Knicks Morning News (2021.10.16)

  • Julius Randle sets the tone for Knicks’ season with a game-winner – Yardbarker
    [www.yardbarker.com] — Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:07:13 AM

    Julius Randle sets the tone for Knicks’ season with a game-winner  Yardbarker

  • Determining the face of the New York Knicks – Pounding The Rock
    [www.poundingtherock.com] — Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:00:00 AM

    Determining the face of the New York Knicks  Pounding The Rock

  • New York opens season at home against Boston – FOXSports.com
    [www.foxsports.com] — Saturday, October 16, 2021 3:05:27 AM

    New York opens season at home against Boston  FOXSports.com

  • Knicks: Beatman’s prediction – Newsday
    [www.newsday.com] — Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:52:45 AM

    Knicks: Beatman’s prediction  Newsday

  • Lou Williams On Knicks Fans Booing Trae Young: “They Should Hate Him. He Was Kicking Their A**.” – Fadeaway World
    [fadeawayworld.net] — Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:44:09 AM

    Lou Williams On Knicks Fans Booing Trae Young: “They Should Hate Him. He Was Kicking Their A**.”  Fadeaway World

  • Begley on Robinson return, Knicks near full strength as opener approaches | SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley – Yahoo Sports
    [sports.yahoo.com] — Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:00:00 AM

    Begley on Robinson return, Knicks near full strength as opener approaches | SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley  Yahoo Sports

  • Julius Randle’s buzzer beater lifts Knicks over Wizards to cap perfect preseason – New York Post
    [nypost.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 10:44:00 PM

    Julius Randle’s buzzer beater lifts Knicks over Wizards to cap perfect preseason  New York Post

  • Knicks 115, Wizards 113: Scenes from the never-say-die Knicks, preseason edition – Posting and Toasting
    [www.postingandtoasting.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 10:29:02 PM

    Knicks 115, Wizards 113: Scenes from the never-say-die Knicks, preseason edition  Posting and Toasting

  • N.Y. Knicks 115, Washington 113 – The Advocate
    [www.stamfordadvocate.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 10:19:41 PM

    N.Y. Knicks 115, Washington 113  The Advocate

  • Jeff Van Gundy: Leon Rose’s lack of meddling has helped Knicks thrive – New York Post
    [nypost.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 10:13:00 PM

    Jeff Van Gundy: Leon Rose’s lack of meddling has helped Knicks thrive  New York Post

  • N.Y. Knicks 115, Washington 113 – SF Gate
    [www.sfgate.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 10:10:22 PM

    N.Y. Knicks 115, Washington 113  SF Gate

  • Jeff Van Gundy on why Tom Thibodeau can succeed as Knicks head coach – Yahoo Sports
    [sports.yahoo.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 7:11:56 PM

    Jeff Van Gundy on why Tom Thibodeau can succeed as Knicks head coach  Yahoo Sports

  • Why NY Knicks will be Eastern Conference 3 seed in 2021-22 NBA playoffs – Yahoo Sports
    [sports.yahoo.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 4:24:52 PM

    Why NY Knicks will be Eastern Conference 3 seed in 2021-22 NBA playoffs  Yahoo Sports

  • NBA Nike Dunk Low Knicks DD3363-002 Release Date – HYPEBEAST
    [hypebeast.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 2:15:56 PM

    NBA Nike Dunk Low Knicks DD3363-002 Release Date  HYPEBEAST

  • NY Knicks: Kemba Walker says Immanuel Quickley can be “very special” – Daily Knicks
    [dailyknicks.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 2:00:00 PM

    NY Knicks: Kemba Walker says Immanuel Quickley can be “very special”  Daily Knicks

  • Knicks Rumors: NY signs Luka Samanic to final Two-Way spot – Daily Knicks
    [dailyknicks.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 1:47:00 PM

    Knicks Rumors: NY signs Luka Samanic to final Two-Way spot  Daily Knicks

  • Luka Samanic has agreed to a two-way contract with the New York Knicks – Pounding The Rock
    [www.poundingtherock.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 1:44:45 PM

