Knicks Morning News (2017.05.12)

  • [NYPost] Note to Knicks: Calipari says De’Aaron Fox may be next John Wall
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:58:34 PM)

    CHICAGO — John Calipari said point guard De’Aaron Fox can be like John Wall if he changes his mentality. The Kentucky coach held court Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine. His starting backcourt of Fox and Malik Monk are definite lottery picks and intriguing to the Knicks. Also gaining combine buzz is Kentucky student Hamidou…

  • [NYPost] Hornacek doesn’t want Kristaps Porzingis to ‘dwell’ on the past
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:46:08 PM)

    CHICAGO — Lamenting a lost opportunity to hash out the Latvian’s concerns, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek revealed he texted disgruntled forward Kristaps Porzingis recently but hadn’t received a response. In becoming the first Knicks official to react to Porzingis blowing off his exit meetings after the season, Hornacek said at the NBA Draft Combine he…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis gets message to Knicks: Fix this team
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:42:03 AM)

    Janis Porzingis hinted he’d like to see a changed “environment” with the Knicks but also suggested any team looking to trade for his brother Kristaps may do so only as a rental. Janis, who is an agent for Andy Miller’s ASM group, reiterated his brother does not want to be traded despite blowing off the exit…

  • [NY Newsday] Jeff Hornacek says Kristaps Porzingis isn’t going anywhere
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:16:39 PM)

    CHICAGO — Jeff Hornacek doesn’t see a scenario where Kristaps Porzingis is in anything but a Knicks’ uniform next season.

  • [NY Newsday] John Calipari has some food for thought on Derrick Rose
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:39:00 PM)

    CHICAGO — John Calipari has exchanged texts with his former player Derrick Rose, and said he’s doing well and working out on the West Coast.

  • [NYTimes] Spurs 114, Rockets 75 | San Antonio wins series, 4-2: Even Without Kawhi Leonard, Spurs Roll On Over the Rockets
    (Friday, May 12, 2017 2:27:28 AM)

    With a big night from LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio romped into the Western Conference finals without its best player.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks Coach Says Kristaps Porzingis Missed a Chance
    (Friday, May 12, 2017 1:56:15 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks’ second-year forward could have voiced concerns about the team’s future if he had attended an exit interview.

  • [NYDN] Hornacek: ‘No doubt’ in my mind Porzingis will remain with Knicks
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:03:54 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek was adamant that Kristaps Porzingis will be back with the Knicks next season.

  • [NYDN] John Calipari explains why players don’t show up to NBA combine
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:08:37 PM)

    The NBA draft combine has become like the White House Correspondents’ dinner: the important people don’t show up.

  • [NYDN] Knicks meet with Markelle Fultz at NBA Combine
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:32:21 AM)

    Fultz, unlike Lonzo Ball, actually showed up in Chicago for interviews and spoke with the top-8 teams in the lottery.

  • [SNY Knicks] D’Antoni says Melo caused him to resign from Knicks
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 3:00:48 PM)

    D’Antoni, now the head coach for the Rockets, went 121-167 in parts of four seasons with the Knicks.

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    79 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2017.05.12)”

    1. I think D’Antoni got out maneuvered last night. His defensive strategy was to leave Harden in the post on guys like LMA and Gasol. The Rockets had no interior defense and that right there meant they wouldn’t be able to stop anything the Spurs wanted to do. I was also very upset to see the Spurs run the triangle offense all game while our dumbass Knicks have Rambis teaching geometry class to no avail (and it’s definitely because Rambis and Phil are dicks that nobody receives the offense well).

      I’m cutting James Harden some slack here, though. The Rockets were never beating the Spurs simply because Greg Poppovich is the greatest coach ever and owns Mike D’Antoni. I also think the supremely tight rotation D’Antoni keeps hurt the team. The Rockets looked tired and unprepared last night. James Harden turned in a terrible performance but I’m a firm believer that any championship team should be able to make something happen when their best player isn’t himself. Maybe James Harden could have gotten into the flow of things if he had plays drawn up for him to get shots off the ball or easy opportunities off down screens. And then D’Antoni made zero adjustments last night which is why the game was over midway through the 3rd quarter.

