Knicks Morning News (2015.01.10)

  • [New York Daily News] Frank Isola named New York Sportswriter of the Year (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 04:34:47 GMT)

    Frank Isola has been a well-respected, critical and entertaining voice on the Knicks beat since 1996.

  • [New York Times] Familiar Result for James-Less Cavs: 112-94 Loss to Warriors (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:15:24 GMT)

    On one side of the floor, LeBron James sat on Cleveland’s bench in a suit. On the other, Mark Jackson talked about his former team from the ESPN broadcast table.

  • [New York Times] Balanced Lakers Beat Orlando 101-84 Without Kobe (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:12:14 GMT)

    When Kobe Bryant stays home to rest, the Los Angeles Lakers must play a different game to compete. With balanced scoring, relentless rebounding and an unlikely contribution from a newcomer, they got the formula exactly right against the slumping Orlando Magic.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Beat Kings 118-108 for 4th Straight Win (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:51:21 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson each scored 22 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings 118-108 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Hand Timberwolves 14th Straight Loss, 98-84 (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:42:17 GMT)

    O.J. Mayo was a young ball boy for the University of Cincinnati when Kenyon Martin starred for the Bearcats. On Friday night, they were teammates for the first time.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro basketball: 76ers Top Nets in Final Seconds (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:21:36 GMT)

    Nerlens Noel dunked with three seconds left, lifting the Philadelphia 76ers to a 90-88 victory over the host Nets.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Need OT to Fend Off Boston’s Late Rally, 107-103 (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 04:42:26 GMT)

    David West was tired of watching the Pacers let leads slip away on the road.

  • [New York Times] Roy Tarpley, Drug-Plagued Former Mavericks Center, Dies (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 04:42:20 GMT)

    Roy Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star center whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, died Friday. He was 50.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Hold Off Spirited Pistons Rally in 106-103 Victory (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 04:36:14 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks certainly looked the part of Eastern Conference leaders for most of the first half — and that was enough to extend their winning streak and snap Detroit’s impressive run.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Rally Without Big 3 to Beat Suns 100-95 (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 04:21:20 GMT)

    Danny Green had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs fought through the second half without their Big Three, rallying to beat the Phoenix Suns 100-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads Pelicans Past Grizzlies, 106-95 (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 03:48:15 GMT)

    Tyreke Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 106-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Finally Beats Rose as Wizards Top Bulls, 102-86 (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 03:45:19 GMT)

    John Wall finally beat Derrick Rose head-to-head, as the Washington Wizards took a 20-point first-quarter lead and held on for a 102-86 win over the Chicago Bulls Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Noel’s Dunk Lifts 76ers to 90-88 Victory at Nets (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 03:34:09 GMT)

    Nerlens Noel dunked with 3 seconds left, lifting the Philadelphia 76ers to a 90-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: 10-Day Contract With the Bucks Reunites Kenyon Martin and Jason Kidd (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 03:22:23 GMT)

    Because of injuries, Martin, a 37-year-old veteran forward, was likely to earn immediate playing time.

  • [New York Times] On Religion: Tense Scene on Basketball Court 50 Years Ago Recalls Catholic Role in Civil Rights (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 02:33:44 GMT)

    A contest that broke a sports color line in Nashville in 1965 was played without violence breaking out, and is now a landmark in local history.

  • [New York Post] Guess which young Knick has regressed — you might be surprised (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 03:46:54 -0500)

    In wake of the Phil Jackson's fire sale, it's show-me time for the Knicks' last two high draft picks — last year's rookie, Tim Hardaway Jr., and current rookie Cleanthony…

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  • [New York Post] Fisher explains why Jackson triangle hasn’t stuck with players (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 03:12:15 -0500)

    Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he has extra challenges in getting his current young players to believe the triangle offense wins titles because team president Phil Jackson has been out…

  • [New York Post] Why it’s worthless and foolish to boo these Knicks (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:49:55 -0500)

    There should be no chants of "Fire Fisher” anymore. In fact, no one should even bother booing the Knicks for the rest of this season. Heck, even the group of…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks fans wear paper bags as Rockets roll at Garden (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:49:26 GMT)

    The Knicks celebrity row was replaced on Thursday by five 18-year-old disgruntled Knicks fans who wore paper bags on their heads.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Galloway on verge of Langsanity? (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:38:52 GMT)

    Langston Galloway announced his presence to the Garden crowd with a put-back dunk late in the first quarter in his home debut.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Phil and top Knicks exec quite revealing on Twitter (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:26:29 GMT)

    Following the Knicks on Twitter just won’t be the same anymore with J.R. Smith exiled to Cleveland.

