Knicks Morning News (2016.03.21)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Monday's Knicks Links: What's up with Langston Galloway? (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 05:36:52 EST)

    Monday's Knicks Links: What's up with Langston Galloway?

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] George Karl: Frustrated Carmelo 'wants to win' (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:15:24 EST)

    George Karl: Frustrated Carmelo 'wants to win'

  • [New York Daily News] Rondo’s response to Derek Fisher: ‘We beat their ass in ’08’ (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 05:14:31 GMT)

    Rajon Rondo just gave Derek Fisher a history lesson.

  • [New York Daily News] DeMarcus Cousins shoves security guard in game vs. Knicks (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:46:32 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins can seemingly find trouble anywhere, even during a meaningless game in New York.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks not helping Carmelo Anthony’s migraine (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:22:42 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony made the long, slow walk from the locker room to the loading dock earlier than usual on Sunday.

  • [New York Daily News] With Carmelo Anthony out, Knicks fall to Kings, 88-80 (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:17:12 GMT)

    The Knicks got a taste of life without Carmelo Anthony.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Bearing Down on Cavaliers as Playoffs Approach (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 06:12:31 GMT)

    Long after the Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach David Blatt in an attempt to stabilize a team that just couldn’t get on the same page, many of the same issues continue to plague them under new coach Tyronn Lue.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Raptors Close In on Cavs (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:49:06 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Luis Scola added 20, and the Raptors topped the Orlando Magic, 105-100.

  • [New York Times] Kings 88, Knicks 80: Tired and Depleted, Knicks Stumble to Defeat (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:33:16 GMT)

    The Knicks — playing without Carmelo Anthony, who sat out with a migraine headache — proved more inept than the Sacramento Kings, who slunk away from the Garden with a victory.

  • [New York Times] Holiday’s 22 Points Leads Pelicans Past Clippers, 109-105 (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:18:41 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday has escaped the uncanny rash of injuries ravaging the Pelicans this season and increasingly looks like the All-Star once was.

  • [New York Times] Cousins Has 24 Points, 20 Boards as Kings Shut Down Knicks (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 01:57:33 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 20 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings had their best defensive performance of the season Sunday night in an 88-80 victory over the New York Knicks.

  • [New York Times] Hayward Helps Jazz Beat Bucks, Get Fifth Win in 6 Games (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 01:36:36 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward scored 18 points, including 13 during a decisive third quarter, to lead the Utah Jazz over the Milwaukee Bucks 94-85 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki Joins Storied List With 40-Point Performance for Mavs (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 01:30:27 GMT)

    German Dirk Nowitzki continues to pile up the years and the points.

  • [New York Times] Thomas Scores 26 Points to Help Celtics Down 76ers 120-105 (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:42:41 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas led six Celtics players in double figures with 26 points to help Boston snap a four-game skid with a 120-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Post] It’s recurring nightmare for Knicks without Carmelo Anthony (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:12:36 -0400)

    Minus Carmelo Anthony, who was suffering with migraines for a second consecutive night, the Knicks lost 88-80 on Sunday to sad-sack Sacramento to continue their post-All-Star game tailspin. With Anthony out, Robin Lopez did his best to stand toe to toe with Kings monster DeMarcus Cousins, scoring a team-high 23 points and pulling down 20…

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    little glimmer of hope (very small):

    Grant since ASB – TS 55.4 on USG 19.6, averaging (per 36) 13.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.1 steals. He’s still the only one on the whole team who even considers driving the ball to the rim (per NBA.com, 7.25 drives per 36 — next closest is Derrick Williams at 4.7/36. Very worrisome is Melo only driving the ball 1.8 times per 36).

    To give comparison – Derozan drives it to the hoop ~13 times per 36, Lowry 11 times per 36. Derozan by himself drives it to the hoop more than our entire team.

    Obviously a very small sample for Jerian (only 208 minutes), but the only players this season that have reached 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals per 36 (for the whole season) are Curry, Westbrook, Lowry, Paul, Chalmers, and Bledsoe.

