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Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Feb 16 2012)

  • [New York Newsday] Lin's sudden rise amazes his former coach (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:04:00 EST)
    Keith Smart was Jeremy Lin's coach with the Warriors last season. Fast forward a year or so and Smart is now the coach of the Kings, who visited the Garden Wednesday night under the relentless glare of the "Lin-sanity" spotlight.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 100, Kings 85: Jeremy Lin Has 13 Assists in Knicks’ Win (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:00:11 GMT)
    Even though he scored just 10 points, Jeremy Lin had a career-high 13 assists as the Knicks routed the Kings to improve to .500 on the season.

  • [New York Times] Cable TV Blackout Frustrates Lin’s Chinatown Fans (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 06:42:06 GMT)
    Many Asian-American fans in New York cannot watch Jeremy Lin on television because Knicks games have been blacked out in a cable dispute between Time Warner and MSG Network.

  • [New York Times] Jeremy Lin’s Grandmother Watches, Along With Taiwan (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 06:59:11 GMT)
    Taiwanese paparazzi are a new problem for Jeremy Lin’s grandmother, who watches her grandson’s games on tape delay and denies reports she taught him basketball.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Grizzlies Send Nets to 7th Straight Loss (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:09:06 GMT)
    Rudy Gay scored 25 points and Tony Allen added 21 to help Memphis down the error-prone Nets.

  • [New York Times] Jeremy Lin of Knicks Turns Scalpers Into Fans, Too (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:09:06 GMT)
    The demand for tickets to see Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has brokers and scalpers reaping the rewards online and outside Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Keith Smart Has Coached Jeremy Lin and Jimmer Fredette (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:09:06 GMT)
    Sacramento Coach Keith Smart worked with Jeremy Lin in Golden State, and now coaches the rookie Jimmer Fredette.

  • [New York Times] Lin Has 13 Assists, Knicks Run Win Streak to 7 (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:53:51 GMT)
    Instead of saving the Knicks, Jeremy Lin got to save his energy.

  • [New York Times] Lin Happy to Smash Stereotypes by Living the NBA Dream (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 06:15:47 GMT)
    New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin is trying not to get caught up in the buzz generated by his explosion onto the NBA scene but the Taiwanese-American point guard is glad to be helping break down stereotypes.

  • [New York Times] Griffin, Foye Help Clippers Beat Wizards (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 06:17:48 GMT)
    Blake Griffin had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Caron Butler added 21 points and Randy Foye scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter against his former team, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 102-84 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Crawford’s Clutch Shots Lift Blazers Over Warriors (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:59:46 GMT)
    Gerald Wallace scored 24 points and Jamal Crawford hit a key 3-pointer and a pair of late free throws to lift the Portland Trail Blazers over the Golden State Warriors 93-91 Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Smith Rallies Hawks Past Nash, Suns 101-99 (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:50:40 GMT)
    Josh Smith matched his season high with 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to rally the Atlanta Hawks to a 101-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Win 5th in a Row, 102-84 Over Nuggets (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:17:38 GMT)
    Shawn Marion had 16 points and 10 rebounds, leading six Dallas players who scored in double figures as the Mavericks stretched their winning streak to five in a row with a 102-84 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Martin’s 32 Points Lead Rockets Over Thunder 96-95 (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:54:08 GMT)
    Kevin Martin tied a season high with 32 points, including the winning free throws with 23.6 seconds remaining, to lead the Houston Rockets to a 96-95 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Lin Passes Knicks to Romp Over Kings (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:29:18 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin showed off another dimension on his magical NBA ride in leading the Knicks to a 100-85 rout of the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for New York’s seventh win in a row.

  • [New York Times] Belinelli Hits 6 3s to Lead Hornets Past Bucks (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:47:53 GMT)
    Marco Belinelli made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 22 points to lead the short-handed New Orleans Hornets to a 92-89 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] T-Wolves Hand Bobcats 16th Straight Loss, 102-90 (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:29:52 GMT)
    Kevin Love wasn’t going to allow the Charlotte Bobcats to break their long and miserable losing streak on his watch.

  • [New York Times] Stuckey, Monroe Lift Pistons Past Celtics 98-88 (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:20:37 GMT)
    Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Ben Gordon hit three 3-pointers in the opening 4:09 of the fourth quarter during a game-breaking spree that carried the Detroit Pistons to a 98-88 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Irving Scores 22 to Push Cavs Past Pacers 98-87 (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:35:49 GMT)
    Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing three games with a concussion, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-87 win Wednesday night over the reeling Indiana Pacers, who dropped their fifth straight.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: The Closer: Some Much-Needed Rest for Lin (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:17:47 GMT)
    In a blowout against the Kings, the Knicks were wise to limit Jeremy Lin’s minutes considering the abuse he has been taking.

  • [New York Times] Lin Has 13 Assists, Knicks Run Win Streak to 7 (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:21:02 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin grabbed a spot on the bench next to Carmelo Anthony in the third quarter and shared a laugh with the injured All-Star.

  • [New York Times] Gay Has 25, Allen 21 to Help Grizzlies Beat Nets (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:14:40 GMT)
    Rudy Gay scored 25 points and Tony Allen matched his season high with 21 to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat New Jersey 105-100 on Wednesday night, handing the error-prone Nets their season-high seventh straight loss.

  • [New York Times] Magic Hit 15 3-Pointers and Run Past 76ers, 103-87 (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 02:41:54 GMT)
    Ryan Anderson had seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, Dwight Howard added 17 points and 14 rebounds and the Orlando Magic shot their way past the Philadelphia 76ers, 103-87 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Win 9th Straight, Beat Raptors 113-106 (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 02:41:52 GMT)
    Tony Parker had 34 points and 14 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs extended their season-best winning streak to nine games with a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Post] Fredette impressed by Knicks’ Lin (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:25:52 -0500)
    Jimmer Fredette admits “Jimmer-mania” never reached the level of “Linsanity.”
    Fredette, from upstate Glens Falls, was the buzz of college basketball last season, bursting out of nowhere and became the most-debated topic on where he would be drafted or whether he would make the transition to the pros.
    Fredette made…

  • [New York Post] Kings’ Isiah gets boo-tiful reception from crowd (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 02:42:52 -0500)
    Linsanity hasn’t changed one thing: Garden fans still hate former Knicks president Isiah Thomas.
    Poor Sacramento rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas. Whenever his name was so much mentioned by the Knicks public address announcer Mike Walczewski, for either a foul or bucket, the Garden fans let loose with a…

  • [New York Post] Knicks reach .500 with 13 Lin assists against Kings (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:32:55 -0500)
    Jeremy Lin, who wants to be a minister when this is all over, raised the Knicks to Seventh Heaven and the .500 mark Wednesday night.
    No miracles or scoring heroics needed, just solid point-guard play Mike D’Antoni will take every game.
    Before a celebrity-studded Garden crowd that included Mike…

  • [New York Post] Hey fans, Melo out on Anthony worries (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:56:14 -0500)
    This was the perfect bridge of a game, connecting not only the Melo-free Knicks with the Melo-ful Knicks but also Jeremy Lin as rock-star phenomenon with Jeremy Lin, professional point guard.
    And maybe the bridge that links, at last, the Knicks as desperate reclamation project with the Knicks of increasing…

  • [New York Post] Anthony says he can play with Lin (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:32:55 -0500)
    As Linsanity has taken over the Big Apple, Carmelo Anthony, who has missed five games because of a strained groin, heard the people saying he is too selfish for this offense and his return could wreak havoc on the Knicks’ sudden chemistry with Jeremy Lin. He admits it bothers him…

  • [New York Post] Chandler, Fields also busting out (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:25:52 -0500)
    The Linsanity surrounding the Knicks has swallowed up everything around the team outside of its sudden-star point guard.
    But as the Knicks stretched their winning streak to seven games with last night’s 100-85 laugher against the Kings at the Garden, both Landry Fields and Tyson Chandler continued to show…

  • [New York Post] Smart: Only a genius saw Knicks phenom coming (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:25:52 -0500)
    Keith Smart saw plenty of Jeremy Lin last season as an assistant coach, then interim head coach, with the Warriors. But like virtually everyone else in the NBA, he could not have predicted the way Lin has turned the NBA on its head over the past 12 days.”You didn…

  • [New York Post] Joba says Lin must enjoy ride (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:25:52 -0500)
    TAMPA â?? Joba Chamberlain has some advice for Jeremy Lin. Enjoy the ride, but look out for midges.
    Jobamania was a precursor of Linsanity. In a fascinating “Linterview” at the Yankees’ minor league complex, Chamberlain said he’s thrilled for the Knicks guard, but also offered words of caution.
    “You are…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ phenom Lin lighting up Broadway (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:56:13 -0500)
    This is what happens when every game becomes an event. Frank Sinatra shows up as a photographer when Muhammad Ali meets Joe Frazier in the Fight of the Century at the Garden. When star power illuminates Broadway. Or when a star is born. A shooting star who shines ever so…

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Tyson on Melo not adjusting: 'Nonsense' (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:58:18 EDT)
    NEW YORK — With Jeremy Lin playing remarkably well and the Knicks on their best winning streak of the season, you won’t find any visible, negative vibes resonating from the team.
    But one big question mark lurks from the sidelines — literally — where Carmelo Anthony, who’s missed the past five games with a strained right groin, has been sitting.
    That is: Could Melo mess up the Knicks’ current chemistry by not jelling with Lin and Amare Stoudemire, the two other members of the team’s core?

