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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.05.20)

  • [New York Times] Duncan Helps Spurs Rout Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 (Tue, 20 May 2014 07:23:03 GMT)
    The San Antonio Spurs were not going to believe Serge Ibaka was really injured until the Oklahoma City Thunder took the court in the opener of the Western Conference finals without their athletic big man.

  • [New York Times] Duncan Helps Spurs Rout Thunder in Series Opener (Tue, 20 May 2014 05:04:46 GMT)
    The San Antonio Spurs were planning to attack the lane whether Oklahoma City big man Serge Ibaka was playing or not. The fact that the Thunder’s athletic defender was absent only made things easier for them.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Silence Thunder With Game One Win (Tue, 20 May 2014 04:28:38 GMT)
    San Antonio Spurs made the most of home court advantage as they delivered a superb offensive display to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 on Monday in Game One of the Western Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Duncan and Spurs Rout Thunder in Game 1 (Tue, 20 May 2014 04:12:17 GMT)
    Tim Duncan scored 27 points, and the host San Antonio Spurs took advantage of Serge Ibaka’s absence to dominate the paint, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals opener.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Silence Thunder With Game One Win (Tue, 20 May 2014 03:49:38 GMT)
    The San Antonio Spurs made the most of home court advantage as they delivered a superb offensive display to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 on Monday in Game One of the Western Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] Hibbert’s Turnaround Helps Stabilize the Erratic Pacers (Tue, 20 May 2014 01:13:20 GMT)
    As the Indiana Pacers have stumbled through a rocky end to the regular season and erratic performances in the postseason, center Roy Hibbert has been a focus of concern.

  • [New York Times] Clock Ticks on Sterling’s Potential Removal (Tue, 20 May 2014 00:46:24 GMT)
    The N.B.A. formally charged the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers with conduct that has hurt the league and set up a timetable to remove him.

  • 42 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.05.20)

    1. mokers

      So, are we rooting for the Knicks to win the lottery? Do we think Shaw would look better if he added Gallo and Wiggins to that roster? The conspiracy theorist in me says the Lakers get it, with Boston coming in at number 2.

    2. lavor postell

      “Warriors general manager Bob Myers said the team identified Kerr and former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy at the beginning of its search. He said Kerr was already deep into talks with the Knicks.

      “We were really just hoping to get an interview with Steve. And he rebuffed us in a very polite way,” Myers said.

      Then Van Gundy agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal last week with the Detroit Pistons to coach and oversee basketball operations. Shortly thereafter, Kerr’s agent called the Warriors and asked for a meeting.

      http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10960505/golden-state-warriors-introduce-steve-kerr-new-coach

      So from what it sounds like the Knicks were under the impression Kerr was there’s until he started having doubts and he had his agent, the piece of shit better known as Mike Tannenbaum, contact the Warriors. Based on that and Kerr’s admission that being close to his family and current roster played a factor, I think it’s fair to say Phil played his hand fine and was in the driver’s seat until Kerr himself got cold feet.

    3. johnno

      Re: how many titles the Spurs would have won without Duncan – in the entire history of the league, only 4 teams have won more than 3 championships. Since the Knicks last title in ’73, only 11 of the current 30 teams have won even one. In other words, it is really really hard to win an NBA championship. It is really really hard to make the finals. The Knicks have done it eight times — only the Lakers , Celtics and Sixers have done it more times. Long-winded way of saying that, without Duncan, the Spurs might have zero.

    4. stratomatic

      I just saw most of the question and answer interview with Kerr. I think I’m going to puke. He would have been perfect. I mean he would have been PERFECT! I pray that we don’t get stuck with some dimwit that doesn’t at least understand the modern game like we’ve had at every turn except D’Antoni. Not that MDA was perfect dealing with player personalities, but at least he understood the game and was trying to create the correct team makeup. He just couldn’t do it NY or LA (for different reasons). It’s clear that Kerr learned a LOT from MDA and added pieces of the Triangle to create his own vision.

    5. Brian Cronin

      So Cleveland leaped into the top 3. That team is so lucky with getting draft picks and then so unlucky with actually drafting people!

    6. lavor postell

      Phew. It already sucked not having a pick this year, but if that had ended up being a top-3 pick we’d have to hear about it non-stop.

    7. Z-man

      Yeah, so long as Celts got screwed and our pick stayed put, don’t care much. Wow, Cleveland! I wonder if LeBron will consider returning now!

    8. Owen

      It’s been too long, TOO LONG, since I heard “Hand down, MAN down!”

      Welcome back to the booth Mark Jackson.

      Not.

    9. Kahnzy

      It’s been too long, TOO LONG, since I heard “Hand down, MAN down!”

      Welcome back to the booth Mark Jackson.

      Not.

      Better he stay there than on the Knicks’ sideline.

    10. Cock Jowles Has Predicted the Last Three Knicks Seasons

      I was just talking about Leonard’s shot form, Z-man. Even if he has a John Wall/Carmelo Anthony/Kyrie Irving-like shooting night, he’s got great form and an explosive first step.

      I really can’t believe how badly the Cavs have fucked up their last two #1 picks. I thought Irving was a sure-thing, but now he’s looking like a late first-rounder, and Anthony Bennett is due to be the worst #1 pick of all-time. Like, all-time. Worse than Bargnani, worse than Olowakandi. He’s historically bad. He’s among the worst players of all-time, not to mention #1 picks.

