Knicks Morning News (2016.11.11)

  • [SNY Knicks] Kuzminskas’ play has earned him more minutes
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:55:11 PM)

    Mindaugas Kuzminskas’ solid play has earned him more minutes in the Knicks’ rotation.

  • [SNY Knicks] TheKnicksBlog Podcast: Rambis to Run the D
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 3:04:41 PM)

    TheKnicksBlog Podcast: Rambis to Run the D

  • [SNY Knicks] Hernangomez shines in prime time for Knicks
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 12:30:38 PM)

    The Knicks have clearly been content taking their time with Willy Hernangomez. After getting drafted in 2015, the big man remained overseas for a year.

  • [SNY Knicks] Resilient Knicks get much-needed victory
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:25:04 AM)

    Give this edition of the Knicks credit so far this season. When faced with adversity and turmoil, they’ve responded by playing well.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks recall Baker, Plumlee from D-League
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:45:58 AM)

    The Knicks have recalled G Ron Baker and C Marshall Plumlee from their D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, the team announced Thursday.

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose hates it when people mess with his training ball
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:52:58 AM)

    Derrick Rose was in a panic at the United Center last week, convinced that his former team had stolen back his “unicorn.”

  • [NYDN] Why Brandon Jennings wants Knicks to ‘never help up an opponent’
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 10:30:04 AM)

    Brandon Jennings has been bringing more than energy and ball distribution off the bench for the Knicks.

  • [NYDN] J.R. Smith asks how to explain Donald Trump’s win to daughter
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:38:55 AM)

    J.R. Smith needs your help.

  • [ESPN] Friday’s Knicks News: Hornacek insists Jackson didn’t force Rambis on him
    (Friday, November 11, 2016 6:08:22 AM)

    Friday’s Knicks News: Hornacek insists Jackson didn’t force Rambis on him

  • [ESPN] Brandon Jennings: Helping opponents up shows ‘too much respect’
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:15:59 PM)

    Brandon Jennings: Helping opponents up shows ‘too much respect’

  • [ESPN] Thursday’s Knicks News: Rookie Willy Hernangomez provides lift off bench in win over Nets
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:16:10 AM)

    Thursday’s Knicks News: Rookie Willy Hernangomez provides lift off bench in win over Nets

  • [NYPost] ‘Call WikiLeaks’: Hornacek says Jackson didn’t force Rambis on him
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:51:12 PM)

    Coach Jeff Hornacek acted offended by suggestions Knicks president Phil Jackson forced him to make Kurt Rambis his defensive assistant this week. But he managed to throw in some Hillary Clinton humor. “Call Wikileaks to look at my emails,’’ Hornacek said jokingly. “Zero. He didn’t have anything to do with it.’’ The Post reported Hornacek…

  • [NYPost] Why Derrick Rose loves his ‘unicorn’ so much
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 7:06:04 PM)

    There’s more than one “unicorn’’ in the Knicks’ locker room this season. Kristaps Porzingis was dubbed a unicorn last season by Kevin Durant, but Derrick Rose has brought a second one with him. It’s Rose’s trusty medicine ball, which he carries everywhere and nearly lost — twice — when he was in Chicago last Friday….

  • [NYPost] Brandon Jennings shows Knicks rookie how to play with attitude
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 10:00:13 AM)

    The old-school grit backup point guard Brandon Jennings is trying to instill in the Knicks’ bench brigade was evident during Wednesday night’s win over the Nets — and not just because of his pressure defense and 11 assists. During one sequence in the fourth quarter, Knicks rookie center Willy Hernangomez went to help the Nets’…

  • [NY Newsday] No helping hand for opponents from Brandon Jennings
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 8:07:00 PM)

    When it comes to game etiquette, Brandon Jennings is definitely old school.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 110, Nets 96: ‘Embarrassed’ Knicks Roll Past the Nets in the Second Half
    (Friday, November 11, 2016 2:32:28 AM)

    Behind at halftime to the struggling Nets, the Knicks employed an offensive surge by Carmelo Anthony and a new defensive mind-set to win at the Garden.

