Quick Recap: Knicks 96, Hornets 95

I don’t care what Mr. NBA-Man says, that shot was good enough for me. This was a solid victory, especially considering the team had to travel from Canada to Carolina overnight for this second game of a back-to-back. It was nice to see Afflalo back and contributing, as well as Amundson getting some productive minutes. Melo cooking in the third quarter and Calderon not looking like a corpse were added bonuses. But let’s give it up to Porzingis! 13 points, including the last fraction of a second, game winning basket, to go along with 15 rebounds and 2 blocks. We’re only 9 games into the season, but that’s enough to convince me to invest my life saving in Kristaps bobble-heads. I’m sure to profit!

Maybe, after this game, Charlotte will finally admit to themselves that Lin and Lamb are significantly better basketball players than Walker and Hairston, and start them both. It’s kind of nice to see Linsanity make a comeback for another team, but why couldn’t the guy stay in the West? I have my suspicions that Charlotte is dumb enough to keep letting Kemba shoot them out of games, though.

This game, really shouldn’t have been as close as it was, but the Knicks were very sloppy. 16 turnovers, to Charlotte’s 5 and 24 fouls to Charlotte’s 9 were the only reason this wasn’t a comfortable win for the good guys. With Calderon contributing, Afflalo getting his game legs under him, and a bit more consistency from Melo, the playoffs are a realistic possibility. Even without playoffs, it’s still fun to watch young talent develop. So, to all of you, no need to get down or frustrated! Yes, the Knicks technically lost, but just call this game a win! Porzingis made the shot of the season, no matter what anyone else says!

2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Hornets

After a quality win in Toronto the Knicks are going from the frigid north to the deep south to face the Charlotte Lincats for the second game in back-to-backs. Charlotte has struggled a bit in the early season, after losing Kidd-Gilchrist in the preseason, but a win tonight can still get them even at 4 wins and losses. It’s hard to call the ninth game of the season a “big game”, but Charlotte is one of those teams that the Knicks will likely be battling all season for one of the final playoff spots in the East, so a win would set a good precedence for the remainder of the season. Let’s take a look at a few key players on Charlotte, so we know what we’re up against:

Al Jefferson
If there’s one thing you can say about Big Al, it’s that he’s consistent. His whole career he’s been around 10 rebounds/36min, scored with around league average efficiency at above average usage, and rarely turns the ball over. The guy is steady, if unspectacular. He is a big body in the paint, so it’ll be interesting to see if Robin Lopez can keep him in check, but the Knicks should do everything they can to keep Porzingis from having to guard him, if only because it’d give me pained flashbacks of Gallinari guarding Tractor Traylor in his rookie summer league.

Kemba Walker
Kemba is having a pretty good start to the season, scoring well above his career efficiency (TS% 0.54 this season, 0.496 career). The jump in efficiency has mostly been due to an increased free throw rate, as Kemba has been attacking the paint much more so far this year. That’s likely bad news for Calderon, which is definitely a match-up worth watching.

Nicolas Batum
Batum is leading the team in minutes and brings lots of 3pt shooting (0.45 3pt rate), great rebounding (11.2 TRB%, for a guard!) and solid passing (18.9 AST%). Again, the Knicks starting backcourt could have major problems keeping Batum in check.

Jeremy Lamb
Lamb is absolutely killing it in limited minutes to start the season. He is shooting 45% from 3 and 67% on 2pt FGs. The guy only has 3 FTA in 129 minutes this season, and his TS% is still ridiculously high! This shooting is completely unsustainable, but Charlotte really should be getting him more than 20 minutes per game until he cools off. Hey look, it’s yet another backcourt player for the Knicks to worry about!

Frank Kaminsky
The guy hasn’t really gotten many minutes to show off his skills. He’s only broken 10 minutes in 2 of 7 games so far, but maybe on the back end of consecutive nights played for Charlotte, we get to see him for some extended time.

I feel like I’m forgetting someone… Someone that adds to Charlotte’s solid backcourt and could be giving the Knicks fits all night. Hmmmmm… what was his name again?

