[New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Miller Returns to Grizzlies (Wed, 31 Jul 2013 02:58:17 GMT) The Memphis Grizzlies signed Mike Miller in a deal that brings back the best 3-point shooter in franchise history as the Grizzlies try to find a way to improve. [New York Times] Los Angeles’ Forum Arena to Reopen in Jan 2014 After Renovation (Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:15:45 GMT) The Forum, the erstwhile home of pro basketball’s Los Angeles Lakers and hockey’s Los Angeles Kings, will reopen in January following a $100 million renovation, event venue operator The Madison Square Garden Co said …continue reading
If you’ve perused the articles that came out of this year’s (and last year’s and all the year’s, Katie) Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference, it can read like a Phillip K. Dick-ian dystopic what-is-to-come; players hooked up to newfangled whizbangers and geegaws, military-inspired technology tracking their every move, and so on. Your humble correspondent took a somewhat Ludditical techo-fear-y view of the proceedings, perhaps foolishly so, for it seems the future is NOW. The great(s) Steve McPherson and Andrew Lynch were watching a friday night tilt on the first eve of this years Summer League when they spotted what looked like …continue reading
[New York Post] Brother: Metta can be ‘goon’ for Knicks (Tue, 30 Jul 2013 03:37:52 -0500) Daniel Artest, Metta World Peace’s brother who had a brief professional career, told The Post the Knicks were missing a certain element last season — “a goon.” He feels his brother can fill the bill. The Knicks got beat — and beat up — by the Pacers last May in the playoffs… [New York Post] Camby joins Rockets (Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:53:36 -0500) HOUSTON — Former Knick Marcus Camby signed a free-agent contract with the Rockets yesterday. It is the second stint for …continue reading
If you’re a normal person, you’re probably unaware that Amar’e Stoudemire had an hour long documentary, In the Moment, released on Epix back in April. I stumbled upon the documentary on Netflix the other night and decided to check it out, the thought being, “It’s the offseason, and besides, I really want to rediscover the Amar’e love of 2010-2011. So what the hell?” The documentary begins with a mix of STAT highlights and a monologue about winning a championship. It’s pretty clear Amar’e is not the most comfortable guy with one-on-one interviews — or the most realistic — but as …continue reading
[New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Pacers Add Scola in Trade With Suns (Sun, 28 Jul 2013 04:09:30 GMT) The Pacers bolstered their front-line depth with the acquisition of Luis Scola, a 6-foot-9 forward, from the rebuilding Suns.
[New York Daily News] Pablo gets Knicks bounce in Argentina (Sat, 27 Jul 2013 04:44:46 GMT) Manu Ginobili still rules in Argentina, based solely on the number of San Antonio Spurs uniform tops worn by children in Buenos Aires. But Pablo Prigioni is slowly gaining ground. [New York Post] ‘Peace’ seeks new nickname (Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:26:11 -0500) After word spread around the Internet Metta World Peace might be changing his name again ahead of playing for the Knicks next season, the man himself took to his Twitter account to squash the idea. “Don’t believe anyone who said I’m …continue reading
Let’s get this out of the way first: Mike Woodson is a good NBA coach. As with any coach, Woody has his strengths and weaknesses, though thus far he’s mostly impressed in his tenure as the Knicks’ head coach. However, following Woodson’s short interim stint in the latter part of the 2012 season, there was the presumption that — unlike the ousted Mike D’Antoni — Woody’s persona was that of an unchallenged enforcer. Phrases like “he holds players accountable,” and “he is respected in the locker room” were, and are, thrown around quite a bit. The former is questionable, while …continue reading