  • [NYTimes] Trump’s Victory Elicits Anger and Confusion in the N.B.A.
    (Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:01:58 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony was joined by LeBron James, Steve Kerr and others around the league in expressing their disappointment over the election of Donald J. Trump.

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    82 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.11.11)”

    1. Quick thoughts on Derrick Rose, continuing Ruru’s thoughts from yesterday-

      We obviously spent most of the offseason fighting over whether he was the worst PG in the NBA or not, and I think the early returns (only 220 minutes played in) seem to suggest that he’s not the worst player in the NBA. Hard to quantify defense, but to my eyes at least, he hasn’t been overtly awful – he has in small sample career (or very near career) high steal, block, and rebound percentages right now. Offensively, he is taking a career high % of his FGA at the rim (46.7%) and shooting a career high FG% there (61.2%). His TS is still below average though (50) and that is of course tied into barely taking any 3s (even though he’s made 40% of his very few 3PA so far), not getting to the line as much as you’d think he would with all those rim runs, and shooting vastly below his career averages from midrange (90 points less from 3-9 feet, 160 points less from 10-15 feet, 76 feet less from 16-23 feet).

      Hard to know whether he will regress in terms of his at-rim percentage, but again anecdotally, he is getting there easily and not making any crazy shots right now – it seems that is sustainable. In fact, to my memory he has missed a bunch of easy ones. One would hope his mid-range percentages perk up a little. I can see his TS edging up into the low-mid 50s, at which point he becomes a pretty good player.

      What has everyone else seen so far?

    2. Derrick Rose’s 16/4/4 line is pretty good for what we ask of him in this offense. Rose should keep raising his efficiency over the next couple of games because his shot selection is all based on attacking a compromised defense. He hasn’t forced anything and seems to understand his role in the offense. If he can raise his shooting percentages from mid range, I don’t see why he can’t be a version of what Jeremy Lin was for us.

    3. Melo and Rose should practice with strobe lights for efficiency like MJ. Phil knew about this and didn’t get them? see ESPN article, Curry and Kawhi uses them now

    4. I remember he had a quote after the game with him saying he has no problem with Jennings ending games as long as we win. Doesn’t seem like he is trying to put up a lot pointzz to get a new max contract after the season.

    5. Melo and Rose should practice with strobe lights for efficiency like MJ. Phil knew about this and didn’t get them? see ESPN article, Curry and Kawhi uses them now

      I mentioned the same yesterday…great minds, my friend. Great minds. Melo can certainly use it. I’m sure it could help Rose in some fashion, but he is devastating right now in iso. Nobody can stay in front of him- he just needs to shoot better. He’s getting great looks, they’re just not falling. That said, he is shooting a career high, I believe. So if a couple more jumpers fall for him, he becomes more efficient and dangerous. I think we all should appreciate the way he’s playing so far. I, for one, was afraid that he would feel the need to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more to justify his role. But instead he’s playing within himself & the offense while doing exactly what we need in balancing between distributing and attacking the defense. And he looks healthy.

    6. Rose has been relatively decent so far, and that’s very important to the Knicks right now. Especially since he has gotten better the last three games. So hopefully he stays at least decent! Keep that TS% above .50, Derrick (I believe it is exactly .50 right now).

    7. Rose has performed as I expected. But then again, I wasn’t expecting MVP Rose. I figured he would be the #20-30 pg in the league if he stayed healthy. Our point guard play the past few years was so bad and the net difference in talent is why I welcome him. Last year we had Calderon, who is now in the role he should have been in, third string PG on a mediocre team. The fact that we added Jennings as a hedge was smart. Now we have actual point guards, not the best, but guys who can do the job.

    8. Yeah, sort of kind of okay point guard play truly is huge for this team. It’s like how they improved when they went from THJ to Afflalo despite Afflalo kind of sucking. It was still a step up from how bad THJ was the year before.

    9. Rose has been bad, but his shot selection is promising and something that he absolutely can keep doing, and if his jumper comes around he’ll be okay. He should honestly take more 3’s instead of long jump shots.

    10. Yeah, when he added a three to his game was when he became a superstar back in 2010-11. His three has since disappeared.

