Knicks Morning News (2014.10.28)

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Knicks Trade Travis Outlaw (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:10:32 GMT)

    The Knicks settled on their 15-man roster Monday by trading forward Travis Outlaw to the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • [New York Times] As Buzz Fades, Focus Will Be on Nets’ Play. Fine by Them. (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:22:49 GMT)

    The Nets, who made their much-trumpeted move to Brooklyn two seasons ago, are not being given much of a chance by prognosticators but have maintained a collection of talent.

  • [New York Times] Madison Square Garden Company Considering a Breakup (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:57:23 GMT)

    The Madison Square Garden Company said it was exploring a move that would split the Knicks and the Rangers from its live entertainment business.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Dust Off Phil Jackson’s Triangle Offense (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:48:46 GMT)

    As the N.B.A. season begins, the Knicks are reintroducing the triangle offense, but not even their players can explain exactly what it is.

  • [New York Times] More International Players Than Ever Before, League Says (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:33:48 GMT)

    The number of international players in the National Basketball Association has increased 10 percent from one year ago, the league said on Monday.

  • [New York Times] National Basketball Association Roundup (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:51 GMT)

    The Indiana Pacers will be without guard George Hill for at least three weeks and guard C.J. Watson for at least two weeks, the team revealed Monday.

  • [New York Daily News] Charles Barkley thinks Phil Jackson’s Knicks can thrive with James Dolan out of picture (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:14:13 GMT)

    Charles Barkley has made a second career out of tormenting the Knicks, which for the better part of a decade is akin to shooting fish in a barrel. But Barkley actually sounded optimistic on Monday regarding the Knicks future.

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    73 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.10.28)”

    1. Expectations. What are they for the Knicks in the short-term (November/December) and in the long run?

      I’m predicting a 15-18 record through the end of 2014.

      My hope is that by 2015 they’ve become comfortable with the new system and can play over .500 the rest of the way Your thoughts? I have them as a 41 win team.

    2. I think that the Knicks had a lot of bad luck last season and also a terrible head coach, so while I think the team is, on the whole, worse this year, I think they’re due some good luck (like Bargs being out the whole season), so I’m going to go nuts and say 42 wins.

    3. Well here’s my depressing opening day counterpoint. If I could take any 2 NBA O/U bets it would be the Jazz over 26 and the Knicks under 40.

    4. —I think they’re due some good luck (like Bargs being out the whole season), so I’m going to go nuts and say 42 wins

      Holy Crap i laughed out loud at this. lol

    5. Well here’s my depressing opening day counterpoint. If I could take any 2 NBA O/U bets it would be the Jazz over 26 and the Knicks under 40.

      Well, to counter my own optimistic guess for this season, let’s say I’m right – 42 wins gets them, what, a first round loss (and no lottery pick)? Then the cap goes up slightly next season and they can afford maybe Marc Gasol but have to lose most of the rest of the current roster. So they win, what, 45-47 games next season and also not be a realistic contender (and have no first round pick)? So then you’re looking at 2016-17 as the first year that they can realistically contend when the salary cap goes up again, only now you have a 32-year-old Melo, so who knows what kind of player he is then? In other words, unless the cap goes up all the way in 2016-17 (which it possibly could do), the near future of this team doesn’t look great. Now if the cap does go all the way up in 2016-17 (I don’t think it will), then 2016-17 could be a great season.

      But, on the other hand, they likely won’t suck in any of the upcoming seasons, so if that’s the sort of thing that pisses you off (and it’s very fair of you if that’s the case – I am not knocking the idea) then you’ll be happy in that regard, at least.

    6. My heart is telling me 42 or 43, but my head is telling me 37 or 38. I think it’s going to be similar to last season with some runs where we really look like we’re putting some things together, but equal stretches where it looks like we may never win again. Biggest hope is that we see some steady progress towards having coherent systems both offensively and defensively and that at least one or two of the younger/fringe guys assert themselves as part of the long term picture. I think those two things make us about as intriguing as any mediocre team in the league (they should put that on the marquee) so despite my relatively lukewarm feeling about our prospects I’m still pretty excited for the season. And overall, I’m super excited for this year. I think there’s a lot of intriguing teams out there and it should be a really good season for fans of the league.

