Statistical Analysis. Humor. Knicks.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2013 – 14

What to make of the ESPN front-office rankings

If you’re in the habit of discussing the New York Knicks with a friend, family member, coworker or even the occasional stray cat, like sports-centric subset of Godwin’s Law, eventually the conversation will turn to James Dolan. Typically, if casual fans know who a team owner is by name that’s probably not a good sign. Quick, without Googling, who owns the San Antonio Spurs? We can wait. Yeah, I couldn’t pick Peter Holt out of a lineup, either. There are many ways to classify failure in basketball, but by any measure, Dolan checks off all of them. So, when the …continue reading

Game Preview & Thread: Knicks vs. Wizards

Playoff basketball! Well, for the Wizards, at least. For now, the Knicks are precariously placed in eighth place in the East, tied with the fading Atlanta Hawks. Much ado about nothing until more wins are tacked onto the season’s tally and the word “clinched” emerges from the wilderness. To prep for this idiosyncratic meeting of the minds, between Wittman and Woodson, I called on the judiciousness of Conor D. Dirks of Truth About It. TAI is one of the finer members of the TrueHoop family, as they run a tight ship, and frequently put forth a unique cocktail of humor, …continue reading

Game Preview & Thread: Knicks vs. 76ers

Uno, dos, tres! Three is the magic number — these erratic, gnarly Knickerbockers have strung together a miniature-sized streak of successes. Let’s ignore the fact that the consecutive victories came against a trio of inconsistent, (presently) non-playoff teams, and rejoice with the knowledge that the delightful eighth seed in the Eastern Conference is lingering a mere 3.5 games in the distance. That’s right, a few more nights of avoiding half-hearted hopelessness, and the ‘Bockers will have the privilege of partaking in an assuredly lopsided opening round series in the upcoming postseason festivities. (Side note: Bucks in six) To gear up …continue reading

Assessing the Potential Phil Jackson Hire

We’ve all been driving down the road at one point or another and stumbled upon a disastrous car wreck and slowed down to quickly investigate the scene and satisfy our metaphorical gators. Phil Jackson is doing the same thing, but rather than merely driving past the scene, he’s purportedly leaning towards getting involved in the disaster that is the New York Knicks. Back when a group of Seattle-based investors, led by billionaire Chris Hansen, were trying to bring the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, Hansen reportedly had a deal with Jackson that he could have any job he wanted within the …continue reading

Knicks 118, Wolves 106: Hey Look, A Win!

New York Knicks 118 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 Minnesota Timberwolves Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 31 MIN | 8-18 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +17Can someone from the Knicks’ brass please be sure to send a gift basket to kindly ol’ Doc Emmett Brown early tomorrow morning? Forget microfracture surgery, platelet-rich therapy in shockingly clean German uber-clinics, or any other newfangled remedies that have failed to adequately attend to STAT’s lingering ailments–stick to the flux capacitor. Amar’e drifted through the time-space continuum to …continue reading

How the Knicks should approach this year’s NBA Trade Deadline

There is no quick-fix solution when it comes to the New York Knicks. Some teams are fortunate enough to just have a roster problem, or a coaching problem, or even just an inept front office. Some teams have more than one of these problems. The Knicks have all three. For a lot of fans, the NBA Trade Deadline is a signal of hope. — a chance at moving an albatross contract or two, receiving draft picks, obtaining a star, etc. For Knicks’ fans, especially this year, it’s a time that requires one to check his or her medicine cabinet to …continue reading