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Video: STAT & Co. 'just flowing' (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 02:00:55 EDT)
    Amare Stoudemire and Landry Fields talk about what is making the Knicks click.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo: Selfish label 'a slap in the face' (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 01:18:18 EDT)
    New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony disagrees with the widespread notion that he’s “a selfish player.”
    “That’s like a slap in the face,” Anthony said during an interview with Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter on Wednesday night. “None of my teammates I’ve ever played with would say that I was a selfish player. Nobody.”
    Point guard Jeremy Lin has reinvigorated the once-flailing Knicks (14-15), who have won six straight games heading into Wednesday night’s contest with the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Lin on President Obama watching: 'Wow' (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:36:09 EDT)
    NEW YORK — With a story as global as Jeremy Lin’s is right now, you have to imagine that even the busiest and most well-known people on the planet are catching wind of it — even the president.
    Linsanity on ESPNNewYork.comWhen it comes to the Knicks’ newest sensation, ESPN New York is all-Lin.Lin: Game By Game  Latest News: Melo loves Lin   Floyd? No More: Lin finds new apartment   Video: FanSpeak   Linsane Well, that’s exactly what’s happened.

  • [New York Daily News] Lin wasn’t the Smart choice (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:31:39 GMT)
    At the rate things are going at the Garden, Steve Nash will be texting Jeremy Lin to get tips on playing the point. Lin made it look that easy when the Knicks encountered a real, live pushover Wednesday.

  • [New York Daily News] Lin dishes out win vs. Kings, 100-85 at Garden (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:29:59 GMT)
    And on the seventh game, he rested. Jeremy Lin never seemed to have it this easy when the opposition was Cornell and Princeton. Then again maybe Lin, just like the Knicks, keeps getting better.

  • [New York Daily News] Source: NBA hoping to add Lin to All-Star lineup (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:12:54 GMT)
    How can you have an All-Star Weekend without the biggest story of the NBA season? That is a question the league is asking and it looks as if Jeremy Lin will make it to Orlando next weekend.

  • [New York Daily News] Starks relates to Lin point of view (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:07:48 GMT)
    John Starks rose from grocery store bagger to NBA All-Star with the Knicks in the 1990s, but he knows even his unlikely tale doesn’t compare to the mythological ascension of Jeremy Lin over the past two weeks.

  • [New York Daily News] Fans boo Kings’ Isaiah for being Thomas (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 06:03:07 GMT)
    The fans at Madison Square Garden roundly booed Sacramento point guard Isaiah Thomas throughout the Knicks’ 100-85 victory Wednesday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Lin story is stuff of Garden dreams (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:55:16 GMT)
    You walk the new corridors of the Garden in the late afternoon as the Knicks go through their walk-through on the Garden floor and all you see are these racks of blue Jeremy Lin jerseys waiting to be sold.

  • [New York Daily News] Joba can relate to all this Lin-sanity (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:30:46 GMT)
    The Yankees reliever, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery at the team’s minor-league complex in Tampa, knows what Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin is going through.

  • [New York Daily News] Mike Tyson on his purchases: ‘There was some dumb sh-t’ (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:21:11 GMT)
    Asked by Jill Martin what was the dumbest purchase he’d ever made in his life, Tyson said: “Anything I ever had. Anything I ever had was dumb,” before mumbling something and blurting out, “There was some dumb sh-t.”

  • [New York Daily News] Commander-Lin-Chief! (Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:23:48 GMT)
    The commander-in-chief has been blown away by the Knicks surging hardwood-commander, Jeremy Lin.

  • 175 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Feb 16 2012)

    1. d-mar

      If Melo comes back for the Dallas game, it could be the perfect storm for the haters. Dallas playing great ball right now, comes into MSG, ends the winning streak and Melo, a little rusty, shoots, 5-13 or something like that, and has the nerve to attempt a couple of contested shots. The howls will echo far and wide: “I knew it, the ball stopper comes back and we lose, he’s ruined all the chemistry, get rid of the bum!”

      Just a thought…..

    2. TDM

      In other news, the Knicks or the Clippers are purportedly the front-runners for getting JR Smith.

      http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7580586/source-los-angeles-clippers-new-york-knicks-frontrunners-jr-smith

      I have to say, I’m a bit conflicted by this. Part of me is hoping that the Clippers end up signing him. We could certainly use JR’s talent, but who’s minutes is he going to take? Fields and Shump are playing very well right now. Do the Knicks have 25 minutes and 10 shots per game to give him? Would he be content with less? Is he going to be happy if he’s coming off the bench? Is Dolan going to provide him with a full-time driver?

      I cannot remember a Knicks team with a more positive camaraderie than their current roster, and while that will not be the most important factor in going deep into the playoffs, it certainly doesn’t hurt. I’d hate to see that destroyed by signing someone that isn’t going to be happy here.

    3. Brian Cronin

      My latest Sports Legend Revealed over at the LA Times examines another instance where, like Lin, strange circumstances combined to allow a team to “steal” a great player. Here, it is the story of how allergies led Dennis Rodman to the Detroit Pistons. Check it out here.

    4. Brian Cronin

      I have to say, I’m a bit conflicted by this. Part of me is hoping that the Clippers end up signing him. We could certainly use JR’s talent, but who’s minutes is he going to take? Fields and Shump are playing very well right now. Do the Knicks have 25 minutes and 10 shots per game to give him? Would he be content with less? Is he going to be happy if he’s coming off the bench? Is Dolan going to provide him with a full-time driver?

      I cannot remember a Knicks team with a more positive camaraderie than their current roster, and while that will not be the most important factor in going deep into the playoffs, it certainly doesn’t hurt. I’d hate to see that destroyed by signing someone that isn’t going to be happy here.

      You have to add JR Smith if you can, but yeah, another issue is that he would strictly be a half-season rental for the Knicks because there’s no way he would sign for the $2.5 exception next season, and the Knicks can’t offer him any more than that.

      But honestly, while he seems to want to play for the Knicks and if he does, great, I don’t see why he wouldn’t take the Clippers over the Knicks. The money is not a major factor since he’s going to be getting a bigger deal next year no matter what and with the Clippers, he could very well be their starting shooting guard and play big minutes. In New York, it is unlikely he would unseat Fields at the starting spot and while he will certainly be part of the rotation, he won’t get the minutes he’d get in Los Angeles.

      Either team looks like they’ll be a good playoff team (unless Lin falls off a cliff), so that’s not a major difference. And either team would get him a lot of notice around the league for him to cash in next season.

    5. Nick C.

      Brian Cronin: My latest Sports Legend Revealed over at the LA Times examines another instance where, like Lin, strange circumstances combined to allow a team to “steal” a great player. Here, it is the story of how allergies led Dennis Rodman to the Detroit Pistons. Check it out here.

      Fantastic story!! I had never heard that before. Thanks.

    6. Gideon Zaga

      JR Smith, i dunno man, i believe you can never have enough talent but chemistry is as important as consistency. If we’re in the playoffs, I’d rather be much confident with JR with an open shot than Landry Fields to win the game or perhaps the series. Plus do we really want lose to the Clippers 3 times, they won Cp3, got K-Mart and now JR. Come on man.

    7. villainx

      Regarding JR and salary, is it also a situation where whichever team he is on has the opportunity to offer him a better contract next year, versus FA bidding?

      JR wouldn’t necessarily take so much minutes from Fields or Shumpert. Looks like D’Antoni uses Fields and Shumpert as small forwards regularly, or depending on big or small lineup. Or at least Shumpert, I think D’Antoni uses him to guard 1-4 depending on size, matchup, and how much defense is required.

    8. Brian Cronin

      Oh, I also have a small request to include the coach or the coaching staff in the recap grade?

      We use a standard software consistent with other ESPN place. It doesn’t have the ability to grade coaches.

    9. Brian Cronin

      Regarding JR and salary, is it also a situation where whichever team he is on has the opportunity to offer him a better contract next year, versus FA bidding?

      Not really. Any team he signs with will can only go over the cap (without using one of their exceptions) to re-sign him at 120% of his salary for this season. Which is far less than what he will get on the open market. What the Knicks can offer that other teams can’t is a player option for next year at $2.5 million, since they still have their $2.5 million exception that they can sign players to for a multi-year deal. So that gives him the freedom of knowing he’d at least make $2.5 million next year, even if he gets hurt. I don’t think that’s a major selling point, but I could be wrong.

      So yeah, in any event, whoever he signs with this year will not have much of a leg up on re-signing him next year because he will make so much more money next year than this one.

    10. JK47

      The Knicks are now 5th in the NBA in defensive rating. We’re right at the league average now in eFG% allowed, second in TOV%, 4th in DRB% and a below-average 22nd in FT/FGA.

      Maybe that’s a bit inflated because of our weak schedule, but I think it’s pretty clear the Knicks have a legit top 10 defense.

    11. TheXman

      JR Smith would probably ruin the chemistry. We already have one ball hog in Melo, JR is a headcase who instead of laying up the ball, will try for the 720 dunk. Do we need someone like this on the team? Yeah we could use his shooting, but we don’t need any distractions. Team chemistry is great now, let’s just keep improving the current unit as we add Melo to the piece.