      Although the season hasn’t even started yet and I’m already annoyed that with at least 8 and possibly as many as 10 or 11 good to great teams in the Western conference we’re somehow getting the fucking Lakers in the late slot of every national TV broadcast including opening night. Can’t wait for Kobe to retire.

    7. Yeah, the league as a whole is super duper interesting this year. Even the Lakers are fun in a sort of “Is this seriously the offensive system they’re running? Holy shit!” sort of way.

    8. Oh, two other predictions:

      1. The Knicks will surprise on this opening gauntlet of the season. I think they’re going to split their first eight games. Heck, I think they might split the first two games even!
      2. Melo will win the scoring title

    9. Yeah, the league as a whole is super duper interesting this year. Even the Lakers are fun in a sort of “Is this seriously the offensive system they’re running? Holy shit!” sort of way.

      I’ll grant you that this does make them intriguing in a “check them out once every few weeks on league pass if there’s no good games on” sort of way. In a “watch them get stomped on national TV like twice a week” way I’m less convinced.

    10. Oh, I totally agree. They shouldn’t be the national game any more. But they are at least a little interesting in the train wreck sort of way.

    11. I’m going with 42-40, which may be optimistic.

      I can see this team losing to some really bad teams on any given night, as (fill in the blank) PG drives the lane at will and posts career highs in points and assists. I think defense will be an issue all year, and on nights where our shots are falling we can beat anyone, but on nights they’re not, we can lose to anyone (which isn’t the case with superior defensive teams like Chicago who can overcome bad shooting nights with lockdown D)

    12. —2. Melo will win the scoring title

      I kinda think this too with Durant being out, and our SGs shooting 4-28 or whatever it was the other day. Melo will probably win the scoring title comfortably.

    13. Virtually everything that could possibly go wrong last year went wrong, but it’s hard to get too enthusiastic when we have backups and guys that would barely be in the rotation for good teams battling for starting spots on this team.

      The good news is that we seem to be accumulating players that are easy to root for and moving players that aren’t. As soon as we get rid of JR I may even finally escape the love/hate relationship I’ve been in with this team since the Melo trade and the accumulation of NBA riff raff that made me feel like the Knicks were a halfway house.

    14. predictions:

      39 wins, miss the 8 seed by a couple games. Melo gets the triangle, so does Jose.

      Shump on offense is somewhere between the awful last season and somewhat better season prior to that by shooting high 30s from 3 and being OK at midrange shots but still sucking at finishing/transition/not coughing the ball up….

      phil will stumble on cole late (but better than never), splitting time b/w him and dalembert at C.

      phil will do a trade involving at least 1 of our wingy guys

      fisher proves to be solid in both x’s and o’s, motivation/connecting with guys, and meaningless platitudes, as well as nice suits.

    15. Cole Jowles, #1 WP48 Knicks Superstar October 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm
      The mid-range jumper is reliable. Reliably inefficient.

      BigBlueAL October 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm
      According to Isiah Thomas the problem with the NBA today is teams only want to get dunks/layups, ft’s and 3pters while ignoring the mid-range game.

      There were some pretty damn efficient offenses in the 80’s & 90’s that made extensive use of the mid-range jumper, though.

      One question that always comes to mind when I see that stated as a fact is this: is the mid-range jumper itself ineffecient, or is the way NBA players have grown to use the mid-range jumper ineffecient? I don’t think the shot charts I’ve seen have been nuanced enough to take this into account.

