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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Heat-Knicks Ticket Contest

Thanks to the good folks at StubHub, I have a pair of tickets to give away for the Knicks-Heat game on December 17th at the Garden. That’s right, be there in person when the triumvirate of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and James Jones come to New York. These are the hottest tickets of the Knicks season, and the 10th most wanted tickets in the whole NBA.

Unfortunately I don’t want these going to just some random internet passer-by. These tickets will go to a true KnickerBlogger fan, one that is willing to wear a KB T-shirt to the game (how else would you let LeBron know exactly how you feel about him?). Just go to the T-Shirt store, buy one or more t-shirts before Wednesday November 17th 11:59pm and email your order confirmation number to HeatKnicksTix@KnickerBlogger.Net. You’ll get one “ping pong ball” for each t-shirt you buy. I will announce the winner some time before the end of November. For those that have already purchased T-shirts, send me an email with your order number and I’ll add you to the contest!

Good luck! And if you don’t win, you can always grab tickets to this or any game from StubHub by using the link on my sidebar right below the ESPN video.

41 comments on “Heat-Knicks Ticket Contest

  1. ess-dog

    Very crafty, Mike.
    So does this apply to just the Lebron shirts or all shirts? Because, I’ve been eyeing the D’Antoni shirt anyway. I guess I’m more of a Pringles fan than a Shepard Fairey fan. Speaking of which, does an “OBEY” Mosgov shirt make too much sense or what?

  2. Mike Kurylo Post author

    ess-dog: Very crafty, Mike.
    So does this apply to just the Lebron shirts or all shirts?Because, I’ve been eyeing the D’Antoni shirt anyway.I guess I’m more of a Pringles fan than a Shepard Fairey fan.Speaking of which, does an “OBEY” Mosgov shirt make too much sense or what?  

    Any shirt will do. I like the idea of giving credit for people that already bought a shit. Also I like the OBEY Mozgov idea. Let’s see what I can fire up…

  3. Kennyhasbrook4life

    Just a suggestion, but shouldnt our favorite Russian Knick have a russian nickname, i propose bomaga, or ??????. Sure it only means paper in Russian, but sounds cool none the less, especially when you dont know what it means.

  4. d-mar

    Watching Steph Curry dismantle the Raptors with 32 points. One friggin’ draft spot, one friggin’ draft spot……

  5. Kevin McElroy

    d-mar: Watching Steph Curry dismantle the Raptors with 32 points. One friggin’ draft spot, one friggin’ draft spot……  

    Well yeah but then we never would’ve gotten to watch McGrady last year.

    [pours stiff drink]

  6. Owen

    Saw this and found it highly interesting, all these years we have been giving Isiah credit for at least drafting David Lee….

    Apparently, it happened basically over his dead body…

    NEW YORK – As the clock ticked down in the New York Knicks’ draft room in late June 2005, Isiah Thomas wanted to choose Pittsburgh’s Chris Taft over Florida’s David Lee(notes). Sources say that all around Thomas front-office elders and scouts begged him to change his mind. No one believed Lee would become an All-Star, an $80 million man, but they knew this: Taft was terrible.

    Only one of Thomas’ oldest confidants, Brendan Suhr, had a voice strong enough to sway him. Before the Knicks president finally backed down and submitted Lee’s name to be picked with the 30th selection, Thomas snapped, “You’d better be [bleeping] right.”

  7. Owen

    Knickerblogger is definitely on the numbers count shirt…

    Where was Suhr when the Eddy Curry trade was being mooted is the real question…

    And I am staking my claim that my girlfriend was the first to identify D’Antoni’s resemblance to Senor Pringle.

  8. TDM

    Not to take away from the ‘Numbers Count’ shirt, but I don’t see people coming up to me on the street (unless they are an accountant) asking where I got it. The LBJ and Pringles shirts are very creative – I’m guessing a few people would want to grab one if they knew where to go.