He'll always be a KNick to me!
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What If… With the 4th Pick The Knicks Draft: Mario Hezonja

With the order of the draft being settled, the writers of KnickerBlogger thought we’d go over the possible outcomes. But since we were whipping out the ol’ Crystal Ball, we decided to go a little past June & see what fate possibly has to offer…

2015 Draft Order
1 MIN Karl-Anthony Towns
2 LAL Emmanual Mudiay
3 PHI D’Angelo Russell
4 NYK Mario Hezonja

Whatif-Hezonja

What happened on Draft Day 2015

Leading up to the draft the buzz that the Lakers were looking hard at picking a swing man, rather than a big, was getting louder and louder. On draft day, all the rumors proved true when they passed on the offensively dominate big, Okafor, and selected the young guard Mudiay, who they felt was oozing with potential at a more critical position. Philly stayed the course selecting Russell, the guard they had valued the highest, passing once again on the absurdly skilled big man from Duke. The Knicks were on the clock, and Knicks fans everywhere began celebrating, hardly believing the good fortunes of having perhaps the best player in the draft fall to them at #4, something unthinkable for such a cursed franchise. Then the universe quickly corrected itself, however. With the 4th Pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, the Knicks select: Mario Hezonja, Gaurd, Croatia.

What will be written on draft day in 2018

In his first NBA season Mario spent most of his time playing guard, where he was abused by smaller, faster players. When playing SF, he was abused by larger, stronger players posting him up. It didn’t help that he seemed completely disinterested at times on the defensive end. Where Mario did make an impact was through his offense. He showed glimpses of being a versatile scorer, using his height to shoot over smaller players, and quickness to blow by big men. By the 2017-18 season, Mario was picking up the scoring slack from a disintegrating Carmelo Anthony, who could only give around 25 effective minutes a game that season. Still, Mario was a polarizing figure to the fan base. His defenders pointed to the fact that he led the team in scoring, at 24 points per game, while the statistical analysis nerds pointed out that he had below average scoring efficiency and added nothing else to the box score, other than an atrocious turnover rate. Before the 2018 draft, new GM Allan Houston vowed to build an experienced, veteran team around Mario Hezonja. This of course meant trading the 2018 draft pick (8th overall) for Brook Lopez, who Team President Isiah Thomas called the best center in the game. Despite this declaration, it was Jahlil Okafor who many considered the best center in the game, as in his third year he has emerged as the most dominate low post player since Shaq was in his prime.

Note: I apologize for this worst case scenario. At least there is a very small possibility of it happening. Just remember, whatever happens draft day, it could be worse!

Pre-Bucks 120, Pre-Knicks 107

there is one thing I’ve learned in my brief time as a mild mannered #sporps blogger for a major metropolitan website, it’s that you can make very precise and incredibly accurate predictions from one preseason game. In fact, I started writing these predictions down after just the first quarter, due to my keen, well-honed powers of observation. Prepare yourself for some takes so ridiculously hot and heavy that they can fuse hydrogen atoms. They may melted yer eyeballs, so make sure you’ve got a home eye wash station installed. All ready? Roll the ugliness

HOT TAKES

1. The Knicks defense will be bad this year. I’m going out on a limb on this one, but the way I see it, there are just way too many key players on this team that look completely lost when asked to do anything other than stand still with their hands up. Amare, Bargnani and Timmy Jr. are not particularly good at being where they have to be. Calderon also has a reputation for playing putrid defense, and JR Smith and Melo have a tendency to lose focus, or at least place the vast bulk of their focus at other ends of the court. Make no mistake, even with a much more effective system in place that whatever the hell Woodson ran last year, moving Chandler’s going to hurt. I can’t for the life of me think of reasonable five-man units, that have more one or two solid/solid+ defenders, and that puts a definite ceiling on what they can accomplish. I have no idea if the decision to roll w/STAT at center is something that Fish is seriously investing in, or he just wanted to get it out of his system, like a series of dalliances in college with… never mind.

This is also plausible.

At least Amar’e knows there’s a problem here. And that’s the first step. Right? RIGHT? Welp, that was a depressing start to these takes… Let’s cheer this up some!

