Knicks Morning News (2014.09.20)

  • [New York Post] Infuriated Tyson Chandler has a message for Phil Jackson (Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:11:37 -0400)

    It took him a while, but Tyson Chandler finally fired back at Phil Jackson. Chandler, who was dealt back to Dallas by the Knicks in June along with Raymond Felton…

  • [New York Times] Ex-Phoenix Suns Player Accused of Stealing From Apple Store (Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:11:36 GMT)

    Police arrested former Phoenix Suns basketball player Rex Chapman on Friday for allegedly shoplifting more than $14,000 worth of products over several months from an Apple store in Scottsdale, Arizona, authorities said.

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    24 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.09.20)”

    1. The Apple store is always so swamped that nobody noticed Rex Chapman was stealing a bunch of shit.

    2. also Tyson Chandler is an idiot. #1 it was obvious he was mailing it in. #2 he said lots of stupid stuff that he thinks people dont remember. #3 dont get into a verbal sparring match w Phil Jackson. #4 never play mind games with a Sicilian when death is on the line.

    3. I was surprised to learn that his announcing career was going so poorly. He was a good analyst so I thought he was doing well but after this news came out, it seems that he was doing actually pretty shittily, career-wise. His only regular gig was as a radio analyst for the Grand Canyon University basketball team. Yikes.

    4. Herring retweeted a table from someone showing that our favorite Smith had the largest difference in the NBA (by eFG%) between pull up jumpers and catch and shoot jumpers. JR was 5th in the NBA in catch-and-shoot eFG and a robust 122nd when shooting off the dribble. Maybe Phil can give him a book titled “shot shooting off the dribble you fucking idiot”.

    5. Herring retweeted a table from someone showing that our favorite Smith had the largest difference in the NBA (by eFG%) between pull up jumpers and catch and shoot jumpers. JR was 5th in the NBA in catch-and-shoot eFG and a robust 122nd when shooting off the dribble. Maybe Phil can give him a book titled “stop shooting off the dribble you fucking idiot”.

    6. It was blatantly obvious that Tyson Chandler quit on the Knicks last season and was Numero Uno in “Yo man, you didn’t back me up”s. If he can’t admit he mailed it in with extra postage last year, then I’m glad Phil made the trade.

    7. DPOY Tyson Chandler was my favorite Knick since Ewing..or Oakley (I go back and forth on that one pretty regularly) and I was sorry to see him go. Worth it if it means I’ll only have to watch Ray Felton piss and moan in bewildering fashion when yet another opposing PG shreds his “defense” a few times a year.

    8. YEAH, TAKE THAT, MOST VALUABLE PLAYER ON THE KNICKS FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS

    9. I don’t really care what Chandler has to say at this point. He gave up, we traded him back to a team that he won a championship with and they look like they could be a dark horse contender in the West looking to recreate the magic of their 2010-11 title run. I think we got a decent return on packaging him and Felton that carries very little downside for the Knicks. Let’s move on.

      Do people really believe Rose is about to return to elite status after 2 season ending knee surgeries? I’m very skeptical given how shit he’s looked both in his 10 game NBA return stint or in the Olympics against a lot of underwhelming opponents. I’m not a huge believer that he will be able to reach his previous peaks and that it may take him some significant time to recalibrate his game for his reduced athleticism and explosiveness.

    10. Well, ruruland, I didn’t expect to hear your numerology this morning, but Chandler certainly could have been the MVP last year (of the whole league), had he not been limited by A, B, and C, and had improved his ability to D and E, and F, G and H had synthesized and improved Chandler’s I, which is totally within his means to do.

    11. Interesting article on Kyle Lowery on Grantland yesterday. An excerpt (focusing on the final play of the Nets-Raptors series, with the Raptors down 1, with the ball and six seconds left):

      Lowry fended off Brooklyn’s Deron Williams to free himself for the pass. The Raptors had poor spacing on the play and four Nets would guard Lowry in those six seconds. Lowry split two of them, momentarily losing the ball before snatching it back and finding a sliver of space to glimpse the basket. Automatic, DeMar DeRozan thought as Lowry slipped to the basket and a sweet spot where he had converted countless shots.

