Hawks 112, Knicks 101. Fisher Tells Off Media

Things certainly got interesting after the Knickerbockers got a clinic in what a free-flowing offense actually looks like in today’s NBA. Not to say the Knicks were terrible, but the Hawks were simply just so so so much better offensively. While I’ll get into the game in just a minute, can we all give Derek Fisher a round of applause for passive aggressively telling the New York media to chill the hell out?

During his postgame press conference, Coach Fisher was asked if he would consider making any lineup changes. After spending 15-20 seconds essentially dancing around the question, he hit the media with a quick 1-2 combo that certainly made this orange and blue fan chuckle.

“…It’s always very interesting to see how things change. Where last night, everything was great and the sun was up. Now, all of a sudden, there is no sun because we lost tonight. That’s the mentality we have to get out of in this organization, everybody,” said Fisher.

Dear Derek, it would be great if that same tenacity came across on the court. We get that maybe you spent too long under the tutelage of the Zen master, but to be polite: Nobody’s got time for that “Mr. Calm, Cool, and Collected” crap. No one’s buying your nice technical fouls, especially when you’ve got Calderon and Vujacic getting blown by on every play.

Speaking of which, let’s get into last night’s game with the Hawks.

For me, the story of the game wasn’t Carmelo Anthony’s 10-27 shooting, nor was it the 21 turnovers. The biggest issue moving forward was what that beat writer eluded to: Why, oh why, is Jose Calderon the starting PG for the Knicks when he can’t keep a tortoise from getting past him?

Calderon, through 2 games has a defensive rating of 102.5, which in comparison to Grant (104.4) and Galloway (102.9) is actually better. However, in Calderon’s 18 minutes of play, it’s his lack of contributions on the offensive end in correlation to his defense that are truly hurting the Knicks. The veteran guard is nearly 50 points below Grant and 40 below Galloway. Which means that per 100 possessions, when Calderon is on the court, the Knicks give up 102.5 points and score only 78.8, for a whopping -23.7 net rating.

Not only can the man not get a stop defensively, but he also is doing absolutely nothing to help the team score! Grant has a net rating of +20.8 and Galloway, +14.8.

There isn’t one category where Calderon outshines Grant and Galloway. His true shooting percentage is an abysmal 23%, he’s a poor rebounder, and he’s doing little more than setup the offense for the first unit. Not to mention, he’s typically setting up that offense because his player just scored or assisted on a scoring basket.

While fans are calling for Grant to start in place of Calderon, I’ll give you one better, insert Langston Galloway to man the starting PG position. Grant has certainly been a breath of fresh air with his speed and savviness in the second unit. But it’s been Galloway’s on-ball pressure, outside shooting, and consistent care with the ball (zero turnovers through two games), that has caught my eye.

While none of these point guards are going to be shutdown defenders at this point. Having a starting lineup of Galloway, Afflalo (when he returns), Melo, KP, and Lopez, you’ve got length, scoring, and rebounding at every position. Also, you’ll still have players in the second unit who can get out and score in transition, while Calderon and Vujacic will play against lower level guards on most nights and essentially become spot up shooters when Grant penetrates.

Now all we need is for Fisher to watch some film with Phil and come to his senses.

Additional Game Notes from tonight:

KP’s steal at the top of the arc, “accidental spin” to elude Milsap, and dunk in the open court, was easily the highlight of the night. He also finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Derrick Williams came back down to earth, particularly in the second half. He finished with 9 points on 3 for 9 shooting. The turnovers and lack of defensive stops didn’t allow him to get out in transition.

Carmelo Anthony, wearing a mic for TNT, pulled Galloway and Grant aside in the first half, telling them both to attack and then setup the offense. How bad does Melo want one of these two in the starting lineup?

Lance Thomas and Robin Lopez providing offense that I definitely never expected, other than a putback or two per game. I like Thomas for his defensive activity in the second unit. Have to admit, I would like to see Cleanthony get some time because he was also very active defensively during the preseason. I expect Lopez to play better once Calderon is out of the starting lineup and Afflalo returns.

Melo didn’t shoot the ball well, which I attribute to him not having his legs just yet. However, he’s had three and-1’s this year and he’s attacking the rim regularly. 61.1% of his points so far, have been in the paint.

