Knicks Morning News (2017.01.29)

  • [NYDN] Porzingis aims for a more aggressive approach to his offense
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 8:43:43 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis appears to be finding his stroke just when the Knicks need it most.

  • [NYDN] Knicks know only winning games will change the conversation
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 8:42:48 PM)

    It’s only fitting that the Knicks’ grueling January will conclude with two road contests against Eastern Conference playoff teams.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony has done much more for Knicks than Phil Jackson
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:48:14 PM)

    Anthony was the star of the one truly good thing that has happened to the Knicks since 2001.

  • [NYDN] Former Knick Nazr Mohammed sounds off on Trump’s refugee ban
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 3:00:45 PM)

    As refugees and immigrants were being detained in airports across the country, Mohammed took to Twitter to voice his concerns.

  • [NYDN] No Ewing repeat! Knicks need to get real return for Carmelo
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 6:16:08 AM)

    Phil Jackson is willing to deal Anthony without getting one of the Clippers top three players in return

  • [NYPost] Knicks-Nets New York rivalry went from boom to bust
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:01:51 PM)

    The Knicks visit the Nets on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, and if you didn’t have that game circled on your calendar … well, it’s hard to blame you. The Knicks are a tire fire, the Nets a dumpster fire. The Knicks are hapless, the Nets hopeless. None of those things makes for a particularly…

  • [NYPost] Courtney Lee finally started to listen to Jeff Hornacek
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 3:24:08 PM)

    Like a dutiful student, Knick Courtney Lee simply did as he was told. “I’m just trying to be more aggressive and take those shots. Coach has shown me film and the shots I’ve passed up, areas where I could be more aggressive,” Lee said of his season-long chats with coach Jeff Hornacek. “That’s all I’m…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose’s ankle will begin to cost the Knicks
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 1:55:21 PM)

    In Knicks news not actually contingent upon Carmelo Anthony, point guard Derrick Rose is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game at Atlanta. Rose sprained his left ankle in Friday’s 110-107 win over the Hornets at the Garden. He landed on the foot of Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker, left with 4:19 remaining in the third quarter…

  • [NYPost] Reliving the phenomenon that still seems impossible: Linsanity
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 1:52:42 PM)

    It lasted 11 games. It was confined to 19 days. It spanned two countries and four cities, and there was a moment in the middle there when you started to wonder if your eyes were playing Jedi mind tricks on you. These things simply don’t happen, not in professional sports, not in the 21st Century,…

  • [NYPost] Knicks see their route to playoffs (really!) as Carmelo dangles
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 12:50:27 PM)

    The rumors fly — everywhere and virtually every day. Reports concerning Carmelo Anthony and a possible trade have dominated the Knicks’ landscape in recent days. Through it all, his teammates support Anthony … while talking about and trying to focus on the playoffs. Cue the Jim Mora video: “Playoffs? … You kidding me? Playoffs?” “The…

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony: Hearing about possible trade is ‘mentally fatiguing’
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 6:19:38 PM)

    With his name swirling in trade talks this week, Carmelo Anthony said the latest rumors have been a burden, according to Newsday’s Barbara Barker.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis says Melo has been ‘great example’
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 12:46:00 PM)

    Amidst trade rumors swirling about Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis is supporting the forward and would like to see him stay in New York.

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose ankle sprain ‘nothing major,’ but status uncertain
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 11:31:32 AM)

    Knicks guard Derrick Rose left Friday’s game against the Hornets with a sprained left ankle and did not return.

  • [NY Newsday] NBA Insider: Time for Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose to leave Knicks
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 11:24:00 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony has had a rough week. He didn’t make the All-Star team for the first time in eight years, knows the Knicks are openly shopping him and heard boos at the Garden throughout Friday night’s game.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks want Courtney Lee to play more aggressively
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:47:56 PM)

    Courtney Lee doesn’t have the fluid and pure shooting stroke of a prototypical two-guard. Rather, he does something that’s a bit funky when he goes up for a jumper. Lee rolls the ball down into his right wrist and then appears to snap the wrist as he lets the ball go.

  • [NYTimes] Bulls Punish Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, Who Spoke Out as LeBron James Did
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:51:58 PM)

    Wade and Butler did not start against the Miami Heat after they criticized their teammates for a perceived lack of effort in a game against Atlanta.

