Knicks Morning News (2021.09.01)

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    44 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2021.09.01)”

    1. Just what in the hell are the Cavs doing? They’ve added Rubio, who is a good player but not a great fit. They haven’t figured out their starting backcourt yet. AND their “big” moves this offseason have been re-signing Allen, drafting Mobley, and landing an unnecessary s&t for Markannen. Wait..while also moving incredibly slow on a buyout for Love(since it’s obvious there’s no trade market for him) and signing Tacko Fall. What in the world? Are we sure Woodson’s not secretly the GM there? Or Zeke? This is tanking at its finest lol..and they’re not even tiptoeing around it.

    2. I think even here from Portugal, i’m almost hearing Julius’ response to 538 – “you don’t know sh*t about me”. :P

    3. Totes, I think right now the Cavs are just trying to accumulate talent/assets, setting them up to make more moves down the road once they figure out who they want to keep or not. Rubio makes it a bit easier to trade Sexton or Garland, and I imagine he’ll also be very helpful for the development of younger players like Okoro. Even if Markannen can play with either Mobley or Allen, giving the team a lot of different potential looks, and in theory adding bench scoring to a roster that was pretty desperate for it last year.

      I agree that there’s too much redundancy, and especially too much money tied up in big men, but it seems more logical to me than, say, Sacramento attempting to play a 3-PG lineup at all times because of how they built that roster.

    4. Also, I’m not usually much for plugging my work here, but today kicks off a week-plus series of articles on The Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, that I worked my ass off on, and am very proud of. Here’s the first story: a big making-of piece featuring thoughts from all the major players. Take a look if you can.

    5. cyber my 24yo daughter and her roommate are visiting Portugal for 10 days starting this weekend, any must-do’s (and don’ts!) while they’re there? They’re renting a car which makes me nervous!

    6. Thank you @ Alan. Having just finished rewatching The Sopranos, your Mariana Trench article has me more stoked than before to watch it. Sharing your article with my family, who watched it for the first time over the summer and is now rewatching it.

    7. Nice piece Alan! That prequel looks like fun. Love Vera Farmiga and that’s a great anecdote at the top of the article.

    8. Alan:
      Totes, I think right now the Cavs are just trying to accumulate talent/assets, setting them up to make more moves down the road once they figure out who they want to keep or not. Rubio makes it a bit easier to trade Sexton or Garland, and I imagine he’ll also be very helpful for the development of younger players like Okoro. Even if Markannen can play with either Mobley or Allen, giving the team a lot of different potential looks, and in theory adding bench scoring to a roster that was pretty desperate for it last year.

      I agree that there’s too much redundancy, and especially too much money tied up in big men, but it seems more logical to me than, say, Sacramento attempting to play a 3-PG lineup at all times because of how they built that roster.

      They should do a reverse spacing lineup. We’ll call it..the space vacuum.
      PG Sexton
      SG Markannen
      SF Mobley
      PF Allen
      C Fall

      Or..if they keep Love, they can bump Allen back to C and put Love at PF lol

      The East is BIG, man…

    9. For some mysterious reason I now want to binge the Sopranos, well done Alan!!

      I enjoyed the anecdotes about Michael Gandolfini and the story of Chase coming to choose this story to tell.

    10. Tacko Fall has been signed to a non-guaranteed one year deal.

      So the Cavs have not completely lost it.

    11. I think the Cavs had to trade for Markannen to inject some shooting into the lineup. Between Okoro & Rubio shooting 30% from 3 (these 2 should replace Markannen & Sexton in the space vacuum lineup) and Sexton taking only a handful of 3s a game, they needed someone in the frontcourt to provide spacing. When Love is hurt or on the bench, that’ll be Markannen.

      Acquiring Rubio seems to signal that they want Sexton at SG, at least until they trade him.

      Cavs have a lot of talented young players, it’ll be interesting to see who makes the next jump and who doesn’t.

    12. Z-man: cyber my 24yo daughter and her roommate are visiting Portugal for 10 days starting this weekend, any must-do’s (and don’ts!) while they’re there? They’re renting a car which makes me nervous!

