Knicks Morning News (2016.03.29)

  • [New York Newsday] Jerian Grant to continue coming off the Knicks' bench (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:33:11 EDT)

    Kurt Rambis doesn't plan to change the starting lineup or rotation much now that the Knicks are officially eliminated from playoff contention.

  • [New York Newsday] Young fan runs onto court to hug Carmelo Anthony in New Orleans (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:30:27 EDT)
  • [New York Newsday] Knicks lose third-quarter lead, game to undermanned Pelicans (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:29:11 EDT)

    Carmelo Anthony experienced a serious case of mixed emotions Sunday evening. Not long after his Syracuse Orangemen reached the Final Four, the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

  • [New York Times] The Golden State Warriors’ Superhero, Back When They Needed One (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:00:21 GMT)

    Sadiki Fuller played the role of the trampoline-bouncing, basketball-dunking Thunder — the now-banished Warriors mascot — during some lean years for the franchise.

  • [New York Times] Paul Hurts Ankle as Clippers Club Celtics (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:48:31 GMT)

    Doc Rivers couldn’t resist needling Los Angeles Lakers’ fans after Paul Pierce went down with an ankle injury Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Barea Leads Mavericks to 97-88 Win Over Nuggets (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:03:51 GMT)

    In the midst of a rough stretch, the Dallas Mavericks were searching for a little more energy and athleticism.

  • [New York Times] Paul, Jordan Lead Clippers Past Celtics, 114-90 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:03:49 GMT)

    DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Chris Paul added 13 points and 14 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 114-90 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Holiday’s Return Sparks Pelicans Past Knicks, 99-91 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:45:51 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday returned from a toe injury and took a hard shot to the eye for his trouble. Still, he managed to provide the Pelicans with some relief from their recent rut before absorbing the latest blow to his health.

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony ‘Shocked’ by Child’s Hug During Game (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:45:45 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony says he was momentarily “shocked” when he felt someone grasping at his thigh as he stood near the top of the key in the final minute of the New York Kicks’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Hand Kobe Worst Loss Ever, 123-75 in Last Visit to Utah (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:39:44 GMT)

    Rodney Hood will never forget the night Kobe Bryant requested to guard the second-year player because he was virtually unstoppable. That’s a huge compliment from the future Hall of Famer.

  • [New York Times] Crabbe Has 21 and Blazers Beat Kings 105-93 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:33:36 GMT)

    Reserve Allen Crabbe scored 21 points and the Portland Trail Blazers cruised to a 105-93 victory over the short-handed Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Hang On for Fourth Straight Win (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:33:27 GMT)

    As strange as it sounds, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer prefers that his players experience a close game every now and then.

  • [New York Times] Dwyane Wade Scores 30, and Heat’s Defense Rises to Stifle the Nets (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:21:37 GMT)

    Hassan Whiteside added a career-high 27 points off the bench for Miami. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pelicans Beat Knicks to End 3-Game Skid (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:19:26 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday returned from a toe injury to score 22 points for host New Orleans while Carmelo Anthony had 22 for the Knicks.

  • [New York Times] Wiggins, Wolves Hold Off Late Charge by Suns in 121-116 Win (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:18:41 GMT)

    A 20-point lead had disappeared in a matter of minutes, and the Minnesota Timberwolves were in danger of succumbing to the small-ball Phoenix Suns for the second time in just over two weeks.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:12:42 GMT)

    Rodney Hood scored 30 points and the Jazz turned Kobe Bryant’s last visit to Utah into the worst loss of his career with a 123-75 victory on Monday night that matched the Lakers’ largest defeat in franchise history.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Has 31 Points, 13 Boards, Spurs Beat Memphis 101-87 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 03:09:41 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 101-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade Gets 30, Heat Pull Away From Nets 110-99 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:57:53 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade found out before the game he would be without his point guard, then was worried in the first quarter about the pain shooting through his left hand and wrist.

  • [New York Times] Teague Free Throws Help Hawks Hold Off Bulls, 102-100 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:51:48 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 26 points, including two free throws with just over six seconds to play, and the surging Atlanta Hawks fought off a furious Chicago rally for a 102-100 win Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s 16th Triple-Double Leads Thunder to 8th in a Row (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:19:06 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his 16th triple-double of the season, Kevin Durant scored 34 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 119-100 on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks coach sticks with what doesn’t work in loss to N.O. (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:20:54 GMT)

    The Knicks coach said his starting lineup will remain the same despite the team being eliminated from the playoffs.

