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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Solving the NBA’s Tanking Problem

Tanking seems to be on everyone’s mind in the NBA these days. Like many sports problems, “tanking” is not singular but an amorphous cluster of problems all housed under one term. The term isn’t hard to define–it’s when a team has a strategic incentive to lose–but it lacks a precise scope. That makes it hard to settle on what exactly is included when different people use the term. Tanking involves teams actively competing to lose games, usually to better their draft position. So sure, we include The Process in Philadelphia. But do we also include Donald Sterling’s original version? For over a decade, he lived high on the …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.17)

[NY Newsday] Knicks 2016-17 season wrap (Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:04:00 PM) What went wrong? Plenty. [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: ‘That Got Ugly in a Hurry’: More Playoff Pain Delivered by the Spurs (Sunday, April 16, 2017 5:28:11 PM) In San Antonio’s first postseason game since Tim Duncan’s retirement, signs of continued dominance were everywhere. [NYTimes] Rockets 118, Thunder 87 | Houston leads series, 1-0: Rockets Trounce the Thunder in Game 1 (Monday, April 17, 2017 3:54:11 AM) James Harden had 37 points and Patrick Beverley added 21 as Houston took the first game of their first-round playoff series against …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.16)

[NYDN] NBPA reaches out to Silver over Jackson’s comments about Anthony (Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:12:05 PM) The situation between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony is so volatile that the players union is now getting involved. [NYDN] 3 ways Carmelo Anthony divorce from Knicks can play out (Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:07:59 PM) Get ready for the summer of Melo-Drama, the final Knicks chapter. [NYDN] Phil Jackson is the one who should be getting run out of MSG (Saturday, April 15, 2017 9:28:58 PM) Phil Jackson says that Carmelo Anthony would be better off somewhere else and at least Jackson …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.15)

[ESPN] Playoffs and lottery will decide where Melo goes next (Friday, April 14, 2017 5:13:45 PM) Playoffs and lottery will decide where Melo goes next [NYPost] Phil Jackson’s coaching dream wrecking his Knicks presidency (Friday, April 14, 2017 11:47:48 PM) There’s no reason to feel good about the Knicks’ future as a franchise as long as Phil Jackson, the coach, keeps undermining Phil Jackson, the team president. That conflict was evident during Jackson’s season-ending press conference Friday that sounded more like a coaching clinic than an explanation for one of the worst seasons in the… [NYPost] Frustrated Kristaps Porzingis blows …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.14)

[NYDN] Phil Jackson extension is proof winning not priority with Knicks (Thursday, April 13, 2017 9:42:05 PM) James Dolan took all the suspense out of Carmelo Anthony’s exit meeting when a story surfaced early Thursday [NYDN] 3 steps to Knick offseason: a look at trades, draft & free agency (Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:48:46 PM) The summer for the Knicks is a three-step process: We analyze the trade market, NBA draft and free agency. [NYDN] What Knicks president Phil Jackson needs to address Friday (Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:43:33 PM) As it turns out, Phil Jackson will address this disaster. …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.13)

[NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony decides to play finale, Knicks beat 76ers to close season (Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:25:26 AM) Carmelo Anthony laced up his sneakers and wore the Knicks’ home white uniform for perhaps one last time instead of spending what could have been his final game with the team on the bench in a blazer. [NY Newsday] Knicks doctors recommend surgery for Joakim Noah (Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:56:38 PM) The Knicks announced Joakim Noah has a right shoulder injury and that team doctors are recommending surgery, but no decision has been made. [NY Newsday] Knicks Insider podcast: …continue reading

2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks vs. 76ers

Here we go, if they lose, they are locked into the #6 seed. If they win, and the Timberwolves lose to the Houston Rockets (which is fairly likely), then they are tied for the #6 seed with Minnesota (and then they will split the #6 and #7 ping pong balls with Minny and then a coin toss will determine who is officially #6 and who is officially #7). This will be a fascinating game. Let’s hope that either the Knicks lose or the Timberwolves win! Let’s? Go Knicks!