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Julius Randle reacts to 2023 NBA All-Star Game, sends message entering rest of Knicks’ season Yahoo Sports
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Knicks’ Julius Randle, Team LeBron Fall in NBA All-Star Game Sports Illustrated
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Atlantic Notes: Tatum, Udoka, Mazzulla, Brunson, Hart, Dinwiddie … hoopsrumors.com
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Former Knicks player Henry Walker signed with Venezuelan team … Hoops Hype
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Zach Harper has us 10th in his latest power rankings: https://theathletic.com/4188841/2023/02/20/nba-power-rankings-week-19/
I don’t know why anyone takes shots other than Brunson.
I don’t think of players as finished products, even 28yos like Julius Randle. He’s made a bunch of important shots for us this year when games were in the balance, not necessarily in the final minute but at other times. My hope is that over the course of his contract he slowly builds enough confidence that when the defense loads up on Brunson he can get to his spots and confidently knock down big shots in crunch time. He’s shown a lot of growth this year that very few folks here thought was possible, and I shudder to think where we’d be if he was ditched with a first and Obi was our starting 4.
I’m going to continue to believe that Randle’s best days are ahead as the burden of being a primary go-to guy is lessened and he becomes older and wiser.
My issue with Randle towards the end of games is more turnovers and the shots he takes. The biggest mistakes he makes are generally when he tries to force the issue or make a move and loses the handle or something like that.
He has to be a viable option at the end of games for the offense to work because as much as Brunson has been truly elite in 2023, he’s still a small guard trying to create shots against taller, more athletic guys. If Randle is not an option late in games its going to become easier to double or triple JB and he’ll be much worse. I hoped Barrett could help in that department but as of now he’s barely viable to play late in games in the first place, so we’ve got to ride it out with Randle and hope he limits mistakes.
West Coast Knickerbloggers…
Hubie is heading back to SoCal this week. And the Knicks are are playing back-to-backs in LA on Saturday March 11 (Clippers) and Sunday March 12 (Lakers).
I am thinking an get-together is in order.
Russ to the Clips. My closest Clipper fan friend is just texting me “no” over and over again.
“I don’t think of players as finished products, even 28yos like Julius Randle.”
Honestly, if RJ could make the offensive changes Ju made just during this past offseason, he would become a pretty good player!
That all star game was a terrible product last night. At least for the 10 minutes I watched.
Alan et al., what I like about that article is that we’re recently definitely better in the third and fourth quarters than we were, even if we still sort of suck. I like that because it matches my eye test, which is that we’re not coughing up huge leads like we were earlier, but hanging tough as teams try to come back (thank you Jalen!).
3rd Q: -0.6 net rating (previous: -5.6) | Ranked 18th (previous: 23rd)
4th Q: -1.5 net rating (previous: -3.0) | Ranked 20th (previous: 21st)
Clippers finally got rid of Reggie Jackson only to get
the thing I don’t like about julius at the end of games – is when he falls down with the ball in his hand and no one even touched him…
god bless him, I know he’s exhausted, but he’s done that a few times where he just spazzed out and fell down…
full disclosure: occasionally I too will lose my balance and find myself upon the ground…but I’m old, and not so athletic…
Geo, you’re also not paid many millions of dollars to, well, you know, not fall down…
“That all star game was a terrible product last night. At least for the 10 minutes I watched.”
For sure, 100% agree. I watched five minutes or so. Maybe they should give style points or something. They are never going to play much defense no matter what you do but maybe if they got extra points for great looking alley oops or scoring from the half court it make the game more interesting to watch.
Are they still doing the Elam Ending? That worked in past years to make them actually play like NBA players in the last few minutes of those All-Star Games.
I saw someone somewhere introduced the idea of giving each player on the winning team a milly or so, with members of the losing team getting nada. Might help a little bit, but not even sure about that.
They probably should have never done away with the old East versus West format. I know the “draft” thing is kind of fun, but it’s not working well overall.
***Are they still doing the Elam Ending? That worked in past years to make them actually play like NBA players in the last few minutes of those All-Star Games.***
I watched the “last few minutes” last night with the sound off and, I have to say, I had no idea what the fuck was going on out there. There was only a shot clock and a “target score” of 182, which I suppose was the Elam Ending, but for some reason the team with 181 points was jacking up 35 footers, and some masked guy that might have been Kyrie Irving was doing jumping jacks as defense. It was like Space Jam meets Beyond Thunderdome meets Air Bud.
It occurred to me watching the start of the game that with the system of drafting players minutes before the actual game it means there is no way for the teams to do any practice together at all or have set plays or even discuss who will do pick and roll with who. I don’t think that is good for the visual appeal of the game.
So the All Star game has no defence, no cohesive teams as Knick Fan posited, and 4 FTA the entire game suggesting no officiating, what is the point?
The point is that there is no point. And I think it sucks. 🙂
a thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing
oh my goodness, that’s like my new favorite quote, it was on birdman’s dressing room mirror…
it can just about fit in to any situation…
kind of like one of those: just cuz you say it’s so, don’t make it so things…
only a lot more poetickey…
All Star Game(s) redefined:
4 teams, East 1 & East 2 – West 1 & West 2
1 Player from each team is automatically picked, that gets you 30 players (up from 24 currently). The first ranked team player get’s put with the last ranked teams player on 1st team. The second ranked team player get’s put with the second last ranked teams player on 2nd team. You only get put with players from your conference.
East 1 plays West 2
East 2 plays West 1
Winner plays Winner
Maybe this gets some competition, as East would want to beat West and vice versa. Player selection also fosters chips on shoulders
The public “voting” could be for the captain of each team, who could get some advantage somehow.
I don’t know, but the way it is now, there is zero incentive
They should play, but not keep score. And then the public votes to decide who won. (And if it works for the all star game, do it for the finals too!)
maybe a tournament (like with the rising stars), with 4 teams broken down by: league geography, maybe world geography, age, years in the league, something else)…
if not that, someone on the losing team must lose an appendage…it doesn’t have to like be a large appendage…just so consequences for failure to deliver an entertaining performance are clearly understood by the participants…
either seem fair…
fan’s choice on the player and location…
Off topic, I can’t wait to see Robinson back on the court gathering offensive rebounds with NewHart. This probably isn’t so, but knowing someone is there to clean you up on threes may make it easier let them fly hitch free, at least for those who aren’t dead shots-thinking Grimes for example.
Anyone besides me going through withdrawal symptoms?
Fixing the All Star game is problematical because it’s too easy to get injured playing NBA level basketball. No team/player wants to jeopardize their season/career because they played hard in the All Star game.
The only thing worse than the game was the Skills Contest. That’s at least fixable, but a lot of the best players don’t want to compete at skills, shooting or dunking. So what’s the point? It’s like saying, let’s have an NBA finals between Orlando and the Jazz and expecting people to get enthusiastic.
Yep Deeefense. Guess I will have to focus on my work!
but apart from wade breaking kobe’s nose, and deron williams getting injured in a rookie/sophomore game (out for 2 weeks) has there been any significant injury at an allstar “weekend”?
even when they actually played with some pride?