  • [New York Daily News] Ex-Knick John Starks on Phil Jackson: ‘Wait and see’ (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:01:43 GMT)

    Not everyone is putting their full trust in Phil.

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Timing of new Knicks app couldn’t be worse (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 04:59:11 GMT)

    James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan and his media savants are looking to give the league’s worst team even more exposure.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Has 24 and 12, Trail Blazers Beat Heat 99-83 (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 07:36:14 GMT)

    It was a perfect setup for Portland. The Trail Blazers needed a big third quarter to get back into the game, and Miami has been all-too-generous of late in that period.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro basketball: Liberty Rehire Bill Laimbeer as Coach (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:04:24 GMT)

    The Liberty rehired Bill Laimbeer as coach three months after they chose to not exercise the option year on his contract.

  • [New York Times] Harden Has 25 Points, Rockets Hand Knicks 14th Straight Loss (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:15 GMT)

    Just to the left of their bench was a row of fans wearing paper bags over their heads. On the court in front of them, a New York Knicks team filled with unrecognizable faces.

  • [New York Times] TV Sports: Even ESPN Is Trying to Hide From the Knicks (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 04:15:25 GMT)

    Searching for more compelling matchups, ESPN erased three of the four Knicks games left on its schedule.

  • [New York Times] Rockets 120, Knicks 96: Little Excitement at Garden, on the Court or Off (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 04:06:02 GMT)

    Madison Square Garden provided a warm and quiet refuge from the cold weather, but some fans took to wearing bags over their heads during the Knicks’ loss to the Rockets.

  • [New York Times] Henderson Scores 31 Points, Hornets Beat Raptors 103-95 (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 03:30:41 GMT)

    Gerald Henderson scored a season-high 31 points, Kemba Walker added 29 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 103-95 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets’ Deron Williams Out Indefinitely After Test Shows Rib Fracture (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:53:45 GMT)

    The Nets said that an M.R.I. on Williams, who was injured Sunday, showed a rib fracture.

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  • [New York Times] Clippers Rout Lakers 114-89 on 27 Points by Griffin (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 07:06:25 GMT)

    The Clippers stormed out of the gate, getting after the Lakers defensively and hitting shots on their own end.

  • [New York Times] Suns Survive, Hand Wolves 13th Straight Loss (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 06:18:24 GMT)

    Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves were 10 minutes away from snapping a torturous losing streak that has already turned this season into a lost cause.

  • [New York Times] Thompson Scores 40, Warriors Beat Pacers 117-102 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 06:06:26 GMT)

    Klay Thompson scored 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors shook off a slow start to put away the pesky Indiana Pacers 117-102 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.

  • [New York Times] Kings Snap 12-Game Skid vs. Thunder With 104-83 Victory (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:36:18 GMT)

    Rudy Gay scored 28 points and Darren Collison added 24 to help the Sacramento Kings snap a 12-game losing streak to Oklahoma City with a 104-83 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Eurocup Basketball Player From U.S. Hits Fan Who Rushed Court (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 04:57:54 GMT)

    A court invader who shoved a visiting player at a Eurocup basketball game in Montenegro was sent sprawling to the deck by a punch from the player’s teammate.

  • [New York Times] Lawson Scores 23 as Nuggets Edge Magic 93-90 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 04:57:25 GMT)

    Ty Lawson scored 23 points, Arron Afflalo had 17 against his former team, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Orlando Magic 93-90 on Wednesday night for their third consecutive win.

  • [New York Times] Augustin Scores 26, Leads Pistons Past Mavericks 108-95 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 04:33:51 GMT)

    D.J. Augustin scored 17 of his season-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Pistons won their seventh straight game, 108-95 over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Set Record With 13th Straight Loss, 101-91 to Wizards (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 04:12:25 GMT)

    The New York Knicks’ deconstruction project hit a new low, setting a team record with a 13th straight loss.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Lose Third in a Row as the Celtics Pull Away (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:53:25 GMT)

    Avery Bradley scored 21 points as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with an 89-81 victory over the Nets.

  • [New York Times] Favors Leads Jazz Past Cold-Shooting Bulls 97-77 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:48:54 GMT)

    Derrick Favors had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz used a strong defensive effort to beat the Chicago Bulls 97-77 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Teague, Hawks Stay Hot, Beat Grizzlies 96-86 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:18:42 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-86 on Wednesday night to continue their strong play against Western Conference teams.

