Knicks Morning News (2015.03.25)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks will again be shorthanded while facing Clippers (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:01:35 GMT)

    Derek Fisher confidently strode to the microphone following another loss.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Clinch Division With 122-108 Victory Over Blazers (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:17:39 GMT)

    The music was turned up in the locker room and the mood was festive, but Golden State didn’t overdo the celebration of the team’s first division title in 39 years.

  • [New York Times] Cousins Scores 33, Kings Finally Beat 76ers at Home, 107-106 (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:05:30 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and 17 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings dealt the Philadelphia 76ers their 16th straight road loss, 107-106 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Has 38 Points, Mavericks Rally to Beat Spurs 101-94 (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:05:26 GMT)

    Monta Ellis provided an emphatic rebuttal Tuesday night to a dismal performance 48 hours earlier.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pistons Hold Off Raptors Down Stretch (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:00:38 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined for 54 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds without committing a turnover as Detroit beat Toronto.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 27, Thunder Win 127-117 Over Lakers (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:41:26 GMT)

    It would have been understandable for the Oklahoma City Thunder to overlook the struggling Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night with a road game looming against defending NBA champs San Antonio

  • [New York Times] Middleton Buzzer-Beater Sends Bucks to 89-88 Win Over Heat (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:08:38 GMT)

    Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a six-game losing streak with an 89-88 comeback victory over Miami on Tuesday night in a key game for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

  • [New York Times] Jackson Has 28 Points as Pistons Beat Raptors 108-104 (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:24:36 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson had 28 points and nine assists and Andre Drummond added 21 points and 18 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Toronto Raptors 108-104 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Nash Upbeat Despite Anticlimactic End to Stellar Career (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:19:38 GMT)

    Steve Nash could have felt cheated after assorted injuries over the past two years culminated in his retirement from the NBA, but he prefers to focus on all the positives during a stellar career.

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    60 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.03.25)”

    1. Shorthanded? Doesn’t that actually imply they have sum one useful to put on the floor.

    2. Off topic comment to our resident italian, Farfa. Just read that MWP just signed with Pallacanestro Cantú. I know that italian Lega has faded away in the last years (due to economic reasons) since the bolonian teams golden age, but, come on, a 36 years old Panda’s Friend wearing the same shirt Riva or Marzorati wore before? Is the Lega so bad right now?

    3. Shorthanded? Doesn’t that actually imply they have sum one useful to put on the floor.

      Be nice if Cleanthony could play, but yes, I take your point.

    4. Hey Sibenik, you know a thing or two about Italian basketball, don’t you (I mean, Riva and Marzorati are legends here but I didn’t know they were known even abroad)?

      Well, our league has slipped a lot in recent years. I’d say it’s in the same tier with Germany and France, behind Turkey, Spain, Greece, Israel and Russia, which is at the same time a friggin shame and an accurate reflection on how dire things are here for the everyday economy.
      If you think just 13 years ago my city had two European powerhouses (Virtus and Fortitudo) that were pitted one against the other more than once in the latter stages of the Euroleague, all the while employing the services of Ginobili, David Andersen, Marko Jaric, Rashard Griffith, Sasha Danilovic, Rasho Nesterovic, Dominique Wilkins (yup) and many others who NBA fans might know (John Kevin Crotty anyone? :-|, ehm, ok) and now the better one of them, Virtus, is a middling Serie A team and the worse one is on Division 4…

      Good thing I root for Virtus.

    5. Nerlens had six blocks last night. I am very surprised he hasn’t had back spasms or a neck injury lately.

    6. Dominique Wilkins (yup)

      Fun fact: in the season Wilkins was here there was a strange rumor that said that Wilkins would drink an entire pitcher of red wine in the locker room before most of the home games… I found it hard to believe (it doesn’t fit with his public persona), but a few friends of mine swear they saw him doing that. Then again, if you go see what his last act in our league – a total no show in the Finals deciding game 5, with the added bonus of a bogus foul which conceded a 4-point play to Virtus to tie the game with 18 seconds remaining – it could well be.

