Knicks Morning News (2021.08.26)

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  • Austin Rivers engaged to model after finding new NBA home – New York Post
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  • Knicks: Julius Randle aims to come back as a completely better player – Empire Sports Media
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  • Grading the New York Knicks’ 2021 NBA offseason – ClutchPoints
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  • Knicks news: Evan Fournier’s NSFW reaction to video game botching him – ClutchPoints
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  • NY Knicks: A Way Too Early Prediction of NY’s Small Forward Depth chart – Daily Knicks
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  • End of an era: Former Knick Ron Baker retires at 28 – Elite Sports NY
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    End of an era: Former Knick Ron Baker retires at 28  Elite Sports NY

  • Can Knicks’ Jericho Sims sneak his way onto the roster for the 2021-22 season? – Empire Sports Media
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    40 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2021.08.26)”

    1. Fournier looks like the kid of Bobby Portis and Kenny Sky Walker on a bad hair day in Nba 2k

    2. Knicks: Julius Randle aims to come back as a completely better player

      I’d be happy if he can play the same way he did last season, but hey if he can get even better, that’d be amazing. :)

      Some interesting bits:

      Julius: “There’s a lot that I can improve on to become a better player and help my team win some more games. And that’s exactly what I’m doing. I love the process

      A tweet from his personal trainer: Agree to $140 Million and get straight to work! It’s been different! Nothing Changes
      Signed a big contract, no celebration, just keeping the hard work. This guy is the best leader we could’ve hoped for.

      (on his trainer Insta) One video shows Randle working out with Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner, who hails from nearby Bedford, Texas. Another footage shows Randle working on his three-point shot. His latest Randle workout video shows the Knicks leader working on his perimeter shot off the dribble.
      Did i already said that i’d like very much to have Myles on our team? :D

    3. JoinOne – I have a 7 year old and 5 old. You just have to be patient with them and yourselves. First four months are intense and difficult. There will be many times early on when you aren’t enjoying it even though you feel you should be, which is perfectly ok. After the first 4-5 months it gets easier and continues to get easier and more fun until they are an age older than my kids I suppose. Not that 1-3 year olds aren’t challenging too. But it’s a process that unfolds slowly.

      It’s basically impossible to write a post about how to be a parent so I will offer just one thought, not a big one.

      If there is one area to put some study into I would suggest sleep. We put our kids on very regimented sleep schedules for napping and at night, never had them sleep with us, and were just completely invested in that. It worked both for them and us, (not that other ways aren’t perfectly valid.) There is really nothing that beats having a full 11-12 hours free as a young parent.

      And just remember, kids have a Phd in their parents. They are exquisitely sensitive to you. Just show him/her love and stay calm as best you can.

    4. I subscribe to this daily email called “Daily Dad” its by the people who run Daily Stoic. I rediscovered Stoicism as a life philosophy last year after we lost our daughter and its been very helpful.

      One of the biggest themes they drive home again and again with being a parent is just being present with your kids and being there for them. Everyone is obsessed these days with giving their kids the best experiences and memories, giving them the best shot to succeed by making sureh tey have the best grades, etc. But the best thing you can do for your kids is just be there for them and truly be present. Don’t be on your phone. Don’t be distracted. Even if things are going poorly. You’re with your kid on a trip and the flight is delayed. Take that as an opportunity to be with your kid.

      And you know I think this is really the best advice. I think a lot now about my Dad (now that I’m a dad of a 12 week old). And one of my favorite memories with him was he would often take me to the library. We’d spend an hour or so there while I found books to check out and he’d read the newspaper. Then we’d go to this park and I’d play on the playset, he’d swing me in the swings. And then we’d go to this little ice cream shop and he’d get me a scoop of ice cream. This use to be like his go-to afternoon to entertain me and the whole thing cost him like 2 bucks and honsetly, when I think of all the things I did with my parents as a kid…vacations, etc…its those afternoons just going to the library and then the park and then getting ice cream that I remember the most fondly.

    5. And yes, the first few months are the hardest but especially the first 6 weeks. our daughter is now about 3 months old and its still hard, she still requires basically all of our attention and we don’t get to do anything else really right now. But hte last few weeks…oh man…the changes, the smiles, etc. It gets more rewarding and I think its only going to get better. And you adapt and learn to sneak in your own moments when you can.