      I want to blame D’Antoni, but this is what I was talking about with Jowles about the Rockets not actually being title contenders. Role players didn’t step up for the Rockets last night. If they had another “guy” or two their offensive attack would have been more balanced. When Harden can’t go, the Rockets can’t go. That’s entirely too fragile of an offensive identity for a championship contender.

    2. KP not answering Jeff Hornacek’s text messages is not very cool. If there are deep seeded, inexorable differences at play here then this would be the time to trade him. The Celtics would pay a pretty bundle for him I believe, as would others.

    3. Yellowboy90 posted this yesterday for the scenario where we jump to 1 – and I was thinking something similar and with basically exactly the same group of players coming to the Knicks… we wouldn’t win any games for three years and if half the picks paid off we’d have the league’s first $300m payroll in the early 2020s. And, of course, it would never happen. But it can be fun to dream!!

      Sixers – trade the #4/#5 picks for the #1 pick

      Kings – trade the #8/#10 picks for the #4 pick

      Portland- trade the # 15/#20/#26 picks for the #10 pick and Kyle O’Quinn

      Knicks get

      #5 – Isacc
      #8- Ntilikina/Smith Jr
      #15 – Anunoby
      #20- Giles/ Diallo/Evans/Hart
      #26 – Diallo/Evans/Hart/Devin Robinson

    4. As crazy as it sounds, trading KP to the Celtics could land us both Fultz and Doncic. Plus we’d have a high lottery pick of our own this year (Jonathon Isaac?) and next year. If he cannot be brought back into the fold (thanks cancerMelo!) then this should be considered as a real option. And remember that I have been the biggest KP fan of all…but not happy with what he’s doing now.

      Fultz
      Lee or Melo’s trade replacement
      Isaac
      Willy
      Doncic

    5. Brian, this is what I was just referring to. KP ignoring the coach’s outreach is not a healthy thing.

    6. Agreed. Heck, give me another high lottery pick next season as well, and I’d trade KP for Fultz. I could live with KP being a hero in Boston if it got the Knicks those two Brooklyn picks. Not an anti-KP thing, as he is truly awesome, but those two Brooklyn picks, damn, Fultz and then one of the studs from next year?!? That’s insane amounts of young talent!

      Are you so sure that Brooklyn gonna suck that bad next year?

      I mean, they improved a lot after Lin’s return (11-15, better record than our 8-18), have two draft picks this year and around 40 million to spend this offseason. They also have a smart FO. Something that we only dream of.

      Brooklyn will be decent again before us.

    7. That’s super weird.

      He’s a kid begging for some discipline. If this team had it together he would have gotten spanked for his “confusion from top to bottom” interview and none of this bs would have happened.

    8. Are you so sure that Brooklyn gonna suck that bad next year?

      I mean, they improved a lot after Lin’s return (11-15, better record than our 8-18), have two draft picks this year and around 40 million to spend this offseason. They also have a smart FO. Something that we only dream of.

      Brooklyn will be decent again before us.

      I legitimately do believe that they’ll turn it around before the Knicks, because their front office is competent, but I think an improved 2018 Nets team will still be a bottom five team in the league next year. And the projected top four picks next year are really impressive (whichever team gets #1 in 2019, though, will probably be the luckiest, as Bagley looks like one of those league-altering players).

    9. Brooklyn’s FO is smart, because?

      They have $40m to spend, which they likely will on obscene overpays on young RFAs, like they did last summer when made a ridiculous offer for Crabbe which they got bailed out of because Portland matched. They also waived Yogi Ferrell, who proved to be an effective rotation guard.

      They’re definitely smarter than Billy King’s regime, but this isn’t R.C. Buford and Pop.

