Knicks Look To Rebound Following Porzingis Injury

Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, many basketball experts were very optimistic about the New York Knicks and their ability to compete for a playoff spot. The team had gone through a major restructure in the prior year when they traded Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose to other teams, which would allow for younger players to take a bigger role.

While the Knicks were considered to be on the rise heading into this season, it appears that the team will have to take a big step backwards. After watching forward Kristaps Porzingis blossom into a star player this year, the team was devastated to learn that an injury he suffered is now considered to be season ending. While Porzingis should be able to play again at the start of next year, it is disappointing considering how well he was playing (http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/66989/knicks-forced-to-take-long-view-after-kristaps-porzingis-injury-66989)

Through the first half of the season, Porzingis was averaging over 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. Despite being only 22 years old, he already looked like he could be one of the marquee stars in the NBA. While Porzingis will suffer this setback, he should still be able to recover and be a great player. However, in the meantime the Knicks will have to use this opportunity to assess other players around him.

Outside of Porzingis, one of the top players on the team was Tim Hardaway Jr. Hardaway Jr. has shown that he has the ability to score at will and can be a good defensive player as well. Enes Kanter and Courtney Lee also nicely round out the team. However, there is clearly still a lot of pieces that the team needs to be able to compete.

Even with Porzingis playing the majority of the season so far, the Knicks are once again looking like they will miss the playoffs. However, as Porzingis, Hardaway, and some other role players continue to develop, there is room for a lot of optimism. The Knicks will once again be getting a high draft pick and will likely take the most athletic player available. Furthermore, New York City continues to be alluring for free agents and the team has the payroll capacity to sign some big names and talented players over the next few years.

Porzingis Surges Knicks Past Lakers With a 37-Point Performance

A thrilling contest ensued between two storied NBA franchises at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night (December 12).

According to the New York Daily News, the hometown Knicks hosted rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers in a competitive professional basketball game that went into overtime. Some star-studded members of the audience were in attendance, including Lonzo’s bombastic father, LaVar Ball.

Acclaimed film director Spike Lee, a Madison Square Garden mainstay was there rooting emphatically for his hometown team as he always does. The native New Yorker has been a season ticket holder for a long time. Also, the larger-than-life Magic Johnson was there to represent his Lakers, a team that has been his heart and soul for decades.

The former Laker and five-time NBA World Champion now serves in an executive position for his historic NBA ball club. However, it was Kristaps Porzingis who stole the show by delivering an absolutely fantastic performance in which he set an NBA record. The 7’3″ power forward/center dominated the defensive end as well.

Porzingis scored 37 points, crashed the glass for 11 rebounds, was a 62.5 percent three-point shooter, and registered five blocks in a monster game. The Latvian national is the first player in NBA history to gain more than 35 points, five blocks, 10 rebounds and five three-pointers in a single game.

Lonzo Ball scored in double digits, made more than a handful of great assists, and activated the Lakers offense respectably late in the game to keep things close. However, it wasn’t enough and the Knicks advanced in an overtime thriller 113-109. Porzingis had help from his rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina as well.

The Knicks star big man praised his rookie point guard for his role in the win. “Frank deserved his minutes tonight. He hit big shots, played well. It was fun to watch them going at each other — two rookies with a lot of talent. I enjoy Lonzo’s game. He is not selfish. He definitely showed up tonight,” Porzingis said, according to the NY Post.

When asked about his record-setting performance, Porzingis was humble and realistic with his words. “It’s an honor. I’m capable of doing something that’s never been done. But it doesn’t help us make the playoffs. I want to do something big as a team,” Porzingis also said, according to the NY Post.

Currently, the Knicks have a 14-13 record and are neck and neck with a few other Eastern Conference teams for the eighth seed.

Knicks Look to Trade Anthony

During the prior NBA basketball season the New York Knicks were the most disappointing team in the league. They had spent the prior off-season bringing in a number of high profile players, including Derrick Rose. While the team looked like they could compete for a playoff spot, they quickly faltered and fell out of playoff contention early in the year. Due to the poor season, it appears that the Knicks are now finally looking to rebuild their entire team. They have already made a number of big moves and are looking to trade away their star player.

For the past five years, the Knicks have been led by forward Carmelo Anthony. Anthony has always been considered one of the most talented players in the league but has not been able to get the Knicks over the hump. Anthony has a no trade clause in his contract which he previously was not willing to waive. However, at this point it appears that both the Knicks and Anthony are willing to approve some select trades. According to recent reports, the Knicks are in talks with the Houston rockets to send Anthony there immediately (https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/report-carmelo-anthony-uninterested-in-returning-to-knicks-requests-rockets-trade/). This could be a good move for all parties involved.