    Good point on the Curry trade. However, I hear he is doing 3 on 3 drills now, so maybe this is the year he . . . … Yeah, who am I kidding.

  9. JK47

    It’s truly astonishing that Isiah continues to lose assets for us even “beyond the grave.” We’re going to lose at least one first-round pick because of the secret workout thing, maybe more.

    Worst performance by a GM in sports history. The guy had to CHEAT in order to win 23 games a year. At least this seems to close the door forever on Isiah returning.

  10. Z

    JK47: We’re going to lose at least one first-round pick because of the secret workout thing, maybe more.  

    Is this true, or just your guess? Do you have a link?

  11. ess-dog

    TDM: Not to take away from the ‘Numbers Count’ shirt, but I don’t see people coming up to me on the street (unless they are an accountant) asking where I got it.The LBJ and Pringles shirts are very creative – I’m guessing a few people would want to grab one if they knew where to go.Good point on the Curry trade.However, I hear he is doing 3 on 3 drills now, so maybe this is the year he . . . …Yeah, who am I kidding.  

    I saw a recent clip of Curry in the gym during shooting drills. Dude was drilling shot after shot out past the three point line, one after the other.
    Aside from the constant injury/stupidity problems, I think Eddy’s biggest flaw is that he just could care less about a win vs. a loss, as long as he “get’s his”. He never talks about winning in interviews, just “his game”.
    He’s really not worth the 5 sentences of electronic ink I just used on him.

  12. DS

    @18 — Agreed. I saw that clip. And he looks fatter than ever. Hopefully when he turns 28 in December we can put to rest the idea that he’ll ever return to old form.

    And by “old form” I mean the one year he had a big role in a winning system (and btw, also led his team in turnovers and averaged 5.4 Rebounds/game). That 22 year old kid is never coming back and I’m not sure we’d want him.

  13. Ted Nelson

    Z:
    Is this true, or just your guess? Do you have a link?  

    I don’t think it’s “true,” but just the conventional speculation wisdom. If the NBA doesn’t penalize the Knicks, why won’t other teams just do the same thing going forward? Sort of the hallmark of the American justice system… extreme punitive damages. They could just penalize Isiah and his crony, but I also think they probably go after the team. Otherwise teams could just pay employees to take the fall.

  14. Nick C.

    JK47:
    Worst performance by a GM in sports history. The guy had to CHEAT in order to win 23 games a year. At least this seems to close the door forever on Isiah returning. JK47

    hahahahahahahaha

  15. Frank O.

    Kevin McElroy: This article made me happier than I’ve ever been before that Isiah is no longer running the Knicks:http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2010/11/08/monday-musings-a-pair-of-untradables-shine/?eref=sihpGotta love this line in the caption:“Elton Brand has $51.2 million left on his contract and an injury-riddled past, but he’s put up big numbers so far this season.”Somebody get Kahn on the phone…  (Quote)

    Truly stunning not to see a Knicks players on the list.

  16. JK47

    @20 Ted is right, it’s just my guess, but I don’t see how we get out of this without losing at least a first rounder.

    Please tell me this is the end. Once Curry’s contract is up and we get punished for the secret workouts, there’s no more price to be paid for Isiah, right? Please tell me this is the last slimy fingerprint this scumbag will be leaving on this basketball team.

  17. TDM

    Ted Nelson: I don’t think it’s “true,” but just the conventional speculation wisdom. If the NBA doesn’t penalize the Knicks, why won’t other teams just do the same thing going forward? Sort of the hallmark of the American justice system… extreme punitive damages. They could just penalize Isiah and his crony, but I also think they probably go after the team. Otherwise teams could just pay employees to take the fall.  (Quote)

    Isn’t it possible that the league will issue a sentence of time served (i.e. the past 10 years and eddy’s contract).