    But anyway, it’s promising. Good thing we’re giving minutes to Sasha who is averaging 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists on 44% TS per 36. Thanks Rambis.

    Yeah, at this point Grant and Galloway should be getting most of the guard minutes, with Calderon getting maybe 10. And throw Early out there as well.

    The whole Rambis thing is so maddening, he’s obviously coaching to keep his job, but is stupid enough to think playing Sasha and Calderon is the way to win games. At this point, I wouldn’t even care if they shut Melo down for the rest of the season, but dumb Kurt will keep running him out there for 40 minutes in the hopes of securing meaningless wins.

    So on the side of good news, Stephen A Smith believes Carmelo Anthony will in fact waive his NTC if the Knicks can trade him to San Antonio, Cleveland, Miami, or Cleveland. Stephen A Smith is well connected to the NBA (and CAA clients in general), but I do believe he’s mistaken. Melo’s priority isn’t to win a championship. As far as I’m concerned, he just wants to make it out of the first round of the playoffs consistently enough, and I do believe it’s possible for the Knicks to become a top 3 team in the East this summer. Just get Blatt, Conley, and Dudley. Conley, Dudley, Melo, KP, and Lopez is a 50 win starting 5. I honestly believe you could push 55 if you could pair that starting 5 with D Will, Grant, Galloway, O’Quinn, and Calderon (there’s likely zero chance we add Conley and Dudley while keeping D Will and Calderon, but it would be awesome).

    I find it very hard to believe that the Knicks don’t vastly improve the team this summer. There is no way Phil keeps Rambis/hires Shaw. The Knicks suck this year because they’ve given too many minutes to what is effectively the second worse guard rotation in the league behind Philly. Even if we miss out on Conley and Batum, Chalmers and Dudley make us 10-12 wins better. Blatt over Rambis makes us better (hell, I think with Fisher we would be 3-4 wins better right now). Just get us some guards and bring us Blatt, dammit. We’ll be fine next season.

    I’m on record from the very beginning arguing our best lineup is Grant/Galloway/Melo/KP/Lopez executing mostly a spread PnR offense. We’d be a .500 team if that had happened. We’re 20th in offense and defensive efficiency. Our defense would improve to at least 15th by giving Vujacic’s and many of Calderon’s minutes to Grant and Galloway. Our offense would be better as well. Is the above lineup that much different than Felton/Shump/Melo/Novak/Tyson? Comparing bench: Calderon=Prigs, Afflalo=JR, KOQ=Kenyon but yeah, no real comp for Kidd. But, unlike that 2011 team, KP and Lopez offer more flexible options beyond just a high PnR. And wouldn’t it have been good enough to rank at least 15th in offensive efficiency when that 2011 team ranked 3rd?

    Melo’s migraine has cured my headache. That migraine is Melo shouting: no way I’m playing 42 minutes in the 2nd game in 2 days – and a meaningless game at that. The only team Melo would join is the Clippers. We know his priorities are money/location/winning in that order. He owns a home in LA and spends 1/3 of the year there. His wife and he clearly enjoy the LA lifestyle and it probably helps his wife’s career as well.

    If Clippers falter in the playoffs, here’s a possible deal:

    Clips…..Melo and Lopez OR KOQ (obviously KOQ would be best for us)
    Knicks..WCS
    Kings… Jordan/Clips pick(s) if they’ve got any

    Very worrisome is Melo only driving the ball 1.8 times per 36).

    To give comparison – Derozan drives it to the hoop ~13 times per 36, Lowry 11 times per 36. Derozan by himself drives it to the hoop more than our entire team.

    Well Derozan cant shoot. Lowry is a bit better but that is their game. Melo would rather shoot over you especially as hes gotten older. That’s why he doesn’t need to be the best player on the team at this point. He is a deadly catch and shoot player when hot and he can conserve his energy.

