4:33 AM EDT, Thu May 25, 2017
9 hours ago
The Timberwolves are reportedly interested in pursuing Derrick Rose in free agency

The Timberwolves are reportedly interested in pursuing Derrick Rose in free agency

Tom Thibodeau could be looking to reunite with his old point guard (again) Oooooh yeah, dig it! It’s free agency rumor time! In maybe the most predictable rumor of this offseason, ESPN’s Ian Begley is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves are considering adding Derrick Rose this offseason as a free agent: The Minnesota Timberwolves view Derrick Rose as a potential free-agent target this summer, league sources told ESPN. Rose, 28, will be a free agent for the first time in his career after spending last season with the New York Knicks. Rose of course played for Minnesota’s...
17 hours ago
Know The Prospect : Kyle Kuzma

Know The Prospect : Kyle Kuzma

There can be but only one “Kuuuuz!” NBA agents are getting smarter and smarter. When a draft prospect does something really well, answers critics with stellar play, or has a freakish metric in some combine test, the player’s agent generally advises the player to wrap it up and leave the scouts wanting more. Frank Jackson, the Freshman from Duke University was one such instance, after testing exceptionally in the shuttle run and vertical leaps. That should fully explain why Kyle Kuzma played only one 5v5 scrimmage game and sat out the second. Kuzma, a prospect who projects as a...
20 hours ago
The Knicks will retain assistant coach Dave Bliss

The Knicks will retain assistant coach Dave Bliss

Also: Marc Berman’s SOURCES explain the reasons behind letting Josh Longstaff go. One member of the Derek Fisher Duo will remain with the Knicks after all. Assist coach David Bliss will be retained for next season, according to the Daily News. The news come on the heels of a report that the other remaining assistant from the Fisher years, Josh Longstaff, will not be back at MSG next season. Both Longstaff and Bliss were popular with a certain young gentleman named Kristaps Porzingis. The 6’10” Bliss has become Porzingis’s primary practice sparring partner. The Knicks young big man...
May 23, 2017
Knicks mock draft round-up: 05/23/17

Knicks mock draft round-up: 05/23/17

Bye bye De’Aaron Fox :( With the Draft Lottery officially over with, and the Knicks officially dropping a spot to No. 8 in the Draft (of course), things have changed quite a bit in the mock-draft-o-sphere. If you were pulling really hard for De’Aaron Fox to be a Knick, well, maybe look away. This ain’t gonna be pretty. Note: I’m removing Bleacher Report from here going forward, because they have no fewer than four different guys writing mock drafts for them on an almost daily basis, so it’s hard to keep tabs on who their “consensus” pick would be. New entries Sporting News:...
May 23, 2017
Joakim Noah’s 2016-17 Season in Review

Joakim Noah’s 2016-17 Season in Review

It was objectively not fun. I’m motivated for this one, man. I just landed in Paris, where I’ll be for a couple months. I figured I’d get some primary source material and ask people here what they thought of one their very own stars (even though he’s from Hell’s Kitchen). I saw little to no variance in the responses from Parisians; they said he was a Hall-of-Fame quality player as a Bull (easy, there), and that his one season in New York was unacceptably trash. I don’t fuck with the former, but I absolutely fuck with the latter. Let’s take a closer look at this $72M...
May 22, 2017
The Knicks will not retain assistant coach Josh Longstaff

The Knicks will not retain assistant coach Josh Longstaff

He was a good coach; the Knicks aren’t into that sort of thing. The New York Knicks will not retain the services of player development coach Josh Longstaff. Normally, the organization parting ways with a lower-rung assistant coach wouldn’t warrant much controversy. But these are the Knicks, so fasten your seatbelts. Per Stefan Bondy: Longstaff was one of the few remaining holdovers of Derek Fisher’s original staff, but more importantly he developed a connection with multiple current players — most notably Porzingis — and went overseas last year to help train the Latvian forward....
May 21, 2017
The Knicks released their Orlando Summer League schedule

The Knicks released their Orlando Summer League schedule

Come see the Knicks of tomorrow, today! I had been meaning to get to this before I was interrupted by news of the Jackson-Porzingis summit, but the Knicks have officially released their schedule for the 2017 Summer League in Orlando. Yep, they’re staying away from Vegas once again—the team president has repeatedly stated that he doesn’t like the place. Anyway, here’s the low-down on Orlando... Summer league schedule is out! Swipe for dates and mark your ! #Knicks A post shared by New York Knicks (@nyknicks) on May 19, 2017 at 1:31pm PDT The opener is at 3 PM on...
May 20, 2017
Phil Jackson met with Kristaps Porzingis’s brother to bridge philosophical divide

Phil Jackson met with Kristaps Porzingis’s brother to bridge philosophical divide