  18. Z

    Ted Nelson: If the NBA doesn’t penalize the Knicks, why won’t other teams just do the same thing going forward? Sort of the hallmark of the American justice system… extreme punitive damages. They could just penalize Isiah and his crony, but I also think they probably go after the team. Otherwise teams could just pay employees to take the fall.  

    I don’t see why David Stern would punish the fans of a team for the sins of its former employees. If he wants to deter others from making the same illegal decisions, he should fine the owner of the team enough to make him feel it.

    Or, better yet, strip the owner of the team and put it up for public auction.

    JK47: Please tell me this is the end. Once Curry’s contract is up and we get punished for the secret workouts, there’s no more price to be paid for Isiah, right? Please tell me this is the last slimy fingerprint this scumbag will be leaving on this basketball team.  

    Yeah. We all thought the 2010 lottery pick would be the end of the Isiah era. Now this. But remember, even after Curry’s contract expires, Jokim Noah and LaMarcus Aldridge will still be core players on elite teams…

    TDM:
    Isn’t it possible that the league will issue a sentence of time served (i.e. the past 10 years and eddy’s contract).  

    Haha. Yes, hopefully we draw a very liberal judge.

  19. Ted Nelson

    TDM: Isn’t it possible that the league will issue a sentence of time served (i.e. the past 10 years and eddy’s contract). 

    I have no idea what Stern will do… However, my guess is that he hurts the organization. You can’t really be subjective and consider what organization it is. Every team will have an excuse: we’re from a small market don’t punish us, we’re a well run organization with one bad apple don’t punish us, etc. Based on the American system of justice and the T-Wolves precedent, I think taking picks is a pretty likely scenario.

    Z: I don’t see why David Stern would punish the fans of a team for the sins of its former employees.

    James Dolan isn’t a former employee, though, he’s the owner. The buck stops with him. It did at that time and it does now. Maybe Stern decides just to fine him, but he took the T-Wolves picks. That seems like the most recent precedent. And I think the T-Wolves owner was even dying when that happened, or maybe I’m making that up…

    Z: Or, better yet, strip the owner of the team and put it up for public auction.

    I wish.

  20. Frank O.

    Appropo of nothing…

    The downfall of the Big Three in Miami begins…

    Chris Bosh sat down with LeBron James on Friday night to discuss how Miami’s Big Three could better complement each other.

    Six games into the season the team’s transition wasn’t going as easily as Bosh had planned.

    “I was just honest,” Bosh said of his chat with James. “I get a little lost out there because it’s different.”

    Bosh’s numbers are down across the board, but he insists that finding himself on the court among his new teammates cannot be measured by statistics.

    He is averaging 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

    Read more: http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/70007/20101109/bosh_i_get_a_little_lost_out_there/#ixzz14olxXfdQ

  21. Nick C.

    In a way that s good that they did that but on the other hand why go announcing that, or more precisely what does he have to gain other than making himself look naive.

  22. Frank O.

    Nick C.: In a way that s good that they did that but on the other hand why go announcing that, or more precisely what does he have to gain other than making himself look naive.  (Quote)

    I could seem him sulking, head bowed asking Lebron to throw him a bone. But how did he expect any more than this? Did he expect to get 20-10 with Lebron and Wade dominating the offense, especially when they can create their own shots and he cannot…?

  23. Ted Nelson

    Frank O.: especially when they can create their own shots and he cannot

    I haven’t watched much Heat this season, but with that talented of a group I think “creating their own shots” can be as much a negative as a positive. Anyway, Bosh has maybe the best first step of any bigman in the NBA, a decent enough jumper, and most definitely can “create his own shot” and has done so successfully in Toronto for years. Figuring out how to score off the ball seems to be more of a problem than creating his own shot (again, I haven’t watched more than one or two of their games and not the whole thing).

    To me, it’s not that Bosh isn’t averaging 20/10 or whatever, it’s that his TS% is only .540 and he’s not rebounding a lick. I don’t know how they are using him (I’m not watching), but it doesn’t seem to be the best way. Maybe he needs to adjust, maybe the team… I have no idea.