    7. I was browsing the team stats, and noticed some fun facts:

      — NYK leads the lead in long-range two-pointers. Long twos represent 25% of NYK shots, league average is 18%. HOU is lowest at 7%, the second lowest is PHI at 12%. I expected HOU to be low, but they are lowest by a huge margin.

      — NYK are also last in corner 3s — they are 17% of NYK 3s, HOU highest at 33%, league average is 25%.

      — NYK are last in field goals 0-3 feet from the basket, i.e. lay-ups and dunks. NYK (and Pacers) are at 24%, league average is 29%, Pelicans are highest at 35%. Interestingly, the Clippers are 3rd lowest at 24.1%, which is surprising because they have Griffin and Jordan, who are know for dunking. Looking at it more closely, the Clips are among the league leaders in dunks (6% of their shots) but are last in lay-ups (17%).

    8. I was browsing the team stats, and noticed some fun facts:

      — NYK leads the lead in long-range two-pointers. Long twos represent 25% of NYK shots, league average is 18%. HOU is lowest at 7%, the second lowest is PHI at 12%. I expected HOU to be low, but they are lowest by a huge margin.

      — NYK are also last in corner 3s — they are 17% of NYK 3s, HOU highest at 33%, league average is 25%.

      — NYK are last in field goals 0-3 feet from the basket, i.e. lay-ups and dunks. NYK (and Pacers) are at 24%, league average is 29%, Pelicans are highest at 35%. Interestingly, the Clippers are 3rd lowest at 24.1%, which is surprising because they have Griffin and Jordan, who are know for dunking. Looking at it more closely, the Clips are among the league leaders in dunks (6% of their shots) but are last in lay-ups (17%).

      Triangle baby!

      To be honest, I guess that’s a byproduct of shitty players and bumbling coaching in the first half and that the Triangle has influence on only 30% of that awfulness.

    9. To be fair, I got inspired to look up the stats after reading this Grantland article, about the coaching trees of Phil vs. Pop.

      http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-sons-of-pop-and-the-zen-master-its-time-to-properly-measure-the-value-of-nba-coaches/

      PHI is obviously awful, but its shot distribution looks more like the better teams: fewer long 2s, more 3s, more layups/dunks. Their coach came from the Spurs, so that isn’t surprising. I think it’s promising that their system resembles that of the better teams in the league, even if their talent hasn’t caught up to it yet. If they can get some shooters to knock down those shots (they are last in the league in 3 pt %), combined with their defense, then they have a chance at becoming a good team.

    10. PHI is obviously awful, but its shot distribution looks more like the better teams: fewer long 2s, more 3s, more layups/dunks. Their coach came from the Spurs, so that isn’t surprising.

      Yes, that’s what separates Philly from us, the Lakers and Minny. Philly actually has a good coaching staff.

    11. Lmao Philly has a good coaching staff because of their shot distribution? I guess we should bring back genius coach Jim O’Brien who encourage his early 2000’s Celtics to launch a ton of 3’s.

      Farfa, who should we run plays for corner 3’s for? Lance Thomas gets wide open looks from the corners generated through the Triangle and tweaks Fisher has integrated but he doesn’t take them because he sucks at that shot. The same goes for Jason Smith who will occasionally take a couple but usually will either only space out to 20 feet or pump fake and pull up for a mid-range jumper.

      Fisher also has very clearly incorporated options for high PNR more frequently within the Triangle and has very obviously to me tweaked it to create more corner 3’s albeit for a team bereft of players capable of hitting that shot. My personal opinion is that if Melo was taking those corner 3’s instead of fucking Lance Thomas things would look better.

      I do agree the beginning of the season overall was painful both in terms of execution, decision making (looking at you JR and Bert) and shot distribution, but to my eye despite the supposed tradeoff for “worse talent” our execution is a lot better and the shot distribution has improved but with players incapable of fully taking advantage of it.

    12. Also that thread yesterday was awesome in so many ways.

      Quick thoughts here are Kawhi is a max player, Cole on the minimum is fine, Bargs fucking sucks, Camby trade was stupid for the assets we gave up not for taking the risk on him as a backup C and eye test has value, but only when it’s combined heavily with the numbers.