      And at some point, if Thibodeau defenses continue to dominate the league, couldn’t mid-range become the new efficiency? This is all rock-paper-scisscor. People are going to figure out that if that’s what the defenses are giving, it might be best to excel at a system that’s great at producing quality chances in that area. Which is why I kind of love the idea that we’re installing a triangle. The league has been using scissor to cut paper ever since D’Antoni and Thibodeau changed the game. We’re going back to rock. Good ol’ rock. It’s what makes Memphis a quasi-contender every year. We don’t have the players to actually win with it (and please don’t thing I’m making a pro-Bargs argument, I will never do that again), but I think someone is going to come up with something to exploit this. Efficiency evolves, and I think at some point we’re going to start seeing more systems to create quality open mid-range jumpers. NBA players can drain those shots all day with their eyes closed. The problem, it seems to me, is that they take too many bad ones because systems aren’t designed to create good ones. Most of the mid-range shots we see are contested and off isolation, which is the main reason I think they are so inefficient.

    16. Yeah, the league as a whole is super duper interesting this year.

      Most interesting of all to me is the Cavs’ offense. More specifically, they may be able to put on the floor the most outstanding unit in terms of passing in the history of the NBA. Here is dime% rank by position per ESPN Hollinger site (2013-14): Delladova(1) Varejao(3) LBJ(7) Love(14) Irving(56). Is Kyrie really that limited a passer? If not, that offense might be a sight to behold, as rare as a Halley’s comet appearance.

    17. Totally off the top of my head I will say 45 wins. We should have smarter personnel usage and maybe a more (is it possible there could there be a less) diversified fourth quarter offense. Those each should be worth a few wins in my dreamworld.

    18. Fascinating tidbit in Zach Lowe’s preview piece today that the King’s owner has “pitched the idea to the team’s brain trust of playing 4-on-5 defense and leaving one player to cherry-pick”. As a fan of crazy shit happening I cannot imagine too many things I would more like to see tried in an NBA game, but I can’t see how it could possibly work. I think it would be awfully tough to outlet the ball quickly and accurately enough to consistently get enough easy buckets on the offensive end to make up for the loss on defense, particularly because I suspect you’d be taking the ball out of your own basket a lot, which always slows down the transition game. Still this would be amazingly fun to see tried.

    19. was listening to Alan Hahn’s Knicks Fix podcast this AM and he brought up a great Knicks History thing, which was that it was the something anniversary of Ewing’s first game. That’s not the interesting part — the interesting part was this, about the 76ers (who honestly are not even an NBA team at this point) — the starting lineup they fielded that day against Patrick included Maurice Cheeks, Dr. J, Charles Barkley, and Moses Malone. Ridiculous. And now they’re the garbage can for the league.

      The other thing he brought up on the podcast was a conversation he had with Larry Johnson aboutdefending the Triangle — basically what LJ said was “how does the best player in the league end up so often in isolation against a single defender or with open shots?”. And the answer was — the Triangle. Naturally there were no real zone defenses back then, but the point is probably still valid.

      I think we’ve seen that this preseason already. Melo is getting many more open looks, and easier looks. They’re running him off screens a lot more, and he is deadly when he has his feet set. And even though he’s doing a fair amount of iso still, it seems like he’s actually going 1-on-1 more, not the 1-on-2 or 1-on-3 that we got so used to seeing. And Melo going 1-on-1 is a high value possession.

    20. IMO this year for the Knicks, barring a blockbuster trade, will be 30-45 wins depending on

      A) How much they care about winning. Will Fisher player Melo 40 MPG to eke out some wins or will he focus more on developing younger players? Will we see Larkin or will it just be Prigioni and Calderon? Will we see Hardaway or will it be mostly JR Smith? A good deal of how this season turns out depends on how focused Fisher and PJ are on winning now. To me, there’s 5 wins’ worth of variance here.

      B) How much Bargnani and Stoudemire play. Melo is better at 4. The Knicks become an unbearably slow and weak defensive team with Bargnani or Stoudemire at the 4 and an unbearably poor rebounding and weak defensive team with either at the 5. Another 5 wins’ worth of variance.

