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Monday, October 20, 2014

Knicks 99, Suns 97

New York Knicks 99 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Phoenix Suns
Kurt Thomas, PF 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | 0

Some nifty Kurt minutes tonight.Of course, KurtMinutes are starting to morph into so many Schrutebucks. Both are kinda fun and funny but not really useful in the grand scheme of things in a healthy, well-functioning paper company/basketball team.

Ronnie Brewer, SF 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +1

Brew’s starting to get that Mark Sanchez look about him. No, I don’t mean wearing some blindingly white, practically sheer, disturbingly form-fitting-enough-to-make-the-most-rabidly-heterosexual-male-question-the-basic-nature-of-his-sexual-preferences, white, homoerotic slacks while plastered on the pages of GQ, I mean his confidence seems rent into smithereens. He’s shot 21% from the field and 6% from downtown this month. That’s not a regression to the mean, that’s a statistical anomaly that’d make Nate Silver quiver. I was half-surprised he didn’t dribble up another Knicks backside and fumble the ball. And yes, I’m a Jet fan too, so I feel wholly justified in regurgitating some of this NFL season’s comic absurdities. I’m assuming that those shots will fall eventually, but once a player’s spooked like Branchez, it’s hard to know.

Tyson Chandler, C 37 MIN | 6-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -4

With the top two shot-takers riding the pine, we got to see the most aggressive, offensively-inclined Tyson since…well…actually his entire Knick career. There were a couple of Amar’e-esque dribble/drives from the top of the key and two attempted non-dunk-type jumpers. He even made one, so drink, everyone! I assume it’s egg nogg. That’s what you goyishe drink this time of year, right? Aside from that anomaly, this was a standard-brand, solid, not great but definitely swell Tyson-y example of rim-protecting and rebound-gobbling.

Jason Kidd, PG 31 MIN | 8-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 23 PTS | +13

I have no words. I mean, there’s probably a halfway-decent “Hot Tub Time Machine” joke or “That was some serious Yoda shit” line I could sling, but I don’t want my incessant desire for cheap yuks/verbal gymnastics to take anything away from/do a disservice to an absolutely masterful performance. To paraphrase Samuel Beckett, every word would be an unnecessary stain on silence.

James White, SG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0

If not for some grade A J.R. Smithery, the foul he committed with 34 seconds to go that sent Jared “Really? We’re going to let a mediocre nonentity like Jared Dudley ring up 34 points” Dudley to the line, would have planted a set of gigantic goat horns firmly upon James’ dome tonight. You owe J.R. some snacks. Or maybe a nice bedtime story featuring a nice lady’s butt in a thong that fights an evil dragon.

Chris Copeland, SF 30 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | 0

I’ve said it before (and if not, I probably should have) and I’ll say it again: Cope really reminds me of Lee Nailon. For those who’ve Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-ed away the end of the Layden Administration, Nailon was a bucket-getting SF/PF ‘tweener who wasn’t really into the whole defense/rebounding thing. Like Cope, though, if given his druthers, he could put the biscuit in the basket from inside and out. Though I doubt Lee ever referred to Sheed, Kurt and Marcus as “The Three Wise Men”, like Chris did when interviewed by NBA TV after the game. Which was nice.

Steve Novak, SF 28 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +7

Once again, Stevak just couldn’t find the open space necessary to do his thang. Perhaps one of the more x’s n’ o’s inclined among all you Knickerbloggeristas could ‘splain to your umble correspondent whether this is a question of unimaginative playcalling or the brunt of the burden should fall upon Stevak’s sloped shoulders. In either case, his scoring is going to become increasingly necessary if bodies keep dropping with greater speed and blood-soaked, grand guignol ferocity than the Battle of Verdun.

Marcus Camby, C 13 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +6

Hey, look who’s rounding into some semblance of the player we expected to see! The Phoenix TV guys actually compared Marcus’s shot (for lack of a better term) to Satchel Paige. No, I still don’t understand what they meant either unless they just think he’s old and it’s too late to go scouring YouTube for highlights of Satch hurling the horsehide, creakily moving towards the plate, limbs and elbows flying in every direction but the one the ball will eventually go. In my mind, it’s like watching a cobra unfurl. But anyhoo, Marcus did a decent job subbing for Tyson, blocking shots and tipping rebounds, like a strange glimpse into a distant (around 2020 or so) future when Chandler’s been robbed of his otherworldly athletic gifts, yet remains an effective deterrent at the tin.

