Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Feb 19 2012)

  • [New York Newsday] Another major feet for Lin? (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:53:38 EST)

    Is Jeremy Lin about to get his own Nike shoe line?

  • [New York Post] Despite Linsanity, Baron still has a role on Knicks (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 05:40:36 -0500)

    Baron Davis was playing 3-on-3 yesterday at the Knicks’ training facility, teaming with assistant general manager Allan Houston and director of team operations Chris Bernard to play against Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby and Jerome Jordan. It wasn’t all out ballin’, but it the play was fast enough to show…

  • [New York Post] Lin knows he must take better care of basketball (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 05:40:36 -0500)

    In the aftermath of Jeremy Lin’s first loss since joining the rotation â?? a mistake-filled, nine-turnover performance Friday night â?? Lin shouldered the blame and chastised himself.
    While the Knicks acknowledge the turnovers have to come down, they insist they can and will, starting today vs. Dallas.
    “I’m the floor…

  • [New York Post] Serby’s Sunday Q & A with… Steve Novak (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 05:12:59 -0500)

    Post columnist Steve Serby aimed a series of questions at Knicks sharpshooter Steve Novak.

    Q: Have you seen anything ever like Linsanity before?

    A: Never. … And what’s even crazier to me is, I don’t think it’s going anywhere. You see things sometimes where it’s a flash…

  • [New York Post] J.R. keeps shooting himself (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 02:17:39 -0500)

    On a week-long assignment with the Nuggets last season in anticipation of Carmelo Anthony exclusively spilling his guts to me about every aspect of his life and his forthcoming destination, I accompanied the team on its charter to Phoenix. There was a shoot-around the morning of the game, Nov. 15…

  • [New York Post] Melo doubtful today for mending Knicks (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:43:51 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony probably will not return from a strained right groin today against the Mavericks, though tomorrow against the Nets is a possibility. But Baron Davis and newly signed J.R. Smith might dress today, and should join the rotation in the next few days.”Melo, probably not, and [tomorrow…

  • [ – New York Knicks] FanSpeak: Can the Knicks compete in East? (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 05:04:33 EDT)

    ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling checks in with Knicks fans outside Madison Square Garden to find out how much they think the team can achieve this season with the return of Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis, and debut of J.R. Smith.
    You can follow Jared Zwerling on Twitter.

  • [New York Daily News] SEEI IT: SNL uses Lin as opening (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 07:43:07 GMT)

    Saturday Night Live crossed into sports once again, talking ‘Linsanity’ with this week’s cold open, weeks after its controversial sketch about Jesus visiting Tim Tebow in the Broncos locker room.

  • [New York Daily News] The Matchups: Knicks vs. Mavericks (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 07:16:00 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin, who has provided excitement, wins and turnovers in eight wild games, is back in the national spotlight as the Knicks host the Mavericks.

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Knicks’ destiny will be in the stars (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:26:52 GMT)

    What Jeremy Lin has changed the most in two weeks exactly, even more than the Knicks offense, even more than the atmosphere, are expectations.

  • [New York Daily News] D’Antoni: No time for Lin-decision ALL  (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:17:40 GMT)

    On the basketball court and off, Jeremy Lin is starting to get the Steve Nash treatment. On the Garden court Sunday, Lin can expect to see the Mavericks pack the paint, as the Hornets did when they used the same defense many others have against Phoenix’s All-Star playmaker.

  • [New York Daily News] Jeremy Lin is the Knicks’ faithful phenom (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:01:31 GMT)

    The conversation was simple and innocent – and somehow dangerous – all at once. Just moments after his Knicks had beaten the Nets in the Garden on Feb. 4, Jeremy Lin excitedly called Stephen Chen, his pastor of 10 years.

  • [New York Daily News] Linsanity’s journey, via Twitter (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 05:23:22 GMT)

    Here are some thought about Jeremy Lin’s journey, straight from the man himself, or as he is called on Twitter, @JLin7:

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Baron finally ready to fly (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 05:10:39 GMT)

    Ready for a little Baron-sanity? When the Knicks play the Mavericks on Sunday at the Garden, Baron Davis is planning to see his first action of the season after missing the first 31 games with a herniated disk in his back.

  • [New York Daily News] The Lin Galaxy: Jeremy makes Knicks into stars (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:19:34 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin has taken New York and the NBA by storm with “Linsanity.â? And like any natural point guard, Lin has made his teammates better during their 7-1 streak with him running the team.

  • [New York Times] Another Knicks Pioneer — Brooklyn’s John Rucker (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:20:09 GMT)

    How John Rucker, a 1950 graduate of Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall High, wound up preceding the Knicks’ first black player in training camp is not exactly clear, even to Rucker.

  • [New York Times] In Ivy’s Golden Age, Elite Universities With Teams to Match (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:27:29 GMT)

    N.B.A. players from the Ivy League are now a rarity, but in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the top Ivy teams were among the best in the country.

