Knicks Morning News (2016.03.27)

  • [New York Newsday] LeBron James leads Cavaliers over friend Carmelo Anthony, Knicks (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:16:27 EDT)
  • [New York Times] McCollum Helps Blazers Escape With 108-105 Win Over 76ers (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 06:21:37 GMT)

    As usual, with the clock winding down and the game tied, the Portland Trail Blazers looked to their backcourt to save the day. The player who stepped up to make the save was unexpected.

  • [New York Times] Thomas Scores 28, Leads Celtics Over Suns 102-99 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:54:36 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points against his former team, and the Boston Celtics held off the Phoenix Suns 102-99 despite almost blowing a 21-point lead Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Rise to Upend Pacers; Hawks End Pistons’ Streak (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:12:43 GMT)

    The Nets beat the Indiana Pacers, 120-110, on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Slide by Shorthanded Spurs (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:03:28 GMT)

    The Thunder chose rhythm and the Spurs chose relaxation Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Remain Hot, End Pistons’ Winning Streak (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:42:27 GMT)

    Quietly and efficiently, the Atlanta Hawks keep piling up victories. The team that headed into the Eastern Conference playoffs last season as the top seed could be this season’s darkhorse.

  • [New York Times] Hawks End Pistons’ Winning Streak With 112-95 Victory (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:33:50 GMT)

    Three terrific quarters from Paul Millsap were enough for the Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Times] James, Love Carry Cavs to 107-93 Victory Over Knicks (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:33:48 GMT)

    LeBron James is feeling stronger as the season gets shorter.

  • [New York Times] Hayward, Jazz Close Out Wolves in 4th Quarter, 93-84 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:21:33 GMT)

    The Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves both trudged into Target Center with heavy legs and foggy heads.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers 107, Knicks 93: Cavaliers, and Reality, Crash Down on the Knicks (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:12:26 GMT)

    Two nights after a surprising win over the Bulls, the Knicks fell back to earth, as LeBron James and Cleveland routed them at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Batum Scores 25 as Hornets Rout Bucks 115-91 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:03:39 GMT)

    Nicolas Batum scored 23 of his 25 points in the first half and the Charlotte Hornets used a 3-point barrage to rout the Milwaukee Bucks 115-91 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder Past Short-Handed Spurs (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:39:43 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook added 29 to help the Thunder defeat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 111-92 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Tie Team Mark With 49th Win, Beat Pelicans 115-91 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:15:51 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Patrick Patterson had 16 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 115-91 on Saturday night to tie a franchise record with their 49th victory of the season.

  • [New York Times] Bulls’ Playoffs Hopes Dealt Blow With 111-89 Loss to Magic (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:51:43 GMT)

    Orlando journeyman center Dewayne Dedmon scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Jason Smith added 14 off the bench and the Magic dealt the Chicago Bulls a blow to their fading playoff hopes with a 111-89 win Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Lopez Scores 23 to Lead Nets Past Pacers 120-110 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:00:54 GMT)

    Brook Lopez scored 23 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 18, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 120-110 on Saturday night.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] LeBron, Cavs throw down week's frustration on Knicks (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:10:30 EST)

    LeBron, Cavs throw down week's frustration on Knicks

  • [New York Post] Getting sued for ‘choking’ doesn’t sway J.R. Smith’s game (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:22:07 -0400)

    J.R. Smith's latest off-the-court issue isn't affecting his performance on it. The former Knicks guard continues to play well for the Cavaliers after he was sued earlier this week by 19-year-old Justin Brown, who accuses the 11-year veteran of choking him and striking him in Chelsea last November, according to police sources. There were not…

  • [New York Post] How Knicks are rebuilding Jerian Grant’s 3-point shot (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:50:20 -0400)

    Rookie Jerian Grant is giving his 3-point shooting more than the old college try. The Knicks have recently put more of an emphasis on improving the former Notre Dame point guard's stroke from downtown. During his days with the Irish, Grant said he had a propensity to take step-back and fade-away 3-pointers. That formula hasn't…

  • [New York Post] Stop asking Carmelo Anthony about that LeBron team-up (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:01:08 -0400)

