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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.08.20)

  • [New York Times] On Basketball: Derrick Rose Plays for Team U.S.A. Despite His Injury History (Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:03:54 GMT)
    N.B.A. players who choose to represent their nations in international competition know they could get hurt but ignore the danger “because they care.”

  • [New York Times] Dick Bavetta, N.B.A. Referee for 39 Years, Is Retiring (Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:32:22 GMT)
    The longtime court official announced he will retire from the league after having worked a record 2,635 regular-season games and 270 playoff contests.

  • [New York Times] Steve Ballmer Quits Microsoft Board, Citing His Outside Duties (Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:10:02 GMT)
    The tech company’s former chief executive said new responsibilities, including ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, have made him too busy to serve.

  • [New York Times] On Basketball: Derrick Rose Plays for Team U.S.A. Despite His Injury History (Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:03:54 GMT)
    N.B.A. players who choose to represent their nations in international competition know they could get hurt but ignore the danger “because they care.”

  • [New York Times] Dick Bavetta, N.B.A. Referee for 39 Years, Is Retiring (Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:32:22 GMT)
    The longtime court official announced he will retire from the league after having worked a record 2,635 regular-season games and 270 playoff contests.

  • [New York Times] Steve Ballmer Quits Microsoft Board, Citing His Outside Duties (Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:10:02 GMT)
    The tech company’s former chief executive said new responsibilities, including ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, have made him too busy to serve.

  • 20 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.08.20)

    1. sugarslim5

      According to a source, Shumpert had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last July that the Knicks never reported. [...] Shumpert originally tore the ACL and meniscus in his left knee against the Miami Heat during Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs. Shumpert didn’t return until Jan. 17, 2013, and has felt soreness on several occasions, including the Knicks’ second-round playoff series against Indiana. In October, Mike Woodson cryptically said that Shumpert had “battled this summer with some of his injuries” and added that Shumpert had experienced knee pain but left it at that.

      Can Iman get his pinnacle speed back?

      I remember when Iman first became a Knick, he was so fast it seemed like only double teams could stop him. 2 surgeries later he’s a tad slower. Still fast, but not the beast from before. Maybe teams have just adjusted to him, I don’t know, but I loved that early quickness.

    2. Cole Aldrich's Second Cousin's Best Friend's Boyfriend

      Shumpert’s enemy has always been the rim and backboard. I can’t remember a time when a Knick player had a harder time at the rim.

    3. sugarslim5

      He’s like a shooting athlete, but it seemed as if 1-on-1 was more dominant in his favor that first year.

    4. lavor postell

      His rookie season he shot 60.9% at the rim. In 2012-13 coming off of major surgery that number dropped to 45% and last year it was a paltry 53.6%. If he can get that number back at the level he was finishing at his rookie season and shoot the 3 at league average level in combination with the level of defense he was playing at the end of last season he’d be quite the supporting player.

    5. lavor postell

      http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/iman-shumpert-on-his-hip-hop-career-chance-the-rapper-and-carmelo-anthonys-80s-dance-parties/

      Cole Aldrich. I want Cole Aldrich to make an album. I would pay money to hear what he’s got to say. I think if Cole … because I know the type of thought process that Cole has on the NBA game, and how he goes through life. He likes to live life simple and he likes to shut things up, to work. I think that if he worked on music, he has a good and calm mind that he could really put some music together that he wants to hear.

    6. Z-man

      I have very high hopes for Shump this year. Reasons:

      He’s healthy this summer for the first time in 3 years
      He just turned 24
      Phil likes him
      Shump has a lot to prove
      Contract year
      Triangle is perfect for his strengths
      Derek is the antithesis of Woody (people skills)
      Calderon is the anthesis of Felton (on offense)

      In fact, I think that Shumpert’s play will be an early referendum on the Jax-Fisher regime. Even our very own Big Chief WoW believes that Jackson and Pop are the only 2 coaches who have caused individual players to improve.

      If Shumpert can shoot at a TS% of .520 or above, he will be a huge asset as a wing defender (1,2,0r 3, depending on match-ups.) Let’s face it: nobody else on the team has a chance of keeping guys like Rose, Wall, Westbrook, etc. from going off.

      Lance Stephenson had a breakout year last year. Before that, his stats were very similar to Shumpert’s:

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=1&p1=stephla01&y1=2013&p2=shumpim01&y2=2014

      But assuming he stays healthy, definitely no more excuses after, say, Christmas.

