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Knicks Notes: Noah, Porzingis, Hornacek, Rose

Joakim Noah could quickly go down as another Knicks free agent bust if he doesn’t pick up his play soon, Mike Coppinger of USA Today writes. Noah was brought in to be the defensive anchor but the Knicks are tied for seventh-most points allowed per game (106.5), Coppinger notes. Noah, who was signed to a four-year, $72MM contract, has seen limited minutes during crunch time, Coppinger adds. “I want to play better, obviously,” Noah told Coppinger and other reporters. “I know personally I have to play better for this team to get to where we want to get to.”
In other developments regarding the Knicks:
  • The debate over whether the Knicks are now Kristaps Porzingis team or still Carmelo Anthony‘s team is meaningless to Porzingis, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com. “That’s not something I’m worried about,” Porzingis told Begley and other media members. “I read social media and Twitter and all that. But a lot of that is just in and out. And I don’t really pay attention to it. It doesn’t really matter.”
  • The Porzingis-Anthony controversy is a moot point because the Knicks are really Jeff Hornacek’s team right now, Harvey Araton of the New York Times argues. Owner James Dolan was forced to eat most of previous coach Derek Fisher’s $25MM contract and logically, team president Phil Jackson won’t be allowed another coaching change, giving Hornacek plenty of leverage, Araton opines. Hornacek should feel free to run his preferred offensive scheme, pick the rotation he wants and enforce his rules, Araton adds.
  • Derrick Rose turned aside questions about being benched in favor of defensive-minded Justin Holiday during crunch time against the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports. Rose is eligible to sign a three-year, $75MM extension as of December 22, and wants to be a closer, Berman adds. Hornacek left in backup point Brandon Jennings, who is also playing for a new contract, and that could prove to be a tough dilemma for Hornacek if Jennings is playing well. “That’s something you’ll have to ask [Hornacek],’’ Rose said to Berman of the late-game benching. “I’m just doing whatever Coach asks me to do, go in whenever he tells me.”
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5 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: Noah, Porzingis, Hornacek, Rose

  1. Joe Love

    I think an Ian Clark plus change (Varejao, picks, cash) for a Noel type deal would be nice for the Ws…

    Noah has been grinding, but he has never been much more than a nice passing energy guy. He loses every tip (dude, the guy next to you is 7’3″ – let him try?) bricks layups and screams his diaphragm out after every play. We get it dude, you’re intense, but there’s not a lot backing it up anymore. His heyday was guarding Varejao, Ilgauskas and Ben Wallace during the Cavs-Bulls rivalries of days past. Right now, he’d be great on the Warriors to form one third of a whole with Zaza and JAVALE… If they could just morph into one that’d be great

  2. Joe Love

    And Rose is about equal with Jennings these days no matter his delusions. They’re both, streaky, limited point guards. They deserve each other. Porzingis is growing up too fast, it’s like a kid who’s folks are a dealer and a pimp. Poor Kristaps with uncles Rose, Melo and Jennings…

    • GabeOfThrones

      Haha. I agree. Free Porzingis! Quit feeding him dog food and putting him in front of a broken tv to play with moldy playdough. Knicks are stuck, though. Noah is a sunk cost, unless he steps it up, in which case the Knicks probably will do well, thereby diminishing their draft pick in a loaded draft. Should have convinced Melo to waive the no-trade this summer, and built around Kris. Now they’re essentially stuck for another 2 years, unless Melo, Rose, and Noah find a time machine. Sad to see the first franchise-altering draft pick for the franchise since Ewing squandered. 2 years of me-first “alpha dogs” stunting his growth, and then they’ll morph into the Pelicans.

  3. Yankee4Life27

    To the media: Just cut the crap… It’s Dolan’s team, Anthony and Porzingis play for the team and they need each other in order to win, it’s a team sport.

  4. Reflect

    Porzingis is like “as long as we agree it isn’t Noah’s team.”

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