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60 thoughts to “Hawks 112, Knicks 101. Fisher Tells Off Media”

  1. Fisher did bench Jose for the entire 4th which is a good sign. It is just so purplexing that fisher would say “last night the sun was up” when Jose and Sasha put us in a hole in the bucks game As well as in preseason games and we heard that before the season the 2nd unit beat the first-how many signs do you need to show you that Sasha and Jose are not starting players. Perhaps fisher sees himself in Jose?

    I’d also venture to guess a lot of those turnovers last night happened because the 2nd unit was pressing hard to make plays due to the hole they were put in.

    The Jose thing is very maddening but so is the case of Thomas, lance..how is he playing more than Derrick Williams at this point? I feel like the bobs from office space need to arrive to do an audit asking lance “what exactly do ya do here”?

    Would really like to see cleanthony play a little too-there’s just no way he could be worse at basketball than lance.

  2. Calderon is playing particularly poorly. Sample size aside, those numbers are particularly appalling. They validate exactly what everyone has seen for the last 2 games.

    I think if Fisher pulls him from the starting lineup it’ll cause more uproar with the media. So he should just start Calderon & then pull back his minutes. With the NBA starting isn’t the gold standard, it’s finishing games that separates the best 5 from the rest of the roster. And Galloway playing the last 6 minutes of the game doesn’t make a headline.

    Here’s another thought — perhaps moving Calderon to the second unit will help him get back on track as well.

  3. I think it borders on negligence to start Jose again because it’s wall and beal next..it’s gonna be a bloodbath if changes are not made. It makes sense to me to play Jose when whoever the backup to wall is in and that’s how many minutes he plays

  4. We should expect some ups and downs, followed by adjustments.
    This is almost an entirely new team.
    80 games to go. A long season.
    Honestly, Afflalo’s return, pushing Calderon to the bench, elevating Galloway to starting pg, and melo getting his legs back and this is a pretty deep crew that will scare some teams.
    I think people bashing on Fisher so quickly, I think someone said fire him, is premature, putting it mildly.

  5. Knicks win opening game on the road vs. the Bucks: playoffs baby!

    Knicks get manhandled at home by a team that won 60 games last year: I told you they suck!

    Both sides, the optimists and the pessimists need to calm down a little. Let’s see where they are after 15 games or so, we knew the schedule was brutal to start so they just have to weather the first few weeks.

    Also, I was at the game, and one thing that impressed me was that when the Hawks got up by 22, the Knicks didn’t pack it in. I know it really doesn’t matter whether you lose by 25 or 12, but I saw a lot of fight in this team in the 4th quarter.

    Oh, and while the game was ugly, Kate Upton is really, really, pretty.

  6. I’ve been out of here for a while, because I’ve always had the opinion that predictions are usually a lot of bickering minus substance, but a few things I’ve wanted your take on from the last two games:

    1. We weren’t going to beat the Hawks last night. That team (minus one Carroll) last year beat the Cavs, Clippers, Heat, Bulls, Grizz, Thunder, Rockets… We’re looking for improvement and progress here.

    2. On that note: we aren’t winning no title, and I don’t really care for the playoffs either. We need to be good in a couple of years, and better each subsequent year. Short-term sun-don’t-shine is myopic.

    3. Calderon is on his way out, and it’s been obvious. Fisher’s trying to edge Galloway and Grant into more minutes since preseason. And Calderon, if he’s draining 3’s as he usually does (every season), would be g.r.e.a.t off the bench or with limited minutes.

    4. Two minutes into the first quarter last night, I noticed there was a real lack of ball movement. That’s the problem with a Calderon/Vuj/Melo/Zingo/Lopez lineup; low ball movement. Substitute the 1 and 2, and you may have a better lineup. Williams doesn’t pass for dope. Every. time.

  7. Calderon’s may not have his legs yet either. He’s older, and it takes a bit more time.
    I like him as a Paxson or Kerr kind of substitution.

  8. Also:

    5. I like the defensive intensity these guys bring. As New Yorkers, we pride ourselves in defense in most sports, and nostalgic Knicks teams are no exceptions. I love the defense RoLo, O’aq, Galloway, Kristaps bring, and the effort Grant, Vujacic, and even Lance bring. This is what I watch for

    6. Kristaps will be finishing the ‘oops, and slamming soon, and it will be glorious.

  9. I’m not as discouraged as last night’s game as a lot of people seem to be. That was a game that would have really gotten out of hand last year, and the Knicks stayed relatively in it the whole way last night. On the second night of a back to back, with Melo nowhere to be found, that’s not half bad. We all know the early schedule is tough, just got to hold down the fort for now. I wouldn’t make any panic changes.

