Knicks Morning News (2019.02.14)

  • [NYDN] SHOCKER: Knicks lose again. There is no culture building
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8:10:00 PM)

    This is embarrassing.

    This is offensive.

    Eighteen straight losses. EIGHTEEN.

    The Knicks, at bare minimum, were supposed to show signs of improvement throughout this season. They were supposed to establish an identity of “defense-first.” They were supposed to win a game at home in the calendar year…

  • [NYDN] Knicks didn’t bother scouting Giannis Antetokounmpo because of course
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:38:48 PM)

    The Knicks didn’t even scout the best draft pick of the last six years.

    According to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s agent Giorgos Panou, all-but-one team few to Greece to scout the Greek Freak ahead of the 2013 draft.

    “Scouts started flying to Greece. Every day,” Panou said on TNT’s documentary, “Finding…

  • [NYDN] Knicks deliver Kristaps Porzingis dagger by erasing Latvian Day
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:20:00 PM)

    The Knicks no longer care about Latvians.

    The team scrapped its second annual Latvian Heritage Day, according to a source, which was scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Garden.

    Kristaps Porzingis isn’t ready for the truth to come out »

    Last year the Knicks celebrated Latvian Heritage Night by bringing…

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter joins Trail Blazers, finally gets his wish after Knicks breakup
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:20:00 PM)

    Enes Kanter got his wish – he’s playing for a winning team.

    The free agent center, waived by the Knicks last week, announced Wednesday that he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. He’ll presumably back up Jusuf Nurkic as the Blazers (33-23) make a push for home court advantage in the playoffs.

  • [YahooSports] Knicks were apparently the only NBA team to not scout Giannis Antetokounmpo
    (Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:58:11 AM)

    Add this one to the list of James Dolan-era New York Knicks accolades. The Knicks were the only NBA team to decline to scout Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo when he was a rising star in Greece. Panou sat down for the upcoming TNT documentary “Finding Giannis” that goes into the background of how Antetokounmpo rose from the relative obscurity of Greek basketball to become one of the game’s greatest players.

  • [YahooSports] Knicks rookie Kevin Knox’s monstrous two-handed dunk sends Ben Simmons flying
    (Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:42:51 AM)

    Knicks rookie Kevin Knox dunked all over Ben Simmons. New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is having an up-and-down rookie season, but one thing is for certain: the man can dunk. Knox put his athleticism on display Wednesday when he posterized Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons with a ferocious two-handed slam late in the first half.

  • [Newsday] Knicks were apparently the only NBA team to not scout Giannis Antetokounmpo
    (Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:58:11 AM)

    Add this one to the list of James Dolan-era New York Knicks accolades. The Knicks were the only NBA team to decline to scout Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo when he was a rising star in Greece. Panou sat down for the upcoming TNT documentary “Finding Giannis” that goes into the background of how Antetokounmpo rose from the relative obscurity of Greek basketball to become one of the game’s greatest players.

  • [Newsday] Knicks rookie Kevin Knox’s monstrous two-handed dunk sends Ben Simmons flying
    (Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:42:51 AM)

    Knicks rookie Kevin Knox dunked all over Ben Simmons. New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is having an up-and-down rookie season, but one thing is for certain: the man can dunk. Knox put his athleticism on display Wednesday when he posterized Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons with a ferocious two-handed slam late in the first half.

  • [Sports Illustrated] Documentary Reveals Knicks Were Only Team Who Didn’t Scout Giannis Antetokounmpo
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:27:58 PM)

    The TNT documentary “Finding Giannis” will debut on TNT on Saturday night. 

  • [RotoWire]
    Joel Embiid: Big double-double against Knicks

    (Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:08:00 AM)

    Joel Embiid: Embiid scored a game-high 26 points (7-13 FG, 12-14 FT) while adding 14 rebounds, three assists and a block in 34 minutes during Wednesday’s 126-111 win over the Knicks.

    Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.

  • [FOXsports] Embiid, 76ers win 126-111, hand Knicks 18th straight loss
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:18:03 PM)

    Embiid, 76ers win 126-111, hand Knicks 18th straight loss

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: LeBron James Was Supposed to Make the Lakers Great. But When?
    (Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:00:13 AM)

    This was supposed to be the year Los Angeles, behind James, reclaimed the N.B.A. Five months of drama have a young core wondering when the fun begins.

  • [NYTimes] Enes Kanter Lands With the Portland Trail Blazers
    (Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:39:59 AM)

    The outspoken center, who was released by the Knicks last week, will come off the bench for a team that has worked hard to improve its depth.

