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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Author: max fisher-cohen

In addition to writing for Knickerblogger, Max teaches English at Tallahassee Community College and writes short stories. He recently finished a feature screenplay, and he is working right now to raise the funds to film it. You can check it out on Kickstarter.

Recent Articles

Reading the Teague Leaves

With James Dolan’s proclaimation that the organization doesn’t plan on making any changes to the roster or coaching staff this season less than two months old, the Knick rumor mill is stirring up again, this time with Jeff Teague reportedly the new apple of the Knicks’ eye. Acquiring Teague is more feasible than Lowry given how much Teague has fallen off this season and how well Lowry has played. Teague’s contract runs through the 2016-17 season at $8 million per year, and his decline is mostly a result of a poor perimeter shooting. His true shooting percentage hovered just below …continue reading

MONEY MONEY MONEY!

Remember when the Knicks were like, “We didn’t match Lin’s offer sheet because of all that luxury tax!” and fans were all like, “Shah, you paid $124 million for a 23 win team!” Well, the Knicks may not have been lying. With each passing day it’s looking more and more like there is one factor to the Knicks’ thinking (if you can call it that) that is even more important than retaining Carmelo Anthony: the new luxury tax structure. Consider Carmelo Anthony’s choice to announce he intends to opt out this summer and the interesting choice he made by publicly …continue reading

Knicks at Pacers: Game Four Preview and Game Thread with Pick and Roll Stats

With Tyson Chandler’s recent comments about sharing the ball, the storyline that has resurfaced pretty much every time the Knicks have struggled is with us once again: Are the Knicks deferring to Anthony too often and easily? Shouldn’t they run the pick and roll more consistently, especially with Anthony as the ball handler given his great success there? According to Synergy, on the season, 22% of New York’s plays ended as a result of a pick and roll and 16% are isolations. Here are the numbers for games 1-3: Game 1 –36.9% pick and roll, 13.6% isolation Game 2 — …continue reading

When Do We Get Our Title?

In short, if you mean when do the Knicks become a top five favorite to win a title, then the answer is probably not for a while. The main culprit, as my last article went to great lengths to illustrate, is Stoudemire’s contract. The construction of this team and Stoudemire’s own health have relegated him to a player best used for 15-20 MPG, and even as the most super duper sub in the league, he is still overpaid by at least $10 million. That $10 million would go a long way towards repairing New York’s bench. New York has a lot …continue reading

The New Amar’e Stoudemire

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of a four part examination of what has gone wrong since the Knicks’ 18-5 start—a stretch in which they were beating teams by an average of over seven points a game—and whether or not the Knicks can return [in varying degrees] to their early-season form. You can read part one here and part two here.) Let’s be happy. Remember that time, a little over two years ago, when it looked like Stoudemire would lead the Knicks to their best season in a decade? Okay, now let’s be depressed. Think of  Stoudemire’s 2011-12 season. Think of a fire …continue reading

On Iman Shumpert’s Current Level of Production

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of a four part examination of what has gone wrong since the Knicks’ 18-5 start—a stretch in which they were beating teams by an average of over seven points a game—and whether or not the Knicks can return [in varying degrees] to their early-season form. You can find part one here.) Despite the universal love that the fan base has for our 2nd year combo guard, I come to bury Iman, not to praise him. How much Iman Shumpert can and hopefully will improve as he continues to recover from last year’s horrific knee injury …continue reading

A Finicky Old Sports Car

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment of a four part examination of what happened after the Knicks’ 18-5 start, during which they were beating opponents by an average of over seven points a game, and whether or not the Knicks can return (in varying degrees) to their early-season form.) If you’re a casual NBA fan looking for a slightly more original way of getting Knick fans worked up these days, something more pertinent to this iteration of the Knicks than James Dolan, Jeremy Lin, or the Carmelo Anthony trade, you have a couple options. The first is to make some …continue reading