The Knicks Blog Podcast: Barnes v. Fisher

Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton take a look at the latest drama around the Knicks – Matt Barnes vs. Derek Fisher. Plus, the guys welcome Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders to the show for his take on Wednesday night’s exhibition game.

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Fisher says distraction due to Barnes attack is ‘unfortunate’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter


As a circus-like atmosphere descended upon the Knicks on Thursday in the wake of news that Knicks coach Derek Fisher was attacked over the weekend by former teammate Matt Barnes because of his relationship with Barnes’ estranged wife, Fisher told a horde of media that the distraction was “unfortunate.”

TMZ reported via a witness that Barnes punched Fisher in the mouth with a closed fist during their melee at a barbecue in Los Angeles — and the two men only stopped fighting when one of Barnes’s kids begged them to stop.

TMZ reported both men were bleeding from the altercation, but Fisher showed no signs of cuts or bruises when addressing the media at the team’s Tarrytown facility. To read more of this story, click here


Four Knicks missed practice on Thursday

Knicks’ MSG sellout streak of 201 ended on Wednesday

The Knicks’ 201-game sellout streak at Madison Square Garden came to an end during Wednesday night’s preseason game (Oct. 8).

The streak included preseason, regular season, and playoff games.

The Knicks still have a regular season/playoff sellout streak of 97 games.


Hamilton: Quiet debut could be sign of bright future for Kristaps Porzingis

Moke Hamilton, NBA Analyst

It may be a bit soon to declare Kristaps Porzingis a Hall-of-Famer, but at least now, after the Knicks captured a 100-81 victory over Brazilian club team Paschoalotto Bauru on Wednesday night, we can officially call him an NBA player.

Sep 28, 2015; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during media day at NY Knicks practice facility. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

Playing under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden for the first time, the Latvian rookie was admittedly anxious. Porzingis wouldn’t convert on his first basket until 2:06 remained in the game’s first half, but after connecting with fellow rookie Jerian Grant on a pick-and-pop opportunity, Porzingis was able to settle down.

“It was a relief,” Porzingis said of his first basket. “I was like ‘Okay, I’m good. Don’t worry about nothing, just whenever you have a shot, take it, and if not, keep playing.’ That moment, I realized I gotta just let the game flow.”

And that, he did.

In his debut, the forward posted just seven points on 2-for-6 shooting from the field, but he never appeared out of sorts or lost on the floor.

“[He] was solid,” coach Derek Fisher said of Porzingis, who started the game at power forward and turned in 21 minutes.

“He’s learning so much every single time he steps out there on the floor. I thought it was a good experience for him to start to learn,” Fisher said. “The game here at Madison Square Garden with the lights bright is a different experience than summer league or training camp practices, so I thought he was good.”

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Highlights from last night’s Knicks win


Derek Fisher attacked by former teammate Matt Barnes

From the New York Post:

Knicks coach Derek Fisher ​is involved in a romantic relationship with the estranged wife of his former teammate Matt Barnes — and when Barnes found out over the weekend, he allegedly attacked Fisher, sources tell Page Six.

Prior to the Knicks game on Wednesday night, Fisher briefly spoke about the situation (Oct. 7).

“I’m here, I’m focused,” Fisher said. “It’s not something that’s going to take me away from who we are and what we’re trying to do.”

NBA security is aware of the confrontation, reports Adrian Wojnarowski (Oct. 7).