    LeBron James was in town. James had just scored a triple-double. The Knicks had just lost for the 44th time in 74 games. So the question went to Carmelo Anthony. Would you be willing to waive the no-trade clause if it meant playing with LeBron in Cleveland? "I don't want to talk about that man,…

  • [New York Post] LeBron James says he doesn’t need Dream Team to win title (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 00:53:46 -0400)

    Carmelo Anthony might be going through purgatory on Earth with the Knicks, but LeBron James has his own matters to deal with — namely getting the Cavaliers ready to win a championship. "I believe in what we have,” James said. "And I know we can win a championship with the group we have. And I'm…

  • [New York Daily News] LeBron James has triple-double as Knicks fall to Cavs 107-93 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 05:27:08 GMT)

    LeBron James strapped on his cape, bullied one Knick to the rim and embarrassed two — including Kristaps Porzingis — when he got there.

  • [New York Daily News] Ex-Knicks star J.R. Smith sued for allegedly choking teen (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 05:00:56 GMT)

    Justin Brown, 19, claims in a new suit that Smith attacked him outside Artichoke Basille’s Pizza in Chelsea last November.

  • 39 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.03.27)”

    So perhaps the two Bulls wins had less to do with us figuring some shit out and more to do with the Bulls completely imploding at the end of the season?

    I hate the mix of emotions the team forces me to be in right now. Because we don’t have a draft pick, and because I’m so damn tired of losing, I want to see the team win games and show positive signs for next season. But every win brings with it the possibility of Rambis returning, of Phil remaining a Triangle zealot despite ample evidence that it’s not working, of Melo not so much as considering waiving the NTC, etc.

    The Knicks: when you can’t even root for them to win when there’s no lottery pick involved!

    Right? It is such a bizarre feeling. I remember saying before this season began (or maybe right after last season ended) that at least this year I could fully root for the Knicks to win every game, as it was killing me to be actively rooting against the at the end of last season. But I figured with no draft pick involved, I’d want them to win as many games as possible this season, but yeah, now with the rather large possibility that a strong finish to this season means more Kurt Rambis next season (it’d hard to say that it would make the chances of Melo leaving less likely, since we know he was never leaving ever), it’s not fun. I should be able to see them kick the Bulls’ ass back-to-back games and be absolutely thrilled about it.

    Why does everyone think Phil is going to retain Rambis? I think that’s just good ole Knick fan paranoia than anything tangible. We’re looking for a coach in a year where there seem to be three really good candidates like Walton, Blatt, and Thibs. The job belongs to Walton if he wants it, but all of the triangle head coaches clearly suck. I’m starting to believe that the Banana Boat comes to town and they bring Mark Jackson to town with them. It seems like the “Yay! Wait, no!” scenario we always seem to get.

    Sign me up for the banana boat….as long as Zinger is the center. Of course I’d love a real rebuild around Zinger and the banana boat is def a win now team. But it would be a fun ride and now that GS is so dominant I feel like the banana boat would not be a front loading team like Miami was. And like I said as long as we could keep Zinger as the center and then rebuild around him after a season or two of the banana boat, why the hell not?

    Why does everyone think Phil is going to retain Rambis?

    Everything Phil has said since Rambis has become the head coach suggests that he’d love to keep Rambis. You’d have to think that he realizes he “can’t” do that, but I think if he had his druthers, he would. So if the Knicks ended the season on a real win streak, I think it’d be a very strong possibility. He’s basically looking for reasons to keep Rambis.

    “Luckily,” things are still bad under Rambis, so it’s unlikely that Phil’ll be able to argue to keep Rambis.

    The problem with the Banana Boat in New York is there is no way the Clippers trade CP3 to New York for Calderon, O’Quinn and Lopez. I mean, you could theoretically sign Wade and LeBron and take it to the Finals to lose to GSW. Then you would move Lopez in the off season to clear up cap space to sign CP in 2017, but there’s that looming work stoppage coming up. Next season, we’d have to start LeBron and Wade as the guards then play Melo, Porzingis, and Lopez as your front court, and that team could win 60 in the regular season if Porzingis improves and Lopez stays steady. You think the Lakers would take back Lopez in a trade to clear cap space so we could grab Chalmers or some other guard so we can play Porzingis at the 5 and move everyone over into their natural positions? Chalmers, Wade, LeBron, Melo, and Porzingis looks like a really well balanced unit, but Lopez is significantly better than Chalmers. The Knicks have the space to do it, Melo already took his “pay cut”, we play in the market LeBron knows he should have chosen 6 years ago, and we could conceivably offer LeBron $16M and Wade $12M on two year deals (if we waive-stretch Calderon I think they could get $16M a piece).

