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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Author: DCrockett17

Part-time blogger on the Knicks at and Seahawks at 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.

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Off-Season Musings 2.0

If you missed Off-season Musings 1.0 check it out. Again, this is a quasi-open thread to discuss potential losses and additions. Same ground rules as last time, yeah? 1. Let’s stay away from pure rosterbation, shall we? With little cap space for major free agent signings and few assets worth trading, Chris Paul is not walking through that door. It’s not impossible I suppose, but the Knicks aren’t well positioned for that kind of deal. 2. Check out your idea before posting. You can check trades against the CBA any number of places, including realgm. You can also find player …continue reading

Off-Season Musings 1.0

With the conference finals in full swing, and Knick fans left dreaming of what might have, it is time to think about what is coming up next. Free agency and the draft are right around the corner. For the most part, the Knicks core of Anthony, Chandler, STAT, and Shump is set. Roster changes will most likely involve the other players and are likely to come from the draft, via minor trades and low dollar free agent signings. Given that, I figured I’d put up a quasi-open thread to discuss potential losses and additions—but with some ground rules. 1. Let’s …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

A Few Adjustments for Game Two

With a night to sleep on it, a few things I think I think heading into Game Two. 1. The defense was the biggest Game 1 culprit, part I. For all the huffing and puffing about NY’s offense, 95 points (inefficient though they were) really should be enough against the Pacers. The game should at least to be closer than three possessions. The Pacers shot 35% from three and corralled 28% of their misses, basically their season averages in both categories. Um… That’s not going to cut it gents. You have to take something away. As I noted in my preview, …continue reading

Knicks vs. Pacers: Mini Series Preview

Schedule Sun, May 5 vs Indiana 3:30 PM ABC Tue, May 7 vs Indiana 7:00 PM TNT Sat, May 11 @ Indiana 8:00 PM ABC Additional games TBD Four Factors (from hoopsdata) Team Off. Eff. Def. Eff. Own eFG Opp. eFG Own FT rate Opp. FT rate Knicks 107.7 103.0 50.9 50.7 26.5 28.0 Pacers 101.3 95.4 47.7 44.6 28.3 26.2   Team Own TO rate Opp. TO rate Own ORR Opp. ORR Knicks 11.8 14.8 25.7 25.4 Pacers 14.2 12.8 30.1 25.3 I’d say the reputations for both teams generally follow the four factors. The Pacers are the rough …continue reading

Opinion: New “Van Gundy Rule” Bad for League, Impossible to Enforce Consistently

The NBA has announced a new policy that outlaws flopping. Calls and non-calls are subject to post-game video review. Fines for repeat violators can reach $30,000 along with game suspensions. Many have openly campaigned for such a rule, none more openly, longer, or louder than ex-Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy. So, this rule really should bear his name. It certainly reads like one of his on-air screeds turned into poorly thought out policy. The “Van Gundy Rule” stinks of awful nativist assumptions* and an awful process, leading inevitably to awful policy. *For the record, I’m generally a JVG …continue reading

Draft Wraps Up Quasi-Eventful Week for Knicks

The draft marked the symbolic end of a week so blah that Indiana and Golden State saw more drama. In truth though, it has been an important week for New York if a boring one. Nothing really happened, but the stage is set for some potentially good outcomes. Amid a chorus of boos, face palms and Scooby-Doo faces, the Knicks selected Kostas Papanikolaou, a forward in Greece’s top pro league. I suspect that fan reaction was just animosity toward an unfamiliar name. Odds are that Papanikolaou will take his place in the annals of European would-be 2nd round steals, right …continue reading