    6. My 1 month old slept 11 hrs last night. Had to wake her up to feed her. (She set a high bar for herself, but intend to hold her to it going forward:)

    7. Would you guys trade for De’Aaron Fox? He’s a real PG, young and scores a lot although not amazing TS and he’s not good from 3. I was surprised to see his advanced are only averageish.

      What would you give up for him? Mitch, IQ and a couple of 1sts?

    8. My son is 27 but I still remember vividly how challenging the adjustment to being a parent was for the first 6-8 months. He was premature which added a little bit to the degree of difficulty, but only for a short time. They don’t come with a manual so it’s a lot of figuring out what works and doesn’t by using good judgment, trial and error, and talking to other parents.

      Agree wholeheartedly with Swift, being there and being present is the best thing you can do for your child. It doesn’t have to be gong to Disneyland or the beach, just being there doing ordinary day to day stuff will bring you closer to your child.

      Best advice we got when he was an infant:
      When he sleeps you sleep.

      Otherwise you go off doing your thing and when he wakes up and needs you, you are a zombie from lack of sleep.

    9. Quickley is probably better than Fox (not at being a PG). Idk, Fox has upside but he still can’t really shoot. I’d probably just keep IQ, Fox is about to get expensive

    10. i can imagine your excitement, and to some degree apprehension, of what’s to come Joinone…wishing you and your family the very best…i guess the biggest surprise for myself with the kids coming in to my life was the subjugation of self…that takes a while to get used to, although i picked up dad duties more as result of circumstances…

      no doubt the best part of it all for me was taking a nap with your child on your chest, i spent a bunch of time doing that with the middle god child…it’s a very unique feeling and strong bonding moment…helps to make up for the endless poopy diapers that gotta get changed…ugh, it’s sooooo messy and it just smells sooooo bad…

    11. DRed: Quickley is probably better than Fox (not at being a PG). Idk, Fox has upside but he still can’t really shoot. I’d probably just keep IQ, Fox is about to get expensive

      I haven’t seen him play in a while so ok, interesting, I guess it’s just the star perception and not too much else.

    12. that was a wonderful memory swift, thank you for sharing it :)

      one of the things i’ve had to realize over the years is that the kids aren’t me, they don’t have similar needs to myself…i try to make sure to be available to them focus and attention wise, as well as being physically present, even if it’s just to watch tv or watch them play video games…i’ve had to make it a habit to make periods of my day: “their time”…

    13. If there is one area to put some study into I would suggest sleep. We put our kids on very regimented sleep schedules for napping and at night, never had them sleep with us, and were just completely invested in that.

      We have friends who are new-ish parents and she is a physician with some expertise in childhood development. They have naptime and bedtime routines that involve a (way too cute) short song that they sing with her. She’s conditioned by the song and the rest of the routine to know that it’s time to settle down. It was incredible to see her go from wide awake to sound asleep in mere minutes just because they are consistent about their sleep-time habits.

      Also, everyone should be investing in better sleep, parents or not. That includes every one of the new Knicks, who may be burning the candles at both ends as recent transplant millionaires in the greatest basketball city on earth.

    14. i wonder where most of the players end up staying at, close by the garden, or close by the practice facility in Tarrytown…

      anyone familiar with Tarrytown?

      anyone know how long it takes to get in and out of Manhattan from Tarrytown during the day?

    15. As a parent of a 2 year-old, I echo Owen’s point. Sleep training and a proper sleep routine are probably the things that keep us sane. We have a pretty set routine, which our child totally understands and knows as un-negotiable. He sleeps from 7:30pm to 6:30am every night, which gives us a proper evening to catch up and have time for ourselves, as well as enough time to sleep. Can’t recommend it enough.

    16. Parenting sucks until the youngest is out of diapers. So if you have multiple kids, plan accordingly.

      Once they’re out of diapers, the amount of joy increases steadily into pre-teen ages. As they tantrum less, contribute more, and become more independent, your lives will get better. If sleep is critical for parenting young children, then for toddlers+ it’s morals and chores. I’d say that while it make take you 10 times as long showing your kid how to do something than to just do it yourself, it pays off in 1000-fold later on. Teach them to fold laundry, put away dishes, clean their own room, make breakfast, vacuum, etc. Teach them how to set aside their games, and make sure their homework is done. Teach them they’re responsible for themselves (age appropriate), and hold them to it.