      “It happened so fast,” Lowry said. “I thought I’d be able to get the shot off. I didn’t know I was that close to him when I got back to the shot.” “Him” was Paul Pierce, who stuffed Lowry’s shot and vanquished Toronto’s hopes of advancing to the conference semifinals. Pierce had disregarded DeRozan, Lowry’s All-Star backcourt mate, to station himself for the block.

      and now the part I find amazing…

      “I broke down that play so many times in my mind,” Lowry said. “Could have shot a jump shot; could have caught it, not even used a screen; could have went right; could have stopped and faded away; could have did my step-back like I wanted to. I could have did a lot of different things.”

      Even months later, it has never occured to him that maybe the right play was to pass to one of his 3 open teammates while he was being quadruple teamed.

      I just found that interesting.

    12. YEAH, TAKE THAT, MOST VALUABLE PLAYER ON THE KNICKS FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS

      This is an interesting argument, and I come at from the point of view of a Knicks fan who never really cared about Tyson v Melo because I just wanted both of them to be awesome.

      If we’re going year by year, I’d say:

      2011-12: Tyson Chandler was our MVP in an absolute landslide, and submitted the best season any Knick has submitted in the post-Ewing era.

      2012-13: A tough one to call. Through March (which, admittedly is about 70% of the season), I’d say it was Chandler again. Through most of the early season, when he was slapping offensive rebounds out to the top of the key like a savant and I was seemingly saying the words “Tyson Smash” 3-4 times a game, I would agree he was slightly more valuable than Melo having an excellent season. But the more Felton sucked, the less I said Tyson Smash, and after Tyson got injured we played our best basketball of the season. Tyson at his prime was the best player we saw during this season, but from beginning to end I’d say Melo was more valuable.

      2013-14: This award should be vacated, but Melo was our best player last year and I did not appreciate Tyson’s effort.

      If I had to choose between a season of Chandler at his peak vs a season of peak Melo, I would take Chandler all day. But I don’t think we got enough peak Chandler the last three years, so I wouldn’t agree he was the most valuable Knick during that time.

    13. I had the same thought reading through your post Hubert. I was relieved to see your last sentence and not think I was some kind of crank.

    14. Hey, BBA, where u been?

      I agree 100% with JVG. Very happy that Shump survived all the trade rumors until Jackson and Fisher get a good look at him.

      As always, my optimism runneth over for the upcoming season. The following players are all going to have career years:
      Shump
      TH2
      JR
      Jason Smith
      Quincy
      Cole
      And Shane Larkin and Cle will have an impact.
      And as JVG predicts, the Knicks will make the playoffs. Lock it up!

    15. Unfortunately those guys can all have career years and not tip the scale much from last year. Except, I guess, JR. But he’s had some very good years, so a career year from him would be both fantastic and, sadly, highly unlikely.

      A career year from Shump would move him from bad to mediocre. Hardaway from mediocre to solid. Cole is gonna do what Cole does, but it won’t be for 30 mins a night, I’m pretty sure. And I’m not sure why you think Jason Smith is primed for a breakout. Is it because he was misused before and will thrive in the bright lights of NY like most athletes do? (And who the heck is Quincy? Is Jack Klugman’s kid on the team or something?)

      A career year from Carmelo Anthony along with the other names on your list, and your optimism may be legit. But without it, this team is gonna be hangin’ with the Nets, Pistons, and Hornets.

      Yet it doth runneth over!

    16. Interesting indeed from JVG. It sounds like nothing I have seen or read regarding how Shump has or could play. Not a word about becoming a corner three shooter. JVG also goes on to, maybe not bash, but pooh pooh the idea that diversification of one’s offensive game = improving one’s offensive game.

      “He should be an every-night wing defender. He should be a high-energy offensive player who moves the ball selflessly, who when he gets his opportunities to attack long closeouts he attacks and creates plays at the rim for himself and his teammates,” Van Gundy told Donahue. “If he focuses on doing what he does best, he’ll have a nice career, but oftentimes that’s what derails younger players. Instead of narrowing what they do they’re always trying to expand what they do so they end up playing to their nonstrengths instead of playing to their strengths.”

    17. A career year from Shump would move him from bad to mediocre.

      Shump is one of the better wing defenders in the entire league and the fact our defense consistently went to complete shit without him in the game speaks to that. Obviously he’s been awful offensively, but if he can get back to finishing at the rim at 60% like he did his rookie season and combine it with just league average 3 point shooting he would be a very good player.

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