    I would drop Calderon’s minutes way down however, and that’s not a panic change. This guy has been giving back more than his offensive contributions on defense for a few years now, and he’s not even contributing on offense any more. PG is a position with a pretty high baseline in the NBA these days, and he’s not close to it. Just a bad, bad player.

  10. If we’d shot adequately from 3 we could have beaten Atlanta playing exactly the same shitty defense and with the fairly bricktastic Melo that we had last night. So it’s not the end of the world. Melo, Calderon and Longzingis went 0-13 from downtown. If they go 4-13 we’re bickering about a close loss or excited by a gutty win.

  11. 1. We weren’t going to beat the Hawks last night. That team (minus one Carroll) last year beat the Cavs, Clippers, Heat, Bulls, Grizz, Thunder, Rockets… We’re looking for improvement and progress here.

    They also got their asses kicked by the Pistons in their only other game this season.

  12. If we’d shot well from 3 we could have beat Atlanta playing exactly the same shitty defense and with the fairly bricktastic Melo that we had last night. So it’s not the end of the world. Melo, Calderon and Longzingis went 0-13 from downtown. If they go 4-13 we’re bickering about a close loss or excited by a gutty win.

    …but then again, if we had done that and Atlanta had shot better from 2-point, the point differential would have been the same. Or maybe Atlanta also shoots poorly from 3 and we win without even making all those 3’s we missed and we wish we made! Or things happen the same way, except Melo goes 18/24 with an epic 52-point performance and we all understand why the team was so bad last year, even when he was playing: Melo was injured but now he is healthy and we are going for the playoffs, Dirk Porzingis perched on Melo’s shoulder, and it’s only 5 games where anything can happen and nobody knows how but Phil had the vision all along, this is New York where everybody loves a parade and the haters will be haters. Let’s go Knicks!

  13. @2 Mike, I think Calderon should stay in the starting lineup but his minutes need to be limited. He’s not the future and keeping Grant and Galloway paired in the back court in the second unit will help their already strong chemistry evolve.

  14. I can’t wait for you to get banned again.

    Bans don’t begin at #2 – you will have to campaign for No.1 first. But yes, I do agree the place would be much neater without dissenting voices.

  15. Leaving the other problems (Calderon is slow, Melo’s not in form yet, Zinger needs to get stronger), this one also spotlighted one of the flaws in Oaq’s game: like his spiritual ancestor, he’s got no vertical at all, which can be an issue when he has the ball under the basket and has more than one defender on him, which happened a few times last night. A player his size with even a little bit of elevation would have converted one of those 2nd/3rd/8th chance putbacks, but he just couldn’t get up over the arms of his defenders.

  16. @2 Mike, I think Calderon should stay in the starting lineup but his minutes need to be limited. He’s not the future and keeping Grant and Galloway paired in the back court in the second unit will help their already strong chemistry evolve.

    I see the argument for keeping him in the starting lineup, but it sure does make you worry about whether Wall will put them into a hole that the second unit will have a hard time getting out of tomorrow.

  17. I see the argument for keeping him in the starting lineup, but it sure does make you worry about whether Wall will put them into a hole that the second unit will have a hard time getting out of tomorrow.

    I’m of the belief you start your best lineup. Calderon has been so bad (ever since he joined the Knicks, this is not a new thing) there is no rational justification for not playing someone else. We literally have nothing to lose by trying a different starting lineup.

  18. “this one also spotlighted one of the flaws in Oaq’s game: like his spiritual ancestor, he’s got no vertical at all,”
    According to draftexpress.com, this isn’t true at all. He had a no-step vertical of 31.5″ when he was tested at the combine, which is not only 4″ higher than the average for centers and 3″ higher than the average for power forwards drafted in the first round, it is an inch higher than the average for guards drafted in the first round.

