Knicks Morning News (2018.07.29)

  • [NYDN] Convicted child rapist busted for illegally selling Statue of Liberty sightseeing tour boat tickets
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 2:00:00 PM)

    A convicted child rapist was arrested for illegally hawking Statue of Liberty sightseeing boat tickets on park land, authorities said.

    Marc Wellman, 53, was busted on July 20 while selling tickets for the Circle Line company in front of the Staten Island Ferry station, police said.

    The arrest came…

  • [NYDN] Proud to be an enemy of the people
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    This past week, The Daily News BECAME the news when many of our staff were let go. They were, and are, good, truthful reporters and decent, hardworking people and tough-ass journalists who fought the shrinking economic realities of covering the news in what is — we keep hearing, anyway — our booming…

  • [NYDN] My Airbnb isn’t hurting you: Leave ordinary short-term home renters alone
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Last week, the City Council passed a bill to rein in home-sharing platforms; it soon goes to Mayor de Blasio for his near-certain signature. The legislation would force home-sharing companies such as Airbnb to report local listings and provide private information of an estimated 40,000 hosts to…

  • [NYDN] Democrats, fight rhetorical fire with fire: The only way to take down Trumpism is to learn from it
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    What would George Orwell — whose famous 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language” lamented leaders who “make lies sound truthful and … give an appearance of solidity to pure wind” — make of Donald Trump?

    He’d likely both deplore yet admire the cunning rhetoric that propelled Trump to the presidency…

  • [NYDN] Zoned out in Inwood: Embrace a sensible plan to bring smart development and affordable housing to Northern Manhattan
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Tune in this week for the next episode of gentrification panic — the frenzy that ensues each time Mayor de Blasio makes a worthy attempt to allow new real estate development with affordable housing baked in.

    The City Council is likely to take a vote Thursday on a carefully calibrated plan for 59…

  • [NYDN] Fact: Trump lies; Why should we believe his latest denials?
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    President Trump and his new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, want you to believe that Trump’s — or was it David Dennison’s? — old lawyer can’t be trusted.

    After Michael Cohen claimed Trump knew in advance about a fateful Trump Tower meeting in which a Russian operative promised to deliver dirt on Hillary…

  • [NYDN] CARIBBEAT: Future of Carib restaurants – and workers – looks dim without tipped-wage credits, say owners and advocates
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    It doesn’t look good for Caribbean restaurants and their employees, say business owners and community leaders eyeing a proposed removal of tipped wage credits in New York.

    From downstate to upstate New York, legislators and business owners are fearful of ending the “tipped wage” for restaurant…

  • [NYDN] The water’s fine: Kudos to the Parks Department for upgrading city pools
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    A mid-summer salute to the city Parks Department, which has 36 big outdoor swimming pools, all open daily free of charge to anyone with a suit.

    Having swum at all 36 pools last year, we noted that 19 had only cold-water showers, freezing out 600,000 swimmers. Someone was reading, as Parks has since…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on immigration, Robert Mueller and ‘Mutts’
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Count on acceptance of immigrants

    Farmingdale, L.I.: So Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions want to add a legal status question to the 2020 Census. What a great idea. Then we will know how many people are really here illegally, and when the Census shows that there are 10 or 20 million or more illegal…

  • [NYDN] JUSTICE STORY: Teen stenographer lured to her death
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    Ruth Wheeler, raised poor but proud in upper Manhattan, dreamed of being a career girl to help her widowed mother with the expenses of raising three daughters.

    So she followed her older sister Adelaide’s path and studied stenography at the Merchant and Bankers Business College, a Midtown trade…

  • [NYDN] Leonard: 10 things we learned as Giants hit the field in full pads for the first time at camp
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:35:00 PM)

    The Giants practiced in full pads for the first time Saturday, and there are plenty position battles and storylines surrounding Pat Shurmur’s first training camp with the team.

    So here are 10 noteworthy nuggets to consider entering the first weekend of Big Blue’s 2018 season:

    1. No Darnold, no…

  • [NYDN] Yankees send Chasen Shreve, Giovanny Gallegos to Cardinals for Luke Voit
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:35:00 PM)

    The Yankees dealt lefty Chasen Shreve and right-hander Giovanny Gallegos to the Cardinals for right-handed hitting first baseman Luke Voit and international signing bonus pool money Saturday night.

