[New York Times] College or the N.B.A? New Rule Gives Players More Time and Feedback (Sun, 05 Jun 2016 01:13:54 GMT) College basketball players this year had an extra five weeks to decide to declare for the N.B.A. draft, but consulting an agent remained a no-no. [New York Times] Stanley Cup Finals Take a Pause as Sport Remembers Ali (Sun, 05 Jun 2016 06:39:44 GMT) The NHL led the way with a moment of silence prior to Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals as professional sports around the United States paid tribute to Muhammad Ali on Saturday. [New York …continue reading
[New York Times] Jeff Hornacek, Knicks’ New Coach, Says Triangle Will Be Part of Offense (Sat, 04 Jun 2016 00:02:44 GMT) At his introductory news conference, Hornacek praised the triangle, the system embraced by Phil Jackson, as a way to space the floor, but he did not suggest the Knicks would use it extensively. [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Jeff Hornacek, the Knicks’ Latest Coach, Could Win Just by Persevering (Sat, 04 Jun 2016 01:22:34 GMT) Hornacek follows a succession of head coaches who have been replaced after failing to turn around the team’s fortunes.
[New York Times] Warriors 104, Cavaliers 89 | Golden State leads series, 1-0: Warriors’ Bench Blisters Cavaliers on a Quiet Night for Stephen Curry (Fri, 03 Jun 2016 05:18:35 GMT) Golden State, which is seeking its second straight championship, routed Cleveland in Game 1 at Oracle Arena. [New York Times] Warriors 96, Thunder 88 | Golden State wins series, 4-3: Warriors Edge Thunder to Extend Dream Season to N.B.A. Finals (Fri, 03 Jun 2016 01:25:30 GMT) Golden State, which is seeking its second straight championship, needed to win the final three games of the series to set up a rematch …continue reading
Like many of you, I’ve purchased an item or two from the Knicks online store. I have Porzingis t-shirts for the whole family. Making purchases like that puts you on the Knicks e-mail list, which is completely acceptable to me. I dislike being on e-mail lists, but for the Knicks I’ll make an exception. This morning, in my inbox, a head shaker of an e-mail promotion arrived. Take a look: I get that this sort of thing is part of the NBA rotation. The draft comes, every team develops a hat. They sell the hats. There’s really no connection to …continue reading
[New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Andre Iguodala Remains Warriors’ Unsung Hero (Thu, 02 Jun 2016 01:12:35 GMT) Iguodala, the N.B.A. finals M.V.P. last season, will probably draw the assignment of guarding LeBron James again. But if he had success doing so last year, he is the last one who will say so. [New York Times] N.B.A. Finals: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Thu, 02 Jun 2016 06:30:24 GMT) In a rematch of last year’s N.B.A. finals, the Warriors will try to win their second consecutive title. Game 1 is Thursday night. [New York Times] Round 2: LeBron, Curry …continue reading
From the Wojmeister: Sources on @TheVertical: Jeff Hornacek signing three-year deal as New York Knicks coach. News conference this week. https://t.co/7yo9DtT2rn — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 1, 2016 At last, the long wait is over. A lot of Knicks fans were feeling the classical conditioning of years of franchise-level trauma. Until Hornacek was at the small table putting his name on paper, it was still “Kurt Rambis remains the front runner” in the breeze. More details are sure to emerge soon, and we’ll all now breathlessly await the press conference where the subjects of guards, pace, free agency, Triangles, Morris …continue reading
Welp. That Western Conference Final was difficult to characterize. To use a well-worn boxing analogy, it was a contest between knockout specialists, and an incredibly entertaining one. Both landed shots and took them. Both wobbled. Both recovered. I cannot recall a series where my “feel” for a given game at a given moment was so inconsistent with the score. Both teams had substantial leads that didn’t feel substantial. Both had slim leads that felt a lot bigger. Then at times both kinda crapped the bed. I’m not a big fan of the “choke” label, though I don’t begrudge its use. …continue reading