Knicks Morning News (2016.09.21)

  • [NYPost] Rose rape accuser ready for her identity to be revealed at trial
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1:46:18 PM)

    She won’t back down. In a ruling Tuesday, a Los Angeles federal judge said the woman accusing new Knicks guard Derrick Rose of rape cannot remain anonymous if she wants to proceed with her civil case — and her lawyers said she is not dropping the suit. “She’s prepared to go to trial,” the woman’s…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose explains his instant infatuation with Knicks
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:52:33 AM)

    Training camp hasn’t started yet, but Derrick Rose appears to be eager to play his first game at the Garden, believing New York’s basketball fans appreciate the nuances of the sport even more than his hometown Chicago. In an extended interview with the Players Association’s website published Tuesday — two weeks before Rose is set to begin a…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo’s mysterious pre-trade Derrick Rose phone call
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:18:47 AM)

    Derrick Rose first suspected the Knicks had interest in him from talking to his brother. Who heard from Carmelo Anthony. Who was just looking for Derrick’s number. That’s the strange story Reggie Rose, Derrick’s brother, tells in a fawning profile of Rose released by the NBA Players Association Tuesday, two weeks before Rose is scheduled to…

  • [ESPN] Judge: Rose accuser must reveal name publicly
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:52:31 PM)

    Judge: Rose accuser must reveal name publicly

  • [ESPN] Las Vegas sets Warriors' wins total at 66.5
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 3:31:22 PM)

    Las Vegas sets Warriors' wins total at 66.5

  • [ESPN] Kristaps Porzingis faces 'Crying Knicks fan' in one-on-one battle
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:25:09 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis faces 'Crying Knicks fan' in one-on-one battle

  • [NY Newsday] Derrick Rose’s rape accuser must reveal name publicly, judge rules
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:09:00 PM)

    A Los Angeles federal judge ruled Tuesday that a woman accusing NBA star Derrick Rose of rape cannot remain anonymous at her upcoming civil trial.

  • [NY Newsday] Derrick Rose excited to excite the Knicks fans in New York
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 3:23:00 PM)

    Derrick Rose won 62 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals with the Bulls during the 2010-11 season, but the former NBA MVP believes this Knicks team has a chance to be better.

  • [SNY Knicks] Which Knicks are on the outside looking in?
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 2:05:31 PM)

    With the Knicks’ roster now at fifteen guaranteed contracts, which players will need an impressive training camp in order to stick with the team once the season begins?

  • [NYDN] Judge forces Derrick Rose’s gang-rape accuser to reveal her name
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1:31:28 PM)

    A federal judge ruled that a woman accusing basketball star Derrick Rose of rape must reveal her name during an upcoming civil trial.

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose says Knicks ‘most talented team’ he’s ever played on
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:17:41 AM)

    Derrick Rose was the league’s MVP playing for a Chicago squad that won 62 games and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

  • [NYDN] WATCH: Porzingis destroys Knick fan who cried when he was drafted
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:04:21 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis got to exact revenge on the kid who famously cried when the Knicks drafted the big man last year.

  • [NYTimes] Under New Playoff Format, Liberty Have No Room for Error
    (Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:36:40 AM)

    The Liberty had the best record in the East, but as the third seed in a system that eliminates the importance of conferences, they face a single-elimination playoff game.

  • [NYTimes] WNBA Playoffs Set to Begin With New Format
    (Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:15:32 AM)

    The WNBA playoffs are ready to start with their own version of March Madness. Well sort of.

  • [NYTimes] Nneka Ogwumike Wins AP WNBA Player of the Year Award
    (Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:18:56 PM)

    Nneka Ogwumike put up career numbers this season for Los Angeles and was arguably the most consistent impact player in the league.

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    37 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.09.21)”

    1. As one of the founding officers of Team Optimism, I will obviously take the over on the 38.5 wins.

      I’m interested to see how this team performs on defense. I am pretty sure that our starting guards were the worst defensive starting guard combo in the league last year. Rose is no great shakes, but he was not a bad defender back in his healthy days. Last year he statistically was a mess on defense (literally one of the 10 worst PGs in the league in defensive RPM, FWIW), but he was substantially better under Thibs the year before (25th in the league out 73 qualified PGs). Again I have no idea what to make of RPM since it’s hard to know how they calculate that, but it’s fair to say that Chicago’s defense was terribly awful last year and that the spread between Rose’s numbers in 2014-15 and 2015-16 make it at least possible that it was partly a Hoiberg / Pau Gasol / Joakim Noah injury issue as opposed to 100% Rose sucking on defense.

      I’m a solid believer that who you have behind you plays a large part in how good a guard looks on defense, so theoretically with KP and a healthy Noah behind him this year, he might look better?

      Afflalo has been one of the worst defensive guards in the league for a few years now, and so even if Lee is an overrated defender (he looks to be average to above average over the last 3 years by DRPM, but not exactly Danny Green or Tony Allen) that will be a gigantic step up.

