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Knicks Morning News (2018.08.25)

  • [NYTimes] W.N.B.A.’s Stars of Old Are New Again, and Six Wins From a Title
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:21:46 PM)

    Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi headline a semifinal playoff round defined by young talents coming into their own and W.N.B.A. veterans finding new ways to win.

  • [NYDN] The Bronx has the second-highest crime rate in the city — and just 15% of NYPD surveillance cameras
    (Saturday, August 25, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    The Bronx has the city’s second-highest rate of major crimes — but the fewest NYPD surveillance cameras except for Staten Island.

    The Argus cameras the police department have deployed around the city since 2007 are a step above the ones outside bodegas or apartment buildings because they link to…

  • [NYDN] Garbage out: The Business Integrity Commission wakes up to a menace
    (Saturday, August 25, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    For ages, unions representing private sanitation workers struggled to rouse the trash industry’s corruption-buster to act against a company they alleged cheated laborers of their right to organize and created life-threatening conditions on the streets.

    Two deaths and a spree of property damage…

  • [NYDN] Betsy’s misfire: The dangerous idea to use federal grant money to have schools buy guns
    (Saturday, August 25, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The federal government allocates $1 billion annually to local schools through what are called Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, which are intended to improve academic achievement by helping “(1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; (2) improve school conditions…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Trump, artificial intelligence and Uber
    (Saturday, August 25, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    The epic con by Don

    Bronx: As much as some of our citizens want Donald Trump to be impeached, he has not done anything to warrant it at this time. Mike Cohen committed his crimes at the behest of someone. As an officer (lawyer) of the court, he should not have allowed himself to be put in a trick…

  • [NYDN] Evan Engram goes down with concussion after Giants TE gets sandwiched by two Jets linebackers
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:20:00 PM)

    The Giants lost another top offensive weapon to injury Friday night when tight end Evan Engram went down with a concussion.

    Engram went to the locker room with 5:10 remaining in the second quarter after being sandwiched by Jets linebackers Avery Williamson and Darron Lee. Engram had nowhere to…

  • [NYDN] Jets special teams a special kind of awful with missed extra point and fumbled kickoff in loss to Giants
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    The Jets’ special teams unit was a special kind of sloppy in their 22-16 preseason loss to the Giants Friday night. Gang Green gave up a punt return for a touchdown, missed an extra point and fumbled a kickoff return, prompting plenty of head scratching (and four-letter words) on the sideline.

  • [NYDN] Leonard: Despite changes Giants made, run game is still dismal and the offense is clearly stagnant without Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr.
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:40:00 PM)

    Nate Solder ran a 5.05-second 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL Combine, good for fourth among all offensive linemen entering that year’s draft.

    And Solder may have been running even faster Friday night at MetLife Stadium, tracking diagonally back across the turf to impressively catch Jets defensive…

  • [NYDN] Mehta: Sam Darnold will be the week 1 starter for Jets — there should be no more debating it now after this performance against Giants
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:25:00 PM)

    Sam Darnold is so money… and he doesn’t even know it.

    Ok, maybe he does.

    But he’ll certainly never say what everyone was thinking after the Jets’ 22-16 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday night:

    He’s got the goods.

    Darnold had the audacity to suck all the drama out of the Jets’ quarterback competition…

  • [NYDN] Triple shooting at Florida high school football game leaves one dead and two injured
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:20:00 PM)

    A triple shooting at a Florida high school football game has left one person dead and two other injured, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

    The gun play happened just after 10 p.m. at Raines High School as the school played against Lee High School.

    It’s not clear if the shooting stemmed…

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — August 25, 2018
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for August 25, 2018

    We are stepping into a magical day that supernaturally suspends us between the inertia of a stuck situation and the healthy pursuit of change. Contradictions are easily contained by the stabilizing Grand Earth Trine because of the superconductive…

  • [NYDN] Luke Voit homers twice, Neil Walker hits go-ahead dinger to save Yankees from embarrassment against awful Orioles
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 7:35:00 PM)

    The injury-riddled Yankees trotted out a lineup Friday night with quite a few names they never would have expected to be seeing on a late-August roster card.

