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Friday, December 6, 2019

2015-16 Recap: Knicks 90, Lakers 87

JO-SE, JOSE JOSE JOSE… JOOO-SEEEE…. JOOO-SEEEE!!!

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After a pretty boring string of events to get us there, the end of the game was pretty damn exciting, wasn’t it? After everyone had sweated out their hangovers (poor Kristaps “stomach flu” Porzingis couldn’t hang, I guess. Part of growing up, kid) the 4th quarter was downright captivating for a game that meant nothing for either team. Kobe made a couple of signature shots, and had a couple of signature dumbass-hero-ball moments that cost his team. Melo made a couple of long jumpers to put the Knicks back up 1 with a minute left. It was everything I had hoped for, and in the end, Kobe clanged a go-ahead shot (what a shocker) and Melo would get his chance after a timeout to win at the buzzer. Right?

Not this night, apparently. The Gods reserved the spoils of victory for a Mr. Jose Calderon, an oft-maligned member of this ragtag group we call the Knicks. I don’t take back anything I’ve said about him, but you had to be happy to see the guy sink that 3 and march off with a W. This season has been winding down to an end more bitter than Taylor Swift after a break-up, so any happiness we can get, we’ve gotta take it, and I hope that’s how the team felt in the locker room. I’m pretty damn sure the boys all had fun this weekend living it up in LA and remembering that behind all the basketball stuff we talk about incessantly here and everywhere else on the interwebs, they are young men in the prime of their lives making ridiculous amounts of money to do a job most of us would kill for.

Kobe had 15 points on 5/15 from the floor in a game fitting of this forgettable late stage of his career. We just saw Peyton Manning suck his way to a Super Bowl before retiring, dragged by a dominant defense so as to hide how bad we would have all felt if Peyton had just slunk away after being benched for Osweiler. Kobe won’t get that kind of Hero’s goodbye; the perfect end to his story. It almost feels like the Jordan-on-the-Wizards years for Kobe right now, though he has remained a Laker his entire career. His team will likely finish with the 2nd-worst record in the league and he will fade away to the relief of many in the Lakers organization.

I was impressed with Melo (10-20, 26/12/4) last night, but also with RoLo (6-7, 16 PTS, 8 REB). There wasn’t a lot of stats to go around in this game that predictably was played at a snail’s pace of 90.8, which would be easily the slowest pace in the league if a team were to average it. As we all assumed, these guys were hung over and had no incentive to play hard anyways, so we’ve come to the “light jogging” portion of the season for teams with nothing on the line. At least it bodes well for Melo’s knees. Even if Rambis is throwing him out there 40 minutes a game, they’re not hard minutes and nobody should be taking any real risk of injury at this point.

D’Angelo Russell was a no-show (literally, a DNP in the 4th) in this game, going 1-7 for 4 points. I thought he would feast on the Knicks backcourt, specifically with Get Cic’ or Die Tryin’ starting, but he was the embodiment of a rookie guard last night. Those things happen, but it was a little disappointing given what I’ve heard about his improvement lately. I don’t watch many Lakers games for the same reason I don’t watch My 600 Pound Life—I’m not interested in watching something specifically about misery unless it’s The Leftovers. So I haven’t really seen the kid play much, and most of what I’ve heard about him throughout the season was bad news for his development, which in basketball circles is referred to as “Byron Scott-ing” a player. I enjoyed him at Ohio State and thought he would make a great player in the league, and I still do. But we saw no evidence of that in this game.

I’m writing about the Golden State game Wednesday, because even though it’s time for me to switch gears and focus on college basketball for the next week or so, I am a huge Stan of the Dubs simply because they are the equivalent of basketball porn IMO. If you’ve read any of my stuff, that’s probably come across pretty plainly, as I manage to fit them into roughly every other game thread or recap I do. They’re just so damned interesting. For history’s sake, this season feels really important. The question of “is this the best team ever?” isn’t asked very often, and if it is, it can usually be shot down quickly. But right now, that question is a very earnest one, and it’s impossible to look away from that. No, the Knicks have no chance on the road against a team that hasn’t lost a regular season game at home in over a year. But they also had no chance against the Spurs in a similar situation a couple of months back, and they were a wide-open Calderon 3 away from winning that game in stunning fashion. Anything can happen, folks. It’s basketball, after all, and it’s March Madness season. The basketball Gods make strange decisions around these times, and it creeps into the NBA too.