    10. @1

      I think the OT loss in San Antonio “broke” the Rockets mentally and physically. You would think professional athletes wouldn’t have those kinds of emotional ups and downs that extend across games, but they do. They were in position to take control of that series and they pretty much “dogged” it down the stretch and into OT. That kind of thing tends to shatter your confidence for awhile. They went into game 6 feeling like they had already blown the series and the Spurs went in looking for a KO.

      You can argue that a team that reacts like that isn’t a championship caliber team, but I think the Rockets were only a serious contender in the minds of people that don’t understand basketball. What made D’Antoni’s year as a coach so great was that he won all those games with a team that’s probably not even as good as the Thunder.

    11. @10 The Nyets also offered ridiculous money for Tyler Johnson.

    12. They have $40m to spend, which they likely will on obscene overpays on young RFAs, like they did last summer when made a ridiculous offer for Crabbe which they got bailed out of because Portland matched. They also waived Yogi Ferrell, who proved to be an effective rotation guard.

      They’re definitely smarter than Billy King’s regime, but this isn’t R.C. Buford and Pop.

      No one is R.C Buford and Pop. 27 playoff appearances in 28 years are not something you can say about any other team in the league.

      They have cap space and are betting on young players. They also aren’t offering expensive long term contracts to washed up players or trading future firsts. What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that something that we are asking the Knicks to do for at least a decade?

    13. One thing the Nets achieved last season was building a supportive and enjoyable culture where their players, despite having the league’s worst record, were enjoying coming to work and competing every day.

      If the Knicks had been like that this season, things would have been very different.

    14. They have cap space and are betting young players. They also aren’t offering expensive long term contracts to washed up players. What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that something that we are asking the Knicks to do for at least a decade?

      There’s plenty wrong to offer Allen Crabbe 4/75m with a trade kicker. Simply betting on young players isn’t smart if you’re spending a ton on guys not worth the money.

      If they had their way they’d have less than $10m in space this summer with Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe on the team. That’s not exactly genius strategy.

      That said they’re in a tough position without control of their own first round picks, so they need to be patient with anything they do and I believe that the front office has ownership’s backing in this regard for a few years.

    15. They offered $50 million to Tyler Johnson.

      And pardon me but I don’t want players who have the worst record in the league having a good time.

    16. They offered $50 million to Tyler Johnson

      Tyler Jonhson is better than anyone not named Porzingis or Hernangomez on the Knicks. Not sure what’s wrong with a 24yo .128 WS/48 player getting 12.5 million.

      There’s plenty wrong to offer Allen Crabbe 4/75m with a trade kicker. Simply betting on young players isn’t smart if you’re spending a ton on guys not worth the money.

      That’s some serious post hoc analysis. Allen Crabble is definitely not playing well now but is young enough and improved every year until he got paid by the Blazers. There was some logic in offering him a big contract (although I wouldn’t do it).

    17. I thought both of the Crabbe and the Johnson offer sheets were reasonable gambles for a team that needed to add young talent. I imagine they’ll do the same this year with Pope and Porter.

      Here’s an interesting debate – if you’re the Wizards and someone offers Porter the max, do you match? He’s worth it, but it means that the Wizards are locked into this current team, while if they let him go, they could get max cap room the following season and still have a pretty young team with room to add, say, Boogie Cousins (who I don’t even like that much, but he might pair well with Wall and Beal).

      I probably just re-sign Porter, but it’s an interesting question.

    18. That’s some serious post hoc analysis. Allen Crabble is definitely not playing well now but is young enough and improved every year until he got paid by the Blazers. There was some logic in offering him a big contract (although I wouldn’t do it).

      I thought it was ridiculous at the time. Crabbe’s a spot up shooter, who’s only move off the dribble is a pump fake and one dribble, mid-range pull up. He’s nothing special defensively either. To me it was too rich of a gamble to make. I do agree with you that the underlying strategy of betting on young players is smart, I just don’t know if their choices on which guys to bet on are or will be.