  19. You know what? Call it drinkin the kool aid or wearing rose colored specs or whatever, but I’m actually not discouraged at all by last night’s showing. For one, the Hawks are an actual good and healthy team with an excellent young coach. I am a little upset we lost by so much, but when Melo’s shot is off- what else is there to expect? The only real gripe I have 2 games in, is the fact that Calderon looked like the PG we thought we were getting last season- in the preseason. Regular season starts and suddenly he looks more like the Calderon we actually got last season. That’s it. Moving forward however, KP is gonna hafta pick his spots a little better or Oaq is gonna take his starting spot in short order. Oaq is a better fit on that 2nd unit than KP would be, but he’s really playing well. He’s a lunchpail player who seemingly has his lunch packed for him by Oak. Those 2 are sooooo similar..except Oaq has at least a half inch vertical jump advantage over Oak lol

  20. I absolutely love Oaq, don’t get me wrong on that, but… and I’m half serious here… he’s like 6-10, but can he dunk? Like 3 times last night I was yelling “Just dunk it, Charles Smith!”.

    He’s still my new favorite though cause… bowling ball/windmill fouls and passion. He was built to be a Knick.

  21. I get some posters not wanting to buy in or appear overly optimistic, but when you ONLY post when there is a negative performance to harp on seems like you are really here for that one purpose, accentuating the negative. I mean, this is a fan blog right? I know as fans we can and will get down on the team when things are not going well. However, don’t real fans rejoice over a 20+ point win? Or do they just wait until something negative comes along (a loss in the second game), crawl out from under a rock a start with the mudslinging. 2 games in and I’m sick of some guys already!

  22. I think if Galloway and/or Grant are moved into the starting line up the chemistry of our 2nd unit will suffer and I think that 2nd unit is an important strength for the team. That being said, José Calderon can’t do sh*t. He can’t guard (I already knew that) but his lack of offense is what I didn’t expect coming into the season. I know it’s pretty early, but my question is: Who could be available for us in a trade that can really help the team and play in the starting line up or at least substitute G/G in the 2nd unit????

  23. Okay, hold on, hold on. I caught a glimpse of the game yesterday. Kyle O’Quinn isn’t a red-haired Irishman?! (That’s how I’ve been imagining him ever since July)

    …and, in further investigation into this mind-blowing revelation, I stumbled upon a copy of the Daily News from March 17th, 2012: it has Kyle O’Quinn and Jeremy Lin on the cover with the headline “O’Quinn-sanity”.

  24. The Knicks weren’t terrible last night on the second game of a back to back. Atlanta, please remember, was off the previous night.

    We mostly lost because we couldn’t match Teague and Schroeder. Galloway needs to play much more!

    Who was guarding Korver? Will he please identify himself? How could a 49% 3 point shooter be left open all night long? After wondering who on the Knicks could have stayed with him and altered his shot I come up with Early. Remember him?

    Overall I like this team a lot!
    And what a great steal, spin and dunk by Porzingis!

  25. He was 7-16 in the second half and overall 50% from 2. The problem is that he has no legs from 3. 0-7. He missed alotof wide open shots

  26. I see the argument for keeping him in the starting lineup, but it sure does make you worry about whether Wall will put them into a hole that the second unit will have a hard time getting out of tomorrow.

    Wall is exactly the type of PG that will kill the Knicks.

    I know it’s pretty early, but my question is: Who could be available for us in a trade that can really help the team and play in the starting line up or at least substitute G/G in the 2nd unit????

    We can’t start thinking about trades now. Not because we shouldn’t but because we have nothing to trade yet. Once December 15th rolls around we can trade players we signed as free agents.

    It’s not about Melo’s shot being off. It’s about shooting 27 times when you’re off.

    Agreed, but I think the idea was to try and get him going somehow.

  27. It’s not about Melo’s shot being off. It’s about shooting 27 times when you’re off.

    So whenever your best offensive player is off, he should just shut it down? How many times in any given game does Melo end up with the ball with 5-7 seconds left on the shot clock? What are his options at that point? Give the ball to Calderon, Sasha or Lopez and see if they can create something? Harden was 6-21 the other night, should he have stopped at 10 shots?

    Look, I’m not happy at all with Melo’s shooting after 2 games, and if he keeps it up it’s going to be a very, very long season. And a few of his shots last night were as Clyde would say “ill-advised”. But like it or not, hes’ still our best offensive option and he will have to shoot his way out of this mini-slump.

  28. The fact that fisher watched that whole first half and thought that it was smart to start Calderon for the first 6 mins of the second half was mind boggling

  29. Thanks @31

    Seraphin, Admunson, Calderon, Early…. Just making my list for December 15 :)

  30. “The fact that fisher watched that whole first half and thought that it was smart to start Calderon for the first 6 mins of the second half was mind boggling
    You’re expecting the coach to bench his starting point guard — who played well in the preseason — in the second game of the year because he had a weak first half? Galloway and Grant played 25 and 29 minutes, respectively, and Calderon played 18. I think that Fisher saw what was happening and adjusted. He did pull Calderon after 6 minutes, didn’t he?

