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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Apr 03 2013)

  • [New York Times] Kobe’s Triple-Double Pushes Lakers Past Mavericks (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:49:04 GMT)
    While the Los Angeles Lakers retired Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey at halftime, Kobe Bryant stayed in the locker room.

  • [New York Times] If They Meet Knicks in Playoffs, Heat Say They’ll Be Ready (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:11:35 GMT)
    Miami lost three of four regular-season games to the Knicks, but feel confident they could make the necessary adjustments if they saw them again this year.

  • [New York Times] Cuban Says He Is Willing to Draft Griner (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:10:03 GMT)
    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he would consider drafting Baylor All-American Brittney Griner.

  • [New York Times] Anthony’s 50 Points Fires Playoff Warning Shot to Heat (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:09:44 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony’s stunning 50-point performance led the New York Knicks to a 102-90 win over defending NBA champions Miami on Tuesday, extending their winning streak to nine games.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 102, Heat 90: Knicks’ Anthony, With Stage to Himself, Scores 50 in Win Over Heat (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 04:38:29 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony scored a career high 50 points against the Heat, who played a second consecutive game without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Scores 50 as Knicks Beat Heat 102-90 (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 04:07:03 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony released his final shot of the night then skipped backward, already knowing the outcome.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Hang Shaq’s No. 34 Jersey in the Rafters (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 03:52:16 GMT)
    When Shaquille O’Neal visited the Forum during the summer he joined the Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry West encouraged him to look up at the retired jerseys hanging above the court.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Top Bulls 90-86 for 8th Straight Home Win (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 02:13:31 GMT)
    John Wall had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Emeka Okafor scored the go-ahead dunk in the final minute and the Washington Wizards won their eighth straight home game Tuesday night, beating the temperamental Chicago Bulls 90-86.

  • [New York Daily News] Five-oh for Melo! Anthony nets career-high 50 as Knicks beat Heat (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 08:22:34 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony was at times toying with the Miami Heat, an undermanned team that ultimately proved it had no defense against the Knicks All Star forward. No, Anthony seemed to be capable of scoring any time he so desired.

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Indestructable LeBron idle as Melo and Knicks run wild (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:30:14 GMT)
    If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching LeBron James since he entered the NBA, it’s that nothing stops this guy. He’s the irresistible force and the immovable object, all rolled into one. At the Garden last month, he collided with J.R. Smith after slamming down a dunk, hit the court hard and practically everyone in the place thought he had done something to his right knee.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Iman warms to Heat of moment (Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:19:37 GMT)
    The final step in Iman Shumpert’s recovery from knee surgery was returning to the scene where it all went horribly wrong. When the Knicks faced the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena Tuesday night, it marked the first time Shumpert was on the court here since last April 28.

  • 48 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Apr 03 2013)

    1. thenamestsam

      An interesting NBA topic of discussion today (to me at least) is Mark Cuban saying he would be open to drafting or signing Brittney Griner. Pretty interesting and I would love to see her get a shot. I think it would be completely fascinating and I wouldn’t hold it against her if she failed. 99.9999% of all people are not capable of playing in the NBA. I also think she would fail in a seriously major way.

      I think the athleticism would just be a huge problem for her. If we take gender out of it, is a 6’8″ man who can kind of, sort of, dunk someone who we would consider to have NBA athleticism? I really don’t think so.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxsU1M5PmgI

      In that video she throws down a 360 dunk. It’s super impressive. I freaking dream of being able to do that. But there are clearly at least 7 or 8 players on the men’s team throwing down much better dunks than hers. Hell, Steve Novak (basically the absolute bottom of NBA athleticism) is at least comparable to her in terms of athleticism based on this:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTbm4VhO8L4

      With a lack of strength I just can’t see it working for a post player.

    2. d-mar

      It really is almost laughable the lack of respect we get from the sports media. On the way to work listening to ESPN radio, the only comments were that the 9 game winning streak came mostly against sub-par teams (as opposed to most winning streaks which come exclusively against elite teams) and that Chicago would still beat us in a playoff series with or without Rose.