Pablo Prigioni, PG 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -11

Remember when people (well, me at least) were clamoring for more floor time for the Pest and scratching our heads and making trips to the oracle at Delphi for answers as to why, no matter the quality of his outing, Priggy’s PT seemed to be firmly limited to 12 minutes, no more, no less? ‘Member that? Well, here’s one reason: turnovers. For all the guttural, fatally injured forest creature-type howls of, “STOP SHOOTING,” that Felt induces; at least he doesn’t cough the ball up with impunity. He’s going to be playing more in the near future. But we’ll get to that painful development soon enough.

J.R. Smith, SG 37 MIN | 11-27 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 27 PTS | -2

MY. NAME. IS. EAAAAAAAAAAAARL. Wow. I think we all were assuming that J.R. would launch somewhere between 25 and 2,343,563,799.3251 shots tonight. And to be honest, many of them were of the “No, no, no, no, no…YES!” off-balance variety at the end of the shot clock to bail out a botched offensive set. Efficiency deficiencies notwithstanding, 27 points, 6 bounds, 5 dimes and 5 steals is my-t-fine. Plus, J.R. was tweeting last night at 5am (2am EST, but still) and thus, the correlation between his nocturnal activities and the appearance of Bad J.R. (save for a silly flagrant where he submarined Goran Dragic) has been rendered moot. Amazingly,he’s the 4th player in last 10 seasons with 2 buzzer-beaters in a month. The last was Kobe Bryant in Dec. 2009 [H/T ESPN Stats & Info]. (And if you doubt that J.R. thinks he’s just as good as Kobe, you don’t know Jack Earl.) For all his foibles, I dare you to unearth any Knick fan with an operant limbic system that doesn’t have a storage unit-sized soft spot in his/her heart for our John Starks/Jamal Crawford amalgam. <3 U, Earl.

Mike Woodson

Good job by Son of Wood getting an undermanned team ready on the second night of a back-to-back. Friend-of-the-blog also notes that he straight up pilfered the center handoff the LA beat them with last night. Considering the degree to which he’s incorporated (or copied, depending on how generous one is) SSOL, this shouldn’t be very surprising. Well done, Mr. Sticky Fingers.

Five Things We Saw

  1. That was fun. When the word was given to the people that neither Melo nor Ray-Ray would be playing, I certainly thought a win would be tough to come by. They’d need a stellar effort from Earl (Good Earl) and at least one other non-scorer to fill the hoop in a manner unlike any we’d seen this year. There was an equal possibility of a Chicago-like meltdown and a Cleveland-like, somehow cobble together enough scoring to eek out a close win versus a substandard opponent. Thanks to J.R.’s heroics, that was pretty much tonight’s script and all was joyous in Knickville until…
  2. …Oh Crap. Jut heard that Raymond Felton’s got a broken finger that might require surgery (we’ll know more Friday/over the weekend/never) and if he does need to go under the knife, he’ll miss 4-6 weeks. There’ll be time for a greater examination of how the Knicks will deal with his absence/the cobbling together of fake trades but for now, pardon me while I go off on an extended rant about both the Knicks medical staff and how this team deigns to parse information out to we mere serfs.
  3. One the one hand, it’s possible that the team is completely incapable of making a correct diagnosis. Roger Hinds and his team of wacky, meatball surgeons haven’t inspired much confidence in their skillz lo these many years. That’s problematic enough. But, honestly, I don’t think that’s the case. For some reason, the entire Knicks hierarchy is so insanely paranoid that they insist on hoarding information as if the results of an x-ray were a tightly guarded, heavily redacted state secret. It’s insulting. There’s no need to treat the fans and/or the media like the enemy. And it’s so easy to see through the bullshit. There’s NO WAY that they didn’t perform an MRI on Carmelo. Of course they know the severity of his “hyperextended knee”. They’d be contractually liable/subject to a serious lawsuit if they didn’t perform some form of test beyond a Dr. Feelgood-type prod and poke. So when Woodson casually mentions pregame that he’s “worried” about the knee, naturally I assume the worst. I half expect that we’ll wake up tomorrow and find out that Melo’s actually deceased (Though if he did die, the Knicks would still list him as “day to day with an acute myocardial infarction resulting in death”). Just like they Knew Felt had a fractured finger all day yet insisted on spewing this crapola about a sprain for 24 hours. Why? I have no idea. But whatever the reason, it sucks massively inflamed donkey testes to realize that you’ve been had, you’ve been took and you’ve been bamboozled (again). I don’t know about you, but there are very few things in life that make me grind my teeth down to the nubbin in a dyspeptic, stomach-churning rage more than being bald-facedly lied to, where the prevaricator either assumes I am/you are a credulous imbecile who can barely read above 8th grade level and lists, “likes to color” as a hobby or honestly doesn’t give eight shits whether I/you believe it or not. Fuck that noise. And fuck you, James Dolan, for generally treating one of the most loyal fan bases in any sport like a bunch of mentally challenged, shiny-from-all-the-excess-drool-dribbling-down-the-front-of-his/her-chin numbskulls or some unknown gelatinous particle that you needed a shrimp fork with particularly sharp tines to dislodge from the grooves in the heel of his boot.
  4. Thank you. I feel slightly better. In case you’re still royally pissed. Here are some awesome GIF’s courtesy of TheKnicksWall.com of the final moments of this evening’s contest. Let’s just watch these on an endless loop because, as previously stated, they’re awesome and not totally depressing like every other thought I have about my continuing devotion to a professional team that wavers between laughingstock and an execrable example of everything that’s wrong with 21st Century capitalism.