    The Banana Boat is good for us. Either they come here or they go somewhere else and we get value back for Melo.

    I have a really hard time envisioning LeBron after one year in Cleveland saying: “Well, I did my best, but unfortunately the Warriors got in the way. Sorry, Cleveland, no championship, I’m taking my talents to MSG (or LA) to join up with my Banana Boat buddies”

    I think what LeBron wants is autonomy over an NBA franchise. He wanted it in Miami but Riley said no. He wants it in Cleveland but Griffin and the owner seem to be defiant and strange. We know Dolan will give him everything he wants. They’ll let him pick the coach. They’ll let him pick the GM. They’ll let him take the company jet. Whatever he wants, Dolan will give him. You’re talking about a guy who left a team that won 66 and 61 games. Nobody knows what LeBron is thinking. I’m sure he’s going to try to win a championship in Cleveland, but how surprised would you be if LeBron says “it has always been one of my dreams to win a championship in Madison Square Garden, and now that I have a chance to do it with my brothers D Wade and Melo makes it an opportunity I can’t pass up” or something along those lines. I wouldn’t be surprised.

    This probably says something strange about me and the architecture of my particular illusions necessary for fandom, but even we if ignored CP’s contract & magically assumed that CP3, Lebron and Wade conspired to sign here on hugely discounted 1yr deals for 2016, I wouldn’t want it. Somehow violates my idea what the “Knicks” are in almost the same way it would if they moved to Westport, CT. Weird, I know.

    I wouldn’t feel bad because they still wouldn’t be the favorite to win the title and it also means that signing Carmelo to his max deal ended up paying off in the long run. It would also be a great opportunity for Porzingis to learn from Wade, LeBron, and CP3.

    I’d be fine with the Banana Boat team. I rooted for the Steve Francis Knicks, the Jamal Crawford Knicks, the Z-Bo Knicks…so a mercenary teamn of the best veteran players in the NBA? Find by me.

    You know how when McDonald’s changed their fry recipe from beef tallow to vegetable oil, everyone was like, “Hey, these aren’t McDonald’s fries!” but McDonald’s was like, “Sure they are. Look at the box.” And sure enough, with a little beef flavoring, they continued to sell them as-is. That’s the hypothetical Banana Boat team. They’re just a different product in the same packaging. They’re still wearing the blue shirts, so you’ll still watch ’em. Brand loyalty, folks.

    I think hoping for the Banana Boat to land in NYC is very wishful thinking. First, how can Lebron leave Cleveland again unless he gets a title there, first? And, what are the odds on that happening this year unless SA stuns the Warriors or a key player for them gets hurt?

    From what I’ve read, it sounds like something maybe 2-3 years down the road in Lebron’s mind (Wade is the guy who will possibly force a quicker pace due to age and injury concerns) once he gets the Cleveland title.

    Unless Melo shocks us and wants to be traded in the offseason, Phil’s goals this offseason might look something like this:
    1. Get a good coach (please, no Rambis…)
    2. Sign one very good starter for G. This will probably require max or near max money. I’d focus on SG this offseason b/c there are lots of them out there…surely Phil can nab one, and try to make a play for the PG in 2017. Assumes AA opts out, which I think he will. Or, I guess if a Conley surprises and wants to come, they could go PG, but I think the young stud SG might be easier to fill this offseason.
    3. Add an inexpensive PG to compete with some combination of Calderon (if not moved, he still could be solid off the bench for 20 min. or less per night), Grant (hopefully improving), and Wroten/Galloway. There might be one or two guys out there looking to try to do a Rondo and reestablish value for the next year (Lawson comes to mind, maybe Chalmers if he doesn’t get any real satisfactory offers coming off injury). A long shot would also be trying to deal for Rubio, but I just can’t see what Minny would want from the Knicks.
    4. Depth….hopefully Hernangomez will come over and prove to be at least a backup C with some upside. One year deals for guys, only.
    5. Do so in such a way to keep enough cap space in 2017 to get the PG? Calderon will come off the books, and maybe OQ can be moved by then? Will that be enough?

