Knicks Morning News (2016.10.01)

  • [NYDN] Joakim Noah skips out on Knicks’ dinner with West Point cadets
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 9:03:32 PM)

    The Knicks’ new center said that he has ‘mixed feelings’ about being at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

  • [NYDN] US Military Academy responds to Joakim Noah sitting out dinner
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 5:34:49 PM)

    The U.S. Military Academy is not happy with Joakim Noah.

  • [NYDN] Joakim Noah once told KG he was his fav player — didn’t go well
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 1:29:15 PM)

    Joakim Noah grew up with Kevin Garnett jerseys and posters. Then Noah got to the NBA and found out liking KG was no longer an option.

  • [NY Newsday] Joakim Noah skips Knicks team dinner with Army cadets
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 9:39:00 PM)

    Joakim Noah decided to skip a Knicks team dinner with Army cadets because he is anti-war, and said he has mixed feelings about spending this week at the United States Military Academy for training camp.

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek admits Knicks offense complex for new guys
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 7:02:48 PM)

    WEST POINT — Kristaps Porzingis called it the same old triangle offense this week during training camp, but Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek prefers another term. Half-jokingly, Hornacek said, “I think we call it something else — triangle aspects.” Either way, Hornacek is realizing the new players — the ones who didn’t go through Phil Jackson’s…

  • [NYPost] Judge issues gag order on Derrick Rose, rape accuser for duration of civil trial
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 6:24:40 PM)

    A California federal judge has put a partial gag order on Knicks guard Derrick Rose, his former girlfriend who’s accused him of rape and their attorneys for the duration of an upcoming $21.5 million civil trial over the alleged assault. Los Angeles Judge Michael Fitzgerald barred the lawyers and their clients from discussing “the character,…

  • [NYPost] Even as a kid, Joakim Noah had a taste for high-end food
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 1:15:18 PM)

    His favorite restaurant as a child was “Trattoria Dell’Arte” — a favorite power spot for showbiz execs.

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah makes anti-war boycott at Knicks’ West Point camp
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 9:46:51 AM)

    WEST POINT — Knicks center Joakim Noah skipped Thursday night’s team dinner at the mess hall with Army cadets and a speech from a retired colonel because of his stance against war and gun violence. Noah said he feels “uncomfortable’’ the Knicks are conducting training camp for the third straight year at West Point, where…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Noah skips team dinner at West Point due to anti-war stance
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 3:30:18 PM)

    Joakim Noah skipped the Knicks’ team dinner at West Point Military Academy on Thursday night because he’s anti-war.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis urged Thomas to stay with Knicks
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 10:35:39 AM)

    The Knicks drew ire from fans for keeping the surprisingly efficient Thomas, who they acquired as part for the three-way trade that saw them send J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland

  • [SNY Knicks] Staying healthy will be key to Thomas’ success this season
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 8:41:01 AM)

    Injuries limited Lance Thomas to just 59 games last season. He has worked with personal trainer Gabriel Blanco to focus on his strength and conditioning this offseason so he can further help the New York Knicks on the court this season.

  • [ESPN] Noah skips military dinner, cites anti-war stance
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 2:34:35 PM)

    Noah skips military dinner, cites anti-war stance

  • [ESPN] Jeff Hornacek says Kristaps Porzingis’ shot has ‘improved greatly’
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 8:00:49 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek says Kristaps Porzingis’ shot has ‘improved greatly’

  • [NYTimes] Why Try Out for Nets’ New D-League Team? It Beats Playing in Mongolia
    (Saturday, October 01, 2016 12:46:06 AM)

    About 150 players showed up for an open audition with the hope of landing an invitation to training camp.

  • [NYTimes] Joakim Noah, Averse to Wars, Skips Knicks Event at West Point
    (Saturday, October 01, 2016 2:44:44 AM)

    The center did not attend a team dinner with cadets at the United States Military Academy but emphasized that he is not “anti-troops.”

  • [NYTimes] 76ers’ Ben Simmons Breaks Bone in Right Foot
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 11:21:56 PM)

    Ben Simmons has a broken bone in his right foot and its unknown how long the No. 1 overall pick will be sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • [NYTimes] LeBron James Puts Pressure on Cavs to Sign JR Smith
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 8:10:00 PM)

    LeBron James didn’t hold back in weighing in on J.R. Smith’s contract impasse with the Cavaliers.

