Knicks Morning News (2016.05.14)

  • [New York Times] Heat 103, Raptors 91 | Series tied, 3-3: Heat Stay Alive, and Tie the Series, Against the Raptors (Sat, 14 May 2016 04:00:17 GMT)

    Miami’s Goran Dragic scored 30 points, Dwyane Wade added 22, and the Heat tied their Eastern Conference semifinal against Toronto at three games apiece.

  • [New York Times] No Game 7 Return for Heat’s Whiteside (Sat, 14 May 2016 05:27:27 GMT)

    Injured Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside will not return for the Game Seven Eastern Conference playoff matchup against the Toronto Raptors, he said on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Dragic, Wade Lead Heat Past Raptors 103-91 _ and Into Game 7 (Sat, 14 May 2016 03:30:40 GMT)

    The Miami Heat went small, and came up big.

  • [New York Times] Heat Force Game 7 Behind Dragic (Sat, 14 May 2016 03:00:27 GMT)

    Goran Dragic scored a career-playoff-high 30 points and the Miami Heat won their 10th straight playoff elimination game at home, defeating the Toronto Raptors 103-91 on Friday night at American Airlines Arena.

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    33 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.05.14)”

    1. I’m reading the LA Weekly and see that this wednesday JD & The Straight Shot are in town opening for Jewel. Kill me now.

    2. Y’all read the deadspin feature on JD and the Straight Shot?

      Rest assured at the very least, Jewel and her crew are very well compensated — and also traveling in the utmost luxury — for indulging Guitar Jimmy’s artistic endeavors. Also, he seems to be giving some of the best musicians in Nashville the cushiest gigs of their lives.

      That’s the nicest thing I could possibly say about his music.

    3. http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15530589/what-advanced-tracking-data-reveals-nba-shooters

      Somewhat interesting piece. I think it gives short shrift to the big men. It’s not a coincidence that Hassan Whiteside and DeAndre generate a tremendous amount of “easy” shots.

      But still, this is the kind of data all the geeks dreamed about having thoughout the aughts. I still feel like they haven’t had the kind of breakthroughs you would expect but any approach that comes up with Durant, Kawhi, KAT, Redick, and of course Steph as the best shotmakers in the NBA must have something interesting going for it.

      Also, you all will be shocked who is in the bottom five.

    4. Marc Gasol does surprise me, but not the other 4, including Melo.

      Interesting to see Bazemore in the top 5.

    5. So where is Melo on the all important “qsi” list?

      I see Whiteside ranked near the top too.

    6. Indiana promotes Nate McMillan to head coach.

      Looks like Blatt’s still on the menu, boys

    7. That article would have Melo’s QSI (his QSQ minus his EFG%) around 2.8, which I would guesstimate to be top 30 – 50 in the NBA. Dirk is 12th in the league with a QSI of 5.0. I think that’s an interesting way to look at it. To me, that’s a stat that is great for a sportswriter but not so valuable to an executive when stats like TS% and eFG% already exist.

      It also goes to show that Melo’s TS% would greatly improve if he took better shots. He certainly doesn’t need to be isolating and shooting contested 20 footers.

    8. Indiana promotes Nate McMillan to head coach.

      I actually like McMillan, but as a players coach with a good eye for defense. So it was weird to see Bird be all, “We need an offensive-driven coach!” and then hire a coach known for his defense work. Seems more like Bird just didn’t want Vogel anymore.

    9. So, Indy now filled and a rumor (that I find hard to believe, but who knows) that JVG may get the Houston job. It might end up that Vogel and Blatt may both be left with Memphis and the Knicks jobs open.

      I wonder if Phil is still stinging from GS taking Kerr away from him and is thus waiting the field out. I’m not saying that I like this, but I could understand it. Maybe he doesn’t want to be used by a coach and his agent to just get a better offer elsewhere.

      Also, has anyone heard anything about Vogel? He’s been as quiet as Phil. Has he actually interviewed anywhere like Blatt has?

    10. Oh, I forgot about Orlando, too. They are supposedly going to look a a lot of coaches…I wonder if Ewing really has a chance there?

