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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mavs 110, Knicks 108: Off the Rock Quarry

EDITOR’S NOTE: After a tumultuous stint with his hometown Knicks, Metta World Peace was waived today (along with Beno Udrih). Being the gentleman he is, Metta left a letter in each of the Knicks’ lockers. (He did not.)

Dallas Mavericks 110 Final
Recap | Box Score
108 New York Knicks
Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -8

Hebrew National,

Must feel good to start for once, I know the injuries and stuff have been frustrating. You gotta be quicker on the rotations, but I think the goggles are weighing you down. Also you gotta think about passing out of the double team. Prevents cholera. And grabbing more than two boards. Dick Bavetta coulda done that.

For real though I respect your religion. Sons of Abraham. I didn’t mean to put bacon in your locker that one time. I was trying to cure it before breakfast. That wasn’t fair. I owe you a sock for that.

Peace,

Peace

Carmelo Anthony, SF 42 MIN | 14-29 FG | 9-9 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 44 PTS | +2

Sam,

Pretty rough night, Sam. That shot by Dirk was some bullshit bro. That’s that German voodoo. Kinda forced the issue, had some bad turnovers. But you caught your groove like you always do. That trailing three was butter, got things started. Did you know margarine is one molecule away from being plastic? Look it up. Way to bring the guys back in the first half. Never fun having Marion on you. Smells like a dentist office.

I took this to Twitter, so you probably heard it already, but I think you’re great and you need to be more vocal. This is your team. You been showing it, and you showed it tonight gain. Shape them. Like clay or meat. Really sorry we couldn’t win a title together, but I think your time is yet to come. Oh that reminds me Dolan said he wanted to talk to you, so you should go up to his office tomorrow. Just make sure you knock. I made that mistake once. Now I can’t eat gravy no more.

Love,

Ron

Tyson Chandler, C 36 MIN | 5-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -14

Chandler Ring,

If I didn’t know any better I’d say you were taking some plays off. Yeah the final stat line was good, and you came up big with that And 1 in the 4th. But you look like you don’t like us a lot of times. Them I mean. Not us. I retired. Heading to Miami to do some marlin fishing and maybe shave a penis into Norris Cole’s hair.

I don’t know where this team is headed but if they are gonna get better they need you to be the old you. Not the one in Depends playing Battleship with an empty chair. The guy that took Dirk and them boys past LeBron. That guy. Anyway you know were brothers. I think once we both retire we should invest in numbers. That’s where the game’s headed. Just guys throwing those old Chinese counters at each other. Abacus. Had to look that one up.

Peace,

Taco Test

Raymond Felton, PG 34 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -7

Rayson,

You remind me of Steve Blake. Same composure most of the time. Next time you see Steve ask him to tell you about the time we took the governors off the golf carts at Pebble Beach. Actually don’t ask him to tell you that story because he can’t talk. Just moves his mouth in certain ways when he wants something.

Good game tonight, even though Woody kept you on the pine there at the end. Didn’t try to do too much, hit your jumpers, although that’s the ugliest motherfuckin jumpshot I’ve ever seen. I know you get a lot of shit, but keep your head high, like a pilot. End of the day you got mad money to go out and buy a zoo or AOL or something. Remember chat rooms? I used to go in there pretending to be Felipe Lopez and picking up old people.

<3

Metta

Pablo Prigioni, PG 28 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2

Jose,

I don’t think coach understands how much you bring to the table. That oop to Tyson was beautiful. I can tell you get frustrated with all the switching. Remember when I snuck real switches from trees into practice and starting lacing Cole on the legs? Wish you would shoot the open three more, those two you made were money. I might name my next kid after you, whenever I make it.

I’m sorry I thought you were Cuban. Us brown people have to stick together. I really learned to look up to you the time I was there. You probably never figured out who was lifting your English Leather. Well it was me. Actually I switched it out with Beno’s hair shit. Hey I think you should ask for a buyout too. Then I can show you around Queensbridge, introduce you to other Dominicans. Just don’t wear jean shorts.