  • [New York Times] Knicks, Nearing Full Strength, Search for Right Combination (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 08:48:06 GMT)

    The integration of Carmelo Anthony, J. R. Smith and Baron Davis will provide the Knicks depth and potential, but might also take some adjusting.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Catch Bulls on Down Note and Take Advantage to End 8-Game Skid (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:39:06 GMT)

    Chicago’s Derrick Rose missed his fifth straight game because of back pain, and the Nets jumped to a 22-3 lead while rolling to their first victory since Feb. 1.

  • [New York Times] ESPN Apologizes for Slur Used in Headline on Lin (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:30:08 GMT)

    An online mention of Jeremy Lin, the Knicks’ point guard, suggested a pejorative reference to his Chinese heritage.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Beat Hawks 97-77 to End Home Losing Streak (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 05:41:44 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a left ankle injury and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-77 on Saturday night to snap a four-game home losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Tony Allen Lifts Grizzlies Past Warriors, 104-103 (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 04:06:13 GMT)

    Tony Allen scored on a tip-in with 5.6 seconds left to give the Memphis Grizzlies their fourth straight victory, 104-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Struggling Nets Halt Streak, Upset Bulls (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 02:54:36 GMT)

    The New Jersey Nets snapped an eight-game losing streak with a surprisingly easy 97-85 road win over the Central Division-leading Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Clippers 103-100 in OT on Neal’s Key 3s (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:06:10 GMT)

    Gary Neal hit key 3-pointers in regulation and overtime, Tony Parker scored 30 points and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Los Angeles Clippers 103-100 on Saturday to earn their NBA-leading 10th consecutive victory.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: J.R. Smith, an Unpredictable Talent, Still Has Upside (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:56:46 GMT)

    J.R. Smith’s reputation on and off the court has preceded his arrival in New York.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Ex-Warrior Wright Also Lands Well (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:28:54 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin is not the only former reserve for the Warriors who is thriving on a hot team. Brandan Wright is contributing a lot in relatively few minutes for the Dallas Mavericks.

  • [New York Times] Keeping Score: Chandler Overshadowed as Spotlight Follows Lin (Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:31:51 GMT)

    Tyson Chandler’s effectiveness at both ends of the floor is revealed through a variety of statistics, including Win Shares and true shooting percentage.

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    26 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Feb 19 2012)”

    1. two of my fave NBA players both maybe debuting today, Swish and B-Diddy, very excited about that.


      Don’t know if this was posted before, but at the end of the piece it talks about Lin’s turnovers, specifically live ball vs. dead ball turnovers. The vast majority of his turnovers are live ball ones, resulting in transition opportunities and high points scored (PPP) rather than taking the ball out of bounds giving our D a chance to set up. The phrase “Lin has a loose dribble” was very instructive. It looks like he can cut this number down somewhat just with better chemistry and decision-making, but he also needs to really work on his dribbling in the off-season if he is going to be a quality starting PG in the long run. My fear is that if he keeps turning the ball over at such a high rate as he faces better (and better prepared) defenses, it might start wearing him down mentally, and start affecting his overall game. Hopefully he will keep learning and cut these devastating kinds of TOs down.

    3. interesting take by past offensive machine and denver assistant adrian dantley on jr smith in vescy’s piece weighing smith’s pros and cons:

      “Hall of Fame forward Adrian Dantley, the Nuggets former longtime assistant, says the Knicks will be fine as long as they keep the ball in Jeremy Lin’s hands.

      “Melo and J.R. feel they must have the ball,” Dantley said. “They’d rather make the ‘ooh-ah’ type play vs. catch-and-shoot. Lin will make their lives a lot easier if the team keeps doin’ what it’s doin’.”

      Read more:

    4. We should expect to struggle again for a few games, then, hopefully, make a run, finish above .500 and have our first genuinely competitive post season in over a decade.

      Be patient Knicks fans!

    5. Am I the only sick of the “Jeremy Lin” has the most x in his first y NBA starts that inundates the airwaves. First pints and assists, then points, now turnovers. Can’t people just be happy that since the kid got major PT the team has been 7-1, much of it without the two max players and a supporting cast of T1000 and the misfit toys. Maybe its just me but the shallowness and hyperbole is just tedious and misses the point.

    6. Nick C.:
      Am I the only sick of the “Jeremy Lin” has the most x in his first y NBA starts that inundates the airwaves. First pints and assists, then points, now turnovers. Can’t people just be happy that since the kid got major PT the team has been 7-1, much of itwithout the two max players and a supporting cast of T1000 and the misfit toys. Maybe its just me but the shallowness and hyperbole is just tedious and misses the point.

      there’s certainly plenty of hyperbole, but when anyone breaks records set by guys like Jordan and Shaq, it’s news, let alone an undrafted Taiwanese-American from Harvard.

