September 15, 2020, 6:22 pmCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White was selected to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie Second Team on Tuesday, joining Tyler Herro, Terence Davis, P.J. Washington and Rui Hachimura.
After a strong finish to the season, White certainly deserved his selection, joining a host of other impressive rookies on the All-Rookie Second Team. Herro was unlucky not to be named to the First Team, falling short by only one vote. There were a number of rookies who just missed out on selection including R.J. Barrett, Matisse Thybulle, Darius Garland, De'Andre Hunter and Michael Porter Jr.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 8, 2020, 1:47 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Reportedly, the NBPA has no interest to bring the eight eliminated teams into the bubble.
Several of the teams left off the 22-team invitation list for the bubble have been voicing their frustration with the league and there was some talk about a second possible bubble for those teams but the National Basketball Players Association is not interested in having eight new teams enter the Disney bubble. The plan was to have those squads enter as the first wave of teams was eliminated, but that's likely too much risk in terms of jeopardizing the current operation. As of now, there is a chance the eliminated teams may be able to hold voluntary workouts in the teams' own facilities at some point.
July 25, 2020, 1:20 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Knicks are finalizing a five-year deal with Tom Thibodeau to make him the team's next head coach.
After other outlets reported that Jason Kidd was now the frontrunner after Thibodeau's contract talks stalled, such notions have been revealed to be leverage plays. It has always seemed like fait accompli that Thiobdeau would be New York's next bench boss and the two sides appear to have moved past their impasse. Things got very messy at the end of Thibs' tenure in Minnesota and it remains to be seen if the game has truly passed him by, but he should be able to help the Knicks improve as a defensive unit if nothing else. You can expect some heavy workloads from the core Knicks next season, too.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 24, 2020, 12:48 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News is hearing that Jason Kidd is now a frontrunner in the Knicks' coaching search after contract negotiations with Tom Thibodeau stalled out.
The note about the contract impasse with supposed frontrunner Thibodeau is important to note here, as this could very well be one of the sides trying to leverage their position through the media. With that aside, Bondy notes that the Knicks believe Kidd could help the team attract star players, while there are some within the organization that were not impressed with his actual coaching abilities at previous stops Brooklyn and Milwaukee. Another thing relayed to Bondy was that if the Knicks do hire Kidd, the organization will select some of his assistants in an effort to, "basically to save Kidd from himself."
Source: NY Daily News
July 21, 2020, 6:04 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Marc Berman is reporting that Kenny Atkinson has conducted another interview with the Knicks about their head coaching position, though it's unclear if this is his second or third round.
Tom Thibodeau is thought to be the frontrunner for the gig but the Knicks are reportedly being "very thorough" in their search, which seems like a nice change for the organization if that's actually the truth. Atkinson was a big part of Brooklyn's turnaround, and his hard-working culture helped those teams turn into something greater than the sum of their parts. His departure from the Nets was a big shock and he shouldn't be out of work for long. A younger voice like Atkinson's may be a good fit with the rebuilding Knicks, but ultimately the organization will pick who they think is best.
Source: Marc Berman on Twitter
July 15, 2020, 5:23 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
The third overall pick in the 2019 draft, RJ Barrett, averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, 1.1 threes and 2.2 turnovers in 30.4 mpg and finished the season with 259/323 per-game value (8/9-cat).
Similar to most rookies with high usage rates (24.0), Barrett struggled with his efficiency in his first season. He shot .402 from the field on 13 attempts, .320 from distance on 3.5 attempts and .614 from the free throw line on 4.5 attempts. This was the main reason why he finished outside the top-250 in per-game value in 8-cat formats. As he continues to learn the NBA game, Barrett has the ability to enter the standard league conversation. However, he is only worth a late-round flier in next year's drafts as there is no guarantee he will improve markedly season over season.
July 11, 2020, 11:11 amRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Mike Woodson was interviewed a second time by the Knicks on Friday as they are expected to make a final decision by July 31.
The Knicks' candidate list is in the teens and it's anyone's guess which direction they go although some say Tom Thibodeau is the current favorite. Woodson also appears to be high on their list since he got a second interview and was the coach of the Knicks the last time they made the playoffs in 2013.
June 22, 2020, 3:50 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
The Knicks have received permission to interview Jason Kidd for their head coaching job, per Marc Stein.
Mike Brown is another name in the rumor mill lately as the Knicks try to sort out their future. Kidd had a big fan in Giannis Antetokounmpo when he led the Bucks, which may be a point in his favor as the Knicks try to find a voice that can connect with and guide a young roster, though Kidd's tactical decisions left a ton to be desired. New York is expected to interview up to 10 candidates and so far they're covering plenty of bases, including a big name like Kidd.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 17, 2020, 5:28 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Ian Begley of SNY.tv is reporting that the Knicks plan to interview 8-10 candidates for their head coaching job.
It was previously reported today that Sixers assistant Ime Udoka and Magic assistant Pat Delany are among the candidates that the Knicks are expected to interview. The organization will likely take their time in trying to find the right candidate for the job so don't expect a decision to be made anytime soon.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
June 17, 2020, 5:01 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Knicks plan to interview Pat Delany for their head coaching position.
Delany has previously worked with the Heat organization for 11 seasons in a variety of roles. He served as a video intern, video coordinator and an advanced scout with Miami. He has also been the head coach of a G League team prior to joining the Magic staff in 2018-19. The Knicks will likely take their time to find the right person for the job. Continue to monitor reports over the coming months to find out who the organization decides to go with under their new regime.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 17, 2020, 4:36 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Knicks will interview Sixers assistant coach, Ime Udoka, for their head coaching job.
All signs point to the fact that the Knicks will not have Mike Miller return as head coach to start the 2020-21 season. Several coaches have been named as candidates but we will have to wait and see who the franchise decides to move forward with. Udoka had previously been an assistant with the Spurs for seven years prior to joining the Sixers staff this season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 29, 2020, 3:40 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
The Knicks reopened their practice facility for voluntary workouts on Friday.
Another step in the right direction for the NBA's return to action at the end of July. It's still unclear if the Knicks will even be involved in whatever plan is agreed upon, but it is good to learn that the players can now access their facilities in New York. Only five team facilities have not opened up in some capacity at this point.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
May 5, 2020, 10:13 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks and newly minted team president Leon Rose seem to be in good shape if their preference is to hire Tom Thibodeau and move on from current head coach Mike Miller.
Thibodeau, who has not coached since he was fired by the T-Wolves midway through last season, seems likely to be a sought-after commodity this offseason. The Nets are known to be looking for the right fit at head coach to guide their championship push with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the fold and the Rockets' Mike D'Antoni will also be available for interviews this offseason, barring an extension with the Rockets. The Knicks would like to avoid question marks as far as the coaching staff is concerned so they can focus on building a contending roster. Only time will tell if Rose believes that Thibodeau is the man for the job.
Source: Marc Berman of the NY Post
April 29, 2020, 8:56 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
Scott Perry will remain in place as the Knicks GM under President Leon Rose.
Perry is on a one year deal and has a good relationship with Rose. They look forward to rebuilding the Knicks together, but the one year deal may put pressure on Perry to show improvements immediately, which could be detrimental to a long-term rebuild.
Source: Steve Popper on Twitter