Have fun filling out those brackets, people. So far as I’m concerned, Christmas has nothing on March. Right now, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. So enjoy it, because the weather is getting warmer and basketball will dominate the sports landscape for the next three months.

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58 comments on “2015-16 Recap: Knicks 90, Lakers 87

  1. Brian Cronin

    Melo says that the Knicks “gotta do something” in free agency. I love how Melo and Jackson are equally oblivious about the state of the organization.

  2. Brian Cronin

    I’d rather they blow the team up and do a real rebuild instead of trying just to add pieces to this awful team in the hopes of, what, becoming a #7 seed the next couple of years? After all, we’ve already heard who Melo wants – Rajon Rondo – and that’s kind of cuckoo bananas crazy.

  3. Owen

    Taking advice from Melo about how to fix a basketball team is like asking a ____________ for advice about ________________________

  4. er

    @4 Aren’t we past that? We past that point when Melo came back and with a NTC. And we have already seen that management doesn’t care what Melo wants for personnel

    See JR and Shumpert and Timmy JR

  5. er

    The draft is a crap shoot. We’ve seen players like Butler and Draymond be taken late. So the Knicks just need to draft wisely and not trade picks anymore and they will be headed in the right direction with The KP -Lopez- Melo front court for the next few years

  6. Brian Cronin

    I disagree. I really don’t want to do what Philly did. I could be dead before that works

    This is the same shortsighted thinking that led to giving Melo the mega max. “We can’t lose Melo. I don’t want to watch a losing team for a few years.” And then we get the worst of both worlds – the team sucked with him in the two years where you were most likely to get star production from Melo. He has had the two worst seasons of his Knick career (and among the worst seasons of his entire career) in the first two years of his five year deal, in his age 30 and age 31 year. But let’s not rebuild, because we don’t want to watch losing. No, 32-year-old Melo is going to turn everything around next year for no logical reason. And hey, his knees will no longer be a problem in his age 32-34 seasons because…you know…just because.

    This denial about the state of this shitty team is kind of nuts.

    But even with all of this, the Knicks somehow did get Porzingis, so they’ve already accomplished the hardest part of a Philly-style rebuild. Getting the young star player. Now they have to build around him and not a bunch of players on the wrong side of 30. Actually rebuild the team and not spackle over parts of this awful team with slightly less awful players.

    I mean, don’t get me wrong, I know it won’t happen and we’re stuck with this shit, but hey, I can at least not be happy with knowing that the team president and the team’s star player are too stubborn and/or too oblivious to admit that everything is fucked.

  7. Brian Cronin

    The draft is a crap shoot. We’ve seen players like Butler and Draymond be taken late. So the Knicks just need to draft wisely and not trade picks anymore and they will be headed in the right direction with The KP -Lopez- Melo front court for the next few years

    They might not draft a good player, so let’s take certain mediocrity over possible greatness. That’s an ill-advised plan. It’s also the same ridiculous plan that led to them re-signing Melo. And then they ended up being just as bad the last two years (the first two years of his five year deal, the two years he was theoretically supposed to be at his best production level of all the five years) as they would have had they not re-signed him, because that’s just how especially cursed this team is.

  8. ptmilo

    I have a solution that can make everyone happy. AA and DW opt out. Stretch Jose. Sign Whiteside. Trade Rolo for Rubio (need third team prob). Sign Noah to a short deal with the rest of the cap room. Keep Gallo and Lance using EBR. Pretty good, weird team without going all in on next year or two. Need to play some weird, huge lineups but prob have latitude to do it given the personnel. Lots of risk in Whiteside head and Rubio health but it blows up and you get bad with KP and draft high instead.

    Alternative: do nothing but trade Rolo for a first, sign Boban to a deal the Spurs won’t match, and see if Melo relents. Play Calderon only as a DH who shoots 3s then immediately hacks the worst FT shooter until fouling out.

  9. dtrickey

    I think people’s reluctance to go full Philadelphia is that the they really don’t seem to have made any improvement over the last 4 years of the rebuild (taking into account they set the wheels in motions in 2012/13). Fair enough they have a lot of young assets and there has been a few injuries (Okafor this year), but if the plan for growing young talent and rebuilding via the lottery was the MO, then it is either a slower process than we all speculate, or it hasn’t really worked. A team that has as many lottery picks/decent 1st round picks as Philly has had the last 4 years should be a lot better than 9 wins in year 4 of a rebuild. I know the sentiment has been echoed by others, but it’s gotta be a mix of keeping draft picks and making savvy veteran signings in my mind. Having a great young team is awesome and there is logic to rebuilding that way, but without good veteran FA signings, Philly has demonstrated that it can’t put all your chips on the draft. Maybe it all clicks next season for them, but they would need to make a quantum leap for that to happen.

