Knicks Morning News (2016.03.31)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Thursday's Knicks Links: Afflalo, Rambis not on the same page (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:32:07 EST)

    Thursday's Knicks Links: Afflalo, Rambis not on the same page

  • [New York Daily News] Afflalo refutes Knicks coach’s claim they discussed benching (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:13:31 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo is confused why Kurt Rambis claims there was a conversation about his demotion to the bench.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks need fixing, Phil Jackson opts for vacation (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:53:38 GMT)

    Phil Jackson is either completely tone deaf or a diabolical genius daring James Dolan to give him upwards of $30 million to leave New York.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Porzingis to undergo MRI on right shoulder (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:49:58 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis’ spectacular rejection made the highlight show rounds and also sent him to the injured list.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony chokes away Knicks loss to Mavericks (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:07:10 GMT)

    Appropriately, with Cowboys QB Tony Romo on the sideline, Carmelo Anthony choked it away.

  • [New York Times] Australian Jackson Quits After Knees Scupper Rio Bid (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:39:28 GMT)

    Australian basketball great Lauren Jackson announced her retirement on Thursday after doctors said her battered knees were not up to the rigors of contesting for a fifth Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro this year.

  • [New York Times] Randle Hits Big Shot in Lakers’ 102-100 OT Win Over Heat (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:33:30 GMT)

    After all the drama of another miserable day for the Los Angeles Lakers, Julius Randle’s graceful spin move for the winning basket was a splash of pure beauty.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Work OT to Set Franchise Wins Record (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:36:27 GMT)

    It wasn’t easy, but the Golden State Warriors earned an impressive franchise record on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Curry Scores 31, Warriors Beat Jazz 103-96 in OT for No. 68 (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:06:38 GMT)

    The Warriors’ countdown to become the winningest team in NBA history is down to five.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Pelicans, Set NBA Record With 38-0 Start at Home (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:57:40 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs set the NBA record with their 38th straight home victory to open the season and matched the highest win total in franchise history.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Rally for Key Win Over Knicks (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:51:28 GMT)

    The playoff chase wouldn’t have died if the Dallas Mavericks lost at home to the lowly New York Knicks on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Cousins, Kings Deal Wizards Costly Defeat, 120-111 (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:48:37 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks, and the Sacramento Kings dealt a blow to the Washington Wizards’ playoff hopes with a 120-111 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Barton Helps Nuggets Beat Grizzlies 109-105 (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:42:39 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies are struggling, and their slide could hurt their position for the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Fourth-Quarter Rally Lifts Mavericks Over Knicks (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:39:42 GMT)

    J. J. Barea made a go-ahead layup with 49.9 seconds left and finished with 26 points for Dallas, now tied for the seventh-best record in the West.

  • [New York Times] Barea Scores 26, Mavs Beat Knicks to Tie for 8th in West (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:36:43 GMT)

    J.J. Barea scored 26 points and made the go-ahead layup with 49.9 seconds left as the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 91-89 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Contrite Russell Issues Apology Over Young Filming Incident (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:33:28 GMT)

    Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell admitted he felt “sick” during a public apology he issued on Wednesday for secretly filming team mate Nick Young talking about women other than fiancé Iggy Azalea.

  • [New York Times] Middleton Scores 26 in Bucks’ 105-94 Win Over Suns (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:42:51 GMT)

    Khris Middleton scored nine of his 26 points in the final 7:31 and Jabari Parker added 21 points in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 105-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] CP3, Clippers Win 4th Straight, 99-79 Over Timberwolves (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:27:31 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 20 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers bullied the young Minnesota Timberwolves in a 99-79 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Russell Apologizes for Taking Video of Lakers Teammate Young (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:24:35 GMT)

    D’Angelo Russell knows he must rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers’ trust in him after the rookie guard’s unflattering video exchange with teammate Nick Young ended up on social media.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Beat Hawks 105-97 to Notch First 50-Win Season (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:15:31 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors earned their franchise-record 50th victory of the season Wednesday night, 105-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Times] Curry Fans Fall From Stands Trying to Get Autograph (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:24:43 GMT)

    Four fans trying to get an autograph from Stephen Curry fell out of the stands when a railing dislodged before the Utah Jazz hosted the Golden State Warriors.

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    49 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.03.31)”

    1. More on Rambis:

      ?@JerianGrant

      Losing is extremely frustrating. And what makes it 10x worse is when you know you can help your team but you aren’t. Really looking forward to getting an opportunity to help get our team be better. Been disappointed in my play but there’s a long way to go

    2. He’s “looking forward to getting an opportunity.” Sounds like he wants more playing time.

      Also: vets have asked Rambis for more playing time for young players.