    Luka Samanic has agreed to a two-way contract with the New York Knicks  Pounding The Rock

  • Scottie Pippen Knew the 1992-93 Knicks Were Trying to Emulate What the 1990-91 Bulls Did: ‘They Were Trying to Be the Next Chicago Bulls as We Were to the Detroit Pistons’ – Sportscasting
    [www.sportscasting.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 12:45:32 PM

    Scottie Pippen Knew the 1992-93 Knicks Were Trying to Emulate What the 1990-91 Bulls Did: ‘They Were Trying to Be the Next Chicago Bulls as We Were to the Detroit Pistons’  Sportscasting

  • NY Knicks: The real reason why NY should extend Kevin Knox – Daily Knicks
    [dailyknicks.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 10:00:00 AM

    NY Knicks: The real reason why NY should extend Kevin Knox  Daily Knicks

  • Ex-Seton Hall star Myles Powell appears headed to NBA G League after being waived by Knicks – NJ.com
    [www.nj.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 9:10:00 AM

    Ex-Seton Hall star Myles Powell appears headed to NBA G League after being waived by Knicks  NJ.com

  • Ep. 120 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast – Posting and Toasting
    [www.postingandtoasting.com] — Friday, October 15, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Ep. 120 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast  Posting and Toasting

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    63 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2021.10.16)”

    1. Mavs Moneyball says Terry was away from the team for personal reasons for a good chunk of last season, too. Something’s clearly up with him. But also:

      With the announcement of the cuts, head coach Jason Kidd mentioned that last spot came down to Terry and the recently-signed former Knick Frank Ntilikina. For a coach who puts an emphasis on defense, it seems Ntilikina’s defensive stature and simple availability was enough to tip the scales in his favor.

    2. Alan:
      Also, what happened to Taj’s All-NBA form from the previous game?

      He obviously is a malingerer.

    3. Z-man: cyber, kudos to you…staying up all hours for a preseason game…that’s a true fan! I’ll mention that to my girl you helped out…remember, you get the red carpet treatment at your first MSG experience!

      Thanks, Z-man. One day i’ll be there… i hope. :)
      About your kid, well if she loves Porto and the Knicks, she’s (probably) the perfect daughter! ;)

    4. About the game, i really hope it’s a wake up call for the team. We’re good and can be Top6 in the East for sure, but we have to grind it out just like last year. If we start all the games slow and sloppy, in the regular season and not always playing against teams worse than ours (Wizards, Pistons), we’ll be up to some major upsets.

    5. Alan: Mavs Moneyball says Terry was away from the team for personal reasons for a good chunk of last season, too.

      Didn’t know that. I hope he’s alright.

      I have never seen Taj play that poorly. He made dumb foul after dumb foul, he got beat on defense consistently, and 0 boards in 16 min

    6. It was very nice that Grimes showed a lot of potential. Of course, we better not think he’ll play like this all the time, and wait for (many) more games to confirm it. But if his defense is for real, and he can be at least ok at offense, he’ll be a very important piece. I say this, because in games where Fournier is playing bad, we can’t have Kemba and Fournier if they don’t give us very good offense, and that’s where i think Thibs will insert Grimes (as IQ can’t do this, because he’s an even worse defender than Fournier). At specific games when that’s happening, Thibs can at least fortify the defense by playing Kemba, Grimes, RJ, Julius, Mitch/Noel. Imo that’s a good way to hide Kemba, if the other players on the court are all above average defenders.

    7. Nice to see Grimes playing well despite bad shooting. Him and Deuce should both be challenging IQ for that backup spot if IQ doenst get it together shooting wise

    8. I think Taj was just trying to send the message to the rest of the guys that they can’t expect him to be their safety blanket all season long.

    9. Agreed Cyber would be nice to see Thibs stagger Grimes in with the starters. You could give him the toughest guard assigment and hide Kemba as best you can.