  10. er

    Very nuanced point dtrickey. People lose nuance when it comes to this team. You don’t think philly fans would kill for the Knicks front court right now? The problem the Knicks have is that they traded the 2016 1st round pick, didn’t trade shump for a 1 or Lowry and right on down the line

  11. Brian Cronin

    The Knicks are already ahead of Philly’s plan by having the star Philly haven’t gotten yet through bad luck or whatever. So yes, they should be following Philly’s suit, only now ahead of their game through getting Porzingis. So the biggest fear over a Philly-style rebuild (not ending up with a young star) has already been avoided. So there should be no fear over it now.

    Plus, by avoiding the Philly-style rebuild this year, the Knicks’ reward was being a whole two spots ahead of the Sixers in the Eastern Conference.

    The Knicks will finally have all of their first round picks, just in time for them to be in the #12-16 realm for years.

  12. Owen

    BC going negative. It was bound to happen.

    I am not sure how much denial there is around here. Maybe in the C-Suite at MSG. But I think most fans know the score. All my friends hate Melo’s deal as much as I do.

    Whatever. Someday things will get better. The Miracle Pine survived the tsunami. I plan on surviving Jim Dolan and seeing the Knicks win a title.

  13. Brian Cronin

    What’s astonishing is that the best thing that has happened to this franchise in thirty years happened because the Knicks finally committed to a rebuild, even if for a single season, even if if only happened because things didn’t work out the way that Phil Jackson wanted them to – however it happened, it happened – and the end result was the best thing that has happened to this franchise since Patrick Ewing. And so that happens and it is quickly, “Let’s do anything but that again. Let’s not do the thing that the Knicks did before they won their only two championships. Let’s not do the thing that built the Riley/JVG Knicks. No, let’s go a whole other direction, because intentionally being a shitty team for a few seasons is far worse than unintentionally being one for a couple of years while intentionally trying to be mediocre.”

  14. reub

    I think that we can rebuild short of blowing up this team. Add a couple of young, athletic players this offseason including Willy G and Wroten, sign a couple of decent talents like Batum, Noah, and continue to build through the draft. If we do this we’ll be contenders by next year and possibly very good after our 2017 draft as Porzingis and Grant continue to develop. Where am I wrong?

  15. nicos

    For me the big problem is that it’s really hard to get a read on this team beyond the fact that the guard play as been abysmal. The triangle is surely part of the problem but it’s even tough to judge that when the only guard who ever cuts with any kind of purpose is Sasha who you’d never want to pass to anyway- you can’t run the triangle when your guards just stand around on the perimeter. And that just offense- they’re just as bad defensively. Grant might wind up being okay but rest are pretty bad Gallo included- he can’t keep anyone in front of him, can’t navigate picks, can’t stop the ball in transition etc… He makes up for some of it through sheer effort and is pretty good help defender but I have a hard time seeing him as even an average defender.
    I’d certainly agree that the best bet would be to trade Melo for the best young asset you can get from a team who’d he be willing to go to and rebuild- hopefully with a coach who’d run a hybrid offense rather than the triangle proper. But at the same time I do think that if you signed a couple of good guards there’s at least a possibility that this team might be a whole lot closer to a two seed like Toronto than the 7/8 seed that some folks seem to think is this team’s ceiling as long as Melo’s here. I’d still like to blow it all up though.

  16. er

    But at the same time I do think that if you signed a couple of good guards there’s at least a possibility that this team might be a whole lot closer to a two seed like Toronto than the 7/8 seed that some folks seem to think is this team’s ceiling as long as Melo’s here.

    Right the guard play is horrible. If you add a couple guards and a solid bench piece and a competent coach anything can happen.

    @yellowboy90

    Didn’t you know KP is better than Melo already. And Melo is 32 (gasps)

  17. Glew

    The overlooked problem in philly is that not only have they seemingly whiffed on high draft picks their players aren’t developing..The losing increasingly stunts development and raises displeasure. Losing at that pace puts the coach in a precarious situation too. I just don’t see what benefits Philly is getting and historically there is no history of this working…additionally when (if) they are able to put it together players are going to want to leave…

  18. Owen

    Losing Embiid was a huge hit. So was missing on Towns. But if they had Noel, Towns, and Embiid they’d be looking pretty good right now. To me it’s not a player development issue. You are who you draft.

