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Knicks Links 11/16/18: Catching up on the cruddy week that was

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Those losses just keep piling up, huh?

Now’s a good time to decompress and read some of the good things that have been written about the Knicks lately (not at your favorite blog Posting and Toasting, of course, since you’ve already read all of those. Right?).

Here’s something to listen to while you read:

What’s up with the ’Bockers today?

— Mike Vorkunov wrote this fantastic feature on Mitchell Robinson. Again, Mike’s making a subscription to The Athletic worth it all on his own for passages like this:

Robinson, when he did eat before joining the Knicks, was a fast-food junkie. He’d feast on McDonald’s and Burger King, on steaks and red meat, and ate out often.

When he joined the Knicks, he met with the team’s nutritionist and its chef. Now, he eats baked foods and chicken and whatever is in the kitchen at the team’s facility, and the team personnel have given him a rundown of the items OK to order from a menu when he goes to a restaurant.

“My diet was bad,” he said. “It was out every night, almost. Even though I’m young and I can burn it off, in the long run it ain’t going to help. It’s better to start now than later.”

— Zach Braziller at the NY Post details Fizdale’s challenge trying to find the proper role (and with it, playing time) for Mario Hezonja.

— Kelly Whiteside of the New York Times writes about Allonzo Trier’s winding life path, from highly-touted 13-year-old basketball phenom to undrafted rookie sensation:

... The draft ended without Trier’s name being called.

“He was devastated,” Marcie Trier, his mother, said. “It was painful to go through that, but sometimes pain can turn into something beautiful.”

Trier and his mother watched the draft in the Los Angeles office of the agent James Dunleavy and Joe Dumars, the former N.B.A. player and executive who is now president of basketball for the Independent Sports & Entertainment agency.

“Never forget this,” Dumars told Trier. “Use it.”

— The excellent Jonathan Macri at Knicks Film School writes that perhaps his move to the bench could be the best move for Frank Ntilikina at this point, and wonders whether Enes Kanter is even tradable at this point.

— Chris Iseman at The Bergen Record gives some details on Mitchell Robinson’s ankle injury and his uncertain status heading into tonight’s match-up with the Pelicans in his home state of Louisiana.

— Also from Iseman, a look at David Fizdale’s even temper despite the Knicks coming apart at the seams the last few games.

— Marc Berman of the NY Post tries to put his finger on five reasons the Knicks’ play lately has gone to crap.

— Steve Popper at Newsday writes about Fizdale’s new motivational tool... an ax?

— Braziller writes that Trey Burke was relieved to see his former Michigan teammate and current Net Caris LeVert’s seemingly-devastating leg injury wasn’t actually as bad as it looked.

— In the “Huh, somehow, weirdly, this doesn’t surprise me that much” department, Yaron Weitzman at Bleacher Report details Tim Hardaway Jr.’s secret obsession with HGTV and home improvement.

— Inspired by the Jimmy Butler trade (and perhaps the burgeoning Kevin Durant drama in Golden State) Rob Wolkenbrod at Daily Knicks breaks down five times the Knicks have acquired a star player in a trade.

— Wolkenbrod also tries to get to the root cause of the Knicks’ assist problem and wonders if a “perfect” starting lineup even exists with this squad.

— Danny Small at Elite Sports NY writes that the perfect landing spot for Courtney Lee could be with the newly-Jimmy-Butler’d Philadelphia 76ers.

— David Early at Knicks Film School wonders if Kevin Knox could end up being a good enough player to entice Kevin Durant to join the Knicks next summer.

— This week was Food Week on MSG Networks, so please enjoy this lovely video of Kevin Knox being a hibachi chef at Benihana:

That’s all for today!