      Wow, you’ve told us your daughter is smart, but i wasn’t prepared for her to be this smart, at least when it comes to choose holiday destinations! ;)
      Don’t be nervous, there’s no better country to go road tripping on your own. We don’t have criminality here, people are always nice and helpful, and they try to help even if they don’t speak english (which is a thing i’m very proud of, because i don’t see it a lot when i go on vacation).
      I’ll give you an email that i don’t use often nowadays, but i’ll have it open on a browser tab, to answer quickly. It’s cybersoze[at]aol.com (i created it in 1998 when i first used this username, and AOL was the king of messengers). If you want her to have my number just in case, send me an email and i’ll give it to you.
      To know what to suggest, where are they going to be (or where do they start if they don’t have a plan) and what things will they be into doing?

    13. For some mysterious reason I now want to binge the Sopranos, well done Alan!!

      Well, while I’m plugging away, rumor has it that The Sopranos Sessions is a really good book to read as you binge the show, either for the first time or the 15th.

    14. I liked Portugal so much that I visited it two times in 8 months a couple of years ago. As a(n expat) Brazilian, the obvious cultural affinity makes it a perfect destination, but I couldn’t recommend it enough. We visited Lisbon and the north in the late winter, and the south in the summer, and it is fantastic.

    15. I’m in the process of acquiring Portuguese citizenship — in case shit really hits the fan out here.

    16. If we’re talking Portugal tourism, I’m going to be in Lisbon in October for a week to 10 days with the lady. Which neighborhood is recommended? Ideally we’d like to be in the center of town but have a quiet apartment , not above a busy street. Is that possible?

      And yeah, if we’re renting a car where should we go for 2-3 days? We’re not 24 anymore :)

    17. My wife and I visited Portugal in 2019 and loved it. Highly recommend making a side trip to Nazare, even without the 100 foot waves (great doc btw) it’s still an awesome experience to stand on the cliff and feel and watch the giant waves pounding the shore.

      Also, the prices in Portugal were crazy cheap, which is such a pleasure compared to the rest of Europe. I did a double take every time I looked at a menu!

    18. @Alan: my productivity is lower today because i couldn’t stop reading your article, it’s really a great article, congrats. :)

    19. Also, Alan thanks for the “For All Mankind” recommendation. Really enjoying the alternate take on the space race!

    20. Thanks marechal and d-mar! :) I’m going to think about recommendations to you also, Ingmarrrr. ;) I think around the Botanic Garden with those sweet and narrow streets, you’ll find it very peaceful and yet just one or two blocks away from the main streets and tourist attractions.
      @KnickerBloggerPowerRankings: Is that a golden visa? You do it fast, as i heard the rules are about to change at the end of the year, or even be cancelled altogether. If it’s a golden visa, are you buying real estate or are you bringing your company to Portugal?

    21. cybersoze: I think around the Botanic Garden with those sweet and narrow streets, you’ll find it very peaceful and yet just one or two blocks away from the main streets and tourist attractions.

      Sounds great, thanks Cyber!

    22. nice article al…amazing how you’re able to smoothly weave sooooo much information and details in to your writing and still keep it easy to read and very conversational…

    23. Lisbon remains my favorite city in Europe. Never met nicer people.

      Cyber, you better post those recs here and not in an email. Z-Girl isn’t the only Portofile! Have you ever been to a small oceanside town called Azenhos-do-Mar? It’s like a Portuguese Cinque Terre. Arguably the best place I ever discovered while traveling.

      Close second is the valley of moinhos-velhos. It’s in whatever you call those mountains in the Algarve. I spend two weeks at buddhist temple up there fasting and learning from gurus.

      The only thing I found underwhelming during my three trips to Portugal was Sintra. It’s a castle. So what?

    24. cybersoze:

      @KnickerBloggerPowerRankings: Is that a golden visa? You do it fast, as i heard the rules are about to change at the end of the year, or even be cancelled altogether. If it’s a golden visa, are you buying real estate or are you bringing your company to Portugal?

      It’s a program available to Turkish Sephardic Jews who originated in Portugal and Spain but were driven out in the fifteenth century — and well — I married one! It’s fairly costly but definitely worth it.

    25. In HoopsRumors.com:
      Capela will make about $20.6MM in 2023/24 and $22.3MM in ’24/25 on his new extension, tweets Marks. That works out to a base value of $42.9MM over two years, with another $4MM in total incentives, so the deal could max out at $46.9MM, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype tweets.

      I was hoping that Mitch would sign an extension between 11M to 14M AAV, but with similar guys being paid a lot more, it won’t be easy. Do your job, Leon, and get the deal done.

