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Monthly Archives: May 2011

2011 Report Card: Amar’e Stoudemire

He was supposed to come here. He was supposed to be our guy. The money, the media, the Manhattan expectations as daunting as they are potentially deifying – they were all his for the taking. He would have been revered. He could’ve been a legend. When it became clear early last July that LeBron James would not be taking his talents to Midtown, chances are many of us found ourselves parroting these and other wallowing cantos. After nine years of bad contracts, and two more of outright roster sabotage, Knick fans could be forgiven for hoping — or even expecting …continue reading

Amar’e Makes 2nd All NBA Team, ‘Melo Just Misses 3rd Team

According to the NBA: The All-NBA Second Team consists of guards Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, forwards Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, and center Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks. The All-NBA Third Team includes the San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul at guard, the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph at forward, and the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford at center. The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of …continue reading

Fields of (2nd Round) Gold, Part II

Back in December, when Landry Fields was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for November, I broke down his first month in the NBA and compared it to other notable 2nd round draft picks. Back then he compared favorably to Manu Ginobili, arguably the greatest second round pick since the draft went to two rounds in 1989. With Fields placing fourth in Rookie of the Year balloting, I thought it would be a good time to see if Fields’ first season remained truly one of the great rookie performances by a 2nd round draftee. It is rare for 2nd …continue reading

Four off the floor: Key decisions for the summer Decision #3 – What should be the draft strategy?

With no 2012 picks in their pocket as of now, this year’s draft is a big one for the Knicks. And with the summer’s CBA talks weeks away from yielding anything concrete, it’s also a strange one for the NBA as a whole. Many would-be first round picks, who in any other year would have been draft-bound, have instead chosen to avoid the uncertainty and stick around campus another year. In what’s being called one of the thinnest draft classes in years, and with no second rounders in their chamber, the pressure will be on the Knick front office to …continue reading

Saturday Night Basketball

I have to admit I’m getting very excited about the increasingly-more-likely scenario of Heat vs Mavs: The Sequel. (Dirk’s Revenge? Just a thought.)  Tonight the Thunder and the Grizzlies tip off at 5:00 ET, while the Heat and the Celtics start at 8:00 ET.  

Playoff Game Thread

I’ll once again try the Wild Wing Cafe for the games. I have not returned since the Knicks were basically 10-run-ruled for college softball. (I will pass on the fish tacos this time. Sometimes, I really wish I liked wings.) The Hawks at Bulls tips at 8 and the Mavs at Lakers tips at 10:30.

Four off the floor: Key decisions for the summer Decision#2 — Which free agents should the Knicks target this summer?

What the Knicks are able or not able to do in the off-season depends on two things: the makeup of the next CBA, and the fate of nearly half their roster. Anthony Carter, Roger Mason, Shelden Williams, Shawne Williams, Jared Jeffries, and Derek Brown are all unrestricted free agents. Most believe Mason has seen his last days in the orange and blue, while it’s thought that both Ronnie Turiaf’s $4.5 million player option, along with Bill Walker’s $916K team option, will both be exercised. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. Anthony Carter’s playoff grit may be enough to convince D’Antoni to …continue reading