    THE TIMEOUT (YEAH, EARL KNOWS WHO’S GETTING THE ROCK)

  5. THE GAME-TYING SHOT

    DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)

    THE SHOT

    THE CELEBRATION (NOVAK REALLY LIKES TO HUMP LEGS WHEN STUFF LIKE THIS HAPPENS)

  6. Luckily, the schedule-makers are giving this team a bit of a break as they attempt to deal with the latest injury-based conundrum. It’s the sad sacks from Sacto followed by a few days off. By that time the ‘Bockers might have STAT back or maybe they’ll ink Delonte West or Derek Fisher (Veterans! Mentoring!) or maybe they’ll pull a Norman Dale and send four players out onto the floor. You know the old (possibly apocryphal) Chinese Parable/Curse. “May you live in interesting times.” Yeah, that. This team.

35 comments on “Knicks 99, Suns 97

  1. lavor postell

    I never thought I’d see the battle of Verdun referenced in a basketball recap unless it was a recap of a game between the Knicks and Heat in the 90’s.

    Also can somebody compile a list of all the over the top complimentary things that Chandler has said about any of his teammates in his career. So far this year he has:

    1. Called Felton one of the best point guards in the league
    2. Called Melo the best player in the world and the league MVP
    3. Stated that J.R. Smith should definitely win 6th man of the year
    4. Jason Kidd is the greatest leader/humanitarian/politician/basketball player of all time (multiple occasions)

    I love you Tyson. Please start beating the shit out of all of our perimeter defenders who since the 6-0 start have deigned rotating on shooters and paying attention to weakside cutters not worthy of their attention.

  2. jon abbey

    that’s 28 boards in 66 minutes for Camby this season, or a 20.1 RP48. Varejao is leading the league among qualified players at 19.2, Love at 19.0, Reggie Evans at 18.9, impressive company.

  3. Brian Cronin

    Never a doubt in my mind in the fourth that they’d pull this out. Come on, folks, this team is special! Yeah, if they’re in a close game with someone as good as the Lakers, they might not pull it out (and even there, they almost did pull it out in the same way they almost won tonight, with a crazy clutch JR shot), but against mediocre-to-bad teams, the Knicks will find a way. I believe! What a great win.

  4. Brian Cronin

    Here’s really how I watch the games now. It is sort of like how I watched Yankee games back in 2009 (although the 2009 Yankees were much better than this Knicks team, in context). It is, “Wow, how are they going to find a way to pull a win out this time?” Not will they pull a win out, but how will it happen? What bizarre screw-up will the other team make that will lead to them winning (like the Charlotte ending or tonight’s late second Phoenix gaffe)?

  5. Frank

    Boy – with Melo maybe out friday vs. Sac, and Felton out for a month, it sure feels like a good time for Amare to come back, doesn’t it?

    Thing I’m most worried about with Felton is weight gain while he’s out. His legs are fine so he better be out there getting in even better shape while healing up that pinky.

    Regarding Kidd- I think Woodson did it perfectly last night — 31 min for Kidd, 17 for Prigs. We could probably even do 28 min for Kidd, 15 minutes for Prigs, and let JR or Melo handle the ball for 5 minutes. Prigs was awful last night, but he won’t always be that bad. And hopefully within 2 weeks or so, Shump will be back, so he can at least bring the ball up if not play some spot minutes at the point.