  • [New York Times] Celtics End Three-Game Skid, Beat Nets 89-81 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:06:40 GMT)

    Avery Bradley scored 21 points, and the Boston Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak with an 89-81 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Howard, Harden Push Rockets Past LeBron-Less Cavs 105-93 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:04:00 GMT)

    James Harden scored 21 points, Dwight Howard had 17 points and 19 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets roared past Cleveland in the fourth quarter for a 105-93 win Wednesday night over the Cavaliers, who played their sixth straight game without LeBron James.

  • [New York Times] Walker’s Game-Winner Lifts Hornets Over Pelicans 98-94 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:01:02 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 31 points, including a game-winning 11-foot jumper off the glass with 1.4 seconds left to lift the Charlotte Hornets to a 98-94 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Knight Helps Bucks Beat 76ers 97-77 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 02:49:16 GMT)

    Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton scored 18 points apiece, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Philadelphia 76ers 97-77 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Wizards 101, Knicks 91: A Small Sign of Progress? The Knicks Lose by Only 10 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 02:41:53 GMT)

    With a raggedy loss to the Washington Wizards, the Knicks fell to 5-33, but they had lost their previous five games by an average of 18.8 points.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers Land Mozgov in Trade With Nuggets (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:27:18 GMT)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Russian center Timofey Mozgov in a trade with the Denver Nuggets, the National Basketball Association teams said on Wednesday.

  • [New York Post] Now with Cavaliers, J.R. Smith takes few digs at Knicks (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:23:01 -0500)

    CLEVELAND — Figuring out the triangle is no longer his problem and J.R. Smith couldn't be happier. "It's almost too much thinking,'' Smith told The Post Wednesday night before the…

  • [New York Post] Why Fisher was impressed with Galloway’s NBA debut (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:01:49 -0500)

    WASHINGTON — New Knicks combo guard Langston Galloway, at 6-foot-2, knows his future in the NBA is at point guard. And he will try to prove he can handle the…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: J.R. says Knicks on ‘eggshells’ (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:01:00 GMT)

    J.R. Smith said that “everybody in the building” with the Knicks “was pretty much walking on eggshells” this season under the new regime.

  • [New York Daily News] No Melo the least of Knicks’ worries in record-setting loss (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 04:48:57 GMT)

    The Knicks’ historic losing streak still can be extended by two before Carmelo Anthony possibly rejoins them next week in London.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: Current Knicks bringing to mind the bad ’80s days (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:26:03 GMT)

    Thirty years ago, the Knicks were arguably worse, if that’s possible.

  • Roundtable: Knicks Trade Shump and J.R.

    [This round table was conducted mid-day Tuesday. As of the scheduled published date, none of the players the Knicks received have been officially waived, so some of us went on that assumption. As more information comes in, we will report on it here or in the comments below.]

    Of all the tangible assets in the trade (Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk, Lance Thomas, and a 2019 second-round draft choice from Cleveland) which will be the most useful for the Knicks?

    Kurylo: As per Alex Kirk’s Draft Express page “The downside, however, is that his 13.6% body fat ranked second highest among prospects invited to the NBA Draft Combine and his 48th place finish in our Athletic Testing Composite Rating supports our past assertion that he is a below average athlete.” So he’s Eddy Curry without any natural ability. Add the fact that his D-League numbers are pedestrian at best. Unless someone gets this guy doing Crossfit, he’s a complete waste. None of Lance’s Thomas’ stats [http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/t/thomala01.html] show him to be anything special either. So if he’s a worthy defender, that’s pretty much what you’re getting.

    That leaves us with Amundson and the pick. Lou’s per minute stats are OK (10.1 reb/36, 2.0 blk/36, 1.0 stl/36) although his efficiency leaves a little to be desired (49.0% ts%). However he’s a considerable upgrade over Quincy Acy (a comparison of the two) and as much as I’d like to say the 2nd round pick, I’ll stick with Amundson.

    Cronin: They’re supposedly waiving everyone but Lance Thomas (and possibly even him, as well), so I guess I’d say the second round pick by default.

    Ephus: None of the above.

    Gibberman: I’m going to wait until the Knicks make the 2019 second round pick to definitely answer this.

