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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Game Preview and Thread: Knicks v. Rockets or “Thank you for Choking”

It’s been about 10 years since I last read Christopher Buckley’s “Thank you for Smoking”.  The Novel–later adapted into a film I haven’t watched yet– is an excellent satirical take on the lobbying industry.  If you like dark humor and unflinching look at far we are willing to go to make a horrible product look like a great thing, you should read the book.  I won’t spoil too much of it here but the basic plot is Nick Naylor is a top spin doctor for the tobacco industry who is beginning to feel conflicted about the dangers of tobacco especially …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2015.01.08)

[New York Times] Clippers Rout Lakers 114-89 on 27 Points by Griffin (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 07:06:25 GMT) The Clippers stormed out of the gate, getting after the Lakers defensively and hitting shots on their own end. [New York Times] Suns Survive, Hand Wolves 13th Straight Loss (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 06:18:24 GMT) Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves were 10 minutes away from snapping a torturous losing streak that has already turned this season into a lost cause. [New York Times] Thompson Scores 40, Warriors Beat Pacers 117-102 (Thu, 08 Jan 2015 06:06:26 GMT) Klay Thompson scored 40 points, …continue reading

Game Thread and Preview: Knicks @ Wizards

The folks at the excellent Wizards blog truthaboutit.net asked me to offer a few words about the Knicks in advance of the matchup in D.C. tonight.  I talk about the trade, Phil Jackson’s hat choices, 2015 free agents (Jeremy Lin!), developing the young Knicks, and whether Melo should shut it down. http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/01/opening-statements-wizards-vs-knicks-game-35.html Sole possession of the NBA’s worst record and in the driver’s seat for the top pick. Go Ping-Pong Go Ping-Pong Go!

Roundtable: Knicks Trade Shump and J.R.

[This round table was conducted mid-day Tuesday. As of the scheduled published date, none of the players the Knicks received have been officially waived, so some of us went on that assumption. As more information comes in, we will report on it here or in the comments below.] Of all the tangible assets in the trade (Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk, Lance Thomas, and a 2019 second-round draft choice from Cleveland) which will be the most useful for the Knicks? Kurylo: As per Alex Kirk’s Draft Express page “The downside, however, is that his 13.6% body fat ranked second highest among …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2015.01.07)

[New York Times] Known Best for Offense, Warriors’ Defense Also Leads the Way (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 08:18:27 GMT) Look past the hot-shooting touch of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the pace-and-space attack under rookie coach Steve Kerr and the highlight-worthy plays the Golden State Warriors deliver every game. [New York Times] Pistons Rally in Final Seconds to 105-104 Win Over Spurs (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:57:27 GMT) The San Antonio Spurs kept giving the Detroit Pistons hope. Brandon Jennings made the most of a last-second opening. [New York Times] Larry Sanders on Bench but Still Out for 7th Straight …continue reading

J.R. Smith: Once a Knick, Always a Goddamn Knick

As a fan, I’m definitely a member of the Jerry Seinfeld Laundry School. That is, I do tend to root for the team more than getting attached to any individual player. The goal of winning a championship (ha!) remains paramount, even if that can seem somewhat cold when a player to which I formerly wed my widdle heart is sent packing. And yes, sometimes a cold, pragmatic analysis gets bumfuzzled by feels. Sometimes, you just like certain dudes no matter how much your head tells you that that is not. A. Good. Idea. Which brings us to J.R. Smith. Call me crazy, …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2015.01.06)

[New York Post] Tyson Chandler surprised by the mess the Knicks have become (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:40:05 -0500) After Tyson Chandler spent three years in New York, he's back with his new/old team and surprised at the dumpster fire the Knicks have become since he was traded away…. [New York Post] Phil Jackson clears tons of cap space — for Marc Gasol? (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:17:26 -0500) MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It may be a pipe dream to think of landing free-agent-to-be center Marc Gasol, but it is one the Knicks still cling to as they absorb this… [New …continue reading