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=zzy2wkz

    I don’t know that I would turn that trade down if something like this were available this offseason. It gives us a young perimeter scorer who wouldn’t necessarily have to be a floor general- especially if Calderon is still on the roster, and a really good and maybe overpaid role player versatile enough up front to make Lopez/KP/Thompson/Lance all we need. For Cleveland, it allows them to flip Love to a team that wants to showcase him in Boston while netting them a young rotation player or 2 and the Nets 1st rounder. Now..I seriously doubt that Cleveland would be willing to part with Kyrie and Thompson for Melo, but it seems to me the pieces fit better that way.

    @15 the Banana Boat operation is an operation that the Knicks can’t lose, though. Either LeBron and CP3 come play for NY, or Melo gets traded somewhere. We can’t lose.

    I think the current volatility of every roster the Banana Boat plays for makes it possible for them to play together as early as this off season. The Heat will be worse next year since Whiteside is likely going to be playing for another team. The Clippers will forever be #4 in the West as currently constructed. The Knicks are the Knicks, and the Cavs don’t have enough players who play both sides of the ball to win a title in Golden State’s NBA nor will they grab any in FA since they play in Cleveland (and they suck at drafting). None of those guys, by themselves, will have anything more than an outside chance of winning an NBA title next season. If they want to win, they have to team up and they have to do it now. I’m all for their teaming up in New York; just don’t trade Porzingis.

    And can you imagine Melo as the 4th Banana? He’d become Olympic Melo and destroy defenses. Or would Melo be the 3rd Banana?

    I think hoping for the Banana Boat to land in NYC is very wishful thinking.

    Oh sure, it’s extremely unlikely that this would be the place, but just saying that if it WAS, I’d be down with it as a fan.

    Interesting, if random, factoid:

    Kristaps Porzingis is the only player in NBA history to record 1000+ points, 500+ rebounds, 75+ 3s, and 100+ blocks during their rookie season.

    Are the Banana Boaters gonna want to come here and play the defunct triangle offense? Are they gonna be willing to listen to old man Phil Jackson’s metaphysical mumbo-jumbo and sublimate themselves to his leviathan-sized ego? Are they gonna want to play for the legendary head coach Brian Shaw? I’m gonna guess “fuck no” is the answer to those questions. So unless Phil Jackson calls it a day on his Knicks career and Melo is made the de facto GM, the Banana Boat ain’t happening at MSG.

    That doesn’t mean it won’t happen in Cleveland, though. If things shake out right, perhaps Melo would not just permit a trade, maybe he’d flat-out DEMAND a trade.

    When did Brian Shaw get the head coaching job?

    Oh and I guess those laker back to back titles with Kobe and Pau were 20 years ago? I thought it was 5 years ago. Wasn’t Dantoni and the Suns playing the same spread offense then that the warriors are playing now? Yup, basketball has evolved beyond the triangle and the Warriors are reinventing it. Or maybe Steph curry is just a really good shooter?

    And is Phil as the GM gonna be sitting next to the banana boaters on the bench every game spouting his zen Mumbo jumbo?

    Also I don’t think BB will happen just that if it did id be down with it for the Knicks as long as Zinger is still here. And I also think Lebron will have no problem leaving Cleveland again if they come up short. He’s all ready played the villain and I think is comfortable being hated again and after the initial wave of bad press I think most of the sports world would let him off easy bc Cleveland has never been able to put a great team around him ( or that will be the narrative at least).

    I think Rambis is an awful head coach and I certainly don’t want him as head coach next season but I have to say the triangle offense is looking alot better lately. You are seeing alot more wide open shots and not just from mid-range, there have been alot more open looks from 3pt range and at the basket off cuts. The offense also isn’t looking as slow as it has before, they seem to be going into their sets quicker and are cutting/screening alot more frequently now.

