Knicks Briefing: November 27

Teams interested in Dotson...Burke thinking playoffs...Trade for Fultz?

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Good morning!

The Knicks play the first of a back-to-back tonight against Detroit. After the game, they fly to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Wednesday.

Let’s catch up on the latest news.

News Clippings

Teams are inquiring about Dotson

According to a source, the Knicks have been approached by a couple of teams about Dotson’s availability because of his precarious contract status.

Knicks general manager Scott Perry did not draft Dotson. Though president Steve Mills was GM for the 2017 draft, the Dotson pick at No. 44 was spearheaded by former president Phil Jackson and his top adviser, Clarence Gaines, according to sources.

[via Marc Berman]

  • What this means: Nothing. There is no indication that the Knicks are looking to trade Dotson, or that the second round standout is looking to be moved. I don’t doubt the report. I’m sure there are teams calling to check on Dotson, especially with Courtney Lee set to return and Fizdale’s rotation minutes as in flux as a Manhattan street corner. GMs and Agents are probably just checking in on the situation.
  • Read more from Jeffrey Bellone and Jonathan Macri

Fizdale wants Trier to rebound more

I’ve been beating him over the head about rebounding,” Fizdale said. “I just pause the film every time he’s flat footed when the ball’s in the air. Like how is it you can chase down a guy on the break and block it at the top of the square but you’re flat-footed on rebounds? He’s taken it to heart. The kid really wants to do well for the team so I’m really happy with how he did last game.”

[via Mike Vorkunov]

  • What this means: Fizdale has emphasized the importance of having his wings rebound the basketball so they can push it down the floor. That said, it’s important for a guard like Trier to learn how to rebound, and especially, since he is often mixed in multi-guard lineups that might require him to box out a wing.
  • As Vorkunov notes, Trier ranks in the 30th percentile for rebounding from his position, something that could be improved.

Trey Burke thinking playoffs

Obviously everyone‘s counting us out,” Burke told The Post late Sunday at FedEx Forum. “Look on paper, people don’t think we can do it. I think we believe we have a chance — and it’s early for me to say this — but I believe we have a chance to get in the playoffs this year. That should be our goal. I think that is our goal. It starts now.”

[via Marc Berman]

  • What this means: Players are competitive. No matter how much the fans want to talk about tanking or think realistically about the team’s chances, the players are always competing to win.

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Happenings

Meet Allonzo Trier in SoHo this Thursday!

Stance Hoops is hosting “an uncommon kin conversation with Allonzo Trier” on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 PM. The event will be held at 510 Broadway in SoHo.

Kevin Knox is giving back to his high school

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2Allonzo Trier the greatest undrafted rookie ever?

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That does it for today!