      But as some have pointed out, let the Knicks fly under the radar and shut everyone up come playoff time.

    3. JK47

      Anybody remember when the Williams sisters tried to play against a male touring pro? Back in 1998, they each played a set in a “Battle Of the Sexes” type thing against a guy named Karsten Braasch, ranked 203 in the world. Braasch was noted for his completely lackadaisical approach to the game of tennis– he would smoke cigarettes during the changeovers! The morning of the exhibition against the Williams sisters, he played a round of golf, and drank a couple of beers.

      He beat them easily, topping Serena 6-1 and Venus 6-2. This is against a guy who is not trying very hard. It would become apparent very quickly that Brittney Griner does not belong anywhere near an NBA court.

    4. JLam

      Has anyone seen that video of Rutgers coach physically and verbally abusing his players ?
      Makes Coach Knight look tame
      This guy needs proper anger management

    5. Juany8

      Yea if Serena Williams can’t compete against men in a sport where athleticism isn’t as big a deal, Brittany griner stands no chance in the NBA. Imagine her trying to rotate out on Lebron, this is a basketball player who is accustomed to just towering over everyone in a game played below the rim. I mean, she might be able to take a roster spot over someone like James white, but it would be in large part a publicity stunt not worth th hassle. You don’t want your 13th player getting the most headlines on your team.

    6. flossy

      JK47:
      Anybody remember when the Williams sisters tried to play against a male touring pro?Back in 1998, they each played a set in a “Battle Of the Sexes” type thing against a guy named Karsten Braasch, ranked 203 in the world.Braasch was noted for his completely lackadaisical approach to the game of tennis– he would smoke cigarettes during the changeovers!The morning of the exhibition against the Williams sisters, he played a round of golf, and drank a couple of beers.

      He beat them easily, topping Serena 6-1 and Venus 6-2.This is against a guy who is not trying very hard.It would become apparent very quickly that Brittney Griner does not belong anywhere near an NBA court.

      So they were beaten by the Vlade Divac of tennis, basically?

    7. Hubert Davis

      d-mar:
      It really is almost laughable the lack of respect we get from the sports media. On the way to work listening to ESPN radio, the only comments were that the 9 game winning streak came mostly against sub-par teams (as opposed to most winning streaks which come exclusively against elite teams) and that Chicago would still beat us in a playoff series with or without Rose.

      But as some have pointed out, let the Knicks fly under the radar and shut everyone up come playoff time.

      I’m just curious, who was saying this? (I want to know who not to listen to.)

    8. Hubert Davis

      JK47:
      Anybody remember when the Williams sisters tried to play against a male touring pro?Back in 1998, they each played a set in a “Battle Of the Sexes” type thing against a guy named Karsten Braasch, ranked 203 in the world.Braasch was noted for his completely lackadaisical approach to the game of tennis– he would smoke cigarettes during the changeovers!The morning of the exhibition against the Williams sisters, he played a round of golf, and drank a couple of beers.

      He beat them easily, topping Serena 6-1 and Venus 6-2.This is against a guy who is not trying very hard.It would become apparent very quickly that Brittney Griner does not belong anywhere near an NBA court.

      This inspired a google search, and I found this hilarious open letter written by Braasch.

      http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/story/0,,543962,00.html

    9. JK47

      Hey Hubert, your link didn’t work and I’d love to read Braasch’s letter– can you repost the link please?

    10. Hubert Davis

      The comma in the link is causing it to get cut off. If you copy & paste the link it should work. Or, see below:

      How to… beat both Williams sisters in one afternoon

      Karsten Braasch is the German tennis player who did just that in 1998

      Sunday 2 September 2001
      Observer Sport Monthly

      It was the 1998 Australian Open and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, had seen some of the male players practising. On the basis of what they saw, they were convinced that they could beat a man ranked around 200 in the world and wanted to set up a game. At the time I was ranked 203 so the men’s tour manager mentioned the possibility of a challenge to me, thinking that I was the perfect candidate. I didn’t take much persuading, it seemed like a fun thing to do.