  31. FWIW, I thought Melo did a good job taking 3’s and getting into the paint with fewer midrange jumpers. He’s not Korver but 0-7 from 3 won’t always be the case.

    If he continues with the same shooting pattern I think we’ll be happy with him this season. The missing paint shots is worrying though.

  32. @35 it has nothing to do with Calderon. It was a bad matchup. You were already down 16, how would Calderon getting torched some more help? As soon as he was benched the Knicks cut into the lead, which they could have done earlier if Calderon had not been playing

  33. @35, I kind of agree. Just playing devil’s advocate here but…

    Using football as a metaphor, I think it’s akin to the mindset of switching out your starting QB. If your QB1 has a bad game, or 2, or 5…the thinking usually is, you better be damn sure you’re ok with making that switch and pulling your starting QB, because once you do, you can’t un-make it. What if he pulls Calderon for Grant after 2 games…and then Grant plays like crap as a starter? Now he’s affected his rookies confidence and has to go back to Calderon, and who knows how Calderon feels now after being pulled.

    Maybe Fisher wants to give Calderon the benefit of the doubt. He’s a veteran, and in a way maybe Fisher feels like he’s earned a little longer leash. Maybe this way, after a few games of starting, but getting limited minutes as Johnno pointed out, Calderon will even be the one to approach Fisher and say hey coach, maybe I need to come off the bench and run with the 2nd unit, and let’s give one of the young guys a shot at starting.

    Didn’t we lead the league in different starting lineups last year? Maybe Fisher’s taking that into account and doesn’t want to start fiddling with things in game 2 out of 82. I think Fisher knows this is a marathon not a sprint. There’s a fine line to reacting to what you see on the floor and overreacting to what you see on the floor.

  34. @38 I don’t think that’s an apt metaphor. In football there’s only room for 1 QB and teams usually don’t switch them in and out. In basketball you have guys switching in and out all the time. They could do it just once.

    That said, Grant ended up playing more minutes during the game. Who cares who started, look at minutes played.

  35. That spin move and dunk by Porzingis was epic. Hopefully, there’s more of that to come. He is very athletic for his size and his length is a huge asset on defense. You can see when the other team takes it to the basket and he’s in it affects the shot even if he doesn’t make the block. With KOP, Rolo, and O’Quinn they now have some big guys who can man the paint. It’s nice to see for a change. If they can just get KOQ’s attitude to rub off on everyone that would be awesome. Galloway and Grant looked good in the backcourt, young legs for a change. Melo’s shooting should come around soon.

  36. So whenever your best offensive player is off, he should just shut it down? How many times in any given game does Melo end up with the ball with 5-7 seconds left on the shot clock? What are his options at that point? Give the ball to Calderon, Sasha or Lopez and see if they can create something? Harden was 6-21 the other night, should he have stopped at 10 shots?

    1) Yes. He should pass the ball, because missing shots helps a team lose.
    2) You could look that up on 82games.net, but it’s probably not going to fit your narrative. (Spoiler alert: he shoots at the end of the shot clock basically the same as anyone else. Plus, he holds the ball as bad as any mid-range player I’ve ever seen. He’s partially responsible for the end-of-clock heaves that his team has to take.)
    3) Um, yes. Pass the ball. Get some motion going. Don’t do the Melo thing and try a step-back 18-footer.
    4) Harden probably should have stopped shooting difficult shot attempts, but his career TS% is also north of 0.60. Carmelo has never had a season TS% higher than .568. So yeah, I wouldn’t compare Melo’s offensive ability to James Harden’s. Lots of ballhog volume scorers to make favorable comparisons to; His Beardness is not one of them.

  37. Lol. Melo had been passing the ball fine. Your harden comparison is irrelevant because we are comparing one game to one game. You are the one with the “narrative”

  38. @39 I was speaking more to the point of “who will be the starter.” Only 1 player can start at PG each night.

    But I see your point too, and I agree. If Grant/Galloway each consistently play 25-30mpg and finish games, and Calderon consistently plays 10-15mpg, it doesn’t really matter who starts. But then it begs the question, if your “starting” PG is only playing 10-15mpg and isn’t finishing games, then why is he starting?