MWP

Jeremy Tyler, PF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Tokyo Tyler,

I don’t know why coach didn’t play you more. You have a future in the league even if your defense is lacking. Can’t bite on those Dirk moves, just hold your ground. If I were you I’d find another team to play for next year, you see what these guys have done to Shump. Poisoned his Fruit Loops.

We didn’t hang out a lot but that time we played laser tag in IKEA was pretty fun. Did you know the meat balls are made of horse? That’s against my religion. STAT will eat em though.

Take Care,

MWP

Cole Aldrich, C 8 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +12

Cole,

You know you don’t gotta go to the barber every day right? Actually don’t grow your hair out, I bet it looks like a possum. I’m amazed you survived New York for this long. Your welcome in my neighborhood any time.

Don’t,

No

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8

Bitch,

You pick up my dry cleaning? Just kidding I made Cole go get it on a Citi Bike I loosend the bolts on. Dry cleaning confuses me. Bet they use a really hot blowdryer. Must suck going from the national championship to this shit your first year. From the frying pan into the toaster. But if you want to start eventually you can’t be lazy about closing out on D, especially on Vince and Montay and guys like that. Bet your dad is chewing your ass out right about now. Believe me I played against him. One mean dude. Once told me I shoulda been a BJ.

Love,

Metta

J.R. Smith, SG 35 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | +4

Earl,

I thought you played a helluva game for the most part. You’re really good when you’re lookin to distribute and get other dudes involved. I thought you got fouled on that last shot, but you gotta learn to throw your belly or your hair into him. And stop going under so many screens, that’s how guys like Carter kill you and kittens die.

Glad we could enjoy being knuckleheads together. Sorry I didn’t enjoy the Greenhouse that time you took me. I couldn’t see a goddam thing in that place. Kept checkin’ my phone for the St. John’s score. Gotta win the WAC.

MWP

Mike Woodson

Cooch,

Sorry things didn’t work out. You’re a good man and I respect you. But I told you all that switching would get you in trouble. Just like the swinger’s club. First you’re with the person you’re supposed to be with and next thing you know…bam… STDs.

Maybe this isn’t the place for you. You seem confused all the time like watching Memento for the first time. Man that movie blew my mind. Basketball isn’t that complicated tho. Sometimes you look like you’re trying to figure out the big bang theory when all you should be thinking about is why Ray is on Dirk for the 10th play in a row. I’ve said too much already. Thanks for the memories and the car.

This ink is squid poison.