    12. Brian Cronin

      I watched Stephen A. the other day on Sportscenter, and it was brutal. They were asking him about Lin, and he was trying to play Devil’s advocate with regards to Lin, but he really couldn’t, since he had made a big deal about how “let’s see him do against the Lakers” and then Lin kicked the Lakers’ ass, so he had this really half-assed pieced of Devil’s advocacy. “LIn is great, but we have to wait and see.” So silly.

    13. JK47

      Lin has played 318 minutes now and has a 51.5 AST% and a .187 WS/48. The sample size is not so small anymore.

      If he dropped off to a 40.0 AST% (unlikely) he’d still be one of the most effective passing PGs in the NBA.

    14. Mulligan

      I generally find Bill Simmons tiresome, but I had no idea he was such a big advocate for Lebron going to the Knicks. Dug this:

      “What’s happening with Lin right now? Unprecedented. I have never seen it before — shit, I’ve never even seen a homeless man’s version of it before. And we’re going to hit some of my favorite things about his ascent throughout this mailbag. Just know that LeBron’s shadow lingers over all of it. He could have owned New York, and more important, he should have owned New York. There was — literally — no reason that it shouldn’t have happened other than greed, hubris and (I hate to say it) just a hint of cowardice. I refuse to believe that, after playing in that building in front of those fans for seven years, it didn’t dawn on LeBron that he could have been immortal in New York. How could someone not see that? My friend Lewis (a die-hard Lakers fan) went to Friday’s Lakers-Knicks game as well as Game 7 of the 2010 Finals — he said that the crowds were identical. Think about that. Chew on it. That’s what LeBron James passed up. And I’ll bet anything that, at some point in his life, he’s going to regret it.”

      http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7579097/linsanity-bag

    15. Brian Cronin

      He wasn’t at the time. He was a big advocate for him going to Chicago. However, New York was probably #2 on his list of where he thought Lebron should go.

      And really, that is what was so brutal about the whole Lebron thing. It really did make sense for him to go to New York! So much so that how could you blame the Knicks for doing the moves they did in an attempt to make space for him? As it turned out, he had already colluded with Bosh and Wade to go to Miami, but how could the Knicks possibly have known that?

    16. Mulligan

      Totally. From the same piece:

      “You shouldn’t hate LeBron. You should hate the judgment/instincts/business acumen of his “advisors” (the numbskulls who pushed him toward Miami and/or didn’t talk him out of it); how he walked away from the single biggest basketball challenge (winning a championship with the star-crossed Knicks, which would have made him immortal); his bizarre choice to play with his biggest rival over trying to beat him (who does that???); the fact that he played in Madison Square Garden FOR SIX SEVEN STRAIGHT SEASONS without realizing there’s a different energy in that building (????); or this current NBA culture in which people look at themselves as “brands” instead of “basketball players” and make every decision accordingly (and ironically, no decision for LeBron’s “brand” would have been better than LeBron saving the Knicks).”

      Well said.

    17. Brian Cronin

      A subtly creepy effect of all the Lin discussion is the way people have to, like, define what is is to be an “Asian-American.” I read an article on ESPN that referred to Lin as the first Asian-American starter in the NBA. Well, Rex Walters started a number of games during his career. But does he not “count” as Asian-American because he is “only” half-Japanese? A third of the games Robert Swift played in the NBA came as a starter, but does he not “count” because he is “only” a quarter Japanese?

    18. 3ptlegend

      Time Warner Cable is screwing up big time. This is one of the great sports stories in recent history, and Manhattanites cannot see it unfold live. Luckily the internet,social media, and smartphones exist. Fans have to start paying TWC back by boycotting Sports Illustrated, and many other entities owned by them. Cable is too expensive to begin with but not to be able to see the programming you want is ridiculous.

    19. Gideon Zaga

      Yeah and thats why Melo is not stupid enough to ruin this. Melo understands what Lebron Passed up: A chance at Immortality. Plus I know Melo in a way has a rivalry with Lebron since High School.

    20. JK47

      The Knicks O-Rating is still pretty bad– 101.0, which is only 24th in the league. Every team ranked below NYK in offensive rating is a terrible, no-hope team. But since Linsanity, the Knicks O-Rating has been in the 105-106 range. Keep in mind I’m only estimating, taking their O-rating in each game and simply averaging it. Maybe somebody more handy with B-R can calculate their exact offensive rating since Lin’s breakout in New Jersey.

      An O-Rating of 105 or higher would place NYK in the top 10. Because of their terrible start the Knicks will be lucky if their offense ranks better than average at the end of the day, but from this point forward I personally believe they will be at least a top 10 offense, possibly top 5.

    21. Gideon Zaga

      Yeah the goal is to be balanced both on offense and on defense, you dont want to be one sided like the Nuggets or the Suns or the Bulls, the Balanced teams win the Championships.

    22. JK47

      So, if Boom Dizzle ever appears and we do indeed sign JR Smith, we are eventually looking at this:

      PG: Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis
      SG: Iman Shumpert, Landry Fields, JR Smith, _________
      SF: Carmelo Anthony,Steve Novak, Bill Walker
      PF: Amar’e Stoudemire, Josh Harrellson, Renaldo Balkman
      C: Tyson Chandler, Jared Jeffries, Jerome Jordan

      That team eats the Gallo-Felton-Turiaf Knicks for lunch.

    23. Gideon Zaga

      I KNOW RIGHT! who’s a Nuggets fan now. Plus our offense is so much more versatile, we can ball movement you to death or if that fails we can ISO you to death. I love it.

      JK47:
      So, if Boom Dizzle ever appears and we do indeed sign JR Smith, we are eventually looking at this:

      PG: Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis
      SG: Iman Shumpert, Landry Fields, JR Smith, _________
      SF: Carmelo Anthony,Steve Novak, Bill Walker
      PF: Amar’e Stoudemire, Josh Harrellson, Renaldo Balkman
      C: Tyson Chandler, Jared Jeffries, Jerome Jordan

      That team eats the Gallo-Felton-Turiaf Knicks for lunch.

    24. tastycakes

      I’m pro JR. He’s an asshole but we have guys who will keep him in line, and if we’re winning he’ll be fine. He can also shoot the lights out, and this offense needs more shooters to spread the floor. Bibby and Walker are the guys with the most to lose when JR comes aboard, and that’s fine by me. Bibby looks drunk, and Billy is way inconsistent.

      Feel sort of bad for Jorts, he’s also looking pretty odd-man-out even though he was a key rotation guy earlier on. I just don’t see how he gets minutes with Novak and Jeffries playing well.

    25. Gideon Zaga

      So If Lin is doing this good in D’antoni’s system, I could only imagine what Lebron James would do. OH MY GOD! It would have been the second coming of Magic, ShowTime in New York. My God, the memories. oh what could have been, kids these days get too much bad advice.

    26. JK47

      Signing JR Smith is a very low-risk, high reward move. None of our guards can shoot the 3:

      Lin .250
      Shump .274
      Landry .284
      _______ .235
      Bibby .264

      That is a real weakness. The only guard-like player we have who is shooting the 3 with any kind of respectability is Walker, who is at a mediocre .333. JR can shoot the 3-ball, and he will be on his best behavior since he is playing for next year’s contract. Naysayers will talk about this ruining team chemistry, but they will be wrong. JR is going to hit some big shots for this team. We are a deep and well-rounded team now.

    27. Nick C.

      If JR can bring the ball up court and make the occasional shot he would be way ahead of Bibby, though Bibby did put in a good effort on defense to lead to a turnover or two last night. It is not like Bibby does more than bring it across half court than pass off.

    28. Brian Cronin

      I agree that Bibby has to go, but by if he does go, who is the back-up point guard? I’m fine with letting Shump be the back-up 1, but do you think D’Antoni feels the same way?

    29. villainx

      They can’t put Baron on the DL retroactively to clear a roster spot? Or it’s not applicable in basketball?

    30. jon abbey

      w/o Baron and Jorts:

      C: Chandler (34), Amare (10), Jeffries (4)
      PF: Amare (26), Melo (10), Jeffries (6), Novak (6)
      SF: Melo (26), Fields (16), Novak (6)
      SG: Fields (10), Smith (28), Shumpert (10)
      PG: Lin (32), Shumpert (16)

      total minutes:

      Melo-36
      Amare-36
      Chandler-34
      Lin-32
      Smith-28
      Fields-26
      Shumpert-26
      Novak-12
      Jeffries-10

    31. Brian Cronin

      They can’t put Baron on the DL retroactively to clear a roster spot? Or it’s not applicable in basketball?

      It’s not applicable in basketball. The only exceptions are if you have 4 or more injured players, and even then it is a tough exception to get from the league.

    32. ruruland

      Well balanced? I’ve had the free time recently to go back and watch the 2004-05 Suns just kind of studying the similarities between Nash and Lin, while trying to figure out what Amar’e’s issues are. That was the most talented Suns team from the 7 year run they had. Joe Johnson provided a second playmaker who could post smaller guards and screen roll. Hunter was a good shot blocker. They just lacked a little punch off the bench at times. By adding JR Smith I’m beggining to believe this Knicks team has a chance to better on both ends of the floor than that Suns team, at least in a playoff format. Those Suns had really two legit chances to win a championship; that first year with Joe Johnson may have represented their best (remember he was injured game 2 I believe of the WCF against a great Spurs team). What I’m saying is that given the improbability of bringing back Fields, Lin and Jr Smith (and u can hope against hope) this might be the best opportunity this core has at winning a title.