    Still, their defense is #1 in the league right now, their offense is #8 and should only get better…

  24. Frank O.

    Ted Nelson: I haven’t watched much Heat this season, but with that talented of a group I think “creating their own shots” can be as much a negative as a positive. Anyway, Bosh has maybe the best first step of any bigman in the NBA, a decent enough jumper, and most definitely can “create his own shot” and has done so successfully in Toronto for years. Figuring out how to score off the ball seems to be more of a problem than creating his own shot (again, I haven’t watched more than one or two of their games and not the whole thing). To me, it’s not that Bosh isn’t averaging 20/10 or whatever, it’s that his TS% is only .540 and he’s not rebounding a lick. I don’t know how they are using him (I’m not watching), but it doesn’t seem to be the best way. Maybe he needs to adjust, maybe the team… I have no idea.Still, their defense is #1 in the league right now, their offense is #8 and should only get better…  (Quote)

    Mr. Nelson:
    My comment about creating his shot was more about how Wade and Lebron most often have the ball in their hands. Even if he were very good at creating his own shot it would be ridiculous to try with those two guys running the offense.
    I have watched them play a few games now, and he just seems lost. I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I thought it was too early to judge.
    I just find it hard to see him throwing stab steps and trying to break down a defender with two of the greatest players in basketball on the court.

    Btw, Wade is taking just over 16 shots per game, Lebron just over 14 and Bosh just over 11. Between 2005 and 2009 Bosh was getting between 15.3 and 16.5 shots per game.
    But Lebron has by far the biggest adjustment. He was getting about 20 shots per game for the past few years. Wade has generally gotten about 19.

    Both Bosh have also made significant sacrifices in their per 36 scoring, but Wade hasn’t.
    Something else to note, both Lebron and Bosh’s TS% has dropped, but Wade’s has remained about the same.

  25. Z

    Ted Nelson: Based on the American system of justice and the T-Wolves precedent, I think taking picks is a pretty likely scenario. Maybe Stern decides just to fine him, but he took the T-Wolves picks. That seems like the most recent precedent. And I think the T-Wolves owner was even dying when that happened, or maybe I’m making that up…   

    Yes, the T-Wolves precedent is terrifying. Stern stripped them of 5 consecutive 1st round picks (reduced to 3). (Though I suppose that wouldn’t be the WORST thing for the Knicks. I mean, Isiah has already stripped them of most of their picks between 2006 and the end of time).

    But is the T-Wolves precedent really a precedent in this case? Is the crime the same? McHale and Smith colluded to get around the CBA– something any team could easily do to great advantage, and probably was doing before the league was able to make an example. Stern wanted to make sure it never happened again.

    In the case of Dolan and Isiah, they didn’t really gain much advantage from their secret workouts. They got a leg up finding a mediocre talent in a mediocre draft at a draft position that historically turns out mediocre players. The punishment should fit the crime, and even if everyone is doing it, is the league really affected by it in any significant way?

    Besides, Stern probably figured that if a straight-arrow like Kevin McHale was cheating the system, then everyone was, and everyone needed to be deterred. In the case of Isiah Thomas, he’s clearly a uniquely psychopathic NBA executive, and therefore can be dealt with in a punitive vacuum…

  26. Brian Cronin

    I’m not saying that the NBA will not strip the Knicks of a pick (as leagues these days do tend not to follow precedents that well), but if they will, it won’t be based on the Minnesota example. The precedent here would not be the Wolves and Joe Smith intentionally trying to cheat the salary cap, it would be the other examples of teams illegally contacting players before the draft, which has always resulted in fines and suspensions, not lost draft picks. And we’re talking stuff that ALL happened more recently than the Smith situation in 1999-2000 (the most recent example was when the Nuggets were fined $200,000 and George Karl was suspended 3 games in 2005 for attending an illegal workout).