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Knicks committed six turnovers in the first four minutes of action, helping spur the Dallas attack. Which basically consisted of [WAIT FOR IT] really basic [WAIT FOR IT] pick and rolls that resulted in [WAIT FOR IT] either wide open three-pointers or [FUCKING WAIT FOR IT] simple dumps to cutters for [WAIT FOR IT] dunks. The Mavs were up 31-22 after one, and it looked like the Garden was poised for another bummer of a blowout. Just as a quick aside, our friend Chris Herring pointed this out, and it warrants retelling: The Knicks finished last season ranked 27th in the NBA in defending the pick and roll and yet somehow – by dint of an almost demonic dedication to futility – have only gotten worse.
  2. As luck would have it, the Mavs are almost as bad – ALMOST – in that very department, with the predictable result being the Knicks clawing their way back into the fray thanks to their own tidy slew of open looks. And it would remain close for the duration, which, fuck you, Knicks.
  3. Vince Carter scored 23 points, 21 of them on three-point looks so clean they could’ve pasteurized milk. What’s worse, I don’t think he burned more than 300 calories doing it. Just a classic example of “Alright, the old man’s hot so just leave him open WHOOPS OK probably won’t hit two WHOOPS alright fine he’s having a good night but there’s no way WHOOPS this is bullsh—WHOOPS WHOOPS WHOOPS OK maybe I should fight a little harder around WHOOPS I give up WHOOPS.” Classic example.
  4. Both teams were sloppy, but the Knicks were far more consistent in their basketball carelessness – stepping errantly out of bounds, getting whistled for offensive fouls, making dumb passes, the whole gamut. And the Mavs made them pay: 25 points off of 19 turnovers, to be exact.
  5. Harold Ramis died today, as you all probably know. We’ll have something Ramis-specific coming down the pike shortly, but I think a couple of things bear mentioning here: In the pantheon of comedic geniuses – whether acting, writing, or producing – Ramis is right up there with the best of the best. To say he will be missed would be a tragic understatement.
  6. I, like many of you, love Groundhog Day, which happens to be one of Ramis’ finest works. For y’all that have seen it, the Knicks parallels are…. Well, they’re almost too easy. Before tonight, I always considered it little more than a kind of intermittently amusing association – a simply case of reality being, in this narrow basketball sense, stranger than fiction. But after Dirk’s shot careened round the rim and up and back down with the gentlest tickle of twine, I realized why that movie really does so perfectly capture our collective angst: It’s not just that Phil Connors keeps experiencing the same day over and over again; it’s that every day ends with him reaching increasingly taut levels of disastrous despair. It’s the difference between going to bed after that first terrible loss and assuming the whole nightmare was nothing more than a strange, isolated anomaly… then kidnapping a celebrity rodent and driving a stolen truck straight off the end of a fucking rock quarry. Tonight was the rock quarry. Put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb…
  7. [SPOILER ALERT] How does Bill Murray’s character eventually break the cycle of Sonny and Cher and shitty middle-Pennsylvania ennui? By being a better person and making better choices, and doing both of those things to increasing degrees every day he wakes up – choices that consider the tomorrow he never thinks will come. Until it finally does.

65 comments on “Mavs 110, Knicks 108: Off the Rock Quarry

  1. Robtachi

    Dolan is our Bill Murray and we don’t have the benefit of being in a 2 hour movie that has to have some sort of resolution.

  2. Owen

    Super strong. Just amazing. Missed the game, clearly this was better.

    How the hell was Cole Aldrich a +12 in 8 minutes…..

  3. Donnie Walsh

    I thought Bill Murray came out of his repetitions after six weeks (the length of winter that still remains if Puxtaney Phil sees his shadow)… The fact that he used those six weeks to productively better his life and learn how to love was just coincidental, no?

  4. yellowboy90

    Well Ray was questioned by police for allegedly pointing a gun at the head of a woman(girlfriend). SMH.

  5. Brian Cronin

    I thought Bill Murray came out of his repetitions after six weeks (the length of winter that still remains if Puxtaney Phil sees his shadow)… The fact that he used those six weeks to productively better his life and learn how to love was just coincidental, no?

    I don’t believe so. I think he spent much more than just six weeks in the time loop. He mastered languages, ya know?

  6. Brian Cronin

    Yeah, I just did a post on it. Hopefully he wasn’t actually pointing his gun at his girlfriend. Man, what the heck?

  7. kronicfatigue

    Murray’s character spent a long time trapped. I think it took him six weeks just to learn how to flick cards

  8. hoolahoop

    MAJOR NEWS: RAYMOND FELTON ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY GUN CHARGES

    There’s the problem. He wanted to be a shooting guard.

  9. Donnie Walsh

    I don’t believe so. I think he spent much more than just six weeks in the time loop…. Estimated at 33 years.

    Okay, I stand corrected. I guess while watching it I was trying to make logical sense out of an implausible premise.

    (Kind of like trying to make sense of how the Knicks won 54 games last year!)

  10. vincoug

    Robtachi
    February 25, 2014 at 1:08 am
    Dolan is our Bill Murray and we don’t have the benefit of being in a 2 hour movie that has to have some sort of resolution.

    How dare you! Bill Murray is a national treasure and I won’t stand for someone comparing him to Jimmy Dolan!

  11. Hubert

    But I told you all that switching would get you in trouble. Just like the swinger’s club. First you’re with the person you’re supposed to be with and next thing you know…bam… STDs.

    ^ great line. quality recap.

