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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Knickerblogger for your ears

If you’ve got an hour to kill and would like to hear  your humble correspondent babble about all things Knick-ly, Breaking Bad, my plans to stalk James Dolan and other errata, I sat down (not literally) with the gang from The New York Knicks Podcast.

For the record, in the podcast I sound disturbingly like the bastard love child of Woody Allen and Kermit the Frog. It ain’t so! I blame my cheap Credo (the Lefty Cell Phone Co.!) phone. Enjoy!

Episode 109: Interview with Robert Silverman

 

37 comments on “Knickerblogger for your ears

  1. Gideon Zaga

    On a side note, I wander what the advanced stat heads think about the on going MIT sports conference. JVG just said something that will throw this blog into a frenzy haha. If only they had invited Berri to the panel, this would have been historic.

  2. Gideon Zaga

    BTW great take on CAA, I’m sure outside the lines is spying on those guys waiting to expose them soon

  3. Gideon Zaga

    What i dont understand is your undying defense of Dantoni,yes everyone wants to play for him but that’s because they wanted to play with Steve Nash. You keep defending Dantoni to the death, but I really don’t get it. What do u see in him. I mean the guy is half a coach and can’t coach defense.

  4. Gideon Zaga

    Interestingly the knicks draft picks over the decade could have been a rootable good team. Nene, Ariza, Nate, Gallo, Landry, TD, Jordan Hill, Chandler, Shumpert, Harrelson. That’s a nice team witg tge right coach.

  5. Frank O.

    A last revisit with the Shump v. Fields comparisons:

    According to 82games.com
    Shump scores from inside at an eFG% of .600, Fields at .647.
    But while only about 24 percent of Shump’s shots come from inside, Field’s inside shots are 36 percent of his total.
    So he scores more efficiently inside and he does it more.
    Also, a whopping 76 percent of Shump’s shots are jumpers, and his eFG% is a terrible .361, whereas Fields takes a jumper 64% of the time at an eFG% .447, which isn’t great either, but he takes fewer shots he’s less likely to make.
    Shump needs to take fewer jumpers until he actually develops a shot.

    More glaring, however, is offense +/-
    When Shump is on the floor the Knicks offense: Pts per 100 Poss. is a +1.4, whereas when Fields plays the Knicks are a +12.9.
    A huge disparity.

    There is a decent sized disparity defensively, however, but not as severe a disparity. With Shump the Knicks defensively are +4.5 and with Fields they are a -3.6.

    Net points per possession favors Landry by a lot: +16.4 v -3.2.

    Let me know if I have missed anything.

  6. Gideon Zaga

    And now they’re talking about Nerd shows. Trueblood though, who writes that stupid shiit.

  7. Grymm

    Let’s not turn this into a GZ running monologue – the podcasts are recorded and you stream them. It’s not a realtime, live event.

  8. Frank O.

    Hahn tweet:
    Smart move here by Knicks: C Jerome Jordan was re-assigned to the D-League affiliate Erie BayHawks. He’ll get much-needed minutes there and a chance to develop. With the Knicks right now he won’t get any burn and he’s having a hard time even getting into practice scrimmages as the 15th Man and third C on the depth chart

  9. Ben S.

    I’ve been drawn out of lurker-mode to say two things: 1) Great interview, Robert! and 2) Ookla the Moc was on Thundarr the Barbarian, not Herculoids :)

  10. Robert Silverman Post author

    Ben S.:
    I’ve been drawn out of lurker-mode to say two things: 1) Great interview, Robert! and 2) Ookla the Moc was on Thundarr the Barbarian, not Herculoids :)

    RIGHT! Oh dip. I feel immense shame

  11. Z-man

    Re @11
    Brian,
    Am I messing up on the adding? Arethe defensive +/- actually the other team’s offensive +/-? If that is the case, your numbers are correct. It just seems counterintuitive in that clearly, Shump is the better defender.

    Look, I like Fields and I think he will get better over time. But right now, his shot is broken beyond repair in the short run. The dude can’t seem to make 2 consecutive free throws at any point in the game.

    Shump misses a lot of shots, but they don’t seem doomed from the moment they leave his hand.

    Two things really concern me about Landry (and again, I hope like hell he proves me wrong). First, he got worse instead of better during a very long off-season when he wasn’t recovering from an injury (see: David Lee, who added something to his game every off-season). Second, I don’t completely buy into the “rookie wall” theory for why he looked so bad in the playoffs. He didn’t look tired or like he had dead legs, etc., he looked scared and clueless. I also don’t think that getting your energy back for the most intense basketball of your life should be a problem. And please, let’s not blame Landry’s struggles on Melo any more. That ship has sailed. The dude has had every opportunity this year to step up, and but for a few quarters here and there, he really hasn’t.

