New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers – 1/12/17 – Game Recap

New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers
Game 39: January 11th , 2017
76ers 98, Knicks 97

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

Karma, you know what they say about it.

The Knicks, losers in 8 of their last 9 games, took a ride down to the city of brotherly love and took on the 76ers. Led by, “The Process” Joel Embiid, the Knicks lost another heartbreaker 98-97 on a turn-around jumper by TJ McConnell (who?) at the buzzer. This team has officially hit rock bottom, everybody. Derrick Rose returned to the starting lineup (more on that later) and had a strong game with 25 points. Carmelo Anthony scored 28, and Kyle O’Quinn was a monster on the glass with 15 rebounds to go along with his 10 points. Embiid led the sixers with 21 points.

Takeaways from this game

Karma:

There is no reason Derrick Rose should have played in this game, and it doesn’t matter how well he played. I read an article from the Daily News, and Frank Isola called the Knicks handling of Rose, “bad karma.”; Derrick Rose bailed on his team, and was fined. That’s all. That is absolutely ridiculous. Continue reading

Porzingis Wallpaper

Our friend Chris made these awesome Porzingis wallpapers to cheer us all up.  Enjoy!

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New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans – 1/9/17 – Game Non-Recap

New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Game 39:
January 9, 2017
Pelicans 110, Knicks 96

Written by Eric Weinstein – @ericcweinsteinn

Where do I start with this one?

After getting their butt’s handed to them in Indiana, the Knicks showed the same type of effort against the Pelicans tonight at the Garden, dropping this one 110-96. The score shouldn’t have even been that close at the end of regulation, since New York went down by as much as 30 points during this game. The biggest story in this one was that nobody had any idea where the starting point guard was for the entire game. Derrick Rose was literally missing. After the game, it was found out that he flew home to Chicago, only without getting permission from team officials. I, for one, hope that everything is okay with Rose and there aren’t any real issues going on. His replacement in the starting lineup, Brandon Jennings, led the Knicks with 20 points to go with his 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points, and also came away with his league leading 3rd ejection of the year. Kyle O’Quinn was also ejected, and also brought nothing to my Draft Kings lineup. Anthony Davis was his usual monster self, finishing this game with 40 points and 18 rebounds.

Takeaways from this game

I refuse to repeat myself:

Do we have enough evidence yet? This team, as currently constructed, does not have a chance to compete in the Eastern Conference. It’s a bad mix of guys on the court, as their games don’t really do anything to compliment each other. To start the year, the guys were moving the ball and at least competing a little bit on defense. That hasn’t been the case of the past 2-3 weeks, as the Knicks just show they don’t give a crap about what happens on the defensive side of the ball. The Knicks have fallen from the 3rd spot in the East, to 10th in just a matter of weeks, and it’s sad to watch, which leads me to…

Blow it up:

Trade Rose, see what you can get for O’Quinn, and try to start from there. Like I said, this tem isn’t really going anywhere, so why strive to get swept by Cleveland in the first round? Enter the lottery, and maybe the ping-pong balls will fall in the right direction for once for the New York Knicks. There is no shame in admitting that this isn’t the year for this team, and it might be worse to enter Sacramento Kings territory and think that the team actually has a chance to compete. We see it game in and game out, this team has some good pieces, but not enough to get past teams like Cleveland, Toronto, and Boston. Kristaps Porzingis is the future, right? Why not do what you can to get some young players to build around with him? It just makes sense, this team isn’t winning any type of postseason series as currently constructed. Sorry Carmelo, that’s just how it is.

Next game is Wednesday against the 76ers, who have won 3 of their last 4 games. If the Knicks don’t defeat Philly next game, I’ll have officially started the countdown until baseball season. The optimism I had a few weeks ago is starting to fade, but let’s go Knicks? 17-21.

IT’S TIME FOR HORNACEK TO STEP IT UP

IT’S TIME FOR HORNACEK TO STEP IT UP

 Written by Guillem – @GoodOldLiam

Don’t get me wrong. I like what Hornacek has done so far.

Did I expect more? Not really. I liked what he did in Phoenix. How he had a creative offense, a fun team to watch. How he did the A/B teams, showing he will get the best out of the full roster. And I like his character.

He’s just done what I expected; I expected very good things from him.

Now he needs to find ways to improve the performance of the team. Not just wins. Offense and defense.

Right now we are 14th in offense and 25th in defense. With a net rating of -2.9, we are the 20th best team. However, in terms of winning %, we are 12th.