      C) Luck. Like every season. This is another 5 wins, maybe more given the age of Dalembert, Calderon and yes, Melo. Especially if Calderon or Melo gets hurt for a significant period, the Knicks could be *really* bad.

      As far as the future goes, I go with Brian’s negative perspective. Unless you’re the 2010 Heat, and you win the cap space battle and have star and do it when there are multiple disgruntled superstars, you’re not going to turn a fringe playoff team into a contender. This ~40 win team could maybe add 5-10 wins next year if they get the best free agent possible. If they don’t — if it’s Paul Millsap and a bench player instead of Gasol — now you’re looking at potentially 3-6 wins of growth.

      To me, the major variable here is the 2015 draft pick. If the Knicks score a second star there, and he can grow up real fast, 2016/17 could be a really exciting year.

      I don’t buy the cap growth thing. Outside of the Clippers maybe, all other big market teams are in position to take advantage of a huge cap leap, so relative to the rest of the NBA, I don’t see how the Knicks gain much from a cap leap.

    21. I don’t buy the cap growth thing. Outside of the Clippers maybe, all other big market teams are in position to take advantage of a huge cap leap, so relative to the rest of the NBA, I don’t see how the Knicks gain much from a cap leap.

      it just means the knicks won’t be constrained in terms of how much they can offer FAs, unlike the current situation. the thinking is that Melo + Phil + Fish + NYC + as much $ as any other team can offer is a good pitch. So the Knicks gain everything compared to where we have been, really, since 2010 when we sent the wrong coach (MDA) in to talk to Lebron.

    22. The 2015 pick really is big and they are pretty much screwed there, too, since they’ll likely be just good enough to either barely make the playoffs or barely miss the playoffs. In other words, highly unlikely to gain a star player with their pick.

    23. it just means the knicks won’t be constrained in terms of how much they can offer FAs, unlike the current situation. the thinking is that Melo + Phil + Fish + NYC + as much $ as any other team can offer is a good pitch. So the Knicks gain everything compared to where we have been, really, since 2010 when we sent the wrong coach (MDA) in to talk to Lebron.

      I don’t buy that D’Antoni was the deciding factor there. I think Lebron, Wade and Bosh had it already planned out to go together to Miami, which was the only place they all could go together.

      I do buy, though, that if they suddenly have a max slot available in 2016-17, that’d be huge. I suspect that they won’t, though, but if they do, that’s a game-changer. If they have to wait another year for max cap space, then Melo’s 33, Gasol is 32 and you’re really stretching things.

    24. I don’t buy the idea that D’Antoni was ever the problem in NY, LA, or recruiting Lebron.

      I think Lebron looked at that NY team and saw it had no shot of winning a title the first year. It was still an all star, a couple of solid roles players, and experience away from contending. The best case scenario was reloading the following year and taking a serious shot over the next few years. The scenario in Miami was simply much better,

      Walsh took the worst of several trades to free cap space for 2 max players, but he never considered the possibility that a bunch of other teams would do the same thing……better…… and leave him in a very mediocre position.

    25. While absolutely true, to be fair to Walsh I don’t think anyone saw that Chicago trade coming. Trading for cap space was like pulling teeth for every team (Miami gave up a lot to clear their cap space, as well – they traded a first round pick just to dump Daequan Cook’s $2 million contract) and then suddenly Chicago just clears it up like nothing after the season ended.

    26. @21 I agree it would be a fun experiment to watch. But even on the low chance is was actually advantageous, it seems subject to a foolproof counter: the offense can leave its worst offensive player back on defense. You’d only have a couple seconds at most for james harden to score on tony allen, whereas the offense would have the entire shot clock of 4 on 4, a definite advantage over 5 on 5. Most pertinent: if the Knicks sported a Calderon, Th2, Melo, Bargs and Stoudemire lineup…who is the designated cherry picker? Embarrassment of niches.