  • [NYTimes] Kings Prepare to Open State-Of-The-Art Downtown Arena
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 6:07:30 PM)

    After years of searching for a new home, the Sacramento Kings are set to open a new venue that raises the bar of what an arena can be.

  • [NYTimes] Coach KG? Garnett Has Offers One Week After Retiring
    (Friday, September 30, 2016 7:03:35 AM)

    Just one week into his retirement from the NBA, Kevin Garnett has received offers to join the coaching ranks from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers. Garnett, who ended his career last week after 21 seasons in the league, made an appearance at Clippers’ practise on Thursday and offered on-court instruction to the team that impressed head coach Doc Rivers.

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    56 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.10.01)”

    1. Jo is the man.

      One of the few exciting things about this year’s Knicks team is that serum levels of social activism are at an all-time high. Proud to have people like Noah and Melo on the team I root for.

    2. Probably the same amount of people who would’ve wanted to tank for some injury prone bum named Anthony Davis

      But that would’ve been just a horrible idea!

    3. Nobody wanted us to tank to get Ben Simmons. We’d already won too many games by the time the season went to shit.

    4. How many of you wanted to tank last year so that we could draft Ben Simmons?

      Do you realize the Knicks didn’t have a draft pick last year? Gone acquiring that world beater former #1 Bargs Bunny.

    5. Ha, got there first.

      And “Roach lawsuit” has quite a ring to it, almost dumpster fire-esque as a phrase….

    6. How many of you wanted to tank last year so that we could draft Ben Simmons?

      Yeah, it’s a good thing the Knicks aren’t building their roster around injury-prone players

    7. How many of you wanted to tank last year so that we could draft Ben Simmons?

      You are the worst poster this site has ever had. Please stop the idiocy.

    8. I’m looking forward to seeing the bench mob on Tuesday night. Willy, Kuz, Ndour. Baker and Randle are all intriguing and should all get a long look. I’m especially interested to see how Kuz (I’m not calling him Cheese) plays at the 2. I’d really like to see Ron open up some eyes.

    9. We’re playing Houston in a game of wheelchair basketball on Tuesday

    10. Hey Donnie, I am loved and respected on these boards. Nobody even knows who you are.

      You forgot to add an exclamation point to the end of that tweet, Mr Trump.

    11. Big Willy playing like a 10 year vet:

      Jeff Hornacek says reserve big man Willy Hernangomez "looks like he's a 10-year vet out there in terms of his calmness when he's playing."— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 1, 2016

      Thanks, Phil!

    12. Pick and pop for KP:

      For those wondering, Jeff Hornacek said he plans to use Kristaps Porzingis in pick-and-pop situations this season.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 30, 2016

    13. Regardless of what really happened re: the Rose rape allegations, I’m starkly put off by his retrograde views on sexual ethics and his defense team’s smear campaign against his accuser.

      I’m really impressed by Noah’s public actions to back up his anti-war views. No matter what you think of pacifism, he took a risk not going to West Point with the team. I admire his efforts to show integrity.

    14. I’m looking forward to seeing the bench mob on Tuesday night. Willy, Kuz, Ndour. Baker and Randle are all intriguing and should all get a long look. I’m especially interested to see how Kuz (I’m not calling him Cheese) plays at the 2. I’d really like to see Ron open up some eyes.

      With 15 guys under guaranteed contracts, it’s going to be really difficult for Baker to make the team. But not impossible, especially with Horaceck’s comments, so I could see Plumlee, Sasha or Lou getting cut if Baker forced the issue. Please force the issue, Ron!

    15. By the way, how weird was Lou getting a guaranteed contract? He never played last year, even when they had injuries. He only got into 29 games all season long. And it’s not like he’s some project. He is who he is. So why give him a guaranteed deal?

    16. Anyone here watch Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix? The opening scene got me off of my feet. It was just awesome to see that subject matter talked about in the opening scene of a highly anticipated show(in my mind at least). Carry on. I gotta get back to watchin the show

      One thing though:
      Rose is saying all the right things and allegedly working on all the right parts to his game to fit the roster better. I really hope he’s not fool’s gold considering that since the Knicks dumped Strickland, the PG position has suffered through kind of a curse- in the sense that we haven’t had a dynamic PG. Some were good, uber-serviceable (Jackson, Childs, Ward). Others were advanced in age past the point of being a big time threat yet still really good (Doc, Harper). A few were over the hill or we got them way too late (Kidd, Francis, Davis). And some were teases (Marbury, Lin). That qualifies as being cursed, right?