      My advice if you’re ever in a position to play a match of this nature is be patient – don’t be annoyed or surprised if your match against the Williams sisters is cancelled, as they both have very busy schedules. My game against them had to be re-organised at least a couple of times.

      Preparation is crucial. Remember that a game like this is light-hearted – taking it too seriously would be a mistake. My training regime consisted of a leisurely round of golf in the morning followed by a couple of shandies. I turned up on court feeling suitably laid-back.

      My first game of the afternoon, just a one-set match, was against Serena. A hint: try and play your match somewhere quiet, where you’re not going to be pestered by big crowds or lots of press – we were out on one of the back courts at Melbourne Park, No 17 I think it was. I felt so relaxed that I didn’t even warm up properly. We started playing and I raced into a 5-0 lead.

      At this point Venus turned up to watch. She had just finished a press conference after a quarter-final loss against Lindsey Davenport. In the end I won my game against Serena 6-1 but by the time we were at the net shaking hands, Venus was on court, ready to have a go against me…

    11. Hubert Davis

      The game against Venus was very similar. I ended up winning 6-2.

      Both sisters are great tennis players and hit the ball extremely well. However, if you’ve been playing on the men’s tour there are certain shots you can play that are going to put them in difficulty. Try and put a lot spin on the ball – I was hitting the ball with a degree of spin they don’t face week-in, week-out. Another key is to chase down every shot. In our match, they were putting shots into the corners that on the women’s tour would be winners but I was able to return them.

      In the end I won, but neither myself, nor Venus or Serena took the game too seriously – we were just having a bit of fun.

      Apparently, after the game, Serena and Venus immediately told the press they wanted to challenge a male player again. This time they revised the ranking of the man they wanted to face, to 350 in the world. I informed the journalist who told me this that in the next week I was set to lose a lot of ATP points and drop down to 350 in the rankings. I told him that if Venus and Serena waited just one week they could challenge me all over again!

      That never came about, but when I saw Venus a few months later at the French Open she came up to me with a big smile on her face and said, ‘You know that thing in Australia – it never happened!’

    12. thenamestsam

      It’s worth keeping in mind for the tennis thing that Serena was very young at the time. This was 1998 and she was only 17. She finished the year as the #20 ranked woman player in the world. So it’s not exactly the dominant Serena that we’re probably all thinking of who this guy beat. Still I think the larger point is basically accurate.

      Juany8:
      Imagine her trying to rotate out on Lebron, this is a basketball player who is accustomed to just towering over everyone in a game played below the rim. I mean, she might be able to take a roster spot over someone like James white, but it would be in large part a publicity stunt not worth the hassle. You don’t want your 13th player getting the most headlines on your team.

      I think there are a couple really good points here. The first, about how she’s used to dominating the game gets to a larger point about why it would be so hard for a woman to play in the NBA. Because her size and athleticism makes her so dominant in the woman’s game she never learned the skills that would be necessary for a player of her physique to play in the NBA. If she was a knock down 3-pt shooter she could be a valuable NBA bench player, but a player with her physical attributes would never become that in the women’s game because she’s too busy dunking on undersized competition. She would have had to come up in the men’s game rather than trying to transition now.

      And your point about being a distraction is also a good one. If you’re a bad team it might be worth it in the short run to give her 10 minutes a night to draw fans. You’d definitely sell out the building. But I think the damage done to your long term reputation by being looked at as a sideshow would far exceed any short term gain.

    13. Brian Cronin

      But as some have pointed out, let the Knicks fly under the radar and shut everyone up come playoff time.

      Exactly. Who needs their affirmation when the Knicks can prove it on the court? Especially since they have ignored them during a point when the Knicks have caught on fire. Embrace the lack of love!

    14. Brian Cronin

      By the way, if the Knicks get the #2 seed and the Bulls get stuck at #6, how amazing would that Pacers/Bulls series be? Talk about a knock down, drag out battle!

    15. Juany8

      Brian Cronin:
      By the way, if the Knicks get the #2 seed and the Bulls get stuck at #6, how amazing would that Pacers/Bulls series be? Talk about a knock down, drag out battle!