    27. I’m saying 36 wins, but with actually a general sense of optimism thanks to all the young guys.

      What I’d like to see is two of them — Shump or Hardaway or Early or Wear or Acy — develop enough to become trade chips for a top player. It’s on Fisher to pull of a D’antoni here, and than we’ll see whether Jackson has what it takes to use them in a great trade. Or just go and get another Melo, and drop all of us into another 5 years of despair.

    28. Hubert, Im not saying that a mid-range jumper should never be taken. Like you said there were some great offenses in the 80’s and early 90’s that hardly took and made 3pters. As much as the Spurs have adopted the style of spreading the floor and taking a ton of 3pters Ive read articles about how they value the mid-range shot and vs certain teams that allow those shots they take full advantage of taking them (hell Tony Parker lives off of wide open mid-range jumpers off pick-and-rolls).

      But guys like Isiah (and now Byron Scott) still have this idea that 3pters are not efficient shots and that taking a mid-range jumper on every possession would be better than taking alot of 3pters. Its an archaic 80’s mind-set.

    29. Oh, I totally agree. They shouldn’t be the national game any more. But they are at least a little interesting in the train wreck sort of way.

      Yes, for sure. It kind of reminds of another big market team over the past few years.

    30. In terms of the Knicks this season, the good thing with having a 1st rd pick next season is that there really is no worst-case scenario for me. Sure just missing the playoffs and only getting a late lottery pick would be kind of a waste but its still way better than what happened last year.

      I can see this team win anywhere from 35-45 games. Gun to my head I would say they win 39 games which probably wont be enough to make the playoffs. I do think they will have some amazing games on offense which will probably lead to some surprising wins but there will be just as many if not more horrible losses that will leave us scratching our heads (basically a rehash of last season lol). Im just looking forward to seeing a better coached team and am curious to see how TH2, Larkin and even Acy play since they are some intriguing young players. Id say the same for Shump but Im not sure he will be back next season regardless of how he plays good or bad.

      Regardless one thing is for sure, as always the Knicks will be an entertaining team to follow on a daily basis.

    31. Don’t understand how after pissing off every star player he’s coached other than Nash, MDA can be considered not part of the problem. I also don’t particularly care and don’t think it has any relevance to the Knicks current situation. That being said you’re kidding yourself if you think Phil Jackson doesn’t have a little more cache with guys around the league than MDA who once coached a really awesome Phoenix team.

      As far as the Knicks I have them pegged somewhere between 38-44 wins which I’m fine with. I’m a little bullish and I think they’ll be much better, at least offensively, after New Year’s and think they’ll finish in the upper part of that range with 42 wins. Whether or not that gets us into the playoffs I don’t know.

    32. 41-41 prediction for me. I know, controversial.

      But I will say this: The Knicks will be much better by the end of the season than at the start. We’ll be able to see a clear framework for our future success. Players will be bought into the triangle and it will work. And that will be worth more than any first-round playoff exit.

    33. This is probably gonna be a pretty rough season in terms of wins and losses. There are many players on the roster who are a bad fit for the offensive system, and who are poor defensive players to boot. This team has a distinct “Frankenstein” quality to it, as it is stitched together from leftover pieces of the CAA regime and the new Phil Jackson regime. It’s a work in progress. There are going to be games where the team looks ridiculously bad. The overall talent level is not that great, and the pieces don’t really fit together very well. There are too many bad defenders to hide, and it would be a miracle if this team was something other than a bottom-10 defense.

      I’ll go with 33 to 35 wins.

    34. 1. I’m going with 38-40 wins.

      2. Can we get Simmons suspended again?

      “Simmons: And if that’s not enough, Rondo might be a Knick in three months. I factored in a possible Rondo trade for my ranking: Shumpert, Amar’e’s expiring, a 2018 no. 1 and one protected pick swap at some point before the year 2275 for Rondo and Gerald Wallace.”