    Voit, 27, hit .182 with a homer and three RBI in eight games with the Cardinals this season. He spent…

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony rips into U.S. government for turning its back on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: ‘I felt it was a low blow’
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:25:00 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony ripped into the United States government on Saturday for not doing enough to support Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

    “I just felt the government completely turned their backs,” the former Knick told Van Jones on CNN.

    Anthony, who was born in Brooklyn, is of Puerto Rican descent…

  • [NYDN] Jacob deGrom allows three runs in yet another solid outing that Mets squander in 5-0 loss to Pirates
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:20:00 PM)

    The starting pitcher with the best ERA in baseball now has a losing record.

    Jacob deGrom, as he so often has this season, turned in zero after zero, and the Mets’ offense mirrored him. The Pirates eventually got to deGrom for runs in back-to-back innings as they beat the Mets, 5-0, on Saturday…

  • [NYDN] Yankees’ Gleyber Torres owns up to his base-running blunder
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:20:00 PM)

    Gleyber Torres got carried away.

    The Yankees’ second baseman hit an RBI double in the seventh inning to cut the Royals lead to a run. But the precocious rookie then tried to keep it going, seeing the outfielder overthrow to the plate, and tried to make too much happen.

    With no play on the run,…

  • [NYDN] Ackert: Another awful Luis Severino start further proves the importance of J.A. Happ in Yankees’ rotation
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:20:00 PM)

    J.A. Happ had been held up Friday by the same inclement weather that canceled the Yankees game. Saturday, the Bombers’ newest lefty finally arrived.

    Happ is being thrust into the middle of the Yankees’ push for the playoffs — which goes straight through Boston. After spending most of the last seven…

  • [NYDN] Prankster puts Putin’s portrait in Trump’s place in presidential gallery
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 9:20:00 PM)

    DENVER — The Colorado Capitol’s wall of presidential portraits is missing one — President Donald Trump.

    KUSA-TV reports the group that collects private donations for the portraits hasn’t received a single dollar needed to hang Trump’s picture.

    But on Thursday, a prankster placed a portrait of Russian…

  • [NYDN] At least 10 dead, 40 hurt as 6.4 quake hits Indonesia island
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 9:05:00 PM)

    JAKARTA, Indonesia — A shallow, magnitude 6.4 earthquake early Sunday killed at least 10 people and injured 40 on Indonesia’s Lombok Island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said.

    The quake damaged dozens of single-story houses and taller buildings and was felt in a wider area,…

  • [NYDN] GRIDLOCK SAM: A big traffic week ahead
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK

    Pence-lock Tuesday in Lower Manhattan! Vice President Pence is speaking at a cybersecurity event at the U.S. Custom House at the foot of Broadway, late in the afternoon. Two cabinet secretaries will also be at the day-long event so Downtown will…

  • [NYDN] ‘The Devil’s Mile’: A history of the Bowery
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    It was New York’s first street. And for a long time, for many New Yorkers, it was a dead end.

    Before the Europeans arrived in the 17th century, the Bowery bore no name. It was just a footpath, a Native American shortcut through the forests of “Manna-hatta” – The Island of Many Hills.

    Then the Dutch…

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — July 29, 2018
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for July 29, 2018

    Another day of little cosmic activity sounds good as we continue to integrate recent experiences. But a series of supernatural septiles opens wormholes that let in weird energy from parallel universes. We might not even notice at first,…

  • [NYDN] Teenager creates website giving immigrant kids help when parents face deportation
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    HARTFORD, Conn. — A high school student has designed an online resource to help immigrant children and teenagers learn how to prepare for the possible deportations of parents or guardians.

    Sixteen-year-old Jody Bell, who will be a senior this fall at Greenwich High School, said she came up with…

  • [NYDN] Central Americans seeking path to U.S. often face frustrating obstacles despite following immigration rules
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 8:25:00 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — Maria Santamaria made sure to follow the U.S. immigration rules.

