Knicks Morning News (2022.05.09)

  • Knicks offseason projections: Julius Randle’s future, roles of young players, free agency and more – The Athletic
    [theathletic.com] — Monday, May 9, 2022 6:51:21 AM

    Knicks offseason projections: Julius Randle’s future, roles of young players, free agency and more  The Athletic

  • Jalen Brunson powering Mavericks’ surge not helping Knicks’ free-agency hopes – New York Post
    [nypost.com] — Sunday, May 8, 2022 11:40:00 PM

    Jalen Brunson powering Mavericks’ surge not helping Knicks’ free-agency hopes  New York Post

  • Kings Hire Warriors Coach Mike Brown – Sports Illustrated
    [www.si.com] — Sunday, May 8, 2022 7:14:10 PM

    Kings Hire Warriors Coach Mike Brown  Sports Illustrated

  • Knicks Star Sends Out A Bold Tweet During Suns-Mavs Game 4 – Sports Illustrated
    [www.si.com] — Sunday, May 8, 2022 5:57:21 PM

    Knicks Star Sends Out A Bold Tweet During Suns-Mavs Game 4  Sports Illustrated

  • Should Tom Thibodeau add Alvin Gentry to Knicks staff? – Daily Knicks
    [dailyknicks.com] — Sunday, May 8, 2022 5:04:00 PM

    Should Tom Thibodeau add Alvin Gentry to Knicks staff?  Daily Knicks

  • Q&A: Knicks Gaming’s Hobson believes team has the right mix to secure NBA 2K League title – KENS5.com
    [www.kens5.com] — Sunday, May 8, 2022 1:20:00 PM

    Q&A: Knicks Gaming’s Hobson believes team has the right mix to secure NBA 2K League title  KENS5.com

  • Really? Kevin Durant Thinks This Player Should Be In The Hall Of Fame – Sports Illustrated
    [www.si.com] — Sunday, May 8, 2022 12:33:35 PM

    Really? Kevin Durant Thinks This Player Should Be In The Hall Of Fame  Sports Illustrated

  • Impending free agent Tyus Jones on Knicks’ radar – Hoops Hype
    [hoopshype.com] — Sunday, May 8, 2022 12:28:54 PM

    Impending free agent Tyus Jones on Knicks’ radar  Hoops Hype

  • Knicks can’t make mistake of including RJ Barrett in possible Donovan Mitchell trade – Daily Knicks
    [dailyknicks.com] — Sunday, May 8, 2022 8:00:00 AM

    Knicks can’t make mistake of including RJ Barrett in possible Donovan Mitchell trade  Daily Knicks

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    46 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2022.05.09)”

    1. @wojespn
      Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for a second consecutive season, sources tell ESPN. A formal announcement is expected this week.

    2. Really hoping the Lakers hire Mark Jackson, both for the unintentional comedy of it and to get him the heck off the national broadcast. Free Doris Burke!

    3. Unless Mark Jackson thinks he has a serious shot with the Lakers (and I doubt it) that seemed like a good spot for him. I can’t imagine him saying “No”, especially because he’s so anxious for one more chance. If you think Mark Jackson is too old school and unimaginative on offense and want someone else, how do you come up with Mike Brown as the better alternative? The Kings have some pieces to work with, but it’s hard to understand their thinking a lot of the time no matter who is making the decisions.

    4. If you think Mark Jackson is too old school and unimaginative on offense and want someone else, how do you come up with Mike Brown as the better alternative?

      Mike Brown is not an irrational, paranoid manipulator with a history of playing mind games with both his players and assistant coaches. He is unimaginative and uninspiring, but compared to Jackson, he is the second coming of Pop.

    5. I have to admit, I’m surprised Jokic is getting the MVP again. I think he deserved it, but imo merit often doesn’t count as much as politics in close decisions. Based on what I was hearing and reading It felt like way more players were lobbying for Embiid.

    6. Alan: Mike Brown is not an irrational, paranoid manipulator with a history of playing mind games with both his players and assistant coaches. He is unimaginative and uninspiring, but compared to Jackson, he is the second coming of Pop.

      I don’t know the man and don’t trust the media to tell me everything. I trust that there were issues in Golden State.

      I know a couple of his former “star” players loved him.

      It was reported the Kings owner liked him.

      So if he didn’t get the job, I thought they’d at least find someone that would be superior in the area of concern as a basketball coach, which was his reputation as being unimaginative and old school on offense. Other than that, he took a young team with a reputation for playing no defense and losing and changed the culture. They developed further as players and got superior offensive coaching under Kerr.

    7. If i were the Kings, i would’ve picked Borrego. They won’t be good at defense (Fox, Sabonis), might as well be fantastic at offense and really entertaining, like Borrego’s Hornets were.