      Melo will be Melo. Occasionally good, mostly average, occasionally very lazy.

      Assuming some progress from KP on the defensive end, and also that Noah’s knee is sound, we could really have one of the best defensive 4/5 combos in the league. Both can effectively guard the PNR in multiple ways whether by switching onto smalls, hedge/recover, etc and both have really active hands.

      I think we have a solid shot at being an above average team on both sides of the ball– which could equal 45-50 wins in a “Team Optimism” best-case scenario.

    2. I could see us having a solid defense, but it’s very difficult to imagine an above average offense when we project to have multiple high usage, mediocre-to-bad efficiency guys. I mean, Lance Thomas lead everyone currently on the team in TS% last year at 55.7%, followed by Lee at 55.1%. I could see Porzingis improving enough to eclipse both, but aside from him who exactly is going to be carrying the load in terms of efficiency?

    3. I could see us having a solid defense, but it’s very difficult to imagine an above average offense when we project to have multiple high usage, mediocre-to-bad efficiency guys. I mean, Lance Thomas lead everyone currently on the team in TS% last year at 55.7%, followed by Lee at 55.1%. I could see Porzingis improving enough to eclipse both, but aside from him who exactly is going to be carrying the load in terms of efficiency?

      i’m hanging my hat on Hornacek significantly modernizing the Triangle. Our shot distribution was awful last year. But yeah.

      by the way apparently there are many many members of Team Optimism:

      @IanBegley: The Knicks – not GSW – have attracted the most bets to win the title at the Westgate Super Book, per @DavidPurdum. NYK is 80-1 to win it all

      Or perhaps Team Optimism has a splinter group called Team Delusional.

    4. I think that’s just a good long shot bet in that if Rose and Noah both returned to form, an 80-1 payout would look pretty tremendous. I doubt the average bet on those slips is very much.

    5. i’m hanging my hat on Hornacek significantly modernizing the Triangle. Our shot distribution was awful last year. But yeah.

      Yeah, we don’t have anyone who can shoot, so I dunno how much shot distribution is going to help. If Porzingis takes a step forward maybe we can cobble together a decent offense to pair with a good defense.

    6. At first, I was uncomfortable about reading that KP played the kid who cried on draft night and showing him no mercy. But then I saw the video, it was actually kinda funny. I do hope that the kid and his family were in on the PR stunt though. But I love the way KP and Melo are ingratiating themselves with the fan base. Especially with KP being the future. It’s like a passing of the torch thing. I love it.

      With 15 guaranteed deals, how can Phil add another shooter? I really miss Novak, but Bonner is still available. We need one more shooter. I don’t think shooting will be too bad with Melo/KP/Lee starting and Thomas/Holiday/Jennings/Sasha on the bench. But you can never have too many shooters, especially in today’s NBA. We don’t have a dead-eye shooter, so our “shooters” are gonna hafta get good looks- which means Rose and Jennings are gonna need to drive and kick a lot to give these guys as much space as possible. I’m anxious to see how the team gels on offense, maybe we can top 102 ppg. That being said, guys who aren’t used to committing on defense are gonna need to work harder on that end.

    7. Defense might be okay? Lee is def. an upgrade from Afflalo, Holiday a slight downgrade from Gallo. Rose will be, well no one knows I guess. I’d think he couldn’t be worse than Calderon, but it’s been a long time since he flirted with being average on defense. Jennings looks worse on defense on paper but it’s a hard thing to capture.. If Noah stays healthy and KP improves or at least doesn’t regress we’ll likely maintain or improve our excellent rim defense, but that’s only if he can stay on the floor. If he’s not then, well, who knows? Knicks could be slightly better on defense, but I don’t think by much. We had the 3rd best rim protection in the league last year (by opposing team FG%), the real issue is perimeter d and we only made one really positive step. Will it be enough?! WHY WON’T THE SEASON JUST START

    8. Noah helps your perimeter D in ways Lopez could only dream of. Like you said though, it’s about whether or not he can stay on the floor. If he can we should be a top half of the league defense and close to top-10.

    9. It’ll help us improve, but our perimeter D was absolutely horrible last year and our perimeter defenders (at the 1 anyway, which was where we had the biggest issue before) didn’t really improve that much. Maybe healthy Noah gets us to average, but we just don’t have the other support to get to top ten.

    10. I take issue with the idea that Rose (when healthy) isn’t that much of an improvement over Calderon defensively. I know Rose wasn’t good last year and even in his prime wasn’t a good defender, but Calderon literally couldn’t guard a stop sign last year. He’s so shot athletically and too old/slow to even stay in front of his man for half a second. Its one thing to have a defender beat you off the dribble and get to the paint. Its another thing to provide absolutely no resistance at all every single time that guy runs down the floor. This was exasperated by the fact that Affalo was also not a good defender. So its not like a coach could switch Affalo onto the guy that was toasting Calderon to try and stop him. That guy would also toast Affalo and then the guy Affalo was guarding before would toast Calderon.

