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Friday, October 31, 2014

Indexed: Pardon My Lack of Knowledge

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Pardon My Lack of Knowledge



59 comments on “Indexed: Pardon My Lack of Knowledge

  1. Thomas B.

    I agree, but I do want a point of reference. The apex of the curve would be comprable to whom? Is that like the jon abbey level? TK’s current NBA knowledge, which has hit rock botton, is equal to whom? Let me guess, Italian Stallion right?

    You could also do one with Stephen A. Smith, in which his knowledge decreases as he gets louder.

  2. Mustafa

    I’m posting regarding the prior thread.
    The discussion about PER.

    Wall Street Journal publishes annually a ‘report card’ on player’s productivity and efficiencies. In it, they tabulated points scored, FG made, blocks, rebounds, steals, assists, less missed fg, turnovers. I think they assigned weights by category. Anyway, in the late 80s and early 90s, Michael Jordan and Olajuwon used to alternate between 1 & 2.

  3. Italian Stallion

    A new report suggests that Gallinari is still having back problems and may not be ready for camp. Bad news.

  4. Thomas B.

    The longer Ben Gordon goes without signing, the more I fear he will be sent to the Knicks on a 6 year 62 million dollar deal for Nate Robinson, Wilson Chandler, Malik Rose and the 2012 pick.

    Oh wait, Thomas is’nt GM anymore. Oh that’s a load off.

  5. Captain Merlin

    Wow, everything has really quited down around here a lot since the Zbo-Rhyming Serbs deal fell through. On a slight aside, I was at a Yankee game a about a week or so ago and who do I see one row in front of me but David Lee. Anyway, I got in a solid 2 minute conversation, consisting of the usual social niceties, and an outstanding piece of amateur reporting. I asked him what he thought of Zach, and it elicited a rather subtly hilarious deadpan response along the lines of “He’s really big for us. He’s got to bear a lot.” And that was that. Splendiferous.

  6. Owen

    I am trying to picture a new indexed that somehow relates my varying levels of concern about:

    A. Danilo Gallinari’s back
    B. Total financial apocalypse

  7. Captain Merlin

    Is that injury the same one that he sustained during that summer league game, or is this something else altogether? If I remember correctly, at the time of the summer league injury, they were thinking that it was nothing major and that he could even play the last game there. Apparently not so…

  8. Italian Stallion

    @owen,

    I think financial armageddon and a total collapse of the US dollar is a higher probability than the Knicks winning the championship this year or next (not to mention more significant to our lives). I am worried about Gallinari’s back, but Dolan can afford that. The US can’t afford much more of this meltdown.

    @Captain Merlin

    Yes, it’s the same back injury. Apparently it’s a bigger problem than the Knicks thought. All we can hope is that it’s not a chronic issue and doesn’t eventually require surgery or anything like that. It’s tough to get any info on it though.

  9. Captain Merlin

    Well ain’t that a bitch. Looks like we could be seeing much more of the lethal Wilson Chandler/Q platoon at the 3 than we expected.

  10. Owen

    I think its worth mentioning that while Q was truly horrible last year, he was actually quite effective two years ago. He rebounded extremely well in the nexus created by Eddy Curry and mustered an above average ts%. He is one of the least consistent players I have ever seen, but there was a point at the end of 06 before his injury that it seemed possible we could be a .500 team.

    If he can stay healthy, which he almost never does, he can be a fairly productive player.

  11. Thomas B.

    Yes, it’s the same back injury. Apparently it’s a bigger problem than the Knicks thought. All we can hope is that it’s not a chronic issue and doesn’t eventually require surgery or anything like that. It’s tough to get any info on it though.

    The Knicks’ quack, I mean crack medical staff does it again. They screwed up Houston’s knee, David Lee’s high ankle sprain, that ankle thing with Crawford, the bone spurs with Steph, Q’s back, ect…

    Hey IS, where are you getting these reports? I cant find a word about it in the NY press.

  12. Captain Merlin

    Sounds like your everyday shitswap right there. If it could be guaranteed that none of those three would ever play a game in a Knicks uniform, then I’d be all for it….they do all come off the books soon enough, right?