    I actually don’t think the process has been that bad in Philly. Results certainly leave a lot to be desired.

  19. ptmilo

    People are too fast to use Philly as the cautionary tale. They have serious assets right now and it’s real easy to imagine waking up and looking at a rags to riches situation. Embiid’s ceiling is far from gone, Noel is a future all-NBA defender and while I kinda hate Okafor, he is an asset for sure. They might have 2 more top-five picks this year to go with another two mid to late firsts, plus a whole cap full of room. I love Porzingis but I’d rather be Philly today than us, and honestly it hasn’t been much different being a Knick fan these last two years (which is when they really blew it up) than a Philly fan. The true fucking shame will be when they get good and somehow Colangelo gets credit for saving Hinkie.

  20. Brian Cronin

    People are too fast to use Philly as the cautionary tale. They have serious assets right now and it’s real easy to imagine waking up and looking at a rags to riches situation. Embiid’s ceiling is far from gone, Noel is a future all-NBA defender and while I kinda hate Okafor, he is an asset for sure. They might have 2 more top-five picks this year to go with another two mid to late firsts, plus a whole cap full of room. I love Porzingis but I’d rather be Philly today than us, and honestly it hasn’t been much different being a Knick fan these last two years (which is when they really blew it up) than a Philly fan. The true fucking shame will be when they get good and somehow Colangelo gets credit for saving Hinkie.

    Oh, I agree that I’d much rather have the Sixers’ overall roster and future draft pick situation than the Knicks. I also think that yes, their “failure” has been overblown, especially since we haven’t seen where they draft this year. But still, even if you want to look at them like a failure, the Knicks would be starting ahead of them if they started now through virtue of already having Porzingis. It’s be much closer to the Thunder starting their rebuild with Durant already on the books.

  21. Glew

    You could also look at it like what player are they actually building around? After 4 years you would think that question should be answered yet it’s a major gorilla in the room. There isn’t a guard on the roster that projects to be above or even average, embiid hasn’t played a minute and his off court eating issues don’t offer much hope, okafor was on the block and just blew out his knee out. Mcw was an example of failed development..Noel looks like a rotation level defensive player but that’s not a high ceiling. By most accounts this upcoming draft is not strong. So what is there to envy?

  22. ruruland was 100% wrong

    You are who you draft.

    Precisely. Has anyone heard stories of Minnesota’s staff being credited for developing Towns? Doubt it. Towns is about two years away from MVP frontrunner status and it has to do with Towns being awesome at basketball.

    Don’t try to turn a piece of shit into a bar of gold, that’s what I’ve been since for nearly a decade now…

  23. BigBlueAL

    Give me a freaking break with the Philly love. That roster sucks and what is there to really build around?? Noel?? Okafor?? The great Robert Covington?? How many lottery picks do they need to get before finally hitting on a potential future superstar?? Plus that roster has no real decent young assets that can you know actually play. No depth on that team at all. Its all about future 1st rd picks which is great but shit when the best thing you have as a team is future draft picks in a league where the salary cap is going to soon be over 100 million dollars so the rookie contracts wont have as much great value as they have in the past not sure its all that great a future. Plus talk about a horrible losing culture, cant get any worse than what Philly has right now.

    The Knicks currently have a pretty good front court, people are seriously underestimating what just a decent upgrade to the backcourt would do for this team. That plus hiring a real NBA head coach would do wonders. But for most people here trading Melo would instantly put them on a path to a championship. Lets for once try to focus on what this team could do this summer to upgrade the team instead of just assume they will automatically suck because Melo is still on the team. Like it or not the summer will start with Melo on the roster and they are going to try to upgrade the roster with Melo still on it. If you really want him gone then I guess we need to hope they strike out completely with free agents early in the off-season forcing Melo to ask for a trade in late July-early August when it would be clear the roster will be no better than this season.

