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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Viewing a season through the lens of an albatross

To nail down a few facts: In the 2012-2013 NBA regular season, Amar’e Stoudemire played 29 of 82 games (35%) and started none of them. When active, he played 23.5 minutes per game. In the playoffs, Stoudemire played four games, averaging just over eight minutes a game and posting a 9.9 PER. Stoudemire also had the 3rd highest salary in the NBA this year at $19,948,799. Despite appearances, my goal is not to drive the readers of this site to rage-induced violence. Rather, it is to posit that the success of the 2012-2013 Knicks was a minor miracle. The NBA …continue reading

J.R. Smith Salary Cap Possibilities

There is lots of speculation in the press about JR Smith’s future with the Knicks.  I have zero inside information, but I know how the salary cap works, and how it works with respect to Smith in particular. Current  Situation: JR Smith was paid $2.8 million this season, and holds a $2.93 million player option for next season.  If he exercises it (which is highly unlikely), he would be a free agent next season and the Knicks would hold Full Bird rights, which would allow them to offer up to the maximum salary.   If JR Smith opts out:   …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (Monday, May 20 2013)

[New York Times] Spurs Come Out Hot, Randolph Cold in West Finals (Mon, 20 May 2013 07:12:01 GMT) Mike Conley wouldn’t let Zach Randolph take the blame for the Memphis Grizzlies’ blowout loss in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.     [New York Times] Game1: Spurs 105, Grizzlies 83: Spurs Strike First in Western Conference Finals Against Grizzlies (Mon, 20 May 2013 03:14:45 GMT) Tony Parker had 20 points and 9 assist to lift San Antonio over Memphis in Game 1.     [New York Times] Off the Dribble: N.B.A. Playoffs — Pacers’ Advantages Face Greater Test in Heat (Mon, 20 May …continue reading

Quickie Postmortem & Thoughts on Coach Woodson

Congrats to the Pacers. They were better on both ends. You just have to tip your cap. This series was mostly about what they did right, even if the Knicks didn’t do everything they needed to win. Good luck to the Pacers in the ECF. It’s hard to bet against the Heat though. Indiana will need to keep turnovers down to have any chance against a much better, more aggressive Miami defense. (Remember, they didn’t really shoot that well versus New York and they gave away a ton of possessions.) Hibbert must play even better defense. His reverse posterizing of Melo will …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (Sunday, May 19 2013)

[New York Daily News] J.R. off target, but hopes he can ‘retire a Knick’ (Sun, 19 May 2013 06:17:15 GMT) A season in which he was praised for maturing into the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year ended with Smith most likely heading toward free agency on the heels of an unsightly shooting slump that was a prime factor in the Knicks getting eliminated by the Pacers in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.     [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Knick KO proves Melo can’t do it all by himself (Sun, 19 May 2013 06:08:02 GMT) The big playoff showdown …continue reading

Pacers 106, Knicks 99

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do …continue reading

Playoff Game Thread: Knicks @ Pacers Game 6

Here we go! Win and the Knicks will get to play an epic Game 7 on Monday night, lose and, well, you know. Pacers starting point guard George Hill has been cleared to play. It will be fascinating to see how he deals with contact, or whether the Knicks will shy away from hitting him hard, fearing that the refs will call any contact with Hill tight. Just like Game 5, the key for the Knicks is to take an early lead. The Pacers are not good at coming back. The team leading the game entering the fourth has won …continue reading