    Luke Voit would be first and foremost among them, but the journeyman minor leaguer came up huge, hitting two home runs, his second in the…

  • [NYDN] Julius Thomas, former Pro Bowler, ending NFL career to study CTE and early signs of brain trauma in football players
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 5:55:00 PM)

    Julius Thomas is the latest NFL player to cut his career short — but he’s doing it to help others avoid the crippling effects of CTE.

    The former Denver Bronco is returning to school to pursue a doctorate in psychology, focusing on “the effects of contact sports on brain trauma and neurobehavioral…

  • [NYDN] Trump extends ‘warmest regards’ to Kim Jung Un, but snubs John McCain in senator’s final days
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 5:40:00 PM)

    President Trump gave a social media shout out to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Friday, but said nothing about Senator John McCain, a decorated Vietnam War vet, whose family announced hours earlier he would no longer seek treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

    “In the meantime I would…

  • [NYDN] Body parts found by parks worker in bags in the Bronx
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 5:00:00 PM)

    A city parks worker made a grisly discovery Friday afternoon when he stumbled on two bags of human body parts near Crotona Park in the Bronx, police said.

    The bags with the unidentified remains were found about 2 p.m. near Franklin St.

    Police could not say the gender or age of the victim, nor which…

  • [NYDN] Spacey investigated in sex assault of man in Malibu two years ago, police say
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 5:00:00 PM)

    A sexual battery case against Kevin Spacey turned over to Los Angeles prosecutors this week involves an alleged assault of a man in Malibu two years ago, police said Friday.

    Detectives with the Malibu/Lost Hills division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department began the investigation May…

  • [NYDN] President Trump calls Rep. Jim Jordan a ‘great’ wrestler — despite his being accused of ignoring sexual abuse as a wrestling coach
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 3:55:00 PM)

    President Trump went out of his way Friday to praise Rep. Jim Jordan’s wrestling skills — even though the hardline Ohio Republican is accused of covering up sexual abuse during his time as a college wrestling coach.

    “The great Jim Jordan. How good is Jim? Where is Jim? Don’t ever wrestle him,”…

  • [NYDN] Aroldis Chapman will be re-evaluated in two weeks after receiving plasma injection
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 3:35:00 PM)

    It looks like the Yankees will be without their closer for at least the next two weeks, though they still don’t have a timeline for his return.

    Aroldis Chapman reportedly received a plasma-rich platelet injection on Friday for the knee tendinitis he has been battling all season. The Yankees said…

  • [NYDN] Georgia schools chief resigns after audio recordings expose racist tirades, repeated use of N-word
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 3:15:00 PM)

    The head of a public school system is suburban Atlanta resigned Friday after he was accused of repeatedly using the N-word in racist rants that emerged amid a discrimination lawsuit.

    Buford City Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby tendered his resignation in a short letter to the school board obtained…

  • [NYDN] NJ Transit at risk to miss deadline for critical safety technology
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 2:25:00 PM)

    NJ Transit is far behind on installing safety technology and at risk of blowing an end-of-year deadline, according to stats from the Federal Railroad Administration released Friday.

    Only a third of the hardware needed for the technology, known as Positive Train Control, which aims to prevent derailment…

  • [NYDN] Leonard: Here’s a look at the Giants players opening eyes this preseason … from starters to guys fighting for spots
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 2:00:00 PM)

    Plenty of Giants players, both starters and backups fighting for roster spots, have opened eyes this preseason even though the games don’t technically count.

    Here are some of Big Blue’s encouraging performers, some under-the-radar and some obvious but nevertheless noteworthy, with Friday night’s…

  • [NYDN] Sloane Stephens returns to the U.S. Open a star after last season’s stunning triumph
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:40:00 PM)

    Kids holding oversized tennis balls squealed as Sloane Stephens strode into Louis Armstrong Stadium on Friday.

    Fans clamored for autographs and selfies with Stephens as the U.S. Open allowed the public to watch media day interviews with her and other superstars including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal…

  • [NYDN] Cynthia Nixon paid wife salary, used corporation to curb her taxes, new documents show
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:39:00 PM)

    Before Cynthia Nixon’s wife Christine Marinoni landed on the city payroll, she got a salary from — Cynthia Nixon.