    10. I prefer Bullock over Fournier. At least you were guaranteed good hard defense every game.

      Kemba is a huge liability on defense. Just huge. DRose had to play most of the game so that Kemba could sit. I hope that Deuce is getting ready.

    11. I believe that IQ spending all of his time trying to be a point guard has hurt his game as a shooting guard.

    12. That Thibs technical foul was the turning point last night. Preseason or not, this team tries to win at all cost.

    13. Kemba’s defense was a liability last night. How much of it is teachable technique or better integration with the team defense concepts vs simple lack of talent/physical ability, I don’t know. I’m curious to see how his defense looks by December. You know that the Knicks understand that deficiency.

      Knick fans are just great and 99% of them are in love with Thibs because he’s as insanely focused on success as we are. When it comes to predicting the season, the 41.5 win total that Vegas has the Knicks at is insanely low. The Knicks are going to win a dozen games like the one last night where Thibs simply never gave in. While other teams will take their foot off the pedal, Thibs will run this team with the pedal to the metal.

      Mitch’s post-game interview was terrific. “I got pushed around last year” and “I gotta do running” show that he’s understanding what needs to be worked on. I love his new size and I know he can build up that game stamina in a couple of weeks playing in Thib’s lineups. He’ll be playing 35 minutes by next week. His only respite in a Thibs rotation is going to be to foul out early.

    14. Lot of good things and some bad or worrying ones in this 4 preseason games.

      Some of the good ones:

      – the team is super deep and everyone can contribute, even Knox
      – We haven’t had so much potential firepower in a while, some fastbreaks and ball movement moments have been fantastic.
      – Kemba and Fournier provide things that we’re not accustomed to with Bullock (that I like but has a clear role as a strict 3-and D guy) and The Plague: pick & roll shooting and shot creation.
      – Obi’s confidence is high and he’s a different player compare to the start of last season.
      – Grimes looks promising, a good defender that moves smoothly and has a nice shooting form.
      – Julius, RJ and D-Rose three point shooting from last year looks for real.
      – D-Rose is playing very well.
      – Thibs is still Thibs

      Some of the bad/worrying ones:

      – Kemba is a real problem on D
      – Fournier is trying to much to be unselfish, he, Julius and RJ need to learn to known each other better
      – Randle still has some sticky-fingers moments
      – RJ, but all the team in general, need to be better at the rim.
      – IQ is in a prolonged shooting slump, I agree with Dude that maybe he’s too intent on showing that he’s a PG
      – The bad habit of starting the game slowly persists and it’s a risky one. You won’t come back from 19 down against Miami, Boston, Brooklyn, Phila, Milwaukee and so on.

      My hope is that with Mitch and Nerlens healthy the defense can improve and cover for some of Kemba liabilities, plus the offense will “naturally” get better just for playing together more.

      We can be better overall and still have a worst record, but we’re moving in the right direction, it’s a strange feeling for Knicks’ fans.

      To sum it up I’m excited as a kid on Christmas about this season.

    15. That was a wild game. Good reminder not to give up on this team as a fan. I shrugged and went off to do some house tasks, came back when they were still 10 down but then boom. The Thibs effect. A few thoughts.

      I’m the conductor of the Grimes Train, so nice to see that position validated. His shot will come around, as it did in Summer League. NBA ready player.

      Surprised they didn’t break the glass on Deuce. Tiny point guard carving them up is the perfect recipe for small Tasmanian devil defender. Soon, perhaps.

      Mitch was fun, but man is he out of shape. Totally expected, but it’ll be interesting to see if his wonky D footwork improves. He was shuffling his feet and spinning in place as people blew past him. Definitely an incomplete grade for this game, but glad to have him back regardless.

      While I consider this the Grimes Game, I tip my hat to Obi. He was flying all over the place, snatching rebounds and playing solid D while doing Mitch things on offense. He looked like a very competent NBA player, and that’s really pleasing.