    She obtained a green card through her husband, came to the country on an immigrant visa and became an American citizen. When her sister came on a travel visa fleeing violence and civil war in her native El Salvador,…

  • [NYDN] Kendrick Lamar is ‘fearless’ in tackling ‘Power’ guest role
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 8:10:00 PM)

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It was Kendrick Lamar’s friendship with 50 Cent that helped him get a guest role on Starz’s “Power,” but Lamar came ready to work.

    “He was so chill, like very cool, very humble,” said series creator and producer Courtney Kemp. “He’s very kind of quiet and thorough and methodical….

  • [NYDN] Mother and her five children killed in motel fire
    (Saturday, July 28, 2018 7:50:00 PM)

    SODUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A fire that swept through a southwestern Michigan motel early Saturday killed five children and their mother, authorities said.

    The Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus Township was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after receiving a 911 call at 1:45…

  • [NYTimes] Maya Moore Steps Up in Front of Home Crowd at W.N.B.A. All-Star Game
    (Sunday, July 29, 2018 2:44:24 AM)

    Moore won her third straight All-Star Most Valuable Player Award, leading Team Parker past Team Delle Donne, 119-112.

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    46 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2018.07.29)”

    1. RE: The discussion yesterday about signing Kyrie Irving.

      I’m against it for a couple of reasons. He’s good but more of a Melo-type player than a truly great one. He’s battled injuries his entire career and I worry about his ability to stay reasonably healthy through his age 30 season. And, he’s a flat-earther and I have a real problem rooting for someone who believes that kind of shit.

    2. So, if Kyrie has a great season in Boston, why would he leave? Why would the Celtics let him leave? And if he’s injured again, why sign him for the max? I don’t understand this whole conversation. It’s not going to happen, certainly not in a way that justifies a huge contract from the Knicks.

    3. Just watched a reply of G1 of the finals this year and it’s clear to me that the 3 pointers are killing the game. Just like they changed the rules for Wilt, and for Shaq, they need to change them now to stop the ridiculous ease of shooting a 3. The corner 3 must go and the line should move 3 feet further around the arc.

    4. @3

      I agree. I also think the court needs to be larger to open things up more by rewarding speed, athleticism, and effort. Maybe even raise the rim 6 inches to a foot.

    5. Maybe even raise the rim 6 inches to a foot.

      The rest of the post reads as real, and then there’s this. How about no? Absolutely not? Never? Don’t do it? Nah?

    6. It would be pretty funny to raise the rim. That would be a lot of adjustments for the players.

      I think the best option is widening the court and extending the line all around (keeping the corner three).

    7. Maybe they should consider raising the rim just a little. Dunks don’t seem as challenging and exciting anymore. It happens a whole lot more now due to the caliber of athletes we have. Truth be told, alot of these players are making the game look too easy. 3’s are becoming the new layup, and punchin on the defender has become a regular thing.

    8. I saw an item on Twitter the other day that said Burke recently played in pickup game with some very good street players and after the game the tone was more or less, “How is this guy in the NBA and some of us are not?”

      I’m of the opinion that Kyrie is a top scorer, but I think Brad Stevens DOES use players in ways that maximizes their scoring efficiency. I don’t think it’s a mortal lock that he could sustain that TS% in NY. However, I think he’d be the perfect running mate for Frank. Frank could handle the tougher defensive assignment and the combination would also provide more than enough good play making. In fact, I’d be hard pressed to think of a better combination. It’s all on Kyrie’s knees and how he looks next year.

    9. I don’t think they are going to change the court, but they have already have experimented with the 3 point line. They shortened it for awhile back in MJ’s era. So I see no reason they can’t extend it other than if the NBA thinks the fans like all the 3 point shooting now.

      I wish another Shaq, Kareem, or Wilt would come along. If someone was dominating the paint consistently all this spread the floor stuff would stop working as well. Even if a stretch C was dragging that guy outside, if he was scoring 35 a night with 15 rebounds on the other end they would have to alter their strategy and throw the best defender and double teams at him or they’d lose the matchup every night. Even though big men are all working on their 3s (which is fine), maybe a guy like Embiid (who is brilliant inside) will be able to change the game back a little.