    33. ruruland

      MDA is not going to use an 11 man rotation. However, a 9 man rotation of melo, jr, shump, fields, t1000, stat, jj, Lin, bd is going to be dominant enough that guys like Novak, Jorts and Walker will get consistent second halfs. If only the Knicks had a way to keep this team together (assuming they close JR)

    34. Mulligan

      Well, we can (and probably will) bring back Fields and Lin.

      Smith.. well, we don’t have him yet, but we can find other ways to upgrade our 3 point shooting next season without him (is Kelenna Azabuke totally done as an nba player? I was really pumped about him being included in the DLee trade). If everything holds, we actually have the team we were hoping for in the beginning of the season.

    35. ruruland

      A lineup with amare at 5, Melo at 4, fields at 3, smith at 2 and Lin running it can out score any lineup in the league, I don’t care how porous they are defensively. That lineup 10 to 15 minutes a game will be death knell the vast majority of nights.

    36. villainx

      Thanks Brian for clearing up the JR salary thing a little.

      From what I understand, Knicks can basically dictate whatever happens with Fields, in a way that won’t effect any of their salary exceptions (mid level or biannual).

      Is there some clear advantage in acquiring JR (seeing how he fares in D’Antoni’s system) and either using that as leverage for Fields negotiations, and or allowing Fields to go else where via a sign and trade scenario? What are the FA dollars for JR anyway, a lot higher than 5 mil per?

    37. ephus

      I know that Balkman is a favorite here, and that Bibby has been horrible, but I would not be surprised if Balkman were cut rather than Bibby — if JR Smith is signed. MDA has demonstrated that he has absolutely no use for Balkman, while Bibby is a conceivable emergency PG. The only reason I can see to keep Balkman around is for his expiring contract next year.

    38. ruruland

      Mulligan:
      Well, we can (and probably will) bring back Fields and Lin.

      Not to jinx Smith signing, these are all hypotheticals. Smith is not just a 3pt shooter, though he’s quite prolific in that regard. The things Jr can do in this offense with a pg living in the lane will be a sight to behold. But to me he’s the kind of player, assumming everyone else is retained, that gives you a serious chance to take down Miami. He creates his own shot whencere he wants and is proficient in the pick and roll. When Lin and or Melo are on the bench he’s quite capable of taking over. Miami doesn’t have that.

      Smith.. well, we don’t have him yet, but we can find other ways to upgrade our 3 point shooting next season without him (is Kelenna Azabuke totally done as an nba player? I was really pumped about him being included in the DLee trade). If everything holds, we actually have the team we were hoping for in the beginning of the season.

    39. yoda4554

      3ptlegend:
      Time Warner Cable is screwing up big time. This is one of the great sports stories in recent history, and Manhattanites cannot see it unfold live. Luckily the internet,social media, and smartphones exist. Fans have to start paying TWC back by boycotting Sports Illustrated, and many other entities owned by them. Cable is too expensive to begin with but not to be able to see the programming you want is ridiculous.

      The blame for the TWC-MSG situation is entirely 100% on Dolan, who’s been wanting to jack up MSG cable and ticket prices for years and could never justify doing so because he’d so horribly mismanaged the team that no one had any interest in watching. When Walsh finally cleaned out his mess and got Stoudemire, followed by Dolan pushing for Anthony, Dolan gleefully made a decade’s worth of price increases on tickets and cable demands at once because he figured a team with Two Superstars would be the talk of the town and everyone would need to see them. The only sad thing about the team’s recent success is that it gives Dolan leverage again–you’d have to think that if the team had continued on their 8-15 pace he would’ve caved pretty soon. As it is, your cable bill is likely to get jacked up pretty soon if you have Time Warner.

      I look at things this way–James Dolan, the worst basketball mind in the country, probably made more money off basketball last year than anyone on the planet. Think about that a moment, and after retching, find a decent online stream for your Knick games until the TWC-MSG dispute is over.

    40. Brian Cronin

      From what I understand, Knicks can basically dictate whatever happens with Fields, in a way that won’t effect any of their salary exceptions (mid level or biannual).

      Is there some clear advantage in acquiring JR (seeing how he fares in D’Antoni’s system) and either using that as leverage for Fields negotiations, and or allowing Fields to go else where via a sign and trade scenario? What are the FA dollars for JR anyway, a lot higher than 5 mil per?

      Yes, the Knicks can re-sign Fields without using an exception. As for Smith, the only way they could keep him next year is by using an exception on him, and the $2 million Bi-Annual is not going to cut it. So they’d have to use the MLE. However, the MLE is currently designated for some dude from Harvard, so the Knicks really have slim to no chance of bringing Smith back for next season, whether they do sign him for this season or not. Unless he just loves New York so much that he’s willing to take a huge pay cut.

    41. d-mar

      TheXman: Dolan cuts Lin, then swings a trade for Monta Ellis.

      How about a 3 way deal where we send Lin to GS and Chandler to Sacramento, and get back Monta and DeMarcus Cousins? I hear Isaiah is working the back channels.

    42. Brian Cronin

      I love the headline of the Heat wanting to sign Chris Kaman if he gets cut. Wow, they would like to pick up a former All-Star center for nothing? Shocking!!!

    43. ruruland

      Brian Cronin: Yes, the Knicks can re-sign Fields without using an exception. As for Smith, the only way they could keep him next year is by using an exception on him, and the $2 million Bi-Annual is not going to cut it. So they’d have to use the MLE. However, the MLE is currently designated for some dude from Harvard, so the Knicks really have slim to no chance of bringing Smith back for next season, whether they do sign him for this season or not. Unless he just loves New York so much that he’s willing to take a huge pay cut.

      it’s such a bummer too because the idea of watching in-prime Melo, in-prime Chandler with Smith moving into prime and the growth to prime of Fields, Shump and Lin would be absolute nirvana. Is there any scenario in the new CBAthat would allow guys like Amar’e and Melo to somehow add years and restructure to free up 6 to 8 million?

    44. dogrufus

      JK47:
      The Knicks O-Rating is still pretty bad– 101.0, which is only 24th in the league.Every team ranked below NYK in offensive rating is a terrible, no-hope team.But since Linsanity, the Knicks O-Rating has been in the 105-106 range.Keep in mind I’m only estimating, taking their O-rating in each game and simply averaging it.Maybe somebody more handy with B-R can calculate their exact offensive rating since Lin’s breakout in New Jersey.

      An O-Rating of 105 or higher would place NYK in the top 10.Because of their terrible start the Knicks will be lucky if their offense ranks better than average at the end of the day, but from this point forward I personally believe they will be at least a top 10 offense, possibly top 5.

      Lin’s personal Ortg is 107. When Lin is on the court we’re a top 10, maybe top 5 offense, and that’s with 6 games of no Melo, 4 games of no Amare, and 2 games of sad Amare.

      And we’re about to add JR Smith, instantly our best shooter other than the Autovak.

      This offense could be a rival for D’Antoni’s PHX squads of old.

    45. Brian Cronin

      Amar’e and Melo can re-negotiate their contracts downward in an extension (they can lower their salary by as much as 40%), but they cannot sign an extension until three years after they signed their deals. So they wouldn’t be able to do it in time for next season.

    46. Brian Cronin

      Looking at some of the other new changes to the CBA and this one made me laugh, “Players can request up to 50% of their salary as an advance on October 1st.”

      “Hey Jimmy, it’s Amar’e. Uhmmm…I sort of need $9 million pronto. I can’t say why but it is sort of urgent, so could you have the money sent over please?”

    47. Gideon Zaga

      Hahahaha feels like the Sopranos

      Brian Cronin:
      Looking at some of the other new changes to the CBA and this one made me laugh, “Players can request up to 50% of their salary as an advance on October 1st.”

      “Hey Jimmy, it’s Amar’e. Uhmmm…I sort of need $9 million pronto. I can’t say why but it is sort of urgent, so could you have the money sent over please?””

    48. TDM

      Brian Cronin: I love the headline of the Heat wanting to sign Chris Kaman if he gets cut. Wow, they would like to pick up a former All-Star center for nothing? Shocking!!!

      That’s the Heat’s way of circumventing the tampering rules. Put out rumor of interest, hope that target gets disgruntled and leans on team to cut him. Swoop!

    49. dogrufus

      ruruland: it’s such a bummer too because the idea of watching in-prime Melo, in-prime Chandler with Smith moving into prime and the growth to prime of Fields, Shump and Lin would be absolute nirvana. Is there any scenario in the new CBAthat would allow guyslike Amar’e and Melo to somehow add years and restructure to free up 6 to 8 million?

      I’m hearing that this is a 2-year deal for Smith with a player option on year 2… so if he gets an injury or his sister punches a fan at MSG or something it’s entirely possible we could enjoy his services next year for a song without sacrificing Lin.