    11. i don’t understand how ppl can think rose has been good… 27% usg and the efficiency he is putting up is really bad… this is about what you’d get if jarret jack thought he was kobe…. meanwhile… porzingis is sitting around 23% usg… when his TS is >.600…

      things are a little better the last couple of games so hopefully things keep improving… but the current state of affairs with rose is definitely not good…. we’re basically getting last year’s version of rose…

    12. @11 – And last year’s version of Rose is an extreme improvement over last year’s point guard play for the Knicks.

    13. @11 – And last year’s version of Rose is an extreme improvement over last year’s point guard play for the Knicks.

      Are you serious with this?

    14. Ron Baker had 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals the other day for Westchester. Our future is very bright.

      Plumlee 10 an 10 too.

    15. Do I think he has been overall good, no. Still better than what Calderon would have gave us IMO.

      I don’t want another Rose debate though, let’s talk Big Willy.

    16. @ 14 – this is what you do when you don’t have a real answer. You ask a condescending rhetorical question. If you can’t see how Rose has improved our offense then I don’t know what to tell you. Can you name one time Calderon drove to the lane last year? Or got us an easy bucket on the fast break? Don’t give me your individual numbers. All you have to do is look at our starting five and how easily they are scoring. Is that all because KP is better, Lee is there and Noah? I don’t think so. Noah barely plays 20 minutes a game. Lee is great, obviously better than AA, but is that the sole reason we’re better? Is it all because KP is better? Or maybe KP is better because he has a point guard that requires attention from the opposing team’s defense? That can actually get to the lane and break down a defense and kick out a pass to him?

      Is Rose one of the best PG’s in the league? No. But he’s quick as lightning and gets at least 6 easy points a game. He’s sped up the entire offense and given us options. I honestly don’t know if you actually watch basketball.

    17. And who cares what version of Rose we are getting. you guys are stuck on his salary and the fact that he used to be an MVP. Last year’s Rose is better than Calderon by a mile. On both sides of the ball. And our overall offense, which Rose is a part of, is way better than last year. Is that because of everyone BUT Rose? So he has no impact on his fellow players AT ALL?

    18. TBF last year Rose overall was pretty bad. Post mask Rose is who I take over Calderon every day of the week.

      Doesn’t mean he’s a great PG.

    19. I don’t know that any of us have a real answer-it’s a difficult question. For example, we’re averaging 11 fb points a game so far, up from 8 fb points a game last year. How much of that is Rose, and how much of that is other players and a different coach?

    20. He’s running a .60 WS/48, an improvement over last year, and his game has seemed better this year–more intelligent and more within himself–than he has been for a while. I’m optimistic that he can be a league average player.

      Calderon was better it’s just that the combo of Calderon and Afflalo fucked any kind of pacing. Calderon suited position these days is as an off guard, not as the primary ball handler.

      Like if Jose was the backup 2 guard who got minutes with the starters he’d be fine besides his atrocious defense

    21. i don’t understand how ppl can think rose has been good… 27% usg and the efficiency he is putting up is really bad… this is about what you’d get if jarret jack thought he was kobe…. meanwhile… porzingis is sitting around 23% usg… when his TS is >.600…

      I think he’s been playing well because of the effect he’s had on the offense. Melo’s at around 18 fga, KP is scoring more efficiently (Jennings has a big part in that as well), and Lee is looking like more of an offensive threat than he’s ever been. No one here thinks that Rose has been all-world, but defenses are beginning to fear his attacking ability again. Numbers-wise, Rose hasn’t been great. But no one here can deny his positive effect on the offense as he gets more chemistry with the team. I completely agree that KP’s usage should be higher, but right now that would call for less Rose drives to the rim. And I’m not sure that’s a good thing because personally- I am loving the fact that Rose is making his living attacking the rim. Sucks that he’s not getting any calls though.

    22. Last year’s Rose is better than Calderon by a mile.

      No. This year’s Rose is better than last year’s Rose. You simply have no objective basis to say that last year’s Rose was a good player. Do you rewatch the whole season and take meticulous notes, or do you look at his awful season shooting stats and come to the conclusion that he was good?

      I have no problem saying that he’s been okay this year. Not the player I would want at $21M, but he’s been okay. He was not okay last year.

    23. Rose has been bad. Not sure how you can say he hasn’t. It’s nice he isn’t as horrible as he was the first half of last year but really, this guy doesn’t look like anything more than a backup to the backup point guard.

