Turner Sports activities Corridor of Fame NBA reporter David Aldridge talks Knicks, Lonzo and masking Gregg Poppovich with The Publish’s Justin Terranova.
Q: Have the Knicks eliminated the laughingstock label that was plastered on them in current causes?
A: No one appeared to know what Phil [Jackson] was doing, and he wasn’t actually sharing that info with anyone. Why was he brazenly bashing Carmelo [Anthony]? Why was he speaking about buying and selling [Kristaps] Porzingis, who’s 21, to rebuild? It didn’t make any sense. This season, I don’t assume anybody noticed them being anyplace close to .500 proper now, in order that’s a pleasing shock. That’s one thing they need to be enthusiastic about, particularly with all of the accidents they’ve. That’s a credit score to what Jeff [Hornacek] is doing and, additionally, a few of their younger guys have performed fairly properly. They want Porzingis to be wholesome to have any probability of staying aggressive, in order that’s the place their consideration ought to be the subsequent few weeks.
Q: Why hasn’t the Anthony and Paul George transition been clean with the Thunder?
A: It’s actually exhausting when you’ve got three guys who’re all used to having the ball. It’s actually exhausting to determine on the fly. If that they had a summer time the place they have been all collectively perhaps it will’ve labored, nevertheless it’s onerous to try this so near coaching camp. They’ll determine it out. It’ll in all probability take them half a season, however they’ll. It’s in all of their greatest pursuits for this to work out this yr.
Q: How has Lonzo Ball dealt with his rookie season?
A: He’s been fairly trustworthy about his struggles capturing the ball, and when he’s performed poorly he’s owned as much as it. Lonzo goes to be positive. Most guys who come into this league and aren’t nice shooters grow to be respectable shooters. They don’t develop into nice however respectable, and that’s effective. I’m not frightened about him. He has an excessive amount of expertise. He’s going to be an excellent level guard on this league. It’s simply going to take him a bit of longer than that they had hoped in LA.
Q: Have you ever labored with LaVar Ball?
A: No, there are greater than sufficient folks that cowl him regularly. I don’t want so as to add my identify to the record.
Q: Who’s probably the most partaking and difficult coach to cowl on the sidelines?
A: Pop [Gregg Popovich] is a man who doesn’t need to do it, and all of us perceive that’s a problem. It’s what it’s, and it’s OK. It doesn’t outline both of us. It takes up about seventy five seconds of our life each few…