Knicks Morning News (2016.04.14)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Carmelo Anthony may need Dolan’s help for next coach (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:50:45 GMT)

    Must see television would be MSG Network taking us live into Phil Jackson’s exit meetings with the Knicks on Thursday morning.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Thursday's Knicks Links: Who will stay and who will go? (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:28:43 EST)

    Thursday's Knicks Links: Who will stay and who will go?

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Kobe Bryant Ends Career With Exclamation Point, Scoring 60 Points (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:44:45 GMT)

    The third-leading scorer in N.B.A. history gave Los Angeles a night to remember in his final game of a 20-year career with the Lakers.

  • [New York Times] Polarizing in His Prime, Kobe Enjoys Some Love in the End (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:36:40 GMT)

    They came to pay tribute, the rich and famous in their courtside seats and the less affluent up high in the rafters of Staples Center.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Set Record but Playoffs Bring ‘Clean Slate’ (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:33:28 GMT)

    Now that the Golden State Warriors have set the NBA record for most wins during a regular season, the team must grapple with an even bigger challenge: winning a second consecutive championship.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Scores 60 Points in Unbelievable Farewell Victory (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:24:36 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant scored 60 incredible points. He carried a miserable Los Angeles Lakers team to an improbable comeback victory.

  • [New York Times] Kerr Changed Fortunes of Long-Suffering Warriors (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:21:27 GMT)

    Steve Kerr, who last season became the first rookie head coach in 33 years to win an NBA title, has quickly transformed a Golden State Warriors team that was once a laughingstock into one that could dominate for years to come.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Built Hall of Fame Career With Tireless Work Ethic (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:18:30 GMT)

    For 20 long seasons, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant lit up the National Basketball Association with a work ethic and closing ability matched by very few until he finally ended his stellar career on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Rockets Clinch Spot as N.B.A. Playoff Matchups Are Determined (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:17:23 GMT)

    The Jazz would have finished eighth in the Western Conference with a victory over the Lakers and a Rockets loss, but Houston cruised past Sacramento.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Earn Record-Setting 73rd Regular Season Victory (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:09:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors earned a National Basketball Association record-setting 73rd regular season victory on Wednesday with a 125-104 blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Scores 60 Points in Final Game of Career (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:00:29 GMT)

    Moments before starting the final game of his stellar 20-year career in the NBA, Kobe Bryant was described as “the greatest” ever to wear the purple and gold by fellow Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson.

  • [New York Times] The Latest: Kobe and the Warriors Delivered in Finales (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:39:48 GMT)

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors’ chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant’s final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):

  • [New York Times] Playoff Destination Sealed, Blazers Beat Nuggets 107-99 (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:24:58 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 21 points before sitting in the final quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers, with their playoff fate sealed earlier Wednesday night, defeated the Denver Nuggets 107-99.

  • [New York Times] Teletovic’s 22 Leads Suns Past Clippers Reserves, 114-105 (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:18:38 GMT)

    Mirza Teletovic scored 22 points to lead seven Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns finished their second-worst season in franchise history Wednesday night with a 114-105 victory over a Los Angeles team made up almost entirely of Clippers bench players.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Sit 4 Starters, Top Mavs; Game Ultimately Meaningless (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:12:36 GMT)

    The Spurs left four starters and two key reserves in San Antonio for their meaningless regular-season finale in Dallas.

  • [New York Times] Warriors 125, Grizzlies 104: Warriors Set Record for Most Victories in a Season (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:11:00 GMT)

    Behind Stephen Curry, Golden State reached 73 wins, eclipsing the old record that they had shared for three days with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

  • [New York Times] Hawks End Up as No. 4 With Loss to Wiz; Wittman Out as Coach (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:42:45 GMT)

    Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer is ready to move on.

  • [New York Times] Person Familiar With Decision: Wittman Out as Wizards Coach (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:33:40 GMT)

    Randy Wittman has been told he will not be back as coach of the Washington Wizards, let go after failing to reach the playoffs this season, according to a person familiar with the decision.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Roar Back From 26-Point Deficit to Beat Heat 98-88 (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:24:44 GMT)

    The Celtics invited players from three of the franchise’s championship teams to the Garden on Wednesday night to support them in their regular-season finale.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Wipe Out Big Early Deficit, Pound 76ers 115-105 (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:03:48 GMT)

    Nobody’s getting fired. Roster changes could be coming.

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Blast Pelicans in Mitchell’s Final Game (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:00:54 GMT)

    Sam Mitchell smiled and laughed with his young Minnesota Timberwolves one last time, reveling in one of the few easy victories his team has had in its home building.