    Newly-released tax documents show that Marinoni in 2013 drew a $96,200 salary — $117,560 counting retirement contributions — from The Fickle Mermaid, a pass-through corporation Nixon…

  • [NYDN] House Democrats call for probe into President Trump’s ‘criminal conspiracy’ in light of Cohen’s guilty plea
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:25:00 PM)

    House Judiciary Democrats urged their Republican colleagues on Friday to take “several actions” responding to President Trump’s implication in a “criminal conspiracy,” marking a tiny step towards possible impeachment proceedings.

    The committee’s 17 Democrats signed the letter, which comes in the…

  • [NYDN] Purse snatch turns violent — elderly woman badly hurt; suspect under arrest
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM)

    A heartless mugger dragged a 71-year-old woman down a flight of brick stairs, then ran off with her shopping items as she lay bleeding on the sidewalk, authorities said.

    Clennie Joseph on Friday was being cared for in the intensive care unit at Jamaica Hospital.

    She has bleeding on the brain, a…

  • [NYDN] Coney Island to score new log flume, adventure park and ropes course
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM)

    Coney Island is hoping to make a splash with a new log flume and other attractions set to open in the next two years.

    The city announced plans to expand Brooklyn’s seaside amusement area Luna Park by nearly 50% by building on empty lots that sit near the boardwalk between W. 10th and W. 16th Sts.

  • [SNY Knicks] Ntilikina will skip FIBA World Cup qualifiers to prep for Knicks season
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:06:28 AM)

    In order to better prepare for his second season with the Knicks and his first under new head coach David Fizdale, point guard Frank Ntilikina told the French outlet l’Equipe he won’t play for France.

  • [SNY Knicks] Former Knicks Robinson, Stoudemire play in BIG3 for Tri-State
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:30:00 AM)

    Former Knicks Nate Robinson and Amar’e Stoudemire and Tri-State will play the 3-Headed Monsters on Friday at Barclays Center in the BIG3 third-place game.

  • [NYPost] Kevin Knox reminds ex-NBAer of rising Suns star — just bigger
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:57:28 PM)

    Ex-NBA star Jimmy Jackson, in town to call Friday’s Big3 Finals at Barclays Center for FOX at 8 p.m., glowed about Knicks lottery pick, 6-foot-9 forward Kevin Knox. “He’s a bigger version of Devin Booker,’’ Jackson said. “He’s got all the same skills but he’s taller.” Jackson was referring to another Kentucky lottery pick who…

  • [NYPost] Knicks take Twitter feud with Nets to their doorstep
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:31:50 AM)

    The Knicks and Nets are both expected to be near the bottom of the standings and not overly competitive on the court, but at least they’re showing a little feistiness in their trash talk game. First, Brooklyn’s Latvian rookie Rodions Kurucs spoke in June about wanting to play against countryman Kristaps Porzingis and “beat his…

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    35 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2018.08.25)

    1. Ingmarrrr

      Exactly one month to training camp. Soon we’ll know how good Trey Burke really is, and if Knox & Mitch’s summer league translates to preseason, and if Frank shows any improvement at all. I can’t wait.

    2. d-mar

      From NBA.com:

      “NBA.com’s survey of NBA rookies predicts that Phoenix Suns’ forward Deandre Ayton and Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Collin Sexton (tied with 18% of the vote) will split Kia NBA Rookie of the Year honors this season. Fifteen different players received at least one vote, with the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and New York Knicks’ Kevin Knox placing after Ayton and Sexton, tying with 9% of the vote. This is the first time in the now 10-year history of the survey that no player received at least 24% of the vote for this category.”

      So Knox was a great pick!

      #Rookieslovepointz

    3. Bruno Almeida

      At least we can pretty much guarantee Ayton and Sexton are not winning the award already.

      The last three top picks for ROY in the rookie survey were Jahlil Okafor, Kris Dunn and Dennis Smith Jr.

    4. DRed

      Doncic is likely the best player and he’s playing for a team the basketball media loves fawning all over, despite it being run by sexual harassment fostering douchebro and coached by a joyless martinet.

    5. DRed

      Sure, Rick Carlisle is a dick but he hasn’t gotten out of the first round in the playoffs in 8 years, you have to look at that too. Model organization they have down there in Dallas.