      @BC

      I’d match if I thought there was a trade market for Porter on a max. Is there? I’m not sure, but I’d suspect as long as he plays with Wall and gets most of his shots created for him, he can maintain his sky high efficiency. Him not being that good defensively is why I’d be hesitant to give him that type of money.

      KCP on the max would be insane, but I think you’re right that the Nets or somebody will give it to him. I love his defense, but he hasn’t shown enough offensive growth to make me feel good about handing him that type of money.

    19. KCP on the max would be insane, but I think you’re right that the Nets or somebody will give it to him. I love his defense, but he hasn’t shown enough offensive growth to make me feel good about handing him that type of money.

      Totally agree that KCP is someone I’d never spend the max on.

    20. in a weaker draft diallo would be worth a look but the other guys are too good…. he’s interesting tho…

    21. Nbadraft.net on Diallo:

      “Strengths: A 6’5 incredibly explosive scoring guard loaded with natural talent … Possesses great length with a 6’10 wingspan … Great speed and vertical leap. Quick off the ground … Good offensive player in transition as well as the half court. Handles the ball pretty well, an area of his game that is improving … Can create space and offense for himself. Gets to the rim with a quick first step … Reacts well to the defense as well as help defenders, drives to the basket are not predetermined. Good ambidexterity … Good body control. Crashes offensive boards and can tip-slam rebounds out of his area … Great competitor. Plays with high energy, aggression, and confidence … Attacks the defense fearlessly. Isn’t afraid of contact and draws a lot of fouls … Defends well. Has the tools, athleticism, and tenacity to be a lockdown on ball defender. Great lateral quickness … Harasses opposing ball handlers … Plays passing lanes. Quick to the ball. Blocks shots well for a guard … Also rebounds very well for a guard …”

    22. Wait, are there rumors that teams want to give KCP a max!?!?!?

    23. There are rumors that the Nets are going to try to sign a few different free agent guards to big offer sheets, in the hopes that their teams won’t match. The guys they’re talking about are KCP, Porter and Hill. Porter and Hill, it’s max money. They haven’t explicitly said max for KCP, but whatever it is, it will be a big amount. With Hill and Porter, it will be basically, “Hey, are you willing to give these guys max?” With KCP, I dunno.

    24. Diallo looks incredibly gifted but is the kind of guy that needs the culture and discipline the Knicks sorely lack.
      This team is so far from competing… getting rid of Melo and Rose should be the priority, I suppose. They can’t really move on until that happens. But no one wants Melo. Who would? So I guess you’re stuck trying to placate him and KP at the 3 and 4 spot while begging them to play the triangle.
      I’m also fine with trading KP. Dude has done nothing special except be very tall. Compare his numbers with Towns’… they aren’t even in the same conversation. The kid really shouldn’t be acting like Lebron. Ship him out to Utah and see how he likes it there.
      I’m looking forward to the Nets being better/interesting for once at least.

    25. I’m also fine with trading KP. Dude has done nothing special except be very tall. Compare his numbers with Towns’… they aren’t even in the same conversation. The kid really shouldn’t be acting like Lebron. Ship him out to Utah and see how he likes it there.

      Totally. Just grab the next 7’3″ guy who can shoot 3’s and win the NBA Skills Competition. After all, he didn’t return a text. We don’t need that. (I kid, I kid.)

    26. Compare his numbers with Towns’… they aren’t even in the same conversation.

      By this standard we’re not going to want anyone but maybe Jokic or Giannis on this team. There is a lot of overreaction here to missed texts. Its really dumb.

    27. There is a lot of overreaction here to missed texts.

      There is also the tendency for New Yorkers to massively overrate their own mediocre players. Sort of like how people think KP is worth two top-5 picks.

      I’m not saying KP can’t get better, but he’s pretty average right now. And as for his 3 pt shooting, Brook Lopez shot it about just as well (after a decade of not even trying), and Towns shot BETTER from three than KP. Even Jamal Crawford shot better from three last year than KP.

    28. It’s more than missed texts though. KP refused to meet with management for his exit meeting…a willful act of defiance and disrespect. There is a pattern developing that isn’t healthy.