    35. Simmons is fun to read and listen to, but he’d make a terrible GM. He makes trades with his heart, not his head; and his heart is Boston Green. It doesn’t sink in to him that Rondo is a terrible fit for the triangle and a big risk and that the new Knicks have shown no signs of being willing to trade for anyone who can’t hit an open mid range jumper. If I had to pick a team that would be a good possible fit for Rondo, it would be Dallas; but neither Dallas nor anyone else would pay the sort of price for Rondo Simmons is think ing of.

    36. Since this is the 39th comment I’ll go with 39 wins though I think it’ll probably be more like 35 or 36. If they could extend the preseason by another month and get the triangle in place a bit better I think they’d probably win 42-45 but I’m pretty sure that’s not happening. As it is I expect them to be in the same class as Atlanta and Charlotte (or maybe even Toronto or Washington) by the end of the season but out of the playoffs due to a terrible start.
      And please no Rondo.

    37. I’m going with 37 wins. Even though I’d like them to be near the 20 range if they weren’t going to make playoffs at all.

    38. According to Kevin Pelton, our new floor spacing big man Jason Smith has less gravity than any player in the NBA. So let’s hope that stat is bullshit.

    39. I have us at 34 wins if the italian gif monster plays in the range of 1500+ minutes, and incrementally better if that number is lower. the east is bad, man, but so are we. sometimes i wonder what would happen if we switched places with, say, utah in the west.

    40. sometimes i wonder what would happen if we switched places with, say, utah in the west.

      Hoping we win the lottery every year.

      Or being EVEN MORE pissed off at our lack of draft picks.

    41. Same prediction as last year

      Knicks: 82-0. Everyone else: 0-82.

      I’ll add that the Celtics somehow manage to cease being a franchise and the Nets move back to New Jersey.

      Maybe I’ll be closer this year… nah.

    42. The fact that the arena looks barely half full on opening night doesn’t bode well for the Pelicans keeping him once he hits free agency.

    43. Don’t understand how after pissing off every star player he’s coached other than Nash, MDA can be considered not part of the problem. I also don’t particularly care and don’t think it has any relevance to the Knicks current situation. That being said you’re kidding yourself if you think Phil Jackson doesn’t have a little more cache with guys around the league than MDA who once coached a really awesome Phoenix team.

      I didn’t see anyone compare MDA to Jackson! We said it wasn’t MDA’s fault that LeBron chose Miami. As far as superstars playing for him goes, Amare and Nash were fine with him and Kobe and Melo were not. I’d say that weighs heavily in favor of Melo and Kobe being the problem given that Melo had issues with Karl and Kobe has issues with everyone other than Jackson. Melo is happy when he gets everything his own way. We’ll see if fFisher and Jackson can get him to mature. I give Kobe 4-6 weeks with Scott before the rumbling starts. Scott is terrible and Kobe is a nitwit. Bad combo.

    44. Man the Pelicans are going to be really tough. Not much depth but Unibrow and asik will be borderline impossible to score on inside.

    45. Add 14, 17, and 5 blocks for Asik and you get 40, 34, 14, and 3 out your starting 4 and 5! Of course, when your starting wings are Gordon and Evans and your bench is basically Ryan Anderson you still have almost no shot of making the playoffs in the west.

    46. Melo just had a cameo in Sons of Anarchy. He mightve just replaced Ewing as my favorite Knick ever lol.

    47. And Randle breaks his leg.

      I didn’t see anyone compare MDA to Jackson! We said it wasn’t MDA’s fault that LeBron chose Miami. As far as superstars playing for him goes, Amare and Nash were fine with him and Kobe and Melo were not. I’d say that weighs heavily in favor of Melo and Kobe being the problem given that Melo had issues with Karl and Kobe has issues with everyone other than Jackson. Melo is happy when he gets everything his own way. We’ll see if fFisher and Jackson can get him to mature. I give Kobe 4-6 weeks with Scott before the rumbling starts. Scott is terrible and Kobe is a nitwit. Bad combo.

