Knicks Morning News (2016.04.28)

  • [New York Times] Warriors 114, Rockets 81 | Golden State Wins Series, 4-1: No Curry? No Problem, as Warriors Eliminate Rockets (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:30:45 GMT)

    Golden State routed Houston as it showed it was more than just one man.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers 108, Clippers 98 | Portland Leads Series, 3-2: Trail Blazers Rally Late to Push Depleted Clippers to the Edge (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:11:30 GMT)

    Portland heads home with a three-games-to-two lead in the series.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: David Blatt Is Said to Have Discussed Knicks Job With Phil Jackson (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:32:43 GMT)

    Jackson, the president of the Knicks, met with Blatt on Monday to discuss the team’s coaching vacancy, according to a person briefed on their discussion.

  • [New York Times] Ozzie Silna, Savvy Owner of Spirits of St. Louis, Is Dead at 83 (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:00:42 GMT)

    A businessman who made millions off N.B.A. television contracts long after the team he co-owned with his brother, Daniel, was dissolved.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Reach Second Round With MVP Stephen Curry Sidelined (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:39:43 GMT)

    Perhaps a corny catchphrase to some, those three words really resonate with the Golden State Warriors: “Strength in Numbers.” They are bought into this mantra, all right.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Roll Into Second Round of Playoffs Without Curry (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:57:43 GMT)

    Klay Thompson knew Golden State had to come together, that every player needed to raise his game with Stephen Curry sidelined.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Pull Away From Ailing Clippers (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:42:30 GMT)

    The short-handed Los Angeles Clippers simply ran out of gas.

  • [New York Times] Hawks, Celtics Alone on Playoff Stage in Close Out Game (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:12:49 GMT)

    After a frenzied start to the week that saw some of the NBA’s top players sidelined by injuries, Thursday will mark the quietest night in the NBA playoffs so far, with only one game scheduled.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Beat Emotional Clippers 108-98, Take 3-2 Lead (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:09:38 GMT)

    Damian Lillard finally made his first field goal early in third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers knew the game was about to change.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Thursday's Knicks Links: Blatt's connection to the front office (Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:45:15 EST)

    Thursday's Knicks Links: Blatt's connection to the front office

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    20 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.04.28)”

    1. I could swear Isola original tweeted that Berman’s suggested that Blatt might ever agree to be a Rambis assistant was idiotic, then deleted and wrote an article about how it’s in fact quite possible. Am I imagining the first tweet?

    2. For some reason, I get alerts on my phone when Isola tweets something, and I got something along those lines this morning, but when I tried to view the tweet it was gone…

    3. Isola backtracking is very interesting. That makes it seem like it is a real possibility. Blatt being Rambis’ assistant coach would be moronic, but I guess better than nothing. It would still be terrible, but less terrible than Rambis as head coach without Blatt involved at all.

      But boy, what a dysfunctional team this is that that is even a possibility – hiring the better coach to be the assistant to your awful crony, but with it being pretty clear that he’s here in case the awful crony falters, which is basically a big eff you to the awful crony, as well. It’s like the worst of both worlds. Like “Here’s a plan where nobody wins! We end up with a terrible head coach, but don’t worry, the terrible head coach will have a guy backstabbing him as his lead assistant, so that’ll be better somehow!”

    4. This assistant coach shit is classics Knicks media pot stirring. Blast meets Phil to interview for HC job. Isola takes a Pete Vescey tweet (from before the meeting) claiming that Phil has no real interest in Blatt and runs with it to concoct a scenario where Blatt will be added as an assistant and uses it in his ongoing war against MSG and other Knicks beat writers. These assholes are one of the reasons we can’t have nice things here.

      Of course, since Knicks, it could all be true, but Isola doesn’t actually have much evidence.

    5. I disagree, but only because, as others have noted, it appears as though Isola backtracked. In other words, he at first was using the interview to attack Phil as only interviewing Blatt as a smokescreen and how insulting it would be to ask Blatt to be an assistant coach to Rambis (which it would be).

      Now, suddenly, he’s talking about how it makes sense.

      That suggests to me that he’s learned from a source that Blatt is actually considering it, so he wants to get ahead of the story.

      But sure, it could all just be BS smokescreen stuff, as well.

    6. I tend to agree with Brian. I think a Blatt-related source probably told him it wasn’t impossible, because they don’t want media members railing on about how Blatt would never accept such humiliation if he actually might. Maybe Steve Mills whispers to Blatt that being Rambis’ lead assistant is like being Maduro’s understudy. Stay frosty.

    7. Just wanted to call attention to the fact that Ptmilo has been molten lava the last 24 hours. Venezuelan politics following rapid fire clips quips following aspersions on the platonic purity of DRed’s love? This has been all-star stuff

    8. By the way, either way, it now looks even clearer than ever that Rambis will be the head coach for next season. Which is just absolutely bonkers.

    9. I have friends who root for other teams who keep telling me that there’s no way Jackson could hire Rambis full-time. I keep replying that they haven’t spent this century being a Knicks fan.

      This organization, man…

    10. Man, fuck Kurt Rambis. The guy has a .284 lifetime winning percentage as a coach. This is the best we can do? When Kurt Rambis is announced as the permanent coach, and that appears to be coming, we will all know we’ve been had, and that the whole Phil Jackson experiment was a five-year waste of time.

