Knicks Morning News (2016.04.29)

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Hawks Oust the Celtics to Reach the 2nd Round (Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:29:55 GMT)

    Paul Millsap had 17 points and 8 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics, 104-92, on Thursday night to advance to the second round of the N.B.A. playoffs.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Jason Terry’s Last Lesson in Chemistry for Distracted Rockets (Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:10:04 GMT)

    With the Rockets’ dysfunctional season teetering on a cliff, Terry rallied the Rockets to prolong their series against the Warriors, if only a couple of days.

  • [New York Times] Blazers, Hornets Can Cap Comebacks, Raptors Also Can Advance (Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:18:33 GMT)

    Last time they came home, Portland and Charlotte were still just trying to win a game.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Finally Find Way to Eliminate Celtics (Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:48:27 GMT)

    It took nearly 60 years, but the Atlanta Hawks finally found a way to beat the Boston Celtics in the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Overwhelm Celtics, Move to 2nd Round With 104-92 Win (Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:12:39 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks had their best regular season in franchise history spoiled last year by a dismal showing against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] Atlanta Bump Boston From Playoffs With Game 6 Win (Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:06:28 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Boston Celtics with a 104-92 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals on Thursday at TD Garden.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Friday's Knicks Links: Anthony prefers Jackson to conduct open coach search (Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:53:08 EST)

    Friday's Knicks Links: Anthony prefers Jackson to conduct open coach search

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    42 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.04.29)”

    1. http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15422793/carmelo-anthony-phil-jackson-discussed-new-york-knicks-coaching-search

      Most relevant quote: “I’m pretty sure people would assume that [I’d be in contact with Jackson]. I would assume that too,” Anthony told ESPN on Thursday during a promotional appearance in Manhattan. “But what can I do? Bang down the door? Knock down the door and point a finger at Phil and say why hell you ain’t …”

      Zen mind games to bring about a trade, or laziness?

    2. I think neither. I just don’t think he cares much either way about what Melo thinks. Melo’s already made it pretty clear he’s going to suck it up and live with whatever move Phil makes, so why bother with consulting him? Melo’s going to bluster about how he wants to be involved, but he isn’t going to actually do anything about it.

    3. Why can’t Brad Stevens translate regular season success to the playoffs? Loser!

      At the end of the game, TNT still spent most of the time just talking about how great Stevens was.

    4. Thing is, we don’t what what was said when Phil wined and dined him, other than someone ordered a glazed carrot. So if Melo’s expressing frustration to Phil via the media, he may very well have reason to based on private conversations and assurances. Phil gave him his $$$ and his no-trade, he may very well have talked about how important he saw Melo’s role being in this process. Maybe Melo talks to much, maybe Phil shut him out… who knows…

    5. I think the real hurt after this season is not having a pick. I’d feel OK defining “progress” as drafting Zinger, signing Lopez, and (hopefully) not tying up $$ in AA if only we had that pick (a problem Phil inherited). And getting an experienced coach.

    6. At the end of the game, TNT still spent most of the time just talking about how great Stevens was.

      It’s why I hate him so much

    7. If the Celtics don’t do anything earth shattering this offseason, they could be on the same arc as the Bucks. Remember what NBA darlings they were in 2014-2015? People assumed they would just keep getting better, and they went from a playoff team to the 11th seed, and this after adding Greg Monroe.

      (Of course, a lot depends on how lucky the C’s get in the draft lottery, c’mon 6th pick!)

    8. If the Celtics don’t do anything earth shattering this offseason, they could be on the same arc as the Bucks. Remember what NBA darlings they were in 2014-2015? People assumed they would just keep getting better, and they went from a playoff team to the 11th seed, and this after adding Greg Monroe.

      Agree with you, and I think the Bucks comparison is a good one. Both were (are) teams built around depth – a lot of pretty good players and few great ones. And those are the hardest kind of teams to improve I think. If you have a team with 3 great players and a bunch of scrubs, you just need to find some average players to replace the scrubs and you’re taking a leap (think of the Lebron Heat going from year 1 with Joel Anthony playing big minutes to adding Battier, Allen and Birdman). But if you have a bunch of average to good players then 1. It’s not obvious who you keep and who you replace, and 2. it’s much harder to find upgrades for those guys.

