Knicks Morning News (2022.01.09)

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    59 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2022.01.09)”

    1. A good first quarter followed by disaster, we kept it close until halftime then it was a massacre, IQ was the only one to save.

      Schedule should help us thread waters in the next two weeks, there’s a decent chance we can climb a few games over .500 or at least hover around it but that’s probably only postponing the inevitable.
      Six of the next seven games are at home, so the other option is to be mercilessly booed (that’d be perversely fascinating).

      I don’t know what to say about Randle’s play or Thibs’ rotation choices anymore, but if I were Obi’s agent I would ask for a trade asap.

    2. Hard to visualize this team running off any type of winning streak, it is so inconsistent. The characterization of Randle as a zombie was on point and it seems he does not handle any sort of pressure very well. Mitch also seemed zombie-like, especially in relation to the Time Lord, who was clearly in RJ’s head when he went into the paint( rightfully so). Not playing Obi with a guard who pushes the pace is coaching malpractice as is giving Deuce 3 minutes of run when the game was over by end of the third quarter and the offense was stagnant after the first quarter.

    3. It’s one thing to understand that we are going to at best be a mediocre, frustratingly uneven, team this season. It’s another thing to have to watch it on the bad nights — and to not even be able to safely turn off the TV because there’s always a chance of a comeback like we had in the previous Boston game.

      The problem is that, as Max notes, the schedule is still relatively favorable until the trade deadline, so it may be hard for Leon Rose to justify the white flag trade this season probably should include.

    4. Alan:
      It’s one thing to understand that we are going to at best be a mediocre, frustratingly uneven, team this season. It’s another thing to have to watch it on the bad nights — and to not even be able to safely turn off the TV because there’s always a chance of a comeback like we had in the previous Boston game.

      When Cybersoze conceded, I took it as a sign to save myself the agita and turn off the game.

    5. If my memory is right, Fournier got Covid just after his trade to Boston but not this year, together with Rose (who had it last season), Kemba and Gibson.

    6. Is it too much to say Thibs did an awful job coaching last night? I don’t wanna sound like I’m bashing him because I know he’s a great coach. I have a ton of faith in him. For fans like me who were longing for a JVG reunion, he’s the closest thing to it, and I appreciate him. So..I’m just gonna say his decisions backfired in a major way last night. Hindsight is 20/20, but maybe he shouldn’t have started Quickley and Burks last night. Either go back to Deuce and start Burks at the 2, or start Quickley and Grimes. Compounding the decision to start Quckley and Grimes, he stuck with Randle for way too long when he wasn’t making shots and only gave Obi 9 minutes. I mean- Randle was moving the ball and rebounding, but he also was turning the ball over and missing shots. At that point, you give Randle a few minutes to see the game from the bench so he can attack the C’s better when he comes back in.

      Yea..I wasn’t a fan of the decisions Thibs made last night

    7. Bo Nateman: When Cybersoze conceded, I took it as a sign to save myself the agita and turn off the game.

      Hahaha. So much pressure on me to BELIEVE. ;)
      But yeah, last night they didn’t have it. I think i turned it off when we were about to commit a backcourt violation but somehow Randle was smart (!?) and didn’t touch the ball, protecting it instead, which lead the dumb Schroeder to try to avoid the ball going out of bounds and thus touching the ball. Knicks ball again, few seconds on the shot clock… do i need to say what happened next? LOL
      Shot clock violation, of course. And TV turned off.

    8. the alec burks pg experiment has been legitimately funny for one simple reason. you can dress alec burks up in an authentic pg costume. you can force everyone in the organization to refer to him solely as ‘alec burks, point guard.’ still, alec burks politely declines to play point guard. he will dribble the ball past half court, sure. but in the 200 mins he has played without another pg-ish type player, his asts per 100 have exploded from 4.3 to…4.9. we may as well call it the “8 second rule” as point guard experiment. or, more seriously, the julius randle as pg experiment. unless he is cranky, then it’s rj’s left hand as point guard. unless timelord happens to be standing on a street within seventeen miles of rj’s house. in which case rj sleeps in a hotel that night and fournier transforms to pg. unless fournier is hurt and then we run dribble hand off from the 8 second clock to the 24 second clock.

    9. I hope Kemba makes it back soon (though Thibs will probably play him 40 minutes).

      Honestly, I think the key to this team now is keeping the ball away from Randle. If he doesn’t have the ball he can’t miss or turn it over. This is no longer a debate about a 2nd team all NBA player taking a step back or reverting to the mean. He’s a flat out bad basketball player right now. He has no clue at all how to play basketball. He would and should be coming off the bench on a good team.

