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If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
– Alexander Hamilton & Malcolm X, among others
Tomorrow marks exactly 30 months since Steve Mills hired Scott Perry as general manager of the New York Knicks, forming the front office tandem that was supposed to guide this team out of the darkness and finally, as we have heard so many times since that day, “build this the right way.”
Here’s the thing about the concept of “right” though: there’s no standard definition for it, especially when it comes to building a basketball team. You just kind of know it when you see it.Continue reading →
Before we get to whether or not this Kawhi thing matters (it does, just maybe not for the reasons you think) and whether there’s a good reason for such a story to be taking up people’s time six months after the fact (there is, kind of), let’s get the actual facts straight:Continue reading →
by Jonathan Macri & Noah Baumbach
Much was made of the fact that on Friday morning, David Fizdale was allowed to conduct practice and meet with the media before unceremoniously being fired via a two sentence press release mere hours later. No cursory pleasantries. No “We thank him for his service.”
Nothing.Continue reading →
The never-ending tunnel.
That’s how it felt, at least. You have to remember that 25 years ago, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel was a dead zone for a car radio. This really didn’t matter, unless of course you were listening to a game. And even then, without traffic, it took, what…two, three minutes, max?
Except this didn’t feel like two or three minutes. It felt like two or three years. Because this wasn’t any game…it was Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and the team I’d just been introduced to less than a year earlier, but which had already captured my soul in a death grip that has only gotten tighter over the years, was on the verge of going to the NBA Finals.Continue reading →
Barring something extremely unlikely, Kristaps Porzingis will play more games against the New York Knicks before his career is over. As such, this last week is not the last time we’ll hear about the drama that proceeded his exit and the subsequent trade that sent him to Dallas.
But a funny thing happens to NBA narratives over time: they get warped and distorted, like a wood floor that’s seen one too many leaks. Eventually, if you put some pressure on it, the original truth will break into fragments…convenient bits of fact and fiction mixed and matched at the teller’s whim.
So before we get to that point, I thought now that the fiasco of KP is over for the year, I’d settle some things once and for all.Continue reading →
Last night in Dallas, Frank Ntilikina became the third Knick ever to compile four steals, three blocks, four dimes, and six boards in a game, the only others being Patrick Ewing and Michael Ray Richardson, per BasketballReference.com.Continue reading →
David Fizdale hasn’t been known as a flip-flopper so much as someone who says what he needs to say if and when it’s convenient, even if the logic behind a new statement contradicts something he said earlier.
(Really though, all coaches do this shit. They just don’t have seven different media outlets, not to mention yahoos like me, covering their team 24/7)
Regardless, most Knick fans couldn’t care less about his latest convenient logic, and are simply teeming with excitement over the fact that Frank Ntilikina getting a start for the New York Knicks.Continue reading →
David Fizdale just made official what we all figured, which is that both Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton will not only be unable to play for the Knicks in Orlando Wednesday night, but on Friday night in Boston as well.Continue reading →
ICYMI, we have all your necessary Knicks content from last night’s win and other news and notes from Monday:Continue reading →
Over the summer, I wrote a newsletter going through all the ways that Dennis Smith Jr. needed to improve for him to be the productive player New York thought it was trading for last January.Continue reading →
As Knick fans wake up this morning still drunk from the tantalization of what almost was in their sort-of-home-opener Friday night, I’d like to share a bit of personal news.Continue reading →
Lots to catch up on before the first crosstown tilt of the year…Continue reading →
For the season ahead, Knicks Film School is getting back to its roots, and we’re going to be posting all the sorts of video breakdowns you came to know and love when we first got started.
Today, we have a tidy three-pack for you: one on RJ’s two-way impact, one on Elfrid Payton’s impact on the Knicks’ transition game, and one on Frank’s struggles…Continue reading →
So, so many recaps of last night’s game…
- Yours truly recapped it and gave all the important points in both written and spoken form.
- P&T gives us Matthew Miranda’s take, which is always fun and informative.
- Mike Vorkunov had lots of goodies in his postgamer, including quite a few film clips.
- Chris Iseman with his usual excellence for northjersey.com.
- Ian Begley has the Marcus Morris / Pop angle covered here.
- And finally, what would opening night be without the delightful musings of Marc Berman.
At first blush, the question is absurd on its face.
No, someone with the self-proclaimed nickname “Iso Zo” (it’s his Twitter handle, for crying out loud) and who teammates allegedly called out as a cancerous presence on the court at times last year should not man the position most directly responsible for ensuring others get to occasionally shoot the ball.
But then again, in the Bizarro World known as Knicksland, where having three nominal point guards really means you have zero, the Theater of the Absurd presents nightly double features (with free popcorn!)Continue reading →
With the regular season little more than 24 hours away, we have a development in Knicks land that could make the head coach’s job both a little easier and a little harder.Continue reading →
I wouldn’t say there have been too many times when I’ve been able to use the terms “breath easy” and “Knicks” in the same sentence, but the Knicks did indeed allow us all (well, those of us who believe in a certain young Frenchman) to breath easy, at least for a bit.Continue reading →
There were a couple of news items this weekend as New York gears up to start the regular season. Some clarity was provided, but overall, regarding the rotation, starting lineup, etc, we’re still left with more questions than answers as we start the week…Continue reading →
Not that anyone should put much credence in statistics from fake basketball games, but for what it’s worth, the Knicks finished the preseason as something they’d probably sign on for this year:
A slightly below-average basketball team.
According to Cleaning the Glass, the Knicks enter the real games with a negative 2.5 net rating, sporting the league’s 21st ranked offense and 16th ranked defense.Continue reading →
Morning Knick fans. Lots of news to catch up on.
The Knicks are gearing up for their final preseason game tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans, who will be without Zion Williamson for a period of several weeks, according to a report from Woj late Friday morning. Of course, he’s not the only one who will be missing the game.Continue reading →
Buddy Hield is available.
Or at least that’s what many Knick fans are telling themselves today after Hield called the Kings’ latest offer of a reported $90 million over four seasons “an insult.” His camp is allegedly seeking something closer to $110, or $27.5 million per season as opposed to $22.5.Continue reading →
Slow day in Knicks news-land yesterday, but there were some notable tidbits that might effect how this team looks on opening night…Continue reading →
The Knicks didn’t play a game over the weekend (unless you count their effort Friday night, which was barely a game), but there was no shortage of news as we head into the final week of the preseason…Continue reading →