Knicks Morning News (2014.08.02)

  • [New York Times] Pacers’ George Suffers Leg Injury in Team USA Game (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:09:02 GMT)

    Indiana Pacers All Star forward Paul George suffered an ugly horror leg injury while playing in a Team USA practice game at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Knicks Sign Cleanthony Early (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:30:44 GMT)

    The Knicks signed forward Cleanthony Early, their first draft pick under Phil Jackson.

  • [New York Times] George Suffers Serious Leg Injury in US Exhibition (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:21:07 GMT)

    Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team’s intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers’ Paul George Badly Injured (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:01:26 GMT)

    Playing in a United States national team scrimmage, Indiana’s Paul George sustained a gruesome right leg injury after contesting a fast-break layup by James Harden.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Stixx Williams, a Summer League Basketball Star, Is Mourned (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 01:19:06 GMT)

    Stixx Williams, who died last week while playing in a summer league basketball game at Baruch College, was known as a friend to both professional players and troubled teenagers in New York.

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    9 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.08.02)”

    1. You really understand the absurdity of fandom at a moment like this. These athletes are risking their life and limb out there. So dangerous. I knew I would never let my son play football but I thought hoops was relatively safe in comparison. God forbid, he should consider trying that x games stuff. Meanwhile, Paul George has banked 90 million, what about the High School athlete that has to go through this. Not to diminish PJ, though. I’m rooting for him tremendously right now, as we all should be, NYK fans or not.

      As to performance on the court, every commentary for next season will mention this when talking about the performance of IND on the court. Meanwhile, all types of injuries hold back athletes in all types of ways and fans, often smugly, heap insults on guys and call them bad players. I had a tiny ankle injury a year ago and I couldn’t even teach kindergarten. Guys like STAT are trying to out rebound Hibbert coming off of multiple knee surgeries. The courage of these athletes cannot be underestimated and, to me, justifies the huge salaries some reap.

      Moral of he story. Don’t just predict 37 wins, blame the FO, and ridicule players who don’t perform as efficiently as you would like. Lots goes on that we don’t know about.

      Meanwhile, I do feel truly sorry for Paul George and IND fans. That there are things more important than sports is a platitude. We all should know that. This is more about understanding the fragile nature of these athletes and this sport. It’s a time for humility and appreciation. We are lucky to get a scrimmage like last nights. An all star game August 1, Boy howdy! But these guys aren’t automatons. They’re flesh and blood and putting their lives on the line every day. Some get great riches but most don’t and even the ones that do haven’t always.

    2. Meanwhile, it’s time to get pro athletes out of international competition. Let’s get over the Olympic defeat in ’72 already. Amateurs deserve a chance and pros need to take care of their bodies when such huge demographics are counting on them. So what if we get a silver or bronze? I enjoy watching international basketball but it’s gone too far. Dream team in ’92 showed everybody what’s up, but watching Melo hit threes against Ghana is just not worth the price we paid last night. Paul George should have been doing his normal workout yesterday and then playing video games with his kids.

    3. I was watching the game last night, and rivalry aside- I feel for the kid. It wasn’t as gruesome as Kevin Ware’s injury, but it was every bit as disturbing. Sure it makes the Knicks path a whole lot easier this season because I doubt that Vogel is a good enough coach to overcome losing George and Born Ready..but it feels awkward to speak on it as a fan cuz u hate to see that. Now if it had happened to Reggie Miller back in the day….lol I might not have felt bad. All jokes aside, I wish Paul George a speedy recovery. I’m really heartbroken for the kid.

      Now onto the Knicks fan side. I’m not even sure Indy makes the playoffs this season. They have lost a lot. When they’re granted an injury exception, who can they get to soften the blow? I though they could start Cope at first, but as a starting SF he’s not very good. As a PF he’s much much better. I think he will get consistent playing time now, albeit off the bench. Maybe they can snag Eric Gordon somehow. But this terrible development only makes the path to the postseason easier for teams like our Knicks and Detroit. Maybe even Milwaukee. Most likely though, with LBJ elevating Cleveland and Hollins coaching in Brooklyn, it means those teams will be slotted closer to the top of the conference. I’m predicting Chicago-Cleveland-Washington-Toronto-Charlotte-Miami-Brooklyn-NY-Indy in that order record-wise with Chicago-Cleveland-Washington leading the pack by a good margin with the latter teams plus ATL and Detroit all within a game or 2 of each other. Should be an intriguing season in the EC with this much parity. I can’t predict the playoffs order, but I will predict that seeds 4-8 will be hotly contested.

    4. Who’s the more fit guy in the 5th set? Used to be Federer, then it was Rafa, now Djokovic. Fed hasn’t lost his backhand, he’s just not as fast, or as strong anymore and loses his wind. Rafa had a knee surgery and then won Wimbledon, are you kidding? Still he’s not what he was.

      Did you know that the great Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Joe Black pitched his last entire year with a broken arm? Might explain the lack of production and him getting cut. In short, injuries and fitness are everything when handicapping sports. Sometimes issues are overt, sometimes you never hear about it until Roger Kahn puts it in a book.

      For all our whining about Melo’s ball stopping, the story of last season was Tyson Chandler’s health. Even with all the bad shooting we’re a playoff team and if he’d have played more others would have played better. Particularly our favorite target here at KB, Ray Felton.

      This injury to Paul George should remind everyone to stop incessantly handicapping and try to enjoy these great athletes while their still young.

    5. Injuries are part of the game. PG’s lookes gruesome, but its actually less severe than Shump’s acl or Brook Lopez’s foot. Assuming no collateral soft tissue damage, major long bones heal well and the risk of reinjury is minimal.

      And honestly, that’s the most dangerous play in basketball, running balls out to block a shot from behind. It’s a high risk, low reward play. True, it’s a great effort/hustle play, but Harden clearly had him beat. Ironically, it’s usually the offensive player that is at greater risk.

    6. I’m actually in Indianapolis today. People are not very happy. They just need to turn the team over to Copeland.

    7. Shaun Livingston’s was much worse. Nerve damage and the possible tear of ligaments in the ankle would be the biggest concerns.

    8. In other news, Rose is looking good. If he doesn’t reinjure his knee again, Chicago looks good. If Cleveland ends up missing out on Love, I’d actually give Chicago the edge to take the East next year. If Cleveland does land Love though, that’s gonna be one great ECF.

    9. Glen Taylor of the Wolves specifically said that he expects a Love trade on either the 23rd or the 24th, which is when Wiggins can be traded. So yeah, it’s pretty much an inevitability that Love is going to Cleveland. Luckily, with Indy seemingly out of the playoff mix (or at least out of a top seed), there is a lot of room there for that #3 or #4 seed. Perhaps even the Knicks!

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