spread PnR (no Blake) is when they’re at their best. Instead of trading Paul, they decide they want Melo. Melo goes to Clippers, Griffin and Lopez to Denver, and Jokic to Knicks. Denver starting 5: Griffin/Lopez/Gallo/Barton/Mudiay and Faried, Nurkic bench. Still a young team and top 5 in West. We have KP/Jokic/Grant/Galloway/Willie, all our picks, and 80m in cap which we spend in summer of 2017 when many free agents would be available. Phil or Dolan opts out in summer of 2017 and Kerr is offered the SVG deal to be President/GM/coach.

      I’m gonna preempt Brian here by channeling Cronin channeling Melo channeling Charlton Heston: I’ll give you my gun NTC waiver when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

    5. My ideal scenario: Clippers falter in the playoffs and realize spread PnR (no Blake) is when they’re at their best. Instead of trading Paul, they decide they want Melo. Melo goes to Clippers, Griffin and Lopez to Denver, and Jokic to Knicks.

      Nice thought but there is a little matter of 30 million of added salary to Denver

    6. @6 exactly. Knick fan logic tells us that Denver wants to trade a very nice young(cheap) big for 2 older expensive guys. Makes sense.

    7. Nice thought but there is a little matter of 30 million of added salary to Denver

      Cap at 92m, it works. Denver’s got about 60m including draft and empty roster spot holds leaving about 32m. Worst case they need to trade one or two minor contracts. Even better we take Lauvergne in the deal.

      Knick fan logic tells us that Denver wants to trade a very nice young(cheap) big for 2 older expensive guys. Makes sense.

      Yeah, what team in its right mind would want a 26yo all-star and a 26yo top 10 center (both on value contracts) for a 20yo ? And what owner is his right mind would be interested in filling the seats and making the playoffs and making a ton of money?

    8. The thing about this whole Phil coaching the home games nonsense is that even if it worked out great, it would still be the ultimate in short-term thinking. You’re not going to keep that arrangement for multiple years, particularly with Phil’s age and health. So it would be a one or two year solution leading to Rambis being the full-time coach after. No thanks.

      You can see the bind Phil is in here though. He came back at least in part to prove the triangle could still succeed in the modern NBA. He has effectively hand-picked the coaching staff and all the players all with the belief that within the triangle they would flourish and reach new heights. But the team still sucks, and sucks hard. There are really no qualified triangle head coaches out there: Walton would be a sexy hire, but he has the luxury of being choosy, and it doesn’t seem likely he’d want to be a pure triangle guy even if the Knicks job appealed to him outside of that, which if he’s as smart a guy as they say, it probably doesn’t. Shaw sucked in Denver. All signs indicate that Phil would prefer to make Rambis the coach, but the team has been even worse under his stewardship than under Fisher.

      On the other hand, if Phil hires a non-triangle guy it looks like he’s basically admitting that the triangle can’t work in today’s NBA, which again, is central to why he came back. And it’s pretty obvious at this point that Phil really wants to be able to get his hands in on the coaching, and if he hires from outside his circle that becomes tough. No way is a guy like Thibs going to be open to a situation where Phil is heavily involved with coaching on a day-to-day basis. So where does he go from here?

      I truly believe plans A, B and C were for Rambis to come in and immediately give the team enough of a bump so Phil could give him the job. That hasn’t happened so now Phil is trying to find another way to legitimize that hire. This might be it.

    9. Yeah, what team in its right mind would want a 26yo all-star and a 26yo top 10 center (both on value contracts) for a 20yo ? And what owner is his right mind would be interested in filling the seats and making the playoffs and making a ton of money?

      Nah. You don’t add injury prone Blake Griffin to injury prone Gallinari. And you take Jokic over Lopez for cost and age.

    10. Nah. You don’t add injury prone Blake Griffin to injury prone Gallinari. And you take Jokic over Lopez for cost and age.

      Here are the # of games Griffin’s played each year: 82, 66, 80, 80, 67. How is that injury-prone especially when this season was due to the punching incident? He’s been one of the healthiest PFs in the league over that span.

      Remember Denver built a deep young team a few years ago and remember how that ended and why? There’s a reason they were interested in Griffin at the deadline. It’s not clear they would make the playoffs next season even if Mudiay/Barton and others improve. But Griffin and Lopez (both having playoff experience) would mean they would almost certainly make it and win 1 or maybe 2 rounds. Griffin/Lopez/Gallinari/Barton/Mudiay/Faried/Nurkic/Chandler is a young, strong, and deep team. A top playoff team means money to the organization.

    11. We can agree to disagree, but hes actually out now with a Quad that hes been battling all year, his hand is supposedly fine

    12. So we are trading Melo AND Lopez for Jokic? is that really the best we can do? Why does Lopez even need to be a part of the deal?

    13. Jokic is ridiculously good so far and is young and cheap. He’s probably worth more than Melo AND Lopez at this point. We could probably get more assets based on perceived value, but Jokic would definitely be worth it.

    14. Jokic is ridiculously good so far and is young and cheap. He’s probably worth more than Melo AND Lopez at this point. We could probably get more assets based on perceived value, but Jokic would definitely be worth it.

      Exactly , which is why you don’t do that deal if you are Denver

    15. Yeah, I’d imagine Jokic is the only actual “untouchable” player on their team. Earlier this year, when there were rumors of Denver throwing tons of assets to get Blake Griffin from the Clippers, Jokic was never on the table.

