Knicks Morning News (2021.08.28)

  • Mavs: Tim Hardaway Jr’s bold Knicks prediction for Kristaps Porzingis – ClutchPoints
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    Mavs: Tim Hardaway Jr’s bold Knicks prediction for Kristaps Porzingis  ClutchPoints

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  • Mavs’ Hardaway Jr. Makes A Knicks Porzingis Prediction – Sports Illustrated
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    Mavs’ Hardaway Jr. Makes A Knicks Porzingis Prediction  Sports Illustrated

  • Why the Warriors, Knicks, Bulls and Clippers are among the toughest teams to forecast for 2021-22 NBA season – CBS Sports
    [www.cbssports.com] — Friday, August 27, 2021 2:31:00 PM

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  • The Carmelo Anthony trade revelation that changed the Knicks franchise – New York Post
    [nypost.com] — Friday, August 27, 2021 1:44:00 PM

    The Carmelo Anthony trade revelation that changed the Knicks franchise  New York Post

  • Julius Randle wanted to ‘lock in’ with New York Knicks, OK with potentially leaving millions on table – ESPN
    [www.espn.com] — Friday, August 27, 2021 12:21:43 PM

    Julius Randle wanted to ‘lock in’ with New York Knicks, OK with potentially leaving millions on table  ESPN

  • Knicks’ Dwayne Bacon Not Guaranteed to Earn Roster Spot: Report – Heavy.com
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  • Grading the New York Knicks free agent acquisitions – Empire Sports Media
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    47 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2021.08.28)”

    1. I will not click on the clickbaity News link just in the event TH2 said something substantive about KP. I will not click on the clickbaity News link just in the event TH2 said something substantive about KP. I will not click on the clickbaity News link just in the event TH2 said something substantive about KP. I will not…

      Dammit. When will I learn?

    2. Alan: I will not click on the clickbaity News link just in the event TH2 said something substantive about KP. I will not…

      Dammit. When will I learn?

      We need to start a Click Baited Anonymous movement. My name is Ingmarrrr… and I’m an edict.

    3. Julius Randle has evolved in a very short span from The Spins to a player who would have starred on those 90’s Knicks as well as this current squad. He is what Mase(RIP) could and should have been if we played him at the starting PF instead of SF. One of those rare players who is good for this team in every way. Who would have ever thought that he’d be such a perfect fit for what we love to see as Knicks fans? That’s nuts. Not only that..but we now have other players who seem to be perfect fits in RJ, McBride, Grimes, Rose, Kemba, Taj, Noel, and Mitch- if he can stay healthy.

      Kudos to the FO and the coaching staff.

    4. I didn’t click the hardaway/porzingis clickbait, but I DID click the “Carmelo Anthony trade revelation” clickbait. I’ll sum it up so that others don’t have to follow my lead:

      Carmelo Anthony NEVER wanted to to leave Denver, guys. He didn’t. He wanted to build a championship team and die a Nugget. Then they didn’t re-sign Dahntay Jones and that was the first, last, and only straw. He went to the FO and said “I ain’t bein’ part of no rebuild, Masai. It’s time I go someplace else.”

      The end.

    5. As always, Melo proves the Abraham Lincoln line about saying nothing and letting people suspect you’re a fool vs. opening your mouth and confirming it

    6. This blog is truly amazing in it’s many facets. I really appreciate being here.

      I have resisted the Kristaps click bait so far, but if anyone wants to comment…

    7. I’ll summarize the clickbait: THJ says KP is In The Best Shape Of His Life. Ah yes, the classic ITBSOHL. That old chestnut.

      Also, Tommy Chong would like to sell you some CBD

    8. “Being his teammate probably longer anybody on the roster, I know KP,” Hardaway Jr. said, via Grant Afseth of FanNation. “I know he’s back at Latvia busting his tail right now to get back to where he was before the injury when we were with the Knicks. I know how much he loves the game, how much he works and he’s going to do whatever he can to get back to that level of mentality that he had.”