    29. KP is probably just exhausted and wants time away from the Knicks for a summer, which would explain not texting Hornacek. It’s clear he’s just trying to focus on his game/get away from the endless dysfunction.

      Some of you guys are going way too easy on management, lol.

    30. There is also the tendency for New Yorkers to massively overrate their own mediocre players.

      While others look to trade them at the first signs of hardship. Its like dealing with a mass of bipolar tweenage girls.

    31. The guys they’re talking about are KCP, Porter and Hill. Porter and Hill, it’s max money

      I’m feeling dumb here, but who is this “Hill” that is going to be getting a max offer from the Nets? Solomon Hill??

    32. I absolutely agree that the Knicks should not be looking to shop KP for his behavior. He’s way, way too talented to ever think of “getting rid” of him. At the same time, though, if another team wants to wow them with an offer, I think it could make sense.

    33. I’m feeling dumb here, but who is this “Hill” that is going to be getting a max offer from the Nets? Solomon Hill??

      George.

    34. Oh, George Hill, got it. (Isn’t he kind of old for a rebuilding team to want to max out?)

    35. If a bunch of teams called about KP its because they’re not dumb and know he’s a legit prospect who has all ready shown flashes of brilliance. And that’s with Jose Calderon and Derrick Rose as his 2 PGs. I don’t want to trade him until we at least get to see him with a real PG who can get him the ball and wants to do so.

    36. Oh, George Hill, got it. (Isn’t he kind of old for a rebuilding team to want to max out?)

      I agree that it sounds like a risky gamble. I guess they think he will age well.

    37. The Nets aren’t going to be contenders for a while and they have no reason to suck until 2020.

    38. If teams are calling about KP, it’s because they think Jax will sell him for pennies on the dollar because there is some mild strife, which they won’t. And since teams won’t overpay for KP either, it looks like there will be no trade. This is all obvious subtext. No one is saying trade KP for a 2nd rounder.

    39. Allen Crabbe is not worth the money he got, but he was significantly better than Joe Harris, Sean Kilpatrick, and the corpse of Randy Foye.

    40. I am pretty curious as to what exactly happened here. KP went a year and a half like he was birthed in a Pleasantville experiment to create the most team friendly, media friendly, fan friendly unicorn to ever get rich at age 20 in NYC, all in the face of a pretty shitty Knick environment. Suddenly he won’t return texts from the blandest coach in the history of the NBA.

      I’m guessing that Phil’s widely lauded methods of psychological warfare via tone deaf zen aphorism disguised as candor can be safely ignored when you have more relevant guys around you (Melo and DFish) laughing it off. But Hornacek seems much more willing to play sycophant to the Phil/Rambis block, so with Melo all but exiled maybe KP feels like he was suddenly adopted by the crazy uncle and aunt that used to be merely annoying.

    41. I empathize with Porzingis. I think he probably feels the way that I do: that the Knicks are irrelevant as long as Phil Jackson is running the team. KP is not a dummy. He’s still a kid but he seems smart enough to realize that this dysfunctional and incompetent FO is not going to be able to put together a winner, and that the next couple of seasons are basically basketball purgatory while everyone waits for Phil’s contract to expire.

      Phil’s entering season 4, he hasn’t won shit, and he hasn’t inspired a lot of confidence with his leadership. He’s a lame duck.

    42. I just looked back at the last 6 drafts. 30 top 5 picks and knowing all we know now about all those players there are maybe 5 I would trade KP for now. Admittedly, the top five in each of the next two drafts look good. But so did the top five in lots of these other drafts. The odds that either of the players we get with two top 5 picks are better than KP are slim, and the odds that both are, are even more so. And there’s not even a guarantee that the nets pick next year even is top 5.

      If Boston calls with that deal straight up I’m saying no.

    43. @44 Phil has had ONE inherited first round draft pick ih his tenure so far so criticism of him is totally unwarranted.

