Knicks Briefing

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What’s going on, Knicks fans!

The Knicks have a few days off to recover from an ugly loss to Philadelphia.

They play next on Saturday vs the Bucks.

Let’s catch up on the latest news.

TOP STORY

Orlando interested in Ntilikina?

The Magic have shown interest in the 20-year-old, according to a league source, with a scout in Philadelphia last night watching him.

“He’s intriguing,” a different scout said.

[via Mike Vorkunov]

  • What this means: Hopefully, it means other teams see the same potential in Frank that many Knicks fans see. Could Orlando be simply checking in on someone they consider a low-end prospect? Perhaps. But I suspect other teams would be “intrigued,” as the one scout put it to Vork, by a 20-year old guard who can defend all spaces on the floor.
  • Read more about what this story means and provide your own comment.

NEWS CLIPPINGS

Fizdale started connecting early with Knicks players

Vonleh said after he signed with the Knicks, he started participating in pickup games they were holding at Hunter College and Columbia University.

The feedback he received was important.

“[Fizdale] would tell me after those pickup sessions, ‘I like what you’re doing out there, keep going, keep being yourself,'” Vonleh said […]

“The player development stuff, everybody talks about the gym work, we’re all stealing from each other,” Fizdale said. “All the coaches get together in the summer. We work together, we exchange ideas. We’re all developing the same skill sets. It’s how do you get through to that kid to get him back to where he believes in himself and try to get him a game that can be reliable on the NBA court. That’s really what I’ve tried to do with these guys.”

[via Chris Iseman]

  • What this means: At this site, perhaps more than any, we focus on the technical aspects of the game, the Xs and Os. But you can’t overlook how much confidence and camaraderie impact player performance. Fizdale has done a wonderful job connecting with this young group in short time.

Dotson stays ready

In 23 minutes, Dotson pumped in 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 from the 3-point line in the Knicks’ 115-108 loss to the Pistons. It was the lone bright spot to a messy shooting night in Motor City as Dotson kept the Knicks within single digits within the final minutes.

“You’re always right there even if you haven’t played a game or two,’’ Fizdale said. “He stepped up big time. That’s what you call a pro. Keeping yourself ready and not let yourself get down and when your number is called, you go and produce. Dot’s a big-time pro. He’s a guy I really trust in.”

[via Marc Berman]

  • What this means: As Fizdale continues to experiment with lineup combinations, it would be easy for players to be frustrated when they don’t find minutes during a given stretch. It is refreshing to see a young player, like Dotson, continue to put in the work, even when he doesn’t play, so he can have a performance like he did last night, playing for the first time in five games.

Fizdale done tinkering with rotation?

David Fizdale appeared on The Michael Kay Show to discuss the state of the Knicks. He sounded more confident about what he has in his group in terms of deciding rotation minutes and roles going forward. It doesn’t mean things won’t continue to be fluid, but the group is so young, he explained that the constant lineup changes were a result of him trying to learn what the players can do, like an extended training camp.

I really liked this answer Fizdale gave about the process of building up a basketball team compared to other industries:

The difference with [basketball] than in most industries [is] people get to watch it while we experiment, and have to suffer, or go up and down through all of that… I was joking with one of my acting buddies the other day, ‘man, you get to do 100 takes and then come out with a great movie … but they didn’t see all of your screw-ups’ … basketball players are going through the ‘takes’ right in front of you.


Jimmy Butler never interested in Knicks?

With the Knicks set to face-off against Butler and the 76ers on Wednesday, local reporters are revisiting Butler’s supposed interest in New York.

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia inquirer tells us Butler was never interested in joining the Knicks.

Why this matters: While Jimmy Butler seems happy in Philadelphia, and it seems increasingly unlikely he would leave a contending team in the East to join a lottery team next summer, the NBA is a crazy world where crazy things happen, so until he has signed his new contract with Philadelphia, the speculation will continue.


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Happenings

Check out the new KP sneakers dropping December 1


ON THIS DATE

1969: “What a game! What a game!” shouts TV voice Bob Wolff.  The Knicks score six points in the final 16 seconds to defeat Cincinnati, 106-105, and run winning streak to a then-NBA record 18 straight games (the streak will end the next night with a loss to Detroit at MSG). The game against the Bob Cousy-coached Royals is played at the old Cleveland Arena.

1992: Knicks break an 11-game regular season losing streak against Chicago with a rousing 112-75 victory over the Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing scores 26 points and grabs 15 rebounds.

2010: Amar’e Stoudemire begins his franchise record streak of nine consecutive games with at least 30-points, scoring 37 points and recording 15 rebounds and seven assists over career high 54 minutes in 125-116 double-overtime win at Detroit.

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TOP READS

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That does it for today!