    8. Deeefense!!: Other than that, he took a young team with a reputation for playing no defense and losing and changed the culture.

      2012-13 Defense Rank: 14th
      2013-14 Defense Rank: 4th

      Iguodala 2013 v. 2014 minutes delta: 2,040
      Jarrett Jack minutes delta: -2,349
      Draymond Green minutes delta: 736
      Andrew Bogut minutes delta: 983

      Trading for Iguodala was a front office move. Draymond Green has always been a defensive genius. Andrew Bogut was injured in 2013 and more than doubled his availability in 2014.

      That’s a coach changing the culture, alright!

    9. Z-man, congratulations on your impending retirement!

      I retired from full time teaching (high school English) in 2017, but it feels like yesterday. I went back and did a 3 month interim for a friend going on maternity leave in the fall of 2018, but turned down another one a year later. I’ve got plenty of things going on to keep me occupied.

      Enjoy it!

    10. Why are plus signs still banned on here? Kind of feels like it might be a useful, um, feature for a blog that occasionally talks about numbers.

    11. The Honorable Cock Jowles: 2012-13 Defense Rank: 14th
      2013-14 Defense Rank: 4th

      Iguodala 2013 v. 2014 minutes delta:2,040
      Jarrett Jack minutes delta: -2,349
      Draymond Green minutes delta:736
      Andrew Bogut minutes delta:983

      Trading for Iguodala was a front office move. Draymond Green has always been a defensive genius. Andrew Bogut was injured in 2013 and more than doubled his availability in 2014.

      That’s a coach changing the culture, alright!

      Maybe or maybe not. He certainly wasn’t incompetent at coaching defense even if he did have help from injuries and personnel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he’s a great coach. But when I hear him commenting, his comments about defense can be good while his comments about the offense are often like “that man is hot, give him the ball” or something else just as simplistic. I also remember Kerr being quoted as saying something like he didn’t make many changes to Jackson’s defensive system. So while I think he’s a bad offensive coach, there’s a good chance he’s decent or better as a defensive coach.

    12. Belated congrats Z-Man. I graduate law school in a few days so the balance of working/nonworking KB posters isn’t changing. As someone who taught before law school I have deep admiration for anyone who spends their full career in education, I always tell people if you want to learn how to deal with stress and chaos before law school just spend a few days in a school building before going.

    13. I know he’s not the sexiest pick but I actually do think Mike Brown deserves another chance. I always thought he did a bit of an underrated job with those Cavs teams; obviously Lebron deserves the lion’s share of the credit and they never quite got over the hump, but if you look at the roster for like the 13-14 team that won 66 games it’s pretty shocking how bad it is besides Lebron and coaxing a perennial top defense out of that group was a legitimate achievement. Then he came into a complicated situation in LA with Kobe and Gasol aging out of their championship level peaks and got kind of scapegoated after just 1 season (and an excellent coach in D’Antoni wasn’t able to improve them after taking over for Brown). Then took over the Cavs again and again got axed after just one season where the team improved quite a bit because the GM who had hired him got fired and the new guy wanted to hire his own coach. By all accounts he has done a good job as assistant in Golden State.

      It’s obviously a terrible situation to walk into – probably the worst coaching situation in the league when you compare expectations to team quality, but I think he’s a pretty good coach who has gotten the short end of the stick a few times and hasn’t gotten credit for the success he has had.

    14. thenamestsam: that won 66 games it’s pretty shocking how bad it is besides Lebron and coaxing a perennial top defense out of that group was a legitimate achievement

      also, Lebron

    15. The Honorable Cock Jowles: also, Lebron

      Obviously Lebron is by far the biggest factor in how good those teams were. And he probably deserves more credit than casual fans would think for how good their defenses were, both because he was really underrated as an individual defender early in his career and because he was such a one man force on offense that he made it possible to do things like play Anderson Varejao and Ben Wallace (totally washed edition) together for big minutes without being a total meme on offense. I just always felt like there should be a little credit left over for Mike Brown, and he didn’t do enough wrong in his next stops to be dismissed as a totally reasonable candidate for me.

    16. Hey guys!

      So, sooooo happy our athletics season is basically over. Really tough year… I’d trade the relative peace I got from my Laker trolls this year for more support and manpower next season.

      JK47 and I were talking the other day. I think it’s high time to go grab a drink somewhere. Aiming for the latter half of this month before Memorial Day. My schedule is pretty open in the evenings now.

      geo, Donnie Walsh, and anyone else out here in LaLa land, pls holla atcha man: https://elacathletics.com/information/directory/bios/Cerwin_Haynes. Email is best.