    3. I heard on Robin Lundberg’s show on ESPN radio this morning that the vets were Melo, Lopez and Calderon.

    4. So the only three likable veterans on the team requested that the young guys get extra time? Good to know that I should like all of them even more now!

      im *shocked* that Afflalo wasn’t one of them, he seemed like a do-anything, high-character guy, heh.

    5. Does this mean I get to watch Kyle O’Quinn do his best “homeless man’s Draymond Green” impression for the next 6 games?

      I really hope so.

    6. Is it true that AA wouldn’t high five O’Q? What’s that all about? It sure looks like AA has to go.

    7. Oh, I’d like to see Trice, Bachy and Thanasis get signed for a few games but I know that they are in the playoffs soon so it won’t happen. Trice has been looking Steph-like.

    8. So what do people think we should do in free agency??? I would like to take a run at a guy like moe harkless he reminds me of Trevor Ariza…. i don’t know if he ever turns into the shooter Ariza did but i wouldn’t mind taking the gamble especially if we trade melo and go young. I hope Phil goes too just because i think the best way to optomize porzingis’s talent is to get a young point guard and run pick and rolls. The sad thing is i think we could have a really good team ala 2013 if you had melo and porzingis up front with a conley or teague at point running pick and roll/pop with shooters around. I like the thought of a conley, galloway, harkless, melo, porzignis lineup and if we could trade lopez for an upgrade on the wing that would be ideal.

    9. Isn’t that almost indisputable? The Westies are in the playoff chase while the big club has a Bottom 3 coach. It’s Rambis, Byron Scott, and ???? Scott Mitchell maybe?

      Kurt Rambo does to wins what John Rambo did to Viet Cong soldiers.

    10. Headline: “Afflalo”s days in NY may be numbered”

      Can I have the exact number of days, please?

    11. Who would you keep on the Knicks at this point? Including front office/coaching peoples.

      1) Kristach
      2) Gallowy
      3) Jorian Grant but barely

      But who else? “No one” is the only acceptable answer.

    12. That’s ridiculous, Jowles. Robin Lopez has turned out to be a good offensive and defensive center (and shield for Kristaps as his body and game mature) on a value contract.

      And I’d keep Carmelo (in a magical hypothetical world where he’d be willing to accept a trade) if the only offers for him are lowball ones. Yes, he’s overpaid/overrated/overwhatever. Yes, his career timeline in no way fits Kristaps’, and Kristaps is our future. Yes, he says stupid shit all the time. He’s also a very good basketball player who, at this stage of his caeer and that of his teammates, is at worst the third-best player (and still probably the best or second-best) on the team, and our record (and level of play) without him is embarrassing. I get that he offends your platonic ideal of what a basketball player is, but he’s also not someone you just toss aside for nothing.

    13. Tossing aside Melo for nothing gets you lots more cap space, which is something. Not something amazing, obviously, but it’s not nothing.

    14. but he’s also not someone you just toss aside for nothing.

      While I’d obviously like to get a nice return for him (in an alternate reality where he would ever agree to be traded), I think I’d honestly settle for nothing for Melo, if only because it would force Jackson to do a real rebuild. But really, that would (normally) be the good thing about all this – that while getting rid of him for nothing would be acceptable just in the sense of forcing Jackson to think long term, they shouldn’t have to worry about doing that, since he has enough trade value to get something good for him. So this should be a good situation for the Knicks. They’d be able to basically do what the Celtics did with Pierce and Garnett – derive as much future value for a declining (but still very good in the present) asset as they could.

      But Jackson gave him a no-trade clause.

      Because this is the New York Knicks we’re talking about.

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    16. You mean the Knicks’ pick? Nah, the fates aren’t that cruel. They didn’t get the #1 or #2 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, which would have been the cruelest cut. And that didn’t happen, so I don’t think this will happen either. I suspect it’ll be roughly where they end up in the end.

    17. I’m more worried about the list of things that will go wrong/as “planned” to make Kristaps demand a trade in 2019.

    18. I doubt we’ll win the lottery, but it is kind of a tradition that whoever gets selected with our wastefully traded lottery pick turns into an awfully nice player, so congratulations to whoever that ends up being.

    19. It really is kind of nuts the luck teams have had with the Knicks’ picks. However, at least only one of them actually helped the team who made the original deal (Joakim Noah), as the Bulls traded the LaMarcus Aldridge pick and the Suns dealt the Gordon Hayward pick.

    20. Four Factors wise, there are two things that are killing the Knicks:
      1. Low eFG% on offense (27th in the league)
      2. Inability to generate turnovers (dead last)

      The Knicks are an average-ish team in all other facets of the game, but they suck mightily in those two areas.

    21. We’re currently 7th, but two wins away from rising to 11th. So we have that to play for.

      Wouldn’t it be ironic if this is the year we stop playing down the stretch?