      He also is clearly not a great fit with Melo and Porzingis. Especially with Noah facilitating as well as he has and Jennings as more of a passing option.

      He hasn’t been an unbridled disaster, although given how much my standards in that respect have moved in the last four days, that’s not saying much perhaps.

    24. Well, to me, he doesn’t look like a good fit. I want Zingis and then Melo taking the shots and I’d prefer Rose take very few, because he isn’t very good at it. And he just doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who can be on the court without putting up a bunch of bad shots.

      Btw, the Lakers are 5-4 with a bunch of fun players from what I can see. That pisses me off.

    25. The Lakers are overperforming right now, but they’re definitely heading back in the right direction.

    26. Well, to me, he doesn’t look like a good fit. I want Zingis and then Melo taking the shots and I’d prefer Rose take very few, because he isn’t very good at it.

      Melo and KP are taking plenty of shots and this team’s scoring plenty of points. Their fit is fine.

    27. Rose, KP, and Melo fit alright together. Once this team figures out it has no business being the worst defensive unit in basketball we’ll be fine.

      Of course it would be better if Derrick Rose were Mike Conley, George Hill, or Chris Paul but he’s not. He gets to the basket whenever he sees fit and that is very valuable.

      And somebody really needs to tell KP he would have way more stamina if he stopped breathing through his mouth all the time.

    28. Marc Stein reporting Kings are open to trading WCS *eyes emoji*

      Would anyone do KOQ and our 1st this year for him? Who says no?

      Kings probably looking for a guard though, in which case, Jennings + this years 1st?

    29. I’d say no. WCS is intriguing but we really need guard and wing talent and there’s no guarantee our pick won’t be lottery or high-lottery this year.

    30. Holy fletch, I make that trade in a second. Our pick is going to be middle of the pack, this isn’t an historically good year for the draft (like the year in which he was drafted), and with Big Willy and KP our bigs would be set for a decade. Hell yeah.

      I’d even do it if it were Jennings. I appreciate that Jennings is looking to dish, but we’re talking about the future, and the earliest the future will arrive is next year if we’re lucky enough to get CP3. It ain’t gonna be anything this year, so screw this year.

    31. I was against the Rose trade but I will give him some leeway considering he did not get a real pre-season. So lets just see what happens going forward with Rose now that “his pre-season” has been over the last few games

      Regarding the strobe lights:

      It would be a good ideal for Melo to get into neuromuscular training but KP is the oe who really needs it. MElo is likely not going to do it anyway if he hasn’t already. As close as he is to Jordan and Wade you would think he would think he would’ve knicked on Tim Grover’s door after he started loosing some lift. Maybe Grover is tough to work with because I believe Wade had stopped training with him.
      I do wonder sometimes about the relationship players have with trainers or players who don’t have trainers. Some players keep the same trainers for years but never seem to improve. Like do players like Rose and Jennings even have personal trainers or shooting coaches and if they do how long have they been with them because their skills sets are terrible. Why isn’t Rose being taught to change his game from a highly vertical explosive combo guard into a still highly athletic true pg? Instead of trying to get back to his old form he should try to create a new identity. He should be going for Reggie Jackson/Dennis Shroeder(playoffs & this year) but with more assist. He needs to learn that he is now a speedy quick twitch below the rim athlete.

    32. This year WCS is only getting 15mpg. Not hard to find him more time, especially with Noah only playing 25 mpg.

    33. He needs to learn that he is now a speedy quick twitch below the rim athlete.

      He seems to be figuring that out. Drop his one terrible game when he hadn’t had time to practice yet and he has been league average player, which seems fine to me, and miles better than Calderon.

    34. @ 37

      No but I would do 2018 top 10 protected and the 2017 second rd pick. This upcoming draft is where the knicks might get their guard of the future.

      If I a the Knicks I would be interested in WCS or Noel but WCS has the better contract situation. Unless Hernangomez become the next Marc Gasol in when it comes to improving his defense the knicks will need another defensive big especially with Noah only playing 20 minutes a night.