  13. TDM

    Daniels and Foster expire at the end of the season. Tinsley still has 3 yrs and roughly $20 mill left on his deal. The only way I would do that trade is if we could send him overseas to scout for Euro talent with Isiah.

  14. Captain Merlin

    bingo TDM. I was thinking about that whole Isiah/Euroscout farse the other day. Since he’s technically been busy filling his position scouting over there since before the draft, if Gallo turns out to be a bust, we could still continue to lump our woes on Isiah–even though everyone knows it’s not so much a real position.

  15. Thomas B.

    Sounds like your everyday shitswap right there. If it could be guaranteed that none of those three would ever play a game in a Knicks uniform, then I’d be all for it….they do all come off the books soon enough, right?

    Sh*tswap for sure, but one that saves the Knicks about 11 million in salary in the last year of Tinsley’s deal. I keep hearing, “Get rid of Zach for anything.” This deal would do that and save us a bit of money. Hey, given Tinsley’s health history, he might never play in any uniform, so you get half what you want there. Its not like we are getting bowled over with Zach offers.

  16. Thomas B.

    Daniels and Foster expire at the end of the season. Tinsley still has 3 yrs and roughly $20 mill left on his deal. The only way I would do that trade is if we could send him overseas to scout for Euro talent with Isiah.

    Well if your options are 17 million to Zach or 7 million to Jamaal, which would you take? You dont want to save 10 million? You dont think the team would play better with Lee as your starting 4? This suggestion is no worst than the Memphis deal in terms of thir year salary. Infact it is better because we get to keep a 2012 pick.

  17. Italian Stallion

    I don’t dislike Randolph as much as many other people here, but I think anything that puts Lee in the starting line up and returns a usable player for Randolph is a great deal if the contract expires sooner than ZBO’s. I mean anything!

    One thing we have to keep in mind is that if Randolph is not dealt before the season starts, he HAS TO BE the starting 4. If he’s not, his trade value will tumble further. So we could easily be looking at a few months of Zach and Curry trying to be part of D’Antoni’s system as the starting 4 and 5. ROTFLMAO

    The news on Gallinari was a little more favorable today. I hope he’s OK. I really want to see what we have here. I think he could be a pretty good 3. He has some of the skills we need. The only thing I worry about is his defense (but mostly because others have said that’s an issue)

    In Crawford’s latest blog entry he talked about everyone EXCEPT MARBURY. I think you have to interpret that as Marbury being gone (unless that’s just wishful thinking on my part).

  18. Captain Merlin

    Despite my declaration of that speculative deal as a shitswap, I’d still take it if there were no better ones on the table, but I really would never want to see Jamaal Tinsley helming the team. I suppose the cap clearance and the Zbo dumping would be worth it though. Trading away one overpaid evil for another, though less so. Still, It’s beginning to look more and more like Walsh really muffed it when he refused the Zbo for nothing deal (which is how I believe it was set up–no draft picks)

  19. DS

    I am getting so tired of this talk that Walsh turned down the Clippers offer to take Randolph off the Knicks’ hand for nothing. It would be the stupidest trade imaginable for the Clips to make.

    If Walsh could unload that contract without giving up anything else he would. Period. The Clips consistently stay under the cap and know enough not to screw the pooch on Z-Bo. What is your most reliable source that reported this trade proposal? Pete Vescey?

  20. Captain Merlin

    Rumors of the trade (in one form or another with and without picks) were actually pretty widely reported across the New York media and on the national scene as well. I believe ESPN was actually one of the national sources reporting the possibility of “the Clippers offer to take Randolph off the Knicks’ hand for nothing.” So, considering how it is actually quite probable that such a “Zbo for nothing” deal was on the table, everyone has the right to complain about it. He screwed the pooch and is not really showing many signs of changing the pattern. That coupled with the horrid Balkman debacle create a somewhat inauspicious start to this reign.

    Also, Thall, I believe there is on room for one Captain on this ship, and it’s Merlin.

  21. Captain Thall

    Stop whining. If Walsh traded Zach Randolph for nothing, you would be complaining about that. There is nothing he can do with negative people like you.