      Fournier kind of disappears for long stretches. He might just be being deferential to his new teammates, but it’s a little disconcerting. More French politesse? Another thing to watch as the season goes on.

      And Kemba is truly atrocious on D. It’s embarrassing. He obviously has the skills, you’re not that good on offense without having the ability to play on the other side. He chases his man instead of staying up on him. Seeing if he gets all Thibsed up as the season goes on will be interesting. Otherwise, he might get more rest than he really needs…

    16. I missed the 2nd half of the game. I saw Mitch played 27 minutes and was 3-8 from the field. Did he take any jumpers? Or were they all at the rim and he just didn’t have his legs?

    17. Totes McGoats as Totes McGoats:
      I missed the 2nd half of the game. I saw Mitch played 27 minutes and was 3-8 from the field. Did he take any jumpers? Or were they all at the rim and he just didn’t have his legs?

      No legs, especially on his second jumps. He was visibly winded for much of the game. But yeah, I expect he’ll go back to making 6-8 in the future, but that’s where the ‘too heavy’ worry starts creeping in.

    18. Thanks Early Bird. I saw a few highlights of his makes..Mitch looks like a man-child out there. He looked HUGE in comparison to the Wizards’ bigs. Here’s to hoping he gets his conditioning in order and stays healthy

    19. Being that NBA defense is largely a function of effort and desire, one wonders whether Kemba has made a business decision to limit his exertions on that end in order to save what little life he has left in his knees to remain relevant on offense, his bread and butter.

      Although Kemba has never been a good defender throughout his career, I can’t recall him looking as awful as he has looked thus far. Hopefully, that’s just him taking it easy in the preseason and that once the games start to count, he’ll ramp things up to a level just a notch or two south of meh.

    20. At the risk of opening a big can of worms I have to say Rose is giving me a huge case of cognitive dissonance. I don’t want to root for the guy but he really does seem like a totally changed man from the guy who was here a couple of years ago. I live about 2 miles as the crow flies from Englewood where Rose grew up and it might as well be a different planet. I don’t know how anyone gets out of there without sustaining real psychic trauma. Nothing excuses rape (and even if you believe Rose it’s still seriously sketchy behavior). Becoming a genuine team leader and basketball role model is fairly low on the scale of redeeming actions but it’s a start.

    21. DudeInKnicksTown: What’s up with Nerlens? Will he be ready for opening night?

      Yeah, he will.

      Knicks Videos @sny_knicks:
      “The Knicks should have both of their big men and Taj Gibson all ready to go on Wednesday against Boston”
      @IanBegley on Mitchell Robinson’s return to the court in the Knicks’ preseason finale on Friday
      https://twitter.com/sny_knicks/status/1449212496297054208

      And even better.

      Ian Begley: Mitchell Robinson says his foot is pain free and he expects to be available for the season opener on Wednesday.

    22. Count de Pennies:
      Being that NBA defense is largely a function of effort and desire, one wonders whether Kemba has made a business decision to limit his exertions on that end in order to save what little life he has left in his knees to remain relevant on offense, his bread and butter.

      Although Kemba has never been a good defender throughout his career, I can’t recall him looking as awful as he has looked thus far. Hopefully, that’s just him taking it easy in the preseason and that once the games start to count, he’ll ramp things up to a level just a notch or two south of meh.

      Maybe a little of both? Hopefully he can pace himself and last the entire season as a net positive.

    23. I love that the Ben Simmons holdout appears to have ended due to a change of a single word in the NBA memos regarding holdouts. They used to say that players would not be paid for games that they missed for no good reason, but that made Simmons and his camp think that the means that they could get the money back later. The NBA then changed the wording to will not and he was, like, shit, I guess I better suit up as that means I’m not getting that money back.

    24. The heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder used to come into the ring at a really low weight for a guy his size. He’s 6’7” and would often come in the ring at under 220 pounds.