  12. Dan Panorama

    It’s amazing how fast this team has gone from Disappointing Season to Dolan Season and now to Isiah Season

  13. Hubert

    I would just call the combination of all three a Woodson season.

    Guys, let’s be real. Woodson is worse at his job than Isiah. Isiah just had more power so his incompetence had a wider damage radius. If Woodson was President/GM/Coach, Christ almighty I shudder to think.

  14. DS

    With an equally superfluous second season.

    Bullsh!t. Excuse the shoddy copy+paste job but compare the two:

    Isiah:

    Team Year Regular Season Playoffs
    G W L PCT Finish Result
    IND 2000–01 82 41 41 .500 4th in Central Lost in First round
    IND 2001–02 82 42 40 .512 4th in Central Lost in First round
    IND 2002–03 82 48 34 .585 2nd in Central Lost in First round
    NYK 2006–07 82 33 49 .402 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
    NYK 2007–08 82 23 59 .280 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs

    Woodson:

    [hide]Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
    ATL 2004–05 82 13 69 .159 5th in Southeast — — — — Missed Playoffs
    ATL 2005–06 82 26 56 .317 5th in Southeast — — — — Missed Playoffs
    ATL 2006–07 82 30 52 .366 5th in Southeast — — — — Missed Playoffs
    ATL 2007–08 82 37 45 .451 3rd in Southeast 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
    ATL 2008–09 82 47 35 .580 2nd in Southeast 11 4 7 .364 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
    ATL 2009–10 82 53 29 .646 2nd in Southeast 11 4 7 .364 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
    NYK 2011–12 24 18 6 .750 2nd in Atlantic 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
    NYK 2012–13 82 54 28 .659 1st in Atlantic 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals

  15. Hubert

    Isiah did some good things. He did more bad things, but he did some good things.

    Woodson seems incapable of doing anything good. I can’t point to a single thing he is good at. And it’s impossible for me to think of him being in any way responsible for our 54 win season.

    I think Mike Woodson is worse at his job than any employed person in American sports right now.

  16. Mike Kurylo

    How the hell was Cole Aldrich a +12 in 8 minutes…..

    You’re kidding right? This team, with their ton of scorers play so much better when there’s a person to meet defenders near the hoop. He didn’t play great, but that’s the whole point. Aldrich balances out the rest of the team with the stuff he does. He doesn’t score a ton of points, just eliminates second chances and usually turns a few away. Yes he got head-faked by Dirk (but what 7 footer hasn’t?), but he had a few nice defensive plays.

    Still boggles my mind he’s not getting 20 minutes per.

    I knew Woody wouldn’t call his number again in the second half.

  17. TheRant

    I was at the game last night.

    It was as painful to be there as it was glorious to read this recap by Jim.

    Someone please tell me that there is a contract clause that gets us out of payments to Felton if he is in Rikers. I am hereby starting the rumor that Bargnani supplied the weapon.

    After all, it was a Belgian handgun. And we all know that Belgium is very close to Italy. It’s “right there,” as Sarah Palin would say.

  18. Hubert

    I am hereby starting the rumor that Bargnani supplied the weapon.

    Fuck that if Felton comes off the cap there’s gonna be 40 people walking into their nearest precinct with illegal handguns claiming Andrea Bargnani left it at their house.

  19. Owen

    You’re kidding right?

    Yeah, I obviously love me some Country Cole and think he should be playing much more. Was not a well written comment. I was really asking why he only got 8 minutes *despite* being +12 but it reads like surprise he was a +12 at all.

  20. DRed

    Fuck that if Felton comes off the cap there’s gonna be 40 people walking into their nearest precinct with illegal handguns claiming Andrea Bargnani left it at their house.

    I can’t believe I didn’t think of that already.

    Cole getting a +12 is probably a bit of a coincidence, but he’s obviously a guy who should have a lot more minutes than he does. But Woodson knows basketball starts with defense and rebounding, so you’ve just got to get Bargnani and Stat out there and figure out how to get them going.