  6. Frank

    This injury bug this is out of control. We currently have the 5th best record in the NBA, and the 4 teams ahead of us basically have had zero injury problems the whole year. Eventually things will even out I hope — and we go into the playoffs completely healthy.

    Loved what I saw from Camby last night btw, and Tyson hitting 2 out of 3 jumpers (2-2 from 10-15, 0-1 from 16-23) was a revelation. If Tyson can hit a 15 foot jumper with any sort of regularity, it makes playing the two of them together at least possible. I am a little disappointed the Hopla hasn’t been able to make Camby’s shot look any better, but I guess changing a 39 year old’s jumper is probably pretty hard.

    And I’ve been a Novak fan in general but I am starting to agree with Juany8 — he is an absolute sieve on defense, and if he’s not shooting 8 3’s per 36 at near 50%, he’s a net minus for this team.Somehow he managed a +7 last night, but he looked pretty bad if you ask me. Copeland should probably be getting his minutes IMHO.

  7. Brian Cronin

    True, the four teams ahead of the Knicks have been mostly injury-free, Frank, but there are other good teams behind the Knicks that have been dealing with injury woes of their own, namely the Lakers, Pacers and the Bulls. I think there is a decent chance that a healthy Bulls team is better than a healthy Knicks team (I wasn’t so sure about that going into the season with all of their cost-cutting moves, but they have received strong play from Nate and the other new additions haven’t been awful). A healthy Lakers team likely has the best five-man unit in the entire league (Kobe, Nash, Artest, Gasol and Howard) and even the Pacers are only four games back of the Knicks while playing without Granger all season.

    That said, yeah, Melo and Chandler are indispensable, so they can’t keep playing without Melo and expect to keep winning games on fluky endings (although, as I noted, I now actually do expect it from them).

  8. david

    That’s the NBA for you — a completely random late December game between a pretty lousy team and a team decimated by injuries that is somehow is as fun to watch as a playoff game. When J.R. hit the penultimate shot, I did a Tiger Woods fist pump that I thought I had completely burned from my subconscious. When he hit the final one, well, white men can jump under the right circumstances. I hit the ceiling.

    Yowza. What a game. If Felton is out, I think we are going to need to play 5-10 without Kidd or Prigs — I don’t think we can count on Kidd for 30 minutes a night and be confident he’ll have his legs by the playoffs. I think we might run a Smith/White backcourt for some stretch with Melo playing a point forward at the 3…….

  9. d-mar

    This plague of injuries shows what a remarkable job Grunwald has done filling out the roster. Felton is out, we have a serviceable backup in Prigs. Amare is out, Sheed gives us some quality minutes. Sheed goes out, Camby steps in and does what he does. And Cope pretty much comes out of nowhere to contribute.

    NBA executive of the year so far, in my book.

  10. Juany8

    Amar’e and Shump have been out all season and Brewer, Felton, and Melo have been dealing with annoying injuries, Brewer and Felton seem incapable of playing effectively with them. Sheed and Camby have been even less healthy than expected too. That’s been an underrated factor in our fall defensively, Chandler can’t be going all out when the offense and defense depend on him so much. Thomas isn’t a serious pick and roll threat and isn’t a great help defender anymore. Camby should help the defense and rebounding, and Sheed has been serviceable on both ends as the backup 5.

    If it was JUST Amar’e and Shump it would be one thing, but I think the only team that’s dealt with injury issues as serious as the Knicks’ has been the Bulls. The only bench player they lost that’s actually done anything this year is Asik, and Noah was always going to get most of the minutes anyways. In the 5 games the Knicks have played without Melo, they are 3-2, but 2 of those wins were last second victories over shitty teams. The other was the Miami blowout where Felton played like Derrick Rose for a full game.

  11. ephus

    Even if he had done nothing else right this year (and he has done a lot else right), Woodson would deserve strong COY consideration simply for his work with JR Smith. JR also deserves kudos for finally harnassing his incredibly athletic ability.

    I hope the Knicks’ brain trust decides to rest ‘Melo until he has both legs under him. Even if he is gutty enough to play, the last thing I want is him to get a compensation injury that throws him out for months.

    With apologies to Bono and The Edge, here is my New Year’s Day wish to STAT. “I want to be with you, be with you night and day.”

    One thing has changed on New Year’s Day. This is a great time to be a Knick fan.