    This is not to say keep Rambis and that they are playing better with him, but I’m someone who doesn’t think the Triangle offense is that big an issue and with better talent the offense, even if it is the Triangle, will be fine. The problem with Rambis and Fisher before him are the awful substitution patterns and lineups. Defense is also an issue obviously although I think alot of that has to do with the lineups specifically in the backcourt.

    Lol, the Banana Boat in New York. We have no clue if it would actually happen, but I do think a few things are fair to assume:

    1) A system doesn’t matter anywhere near as much as the players. The Warriors would be 15 wins worse with Wroten instead of Klay in that system. The Spurs would be 15 wins worse with D Will instead of Kawhi.
    2) Jim Dolan would fire Phil before he let Phil impede in the progress of landing LeBron.
    3) Melo doesn’t hate the triangle; he’s actually playing some unselfish ball because of it. He only talks openly about needing better teammates in the off season and they need to interview more than just Rambis.

    I do think that in the 5% chance that the Banana Boat docks in Chelsea Piers, Phil Jackson comes down from the front office to coach the Knicks. How could he turn down the opportunity to coach LeBron and Chris Paul? He’d even get the opportunity to put Rambis on his staff.

    Wade is fucking washed. We don’t have the assets to land CP3. So do you think Lebron is willing to trash his brand and punt on a year in order to join a 32 win Knicks team? It’s not going to happen.

    Well, LeBron also thought it would be prudent to come back to Cleveland to join Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Dion Waiters. NBA basketball players are not good judges of talent, and we sorta don’t need the assets to land CP3 since he’s a free agent in 2017 and would probably love to join Wade, LeBron, Melo, and Porzingis as they’d probably be fresh off an NBA Finals loss.

    #BelieveInTheBoat2016
    #TheFourBananas2017

    @24 and 25

    Agreed.

    It doesn’t matter what offense you’re running when Arron Afflalo is your best offensive guard. Even if we run spread PNR to death, our guards are fucking terrible right now at creating anything for themselves or others. The only player on our team that’s capable of producing as the ball handler in high PNR consistently at this point is Melo, which is the main issues with this team. Get a guard or a wing that can handle the ball and create a bit and this will be a better team, get 2 and you might have something really good here.

    Phil needs to land a coach and couple of players that can create off the dribble, finish at the rim and penetrate. If they can shoot the 3 above the break efficiently that’s an added bonus.

    On that note I think Michael Gbinije on Syracuse would be a solid 2nd round value. He’s a 23 year old senior SG/SF that has had to essentially run point because of Cuse’s lack of PGs. He can create a bit off the bounce and he’s a very good shooter from beyond the arc. He’s somebody I’d want to target in the 2nd round if possible.

    Replace Afflalo with Jimmy Butler and we’re a playoff team even with Rambis’ coaching. Sam Mitchell and Byron Scott have been to the playoffs. Coaching and systems don’t matter like good ole fashioned productive NBA basketball players.

    Heck I think Paul will land in NY regardless if the rest of the BB crew does. He will leave the west to join Melo. Now he could join Cleveland but I doubt Lebron will be as willing as Melo is to play without dominating the ball and that’s a must because we know Paul pounds the air out of the ball.

    Of course if you have great players they will win a lot of games in any system (and vice versa), but you should still be running the system that maximizes the efficiency of the players you do have. The Triangle is not it.

    The Triangle is not it.

    Why? Guys like Odom and Pau among many others put up their best numbers in this very system.

    And what system maximizes the efficiency of Sasha Vujacic, Jerian Grant, Kevin Seraphin, Arron Afflalo, and the like? We have bad basketball players playing a lot of minutes. It wasn’t the triangle’s fault we lost 17 games last season. Any team that had Shane Larkin, Tim Hardaway Jr, and Jason Smith as the leaders in minutes was going to suck. You could argue that the Knicks would benefit from more spread P&R and you would probably have a pretty convincing argument. I, for one, lost all faith in system and roles when the team traded a king’s ransom for Andrea Bargnani, who is the poster child for “the system doesn’t play to his strengths.” A different system and the Knicks might win 3 more games this season. Might. All we need is a coach that gets his team to play hard at all times, and we had that for half a season in Derrick Fisher. I don’t believe any system could have gotten the Knicks to play better, and I’m somebody who thought the Knicks could win 43 this season. It’s the players, bro.