      He did have beef with Amar’e and they had to patch things up when he signed in New York. MDA also didn’t get along with Dwight. Karl has had run ins with every star player he’s had including Payton, Kemp, Ray Allen and Glen Robinson. I agree Melo can be a diva so hopefully Fisher and Jackson’s zen voodoo has some holding power over him.

      Kobe is definitely going to snap on somebody. He’s basically alone on that team now. Him, Lin and Ed Davis to take on the Western conference. Yikes.

    48. I don’t think Byron Scott will win a game as Lakers coach.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if you were correct. As someone noted, perhaps this really is one of the slickest tank jobs ever? The Lakers lose their pick this season if it falls outside of the Top 5, so the really really need it to fall in the top five, so what better way to suck than to get perhaps the dumbest coach in the NBA? You have a team that is woefully short on current talent (pretty much just Kobe and Lin) and your answer is to not shoot the three? The great equalizer? The thing that every underdog in the history of the NCAA tournament has used extensively since it is the only way underdogs can defeat better teams? And you’re going to just skip threes? That sounds like the idea of someone who wants to lose as many games as possible. It is like someone looked at last year’s team (that didn’t even have Kobe) and said, “Wow, that team was awful. How did they not get a top five pick? Oh, the three ball. Okay, so let’s remove that.”

    49. Excited about the coming season. Watching the spurs last night, without 2 starters, aging vets, but playing like a TEAM. This gives me hope. That coaching and a sound system do matter more then we think.

      My prediction 42 wins, 7th seed. Upset of the bulls in the first round. Best case scenario the Knicks are clicking in the triangle come April, and can scare the bulls/cavs.

      Let’s go Knicks!

    50. This gives me hope. That coaching and a sound system do matter more then we think.

      Luckily MSG has the best sound system money can buy (thank you Mr Dolan for spending outside the constrains of the cap to the Knicks’ advantage!)

    51. There’s always a chance the Lakers are tanking without admitting it to their fans (and maybe Kobe).

    52. Yeah, I think that’s honestly what they’re doing. The Scott hire doesn’t make any sense otherwise. The craziest thing is that Kobe is signed for $25 million next season. However, if the cap is $65 million, then that gives the Lakers some room to spend, along with hopefully a top five draft pick. You figure they’ll keep Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill, Swaggy P., Robert Sacre, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and…uhmmm…that might be it from this year’s team, right? And Hill is no guarantee to return, either. If you take out Hill, Sacre and Clarkson, the Lakers have about $36 million committed to next season’s team (for just four players – Kobe, Kelly, Young and Randle). 7 cap holds plus the money for the first round pick, which is something like $5 million, right? That brings you to $44.5 million. Wow, that doesn’t even give you that much room to sign players. So never mind, the Lakers are just fucked until Kobe retires.

    53. Provided that Bargs plays 40 minutes a night and doesn’t miss more than these first 3 games I’m predicting 79-3.

      On another note…I would kill something, not sure what, to have Unibrow in a Knicks uniform for the rest of his career. If that guy stays relatively healthy, we’ll be talking about him as the best player in the NBA within 3 years.

    54. If that guy stays relatively healthy, we’ll be talking about him as the best player in the NBA within 3 years.

      No way, because RINGZ!!!!! He isn’t winning any in New Orleans.

    55. Provided that Bargs plays 40 minutes a night and doesn’t miss more than these first 3 games I’m predicting 79-3.

      The Cock Jowles Guide To Being Right: make vague statements, never go on record, and then no matter what happens change your name around February and claim you predicted the exact thing that is currently happening.

      Looking forward to the 4th straight year of this.

    56. That’s not me, but I do go record each and every year. You can complain all you want but I correctly picked the Knicks’ record two years in a row and was way closer than the KB mean last year.

      Of course, I have no independent research to back that up, but this is a fucking fan’s blog and I really don’t give a fuck either way.

      38-44. I’m on the record!

      Enjoy the season!

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