      And of course the winner should be all tired out and easy pickings for the Knicks ;) after all the crap this year (not to mention last year) it would be nice if the Knicks had a bit of luck on their side

    16. thenamestsam

      Brian Cronin:
      By the way, if the Knicks get the #2 seed and the Bulls get stuck at #6, how amazing would that Pacers/Bulls series be? Talk about a knock down, drag out battle!

      I really think people are overrating the Bulls threat based on how we struggled against them in our 3 games this year. They’re only 12-16 since February 1 and there has been a notable dip in their play that, to me, seems tied in to the realization that Rose wasn’t coming back this year. They look like a team that figured if they could just keep the ship afloat until Rose got back they’d be in good shape, only they just found out the rescue ship won’t be arriving. Combined with the heavy minutes they’ve been running and other injuries? They look to me like they’re mentally ready for this year to be over.

      The Knicks don’t match up well with them and its bound to be physical, so I’m glad it looks like we’ll avoid them, but I don’t think they’ll really challenge the Pacers.

    17. d-mar

      Hubert Davis: I’m just curious, who was saying this?(I want to know who not to listen to.)

      I think it was Greaney or Golic, can’t tell the difference. It’s just funny how the Pacers are everyone’s darling and we have the exact same record as they do. And of course the battle tested, gritty, warrior-like Celtics are a force to be reckoned with as well.

    18. Garson

      thenamestsam: I really think people are overrating the Bulls threat based on how we struggled against them in our 3 games this year. They’re only 12-16 since February 1 and there has been a notable dip in their play that, to me, seems tied in to the realization that Rose wasn’t coming back this year. They look like a team that figured if they could just keep the ship afloat until Rose got back they’d be in good shape, only they just found out the rescue ship won’t be arriving. Combined with the heavy minutes they’ve been running and other injuries? They look to me like they’re mentally ready for this year to be over.

      The Knicks don’t match up well with them and its bound to be physical, so I’m glad it looks like we’ll avoid them, but I don’t think they’ll really challenge the Pacers.

      Might have sounded silly before he came… But the addition of Kenyon Smash makes me feel more comfortable with a Bulls Matchup…

    19. lavor postell

      d-mar: I think it was Greaney or Golic, can’t tell the difference. It’s just funny how the Pacers are everyone’s darling and we have the exact same record as they do. And of course the battle tested, gritty, warrior-like Celtics are a force to be reckoned with as well.

      The Bulls also pose a greater threat than the Knicks. And Brooklyn who has been so competitive against the Heat in all their encounters this season.

    20. Hubert Davis

      d-mar: I think it was Greaney or Golic, can’t tell the difference. It’s just funny how the Pacers are everyone’s darling and we have the exact same record as they do. And of course the battle tested, gritty, warrior-like Celtics are a force to be reckoned with as well.

      Those guys are entertaining but, outside of football, they really struggle to offer any valuable insight. They seem like they read enough to have a passing knowledge of basketball but they’re more of a media regurgitation device.

      The Bulls shouldn’t be taken as lightly as some are suggesting, though. They can take away any one thing a team does great, and for us it’s our three point shooting. I’d much rather avoid them.

    21. Keniman Shumpwalker

      thenamestsam:
      It’s worth keeping in mind for the tennis thing that Serena was very young at the time. This was 1998 and she was only 17. She finished the year as the #20 ranked woman player in the world. So it’s not exactly the dominant Serena that we’re probably all thinking of who this guy beat. Still I think the larger point is basically accurate.

      I think there are a couple really good points here. The first, about how she’s used to dominating the game gets to a larger point about why it would be so hard for a woman to play in the NBA. Because her size and athleticism makes her so dominant in the woman’s game she never learned the skills that would be necessary for a player of her physique to play in the NBA. If she was a knock down 3-pt shooter she could be a valuable NBA bench player, but a player with her physical attributes would never become that in the women’s game because she’s too busy dunking on undersized competition. She would have had to come up in the men’s game rather than trying to transition now.