    6. thenoblefacehumper

      It’s a really good point, DRed. The media fawning made sense after 2011, but ever since then they’ve demonstrated mostly poor decision making with regards to basketball, and even poorer decision making when it comes to real life.

    7. thenoblefacehumper

      In light of Kanter looking pretty shredded, what do we think are some possible trade possibilities for him at the deadline?

      Warts and all, a team trying to get into the playoffs, or trying to improve their chances in them, could do worse than one of the better high volume scorers (the only players in the NBA with 21.8%+ USG and a 63%+ TS were KAT, KD, Curry, Kanter, and Montrezl Harrell) and rebounders in the NBA.

      The Lakers would make a lot of sense, which would be hilarious due to the weird LeBron-Kanter beef. I guess the question is how good of an asset would the Lakers need to attach for the Knicks to take on Deng? I guess it’s probably a non-starter with us being intent on going hard after a max player next offseason. Sigh. I’d love me some Josh Hart.

      Portland has plenty of big man minutes to fill, and if we took Evan Turner maybe we could get Swanigan and/or a first? I doubt they’d do Collins.

      Some other possible fits are San Antonio, OKC, and LAC (I might like this one the best because they can make it work with expirings).

    8. Grocer

      I can’t imagine the prevailing wisdom that Kanter is unplayable in the playoffs has changed. He’d need to come out of the gates with some highlight reel shutdowns for anybody to be interested.

    9. Z-man

      In the 2015-16 playoffs where the Thunder went to the WCFs and lost in 7 to the Warriors because Westbrook and Durant choked, Kanter put up the following per 36 stats in 18 mpg: 18.9points, 12.4 rebounds (5.2 ORebs) 5FTA (shot 85%). He had an ORating of 125 and a DRating of 106. He put up a .617 TS% at a 20% usage. He put up a .218 WS48.

      In the critical game 6 implosion, he went 4-5 and the team was +15 with him on the floor in 10 minutes, the only guy on the team with a positive +/- . Meanwhile, the eminently playable Westbrook went 10-27 and the eminently playable Durant went 10-31 in that game, the biggest game in Thunder history.

      In summary, that “prevailing wisdom” is total bullshit, and any coach (including Donovan) who thinks that way should be immediately fired. He may not be worth his contract, or worth 30+ mpg in the playoffs, or might be less valuable vs. certain match-ups, but calling him unplayable in the playoffs is really ignorant.

    10. Bruno Almeida

      It really is a very stupid narrative, but unfortunately the media and the casual fans latch on these stories so damn much.

      I’ve said it before on the Jokic – Porzingis comparison, but people really tend to use defensive ability as a trump card when it fits their narrative, specially because it’s so naturally hard to measure numerically. Very, very often I see entire arguments ignoring defense (when people argue for Westbrook being so incredibly iron willed and playing mega hard etc etc when he won’t bother to make a basic rotation on defense) and then when it comes to guys like Kanter, Jokic or Towns then suddenly defense is the most important thing in the game and “wins championships” and those guys are unplayable. Even the backlash Harden got for his very poor defense, while Westbrook won MVP similarly not giving a single fuck on the defensive side and taking off entire possessions standing and watching.

      Kanter is a very, very poor defender. He can get heavily exploited by a team like GSW, but that is also true for the vast majority of NBA players.

    11. Grocer

      To be clear, I’m not passing judgement on the veracity of the thing, I’m just saying ‘this is what NBA people seem to think.’ Actual reality is frequently disengaged from prevailing wisdom in NBA front offices. Witness the Rockets thinking ‘Melo will make us better’ contrary to all evidence.

    12. Bruno Almeida

      @12

      Oh, for sure. I mean, just now I saw a thread on reddit about Paul Pierce saying how Kobe wore down his defenders and made them lose confidence because of how much he shot, so it didn’t matter if he hit the shots or not, it was valuable, and that’s how he won 5 rings.

      I have no words to describe this. Pierce is an actual analyst getting paid to be on TV spewing this bullshit. At least he didn’t go with the damn Kobe assist, I’ll give him that, but this is peak ruruland level analysis.

    13. Z-man

      RIP John McCain, a truly great person in service of this country. What a horrible tragedy that his memory is sharing the same news cycle as this gross charlatan caricature fascist that currently occupies the WH. I’m pretty far from being a conservative, but I admire individuals who are dedicated to principle above politics. I could argue politics with McCain all day long and not get grossed out because I know that his arguments would be coming from a deep love for this country and its founding ideals. That’s all I can ask of any principled person.