  • [New York Daily News] After ‘Cuse win, Melo deals with letdown of missing playoffs (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:20:31 GMT)

    In a span of roughly 30 minutes, Carmelo Anthony’s embrace of a glorious past was smacked with the reality of his depressing present.

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier goes after LeBron James (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:15:53 GMT)

    It started with Frazier throwing freezing water on a discussed alliance of James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul

  • [New York Daily News] Video: Kid runs on court during game, hugs Carmelo Anthony (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 03:43:21 GMT)

    A young boy, unchecked by security at the Smoothie King Center, ran onto the court and hugged Carmelo Anthony.

  • [New York Post] Alvin Gentry: Phil knows Luke Walton will be ‘terrific’ head coach (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:10:43 -0400)

    NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, a member of Steve Kerr's 2015 title-winning coaching staff at Golden State, said Luke Walton will be "a terrific coach” and Knicks' team president Phil Jackson knows it. In fact, Gentry got his hackles up because he did not believe Walton got enough credit for guiding the Warriors…

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Rambis sticking with what doesn't work (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:31:01 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Rambis sticking with what doesn't work

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo 'shocked' when kid ran on court to hug him (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:19:45 EST)

    Melo 'shocked' when kid ran on court to hug him

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    38 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.03.29)”

    1. So, that sucked last night, except for the fact that as each embarrassing late-season loss piles up, it (hopefully) gets harder and harder for Phil to even contemplate keeping Rambis in the job permanently.

    2. Yeah, the only drama left this year is how high the Knicks’ forfeited draft pick is, and for all us Celtic haters, how high their Nets’ pick is (please be 5, please be 5)

    3. On the verge of flying to New Orleans to fight Arron Afflalo

      One of the greatest comments ive seen in a while. Long live DRed

    4. The only comfort I take out of the forfeited draft pick (currently 8th overall) is that it goes to the Nuggets as the last piece of the Melo trade, which at least got us a good basketball player. That the Raptors then get to take the lower pick (currently 11th) when all we got was Bargnani? That is something I will never not be mad about, even if the player taken with that pick, and every player taken after him, stinks.

    5. Sorry, I’m not even sure what he’s talking about. I thought Dolan traded the picks for some vintage guitar gear that he holds, but does not play, or plug in, onstage.

    6. He doesn’t even have good enough taste to play (or hold) priceless vintage guitars. Instead he goes onstage with cheeseball shit like this:

      http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1531025.1385572749!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/dolanwik28s-1-web.jpg

      I do enjoy how he’s wearing in-ear monitors the way the pros do. And that shirt, what is that a size XXXXXXL? Where’d he get that, Ross Dress For Less? You gotta admit, the man makes an excellent punching bag.

    7. You’re a billionaire and you choose to hold that guitar onstage instead of some beautiful pre-war Martin or 1970s Taylor.

      This guy just hurts every bit of my delicate sensibility.

    8. Huh. That is utterly bonkers. But I really don’t know who to believe. Rambis is a total clown, but he doesn’t strike me as a liar. Nor does Afflalo. So I presume this is a case of miscommunication other than lying, like Rambis said, “Hey, Arron, are you cool with helping the team in any way you can?” and Afflalo said, “Of course” and, well, that was that. Or something along those lines.

      The interesting thing about the Afflalo to the bench deal – why did it happen? Is it to make sure he opts out? Alienate him so you make sure you get his cap space back?

    9. Update on the playoff bound Westchester Knicks:

      I watched last night’s game and Trice looked great. He’s getting quicker as the season goes on and is getting to the hoop and finishing much, much better than at the beginning of the year. He’s taking contact and getting to the line frequently. He is resilient but frail looking so I worry if he can stand up to the contact. His vision and passing are first rate as is his ball handling. He is very quick and smart. Still makes some unnecessary turnovers but his ability to steal the ball (6 steals last night against a good team) and lead a team is excellent. His defense is harassing and tenacious and he does fight through screens but I think that he’s susceptible to others posting up because of his frame. Yes, his 3 point shooting has fallen off a bit, but it was excellent at the beginning of the season so I think he has it in him. He is an excellent midrange shooter and has added a floater down the lane which is falling with precision. I really like him but just hope that his slight frame can hold up. I’ve seen Trice play a lot over the course of the season and this is the best he’s ever looked as the team set a record for points scored this year. He reminds me of a poor man’s Steph Curry.