      Don;t get me wrong I dream of the day when the Knicks are a 48 win team with a relatively young roster and a stockpile of future picks. I don’t think they’re in a bad spot. I do feel like their future is a bit overhyped though. They still need to find two star players somewhere. They have the assets to do it, but it’s far from a foregone conclusion.

    9. Look, I’m sure Bret Stevens is a good coach, but mostly for high schoolers. I mean, how do you hire a coach who’s only coached JV ball? He’s never balled in the NBA, so what can he actually do? It’s all make-believe, okay?

    10. Boston’s better than the Bucks. Boston got better the year after making the playoffs. There’s no reason to think they won’t remain a 42-49-win team that tops out in the second round.

      Milwaukee had one season of .500 basketball, added a player that was a bad fit, and lost 8 more games.

    11. But you know what would made Boston great? Adding Kevin Love as part of a three-way trade that lands Melo in Cleveland!

      Boston, you need Kevin Love. He’s basically Larry Bird reincarnated! Make the trade. Do it. Pick up the phone.

    12. It’s like I always say…

      Have more than thou showest,
      Speak less than thou knowest,
      Lend less than thou owest,
      Ride more than thou goest,
      Learn more than thou trowest,
      Set less than thou throwest;
      Leave thy 11 rings on thine floor,
      And kick Rambis out-the-door,
      And Jax, you shall have more
      Than two tens to a score.

    13. I hate the Celts like a vile pestilence, but Brad Stevens could coach my team any time.

    14. I think he’s a very good coach, as well. It’s just weird to see a team lose in the first round and then have the coverage be all about how good their coach is.

    15. Read his latest fluffer in espn-it starts with his C’s down 0-3 to the Cavs, getting outscored by 9.7 per game. So boy wonder schemes up some brilliant defensive ploys. . .leading to the Celts trailing by 24 at halftime. So wonderboy goes way outside the box and tells his guys to play harder, and they wind up only losing by 8! He really might be the greatest coach of all time. Wow!

    16. Rambis is inevitable. Fucking Cronin picked a hell of a time to actually be right about something.

    17. That was some impressive work by the Lakers. This is not some cherry gig for Walton, so to get him to accept it so quickly is impressive.

    18. Speaking of other good coaches, Steve Clifford has done such a good job making this team sort of good on defense.

    19. Wow, Wade with the threes! Holy shit! The Hornets literally ran off him there to let him take the three and he nailed it.

    20. Dwayne Wade with some sick shots! That last one should just about do it. The Hornets just used their last timeout.

    21. You’re down five. You have no timeouts. You can’t go for the quick two under any circumstances. After such strong play, such a dumb decision by Walker there.

    22. As for Walton, they were never getting him, so it doesn’t hurt too much to lose him.

    23. Ha! Hey, even if that was the case, impressive work by them opening up the check book to get him.

      Oddly enough, some of the NBA writers on Twitter were making it sound like Walton had to convince them (stuff like “Walton nailed his interview”). I find that extremely difficult to believe. It had to be his for the taking, right?

    24. Going from a Byron Scott offense to a Luke Walton offense will likely make Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell’s heads explode.

    25. Watching this garbage ass Clips team go to the mattresses to try to win this game must be humiliating for Rockets fans

    26. Is it good or worse that we are taking time in choosing our next head coach? If something like the Kings sign Blatt so our choice will be kurt or rambis?

    27. If the hornets dn somehow sign Dwight Howard in the offseason it will be a perfect fit. Need to let go of big al though.
      Lin plying well why didn’t he get a call last offseason from a team who needs a guard?

    28. Shouldn’t Plumlee have intentionally missed the second free throw? There’s no way that the Clippers could have even gotten a three off if he misses the second free throw. I mean, I know they won anyways, but it seems like a bad idea.

    29. Portland is a deceptively good team. I’m not so sure the Clips had the series won if they had stayed healthy. DRed for GM cobbled together a great response to losing Aldridge, Batum, Lopez, and Matthews (it’s crazy that a team that lost 4 starters and pays Warriors’ 3rd string center Andersen Varajao more than anybody else on their team is playing in the conference semis).

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