  • [ESPN] The 2016-17 NBA All-No-Trade Team
    (Saturday, January 28, 2017 8:00:35 AM)

    The 2016-17 NBA All-No-Trade Team

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    69 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2017.01.29)”

    1. I know we all want a point guard in the draft to pair with KP, but I’m starting to think the best way to go with any high draft choice is to select Jonathan Isaac. He’s the best defender in the draft and player in the last 2-3 drafts with the highest ceiling. I watch this kid and see Durant’s offense with Antetokounmpo’s defense. If we get a chance to draft him so he can play with KP? Those two would be unbelievable. Two 7 footers who shouldn’t be able to do half of the things they’re capable of combined with Hernangomez at the pivot? It’s a mouth watering proposition. The funny thing is people are valuing a bum like Josh Jackson over him. Even Jayson Tatum appears to be ranked higher. For my money he’s the best player in this draft. Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz are unbelievable players, but Isaac has the quickness, length, and strength to be a strong perimeter and interior defender.

      Go watch some film on him then look at his stats page. Per 36 he averages 20 points (.640 TS% and a .591 eFG%), 12 boards, 2 blocks (with 3 fouls/36), and 2 steals. His handle is the smoothest I’ve ever seen on a man his size. He has a quick and high release on his jumper making it unblockable. Chances are he’s not the athlete Giannis is or the scorer Durant is, but those two are probably gonna be remembered as the 2nd and 3rd best SFs behind LeBron. Trust me when I say Isaac is the guy we need to be tanking for. We land that kid and the future would be extremely bright. His role at FSU reminds me of the way KAT was similarly underutilized his year at UK. When Isaac gets to the pros, you’re looking at an MVP candidate in 3-5 years.

    2. Isaac’s a top ten pick, though, as well. The Knicks need to get into the top ten at the very least.

    3. Isaac anywhere after #3 is a steal. He’s flat out better than everyone not named Fultz or Ball, and even their ceiling isn’t as high as his. If he and Ntilikina are on the board when we pick and we select Ntilikina I would be very upset.

    4. Hopefully they have that option. Currently, I believe they’re both scheduled to be off the board by the time that the Knicks pick. And the Knicks have a lot of room to move up in the standings, annoyingly (luckily, they can also move down).

    5. oh, Isaac is definitely better than Josh Jackson, I agree completely.

      he might be the Kawhi of this draft, in terms of being undervalued in expected draft position in relation to his talent / potential.

    6. This could be the biggest game of season: our tanker either hits the iceberg or avoids it. A victory today could cause Phil to shut down all trades and go for it. If he were smart, he’d say this to Doc: Doc I’m probably gonna just keep Melo and try for the playoffs. ECF is terrible and we’re starting to gel. BUT if you give me Brice, 2 1sts, and your son, I’ll do the deal. You watch….Doc will drive his son to Terminal A, buy him a coach ticket, pat him on the head and tell him to enjoy the Big Apple. He’ll then proceed to Terminal B to pick up Melo where he’ll embrace him like he were his very own newborn baby.

    7. The Clippers know they are not a much better team (if better at all) with this version of Melo in the starting lineup instead of Reddick.

      That makes the deal far less compelling to the Clippers.

    8. @7

      I think you might be slightly overrating the talent evaluation skill of a group that gave a combined 91 million over 3 years to Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Wesley Johnson.

    9. @8

      But they are dealing with the guy who gave 81 plus a NTC over just one year to Melo, Thomas, Noah, Lee and Rose…lol

    10. lol yeah that’s actually a good argument.

      but it might just be the perfect storm
      of questionable GM decisions to help us in the end, I still hold out some hope.

    11. All we can say with certainty is that the Knicks somehow manage to provide entertainment on and off the court!

    12. LOL as I said in the previous thread. The Clippers have pressure of their own. They are 2.5 games from the 7th spot in the Western Conference and at least a month without their MVP on the court. Oh, you better believe Doc knows that his ass is on the hot seat come the middle of April. If his team finds themselves in a first round matchup on the road against San Antonio or even Houston, they most probably aren’t leaving the first round of the playoffs. They need some added firepower to shake things up, Melo or not.

    13. Austin Rivers is not a bad player.

      It doesn’t matter. He will become much better once signed by the Knicks. Stats will be found that prove the sky is the limit for a young, clean-living and dedicated player like him under the advice of veteran Sasha Vujacic. Besides, anyone selected by Phil fits the triangle.

    14. Side note but I think the whole doc won’t trade his son thing is overplayed. Yeah it seems cold blooded but if he trades his son to us his son might get to start for us as soon as this season if rose is traded and maybe next season. Or at the very least he might play a bigger role for us than he does backing up CP3. So Doc might think of it that way. That he’s doing his son a favor by giving him an opportunity to play a bigger role on another team.