    We can get 20% better just by signing one good guard and another 10% better by signing Thibs. Another 10% better with the continued improvement of KP and Grant. That’s a whopping 40% better which calculates out at 13 more wins for a total of 46.3 wins next year.

    We can get 20% better just by signing one good guard and another 10% better by signing Thibs. Another 10% better with the continued improvement of KP and Grant. That’s a whopping 40% better which calculates out at 13 more wins for a total of 46.3 wins next year.

    That’d be pretty good progress for 2 years after we won 17 games depending on the guards you sign to accomplish that.

    Why? Guys like Odom and Pau among many others put up their best numbers in this very system.

    Some players are suited to certain roles and will do better in one system or another, open court or in half court etc… IMO, basketball knowledge has exploded in recent years due to the advanced stats revolution. I think the game is evolving both offensively and defensively towards a style of play that is demonstrably more efficient. But even beyond that, if you look at our players, they are not being particularly efficient in terms of TS% relative to their own recent and long norms in this system. The system has also failed dismally every time and every place it was tried unless the team had a few superstars that could have won a couple of titles with one of us coaching.

    The system has also failed dismally every time and every place it was tried unless the team had a few superstars that could have won a couple of titles with one of us coaching.

    You could argue this for the majority of championship teams.

    But even beyond that, if you look at our players, they are not being particularly efficient in terms of TS% relative to their own recent and long norms in this system.

    You attribute that to the system. I attribute that to the fact that we have bottom two guard play in the league. What about guys like Lance Thomas, Derrick Williams or Lopez who have had excellent seasons? What about the fact that a rookie many thought was going to struggle to adapt off the bat has vastly outperformed initial expectations?

    IMO, basketball knowledge has exploded in recent years due to the advanced stats revolution. I think the game is evolving both offensively and defensively towards a style of play that is demonstrably more efficient.

    0-3 feet: Team A – 26.4% of FGA (26th in the league), Knicks – 24.3% of FGA (29th)
    3-10 feet: Team A – 17.5% of FGA (5th), Knicks – 15.9% of FGA (15th)
    10-16 feet: Team A – 13.8% of FGA (2nd), Knicks – 14.2% of FGA (1st)
    16-23 feet: Team A – 20.1% of FGA (6th), Knicks – 20.1% of FGA (5th)
    3s: Team A – 22.3% of FGA (25th), Knicks – 25.4% of FGA (23rd)

    Guess who Team A is.

    I could agree that the Triangle needs to be tweaked a bit here and there to adapt to the skills of more modern players, but I don’t think the system is the main problem we’re having. It’s the talent in the backcourt. All of Phil’s teams bar the 09/10 and 10/11 Lakers were top-10 in assists and that’s just the raw total unadjusted for pace or as a percentage, which would likely be higher as they were never close to the top in pace.

    I could agree that the Triangle needs to be tweaked a bit here and there to adapt to the skills of more modern players, but I don’t think the system is the main problem we’re having. It’s the talent in the backcourt

    I seem to be having trouble communicating my point or people are thinking too black and white.

    OBVIOUSLY we have a lack of talent and our backcourt is a major weakness. That’s the biggest reason for us not being a very good team. Heck, I don’t watch many 76er games, but I bet they are running a decent offensive scheme under D’Antoni and they still can’t win a ballgame. However, IMO their offense would be worse if they were running the triangle and ours we would be better if D’Antoni was the offensive coordinator.

    I’m going to assume Team A is the Spurs?

    The Spurs have an incredible team that plays in a magical way. How many teams are going to duplicate that? It’s not much different than saying the Triangle dominated under Jordan/Pippen/Rodman etc.. and Kobe/Shaq/Gasol/Bynum.

    He’s one difference.

    Popovich realizes that corner 3s are what you should be going for if possible. Jackson is on record being against them because he thinks they create fast break opportunities. Maybe they do, but all the advanced stats I have seen suggest Jackson is wrong about the net efficiency, but he doesn’t seem to want to let go.

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