  • [New York Times] Minnesota Timberwolves Open Search for New President, Coach (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:51:42 GMT)

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are embarking on a massive overhaul of their leadership and have hired a search firm to look for a new president of basketball operations and coach, the team announced late Wednesday night.

  • [New York Post] Dolan-Jackson-Rambis triangle: Where do Knicks go from here? (Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:57:39 -0400)

    Knicks owner James Dolan gambled on Phil Jackson as a novice team president and has lost his shirt. However, he's not ready to cut his losses. After a recent home game, Dolan was said to be in a chipper mood, telling employees things will turn around. Ever the contrarian, sources say Dolan still trusts Jackson…

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    46 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.04.14)”

    1. Bravo, Kobe! Though I am far from a Lakers fan, I stayed up and watched that riveting, vintage Kobe sendoff last night- despite the fact that I have to beat the sun up every morning. Sure..it took him 50 shots to get 60 points, because as Kobe normally does- he took some bad shots. I enjoyed it because for the most part, his body was willing to match his “Mamba” mentality for just one more night. And let me tell you, I almost completely lost it when I saw Lamar Odom on that screen wishing Kobe farewell. I kept waitin for Kobe to crack and start bawlin like a baby, ala KG after winning the championship. And I wouldn’t have laughed or cracked a joke either. He’s earned it. That guy has been a stone cold killer on the court FOR 20 SEASONS!! With the same organization, no less. For me, he’s basketball’s Derek Jeter in the sense that I’ve never liked him or his team, but I will respect and revere him and his accomplishments nonetheless. Congrats to Kobe on a great career. It was such a treat to see him go out not injured, and guns blazin.

    2. I wrote this for my facebook friends this morning:

      Kobe Bryant finishes his career in a classic Kobe performance, 60 points on 50 shots, a blindingly inefficient scoring night. Remember, a basic field goal in basketball gets you two points, but each of his baskets were worth on average 1.2 points each.
      So I offer probably Chris Childs’ most noteworthy performance as a Knicks guard:
      http://giphy.com/gifs/chris-childs-kobe-bryant-fight-l41lTvhSKThcK4bbG

    3. One of my proudest moments as a Knicks fan lol. Chris Childs probably wasn’t a really good player for us, but his heart was tremendous. He embodied the Knicks swagger, if you will, of that era. I hoped OQ was gonna be a throwback to that era and bring back that attitude, but it went sideways for him.

    4. So, let’s make this interesting!

      Who is your bet to be our coach starting next season??

      My vote: Blatt.

    5. 1. Improve their shooting across the board. This team missed A LOT of open jumpers/layups this season that good teams routinely make.

      Absolutely. Very much so. It’s really important to get some new players who can–

      That’s just straight up coaching.

      Uh… what? You think coaching makes players better at hand-eye coordination? You think it requires an old dude making “adjustments” to turn a 25-year-old into a good shooter after literally thousands of attempts?

    6. It wouldn’t be Knickerblogger if someone didn’t point out that Kobe’s TS% for the night was 53.5%. Just below his career average. You go Kobe! And on a night when Steph scored 46 points on 27 possessions.

      Not going to miss him, that is for sure….

    7. Now I say our next coach just might be Blatt. Or Rambis. With the openings in Sacramento and DC, there is gonna be SERIOUS competition for Thibs. Scott Brooks is out there too, I wouldn’t mind him either. But with KP being the face of the future, I’d rather Phil be able to get another young player and coach to grow with him. I can’t wait to see how the exit interviews go, because that’s gonna determine whether or not Melo waives his NTC. I think Phil should consider himself blessed if Melo chooses to move on and he can get a decent pick in this year’s draft, and a younger player or 2. Melo played really well given the circumstances, so that statement wasn’t about his play. It was more about his age, and recent injury history. Would a Cleveland be willing to give up a Tristan Thompson and picks..or Kyrie and cap fodder? Would Miami still consider trading Winslow, one of their young guards or Dragic and a pick or 2? How about Chicago moving Butler or Dougie McBuckets, Gibson, and picks? Hell..what about the Wiz being willing to move Otto Porter and whatever else it would take with picks for Melo? Melo’s not goin anywhere he can’t contend. Thes upcoming exit interviews are indeed critical.