    Udwary: The most useful asset going to the Knicks will be the roster spots that open up when they cut the players they get from the Cavs. There is definitely some intriguing players in the D-League right now that Phil might want to take a look at. Seth Curry is absolutely killing it, taking 7.7 3pt shots a game and hitting them at a 53% clip. Would you rather have a solid rebounding center who can shoot the midrange jumper, and still score efficiently, so that we can keep Jason Smith on the bench forever? Take a look at the season JaMychal Green is having for Austin. There is definitely potential diamonds out there, so hopefully we look at some of these young guys to fill roster spots.

    What does this trade tell us about Phil Jackson?

    Kurylo: Well it certainly doesn’t prove that Jackson is a genius from a talent perspective. But perhaps this was a trade that’s more about subtraction than addition. Removing J.R. from the team perhaps sends a message to the league that the Knicks won’t suffer fools (anymore). As a coach, the Zen Master was always keen on Jedi mind tricks through various means. Perhaps he’s found a new medium?

    To go in a weird direction for a second, take the New York Jets and the upcoming draft. If New York were to take the problematic Jameis Winston with their top pick, you can easily see a future where the QB causes more problems for Gang Green than he solves. Now if it were the Giants, taking Winston (likely in a latter round) would make sense. Why? Because Big Blue has a solid organization that can withstand and perhaps mold Winston into a solid citizen. However the Jets don’t have the reputation (or more importantly strong management backbone) to take such a risk.

    So what I’m trying to say is perhaps this is Jackson’s first step into turning the Knicks into a more respectable organization.

    Cronin: It seems pretty clearly that Jackson’s make or break moment will be what he will do this offseason with the cap space he is collecting. So I don’t think that this trade says a whole lot about Jackson one way or the other except that he has now made three real trades (not counting the luxury tax move of Travis Outlaw to open up a roster spot for Travis Wear) and they’ve all been…just okay. It would be nice to see a Knick trade be a clear win for once, but I can’t really begrudge Jackson much for that.

    What he does this offseason will be the real test.

    Ephus: To me, it says that Phil Jackson has no special place in his heart for CAA and its clients. That is a good thing.

    Udwary: It tells us that we should temper our expectations a bit on the magic of Phil Jackson. As Knicks fans, we are too used to lopsided trades (although we’ve always been on the wrong side of them). This was a realistic return for the value we were sending out. I don’t think we should complain too loudly about that considering the trades we have been accustomed to.

    On Basketball Reference’s Knicks page, I predicted “Cole Aldrich, this is your year.” Now that Aldrich is pretty much our defacto center for 2015, is this Cole’s year?

    Kurylo: Oh God Yes!

    Seriously though, here is Aldrich’s per-36 stats over the last 10 games (9 starts):
    11.0 reb, 2.6 ast,1.6 atl,1.9 blk, 2.6 to, 3.9 pf,15.2 pts, 56.3% ts%

    That’s good enough to be an NBA starter, no? Honestly, I’d like to see what the defense is like with Aldrich/Amundson together on the floor. I’ll work on my Candy Crush skills while the team is on offense.

    Cronin: I worry that it might be so much his year that the Knicks might find themselves in a difficult situation regarding retaining Aldrich for next season. They have Early Bird Rights for Aldrich, but that only allows them to exceed the cap up to the Mid-Level Exception. The way Aldrich has been playing, he might get an offer for more than that and since the Knicks are definitely not cutting into their precious, precious cap space to bring Aldrich back, there is a possibility that Aldrich might play himself off the team. One thing I’d really like to see from Aldrich is for him to improve his conditioning. He’s been in the league for years now, there’s no excuse to have the stamina of Michael freakin’ Sweetney.

    Ephus: During the off-season, I hoped that the Knicks would give Aldrich a two-year deal with the second year being a team option. I do not think he had a lot of alternative choices. Instead, they are going to have to bid for him. I think he is going to perform in the way that Koufas/Mozgov would in the same minutes. That probably gets a 3 year MLE deal.

    Udwary: Hell yes! Assuming Cole doesn’t keel over to a heart attack, he is finally getting the minutes he deserves on this team, and is producing as he always has. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of offers Cole will get at the end of the year, but he is at the very least a capable 20-25 minute backup and someone should offer him more than the veterans minimum. So far, he is also the poster child of the value of per minute statistics, and vindication for all the Knickerbloggers who have been yelling his name the past two seasons.

    It’s the year 2025. Give us your summary of Shumpert’s NBA career up to this point.