      Also they’re learning what kind of person they should be (how to treat others, how often to tell the truth, etc.). And you can tell them what kind of person they should be. But eventually they’re going to do what you do, not what you say. (Side story – my mom made me go to church every Sunday, but never went herself. I’ll let you guess how that ended up.) There are a lot of lessons here, and not just for your kids. You’re going to learn a lot about yourself as well.

      My $.02

    17. Plan for how to respond to the stress of being new parents based on knowledge of yourself and your partner. It accumulates and can sneak up on you and take over, making you do stuff you don’t want. What you find stressful will depend on you. Could be feeling dangerously clueless all the time, or accumulated tension from endless mini-crises, or lack of your normal ways to relax or do anything other than work and parent, or interference with work and friendships, or other stuff that gets you where you live. Reflect on how you typically handle intense stress vs. how you want to handle it. If you or your partner go to substances or socially isolate or cope in other ways that won’t work well when taken to an extreme, identify alternatives that you enjoy and are healthy, convenient, and cheap. Then make a plan for how to check in about your and your partner’s stress level and a plan for making yourselves do what you need to to keep yourselves sane before shit gets too intense.

      Try your best to be essentially infinitely patient with your partner. Forgive and appreciate and forgive some more. Be unreasonably generous and kind even when your partner has long stretches of not being at their best.

      Being a new dad was one of the best experiences in my life by far. Could have been significantly better if I’d done those things more than I did.

    18. Unreason with the articulate insight, as usual.

      Also suggested for managing stress: Gottman Institute marital counseling stuff. COVID has been rough on a lot of us, living in close quarters with little outside contact — they know what they’re doing. Plus, the video content of them showing “what not to do” comes off exactly like a Curb Your Enthusiasm sketch. If those videos had come out before the show, I’d assume Larry David were doing a John Gottman impression.

    19. Wow. Loads of great parenting advice on the site today! I have a 5yo and a nearly 3yo. Here’s what I’d add to the mix.

      1) The sleep thing is huge. If your kid sleeps through and then naps reliably, you can deal with a lot of other shit. But don’t beat yourself up if you find it hard to make the sleep right. We did EXACTLY the same with both kids including the same sleep training process to get them to put themselves down and sleep through. With #1, he’s been an amazing sleeper from 6 months, kept his nap until he was 4. With #2 he still only sleeps through probably one night in three and he’s already dropped the nap. We’ve tried a lot. He just isn’t a good sleeper. We’ve just about managed to convince ourselves it’s not our fault and found different ways to manage that side of things.

      2) there’s been wonderful honesty on this blog about how hard parenting is, especially in the early months/years. In my experience there is WAY less honesty out there in the real world. Close friends of mine spent years insisting they found parenting idyllic and with their babies/toddlers seemingly perfect whenever we saw them, then admitted years later all the bits they found hard/how close to their marriages breaking down the came etc. So if it seems like everyone else has a better handle on it than you, they’re probably faking and they probably think the same about you.

      3) that said, it is my strongly held view that some kids are just harder than others. My wife and I discuss all the time that if we’d had our second child first, we might have stopped at one. He has been so hard, far harder than the first in terms of personality traits, behaviour, sleep etc. I love him deeply, but parenting him has been tough a lot of the time. So for all that I stand by my second point, if you feel like you’re finding it harder than some others, it may be that you are. Don’t feel you can’t talk to people about that or ask for help.

      That’s just my experience, hope it can be of help.

    20. As always, you guys are awesome and this thread is full of great parenting advices. If i had this help, i’d be a much better parent, but hey my work is almost done (the youngest is 15) and i’m very proud on how they are shaping up to be as grown ups.

    21. Best advice we got when he was an infant:
      When he sleeps you sleep.

      we got this advice so much but then it became a running joke in our house since the only time he slept was when he was carried for the first 6-8 weeks cause of reflux… lot of stress.. lot of zombie time… now he sleeps well and we didn’t even sleep train or have a schedule.. lil humans are crazy things..

      looking back all the advice anyone gives you about family and babies and life is going to be about 50% right… listening to all of it counts since you never know which one will apply to you… how everyone gets to a good flow is gonna be different but.. much like how basketball teams and bands or whatever succeed… they get there through routine.. mindfulness and sometimes happy accidents…and babies and family as i discovered is just about a million routines…. and you’ll find out real quick what works and what doesn’t…

      and screw presents and all that… that first or three months.. people cooking/ordering food for you is the best gift….

