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Friday, May 29, 2015


At Phil Jackson Logs On To Twitter, Yells At Clouds.

At About Knicks, a few brief words on Phil Jackson’s Sideshow Bob-stepping-on-a-rake Twittering. Back on May 10th, the Knicks’ Grand Poobah caused a bit of a media kerfluffle when he decided to troll the three point-heavy teams in the playoffs, asking “NBA analysts give me some diagnostics on how 3pt oriented teams are faring this playoffs…seriously, how’s it goink?” [sic] At the time of Phil’s tweets, it wasn’t goink very well, with Atlanta, Cleveland, Golden State down 2-1 to the likes of Washington, Chicago and Memphis. Of course, the ATL-CLE-GSW troika promptly proceeded to go undefeated, meaning that all four …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2015.05.24)

[New York Daily News] Lupica: Clock is tickin’ on Phil Jackson (Sun, 24 May 2015 04:45:26 GMT) When James Dolan brought Phil Jackson “home” to run the Knicks, a veteran of NBA coaching called me up and said: “Wait and see. [New York Times] Curry, Golden State Rout Houston 115-80 to Take 3-0 Lead (Sun, 24 May 2015 05:15:57 GMT) Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors made it look easy, beating the Houston Rockets 115-80 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. [New York Times] Warriors Take 3-0 Lead Over …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2015.05.23)

[New York Times] Cavaliers 94, Hawks 82: LeBron James Scores 30 as Cavaliers Hobble Past Limping Hawks (Sat, 23 May 2015 04:32:12 GMT) The Cavaliers and the Hawks both were short-handed, but James stepped up to lead Cleveland to a victory and a two-games-to-none lead in the Eastern Conference finals. [New York Times] Cavaliers Take Control With Dominating Win Over Hawks (Sat, 23 May 2015 04:18:41 GMT) LeBron James scored 30 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers, playing without an injured Kyrie Irving, cruised to a 94-82 victory over the Atlanta Hawks to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2015.05.22)

[New York Times] In This Generation, 3-Pointers Are Paramount in the Playoffs (Fri, 22 May 2015 06:36:48 GMT) Those notable names of the past, the ones still insisting that NBA playoff offenses must pound the ball inside, have been awfully quiet this week. [New York Times] Warriors Survive Harden Onslaught to Forge 2-0 Lead (Fri, 22 May 2015 06:21:45 GMT) The Golden State Warriors survived a stirring James Harden-inspired fightback to take command of the Western Conference Final with a 99-98 Game Two victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday. [New York Times] Warriors Prevail After Rockets’ 17-Point Rally Isn’t …continue reading

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

Knicks Morning News (2015.05.21)

[New York Times] Hawks Lose Game One, Carroll to Knee Injury (Thu, 21 May 2015 05:51:41 GMT) The Atlanta Hawks suffered a double blow on Wednesday when they were beaten 97-89 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the Eastern Conference finals and lost DeMarre Carroll to what looked like a serious knee injury. [New York Times] Smith, James Lead Cavs Past Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 (Thu, 21 May 2015 04:39:56 GMT) LeBron James scored 31 points and J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game …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