      Sportscenter is out of control this AM, though. I know that they are hyping the 1 PM game, but it’s wall to wall Jeremy Lin. right now, they have a corner countdown clock: “Countdown to Mavericks vs. Knicks, 2 hours 6 minutes 39 seconds”.

    7. Oh geez Jon. I’m glad I don’t have that on the radio driving around was painful enough. Sometimes I think this board is the only place where there’s any semblance of reason. The talk here is mostly about how having a PG has pulled the team together but also mentions other players contributions. I think Lin has been great so it was annoying how one high turnover half and all the talk is about the turnovers. At least you had the sense to point it out several games ago but didn’t turn it into a dead horse. Rambling rant over.

    8. Lin is going to have his work cut out for him today, Shawn Marion has been demolishing opposing PGs on D in recent games, just shutting them down (Jrue Holliday went 0-9 in the last game).

      it’s a good day to have Baron and/or Smith join the party, we’re going to need some real contributions from either or both to have a chance in this one, I think.

    9. Lots of the talk here is out on the extremes as well (mea culpa sometimes) but at least it is balanced and well-informed when taken as a whole.

      Extremes aside, the Lin thing is most notable because of the expectations of this Knicks team vs. the pre-Lin performance. Had this 7-1 run occurred on the David Lee teams, it wouldn’t have been nearly as compelling to the press. In a way, it has worked our perfectly for the Knicks in that he has become the lightning rod and has taken the heat off of D’Antoni, Amare, Melo, etc. for the time being. Lin is simply not as good as his accomplishments/records suggest, and probably not as bad as his turnovers suggests. But the turnovers, records aside, are indeed troubling if he is the only answer at PG for the rest of the season. Is anyone here really confident that he is ready to handle playoff-level halfcourt defenses when he is averaging nearly 7 turnovers against the bottom dwellers of the league? The good news is that help is on the way, and playing with better players (Melo, Smith) should help his usage rate and turnovers go down. Should be a telling week.

    10. Z-man But the turnovers, records aside, are indeed troubling if he is the only answer at PG for the rest of the season.

      he’s not even the only answer in today’s game, B-Diddy is about to start making some B-lievers. :)

    11. Shump Shump is starting today!!! he needs to play well to try to keep his minutes with everyone coming back…

      Howard Beck @HowardBeckNYT

      No Carmelo or Bill Walker (elbow) today. Shump starts at SF. JR smith and Baron expected to dress, avail if needed. Melo could play Mon.

    12. I think the general belief that Lin can cut down on his turnovers just by being more disciplined is an accurate one. Look at how he went from 8 in the first half to 1 in the second half. He just paid more attention and he turned the ball over less. I am totally on board with the notion that Amar’e could have bailed Lin out of at least three turnovers in the first half by making better plays on the passes. However, on all three of the passes, they were bad passes. Bad passes Amar’e might have been able to bring in, but bad passes nevertheless. And, more annoyingly, they were careless bad passes. It is not too hard to avoid throwing a ball way over a dude’s head, ya know? Just concentrate better. Lin did that in the second half, and I hope we see more of it today (and, of course, going forward).

    13. By the way, as bad as Lin’s careless passes were, at least he also made a bunch of good passes, too. When Jeffries, Shump and Fields made careless passes, those were just killer (Jeffries only had the one turnover, but man, was it a bad one – down just two points, with the ball, and he throws a careless crosscourt pass that gets picked off and ends up as a three-point play going the other way. Ouch).

      Walker made some bad passes, too, but I don’t expect smart play from him like I do from Jeffries, Shump and Fields.

    14. Ken Berger @KBergCBS

      At MSG; nothing to see here. No Melo. Baron Davis will dress and play only if situation is ideal. J.R. Smith will play only if needed.


      how could he not be needed? this is the same band of misfits minus Bill Walker, Swish and Baron better get at least 30 minutes combined.

    15. Will play only if needed? What does that even mean? Davis, I understand, they basically mean he’ll only play if it isn’t close, because he’s not ready for a “real” game yet. But Smith just finished playing in China – dude should be ready to go, right?

    16. Swish and Baron have to play you would think. PG, 2G, SF that’s 144 minutes among Shump, Fields and Lin. Surely Bibby, ____, and Novak can’t take the 25-30 minutes with Jefferies getting all the backup minutes at C-PF?

    17. @19

      I read somewhere that D’Antoni wants him to play only after he had a chance to practice…

      but he’ll probably play, we’re extremely thin at the wing without Walker, and with Marion guarding Lin, it will be up to Beaubois and Kidd to check him, it’s definitely a good matchup for us.

    18. I just read how ESPN dealt with the offensive comments about Lin. Anyone know what offensive thing the ESPN New York radio guy said about Jeremy Lin? Was it just yet another “chink in the armor” comment? I saw the other two bits that ESPN punished their guys for (both “chink in the armor” comments), but they didn’t elaborate on the ESPN New York radio guy, just noting he wasn’t an ESPN employee.

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