    50. ruruland

      Brian Cronin:
      Amar’e and Melo can re-negotiate their contracts downward in an extension (they can lower their salary by as much as 40%), but they cannot re-negotiate until three years after they signed their deals. So they wouldn’t be able to do it in time for next season.

      Damn! There must be way to get this kid 6 to 8 million (on top of bi-annual) to keep him until Amar

    51. ruruland

      dogrufus: I’m hearing that this is a 2-year deal for Smith with a player option on year 2…so if he gets an injury or his sister punches a fan at MSG or something it’s entirely possible we could enjoy his services next year for a song without sacrificing Lin.

      Haha. Let’s hope for a minor traffic violation ( and I say that with full sensitivity towards the accident he was in that resulted in death) that requires him to serve a few hundred community service hours in NY

    52. Brian Cronin

      So where’s THCJ, how about an update on Faried, the best player in the draft.

      Faried is having a very good year (in limited minutes, albeit increasingly larger minutes).

    53. JK47

      Actually Faried HAS played like one of the best players in the draft in his limited minutes. 16.5 points, 13.1 boards per 36, WS/48 of .175.

    54. Brian Cronin

      That’s the Heat’s way of circumventing the tampering rules. Put out rumor of interest, hope that target gets disgruntled and leans on team to cut him. Swoop!

      I figure that there’s no way it’ll work this with Kaman, though, since the Hornets still think he has value in a sign and trade (if they hold on to him they’ll have his Bird Rights to offer in a sign and trade). I think they are correct.

    55. JK47

      The problem is the Nuggets are a very good rebounding team even without Faried getting major minutes. Koufos, Andersen, Mozgov and Nene all average over 9 boards per 36, so Faried’s skill set is a bit redundant for them. Still, Faried is a very fine player. He’s obviously going to be an impact player in the league.

    56. alsep73

      I had gotten so tired of that particular Hitler meme, but that was perfect, from the rant about Jared Jeffries to the final punchline.

      Is there anything Jeremy Lin can’t make better?

    57. nicos

      Brian Cronin:
      My latest Sports Legend Revealed over at the LA Times examines another instance where, like Lin, strange circumstances combined to allow a team to “steal” a great player. Here, it is the story of how allergies led Dennis Rodman to the Detroit Pistons. Check it out here.

      Nice piece Brian, I’d never heard that before. One minor quibble- The Portsmouth tournament was a much bigger deal back in 1986 than it is now because there were so many more 4 year guys. Lots of players projected to go mid-to-late first round would play there.

    58. Brian Cronin

      Yeah, sorry, I actually meant to note that (that it was a bigger deal then than it is today). But even then, while it was a bigger deal than it is today, it was still not comparable to Hawaii and Chicago. Also, some of the Portsmouth discussion was just so I could work Lin in there somehow. ;)

    59. Frank

      I am also a little nervous about the off-court stuff that JR brings, but right now in terms of stuff 2 guards are supposed to do (shoot):

      JR Smith 10-11 shot 46.6% on 163 spot-up 3’s, 42.3% on 26 3’s off screens, and 41.9% on 43 transition 3’s.

      Landry Fields (who is definitely playing MUCH better lately) – 26.2% on 61 spot up 3’s, 0-1 on 3’s off screens, and 3/7 on transition 3’s.

      When SSOL is running hot, the 2 guard gets tons of chances on spot-up 3’s – Raja Bell was shooting about 5.5-6 3’s per 36 when he was the 2 in PHX from 05-08. If JR can shoot 40% and he takes 6 3’s per 36 that could be seriously awesome – and that’s not even considering the fact that right now no one respects Landry’s shot, screwing up spacing to some extent.

    60. nicos

      And on who gets cut if room needs to be made for JR, I’m with ephus- it’ll probably be Balkman, even though he’s signed through next year. I can’t imagine D’A was particularly happy with his holding out the ball for Isaiah Thomas to steal and lay in at the buzzer last night- it wasn’t quite Nate shooting at the wrong basket but it’s the kind of thing that leaves the impression that you’re not respecting the game the way you’d expect a guy fighting for minutes should. Bibby has been awful in this latest stint so I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s gone either but given how tenuous BD’s health is and how poorly TD has played, I’m guessing they keep him around.

    61. villainx

      Balkman has to stay just for his expiration for a trade chip, no?

      Perhaps it really depends on Baron’s status.

    62. TDM

      Gideon Zaga: Theres a lot of chatter about them Shopping Draft Picks. GOD i love me some Grunwald.

      You mean as a buyer, correct? This is supposed to be an incredibly deep draft, so lets hope that is the case.

    63. ess-dog

      villainx:
      Balkman has to stay just for his expiration for a trade chip, no?

      Perhaps it really depends on Baron’s status.

      That would be the only reason that D’Antoni would keep Balkman. That expiring could be valuable. And remember, D12 is still out there. Btw, what if Orlando says “we’ll do it for Chandler, Lin, Fields and Balkman”. What do you say???

    64. ess-dog

      …and if Baron isn’t healthy, it makes more sense to keep Bibby. Balkman is currently behind Melo, Walker, Novak, Jorts, JJ, and Amare so I just don’t think he’ll play.

    65. Brian Cronin

      If cutting Balkman was an option, don’t you think he’d be cut already by now?

      Don’t get me wrong, for his sake, I’d like to see Balkman get cut just so he could go somewhere where he’d actually get to play. But I don’t see it happening.

      It’s gotta be Bibby.

    66. flossy

      I’m starting to think it’s Walker who will get the axe.

      There is literally nothing he can do that Smith can’t do much better. Bibby is a (pathetic) insurance policy in case Baron is Azubuike 2.0.

    67. Frank

      flossy:
      I’m starting to think it’s Walker who will get the axe.

      There is literally nothing he can do that Smith can’t do much better.Bibby is a (pathetic) insurance policy in case Baron is Azubuike 2.0.

      Agreed — although one would think Walker might have some value around the league as a guy who will still be a restricted FA at a tiny salary and has talent (if no brain). We could probably get a 2nd round pick for him rather than cut him outright.

    68. Brian Cronin

      I’d hate to give up someone as talented as Walker, especially since Smith is a one-year rental, but I suppose I’d be okay with a second rounder in a deep draft for him.

    69. Frank

      Is anyone surprised that no one has given Iverson even a cursory look? I have no idea what he has left but you’d think that he HAS to be better than Steve Blake and Derek Fisher.

    70. TDM

      Frank: Is anyone surprised that no one has given Iverson even a cursory look? I have no idea what he has left but you’d think that he HAS to be better than Steve Blake and Derek Fisher.

      I’d grab Arenas before AI. The Lakers would also – they had him in for a tryout last week. From what I read, he was slimmed down and looked explosive. I think I’d take Boykins before him also.

      http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7569136/sources-los-angeles-lakers-work-free-agent-gilbert-arenas

    71. Bruno Almeida

      I don’t think D’Antoni will get rid of Walker, he’s the only guy who has shown at least marginal ability to shoot…

      I’d bet on Jordan, or maybe Bibby.

      Iverson I think is on the same place as Marbury was a couple of years ago when he left Boston… too much trouble, very low reward.

    72. Gideon Zaga

      LOL now what is happening to the Rangers is quite interesting. Rick Nash says he wants to be traded to NY. De ja vu or however u spell it for Dolan. Wander of he trades the Farm for him. Wander what you guys think.

    73. villainx

      Frank: Is anyone surprised that no one has given Iverson even a cursory look? I have no idea what he has left but you’d think that he HAS to be better than Steve Blake and Derek Fisher.

      What’s the success rate with these types of moves? I can only think of what Boston did with Marbury or Orlando did with Arenas, but I’m sure I’m just blanking on the good moves.

    74. Bruno Almeida

      villainx: What’s the success rate with these types of moves? I can only think of what Boston did with Marbury or Orlando did with Arenas, but I’m sure I’m just blanking on the good moves.

      basketball is a tough sport, once you’re done, you’re REALLY done… and Iverson has crossed that line, he’s no longer worth the trouble.

    75. daJudge

      For fun, assume the following: 1. The team stays relatively healthy; 2. Lin plays point guard competently; 3. Melo fit’s in. How good are we?

    76. ephus

      daJudge: For fun, assume the following: 1. The team stays relatively healthy; 2. Lin plays point guard competently; 3. Melo fit’s in. How good are we?

      Assuming by “we” you mean the Knicks — because I am horrible and I assume that your are little better — I think the current roster, if healthy, is good enough to challenge any team in a 7 game series and should be favored over everyone in the East except for Miami and Chicago.

    77. JK47

      @105

      If all those things happen, we’d probably be a top 5 offense and a top 10 defense, so we’d be a real contender.

    78. LMNYKFAN4LIFE

      TDM: You mean as a buyer, correct?This is supposed to be an incredibly deep draft, so lets hope that is the case.

      Definitely not a buyer. We used our buyout exception this year on the sign and trade for chandler.

      I believe we sent money over in the Turiaf trade to clear up cap space for chandler, but i do remember us losing that buy out option during that time. :(

    79. Spree8

      Please stop with all these trade proposals involving Lin. Everyone and their grandmothers know this kid is here to stay. It really disgust me after all he has done for this team anyone will want him gone? really? Lin & Tyson are the heart of this team right now and should be consider untouchable. D12? No, I certainly would not trade a winner for a whiner. Not at this point== not if it risks of breaking up the chemistry this team has built.