    But, like I said, leagues nowadays tend to go way overboard with regards to precedent (so that something that would net you 3 days off 10 years ago likely will get you 2 weeks off today), so I suppose the Knicks might lose a pick or two.

  27. Ted Nelson

    Frank O.: Even if he were very good at creating his own shot it would be ridiculous to try with those two guys running the offense.

    I don’t know about that. Bosh was a pretty darn good offensive player in Toronto. Where the criticism of his game came in wasn’t scoring as much as other things. If Miami ignores him, they’re making themselves easier to defend. One-on-one there just aren’t many bigs who can stop Bosh. I’m not saying feature him, just incorporate it into your offense and become more balanced. Toronto had some good offensive teams with him as the focal point. He can basically effectively do what Amare has been unsuccessful in doing so far for the Knicks… not that I would use him in exactly that static of a way. And if you pay much attention to him, you’re going to get burned by LeBron or Wade. At the same time, he probably has to become better off the ball (I haven’t seen enough to say).

    Frank O.: I just find it hard to see him throwing stab steps and trying to break down a defender with two of the greatest players in basketball on the court.

    It doesn’t have to be from a stand-still. The defense is a little off balance as you move the ball and Bosh gets a step on his man as soon as he catches the ball. But, yes, he was an All-NBA performer as a primary offensive option. I’m not saying do it 10, 20 times a game. Just get him some looks he’s comfortable with. That should make LeWade even more effective. There definitely is a way to incorporate as effective a scorer as Bosh into that offense. Just like there is a way to incorporate Amare into the Knicks’ offense. And I don’t think you can completely ask them to change, but need to meet half way between their strengths and the team needs.

    Frank O.: Wade’s has remained about the same.  

    Gone up… but it’s 7 games.

  28. Ted Nelson

    As far as the workouts…

    I think it was the Wolves owner and not McHale responsible for “the promise.”

    It’s not the same, but in both cases you tried to cheat the system. While George Karl might have gone to a workout, the Knicks were holding illegal workouts for years… It wasn’t a one time mistake. Not just a misunderstanding or error in judgement. It was malicious. Hopefully that’s the precedent Stern looks at, but if he gives the equivalent of “3 games” for every workout it might be a lot more than “2 weeks” worth of punishment. The Knicks were apparently working out WC twice a day for weeks.

    Stern is also held accountable by the owners. If these guys are sticking to the rules, they can’t take too kindly to Dolan running mockery of an organization in NYC and costing them a lot of money (assuming the league would make more with a good team in NYC and Isiah’s crap hurts the league’s image). Also, if you’re an EC team don’t you want to see an up-and-coming playoff contender stripped of picks?

    Z: Stern wanted to make sure it never happened again.

    How is that different from this situation?

    Z: In the case of Dolan and Isiah, they didn’t really gain much advantage from their secret workouts.

    A. Signing Joe Smith was a big advantage?
    B. If they didn’t think they were gaining an advantage, they wouldn’t have done it. They got to see a lot about the work ethics of the prospects. They were reportedly putting WC through 2-a-days for weeks…

  29. Brian Cronin

    By the way, very minor point, but I see that by using “3 games” as an example, it made it sound like I was throwing 2 weeks out as a prediction, which was not my intent. I was just trying to say that whatever punishment would have been handed out (for pretty much any offense) in 2000 would now be vastly multiplied today, just due to the way leagues go overboard these days (like the NFL, where players were fined big chunks of money for offenses that were not against the rules when they did them…think about that, a professional sports league handed out ex post facto penalties! And no one seemed to particularly care!).

