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.
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.
KFS’ own, Stephanie Enriquez (@stephy_825), Tiffany Salmon (@tiffstarr815), and yours truly (@SuYork_1023) were on the show “Life and Wherever Else” hosted by Eric Rivera (@EWRNYC1). We sat down with Eric to watch the final Knicks’ preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. We also discussed the NBA season, free agency, and other NBA issues including the NBA/China/Daryl Morey saga and Kevin Durant joining the Nets over the Knicks.
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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.
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…
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.
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.
Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com dropped a story this morning with the most revealing quotes we’ve gotten from David Fizdale thus far this season regarding how he’ll handle the potential issue of lack of ball-movement amongst his players.
Zach Lowe, not far removed from his much publicized rant about how he’s lost hope with the Knicks and there being no light at the end of the tunnel, released his annual League Pass Rankings, and wouldn’t you know it, had some nice things to say.
A few Knicks are less than healthy heading into the second half of their home and home with the Wiz:
I’d bet against seeing either DSJ or Knox. In other news, Kentucky coach John Calipari graced the Knicks practice with his presence today, as did former Pistons champ Ben Wallace, who stuck around to work a bit with the New York bigs (Chris Iseman has the writeup here). Finally, Julius Randle was asked about the predictions for the Knicks this season, and he gave a colorful response (I love that he’s quickly becoming known for these):
The biggest story in the NBA is quite clearly what’s going on with China. This may not seem like it directly effects the Knicks, but with so much of the NBA’s current and future revenue tied to China, there’s no team that this doesn’t touch. Speaking of not touching, ESPN isn’t going near this story, unsurprisingly. As for Knicks pieces you may have missed yesterday…
Two articles of note dropped on the second half of Tuesday. First, Ian Begley is reporting that Elfrid Payton may not be as much of a long shot for the starting PG job as some have thought. Second, Marc Berman reports that according to a source, Marcus Morris won’t get suspended for his actions last night. So that’s good.
For those who weren’t among the 1000 or so to make Saturday’s open practice at Columbia, Terry and Tray have you covered. BennyBuckets71 from Posting & Toasting also did a nice writeup on his top ten observations from the day.
Adam Zagoria had a few pieces drop for Forbes yesterday, one about the (young) man of the hour at Day 2 of Camp, Frank Ntilikina, and the other on Julius Randle’s role as team leader and occasional point-forward which includes some nice quotes from Randle himself. Worth checking out both.