      …where is the “bold prediction?”

    9. Thanks for sharing your stories Hubert, ess, and others, your stories are truly inspiring. Picking up on Bo’s comment, educators are in the loco parentis role during school time and our most crucial role is partnering with parents/caregivers to bring out the best in our students. I’m fortunate to run a school that has about as diverse of a student population as any school in the world, and I mean this very literally. It’s a small enough school that I’ve been as close to being viewed as a part of the teacher team as a principal can be. As such, I have seen just about every parenting situation close up as one can imagine, and seen the impact of parenting through countless lenses. I have also had numerous sibling broods pass through and seen the impact of the same parents on different kids. As Donnie said, every kid is his/her/their own magical puzzle with a unique set of triggers for all sorts of academic, social and emotional behaviors. I’ve found that the nature of the caregivers and support system is far less important than the dedication, resilience, creativity, open-mindedness, humility of the caregivers. The geo’s of the world can be as wonderfully impactful to developing children as biological parents. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, even siblings can do incredible jobs as primary caregivers, even alone. Sometimes its the school that provides a daily haven from dysfunction at home, often in tradidional family settings…my pedagogocal team is second to none in striving every day to our school a safe, welcoming place for all.

      What pains me most as an educator in the twilight of my career is how our nation’s children are more of a political football than ever. The dysfunction of adults is in their faces non-stop from a very early age. As a nation we are doing a lousy job of parenting. On the positive side, the opportunity for children to pursue individualized paths to rich fulfilling lives has never been greater

    10. The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      I am here for DadGroupTherapyBlogger. What a board we’ve got here.

      I’m not a single dad, but I was raised by a single mom (with 3 siblings) back in the 70’s and early 80’s. My father was a deadbeat dad, which very much hurt financially, but we avoided most of the drama of custody battles and arguments about visitation and such. My sister went though a tough divorce with some of that.

      My sympathy goes out to you single parents out there. Gotta be tough.

      Yeah, I don’t think there’s been much of a question of KP’s offseason work ethic (has there?), but much of of his being injury prone, a bit of a diva, and making some poor decisions.

    11. No kids of my own, but close with my friend’s kid who just finished his 1st full week of kindergarten. His parents are divorced, but they’re both very involved and thankfully on good terms.

      It’s been a little hard on my friend since his ex makes more money than he does and the kid occasionally comments on how his mom and her new guy have a bigger, nicer house without realizing what he’s doing. My friend gave up some career opportunities because he planned on taking lower pay for a more flexible schedule and being a part-time stay-at-home dad on top of it.

      Just watching my friend parent part-time is exhausting, solo parenting is the most miraculous feat a person can accomplish.

      Thanks for sharing everyone. Hubert, shrooms are wonderful, it’s inexplicable they’re illegal.

    12. awwww, thanks for sharing your situation GHenman and ess-dog, it’s easy to feel sometimes like you’re the only experiencing some challenging stuff…

      dang hubie, that’s some earth shattering, life changing circumstances right there…

      almost 30 years ago I got a similar call from someone I kicked it with for awhile…they told me they were expecting…I kinda laughed it off and told them I’d kick some money in for them to go to see a doctor and take care of things…

      I never heard from them again…

      hard to imagine how much your world must have changed in such a short period of time…wow…

    13. On a parenting note, my youngest was unbelievably psyched for playing her first competitive volleyball match in two years (she took last year off to extend her eligibility rather than forfeit a cancelled season), and has been preparing non-stop for this moment. At her college, all students were required to have a COVID test on arrival. She had the Moderna vaccine back in the spring. Fall athletes arrived a week early and she tested negative on arrival. Then her non-athlete roommate arrived last Monday, tested on arrival, socialized w/o masks and slept in the same room with my daughter, and the next day she found out that she tested positive. My daughter was obviously a close contact, and was required to wait until yesterday to test, but was told to live life normally, including practicing with the team. They didn’t even require her to wear a mask at practice, but she wore one anyway as a precaution. Unfortunately she tested positive yesterday and has to quarantine for 10 days, meaning she will now have to miss the first 4-game tournament and may have infected others on the team. She was inconsolable yesterday, but is in a much better place today and fired up for getting over this and putting it into its proper perspective. But damn, hearing your kid cry her eyes out never gets any easier.