    10. Would expanding the court mean reconfiguring or losing seats? If so I think that’s a non starter with the owners.

    11. Without widening the court(fewer seats) or raising the rim(fewer dunkz), the league could make it riskier for teams to shoot 3s by awarding only one free throw to a player fouled beyond the arc.

    12. I’m arguing against moving the line back for the simple reason that the disparity between good and bad three shooting teams like us would increase this giving the advantage to the better teams even more !

      The only logical solution is to limit the amount of threes attempted by each team. Something like 8 attempts per quarter otherwise they count as long twos would force teams to strategize on offense and defense, Like in football or baseball how you can concede a batter like a automatic walk. Or football where you punt on forth down and hope your defense get you better position.
      For instance if I’m the coach I can force them to use up their threes and then beat them in the paint. It switches the momentum toward defense and strategy.

      Moving the line back three feet doesn’t effect curry or Durant or harden but it sure would effect the Tim hardaway a of this world.
      Game changer!

    13. Maybe the way I proposed it doesn’t make sense because it punishes good shooting teams.

      Here’s a different take each team is allowed 10 misses per half. Something like that, this way you have to make the shots count.

    14. My idea is stupid , turns into a video game… I might still argue against missed attempts otherwise techs ensue. Idk

    15. Another impression from game 1 of the finals. Give LeBron a Pippen and a Rodman over the past 5 years and the number of GS championships is zero.

    16. Why change anything, guys? The game is more popular than ever, good players play well and shitty players (like the 15 in Knicks uniform) play…well, shitty!

      People love 3-pointers. And, no, they are not any easier than 5 years ago. Stop the madness.

    17. Maybe even raise the rim 6 inches to a foot.

      I say keep the rims where they are but lower the ceilings!

    18. That’s perfect, put a net over the court to limit the arc of shots! Solves all the problems.

      Seriously, if you think that open 3’s are ruining the game (and I can’t imagine anyone is upset about contested 3’s) moving the line out farther will not fix the problem. It just creates more space that defenders have to cover which will lead to more open shots. The same is true even if you eliminate the corner three because you’ll open up a huge gulf of space between the 3 line and the basket where folks will be able to ‘stretch the floor’ by hanging out in the 10-12 ft range, and they’d be easier to hit with passes since the defenders would be more spread out.

      If you think that 3’s are too easy then bring back handchecking or something similar. Or accept that the changes were made deliberately to increase the scores of games by making defense harder, and the NBA is more popular now that it’s ever been.

    19. I liked old fashioned 90’s streetball just fine, but that’s probably because my team had lots of guys who were very good at it. Oak, Mase, Ewing, Starks, Derek Harper… now THAT’S some basketball. Beautiful 84-80 games where everybody’s pissed off the whole time, that’s my jam. I realize I am in the minority when it comes to this opinion.

      Someday before I shuffle off to the great basketball blog in the sky I’ll get to watch another Knicks team that is elite defensively.

    20. Definitely not alone. It’s amazing they took a fan base trained to appreciate great defense and then gave them exactly one great defensive player in 20 years.

    21. I’m sort in the middle I would say, I would probably not watch a lot of games from other teams if we went back to 90’s Knicks play styles, but I would love it in Knicks games. Guess the Ewing / Oakley squads really left a mark on me.

      I think the NBA won’t ever mess with hand checking or allowing defenses to be more physical simply because of injuries. As players have become more athletic than ever and are pushing their bodies to the absolute limit we’ve seen so many injuries, and tougher defenses would only make it worse. Just think about the Zaza rule on reckless close outs, that sort of shit happened every quarter in the NBA not too long ago. Just look at the public outrage at Kawhi Leonard’s injury and imagine if those people were watching Danny Ainge and John Stockton clawing and throwing elbows at players on a daily basis.

    22. The corner 3 may be the most ridiculous thing in sports. How can a 22 ft shot be worth 3 points on one part of the floor and 2 pts on another part?
      It’s too easy a shot for it to be worth 3 pts. It makes a joke of the game.

    23. @23

      I’m in favor of stretching the court and making the corner threes the same range as the other positions simply because of this. It makes no sense to have shots from the same distance be worth different points, specially when the corner is such a valuable and exploitable position nowadays.