    35. Marc Stein reporting Kings are open to trading WCS *eyes emoji*
      Would anyone do KOQ and our 1st this year for him? Who says no?
      Kings probably looking for a guard though, in which case, Jennings + this years 1st?

      It would be amazing to have WCS learning behind Noah. But I don’t know who to trade. KOQ is a good option, but probably not one the Kings would want. Given his chemistry with KP, I’d say Jennings is as close to untouchable as he can be right now. So I guess the question is, is WCS really worth it? Say Phil offers u Jennings in a swap for WCS. Our PG’s would then be Rose, Randle, Sasha, and Baker. I think that Sasha and Baker are more natural and better at the 2, but they can play the 1 in a pinch. So..is WCS really worth us having Rose as our primary PG? I definitely think a trade for WCS is something Phil should look into

    36. I wouldn’t consider Jennings untouchable. His contract’s up after this year anyway. What about Noah and a pick top 10 protected for WCS?

    37. Not something Knick related, but something I must take a moment to lament. Bartolo Colon has signed with the Braves. UGH! I know the Mets have plenty of starting pitching..but boy are they gonna miss him.

      Back to your regularly scheduled Knicks talk..

    38. This year WCS is only getting 15mpg. Not hard to find him more time, especially with Noah only playing 25 mpg.

      True, He could take all of Lance’s minutes. Make it easier to play Kuz and Randle could take over for Jennings.

    39. It would be amazing to have WCS learning behind Noah. But I don’t know who to trade. KOQ is a good option, but probably not one the Kings would want. Given his chemistry with KP, I’d say Jennings is as close to untouchable as he can be right now. So I guess the question is, is WCS really worth it? Say Phil offers u Jennings in a swap for WCS. Our PG’s would then be Rose, Randle, Sasha, and Baker. I think that Sasha and Baker are more natural and better at the 2, but they can play the 1 in a pinch. So..is WCS really worth us having Rose as our primary PG? I definitely think a trade for WCS is something Phil should look into

      If the Kings are dumb enough to want Jennings straight up for WCS I’d do it in a heartbeat. I’d even do that if by Dec. 15(earliest Jennings can be traded) the knicks are a top 4 team in the east and Jennings wrestled the starting spot away from Rose. Is that too far? I mean WCS has 2 more years while Jennings is just a rental.

    40. I guess it depends on how you evaluate Willy. WCS was really good last year and stands to be a high quality player but he plays KP’s future position. That being said he could probably play very well in the Tristan Thompson PF kind of role. I’d def trade O Quinn and and a pick

    41. Are we really confident that WCS can reach his potential? He looks like a bench player at this point in his short career. Yes, there’s potential, but it’s a gamble.

    42. Are we really confident that WCS can reach his potential? He looks like a bench player at this point in his short career. Yes, there’s potential, but it’s a gamble.

      A young, cheap bench piece center with plus defensive rating his short NBA career is exactly what we need after signing Noah to that big contract. He’s the kind of guy we can rotate in there with no problem. I would love to have Rudy Gay along with him as well.

    43. The problem with Rose is that even at this level, which is similar to what he did after the orbital issue was resolved, he’s still performing like a maybe $8m/year player. He’s been worse than Jennings, who cost only $5m (but probably would have costed $7m or so on a multi-year deal).

      If the barometer is, “Is he better than Calderon would have been?” or “Is he actively destroying the team’s chances of winning as compared to a replacement level player?” that’s pretty sad for a guy who…

      * we’re paying $20m
      * we gave up two decent trade chips to acquire
      * will almost definitely be done by the time KP is 25
      * is a huge injury risk
      * will almost definitely demand more salary than his value this summer due to his brand name

    44. that was freakin awesome Brian…thanks for sharing…big comic book fan myself – collected hard from ’95 to ’05…favorite titles are just about all the Elseworld stuff for DC – big fan of the JSA books in particular, love superman as the villain (alien that he is), Exiles (i have the complete first run) from Marvel and also a bunch of the Ultimate titles (absolutely loved Ultimate Human and Ultimate Wolverine versus Hulk)…got 30 boxes full sitting in a closet…

      still to this day – if i’m taking a trip anywhere, you can be sure i’m packing a few stories with me…i’m definitely gonna be going through your site a little deeper today…

    45. Rose is playing just well enough to get the godawful max contract extension.

      Yep. Definitely going to happen. What are the lotto numbers going to be next week?