    14. Grocer

      @13, I think the choice of ‘analysts’ like Pierce and Miller just demonstrate that the media loves to troll Knicks fans.

      @14, McCain was not all that principled. Ask Charles Keating.

    15. Cock Jowles, #1 Purveyor of Wanton Chuckery

      RIP John McCain, a truly great person in service of this country. What a horrible tragedy that his memory is sharing the same news cycle as this gross charlatan caricature fascist that currently occupies the WH. I’m pretty far from being a conservative, but I admire individuals who are dedicated to principle above politics. I could argue politics with McCain all day long and not get grossed out because I know that his arguments would be coming from a deep love for this country and its founding ideals. That’s all I can ask of any principled person.

      I won’t forget the many, many policy positions that I vociferously disagreed with, but he’s a goddamn American hero compared to the craven misfits who have taken over the main body of the GOP. That said, RIP, and may Arizona be flattened by nukes so we can start over.

      just now I saw a thread on reddit

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      instant, hi-def highlights without commercials or ESPN talking heads
      OC statistical analysis (so long as it avoids all of the things we collectively hate around here, so about 5% of the OC)
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      all of the copypasta

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      virtually any opinion on basketball found in the comments section
      most opinions about Kevin Durant
      most opinions about Kobe Bryant
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    16. Grocer

      @16, the man was a hero as Jowles says, and deserves credit for the few times his votes actually stood up for something which was far less than his rhetoric would suggest. The media loved him because he always gave them the access they wanted. His bad moves far out number his good, let’s remember people for what they were. It’s disrespectful to ignore folk’s faults.

    17. Jack Bauer

      @17 My son goes to Law School in Arizona so No let’s not hope it gets “flattened by nukes and start over” just because you don’t like it for whatever reason.

      RIP John McCain, he served his country for many years.

    18. Bruno Almeida

      @17

      Oh, it was mostly just a repost of the Pierce quote, the comments were obviously terrible but I don’t even read them most of the time, I have to remind myself that I’m way too old for these kids or I’ll actually think of wasting my time replying to all the bullshit.

      It has become my main source of information on the NBA as I still refuse to bother with Twitter, but it’s dangerously unhealthy for my brain to read too much of it.

    19. Z-man

      I personally vehemently oppose most of the Republican platform, and yes, McCain was continually supportive of much of what I oppose. An despite his “Maverick” reputation, he had more than his share of sell-out moments.

      But I accept that this will always be true, no matter the state of the country or the world. It is true in our families, our workplaces, our sports arenas, etc. So beyond political viewpoints (assuming that they aren’t unacceptably extreme, for example, there’s no such thing as an “honorable” fascist) we can still find it in our hearts to honor the more noble, dignified and courageous among our political opponents. This is especially true today when so many Republicans have put honor aside for political expediency.

    20. d-mar

      One of McCain’s lesser known pivotal votes in the Senate in 2017 was against repealing an Obama-era rule restricting methane emissions from drilling operations on public lands. He was one of only three Republicans to vote no.

      I disagreed with most of his views, but the man took a stand when it counted, especially on health care and the environment.

    21. bobneptune

      Cowards die many times before their deaths.
      The valiant never taste of death but once.
      Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
      It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
      Seeing that death, a necessary end,
      Will come when it will come.

      If anyone not of Viet Nam eligible draft age is interested in a great read about what some of these “warrior class” people went through, I suggest “The Nightingale’s Song”

    22. Z-man

      “…I like people who weren’t captured…”

      Maybe the single most disgraceful thing ever uttered by this morally bankrupt occupier of the presidency, and that’s saying something. Well, maybe not, “…there are good people on both sides…” is hard to top. May history bestow forever upon this abhorrent creature the infamy he deserves.

    23. Cock Jowles, #1 Purveyor of Wanton Chuckery

      Maybe it’s the “mountain air” I’m breathing here in Portland, but I am going to politely suggest that we avoid this topic. McCain died: some people liked him, some people didn’t.