      I think having a PG on the court will help RJ’s shot selection and efficiency a bit. He’s trying to create things because there’s no PG, but he’s not good enough at this stage to expand his game. He’d also be coming off the bench on a good team. The difference is, with RJ I don’t think it’s his basketball IQ that’s the problem.

    10. Burks-PG is a waste of Burks.
      It’s not where he must be, spotting up ready to catch passes off double-team or beating his recovering defender for his patented short pull-ups, plus messes with his head because he’s sometimes hesitant to shoot (“I’m a PG, I must pass first”).

      Re:Kemba
      Thibs destroyed him after the Siberian exile, his first 5 games back were: 37, 40, 43, 40 (BTB!), 33. (while already hobbled). While we were undermanned in those games It’s the same reaction Thibs had with Obi’s 45 minutes against Toronto: you want me to play him? I’ll play him until he can’t move anymore…

    11. If Max was still giving grades it’d be something like this.
      C: Quick;
      C-: Grimes;
      D+: RJ, Mitch;
      D: Burks;
      D-: Obi, Taj;
      F: Randle (13 pts in 25 possessions!? It’s a Westbrick level performance!);
      No grade: Deuce, Knox, Sims (please play them more, Thibs, at least when we’re being blown out);

    12. When you have a strong opinion, it’s hard to change gears as new evidence comes in. I was such a strong Thibs supporter when we hired him, it has been more difficult for me to see the problems. My default is benefit of the doubt. However, his handling of Kemba has been atrocious. Putting him in total exile made no sense and then burning him out and verifying that long held criticism of him when bringing him back was just idiotic. Both those moves probably costs us games.

    13. Totes McGoats as Totes McGoats: Is it too much to say Thibs did an awful job coaching last night?

      I think is the opposite, how can you not pin this on Thibs? RWIII was giving us hell in the paint, what would a smart coach do? Play Randle at C, to take him away from the paint, with Obi ready to go for it. And making RJ’s game a lot easier also.
      Last night Thibs’ coaching was like the refs job, mind boggling.

    14. Burks as the PG was an obvious fail before last night. I realize we are desperate with both Rose and Kemba out, but I’d rather try something new than do something I know won’t work. Deuce is not ready, but we don’t have that 3rd string PG anymore.

    15. There is no positive regression for Julius Randle coming if he doesn’t pretty radically alter his process. He is now in the 10th percentile among PFs in eFG%, largely due to the fact that he’s in the 95th percentile in long-midrange shot frequency and 19th percentile in at-rim shot frequency. He’s playing like a Daryl Morey’s caricature of how basketball was played before the nerds saved the day.

      Just about everything else we talk about with this team won’t matter much if this doesn’t change. It’s very hard to win when your highest usage player sucks.

    16. The Thibodeau/Randle thing just isn’t going to work. Never believed in it even when it was going well; now it’s barely even worthy of debate. It isn’t remotely surprising that he’s reverted under Thibs to playing a vintage 2007 style and I don’t know how you call TNFH’s numbers anything other than bad coaching. It could be that Randle’s too stubborn to change, but it’s the job of the coach to get him to change — assuming Thibs even cares about those midrange numbers, which I wouldn’t remotely assume.

    17. Randle is utterly clueless and lost. There are times he has a decent look from 3, but doesn’t take the shot. He hesitates, then puts the ball on the floor and either forces one of his off balance garbage shots, winds up in the air forcing a risky pass, or turns the ball over. Then there are times he has an opening to try to get to the hoop or pull up and take a decent mid range shot and he heaves up a garbage 3. I hate to say things like this because it’s not me. I’m rooting for him. But he’s like the anti-Christ of good shot selection and decision making. It’s so hard for me to watch a Knicks game when he’s on the court.

    18. Cyber, I had to box-score last night’s game, but between that and comments here, doesn’t IQ get a B?

      It won’t happen, but start Deuce. He’ll make rookie mistakes but he seems capable, can learn on the job, and is already the most relentless and disruptive defensive presence we have at the guard level by a long shot. He’s in a shooting slump at the moment (damn you protocols), but I have no doubt he’ll come out of it, we’ve seen him light it up before.

      And he’ll put everyone else (or at least Randle and Burks) back into the slots where they do best.