    44. I think we should package KP with a first round draft pick just to get rid of his sorry no rebound ass. #IwasHacked

    45. All the excuses in the world won’t make Phil a competent GM. He’s one of the very worst in the league and that should be obvious to all but the most deluded.

    46. Count me among the deluded.

      I think he’s been slightly above average so far. If I went through every deal, signing, and draft pick I think 50% or more would be positive and 50% would be neutral or mildly negative. However, I am sure Phil (and I) think differently about some things than average the fan or media analyst.

      For one, Phil obviously values cap space more than the average fan or analyst. Phil is more than willing to give up a player he does not like for next to nothing to get cap space quicker and replace him. The average fan or analyst will scream about getting nothing back for a decent/good player without ever taking into account the player that eventually goes into that space. I’d way rather trade some jabroni and get back something better now too, but when that’s not available (and it usually won’t be), quicker cap space is an asset.

      We have a few young players, our first round lottery pick, 2 second round picks, and a lot of cap space going into next year. That’s heroic compared to recent years.

    47. i can not imagine james “i’m a dick” dolan to have not taken a considerable amount of notice to the comment: “confusion from top to bottom”…

      if there’s any human on this planet whom takes shit personal – it’s him…

      so, 37 wins for ’13-’14, 17 wins for ’14-’15, 32 wins for ’15-’16, and, a whopping 31 wins this year…

      any one here think we win more than 37 times next year???

      edit: whatever the under is – i’m taking it…

    48. PG Frank Jackson of Duke has declared for the draft. He’s good. Where does he get selected? I believe that he’s the youngest player in the entire draft. I’d love for the Knicks to get him.

    49. Phil Jackson record (not counting the end of 2013-14)

      80-166 (.325)

      Isiah Thomas, probably the worst GM ever

      112-216 (.341)

    50. I took the under in 15/16 and argued strongly for taking the under in 16/17 (but eventually unfortunately didn’t pull the trigger). However, I think it’s very likely I’m going to be on the side of over next year if we manage to trade Melo, let Rose go, and add a decent player or two in free agency and via that trade.

    51. Phil Jackson record (not counting the middle of 2013-14)

      80-166 (.325)

      Isiah Thomas, probably the worst GM ever

      112-216 (.341)

      This not a valid way to compare them.

      Phil intentionally blew up the team halfway through his first real season, reset to zero, and inherited a team without a first round pick in 2 of his years that he was in no way responsible for. Isiah was going all out to win while trading away picks.

    52. You can’t just judge Phil by his W/L record. You have to also take into account the culture he has created. The shitty, miserable culture he has created.

    53. I took the under in 15/16 and argued strongly for taking the under in 16/17 (but eventually unfortunately didn’t pull the trigger). However, I think it’s very likely I’m going to be on the side of over next year if we manage to trade Melo, let Rose go, and add a decent player or two in free agency and via that trade.

      ugh, i so want that feeling of optimism…super jelly…

      we have kp for two more years then he’s headed to a better/more stable organization than ours…

      unless dolan offers kp some kind of major input in the organization – kp and phil will be heading out at just about the same time…

    54. This not a valid way to compare them.

      Phil intentionally blew up the team halfway through his first real season, reset to zero, and inherited a team without a first round pick in 2 of his years that he was in no way responsible for. Isiah was going all out to win while trading away picks.

      Knicks record before the Shumpert/JR trade when they “quit”:

      5-33 (.131)

      After the trade:

      12-32 (.272)

    55. For one, Phil obviously values cap space more than the average fan or analyst. Phil is more than willing to give up a player he does not like for next to nothing to get cap space quicker and replace him.

      Look at all of the completely useless things Phil does with the cap space he creates. Great, we have cap space. Let’s blow it on one year of Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams. Hey, those guys are off the books and we have cap space again. Let’s invest it in Joakim Noah. Hey, we even have enough cap space to fit Derrick Rose in here!

      I can’t wait to see this season’s innovations with our cap space.