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. will finish the season second on the team in points. Maybe not second in Points/36, but second in total points scored. THJ has been pleasantly aggressive in the preseason so far, getting to the line and finding all sorts of crafty ways to get to the rim. He really can be a special offensive player; and he’ll have to be in order to positively contribute to the team since his defense is Joseph Merrick ugly. That’s the elephant man. Not a good looking guy, but beauty is, like, on the inside, kids.

3. The Knicks offense is going to be in the top ten efficiency-wise Tonight, the ball was zippling and bopping around pretty well, especially when the starters were on the court. Even when bench bros came in, as a whole the team created plenty of open looks and generally good shots. After a year (or years, if we’re being honest) of isolationist policies, even when everything’s getting utterly buggered on D, it’s a wonderful panacea. You have to figure that this will only get better with time. Anytime Carmelo gets five or more dimes, like he did tonight, good things happen. That’s just math. It is hard to predict that this will be something we’ll see on the regular, but what if? What if Carmelo takes two or three fewer contested mid-range jumpers a game and passes the ball instead? What if he gets close to averaging 4 assists per game, along with maintaining his career best rebounding from last year? If Melo averages something like 28-8-4, on a .56-.57 TS%, that would be what we all have been asking for ever since he got here, and prove he’s worth the money the Knicks are paying him, right? Is that possible?

4. (Raises hand like Martin Prince) Ooo! Ooo! I know the answer. It’s YES. Carve that ish in stone. Carmelo Anthony will average 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4+ assists a game on a 0.57 TS%! ALL-STAR! Phil Jackson is the Melo whisperer! Pass the peyote! Never mind, I’ve had enough! Squirrels are eating my toes!

5. Amar’e’s wine baths won’t help him stay healthy. Sorry STAT, you’re paying way too much money for some seriously pseudo-scientific pabulam. Now, if you really want to stay healthy, after years of extensive research proving all of my theories, I’m now prepared to offer Dr. Pepper baths. The same mystery ingredients that give Dr. Pepper it’s unique taste also help inhibit the growth of cyan blood-cells which helps reduce levels of bad ionized nitrogen molecules and rid the body of toxic mitochondria. That means nothing. I have a headache. Time for a bubbly sugar water siesta!

6. Cole Aldrich won’t even get to 200 minutes played this year. All the signs are there. Little playing time in preseason, Amar’e getting the start at center tonight and Jason Smith getting plenty of back-up minutes. It’s frustrating, but we are all just going to have to deal with it, and cry softly into our pillows at night.

Anything to add, Big Boss Man?

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END HOT TAKES

The over/under for wins on the season for the Knicks is 40.5. Personally, I would be happy with a 40 win season, but on a macro level, this year really isn’t about wins at all. It’s about implementing a sustainable system, seeing what pieces currently on the roster can excel, and weeding out the ones that don’t. It’s going to be ugly at times, like allowing a Bucks team that started five dudes all born after 1990 to slice the Knicks’ perimeter defense up like so much pre-sliced preseason cheese. The truth is, by this time next year, the team will be very different, so it’s hard to get too obsessed with success right now. Set your expectations low, and enjoy the season, is what I say. All indications are that we are starting a proper rebuild, and it feels kind of nice. On to DC!

Recap: Knicks 100, Bulls 89

Chicago Bulls 89 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 New York Knicks

With a surprising win over the Heat yesterday, the Atlanta Hawks mercifully euthanized the Knicks’ playoff lives, rendering this game meaningless. Seeing as how this Knicks season was as surreal as the best of Buñuel, the Knicks would win this pointless match by double digits. Being the main director of this absurd season, Woodson felt like the future of the Knicks would be best served by playing Shumpert, Amare, Chandler and Felton each over 30 minutes in this game that has no bearing on anything at all, rather than play those young bench players and seeing if they deserve a larger role in the future.

No doubt, Carmelo would also have played more than his 29 minutes if he didn’t get his 4th foul early om the 3rd quarter, despite his constant clutching and flexing of his right shoulder. If a guy hurts his shoulder in a game, and more than a week later is still grimacing every time he he needs to use it, then there is probably something seriously wrong with that shoulder. Ignoring the problem isn’t going to help, and now that the Knicks’ playoff hopes are officially dashed, maybe that shoulder should be checked out. Who am I, to tell such a prestigious organization how to handle their business, though? I’m just the guy giving out grades tonight.

Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 34 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +7

In his halftime interview Amar’e said he was back to his dominant self. Also, before the game, he said that “on paper” the Knicks had the most talented team in the league. While it is very possible that Amar’e got a contact high from using the same towel as J.R., it doesn’t change the fact that he’s been playing very well on the offensive side for the past couple months. He was solid, if underutilized, again today, but it is really frustrating to see him ignore everyone on the court whenever he gets the ball in the post. Amare may in fact be the anti-Noah. No defense, no passing, mediocre rebounding, but versatile and effective offense.

Carmelo Anthony, SF 28 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +5

To reiterate: Get this man an MRI! It seemed like every time the camera turned Melo-ward, he was grabbing at his shoulder. While’s it’s completely pointless to keep running him out there, it’s impressive that he is still so effective.

Tyson Chandler, C 30 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | +10

The Bulls were packing the paint, but it’s still a tad disconcerting that they didn’t at least try to get Tyson involved in the offense. To remind his fellow ‘Bockers that he was, in fact, still on the court, Tyson resorted to murdering Mike Dunleavy Jr. when he tried to set a pick. That’s what Mike Duleavy Jr. gets for having a face that Tyson doesn’t like. Then again, in Tyson’s defense, very people like Mike Dunleavy Jr.’s stupid Dunleavy-ish face.

Raymond Felton, PG 36 MIN | 5-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +3

It’s possible that Ray is begging for this opportunity to show that he is a capable NBA player and that by fighting through what looked like a nasty turned ankle, he thinks he’s earning a few brownie points (Get it? Because Ray likes food? Let’s move on…) with the new administration. That’s one reason to explain his 36 minutes tonight, but really, at this point in his career, Ray is a known quantity. He is a mediocre point guard at best that struggles with his conditioning. Why not give a good chunk of these minutes to Toure’ Murry? Oh right. Because Woodson.

J.R. Smith, SG 22 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +9

J.R. was bombing away from 3 again today, and helped build the biggest lead of the game. It’s possible that J.R. doesn’t realize that the Knicks are out of the playoffs. It’s also possible that J.R. has never bothered to understand the concept of “playoffs” and just travels around with the team and plays without any knowledge of the consequences of the games. J.R, may in fact be the most enlightened Knick on the roster, living life completely in the present, holding on tightly and letting go lightly, Ram Dass-style. After a truly depressing year, it’s better to hope for the possibility of a spiritual awakening in our conscience-free gunner(s), as opposed to say, zero fucks given.

Jeremy Tyler, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2

They cut Chris Smith for this guy??? That is the biggest outrage of the season (aside from all the others)!

Cole Aldrich, C 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +1

It’s pretty obvious that Cole is a very good rebounder, a capable rim protector, and hilariously clumsy, yet efficient, on offense. This is a guy that should have been getting 15-20 minutes a night all season. All of us have been saying this all the way back to when Tyson broke his leg, if not earlier. We have been vindicated. We are all so very smart. We all get A’s!

Pablo Prigioni, PG 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +6

Not much of a showing from Prigs. This is another guy who you don’t really need to see more of to know what you have, so I’m not complaining about the 12 minutes. Prigs should definitely have a role with this team going forward, if he wants it.

Iman Shumpert, SG 32 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8

When Shumpert is playing hard, he is probably the most fun to watch player on the team, as evidenced by his tomahawk throwdown late in the 2nd quarter that started a nice run by the Knicks. Lets all hope that Shump’s lack of development the past couple years had more to do with his role on the team and/or the coaching staff, the front office, etc., than him hitting his ceiling.

Toure’ Murry, SG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2

Yeah, I mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. Unless equalling the 37-win mark predicted by that blasted SCHOENE doohickey is really a pressing motivation, Toure’ should be playing major minutes. The other option is that Woodson’s just trolling all of us, which…yep. That’s it. #TrollWoodson.

