Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, May 22 2013)

  • [New York Times] Spurs Can’t Ease Up Despite 2-0 Lead on Grizzlies (Wed, 22 May 2013 07:28:45 GMT)

    If the Western Conference finals seem the slightest bit over after two San Antonio wins, hold that thought for a minute.    

  • [New York Times] Cavs Win Right to First Pick in NBA Draft (Wed, 22 May 2013 06:29:37 GMT)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery and the top overall pick for the second time in three years on Tuesday.    

  • [New York Times] Spurs Blow Late Lead, Beat Grizzlies 93-89 in OT (Wed, 22 May 2013 05:02:49 GMT)

    When Tony Parker started running low on masterful plays, Tim Duncan was there to take over and lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.    

  • [New York Times] Spurs Fend Off Rallying Grizzlies in Game Two Overtime (Wed, 22 May 2013 05:02:40 GMT)

    San Antonio squandered a big lead in the fourth quarter and had Tim Duncan to thank for settling their nerves in overtime as the Spurs ground out a 93-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.    

  • [New York Times] Game 2: Spurs 93, Grizzlies 89 (OT): N.B.A. Playoffs — Spurs Beat Grizzlies in Overtime (Wed, 22 May 2013 04:35:19 GMT)

    Tony Parker had 15 points and 18 assists for San Antonio, which lost a 13-point lead in regulation but prevailed to put Memphis in a 2-0 series hole.    

  • [New York Times] Cleveland Cavaliers Win N.B.A. Draft Lottery (Wed, 22 May 2013 03:01:27 GMT)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the lottery in 2003 and 2011, will have the first overall pick in the June 27 draft. The Orlando Magic will have the No. 2 pick.    

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers Win N.B.A. Draft Lottery Again (Wed, 22 May 2013 02:32:58 GMT)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the lottery in 2003 and 2011, will have the first pick in the June 27 draft. The Orlando Magic will have the No. 2 pick.    

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Strapped Knicks Stress Continuity, Not Change (Wed, 22 May 2013 00:23:36 GMT)

    With limited ability to acquire new talent, General Manager Glen Grunwald and Coach Mike Woodson repeatedly emphasized the need to squeeze more from the talent they have.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Cap has Knicks Chris-crossed for lone star Melo (Wed, 22 May 2013 04:15:29 GMT)

    The search for the No. 2 star to pair with Carmelo Anthony is not leading the Knicks to Los Angeles, as much as Chris Paul would be Anthony’s perfect wing man. Instead of landing a star talent like Paul, a free agent this summer who once toasted an Anthony-Paul-Amar’e Stoudemire alliance at the Garden, the Knicks will have to set their sights considerably lower.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks must be ‘aggressive and creative’ to improve says GM (Wed, 22 May 2013 04:13:07 GMT)

    Knicks GM Glen Grunwald preached “continuity” with the Knicks in his post-mortem address Tuesday, knowing he must be “aggressive and creative” this summer to improve on a season that ended with his built-for-now team being bounced in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals by Indiana.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Notebook: Grunwald non-committal on J.R. (Wed, 22 May 2013 00:49:25 EDT)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — J.R. Smith wants to retire as a Knick. His younger brother, Chris, tweeted, “I will be back with my big brother” next season. And Carmelo Anthony believes “without a doubt” J.R. will return.But GM Glen Grunwald is not making any guarantees about the NBA’s 2012-13 Sixth Man of the Year.”I’m not going to comment on any individual player because we’re not finished with our evaluation,” he said Tuesday. “I don’t think you should read that one way or another [about Smith].

  • [New York Post] Knicks coach Woodson has support of his boss (Wed, 22 May 2013 02:32:40 -0500)

    Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald thought Mike Woodson should have won Coach of the Year this season. So he is hardly listening to fan and media complaints that Woodson had a bad playoff.
    Woodson, 55, finished third in the Coach of the Year voting, won 54 games, the Atlantic Division…

  • [New York Post] Knicks expect Kidd to return (Wed, 22 May 2013 01:54:01 -0500)

    Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said Jason Kidd gave him no indication he was retiring during their exit interview Monday.
    “We had a great meeting with Jason,” Grunwald said. “He was a big part of our success and we look forward to having him back next year.”
    Asked if Kidd…

  • [New York Post] With options few, Knicks GM plans to bring core back (Wed, 22 May 2013 01:54:01 -0500)

    It’s risky business, but Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said Tuesday the major core of the roster will be back next season as the franchise banks on Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees and J.R. Smith’s head healing.
    Grunwald confirmed the Knicks are unable to do a sign-and-trade…

  • [New York Post] Stuck on 18, Knicks may be forced to stay (Wed, 22 May 2013 01:43:16 -0500)

    If The Knicks were a blackjack hand, they’d be an 18. It’s a good hand, not a great hand. No matter what the dealer was showing, you’d get a chorus of groans if you decided to hit on it. The dealer would make sure you were serious…

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