    56. reference KP, and his actions/statements and concern about any retribution from the knicks organization:

      Private Joker: Leonard, if Hartman comes in here and catches us, we’ll both be in a world of shit.
      Private Gomer Pyle (KP): I *am*… in a world… of shit.

    57. Please, guys. As lousy as Phil has been, Isiah was much much worse.

      Oh, don’t get me wrong. You are absolutely right. That’s why I wrote “Isiah Thomas, worst GM ever”.

      I was just showing how bad he has been since someone posted that Phil was “slightly above average”.

    58. If I recall wasn’t KP’s Euro team full of dysfunction too. I think KP is seeing some of the same issues here and is trying to use his “pull” to stop it before it gets too bad.

    59. Phil’s terrible, but since he’s going to be here for two more years, at least we can maybe kind of sort of hope that he’s learned from his past failures? Probably not, but hey, we can hope! Luckily, the Knicks don’t have a lot of cap space and no one wants to play here right now, so Phil is thankfully somewhat limited by what damage he can do this offseason.

      Come on, top three draft pick! Phil can’t fuck up a top three draft pick! Any one of the top three guys would be good.

    60. I hope Phil learns from his failures but the guy is 71 years old and he seems pretty friggin’ rigid in his ways. Kurt Rambis is still hanging around, and it seems like Phil is more gung-ho than ever about the triangle. He seems like the same old Phil to me.

      But yeah! Would be great if he learned something. I’ll be the first to give him credit if he makes some smart moves. But I’m not holding my breath.

    61. The Triangle thing is definitely annoying, but that’s why I hope they land in the top three, as no way you pass up one of those guys even if they don’t fit the Triangle, and honestly, they’re all good enough that the Triangle can sort of fit THEM, ya know?

    62. Some of you are terrible bloggers.
      Phil isn’t terrible. He’s had nothing to work with and has us on the path to greatness. Really.

    63. Whatever. Path to greatness, sure.

      Two more offseasons of this shit and then it’s over.

    64. Two more offseasons of this shit and then it’s over.

      I think that there’s a non-zero chance that he re-signs!

    65. Phil Jackson has not been good, bro. There’s no way to prove he’s been anything better than mediocre. He didn’t have picks but he had cap space and then he gave it to Aaron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, and Joakim Noah. Kyle O’Quinn is a good signing and so was Courtney Lee (so far), but Robin Lopez was flipped for Derrick Rose (and then created the situation where we signed Joakim Noah). We have been a losing team since he arrived and he is the reason he cannot trade Carmelo Anthony.

    66. not my money so i don’t really care – but, the fact that phil makes more than any other gm/president in any other sport (not sure about the international futbol folks) in the US just makes the situation even more ludicrous…

      ugh, the more i think about the knicks the angrier i get :-)

      if i had to guess at it – thinking the celts will wrap things up tonight…couldn’t believe how bad the rockets looked last night…crazy betting line for the spurs against the warriors – almost wish i gambled from time to time…

      whew, disaster averted – was able to switch my focus prior to destroying my keyboard at work…

    67. The Knicks consider Fox something special. According to someone who has talked to the Knicks, a segment of the front office feels Fox is below Lonzo Ball but could be a toss-up with Markelle Fultz because of his defense.

      Per Marc Berman. That’s a pretty glowing view of Fox. Ofc this could all be bs.

    68. De’Aaron Fox is the Jamal Adams (LSU Safety taken #6 overall) in this class in that he’s a leader and has the personality to change a culture. The only thing is his flaws are huge red flags; he has no right hand and he can’t shoot 3s. If he can develop a right hand and learn to shoot 3s he’d be worth his weight in gold.

    69. He has an slightly-below-average-to-average right hand. It’s not too much of an issue imo.

      His only red flag really is his long range shooting imo

    70. I think his passing is an issue too. Why was his ast and ast% the lowest of all the top guards coming out this year? Are people expecting another John Wall because I do not see it if he doesn’t avg over 10 ast. He might just be a taller Schroeder.

      Also, how bright is it for a team who very likely will pick 7 to only have a t0p 6?

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