    19. We actually should be open to the possibility that Immanuel Quickley is the Knicks’ best player.

    20. Raven: Cyber, I had to box-score last night’s game, but between that and comments here, doesn’t IQ get a B?

      Yeah, i think you’re right. I was being a little harsh because getting blown out by the Celtics automatically downgrades everything. ;P

      Raven: It won’t happen, but start Deuce. He’ll make rookie mistakes but he seems capable, can learn on the job, and is already the most relentless and disruptive defensive presence we have at the guard level by a long shot. He’s in a shooting slump at the moment (damn you protocols), but I have no doubt he’ll come out of it, we’ve seen him light it up before.

      And right again. Even if Thibs doesn’t trust him and doesn’t see a bright future for him, he’s our best option right now. Isn’t the coach’s job to start the best options?

    21. If we’re really not going to get Randle involved in PNR actions with our starting guards, it makes sense to continue starting Quickley. The reason I was somewhat optimistic about this team before the season is I thought the whole idea behind getting Kemba and starting him was to let make Randle’s life easier, but if Randle and/or Thibs don’t want that to happen it seems like it marginalizes Kemba to have him play with Randle.

      In this scenario you bring Kemba off the bench and make sure he overlaps pretty much entirely with Obi, who prefers easy shots to difficult ones and thus benefits more from playing with a traditional point guard. If/when Rose is healthy this all gets a bit more complicated but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

    22. I think we all see Deuce’s potential because he defends so well and had that great game, but I suspect we are all way ahead of ourselves. He looks more like an undersized combo guard and not a PG, his TS% is .360, and his 3p% is .185. So he’s not exactly lighting it up.

    23. thenoblefacehumper: If/when Rose is healthy this all gets a bit more complicated but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

      I think that won’t be a problem. Kemba’s role with the team has become a distraction, and as DRose’s comeback is right at the deadline, fortunately, i think we’ll buyout Kemba to let him go chase a ring with a contender.
      Although i’d prefer Deuce, starting IQ would be a good move too. Just don’t go PG Burks, because that way we get a bad PG and lose a very good backup SF.

    24. Anyone has any idea on how Leon will approach the trade deadline? Will he try to make noise going for a big trade (Simmons, Dame)? Will he go for one (or two) minor moves, like the trade for DRose last season (Ross, Gordon, Bledsoe)? Or will he stand pat?

    25. Deeefense!!: his TS% is .360, and his 3p% is .185. So he’s not exactly lighting it up.

      True, but tiny sample size, coupled with it being hard to light it up in 3-6 minute stretches where one minute of each of those is dribbling out the clock at the end of the game.

      It’s also not real, but if you’re going to argue that his current NBA skill level is appropriately measured by his existing minutes, I’ll pull out that in the Summer League he averaged 27.7 minutes and 15.2 points per game, hitting 53 percent of his field goals and shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc.

      Which is the real Miles? Who knows is the honest answer, but I say play him and let’s find out.

    26. cybersoze:
      Anyone has any idea on how Leon will approach the trade deadline? Will he try to make noise going for a big trade (Simmons, Dame)? Will he go for one (or two) minor moves, like the trade for DRose last season (Ross, Gordon, Bledsoe)? Or will he stand pat?

      i have no idea with this outfit in charge right now but I am assuming that they will cling to the idea that just making the play in game will be ok…and so…as long as they are a few games within striking distance of the 10th seed or firmly in the 9 or 10th slot (that is the ceiling I see with this group as currently constituted and with the head case as our alpha and mister jekly and hyde barret as his partner in crime) they will just try to tinker and not blow it up until the offseason…however…if…and it is very possible…that we get hammered in the future road trips and continue to play poorly at home and go like 10 games under (but that may occur after the trade deadline) I could see a more profound restructure of the roster….

      I think this is a bad mixture of a coach who may be close to losing touch with the current game and a poorly constructed roster….I know we have flexibility, picks….blah…blah …blah…but this is mediocrity in its purest form…or maybe even less than that….

    27. Barrett and Randle are just very ill-suited to play together, but the FO will be hard-pressed to move either of them.

      No three-man lineup that includes Randle and RJ boasts a positive eFG%.

      It’s a similar scenario with the five-man lineups. Randle needs to be surrounded by shooters (especially when he’s not a .400 3pt shooter), and RJ needs to ball in his hands to be effective (especially when he’s not a .400 3pt shooter).

