The Knickerblogger Podcast, Episode IX: Kevin McElroy

Four preseason games down and we continue to inch towards the regular season.

Bryan Gibberman and Kevin McElroy had a lovely little convo on Ye Olde Knickerblogger Podcast, Est. 2004, Mike Kurlyo, Prop., about the team’s fits and starts, how a gaggle of new bros fit the triangle, said shapely offense’s relevance and effectiveness in this here newfangled, modern NBA, the starting lineup, a few easy recipes for family-friendly meals and other choice goodies.

Take a listen here, now why dontcha. Enjoy! Also, if you stare into the pattern below long enough, you’ll see your very own personal spirit animal/guide. Mine’s Cole Aldrich. What’s yours?

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9 thoughts to “The Knickerblogger Podcast, Episode IX: Kevin McElroy”

  1. Jokes aside, I love the “feel good” nature of even making the playoffs (even “only” the first round) as much as the next guy…

    …but I think there is something be said for just watching the knicks this year and understanding that we’re not going to be good, but will be plenty watchable from a NBA fan POV because:

    1) watching players, esp. melo, attempt learn the triangle makes for great intrigue and is more than enough to get me watching as a knicks fan
    2) The roster will likely be very different in 15-16 and in some ways Melo/Calderon acclimating to the triangle will be at the very least somewhat useful down the line (although obviously not as useful as whatever improvement thru roster construction happens)
    3) Getting to see a system that isn’t boring as shit
    4) getting a draft pick after it’s all done

  2. Glad we bit the bullet on Shane Larkin. It just occurred to me that he should endeavor to become a rich man’s Muggsy Bogues. Like Muggsy, he plays at a different speed than everyone else, not just straignt ahead, but laterally and in small spaces. Like Muggsy, he has great hands, good court vision, and is smart about his advantages and his limitions. The way Shane beat everyone to loose balls last game was eye-opening. I think that Muggsy having a productive NBA career (25,000+ minutes, .102 career WS48) is one of the greatest athletic achievements in my lifetime. And he couldn’t even shoot 3’s!!

  3. It’s interesting situation we find ourselves in this year. Last year would have to have been up there with one of the most disappointing Knicks seasons in recent memory. However, it’s a weird feeling coming into a season with the view that it would be amazing if the team does well and makes a playoff run, but also knowing that it’s really not the worst thing in the world and that the season won’t be considered a total failure if we end up outside the playoff race. Keen for the season to start at any rate.

    On Larkin, I would really like to see Fish persist with him. He’s still got a long way to go, but he needs some burn. I think the Knicks looked to draft him in 2013 if I am not mistaken. If he’s just going to be a garbage time player, then I think the team may as well send him to Westchester for a run.

  4. @4 – I just want to have reason to watch during those cold winter evenings.

    @6 – I agree about Larkin. At first I thought he would be that #3 point guard, but if he’s going to get legit minutes, it’s OK with me if he learns on the job. I just hope it doesn’t adversely impact Prigioni.

  5. I agree about Larkin. At first I thought he would be that #3 point guard, but if he’s going to get legit minutes, it’s OK with me if he learns on the job. I just hope it doesn’t adversely impact Prigioni.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a Prigs/Larkin backcourt before the pre-season is out. Probably not a terirble idea to have a vet with him on the floor to control the tempo. From brief amount of pre-season I’ve watched, Larkin just seems to be to fast for his own good. Obviously his pace his one of his attributes, but if he is going to be a solid PG, he’s going to need to recognise when and when not to play like a bull at a gate. Having an experienced former PG as coach should help too I guess.

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