    13. My personal opinion is that if Melo was taking those corner 3’s instead of fucking Lance Thomas things would look better.

      That’s kind of the point though. Melo is not going to be taking those corner threes. The corner threes are assisted, the vast majority of the time. Melo is not going to be standing in the corner waiting for a PG to drive and dish to him, or for someone to swing the ball around to him. That’s not his game — only 12% of his 3s in his career have come from the corner) — and I doubt that the NYK are going to use him that way. For his career, 28% of Melo’s shots have been long twos.

      I agree with this, although I don’t care about the Camby part enough to think it through :
      Quick thoughts here are Kawhi is a max player, Cole on the minimum is fine, Bargs fucking sucks, Camby trade was stupid for the assets we gave up not for taking the risk on him as a backup C and eye test has value, but only when it’s combined heavily with the numbers.

    14. Post ASB we are taking a lot fewer mid range jumpers, and taking more shots at the rim. I’m not sure how closely these things track with winning, but it’s worth noting that it doesn’t seem that those stats are completely a product of the triangle. (the clippers, for example, score a lot of points from mid-range and have the second most efficient offense in the NBA)

    15. It would be great if Melo would take the corner three. At the risk of going over very old furrowed ground it was my impression that he was not cool with being a corner three shooter. #Lin #D’Antoni #busting plays #thatwasalong time ago #hisgamehasevolved/hehasmatured #Linsux #D’Antoni had no people skills …
      On an unrelated note it is actually tolerable outside in the NYC metro area for consecutive days. That is a plus.

    16. Regarding Melo corner 3’s: I don’t think it’s a matter of him not liking them, but more about his role in the offense. I would bet that if you looked at Durant or LeBron’s shot distributions, for example, they probably don’t take many either since they have the ball so much of the time of offense.

      The typical open corner 3 usually results from an offensive player breaking down the defense and throwing to an open shooter. For a while now, our only offensive threat has been Melo.

    17. a lot of our ‘best’ players live in the mid range…. bargs, jason smith, thomas, hardaway.. so it’s no surprise…

      the goal of an offense is to create the best available shot… a shot at the rim or a 3 is not going to be that shot a lot of the time… so i never really bought the whole just goto the rim /shoot a 3 forcefed offense… it’s part of the reason why the sixers are dead last by a mile… they don’t have the personnel to get those looks that they want…

    18. Carmelo hasn’t really shown himself to be a good corner 3 shooter. He is 33.9% in his career in >300 attempts. I doubt you could find many or maybe even any “good” three point shooters worse than that from the corner.

    19. Carmelo hasn’t really shown himself to be a good corner 3 shooter. He is 33.9% in his career in >300 attempts. I doubt you could find many or maybe even any “good” three point shooters worse than that from the corner.

      My assumption would be he hasn’t gotten a lot of looks at corner 3’s in NYK as he’s basically been the person that’s been depended upon to generate offense and he wasn’t much of a perimeter shooter in Denver. Either way Melo at 34% is a lot more tenable than Jason Smith or fucking Lance Thomas shooting that shot. We could also try to sign some guys that can make that shot as well hopefully.

      My point is still that Jason Smith as a 4 and Lance Thomas as a 3 are getting plenty of clean, catch and shoot looks from 3 from the corners within the Triangle, but because they suck at shooting that shot we don’t capitalize on them. Hell Lance turned it over 3 times in the first quarter against Memphis on those looks because he pump faked and stepped out of bounds when trying to drive to the rim instead.

      Post ASB we are taking a lot fewer mid range jumpers, and taking more shots at the rim.

      I think this has been the case since we waived Dalembert and traded Shump and JR.

    20. — NYK leads the lead in long-range two-pointers. Long twos represent 25% of NYK shots, league average is 18%. HOU is lowest at 7%, the second lowest is PHI at 12%. I expected HOU to be low, but they are lowest by a huge margin.

      — NYK are also last in corner 3s — they are 17% of NYK 3s, HOU highest at 33%, league average is 25%.