      For his second and third fights with the huge Tyson Fury, Wilder bulked up. He came in at around 235 in those fights. He still gave up 40 pounds in weight to Fury even at 235 so you could see what he was thinking.

      Problem is, he gassed badly in both of those fights. He had no legs whatsoever after round 5 of those fights. He probably would have been better off coming in at his usual 218 or whatever. In the (excellent) third fight he came out jabbing and going to the body and it was effective, he just couldn’t keep it up for more than 15 minutes.

      I hope that we’re not missing the string bean version of Mitch later this year. In theory he’s better off with the extra bulk but let’s hope it doesn’t come at the expense of his gas tank.

    25. Hi Joinone,

      Did you notice that a young Chinese guy just signed with the G league Ignite? His name is Zeng Fanbo. He played years of high school basketball in the US but went back to China for a year because of the Pandemic. He’s still too young got the draft but will be eligible in 2022. He could have gone to NCAA college but chose G league instead. See

      https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32394470/top-chinese-prospect-fanbo-zeng-signs-g-league-ignite-eyes-2022-nba-draft

    26. Miami slapped Boston around last night, which probably means nothing.

      But anyone know why Marcus Smart is ‘suspended by team’?

    27. …and finally, Frank continues to provide good cheer and amusement. 23 minutes, 1-8 from the field, +6. Nothing more to say.

    28. And as I continue to talk to myself, Smart missed a flight and was punished for one game, but he’ll be available for the opener against us. Rats.

    29. I hope that we’re not missing the string bean version of Mitch later this year. In theory he’s better off with the extra bulk but let’s hope it doesn’t come at the expense of his gas tank.

      Mitch looks like he carries it pretty well but if he doesn’t the beauty of having Nerlens is you can just play each guy like 20 minutes

    30. I was at MSG last night with my 10 year old son. His first Knicks game! Thanks to all here for drawing up the perfect Knicksy result. Slow start? Check. 4th quarter comeback? Check. Missed free throws to ice the game? Check. Buzzer beater by the same guy? Check. Garden rocking the entire night? Check. Great experience for Father/Son.

      The game itself: I’ve been (over) confident from the beginning of this year that we’re gonna win 50 games. Last night was an example of why. We just care more, and the other team does not. We were god-awful for three quarters on both sides of the ball, but a few standout guys refused to quit.

      EYE TEST: Grimes won a lot of fans last night. His shot didn’t fall early, but everyone in the stands wanted him to take every one. And we definitely clocked his defense. As someone else here said, he was picking up his man early, and it really caused problems for the Wizards. They made several adjustments but never got back into the “automatic” offense they had going in the-before-Grimes-time. It’s only one game, but Grimes seems exactly what the Frank-o-philes we’re hoping for, and with a much better handle and intelligence.

      More EYE TEST: I can’t say enough about Obi last night. The crowd went wild for him out of the gate and he definitely bailed out Mitch-Rob on a couple of tough decisive defensive stands at the end. Obi just does not back down, and I love that. EAR TEST: there was a lot of buzz in my section about the small ball lineup when Thibs went to it. More please.

      IQ is definitely struggling and the crowd was more confused than anything else. He actually bricked a few shots, and that one bank-3 seemed like an accident. I noticed he’s begging for fouls from the referees all the time, and that only made them ignore him more. IQ def needs a re-set. I had/have the highest hopes for him this year (and still do) but Ted Lasso might need to step in.

    31. IQ is definitely struggling and the crowd was more confused than anything else. He actually bricked a few shots, and that one bank-3 seemed like an accident. I noticed he’s begging for fouls from the referees all the time, and that only made them ignore him more.

      This is my fear. He’s a hell of a shooter, but he’s so wired to hunt for fouls that I worry it will get in his head. Speaking of which…

      IQ def needs a re-set. I had/have the highest hopes for him this year (and still do) but Ted Lasso might need to step in.

      Thibs seems more like a Led Tasso kinda guy, honestly.