    14. like you clash, single parent raised…I don’t know exactly how the kids see it when we’re together, but – for me it just felt like it was me and my mom against the world growing up…

      I know they view me as a parenting figure in their life, but – because it’s just been us spending time together for so long – similiar to my relationship with my mom, we’re also very close friends…

      I’m sure kids with 2 parents develop that friendship based relationship also, but, when it’s just the two, or three, of you always together, they’re your kids and best friends…

    15. Geo’s thinly veiled plot for all of us to get to know each other better seems to be bearing substantial fruit. :-)

      Sorry about your daughter Z-Man. Hopefully she will come through without incident and perhaps it will be better at some point she has already had it. Natural immunity a plus? Reaching for straws now.

      With the way cases are going I think this will be over sooner rather than later. Just astonishing how much better Delta is than Alpha at its job, like 20-21 Julius Randle vs the 2019-2020 version.

    16. Geo,
      If your mom is still with us, please give her a hug for me because she nurtured one of the most empathetic humans I have ever encountered.

    17. Z-Man, sorry for what happened, but the way your daughter bounced back the next day shows a resilience that will serve her well in life. You should be very proud.

    18. Owen: Sorry about your daughter Z-Man. Hopefully she will come through without incident and perhaps it will be better at some point she has already had it. Natural immunity a plus? Reaching for straws now.

      Silver lining: she is exempt from testing for 90 days. Also, the school had a policy that all positive cases must return home for quarantine if they lived within 500 miles. She and her roommate who are both positive live in a suite with a bathroom and kitchen, so my wife got on the phone with admin and went all Sicilian on them. Of course she brought up that I was a 63 years old geezer who could get deathly ill just from the car ride. They relented and let her stay on campus. (I pity the fool who crosses my wife when she’s in the right..maybe I’m combative here as a result of getting routinely stomped on at home!) I mean, having a gap between testing and notification of results places the onus on the college when shit like this happens, so forcing kids to leave is not fair, and they acknowledged that. That made our daughter and us feel a lot better…she sounds like a different person today, and I was spared 12 hours of driving, half of that with a COVID-positive passenger, on the eve of school opening.

      Honestly, since they require vaccinations and are in the middle of nowhere, you could make the argument that they should just not test at all. None of the positive cases has had anything but mild symptoms, and my daughter got sick like 10 times her freshman year…strep, flu-like bugs, campus cough, etc., and life went on. She barely has symptoms and could certainly play next weekend if they let her.

    19. Bo Nateman:
      Geo,
      If your mom is still with us, please give her a hug for me because she nurtured one of the most empathetic humans I have ever encountered.

      +1,000,000

    20. Bo Nateman:
      Z-Man, sorry for what happened, but the way your daughter bounced back the next day shows a resilience that will serve her well in life. You should be very proud.

      Thanks Bo, she’s very much a combo of me and mom, vulnerabilities and all, as are my other two…just in very different ways.

    21. I’m with Bo on Geo and on Z-Man’s daughter, agree 100%.
      About Melo i guess that’s the first chapter of the “Carmelo Anthony ‘corrected’ biography”. I place my money on the 2nd chapter being about how it was all Denver wanting the trade, because we all know Melo would gladly leave money on the table to help the Knicks and come here as a free agent. #NOT

    22. None of us should judge Melo. I mean, has your employer ever traded away Dahntay Jones? No. You don’t just “get over” a stomach punch like that.

    23. Z-man, I’d be real interested to find out whether roomie were vaccinated. But that’s just the voice deep inside of me clamoring for justice, even of the “what the actual fuck is wrong with you” variety.

