True or False: Afflalo is the Knicks second option on offense in 2016. Fisher-Cohen: True. And that’s gonna bump his stats and guarantee he leaves next summer. That’s the problem with player options. Kurylo: False. He’s going to be their first option for the 42 games Carmelo Anthony misses, because Coach “Gotta Win’em All” is going to ride that ol’ grey mare until it breaks. Gibberman: False. The Knicks second option is going to be taking good shots off of ball movement generated by the attention given to Carmelo Anthony. Cronin: True. Unless the Zinger comes on quicker than expected. …continue reading
[New York Daily News] Video: Latvian rap duo does song about Knicks’ Porzingis (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:22:59 GMT) Here’s your new anthem Knicks fans. Time to get excited… and learn to speak Latvian. [New York Times] Young Veterans Look to Summer League to Refine Skills (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:46:41 GMT) The NBA summer leagues were created, in part, for players like Marcus Smart and Dante Exum. The first-round picks from the 2014 draft — Exum at No. 5 and Smart at No. 6 — were both considered talents that would need some refining. They finished their rookie seasons …continue reading
Will the Knicks be the last NBA team Williams plays for? Kurylo: True. Going to the Knicks has been like bringing that pet home to the kids. Just make sure you get something that is cheap enough, and easily discarded. I’d bet that since 2000, more players spent their last minutes on the Knicks roster than any other team. Recent examples from the last 3 seasons: Chris Smith, Metta World Peace, Jeremy Tyler, Marcus Camby, Jason Kidd, Quentin Richardson, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace, James White and Andrea Bargnani. Well I’m hoping about that last guy. Gibberman: I’ll say no. Teams …continue reading
Should we be concerned with the lack of defensive rebounds from Lopez? Kurylo: He’s pulling down only 4.7 dreb/36 over his career and only 4.5 dreb/36 last year [http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/l/lopezro01.html]. Someone call the stat guy for basketball-reference, because that’s got to be a typo! Seriously, those are swingman numbers. On the other hand Portland was 7th last year in dreb%, and 13th the year before. New Orleans was 8th in Lopez’ year there. Meanwhile, 82games has the Trailblazers neutral to slightly better on defensive rebounds (+0.8) with the Boy Wonder on the floor. Given all that information, I’m going to be …continue reading
[New York Times] Minnesota Lynx Back Atop the Western Conference (Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:19:38 GMT) The Minnesota Lynx were the preseason favorite to win the Western Conference and a third WNBA title in five seasons. Until this week, they were looking up in the standings. [New York Times] Big Moves Made, but Dealing Isn’t Done in NBA Free Agency (Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:04:47 GMT) LeBron James is available. Marc Gasol, too.
[New York Times] Sports of The Times: The Nets Focus on Themselves, Not the Knicks (Sun, 05 Jul 2015 05:36:55 GMT) Instead of worrying about the Knicks, the Nets quietly went about doing as much as they could with what they had in the N.B.A. draft. [New York Times] LaMarcus Aldridge Says He Will Sign With San Antonio (Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:57:46 GMT) Aldridge, considered to be among the top free agents available in the N.B.A. this off-season, announced on his Twitter account he would join the Spurs after nine seasons with the Trail Blazers. [New York Times] Sports …continue reading