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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Quick Reaction: Knicks 99, Jazz 88

Utah Jazz 88 Final
Recap | Box Score
99 New York Knicks
Amare Stoudemire, PF 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +0

As my friend and colleague Bob Silverman so eloquently put: “No matter what our job is in life, whether its hoops or data processing, when confronted with death, let alone the death of a brother or a father or a spouse, all of our struggles seem trivial by comparison. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amar’e, a man who, no matter what criticisms we may or may not have of his play, always gives 100% and seems a genuinely caring, decent individual.”

Jared Jeffries, PF 34 MIN | 3-9 FG | 7-10 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +5

Tragedy tasked Jeffries with a starting spot role few, if any, were quite prepared for. In what became one of the gutsier Knick performances I can remember watching, Jeffries shunned the obvious pain of a screaming calf, terrorizing the Jazz interior and throwing his body around like a sack of hops. What won’t show up in the box score? The four charges Jeffries tallied — it would’ve been seven or eight, had it not been for the mole-sighted Dick Bavetta. JJ hasn’t looked this confident since his days in Bloomington, a development that couldn’t have been better timed, given the Knicks’ brittleness of late.

Carmelo Anthony, SF 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +7

I’m still not entirely convinced Balkman didn’t tell Melo before the game that all the key rotation players were going to fake injuries in order to put Lin through a real meatgrinder of a debut. In all seriousness, let’s hope that the groin strain Melo sustained mere minutes into the contest isn’t anything long-term or lingering. Unless, you know, you take pleasure in his misery or something.

Tyson Chandler, C 22 MIN | 3-5 FG | 4-8 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +18

Tyson Chandler did more damage in 22 minutes than any episode of Whitney ever could. After getting into foul trouble early, Chandler played in the second half like he hadn’t eaten someone’s face in months. More importantly, he seems totally tickled by the prospect of a point guard able to keep his head up and his wits about him — who can probe the paint and toss up the fattest clay pigeons possible. On a couple of occasions, Tyson actually looked surprised to find the ball put — impossibly, it appeared to him — exactly where it should be. Somewhere off in the distance, you can heard the sound of a pit bull snapping off a steel leash.

Landry Fields, G 43 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +14

By now everyone’s heard the story of how Lin, booted out of his brother’s already-packed apartment, was forced to crash on Landry’s couch the night before Saturday’s eruption. Suffice it to say Fields — like everyone else, but baring perhaps a few more grins — is pretty stoked to finally be playing opposite a guard able to push the tempo and make good, quick decisions in transition, where Fields himself is most effective.

Jeremy Lin, PG 45 MIN | 10-17 FG | 7-9 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 28 PTS | +12

“Hi there, Jeremy. God here. Hey, just wanted to give you a quick heads up. So tonight – you know, your first ever NBA start – well, you’re going to spend most of it playing alongside Landry Fields, Jared Jeffries, Jerome Jordan, and Bill Walker. And CJ Watson and Devin Harris are going to do everything in their power to pull your pants down on live television. Also, after the game, Mike D’Antoni is going to refer to himself as “riding you like Secretariat.” You went to Harvard, right Jeremy? You like… stuff that’s difficult. Well, this is going to be quite difficult. But well worth it. Trust me”

At this point, if Jeremy Lin turned wine into bread and walked on fish, I wouldn’t be surprised. If Barack Obama named him Secretary of the Linterior — a completely new cabinet position wherein he’d just be paid to show up and smile? That wouldn’t surprise me. If next week he eloped with Tina Cervasio? That wouldn’t surprise me either. Whether he “crashes and burns,” “comes back down to earth,” or “regresses to the mean” — all common mantras from Twitterati haters of late — is, at this point, almost irrelevant. The kid has something special. But unlike the other out-of-nowhere long-shot professional athlete who tips his hat God’s way at ever opportunity, this one, for all his faults, appears to at least look like a positional prototype.

Steve Novak, SF 17 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 19 PTS | -4

At one point during tonight’s game, Steve Novak was averaging 104 points per 48 minutes. Perhaps no Knick benefited more noticeably or more predictably than our in-house shooting savant, who had far more clean looks than he probably deserved.

Toney Douglas, PG 3 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1

Wife: “Is he on drugs or something?”