    24. @8 — Someone posted a link either here or on P&T the other day of highlights of Trey Burke playing at Dyckman Park and, if those are the street ballers who think that they belong in the NBA, they are delusional. My impression watching the highlights was that it is amazing how noticeable the gap is between very very good athletes and pro level athletes. The street ballers were very very good, but Trey was playing a different game than they were. I think that most people have no appreciation for how big that gap is and, in most sports, it is hard to judge. However, when you watch sports in which you can objectively measure performance like track and field or swimming, you see how big the gap is. In track, even very good D1 runners get smoked when they run against truly elite runners. Those street ballers would look worse than Chris Smith if they played in an NBA game.

    25. I fully support widening the court and having a uniform three point line. It’s kinda ridiculous as-is: no one would design a scrunched up corner three from scratch. It would punish weaker three pointer shooters, open up the paint, and help alleviate players stepping out of bounds, which isn’t fun for anyone to watch. The only downside is less seats (or opening up the floor more, if you think that’s bad.)

    26. I am all for discussing ways to make the game more competitive. If casual fans weren’t so fucking obsessed with per-game and counting stats and the like, there could be some cool experiments like changing the length of the season, having midseason tournaments.

      A big one would be making the game a race to a fixed point total, let’s say 100.

      It would make most possessions more competitive and would eliminate end-of-game hacking and keepaway and two-for-ones (which are a small part of the game, but still produce some stupid chuck-heavy offense early in the clock). Teams would be less inclined to run out the clock with the B-squad. It would produce a wonderful game, competition-wise.

      Raising the dunks because they’re boring? Are we watching the same sport? This is an exciting era for the freedom that guards have to penetrate and attack the rim. Do you really want to see Westbrook smoke his man off the dribble for a layup? That sounds like a you problem, IMO.

    27. I would love to see a race to 100 type game. It would do a lot to make the end of games exciting but it would render all statistical comparisons moot. I’m okay with that but it would create a statistical dividing line like pre and post shot clock when looking at stats. Because of that, I think it’s a non-starter unfortunately.

      As for the three-point line, I’d rather eliminate the corner three than widen the court. Defenses are already stretched thin and widening the court would benefit the corner three more than hurt it because of the amount of space defenses would have to cover. Eliminating the corner three would make defending the three-point line easier which would force more play inside which would be good for the game.

    28. Where can I find a breakdown of 3pa and makes league wide? Curious what percentage of 3’s are corners.

    29. Yeah, TV is never going to allow the games to not be at least somewhat predictable in terms of length. It would be very fun as a side tournament.

      This is the one thing I think American leagues are behind European / South American leagues. Pretty much every big soccer confederation has at least one side tournament that is obviously less important, but plays a big role in the season… it allows big teams to check how bench players perform in bigger roles, young players to shine or smaller teams to make unexpected runs and make something out of lost seasons. I think the NBA could really benefit from having something like a 75 game season plus a smaller cup of head to head, single elimination games. It could be a system where the top teams get byes in the first rounds or something so that the worst teams have something to play for later in the season.

    30. The Mike Fratello Cavs killed any possibility of a race to 100 for the next 40 years.

    31. I like the idea of a tournament within the season. Maybe turn the pre-season into tournament similar to the SL? The Australian league holds a pre-season tournament to give teams incentive not to just go through the motions. Winner gets a cash prize and a shinny trophy ha ha. Could be a win for the league as well, as it could generate fan interest in otherwise meaningless games.

    32. I haven’t been really going out of my way to watch The Big Three league, if that’s actually what it’s even called, but I do find it pretty entertaining and they do the 25 point halftime 50 point final thing. I don’t think it would fly for the NBA, but for summer basketball while I don’t have the Knicks to watch I’m happy with it.

    33. @35

      I like the idea either before the season, to help teams finalize rosters and get into shape more quickly, since no one cares about preseason games anyway, or late in the season to give something for teams outside of the playoffs to look for. Both ideas have issues, in the sense that teams would probably treat the preseason tournament super lightly as to not injure players, and the later one would also have the top teams saving all their key players, but it’s better than nothing.