    Kurylo: Well it appears that former Knicks Iman Shumpert’s basketball career is over. Shumpert Facetweettubed his retirement from his Cuban villa. The former Knick, Cavalier, and King made his name on the basketball court as an All Star in China and then later in Germany playing for Dirk Nowitzki’s owned and coached championship team, Bayern Munich. In the U.S., Iman received notoriety for his testimony in the J.R.Smith trial, where Shumpert’s detailed J.R.’s erratic behavior was publicized by an HBO documentary: “Basketball Star to Porn Star: The Story of J.R. Smith”. Shumpert considered playing for Robert Kraft’s Pyongyang’s Patriots, but politely declined the offer.

    Cronin: His career has seemingly matched the Knicks’ seasons as a whole in his four years in the league. In his first year, he was an exciting player with seemingly a lot of potential. In his second year, he was just flat out good but injuries took their toll. In his third season, he was very disappointing. And in his fourth season, he was injured and godawful.

    Ephus: Shumpert looked like a great basketball player, but the results were never as good as the appearance. He was a walking contradiction. Great one-on-one ball defender who could not get over screens. Super athlete who could not finish in traffic. Gregarious rapper who was super-sensitive to criticism. But there were stretches when he could light up the court. He never lived up to the 4 year / $32 million contract that Utah gave him, but he has become a beloved member of the SLC community.

    Gibberman: Confusing. Watching him airplane the Boston Celtics home in the first-round of the 12-13 playoffs is probably the top Knicks moment of the last 15 years. In those playoffs versus the Celtics and Pacers you saw exactly how Shumpert could be a positive contributor on very good teams. Play solid defense with knock down spot up shooting from three-point range. After Anthony kept them in Game 6 versus the Pacers, Shump was the one in the second half who almost stole the win turning into a blazing ball of fire behind the arc. Fun times, man.

    Udwary: Shumpert is an easy guy to root for, but at this point of his career he seems to be a mediocre NBA player. At best he is a defensive specialist who won’t kill you with high usage chucking. The complete lack of development in his offensive game through his first 4 years is telling. He just isn’t a good shooter, and despite his great athleticism, he has a difficult time finishing at the rim. He’s one of those players that you look at and believe that he has so much potential, and he just needs to “put it all together”, then you realize he’s an 11 year veteran on the downside of his career. I will definitely miss rooting for him, but he wasn’t ever going to be a major contributor on this team going forward.

    Grade the trade on a scale 1-5.

    Kurylo: I give it a 3. I don’t think the Knicks have gotten better in a tangible sort of way. However I like the direction this takes the team. Shumpert has been untapped potential that never really emerged. J.R. Smith has long outstayed his welcome. In one sense I would have liked to see another pick or even a decent per-minute guy come back to New York. But then again I want this team to lose as many games as possible.

    Cronin: 2.5. It’s not bad but nor is it good. The return for Shumpert was underwhelming, but I understand that $2 million of cap room was a big deal for Jackson, so it probably was something that needed to be done.

    Ephus: 3.5. I believe that JR Smith has the gifts to be the second best player on a strong playoff team. He is literally his own worst enemy. And it was going to get really ugly around here. Shumpert is going to command at least Avery Bradley money this off-season, which the Knicks clearly did not want to pay. I expect both JR and Shumpert to have games that make us wonder, “What might have been?” But, I doubt that either would have been a useful part of the team going forward. And JR might have exploded at any moment.

    Gibberman: 1. They got nothing, literally nothing for two guys that have been proven NBA rotation players. If the money gets used effectively this summer I reserve my right to make that number higher. If the money gets used poorly I’m making it a -5000.

    Udwary: 3.0. It is what it is. They got back something they value (cap space) for two players that didn’t fit into their long term plans. I wouldn’t say it’s a good or bad trade. We’ll see how they fill out the open roster spots for the rest of the year, and how they use the cap space this trade generated.

    Knicks Morning News (2015.01.07)

  • [New York Times] Known Best for Offense, Warriors’ Defense Also Leads the Way (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 08:18:27 GMT)

    Look past the hot-shooting touch of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the pace-and-space attack under rookie coach Steve Kerr and the highlight-worthy plays the Golden State Warriors deliver every game.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Rally in Final Seconds to 105-104 Win Over Spurs (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:57:27 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs kept giving the Detroit Pistons hope. Brandon Jennings made the most of a last-second opening.

  • [New York Times] Larry Sanders on Bench but Still Out for 7th Straight Game (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:36:15 GMT)

    The Milwaukee Bucks welcomed Larry Sanders back on Tuesday, even if he was in street clothes and sitting on the end of the bench.

  • [New York Times] Markieff Morris Scores 26 in Suns’ 102-96 Win Over Bucks (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:24:15 GMT)

    No chance of a letdown for the Phoenix Suns.