Jerome Jordan, C 8 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7

I remember when I was a high school freshman and the seniors on the Varsity squad made me practice one day with big foam fingers on my hands and I just ended up looking like a complete meatstick running around out th…. What’s that? Those are Jerome Jordan’s actual hands?

Bill Walker, SG 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -1

One of the unintended consequences of a severely depleted Knick roster: Poor Bill Walker trying most of the night to prevent two rhinoceros-sized human beings from snapping the rim off the backboard. Walker spent the better part of the first half — and the entirety of his fourth quarter floor time — guarding either Paul Milsap, Al Jefferson, or Derrick Favors. Which, for me at least, totally excuses what is fast becoming a nightly treat: The “Bill Walker Twofer.” Tonight’s installment? Walker hitting a straight-away three, before running back just far enough to stand completely still while Devin Harris ran by him like a roadside corn shack.

Iman Shumpert, G 32 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 8 PTS | +12

Dearth of points and sometimes questionable shooting aside, Shumpert looks noticeably more comfortable manning wing off a true, penetrating point guard — to say nothing of coming off the bench, where he can better allocate his undeniable energy. Indeed, on defense and on glass, Shumpert’s impact was as consistent as it was timely. For a guy who probably can’t help but view the suddenly mushrooming Lin-fawning through a familiar prism, we all know this whole batshit crazy development is the best thing that could’ve ever happened to Shump.

Five Things We Saw

  1. According to reports (Twitter, basically), before the game, one mantra more than any other bore the underscore on the locker room white board: SPACING. It’s the one thing that’s been totally lacking from the Knicks offense this season, and arguably since last February’s axis-tilting trade. But Mike D’Antoni knows a point guard when he sees one – as many have pointed out, part of the reason he hadn’t SEEN Lin yet was because of lockout-limited practice time – and as such just needed the right player to plug back into a system he’s been chomping at the bit to kick-start. Tonight, Lin’s presence finally gave guys ike Bill Walker and Steve Novak the airspace they needed to do what they do well – and arguably the only thing they do well.
  2. Jerome Jordan, Jared Jeffries, Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields, and Bill Walker was an actual basketball lineup tonight. Like, at the same time. Jordan’s minutes were certainly spot, but the fact that the Knicks could orchestrate this efficient a performance (minus the 17 turnovers) with these kinds of units just goes to show how completely unpredictable a lock-out shortened season can be.
  3. It took Mike Breen less than 15 seconds to make the first on-air “Harvard-Stanford back court” joke, and it was totally lame.
  4. Holy shit did the Jazz look hungover. When you think about it, it was a disaster waiting to happen: Eek out a hard-fought win at home over the Lakers, before immediately hopping a flight to the most night life-driven city on the planet, just in time to watch that city’s team play in the Super Bowl. Seriously, I could smell the Petron through my television screen.
  5. Sometimes sports don’t make sense, until they do. Whatever happens from here on out, we can all take solace in having witnessed one of the most unlikely, outer space-born phenomena in Knick history. Right now — and for every second we can milk it as such — the Knicks are fun again.

48 comments on “Quick Reaction: Knicks 99, Jazz 88

  1. Jim Cavan Post author

    Brian Cronin:
    Great recap, Jim!

    Although I dunno how Melo gets a C for playing six minutes and leaving with the Knicks up seven.

    How about an incomplete?

    For whatever reason, ESPN doesn’t have an “I” included in the template graphics. And the only thing I know about HTML is how to copy it, paste it, and read the letters.

  2. hoolahoop

    It strikes me as a little odd that D’antoni is not more familiar his players’ abilities.
    It also strikes me as odd that the team does not scrimmage between games (Lin said that he never played with Melo or Amare before the game against the Nets).

  3. Richmond County

    My neighbors must think I’m a raving lunatic. I laugh so hard at some of your one-liners. Thank you Jim. And thank you Jeremy for giving us two Quick Reactions devoid of dark humor.

  4. Jim Cavan Post author

    Richmond County:
    My neighbors must think I’m a raving lunatic.I laugh so hard at some of your one-liners.Thank you Jim.And thank you Jeremy for giving us two Quick Reactions devoid of dark humor.

    Thanks, man. My neighbors also think I’m a raving lunatic, mostly because I yell a lot and I am.

    hoolahoop:
    It strikes me as a little odd that D’antoni is not more familiar his players’ abilities.
    It also strikes me as odd that the team does not scrimmage between games (Lin said that he never played with Melo or Amare before the game against the Nets).