  • [NYTimes] From a Church in Philadelphia, Sports Reference Informs the World
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:18:54 PM)

    A network of sports data websites began when a Ph.D. candidate needed a distraction. Last year those sites generated a billion page views.

  • [SNY Knicks] Sixers’ Joel Embiid dishes high praise to Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson
    (Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:42:06 AM)

    Though fans knew what to expect in the Sixers-Knicks game tonight, the battle between Joel Embiid and rookie Mitchell Robinson down low was fun to watch.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks takeaways from Wednesday’s 126-111 loss to 76ers
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:28:02 PM)

    The Knicks set a new franchise record with their longest losing streak (17 games) in franchise history after losing to the Cavaliers, 107-104, in Cleveland Monday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: Knicks rookie Kevin Knox puts Ben Simmons on a poster
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:44:52 PM)

    It looks like Sixers PG Ben Simmons didn’t get the memo: When Kevin Knox is coming down the lane, don’t jump.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks no longer holding Latvian Heritage Night after Kristaps Porzingis trade
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:32:27 PM)

    With Latvian Kristaps Porzingis no longer around, the Knicks have apparently decided they will no longer hold Latvian Heritage Night on Feb. 24.

  • [SNY Knicks] Only 1 NBA team didn’t scout Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Knicks
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:43:09 PM)

    Pouring salt in the wound for fans of the horrible Knicks, a documentary reveals they were the only NBA team to not scout Giannis Antetokounmpo in Greece before the 2013 NBA Draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks try to snap franchise-worst losing streak against 76ers at 7:30 p.m.
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:30:59 PM)

    The Knicks will try to snap a franchise-worst 17-game single-season losing streak when they host the 76ers Wednesday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Former Knicks C Enes Kanter agrees to deal with Trail Blazers
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:24:33 PM)

    Enes Kanter has found a new home in the NBA, announcing a new deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

  • [NYPost] What makes streaks like one Knicks are going through so debilitating
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:37:53 PM)

    The story is rarely in the streak, honestly. Losses pile on top of one another, winless weeks become winless months, and the losing can almost feel like the worst kind of February head cold, the one you wake up with the day after the Super Bowl and stays with you through Presidents Day and seems…

  • [NYPost] Joel Embiid thinks Mitchell Robinson has what it takes
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:49:11 PM)

    One of the world’s best players sees at least one bright spot in the Knicks’ future. After matching up with Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson on Wednesday night, 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid praised the unpolished 20-year-old, who had 14 points, a career-high 13 rebounds, and four blocks during Philadelphia’s 126-111 win. “Obviously he can move really…

  • [NYPost] Joel Embiid nearly collides into Emmy Award-winning actress Regina King
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:45:05 PM)

    Emmy award winner Regina King barely avoided a major collision with an NBA All-Star. Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid nearly knocked over King while going into the stands for a loose ball during the Knicks’ 126-111 blowout loss Wednesday night at the Garden. The actress got hit a bit on the head, but it could…

  • [NYPost] Knicks extend streak of futility in listless loss to 76ers
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:14:24 PM)

    This wasn’t hard to process. The Knicks extended their franchise-record single-season losing streak to 18 games after suffering a predictable setback to the 76ers, 126-111, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. With their 26th loss in the past 27 games, the NBA-worst Knicks (10-47) remain winless since Jan. 4, having also lost a record-extending 17…

  • [NYPost] Knicks show they’ve moved on, cancel Latvian Heritage Night
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:48:04 PM)

    Following the trade of Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks have canceled Latvian Heritage Night, which was scheduled to be held when they played the Spurs Feb. 24 at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks previously hosted French Heritage Night, on Dec. 9, in honor of Frank Ntilikina, and recognized Mario Hezonja during Croatian Heritage Night, on Jan….

  • [NYPost] Giannis Antetokounmpo twists knife in Knicks fans: Didn’t even scout me
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:31:33 PM)

    No dagger was needed to further crush the Knicks during their 10-46 season, but here’s one. As a teenage Giannis Antetokounmpo began to rise onto the scene in Greece as an NBA prospect, teams started to take notice stateside. Almost every one, in fact. “Except the Knicks,” Giorgos Panou, Antetokounmpo’s agent, said in an upcoming…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter finds new home with Trail Blazers
    (Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:03:08 PM)

    Enes Kanter wasn’t deemed worthy of playing for the NBA’s worst team. Now, the former Knicks center will get a chance to contribute for a contender. Kanter, who was released by the Knicks shortly after they failed to trade him by the Feb. 7 deadline, signed a deal Wednesday to join the Trail Blazers, who…

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