    80. ephus

      Brian Cronin:
      If cutting Balkman was an option, don’t you think he’d be cut already by now?

      Don’t get me wrong, for his sake, I’d like to see Balkman get cut just so he could go somewhere where he’d actually get to play. But I don’t see it happening.

      It’s gotta be Bibby.

      According to Frank Isola’s article at the Daily News, the three candidates to be cut are ____, Balkman and Bibby. I hope that ___ is given the opportunity to work through his issues and stay with the team. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-knicks-closing-deal-add-free-agent-shooting-guard-smith-article-1.1023816

    81. Spree8nyk8

      villainx: What’s the success rate with these types of moves? I can only think of what Boston did with Marbury or Orlando did with Arenas, but I’m sure I’m just blanking on the good moves.

      I’d take a hungry D leaguer over a washed up has been any day.

    82. ess-dog

      Spree8:
      Please stop with all these trade proposals involving Lin. Everyone and their grandmothers know this kid is here to stay. It really disgust me after all he has done for this team anyone will want him gone? really? Lin & Tyson are the heart of this team right now and should be consider untouchable. D12? No, I certainly would not trade a winner for a whiner. Not at this point== not if it risks of breaking up the chemistry this team has built.

      A simple yes or no would suffice.

    83. Frank

      Spree8:
      Please stop with all these trade proposals involving Lin. Everyone and their grandmothers know this kid is here to stay. It really disgust me after all he has done for this team anyone will want him gone? really? Lin & Tyson are the heart of this team right now and should be consider untouchable.

      I wrote something like this a few days ago – I know people have an itch to use the trade machine, but seriously – Lin has been responsible for a $228MM increase in the market cap of MSG and some ungodly increase in ratings – I’m pretty sure he’s not going anywhere. And on top of that – you win the lottery and you immediately want to ship him out? He is playing at a top 5 PG in the league level. And then trade him with Tyson Chandler, who has basically singlehandedly turned this team from a really BAD defensive team into a really GOOD defensive team and has a TS of what, 80?

      And then in your trade scenario, do we put Melo back at Point Forward?

      so… NO.

    84. villainx

      So Douglas’s potential/finding the groove again vs Bibby’s veteran intangibles?

      I haven’t been super impressed with Douglas but if he gets back to wherever he was, he’ll at least be a capable backup. Bibby isn’t really capable of helping at all.

    85. Frank

      btw – I’m not sure what Melo has done to the media to get this kind of negative publicity. You have Dwight Howard basically hanging his team and FO out to dry. You have Deron Williams basically causing the retirement of one of the great coaches in NBA history. The whole “Melodrama” was created basically because Melo wanted to do what Chris Paul just did — and CP3 got zero flack for it, and what DH12 is trying to do while not getting very much flack. Sure he shoots too much and iso’s too much – why doesn’t Kobe Bryant get the same treatment? Because he was lucky enough to play with one of the 3 or 4 best centers of all time (and then lucking into Pau Gasol), for potentially the greatest coach of all time?

      What are the facts here with Melo? He was asked to play point guard and he did it without complaining even while _____, Fields, Bibby, and Shumpert were so bad that Hollinger created a new BAD rating for them (really, he did!). He has played through injuries. by multiple media reports, he’s the one that asked MDA to play Lin. So where does the negative press come from? Not to sound like Sarah Palin, but it sure sounds like the media has decided on some story lines – that Kobe is great, CP3 is such a great guy, Deron Williams is a good guy, etc. and that someone like Melo is going to be the whipping boy.

    86. max fisher-cohen

      the other option for a guy to cut has to be Bill Walker, no? We could probably trade him for a 2nd round pick no problem. JR Smith would take all his minutes. Balkman is obviously the last guy on the bench, but he has another year after this one.

    87. Bruno Almeida

      @117

      the thing is, Chris Paul was perceived as “deserving” of a trade, after all, he played hard all the time for a crappy team that was never really willing to spend enough to build a contender around him (and actually tried to trade both of his best friends while getting little in return)… and he did play hard until the end of last season, and pushed for the trade in the off-season.

      that wasn’t the case with Melo, who pushed for a trade while playing clearly disgruntled, something Denver fans are pissed until now…

      I don’t agree with the different media perceptions, but I can see where they come from… for me, both asked for a trade and got what they wanted, no problem about that.

    88. xcat01

      Bibby will be the choice, especially since no one would pick him up he will be there to pick up again in case of an injury. Also, that way Bibby can make some money training extras on AMC Walking Dead. Memo to MDA, please do not start Smith. At least not right away. JLin and Fields have a chemistry between them that should not be messed with. Smith would be best served playing when JLin is out along with Shump especially until BDiddy is healthy.

    89. xcat01

      Another thought, could the JR Smith signing be a sign that Baron Davis is not going to be back anytime soon? Because if BDiddy is not going to play for a while, Smith would be a good compliment to play along with Shump on the second unit.

    90. xcat01

      @121, all the politicians are going to jump on the JLin bandwagon. Obama is already there. It is always funny when politicians talk sports like when Biden was in SF and told the crowd that the Giants were going to go to the Super Bowl and he didn’t understand why they booed him.

    91. Bruno Almeida

      xcat01:
      Another thought, could the JR Smith signing be a sign that Baron Davis is not going to be back anytime soon?Because if BDiddy is not going to play for a while, Smith would be a good compliment to play along with Shump on the second unit.

      I dunno, it’s an idea… I, personally, think J.R Smith would be an awesome addition regardless of Baron’s status, he’s been a legit sixth man candidate and he can carry the 2nd unit on his shoulders for a while…

      with Smith out there, we can rest both Melo and Amare at the same time, and still have a reliable scorer.

    92. massive

      Reports have come out that Kim Kardashian has been looking for a Knick as a boyfriend due to the publicity it would garner. Gallo said no, and Kris Humphries ended up getting that “opportunity,” if you can even call it that. Now, she wants to get with the man who resurrected the entire New York City basketball outlook, and the biggest story in all of sports? I hope Jeremy Lin recognizes game when he sees it. He should take a tip from Mark Sanchez and go after a girl like Kate Upton. Just say no, Jeremy!

      But the Kardashians and sports championships do correlate lol. This could be good news for us, so if Lin can get a little action, why not?

    93. d-mar

      Frank:
      btw – I’m not sure what Melo has done to the media to get this kind of negative publicity.You have Dwight Howard basically hanging his team and FO out to dry. You have Deron Williams basically causing the retirement of one of the great coaches in NBA history.The whole “Melodrama” was created basically because Melo wanted to do what Chris Paul just did — and CP3 got zero flack for it, and what DH12 is trying to do while not getting very much flack.Sure he shoots too much and iso’s too much – why doesn’t Kobe Bryant get the same treatment? Because he was lucky enough to play with one of the 3 or 4 best centers of all time (and then lucking into Pau Gasol), for potentially the greatest coach of all time?

      What are the facts here with Melo?He was asked to play point guard and he did it without complaining even while _____, Fields, Bibby, and Shumpert were so bad that Hollinger created a new BAD rating for them (really, he did!).He has played through injuries. by multiple media reports, he’s the one that asked MDA to play Lin.So where does the negative press come from? Not to sound like Sarah Palin, but it sure sounds like the media has decided on some story lines –that Kobe is great, CP3 is such a great guy, Deron Williams is a good guy, etc. and that someone like Melo is going to be the whipping boy.

      Perfect example of that is all-knowing Francesa saying Melo was having a horrible season before Lin came along, coming from a guy who says he never watches the NBA. Hahn has an interesting piece in that regard, basically saying the Knicks were starting to come together before Linsanity:

      http://www.msg.com/blogs/alan-hahn/the-knicks-fix-before-the-linsanity-1.83634

    94. ess-dog

      @117,
      D12 and CP3 are better than Melo. They are the 2nd and 3rd best players in the entire league. No one questions who won the CP3 trade. Ever. Melo still has a lot to prove.
      I think Melo gets a bit of a bum rap but hey, if you don’t like media, don’t force your way to fucking New York City.
      It’s nice that you guys are so loyal… Especially to guys we’ve had anywhere between half a season to 10 games, but these guys aren’t loyal to their teams – the go where the get the most money. Always. These guys are fair game to trade at any time. That’s why they get 8 fucking figures while I get 5.
      That being said, it will be hard to trade Lin. He’s exactly what we needed to run the offense and yes… The China market is huge, esp. in NYC.

    95. ephus

      Linsanity has been added to the Rising Stars game, along with Norris Cole. Stern’s denial yesterday was not long-lived.

    96. Frank

      d-mar: Perfect example of that is all-knowing Francesa saying Melo was having a horrible season before Lin came along, coming from a guy who says he never watches the NBA. Hahn has an interesting piece in that regard, basically saying the Knicks were starting to come together before Linsanity:

      http://www.msg.com/blogs/alan-hahn/the-knicks-fix-before-the-linsanity-1.83634

      It’s not just Francesca- we have posters here who don’t remember that Melo was in one of the best stretches in his life just before the trade. He wasn’t exactly playing disgruntled, and if he was, I’d like him to do that more.