      But will Rose & Thibs do anything about it? Doubtful. You can’t demote or trade your best young player (RJ), and you can’t admit you made a huge mistake re-signing your best player this past offseason (Randle).

      It’s quite a pickle.

    28. I keep waiting for the positive regression. As bad as we’ve looked, it’s hard to believe that Randle, RJ, Fournier, and Mitch would all play below their expected levels for the entire season. But none of them have improved one iota since the season started.

      I still believe Mitch and Fournier will come around a little. They have long enough resumes to suggest that they will. But I’m definitely worried that Randle and RJ just are what they are.

    29. Way too early draft take: if Kennedy Chandler is on the board when we’re picking, I hope we scoop him up.

      He ain’t the perfect prospect. He’s small and his shot looks a bit weird, but that’s what you get when you’re picking in the late lottery. The guy is a true point guard in every sense of the word as I see it and he’s a blast to watch.

    30. This team seems to have kind of a reverse synergy to it, where the pieces are so ill fitting that just about every player on the rotation is playing below his career norm. Nobody is really in the correct role. The original sin was failing to truly address the point guard problem. All the other problems stem from that bad decision.

    31. cybersoze:
      Anyone has any idea on how Leon will approach the trade deadline? Will he try to make noise going for a big trade (Simmons, Dame)? Will he go for one (or two) minor moves, like the trade for DRose last season (Ross, Gordon, Bledsoe)? Or will he stand pat?

      I haven’t been paying close enough attention to who might be available, but they obviously need a starting PG for the long term, a #1 option for the long term, and a backup PG for now. They should be able to find “someone” to play backup PG. In fact, we should have a better option now given we KNEW both Kemba and Rose would have down time, Not having another PG is a fail all by itself. Other than that, I expect them to kick the tires on any #1 options and starting PGs that may be unhappy. I don’t see much happening unless in the next couple of weeks we start hearing rumors about some stars being unhappy where they are now.

    32. Would you guys trade Randle for De’Aaron Fox? Fox is also having a disappointing year and is expendable in Sacto because of Haliburton and Mitchell. He’s 3 years younger than Randle but makes about $8m more per season for the next 4 years.

    33. The original sin was failing to truly address the point guard problem. All the other problems stem from that bad decision.

      I agree.

      I suspect Rose and Thibs were too worried about winning now to give the keys to Lonzo and simply accept that he would be a huge upgrade over Payton even if wasn’t ready to lead a team to a championship or the perfect PG for Thibs. Almost no one is perfect, but he would have upgraded the defense, upgraded the spacing, been a nice fit with Obi in transition, and have the long term upside to fit with where we were anyway. Under no circumstances were we ready to contend yet anyway. The idea should have been to get better in the short term and add more upside in the long term. I understand he didn’t come cheaply. But good players with upside usually don’t come cheaply. Unless we miraculously come up with a better option, imo that was a key error along with smaller error of allowing Bullock to leave.

    34. Fox is a better-passing IQ who is shooting 25% from 3 (and not much better career-wise).

      I’d trade Randle for a bag of beans right now, but that’s because a bag of beans does no real harm. Fox is just trading one set of problems for another set.

    35. Raven:
      Fox is a better-passing IQ who is shooting 25% from 3 (and not much better career-wise).

      I’d trade Randle for a bag of beans right now, but that’s because a bag of beans does no real harm. Fox is just trading one set of problems for another set.

      At one point Fox looked like his shooting might improve, but I agree. This year is a huge red flag.

    36. I would have liked to go after Ball but it looks like he had a deal with Chicago before free agency started. I can’t blame Knicks for that.

    37. In fact, we should have a better option now given we KNEW both Kemba and Rose would have down time, Not having another PG is a fail all by itself.

      This is what makes the lack of minutes for Deuce a bit weird. Derrick Rose and Kemba Walker missing time should not have caught the front office off guard. If they don’t think Deuce is ready I guess that’s fine, but then the lack of another option on the roster is a huge failure.

      Would you guys trade Randle for De’Aaron Fox? Fox is also having a disappointing year and is expendable in Sacto because of Haliburton and Mitchell. He’s 3 years younger than Randle but makes about $8m more per season for the next 4 years.

      This is honestly a pretty sensible distressed asset swap. I would definitely do it because I think Fox will maintain trade value, but for that reason I don’t think there’s a chance the Kings would accept a straight up trade. The better question might be what would you be willing to add to Randle to get Fox?

    38. Well, on the brightside at least we aren’t the Hawks, who had real expectations and a superstar on their roster and are still ass.