    22. …and then the best shooter of all time hurt his ankles and signed for 4 years / $44MM… or approx 40% of his value. I’d look like a genius team-builder, too, if that happened to me.

    23. Mills is in Spain ostensibly to sign Will G. Are there any other players over there who are unencumbered and talented enough to bring over?

    24. This article sort of makes me want to root against the Dubs

      So, you’d root against a team because they have an unlikeable owner?

    25. …and then the best shooter of all time hurt his ankles and signed for 4 years / $44MM… or approx 40% of his value. I’d look like a genius team-builder, too, if that happened to me.

      I do wonder what Curry would get with the new cap if there was no max dollar amount. Would $40M be out of the question?

    26. So, you’d root against a team because they have an unlikeable owner?

      Fair point, but I’ve been a Knicks fan for a long, long time, and so I keep rooting for them even though the owner is an idiot and charter member of the Lucky Sperm Club.

    27. So Denzel Valentine, a.k.a. Super Evan Turner just beat out Buddy Hield for Player of the Year. This is just terrible.

    28. I do wonder what Curry would get with the new cap if there was no max dollar amount. Would $40M be out of the question?

      Way higher. Simplified estimate. Let’s say salary pool is $3.2b net year including luxury tax. Around 200 replacement level players, using BPM’s VORP as the measure, make $1 million each. Leaves $3 billion. Steph will end the year with VORP of ~10. The league as a whole will finish with ~310 VORP, but that includes negative contributions from sub-replacement level players like Grant and Seraphin. Since bad players don’t actually pay teams, let’s exclude them. The positive-only VORP total for the league will be ~365. So Curry will produce 2.7% of the entire league’s value over replacement (which is worth around 27 wins above replacement).

      2.7% of the $3b non-replacement pool is $81 million.

    29. literally nothing goes right so I assume it’s worse than Livingston’s was

    30. Just saw that Dion Waiters wrote a story on The Player’s Tribune about his brother’s recent death in a Philadelphia shooting:
      http://www.theplayerstribune.com/dion-waiters-thunder-brother/

      Gun violence in our country is a horrible, horrible thing. Here’s to hoping that one day we’ll have proper legislation controlling their sale and distribution, along with concomitant anti-poverty legislation to help the poor communities that suffer more than any other from our preponderance of firearms.

    31. So Denzel Valentine, a.k.a. Super Evan Turner just beat out Buddy Hield for Player of the Year. This is just terrible.

      I read this quickly and thought you wrote “Super Saiyan” Evan Turner lol

      @41 Amen

    32. I apologize for this post beforehand. I am practically begging people not to respond to it if you disagree strongly, but I can’t help myself.

      IMO restricting guns in this country is kind of like restricting alcohol, drugs, gambling, prostitution etc… It’s a great idea in theory, but if you are the kind of person that wants to do those things, you aren’t going to pay much attention to the laws. You will do them anyway. I’m even willing to bet on it at my illegal offshore account. :-)

      The only way to fix this problem this is by changing people.

    33. “I am practically begging people not to respond to it if you disagree strongly, but I can’t help myself.”
      I haven’t posted in a month or so, but I can’t help myself. Here’s the thing — regardless of whether you are in favor of stricter gun control laws or against stricter gun control laws, it is probably too late. There are somewhere in excess of 250 million guns in the U.S. I happen to favor stricter gun control laws but I am also a realist — I think that they will have little to no effect because, if a bad guy wants to find a gun, he isn’t going to have to look very hard to do so. However, I also think that the idea that we should all be buying guns to protect our homes is ludicrous because the vast vast majority of us will never be the victim of a home invasion and, even if someone invaded our homes, by the time we got our gun out of its safe in the attic and the bullets out of their safe in the basement, we will have been shot by the invaders.
      On another more relevant note, I’m shocked that no one here noticed the headline on SI.com yesterday — Bulls Looking to Trade Butler This Summer…

    34. Keep in mind that Jewel comes from a hunting family. Let’s just see how the whole JD and Straight Shot tour plays out before we do anything legislatively rash.

    35. People that want guns will get them, no matter what the law says.

      No point in not arming people that want the security. However, there should be a better ban on assault weapons.

    36. On here, I’m into debating political issues (i.e. implied misogyny in the Young/Russell public reaction) as they relate to the NBA or NCAA, but what does this have to do with basketball? Is this a Hoop Dreams kinda thing?

    37. Idk I just took it as a moment to lament; didn’t really mean to make a whole political discussion on the Knickerblogger.net basketball board. I feel bad for Dion.

    38. “but what does this have to do with basketball?”
      Gilbert Arenas — Javaris Crittenden? Tenuous link I realize, but the best I could come up with…

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