  30. Z

    Ted Nelson: How is that different from this situation?
    A. Signing Joe Smith was a big advantage?
    B. If they didn’t think they were gaining an advantage, they wouldn’t have done it. They got to see a lot about the work ethics of the prospects. They were reportedly putting WC through 2-a-days for weeks…  

    The Wolves were colluding with Joe Smith, but it could have just as easily been KG or another of their higher impact players. Or any team with any one of their players. Smith was the one they caught and could make an example of. But it COULD have been anyone.

    In the case of Isiah’s illegal workouts, it was limited to the under the radar players who, lets face it, aren’t even worth conducting secret workouts for. It’s not like Isiah could secretly work out Kevin Durant or Greg Oden. He was limited to the Wilson Chandlers of the draft. (And the secret workouts actually backfired, as Isiah invested so much in secretly worked-out Chandler he passed on Rudy Fernandez, Aaron Brooks, Tiago Splitter, Carl Landry, Mark Gasol, and Ramon Sessions.)

    As for “If they didn’t think they were gaining an advantage, they wouldn’t have done it”, like I said, Isiah was not only a bad GM, he was also clinically insane. He THOUGHT he was gaining an advantage spending $100 million more than every other team in the league. Of course, it wasn’t an advantage, as in reality it set the franchise back a good 8 years. Hopefully David Stern will look at the spirit and not the letter of the law and not stript Knick fans of their future, especially as they try to bury the ghost of Isiah Thomas.

  31. Ted Nelson

    Z: The Wolves were colluding with Joe Smith, but it could have just as easily been KG or another of their higher impact players. Or any team with any one of their players. Smith was the one they caught and could make an example of. But it COULD have been anyone.

    How do you not see how this same logic also works with the draft collusion?

    The Knicks were colluding with Wilson Chandler and Brandon Rush, but it could have just as easily been the team with the #2 overall pick (or #7 or whatever) colluding with the consensus #1 pick to get him not to work out for other teams. Or anyone breaking the rules in any way. The knicks broke the rules and they’re not simply going unpunished for that just because you and I root for them.

    Also, Brandon Rush was an eventual lottery pick. No really a mediocre prospect. Also, him getting hurt just proves the risk involved. On top of the NBA problems, maybe the Knicks will have a nice multi-million dollar law suit from Rush on their hands… (I’m not a lawyer and really have no idea).

    Z: Hopefully David Stern will look at the spirit and not the letter of the law

    The Knicks broke the spirit of the law as well as the letter and every single other thing about the law (rule). They knew what they were doing was totally against the rules, and they proceeded to do it repeatedly year after year anyway.

  32. Z

    Ted Nelson:
    How do you not see how this same logic also works with the draft collusion?  

    Because I think there is a difference in both intention and severity. Colluding to circumvent the salary cap violates the mutually agreed upon rules of the collective bargaining agreement. It’s like violating the Constitution. As David Stern said in 2000: ”This was a fraud of major proportions…that ripped to the heart of the collective bargaining agreement. The magnitude of this stuff is shocking.”

    In order for Stern to apply the Timberwolves precedent to the Knicks and strip them of draft picks (on top of $millions in fines and year long suspensions), he’d have to declare that Heard’s illegal workouts were a fraud of equal proportions. I don’t think that he can make such a claim.

    Whereas circumventing the salary cap gives a team a significant competitive advantage, illegal workouts (not part of the CBA) give little more than the possibility of insight into a player’s personality. Like the anonymous exec in the Yahoo! article said: “The more information that you can get on a player, the better off you are in this business. If we could bring in underclassmen for two weeks and get to know them even better, we would all do it. Say we played Player X from watching him play in college for a year. And then, we bring him in for a couple of weeks and he acts like a complete whack job – or he can’t do what we thought on the floor, or he’s late every day. That tells you a lot.”

    The difference between illegally finding out that a player is a “whack job” and failing to disclose to the league $86 million in salary is stark, and I think that if Stern is going to be as draconian with the Knicks as he was with the Wolves, he will have to somehow equate the two offenses which, considering the rhetoric he used in 2000, doesn’t seem possible.

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