Knicks Morning News (2016.11.09)

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ dysfunction under Phil Jackson continues
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 2:39:57 PM)

    Only in Knicks bizarro land does this make sense.

  • [NYDN] Kurt Rambis to coach Knicks defense, gets a lukewarm endorsement
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 10:44:52 AM)

    The Knicks addressed their defensive problems by putting their triangle expert in charge.

  • [NYDN] Van Gundy: Triangle talk distracts from terrible Knicks defense
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 9:27:40 AM)

    The triangle is simply distractions to what is really responsible for the Knicks’ stumbling start.

  • [ESPN] Wednesday’s Knicks News: Dysfunction under Phil Jackson continues
    (Wednesday, November 09, 2016 5:43:32 AM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks News: Dysfunction under Phil Jackson continues

  • [ESPN] Rambis new voice of struggling Knicks defense
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 4:44:48 PM)

    Rambis new voice of struggling Knicks defense

  • [ESPN] Sources: Lack of triangle annoys Knicks’ Jackson
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 8:18:54 AM)

    Sources: Lack of triangle annoys Knicks’ Jackson

  • [ESPN] Tuesday’s Knicks News: Defense needs to improve immediately
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 6:02:18 AM)

    Tuesday’s Knicks News: Defense needs to improve immediately

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks on triangle, defense
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 11:54:32 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks assign Baker, Plumlee to D-League
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 5:16:58 PM)

    The Knicks have sent Ron Baker and Marshall Plumlee to their D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Update: Kurt Rambis put in charge of Knicks defense
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 1:30:52 PM)

    The Knicks have decided to put assistant coach Kurt Rambis in charge of the team’s defense.

  • [SNY Knicks] Phil Jackson, players unhappy with use of triangle offense
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 11:52:21 AM)

    Knicks players are expressing their displeasure over the team’s offense because they feel it doesn’t suit their personnel, particularly point guard Derrick Rose, sources recently told ESPN.com’s Ian Begley.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks need to begin winning to keep Phil quiet
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 10:15:23 AM)

    The Knicks, off to a 2-4 start, need to start winning in order to keep Phil Jackson and his talk of the triangle offense quiet.

  • [NYPost] Knicks finally switch up practice to fix glaring defense holes
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 5:00:13 PM)

    If Kurt Rambis doesn’t work out as the Knicks’ new lead defensive assistant, perhaps Courtney Lee should take the job. Last week, Lee suggested part of the problem with the Knicks’ defense might be that it practices against the triangle offense — a system no other team utilizes — instead of working against more popular…

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson is an utterly blind and knee-jerk puppet master
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 2:31:52 PM)

    There are 76 games left in the Knicks’ season, which is the kind of thing you usually file under “bright side” for a team that has started a season 2-4 with a new head coach, a new staff, a gaggle of new players and a new system. There are supposed to be growing pains in…

  • [NYPost] Knicks couldn’t be less gung ho for Kurt Rambis running defense
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 10:56:48 AM)

    The Knicks have begun a season of renewed optimism with four losses in their first six games, prompting Phil Jackson’s desire to see changes — whether unnecessary or uninspiring. Jackson reportedly is already unhappy the Knicks (2-4) are not running the triangle offense enough under first-year coach Jeff Hornacek despite showing marked offensive improvement from…

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson still grouchy about Knicks’ triangle use
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 7:03:19 AM)

    Phil’s bent out of shape — again. ESPN reported Knicks president Phil Jackson is displeased with how little the team is running his beloved triangle offense under new coach Jeff Hornacek. Hornacek has been consistent in his messaging: He’s trying to use “principles” of the triangle while dialing up the Knicks’ pace by getting out in…

  • [NY Newsday] Kurt Rambis put in charge of Knicks’ defense
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 4:52:00 PM)

    It’s six games into the season, and the Knicks have one of the worst defenses in the NBA. They are allowing an average of 109.8 points and have yet to hold an opponent under 102 points.

  • [NYTimes] To Strengthen a Weak Defense, the Knicks Appoint Kurt Rambis as Czar
    (Wednesday, November 09, 2016 12:58:21 AM)

    Rambis, an assistant coach, will become the team’s de facto defensive coordinator.

  • [NYTimes] Stephen Curry’s 13 3-Pointers: Shot for Shot
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 3:13:03 PM)

    After a recent 0-for-10 night on 3-point attempts, Curry made 13 of them in a 116-106 victory over the Pelicans on Monday night.

  • [NYTimes] Japan Uses Speed, Not Size, to Take Women’s Basketball to New Heights
    (Tuesday, November 08, 2016 7:23:42 PM)

    The sport has gained popularity in Japan after the team’s eighth-place showing at the 2016 Olympics, especially with the 2020 Games set for Tokyo.

