Technically, the NBA offseason hasn’t started yet. Hard to believe, right? It already feels like we’ve had two offseasons worth of news, and the first round of the playoffs have barely begun.
So what’s going on with the Knicks? Let’s listen to some music and find out:
I’ve been feeling this new Kendrick album. This song bangs.
What do our beloved Knicks writers have to say today?
— I’ve got to start with Knicks beat writer extraordinaire Marc Berman of the NY Post, who must have been writing until his fingers were numb this weekend. Quantity over quality, y’know?
First, we’ve got an instant classic from BOTP, a piece that implies through its title that Jrue Holiday could consider signing with the Knicks to play with his brother Justin, but has direct noncommittal quotes from Justin basically just saying “we’ll see how it goes.” It does seem like Justin is (for whatever reason) giving re-signing in NY some thought:
For Holiday, who had bounced around to four teams previously, his 82 games played were his most important statistic.
“That’s sweet, that’s a big deal to me,’’ Holiday said. “I’ve been around, been cut, not played, been in a suit. Playing 82 games is a blessing to do that and stay healthy.’’
— Kristaps Porzingis, fresh off skipping his exit interview on Friday, went biking around town yesterday and stopped to pose for a picture with a fan:
Looks like Porzingis found a good way to blow off some Knicks-related steam: biking down West Side Highway (via @corbball3) pic.twitter.com/Q2RbSC6CiU— Yaron Weitzman (@YaronWeitzman) April 16, 2017
To which I say, good for you, KP. I hope you enjoyed your Easter and tuned out the Knicks noise for a while. Also, where the hell does KP get a bike big enough to accommodate those lengthy legs? It has to be custom, right?
— French guard Frank Ntilikina, who the Knicks have apparently scouted fairly thoroughly, was working out at Carmelo Anthony’s gym on Easter Sunday:
Draft prospect Frank Ntilikina in New York working out at Melo's gym in midtown Manhattan— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) April 16, 2017
(via cbrickley603 / IG) pic.twitter.com/GN3uBa2Z5B
Welp, there goes about 100 hours of Clarence Gaines’ life that he’s never going to get back.
— Berman tries to put together the puzzle pieces and predict what the Knicks may do this offseason based off of Phil’s most recent comments.
— George Willis of the Post writes that Phil Jackson, head coach, would probably do best to stay separate from Phil Jackson, team president.
— Steve Popper of the Bergen Record offers up his thoughts on the Knicks roster going into the offseason.
— Newsday’s Al Iannazzone offers his 2016-17 Knicks year in review and an outline of the challenges ahead for Phil Jackson in the 2017 offseason (warning, paywall ahead).
— Zach Lowe of ESPN picked his All-Rookie team, and our very own Willy Billy Hernangomez made the first team. Miraculously, no Knicks made an All-Defense team.
That’s all for me today!
Try to talk about something other than the Knicks in the comments, m’kay? How about, what’s everyone’s favorite TV shows? Anything to find a little common ground these days. Be nice!