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/a/anthoca01/gamelog/2011/

      And Melo has had to put up with this even before he forced his way here which was mostly his coach throwing him under the bus repeatedly. And meanwhile, what does “forcing his way here” mean again? He basically said that he would not sign a long term contract with any team other than the Knicks. I think that’s called using your collectively bargained free agency. Is he supposed to say yessir I would be happy to play for the twolves?

      Again, he could’ve pulled a bosh or lebron and not told his team anything. instead,he told them he wanted to leave which enabled Denver to get the loot they did. You can’t blame Melo for the Knicks making a bad trade. But I DO think Melo coming here opened the door to Tyson Chandler which led to the amnesty of Billups which led to crappy PG play which led to Jeremy Lin. And now to JR Smith talking about joining us. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

    97. massive

      Jeremy Lin picked 3rd overall in the Rising Stars Challenge. Blake Griffin picked 1st, Kyrie Irving picked 2nd.

    98. ess-dog

      Frank: It’s not just Francesca- we have posters here who don’t remember that Melo was in one of the best stretches in his life just before the trade.He wasn’t exactly playing disgruntled, and if he was, I’d like him to do that more.

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/a/anthoca01/gamelog/2011/

      And Melo has had to put up with this even before he forced his way here which was mostly his coach throwing him under the bus repeatedly.And meanwhile, what does “forcing his way here” mean again?He basically said that he would not sign a long term contract with any team other than the Knicks. I think that’s called using your collectively bargained free agency. Is he supposed to say yessir I would be happy to play for the twolves?

      Again, he could’ve pulled a bosh or lebron and not told his team anything.instead,he told them he wanted to leave which enabled Denver to get the loot they did. You can’t blame Melo for the Knicks making a bad trade. But I DO think Melo coming here opened the door to Tyson Chandler which led to the amnesty of Billups which led to crappy PG play which led to Jeremy Lin. And now to JR Smith talking about joining us. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      A 10 game stretch does not a career make. Look, bottom line (again) is that he’s not worth the max based on his 7 years in the league. People bitch about Kobe, but he’s way closer to a max player than Melo.
      Oh and our record was shitty. I know, no point guard, but New Yorkers know value and it’s clear Melo hasn’t yet lived up to his monetary value.
      I want the guy to get better too, but I’m not going to believe it before I see it for a whole season.
      And for the record, I think Melo has gotten less shit than Bron did over the decision. But LeBron is clearly…

    99. villainx

      If Cole has an all star participation bonus in his contract, assist from Lin, that’s all I’m going to say.

    100. daJudge

      In my hypothetical, I didn’t mean to disparage Melo at all. Personally, I think Lin will assimilate quite well with Melo. In fact, I’m freak’in fired up.

      Robert Silverman, love your stuff big time, but your point seemed to be that if a conservative (plain) used Lin in an opportunistic fashion it would be wrong. If our President acknowledges Lin’s acumen (wink wink), is that OK. Just my guess, but Lin’s politics are probably conservative, which should be entirely irrelevant. If so, isn’t it irrelevant no matter which side uses him to advance their own political agenda. In fact, perhaps it would be more palatable for someone on the religious right to use him as an example, given his professed convictions. Sorry for the rant.

    101. villainx

      @144, I wasn’t here when the joke got started, but unless you are part of Douglas’s family or entourage, haha, it is what it is.

    102. max fisher-cohen

      Thomas B.:
      So I was over at ESPliN.com and caught an interview with Walt Frazier about Lin.The analyst asked if there is “chink in the armor” of Lin’s game.

      Harmless error or soon to be problem.

      Check it out. It is at about the 1:28 mark.
      http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7583284/jeremy-lin-got-my-shot-new-york-knicks-thanks-carmelo-anthony

      Yeah, Clyde was really sharp in that interview. I’ve noticed the screen thing as well. He dribbles right and goes behind the pick, then tries to split the trap. Now the floor looks like this (S = screener, L = Lin, D = defender, B = Basket):

      B

      D
      D L
      S

      Instead of dribbling with his left hand, he continues to dribble with his right. Switching to his left hand would be safer for a couple rasons. First, because he’s angling left towards the basket, he can get his shoulder in front of the defender to his left, protecting the ball, and second, the defender to his left is the screener’s man, usually a big man, so not as much of a threat to strip him.

    103. Antwan

      villainx:
      @144, I wasn’t here when the joke got started, but unless you are part of Douglas’s family or entourage, haha, it is what it is.

      No, I totally agree with it, but if he grew some cojones, maybe he could be a solid bench player. He has the defense and 3-pt range, but no real game sense or confidence. Which brings us to the exact opposite, Jeremy “the Linspiration” Lin……

    104. max fisher-cohen

      bahh that text diagram failed. WordPress removed my spaces. Let’s try again with dashes:

      B——-
      ——–
      ——D-
      S-D L–
      ——–

    105. ephus

      Antwan: Antwan
      February 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm
      I’m new, only since Wednesday, but am I missing out on a Tony Douglas=_________ joke???

      Someone, I think it was Cavan, wrote that until Toney Douglas recovered, we should not refer to him as TDDWTDD (Toney Douglas Do What Toney Douglas Do) anymore, but just use the blank. It seemed fair enough.

    106. Antwan

      ephus: Someone, I think it was Cavan, wrote that until Toney Douglas recovered, we should not refer to him as TDDWTDD (Toney Douglas Do What Toney Douglas Do) anymore, but just use the blank.It seemed fair enough.

      You cant notice him, unless he’s airballin, anyways! lol

    107. ruruland

      I have a lot of respect for Howard Beck and I’ve heard he’s a reader of this blog (does he post?) but I’m extremely disappointed in his most recent story onth the JR signing, referring to him as a “ball-stopper.” That’s really stupid. Wild shot taker, yes. In fact, coaches have prodded him to br more patient in his decision making, because he fires away the instant he gets a window. That’s his biggest weakness– taking bad shots early in the clock. Once again, JR has an iso game, but he won’t be relying on that too much here. He’s such an underrated passer and playmaker, Beck is completely underselling him. Because of the spacing here and a smart penetrating guard, I don’t foresee shot selection being a problem. He’ll get clean looks

      Frank:
      btw – I’m not sure what Melo has done to the media to get this kind of negative publicity.You have Dwight Howard basically hanging his team and FO out to dry. You have Deron Williams basically causing the retirement of one of the great coaches in NBA history.The whole “Melodrama” was created basically because Melo wanted to do what Chris Paul just did — and CP3 got zero flack for it, and what DH12 is trying to do while not getting very much flack.Sure he shoots too much and iso’s too much – why doesn’t Kobe Bryant get the same treatment? Because he was lucky enough to play with one of the 3 or 4 best centers of all time (and then lucking into Pau Gasol), for potentially the greatest coach of all time?

      What are the facts here with Melo?He was asked to play point guard and he did it without complaining even while _____, Fields, Bibby, and Shumpert were so bad that Hollinger created a new BAD rating for them (really, he did!).He has played through injuries. by multiple media reports, he’s the one that asked MDA to play Lin.So where does the negative press come from? Not to sound like Sarah Palin, but it sure sounds like the media…

    108. villainx

      I know. Just thinking about incorporating Melo to the offensive success the Knicks have been showing already, look out.

    109. danvt

      Thanks

      Frank: btw – I’m not sure what Melo has done to the media to get this kind of negative publicity. You have Dwight Howard basically hanging his team and FO out to dry. You have Deron Williams basically causing the retirement of one of the great coaches in NBA history. The whole “Melodrama” was created basically because Melo wanted to do what Chris Paul just did — and CP3 got zero flack for it, and what DH12 is trying to do while not getting very much flack. Sure he shoots too much and iso’s too much – why doesn’t Kobe Bryant get the same treatment? Because he was lucky enough to play with one of the 3 or 4 best centers of all time (and then lucking into Pau Gasol), for potentially the greatest coach of all time?

      What are the facts here with Melo? He was asked to play point guard and he did it without complaining even while _____, Fields, Bibby, and Shumpert were so bad that Hollinger created a new BAD rating for them (really, he did!). He has played through injuries. by multiple media reports, he’s the one that asked MDA to play Lin. So where does the negative press come from? Not to sound like Sarah Palin, but it sure sounds like the media has decided on some story lines – that Kobe is great, CP3 is such a great guy, Deron Williams is a good guy, etc. and that someone like Melo is going to be the whipping boy.

    110. ruruland

      Frank: It’s not just Francesca- we have posters here who don’t remember that Melo was in one of the best stretches in his life just before the trade.He wasn’t exactly playing disgruntled, and if he was, I’d like him to do that more.

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/a/anthoca01/gamelog/2011/

      And Melo has had to put up with this even before he forced his way here which was mostly his coach throwing him under the bus repeatedly.And meanwhile, what does “forcing his way here” mean again?He basically said that he would not sign a long term contract with any team other than the Knicks. I think that’s called using your collectively bargained free agency. Is he supposed to say yessir I would be happy to play for the twolves?