    I think a lot of this has to do with the lack of practice time. I’m not sure about the Knicks in particular, but I’m fairly certain most teams have only had a handful of full practices, if that. D’Antoni was so desperate for a point guard, he used what precious little practice time they did have to make it a three-way race between TD, Bibby, and Shump, never even giving Lin a second thought. Until he didn’t have any other choice.

    After the game on Saturday, Chandler mentioned that Lin was a monster in 3-on-3 practice drills. Which tells you two things: 1) That’s the only look any of them really had of him, and 2) He’s obviously very good in transition situations / when the floor is nicely spaced. Which we’re now finding out ourselves.

  5. jon abbey

    didn’t have a chance to check the game thread at all, but that was an incredible win with the personnel we had out there as compared to Utah’s. Lin to Novak!

  6. nicos

    It’d be nice if Novak could do anything besides hit threes- he’s as bad a defending/rebounding big as there is in the league.

  7. Gorky

    Also D’Antoni is pretty light on the practice even in a regular season

    Jim Cavan:
    I think a lot of this has to do with the lack of practice time. I’m not sure about the Knicks in particular, but I’m fairly certain most teams have only had a handful of full practices, if that. D’Antoni was so desperate for a point guard, he used what precious little practice time they did have to make it a three-way race between TD, Bibby, and Shump, never even giving Lin a second thought. Until he didn’t have any other choice.

    After the game on Saturday, Chandler mentioned that Lin was a monster in 3-on-3 practice drills. Which tells you two things: 1) That’s the only look any of them really had of him, and 2) He’s obviously very good in transition situations / when the floor is nicely spaced. Which we’re now finding out ourselves.

  8. hoolahoop

    hoolahoop: It also strikes me as odd that the team does not scrimmage between games (Lin said that he never played with Melo or Amare before the game against the Nets).

    Gorky:
    Also D’Antoni is pretty light on the practice even in a regular season

    Could be a direct link to his lack of success with the knicks.

  9. Brian Cronin

    Speaking of practices, Lin himself has pointed out that he looks bad in one-on-one situations, which was what hurt him in the NBA Draft (as the prospective draftees are rarely worked out outside of one-on-ones). So maybe that hurt him in New York, as well?

  10. Brian Cronin

    I’m glad D’Antoni is happy with Lin, but boy, he sure threw Toney, Bibby and Shump (and to an extent, Melo) under the bus with this comment about why he liked Lin:

    It’s fun, you can actually draw a play up and (say), this might work. So it was good.

    Ouch.

  11. Brian Cronin

    ESPN had a great funny graphic:

    Number of 25 point or more games for the Knicks this year

    Melo 12 (Knicks’ record in those 12 games: 4-8)
    Amar’e 3 (Knicks’ record in those 3 games: 1-2)
    Lin 2 (Knicks’ record in those 2 games: 2-0)

  12. Brian Cronin

    Also, I totally forgot this fact until I saw Tim Legler mention it and it is a very important thing – Lin’s contract becomes fully guaranteed if the Knicks keep him on the roster past this week, so they really had to make a decision on him. Luckily for him (and them…and us!) he made sure to get himself that guaranteed money.

  13. Z

    Brian Cronin:
    Lin’s contract becomes fully guaranteed if the Knicks keep him on the roster past this week, so they really had to make a decision on him. Luckily for him (and them…and us!) he made sure to get himself that guaranteed money.

    The question now becomes: can we afford the $86,000,000 contract he’s going to command this summer?

  14. max fisher-cohen

    hoolahoop:
    It strikes me as a little odd that D’antoni is not more familiar his players’ abilities.
    It also strikes me as odd that the team does not scrimmage between games (Lin said that he never played with Melo or Amare before the game against the Nets).

    I think this is more because the Knicks have 5 “point guards” in Douglas, Shumpert, Bibby, Davis, and Lin. Even with Davis hurt, Douglas or Shumpert would have been playing with the starters and if/when Lin got a chance, he would have played with the B team: Jeffries, Balkman, Jordan, Walker.

  15. Doug

    Gorky:
    By the way, has anyone used “Lin-conceivable!” yet?

    You keep using that word. I do not think you know what it means.