  • [New York Times] Analysis: Knicks Bet Firmly on the Future, Which Is Anything but Firm (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 03:35:44 GMT)

    With this season’s monumental collapse, rebuilding through free agency and the draft may become the team’s new mantra.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Parker Starts; Missed 5 Straight With Hamstring Injury (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:00:32 GMT)

    San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker started but played just 13 minutes Tuesday night in a loss against the Detroit Pistons in his third attempt to get back on the court after straining his left hamstring.

  • [New York Post] Knicks fan sues MSG after he’s ejected from game and loses job (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:17:02 -0500)

    Madison Square Garden, home of the NBA's worst team, is being sued by a diehard fan who shouted to Knicks star Carmelo Anthony what most New Yorkers are thinking: "You…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony says he’s ‘not shutting it down yet’ (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 04:33:08 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks are moving on without J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: As Knicks president, Phil Jackson’s Zen not mightier (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 03:33:04 GMT)

    It probably dawned on Phil Jackson in December that his triangle offense was starting to resemble a Ponzi scheme pyramid.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: As Knicks president, Phil Jackson’s Zen not mightier (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 03:30:48 GMT)

    It probably dawned on Phil Jackson in December that his triangle offense was starting to resemble a Ponzi scheme pyramid.

  • Knicks Morning News (2015.01.06)

  • [New York Post] Tyson Chandler surprised by the mess the Knicks have become (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:40:05 -0500)

    After Tyson Chandler spent three years in New York, he's back with his new/old team and surprised at the dumpster fire the Knicks have become since he was traded away….

  • [New York Post] Phil Jackson clears tons of cap space — for Marc Gasol? (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:17:26 -0500)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It may be a pipe dream to think of landing free-agent-to-be center Marc Gasol, but it is one the Knicks still cling to as they absorb this…

  • [New York Post] The easy part is done — but now Phil Jackson’s true test begins (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:06:15 -0500)

    This was the easy part. This was the obvious part. Of course the Knicks had do this, had to embrace the full force of rebuilding. When you are five wins…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks trade J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert to Cavs (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 06:25:50 GMT)

    With the Knicks off to a dreadful 5-31 start, team president Phil Jackson finally showed he has seen enough.

  • [New York Daily News] Memorable J.R. Smith shenanigans from his Knicks career (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:51:46 GMT)

    J.R. Smith’s greatest hits (and misses):

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Knicks are hard to buy (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:49:20 GMT)

    This is where we are with the Phil Jackson era, nearly a year into it: The Knicks have turned into the Washington Generals.

  • [New York Daily News] Former Knick Tyson Chandler reacts to J.R. Smith trade (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:06:43 GMT)

    Tyson Chandler’s former teammates on the Knicks, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were being shipped to Cleveland in a salary dump, he was told.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks drop 12th straight in loss to Grizzlies (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 04:31:24 GMT)

    The Knicks made a salary-dumping deal off the court — and some dubious history on the floor — on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Scottish Football Club Rangers Rejects Sarver Lifeline (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 07:38:48 GMT)

    Troubled Scottish football club Rangers on Tuesday said it had rejected a possible takeover offer from Robert Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, as it did not adequately value a controlling interest in the club.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Beat Clippers 107-98 for 7th Straight Road Victory (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 07:35:59 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks just keep rolling on the road.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Get Defensive in 117-91 Win Over Thunder (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 07:32:52 GMT)

    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr often reminds his players the morning of a big game that they better be ready for a tough test that night.

  • [New York Times] Hibbert Scores 22 to Lead Pacers to 105-101 Win Over Jazz (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 06:38:59 GMT)

    Roy Hibbert helped the Indiana Pacers to a big lead and then had to nervously watch his teammates withstand Utah’s furious comeback bid.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 39 to Rally Blazers Past Lakers 98-94 (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:50:59 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 39 points and made the go-ahead basket with 36 seconds remaining as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-94 Monday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Sixers Defeat Short-Handed Cavaliers (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:35:56 GMT)

    Tony Wroten scored 20 points and hit a go-ahead layup with 9.1 seconds left to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-92 win over Cleveland.