      Also, Bachynski is throwing his body around, shooting at a very high rate, making his foul shots, intimidating with his 7 ft 2 in height, and becoming a force on both ends. He plays a lot like Lopez, only taller with more shot blocking potential. He was diving all over the floor all night long and playing to win at all costs.

      Early kind of stood around most of the night watching others and pointing to spots for others to stand without getting into the middle of the action until he took a hard foul that he didn’t like. He then played with fire in his veins and starting dominating on both sides of the floor. He began playing hard defense, rebounding well running and dunking, and making his outside shots. We have to find…

    10. ….a way to keep Cleo angry!

      Jimmer is a very good player. He is playing within the system, playing hard, if not outstanding defense, unselfish ball, moving to spots and draining threes, making beautiful passes that are great to see. His shooting is out of this world and I wouldn’t give up on him. Very smart!

      Thanasis is coming back slowly from an illness but he was impressing me before he went down. His rebounding and activity level on defense if superb. Not just settling for outside shots, he is consistently driving to the basket and either finishing or getting fouled. His shot is much better and his three point shooting is also improving. I think that he can make the real Knicks and become a 3 and D factor for us. Hopefully he can help us sign his brother soon also.

    11. The interesting thing about the Afflalo to the bench deal – why did it happen? Is it to make sure he opts out? Alienate him so you make sure you get his cap space back?

      If that wasn’t the strategy, it should have been. IMO, Afflalo is a backup on a very good team at this stage. He doesn’t do very much well beyond score and he’s not especially efficient scoring. If he opts in, it’s going to be harder to fill all the gaps we have on this team (with one of then being a starting SG). We can always use Galloway and even Sasha as backups for much less money. There’s not much of a gap even though the skills are different.

    12. Screw Thibs, screw Walton, screw AA, screw Jose. screw Sasha, even screw the idea of Phil coaching full time! If Jimmy D doesn’t find a way to get that kid that hugged Melo on the team in some leadership capacity- we are all screwed. **Kevin Durant voice** “little kid- u the real MVP”

    13. If that wasn’t the strategy, it should have been. IMO, Afflalo is a backup on a very good team at this stage. He doesn’t do very much well beyond score and he’s not especially efficient scoring. If he opts in, it’s going to be harder to fill all the gaps we have on this team (with one of then being a starting SG). We can always use Galloway and even Sasha as backups for much less money. There’s not much of a gap even though the skills are different.

      Oh yeah, I’m not knocking it as a strategy, I am just unsure if that’s the actual intent or not.

    14. if you want AA to opt out, wouldn’t it be better to just let him play and pump his stats so he can get offers better than 1 year, $8m? Or are NBA front offices too smart for that trick at this point?

    15. So it’s draft night and one of New Orleans or Milwaukee is on the phone. The team in question is inquiring about one Robin Lopez and his availability to put next to their franchise power forward who is playing out of position to their detriment (AD’s health and Monroe’s defense). They’re offering their lottery pick in what looks like an uninspiring draft. Let’s say all three of Ingram, Simmons, and Hield are off the board because duh. Would you pull the trigger on a trade? I would. Not just because of the cap space it sheds, but Domantas Sabonis is an excellent pro prospect and has been terribly overlooked despite his outrageous stats and who his father is. If I could pair KP and Sabonis (who might I add is a natural triangle talent) in my front court with Melo and then go after Conley and Batum with my cap space, I’d jump at the opportunity.

    16. I think Afflalo opts out no matter what. He’s a 31 year old guard, so he’s likely looking for his last big contract and his last chance to play meaningful basketball. I can only hope he signs a 4 year deal somewhere like Charlotte after we take Batum from them.

    17. Would New Orleans really make the same mistake a third time — trading a lottery pick for a role player?

    18. Some mid market teams just can’t stomach the thought of a long term rebuild because of the money they stand to lose in ticket sales. Besides, RoLo is a really good basketball player and this draft looks terrible. It could be a perfect storm of sorts. And if they don’t, Milwaukee could make the move.