      My guess is that they take someone from the UConn championship team and let Joel Embiid go waste his first four years in the league on the Bucks.

    11. Gomzd

      Man the cavs luck seriously. I’m going to make a bold statement and say that they are STILL not gona mke the playoffs for atleast the next 2 years. Book it. They messed up big drafting Bennett and their poisonous team culture is close to ruining Irving.

      Teams like that suck for a reason.

    12. Owen

      Better he stay there than on the Knicks’ sideline.

      I mean, yeah. But it’s so annoying.

      The Cavs have to take Embiid right?

    13. Z-man

      Just bustin on ya, Jowles, just sounded weirdly like a comment from an eye-test poster. I love Leonard, and agree that WP had him pegged correctly. Faried, not so much.

    14. Cock Jowles Has Predicted the Last Three Knicks Seasons

      Faried may not be a good defender, but he is an absolute force on offense. If you had someone even half-competent backing him up, he’d be just fine. You cannot deny his offensive numbers.

    15. DRed

      Indy is just too shitty on offense to win a title. They are totally boned if Lance gets a big offer elsewhere.

    16. BigBlueAL

      Spurs are going to kill whoever makes the Finals from the East. Especially with the Finals format going to 2-2-1-1-1, I say Spurs in 5 regardless if its the Heat or Pacers.

    17. d-mar

      Spoelstra outcoached Vogel tonight, he put Cole on Stephenson to negate the pick and roll and Vogel had no answers.

    18. Brian Cronin

      Ugh, the Cavs are already rumored to be passing on Embiid. Yuck. Just trade the fucking pick if you’re not taking Embiid! That isn’t to say that either Wiggins or Parker wouldn’t be fine #1 picks, but Embiid is the clear choice, especially for a team without a great center like Cleveland.

    19. Farfa

      I think much depends on the Heat winning or not the 3rd championship. If they win, no chance in hell that LeBron goes back to Cleveland. If they don’t, there’s a chance. So, after the Finals end (or the ECF, who knows), Griffin has some work to do if James is not on the podium getting his MVP Finals trophy.

      1) Find out if James like Irving and/or Waiters. If not, trade at least one of them (my suggestion: trade ‘em both, along with Anthony Bennett and a future first to Minnesota for Kevin Love).
      2) Find out which coach James would like. Try to snatch Fizdale anyway.
      3) Draft frigging Embiid. If not, trade the pick (but to whom and for what? come on, Cleveland, wake up).
      4) Exercise team option on Varejao.
      5) Forfeit all of Cleveland’s cap hold to sign James.
      6) Go to war with Jack-crusty veteran SG-James-Love-Embiid and a bench composed of crusty veteran PG-Karasev-Tristan Thompson-Varejao-Tyler Zeller and other crusty veterans (Ray Allen and James Jones would be free agents).

      That’s it! They can do it.

    20. Brian Cronin

      The chance of James coming there is another reason it makes zero sense to get Parker or Wiggins over Embiid.

    21. Farfa

      Not that I would recommend that. I would love to see James head west. We need a much weaker East to go to the Finals (and get crushed!).

    22. Brian Cronin

      I don’t think he’s leaving Miami and I definitely don’t think he wants to go West. Why go West when the East sucks so much that he can still make the Finals even if the Heat fall apart around him?

    23. Farfa

      I don’t think he’s leaving Miami and I definitely don’t think he wants to go West. Why go West when the East sucks so much that he can still make the Finals even if the Heat fall apart around him?

      Exactly! My previous comment was a sarcastic, tongue in cheek one. Sorry if I didn’t make myself clear. LeBron is really enough to go the Finals every year in the East. If he goes to Cleveland (or even Charlotte, for that matter, or any team in the East, bar none) he makes them instant contender and earns them at least an automatic ECF reservation.

    24. Z-man

      I don’t watch much ncaa but I would draft the best.all-around player who can handle the ball rather than a C or a PF. Is Embiid that good? Is he the next Shaw or Sam Bowie? I would hate to be the guy who passed on a Jordan or Wade type because I drafted for position.

    25. Farfa

      @37

      Depends. There’s no clear cut all-around player going for no. 1 overall (Wiggins has limited handle and range as of now and Parker has great wile and craft but apparently limited athleticism and lateral quickness), so I think you have to go for upside. Embiid really could be the next Olajuwon, and while it is true that centers are not that important anymore, just ask OKC what they think about not having Ibaka right now. Keep in mind that Embiid could become in three years a taller Ibaka with better scoring touch.

      Also, I think nobody had anything to say to Houston when they drafted Olajuwon before Jordan. I guess you have to roll the dice when a talent like that comes around.

    26. Farfa

      BTW, I know that Ibaka is not a center.

      [New York Times] Spurs Fear Return of Thunder’s Ibaka (Wed, 21 May 2014 04:00:04 GMT)

      After losing Game 1 on Monday, the Thunder spent much of Tuesday searching for ways to beat the Spurs without Serge Ibaka, their injured starting center.

      Oh well, never mind.

    27. DRed

      The amusing thing about the Embiid possibility is that if the Cavs weren’t fucking idiots, they’d already have a very promising young big man joining their team next season.

    28. Brian Cronin

      The amusing thing about the Embiid possibility is that if the Cavs weren’t fucking idiots, they’d already have a very promising young big man joining their team next season.

      I am not sure that I get the reference. Do you mean picking Waiters over Drummond?

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