    26. Alan, no need to be modest in self-promotion, you’ve got a kid in college now with tuition payments coming. You should be promoting your books like a rabid, snake oil huckster AKA Fizdaling.

    27. KnickerBloggerPowerRankings: It’s a program available to Turkish Sephardic Jews who originated in Portugal and Spain but were driven out in the fifteenth century — and well — I married one! It’s fairly costly but definitely worth it.

      Oh, that’s great. It’s one of the darkest episodes of our history so it’s very refreshing to know we’re trying to do something about it. I hope it costs a lot less than a golden visa. ;)
      And once you have portuguese citizenship, you can visit or live wherever you want in europe, there’s no borders for european citizens.
      Well, except UK, i don’t know how that goes since the Brexit.

    28. According to Shams, unvaccinated players will not be allowed to enter MSG in the absence of a religion-based reason.

    29. This rule only applies to home team players on the Nets, Knicks, and Warriors and not to visiting players.

    30. I was hoping that Mitch would sign an extension between 11M to 14M AAV, but with similar guys being paid a lot more, it won’t be easy. Do your job, Leon, and get the deal done.

      Just give him the 4/$54. He might take it! Give it a shot, Leon!

    31. For years, there has been an undercurrent that the Knicks fear that Mitchell Robinson will flame out if he gets a big payday. He dropped the draft because of concerns about his motor and mentality. He has hired & fired many agents.

      The worst case scenario here is Larry Sanders.

      If Robinson is healthy, I would take the risk and offer him 4/54.

    32. ***unvaccinated players will not be allowed to enter MSG in the absence of a religion-based reason.***

      Does QAnon count as a religion?

      ***This rule only applies to home team players on the Nets***

      I guess we’re about to find out.

    33. I love Mitch and have an affinity for homegrown players but it seems that there are low-cost analogs available in the late first round and via the Nerlens Noel route. So I’m not all that emotionally invested in whether he stays or goes. He’s injury-prone and flaky, so if he has a great year and we lose out on him, so be it. But my preference if for the Knicks to offer him a long term deal and for him to take it.

    34. Nerlins Noel is a good defender, but not nearly as good as Mitchell Robinson. Noel is great protecting the rim, but not a strong positional defender.

      An offense, Mitch is an asset and Noel is a liability. Noel is notoriously bad at catching passes. Mitch is astoundingly good at turning lobs into dunks.

    35. ephus:
      Nerlins Noel is a good defender, but not nearly as good as Mitchell Robinson.Noel is great protecting the rim, but not a strong positional defender.

      An offense, Mitch is an asset and Noel is a liability.Noel is notoriously bad at catching passes.Mitch is astoundingly good at turning lobs into dunks.

      I’m not convinced that Mitch is a significantly better player than Noel at this point, and certainly not on the defensive end. Their overall numbers were very similar last year. Even if you go back, Mitch’s best DBPM was 2.4, while has had four straight seasons higher than that, and his 3.5 DBPM led the league this past year. Even putting his shot blocking aside, Noel has been in the top six in steals% twice. Mitch is very talented but not the most cerebral guy out there in playing team defense. The difference to me is that Noel is a finished product and Mitch still has upside, but right now you’d be paying a premium for upside, not production.

    36. Mitch has a staying on the floor problem. I love him, but that’s the biggest problem with him whether it’s fouls or injury.

    37. Capela and Mitch seem like similar players, but Capela has been a starter on multiple deep playoff teams and can actually stay on the floor. Not a chance he gets anything close to a Capela deal. He may be a talent, but he sure as hell isn’t a borderline all-star. I think we just spend too much time thinking about Knicks and assume other people are, too.

    38. You’re right, and we must be careful on the money we offer, because if we overpay it’s one less asset to use in trades. I’d say the Robert Williams’ contract is good value for both sides. It’s a 4/48M with 6M in incentives that can take it to 4/54M (but in that case it means he’d be playing to his potential).

    39. The Honorable Cock Jowles: I think we just spend too much time thinking about Knicks and assume other people are, too.

      Yeah, if he stays healthy he has a high ceiling but Capela is quite a lot better than him right now and closing that gap won’t be easy. Even before he got hurt Mitch was just so-so last year. I get that he was adapting to a much more established and demanding coach, but if the FO feels it wants at least some evidence that Mitch can stay healthy and can continue improving, I don’t think that’s such a bad idea.

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