      my contribution to (new)fatherblogger…

    22. Totally agree with you, english_knick, i had a friend that because he had 2 angels was bashing the other parents like they were the cause for not being as good as them, so i told him “you’ve never experienced having a difficult child, if you did you’d never talk that way”. I think he started paying attention and never again did such comments, at least that i know of. It’s very easy when you’re granted with angels as your kids.
      In my case, i have 2 kids, one stepdaughter, but i’ve been around her almost everyday since she was 2, we live together since she was 5, and one son, 7 years younger. She was problematic, to say the least, and i was the stepfather, so some restraint would be better to not “lose her forever”, but as no one else had the patience to be the “bad guy” and try to educate her, i did it. Yeah, sometimes educating your kid isn’t like in the movies, it can be very hard. A lot of the time i thought to myself that she would hate me, and we would never be close again, but i was willing to risk it. Let her be a worse version of herself because i did nothing, wasn’t an option. My only goal was to help her be a good person, with good values, and then all is good and the life is theirs to choose what to do. Fortunately i did it, and now she is close to me again. My son, and to get to english_knick point, is an angel like those of my friend, i don’t even remember to have raised my voice to him, it’s all peaceful and he learns fast and knows what he can do and what he can’t. I don’t even believe it at times, given what i’ve been through with his sister. But it’s who he is.
      So, if a kid isn’t easy, and you’re having a very hard time, sure you should doubt yourself to try to be even better, but also knowing that it can be the kid himself that isn’t so available to be educated, and you can’t predict that, you just have to adapt on the challenge being tougher.

    23. On a different subject, I’ve been watching Ted Lasso. I liked the first season and I was watching the second season as it came out. Then I got to episode 4, which is a Christmas episode even though Christmas is still far away. It was all “heart-warming” with no story, and I mean really, no story. It’s not that they offended me, but I just want more out of an episode. Honestly, I may never watch another episode; I just lost interest. Does this make me a total curmudgeon?

    24. Yeah, sometimes educating your kid isn’t like in the movies, it can be very hard.

      So true. There isn’t that singular moment when you’re out fishing and the sun is getting really low, and that key piece of information comes out of your mouth when the river is quiet. It happens through a thousand mini-instances that you’d never think mattered, but they were watching you. How you handled yourself at the supermarket when someone dropped their fruit in front of you. How you treated the waiter in the restaurant that messed up your order. How you treat your spouse, and family members. Etc.

      it is my strongly held view that some kids are just harder than others.

      1000000% true. My first was easy going, and mild tempered. We trained her to sleep, eat, use the potty, etc without much fanfare. We figured we’d have it easy with the next one, given how we were veterans of parenting. However, my second was the exact opposite. Stubborn as a marble mule statue encased in lead and prone to ear splitting tantrums. Every tactic that worked on the first, was (we eventually found out) the inverse of what worked with the second. Until we understood the second’s personality, triggers, etc. we had it really rough.

      there’s been wonderful honesty on this blog about how hard parenting is, especially in the early months/years. In my experience there is WAY less honesty out there in the real world.

      Truth.

      Everything Unreason said.

      Parenting puts a huge strain on your relationship. My relationship’s advice boils down to one thing: Don’t be jerks to each other. The more you are able to treat the other with disdain, the less you’re likely to be willing to work together. You can’t have a relationship with someone that you’re willing to occasionally commit bad acts against. Before you get to that point, talk it out. Remind yourself that the other person wants what’s best for the kids too, and realize there’s more than one way that works.

    25. best lesson i learned regarding kid speak happened about 15 years or so…used to carry around a camcorder…one time while i was re-watching something with myself and my god daughter and i was able to really hear my voice and realized what a negative dick i sounded like…

      i’ve tried much harder since then…although, it’s funny, the youngest, now 7, is getting spoke to much differently than the other two…i tend to speak my mind a little more frankly with him…he’s a bit less sensitive and a lot more openly defiant than the other two, and i’m getting old…

      i did have to correct myself a couple of months back though when we started going to the pool again a bunch…he was hesitant to get in the water and i kept using too much of a negative approach for a few weeks in a row…finally, started paying closer attention to his body movements and saw he was just really nervous and scared…took all the pressure of the situation off of him and he was in the water and having fun pretty quickly thereafter…

    26. I haven’t seen him play in a while so ok, interesting, I guess it’s just the star perception and not too much else.

      Fox is a good at a lot of things aside from shooting from distance and his other shooting numbers are good, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he became a better shooter and a better player than Quickley, it’s just he’s being paid like he’s already done it. Next year Fox is making 28 million and Quickley is making 2.

