In his June 14th column in the NY Sun, the excellent Martin Johnson penned this proposal (paid subscription req’d) to fix the NBA playoffs; increasing from two conferences to three for the regular season then seeding the teams 1-16, irrespective of conference, for the playoffs. Johnson’s proposal is a minor twist on an idea introduced by Golden State Warriors broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald. I like the three conference idea for improving the quality of regular season play by making travel less onerous. However, I don’t think there’s anything about the NBA playoffs that needs fixing; not even after San Antonio’s rather …continue reading
KnickerBlogger: Mardy Collins’ first season was almost a disaster. As late as mid-February it seemed as if Collins would be remembered as a seldom used rookie that triggered the fight with the Nuggets. However injuries down the stretch ravaged the Knicks backcourt, and Collins was thrown into the fire. He was the starting point guard for the Knicks last 9 games, averaging 44 minutes per game in that stint. The 6-6 guard earns his keep on defense, where his size allows him to defend both point guards and shooting guards. Collins was second on the team with 1.6 steals per …continue reading
The prevailing predictions for the NBA Finals (which begin tomorrow night) are that the Spurs will win in five games, meaning that the Cavaliers will only get a single game. My question is – how accurate do you find that prediction?
KnickerBlogger: Cato played only 95 minutes this year, the fewest in his 10 year career. It’s a shame because his skill set is complementary to that of Curry’s, and Cato could have helped the Knicks in spot duty. Cato is a very good defender, and the Knicks desperately needed help in that area. New York finished 24th in defensive efficiency. KnickerBlogger’s Grade: Incomplete 2008 Outlook: The Knicks would be lucky to resign Cato, and give him whatever minutes they gave to Jerome James. For his career he doesn’t block shots as often as James (2.6 to 3.2 blk/40), but he …continue reading