  • [New York Times] At 5-32, Knicks Look to the Future by Trading Smith and Shumpert (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:14:33 GMT)

    J. R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were on their way to Cleveland as part of a three-team trade, and Samuel Dalembert was waived.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Trade Waiters to OKC, Get Smith, Shumpert From Knicks (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:05:57 GMT)

    The Cavaliers tried to make it work with Dion Waiters. They couldn’t wait any longer.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks 96, Nets 88: Nets Make It Interesting but Wither in Overtime (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 04:58:43 GMT)

    The Nets made 16 shots in the first quarter and only 16 more in the rest of regulationen route to a 96-88 overtime loss to the Mavericks.

  • [New York Times] Gasol Scores 27, Butler Has 22 as Bulls Beat Rockets 114-105 (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 04:53:51 GMT)

    Whether he is emerging as an MVP candidate or not, Jimmy Butler isn’t sure. The only thing that matters to him is the Chicago Bulls keep winning.

  • [New York Times] Dirk Moves Up NBA Scoring List, Mavs Beat Nets 96-88 in OT (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 04:35:52 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki called it an “insane, crazy ride” that’s carried him past some of basketball’s greats.

  • [New York Times] Afflalo, Nuggets Hand Wolves 12th Straight Loss (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 04:32:57 GMT)

    It’s been a slog at times for Arron Afflalo in his second tour with the Denver Nuggets as he tries to re-acclimate himself to a team in flux.

  • [New York Times] 76ers End 14-Game Home Skid With 95-92 Win Over Cavaliers (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 03:51:16 GMT)

    LeBron James was absent. So were Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.

  • [New York Times] Wizards End Skid With 92-85 Win Over Pelicans (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 03:48:59 GMT)

    John Wall had 15 points and 12 assists, and the Washington Wizards ended a three-game skid with a 92-85 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies 105, Knicks 83: In Memphis, Knicks Can Only Watch Marc Gasol and Wish He Were One of Them (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 03:39:37 GMT)

    Gasol, one of the best centers in the N.B.A. and a free agent after the season, helped the Grizzlies send the Knicks to their 12th straight defeat.

  • [New York Times] Walker Scores 33, Carries Hornets Past Celtics 104-95 (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 03:31:47 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 20 of his 33 points in the second half and Cody Zeller finished with a career-high 20 points on a perfect shooting night, carrying the Charlotte Hornets to a 104-95 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Knicks Sending Smith, Shumpert to Cavs (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 02:57:46 GMT)

    The New York Knicks are trading J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the disappointing Cavaliers, who have struggled in superstar LeBron James’ first season back in Cleveland.

  • 2014-15 Game Thread: Knicks @ Grizzlies

    So we have to hope that the Knicks play poorly enough to lose but also somehow persuade Marc Gasol to come play for them next season.

    This game should be a laugher, so just watch this one surprise us with a tough effort.

    Let me take a moment to pay my respects to longtime NBA reporter Stuart Scott, who passed away yesterday at the age of 49. All of the on-air tributes to him were quite moving.

    Knicks Go? Let’s!

    EDITED TO ADD: In major news, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith have been traded to Cleveland and Sam Dalembart has been waived. The details of the deal are not yet revealed. The Knicks are either getting Reggie Jackson or Dion Waiters. Please let it be Jackson!

    Knicks Morning News (2015.01.05)

  • [New York Post] Knicks big man may be angling for way out of ‘tragic’ season (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:45:44 -0500)

    Knicks center Samuel Dalembert admitted the Knicks' season has been "a tragedy'' and a "tragic thing.'' And there's a chance he could escape it soon because of a quirk in…

  • [New York Post] There’s nothing left for these Knicks to do except give tanks (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:44:51 -0500)

    OK , it’s time for big changes at the Garden. Replace the Knicks "Defense!” chant. Time to go with "Tank!” The fans started a mild "Fire Fisher” chant late in Sunday…

  • [New York Daily News] Terrible Knicks lose 11th straight, fall to Kidd’s Bucks (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:31:05 GMT)

    Even Phil Jackson’s Zen-like presence wouldn’t have fixed this mess as boos filled the air in the game’s final seconds.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: For Knicks, little can make up for futility at Garden (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:16:56 GMT)

    Things are so bad at the Garden these days, and celebrity row is so depleted, that the team featured two Westchester Knicks.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Scott’s cancer battle personal for Fisher (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:34:14 GMT)

    Derek Fisher spoke eloquently of what the late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who died of cancer on Sunday at 49, meant to him.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Flourish After Big Trade They Didn’t Make (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:13:05 GMT)

    Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Rallies Lakers Past Pacers, 88-87 (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:27:51 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant has gradually accepted that it’s a good idea to miss a few games this season to keep his 36-year-old body in top shape for the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers’ schedule.