  24. dtrickey

    I guess the upside for Philly is the draft picks, so they definitely have the 1 up on us there. Regardless of whether it’s a weak draft, you would rather have your 1st rounder than not. I think the real concern (for Philly fans) is that they are just not showing any improvement. I guess the OKC model showed that it can click eventually, but there just doesn’t seem to be that gradual improvement. Ideally by year 3 of a rebuild, you probably want to start making a tilt for an 8th seed if your “young talent” is all that. The Embiid injury was a set back and MCW didn’t pan out, but that probably just demonstrates how careful you have to be with your picks. I think if we look at ideal rebuilds, I really like what Boston has done. Similar asset hoarding, but making smart trades to bring in some vets/experienced younger players rather than just hoping for the best that all your picks develop. The beauty of Boston now is that they have put together a product that FA’s that could tip them over the edge in the East would seriously look at.

  25. Brian Cronin

    The Sixers have Saric coming, as well. Heck, they also have a 47% chance of having two top five picks in this year’s draft.

  26. d-mar

    Having a ton of draft picks means nothing unless you’re fortunate enough to draft transcendent talents like Curry or Towns.

    Between 2005-2015, the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets had 9 top 10 picks:

    Raymond Felton
    Adam Morrison
    Brandan Wright
    D.J.Augustin
    Kemba Walker
    Michael Kidd Gilchrist
    Cody Zeller
    Noah Vonleh
    Frank Kaminsky

    So after years and years of suckitude, where are they? They’re a pretty nice team that may win a round in the playoffs this year but has no chance at a title.

    In 4 consecutive drafts, the Cavs got three #1’s and a #4. If LeBron doesn’t decide he’s coming home, what is Cleveland today? A 40 win team, maybe?

    And until Boston turns their boatload of picks into something other than a boatload of picks, they may continue to be the little engine that could but nothing more.

    I wish we had draft picks this year too, but to hold Philly up as some kind of paragon of “doing it the right way” is crazy. They may stink for the forseeable future and beyond.

  27. TheOakmanCometh

    Boston’s rebuild got a huge boost from that Brooklyn trade. They traded two vets at exactly the right time to a team that was both desperate and dumb. That kind of franchise-altering trade is hard to make.

    And if anyone does make it, the Knicks are more likely to be the victim than the winner.

  28. BigBlueAL

    Boston’s rebuild got a huge boost by acquiring Isaiah Thomas via trade for basically nothing. Getting Crowder in the Rondo trade was a real nice pickup too.

  29. Brian Cronin

    They got Thomas through one of the first round draft picks that they accumulated.

    But yes, Boston’s rebuild was a good one.

  30. yellowboy90

    Boston improved with better guard play. Charlotte improved with better guard play. Toronto improved with better guard play. Washington improved with better guard play. ATL improved with better guard play. Maybe it’s a coincidence that these teams improved when their guards played better.

    I wonder if an upgrade to their guards would help the knicks too?

  31. Owen

    Boston improved with better players. In particular a lot of guys who were college stat superstars who struggled initially in the NBA (Crowder+Sullinger.) Or in the case of Isiah and Amir just deeply undervalued. Isiah’s numbers this year might be fool’s gold but Johnson has basically always been really good. That was a great signing. Hurt a division rival and improve your team.

    Probably the most galling thing about this year is that the team to do what I have been advocating the Knicks should do (for years) happens to be my least favorite team. And they have executed pretty brilliantly. I had Jae Crowder on my fantasy taxi squad for two years going into this year.

    Also, let’s not make a scarecrow out of Brian here. There are “hard” rebuilds and “soft” rebuilds. Full renovations and something a little more cosmetic. But one way or another it’s time to accept reality and start over.

  32. Brian Cronin

    One of the most galling aspects about how they can’t trade Melo without his permission because of the absurd No-Trade Clause is that was there any chance in the world of him not accepting the deal without a No-Trade Clause? This is what this team does. They can’t just do bad deals, they have to do bad deals and then toss on extra shit cherries on top of their shit sundaes for the heck of it. “Hey, why not swap draft picks in 2016?” “Hey, how about a No-Trade Clause, too?”

  33. massive

    Philly’s problem is they take the “great prospect those other guys were too dumb to select.” Embiid, Noel, and Okafor were all projected to go number one for a significant portion of their respective draft years. All were passed on for different reasons. Noel and Embiid had shaky health. Okafor had questions about his defense and rebounding. They looked great because they all appeared to be high ceiling guys, but Philly ignored all of the red flags. Now their best player is TJ McConnell.

    And I still think Okafor gets his shit together. He’s not a center, he’s a power forward.

  34. ptmilo

    Ramona S reporting that Phil may offer to coach home games next year with Rambis coaching away games.