    17. howdy cdiggy, so good to hear from you :)

      glad things have slowed down for you a bit…

      getting together sounds like a great idea, i’ll reach out via email…

    18. Kind of weird how 2022 Tom Thibodeau Award Winner Monty Williams has coached a team with a 26-win season (pace, 2011-12) and another team with a 64-win season. Is he a good coach or a bad coach?

    19. How the hell is Al Horford playing like he never left the Celtics the first place. He looked washed in Philly, spent a season doing nothing in OKC and here he is, 35 years old and back to producing his exact same numbers as he had before leaving.

    20. thenoblefacehumper:
      Belated congrats Z-Man. I graduate law school in a few days so the balance of working/nonworking KB posters isn’t changing. As someone who taught before law school I have deep admiration for anyone who spends their full career in education, I always tell people if you want to learn how to deal with stress and chaos before law school just spend a few days in a school building before going.

      Thanks tnfh, and congrats in advance to you as well. May you find as much joy and fulfillment in the stress and chaos of your chosen profession as I found in mine…and hopefully a lot more $$$!

    21. iserp:
      Enjoy your retirement, Z-man, :)

      Thanks iserp, hoping to take in a finals game 7 at MSG before I “retire” from retirement…

    22. Just as I predicted, Boston’s best player this series would be Al Horford

    23. GSW by 20 or more tonight. No Ja, no chance.

      Unfortunately, the Dubs might be without half their team in a couple days. When your head coach tests positive in the middle of a series, it’s not a good thing for anyone.

    24. Horrors has been balling. Watch Westbrook come back from the dead next year. Although Horford has been ok.

      Memphis is good without Ja. Like really good. It’s strange like everything about the team. But warriors have to be big favorites.

    25. First three of the game for the Warriors with 3:26 left in the 2nd quarter… both teams are building the great wall of China out there.

    26. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Dillon Brooks make an intelligent decision during a game.

    27. hoping to take in a finals game 7 at MSG before I “retire” from retirement…

      that’s funny…

      hmmm, maybe the grizz make things interesting in this series if they can figure out how to close out the last couple of minutes of the game…

    28. How in the world are you ever saying, “Let’s just hand it to Dillon Brooks and let him figure something out”?!?

    29. Incredible job by Memphis leading in the late 4th while playing 4v6. Holy shit how is Brooks still on the court.

    30. Taylor Jenkins is to blame here for allowing Brooks to do all of this nonsense. He’s 3 of fucking 17!!!!

    31. “Let’s just give it to Jaren Jackson at the three point arc and let him just figure it out.” How is this coaching?!?

    32. “The key thing is to make sure that Tyus Jones doesn’t have the ball in these game determining moments.”

    33. And then Brooks fouls Curry right away instead of trying to trap him. Man, is Brooks dumb.

    34. Brian Cronin:
      “The key thing is to make sure that Tyus Jones doesn’t have the ball in these game determining moments.”

      This is driving me crazy. Why the fuck is your 4th quarter offense Dillon Brooks taking 3s or Bane passing it to Jackson at the 3 point line against Draymond???? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills, they’re wasting a terrible shooting night by the Warriors with this BS.

    35. I just can’t imagine how poorly Jenkins coached the end of this game. Just absolute garbage. It’s like Fizdale drew up the game plan for the end of this game.

    36. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT…

      Just eliminate Memphis now so we are free from watching this shit one more game, I can’t take this

    37. This is why when people entertained the idea that Memphis might be just as good without Morant it should have been immediately shut down. No plan whatsoever without him in the 4th, just a parade of the dumbest possible decisions at every turn.

    38. He should have given the ball to Ja in street clothes and asked him figure something out.

    39. I’m starting to think that Jenkins is just one of those guys who happens to be the coach when a young team all came of age together and not actually all that great of a coach. Sort of like Scott Brooks in OKC back in the day. “Here’s fourth year KD, third year Westbrook and second year Harden. Just try to mess that up.”

    40. It also appears Steven Adam’s wasn’t unplayable.

      Slept through it. Memphis remains an enigma, starting with Dillon Brooks.

    41. You guys are being a bit harsh, I think. Jenkins is up against the best defense on the league (and an all-time great defensive dynasty) that has hundreds of playoff games of experience over his. And he’s missing the most important player of his team. Yes, he is inanely married to Dillon Brooks, and, yes, the ideas and executions were terrible down the stretch. But the only reason that’s even being discussed is because they were in a position to win a game that Jowles thought would be over by halftime. Memphis is young and fun, and as long as Morant remains a lot more rubbery than Derrick Rose was, they have a lot of winning in their future.

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