Episode 416: Causing Trouble

Marc and Jay talk about the last few games, not having a good day on twitter, changes in their outlook on players, 10 minutes with a die hard Knicks fan, and much more
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Episode 412: David Robinson Moment

Marc and Jay talk about Porzingis getting injured, the Knicks trading Hernangomez and McDermott, Cleveland blowing up the team, 10 minutes with a die hard Knicks fan, initial thoughts on Kornett, Hicks, and Mudiay, and much more

Episode 411: Drama Time

Marc and Jay talk about the last few games, Willy asking for a trade, minutes allocations, trade proposals leading up to the deadline, and much  more

The New York Knicks Podcast – Episode 409: A Mixed Bag

Marc and Jay talk about the last four games, have a conversation with a Knicks fan from France who gives us lots of info about Frank Ntilikina, Kemba Walker is on the trading block, Mark Jackson as coach, most efficient lineups, and much more

The New York Knicks Podcast – Episode 405: Let the Good Times Roll

Marc and Jay talk about the last 3 games, how we feel about the roster, who we’d like to see stick around next season, how to build for the future, 10 minutes with a die hard Knicks fan, and much more

Episode 402: Special Mini Episode

Marc and Jay talk about the Cavs and Jazz games in a special mini episode. Also some around the league news and more

2017-18 Knicks Talking Points, a Brief Look Ahead

2017-18 Knicks Talking Points, a Brief Look Ahead

Written by Declan Ryan – Follow Declan on Twitter and on Instagram

Far removed from the malcontent of last season, the Knicks finally seem to be settled with a core group of players that should both intrigue and excite fans and coaches alike. Carmelo Anthony has said goodbye to New York and hello to Oklahoma, and whilst the destination for Melo caught most off guard, the move itself was undoubtedly a long time coming, and sees the Knicks removed from the largely unproductive vision of recently let go team president Phil Jackson.

The exit of Melo has a brought a fresh and excitable atmosphere to the team, with the focus seemingly solely on the youthful core that fans have been wishing for since the team’s 54 win season and subsequent Eastern Conference Semifinals exit in 2012-13. Yet, despite the newfound optimism, coach Jeff Hornacek will find his hands full this season with the infamous New York media looking for a new scapegoat post-Melo.

Confirmation that Kurt Rambis will no longer run the Knicks defense will surely create
mounting pressure on the ex-Phoenix coach to prove to fans that the terrible effort on the defensive end of the court last season was far more to do with Rambis, and to a lesser extent Melo, than it was with his own ability to coach and motivate the team. Three major points of criticism from the media last year are now gone: Melo’s place in a rebuilding squad, Phil Jackson and the the triangle offense, and Kurt Rambis and the team’s tepid defense – the focus now switches to the team’s overall cohesion and the ability of Hornacek to produce a product on the court that is visibly improving despite the star power and perceived talent that the team has.

Day one of training camp has passed, and all reports so far are positive towards the
relatively unknown quantity that is rookie guard Frank Ntilikina. Veteran Point guard Ramon Sessions didn’t hold back when he described the 19 year old Frenchman as looking like a ‘young Kyrie Irving’, a seemingly odd comparison at first given Frank’s apparent weaknesses at both ball handling and finishing at the rim – but it’s hard to disregard completely the words of a vet such as Sessions who has bounced around the league and seen countless high level NBA talents.

Further optimism should be on the cards for the Knicks, with the three Euros Hernangomez, Kuzminskas, and of course Porzingis putting in convincing performances at the most recent Eurobasket tournament. The team does have an overabundance of big men, and on the surface it seems unlikely that all of them will see regular minutes, but there are worse problems to have on an underpowered squad. If Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee were able to find good minutes during stretches of the 2016-17 season, then there’s no reason to think that Hornacek shouldn’t be able to get these guys on the court to get valuable game time.

That being said, with luck, the tank race for a top pick at the end of this season won’t be as stressful as the ‘useless’ wins we saw at the end of last season. Why? Because truth be told, I’m all in on Knicks’ games actually having some relevance come the final stretch this year, even if it means not getting a top 3 pick in the draft – after all, we all know how much the draft lottery hates New York.

Episode 394: Breaking Down the Melo Trade

Marc and Jay break down the Melo trade from every angle possible.

Episode 393: Getting Hyped

Marc and Jay talk about the Beasley signing, the Kyrie Irving trade, Porzingis summer, ranking the Knicks roster, word on the street, and more

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Episode 391: Breaking Down the Offseason

Marc and Jay go through each team, talk about the offseason moves, and guess next seasons win total. Also Raymond Sessions, Knicks bench, and more.

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