Knicks draft Porzingis; go after Spurs’ Green

With the hometown fans on hand at the Barclays Center, the New York Knicks made many of them upset (one kid to the point of crying) with their selection of 7’1″ Kristaps Porzingis.  Fans booed loudly as his name was announced by Adam Silver.

“Lot of fans weren’t happy they drafted me,” Porzingis said. “I have to do everything in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans. I was happy about it. Want to be part of this organization. The fans are harsh sometimes. That’s how it is in New York, and I’m ready for it.”

Also on draft night, the Knicks traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Washington Wizards for the draft rights to Jerian Grant, a combo guard with a high basketball IQ.

There is also speculation that the Knicks will go after Spurs 3 & D specialist Guard Danny Green, a New York Native.  With Green a proficient sharpshooter, he would fit in well with the Knicks and Phil Jackson’s Triangle Offense and allow Carmelo Anthony to set up down low in the post.

The New York Knicks “want to be in” the mix for free-agent guard Danny Green, league sources say, according to Ian Begley of ESPN New York.

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“Today marks the next step of this journey for the New York Knicks franchise as we name Derek to lead the team as its head coach.” Phil Jackson said. “Our relationship began 15 years ago, and over time, it has come clear to me that he and I can form a great partnership once again.”

That was on June 10th just a few day after the San Antonio Spurs won their 5th NBA Title, an intricate part of that winning formula is being lured by the bright lights of New York City.

A source close to the Knicks thinks that Mills would thrive in New York.

“New York is definitely a city Mills would want to play in,’’ the source said. “He has that personality,” the Source said.

Keep an eye on your New York Knicks and see what moves they make in this upcoming off season.

Knicks Give Grunwald a Promotion, and Woodson Gets a Boost

Soft spoken and rarely near the spotlight, Grunwald has overseen personnel decisions since replacing Donnie Walsh last summer. He has made a significant impact on the team, signing Tyson Chandler and scooping up Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak after Lin was released by the Houston Rockets and Novak by the San Antonio Spurs. Chandler toughened the Knicks’ defense, Linsanity became a global phenomenon and Novak became a sharpshooting fan favorite.

Grunwald also signed Baron Davis, now the starting point guard, and made the risky move to sign J. R. Smith in midseason, a decision that is paying dividends, at least when Smith is converting his shots.

As part of his promotion, Grunwald was also named the team’s executive vice president after previously holding the title of senior vice president.

Grunwald, who was the general manager of the Toronto Raptors from 1998 to 2004, first worked under Isiah Thomas with the Knicks and then under Walsh.

Speaking of the success of some of his moves, Grunwald said last week: “You’re just glad that things worked out better than anticipated. Sometimes, it doesn’t happen.”

Before his promotion was announced, Carmelo Anthony confirmed at practice that the Knicks’ interim head coach, Mike Woodson, has his support beyond this season. Anthony cited Woodson for his hard-nosed coaching style and the accountability that he demands from his players.

Asked if he would take that message to Knicks management, Anthony responded, “I’m pretty sure they’re hearing it right now.”

Woodson said: “Absolutely, I would love to come back. I think when you’ve been given an opportunity to start something, you’d love to finish it, but again, that’s not my call. I think when that time comes, I’ll probably have time to have an opportunity to sit down and talk to Mr. Dolan and management about it and hopefully it will work in my favor.”

For now, Woodson will focus on the playoffs. At practice, he began that process in earnest with a session that was heavy on teaching, even though the Knicks are not sure who their first-round opponent will be.

“Today was more of playoff atmosphere, mentality out there,” Anthony said.

Woodson said the Knicks had a foundation that they would use against any playoff opponent.

“We’re in the process of putting things together based on the three teams we could possibly play,” he said. “Miami, Chicago and Indiana in that order, so we had a big meeting this morning about that, and we’ll continue to prep and get everything in place depending on who we draw.”

Miami, the Knicks’ most probable first-round opponent, is generally viewed as the toughest team given the Knicks’ struggles against the Heat this season (0-3) and Miami’s rampage through the Eastern Conference in last season’s playoffs, when the Heat won 12 of 15 games.

Carmelo Anthony’s 43-point display in a riveting victory over Chicago combined with health concerns over Derrick Rose has many fans hoping the Knicks will slide from the seventh seed to the eighth seed for a possible matchup with the Bulls.

And the dream finish, still barely possible, involves the Knicks winning out and the Orlando Magic losing their remaining two games, pushing the Knicks up to sixth and a date with the less-celebrated Indiana Pacers. The Knicks have won two of three games against the Pacers this season.

“We’re not talking about it too much, because we’re not sure who we’re going to face,” Amar’e Stoudemire said.

To rise to the sixth seed, the Knicks would need the Charlotte Bobcats, currently the worst team in N.B.A. history win percentage-wise, and losers of 21 in a row, to beat the Magic on Wednesday night.

“We can’t depend on Charlotte to win,” Stoudemire said.

Howard Beck contributed reporting