      * we’re paying $20m

      For this one season. Irrelevant in the long-term.

      * we gave up two decent trade chips to acquire

      Lopez is a decent trade chip. Grant is probably worth a 2nd round pick at most, an asset we acquired in that very deal.

      * will almost definitely be done by the time KP is 25

      Ok? When KP is 25, Grant would be 29 and Lopez 32.

      * is a huge injury risk

      True.

      * will almost definitely demand more salary than his value this summer due to his brand name

      Good for him. We’re not obligated to pay him that, you know? It’s also not like everybody in the league is unaware of his significant injury history. Why are we so sure he’s going to command a max contract starting north of $30m AAV on the open market? I’d bet money he won’t come close to getting that type of money and if he does it’ll be because he played closer to the 2010/11 version of Rose.

    46. Let’s pump the breaks on re-signing or not re-signing Rose. We don’t even know how well he’s going to play this season.

      I’d be happy to try to lowball WCS from Sacto, but I don’t see us having anything they’d want. I’d offer Rose for WCS and Gay in December.

    47. Good for him. We’re not obligated to pay him that, you know? It’s also not like everybody in the league is unaware of his significant injury history.

      Phil Jackson is our GM though and he dumb

    48. definitely would not want to trade any draft picks for WCS… we will probably be mediocre to bad for the foreseeable future and someone like WCS wouldn’t move the needle too much… we have a couple of decent draft years ahead of us to hopefully find real pieces and then filling melo’s salary slot when he comes off….

    49. WCS seems, and always has seemed, like the next Joakim Noah.

      I don’t hate the Lakers. I’d rather be them than us. They seem to have a decent collection of young talent to build from.

    50. I live in LA and a lot of my friends are Laker fans, and I dig the Baby Lakers. Probably will go catch a few games at Staples this season.

    51. The problem I had with WCS in college and still have is why can’t he grab more rebounds if he’s such an athletic bigman?

      Also I’d want to know if he’s hurt or just completely dogging it this year.

    52. According to Kings fans he isn’t even attempting to box out this year. Seems like a headcase.

    53. WCS seems, and always has seemed, like the next Joakim Noah.

      Yeah, except for the rebounding, passing, and enough ball-handling ability to push after the rebound. In other words, not much like Noah at all aside from defensive mobility. I wouldn’t trade this year’s first unless you know it’s protected below 15 or so- too many good guards in this draft. In fact I’m not sure I’d trade a first for him at all- I thought he had a chance to turn into a 7 foot version of Tony Allen but he hasn’t seemed to be that kind of force on defense yet. I think he’ll be a nice player but the kind of nice player like Ed Davis who doesn’t put up enough numbers to command a big salary- you can find guys like him too easily on the cheap (Like Dedman this year) to spend an asset on him. Of course, it’s not like the Knicks find guys like that on the cheap that often so…

    54. Sacto is a soul-crushing place to play, and they make lots of dumb trades, so WCS is a good “buy low” opportunity for somebody. We don’t really have the right assets to match up with them though, and WCS is not triangular so he is not goink to be coming here.

    55. @66 yeah they do, but wouldn’t you agree that KP is better than anyone on that team? We also have some young pieces that may develop as well. The Knicks should be able to get a competent player in the draft as well now that we actually have our picks

    56. I don’t really understand trading for Cauley-Stein if you have Noah under contract for four years. They’re big men with very little overlap on skills, except that neither of them can shoot from distance. They can’t play on the floor together.

      Oh, right, Noah: I forgot that he’ll be injured within the next couple weeks. Sure, trade for him, but not a 1st rounder.

    57. Lonzo Ball looks pretty good and is slated to go exactly at 15 fwiw

    58. Honestly watching Lonzo Ball throw lobs practically from half-court and make some really smooth passes in the pick and roll to the pop man make me salivate at the thought of him playing with Porzingis

    59. Lavor, let’s say you’re GM, and I’m Adam Silver. It’s summer 2016. I say, “Hey Lavor, what would I have to give the Knicks in order in exchange for removing $20m of your cap space?”

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