  12. Kevin McElroy

    @3,4,7,8 I have an idea for a recurring column on KB. It’s called “Happy Cronin.” It’s just Brian effusively rambling about how much he loves this year’s team after every big win. Would be a crowd-pleaser :)

  13. jon abbey

    ephus:
    Even if he had done nothing else right this year (and he has done a lot else right), Woodson would deserve strong COY consideration simply for his work with JR Smith.JR also deserves kudos for finally harnassing his incredibly athletic ability.

    and don’t forget CAA, the puppeteers behind the scenes that no one seems to want to talk about since some of what they do probably pushes NBA rules…

  14. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    d-mar:
    This plague of injuries shows what a remarkable job Grunwald has done filling out the roster. Felton is out, we have a serviceable backup in Prigs. Amare is out, Sheed gives us some quality minutes. Sheed goes out, Camby steps in and does what he does. And Cope pretty much comes out of nowhere to contribute.

    NBA executive of the year so far, in my book.

    Prigioni WP48: .185
    Felton WP48: -0.004

    Prigioni doubles his WS48, too.

    Aside from “wear-and-tear” issues, this is going to make the Knicks even better.

  15. jon abbey

    that would be awesome if WP48 wasn’t a worthless random number compiled by someone trolling the basketball world to fuck with them.

  16. jon abbey

    Prigioni did play a couple of good games filling in for Kidd, but he’s going to be very prone to turnovers the more he plays the primary PG role, and low turnovers have been huge for NY’s success so far this year. his ORtg of 71 for last night is not promising, although he’ll hopefully be better once he starts getting more regular minutes and can get into at least a bit of a groove.

  17. Juany8

    The Honorable Cock Jowles: Prigioni WP48: .185
    Felton WP48: -0.004

    Prigioni doubles his WS48, too.

    Aside from “wear-and-tear” issues, this is going to make the Knicks even better.

    Kurt Thomas WP48: .164

    Brewer WP48: .132

    Novak WP48: .117

    Melo WP48: .089

    Let’s pray Melo and Felton miss extended time, I always wanted to root for the WP all stars

  18. Frank

    Great picture post-buzzerbeater from JR’s twitter feed:

    http://instagram.com/p/Tv4xBVNfGA/

    Big question is whether JR is playing himself out of NYK’s price range this summer. The most we can offer him after this season is the early bird exception. Right now he’s basically averaging 17p/5r/5a per 36, and playing pretty damn good defense. The list of guys who have averaged that per 36 in the last 10 years is pretty short, and basically all of them make (or made) more than the early bird salary number:

    http://bkref.com/tiny/rYI6j

    Hopefully more of these #ManILoveMyTeam shots go up, and he gives us a hometown discount. I always thought he was worth at least a MLE-type contract, and if he continues playing like this, he’ll be a bargain at that number.

  19. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    Juany8: Kurt Thomas WP48: .164

    Brewer WP48: .132

    Novak WP48: .117

    Melo WP48: .089

    Let’s pray Melo and Felton miss extended time, I always wanted to root for the WP all stars

    Melo’s something like .150 if you list him as a SF, which I think is appropriate. Your whole “it can’t be right if it doesn’t mesh with the eyetest” is grossly unscientific, despite what you say.

  20. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    jon abbey:
    that would be awesome if WP48 wasn’t a worthless random number compiled by someone trolling the basketball world to fuck with them.

    LOGICAL FALLACY ALERT

  21. Brian Cronin

    @3,4,7,8 I have an idea for a recurring column on KB. It’s called “Happy Cronin.” It’s just Brian effusively rambling about how much he loves this year’s team after every big win. Would be a crowd-pleaser :)

    Hah! I like it!

  22. Brian Cronin

    whoops sorry, he’s more like 17/5/3. That list is much longer. But if you restrict it to guards, it’s still a pretty impressive group:

    http://bkref.com/tiny/6beHx

    There’s obviously something that should be somewhat concerning, but I still think that the current NBA economy will not see JR Smith getting longterm deals for much more than the MLE. Heck, I would not be surprised if he did not find any deal for more than the MLE, but if he does, it won’t be so big that the Knicks wouldn’t still have a real shot at keeping him. Lou Williams, for instance, only got the MLE this past offseason. OJ Mayo didn’t even get the MLE!

  23. flossy

    Frank: Big question is whether JR is playing himself out of NYK’s price range this summer.

    I’m sure he could have already signed a bigger contract elsewhere and took a discount to stay here over the summer. I don’t recall the details but I do believe that after, I think, one more year of making less than he’s worth he can sign a bird-rights deal with NYK to get something a lot closer to his market value. And in the meantime I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that CAA hooked him up with a $1-2m/year side gig tutoring Dolan’s kids in Latin or something…

    He also seems like someone who has bounced around and clashed with enough coaches to value playing a big role on a good team in a giant media market (also his hometown) for a coach who finally gets him more than the extra few million he could make playing in, like… Atlanta next year.