    8. Keep hope alive: Zanzibar’s guide to how Knicks win a chip in just 3 years:

      Step 1: Melo waives NTC clause this summer and is traded for future pick(s)
      Step 2: KD takes 1and1 OKC deal this summer
      Step 3: Knicks re-sign Gallo/Lance at <=5m each, no major acquisitions
      Step 4: KP makes leap in 2016-2017 and Lopez continues excellent play
      Step 5: Westbrook (30m) and KD(30m) join KP(5m) and Lopez(15m)

      Westbrook/KD/KP/Lopez/Grant/Gallo/Lance/Willy <100m cap.

    9. I’m interested in talking playoffs. Are the first round matchups actually super unappealing this year, or do they just seem that way because of the seeming inevitability of the only 3 matchups that really matter – OKC vs the Spurs, the winner vs. Golden State, and the winner of that vs. Cleveland? I just can’t find anything really interesting in any of these series.

    10. Clipps/Blazers is going to be fun. The other West series are going to be trash.

      I like the ATL/BOS and MIA/CHA matchups in the East. Even CLE/DET could be fun.

      It wouldn’t be Knickerblogger if someone didn’t point out that Kobe’s TS% for the night was 53.5%. Just below his career average. You go Kobe! And on a night when Steph scored 46 points on 27 possessions.

      If you didn’t have fun watching that Kobe game I just feel bad for you. Efficiency is necessary to win championships and compete at a high level. Nobody was watching that Lakers game for any reason other than to watch Kobe jack shots up and the man put on a show, especially down the stretch of the 4th. That was just a totally fun and meaningless game of basketball. No deep analysis of it is required beyond that.

    11. Well, I was in bed. And being a killjoy is a big part of what I do around here. I suppose it’s cause for celebration that he didn’t play as badly in his final game as he did in his final two seasons.

    12. Clipps/Blazers is going to be fun. The other West series are going to be trash.

      I like the ATL/BOS and MIA/CHA matchups in the East. Even CLE/DET could be fun.

      Yeah Clips-Blazers is the one I really like, so of course every single game is scheduled for 10:30PM EST. The East series may be decent, but it’s hard for me to get past the fact that none of those teams is really that good. I agree with you on Cle-Det being a bit of a sleeper though. Det is kind of sneaky fun to watch, and Cleveland seemingly being constantly on the verge of a meltdown adds some intrigue.

    13. Late response, but…

      @34, Keith Bogans actually played less minutes than Bogans that season. Bogans played 1461 and Korver played 1649, and they both played 82 games.

      Citing a relatively similar minutes allocation between Kyle Korver and Keith Bogans doesn’t exactly disprove the point I made about Thibodeau having no idea how to utilize a talented offensive player like Korver. He still chose to start Bogans over him 82 times and played them about the same minutes.

      It’s not absolute proof that he’s bad at offense, I’m just saying the idea put forth in that Isola article (that Thibodeau is a coaching god who must be acquired at all costs) is BS. He’s a good coach, but he has huge problems, too, and we’re going to be worse off in the long run if we get him to come in this season.

      We need to be shit when it counts, for once. One more stupid coaching hire could get rid of Melo, and one more terrible season led by Kurt Rambis would probably get rid of Phil, too.

      I want to be here next year talking about who Masai Ujiri plans to take with the top pick in the draft, and how he’ll fit in with Porzingis and the assets we got for Melo when he waived his NTC upon hearing the news that Rambis got the full time job.

      The end is in sight, my friends. Don’t be hoping we quadruple down on Carmelo Anthony and get him the coach and players he wants. That would be the worst thing we could do.

    14. If you didn’t have fun watching that Kobe game I just feel bad for you.

      counterpoint: Kobe Bryant is a garbage person

    15. Idk about y’all but I’m really going to miss that sociopath who embodied “win at any cost” and was hyper-focused on developing his brand presence despite having more money that anyone could reasonably spend in a lifetime and once bought his wife a really, really big ring for something he did that I guess wasn’t so nice

    16. Must have been a blast to be a teammate of Kobe’s this season. “Hey, winning is not important, we just want to make sure the fans get to watch Kobe jack up millions of shots while you stand and watch him”

      Yuck

    17. If you didn’t have fun watching that Kobe game I just feel bad for you.

      Don’t feel bad for me. I was busy watching a truly great team make actual history.

    18. Don’t feel bad for me. I was busy watching a truly great team make actual history.

      Part of me shares that sentiment, because I wanted to see what the Dubs would do. But at the same time, I wanted to see what a champion would do in his last game and in better shape than MJ was in his. So I was torn. Tell you what though, last night was the ONLY time I’ve ever cheered for Kobe lol. Watching Kobe’s career makes me wish that we had drafted Melo instead of Denver. Maybe we would have had JVG again or Phil to develop him. I really feel like he was so NBA ready that no one knew how to develop him in his early years. Karl was wired to coach one way and he already had a bonafide scorer to center the team around. He wasn’t really the type of coach to further develop mega talented players.