What does that mean? Continue reading

How to Fix the Knicks (A fan post)

Written by Stephen

Get rid of management. Hire new management. Has to be the absolute best available. Overpay like a mother fucker if you have to.

I’d hire Sam Hinkie.

Hire Ewing as coach. Three year contract at the bare minimum. Give him a year or two to work shit out. He’ll have a bad team. Long leash.

Make sure he gets the best associate coaches available. Overpay like a mother fucker if you have to. Knicks got money for days.

Nothing but absolute respect between the Knicks and Ewing from now on, even if he doesn’t work out as a HC.

Hinkie will know what to do with Carmelo. I say trade him, but Hinkie wouldn’t do it without fleecing someone. Carmelo wouldn’t say no to a trade at this point.

Acquire assets. First round picks, second round picks. Stockpile that shit. Bottom out like Philly did.

Top three draft picks for three years minimum. Don’t start making shit better till you got a mad amount of young talent on the roster.

Porzingis will have a solid young team to grow around him.

If you end up with talent that’s not gonna fit, trade that shit. That’s why you acquire assets.

No more bad contracts. No more dumb trades. Keep every pick.

Knicks don’t got to worry about ticket sales. Fans will buy tickets regardless. People will jizz over whatever picks they get.

If the Knicks got Ben Simmons, you guys would be so happy. That’s why Jay’s a fucking retard.

Hinkie is great at explaining shit. Just make sure he does so. I’m sure he knows that’s where he fucked up in Philly.

Goal is to be the worst team in the Eastern Conference every single year.

Build a culture. All the young players should know they’re building towards something great.

Losing takes a toll, but they’ll have all the opportunity in the world. They get to go out there every night and make mistakes. Just make sure they got the best guidance.

Sign some veterans to help with that culture shit.

Extremely important to hire the best training staff available. You want the best in the industry. Spare no expense. Everything has to be the absolute best. Poach the best staff from other teams.

There’s no reason for Dolan to spare a single fucking dime.

New York media might fuck shit up like the retards they are, but it’s worth a shot. Also, I’m not sure if Ewing is willing to tank. He’s from a different generation.

Ewing wouldn’t have to throw games. Just don’t put him in a position to win. Goal for Ewing and the players should be to win every game.

Don’t give them a chance, though. They have to be the worst. Second last and last might be the difference between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram.

I don’t care what you think. It’s always better to have first choice.

BREAKING NEWS: BLOCKBUSTER TRADE BEING DISCUSSED ACCORDING TO “IN THE KNOW” SOURCES

Sources (Jay) report that Clippers and Warriors are in talks for blockbuster trade involving Steph Curry and Chris Paul. Paul would make sense for the Warriors because he likes passing while Curry would make sense for Clippers because he likes shooting. Both teams are in win now mode so they need to put themselves over the top. There are also alleged by sources rumors of locker room strife and/or sexual misconduct. Pokemon Go is being referenced in this article because it is a popular search team. A source was quoted as saying both Curry and Paul would be great additions to a team looking to contend. Other sources (myself) question why Golden State would break up its core and wonder if referencing locker room tension and Kevin Durant would be helpful for getting page clicks

Is Basketball Back at MSG? Grading the Knicks Offseason – Part 2

Written by Kevin Meng

Yesterday we broke down the first half of the Knicks offseason.  Now on to the rest of the moves the Knicks made so far this summer.

Signing Courtney Lee to a 4 year, $48 million dollar deal

Not quite sure why Lee chose to play here, but I ain’t mad. In a starting 5 with a scoring forward, a defensive-minded center, the best Latvian big man since Kaspars Kambala, and a penetrating guard with a shaky shot, the one thing this team was lacking was a consistent three ball shooter and wing defender.

Lee has been a positive on the defensive end his whole career, playing bigger than his 6’5, 200lb frame might suggest. He also averaged 39% from bomb territory on 3 attempts per game last season. He was the one of the best shooters on a team that hoisted up the 4th most attempts in the league. With all of the attention on Mr. Anthony, KP, and Rose, he should thrive.

Seeing the deals thrown around for similar players like Kent Bazemore, and the premium put on 3nD wings, signing him for 12 per on average is a great deal. One marker of a good contract is the backend of the deal. A player might be worth their salary in the first two years and grossly overpaid the final two(Luol Deng to the Lakers??), but looking at Lee’s deal, he might even be underpaid in year 3 considering the new cap.