    As far as the starting guards, I would have been starting them since December

    Is the above lineup that much different than Felton/Shump/Melo/Novak/Tyson

    Well, they both feature 5 baseketball players

    Phil Jackson is doing a good job. We’ve got young, improving talent, money to spend and , starting in 2017, all of our draft picks. If he gives us a good coach like Blatt, Thibs or Walton and one or two more good players this offseason we’ll be competitive and fun to watch. He is not destabilizing us.

    Grant/Galloway/Melo/KP/Lopez

    Is the above lineup that much different than Felton/Shump/Melo/Novak/Tyson

    Is this one of those ‘Spot the Differences’? Because I can spot 5 differences.

    Melo kinda looks like Melo, but if you look REALLY close, he’s actually 3 years older, playing a different position and 30 points lower in TS%.

    Also, I can’t find the Knicks ever actually playing that lineup.

    There is nothing worse than Byron Scott

    There has to be someone in Phil’s coaching tree that is both worse and a likely successor to Rambis. smh

    I would rather have James Fucking Dolan himself coaching than Byron Fucking Scott

    Lopez is far and away the best player on this team now. He shows up just about every night, plays both sides as hard as possible, is improving, doesn’t complain, and is genuinely likeable. Long term I don’t know if he’s the best fit with KP, but if KP eventually becomes the starting C, then I hope we find a really good home for Lopez. I really hope that KP learns to defend the smaller quicker PFs eventually that have given him some trouble because they can coexist on the offensive end without much problem if KP remains on the perimeter. KP can then play C when Lopez is out.

    Long term I don’t know if he’s the best fit with KP, but if KP eventually becomes the starting C, then I hope we find a really good home for Lopez.

    lol what are you talking about? Rambis has already said that KP would be really good at the SF.

    *sobs uncontrollably*

    Woj is claiming that DRed’s been posting with carpal tunnel for three years

    @EB The lineup of Grant/Galloway/Melo/KP/Lopez has played a grand total of 19 minutes sporting a whopping net +.27ppp in that limited time. That lineup is better than Felton/Shump/Novak/Melo/Tyson on both offense and defense. Sure present Melo is worse on offense than the Melo 3 years ago but KP+Lopez>>Novak and Tyson on offense and that difference will be even greater next season. We don’t have to rely on Melo to generate all of our offense when PnR doesn’t work. I know the conventional wisdom is that lousy players is the main reason for our record but that’s not really true. If we played the Piston offense, does anyone really think we’re worse than Detroit and its 36-34 record? Failing to tailor the offense to our players is Phil’s worst failure to date, one which will have ramifications this summer. If we had Pau and Griffin or Pau and Monroe then the Triangle would make sense.

    Lopez is far and away the best player on this team now

    Its always a race to pick the player who is better than Melo huh? True or not.

    RoLo was a better signing than LMA and Greg Monroe. He’s been a better player and he’s cheaper. I’m glad he got his shit together. He’s honestly the least Knicksy Knick ever. We’ve never had this combination of good, low maintenance, and quiet before. I’d argue he’s been as good as championship era Andrew Bynum since he’s been healthy (when was that; December 1st?) which makes him a great signing. The Knicks’ front court would go from good to below average without him. I’m honestly giving Phil Jackson some patience because of the RoLo contract. If RoLo were a free agent this year, he’d be making $6-7 million more a year. He just has to grab Mike Conley and let Steve Mills bring in David Blatt. The Knicks, despite popular opinion, are in a good spot this summer. Phil just needs to prove that he’s not some crazy old man obsessed with triangles.

    Long term I don’t know if he’s the best fit with KP, but if KP eventually becomes the starting C, then I hope we find a really good home for Lopez.

    I think there’s plenty of space for them in the frontcourt going forward. Even if Porzingis puts in a ton of work on his body this offseason it’s pretty obvious that it’s going to take him at least a couple years to get to a place where he can be a consistent 30 minute a night guy in the league. He just doesn’t have the stamina for it right now. And 28-30 minutes is probably a pretty healthy number for RoLo as well. That leaves enough space to use plenty of Porzingis at the 5 lineups, while also occasionally playing them together (probably at the start of both halves and maybe a few minutes down the stretch).

    let Steve Mills bring in David Blatt

    You don’t consider the fact that David Blatt managed to get an entire veteran NBA team to hate him in 15 months to be a potential red flag?