    15. Heat have won 7 games in a row.

      I assume on Heat-a-blogger there are posters screaming and yelling about the unraveling of the tank.

    16. Sacramento won again. They could really use Derrick Rose for their playoff push.
      :-)

      Yikes. GS scored 144 on the Clips.

    17. doc has said iirc that Rivers is tradeable like everyone else, and I tend to believe that… he’s a veteran coach, he knows his son is fine and will still be an NBA player for the foreseeable future, while his career might be more in danger if the Clippers can never really become a contender.

    18. he’s a veteran coach, he knows his son is fine and will still be an NBA player for the foreseeable future, while his career might be more in danger if the Clippers can never really become a contender.

      I don’t think Austin Rivers is an issue for the Clippers. The real problem might be that the Clippers are not dumb enough to believe Melo is much of an upgrade over Jj Reddick at this point.

      Knicks will need to sweeten this pot with young players or picks, I’m afraid (something they should not do, of course).

    19. It doesn’t have to be only Melo, though. We can give them back Melo and Courtney Lee, and yes Melo and Lee are way better than Reddick and whatever the Clipper are disguising as a SF.

      http://www.espn.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=hyzexjz

      That trade helps everybody’s cause. We take back a bunch of shit deals but we also get back the Clippers unprotected future 1sts, Austin Rivers, and Alex Abrines. We suck for the rest of the season (Lance Thomas and Wesley Johnson will be our SF rotation lmao) and draft Jonathan Isaac and Luke Kennard.

    20. Theo, Mark Jackson said last night while broadcasting the Clippers game that he would give the Knicks “anything they want” if they could add Melo and keep their big three. That was nice to hear.

    21. Man, I’m getting myself so excited about the prospect of having Isaac and Porzingis on the same team.

      You think we could sucker Orlando into trading us their 1st round pick for Derrick Rose?

    22. I don’t think so @22, Orlando is reportedly listening for offers on Vucevic and Boston seems very interested… if that trade happens it pretty much takes Boston away from the group of teams which could facilitate a 3-team trade with the Knicks and the Clippers also.

      Orlando’s priority is to unclog the front court mess they made last summer, and I don’t think they would have any hope Rose re signs for them next year, so it makes zero sense to not go after a guard on the draft.

    23. Theo, Mark Jackson said last night while broadcasting the Clippers game that he would give the Knicks “anything they want” if they could add Melo and keep their big three. That was nice to hear.

      Very nice to hear as Knicks fan. Not so nice if you’re a Clippers fan…remember what happened the last time a team did that for Melo?…lol

    24. Redick and Rivers plus picks would be awesome. I would think though that if CP3 is going to miss another month that the Clips might hold off on pulling the trigger.

    25. I was watching Rubio play against the Nets last night and I’ve decided using the eye test that he’s too good a point guard to have on our team.

    26. I’m watching a fifth set Nadal Federer in the Aussie Open Championship now. Don’t pinch me.

    27. I’m all for drafting Issac, he would be my third choice after Fultz and Ball as well. I’m also not as convinced about Ntilikina as everyone else. He is a long term project, which is okay, with a lot boom or bust potential. He could end up being really good but I think he has a solid chance of being a complete bust. He would be my last choice out of the five PGs. If we get him I’m happy but if we miss him I’m not crushed.

    28. I’d say there’s 5 prospects I’m very excited about, in order:
      1A: Fultz
      1B: Ball (I actually like Ball more but I defer to everyone else who says Fultz is better–I’m a sucker for pure PGs)
      and then, in the next tier: Isaac, Markkanen, and Ntilikina

      If we don’t get Ntilikina or Isaac we should seriously consider drafting Markkanen despite have Willy–he can’t play defense well but he is absolutely a lights-out offensive player, shooting 50% from three on 6.3 attempts per game (holy shit), shooting 84% from the line, and a TS% of .683! Those numbers are absolutely bonkers.

      I’d be alright with Miles Bridges too, though.

      I’d be fine with drafting any of a PG, SG, or SF in this draft–they’re all positions of need, especially if Melo gets traded. There’s no good SGs in the top 15 though so that leaves us with PG or SF to draft for.

    29. As a loyal Cane it would kill me…but I can also say having watched a lot of Isaac that the eye test confirms everything the stats say. I don’t think there’s anyone slated ahead of him outside of Ball and Fultz that I’d take over him. So of course we’ll probably miss him by a pick and get Rodions Kurucs.

    30. When people say Ntilikina is a project they mean offensively, because there is no doubt that he can be a defensive stud. Scouts all agree on this.