Finding the perfect compliment to the surrounding talent, and doing so on a fair contract? Here’s a big fat A for you, Mr. Jackson.

Grade: A

Signing Joakim Noah to a 4 year, $72 million dollar deal

Not sure if PMFJ still thinks he’s on his hippy retreat in Montana or not, but we have a sinking suspicion that he was on some serious mind altering substances when he signed this deal. When healthy, Noah is a still a very effective defender, good finisher around the rim, and great passer. Add to that his chemistry to Rose and the fact that we didn’t have a center, and the reasons for signing him are obvious. But 4/72 for a guy who can’t stay healthy and is on the downside of his career with a skillset that doesn’t age well? Yeesh.

In this market, players are going to get overpaid. There weren’t many C’s left on the market to get, and even fewer that fit what we needed, but this deal seems more like Phil panicked, realized he needed a C that could pass and be mobile on the court, and blew away the first one he could find with an offer he couldn’t refuse. Noah is still a good player, but he seemed angry at how Chicago did him dirty. Expect a big bounce back from him, but don’t expect him to earn the deal he signed. At least he isn’t Eddy Curry.

Grade: C+

Re-signing Lance Thomas to a 4 year, $27.5 million dollar deal

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Is Basketball Back at MSG? Grading the Knicks Offseason.

Is Basketball Back at MSG? Grading the Knicks Offseason.

Written by Kevin Meng

* These grades are based on the situation at hand, including available players, the current market, the Knick’s cap space at time of signing, and whether or not the player was named Sasha Vujacic or Jose Calderon. It isn’t an evaluation of how awesome the player is*

2015-2016 was supposed to be a rebuilding year where the Knicks added assets, built a winning culture, grew together and attracted a big name to join up with them. There was reason for hope: a young rookie with boatloads of potential, another rookie who had just quarterbacked a solid NCAA squad to a good tournament showing, actual NBA-level talent in Robin Lopez and Aaron Afflalo, and a hungry Carmelo Anthony.

Hopes were relatively high for the Mecca. Could this team make the playoffs? Could they make noise if they got there? Could Kristaps GOATzingis really be this good? The season blasted off into space faster than anyone could have imagined, with the team playing .500 ball 40 games in and playing some top-level squads down to the wire (San Antonio and current ring-bearers, Cleveland come to mind).

Welp, we all know how that ended. The rocket burst in mid-air, with wicked, whipping flames that engulfed any and all things good in the souls of the Tri-State Area. Partly because of lack of talent, partly because of injuries, partly because of Sasha Vujacic, and partly because of coaching.

When the 2016 offseason started, nobody had any clue what was going to happen. PMFJ (Phil M***** F****** Jackson) had a king’s ransom in cap space but precious few assets, an aging star, and raw rookie to build around. Hardly cause for hope.

Yet here we are, not far removed from the mayhem that was 2016 free agency with a….wait….what is this?….an NBA-level basketball team? This must be some cruel joke. Is basketball back at MSG? This team may pose more questions than answers, and it may be a few twisted knees away from mediocrity, but at least the rotation has 7 guys that most people have heard of, and Jose Calderon isn’t playing the point..

* acquisitions like signing our 2nd round pick last season or acquiring some random Euro guy to warm the bench have been excluded for length’s sake. We know our reader’s have short attention spans*

Coaching change: signing Jeff Hornacek

Coaching salaries don’t really matter. Who cares about spending James Dolan’s money? What does matter is their experience, knowledge, ability to motivate, and ability to get respect from the players. When you haven’t proven yourself in the league or in the coaching ranks, then players rarely respect you(David Blatt or Kurt Rambis, anyone?). Continue reading

New York Knicks to Cash in on NBA Star Carmelo Anthony

The New York Knicks moved heaven and earth to trade for Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. They did the same when they convinced him to sign a long-term contract in 2014, and it worked. For the most part he’s been a spectacular player for the Knicks. However, the 32-year-old wants to win, and he wants it now. The Knicks, although improving, aren’t there yet. In fact they won’t get there before Carmelo’s skills have largely decreased. For that reason, it’s a win-win to trade the All-Star now. Trade him for players, picks and cap room, and he’ll have a shot at his coveted ring, and the Knicks can improve with an arsenal of tools to help them in doing so. One option is a trade for Kevin Love.