    27. One parenting rule I can’t emphasize enough for dads is how much harder it is being a mom than being a dad. Obviously not true in every single situation, but the bond between mother and child is something that fills me with awe every time I take a step back and think about it.

    28. I’m still getting used to the Knicks being a good team. Before I would have said, let’s get Fox if we can do it at a good price, but now I have think, would he actually improve the team? It’s harder to get better when you already have decent players.

    29. DRed is 100% accurate about Fox. He’s paid like a guy who’s already proved himself. He was actually paid because Sacramento cannot sign star free agents and they were terrified of trading him and watching him become Tatum, Mitchell or SGA.

    30. ***it is my strongly held view that some kids are just harder than others.***

      Yeah, I have more kids than OKC has draft picks, and I can say from all that experience that there’s no universal formula for getting kids to do what you want. BUT, if a parent(s) can bring consistency (and both physical and emotional endurance) to the table, it goes a long way toward tempering even the most Omenesque of the little angels… (I guess it’s not all that different from trying to rebuild the Knicks, now that I think about it, with Dolan being the particularly difficult little brat. Rose is soothing him with some patience, consistency, and a taste of good things to come once he earns his trust:)

    31. Thanks everyone for your hearty advices. I am taking notes through each one. I know my wife is taking much heavier stress than I am but sometimes I feel like I’m just being there with the words, but not doing anything substantial. That’s one of the reasons for seeking advices so that I can be better prepared.

      Really appreciate it.

    32. I wouldn’t trade for Fox, although i did like him before, because now he makes 28.1M and clearly he’s getting paid for his potential. Right now, to waste precious assets on potential wouldn’t be the best use of resources, i think. Our point in the win curve is waiting for an established guy (the python approach). And to clarify, Fox is not going to get paid, he is already being paid max money, and that’s the value you’d have to trade for. So unless you want to trade Julius, only when our free-agent signings are available to be traded (Dec 15) you could do this trade.

    33. I would trade for Fox, but I would not trade Mitch. Good PGs are hard to come by, and although our current situation is problably fine (as long as Kemba and Rose can play ~70% of the regular season games), it is just for the short term. I dont know how we would be able to match salaries, though.

    34. Staying home with small children may seem like a better option than experiencing abbreviated restaurant meals, frustrating museum visits and other outings cut short. Keep going and figure out a way to remain patient with the total toddler trainwreck that you know is about to unfold at any moment. Going out and having enjoyable days will not happen until you get through this beginning stretch. Relationships will suffer if you sit home too much and the kids will retreat into their devices.

      The most important part of parenting is setting up your driving environment for the many years of chauffeuring ahead of you. This is not the 70’s where the only food eaten during a car trip was outside of the vehicle. The child’s seat will have to be fully stocked with water and juices along with cut-up fruit and easy-to-digest sandwiches (save the bagels for middle school). Pretzels, cheerios and crackers will blanket the car seats, car floors and fossilize in every crevice. Steer them away from those options, at least in your car. Don’t get caught unprepared with limited food and drink options, like a friend’s hastily arranged wedding, or you’re screwed (35 minutes of tearful “I’m hungrys”).

      Spotify, a range of Podcasts (when they fall asleep in the car) and XM Radio are musts. You have to be nimble, so that depending on your mood and their mood you can toggle between Bad Brains, Kidz Bop, Eric Dolphy, The Duck Song, Frank Sinatra, Tuff Crew, and Eric B & Rakim. However, entertainment is a secondary concern for the many car trips back and forth from practices and events.

      The car will be the place where the majority of your parent-child conversations take place, because of the combination of seat proximity and drive times. Prioritize these talks above all other car-related entertainment – even at the single-digit ages where their most profound statement will still be relatively unintelligible. That trust will pay dividends as the teenage years…

    35. At this point, Knox is only a top10 pick salary filler for a trade. He’ll be a minor piece on any trade, but maybe other teams see him as a reclamation project, and that helps some deal. If not traded, we’ll let him go at the end of the season, just like Frank last year. But we can’t waive him or dump him, we need his salary on the books to use in trades.

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