  16. RastaPappa

    Does this tell us that Mr Pringles is not the man who can coach Melo, who is spoiled sissy. It’s amazing that without our big stars Knicks shines so bright. Maybe Melo needs to shoot even more…………..

  17. Juany8

    This team just feels so different with someone who can actually penetrate under pressure. Toney Douglas has been horrendously bad at pretty much everything in basketball. Upgrading to a solid PG makes a massive difference for this team, hopefully Lin and Davis are able to keep giving the team consistent point guard play, they don’t have to be all stars.

  18. BigBlueAL

    To me Lin’s play and what it has meant to the Knicks is proof that this team really isnt that far from being a very, very good team and being at least what the optimistic Knick fans thought they could be prior to the season. All this team really does need is a decent PG. Also shows how good an offensive system D’Antoni runs because look at how good Duhon and Felton looked here and how bad they have been since they left. Also Lin never looked half this good last season in Golden St when he got some decent playing time there too.

    Also shows how horrible TD and Shump are at playing PG lol

  19. Brian Cronin

    JR Smith’s dad says he wants more than the room esception. I think it is a bluff, but if it is not, what teams out there actually have more than the room exception to offer? No good teams, right?

  20. Z-man

    Great recap, Jim, but I must beg to differ re: Chandler getting an A. He put the team in harm’s way with 4 fouls, two of which were inexplicably bad, like Mozgov bad. B+ would be more than generous, given his great play in the last 5 minutes. That block at the rim was beautiful, the post-D on Jefferson, the tip-outs, etc.

  21. Nick C.

    BigBlueAL: .Also shows how horrible TD and Shump are at playing PG lol

    Yeah just a bit. I mean the passes he was making to Chandler were pretty basic. I don’t know whether that’s a mindset, peripheral vision, ability to anticipate more than 1/100 of a second into the future, ability to dribble with your hear up or what but Lin’s got it and they don’t and perhaps never can or will. One play on a PnR there was a defender in the space between Chandler and Lin and Lin put a bounce pass behind and across the defender who was facing them. Nothing otherwordly but genius in it’s simplicity and execution.

    On the post-game D’Antoni said (other than the Jefferies rant which was IMO cool even tho I goof on him tons) they had to run Shump and Douglas with the first and second team and Bibby 3rd, which is how it was set up coming into the season, and consequently didn’t get to see much of him.

  22. bob cook

    Could Jeremy be our Victor Cruz? Why not; haven’t we been through enough misery and disappointment? God let up on Job after all; our fortunes can turn too. If you don’t like the football analogy, how about Mason and Starks. They came with no resumes but contributed mightily.

  23. ess-dog

    8 TOs for Lin? Is that correct? That is surprising and could be an issue down the line. With his passing, 4-5 TOs is acceptable, but he needs to hold onto the ball better…

  24. Brian Cronin

    8 TOs for Lin? Is that correct? That is surprising and could be an issue down the line. With his passing, 4-5 TOs is acceptable, but he needs to hold onto the ball better…

    A few of them really did seem fatigue-based, so you’d figure that A. he wouldn’t play 44 minutes again and B. his conditioning will improve the more he does play so those won’t be such a factor.

    Now if he doesn’t keep it down, then yeah, it would be a problem. But he typically takes very good care of the ball, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

  25. Frank

    ess-dog:
    8 TOs for Lin?Is that correct?That is surprising and could be an issue down the line.With his passing, 4-5 TOs is acceptable, but he needs to hold onto the ball better…

    yeah he was turning the ball over like crazy in the 2nd half, but I’ll give him a pass since he hasn’t played this many minutes probably his entire life (college games are only 40 min long). He seems to have a bit of a problem against really heavy ball pressure – but when he breaks press coverage he is really dangerous, so teams will need to pick their poison with him.

    a bit early to be thinking about this (or maybe not) but do we have any rights to him after this season? if he keeps playing like this I’m not even sure the MLE will be enough to keep him. One would like to think he will have some loyalty to MDA by the end of the season, but $ talks – he has to cash in while the iron is hot.

    Re: Jefferies and the defensive effort in general – is it possible that Amare and Melo are THAT BAD on defense? That first half was some of the best defense I’ve ever seen a Knicks team play. And with JJ playing like this, I seriously think he deserves some consideration for All-Defense, even if it’s 3rd team or something. Between JJ drawing 2-3 (or 5!) charges/game, Shump getting 2-3 steals, TC getting 1-2 blocks – we are a turnover-forcing machine right now.

