Jim & I discussed why the Knicks are no longer terrible.
Things certainly got interesting after the Knickerbockers got a clinic in what a free-flowing offense actually looks like in today’s NBA. Not to say the Knicks were terrible, but the Hawks were simply just so so so much better offensively. While I’ll get into the game in just a minute, can we all give Derek Fisher a round of applause for passive aggressively telling the New York media to chill the hell out? During his postgame press conference, Coach Fisher was asked if he would consider making any lineup changes. After spending 15-20 seconds essentially dancing around the question, he …continue reading
Well, there goes the ‘Bockers chance to start out 2-0 for the first time in 16 seasons. A tragedy of epic proportions, n’est pas? Just thumbing through the box score, but a couple of things stand out. * The Knicks finished the game with 21 turnovers. This is not good. * The Calderon/Vujacic backcourt pales in comparison to the young turks, namely Messrs. Grant and Galloway, idling on the pine. The starters finished a combined 2-13 with only 3 assists. Those frisky kids put up a nifty 4-8 from the field with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. * Carmelo Anthony’s preseason net splashing …continue reading
I’ve been quite vocal about the New York Knicks decision to not keep undrafted rookie Maurice Ndour in the fold. According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Ndour received a three-year contract from the Dallas Mavericks, year one fully guaranteed, second year partial and third year not guaranteed. President of basketball operations Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills decided it was too rich for them. I disagree with this sentiment as I see the 23-year-old out of Ohio University as someone with the attributes and baseline skills worth a potential low risk/high reward minimal investment. Before the Knicks …continue reading
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
The New York Knicks are in a difficult situation going forward. Yes, they have cap space coming available this summer, but they also need to reshape a large chunk of their rotation. Working under the presumption Carmelo Anthony isn’t going to be traded, he’s literally the only player you can consider a lock to be on the team past the 2014-2015 season. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jose Calderon are expected to be. Timmy because he is still on his rookie contract through 2016-2017 and Calderon is locked in through that same season at over $7 million per year. Amar’e …continue reading
With the New York Knicks failing miserably and Tyson Chandler shining back with the Dallas Mavericks, Phil Jackson’s decision to move on has started to draw heavy criticism. Understanding when the best time to part with a core member of a once successful team is a hard decision to make. Many factors need to be weighed and there isn’t a sure outcome no matter how much of a slam dunk or a miss the move seems to look like at the time. The 32-year-old Chandler (31 at time of the deal) was entering the final year of his contract. For …continue reading