    11. Well… it appears our beloved Zen Hipparcus has returned from his journey of discovery and is having an interesting dinner companion:

      http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/The-Dish-7467968.php

      NY Knicks president Phil Jackson was seen at Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse in Greenwich recently where he was having a private meeting with ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who is rumored to be a candidate for the Knicks head coaching position.

    12. I hope Vogel is in NY and has himself a nice steakhouse dinner soon. Honestly I’d take either guy as neither is Kurt Rambis, but Vogel makes me feel like we can grab Lance Stephenson on a bargain of a contract.

    13. http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15530589/what-advanced-tracking-data-reveals-nba-shooters

      Somewhat interesting piece. I think it gives short shrift to the big men. It’s not a coincidence that Hassan Whiteside and DeAndre generate a tremendous amount of “easy” shots.

      But still, this is the kind of data all the geeks dreamed about having thoughout the aughts. I still feel like they haven’t had the kind of breakthroughs you would expect but any approach that comes up with Durant, Kawhi, KAT, Redick, and of course Steph as the best shotmakers in the NBA must have something interesting going for it.

      Also, you all will be shocked who is in the bottom five.

      Really nice. It is good to have a statistical description of “shot difficulty”, as it has always been a point of discussion. Is there some (open) webpage with it listed?

      Seen Bazemore in the top 5 adds to my fears that he is a product of Atlanta system, in the same sense that Demarre Carroll had a very good couple of years there and now he is back to the mean (although injury might have a part on this). Actually, Bazemore would have a -4.2 in qSI.

    14. I’d prefer Vogel, as well, but Blatt would be a gazillion times better than Rambis, so I’d be thrilled with Blatt. Come on, Phil! Hire Blatt as the head coach!!

    15. I feel like both Vogel and Blatt would be great matches with eventual Knicks GM (because you know James Dolan is going to make him a very rich man) Masai Ujiri. It’s amazing what Ujiri has done with two bad coaches (sue me because I think Karl, one of the winningest coaches of all time, was not good in Denver), so to see his masterful GM work paired with a great coach could finally restore some continuity and decency to this franchise.

      I was watching this bit on Iman Shumpert and his feelings towards New York, and he was really sour on the fanbase. He said he held a grudge from day 1 with the fans because they booed him on draft day, and every time they would cheer for him he would tell the fans “but y’all didn’t want me!” He then moved on to discuss how all the roster turmoil makes it hard to be successful saying “when are they just going to keep a group together for 5-6 years and win with them.” It made me think about the importance of keeping a group around (and then I felt bad about wanting to trade Lopez and bring in Whiteside), but I’d say the Knicks under Jackson are building a group they plan on keeping together. Lopez, Porzingis, Melo, Lance Thomas, O’Quinn, Calderon, Galloway, and Grant should all be Knicks next season. A Blatt/Vogel hire should change the way we view Jackson going forward. He’d have delivered a good coach, a stable roster, and a franchise player in a 12 month span, and that’s more than I can say for any Knicks GM in recent memory.

    16. A Blatt/Vogel hire should change the way we view Jackson going forward.

      It’d be huge. Going outside his preferred choice to be the head coach would be an amazing sign of flexibility. Let it happen, Phil! Just do it!

      I wonder if the dinner with Blatt was Phil trying to explain why Rambis is actually a really good guy to have as a lead assistant and that you can totally trust him, he won’t backstab you at all. :)

    17. By the way, it’s not that I doubt them, but isn’t it weird that only the GreenwichTime is reporting the Jackson/Blatt dinner? Shouldn’t the NY papers be getting in on this by now?

      Hmmm…

      NY Knicks president Phil Jackson was seen at Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse in Greenwich recently where he was having a private meeting with ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who is rumored to be a candidate for the Knicks head coaching position.

      Perhaps “recently” doesn’t actually mean within the last week?

    18. By the way, it’s not that I doubt them, but isn’t it weird that only the GreenwichTime is reporting the Jackson/Blatt dinner? Shouldn’t the NY papers be getting in on this by now?

      Perhaps…. but perhaps the Isolas and Bermans of the world don’t think it is in their best “Journalistic Tradition” to portray the truth ie Phil has a plan and knows what he is doing :-)

    19. I don’t think anyone’s saying that he doesn’t have a plan. Just that if his plan involves hiring Rambis, then it is a bad plan.