    32. @wojespn
      Guard Dennis Smith Jr., will make the Portland Trail Blazers’ opening night roster, source tells ESPN.

      DSJ makes the Portland roster, Frank makes the Mavs roster…

    33. Alan: This is my fear. He’s a hell of a shooter, but he’s so wired to hunt for fouls that I worry it will get in his head. Speaking of which…

      Thibs seems more like a Led Tasso kinda guy, honestly.

      Re: IQ. (Psych Eval department) — There’s a lot of expectation that may also be harming him. As someone said above, I think he may be trying to be prove himself as the “Knick point guard of the future” instead of the guy who pours in 20 off the bench regularly. It may also be a problem that when my son and I came up out of the subway, IQ’s face was fifty feet high on the Garden facade. I expect this rotates, but IQ is all over the place at the stadium — like an All Star —and this may be premature. I want it to come true (and believe it is possible) but … baby steps.

    34. And RE: Led Tasso — for sure Thibs is this kind of guy. On Wednesday (I think it was) he went nuts on IQ going into a time out. The dynamic between them is going to be interesting to watch. I just hope IQ doesn’t end up in any kind of “doghouse” situation. To both their credits, IQ was back on the floor after that, but the season is loooooooong.

    35. “They should cut this fuck”

      Jon Gruden, referring to Colin Kaepernick

      Hmm, weird, it’s almost like cancel culture victim Jon Gruden did a cancel culture on Colin Kaepernick! Hoisted by his own petard, I guess.

      (Shrug emoji)

    36. Alan:
      We signed Brandon Knight for some reason?

      For the all-guards-with-knee-injuries lineup?

      Or for the all-Kentucky lineup?

    37. The Thibs effect was in full-effect last night. Hard remembering a time when we were down 10 with 2:30 to go in the game and turn it around to win it.

      Grimes looked ready to play in the NBA and I think Deuce will too if/when given the opportunity. I agree with everyone that IQ has to be careful and not let up because while we have a bunch of offense from our guards, D is lacking and the rookies can provide it.

      Obi seems like a different player. Maybe Thibs will be more willing to try the Randle/Toppin frontcourt more if the situation/matchup calls for it

    38. Raven: And as I continue to talk to myself, Smart missed a flight and was punished for one game, but he’ll be available for the opener against us. Rats.

      I can’t criticize Smart on that one, as i also have “missed flight” on my résumé. :P

    39. JK47:
      The heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder used to come into the ring at a really low weight for a guy his size. He’s 6’7” and would often come in the ring at under 220 pounds.

      For his second and third fights with the huge Tyson Fury, Wilder bulked up. He came in at around 235 in those fights. He still gave up 40 pounds in weight to Fury even at 235 so you could see what he was thinking.

      Problem is, he gassed badly in both of those fights. He had no legs whatsoever after round 5 of those fights. He probably would have been better off coming in at his usual 218 or whatever. In the (excellent) third fight he came out jabbing and going to the body and it was effective, he just couldn’t keep it up for more than 15 minutes.

      I hope that we’re not missing the string bean version of Mitch later this year. In theory he’s better off with the extra bulk but let’s hope it doesn’t come at the expense of his gas tank.

      Deontae Wilder gassed largely because Fury had the effective plan of loading his 270 lb. plus frame on the guy throughout their two fights. That will take the energy out of any fighter. I’d hate to think a 24 year old man would be that depleted for adding extra muscle.

    40. He must be the 15th man, this year’s Austin Rivers break glass in case of emergency PG. He missed all last year, so I’m not sure what we’re expecting.

    41. KB Apprentice: I was at MSG last night with my 10 year old son. His first Knicks game! Thanks to all here for drawing up the perfect Knicksy result. Slow start? Check. 4th quarter comeback? Check. Missed free throws to ice the game? Check. Buzzer beater by the same guy? Check. Garden rocking the entire night? Check. Great experience for Father/Son.