    24. thenoblefacehumper

      8-10 years ago John McCain being remembered as anything other than a hard-right ultra hawk would’ve been unfathomable, but times have changed and he deserves some credit for spending the last few months of his life needling Donald Trump.

      Re: Kanter, the reputation is definitely a lot to overcome which is why he’d likely have to look a bit more nimble this year. If the Lakers are righting for a playoff spot, though, and LeBron is taking 30 FGA a game, it’s hard to see them passing up an opportunity to add a legitimately elite scorer.

    25. chrisk06811

      To trade Kanter, you need to find a playoff team with a big need at C, with totally worthless players with expiring contracts in the $18M total range. I don’t see anything that looks even close to that. I see guys with 2 years left, but why on earth would we do that? What are we going to get back to make Deng, Ryan Anderson or Chandler Parsons worth that….plus 2 of those teams have centers.

      But…..what about Deng for Noah? If we let him prove he’s healthy in pre-season, what else would LA give us to make that work? And, if it’s only a few 2nds, who cares?

    26. Bruno Almeida

      At least with John McCain I hav fond memories of Ellen wrecking him on the LGBT marriage issues, and he kinda got better in the end of his life, so there’s that.

      The issue with trying to trade Kanter is that his value as a rental is very low, unless the team is simultaneously looking for a Center with his skill set + the cap relief and at the same time has anything the Knicks would want to offer. It’s probably impossible to find such a situation, maybe Milwaukee if Lopez doesn’t work out but their only expiring contract is Bledsoe who we should not want, so it’s a tough situation either way. I’d rather just leave him there and let him expire than take on longer contracts on bad players.

    27. Knick fan not in NJ at this time

      I like the idea of Deng for Noah. The Lakers get something useful to them and we get a pick or something for our troubles. Then we waive Deng instead of Noah.

    28. DRed

      Kanter played really well last season and he’s in his prime. Now, he is bad enough on defense that he’s probably not a huge positive if he plays as well as he did for the Knicks last year, but he’s not a bum. Teams could use a guy like Enes and his contract is done a the end of the season-I think we should be able to move him for an asset if he plays as well as he did last year.

    29. GoNyGoNyGo

      RIP McCain. I walked into the voting booth in November 2007 and made the decision to vote for Obama over McCain there. A decade later, I am happy with that decision. McCain lost my vote because he picked an idiot for a running mate. I disagreed with many of his positions (I am a dove) but I never doubted his integrity and he would have made a good president. I am truly saddened by his passing.

      The crystal ball for this upcoming season is hazy. I can see a complete tank at one end of the spectrum and I also can see the melding of a couple of good draft picks with a bunch of suddenly maturing kids who are coming into their own that surprise us. I can see us holding on to our veterans and starting them, and I can see us selling them off for picks and cap space.

    30. Stratomatic "Porzingis, Ntilikina, Knox & Robinson are going to lead us to the promised land

      This is John McCain.

      1. A war hero
      2. An economic and business illiterate of the highest order
      3. Never saw a bomb, plane, tank, missile, sub, etc.. he didn’t want to build and rarely saw a country he didn’t want to test them on.

    31. bidiong

      Rest in peace John McCain. I didn’t agree with s lot of his politics but as a Libertarian minded person I can respect anyone that stands up for their values to a certain point. He wasn’t right a lot in my opinion, but he wasn’t a complete fuck up.

      Unfortunately nowadays that’s probably the best we can do for politicians.

    32. thenoblefacehumper

      Kanter played really well last season and he’s in his prime. Now, he is bad enough on defense that he’s probably not a huge positive if he plays as well as he did for the Knicks last year, but he’s not a bum. Teams could use a guy like Enes and his contract is done a the end of the season-I think we should be able to move him for an asset if he plays as well as he did last year.

      Yeah, it’s just very difficult for me to believe that teams looking to buy at the deadline will refuse to surrender a second round pick or two for a guy who can legitimately anchor a bench unit. It’s not like every team he’s ever been on was resigned to defensive mediocrity (OKC was 10th in overall DRtg his last season there).

      Finding a team that fits well contract-wise is more difficult (I wish we didn’t necessarily have to take back all expirings), but the Clippers, Memphis, Indiana, and Dallas all come to mind as teams that could make that work and all have an interest in competing this season.

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