    24. Good luck to your daughter Z – Man, that’s a tough situation for her to deal with. It sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders, I’m sure you and your wife are proud.

      It sounds like the symptoms she has are mild which is great news. Likely her age helps but it also shows the vaccine works as advertised. I know several other vaccinated people who tested positive but had little or very mild symptoms.

    25. Brian Cronin:
      That sucks, Z-Man, I’m sorry your daughter had to go through that nonsense.

      Thanks BC! Perspective helps…I have friends with kids at Tulane and they’re evacuating right now…

    26. The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      Z-man, I’d be real interested to find out whether roomie were vaccinated. But that’s just the voice deep inside of me clamoring for justice, even of the “what the actual fuck is wrong with you” variety.

      Yes, proof of vaccination is mandatory. Her roomate had the J&J. I think the Delta variant is crazy contageous and this sort of think is going to become commonplace if mask-wearing is not mandatory. Not only did my daughter test positive, but her suitemate with a separate bedroom did, as did 2 freshman volleyball teammates who my kid invited over to the suite so that they wouldn’t be socially isolated. No partying, just a tame social gathering. I can’t really blame her 20yo roomate for doing what kids do when they’re told “you’re vaccinated, go our and do 20yo things mask-free the week before going back to college!”

    27. This is why I believe this is the best sports blog in America.

      I’d like to get I on the dad talk (and btw kudos to all the dads and father figures on here). As many of you know, I moved to Los Angeles to be with my wife who, at the time had a teen daughter and pre-teen son. They’re loving kids, and at the wedding last year I acknowledged them both by saying that the wedding and my marriage does not happen w/out their approval of me in their lives. I’m more a steward since the bonus daughter is now 21 and the stepson about to turn 18 next month.

      For a long time, I was scared of parenthood. I had a close call back in 2012 when a previous partner alleged I may have fathered her kid, but she never agreed to doing a paternity test, and ultimately I found out that her daughter wasn’t from me. These past 5+ years out here forced me to dig deep into why I’ve been so scared, and I’ve finally accept that I have the wife and foundation now to bring a kid into this world should God see fit. And if not, I’m good with being “just” stepdad.

    28. I was so excited when KP was in his first two seasons, because I thought I could see him becoming the player that Ralph Sampson was expected to be. Now, I would surprised if KP’s career adds up to Sampson’s.

    29. My wife just gave birth to my biological 2nd but 3rd child overall (She has a daughter from her previous marriage, whom i introduce as my daughter). Any way, i am now a father of 3, high school girl and 2 boys under 2. Let me say that being a parent is TOUGH. My daughter is getting to the age where everything i say is wrong but someone else saying the exact same thing makes sense. Couple that with the high school attitude and high school drama. My boys are not easy either, they are both wild like there i’m sure i was but i wouldn’t trade it for the world.

      Also, i was raised by a single mother until my mom met my dad (step dad but i call him dad) when i was about 12. I will be the first to say I do not know how she raised my brother and I as a single mother on a teacher salary, but she did. Never missed a game, performance, conference, always present. Flashforward a few decades and now i’m a teacher at a DoDEA school where my student population is 95% military dependents.

      This was all to say that the fear or anxiety of being a dad for the first time was definitely there but when the time comes and you are in that delivery room and get to cut the cord and hold your baby for the first time, your entire perspective on life shifts. I no longer grind everyday for me, i do it for my kids. Don’t fear becoming a dad, because a switch will happen when you do. Unless your my biological father, f*** that guy. LOL

    30. In my youth, the US Army had a slogan: The Toughest Job You Will Ever Love.

      That is a perfect description of my experience as a father.

    31. I don’t know shit about the Knicks, or stats, or humor. But I have more kids than Shawn Kemp and Larry Johnson combined, so if we’re really turning this into parentblogger.org during the dog-days of August, I’m your man. I have seen it all.

    32. It’w comforting knowing that the world will benefit disproportionally from DW’s gene pool.I am proud to number you among the finest people I have cursed out.