      Nobody really cares if Manchester United or Arsenal win the FA cup for example, but every time there’s a Cinderella story it’s a huge deal. We could see some team that has nothing to play for in the regular season go on a good run and surprising a few contenders, rivalries get more heated, etc etc. with rosters as big as they are nowadays with the addition of 2-way players it would be very cool imo.

    34. Ha, I was thinking of the Fratello Cavs when the glory days of the 90s were brought up. That’s what Knicks/Heat 90s ball (which I loved) looks like with no talent.

      Love the race to 100 idea. Reminds me of straight pool, where every shot/possession matters.

    35. How about a tournament for the last 2 playoff spots? You could start with completely flattened lottery odds and then have a single elimination tournament for the toward extra ping pong balls (a nominal amount) for advancing.

      If you want to offset the possible negative effect on parity, once draft order for 1-16 are determined, then give all non-playoff teams their “2nd” pick with the team with the worst record picking #17, second-worst team #18, all the way through 14th worst pick gets #30, the two teams that earned the playoff spots in the tournament getting #31 and 32. Then the remaining 28 picks that used to be second rounders (#33-60) becoming the first and second picks of the playoff teams, in reverse order.

      So in essence, all non-playoff teams get two first-rounders and all playoff teams get two 2nd rounders.

    36. I think the play to 100 idea is a non-starter and would totally screw up the flow of the game. In my pick-up league, we play game to 15, 2’s and 3’s. Some games take 5 minutes and some take 40 minutes. In a game to 100, the time frames would be even more extreme. Anyway, I don’t see any problem with the clock-based game.

    37. As to the 3-point line, I’ve been on the record advocating for the line to be moved out to 25 feet, a wider lane, and a wider court. However, if that is not acceptable, then make defending the 3 easier. either allow hand-checking, or eliminate screening outside of 20 feet. One of the most annoying plays for me is when a defender tries to go over a screen and the offensive player he is chasing stops short, goading the defender into a foul.

      I would like to see an elimination of the 3 FT rule, except in the last 2 minutes. If a player is fould while attempting a 3-pointer, give him one FT and possession (like the fouling OB rule.)

      I would also like to make illegal screens non-foul turnovers, unless the screen is more egregious.

    38. Z-Man, your first suggestion makes defending 3’s harder, the second makes it easier. If the range gets extended folks will just practice it at longer range and get better at it. Extending the line and court would just exacerbate the current style.

      Also, I think you could allow hand checking without allowing Zaza style play.

      Regardless, I think the issue isn’t one of the rules being poor, it’s that kids don’t learn to defend against NBA style offenses early enough. Or frankly, don’t learn to defend well at all. I think we’ll see this paradigm shift over time as more effective counters are developed and players learn those counters at a younger age.

    39. @42

      I feel that this has been beaten to death, but the AAU circuit kinda makes that impossible, since the kids need to be the ones shooting in order to get noticed by scouts and get places in the top teams.

      Like, I watched some random highlights of Lebron’s son playing on instagram, and pretty much every highlight he had was a deep 3, like 3 feet behind the line. He’s 13 and just getting into this circuit.

      There’s obviously always going to be good defenders and all, but with the rules and the American development system, it’s just not going to be the focus anymore. On one part it makes me sad, as a fan of the game, but in the other hand explosive scores is what brings casual fans and they are what keeps the NBA in its position (and growing in popularity), so I guess it’s just a lost battle anyway.

    40. The goal should be to at least narrow the TS% gap between 2’s and 3’s. The way it is right now has made post play an afterthought.

    41. A big one would be making the game a race to a fixed point total, let’s say 100.

      I don’t know, it could backfire in certain games. In chess there was a big problem when they changed the world championship format to the first who wins 6 (I believe Fischer proposed the first to win 10), and then Karpov and Kasparov played a match for 50 games and the federation had to stop it, because it dragged for 5 months and Karpov seemed ill.

    42. Iserp, I agree that it’s a risk, but high-level chess is so positional and risk-averse that you can have a guy like Giri at world #5 without seemingly ever checkmating any of his peers. NBA offenses are putting up serious points these days.

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