      — NYK are last in field goals 0-3 feet from the basket, i.e. lay-ups and dunks. NYK (and Pacers) are at 24%, league average is 29%, Pelicans are highest at 35%. Interestingly, the Clippers are 3rd lowest at 24.1%, which is surprising because they have Griffin and Jordan, who are know for dunking. Looking at it more closely, the Clips are among the league leaders in dunks (6% of their shots) but are last in lay-ups (17%).

      Sounds like a good recipe for a bad offense.

    21. Lance Thomas is 3-9 in corner threes this season

      Jason smith 8-22

      The Knicks don’t make corner 3s because they suck in generating them. Not because of Smith or Thomas.

    22. Great news. ESPN.com reported that Phil is NOT the worst GM in the league.
      (He’s 29th)

    23. Players are bad. Coach is bad. GM is bad

      From the large sample size of 3/4 of a season, very hard to argue with these conclusions.

    24. I think Lebron should be on the list of bad GMs, as well. “Hey, if you want me to sign with you, you have to trade the #1 pick for Kevin Love, but I will then spend the season distancing myself from Love so that we’ll have traded the #1 pick for a one year rental.” Did y’all see LeBron tweeted a photo of him and a few Cav teammates (sans Love) captioned “my clique.” And now the whole “Love would vote for Westbrook over LeBron for MVP” stuff. It’s a mess.

    25. Lance Thomas is 3-9 in corner threes this season

      Jason smith 8-22

      The Knicks don’t make corner 3s because they suck in generating them. Not because of Smith or Thomas.

      Why the fuck would we bother trying to generate corner 3’s for Lance, Jason Smith, Early, this slumping completely worthless version of THJ and the ever hesitant to shoot Shane Larkin? Lance doesn’t shoot those 3’s because he sucks at them and he can’t hit it with any confidence. Again just from the Memphis game in the 1st quarter he passed up 3 open looks from the corner and turned it over instead.

      The lack of attempts speaks to the fact the guys we have suck at shooting those shots and have no confidence in hitting them.

    26. 76ers should go hard after Love. It will be tough for them to totally suck next year in the East, with Noel looking like a defensive force and Embiid, their high lottery pick, plus one or two additionals first rounders hitting the roster. Plus, their cap advantage dwindles after this year when the TV money kicks in. Love seems smart enough to see that the 76ers trajectory is a lot better than the rear view mirror, and that the situation would basically be opposite day for him compared to riding in the back of the Lebron bus. Pairing Love with two defensive bigs makes sense, and you could suddenly imagine a team with Embiid, Noel, Love, (say) Russell, Canaan, two more first rounders this year, next year’s Laker pick, and plenty of cap room.

    27. Thanks Captain Luke. I’m sure that Jerry Krause who ran off Phil Jackson from Chicago for Tim Floyd after telling Phil he wouldn’t get an extension even if he went undefeated has no axe to grind.

    28. lol at that Jerry Krause quote. He and Phil hate each other, don’t they? It’s so like Ian O’Connor to choose someone’s enemy as the only named person who gave a quote.

      Re: that article – how is it possible that Krause thinks the final call on the surgery should be Phil’s? This isn’t horse racing with a nonhuman subject. If the doctors told Melo that he could keep playing on it and he didn’t want to have surgery yet, was Phil supposed to chloroform him and carry him into the OR? These articles about this are ridiculous.

      Honestly, I would’ve preferred that Melo had gotten the surgery earlier, but will anyone care when he’s back at full strength 6-8 weeks before training camp even starts?

      Re: other topics on this thread –
      – hard to get shots at the rim regardless of the offense if you don’t either have a great post presence or someone able to attack the rim off the dribble and break down the defense.
      – when you don’t have either of those, you end up taking what the defense wants you to take = long 2s. I don’t think the Triangle per se is necessarily the problem — if you look at the 2009-11 Lakers they were in the back half of the league in terms of % of shots that were long-2’s (meaning they shot fewer than average).
      – hard to say if Phil is a bad GM or just not an amazing GM. Remember that he had very little to work with. The only piece with any value he had was Tyson, and for the most part he received positive reviews on that trade at the time. Now even I’ve said before that it’s his job to be prescient about these things, and obviously that trade hasn’t worked out. But – I will give him credit that he saw where this season was going and pulled the plug hard and turned it into a #relentlesstank, which no NYK GM in the last 30 years has had the stones to do.