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 27 MIN | 5-12 FG | 8-8 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +2

Hardaway has had a solid rookie year. He is a textbook definition of a one dimensional player at this point of his career, but at least that dimension has been above average. The 3 steals were nice to see, though.

Mike Woodson

It seems like Woodson hasn’t faced the inevitable and still believes he can save his job by winning games. Maybe he actually believes the crazy ish that comes out of his mouth, like how the Bargnani injury really hurt the team. I mean, he can’t really think that’s true, right? RIGHT, YOU GUYS? WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

Recap: Knicks 116 Celtics 92

Tonight, the answer to all of the Knicks season long struggles received an answer in the form of a Minnesota born titan. With legs like twin Sequoias and arms as strong as tempered steel, this behemoth imposed his will on the mortal men that dared to challenge his dominance. I am, of course, referring to Cole “The Animal” Aldrich. The only relief the Celtics would find tonight was when coach Woodson took pity on them and sat the most dominant big man in the universe on the bench. If this Knicks team wants any hope of making something of their season, the players will need to find a way to be more like Cole.

New York Knicks 116 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Boston Celtics
Carmelo Anthony, SF 39 MIN | 11-25 FG | 8-8 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 34 PTS | +13

Melo was hot early, faded a little, but still had a great game. The real question with Melo is, how will he perform for the rest of the season knowing he is the second best player on the team? Will he settle in to being the Robin to Cole’s Batman? Only time will tell.

How he can be more like Cole: Spend 16 weeks in -20 degree weather raising black bear cubs after you accidentally crushed their mother with an overenthusiastic hug.

Cole Aldrich, C 25 MIN | 4-5 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +19

If I were to grade on a curve, Cole would have an A+ and everyone else would have an F. Finally he gets some extended playing time and he only does what he did in limited playing time. Rebound, play solid defense, and score at the rim. Why it took 65 games to actually play serious minutes in a game is anyone’s guess.

Raymond Felton, PG 27 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +7

Meh. Felton wasn’t godawful tonight. So that’s better than average, I suppose. I shouldn’t give Ray too hard of a time, though, he has been playing well during this winning streak.

How he can be more like Cole: Eat days old fermented fish and like it. That’s a Minnesota thing, isn’t it? I may be messing up my stereotypes, but does it really matter? Eating fermented fish can’t hurt his game any.

J.R. Smith, SG 29 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +5

JR was looking good in the first half as the Knicks build a 20+ point lead. He faded a bit, but still had a solid game. One of these days I’m going to get to showing JR’s stats pre and post benching incident. In my mind he has been worlds better since that happened, but I may be wrong. So yeah, maybe I’ll do that tomorrow.

How he can be more like Cole: Smoke cow manure instead of whatever it is he allegedly smokes and gets suspended for. Vaporized cow manure will get you where you need to be, JR, and not show up on any drug tests. You may die, though. I really don’t know. I doubt it’s deadly. Maybe you should hold off.

Iman Shumpert, SG 21 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +20

This team has really benefited from the return of Shump. Mind you, they have played some horrible teams in this 5 game winning streak, but seeing opposing guards taking layup drills during a game has become a bit of a thing of the past. Tonight’s efficient, yet limited, offense was an added bonus.

How he can be more like Cole: Spend 3 years in Kansas without ever once breaking down into tears, wondering why you made that horrendous decision.

Jeremy Tyler, PF 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +1

It was pretty obvious that whenever Tyler replaced Cole, the Knicks were not better off. I like Jeremy just fine, but he really should not be getting minutes over Cole. I know, it’s only one game, but let’s give Cole plenty of minutes and see where things stand between these two. I hope that happens.

How he can be more like Cole: Overalls. Need I say more? I do? Ok, well, wear the overalls and do things that you would nomally do in overalls, like throw around hay bails and make moonshine. Don’t wear the overalls to a wedding, though. That’s just not cool, man. Very disrespectful. You know better than that, Jeremy.

Earl Clark, SF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +22

Hey Earl! You really played 20 minutes? I don’t remember those minutes very well. I see you got yourself a bunch of rebounds and some points, though! Good on you, friend!

