Knicks Morning News (2016.08.16)

  • [NYPost] Stephen A. Smith scapegoats ESPN colleague after Carmelo scolding
    (Monday, August 15, 2016 11:55:45 AM)

    ESPN’s quotes attributed to Carmelo Anthony suggesting he would be satisfied with his basketball legacy — even without an NBA championship — were “taken completely out of context,” according to ESPN. In trying to provide retroactive background to a story he used as a springboard to rip into Anthony, Stephen A. Smith scapegoated reporter Marc…

  • [NYTimes] Basketball: Argentina to Face U.S. in Last Eight
    (Tuesday, August 16, 2016 4:09:28 AM)

    Croatia beat Lithuania 90-81 in the final preliminary round game of the Olympic men’s basketball tournament on Monday, vaulting from fifth to the top of Group B and avoiding a nightmare quarter-final clash with the unbeaten United States.

  • [SNY Knicks] It’s time for Melo to start telling his own story
    (Monday, August 15, 2016 2:46:05 PM)

    After becoming the veteran leader for Team USA during this summer’s Olympics, it’s time for Carmelo to start telling his own story this NBA season

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    Continued from last thread…

    Kuz looks like a backup 2/3. He typically got set up in the corner or outside the arc to take 3’s. I’m not sure that I agree about his defensive liabilities. He gets his hands on the ball and seems to have good defensive instincts. Yes, he’ll need to play tighter in the NBA, but he has a nose for the ball and seems to be a good rebounder too. I see Lance at the 2 and Kuz at the 3 a lot. The bench looks competitive now.

    Continuing the hot hand debate, did anyone ever feel it in an individual sport? Or is it a team sport thing?

    Do you know for how long a vast majority of people thought that… the earth was flat, or that disease could be cured through prayer?

    Someday y’all are going to wake up to the fact that gravity is an illusion, and that the earth is, in fact, flat. Until then, keep patting yourselves on the back, pesky scientists.

    RE the hot hand.

    I’ve played a lot of competitive USTA tennis over the years, and there were times when I had a ridiculously hot serve, for existence. One match I just swung absolutely as hard as I could on every serve, and about 90% went in. It was amazing.

    Jordan Ellenberg has a chapter about the basketball hot hand in his book How Not To Be Wrong. Worth a read if anyone is interested in the application of mathematical and statistical models to fairly everyday situations.

    I suck at basketball. A lot of that has to do with an injury I suffered as a kid which resulted in a minor disability. (I cannot turn my right wrist and it’s frozen in such a way that I cannot dribble and cannot put my hand behind the ball to shoot (my thumb always points up). But that doesn’t mean I didn’t play. I recall several occasions where I just could not miss. There was one schoolyard game where I sank about a dozen straight prayers. The game ended when the kid that was defending me punched me in the face as I went up for the last shot I would take.

    And no, I didn’t hit that shot because I was seeing stars.

    Anyhow, I believe in the hot hand.

    Melo is one of the greatest hot hand players I’ve ever seen.

    Melo, Klay Thompson and JR are probably too 3 in the league

    Melo visiting the favela’s on his day off. Much respect for Melo this offseason. He could have been chilling on the cruise ship or hanging with all the rich athletes and groupies. He chose to spend the day amongst the poor and forgotten. This speaks volumes about who he his. I know the cynics will say he’s trying to build his brand. We need to remember at his heart he’s a poor kid from red hook Brooklyn. I really hope he’s having some sort of epiphany this year, and that he transitions smoothly into more of a supporting role as he ages.

    The Los Angeles Lakers are in advanced discussions to try to bring China star Yi Jianlian back to the NBA, according to league sources.

    oh hell yeah

    Yi Jianlian might be worse than Bargnani.

    To pretend he is void of high-level skills for a guy his size disqualifies you from making intelligent commentary on the trade.

    Haha, nah, just kidding — that’s a quote from ruruland about the Bargnani trade. Yi is absolute trash.

    To pretend he is void of high-level skills for a guy his size disqualifies you from making intelligent commentary on the trade.

    I am proud to have been the recipient of this sniffing dismissal.

    Having a good night sleep and pooping smoothly always helps you to have a hot hand !
    And good sex !
    These little 3 things can turn an average bench player to a “deadly” streaky shooter !!!!

    Great news for Jim, congrats! (Although some of the articles there must make his hair hurt!)

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