    Is Rambis worse than Byron Scott

    I vote yea

    I’d still take Rambis over Scott. Did you guys see the bit during the Rookie/Sophomore Game at the All-Star Game where Clarkson and Russell got to play in an open offense and were amazing (yes, it was a meaningless exhibition game, but it showed how both guys would thrive in open offenses) and then someone asked them how they felt about being in a different offense and Clarkson actually whispers to Russell to make sure that he doesn’t talk shit about Byron Scott. That’s how much his own players hate him, that one of them has to warn another one to make sure he doesn’t insult the coach in an interview.

    The Cavs have been worse with Lue as their head coach, especially defensively. They’ve gone from a Top 5 defense to barely a Top 15 defense since firing Blatt. They’ve improved offensively but they were already a Top 5 offense with Blatt so the small gains on offense have not come close to making up the huge downgrades they’ve made defensively since Lue took over.

    I agree that the Knicks position going into the offseason is “hopeful”. I hope they sign Batum and I hope we also add either Conley or some other competent 3 and D guard. I hope the new coach does a mind job on Grant and convinces him that the future of the team is in his hands and Grant responds by working his butt off this offseason.

    I hope Affalo opts out and I hope D-Will opts in.

    I hope we buy out Calderon.

    I hope KP works on this strength and stamina all offseason. I hope someone introduces him to Hakeem.

    I hope Melo stays because unlike some of you, I don’t believe we would get enough back in a trade to make it worth our while. I also don’t think any established stars a falling all over themselves to play with KP.

    I hope KOQ comes back with his head on straight and becomes the “Oak light” we kinda thought he’d become earlier this season.

    I hope Rob doesn’t change a thing…

    I hope we don’t pay Galloway a bunch of money because I don’t think he’s sorta TD 1.5.

    I hope 2017 ends the way 2015/2016 started.. The team was full of energy, competitive seemingly every night and we fans were full of optimism. Let’s go Knicks!!!

    Conley, Dudley, Melo, KP, and Lopez is a 50 win starting 5

    Are you trying to build the slowest lineup possible? IMO 3/5 of those guys would be playing out of position. Dudley and Melo should be 4s, and KP should be a 5. KP was guarding Rudy Gay last night: how can he possibly matchup against him? It’s ridiculous.

    The Knicks need a PG and wings. They have Melo, KP, Lopez, and O’Quinn locked up. We don’t need any bigs—maybe at most a backup small ball 4. I’d target people like Chalmers, Dellavedova, Batum, Fournier, Bazemore, Deng, Lee, Barnes… people that can defend and shoot.

    IMO the Knicks brief run of success this season was probably primarily due to the lineups Fisher was playing: he cut O’Quinn and Seraphin out and played smaller, with either Lopez or Porzingis at the 5 at all times. Then Lance got hurt, and it seemed like Fisher forgot about it the epiphany he had.

    It’s unbelievably frustrating. The Knicks have one good season with Melo at the 4, and then try as hard as they can to move away from it. They put together a few good games playing smaller, and then immediately go away from it. It’s like this team is being run by someone who actively wants the Knicks to lose or an idiot.

    People learn from their mistakes. It’s actually being said that Kyrie Irving was close with Blatt, but LeBron did not like him for other reasons. I mostly believe that LeBron just wants to make his own decisions with the front office. He didn’t want Spoelstra in Miami, and he didn’t want Blatt in Cleveland. The thing about Blatt is that he came into the league an already accomplished coach and the Cavs treated him like a novice. It’s sort of like if the Knicks made Pablo Prigioni carry around a pink backpack his rookie season; the man had already been a pro baller for over a decade. I guess egos collided for the worst, especially when LeBron can literally push his coach around. It wasn’t an ideal marriage, but I think that had more to do with LeBron James’ gigantic ego than Blatt’s inability to coach. It’s not like the Cavs were actually underperforming under Blatt. They were clearly the 3rd best team in the league behind the superpower Warriors and Spurs. They went from a 30-11 start to 49-20, so they’re 19-9 in their last 28 with terrible losses like the one at home against Memphis. I think it’s hard to win a championship when two of your top three players are below average to bad on defense, and I believe Blatt could have beaten the Warriors with just one of Love and Irving healthy. I’d take Blatt as my coach for sure.