    39. It’s incredible the Hawks are this bad with the 2nd best offensive rating. Guess there won’t be DPOY buzz for Capela this year.

    40. Thanks, Bruno, I needed a laugh just now.

      I think we’re all just struggling with the frustration that our team is almost across the board playing worse than it should. For me, I don’t need them to play way over their heads, like the second half of last year (although that’d be nice) — but it would be swell if they played to their averages. It’d be a fun team that likely wins more than it loses.

      I’m actually surprised that their record isn’t worse, given how unwatchable they are most of the time.

    41. I don’t know about yal, but I am a Bol Bol fan. I I will be keeping an eye on Detroit box scores. I hope he gets an opportunity there. Maybe once he gets healthy, he can become the stretch 5 next to Stewart’s old school bruising 4

    42. The Utah Jazz are no longer planning to sign James Ennis on a 10-day contract and continue to scour the marketplace for a free agent wing player, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 10, 2022

      Is James Ennis low key the worst locker room guy in the world or something? I’ve never understood why he couldn’t get a foothold anywhere.

    43. Raven:
      Thanks, Bruno, I needed a laugh just now.

      I think we’re all just struggling with the frustration that our team is almost across the board playing worse than it should. For me, I don’t need them to play way over their heads, like the second half of last year (although that’d be nice) — but it would be swell if they played to their averages. It’d be a fun team that likely wins more than it loses.

      I’m actually surprised that their record isn’t worse, given how unwatchable they are most of the time.

      It’s exactly this for me, I believed last season’s team was for real, and I’ll go to my grave defending that the excitement for this season was warranted. There were what, about 6 or 7 points of contention that we didn’t know how they would go, like is Randle maintaining his form? Are RJ improvements for real? Are the new signings what we need? Etc and pretty much every single one of them has so far been the worst case scenario happening.
      We could survive with a realistic drop down in Randle’s performance towards the mean, but one of the very least efficient players in the league? That’s a killer.

    44. Just unbelievable, he gets his nose on the backboard, I couldn’t believe it watching live.

    45. Also the Grizzlies are just dominating the Lakers with Lebron playing great. Granted, literally everyone else is shit, but Memphis is a real threat.

    46. Bruno Almeida:
      Also the Grizzlies are just dominating the Lakers with Lebron playing great. Granted, literally everyone else is shit, but Memphis is a real threat.

      I think the Lakers are really overrated this year, especially with AD out. The Grizzlies should be beating them (and I’ll be able to pocket some cash for believing it if they hold onto a 20+pt lead!!)

    47. thenoblefacehumper:
      It’s incredible the Hawks are this bad with the 2nd best offensive rating. Guess there won’t be DPOY buzz for Capela this year.

      I remember that last year I kept thinking that Toronto was going to get it together and move up in the standings. Never happened. I have that same feeling about this year’s Hawks team.

    48. Early Bird: I think the Lakers are really overrated this year, especially with AD out. The Grizzlies should be beating them (and I’ll be able to pocket some cash for believing it if they hold onto a 20+pt lead!!)

      Well, it’s more also that this is their 9th straight win. I agree that the Lakers are pretty bad, but any Lebron led team is dangerous when he’s on and they were on a 4 win streak too before today.

    49. Brandon Clarke has recovered from his early season slump in spectacular fashion and is ready to keep the draft debate about him and RJ alive….

    50. Owen: Brandon Clarke has recovered from his early season slump in spectacular fashion and is ready to keep the draft debate about him and RJ alive….

      Yeah, was about to comment something about it. I just don’t know if it’s Clarke keeping the debate alive, or if it’s RJ (poor play). :P

    51. I guess the Grizzlies being this good takes away my plan to scoop Tyus Jones (6 AST to only 1 TO, yesterday) from them, giving them some asset they need, because right now only a stupid GM would change a team that it’s working superbly.

    52. Yeah, the Grizzlies really shouldn’t touch this roster, let it develop. This is what building a synergistic roster without 2 or 3 major stars looks like. They had 2 big issues last season: Morant was the only real offensive threat and he isn’t a great outside shooter, so they became predictable; JJJ is exclusively a stretch big and a help defender, so they lacked rebounding and defense inside.

      Enter Steven Adams, who does everything JJJ doesn’t and is an elite rebounder. Enter Desmond Bane, whose development complements Ja’s weaknesses perfectly as he’s a knock down shooter and can create shots when necessary.

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