    Meanwhile – I am seriously hoping we land JR Smith, if only because I think that will completely bury TD on the bench. Assuming Baron comes back at some point, we will have JLin, Baron, Landry, and JR, which is not a half-bad guard rotation.

    I feel bad for Toney since I love his toughness, but he is not an NBA player right now.

    Last thought – I’ve been down on Landry Fields for the last 50 games, but I have to admit – he is really playing well right now. So much more decisive now.

  26. Brian Cronin

    If you were not a first round pick, you are a restricted free agent for your first three years in the league. So the Knicks would be able to match any offer for Lin (they’d be able to go over the cap to re-sign him). He and Fields will both be in the same boat this offseason, so the Knicks do have some decisions to make, especially with regards to Fields, who you have to figure would have a decent market out there.

  27. Frank

    OK all – raise your hands if you thought Jeremy Lin would have a higher PER than Dwight Howard at the 1/3 mark in the season! JLin should hit the “qualified” mark in Hollinger’s player stats after his 732 minutes played last night – and right now his PER is 25.07, sandwiched at #14 in the league between Derrick Rose (25.23) and Dwight Howard (24.91).

    I’ll just pretend that there is no such thing as sample size.

    Brian Cronin:
    If you were not a first round pick, you are a restricted free agent for your first three years in the league. So the Knicks would be able to match any offer for Lin (they’d be able to go over the cap to re-sign him). He and Fields will both be in the same boat this offseason, so the Knicks do have some decisions to make, especially with regards to Fields, who you have to figure would have a decent market out there.

    Phew. So they will have rights to both these guys as well as the MLE. I’m starting to have some crazy optimistic thoughts about this team going forward. Call me crazy, but assuming Baron comes back and JR decides to sign with us, this might actually be a reasonably deep team –

    F/Cs: Chandler, Amare, Jorts, Jefferies
    SF-types: Melo, Walker, Novak
    G-types: Lin, Fields, JR, Baron

    OK – daydreaming over. Back to work.

  28. Frank

    Meanwhile, crazy how the conversation has changed here just 3-4 days. Before the Jeremy Lin Game Part 1 all the talk here was about how great the Knuggets were and how bad the Melo trade was — now the Knicks have won 2 in a row and found a new superhero PG. Meanwhile Denver has lost 3 in a row, their whole team is injured (including Gallo with a chip fracture in his ankle – hope he’s back soon), and looks like Billups is out for the year.

    It’s only 2 games, but J-Lin’s emergence changes so many things – like Chandler said in the Beck NYT article today: ““What Jeremy is doing is incredible,” Chandler said, “because he’s moving everybody to their natural positions. Nobody’s having to do anything that they’re not accustomed to doing.”” And – Baron doesn’t need to feel any pressure to come back early. Melo can rest all his various injuries.

    Assuming Amare is back Wednesday – will be very interesting to see how J-Lin plays with him. A couple of Chandler’s offensive fouls yesterday probably would’ve been and-1′s if Amare was on the receiving end instead.

    Meanwhile – quietly, Shump is playing really well, really under control. He’s not shooting particularly well, but almost all his shots are in the flow. He is just a monster on the defensive end too.

  29. Jim Cavan Post author

    Z-man:
    Great recap, Jim, but I must beg to differ re: Chandler getting an A.He put the team in harm’s way with 4 fouls, two of which were inexplicably bad, like Mozgov bad.B+ would be more than generous, given his great play in the last 5 minutes.That block at the rim was beautiful, the post-D on Jefferson, the tip-outs, etc.

    Yeah I have no idea what that A+ was doing there. Rose-colored linses, perhaps?

  30. d-mar

    If Baron ever does come back, I think it would be great to bring Lin off the bench as an energy guy along with Shump and Jeffries. Then you’re talking about a really disruptive group, and not a complete disaster when the starters sit. Oh, and Jorts too when he comes back.

  31. Eternal OptiKnist

    hoolahoop: It strikes me as a little odd that D’antoni is not more familiar his players’ abilities [in regards to Lin]

    hoolahoop: [D'antoni light on practice] Could be a direct link to his lack of success with the knicks.