  • Liked it? Take a second to support Mike Kurylo on Patreon!

    Mike Kurylo

    Mike Kurylo is the founder and editor of KnickerBlogger.net. His book on the 2012 Knicks, "We’ll Always Have Linsanity," is on sale now. Follow him on twitter (@KnickerBlogger).

    44 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.11.09)”

    1. My brother, who couldn’t give 2 shits about sports, told me he’s going to start watching Knicks games because he can’t watch the news any more.

      So we just picked up another fan – yay!

    2. The most rude of awakenings. I refuse to speak about what the voters of this country did last night.

      We play Brooklyn tonight. That has to be a win, right?

    3. That’s democracy at work.

      If you believe in democracy, you accept what the majority decides and support the decision. That’s what a person with moral and intellectual integrity does.

      I voted for Clinton, btw.

    4. I plan to rhetorically fight Trump’s administration with the same conviction that I fought George W. Bush’s militaristic colonialism, Barack Obama’s refusal to end the drug war, and Isiah Thomas’s nuclear annihilation of the only sports team I truly loved. The most important thing we can do in a liberal democracy is talk. That’s what we do on this board, and that’s what we should do off of it.

      Of course, don’t tell people to swig bleach, like an angry sot would do, but talk.

      Also, I need a stiff drink.

    5. Brooklyn like the Lakers have looked suprisingly competent

      They have a good coach, so yeah, they’re going to play more competent than expected, but still, they’re definitely a worse team than the Knicks, so this better be a win tonight.

    6. Unfortunately the Knicks still think we’re in preseason and need time to install an NBA defense.

      Still without Lin we should win easily.

    7. So it sure seems like Phil made Hornacek “promote” Rambis and then also made Horny pretend like it was all his own idea. After six regular season games. These do not appear to be the actions of a competent front office.

    8. Unfortunately the Knicks still think we’re in preseason and need time to install an NBA defense.

      Still without Lin we should win easily.

      No Lin or Vazquez. They are excited that Randy freakin’ Foye is going to be healthy for tonight’s game! This has to be a win.

    9. The Lakers success so far is unsustainable, but they’re definitely improved. I don’t think the Knicks are good enough to assume a W over anyone, but they really should win

    10. That’s democracy at work.

      If you believe in democracy, you accept what the majority decides and support the decision. That’s what a person with moral and intellectual integrity does.

      I voted for Clinton, btw.

      I agree with everything you wrote — with the caveat that Clinton is going to win the popular vote, so we’ll have to accept what the overrepresented minority decides. Oh well.

    11. @7 That is the realist shit you ever wrote.

      I/r/t the Knicks – can’t say I’ll always cosign with your views, but I now understand better where you’re coming from.

      Hopefully, one day the team will be run unilaterally with the type of leadership and success that will restore your love. I mean, in under two year’s time, between baseball and basketball, we’ve seen three long suffering (or tortured) franchises – four if maybe you choose to include the Royals – finally get their shit together to win rings. So I maintain hope…on a day where my faith in a lot of things (not spiritually) have been pushed to the brink.

    12. I would love to be part of an overrepresented minority with regard to the Knicks’ roster management.

      First 90 days: Nick Fazekas gets one last look.

    13. How about Knick Fa-Z-man? After my blistering (literally) 5:46:45 in the NYC Marathon, I’m ready to play at Horny’s fast pace.

    14. There are three pro teams I root for: Knicks, Mets and Oakland Raiders. All three of them are franchises that have definitely been in the “downtrodden” category for a long time. The Mets got out of it finally (although they’re already backsliding) by committing to a rebuild– selling off pieces while they still had value (Dickey, Beltran) and avoiding terrible long-term contracts to declining players. Sandy Alderson made plenty of mistakes along they way, but the results have been good. One World Series appearance and a trip to the Wild Card game the following season despite the team getting decimated by injuries.

      The Raiders have taken a similar path– since Al Davis died and Reggie McKenzie got hired, the Raiders stopped doing stupid shit like drafting fast guys with zero football skills, trading away first round picks for washed up quarterbacks and signing “win now” free agents despite the team sucking. Again, there were some mistakes made along the way, but the team has plenty of good young talent including marquee players (Carr and Mack) on both sides of the ball and is in a good position with the salary cap.

      The Knicks… Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

    15. I forgot to add my congratulations to you, Z-man. Very impressive accomplishment. I walked 18 miles on a sunny day in Portland and came up lame at the end. 26.2 at a quick pace doesn’t come cheap. Kudos.