Carmelo’s abilities will decrease rapidly as he continues in to his thirties, yet teams would still trade their arm and a leg to get him. The Knicks can call all the shots here, and indeed they should.

Carmelo wants to win, but seems to have accepted the fact that he might remain in New York.

Phil Jackson insisted “In our meeting at the end of the season, Carmelo said, ‘Really, it’s not that bad. I think we have the best frontline guys in the game in the Eastern Conference in Robin [Lopez], myself and Kristaps [Porzingis],’”.

Will he stay, however?

Jackson explained “I have to agree with him: Yes, those are three real potent figures, but we still have guard roles to have to play. So we’ve got some positions to fill, but not a lot. Not that many.”

However, every team in the NBA would offer a crazy package to get him, and Jackson is a smart man. He must realize this is the smart thing to do.

One option is to trade him to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’d be willing to off-load Love. Although he’s not on Carmelo’s level, he’s younger, and would provide an excellent cornerstone to rebuild the franchise upon.

Should the Knicks keep Carmelo, they must target Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan or any other all-star help to ensure Carmelo can win now. It won’t be easy. Any of these additions would help the Knicks change their Betway.com’s odds. Can they win a championship for Carmelo?

However, if they want the easier, long-term approach that Jackson has previously spoken of, then trading him makes sense. He deserves a chance to win it all, at least, and with his value to decrease, the Knicks won’t want to lose him for little in a few years time.

By cashing in now they can get anything they have their eyes on. A few years later, after still- likely- failing to win, they might lose Anthony for next to nothing.

It’s going to be a hard decision to make, but trading him- whether for Kevin Love or not- might just be the right thing to do for Phil Jackson’s Knicks.

2016 Free Agent Targets For The New York Knicks: players who fit both timelines – Part 2

Written by Kevin Meng

Yesterday was part 1 of the free agent targets.  And now here are the free agents that the Knicks should target in 2016. In order of importance.

#1) Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside

Age: 26
Projected average salary: 22 million per
Position: C

Hassan Whiteside is the on the cusp of becoming the first player in league history to multiply his salary by 20 from one season to the next. Count Blockula went from being an obscure NBA misfit playing out contracts in Lebanon to a bonafide NBA star. He averaged 14 points, 12 boards, and nearly 4 blocks per game, all in under 30 minutes of playing time per contest. His rim protection is really what makes him so valuable, though. Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan will have nightmares of him for years to come. Had he not gone down, I’d have expect both of them to turn into raging alcoholics suffering from PTSD.

He gets lost on defense at times, lacks focus every now and then, and is still developing his offensive game, but scoring comes easy when you’re in the top .01% of humans in history in terms of size. Hassan get ball. Hassan dunk. His contract will be for less than the max for Batum or Conley, and the thought of KP AND Whiteside patrolling the paint together in their primes is so exciting that right-wing political groups would consider it scandalous, and it still isn’t legal in Mississippi. Despite our deficiencies at guard(which could be rectified through trades, especially if RoLo becomes redundant), this guy is priority #1. He isn’t so much a 2-t free agent as he is just a foundational franchise piece. He does happen to fit the age bracket we need.

#2) Kent Bazemore

Kent Bazemore

Age: 26
Projected average salary: 15 million per
Position: wing

Bazemore isn’t going to blow anyone away or leave anyone’s jaw hanging low for too long, but what he will do is give the Knicks a reliable 12ish points every night, and, more importantly, the consistent three point shooting and stingy perimeter defense that this team so sorely lacked. He was only 36% from 3 this season overall (still solid), but he was a killer from the corners (a shot he will get plenty of), and he even shot well around the rim (60% from 0-3 feet). He was a net positive in every defensive metric this season for ATL, including being a +3.8 in defensive winshares, and at 6-5 he is lanky enough to guard multiple positions.

With Melo, KP, and hopefully an improved Grant at point guard, the Knicks won’t need someone to create offense, they’ll need someone to hit 3’s, get to the rim off of fakes, and play defense. He has improved every year, and at 26, he might still have a little more room to grow. He definitely isn’t the second most talented player on this list, but he is priority number 2 because of A) how he fits and B) how realistic of a target he is. The average NBA starter is going to get 15 per in this inflated market, so expect the bidding on him to start in that range. Giving him 15/16 per season would eat up only about half of our space, and leave us plenty flexible for 17’. Imagine KB at the 2 instead of he who shall not be named (that’s Sasha Vujacic, by the way).

#3) Evan Fournier Continue reading