Knicks Morning News (2016.04.30)

  • [New York Post] LeBron, Chris Paul may dissuade Carmelo from Olympic history (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:22:56 -0400)

    Carmelo Anthony now is waffling on Rio. All across the season, Anthony put himself down as a definite for the 2016 Olympic Games, saying his left-knee condition would not be a factor in going for history. Anthony is vying to become the first U.S. men's Olympic basketball player to win three gold medals. But during…

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers 106, Clippers 103 | Portland wins series, 4-2: Trail Blazers Eliminate the Gritty but Undermanned Clippers (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:49:37 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 28 points for Portland, which overcame a 2-0 series deficit and will next face the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] Luke Walton Agrees to Become Lakers’ Next Coach (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:37:55 GMT)

    The Lakers grabbed Walton just five days after they fired Byron Scott, who led the 16-time N.B.A. champions to the two worst seasons in franchise history.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Pacers and Heat Each Force a Game 7 (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:19:42 GMT)

    Paul George had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors, while Dwyane Wade led Miami over Charlotte.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Advance 4-2 With 106-103 Victory Over the Clippers (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:03:41 GMT)

    Even as they huddled after the victory that sent them through to the next round, the Portland Trail Blazers were drawing inspiration from the doubters.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Down Clippers to Clinch Series (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:00:27 GMT)

    Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 46 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 Friday night at the Moda Center.

  • [New York Times] Brilliant Wade Lifts Heat to Win Over Hornets in Game Six (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:03:28 GMT)

    When the Miami Heat needed someone to step up at crunch time Friday, Dwyane Wade delivered.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Hire Warriors Assistant Luke Walton as Head Coach (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:00:50 GMT)

    Luke Walton is coming home to rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers.

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    29 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.04.30)”

    1. I suppose the prevailing rumor would now be, “Will Phil get a buyout so that he can go back to LA?”. Phil hasn’t been the mastermind we all hoped he would be, but if he manages to hire a great coach, it would fix half the problems the Knicks have. Of course, Phil would still have to add talent to the roster. I wonder if Conley’s price tag will drop with his injury? If that happens, I wouldn’t mind adding him and Bazemore- even though Conley is about to be 30. Anyways..if Phil lands a great coach somehow and Wroten works out while Grant improves, no one will remember the missteps. I’m kinda ambivalent on it now, however. If Phil leaves, great! I won’t have to worry about a limited pool of coaching and player talent that fits the triple post. If he stays, great! He’s already got the team pointed in a positive direction and maybe he still has some Zen magic in him. I think his biggest move this offseason will be who he hires as the next coach. If he can’t land a young talented coach, then he needs to come down to the bench. Period. David Blatt is ok, but the team is finally younger, so I prefer to see a younger coach grow with the likes of Williams/KP/OQ/Grant/Galloway/Wroten with the veteran contributions of Lopez/Thomas/Melo or whoever replaces him.

    2. The Blatt interview intrigues me. I think that he’s the real front runner , even though the talking heads are saying that Rambis is the front runner.

      PJax’s ability to keep his plans obscure from the media has me thinking that it’s gonna be someone else. Otherwise, I think he would have hired Rambis already.

      And regarding Rambis, my suspicion is that PJax wants to groom Rambis into becoming a successful NBA coach. Whether that’s as an assistant or as the head coach, I’m not sure.

    3. Otherwise, I think he would have hired Rambis already.

      Rambis is already hired. As interim coach, he’s the coach until he’s not the coach. He’s under conract already. If he needed to, Jackson could remove the “interim” from his title at any point, but the fact is: there is no team in the NBA, and probably no team in the D-League, Europe, or China, looking to make Kurt Rambis their head coach. So why not just wait and let the playoffs conclude, to see what the landscape of the league looks like going into Free Agency.

    4. @3 the very simple answer to that is that there is an opportunity cost to waiting. If Jackson is considering Blatt or even someone we don’t know about then he could lose them. Eg it is rumored Blatt is up for the lead assistant job in GS. He’s not going to wait around for Phil and lose the chance at another job while Phil dillydallies until the playoffs are over.

    5. @3 the very simple answer to that is that there is an opportunity cost to waiting.

      But there is no opportunity cost to waiting if you don’t want Blatt and are happy with Rambis, which was the point I was making. There is opportunity cost to taking the “interim” off of Rambis’s title now. What if Durant says he’s leaning toward coming to NY, but only if Scott Brooks is coach? What if Cleveland loses to the Hawks and LeBron’s happiness in Cleveland becomes questioned? What if a coach that wasn’t available today becomes available tomorrow? Rambis isn’t going anywhere until he is replaced, so why make anything official now, when it is free to wait until later.

    6. Luke Walton says he’s not going to run the triangle in Los Angeles because DUH

      That’s hilariously succinct. :)

    7. Yeah, DW, I agree. There’s no rush to hire Rambis because no one else is going to take him away, so you can make him wait as long as you’d like. And there’s no rush to hire Blatt because, well, you know, he’s going to hire Rambis.

    8. We have all our draft picks, we have three legitimately good starters, cap space, young players with upside, no albatross amare-like contract, a head coaching vacancy.

      Compared to any other year of our last 14, we’re actually looking good. F the haters, they gon’ hate.

    9. Well, so much for the 2nd round being more entertaining than the first…

      Can we just skip to Spurs/Warriors with a healthy Curry?

    10. I don’t think most people here believe the Knicks aren’t in decent shape going forward, the problem is they don’t believe Phil is capable of making the correct moves to make this team a contender.

      I’m like Melo, I have no choice but to have faith in Phil. My faith in Phil is not very strong though….

    11. When I was in college the spurs were unpopular enough that I could afford good playoff seats

    12. Yeah, we dispute the whole “rebuilding in New York is impossible because of the fans” thing, then we prove it right by not being patient. Top players don’t go to losing teams, so who we can get is limited, and so it goes.

    13. Ewing getting hired by the Kings would be one of those things that seemed really awesome for about a week

    14. Yeah, we dispute the whole “rebuilding in New York is impossible because of the fans” thing, then we prove it right by not being patient. Top players don’t go to losing teams, so who we can get is limited, and so it goes.

      I want Jackson to do an actual full rebuild. He’s not doing that. As Mike from Breaking Bad so nicely put it, “The moral of the story is I chose a half measure when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half measures.”

    15. Ewing getting hired by the Kings would be one of those things that seemed really awesome for about a week

      Does anyone know what Ewing is supposed to be good at? Is he a player’s coach? Is he a system guy? I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone talk about that before, which is weird, because he’s such a New York legend.

    16. I don’t know what was a bigger mismatch-Spurs-OKC or Larry Wilmore-white house correspondents. Holy shit

    17. I want Jackson to do an actual full rebuild. He’s not doing that. As Mike from Breaking Bad so nicely put it, “The moral of the story is I chose a half measure when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half measures.”

      Yes…. that’s what I want to do…. don’t listen to the guy who has been part of 13 championships…. better take one’s marching orders from a fictitious Hollywood meth dealer….

      Hoops made easy :-)

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