    This is just a crappy shot at D’antoni. How come Golden State and Dallas cut him as well? How come no one in the league even drafted this kid? Might it be possible that he is benefitting as much from D’antoni’s system as coach is from him (a la Raymond Felton)???. I just find it laughable how fans are so quick to blame this coach for everything. Lets look at a few facts…1) Until now (possibly) we have not had even DECENT PG play 2) Melo and Amare have been in the slump of their lives, 3) Melo has been hurt 4) he’s teaching Melo how to play team ball on the fly. Plus the training camp/compressed season rehash…c’mon…really??? You’re blaming the coach? How about this…aside from Melo, Amare and Chandler, EVERY SINGLE rotation player aside from Jared Jeffries is a 2nd round pick, a rookie or a player who went completely undrafted (Lin). How about you guys give D’antoni some credit for making some pretty goddamn good lemonade out of some lemons that fell of a tree. You complained about defense (as did I) and that HAS NOT BEEN A PROBLEM. I think its just popular to pin it on him…and we’re supposed to be ‘smart’ NY fans. Bottom line is this team hasn’t quit on him during very tough times and that to me spells leadership.

  32. Frank

    @41 – Amen to your post. I think MDA has done a very good job this year all things considered. As for not playing J-Lin earlier – he just signed around Christmas. No training camp. A few practices. Lots of supposedly known-quantities ahead of him on the depth chart. The fact that he gave him as much PT as he did shows that MDA is not as stubborn as people make him out to be (although TD’s worst-player-in-nba-status helped also).

  33. Z

    ess-dog:
    8 TOs for Lin?Is that correct?That is surprising and could be an issue down the line.With his passing, 4-5 TOs is acceptable, but he needs to hold onto the ball better…

    I think his splits looked like this:

    1st half: 7 assists, 0 TO
    2nd half: 1 assist, 8 TO

    But almost all of those came in the 3rd Quarter, I think. And he was gutty and awesome in the 4th.

  34. Gamecockerbocker

    Someone just told me Lin is only the third guy to play every single minute of the 2nd 3rd and 4th quarter of an NBA game this year. So I’m not up in arms about those TOs. Man I hope he keeps it up. This is just too much fun.

  35. Eternal OptiKnist

    Thanks Frank (@42), I’m glad SOMEONE agrees..I just feel like i’m taking crazy pills the way people rag on this coach. I actually commend him for sticking with TD and Landry the way he did. He didn’t piss on their confidence and alienate them..he gave them every opportunity to succeed..that’s loyalty, that’s fosters a team mentality, that endears a coach to his team. I’m glad its working for Landry right now and I’m really bummed for Tony because I know he’s better than this…but Tony can never look back and say D’antoni didn’t stick with him as long as he could. I also thought his comments about Jeffries last night were not only spot-on but a really stand-up thing to do. We get a little too caught up in the “we’re the best, smartest fans in the league”…we can be real a$$holes actually. Right time to boo is when Melo chucks like a douche (result…he’s learning), wrong time to boo is when Jared Jeffries bobbles a pass after taking his 5th charge. Jeffries seems like a confident guy who’s been around and knows his limitations, so he can get through that…but TD is a young guy trying to find his way and its not helpful..makes it worse.

  36. Eternal OptiKnist

    Jeffries’ response to Mike D’antoni’s comments about him:

    “I’ll die for him,” he said. “I’ll leave blood on the court … because he’s the best coach in the NBA.’’

    That, my friends, is coaching, that is leadership. Good things are in store for the back half of this season..just you watch. If not, my wife is going to kick my a$$ for spending $5K on season tickets, half of which i promised her we’d sell.

  37. Z

    I smell a future Unsung Knicks History piece in the making here…

    If Josh Harrelson hadn’t broken his wrist, Jeremy Lin would have still been playing for the Erie BayHawks when D’Antoni’s depleated bench left him looking for able bodies to throw out there against the Nets. So Knick fans have Josh Harrelson’s wrist to thank for Jermey Lin leading the franchise to 3 championships in 4 years…

  38. sisterray

    Why HASN’T Obama issued a statement about Jeremy Lin yet?
    Lin’s awesomeness is a matter of national importance; he deserves some recognition from the people who run this place, no?
    Could we start a petition or something?

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