  35. massive

    You know, Okafor ended his rookie campaign with a TS of .536 on a 27.3 USG%. That’s not all time terrible. You’ll all be wrong and I’ll be here.

  36. d-mar

    Isiah’s numbers this year might be fool’s gold but Johnson has basically always been really good. That was a great signing. Hurt a division rival and improve your team.

    C’mon, Owen, I get that you have a man crush on the Celtics, but Amir Johnson? I really don’t think the Raptors miss him very much, and he’s barely getting on the court for the C’s (12 MPG over the last 5)

    Not everything Ainge does is genius.

  37. Will the Thrill

    Ramona S reporting that Phil may offer to coach home games next year with Rambis coaching away games.

    Gotta keep Rambis! Wow this is the worst team ever. That plan is just absurd.

  38. Brian Cronin

    You know, Okafor ended his rookie campaign with a TS of .536 on a 27.3 USG%. That’s not all time terrible. You’ll all be wrong and I’ll be here.

    I’m fine with Okafor’s season. Dude’s 20. Same with Russell. Same even with Mudiay. Now if they don’t do better next season, then yes, I’ll have issues with them.

    Towns, on the other hand, is also just 20 and he’s amazing. So that just goes to show how special he is.

    And Porizingis’ season at 20 is also very impressive.

  39. Brian Cronin

    Ramona S reporting that Phil may offer to coach home games next year with Rambis coaching away games.

    While that would be insane, I really don’t believe it’ll happen.

  40. Brian Cronin

    The only way I could kind of see it is that it would be the only way I could see them arguing for Rambis returning. “No, see, he’ll only coach the team half the time! So it’s not that bad!” I don’t really think Jackson is so stubborn that he’d so such a thing just so he wouldn’t have to get rid of Rambis, but…well…I also think Jackson is extremely stubborn, so maybe I am mistaken in just how stubborn he can be.

  41. DRed

    Having maybe the best coach of all time do half the games while an incompetent doofus handles the other half would be such a fascinating experiment on the effect of in game coaching decisions. I’d love to see it.

  42. Brian Cronin

    Oh yeah, just in a sheer trainwreck sort of way, I’d love to see it happen, as well. But “Wow, this is such a trainwreck!” is not really the best way to run a sports team.

  43. massive

    Phil absolutely cannot just coach home games next year. That’s insane. For 41 games, this team is coached by Rambis? No. This reeks of “THE TRIANGLE WORKS WE JUST NEED THE RIGHT PLAYERS” garbage and I can’t accept that. Just hire Dave Blatt or Luke Walton, grab Batum and Chalmers (or Livingston if he’s cut from GS), and improve to 45-50 wins next year (or pull the plug if you miss on Batum). But you cannot try to extend Rambis’ career. The circus act has to stop.

  44. stratomatic

    There’s nothing wrong with this team that trading Melo won’t fix as long as they get back a starting young player with upside and decent draft pick (anything above that would be gravy).

    Lopez is a solid C and he’s still young enough to give us plenty more good years. He can also easily be moved for a solid player if KP moves to the C position permanently in a year or two.

    KP has kind of flatlined in the second half of the season while most of the other top rookies seem to be peaking, but his best days are ahead. We just don’t know where the ceiling is.

    We have enough cap space to bring in a solid starter and perhaps even two if Afflalo opts out and leaves. Someone like Batum or Conely would fit nicely, but only if the price is right. Batum would move Afflalo to the bench (where he belongs) or to another team.

    Trade Melo and bring in either a replacement starting SF or a starting PG and I think we are 4/5ths of the way to a good team.

    There is nothing wrong with Calderon being the backup PG in the event either Grant blossoms into a starter (and I am seeing positive signs) or we sign someone like Conely at a fair price. We have KP’s teammate coming to the US next year and it shouldn’t be too hard to improve other pieces on the bench. This season was a disappointment, but part of it was coaching. Add a key piece, get some development from KP, a little upside from someone else, better coaching, and we can win 45 or more games next year and keep moving forward with a player that might still become a real star. The KEY is moving Melo, but neither he or Jackson seems to understand that’s the best thing for EVERYONE !

  45. Owen

    Having maybe the best coach of all time do half the games while an incompetent doofus handles the other half would be such a fascinating experiment on the effect of in game coaching decisions. I’d love to see it.

    +12

    Amir Johnson has played 1400 minutes and posted a WS/48 of .151. That seems like a good outcome.

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