If Anthony is traded to Houston, the team could soon be one of the most competitive in the league. The Rockets were already one of the most explosive teams last season and recently signed point guard Chris Paul. If they are able to get Anthony as well, the offense sure to be very hard to stop.

While it will be good for the Rockets and Anthony, it could also be a good move for the Knicks. The team will likely now look to clear space and make a move to be a younger team. With a number of young talented players and high picks, they could be more competitive in the near future.

Knicks Rebound from Off Court Issues

Heading into the 2016-17 NBA season, one of the most interesting stories in the league revolved around the New York Knicks. The Knicks had a very active offseason, which saw them trade for Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah from the Chicago Bulls. The trade made the Knicks one of the hardest teams in the league to predict as they clearly have a lot of talent, but could be prone to injuries.

 

While the Knicks started off hot, including winning five games in a row at one point, they have seemed to have slowed down a lot. The Knicks are currently three spots and 2.5 games out of the Eastern Conference Playoffs and have had a lot of issues with both performance and locker room issues.

 

Over the past month, the Knicks have had to deal with off the court issues with both Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony. Prior to a game a couple weeks ago, the Knicks announced that Rose had not reported to the game. At first it was not clear where Rose was, but it was eventually revealed that he had returned home to Chicago to spend time with his family. Rose, who is nearing the end of his current contract, even stated that he was considering leaving the game entirely. Rose ultimately returned to the Knicks and has played well since coming back.

 

Anthony, who has been with the Knicks for several years, has continued to be one of the best players in the league and the top scorer on the Knicks. However, due to the continued losing, many have speculated that Anthony may accept a trade. Anthony has reportedly had several conversations with back office personnel and may be open to accepting a trade to a number of competing teams across the league.

 

While the Knicks have had some issues in recent weeks, they do appear to be turning things around. On Monday night, they had a game against the playoff-bound Indiana Pacers. The Knicks played a tough and strong game and ultimately were able to win the game by 6 points.

Knicks Rebound from Off Court Issues

Heading into the 2016-17 NBA season, one of the most interesting stories in the league revolved around the New York Knicks. The Knicks had a very active offseason, which saw them trade for Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah from the Chicago Bulls. The trade made the Knicks one of the hardest teams in the league to predict as they clearly have a lot of talent, but could be prone to injuries.

 

While the Knicks started off hot, including winning five games in a row at one point, they have seemed to have slowed down a lot. The Knicks are currently three spots and 2.5 games out of the Eastern Conference Playoffs and have had a lot of issues with both performance and locker room issues.

 

Over the past month, the Knicks have had to deal with off the court issues with both Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony. Prior to a game a couple weeks ago, the Knicks announced that Rose had not reported to the game. At first it was not clear where Rose was, but it was eventually revealed that he had returned home to Chicago to spend time with his family. Rose, who is nearing the end of his current contract, even stated that he was considering leaving the game entirely. Rose ultimately returned to the Knicks and has played well since coming back.

 

Anthony, who has been with the Knicks for several years, has continued to be one of the best players in the league and the top scorer on the Knicks. However, due to the continued losing, many have speculated that Anthony may accept a trade. Anthony has reportedly had several conversations with back office personnel and may be open to accepting a trade to a number of competing teams across the league.

 

While the Knicks have had some issues in recent weeks, they do appear to be turning things around. On Monday night, they had a game against the playoff-bound Indiana Pacers. The Knicks played a tough and strong game and ultimately were able to win the game by 6 points.

 

Knicks Pursuit of Title Includes Signing of Hometown Noah

For New York Knicks fans, the last two seasons have been tough to endure. In the 2014-15 campaign, the team suffered a franchise-record 65 losses. The next season produced similar futility; only six teams won fewer games than the 32 victories achieved by NY.

But from these ashes sprang a sliver of hope. With the fourth pick in the 2015 draft, the Knicks hit the jackpot with Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis. The 7’3” tall Porzingis has given team president Phil Jackson something to build around—and Jackson has been busy.

The 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year said that he dreamed of playing for the Knicks since he was five years old. The son of former French tennis great Yannick Noah and former Miss Sweden Cecilia Rodhe, Noah was born in New York and attended Poly Prep high school in Brooklyn, where his mother and sister still live.

If he had it his way, Noah would retire a Knick. Whether he gets his wish will depend on how well the four new players jell with current Knicks Porzingis and 9-time All Star Carmelo Anthony.

Whether New York is good enough to win a title remains uncertain. But make no mistake—in one offseason, the Knicks have gone from a 50-loss disaster to a legitimate contender to win the Eastern Conference.