      Again, he could’ve pulled a bosh or lebron and not told his team anything.instead,he told them he wanted to leave which enabled Denver to get the loot they did. You can’t blame Melo for the Knicks making a bad trade. But I DO think Melo coming here opened the door to Tyson Chandler which led to the amnesty of Billups which led to crappy PG play which led to Jeremy Lin. And now to JR Smith talking about joining us. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      great posts, Frank. Melo is always going to be the whipping boy in NY no matter what he does. The credit he gets for contributing to the team success will never come close to the blame he’ll get when things go bad. It doesn’t matter how much success the Knicks have or how efficient and important Melo is. He’ll never be able to win over the vast majority of Knicks fans who incorrectly perceive him to have held the Knicks hostage pre-trade , and who also blame him for what Dolan was willing to give up in the deal. Its evident that there are always going to be a large portion of fans…

    111. danvt

      Hi,
      I guess the questions about whether Lin is for real have died down but has anyone contemplated that he might get better? I mean, 6 starts into most peoples careers, usually, that’s the theme. I guess there’s no where to go but down from dropping 38 on Kobe but still, he could learn to finish left, cut down on the TO’s, improve his shot (though I think it’s actually pretty nice looking). Imagine it. Lin improving! Linprovement!

      So much good Karma. Of course not Stats tragedy, but not having Amar’e and Melo on the floor for the majority of the streak has been a good thing, no matter what you think of their games. It gave the kid a chance to fully showcase his abilities.

      Now JR is coming. Do you think this happens if the K’s are 10-20? The hits keep coming, kiddos!

      One thing about having talent. It makes GMs want to make deals with you and improves your flexibility. On a purely emotional level Tyson and Jlin for D12 is anathema right now, though.

    112. Gamecockerbocker

      ess-dog:
      these guys aren’t loyal to their teams – the go where the get the most money.Always.

      Couldn’t Melo have gotten more money if he stayed and signed with Denver? Just sayin…

    113. d-mar

      Don’t look now but we’re a 1/2 game behind Boston for the 7 seed. (that doesn’t sound right, does it, battling the Celts for the 7 seed?) But, I would say we’re 2 teams headed in opposite directions, so I like where we are vs. where they are.

    114. jon abbey

      danvt:
      My only true concern is that this all happened despite our infuriatingly stupid owner and he is lurking.

      I think D’Antoni is a weak link also, there is a serious coaching job needed to put all of these pieces together and I am pretty doubtfu he is the man for the job.

    115. cgreene

      jon abbey: I think D’Antoni is a weak link also, there is a serious coaching job needed to put all of these pieces together and I am pretty doubtfu he is the man for the job.

      Whether he is the right man for the job remains to be seen. I personally am not sure I agree with you as it most certainly is his system that leverages the most out of Lin. One thing seems quite certain is that he absolutely owns that locker room right now and his players love him. From STAT to Lin to Jeffries to Fields and Chandler too I think they all love him right now.

    116. dogrufus

      Gamecockerbocker: Couldn’t Melo have gotten more money if he stayed and signed with Denver? Just sayin…

      Linsanity is a situation where Dolan’s nature is actually an asset. Unlike some other teams you know there’s no worry of us not opening the wallet to keep this core together if it proves successful.

      Mother of God.. Lin has even made Dolan better.

    117. dogrufus

      danvt:
      Hi,
      I guess the questions about whether Lin is for real have died down but has anyone contemplated that he might get better?I mean, 6 starts into most peoples careers, usually, that’s the theme.I guess there’s no where to go but down from dropping 38 on Kobe but still,he could learn to finish left, cut down on the TO’s, improve his shot (though I think it’s actually pretty nice looking).Imagine it.Lin improving!Linprovement!

      So much good Karma.Of course not Stats tragedy, but not having Amar’e and Melo on the floor for the majority of the streak has been a good thing, no matter what you think of their games.It gave the kid a chance to fully showcase his abilities.

      Now JR is coming.Do you think this happens if the K’s are 10-20?The hits keep coming, kiddos!

      One thing about having talent.It makes GMs want to make deals with you and improves your flexibility.On a purely emotional level Tyson and Jlin for D12 is anathema right now, though.

      This. Going by the stats it really shouldn’t be a huge surprise if he throws up a 30/15 game at some point this season.

      It is tremendously rare for players to top out in their first six games of real minutes. When players do it’s because they lack the intelligence to learn and adjust. Lin’s numbers and feats are the kind of thing you used to see out of #1 overall picks when they used to be Lin’s age.

    118. dogrufus

      ruruland:
      I have a lot of respect for Howard Beck and I’ve heard he’s a reader of this blog (does he post?) but I’m extremely disappointed in his most recent story onth the JR signing, referring to him as a “ball-stopper.” That’s really stupid. Wild shot taker, yes. In fact, coaches have prodded him to br more patient in his decision making, because he fires away the instant he gets a window. That’s his biggest weakness– taking bad shots early in the clock. Once again, JR has an iso game, but he won’t be relying on that too much here. He’s such an underrated passer and playmaker, Beck is completely underselling him. Because of the spacing here and a smart penetrating guard, I don’t foresee shot selection being a problem. He’ll get clean looks

      This ball-stopper meme has gotten so fucking tired and stupid. Kevin Durant is the ultimate ball-stopper, isn’t he? Fine, what’s the problem?

      The ball can’t move around forever- eventually it has to stop with a player who puts it in the damned basket. Adding talented offensive basketball players as positions of need will generally make your offense better. Why is that so hard to understand?

    119. EB

      My 2 cents is that Smith will be worth it in the long run. Yeah maybe he takes some of lin’s minutes and some of shumps minutes, but come on lin looks dead at the end of games.

      Lin and shump will hit a wall at some point and we will look back on this and say thank god we got JR.

    120. max fisher-cohen

      I think the knock on JR Smith is more that he’s a ball hog than a ball stopper. He doesn’t hold the ball. He chucks it at the rim as soon as he can. At least that’s what people knock him for. Don’t know if anyone’s mentioned it, but there was an article by casey jacobsen not so long ago where he called JR Smith the most selfish player he ever played with.

    121. hoolahoop

      I don’t know JR’s game, but if it’s true he’s a chucker, ball hog or ball stopper the knicks should treat him like a disease they don’t want.

    122. jon abbey

      hoolahoop:
      I don’t know JR’s game, but if it’s true he’s a chucker, ball hog or ball stopper the knicks should treat him like a disease they don’t want.

      yeah, this couldn’t be more wrong. when around half of your rotation should never initiate their own offense, you could use maybe the best bench scorer in the league.

    123. jon abbey

      among players who played at least 200 games in the preceding 5 seasons and averaged at least 18 points per 36 minutes (55 players in all), JR Smith had the tenth highest shooting percentage on 3s. some prominent names on this list, and how they compare:

      Ray Allen .397
      Dirk Nowitzki .386
      Kevin Martin .385
      JR Smith .382
      Jason Terry .381
      Kevin Durant .358
      Kobe Bryant .343
      Melo .342

      as for 3 pointers made per 36 minutes, JR Smith is far and away the league leader over this five year period, with 3.0 to Jason Richardson’s 2.4 and Ray Allen’s 2.3.

      think about that for a second, then add in the fact that he did this from age 21 to 25, and he’s still only 26.

    124. JK47

      JR is an incredibly talented player who does everything well on offense. True 3-point bomber, finishes emphatically in traffic, underrated as a passer, knows how to operate in the pick and roll, incredible hops, excellent handle, has a dazzling array of step-back jumpers and other scoring moves. For the $2.5 mini-MLE this is a sick pickup.

    125. rururuland2

      JK47: JR is an incredibly talented player who does everything well on offense. True 3-point bomber, finishes emphatically in traffic, underrated as a passer, knows how to operate in the pick and roll, incredible hops, excellent handle, has a dazzling array of step-back jumpers and other scoring moves. For the $2.5 mini-MLE this is a sick pickup.

      yes!

    126. rururuland2

      jon abbey: P>think about that for a second, then add in the fact that he did this from age 21 to 25, and he’s still only 26.

      great stuff. Did you use PBR?

      In four of those five years he had 3pt % of 390, 390, 403, and 397.

      The one year he dropped to 338 was, not coincidentally, the season he was given point guard duties.
      I’d be happy to link the stories for those of you who doubt the Nuggets tried to make him a point guard the year Lawson was drafted (stupid right?). This was after what they saw from him the second half (and playoffs) of 2008-2009. It resulted in a lot more off the dribble shots, which he’s not as proficient with (though I’m quite sure he’s improved since that point)

      The great player development coach Tim Grgurich really helped his passing fundamentels,however, how to set up screens and keep his head up when penetrating).

      But, unfortunately, he had a head coach who didn’t like him much. There wasn’t much opportunity for him to play through his mistakes in that role.

      Understand, too, that there is no player in the league that I’ve seen that took more (wild) end of quarter shots than Smith did, nor one who (and this is the knucklehead Smith) took more heat-check 28-30 ft 3’s than Smith (most of those coming in blowouts, which is why Karl remarked about disrespecting the game)

      I’d venture to say that his 3pt percentage coming off screens or in catch-and-shoot is within a few percentage points of Ray Allen or any of the great 3pt volume shooters. (not just the guys who shoot from a couple of spots and get clean looks)

      He’s simply a devastating 3pt shooter, and I’m not sure there’s a more unstoppable player when he has it going (35 games with more than 5 threes in five years, only one in which he played more than 40 minutes, many more where if he had had starter minutes he’d have gotten 5 or…

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