    17. Jeff Hornacek says reserve big man Willy Hernangomez “looks like he’s a 10-year vet out there in terms of his calmness when he’s playing.”— Ian Begley

      Thanks, Phil!

      Meh, that’s kind of like Phil’s fixin’ us up on a blind date and when we inquire about her he tells us she’s got a great personality.

    18. @23 “Regardless of what really happened re: the Rose rape allegations, I’m starkly put off by his retrograde views on sexual ethics and his defense team’s smear campaign against his accuser. ”

      Totally agree, but I hope he can recapture some level of play approaching above average anyway.

    19. Jeff Hornacek says reserve big man Willy Hernangomez “looks like he’s a 10-year vet out there in terms of his calmness when he’s playing.”— Ian Begley

      Thanks, Phil!

      Meh reminds me of an exchange between two commentators Bill Walton and Steve Jones during a game long ago. Walton makes a comment that player X is impressive, really running hard out there. Jones replies that it doesn’t matter if he’s running hard – what matters is if he’s running fast!

    20. The most charitable interpretation of the Amundson contract is that they appreciated his services and so they figured to throw him some money so he’s not so put out if and when he gets cut for one of the youngins

      Or at least that’s what I’m hoping for

    21. Playing like a 10 yr veteran is better than not playing like one. Isn’t it?

      He said he’s like a 10 year vet in terms of his “calmness” which strikes me as the type of comment a coach would make when he’s got nothing specific and positive to say about the rookie’s skills. For example, much rather have heard something like: “he’s exceeded our expectations in defending the PnR”.

    22. Now that’s ridiculous. He was lauding Willy and you won’t even admit that. Can we just change the name of this site to knickerbummers.net already?

    23. Sorry reub, I’m one of the sites’s longest posting rose-colored glasses wearer, and even I can’t defend you.

    24. Reub, we all know he was lauding Hernangomez. Zanzibar was just expressing skepticism that the particular quality in question would be very helpful. This is an analytical blog after all. It is a nice thing to be calm. I hope it helps a lot.

    25. reub is so antithetical to the MO of this forum that he should not be allowed to surf any website 5 degrees of separation away from this one

      incidentally that eliminates almost every website on the internet

    26. Wow u hating on Tony Wroten bruh? Are u even a Knicks fan? Phil is a genius and he got Tony at the perfect time you’re going to look so stupid this year when he leads us deep into the playoffs bruh!

    27. reub managed to trigger DRed (or was it Tony Wroten?)

      they said it couldn’t be done

    28. Can we just change the name of this site to knickerbummers.net already?

      If we change the name, will you go away?

    29. DRed, when Wroten became a Knick I became a fan of his. It’s really simple to be a fan, you see. You don’t have to pretend to be a GM or a coach or have some great knowledge (which you don’t ). All you have to do is be a Knicks fan and root for the team and its players. Some of you should try it sometime.

    30. I think a poster should simply try to write something with a useful perspective. I’m not great with research. I’m blown away by posts that represent hours of combing through the records. Like Brian Cronin’s posts showing how we almost got Kevin McHale. I’m annoyed when posters simply act like something’s common knowledge or been proven somehow, but that’s still better than simple opinions with no basis.

      I dig posts where people talk about Rod Strickland and a PG curse and such (Yes, Totes). Posters who have experience with the team. I had a Clyde Frazier poster in my room when I was a kid. I watched Bernard King kill the Nets in the playoffs. I like posts that show an appreciation of history and yes a love of the team, whether they were successful or not.

      My only problem with stat based analysis is that past performance does not predict future performance. The two often correlate, but it’s not a forgone conclusion. Teams play well when a confluence of their players have career years. That may mean a low draft pick defying expectations, a guy suffering through injuries getting healthy, or a guy changing his game.

      A lot of times what people on this board think will happen does happen but that doesn’t meant it absolutely will happen.

    31. You said Tony Wroten was going to be great. What happened? Why did we get rid of such a good player?

    32. We’re already maxed out at 15 great players so there was no room even for a player as great as Tony Wroten.

    33. I was driving on the highway today and there was a guy driving slow in the fast lane and then dipping into the middle lane when people tried to go around him. I actually thought, maybe that’s Reub driving?

    34. BTW, I recommend everyone here enjoy at least the first 3 minutes of Luke Cage. Beginning feels like an average day at Knickerblogger….

      I for one am with Luke, “The Knicks played like men when Pat Riley was coach.”

    35. I like to drive. I’m a very good driver!

      I was kind of expecting “I know you are but what am I?”

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