It didn’t go well. Knicks fans have been begging for some kind of detente in the struggle between young franchise savior Kristaps Porzingis and president/curmudgeon Phil Jackson. Well Jackson did indeed sit down with a member of Team Porzingis last week: Kristaps’ older brother and agent, Janis. This being the Knicks, of course, the meeting accomplished almost nothing. Per Stefan Bondy: However, the lengthy sit-down in New York accomplished very little to bridge the chasm as Jackson remained steadfast in his ways and direction, according to a team source. ... Apparently Porzingis can't...
May 20, 2017
Know the Prospect: Sindarius Thornwell

Know the Prospect: Sindarius Thornwell

Always trust a man with no first names This year’s NCAA Tournament wasn’t exactly chock full of breakout stars. De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk of Kentucky? Already top-level picks, didn’t move their stock much one way or the other. Justin Jackson of UNC? He is who we thought he was. Josh Jackson, Zach Collins, Lauri Markkanen, TJ Leaf, Lonzo Ball? Yawn. But Sindarius Thornwell… Even with a name like that, somehow this dude managed to go largely unnoticed until he led South Carolina to the Final Four, and stirred the loins of every NBA fan whose team has a pick in the late-first or...
May 19, 2017
The Knicks are interested in hiring Pablo Prigioni as assistant coach, bringing joy back to MSG

The Knicks are interested in hiring Pablo Prigioni as assistant coach, bringing joy back to MSG

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IT! The New York Knicks are typically an all-consuming thresher of hope, tracking down any healthy sprout of fan optimism and grinding it into dust. Supporters of the orange and blue could certainly use some good news for once. Folks, the good news has come. I hope you’re sitting down, because the Spanish basketball site Gigantes del Basket is reporting that the front office is interested in bringing back MSG legend and P&T Hall of Famer Pablo Prigioni to be an assistant coach. Una opción a la que hay que añadir el interés de varias franquicias NBA por el...
May 19, 2017
Know The Prospect: Frank Mason III

Know The Prospect: Frank Mason III

Don’t believe the height: winners win. The emergence of Isaiah Thomas, both from a height and a draft position perspective, surely impacts the scouting and drafting process for NBA General Managers. Teams want to be sure they don’t let a potential all-star slip through the cracks simply because of his height or some analytical measurement, and this is good news for players like Frank Mason III. In terms of what NBA scouts look for, length and youth are probably at the top of the list for most. Frank Mason III comes into the NBA draft as a 6’0” Senior from Kansas at 23 years old and...
May 18, 2017
Knicks held their first private workout, invited some 2nd-round talent

Knicks held their first private workout, invited some 2nd-round talent

Tyler Dorsey, Tony Bradley, Kobi Simmons, etc. Now that we have all recovered from the gut punch that was the draft lottery, it’s time to focus on players who might be available to the Knicks on draft night. Fortunately, the organization has already begun private workouts this week, according to Ian Begley: “In addition to UNC's Tony Bradley, the Knicks' workout today included Kobi Simmons, Kasey Hill, Tyler Dorsey and Omer Yurtseven, per ESPN sources. It was the first day of workouts for the Knicks, who have the eighth pick in the draft and two second-round picks.” Let’s break...
May 18, 2017
A post-lottery mock draft to soothe the Knicks fan’s shattered soul

A post-lottery mock draft to soothe the Knicks fan’s shattered soul

Let’s dream! Well that didn’t go quite as we hoped! At least the draft has a distinct shape now. It may still change with teams jockeying for position and possible trades. I figured it’s a good time to revisit our mock draft from a couple weeks ago. So much has changed. Yet the rich still manage to get richer. Stingy Mock Draft Lottery v2.0: Boston Celtics (projected #1, via Brooklyn): Markelle Fultz, Washington - As desperately as Danny Ainge wants to take Lonzo Ball and shake down the Lakers for all their unproven young talent and the second pick. He decides to play it safe and...
May 17, 2017
2017 NBA Draft Lottery: One man’s diary of despair

2017 NBA Draft Lottery: One man’s diary of despair

It's Matt Miranda's party, and he'll cry if he wants to. Having endured yet another six-month, 82-game preseason, Tuesday night was the long-awaited only competition that really matters in Knick nation: the draft lottery. New York was seeded seventh and hadn’t moved up in a draft since 1985. Whoop-dee-damn-do! sang my inner optimist. Past failures have no bearing on future success. The sweet is never as sweet without the sour. So I popped in front of the telly at 8:00 ready to accept whatever hand fate handed out. What follows is one man’s diary of what followed. 8:00 Feeling good....
May 16, 2017
The Frozen Envelope, Episode 14 (Post-Lottery Special): Things could be worse!

The Frozen Envelope, Episode 14 (Post-Lottery Special): Things could be worse!

We’ve still got Kristaps! iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play That could’ve gone better, but it also could’ve gone worse! The Knicks moved down in the draft YET AGAIN, and all the evil places in the world (Boston) wound up with a top 3 pick, but there remains, somehow, that rarest of things: hope! Andrea Bargnani ain’t walking through that door, so even though we “deserve” a “better” pick, we at least have a pick. That is, unless Phil Jackson trades it, at which point I will walk slowly into the East River, never to be seen again. What was I talking about? Oh yeah! Join Matt...