    20. I was watching this bit on Iman Shumpert and his feelings towards New York, and he was really sour on the fanbase. He said he held a grudge from day 1 with the fans because they booed him on draft day, and every time they would cheer for him he would tell the fans “but y’all didn’t want me!” He then moved on to discuss how all the roster turmoil makes it hard to be successful saying “when are they just going to keep a group together for 5-6 years and win with them

      Shump (and JR for that matter) should really just STFU. They’re both incredibly lucky to be playing on a team where all they have to do is stand outside the 3 point line and shoot when they get a pass from the greatest player on the planet. I’ve never quite understood how they both felt disrespected and underappreciated in NY, they’re the same players now that they were with the Knicks, they’re just asked to do a whole lot less with the Cavs.

    21. It is true. Iman has been exactly the same guy in Cleveland, despite an outstanding team around him. I’ll have to remember to reference him the next time we have the change of scenery/teammates argument….

    22. JR Smith didn’t feel disrespected or under appreciated in New York. He was very happy to be here and the trade really upset him because he loved being in New York. He believed the Knicks could win a championship and he still has nothing but good things to say about playing in New York. He even went as far as to say that playing for the Knicks is something every NBA player should try to do at least once in their career.

      Iman Shumpert felt under appreciated and disrespected and he had good reasons. First of all, fans, who had no idea of who he was, booed when he was drafted. Secondly he was the center of Knicks trade rumors for two different trade deadlines if I’m not mistaken. Knicks fans disrespected him openly and he never could feel a part of the organization because they kept talking about trading him. It’s not hard to see where he was coming from.

      Also, just because it’s coming from JR and Shump doesn’t make it any less true. The Knicks need to put together a team and stick with them for better. Winning teams put together a group of guys, keep them together for at least half a decade, and then rebuild when they’re no longer a viable group. The Knicks broke up a group that played good ball, when at the time they could have stayed competitive by buying out/trading Bargnani. And then we couldn’t even fully commit to a rebuild because Tyson got traded for old guys and we kept Melo. Shump has a point.

    23. How many rings have you won, Brian?

      You know who else has more rings than Brian? Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas, Scott Layden, and Kurt Rambis.

    24. I saw an article with a list of prospects the Knicks met with at the combine and Junior Sg, Josh Hart was on that list. I was looking over his numbers and was wondering why he isn’t more highly rated? The kid has positional size(6’5.5/205/ 6’8.5), a good shooter, high IQ, and plays good defense. He has shot over 50% from the field every year. Last year he shot 46% from 3 but this year he only shot 35% from three however he made up for his poor outside shooting by nearly shooting 60% from 2. What I like most though is his ability to rebound, he avg 8.4 rebs per 40. If the guy was in a different system he might be on Buddy Hield’s level. His numbers look like a more efficient better rebounding pee-senior Buddy Hield on a lower usg.

      He still can opt to go back to school but he is seems like a guy the Knicks should guarantee drafting or a deal if he goes undrafted. A 3yr deal with partial guarantees in the 2nd and 3rd year would be a nice deal. I just think if he goes back to school he might blow up and gets on everyone’s radar like Hield did this year.

    25. There was no bigger fan of Shump on this site than me when we drafted him. My love for him peaked in the Celts series just before he went down, or maybe when he went on a tear late in the Indiana series. But over time, I soured on him because I felt he lacked professionalism and maturity, and that he was not developing as I hoped that he would (consistent shooter and finisher.) I also felt that Woodson was not a fan of Shump and his antics, but that Shump had a very thin skin. Like when he said “I’m mad at the world.” WTF was that about?

      His recent quotes only confirm my feelings. Good luck to him, but glad he’s gone.

    26. If Shumpert wants some insight into why a lot of fans soured on him, he should check out his stats on basketball-reference. He is now and, except for a ten game stretch at the beginning of the year two years ago, always has been a terrible offensive basketball player. He is now asked to do one thing — shoot open three pointers and he is positively brutal at it, like 29% for the year brutal. I think that Shumpert has the largest gap of any player in the league between how good he thinks he is and how good he really is. If he thinks that Knicks fans were tough on him before, I can’t imagine how he would react to the treatment he would get if the Knicks had been stupid enough to pay him $10 million/year.

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