    16. Dan Le Batard is generally awful (I’ll never forgive him for those Ewing comments twenty years ago), but I’ll admit he had some funny riffs on the Jackson rumors today. “I will occasionally coach a road game, but only if I can do it over Skype from St. Martins. I will even put down my cocktail during the game.”

    17. Yeah, I don’t think Denver would do that deal especially considering Blake will opt out after next season. At the same time, I wouldn’t do that deal if I were the Knicks either. Jokic is terrific but (assuming KP is untouchable) Melo and Lopez are the only assets the Knicks have and I wouldn’t trade them for a guy who plays the same position as the guy who you’re building your team around is probably going to be playing a couple of years from now. If we’re talking about hypotheticals I’d much rather the Knicks use Melo and/or Lopez to get a dynamic young guard that you can pair with KP for the next ten years. If Kp is the foundation then start building a team around him-use your assets to get the guys you think are going to best compliment him and I don’t think Jokic fits that bill.
      And not for nothing, after a rough first month, Lopez has been really good despite getting little out of the pnr game that had been his bread and butter in previous years. He’s turned into a very good low post scorer- he has pretty good footwork and a nice hook shot with both hands. With decent guard play getting him some easy buckets he could easily be a .600 TS/20 usage guy who plays very solid defense- he’s not a great defensive rebounder (better than his numbers suggest but still not great) and his turnovers are a high (his career turnover rate is fine so I think some of that is the triangle but I think some of it is the fact that he’s actually getting lots of post touches so I’d expect to stay a little higher than you’d like) but on his contract and given that he seems to be a great team guy I don’t want to move him unless you’re getting someone you see playing alongside KP for years. Of course, maybe you’d rather build around Jokic than KP…

    18. Jokic vs. Porzingis is so close that I’d just as soon stick with the guy that the Knicks already have.

    19. Just to follow up on Lopez- since Dec. 1 his TS% is .625 on 17.7 usage and an offensive rebound rate of 13.6. And that’s with nothing in the way of dribble penetration by guards. In short we have a pretty good center right now and we still stink so…

    20. The only advantage that Kristaps has over Jokic is that he’s a year younger. Jokic right now is where we hope Kristaps will be in a few years. I would seriously consider throwing KP into that trade as well.

    21. I still think KP’s ceiling is higher than Jokic’s. If he can put on 20 pounds and still maintain his mobility (a big if admittedly) he really can be a once in a generation type guy (or maybe two or three in a generation given that both AD and Towns will be around at the same time). I think Jokic’s ceiling is like Ewing- a perennial all-star but never really in the discussion for the best player in the league at any given time. KP has a chance to be in that discussion but his floor is definitely lower.

    22. Yeah, I think that’s fair. I was only worried about Porzingis being able to bang with NBA bigs. He’s shown he can do that, but he also has shown that doing so has worn him out over the course of the season. But he’s so young that I would imagine that the odds are that he’ll only get better at that as he ages. Then if he can improve the three-point shot, which is also likely enough, then those are both things that should lead to him being a star in the league.

      It sure would be nice to see him in a PnR fast pace offense, though.

    23. Carmelo Anthony said OK with Kurt Rambis sticking but added “You still have to go out there and at least listen to other candidates.”

      #IstandwithMelo

      (also pls to waive no trade clause)

    24. I was at the Clippers game on Friday and Lakers game on Sunday. Pretty cool experience being out here on the West Coast to be able to see two Knicks games in one weekend.

      As you all know, the Clippers game felt like it was a closer game throughout even though the final score doesn’t capture that. The Lakers game felt like Knicks had it under control until that 4th quarter. I was in a suite with 23 Laker fans and 1 other Knick fan and it was awesome giving it to them after Jose hit that shot. Pretty bummed that KP was out on Sunday but at least I got to see him Friday.

      Lastly, I got to meet Chris Herring during halftime of the Clippers game. He came down to our section and hung out with us for about 10 minutes. Another pretty cool experience.

    25. Cool story bro

      (seriously)

      It’s really great to have a beatwriter for the team who isn’t involved in some old world blood feud with the ownership and isn’t constantly trolling for clicks.

    26. Jokic’s numbers aren’t that much better than his teammate, Nuric’s were last year, and they are both 21. He does have a lot of potential, but still, would you really even deal Robin Lopez for him? maybe if he keeps it up for the rest of the season, I guess. Denver is deeply in need of a fan base and I think they would love to see the place filled with his jersey. I think if they deal for him, they would have to dump Farried.

      I don’t see how this works without us taking back long term $$

    27. It’s really great to have a beatwriter for the team who isn’t involved in some old world blood feud with the ownership and isn’t constantly trolling for clicks.

      Haha. Well put.

    28. Do teams even value Robin Lopez? They really should because what he is doing without a real pg is awesome. I believe he was one of the better PnR bigs over the last few years and most of those opportunities have dried up. What if he could combine low post touches with a heavy does of PnR? How good would he be? Bynum-esque?

    29. The idea of PJ as part time coach is intriguing for it’s drama value, but unlikely to happen in my mind. Seems a bit of a long shot and logistically difficult given each coach does things a little bit different. If we were going to do that I wouldn’t mind seeing a combo of PJ and Walton, with the view that Walton takes over full-time. Not sure whether Walton would be down for that, but that kind of makes more sense (as much as a scenario like this can!) as opposed to a PJ/Rambis combo.

    30. I feel like the word “intriguing” is used in sports to indicate “there’s almost nothing of actual value there, but it will be useful to blindly prognosticate about should it happen”

    Comments are closed.