  21. SlowMotion

    But Woodson knows basketball starts with defense and rebounding, so you’ve just got to get Bargnani and Stat out there and figure out how to get them going.

    Therein lies my main issue with Woodson. He cries for defense in every press conference, yet continues to stroll non-defenders in crucial situations and poor lineups creating mismatches for the opponents advantage.

  22. Jack Bauer

    Too funny. How about Bargnani supplied the weapon and Stat was the driver – cap space problem solved.

    In other news, Jimmer is about to be bought out. Should the Knicks explore signing him? At least he can put the ball in the basket usually and might help the spacing. Considering how crappy their defese is any way, no one will even notice his matador defense.

  23. DRed

    Woj mentioned on twitter that the Knicks were discussing Jimmer, but were focused on defense. Seriously. You can’t make this shit up. We suck on defense, but it’s not like we’ve got a top 10 offense either. Hey guys-the team is 21-36-anyone decent is an improvement.

  24. DRed

    On an organizational level, we seem to be operating under the deluded belief that this season can be saved, possibly by adding the right veteran no-upside retread to the team (you know, players similar to the two we just fucking bought out and never played ). If Dahntay Jones is the answer, then, in the words of Rustin Cohle, the Knicks need to “start asking the right fucking questions”. We are going nowhere this season, especially with Woodson still at the helm. The organization needs to realize this and treat the rest of this year as an extensive trial period for next season. Give Melo a few days off-the man has certainly earned it. Play some crazy ass lineups. See what we’ve got.

  25. vincoug

    Hubert
    February 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm
    I am hereby starting the rumor that Bargnani supplied the weapon.

    Fuck that if Felton comes off the cap there’s gonna be 40 people walking into their nearest precinct with illegal handguns claiming Andrea Bargnani left it at their house.

    Fuck that, go big or go home! James Dolan left an illegal assault rifle at my house! Arrest him!

  26. Mike Kurylo

    Jimmer looked great, except we’d be putting him on the only team he could drop more than 15 points against.

    Right?? He went from 3 yrs/10 mil to 3 years at Rikers literally overnight.

    As for Felton, my guess is that the league suspends him for more time than the NY courts do, and that the Knicks are too dumb to try to void his contract. Just writing that jived with my understanding of justice and the Knicks, so it’s the only logic conclusion.

  27. nyk8806

    anyone have access to the Knicks locker room to lift some bargs fingerprints? Follow him to a restaurant and snatch his wine glass? I’m only halfway joking here. Hey, if Bargs and Felton end up in Rikers together, at least NY will have an epic prison league team. Who knows, we might be able to find the next top prospect there. In an alternate universe, JR Smith gets recruited to the Knicks straight from jail.

  28. Jack Bauer

    You can’t make this shit up….
    Over/under on how long before JR get s busted for a gun or drug related offense, or both ?
    What our GM and front office can’t accomplish on the personnel front, the players might just take care of for them.

  29. thenoblefacehumper

    Woj says we’re looking into Earl Clark, and that we haven’t ruled out Jimmer but we’re focusing on defense. I don’t understand the latter, it’s not like we’re two decent wing defenders away from being a good team. We should just try to accumulate possible assets, Jimmer fits that description.

  30. Hubert

    Hey, if Bargs and Felton end up in Rikers together, at least NY will have an epic prison league team.

    Every guard on opposing state penitentiary teams would go off for career highs.

  31. nicos

    Mike Kurylo
    February 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm
    How the hell was Cole Aldrich a +12 in 8 minutes…..

    You’re kidding right? This team, with their ton of scorers play so much better when there’s a person to meet defenders near the hoop. He didn’t play great, but that’s the whole point. Aldrich balances out the rest of the team with the stuff he does. He doesn’t score a ton of points, just eliminates second chances and usually turns a few away. Yes he got head-faked by Dirk (but what 7 footer hasn’t?), but he had a few nice defensive plays.

    Then what does that say about Chandler who was a -14? For what it’s worth, Aldrich’s +/- for season is the second worst on the team. I have no problem playing him 10-15 minutes a night given the other options (Amar’e should never ever play center) but he’s hardly a difference maker.

