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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Knicks @ Nuggets or Up in Smoke

Knicks visit Colorado a state of majestic beauty,  wonderful history, and let’s just say a legislature recommitted to agriculture.

Few teams have disappointed fans more than the Nuggets. A team that looked like they were set for solid playoff runs seemed to just have the runs this season.  Coach Shaw was dismissed two weeks ago.  One can only wonder how much more time fellow former Laker turned coach Derek Fisher has.

Let’s find out.

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36 comments on “Knicks @ Nuggets or Up in Smoke

  1. stratomatic

    Shved is so close to being a keeper. He clearly has some skills. He just needs to work on his shot and shot selection and he could be a decent player.

  2. d-mar

    The bright side of the Knicks suckitude is I’ll get plenty of sleep during this West coast trip

  3. DRed

    He just needs to work on his shot and shot selection and he could be a decent player.

    He’s 3-3 tonight, bro. Isn’t it possible that he’ll never miss another shot in this system?

  4. stratomatic

    He’s 3-3 tonight, bro. Isn’t it possible that he’ll never miss another shot in this system?

    I’m willing to grasp at any straw to feel better about our prospects for next year.

  5. DRed

    Schved is certainly more interesting than some of the other guys on the roster. It’s nice to have a guard who can generate FTs.

  6. stratomatic

    Wasn’t Early supposed to be the clear bargain of the draft?

    I know he’s had some physical setbacks, but he’s been dreadful.

  7. DRed

    I know he’s had some physical setbacks, but he’s been dreadful.

    It’s still too, uh, soon, but he’s looking like a guy who played well in college b/c he was older than the competition.

  8. stratomatic

    I don’t like this new Gallo look! I can see a little 5 o’clock shadow to look a little older and tougher, but this beard has to go.

  9. Zanzibar

    Wasn’t Early supposed to be the clear bargain of the draft?I know he’s had some physical setbacks, but he’s been dreadful.

    LBJ and KD were terrible their first year. What’s important is that he’s receiving playing time.

    He (Shved) just needs to work on his shot and shot selection and he could be a decent player.

    I posted this before but there aren’t many players who have >= 83% FT% and <=30% 3FG% so maybe there's hope. That would be huge if he could shoot 33% versus 29.8%. Defenders would have to guard him then he could attack the rim.

  10. DRed

    When Lebron James was Cleanthony Early’s age he was arguably the best player in the NBA. Not sure that’s a good comparison. But one of the nice things about being terrible is we can give Early a good look.

    Maybe Schved would shoot 3’s better if he put some muscle on?

  11. DRed

    The Knicks already have Jalen Rose, Quentin Richardson, David Lee and first-round pick Renaldo Balkman at the small forward position, but Jeffries’s versatility makes him a valuable asset.

    Sigh

  12. Zanzibar

    Looks like Cole hit his max of 3 minutes at altitude. That one rebound must have completely depleted him.

  13. stratomatic

    That was the ugliest few minutes I’ve seen in quite awhile. You almost have to laugh.

  14. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    The Pelicans could really use that #1 pick. They’ve already got defensive center presence — now they need spacing.

  15. thenoblefacehumper

    Oh hey Bargs is irredeemably awful again rather than merely awful look at that

    Are you trying to tell me a handful of non-awful games don’t mean that he’s turned around a decade of awfulness? Do you even spacing, bro?

  16. stratomatic

    You guys are being a bit ridiculous on Bargs.

    His career TS% is 53% . That’s barely below average and includes multiple periods where he was playing injured or just off long layoff because of injury. His health (most of which was the result of freak falls and accidents) has clearly impacted his resultsover the last few years.

    His problem has been rebounding and defense. The rebounding is partially explained by being a C playing on the perimeter like a SF.

    He’s an EV- player, but he’s not as catastrophically negative as people are implying. He’d easily get another contract offer in the NBA if he wants to stay in the US and is willing to take minimum money or thereabouts.

  17. hoolahoop

    You guys are being a bit ridiculous on Bargs.

    His career TS% is 53% . That’s barely below average and includes multiple periods where he was playing injured or just off long layoff because of injury. His health (most of which was the result of freak falls and accidents) has clearly impacted his resultsover the last few years.

    His problem has been rebounding and defense. The rebounding is partially explained by being a C playing on the perimeter like a SF.

    He’s an EV- player, but he’s not as catastrophically negative as people are implying. He’d easily get another contract offer in the NBA if he wants to stay in the US and is willing to take minimum money or thereabouts.

    This is absolutely correct.
    Bargs sucks for $11Million/yr. He sucks for a 7 footer as a rebounder. He sucks at help defense.
    But, Bargs doesn’t suck like you guys say he does. A couple of guys scream louder and louder that he sucks, and the knickerblogger sheeple follow along.
    I’m not a Bargs fan. I was against the trade for Bargs to come here. But Bargs is Bargs. He’s a 7’1″ SF on offense that can defend the center position, a versatile semi-efficient scorer, overall soft, and very injury prone. He’s good for limited minutes on a cheap, short-term contract. For a guy that hasn’t played in a year, he looks good.

  18. Eyal

    A 7 ft player who doesn’t rebound (as in close to nada) and doesn’t defend and has average efficiency is by definition awful. I don’t think there are counter examples in history.

  19. Farfa

    The main problem with Bargs is that, even when he’s clicking, he doesn’t really add anything to his team. And he’s rarely clicking. Yes, sometimes he’s fun to root for (or maybe it’s just me, fellow paisà), but I wouldn’t want him on my team unless he can do something about his horrific attitude.

    I mean, did you notice that he doesn’t even go for the jump ball to start the game? Jason fucking Smith has jumped for us with Amundson sidelined. I mean, the first jump ball in regulation is quite useless, but it gives you an indication about the willingness to jump in first place! Oh god.

    PS: what if I told you that instead of Bargnani we could have Byron Mullens at the minimum? Because that’s exactly who Bargs is. In fact, has anybody seen Bargs and Mullens in the same room at the same time?

  20. Alecto

    Bargnani is objectively terrible at basketball. that .53 TS% (still below average) is influenced by his first few years of half decent 3 point shooting which he has completely, utterly lost. “Playing well (in this case playing better than the absolute worst starter in the league) when uninjured doesn’t mean a thing because he’s always injured–furthermore there are plenty of times when he’s been healthy that he’s been downright awful as well. The injuries aren’t the reason he’s bad, but they do compound his profound basketball suckitude. Until he reaches Amar’e or Tyson level offensive efficiency and increases his rebounding rate he will continue to be one of, if not the worst, players in the league because he’s so profoundly awful on defense as to negate literally anything he does on the offensive end. He wouldn’t be a value at a $1 contract.

    Bargnani is a Symbionese Liberation Army member and this board is Patty Hearst.

  21. BklnBoy

    Bargnani is a Symbionese Liberation Army member and this board is Patty Hearst.

    What….? Who…? Must be a generational gap :P

  22. johnno

    “What….? Who…? Must be a generational gap :P”
    Maybe we should have an over 40 and under 40 Knickerblogger page. I’m starting to feel like I showed up at a really cool party and everyone is looking at me and saying to each other, “Who the heck invited the old guy?” By the way Alecto, that is a great analogy.

  23. Alecto

    Im under 30 I just think patty Hearst is interesting so thats why i know about her. And thanks Johnno.

    From my extremely scientific estimates everyone at kb is either 25 40 or 60 and the middles are definitely excluded

  24. BklnBoy

    I am 29 myself, but I consider myself oblivious. And I am good at making people feel old.

    “You’ve been working here longer than I’ve been alive” is a common morale booster I like to drop.

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