    Especially if it means no more triangle-affiliated coaches.

    I’m with you on a potential Blatt hiring. The only issue I had with him was his use of K-Love. Way to much on the perimeter just sort of standing around waiting for a kickout. Love should not be used like an overpaid Novak. Besides that though, I don’t see any big improvement on either end since the coaching change.

    It wasn’t an ideal marriage, but I think that had more to do with LeBron James’ gigantic ego than Blatt’s inability to coach.

    I don’t doubt that Blatt is a good coach from an Xs and Os standpoint and I agree with both you and Al that the Cavs play since they fired him has validated some of what he did there. However, I’d be very worried about hiring him purely on the speculative basis that he has learned from his mistakes. He couldn’t get along with a big-ego superstar with a bit of a history of clashing with coaches who try to force him outside of his comfort zone. You don’t need much of an imagination to figure out how that could become a problem here, doubly so given that Lebron and Melo are friends and probably kvetch about their annoying head coaches every night over snapchat.

    Also as much as everyone has made the story there about Lebron (understandably so) it seems like all the info also points towards the fact that the front office hated working with him as well (and that at least part of that was Blatt’s ego). I realize he and Mills are friends but he and Phil have no track record and everything we know suggests Phil intends to meddle extensively in the coaches business. It just seems like a recipe for disaster to me.

    It’s unbelievably frustrating. The Knicks have one good season with Melo at the 4, and then try as hard as they can to move away from it. They put together a few good games playing smaller, and then immediately go away from it. It’s like this team is being run by someone who actively wants the Knicks to lose or an idiot.

    It’s just so outrageously stupid to look at the team’s strengths, look at how the league is being played now and then say, “Yeah, Melo should be a full-time 3.” Ugh.

    Hire Blatt. LeBron James will spend the Olympic training camp telling Melo what a loser Blatt is while CP3 whispers to him about how great LA is for building a brand on the banana boat. Have Blatt announce that we’re moving Melo to the 4 full time and using him as a point forward since our PGs are garbage.

    NTC waived.

    I hope KP works on this strength and stamina all offseason. I hope someone introduces him to Hakeem.

    pREACH

    I hope Melo stays because unlike some of you, I don’t believe we would get enough back in a trade to make it worth our while. I also don’t think any established stars a falling all over themselves to play with KP.

    I was crudely trying to make this point the other day. I do believe keeping Melo> Letting Melo go
    1) He can continue to provide vet leadership with still avg to above avg play
    2) As you stated the return doesn’t look to be anything of substance(Unless you can get Blake)
    I just don’t see how some spare parts with a year 2 KP helps. If we had our number 1 this year I could understand.
    3) Building a good culture. Rolo, Melo and KP frontcourt could be pretty good next year and the year after. Good guards would be open to playing with them
    4) Bearing some of KP’s load. As we have seen this year KP’s stamina with regards to long term NBA play is straight shit. I think it will be better next year, but I don’t think he can have a linear season until year three….god forbid we make the playoffs he will need the reps

    Can the Knicks trade their 2017 pick for a 2016 pick? Would that circumvent the Steipen Rules? Would it have to happen after the draft or maybe it is not allowed at all.

    Why does everybody on this board understand Melo’s optimum position is at the 4 and no one else in management gets it? It really isn’t even up for discussion.

    No more trading picks, please.

    why not because of past trades by different people. What’s wrong with trading a pick for a pick? What if the 2017 pick could get them Buddy Hield?