  • [New York Times] Kobe to Skip Lakers’ Game in Portland on Monday (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:54:43 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant will skip the Los Angeles Lakers’ game in Portland on Monday to rest.

  • [New York Times] Bucks 95, Knicks 82: Seeking Better Play, if Not a Win, the Depleted Knicks Get Neither (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:59:52 GMT)

    The Knicks, playing without several injured players, fell to 5-31 with a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was their 11th straight defeat.

  • [New York Times] Suns Guard Trio Leads 125-109 Rout of Road-Weary Raptors (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:42:51 GMT)

    Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points, fellow guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas added 18 apiece and the Phoenix Suns handed the Toronto Raptors their second straight blowout loss, 125-109, on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Hand Knicks 11th Straight Loss, 95-82 (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:36:44 GMT)

    Zaza Pachulia had 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks handed the New York Knicks their 11th straight loss, 95-82 Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: With Loss to Heat, Nets Fall Shy of .500 (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:28:05 GMT)

    Chris Bosh scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 25 in the last five and a half minutes, and Miami held off the Nets to end a four-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Despite Tumult Around Them, the Atlanta Hawks Have Risen to the Top (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 02:57:57 GMT)

    Atlanta has compiled the best record in the Eastern Conference while up for sale and battling public relations problems.

  • [New York Times] Heat Hang on, Top Nets 88-84 to Stop Slide (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:51:43 GMT)

    Chris Bosh scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 25 points in the final minutes and the Miami Heat held off the Brooklyn Nets 88-84 on Sunday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Jennings Leads Pistons to 114-95 Win Over Kings (Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:45:44 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings scored 35 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings 114-95 Sunday for their fifth straight win.

  • 2014-15 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Bucks

    Let’s hope that the bad times keep on rolling!

    Tonight is a good time to possibly scout Brandon Knight, who would be an intriguing option as a restricted free agent, as he is an actual two-way point guard. The first two-way point guard the Knicks would have since…Charlie Ward? Yikes. It’d cost a lot to get him, but I think he can be had for $12 million a year, and if the Knicks have about $22 million in cap space (which seems to be their most likely scenario, unless they waive JR Smith or if they decide to keep Shump) then they can sign him and another good $10 million player, like Wes Matthews (Matthews might take more than $10 million to get, though).

    Let’s go! Knicks?

    Knicks Morning News (2015.01.04)

  • [New York Times] Clippers Rout 76ers 127-91 for 3rd Win in a Row (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 06:54:44 GMT)

    It’s a rare game when the Los Angeles Clippers’ starters get to rest the entire fourth quarter.

  • [New York Times] Millsap With 27 and Hawks Down Blazers 115-107 (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 05:42:53 GMT)

    Paul Millsap had 27 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-107 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Pau Gasol Leads Bulls Over the Celtics (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 05:32:22 GMT)

    Gasol had 29 points and 16 rebounds to help Chicago win despite missing Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy.

  • [New York Times] Burke’s Hot Shooting Leads Jazz Over Timberwolves (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:39:51 GMT)

    The Minnesota Timberwolves were on the clock with the ninth pick in the draft in 2013 and Trey Burke was there for the taking.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Rout Travel-Weary Grizzlies 114-85 (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:36:46 GMT)

    Ty Lawson scored 25 points, rookie Jusuf Nurkic provided a lift inside by blocking a career-best five shots, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 114-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 28 to Lead Rockets Over Heat 115-79 (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:24:54 GMT)

    James Harden scored 28 points, Dwight Howard added 23 and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 115-79 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday night, rebounding quite nicely from their most lopsided loss of the season.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Wizards for the 17th Straight Time (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:12:44 GMT)

    Cory Joseph had 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame Washington’s fast start to beat the Wizards for the 17th straight time, 101-92 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Gasol Helps Bulls Beat Celtics 109-104 in Overtime (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:09:44 GMT)

    Pau Gasol had 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 109-104 in overtime on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Walker Leads Hornets Past Magic 98-90 (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 03:09:44 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 30 points, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Orlando Magic 98-90 on Saturday night to stop a five-game losing streak.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Hardaway may return vs. Bucks (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 02:11:41 GMT)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. darted around the court, hoisting up jumpers and working up a healthy sweat.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks to rest Melo, but no plans for long-term shutdown (Sun, 04 Jan 2015 01:57:37 GMT)

    Derek Fisher continues to kick around the subject of Carmelo Anthony and his troublesome left knee.