Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Jul 03 2013)

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Liberty Lose to the Surging Mercury (Wed, 03 Jul 2013 04:52:38 GMT)

    Candice Dupree scored 20 points and Brittney Griner added 18 points and 5 rebounds, leading the Phoenix Mercury past the Liberty, 94-87, for the Mercury’s fifth straight win.    

  • [New York Times] AP Source: 3-Team Deal Sends Redick to Clippers (Wed, 03 Jul 2013 02:26:00 GMT)

    A person with knowledge of the situation says a three-team trade is in place that sends J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Los Angeles Clippers and point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers to the Phoenix Suns.    

  • [New York Times] Q. And A.: Jason Kidd: A Veteran Guard on Being a Rookie Coach (Wed, 03 Jul 2013 02:07:47 GMT)

    Excerpts from The New York Times’s interview with Jason Kidd, the Nets’ new coach.    

  • [New York Times] Kidd, a Floor General Turned Coach, Has Ambitious Plans for the Nets (Wed, 03 Jul 2013 01:54:49 GMT)

    Jason Kidd, about six weeks removed from his final N.B.A. game as a player, acknowledges his lack of experience as a coach, but he is brimming with ideas for the Nets.    

  • [New York Daily News] Suitors aiming for Knicks’ J.R. coming off career year (Wed, 03 Jul 2013 04:55:02 GMT)

    J.R. Smith’s list of potential suitors continues to grow but the contracts signed by two free agent shooting guards increases the likelihood of Smith returning to the Knicks. The Clippers agreed to acquire J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade with the Milwaukee Bucks while Kevin Martin verbally agreed to a four-year, $28 million deal with Minnesota.    

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    13 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Jul 03 2013)”

    1. Some major drama last night with Iggy. The Kings made him a 4-year/$56 million offer, to which he obviously would have had to accept, as that money was sick. He hesitated, though, so they pulled the offer. Ouch.

    2. So Kevin Martin and Redick signed for just under $8 million a year. What does that mean for JR? Is he seen as better than those guys or no? If someone offers him $8 million, is that enough to turn away from the Knicks?

    3. The Pacers pulled their qualifying offer to Hansbrough, which seems to me that they’re planning on spending his money ($4 million) on Cope instead.

      Hansbrough would be an interesting fit here. I presume if Hansbrough is done in Indy, they’ll cut his brother, right?

    4. Anyone know where Peter Vecsey works these days? He’s breaking stories on Twitter, but is he doing them FOR anyone? Or is it just, like, a hobby for him now?

    5. Last I heard Vecsey was just blogging. Hey maybe you guys can pick him up. JR and Cope are at a point where they have to take the money. Even if they want to stay, I don’t think family and agents would allow it.

    6. But does he even have a blog? His twitter account doesn’t mention anything. If he’s just blogging, then that’s cool, plenty of guys end up doing that, but I can’t even find a blog from him!

    7. Watched that Bargnani YouTube video linked to in the last thread:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXm7ec9mQCg

      Like Bargs or not, there is literally only one other 7 footer that can score that many ways — Dirk. PNR, PNP, spot up 3, attack the closeout for the wraparound dunk, post-up. No doubt about the fact that he’s a mismatch against just about any defender in the league. Was listening to ESPN Radio FWIW, and pretty much everyone says the same thing about him — very very skilled offensive player, bad situation in Toronto, underrated 1-on-1 defender, poor help defender, obviously poor rebounder.

      Would be interesting to see how they used him on defense — if Casey ran the same system as he did in Dallas, the big on PNRs was responsible for covering a ton of ground. Maybe Woodson applies the Amare PNR rules — hedge hard / double, less to think about. Or maybe the Hibbert rules where you just let the ballhandler shoot the midrange J.

      Interesting series of links here re: Barg’s defense. Worth reading if you have a minute:

      http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/35360/the-evolution-of-andrea-bargnani-and-d

      http://blogs.thescore.com/raptorblog/2012/08/18/on-bargnanis-impressive-defensive-numbers/

      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/ian_thomsen/01/25/andrea.bargnani/index.html

      http://gothicginobili.com/?p=3929 — this one’s interesting since it actually says that his best role is in playing Dirk to someone’s Tyson Chandler

      http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/17/the-inbounds-the-pierre-bargnani-defensive-mirror/

      The bulk of stories from early-mid 2011-12 seem to indicate that he was really improving as an all-around player — but then obviously he fell apart completely. Some of this should/could be blamed on injury, but overall it’s not clear what happened. maybe Delonte slept w his mom? He’s only 27 — I don’t like all the trading of draft picks, but maybe we bought low on this guy? Maybe?

    8. maybe just tweeting.

      Seems like it. Which is pretty darn weird, right?

    9. Frank: Watched that Bargnani YouTube video linked to in the last thread:

      Thanks for posting this. I felt like I was watching Danilo Gallinari, right down to the goofy spikey hairdo. He needs to learned to throw his head back and flail his arms every time a defender gets near him so he can draw more fouls.

    10. Brian Cronin: Seems like it. Which is pretty darn weird, right?

      It is weird Brian. I’ve always enjoyed reading his work going back to the 70’s. Judging by the number of TV gigs he’s lost, he must not be the easiest guy to get along with. He probably doesn’t need the money at this point in his career and probably should blog or maybe write a book.

    11. johnno: Thanks for posting this.I felt like I was watching Danilo Gallinari, right down to the goofy spikey hairdo.He needs to learned to throw his head back and flail his arms every time a defender gets near him so he can draw more fouls.

      Must be the “in” look in Italy.

    12. Brian Cronin:
      The Pacers pulled their qualifying offer to Hansbrough, which seems to me that they’re planning on spending his money ($4 million) on Cope instead.

      Yeah that’s what went through my mind when I read about them rescinding the Hansborough offer. It would be interesting if they offered him 2 years/8m (4m per year) compared to our 3 years/9m. While I really hope we retain Cope, a part of me also hopes he snags a big offer and leaves. I believe we will then sign Barnes with our tmle and, while I prefer Cope slightly, sometimes in close decisions maybe it’s better to not have a choice since you then don’t have to look back at potentially a wrong decision (spoken like a long-time knick fan). btw anyone notice that Cope had a negative WP48 last season? How is that possible for a guy who had a .117 WS/48 and a TS% of .583?

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