  22. Captain Merlin

    Actually, throughout this whole dump zach debacle, I’ve been firmly in favor for pulling the trigger on any of the proposed trades that did not involve giving up a 2012 first rounder. I simply despise Zbo, have for quite a while, and will continue doing do for the foreseeable future, or at until we collect cap space from his departure. So, had they made that deal I likely would not have been complaining about it, but rather eating fine cakes, drinking champagne by the bathtub, and smoking some lovely victory Cubans.

    As a knowledgeable, interested fan, it’s quite difficult to be particularly positive about anything going on with the team at this particular moment, so I assert that anyone who does not have a pessimistic, negative attitude about this team either does not realize the truth of the matter, is in denial, or simply does not care.

    Also, I find your grouping of all negative people into one boat to be extremely depersonalizing. We are not one easily stereotyped mass of sulkers, but rather are an extremely varied people with loads of different things to sulk about. We do not take kindly to such generalization.

    There’s only one Captain and it is not you Private Thall

  23. vanguard mutual

    Captain Thall,
    You\’re right.
    these guys will kill any
    trade that is made or not made or just a rumor.
    Argument for argument\’s sake!
    Why?…..
    Low self esteem
    so sad.

  24. Z

    Jeez, where have all the old standbys gone and scurried off to?

    Still here, but let’s face it– there’s not much to talk about. Randolph is still a Knick, and I am uninterested in every other aspect of the team as long as he wears the blue & orange. Call me when he’s traded…

    As for the “total financial apocalypse”, there could be a silver lining: Cablevision could go the way of AIG and the Federal Gov’t could take it over. Then Bill Bradley could be appointed head of the SEC and a Knick could finally be running the team…

  25. Thomas B.

    Jeez, where have all the old standbys gone and scurried off to?

    sniff

    I guess I’m not an old standby.

    sob

  26. Thomas B.

    Captain Thall,You\’re right.these guys will kill anytrade that is made or not made or just a rumor.Argument for argument\’s sake!Why?…..Low self esteemso sad.

    I disagree, just for argument’s sake.

  27. Thomas B.

    Captain Thall,You\’re right.these guys will kill anytrade that is made or not made or just a rumor.Argument for argument\’s sake!Why?…..Low self esteemso sad.

    p.s.

    We do not have low self “esteemso”, whatever that is. Actually, I’m not sure-let me ask.

    “Honey, are we low on self esteemso? Okay. Will you pick some up next time you go to Starbucks? What flavor? I don’t know, mocha or hazelnut I guess.”

    Thanks vanguard, I sure would have looked silly if company came and I did not have esteemso to serve.

  28. Thomas B.

    Congrats Mike, “You’re” Famous! You’re has too many homonyms.

    You got you’re, which is a contraction of you are.
    You got your, which is a possessive pronoun.
    You got yore, which is a time past.

    A similar problem is found with the word there.

    There, as we know, speaks to the location of a thing.
    Their is a possessive pronoun.
    They’re is a contraction of they are.

    A good way to keep from confusing the usage of each word is to remember that the proper word for location-that being there- has a word of location within it-that being here. Of course here has a homonym as well, hear. But people generally do not confuse the two words.

    Now, another issue is the proper use of the words “less” and “fewer.” Many people use them interchangeably but this is not correct. Whenever you speak of an object that cannot be broken into a smaller unit, you should use fewer. For example: There are fewer posts about the Zach Randolph trade than there were three weeks ago. Posts cannot be anything smaller than a post, so fewer is correct. However, there has been less talk about trading Randolph than there was three weeks ago. This error is commonly seen in supermarkets in the “X items or less” aisles. The signs should read “X items or fewer.”

    Here is a bit of trivia for you: There are six word that share the sound of the word “air.” Those are:
    air
    are
    heir
    err
    ere
    e’er
    That is the most you find in the English language.

    Dear lord, I am lecturing about English. The season really needs to start.

  29. jbug187

    If I could digress from the English lesson plan for the day, Ken Berger interviewed Dwayne Wade recently. DWade said that he would love to play for D’Antoni.
    http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nba/blog/
    DWade or LBJ in 2010? Assuming both are available. I still think I’d take LBJ.

    I hope that elite players still think D’Antoni is an attractive coach after these next two years coaching the Knicks. Two losing seasons could easily drop him down a peg or two. As for Wade, I can’t help but think that the Heat will be serious contenders (making it less likely he leaves) by the time he becomes a free agent. Let’s hope that Cleveland continues to deny LeBron the supporting cast he needs to take it all the way so he has a real reason to leave.