    33. Thanks, Z-Man. You’re my favorite person that’s ever cursed me out. (Full disclosure, I can’t remember the last person who cursed me out. Not even my teenagers have ever stooped that low:) But, regardless, keep up the good work. Love ya. -DW

    34. Geo’s thinly veiled plot for all of us to get to know each other better seems to be bearing substantial fruit. :-)

      this year I planted a peach and cherry tree in to planters out on the patio…it’ll be at least 3 to 4 years or so before either start to fruit…I have a lemon tree in a planter, it’s like 7 or 8 years old now and is loaded with fruit (right now everything is green and still growing)…

      I’ve never been particularly remarkable at anything, but, for whatever reason, I have a decent knack for spotting talent in others…

      it didn’t take me very long to realize how exceptional so many of you are beyond just putting out basketball thoughts…

      the toughest part of getting folks to share is developing trust…for that, you have to give to get…

    35. howdy bo :)

      I really appreciate your’s and everyone’s kind words…it means a lot…

      I’m actually spending some time over ma’s this weekend (ugh, so many chores to still have to try to get out of doing)…even at almost 80, ma is still waaaaay to industrious…

      I feel very blessed to have her in my life…

    36. geo: I’m actually spending some time over ma’s this weekend (ugh, so many chores to still have to try to get out of doing)…even at almost 80, ma is still waaaaay to industrious…
      I feel very blessed to have her in my life…

      Like Bo said, you give her a hug for us all here at KB. We’re very grateful for the great job she has done raising you.

    37. geo: this year I planted a peach and cherry tree in to planters out on the patio…it’ll be at least 3 to 4 years or so before either start to fruit…I have a lemon tree in a planter, it’s like 7 or 8 years old now and is loaded with fruit (right now everything is green and still growing)…

      Can you believe i have trees on my balcony? I have 3 apple trees and 2 pear trees. I also have strawberry that my oldest goddaughter gifted me, but it’s so hot in the summer here at Valongo, i don’t think it’ll make it. I planted the trees from the seed, of a fruit we ate, to teach my kids how nature works. :)

    38. Donnie Walsh: I don’t know shit about the Knicks, or stats, or humor. But I have more kids than Shawn Kemp and Larry Johnson combined, so if we’re really turning this into parentblogger.org during the dog-days of August, I’m your man. I have seen it all.

      Well, now i’m not sure if the “Mick Jagger award” should be handed to Hubert, as i previously did, or to you? LOL
      But i’ll wait, because there’s always the chance in the “Donnie Walsh ‘corrected’ biography” you deny it all, say you only have one son and the rest is all Denver’s fault. LOLOL

    39. @Knicks761: Congrats on the new born. I hope he’s healthy and gives you good nights of sleep. ;)

      when the time comes and you are in that delivery room and get to cut the cord and hold your baby for the first time, your entire perspective on life shifts
      Totally agree with you on this, what a defining moment that is. One of those days that you know in the moment that’s one of the best days of your life. There’s not much days like it, because most of the times we identify the best days of our life looking back.

      @CDiggy: You go for it, man. I hope you’ll be blessed with a child, and the kid will be very lucky to have you and the wife as parents.
      Oh, and one advice about parenting that’s been missing… to you and to all, we need to keep spreading the Knicks fandom, so educate your kids right about basketball, people! :D

    40. hi guys, i always read your comments about the knicks, what you guys think about rojon rondo for the 15th spot instead of the villoza?

    41. elmayimbe98: hi guys, i always read your comments about the knicks, what you guys think about rojon rondo for the 15th spot instead of the villoza?

      Welcome! :) It can actually be a good idea, but i think it’s fair to let Vildoza have the training camp to show what he’s got.

    42. Rondo will almost certainly be back with the Lakers. I’m happy sticking with Rose and Kemba and giving IQ, Vildoza and McBride (and even Fournier, RJ and Burks) the remaining PG minutes. If a bigger need develops, see what shakes loose fron the G-League/waiver wire.

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