THANK YOU PHIL JACKSON! According to the Daily News: The Knicks now have 14 players on guaranteed contracts after agreeing to terms with forward Maurice Ndour on a two-year deal, bringing in a power forward who shined for New York’s Summer League squad last year. When the Knicks failed to keep Ndour last year, Mr. Gibberman did an excellent analysis of the forward. If you’re not sure why to be slightly excited by this deal, read that post.
PLUGH: This was a really strong signing. Lee has bounced around during his NBA career, but it seems to be one of those unfortunate situations where he has enough skill to be a starting role player on good teams, but not good enough to meet the loftier aspirations of the teams that thought they could be better. The “shooting guard” spot in the NBA is one of those sexy positions that teams think they can fill with a dynamic, star player. Teams want that creator, shooter, defender, alpha personality at that spot. It’s the way a team can carve out …continue reading
[New York Post] Adam Silver praises Melo for speaking out on violence (Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:02:52 -0400) LAS VEGAS — Carmelo Anthony took to social media on Friday to denounce the violence that has divided the country and prod his fellow athletes to speak up and try to help in any way they can. In addressing the media Tuesday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver praised the Knicks' star for his efforts. "I… [New York Times] Rule Changed to Curb ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ Incidents (Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:39:27 GMT) The NBA approved rule changes on fouls away from the ball on …continue reading
KURYLO: I really liked Joakim Noah in Florida, and I like him as a pro. I’ve always been keen on players that rebound and defend, because I think there’s a huge deficiency in the market in that area. Or maybe it goes back to my high hopes for Mike Sweetney at the start of this blog. The Knicks are a franchise that have yet to succeed without defensive-minded big man in the middle. Think about every great Knicks team, and you can identify them by the center: Reed, Ewing, Camby, or Chandler. Throw in Noah’s ability to pass and his …continue reading
[New York Times] On Pro Basketball: A Long Goodbye for Tim Duncan? ‘That Wouldn’t Be Him’ (Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:52:28 GMT) After 19 seasons of restrained brilliance and five championship rings, Duncan bade farewell in the only way befitting his career — with zero fanfare. [New York Times] Spurs’ Tim Duncan Retires After 19 N.B.A. Seasons and 5 Titles (Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:38:29 GMT) Duncan, 40, who played his entire career with San Antonio, won five N.B.A. championships and retires as one of the game’s greatest players. [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Before Vast Riches, Free …continue reading
KURYLO: Sometimes when I show a cool chess move (oxymoron, I know) to my kids I’m thinking “an interesting an idea — white is obviously trying to counterattack on the queenside and open up space for their bishop pair, hoping that they can use their pawn majority to their advantage, but they’re ignoring the threat on the kingside.” Meanwhile my kids simplify the matter to “oh he moved a pawn.” There’s so much to consider with the trade for Rose. Could the Knicks have gotten more for Lopez? Maybe they could have gotten some youth (future picks) for the defensive …continue reading
[New York Times] Liberty Show Solidarity With Black Lives Matter in Rare Public Stance (Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:09:08 GMT) The players wore T-shirts addressing the recent shooting deaths of black men by the police, without giving notice to the W.N.B.A. [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Before Vast Riches, Free Agency’s Focus Was Freedom (Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:09:09 GMT) A settlement from a 1970 lawsuit filed by Oscar Robertson led to the easy movement and lavish salaries that are now commonplace in the N.B.A. [New York Times] Injured Bogut Named in Australia Basketball Squad for Rio (Mon, …continue reading