      And your point about being a distraction is also a good one. If you’re a bad team it might be worth it in the short run to give her 10 minutes a night to draw fans. You’d definitely sell out the building. But I think the damage done to your long term reputation by being looked at as a sideshow would far exceed any short term gain.

      If anybody did bring Griner in, it would be the modern day version of Eddie Gaedel.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Gaedel
      Given that Cuban is basically the modern day Bill Veeck, I think it’s a match made in sideshow heaven.

    22. lavor postell

      Hubert Davis: Those guys are entertaining but, outside of football, they really struggle to offer any valuable insight.They seem like they read enough to have a passing knowledge of basketball but they’re more of a media regurgitation device.

      The Bulls shouldn’t be taken as lightly as some are suggesting, though.They can take away any one thing a team does great, and for us it’s our three point shooting.I’d much rather avoid them.

      Without Rose they were exposed by the 76ers offensively in the playoffs last season. In Games 2-6 without Rose they scored 92, 74, 82, 77 and 78 points. I think a locked in Knicks defense facing the same opponent over a series as limited as Chicago is on offense would win out. Deng is their only efficient shot creator. Boozer, nice spurt recently, but is not the player he was and Noah is injured. Their energy and commitment goes a long way in the regular season, but those advantages disappear in the playoffs and the margins are almost always going to be determined by talent and tactical decisions and adjustments.

    23. Hubert Davis

      They lost Rose in game 1, though. That was a demoralizing catastrophe. Then they lost Noah in game 3. I hardly think that series has any predictive quality.

      I can’t see them beating us. They’ve required Deng to be otherworldly in their victories over us this year and he can’t keep that up over a series. But they would take away enough things we do well to make it a harder series than you want in round 1. Thibodeu is a nightmare to go against.

      I’d rather face Atlanta or have the pleasure of beating Boston.

    24. Keniman Shumpwalker

      Hubert Davis:
      They lost Rose in game 1, though.That was a demoralizing catastrophe. Then they lost Noah in game 3.I hardly think that series has any predictive quality.

      I can’t see them beating us.They’ve required Deng to be otherworldly in their victories over us this year and he can’t keep that up over a series.But they would take away enough things we do well to make it a harder series than you want in round 1.Thibodeu is a nightmare to go against.

      I’d rather face Atlanta or have the pleasure of beating Boston.

      I think that there is something to the negative effect they seem to have on our psyche. As we know, we didn’t respond well earlier in the year to teams that got physical with us and pushed us around. Now, some of that will hopefully be mitigated by the presence of K-Mart, but Melo and Tyson don’t exactly have the thickest of skins and the last thing we needs is Melo losing his cool and hero-balling us out of a couple of games, or Tyson losing his cool and picking up silly fouls and techs. I still think we can and should beat them, but I would love to not have to deal with them at all.

    25. ruruland

      Remember about the Bulls: They are at their best in the regular season because they play with playoff intensity.

      Yes, the physicality and no calls can aggrieve Melo and Chandler during a regular season game, but not the playoffs when preperation and focus increase by order of magnitude,and physical play the expectation.

      It’s definitely true, however, that the Bulls have played harder, smarter and shot much better than normal both their against the Knicks with Melo playing.

      That’s why it’ll be important to beat them in a week. You don’t want that confidence to cost the Knicks a game early in the series. Regular season match-ups often bleed into a the early part of a playoff series, and I think can actually lead to much bigger problems later in a series if the dynamics don’t change.

      I think the Bulls series will be very competitive. But as I’ve said all year, the Knicks aren’t losing to any team
      In the playoffs other than Miami if they are basically healthy.

    26. ruruland

      Another Melo stat: there is not another game on record where a player made 18 jump shots from 15 feet or deeper.

      Every time Melo has had a game like that he stays molten for awhile.
      I actually thought last night he was saving energy for tonight, which is an even more important game.

      I’d expect a really awesome encore from Melo against the Hawks.

      He found his stroke again. Absolute perfect timing.