    In general what is the boards thoughts on trading protected future picks? What caliber of player would you want back or pick would you take for a future pick? Also, what kind of return would make you lift the protection or even change the protection from top 3, top 10, or top 15?

    If the Knicks can get Buddy Hield by trading the 2017 pick, then I’d half heartedly sign that contract in hopes that we can have a good summer and a 50 win season. Buddy Hield is the GOAT and everything, but you just need draft picks. I hate trading draft picks.

    If I recall correctly, Blatt took the Cleveland job on the understanding he would be developing a young team centered on Kyrie. Then LeBron returned, they brought in Kevin Love, and he was suddenly running a superteam with championship aspirations. I wouldn’t mind seeing what he can do when he’s in a better place to succeed with his strengths as a coach.

    3) Building a good culture. Rolo, Melo and KP frontcourt could be pretty good next year and the year after. Good guards would be open to playing with them
    4) Bearing some of KP’s load. As we have seen this year KP’s stamina with regards to long term NBA play is straight shit. I think it will be better next year, but I don’t think he can have a linear season until year three….God forbid we make the playoffs he will need the reps

    Yup…….

    Its always a race to pick the player who is better than Melo huh? True or not.

    That’s barely a challenge. 😉

    I’m praying for the departures of Affalo, the french dude, the former “man bun” guy, Galloway (TDDWTDD 1.5), the former “hairnet” guy, Early and the corpse of Calderon.

    All additions by subtraction.

    Why does everybody on this board understand Melo’s optimum position is at the 4 and no one else in management gets it? It really isn’t even up for discussion.

    1. Jackson/Rambis believe in playing big

    2. Melo doesn’t like getting beat up defending and banging with bigger PFs

    Jackson is wrong and Melo is being understandably selfish.

    If I recall correctly, Blatt took the Cleveland job on the understanding he would be developing a young team centered on Kyrie. Then LeBron returned, they brought in Kevin Love, and he was suddenly running a superteam with championship aspirations. I wouldn’t mind seeing what he can do when he’s in a better place to succeed with his strengths as a coach.

    The Knicks aren’t developing a young team, either, though. So he’d be a bad fit here, too, in that regard. The Knicks start two guys 31 or older and three guys 30 or older. So they suck and they’re not even a young team, just one of the many “what the hell is wrong with the building of this roster?” things about this team.

    If the Knicks get Evan Turner Phil Jackson is a certified moron.

    I actually like Evan Turner in certain circumstances. He’s a decent enough player, but yeah, spending half the Knicks’ cap on him would be insane. It’d be like Jackson is trying to build a good team for 1991 NBA Basketball. Which actually sort of seems to be what he’s trying to do.

    Evan Turner shoots 18.3% from 3 point range. He’s like Nic Batum if Nic Batum was a bad basketball player. No thank you.

    Re: Blatt

    Woj wrote a huge piece about how when LeBron came in, Blatt had zero coaching ability. Then when the rest of the team saw Lebron shit on all of his plays and disrespect him on every turn, they either followed, or stayed quiet because Lebron was on the top of the totem.

    Much of it was because Blatt wouldn’t sign with LeBron’s Klutch agency.

    Evan Turner is a comedy goldmine

    if the Knicks are going to waste cap space, please let it be on Evan Turner

    Right after beating the Warriors, the Spurs are now in a tough battle with the Hornets. Holy trap game, Batman!

    Crazy, the Spurs lost to the Hornets. Well, that pretty much locked up the #1 seed for the Warriors and perhaps the wins record, as well, as the Spurs now have less incentive to beat them in their remaining two match-ups (and you could argue that, for someone like Pop, it would be better to not show the Warriors his game plan for them now). The Hornets only scored 7 points in the first quarter and somehow still beat the Spurs!!

    Is Domantas Sabonis entering the draft this year? He should wait so we can select him next year.

    Point Giannis just drove through the whole damn Pistons team and dunked. How do you stop a PG who is 6’11” with a handle?

