Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) remains out.
Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) remains out.
Mitchell Robinson (ankle) will play tonight against Brooklyn. Courtney Lee (neck) remains out.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson on NYK rookie Kevin Knox: "When I watch him play he just seems like a guy who has been in the league for eight years. He just seems like a pro. I just see a nice calm to his game."
Russell Westbrook went through a high energy workout, which included some explosive moves. He'll see how he feels this afternoon before deciding whether or not to play against the Clippers.
Russell Westbrook is going through a workout right now and the Thunder are waiting to see how he responds to it before determining whether to play tonight. Billy Donovan said that effectively, it'll be Westbrook's decision based on how he feels.
Brandon Ross, an analyst from BTIG, has an interesting view of MSG's plans to to spin-off its sports business from its entertainment business. Here's Ross on the possibility of Dolan eventually selling a controlling interest in the Knicks (part IV): "There's no indication thus far but not it's far-fetched to believe it would happen further down the road." In June, amid off-base speculation that Dolan was planning to sell a controlling interest of his teams, MSG released a statement saying: "There are no plans to sell the Knicks or the Rangers." In a bigger-picture sense, Ross believes Dolan, 63, is thinking about his long-term legacy at this point and wants it to include work in the entertainment industry. "He's spoken about (the entertainment industry) as an industry that hasn't been disrupted since, really, going back to the ancient times in Greece," Ross says. "And he wants to build something that changes that experience. Because it's so expensive to do that and because he's more passionate about that then he is about the teams, he's willing to give up some ownership of the teams."
Brandon Ross, an analyst from BTIG, on MSG's plans to to spin-off its sports business from its entertainment business (part III): "(Knicks owner James Dolan) feels that there is more opportunity on the entertainment side and he's not very bullish about the long-term future of professional sports, including the NBA. Despite the fact that the NBA has had such a banner year…. He thinks that the long-term future of TV is basically non-existent. He thinks that whole bundle is falling apart. And that's going to make it much more difficult to keep up the profitability of a major sports. It's not something I really disagree with. It's not far-fetched at all. And he thinks that the live experience is going to gain more importance as we become even more digital and there's even more digital experiences for us. And that television is going to become much less important. It's a smart observation. It's actually an observation that – I've spoken with many owners across many leagues – he was actually first to it."
Brandon Ross, an analyst from BTIG, on MSG's plans to to spin-off its sports business from its entertainment business (part II): "While there are new opportunities for revenue in pro sports such as globalization of the NBA and sports betting, nothing will be as profitable as the TV rights streams that teams have enjoyed. There is uncertainly as to what those will look like in the future as the multichannel bundle remains under stress. We are unsure as to the extent to which other platforms such as Facebook and Amazon will be there to take the torch. Jim realized that and believes the live entertainment business has a bright global future. It hasn't changed much for many years and the opportunity is there to disrupt business."
Brandon Ross, an analyst from BTIG, has an interesting read on the recent events at Madison Square Garden and Knicks owner James Dolan. MSG announced plans to spin-off its sports business from its entertainment business recently and filed an initial Form 10 registration with the SEC for the proposed spin-off earlier this month. Ross believes the move is tied, in part, to Dolan's belief that the long-term future of television is dim and it may lead to a decline in the profitability of major sports teams/leagues. Ross: "At the end of the day, what this comes down to is that Jim (Dolan) is much more interested in building out the entertainment business than he is in managing the sports teams, or owning the sports teams. Essentially, he's selling interest in the sports teams to fund the entertainment business which he believes has a more compelling future."