  24. Frank

    The Honorable Cock Jowles: Melo’s something like .150 if you list him as a SF, which I think is appropriate. Your whole “it can’t be right if it doesn’t mesh with the eyetest” is grossly unscientific, despite what you say.

    The trouble is, he’s not playing SF. He’s playing PF. And even at a WP48 of 0.150, it seems grossly low. Does he have the same effect on a game as Dorell Wright? Jason Richardson? Kris Humphries, who can’t even get in a game anymore? He has a lower wp48 than Kurt Thomas even if you make him into a SF, which he is not right now. There’s the eye test, and then there’s the “sniff test” – and in this case, Wp48 smells like garbage.

    Right now Melo is averaging 28.5 p/36, 6.1 reb/36, with a TS of 59.2% and a TOV% of 9.7. So he is scoring at an unbelievable rate in a very efficient way, chipping in on the boards, and essentially never turning the ball over. Do you know how many players have reached the threshold of 28+ p/36, 6 reb/36, TS >59, and TOV%<10?

    Two. Carmelo Anthony and Michael Jordan. It's hard to imagine that these numbers don't translate into wins. Oh wait – they do. The Knicks are 18-6 when he plays, and are 3-2 without him with all 3 of the wins coming against high lottery teams in very close games (2 buzzer beaters and 1 squeaker against the Cavs when Kyrie went for 41). Obviously small samples, but I wouldn't say squeaking out wins against the PHX/CLE/CHA types would be considered a good sign for life without Melo.

  25. Brian Cronin

    whoops sorry, he’s more like 17/5/3. That list is much longer. But if you restrict it to guards, it’s still a pretty impressive group:

    http://bkref.com/tiny/6beHx

    I disagree that Smith passed up bigger contracts elsewhere. No one was offering Smith the MLE this offseason. Teams were offering the mini-MLE, but that was basically what the Knicks were offering except without the added value of knowing that by playing for the Knicks for one more year for roughly the mini-MLE ($2.8 million as opposed to $3 million) he would be able to re-sign with the Knicks for $5 million. While I absolutely do agree that JR enjoys playing for Woody and the Knicks, so far nothing he has done has been against his financial interests. The Knicks offered him the most money coming back from China and the Knicks offered the most lucrative free agent deal this offseason (once you look past just this season’s salary, which even there it was basically a wash).

  26. Frank

    By the way – this is not to take anything away from those wins. Those 3 games against CLE/PHX/CHA were pretty much 50/50 propositions with <1 min to go, and for us to come away with those wins might be the difference between a 2 seed and homecourt until the ECFs, or a 3 or 4 seed. These are the games we used to lose for, like, the last decade+.

  27. Juany8

    Frank:
    Wow. The coach killer does it again. Avery Johnson fired according to Twitter world.

    Avery Johnson sucks. He sucked when he was with Dallas and he sucks now. He just runs a freaking ISO offense all the time, it used to be so frustrating to watch that team, they’d win a lot but it looked hideous. He’s a pretty good defensive coach, I’ll give him that, but he’s not that good. Unfortunately I could see the Nets giving someone an absolutely absurd contract this year. Does Phil Jackson come back after being spurned by the Lakers? (and the Knicks if you believe Bill Simmons) Does Carlisle want to stick with the Mavs after they fucked up his championship team to go chasing after “stars” (Dallas would have been fucked if they signed Deron Williams, no one thinks he’s as good as Chandler do they?)

  28. Z-man

    flossy: And in the meantime I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that CAA hooked him up with a $1-2m/year side gig tutoring Dolan’s kids in Latin or something…

    The only Latin JR could teach is the dance he does after hitting a buzzer beater.

  29. chrisk06811

    Remember back when we used to argue about whether Anthony Randolph should play more or not? Happy New Years, everyone!!!

  30. Z-man

    Frank: There’s the eye test, and then there’s the “sniff test” – and in this case, Wp48 smells like garbage.

    Good one!

  31. JK47

    The Honorable Cock Jowles: Prigioni WP48: .185
    Felton WP48: -0.004

    Prigioni doubles his WS48, too.

    Aside from “wear-and-tear” issues, this is going to make the Knicks even better.

    This should be an interesting test for WP48. I don’t care much for Felton’s game, but it’ll be really interesting to see how the Knicks’ offense performs without him.

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