Knicks Morning News (2014.09.15)

  • [New York Times] Dream Team, Barcelona Games Continue to Impact NBA (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:51:29 GMT)

    Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks.

  • [New York Times] Depth and Unselfish Nature Carry Team USA (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:09:24 GMT)

    A spate of late withdrawals, a serious injury to Paul George and several marquee names missing appeared to put Team USA under a cloud for the 2014 Basketball World Cup and for future international competition.

  • [New York Times] United States 129, Serbia 92: United States Wins FIBA World Cup Title in a Rout of Serbia (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:09:41 GMT)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

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    18 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.09.15)”

    1. Interesting take on the whole USA Team thing from Woj (Only Coach K and Duke really benefit from the USA Senior Basketball Team). Maybe a little bit extreme, but I can see where he’s coming from…

    2. Coach K is absolutely the worst thing about USA Basketball. The talent gap is just too big for him to be exposed.

    3. Our boy Cole coming in at 421 in the ESPN player rankings. I know these rankings are largely for shits and giggles, but I always like to have a look at where the bulk of our roster comes in. So far we have three in the 401 – 500 bracket (Outlaw, Aldrich and Antetokounmpo in that order). It will also be hilarious to see the Kobe fan boys kick up a stink again this year that he’s barely in the top 30 ha ha

    4. So Outlaw is ranked higher than Aldrich? That’s silly. Outlaw’s lucky to still be in the NBA. That might be a bit too harsh, but seriously, if he didn’t have a guaranteed contract, would he even be in the NBA next season?

    5. Aldrich is definitely better than Kobe, maybe better than Derrick Rose.

      Nope, definitely better than Rose. Klay Thompson? Yeah, probably better than Thompson.

    6. Why stop there? If you want my opinion, Cole is definitely better than Durant and probably better than LeBron.

    7. Yo, if you think that Klay Thompson is comparable to those players, you should DEFINITELY go ahead and join up with the Warriors’ front office.

    8. I think both Outlaw and Aldrich should be higher. Not ridiculously higher (probably somewhere 350-400). Considering the 401-500 bracket is mostly 2nd round rookies who may not even get out of training camp, I would have thought two guys who are likely to get minutes (however minimal they may be) would fair better. On the other hand…..maybe Outlaw is just that terrible?

    9. I was thinkin today about KG’s legacy. I’ve been a HUGE fan of KG…til the Boston years. I don’t know if I can forgive the personality change to allow his greatness to drive his legacy in my mind. He has been too disrespectful and borderline dirty since he became a Celtic. But..Knick bias aside..his Minnesota years- after he grew into his role as starting PF- was something the league has never seen before. And may not see again, although Anthony Davis’ potential makes him the only player comparable to KG. But MAN! KG was a sight to behold in the Minny years. A part of me hates to see him struggle as a Net. I think his loyalty ended up being his curse in Minny. He deserved to be on a contender before a late career trade to Boston. In every version of NBA Live that I’ve owned that he was in, I always made that trade to make him a Knick. I know this is completely random and out of the blue, but I’m anxious to see what other posters here think about his legacy

    10. the 401-500 bracket is mostly 2nd round rookies

      Aren’t there only 450 players in the NBA at any given time? How do they decide which 50 players to include on the bottom tier?

    11. I think both Outlaw and Aldrich should be higher. Not ridiculously higher (probably somewhere 350-400). Considering the 401-500 bracket is mostly 2nd round rookies who may not even get out of training camp, I would have thought two guys who are likely to get minutes (however minimal they may be) would fair better. On the other hand…..maybe Outlaw is just that terrible?

      It is not even so much that he’s terrible but that he has reached the point in his career where I really don’t think that he would make a roster without his guaranteed contract, so I guess he would be worse than some second rounders.

    12. I think what’s probably an indictment on guys like Cole and Outlaw (given they are potentially going to get a few minutes here or there every night, more so Cole than Outlaw) is that these are predicted levels of play. Basically the panel are predicting that Free Agents, banged up old dudes and 2nd Rounder unlikely to make the cut are going to have as good levels of play as some of our probable rotation guys. They are either really wrong…..or we could be screwed on depth ha ha. Jeremy Tyler for example (as in free agent Jeremy Tyler) is supposedly supposed to have .3 of a level higher play in the upcoming season as opposed to Aldrich who is actually on a roster and likely to get some minutes.

    13. From the Woj article.

      “After the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the World Cup of Basketball and Olympic Games are destined to become an under-22 developmental tournament.”

      While this is almost certainly true given both the huge financial investment the league has in it’s players and the total lack of leverage the player’s association continues to display, it’ll be a real shame to see it go. Watching those Dream Teams, was some of the amazing basketball most of us have ever seen on one court. And it led to some historically memorable and unique moments like this

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzWj6cG3xRQ

    14. Is there a reason the html buttons (bold, italic, etc) don’t work? I can’t seem to press them in.

    15. Jeeze. I like Cole but what did you think? Top 50? No way. Aldrich is a nice piece of the puzzle, an energy guy off the bench. He merits 15 minutes per game, which is double his career average.

    16. “Jeeze. I like Cole but what did you think? Top 50? No way. Aldrich is a nice piece of the puzzle, an energy guy off the bench. He merits 15 minutes per game, which is double his career average.”

      you shut your stupid little mouth

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