Knicks Morning News (2021.09.04)

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    [dailyknicks.com] — Friday, September 3, 2021 6:00:00 PM

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  • NY Knicks: Reacting to a proposed Josh Jackson trade to NY – Daily Knicks
    [dailyknicks.com] — Friday, September 3, 2021 2:00:00 PM

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  • FS1 Host Claims Blazers’ Damian Lillard Would Prefer Knicks Over Sixers – Sports Illustrated
    [www.si.com] — Friday, September 3, 2021 12:43:00 PM

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  • Westchester County and new York Knicks Team Up for Back-to-School Covid-19 PSA – westchestergov.com
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  • WATCH: Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley shows off handles in workout video – Empire Sports Media
    [empiresportsmedia.com] — Friday, September 3, 2021 10:25:28 AM

    WATCH: Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley shows off handles in workout video  Empire Sports Media

  • NY Knicks: Predicting the Eastern Conference playoff seeding – Daily Knicks
    [dailyknicks.com] — Friday, September 3, 2021 10:00:00 AM

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  • Knicks’ Nerlens Noel will have shot at starting center job – Empire Sports Media
    [empiresportsmedia.com] — Friday, September 3, 2021 7:49:48 AM

    Knicks’ Nerlens Noel will have shot at starting center job  Empire Sports Media

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    24 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2021.09.04)”

    1. It’s basically him practicing against a chair, but it’s also a slow, slow news day, so enjoy these Obi Toppin practice highlights Per Begley:

      Knicks forward Obi Toppin working with New York-based trainer @DaveZenon, who has worked closely with several NBA bigs – including Serge Ibaka and Mason Plumlee – and helped expand their games:

    2. With this recent moves, the Nets released Alize Johnson. He looked promising, last year. Wouldn’t it be better to ship Knox some place and try Alize as the 3rd string PF? He could also fill the vacant spot of the polarizing guy “is he good? is he bad?” that Frank left open.

    3. I don’t really want Knox on the team at this point, Cyber, but I imagine the only way he’s going this year is as salary filler in a larger deal. Also, Taj is the third string PF. That said, “Alize Johnson” would be a fine addition to our all-name team.

    4. Knox is too young to give up on. IMO he can still become a solid rotation player. Unfortunately he’s in the same position as Frank. He came in as a very young immature project and didn’t reach the level required to keep him past the first contract in time. Let’s see what he can do this year. There’s still plenty of time to potentially use him as part of a bigger deal if he makes some progress or to just let the clock run out like we did with Frank.

    5. Unfortunately he’s in the same position as Frank.

      He’s in the same position as Frank: terrible at basketball

    6. Ha. I was about to write “He’s in the same position as Frank — heading for a bench role in Europe.” But as usual JK snarked it better.

    7. Frank and Knox highlight the problem with drafting 19 year old’s. Unless you think you see the next Lebron, which is very rare, it makes much more sense to draft someone who has proven himself either in college or abroad for a couple of years. I’m glad we seem to be figuring that out.

    8. I don’t blame the kids at all either. If someone thinks a kid is good enough to draft him at 19, and pay them millions of dollars, you can’t expect them to say no thanks “I’m not ready yet”.

    9. Knox’s best basketball skill is making nearly $6M that we can use to help lineup salaries in a trade. No player we sign to replace Knox this year will have that unique ability.

    10. There is not some broad lesson about drafting young players to take away from the Frank and Knox experiences. The problem with them wasn’t that they were young. It was that they were both mediocre-to-bad against their highest level of pre-NBA competition.

      If that’s true of a player, you almost definitely shouldn’t draft them in the lottery whether they’re 18 or 28.

    11. Drafting young players with potential is ok unless your scouting methods aren’t 3-on-3 workouts or a fucking triangle.

    12. There are no 28 year old’s to draft. I think there is a clear lesson to learn. Drafting someone in their teens and expecting them to naturally improve as they mature is a bad idea. The higher the draft pick, the greater the temptation to swing for the fences. It’s not just the Knicks, most teams think that way. I’m glad the Knicks are beyond that stage now.

    13. I think the Knicks problem with drafting is picking people who can’t fucking shoot! We always hear about potential and upside but they can never shoot! Hopefully the new front office takes that into account. I think they did okay this year. We’ll see moving forward.

    14. DudeInKnicksTown:
      Any thoughts on Naomi Osaka’s latest meltdown?

      I feel for her. Sport can be very tough mentally and in Singles tennis you are all by yourself. Djokovic has said as much. ( He recently said that the hardest part of his pursuing the grand slam was mental. )

    15. Knick fan not in NJ: I feel for her. Sport can be very tough mentally and in Singles tennis you are all by yourself. Djokovic has said as much. ( He recently said that the hardest part of his pursuing the grand slam was mental. )

      But isn’t that what makes a champion? I mean being able to deal with pressure and to overcome it. I noticed that on the walkway leading onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium there’s a sign that says Pressure Is A Privilege. Isn’t that true?

    16. Any thoughts on Naomi Osaka’s latest meltdown?

      sloane stephens shared a little bit of the story after her match…

    17. I love that the Knicks Morning News aggregator returns the same week that “Reacting to a Proposed Kevin Knox For Josh Jackson Trade” story is the most interesting thing to feed us.

    18. Great match on the schedule tomorrow between the charismatic American Frances Tiafoe and the uber-talented and cool-as-a-cucumber Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

      Tiafoe is 23 and his family is from Sierra Leone. He defeated #5 seed Andrey Rublev yesterday in an epic 5-setter. He plays with great emotion and gets the crowd involved. He has become a fan favorite at this Open, this has been his big breakthrough performance. Versatile shot-maker, good all-around game.

      Auger-Aliassime is 21 and brilliantly talented, one of the best young players in the world, but hasn’t quite put it all together yet. He has a booming serve and has pretty much every shot in his repertoire. His ceiling is definitely world #1.

      They’re two of my favorite players and it should be a great match.

    19. It’s actually phenomenal how all of these terrific young players are percolating up. And yet Djokovic and Nadal are still the guys who usually win even at their advanced tennis age. This is going to change very soon.

    20. Brooksby won, as did Rogers, knocking out the #1 seed in Barty. It was a great night for USA tennis, except that Jack Sock suffered an injury and lost to Zverev.

    21. But isn’t that what makes a champion? I mean being able to deal with pressure and to overcome it. I noticed that on the walkway leading onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium there’s a sign that says Pressure Is A Privilege. Isn’t that true?

      Yes of course this is true. But you asked what I felt about her, which is different. I want her to get better mentally. If she was injured I would feel bad for her too and want her to get better.

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