Knicks Morning News (2016.04.05)

  • [New York Times] A Historic Regular Season Without a Title Often Rings Hollow (Tue, 05 Apr 2016 06:21:41 GMT)

    Golden State, take note. Putting together a historic regular-season is only half the battle for teams trying to etch out a spot in the annals of sports immortality.

  • [New York Times] Dramatic Buzzer-Beater Earns Villanova NCAA Title (Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:30:27 GMT)

    Kris Jenkins buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift Villanova to a thrilling 77-74 upset victory over North Carolina in the U.S. college basketball championship game in Houston on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Dramatic Late Basket Earns Villanova NCAA Title (Tue, 05 Apr 2016 03:51:28 GMT)

    Kris Jenkins buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift Villanova to a thrilling 77-74 upset victory over North Carolina in the NCAA Final to win the U.S. college basketball championship in Houston on Monday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: LeBron James Passes Robertson as Cavs Edge Hawks (Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:40:06 GMT)

    James scored 29 points, passing another Hall of Famer on the N.B.A.’s career scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the Atlanta Hawks, 110-108.

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    20 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.04.05)”

    1. I can’t help but be reminded of Happy Gilmore and Shooter McGavin when I think of how LeBron may feel about the attention Steph Curry is getting.

    2. I think the most productive use of our time today would be to speculate on who Berman’s mystery coaching candidate might be. Go serious or go silly, but anything to forestall the moment when Phil installs Charley Rosen as his next puppet coach.

      Blatt’s got the Steve Mills connection, and there’s overlap between Princeton offense and the Triangle, but I imagine that hiring would freak Melo the hell out, given the mutiny in Cleveland. That could be beneficial as a mind game to get Melo to waive the NTC, but it might also make it harder to attract free agents, so… I dunno.

      How does Phil feel about Jerry Sloan?

    3. I’d rather have whoever coaches the Westies than another failed retread, unless that guy is also a retread.

    4. If Phil is goink to spring a shocker on us, it would only be fair to go all the way so we at least get maximum hjinx to chase our minimum winning.

      It’s Kobe or GTFO

    5. Mike Miller from the Westchester Knicks has to at least be in the conversation. The Westchester Knicks were terrible last year and this year they got a lot better under Miller.

    6. Kristaps as player/coach!

      Phil: Back in my day we did this all the time. And it pleases the basketball gods.

    7. Thibs is by far the best coach available. The sample is relatively small, but he was in the top 5 all time in coach’s winning% when he was fired. Some players may have an issue with his intensity, but that’s where Phil would come in– to change the culture and flash his rings to remind everyone that he knows what he is doingk (despite his apparent ineptness).

    8. I think I will feel immediate disappointment if it isn’t JVG or Thibs. Walton or a young coach in the Stevens/Spolstra/Vogel mold would be acceptable. However, deep down you know the only guys probably being considered who would take the job are Shaw, Rambo or someone else from Phil’s Lakers/Bulls staff

    9. Mike Miller from the Westchester Knicks has to at least be in the conversation. The Westchester Knicks were terrible last year and this year they got a lot better under Miller.

      Agreed. Coached under Tex in college and has them humming the system down there with a lot of uptempo looks thrown in. In some ways this would be a path to becoming HC of an NBA team similar to Phil.

    10. If Phil is the power, then neither JVG or Thibs seems to be a likely choice. Walton seems like a lock to be the next coach of the Lakers.

    11. When do you all think the Knicks will announce the new coach? Presumably before free agency begins, right? Or no?

    12. You would think before free agency but maybe Phil thinks waiting will give some weird Zen allure to free agents or something…

      I wouldn’t mind a Blatt signing or bringing the D-League coach up.

    13. I still can’t get over how douchey Jackson comes off as with this Fisher stuff. “I wanted to make sure that he was his own man, so I wouldn’t contact him often. But then I fired him because he didn’t contact me enough.”

    14. @13 – Mike Miller didn’t coach under Tex Winter, unless I’m missing something. When he coached at Texas State – San Marcos (then Southwest Texas) they won the Southland Conference title once in 97 (lost first round NCAA to Wisconsin) but he had a 75-130 record at Eastern Illinois following his only stint with a top program assisting at Kansas State under Jim Wooldridge, with one actual good season in the middle (finished fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference). I’m not saying he hasn’t done a great job with the Westies this year but he doesn’t seem like much of an upgrade over Rambis.

    15. You’re right Grocer. That was my fault. He coached at Kansas State well after Tex.

    16. Miller was an assistant coach with the Spurs D league team and was considered one of the top assistants in the D league. That’s what helped him get the head coaching job in Westchester. Coming out of the Spurs organization has to carry a little weight.

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