    27. MeloDrama

      lavor postell: Without Rose they were exposed by the 76ers offensively in the playoffs last season.In Games 2-6 without Rose they scored 92, 74, 82, 77 and 78 points.I think a locked in Knicks defense facing the same opponent over a series as limited as Chicago is on offense would win out.Deng is their only efficient shot creator.Boozer, nice spurt recently, but is not the player he was and Noah is injured.Their energy and commitment goes a long way in the regular season, but those advantages disappear in the playoffs and the margins are almost always going to be determined by talent and tactical decisions and adjustments.

      Rose was out for much of the regular season too, though. I think Philly was a better team than anyone really realized. They took care of the ball and had the league’s best wing defender to slow Deng and then Pierce.

    28. MeloDrama

      Although to be fair I did forget they lost Noah. That was most likely the true death blow to Chicago last year.

      Still, I don’t think that team has enough scoring to win in the playoffs. Last year’s Bulls team had a slew of strong role players as well that are just gone this season (Korver, Brewer, Watson, Asik, Korver). NY has to pick up the defensive intensity, but if they can do that I don’t see them facing any kind of crisis vs Chicago.

    29. Keniman Shumpwalker

      ruruland:
      Remember about the Bulls: They are at their best in the regular season because they play with playoff intensity.

      Yes, the physicality and no calls can aggrieve Melo and Chandler during a regular season game, but not the playoffs whenpreperation and focus increase by order of magnitude,and physical play the expectation.

      It’s definitely true, however, that the Bulls have played harder, smarter and shot much better than normal both their against the Knicks with Melo playing.

      That’s why it’ll be important to beat them in a week. You don’t want that confidence to cost the Knicks a game early in the series. Regular season match-ups often bleed into a the early part of a playoff series, and I think can actually lead to much bigger problems later in a series if the dynamics don’t change.

      I think the Bulls series will be very competitive. But as I’ve said all year, the Knicks aren’t losing to any team
      In the playoffs other than Miami if they are basically healthy.

      Yes, and like I said, I still think we can beat them and, with the news of Gibson’s injury and the shaky health of Noah, that dreaded physicality might not be as, well, physicalish. But I would still love to avoid them altogether if for no other reason then the potential physical toll that series could take on us. Give me Hawks/Celtics in round one and I’m thrilled. Give me the Bulls in round one and my nerves will not be totally settled.

    30. CaptainB

      So the Spurs get finsed $250,000 or whatever it was for resting players but the Heat dont get anything?

    31. daJudge

      I have been watching hoop since 1967 or 1968. I really can’t remember too many players ever that could score 50 points hitting an array of jump shots one night and, on another night, gather 10 or so rebounds and play the 4. This is truly amazing to me. I have had some issues with Melo at times (mostly body language issues), but there really isn’t much to say at this point except dude’s Elite. Who really gives a flying f–k if ESPN doesn’t respect the Knicks? Most ESPN guys never even saw Willis and Clyde ball. No historical perspective. Same with TNT. Both ‘networks’ bash Eli Manning for god’s sakes. They are both highly relevant to some I guess, but irrelevant to me–and I listen to Mike and Mike every morning—for entertainment only. Brian ( and others), Seth, and even Tommy D for substance. I’m an Old school guy in a New World order.

    32. thenamestsam

      CaptainB:
      So the Spurs get finsed $250,000 or whatever it was for resting players but the Heat dont get anything?

      The big difference is that the Heat have kept up the charade about it being injuries, while the Spurs were brutally honest about it.

      Spoelstra before the game said: “We’re not panicked about it. We’re being very proactive and aggressive with the treatment and rehab, just to make sure we can contain their injuries where they are. You get into 70-plus games, where we are right now, we feel very fortunate. These are minor nicks and knacks that happen over the course of a long season. These are minor things right now. Minor things can turn into much bigger things if they’re not addressed.”

      Popovich said: “It’s the best thing for our team. Everybody has to make decisions about their schedule. We’ve done this before in hopes we’re making a wiser decision and not a macho decision. Perhaps, it’ll give us an opportunity to stay on the floor with Memphis on Saturday night.”