    7. Frank

      His rookie season he shot 60.9% at the rim. In 2012-13 coming off of major surgery that number dropped to 45% and last year it was a paltry 53.6%. If he can get that number back at the level he was finishing at his rookie season and shoot the 3 at league average level in combination with the level of defense he was playing at the end of last season he’d be quite the supporting player.

      Shump is such a strange case. So athletic, but it’s like he doesn’t know where to take off from. And for a guy who can jump out of the gym, it sure feels like he misses a lot of dunks. I never really took that “2-foot jumper” stuff seriously but maybe it is really true. The athleticism he shows on the glass (when he can time his jumps and can jump with 2 feet) is amazing — but off the dribble his footwork just looks terrible.

      Meanwhile – anyone think that Eric Bledsoe would be a good target next summer if he signs PHX’s QO and becomes a UFA after next year? Seems like a great all-around guard to have in the triangle. 38% from 3 last year with a TS 57.8. Small sample I guess. And since he’s with <6 years of service his "max" salary is well less than some of the other guys like Gasol.

    8. lavor postell

      @Frank

      I’m hesitant to sign a point guard like Bledsoe who’s plus minutes have come alongside another PG and who’s teams have been outscored when he’s the sole playmaker on the floor. That in combination with his injury issues, that he’s never played 70% of a season as a starter and that the Triangle diminishes the need for an elite PG would give me major pause. Working in Bledsoe’s favor is that he’s an absolutely freakish athlete and one of the best perimeter defenders in the game with his combination of speed and strength.

      I’d prefer not to sign him since I think he will get a max offer, which I don’t think he’s worth and if we miss out on Gasol I’d rather split that money between two legitimate starters over one $15m guy who I have questions about and a $5m/yr guy.

    9. Z-man

      I would love to see us with a legit 2-way PG. It’s been decades since we had one. Not sure Bledsoe is the answer, though. Maybe our first rounder?

    10. JK47

      I would think the Bledsoe idea is a non-starter because of the presence of Calderon. You can’t really play those two at the same time, because Bledsoe is 6’1″ and Calderon is a horrible defender, so you’d get abused by a lot of opposing backcourts, and if they can’t be on the floor at the same time it doesn’t really make sense to have both of them on the roster.

    11. Brian Cronin

      I think Bledsoe can pass as a 2 defender. But yeah, while he’s actually a good 1 defender it would probably still not be a good idea to pair him with another guard who can’t guard either 1s or 2s.

    12. yellowboy90

      Are people scared of Bledsoe injury history in general or the meniscus issue? If it is the meniscus: That doesn’t worry me to much. Bledsoe seem to bounce back with the same explosion last year. Also, if you look at Wade, who had his meniscus completely removed in 02, he played at an elite athletic level for years before showing sings of real problems. Bledsoe had his partially removed, which is better, regardless it seems likely that he makes it through his contract without problems.

      Also, what will be Reggie Jackson value? If he continues to improve would he be some one to grab at a good price?

    13. iserp

      I would think the Bledsoe idea is a non-starter because of the presence of Calderon. You can’t really play those two at the same time, because Bledsoe is 6’1? and Calderon is a horrible defender, so you’d get abused by a lot of opposing backcourts, and if they can’t be on the floor at the same time it doesn’t really make sense to have both of them on the roster.

      Well, if we sign Bledsoe, i am pretty sure we could flip Calderon for something of value. There is always demand for 3pt specialists with added skills.

      Anyway, if Bledsoe takes the QO, it will be a 1 year audition to get the max salary. If he can complete a healthy good season with numbers like last year or improved, i would be happy to offer him the max (which is not too big)

    14. iserp

      Why would anyone pay max money for an aging, injury prone, poor man’s Cole Aldrich?

      Did you call Marc Gasol a poor man’s Cole Aldrich? Seriously?

      Have you seen how you seen how Memphis went from being out of the playoffs to make OKC sweat his way to the 2nd round when Gasol was in there?

      Are you aware that during the time Gasol was out, he was substituted by Kosta Koufos, who was a WP darling the previous two years, averaging .200 WP48?

      Are you aware that even this season Kosta Koufos was .035 WP48 better than Gasol, their record was much worse when Gasol was injured?

      Cole Aldrich might be vastly underrated, but saying he is better than Gasol… you have to take WP48 almost axiomatically to believe that.

    15. Brian Cronin

      Did you call Marc Gasol a poor man’s Cole Aldrich? Seriously?

      No, not seriously. The opposite of seriously, in fact.

    16. iserp

      No, not seriously. The opposite of seriously, in fact.

      OK, it is hard for me to follow the comments. I can’t tell when Dred and Jowles are talking seriously or when they are just trolling around.

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