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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Author: DCrockett17

Part-time blogger on the Knicks at Knickerblogger.net and Seahawks at FieldGulls.com. In my free time I hang out at the University of South Carolina and occasionally fill thirsty young minds with knowledge about various and sundry things related to consumer behavior and marketing.

Recent Articles

The Anti-Tank Cranks Must Be Stopped

Clearly I have been asleep, because somewhere along the way the “Tanking is an offense to the game!” crowd just took over column inches, airwaves, and bandwidth. They seem to be yelling a lot louder than the “embrace the tank” crowd. When Kevin Pelton, as reasonable a hoops analyst as you’ll find, is pulling out the virtual slide rule to assess the relative merits of competing anti-tank proposals, you know real change on this issue is likely pending. Now I’ve got nothing against those who find tanking morally repugnant, or just plain unsightly, but allowing what looks increasingly like a moral panic to …continue reading

Screw the basketball gods! Embrace your inner hoops atheist.

So the Knicks were the only team to end up worse off than regular season record would dictate. Of friggin’ course. Because LOLKnicks, right? The draft with the best looking pair of bigs to come out together in a long time, and New York appears to be on the outside looking in. It’s not like we need low post scoring or rim protection. That’s it for you basketball gods. You’re done here. I renounce you, like the mythical Salieri. So with that out of the way, the draft is still weeks off which means current prospect rankings will stay in flux as teams work them out. Short of injury or scandal though, …continue reading

More Summer League Thoughts: What About the Defense?

Most us expected to see D-Fish trot out some version of Tex Winter’s triangle in Summer League. But coming into Vegas his defensive philosophy was less clear. The team’s summer league performance has brought a couple things into focus. 1) More straight-up man with less switching. Keep in mind that you’re likely to see pretty vanilla defensive scheming in Summer League for any number of reasons. So, a switching fetish is not out of the realm of possibility once the season starts and Calderon starts yelling “Git that!” at the sight of the first high ball screen. But still, based …continue reading

Woj: Carmelo to Sign 5-Year Deal with New York

Wojnarowski twatteth: Just a matter of hours until Carmelo Anthony informs the Knicks of his return on a five-year deal, as @FisolaNYDN reported this week. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014 [Editor’s note: Here’s Robert Silverman with a bit more info] Here’s this afternoon’s #WojBomb™: Carmelo Anthony will sign a five-year, $120 million-plus contract to return to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Anthony considered the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets before deciding to re-sign. He notified the other teams on Saturday that he’s returning to New York. Anthony might still take less …continue reading

A Few Thoughts on Knicks Vegas Summer League Game 1

As I probably won’t get to see any more Summer League games because of travel, I’ll take this opportunity to read way too much into New York’s first game. My proviso about pre-season in any sport is that it’s data, and all data tells you something. The trick is to figure what it tells you and what it doesn’t. Summer league can tell you if a player has NBA athleticism (or compensatory skills). It can tell you about a player’s current skill set, which can also indicate where that player needs improvement. That said, here’s what I think I learned …continue reading

A Few Thoughts on The Donald

I want to offer a few thoughts on the L’Affair de Donald. I only just this morning got a chance to listen to the recorded conversation that apparently took place between L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano, as reported by TMZ. In the absence of any denials from Sterling’s representatives the veracity question seems to be resolved. The only remaining open question is whether Sterling could reasonably expect privacy over an argument with his girlfriend, which hinges on his complicity in the conversation’s recording. (TMZ is reporting that Sterling was fully complicit.) I cannot imagine that …continue reading

An Early To-Do List for Phil Jackson

Since no one has said anything since the presser, I’ll take the first crack at the Jackson hire. I’m sitting at Panera allegedly working on a manuscript revision, but I need something to get my writing mojo going. I suppose I should re-introduce myself. I go way back at Knickerblogger.net but haven’t posted in quite some time. Life thangs and such. I live in Columbia, South Carolina and work at (the first) USC. I grew up in East Orange rooting for the Mets of Mookie, Doc, and Straw, and the Nets of Otis (Birdsong) and Buck (Williams). When the Hoya …continue reading