    The time for excuses is over. As far as I’m concerned, the playoff start now as we battle for position. We may not be able to keep everyone here next year, so this is as good of a chance as we will have to go deep. The guys who step up their games should play the most. Landry had a sequence in the Cavs game that looked as pitiful as anything we saw out of Jeffries in recent years.

  12. Z-man

    Has everyone paid their respects to the 50th anniversary of the greatest basketball accomplishment of all time by the greatest basketball talent of all time? I was fortunate to see Wilt play at MSG in game 1 of a doubleheader…he wore #16 (his #13 jersey was lost) and I was fooled for a while, until he started dominating.

    Make sure you watch all the clips on NBA.com. Wilt was the most physically gifted player who ever lived. He was not the most motivated or most clutch, but was much more intelligent, polished and graceful as a player than most people think. The early years clip is especially telling.

    http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2012/03/02/20120302_wilt100_a.nba/

  13. ruruland

    Lebron James, starting with about two minutes left in the third quarter tonight against Utah, has put on the greatest display of any athlete in any sport that I’ve ever seen. Not a human being.

    ANybody else watching?

  14. jon abbey

    ruruland:
    Lebron James, starting with about two minutes left in the third quarter tonight against Utah, has put on the greatest display of any athlete in any sport that I’ve ever seen. Not a human being.

    ANybody else watching?

    yes, insanely impressive, and then at the end he passed again, and Haslem missed. he has the head of pre-2009 A-Rod, historically great talent who just seems to lose all confidence at the worst possible times.

  15. jon abbey

    he had I think 25 points and 3 assists in a 17 minute span, and mostly on such difficult shots.

  16. ruruland

    jon abbey: yes, insanely impressive, and then at the end he passed again, and Haslem missed. he has the head of pre-2009 A-Rod, historically great talent who just seems to lose all confidence at the worst possible times.

    It doesn’t make any sense. He had just hit one of the most difficult shots I’ve ever seen with the clock going down. Pathological.

    But those 14 or so minutes up until that last shot, I’ve never seen anything like that before.

  17. ruruland

    jon abbey:
    he had I think 25 points and 3 assists in a 17 minute span, and mostly on such difficult shots.

    Right. It wasn’t just the difficulty of the shots. How many times did he outsprint guys to either block their shot or come in for a rebound.

    I mean, there were times where he was a good 20 feet behind I think it was either Harris or Heyward, and he makes it up before the guy reaches the free throw line.

    I’m not sure anyone that size has ever run that fast.

    ANd his dominance on the glass, his defensive on the perimeter, those two things might have been more impressive than his shot making. Though, again, Harris did get by him on that very last play.

  18. ruruland

    And I’ve watched a lot of Lebron. Tonight for those 15 or so minutes was easily the most impressive I’ve ever seen him, or any basketball player for that matter

  19. jon abbey

    what about that stretch early on in his career in the playoffs against Detroit where he scored something like 36 straight against that great D to finally break through and beat them in a series?

  20. nicos

    That Detroit performance was as good as any I’ve ever seen in any sport. Still puzzling that he passed the ball tonight. Yes, Haslem had a wide open shot but LBJ had an easy pull-up from 15 himself. And he had just hit two huge shots. It really makes no sense.

  21. Peter87

    Some quotes from a NY Times article which might be of interest to Knickerbloggers (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/sports/basketball/knicks-look-for-way-to-combine-lin-and-davis.html?hp):

    “Actually, the Knicks are looking at everything these days, including advanced metrics. At Thursday’s practice, Lin mentioned that the Knicks players were being shown statistical breakdowns that revealed points scored per 100 possessions, a newer, and increasingly popular way to measure success on offense. Lin said he was not aware of advanced statistics at Harvard, and credited the Knicks’ coaching staff with providing a tutorial….

    With most N.B.A. teams sending representatives to the sixth annual M.I.T. Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston this weekend, the Knicks say they do not want to be left behind. They, too, are aware of how the game is changing.”

  22. JPC's Wifey

    Haven’t listened yet Rob, but I am intrigued by your Breaking Bad comments – my fav show. Also, Jim and I have Credo too and yes, it kind of sucks. Gotta do the right thing for humanity though! Jim is having a blast at SLOAN. I guess it’s mentally tiring, but he’s eating up the dorkness. Going to meet him tonight and see the Knicks – Celtics tomorrow. YIPPEEE!!!

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