Jon does a brief recap of the Knicks loss to the Warriors before taking a big picture look at where the team is at after 41 games, including his biggest compliment and harshest critique. He then offers his hope for the second half of the season, and why it shouldn’t necessarily be Zion or bust.
Jon goes through the nuts and bolts of the Knicks loss in Portland, including how New York managed to keep a game close when none of their players had particularly good nights. He goes through the performances of every Knick who saw the floor, including decent efforts from Mario Hezonja and Enes Kanter and not so great efforts from Timmy and Trey.
Jon and JB are joined by Pete Zayas of Laker Film Room. They talk about how things have changed since LeBron came to town, Pete’s process of breaking down film, how LA’s situation with their young assets compares with New York’s, the timeline of each team, what to make of the Anthony Davis rumors, and how he deals with questioning the decisions of a head coach.
Jon is joined by MSG Network’s Rebecca Haarlow. They talk about her growing up as a Bulls fan, what a typical game day looks like, why this team is different from any other she’s been around, and why Knicks fans should feel hopeful about the direction they’re headed. They also touch on Frank, KP, Mudiay, Vonleh, and of course, Coach Fiz. Not one to miss.
Jon is joined by Jeremy Cohen to discuss the Knicks solid effort in Denver coming off the disastrous loss in Utah. They hit on the phenomenon that is Luke Kornet, another solid (part of a) game from Kevin Knox, whether Frank’s stellar outing deserved more minutes, and what Knicks fans should take from how the Nuggets have put together the top squad in the West. (apologies for Jeremy’s audio cutting out in spots…did the best we could to work around it).
Jon is joined by Ashwin Ramnath (@ShwinnyPooh) for a deep dive on all things David Fizdale nearly halfway through his first season as Knicks coach, getting into his lineups, decision-making process, offensive system, hits, misses and everything in between. Then they flush out a fun Anthony Davis-related hypothetical.
Jon is joined by Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman. They discuss his latest mock draft, including why he has Ja Morrant going to the Knicks, just how much better Zion Williamson is than everybody else, and who New York might take if they don’t want a point guard. Then they talk a little Knicks, including where Kevin Knox goes from here and whether Frank Ntilikina will ever make it in the Big Apple.
Make sure you check out Jonathan Wasserman’s updated mock draft with the Knicks slotted third:
Final mock draft of 2018 with Cavs, Suns, Knicks picking 1-2-3 https://t.co/IUdODUTMuN
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) December 26, 2018
Jon goes on a short rant about something that annoyed him from last week before he’s joined by Knicks Film School’s draft expert, Spencer Pearlman, to check in on all the top prospects. Spencer gives an in depth look at why Zion Williamson is his unquestioned #1, why RJ Barrett isn’t his #2, and why if he were the Knicks and had the second pick, he’d take someone few people are talking about. They also discuss Ja Morant, Cam Reddish, Nassir Little and several other players who could wind up in New York.
Jon uses the Knicks loss to the Sixers to give his second quarter of the season check-in on how well the team is doing hitting their stated preseason priorities. He touches on the defense (or lack thereof), the development of the young players, and whether there really has been a culture reset in the organization.
Jon is joined by Jeremy Cohen as they attempt to process the Knicks getting blown out by the Suns at home. They talk about the third quarter of doom, yet another strong showing from Emmanuel Mudiay, how the kids did, and what the Knicks can take going forward from such a dreary evening. This one got a little wacky.
Jon is joined by Jeremy Cohen to hit the important items from a loss to Indiana that was hard fought but ugly nonetheless. They discuss the Knicks new zone defense fad, Emmanuel Mudiay’s recent play and possible ceiling, and take a closer look at the minutes Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke shared vs the Pacers.
Jon and JB are joined by Mike Vorkunov of the Athletic. They have a wide-ranging discussion, touching on everything from the New York media, the perception of the Knicks both externally and within the NBA, how the team should approach the summer of 2019, where they should go with Frank Ntilikina, what’s going to happen with Kristaps Porzingis, and much, much more. Not one to be missed.
Jon is joined by Zach DiLuzio to discuss the Knicks loss in Cleveland. They go through the inbounds play that was ultimately the difference in the game before diving into the strong efforts from both Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina and what stands out most about the recent rise of both players.
Jon is joined by Damyean Dotson’s trainer, Chris Gaston of Chris Gaston Basketball. They talk about how he got into the training business, how Dotson handled infrequent playing time last year, how Dot has dealt with moments this season when he’s been in and out of the lineup, and what he thinks of this Knicks team.
Jon and JB are joined by Chris Iseman of The Record/NorthJersey.com. He talks a little about life on the Knicks beat and sheds light on several topics of interest, including how the organization feels about Frank Ntilikina, how the players are dealing with the shuffling rotations, whether this team is really different from last year, where things stand with KP, and what move New York is likely to make with Allonzo Trier’s contract deadline looming.
Jon is joined by Jeremy Cohen to talk about a game that Knicks fans may look back on years from now as the moment Frank Ntilikina grew up. They discuss his breakout, along with Kevin Knox’s stellar effort, what to do with Mario Hezonja, and where David Fizdale goes from here with a lineup that may once again need changing.
Tom Piccolo from BBall Index joins Jon to discuss the development of several Knicks in certain key areas this season, including Mitchell Robinson’s defense, Noah Vonleh’s screen setting, Frank Ntilikina’s shooting and aggressiveness, Emmanuel Mudiay’s driving, Tim Hardaway’s pick and roll game and Mario Hezonja’s defense (yes, we said defense).
Jon and JB go through some of the recent rumors swirling around the Knicks and how they handle all the noise. They then get into the nitty gritty of Allonzo Trier’s contract situation, discussing his preferred option, the team’s preferred option, and the “nuclear” option all parties hope to avoid.
For a written explanation of Allonzo Trier’s contract options, check out this article.
Jon is joined by the outgoing host of “Locked on Knicks,” James Marceda, who reflects back on the high points and challenges of his time doing a daily Knicks podcast, gives his thoughts on the team now and moving forward, and talks about what he’ll be doing at NBA2K.
Since the Knicks blowout loss in Philly left fans feeling frustrated, Jon and Michael Nania opened up the pho-, Twitter lines for a good old fashioned (but also for the first time) mailbag pod. They hit on a bunch of topics, including whether we’re at a crisis point in Frank’s development, who are the five most valuable Knicks, who gets cut to make room for Allonzo Trier next week, and much more.
Jon is joined by Jeremy Cohen to discuss a night in Detroit where the Knicks couldn’t buy a basket. They focus on several hot topics of late, including Allonzo Trier’s continued inspiring play, Mario Hezonja’s place in the rotation, Damyean Dotson’s return to the living, and Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina’s struggles.
JB and Jon are joined by Moke Hamilton of the Athletic. They cover several Knicks topics of interest ranging from Scott Perry and Steve Mills’ philosophy in building this team to how David Fizdale plays into their vision to which players on the roster are untouchable. Moke also hits on why he thinks the Joakim Noah stretch made sense and what would get the Knicks to consider moving Tim Hardaway Jr.
Zach DiLuzio joins Jon to digest the Knicks’ improbable win in David Fizdale’s return game to Memphis, one that extended their winning streak to three (three!) games. They talk about why this particular win was so impressive, what the team’s recent play means for the long-term organizational goals, and how fans should react to the younger players seeing less time lately.