How he can be more like Cole: Take out a tooth. It doesn’t really matter which one, but you’ll be cooler if it is a highly visible one. Extra points if you have a cool story behind losing said tooth like, “An elephant was looking at me crossed eyed so I bit its ear”

Pablo Prigioni, PG 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +12

This was a very Prigs game. Prigs is great!

How he can be more like Cole: Don’t worry about it, Pablo! Keep being you!

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 38 MIN | 7-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +11

Hardaway was absolutely on fire in the first half, and in the second half was blocked and trampled by some guy who married some girl who he divorced years ago and is teased about it. After that event, he kind of disappeared. Hardaway is having a good rookie season and all, but damn, he has no idea how to do anything other than score. No assists, one steal, three rebounds in 38 minutes. Pitiful.

How he can be more like Cole: Dig a big pit, fill it with water, wait for it to freeze real good, then go ice fishing. You will be about as likely to catch a fish as anytime I’ve ever gone ice fishing. Seriously, ice fishing sucks. It’s cold, you just sit there over a hole hoping something happens, but nothing ever happens. It’s all a big lie. Why would fish still be happily swimming around in a frozen lake eating worms off your hook. The lake is frozen, where did the worm come from? Fish aren’t that stupid, they know that worm shouldn’t be there in the middle of winter. You’re wasting your time Tim! Go do something productive inside where it’s warm. Have a hot cocoa, it’ll warm you up. Don’t put whipped cream on it! What are you, a toddler?

Mike Woodson

Should we start giving Woodson some credit for this winning streak? Nah.

Three Things We Saw

  1. I have yet to address the Phil Jackson drama, so let’s put it all down here. It looks like Phil becoming the Knicks Team President of Basketball Related Activities and Dean of the School of Literature is actually going to happen. Maybe I’m wrong, but it could be that this has effected the effort level of this team. The players have someone new in charge that they have to prove their worth to. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly Phil starts shaping the team to his liking. Will he wait until the off season to make any major changes or will they come right away?
  2. I’m of the opinion that this Phil Jackson hiring is a good thing. I do not see how things could get worse from Dolan giving completely control of basketball related decision to someone who has significant basketball experience. Yes, it would be nice if he gave that control to an experienced, successful GM, but beggars can’t be choosers. We’ve all been screaming at Dolan to stop interfering, and that may actually be happening, to a degree.
  3. Atlanta is horrible now, and the Knicks are closing in on that 8 seed. I feel like significant changes are coming in after the season, whether the Knicks make the playoffs or not. I feel like I can start rooting for them to do that now, which is kind of cool. There is something to keep watching games for.

Recap: Knicks 103, Warriors 126

What more is there to say about the Knicks at this point? Tonight they played against one of the best back courts in the league and were, predictably, burned again and again (a triple double by the end of the 3rd quarter for Steph Curry!!!!). The Knicks were never really in this game from the start, lost by a lot and a frustrated Tyson Chandler almost bit a dude’s head off right there in the middle of the court. So, rather than repeating what better writers have stated again and again, I decided to go a different direction. First, let’s have a little science lesson:

In quantum physics, there is always an inherent statistical uncertainty in any solutions, due to limit in precision that certain pairs of physical variables have when you are trying to solve them simultaneously. This can be referred to as the “Uncertainty Principal”, and in simple terms it’s just saying that you can only approximately know values of certain variables on a quantum scale. Anyways, one way to get around this “quantum randomness” is to imagine multiple universes, where all possibilities of the values of these variables can occur. This is really just a thought exercise, but has been used in popular culture on a macro scale, such as in comics that like to remake old characters and stories, explaining it away by saying, “Oh, this is a brand new universe! Ignore all those other Batman comics we made, this is a new one that has nothing to do with those!”.

Let’s have our own thought experiment with the Knicks. Let’s imagine a universe that is just, in which the current Knicks organization is capable, and the players are motivated winners. This is how I choose imagine our star player:

And his buddy JR:

Don’t forget Ray!

And finally, the greatest alternative reality of all:

Sweet dreams everyone! Eventually, this whole mess will get better, in our universe! It has to, right?