    31. The top 5 on my big board look like:

      1) Ball
      2) Fultz
      3) Isaac
      4) Malik Monk
      5) Ivan Rabb

      I know it’s super unpopular to have Rabb in the top 5, but I see the Tyson Chandler We All Wanted (he can shoot) in him.

    32. @29 I’m with you, brother. I can’t believe what some of these people are posting.

      1) poster A makes dumb claim.
      2) poster B calls out poster A for dumb claim.
      3) poster A ignores poster B – continues making dumb claims.

      smh.

    33. @36

      I definitely mean a project offensively. So maybe bust is a bit strong but I could easily see him turning out to be a rich mans Patrick Beverley. From what little I’ve seen he doesn’t seem super explosive, and his passing seems solid but nothing I’ve seen stands out. I’m haven’t seen that burst or second gear that PGs like Wall and Westbrook have and his passing seems a little deliberate and not as smooth as someone like Paul or Rubio. Don’t get me wrong I would be stoked if we got him but like I said he would be my last choice out of the PGs and way behind Issac who has probably the highest ceiling in the draft.

    34. I’m quite low on Monk–he’s undersized and doesn’t do anything but shoot. And projects to be a defensive minus. But boy, can he shoot,

    35. @4o

      Fair enough. I just think defense is so underrated in these drafts when fans make these projections. I find personally find it a surer bet to fill your team with guys who project to be very good to elite defenders while tailoring your offensive system to their offensive strengths. That’s how the Spurs do it. I mean, the dude is 6’5 with 7ft wingspan. If he ever learns how to leverage his height to his advantage on drives to the basket he won’t need an elite burst.

    36. @44

      Yawn. No one remembers and no one cares. It was a season where we went to the second round of the playoffs because we beat up on a faded Celtics team without Rondo and then were swept by Indiana.

    37. lol #Alternative Facts

      6 Games= sweep
      I remembered immediately = No one remembers
      and on and on…

    38. @46

      Its true. Even Jason Kidd doesn’t remember that shitty season. That’s why he bolted.

    39. The Knicks can still tank. Brandon Jennings is a terrible starter at PG.

      I am more worried about Ron playing. He usually tends to have a positive differential in games.

    40. I remember that 2012-2013 season very fondly, but Chandler was a huge part of it as was Melo.

    41. Well, in my humble stupid opinion, 19 days of Linsanity was more fun than that whole season. Knicks finally played like a team having fun and were the center of the NBA. It was a nice dream, but a short one. I imagine those 19 days will be more remembered in the years to come than a 2nd round playoff run, but I could be wrong.

    42. Yeah, that season was very fun.

      And Tyson Chandler played part of that winning streak.

      #alternativefacts

    43. If you assume that Grunwald was overruled re:Bargs, he’s easily the best GM we’ve had since…I don’t even know. He put that 2012-2013 team together with gimpy Stoudemire taking up 25% of the cap at the time, without trading picks, and without signing any obviously bad contracts. I wish he was overseeing this rebuild (or whatever it is) instead of Phil.

    44. I imagine those 19 days will be more remembered in the years to come than a 2nd round playoff run

      yeah because Lin is Asian.

    45. I’ve said this before but Linsanity is one of the iconic periods in 21st century sports history so it’s really not a knock against Melo or anyone else that their highlights don’t live up to that.

      That 54 win season was great.

    46. Yeah besides the longest win streak in Knick history, which happened without Lin or Chandler in April 2013. GO figure

      It doesn’t matter how important you thing he was during that streak.

      What you said was wrong and I corrected it.

    47. @61 look at that game log. He was of consequence in 2 of the Knicks last 16 wins. Missing 12 of the games, while doing nothing in 2 of the others

    48. I’ve said this before but Linsanity is one of the iconic periods in 21st century sports history so it’s really not a knock against Melo or anyone else that their highlights don’t live up to that.

      Exactly. It was huge and engulfed a country that has 1billion people. DUH it was yuge lol

    49. @61 look at that game log. He was of consequence in 2 of the Knicks last 16 wins. Missing 12 of the games, while doing nothing in 2 of the others

      He had a positive +/- in all games and was the best defender in the league.

      Again, it doesn’t matter what do you think of him. He was part of that streak.

      And that was not the longest winning streak in Knicks history btw.

    50. He had a positive +/- in all games and was the best defender in the league.

      Again, it doesn’t matter what do you think of him. He was part of that streak.

      And that was not the longest winning streak in Knicks history btw.

      I was gonna correct the longest streak but Ras distracted me. Its the 3rd longest. And i like chandler and he was great but he did nothing in that streak. He was a non factor. He had 2 games of consequence in the last 16 wins. it is what it is.

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