      So cool you nailed the game to take your son for the first time. Thanks for sharing. :)

    42. Wait, you guys think Knight signed to be our 15th man? When i read the news, i instantly thought it’d be another guy to waive tomorrow strictly for G-League purposes.

    43. cybersoze:
      Wait, you guys think Knight signed to be our 15th man? When i read the news, i instantly thought it’d be another guy to waive tomorrow strictly for G-League purposes.

      It wouldn’t surprise me if we immediately cut him as a favor to an agent, but he’s a weird choice for g-league at 30

    44. Man, I have soooo much to catch up on Knicks-wise. Thank goodness for youtube highlights.

      I just got back from NY, and it was a mostly fun but weird trip: when initially planned, it was just supposed to be one week first-anniversary trip for me and the wife to include stops in DC and Baltimore. But a week before we were set to leave, my grandmother passed away. And hey, I don’t want to turn it into a condolences thing because:
      1. she had been ailing for months; the family was prepared.
      2. she’s been wanting the Lord to take her for the past year-plus.
      3. she’s lived an awfully full life.

      So it turned into a two week, anniversary+bereavement trip. And I ended up missing more of work than originally planned due to that AND a hosted home football game that got postponed during my leave due to Covid.

      My coworkers are already telling me I’m not allowed to go out of town again next year… lol

    45. @FredKatz
      The Knicks have waived Brandon Goodwin, Brandon Knight, Aamir Sims and MJ Walker, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA

      I’ll always remember Brandon Knight’s Knicks tenure! Also:

      @FredKatz
      The Knicks did not waive Wayne Selden Jr. by today’s 5 p.m. EST deadline, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA. Selden remains on the roster on a non-guaranteed contract. Tom Thibodeau has mentioned a couple of times how impressed he’s been with Selden behind the scenes.

      .

    46. cybersoze: So cool you nailed the game to take your son for the first time. Thanks for sharing. :)

      Thanks, Cyber. We had a great time.

      He’s making the transition from Pokémon. I hope I haven’t doomed him to watching decades of futility.

      ;-)

    47. Did we have a discussion on how we assess the new Knicks small ball lineup of a Randle, Obi, and Barrett front court with a Grimes and D-Rose backcourt? Thibs seemed very pleased with it and they outscored the Wizards 16-9 down the stretch. Their spacing was really good with five players who all can hit the 3-ball. And it sports two very versatile wing defenders in Barrett and Grimes. The main X factor IMO will be Toppin’s defense and rebounding at the 4 there.

    48. SMALL BALL: You stat heads are better at evaluating than I would be, but my eye test says it caused the Wizards a lot of problems. If, as Barrettcuda says, the X factor is Obi’s defense and rebounding, I say he looked well up to the task last night (one game only). Obi is fast, agile, and caused all sorts of problems around the rim. His line (to me) was amazing: 4/8, 1/2 from three, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and 3 blocks (!). Guy was +18 for the game.

      The scariest (eye test) thing for me was that Randle still looks out of control with the ball a lot of the time. We’re all rejoicing today, but he was 6/16, 1/6 from three with 4 turnovers. He missed those game-icing free throws (and, honestly, the Garden crowd stopped chanting “MVP” for fear we were spooking him — it was weird). Finally, Randle easily could have missed that last shot, and we’d be having a totally different conversation if he did.

    49. Also — all my blah blah prolly misses the main point: D.Rose won the game for us down the stretch. We all know the risks connected to that.

    50. DudeInKnicksTown: Do other teams do all of this signing and waiving?

      Yeah, they do. It’s to give some players (max=6) a bonus of 50K if they spend at least 60 days with our G-League team.

    51. KB Apprentice: He missed those game-icing free throws

      One downside of the small ball lineup was that Randle was clearly gassed from all the trapping they were doing. Having Randle trapping guards 30 feet from the basket and then sprinting back inside to hit the glass probably isn’t the greatest idea. It’ll be interesting to see how that lineup looks in a non-desperation setting where they’re not in constant scramble mode.

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