    19. I was hoping he’d go for 60 because I know he was fully capable of it, and was disappointed when he stopped at 50.

    20. I see what you did there….

      Pretty amazing that I open basketball reference today and the Warriors had just the second highest expected W-L in the NBA this year.

      Going to be a hell of a WCF.

    21. I just saw that according to Vegas odds, the Warriors are most likely to win a title, followed by the Cavs.

      It’s so likely that the Cavs will win the East that they manage a higher win probability than the Spurs, one of the greatest teams ever. How crazy is that.

    22. His comments are the pretty much the ideal combination of honesty and tact. He must be taking lessons from Zinger. I don’t think Brian is right that he’s staying no matter what, even though he is probably staying.

    23. I was hoping he’d go for 60 because I know he was fully capable of it, and was disappointed when he stopped at 50.

      And 28 assists to go with his 60 points. What a line!

    24. Did Popovich, in giving days off to his starters, realize that teams would have three days off between first round games? Kind of makes resting for the playoffs a bit moot. If a team sweeps their opponent, they could have 10 days off. That’s time to go on vacation and still run a mini-camp before the 2nd round begins.

    25. His comments are the pretty much the ideal combination of honesty and tact. He must be taking lessons from Zinger. I don’t think Brian is right that he’s staying no matter what, even though he is probably staying.

      Those comments are meaningless. We’ve seen the same circus for years now. He comes out and says things that makes it sound like he’s going to actually do something, but then he never does. He is all bluster. Heck, even today, while saying all the right things ostensibly, he ends by noting that he only sees himself being a Knick. I saw nothing from his comments today to suggest anything other than he is not going anywhere. And he’ll suck it up and play for whoever Jackson picks to be the coach.

    26. I wouldn’t take much credence out of that trolling interview. Jackson was just being a dick (again) and trying to show much smarter he is than everyone else (again) and saying a bunch of nonsense that likely won’t matter (again).

      I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think he’s still planning on bringing Rambis back, but no executive would seriously only interview people he knows personally, even a stubborn egomaniac.

    27. I wish we could get new players and a long term coach this time. I’m ok for Walton or Blatt. I’m open for Mark Jackson or thins. But please not rambis. I will be happy for rambis and Ewing to be ast coach.

    28. Phil just confirmed Rambis is his guy. Is PJ trying to get Melo to waive his NTC or Dolan to fire him? Or would he be happy with either outcome?

    29. Is James Dolan the GM of the LA Rams?

      As soon as I saw it, I texted my brother, “That’s a ton of picks, right?” Kind of nuts.

    30. Phil just confirmed Rambis is his guy. Is PJ trying to get Melo to waive his NTC or Dolan to fire him? Or would he be happy with either outcome?

      I don’t think he really confirmed it. I mean, I think it will be what happens, but I don’t think we got confirmation yet. Just people saying that there is confirmation.

      As for Dolan and Melo, Dolan seems to be saying, “You assholes all told me to give Jackson autonomy, well, here you go!” And Melo will suddenly say that he wanted Rambis all along.

    31. Football is weird because you can get the best player at a position nearly anywhere in the first round. In that sense, you can get a perennial All-Pro at #20 much easier than, say, in basketball. They better hope they choose wisely with that pick. The trade is worth it if they get a Brady/Manning-type player.

    32. Oh yeah, it totally turns on their clear belief that they can get a star quarterback #1. I think they’re mistaken.

    33. QB is so important in football that it’s probably actually worth it if Goff turns out to be a top 8 or so QB, but that’s a big risk to take.

    34. Yes, drafting a Tom Brady or Eli Manning would be a great draft pick for the Rams…..

    35. Anthony wants short term hacks to get to the 2nd round. Phil wants 2nd tier hacks if they fit his system. What an ugly mess the Knicks are with these two egomaniacs running the show.

    36. It’s nice that Melo at least concedes the major point in all of this contract stuff, which is that he has a window (and it is a much smaller window than Porzingis’ window).

      “How do we take advantage of kind of this window that I have? I think that’s the main question,” Anthony said. “How can we take advantage of this window? How can we take advantage of this situation that we have that’s in front of us?”

    37. There’s all this talk about how you can’t win without a great quarterback in the NFL, meanwhile the Broncos just won the Super Bowl with probably the shittiest starting QB in the league.

      That Rams trade is awful.

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