      Phil Jackson is closed-minded and dogmatic, and the game has passed him by, and he is making a fool of himself trying to prove that he is smarter than everybody else.

    11. I stole/paraphrased from the tweeters, but think about this: what’s a star of David?

      Two intersecting Triangles

    12. Phil Jackson is closed-minded and dogmatic, and the game has passed him by, and he is making a fool of himself trying to prove that he is smarter than everybody else.

      What kills me is that I don’t think that the game has actually passed him by, so much as he is actively trying to ignore it to prove some dumb point. He’s still a very smart guy, he is just also a stubborn egomaniac.

      He has two huge problems as an executive:

      1. He thinks he needs to run the Triangle and the Triangle only, seemingly just to prove that the Triangle can work in the modern NBA (even though a team running the Triangle won a title just six years ago! You’re trying to counter an argument that no one is making!)

      2. He thinks that his presence and the culture that he creates will draw big name free agents, so he doesn’t want to do a full rebuild because he keeps thinking every year that this will be the year that all the big free agents will come a-running.

      Neither of them I think are signs of him being not intelligent. Both are signs of him being a stubborn egomaniac. And that’s the big problem here.

    13. I totally agree.

      I mean, what fucking DIFFERENCE does it matter that the triangle CAN work in the NBA? What kind of ridiculous quixotic quest is this guy on? And his need to prove that the triangle CAN work causes him to do all kinds of ridiculous shit, such as hiring Kurt Rambis to be his coach. He’s unrealistic about the benefits of the triangle. The only coach available to coach this thing is a guy with a 28% career winning percentage. That alone should clue him in that the downside of running a nearly extinct system might potentially outweigh the upside, BUT NOOOOOOO.

      His loyalty is to the triangle first, and to the Knicks second, because he is trying to make a point, and the point he is trying to make is “Phil Jackson is smarter than everybody else.”

    14. All of you Whiteside lovers need to listen to the truehoop podcast today. They are eviserating him for being a terrible defender and explaining the the Hornets are winning games because they are attacking him. Also the Heat had a defensive rating of 130 in the 4th last night

    15. Sigh. Here we go again with more unnecessary and overblown Phil/Triangle bashing. I urge all of you to read his book 11 Rings. For real.

      1. Phil hasn’t hired Rambis. If Rambis was the guy he was inevitably going to hire, why not go ahead and do it once the season ends? That way any fallout from it PR wise would abate by the time the playoffs end and free agency has begun? All he has done was fire a coach who had a 500 team that then imploded and lost 9 in a row. A guy who skipped a coaches retreat before the season began and brought some TMZ level drama to The Knicks and who wasn’t returning Phil’s emails and who lost 9 games in a row. And then replaced said guy mid season with the top assistant on the coaching staff, which is what every team does when a coach is fired mid season.

      2. This will be Phil’s 3rd off season. The first one he didn’t try to chase any big free agents because there was no cap space. Last year he spoke with LA on the phone and didn’t actually pursue him when LA said he would never play center. And he also went after Deandre Jordan (a non Triangle Center). So I guess he PHAILED in that sense but did he then go out and overpay for other big names? Nope. He signed role players to help fill out the team. This upcoming off season is really the first time we will have cap space and a decent team in place to possibly go after a big name and we’ll see if Phil actually goes that route. So this idea that he’s so arrogant and thinks his name alone will attract free agents is ludicrous. He’s even stated publicly that he wants to find under the radar signings this off season.

      I won’t even talk about the stupid triangle hate you guys spew every single day bc you are flat out wrong about it. Our offense was actually decent this year. Our defense sucked and the Triangle would run even better if we had a decent backcourt. Every winning team has a system/culture in place. And from my perspective Phil is doing a perfectly reasonable slow…

    16. I mean, what fucking DIFFERENCE does it matter that the triangle CAN work in the NBA? What kind of ridiculous quixotic quest is this guy on? And his need to prove that the triangle CAN work causes him to do all kinds of ridiculous shit, such as hiring Kurt Rambis to be his coach. He’s unrealistic about the benefits of the triangle. The only coach available to coach this thing is a guy with a 28% career winning percentage. That alone should clue him in that the downside of running a nearly extinct system might potentially outweigh the upside, BUT NOOOOOOO.

      His loyalty is to the triangle first, and to the Knicks second, because he is trying to make a point, and the point he is trying to make is “Phil Jackson is smarter than everybody else.”

      Yep, pretty much. It’s not even that the Triangle itself is that bad, but it’s as you note, if strict adherence to the Triangle (and that, clearly, was Fisher’s biggest “failing” in Jackson’s mind, that he wasn’t doing enough strict Triangle coaching) leads you to hire Kurt Rambis, then strict adherence to the Triangle is a bad idea.

      If the Triangle gets you Phil Jackson as your coach, I’d be fine with the Triangle. But if the Triangle sticks you with Kurt freakin’ Rambis? It’s lunacy.

    17. I won’t even talk about the stupid triangle hate you guys spew every single day bc you are flat out wrong about it. Our offense was actually decent this year. Our defense sucked and the Triangle would run even better if we had a decent backcourt.

      Our offense ranked 24th in the NBA. I classify that as “sucked.” The Knicks were 28th in the league in eFG%. It was not a “decent” offense. It stunk.

      The defense was actually a bit better, it ranked 18th.

    18. There seems to be more than one way to rank team offense and defense because people on this blog quote wildly different rankings for the Knicks this year.

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