    19. I like Sabonis too, and I think he’s the guy I’d want after the obvious top 3. The dude is a natural rebounder and he has a nice feel for the game.

    20. Dragan Bender overseas looks like another Mirotic, maybe more athletic. I still like Sabonis over him. Sabonis is Jahlil Okafor without the deficiencies, and he’s actually 5 months younger than Okafor. That’s the kind of player I want next to Porzingis for ten years, and I’d trade the Knicks best player to land him. Easily. If he slips down the board (and all indications are that he will) I think you have to offer Lopez to those late lottery teams.

    21. Some mid market teams just can’t stomach the thought of a long term rebuild

      Some large market teams, too. ;)

    22. So it’s draft night and one of New Orleans or Milwaukee is on the phone. The team in question is inquiring about one Robin Lopez and his availability to put next to their franchise power forward who is playing out of position to their detriment (AD’s health and Monroe’s defense). They’re offering their lottery pick in what looks like an uninspiring draft. Let’s say all three of Ingram, Simmons, and Hield are off the board because duh. Would you pull the trigger on a trade? I would. Not just because of the cap space it sheds, but Domantas Sabonis is an excellent pro prospect and has been terribly overlooked despite his outrageous stats and who his father is. If I could pair KP and Sabonis (who might I add is a natural triangle talent) in my front court with Melo and then go after Conley and Batum with my cap space, I’d jump at the opportunity.

      Would the knicks have to take on Monroe as part of the deal? Wasn’t there rumors at the dealine how N.O. wanted to try and trade for Monroe? If so Maybe a 3 team trade:

      N.O.- Monroe, 8th(Mil) 38th(Mil)
      Mil- Lopez and Holiday
      NY- 6th (Nola) 36th(MIl), & MCW?

      I would hope the knicks could switch with Nola and get the 6th pick and they take the 8th pick but that might be too much. I think Lopez is worth a lottery pick in this draft and Milwaukee is probably ready to push for the playoffs after not making it this year. They would probably return to one of the best defensive teams in the League if they get Lopez to add to Middleton and the Freak.

      I do not like MCW but he would still be a low cost asset. Also, If Hield is gone I would hope Orl is looking to move up and try to trade back with them in exchange for Oladipo and their lottery pick.

      Re: Sabonis

      What separates his game from Guillermo “Willy” Hernangomez? I get that there is an age difference but I think Willy would probably put up similar numbers at the college level

    23. Re: Sabonis

      What separates his game from Guillermo “Willy” Hernangomez? I get that there is an age difference but I think Willy would probably put up similar numbers at the college level

    24. KP knocks his first opponent out. Jrue Holiday’s eye socket met KP’s elbow and now he’s gone for the season.

    25. KP knocks his first opponent out. Jrue Holiday’s eye socket met KP’s elbow and now he’s gone for the season.

      It also might have been a wink wink nudge nudge injury for tanking purposes, as they played too well yesterday.

    26. The Russell-Young story finally made it to the ESPN front page. Fucking crazy. How did he think that was going to be okay?

      “So you was 30 and she was 19?”

      Like, bro. Secretly taping your fucking teammate while getting him to confide in you about his infidelities aside, you’re gonna come at a professional athlete for exploiting his wealth and celebrity to attain some age-gap luvin’ in a nightclub? What NBA team is going to let this dude join up? If I were the Lakers I’d send him to Utah so he can ride his white horse in the land of Ever-Blissful Monogamy.

      I’m no “bro code” guy, but that’s some fucked up shit, D.

    27. How in the world did a story that juicy take this long to make it to ESPN’s front page? I saw Russell trending and I figured the Lakers had a game or something, I was shocked to learn that this story was only just now “breaking.”

      But yeah, truly bizarre behavior by Russell. I don’t know what he could possibly have been thinking doing this. What was going through his head that made him think this was anything but a terrible, terrible idea?

    28. Oh yeah, perfect time to trade for him.[:D] I’m kind of serious. Also, if he let Young know he was taping him at the end it’s not like he had serious ill intentions unless he then leaked the tape after they got into a fight or something. This reminds me of the Kobe incident when he put SHaq( I believe) on blast.

      Just let your wife or GF know you are bringing Russell along with you so she’ll know for sure you’ll be on your best behavior.

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