With apologize to Major League…. Lead: The New York Knicks host the New Jersey Nets tonight. The Knicks come into this early march game with 21 wins vs. 40 losses. Wait 21 wins? That’s all we have, 21 goddamn wins?! Color: You can’t say goddamn on the air. Lead: It doesnt matter, no one’s reading this anyway. Your in game thoughts here, if you are even watching. I wont be.
Endgame. That rabidly morbid Irishman Sam Beckett really hit it on the head. I don’t think he was a Knicks fan. But I’d like to think that if he were alive he’d be watching our embattled hardwood heroes with a wry grin of self-knowledge. I certainly think this exchange could be situated in the blue seats at MSG w/o any difficulty… Nell: Nothing is funnier than unhappiness. Nagg: Oh? Nell: Yes, yes, it’s the most comical thing in the world. And we laugh, we laugh, with a will, in the beginning. But it’s always the same thing. Yes, it’s like …continue reading
The New York Knicks (20-39) host the Pistons (21-39). In a game the Knicks need to win to keep from slipping into a tie for 14th place in the conference. Yikes. Can you believe that just 7 weeks ago we were in 9th place and wondering if a playoff game was within reach? Oh well. The Pistons have really disappointed this year. After a creating cap room and spending it all on over priced 2nd–in some cases 3rd–teir talent, the Pistons are limping to the end of a second consecutive sub .500 season. Let the Pistons serve as a cautionary …continue reading
Over at Basketball Prospectus, Kevin Pelton looks at potential landing spots for free agents in the summer of Lebron. It’s definitely worth a read, but here’s the money quote: So what did the Knicks lose to get the room to sign two players? Jordan Hill’s three-year projection is for 10.6 WARP; he’s not Brandon Jennings or Ty Lawson, but he does figure to become a useful player. The way I valued the 2011 swap, it cost New York 0.4 WARP, and the 2012 pick only cost them 0.7 WARP. The difference is enough to drop the Knicks below Miami in …continue reading
At the start of the season, it was expected that the Knicks would improve on their 32-50 record from the prior year. However the team is under performing and is on pace to win 28 games. With the team failing to meet even their own low standards, it’d be nice to pinpoint exactly what’s going wrong. A good starting place would be to compare this team to last year’s using four factor statistics. Year EFF eFG% TO% REB% FTFG 2009 Off 108.1 50.3 14.7 24.4 21.0 2010 Off 106.4 50.5 14.9 23.2 19.3 Year EFF eFG% TO% REB% FTFG 2009 …continue reading