      Pop pulled no punches about it just being rest based on the schedule. Spoelstra has maintained that those guys are injured and that they’re trying to get them healthy. As long as the Heat keep saying that the guys are injured, what can the league do?

    33. daJudge

      Distinction without a substantive difference though. Isn’t it great when lies get elevated over truth? Love the Pop.

    34. thenamestsam

      daJudge:
      Distinction without a substantive difference though.Isn’t it great when lies get elevated over truth?Love the Pop.

      If everyone knows you committed a crime, but nobody can prove it, I’d say the distinction between confessing and not confessing is EXTREMELY substantive.

      On a wholly unrelated note Rajon Rondo is on the court shooting for Boston.

      https://twitter.com/SeanGrandePBP/status/319572857430634496/photo/1

      First of all, is that guy a fucking alien? How is that possible? Second of all, while Boston may have been playing better overall without him his return would dramatically alter the calculus of a Knicks vs. Celtics series in my eyes. that guy can flip a series.

    35. thenamestsam

      thenamestsam:
      Second of all, while Boston may have been playing better overall without him his return would dramatically alter the calculus of a Knicks vs. Celtics series in my eyes. that guy can flip a series.

      Should point out that I’m not saying he will be back. That still doesn’t seem possible. But it seems more possible than it did 5 minutes ago.

    36. nicos

      It’s bit different in that Wade is legitimately banged up. And no one really cares about Chalmers resting or not so we’re really just talking about LBJ. Timing matters too. Every team rests guys at the end of the season to get ready for the playoffs- you’re not going to fine all of them.

    37. daJudge

      So the league is punishing Pop ( a quarter of a million dollars) because he did not cover up sitting his players simply to protect their health in post-season and admitted to this horrible transgression , but is declining to punish the same exact action/behavior/choice because the Miami coach gave a bogus excuse…giving the Commissioner and other sycophants cover. You think this is a substantive difference between the two actions? I may be totally misreading your comment, but really?

    38. Z-man

      thenamestsam: If everyone knows you committed a crime, but nobody can prove it, I’d say the distinction between confessing and not confessing is EXTREMELY substantive.

      On a wholly unrelated note Rajon Rondo is on the court shooting for Boston.

      https://twitter.com/SeanGrandePBP/status/319572857430634496/photo/1

      First of all, is that guy a fucking alien? How is that possible? Second of all, while Boston may have been playing better overall without him his return would dramatically alter the calculus of a Knicks vs. Celtics series in my eyes. that guy can flip a series.

      Rondo is not coming back. All ACL guys start shooting after a couple of months. He’s got a long way to go.

    39. Hubert Davis

      Is anyone listening to Tina Cervaiso describe how much tape Tyson needs and why? If he’s in that kind of shape, why play him?

      My biggest fear with this team is still Woodson burning everyone out by the time we get to the playoffs.

    40. Hubert Davis

      nicos: Every team rests guys at the end of the season to get ready for the playoffs-

      Not every team.

      Woodson.

    41. AnonymousODG

      Part of me feels slightly racist when I find myself shouting at the TV, “Yo, JR, he’s white! He can’t defend you, CMON MAN!!!”

      Feel slightly racist about it. Not guilty though.

    42. GHenman

      Griner is not even the best college women’s player imo. Check out Elena Della Donne from Delaware. She is 6’5″ with an excellent handle and 3 pt range. I truly beleive she could have played men’s college div 1. I don’t think any woman would be able to play at an NBA level.

    43. AnonymousODG

      GHenman:
      I don’t think any woman would be able to play at an NBA level.

      As a Knicks fan whose seen a high number of draft busts, superstar burnouts, and hobbled veterans play for us, I find this statement somewhat offensive. There are almost certainly women who could play at the NBA level. Maybe you mean that women can’t have a successful career at the NBA level? Perhaps. But then again, there are dozens of players who are in the NBA right now in the same boat.

    44. GHenman

      You would have to give me an example of a women that you think could make it. I don’t believe Griner is better than any Knick I can think of. White or Copeland on this current team would destoy her.

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