  32. DRed

    Then what does that say about Chandler who was a -14? For what it’s worth, Aldrich’s +/- for season is the second worst on the team.

    None of it really says that much. Raw +/- is not a very useful stat, especially for a guy like Cole, who has played 120 minutes.

  33. JK47

    Well, the Knicks are considering signing Tiny Gallon. I don’t know much about Tiny Gallon. It looks like he’s been pretty good in the D-League.

    But come on, the man’s name is TINY GALLON. He deserves a roster spot on the Knicks just for that awesome name.

  34. hoolahoop

    Woodson seems incapable of doing anything good. I can’t point to a single thing he is good at. And it’s impossible for me to think of him being in any way responsible for our 54 win season.

    I think Mike Woodson is worse at his job than any employed person in American sports right now.

    The one thing Woodson is great at is getting head coaching jobs, and in this case, keeping it – in spite of how awful he is.

  35. Frank

    This seems really bad for Felton – from the NY Post, with real quotes:

    The source said that Raymondo-Felton – a 26-year-old law student at Fordham University – told Felton, 29, to remove the gun from her house and only surrendered it herself when he refused.

    Felton had tried to turn the gun over to his divorce lawyer, Michael Stutman, who would not take it.
    “I don’t think anybody is allowed to posses an unregistered, unlicensed firearm in the city of New York so certainly anyone who offers one to me will be told politely but firmly no thank you,” Stutman said.

    Amazing that his actual lawyer would actually be quoted like this. He basically just threw his client under the bus, confirming that he did indeed possess the gun and try to pass it off on him.

  36. ruruland

    Melo is shooting 47 % from 3 over the last 38 games on 6 attempts per game.

    Only seven players in NBA history have made at least 45 percent of their 3-pointers on at least 5 attempts a game, and six of them are in the top 10 of greatest 3-point shooters of all-time (percentage and volume).

    I know Owen recently said Melo (Just a Guy) isn’t much of a 3-pointer shooter and that he’s bound for a significant regression, but I would argue that his percentage this year is a consequence of the following: it’s the healthiest season he’s had since 2006, the 3-point shot has been the primary area he’s worked on the last 7 years, and he’s improved it basically every season (his two down years were also his unhealthiest, 2010 and the lockout shortened season), and he didn’t have the Team USA obligation over the summer.

    If he stays healthy, Melo will put up career highs in multiple volume and efficiency categories… But they would be the same numbers he’s put up (since developing his 3-point shot) when healthy.

  37. DRed

    From what I remember of Tiny Gallon at Oklahoma he was pretty fat. Apparently he’s dropped 30 or so lbs, and if he’s playing well in the D-league he’d be worth a punt. His TS is excellent and he’s rebounding well. But again, we have useful bigs on the roster already that never play.

  38. DRed

    If he stays healthy, Melo will put up career highs in multiple volume and efficiency categories… But they would be the same numbers he’s put up (since developing his 3-point shot) when healthy.

    Great! We still stink. Melo has been playing and working his ass off all year. Everyone knows that. He seems to have legitimately blossomed into one of the best 3 point shooters in the NBA. Setting aside his salary, Melo is not the problem with this team.

  39. Frank O.

    Does Felton have an ethics clause in his contract? Illegal possession. Maybe the Knicks can get out of his contract…
    Hahaha

  40. Frank

    Woj is saying we are close to signing Earl Clark. I am fine with this. He’s young, has been semi productive in this league. I remember him being a guy who can stretch the floor a little and is pretty reasonable defensively. We could do worse than signing Clark and Dahntay Jones, although I think I’d rather have Jimmer just for the story and the upside.

  41. Brian Cronin

    Clark is a fine pick-up, but yeah, I think Jimmer would be a better pick-up than Jones. They could use three-point shooting.

  42. Owen

    Ruru – Not sure why cherry picking a 38 game sample is necessary. Melo shooting 42.6 from three for the whole season is impressive enough, right?

