David Kahn: So we now had the Nos. 5 and 6 picks in the draft. Taking not one, but two players who might not want to play in Minnesota? That would have taken real cojones. We took Rubio and Jonny Flynn, a ready-to-play point guard who started 81 games for us as a rookie and then fell victim to a terrible hip injury. At the time, drafting Flynn made a lot of sense: we didn’t have a single point guard on the roster and our staff had ranked him No. 1 among all point-guard prospects for not only his on-court play, but also his strong leadership qualities, a significant team need.
April 20, 2018 | 10:02 pm EDT Update
Ian Begley: Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer will meet with the New York Knicks on Sunday, per league sources.
The Cavs picked the worst possible time to blow their first lead in a fourth quarter all season. Putrid not just in the final 12, but for much of the second half, the Cavs puked all over themselves in a 92-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of this first-round playoff series.
Rashad Mobley: Beal starts a fracas with Valanciunas, then Wall and Ibaka get into it, the Capital One Arena starts chanting U-S-A, Springsteen’s, “Born in the USA” starts blaring from the speakers, followed by NWA’s “Dopeman”..all in 2 minute span
Shaquille O’Neal is putting poetry on his lengthy resume as part of a new public television series. He brings his best bard to a dramatic reading of a poem in his episode of the 12-part “Poetry in America ,” then discusses it with Elisa New, a Harvard English professor who hosts the show.
April 20, 2018 | 9:02 pm EDT Update
The New York Knicks plan to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt in Europe next week, league sources told ESPN.
Knicks GM Scott Perry is planning to pair the European trip with a scouting side-trip, sources said. The Perry-Blatt meeting will be telltale to Blatt’s candidacy. Blatt has a strong history and relationship with Knicks president Steve Mills, and Mills has been an advocate for Blatt to become Knicks head coach when he worked with Phil Jackson and now Perry.