Despite denials, Phase I of NY’s off-season appears to be underway. Rumors abound that Mike Woodson is the favorite to coach the Knicks next season. Reportedly at James Dolan’s request, Woodson replaced his agent, who also represents former Knicks, Pistons, Sixers, Pacers, et al. coach, Larry Brown, with an eye toward getting an extension done. Bringing Woody back seems like the logical, let’s-not-overthink-it play. For all the justifiable hand-wringing and kvetching about the savage playoff beatdown, the Knicks improved significantly this season. The 2011-12 Knicks improved their win percentage over 2010-11 (55%, up from 51%), against a tougher schedule (11th …continue reading
In a word, no. Toney Douglas is not going to save NY’s season, but he could well have a significant impact on it. I suspect Coach Woodson would rather Douglas did not play, but he will almost certainly need to. So, we may as well consider what he could possibly contribute. I doubt Bibby can play more than 25-30 useful minutes at both ends, and that may be optimistic. Douglas won’t take the entire remainder, but it’s hard to see him chained to the bench. Of course, that awful stench you smell is Douglas’ descent from a useful-if-mediocre rookie to …continue reading
Per Alan Hahn’s Tweet: Update on Iman Shumpert: MRI revealed a torn ACL and lateral meniscus tear. He will undergo surgery in New York and is out 6-8 months. Let me be the first to say: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Per Tweets by Alan Hahn and Howard Beck. Lin has a minor meniscus tear and is out 6 weeks. Unless the Knicks get to the playoffs and advance, Lin is done. It looks like Toney Douglas will need to play.
Everyone will have their opinions on the proverbial good guys and bad guys in the resignation/firing/mutual breakup between D’Antoni and the Knicks. I suspect that the role played by a season-long stretch of rotten luck will get lost in all of this, because it always does. Randomness is not the stuff of newspaper columns or even blogs. What sticks in my craw is that the Knicks are a thoroughly mediocre team with some upside masquerading as an awful, six game losing streak team. Those will get many a coach run out of town in the NBA, unless the team is …continue reading
It’s been a busy Spring term down here in South Cackalack (that’s South Carolina for those who do not speak Southern). Other than a few game threads, I haven’t been able to hang with the Knickerbloggeristas as much as I’d like. It’s Spring Break and I’m posting this from the public library, just to give you a taste for how I get down these days. Before diving into these reviews, grading these exams, and working on these papers though, I’m interested to get the pulse of the Knickerblogger community on a few items. 1. The Knicks are fun to watch …continue reading
The Chris Paul deal is dead. Long live the Chris Paul deal. NBA Commissioner David Stern decided to negate the three-way deal involving the Hornets, Lakers, and Rockets, roughly two hours after it was announced for “basketball reasons”. To this point, as far as I can tell, it is unclear under what specific auspices the league acted to block the deal. That, to my mind, is a very important point that needs clarification. It will tell us a good bit about precisely what kind of precedent has been set. Did Stern act in his role as custodian of the Hornets …continue reading