  39. I like the QB analogy. Also, coaches have to be psychologists as well as x and o guys. Maybe he felt that having such a short leash on a veteran whom the rest of the guys seem to like and respect would be viewed by the rest of the team as embarrassing Calderon or showing him up. The surest way for a coach to lose the locker room is for the players to start thinking he doesn’t “have their backs.”

  40. Some inductive fallacies being thrown around about Melo’s shooting. Just because you miss shots does not mean you will continue to miss shots.

  41. While it was expected, it is still very, very sad to see Grantland shut down. Such an amazing website, especially for NBA fans. Our old buddy Jason Concepcion better get a good gig somewhere else! He’s so good.

  42. he will have to shoot his way out of this mini-slump

    Is this something that anyone researched, ever?

    I thought driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line gets you out of a slump. He did that and yet continued to miss from all over the place.

  43. 3) Um, yes. Pass the ball. Get some motion going. Don’t do the Melo thing and try a step-back 18-footer.

    Go back and watch the game. Did it look to you like Fisher was running is0-Melo the whole game and other guys were standing around watching him? That’s not the game I saw, seemed like a lot of guys were getting touches.

    But I must be mistaken, because Melo is the black hole of the offense.

  44. But I must be mistaken, because Melo is the black hole of the offense

    Even worse, then. Melo is not a superstar.

  45. Melo shot poorly but he is playing hard. We lost the game mostly because we couldn’t stop the penetration of their guards. What’s wrong with Fisher varying the lineup so that Galloway and Grant start against the faster guards and Calderon against the more plodding teams?

  46. @47 BC, any insight as to where all the NBA guys will end up? netw3rk, Zach Lowe, Danny Chau, Rafe? And I agree, Grantland was a daily stop for me. I feel like they can do a 30for30 one day on whatever the hell happened over there.

  47. Also sorry to see Grantland go.

    A bit of an overreaction to the Hawks loss, which should have been totally expected. Let’s wait a few more games before major changes. But, yeah, sooner or later Calderon will be coming off the bench. I’d just like to see the actual starting five play together some, first. Hopefully Afflalo is back soon.

  48. Melo was getting to the hoop pretty good last night. The finishes left some to be desired but we weren’t on the friendly side of the whistle either last night it seemed like. They played hard the whole game and that’s very important to me. Melo will be fine, he’ll come back around.

  49. @47 BC, any insight as to where all the NBA guys will end up? netw3rk, Zach Lowe, Danny Chau, Rafe? And I agree, Grantland was a daily stop for me. I feel like they can do a 30for30 one day on whatever the hell happened over there.

    They claim that they will be moving a lot of the guys to other places, so I suspect that the NBA guys will be on the Basketball side of ESPN, but I have no idea. ESPN has changed their approach so much recently that I don’t know if there’s necessarily a place for the kind of awesome analysis they would get on Grantland. But anyhow, I imagine Lowe is a lock to be a regular on their basketball site as long as they can keep him there.

  50. Basketball is probably the sport espn is best at covering (their football coverage is so thoroughly stupid I can only assume it’s willfully so), but I hope they find a place for the Grantland folks.

  51. Melo is playing his best all around ball in years, the shot will come, it’s early, but he’s getting to the line, kp was ofer from 3, thathe didn’t help eithrr, but 10 boards 3 steals and a block help gloss over that, the point is Melo is buying into a team concept,hustling and actually looking for teammates, you’re witnessing tge labor pains of something beautiful developing

  52. Man I like KP but how long are we gonna rue those last two games? Towns looks great

    I hear you, but though no other team dropped like the Knicks, it’s always possible. We had the second-worst record and dropped two spots; that could have happened to the team with the worst record, and we could have moved up. The percentages aren’t weighted SO strongly that any slot is even better than 25%.

    Last year, we had a 19% chance at the #1 pick. The Wolves had a 25% chance. That is not a huge difference. And in fact the odds of us getting the #1 pick were HIGHER than the odds of us dropping to #1.

    But…Knicks.

    I mean, I agree that it was the height of stupidity to work hard to win two games at the end of a lost season that had that significant an impact on the team’s future. But the odds are so similar that it’s not a slam dunk, so to speak, that it would have worked out any differently.

    At least, that’s what I tell myself when trying to block out what it would mean to have KAT as our pick.

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