      At least now Rose can athletically keep up with the people he is defending and Lee is a good defender. So worst case scenario one opposing team’s guard is killing us as opposed to 2 and Rose can provide at least a few seconds of resistance.

      Also, Lopez was a good defender in the paint but he is slow and not as versatile defensively as Noah (when healthy again obviously this is the gamble so no need to discuss that). In theory Noah can switch onto a 3 or a 2 and provide some coverage. His range of defensive coverage is a lot wider than Lopez’s. So I think he can cover up more mistakes.

    11. Rose was a pretty decent defender when he was healthy. Of course that was 5 years ago. But see this article from Rob Mahoney (who is the replacement for Zach Lowe at SI) from 2011 — yes, it’s 5 years old, but it’s not as if Rose was always a hopeless case on defense. And like Grocer said, even if he’s not the absolutely freakish athlete he used to be, he’s plenty athletic enough to play defense.

    12. Nets have the lowest projected win total at 20.5. And of course, the Celtics can swap picks with them this year AND have their 2018 pick as well.

      When all is said and done, that may go down as one of the all time worst (or best if your a Celtics fan) trades in NBA history. And all because of an impatient egomaniac owner who wanted to “win know” and stick it to their rivals across the river.

    13. @Grocer

      The team was about 1 point away from average last year with worse perimeter defense. I see no reason why if Noah is healthy this team will struggle to be top half of the league on that end. The health is clearly a major concern, but when he’s good to go Noah is one of the most impactful defensive players in the league.

      I also think going from Afflalo to Lee is a significant defensive upgrade even though Lee isn’t some lockdown perimeter defender.

    14. http://imgur.com/s0Y1je3

      Very cool graphic on shot distribution and relative efficiency. Calling on ruruland to explain how it’s biased against “elite scoring opportunity generator” Carmelo Anthony.

    15. http://imgur.com/s0Y1je3

      Very cool graphic on shot distribution and relative efficiency. Calling on ruruland to explain how it’s biased against “elite scoring opportunity generator” Carmelo Anthony.

      that is really cool.

      Not sure how it is related to whether or not Melo is an “elite scoring opportunity generator”.

    16. KAT’s shot distribution: efficiency chart makes me all hot and bothered

    17. that graphic is dope but would be even better if it had a small line to go with each line for free throws or some shit

    18. Our boy Danilo Gallinari has a blue-tailed yellow headed snake. He appears to be average or below in all but two slivers inside the arc. I was hoping for better.

    19. that is really cool.

      Not sure how it is related to whether or not Melo is an “elite scoring opportunity generator”.

      To me it just shows that he sucks at the rim. Which we have seen.

    20. I’m going for the “over” also, joining Frank on team-optimism. My opinion only.

      Noah-Rolo is a wash
      Zinger-Zinger is an improvement (we hope)
      Melo-Melo is a wash
      Lee-Afflalo is an improvement
      Rose-Calderon is a MASSIVE improvement

    21. “Calling on ruruland to explain how it’s biased against “elite scoring opportunity generator” Carmelo Anthony.”

      Dude, you’re a fucking moron.

      That’s shot distance and volume. That’s not play type. There’s nothing descriptive of the shots.

    22. Danilo does some really good work at the free throw line. Which would appear to be missing from those funky, curious diagrams…

    23. Gallinari gets one of the craziest whistles in the league. It’s up there with Wade in the 2006 Finals.

    24. It’s weird that Gallinari sucks so bad around the rim, yet he gets such a favorable whistle. I don’t know if TS%-eFG% is a stat but he would probably lead the league.

    25. “It’s weird that Gallinari sucks so bad around the rim, yet he gets such a favorable whistle.”

      Not really weird. He seeks contact and he’s great at flailbaiting. It’s his best NBA skill.

    26. “Calling on ruruland to explain how it’s biased against “elite scoring opportunity generator” Carmelo Anthony.”

      Dude, you’re a fucking moron.

      That’s shot distance and volume. That’s not play type. There’s nothing descriptive of the shots.

      There it is!

    27. I liked the graphic. It was very helpful. I don’t think Melo looks bad in it. In fact, he takes most of his shots at the rim and in the places where he has an above average shooting percentage. That’s good.

      Labor, I agree with you about the Kings. They could easily beat their over/under. Also, apparently they signed Ty Lawson, something I didn’t know until yesterday. If he recovers his form he could be a big help to them.

    28. Khris Middleton is a terrible loss for the Bucks. Basically kills their chances of the playoffs. Not a lot of genuine two way wings like him.

    29. @KnickfaninNJ

      Spell check is wrong lol

      @ptmilo

      Yeah, that’s a brutal loss. Idk who would come in for him in the starting lineup. Maybe they could try replacing his shooting by going huge on the wing with Giannis and Parker and playing Teletovic at the 4, but that seems less than ideal on both ends of the floor.

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