Knicks Morning News (2016.09.03)

  • [NYDN] Carmelo gets back to work, posts workout photo with Porzingis
    (Friday, September 02, 2016 10:26:16 AM)

    It appears Carmelo Anthony’s brief summer vacation is over.

  • [SNY Knicks] Judge won’t dismiss sexual assault suit against Derrick Rose
    (Friday, September 02, 2016 11:55:08 AM)

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging New York Knicks player Derrick Rose and two friends drugged and gang-raped a woman.

  • [SNY Knicks] Why Cleanthony Early would benefit from a D-League gig
    (Friday, September 02, 2016 8:31:43 AM)

    Cleanthony Early will be entering his third professional season, but a spot with the New York Knicks’ D-League affiliate in Westchester may be his best opportunity to earn significant playing time in the near future.

  • [ESPN] Phil Jackson recalls proposed trade to deal young Kobe for Grant Hill
    (Friday, September 02, 2016 1:55:12 PM)

    Phil Jackson recalls proposed trade to deal young Kobe for Grant Hill

  • [NYTimes] Bulls’ Dwyane Wade Urges Chicago to Adopt Laws to Make City Safer
    (Saturday, September 03, 2016 12:12:52 AM)

    Dwyane Wade, a Chicago Bulls guard whose cousin was shot dead last week, said gun laws in his hometown Chicago were not strong enough.

  • [NYPost] Meet new Knick Justin Holiday: More than a Rose deal throw-in
    (Friday, September 02, 2016 8:56:03 PM)

    When Justin Holiday flew from Southern California to New York on Wednesday, the Knicks’ new shooting guard wore the 2015 championship ring he captured as a fringe player for the Warriors. Holiday, 27, donned it symbolically. After increasing his role last season with the Bulls, Holiday, the older brother of injury-prone Jrue Holiday, wants to…

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    12 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.09.03)”

    1. Funny how Rose’s alleged victim is suing for the total (21.5M) of his Knicks contract.

      Now that the federal judge refused to throw it out, the usual settlement (without any admission of wrongdoing on Rose’s part) is coming.

    2. OK, back aboard the KP hype train…

      There are hardly any players in NBA history 7’2″ or over with a physical makeup and skill set similar to Porzingas. If you go down to 7’0″ you get Dirk but lose the crazy standing reach-based shot-blocking. He’s more mobile than Ming, Hibbert, or Eaton, more offensively versatile than Bradley, more of a shot blocker than Smits or Ilgauskas. Pre-injury LaFrenz had a similar style of play but is listed at 6’11”. Pre-injury Ralph Sampson might be the best comparison physically but didn’t shoot the 3. Young Sabonis? Who knows?

      The only other guy in 7’2″+ skinny, high center of gravity, mobile shot-blocking versatile offensive player is some guy named Lew Alcindor.

      How will his game evolve? Where on the spectrum will he wind up?

      This is a question that has the entire NBA world intrigued. How good can Kristaps be?

      I think he has all-time great written all over him. He’s like a hybrid of all the guys mentioned above. He really is a unicorn.

      What is really freaky is that there are guys already being compared to him! (Bender, Maker)

      Training camp, anyone?

    3. My attempt to be simultaneously realistic and optimistic pegs him at netting a couple all star appearances while hovering in the .160-.190 WS/48 region for the prime of his career. A very good player with a balanced game and lots of intangibles who can be a top 10-15 player in the league, but not an all-timer.

      The more giddy fan in me says that the sky is the limit and that he and Towns are will be dueling in the regular season (and playoffs????) for years.

    4. Hard to say where he’ll end up offensively. Can he be that guy like Dirk who can be a #1 option on a championship team?

      I do think he’ll be a perennial DPOY candidate.

    5. The most intriguing thing about him is the shot-blocking. He has the potential to be a 3-4 blocks per 36 guy, which means he will wreck a lot of offensive possessions for opposing teams, like Whiteside does. He also gives us ability to play “small” with him at the 5, giving us a huge advantage on both ends compared to other teams’ small lineups. Of course, that depends on whether he can become a better perimeter and post defender…i.e. can he match up with guys like Draymond, who destroyed him last year. If the answer to that question becomes yes, look out!

    6. The only thing I can see holding him back is his lack of quickness and initial explosion. It negates his ability to shoot just a bit. His offensive game is going to need to develop inside.

    7. This second season should begin to answer a lot of questions about Porzingis, a promising rookie. Here’s hoping the answers are positive!

    8. There have been only 77 times a player has averaged 3+ blocks a game since 1979. 4+ blocks has only been done 13 times. 4+ blocks is a crazy number. Nobody is a 4 block a game guy.

    9. He really is a unicorn.

      He really is, but because of that, guessing as to what he’ll end up being is so difficult. But like I’ve said a few times now, the dude took his biggest weakness in Europe and made it a strength in the United States. That’s insane. Anyone who can do that can do pretty much anything. So the sky is the limit for Porzingis. Let’s hope he hits that limit. :)

    10. “The only thing I can see holding him back is his lack of quickness and initial explosion. It negates his ability to shoot just a bit. His offensive game is going to need to develop inside.”

      I saw his biggest offensive weaknesses as being a) inability to hold his position and b) inconsistent use of his greatest advantage (length) via lack of a go-to move. He experimented with a broad arsenal of classic situational moves…dream shake, sky hook, turn-around bank shot, etc. but he didn’t really have a go-to move. In my opinion, all great scorers can score in lots of ways but have one or two moves that are virtually impossible to stop 1-on-1, especially in a mismatch situation. At 7’3″, KP has lots of choices. I felt like last year he was just trying shit out and has little awareness of situations, like when he has a mismatch with Marcus Smart, it took him 4 possessions to realize that all he had to so was get the ball up high, pivot and bank it in. I think we’ll see him settle in and have greater situational awareness this year.

    11. Porzingis is a smart guy. Watching him I say to myself “once this kid realizes he’s taller than everybody and that he has Steph Curry range he’ll destroy everybody.” You can’t run him off screens or expect him to use his dribble to free himself up on the perimeter, but he is going to develop into the deadliest fast break trailer in basketball. He and Melo trailing fast breaks with the guards pushing the tempo would be ridiculous. And all Porzingis has to do in the half court is rise and shoot. If he can’t rise over the short guy he should put it on the floor and get passed him.

    12. “There have been only 77 times a player has averaged 3+ blocks a game since 1979. 4+ blocks has only been done 13 times. 4+ blocks is a crazy number. Nobody is a 4 block a game guy.”

      There are only 57 players in NBA history who played more than 1000 minutes in their rookie season and averaged more than 2.3 blocks per 36. Only 11 of them were 20 years old. Only 9 of them were 7’2″ or taller.

      http://bkref.com/tiny/TO3cj

      Porzingis has a lot in common with some the game’s great shot-blockers, like Shawn Bradley, Mark Eaton, and Dikembe Mutombo. More than anything else, he likes blocking shots! What hurts him most is that he will play away from the basket on defense more than those guys did.

      One other interesting stat: There were only 3 guys last year that had at lease 4 games with 6 or more blocks: Porzingis, Biyombo and Whiteside. There were only 2 guys who had multiple 7 block games: KP and Whiteside.

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