    Wolves lead the dubs in the 4th. Linsanity beats the Spurs. Even Turner nightmares. World is spinning.

    Ugh, Craig Sager’s leukemia has recurred for the second time. That’s awful news.

    The Knicks need a PG and wings. They have Melo, KP, Lopez, and O’Quinn locked up. We don’t need any bigs—maybe at most a backup small ball 4. I’d target people like Chalmers, Dellavedova, Batum, Fournier, Bazemore, Deng, Lee, Barnes… people that can defend and shoot

    Solid list of guards and wings. Obviously Batum should be the one we really target, but I really like Dellavedova. Putting my Australian bias aside, I think he adds the scrappy D we are looking for at the guard spot. Worse case scenario; if guys are beating him, he cam just break their legs ha ha

    KP+Lopez>>Novak and Tyson

    I think your imagination is getting the better of you. Tyson and Novak each had about .100TS% higher than KP and Lopez. Felton is about .040 TS% higher than Grant. Shump had a higher TS% than Galloway. Melo had 30TS% higher than he does this year.

    So where does all this better offense come from the current Knicks? If by jumpshot taking ability, then yes they are better. Any definition that includes helping a team actually win games, then no.

    The Wolves play way too much Wiggins hero ball at the end of close games.

    We are in quite a glory time for shitty coaches. Sam Mitchell, Byron Scott and Kurt Rambis are all coaching teams. Mitchell, at least, is not smug about his BS.

    The most astonishing thing about all three coaches is that there is a non-zero chance that all three guys are coaching the same teams next season. Glen Taylor currently plans to bring Mitchell back (there’s a deal being worked on to try to bring some new owners in, and if they get in, Mitchell is likely gone, but until then, he’s still the coach), the Lakers are stubborn assholes like the Knicks and don’t want to admit that Scott is crap and the Knicks are run by Kurt Rambis’ #1 fan.

    Are these coaches actually worse than they were before, or do we just notice it more now that the right way to play is clearer than it was 10 years ago?

    While I certainly see your point there, doesn’t the fact that it is easier to see how to coach the right way make it even more egregious when coaches don’t do so?

    Well yes. These guys are ego maniacs though. Notice most of the bad coaches are “old school” people who shit on millennial types of guys

    Are these coaches actually worse than they were before, or do we just notice it more now that the right way to play is clearer than it was 10 years ago?

    Was Kurt Rambis playing Porzingis at the 3 in his nucleotide sequence from the start or did it only manifest itself when faced with an ideal stretch 5? We may never know.

    Failing to keep up with the world is a version of getting dumber. It’s a lot better to believe the sun revolves around the earth when most other informed people believe it, too.

    I haven’t been on this blog for a few days, and this morning the local radio sports guy announces: “And the Knicks have said they will aggressively pursue (my heart skips a beat…) Evan Turner.” What’s that Price is Right music after someone craps out on the show? Dum dum duh dum…..ooooooh

    As exciting as an entertainment reporter announcing that the next Batman will be Keanu Reeves.

    This Evan Turner nonsense comes from some NE reporter who has no fucking idea who Phil wants to go after.

    Anytime you can sign a below average player for more than he is worth that’s something you gotta look at.

    East is Big, Man

    Evan Turner for Starting Point Guard

    420 Blaze It

    This Evan Turner nonsense comes from some NE reporter who has no fucking idea who Phil wants to go after.

    i wish — I think it was Chris Mannix, who may work in NE but is also from the Vertical – Woj’s new venture.

    I’m not sure even Phil knows who Phil plans on targeting. That Mannix dude has been told Phil is a big fan of Evan Turner, so he expects the Knicks to make a strong push for him. Which is not awesome to hear, but it’s a long way away from ‘Phil Jackson will make Evan Turner a priority target’

    Before going batshit crazy over another “report,” please refer to the batshit crazy you all got from those “reports” on who we were drafting.

    Phil brought up Porzingis, Lopez and Grant, three long term starters, in one year. Don’t forget it.

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