  30. Thomas B.

    If I could digress from the English lesson plan for the day, Ken Berger interviewed Dwayne Wade recently. DWade said that he would love to play for D’Antoni.
    http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nba/blog/
    DWade or LBJ in 2010? Assuming both are available. I still think I’d take LBJ.

    Did he say he would love NY, or love to play for Coach D? See all that could mean is that he want Coach D in Miami.

  31. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger) Post author

    Wow mad props from KD! Dwyer if you’re reading this you can rest assured knowing that “that photo” will remain in my safe for another year. :-)

    As for a Marbury buyout I don’t see anything online. Any links?

  32. Thomas B.

    Wow mad props from KD! Dwyer if you’re reading this you can rest assured knowing that “that photo” will remain in my safe for another year. :-)
    As for a Marbury buyout I don’t see anything online. Any links?

    The only thing I could find about it was from a reporter named Greene.
    http://www.knickerblogger.net/?p=845
    Does that count as online?

  33. TDM

    Wow mad props from KD! Dwyer if you’re reading this you can rest assured knowing that “that photo” will remain in my safe for another year. :-)
    As for a Marbury buyout I don’t see anything online. Any links?

    The only mention I saw on the buyout was the link I posted yesterday from the NYT’s article. No facts in the article, just a statement that it “appears” marbs will be bought out.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/18/sports/basketball/18knicks.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

  34. Z

    It’s all speculative, but still– the writing is on the wall. Randolph is practicing, Marbury isn’t. There are no roster spots. Jamal is referring to Marbury in past tense (Jamal actually updated us on Ernie Grunfeld’s son (“to be respectfully honest, he doesn’t look like he can really play”) without a mention of Marbury).

    I think Marbury is gone.

    Now if we can just get rid of Randolph, Curry, Q, Jeffries, James, and Collins we may be onto something here…

  35. Italian Stallion

    I don’t see much downside to letting Marbury go. At his best he was OK because he could score and average high single digit assists, but he was never a super efficient scorer and the rest of his game was average at best. At this point, I doubt we are losing all that much with Duhon at PG and we’ll rid ourselves of the distraction and circus. I only wish we somehow could have gotten something of value for such a large expiring contract.

  36. ken

    I think that there are so many more writers who can really break down football than there are people who can do the same for hoops. THat’s what makes a writer like David Thorpe or Alan Hahn so good; reading about technique and footwork make us more sophisticated fans.

  37. Brendan

    Maybe news: Grizzles pass on Zbo-http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/54461/20080920/grizzlies_pass_on_randolph/

    am I the only one who can’t read Thorpe, BTW? He just seems to radiate a smug contempt for everyone which makes it hard to get to the- admittedly strong- insight in his work, for me anyway.

  38. Mustafa

    “yahoo’s BDL blog, they mentioned you, mike.. glowingly”
    Can someone post a link to this, can’t find it.

    Thomas B,
    Noticed how “then” and “than” are consistently used incorrectly.
    Here in the US and as well as our European friends.

    DWade:
    I love DWade but did you actually expect him to lambast D’Antoni or any other coach for that matter???
    95% of the players in any league simply stick to a PR scripted framework. It’s very seldom that you’ll get brutally honest statements
    like from a Josh Howard or Oakley. Those are the exceptions.

    Play ball..

  39. Thomas B.

    Thomas B,Noticed how “then” and “than” are consistently used incorrectly.Here in the US and as well as our European friends.

    “Than” should be used in a comparative sentence. If one were to compare the volume of posts in one week compared to the next, then the correct word to use would be than. “More posts this week than last week.”

    “Then” is use in instructional sentences to mark order, sequence, or the passage of time. “I should check my facts first, “then” consider whether to correct someone.”

    http://esl.about.com/od/grammarintermediate/a/cm_than.htm

  40. jon abbey

    Jeez, where have all the old standbys gone and scurried off to?

    I’ve been in Tokyo for a week, working and relaxing, and will be here one more week, but it doesn’t seem like much of substance is going on. Chad Ford has a semi-depressing piece up about how bad next year’s draft looks as of now.

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