    16. I “pre-congratulated” you in the thread the other day, but yes, Z-Man, now that you finished, double congrats! :)

    17. I can’t believe that I finally agree with everyone here today.
      1) Let me add the congrats to Z-man. I couldn’t run 2.6 miles, forget 26. And we’re the same age.
      2) I come to sports to escape the nightmare that our nation now faces.
      3) The Knicks better beat the Nyets tonight. No excuses.
      4) I am more angry at team management today than ever before under Phil (I can think of a number of Isiah and Layden moments) . It’s incredible that our defense is last in the league and Phil’s worried about the offense.

    18. Never thought I’d be turning to the Knicks if I wanted emotional support

    19. Never thought I’d be turning to the Knicks if I wanted emotional support

      very well said…truly a bizarro day…

    20. I’m not 100% sure Rambis would’ve been Phil’s first choice to concentrate on defense. He’s the only one that knows (or cares) about the Triangle offense on the coaching staff, and now he’s not coaching offense anymore. Or at least is coaching it less.

      And if the NYPost article linked to above is true, it sounds like at least they’re practicing PNR defense finally.

    21. Ya know..I may be in the minority when it comes to this sentiment about the election. Alotta folks are runnin around actin like they’ve been betrayed and sayin ‘America is in trouble!’ And I look at em like, ‘FOOL WHERE U BEEN?! HAVE U BEEN LIVING ANYWHERE BUT AMERICA ALL THIS TIME?’

      Seriously! As great as our nation is, people forget the abundance of propaganda, greed, corruption, and lies that have been part of the backbone of our country- the world even- before we were born. The only thing we as Americans can do is make the best out of the time we’ve been gifted. Hell, when have we ever had outstanding politicians to choose from, right?

      Anyways…back to our beloved Knicks. I will be watching tonight with renewed fervor. Maybe Rambis can coach the players to do a decent imitation of the Lakers teams he ran the defenses for. Maybe tonight will be the beginning of the team starting to jell and play better, more consistent basketball. Let’s hope so because this team has too much talent to be as wildly inconsistent as they are…even if it’s only 6 games into the season

    22. The Nets minus Jeremy Lin look pretty awful on paper. This one should be a W.

      Donald Trump looked pretty awful on paper yesterday morning. (Just sayin’)

    23. I’m not 100% sure Rambis would’ve been Phil’s first choice to concentrate on defense. He’s the only one that knows (or cares) about the Triangle offense on the coaching staff, and now he’s not coaching offense anymore. Or at least is coaching it less.

      This is all a good thing.

    24. Z-Man, congratulations on running, and finishing, the marathon!

      I ran my first NY marathon back in 1998 (to while-away the lockout). I thought it would be my only one, then, 10 years later, I tried it again and have now run 15 since (including one memorable day when I ran the Boston Marathon, showered off, then limped down to TD Garden to watch the Knicks play the Celtics in the 1st round of the 2011 playoffs).

      Great job, Z-Man, and great accomplishment!

    25. Thanks Z, Jowles, Brian, GoNY, et. al. for the kind words. I can’t express how emotional the whole NY thing was to me, why can’t the whole world be every day what NY is on marathon day? I suppose any marathon venue has its charms, but there is nothing like the people of this city when they are all on the same page. I saw what we could be at our best, and then this election happened. How ironic is it that Trump’s rhetoric is so contrary to what makes this city so amazing? By that, I mean our ability to unite for a common purpose regardless of our race, gender, national origin, religion, income, age, sexual preference, etc.

      The height of hypocrisy is how Trump and the evangelicals now share a common purpose. It’s hard to gauge who sold out more. You kind of expect it from Trump, the ultimate opportunist who has no real core, but how can anyone who proclaims to be spiritually elevated support him after all that he has said and done? Mind-boggling.

    26. By the time the game starts, it’ll be their D-League team against the Knicks. But whatever, I’ll gladly take it! It makes up for the Jazz only being fully healthy for one game all season – their game against the Knicks.

    27. #32
      Congrats Z-man! Hey, I ran 3 miles on Saturday.
      :-)

      RE hypocrisy of evangelicals. Ideology trumps all (pun intended). Even “morality.”

    28. I usually walk a couple of miles every day day and at times I’m physically exhausted at the end of the day. Can’t imagine running a marathon. Major congrats to you Z-Man and anyone else who has ran a marathon, that’s an amazing accomplishment.

    29. It’s incredible that our defense is last in the league and Phil’s worried about the offense.

      You are worried about what papers say, and ignoring what actually happened. The papers say Phil is unhappy with the offense. What actually happened was a change was made in who coaches defense. I’m not sure Rambis will be an improvement, but it’s clear Phil and Hornacek know the defense is more of a problem than the offense. This reminds me of when the papers were saying who Phil would pick as coach. No accuracy at all. We got pleasantly surprised.

    30. @43 – I see the Rambis thing as the first step to him taking over when Jackson fires Hornacek.

      Brookly scoring at will; from the perimeter, in the paint.

    Comments are closed.