    Melo’s been excellent. But the more things change the more they stay the same. His scoring efficiency is exactly where it was last year. So is his WS/48. I think these are major improvements. I think an increased emphasis on the three ball should definitely help him long term – not least by keeping him healthier.

    But right now, he still is closer to average than he is to superstar scoring efficiency (60%+ ts%, see Durant, Love (almost), Lebron). And he still is a 6’6.5 power forward defensively.

    My evaluation of him hasn’t really changed. If I were making a list of the top 20 guys to have on my team for the next five years he still wouldn’t be on it.

    And I still don’t see how him staying a Knick serves his primary interest, which he has said is winning a championship.

  43. SlowMotion

    Ear Clark? Ugh, he can be really up and down. He played well in LA, rebounds at a high rate and can make the weakside block. But has trouble with motivation if his minutes are inconsistent – Woodson’s specialty -. Nothing short of a traffic cone in Cleveland the few minutes I’ve watched him.

  44. thenamestsam

    Would rather see a guy who’s a total unknown at the NBA level if we’re going to spend the rest of the year taking some fliers (as we should). Earl Clark has had some chances and has not been good. And he’s not that young any more. Not as bad as bringing in a total retread like Dahntay Jones, but only marginally better.

  45. Robtachi

    Anybody else actually enjoying watching some basketball played at MSG tonight? St. Johns vs. Xavier is on Fox Sports 1 right now. Important game, too.

    Jakarr Sampson is exactly the kind of guy I’d love to see the Knicks purchase a 2nd round pick in this year’s draft to select. Already an accomplished rebounder and pesky defender, tons of length to really bother guys down low and contest outside, and a developing jumper from 17 feet and in. (If he leaves early) Taking the kid who went to school in the city and already played his ball at MSG would be a great story, which the Knicks need as many of as they can get. He’s somewhat projectable but not a 1st round talent this year, which is what the Knicks can realistically target.

  46. d-mar

    We need to be strategic with these signings, by picking up players off of the waiver wire, we can prevent them from having career highs against us.

  47. DRed

    Would rather see a guy who’s a total unknown at the NBA level if we’re going to spend the rest of the year taking some fliers (as we should). Earl Clark has had some chances and has not been good. And he’s not that young any more. Not as bad as bringing in a total retread like Dahntay Jones, but only marginally better.

    Amen. I’d much rather we played Tyler and Aldrich instead of Earl Clark.

  48. Brian Cronin

    I do agree that I’d prefer them to just pick up two players who have never been in the NBA, but Earl Clark has at least had a decent season before (last year for L.A. – not a great season, but a decent one).

  49. Brian Cronin

    By the way, while it likely won’t matter for this season, if he gets lucky I could see Jimmer being a big surprise next year for whichever team that signs him. A guy like that playing on a good team would be a lot more impressive than he’s shown on the shit hole that is Sacto. The guy can’t do much, but he can score efficiently.

  50. DRed

    Earl Clark, by himself, is not a big deal. But it’s just reflective of our deep organizational stupidity. Why are we signing Earl Clark? He’s got very little upside a position where we already have a young guy with actual upside who doesn’t play enough as it is. What the fuck is the point of Earl Clark? We’re still trying to get a big to ‘stretch the floor’? You know who could stretch the floor? Jimmer fucking Fredette. Why? Because he’s actually really good at shooting 3s. Earl Clark is a 26 year old with 3500 profoundly mediocre NBA minutes under his belt. Signing Earl Clark is a waste of a roster spot. Tiny Gallon is 3 years younger, has a much cooler name, is playing very well in the D-league, and has a reason why he may have turned a corner (he stopped being a disgusting fat body). We really don’t need more backup bigmen, but that’s one with actual real upside.

  51. U Got A lot of Girbaud Jeans HA

    How the hell are they letting Felton play when he has JAIL TIME on his mind?
    Damn bruh, I’d rather be blown out with a rookie running point than have this game be blamed on Felton’s “misfortunes”

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