    29. Krause does have an ax to grind. Absolutely.

      He is also telling the truth.

      Thanks oh prescient one. Tell me more about how Kawhi isn’t a max player because of points.

    30. Thanks Captain Luke. I’m sure that Jerry Krause who ran off Phil Jackson from Chicago for Tim Floyd after telling Phil he wouldn’t get an extension even if he went undefeated has no axe to grind.

      Unless, of course, if Jerry Krause endorsed Phil Jackson. Then, his opinion would be a highly relevant.

    31. I don’t see that Krause is undercutting Phil; if anything he’s supporting him by saying Phil had almost nothing to work with.

    32. Unless, of course, if Jerry Krause endorsed Phil Jackson. Then, his opinion would be a highly relevant.

      No it wouldn’t. I would think he’s a fucking moron if he was exclaiming Phil as a basketball genius based on his performance as a GM this year. The world doesn’t need to work in extremes.

    33. Meh of the Krause article dated February 18, 2015. I can agree with this though “I knew Phil had a bad ballclub. If [James] Dolan offered him $2 million a year or even $5 million, he wouldn’t have taken it. But $12 million is overwhelming. Phil didn’t take the job because he thought he had a playoff club. He took the job for the money.”. Did anyone think Dalembert would suck as badly as he did, and if so state it at the time? I didn’t go on the record. As for Krause I would take the comments much more seriously if they were made in November or December. As for Melo, the argument was not to force the player to have surgery but that it should not be solely the player’s choice. They could always just say we aren’t playing you. I think the Mets did that along with Scott Boras on Matt Harvey last year when he talked about coming back before the season. The big sticking point is would Dolan allow Melo to sit when that meant less fans in the seats. I think we all know the answer to that.

    34. “I knew Phil had a bad ballclub. If [James] Dolan offered him $2 million a year or even $5 million, he wouldn’t have taken it. But $12 million is overwhelming. Phil didn’t take the job because he thought he had a playoff club. He took the job for the money.

      Total non-sequitur. Of course Phil is not going to take a GM job that pays $2 MM or even $5 MM. And for Dolan to offer him that, would be an insult. Regardless of what you think he’s worth as a GM, his reputation and history command a larger salary, especially since he was coming out of retirement and working across the country. That doesn’t mean he took the job only “for the money.”

    35. No arguments left, the silliness comes to the surface…lol…lavor, lavor…curse less and think more…

      Luke make arguments that anybody on this board care about.

      I’m awaiting your knight in shining armor, hoolahoop, to swoop in to defend you now.

    36. Re Melo and the corner three:

      Putting anyone who is a real threat to penetrate the defense in the corner is a mistake. Why? Because by doing so, you cut in half the ground the defender in front of them has to cover (eg only the left in the right corner and only the right in the left corner), nullifying the advantage you get from that kind of player.

      The fact that Melo doesn’t shoot a lot of corner threes is therefore fine and to be expected.

      And since he doesn’t / shouldn’t shoot them, he probably spends little time working on them, accounting for his relatively low percentage.

    37. Don’t be silly, Lavor. Your posting history would suggest you care more than you’re willing to admit. I kind of like how naive you are as a person and as a basketball analyst. There is a certain purity to it (I don’t like the constant cursing, though).

      Thanks for the character judgments about me as a person based on comments on a basketball blog.

      Unless you’re Phil Jackson you actually can’t know that he only took the job for money. Are you Phil Jackson?

    38. And since he doesn’t / shouldn’t shoot them, he probably spends little time working on them, accounting for his relatively low percentage.

      This may seem sensible but there’s not good evidence of it that I can see. Lebron is 39.7% from the corner. Vince Carter is 40.1% (and he’s been worse recently, so the “he practices now that he’s old and doesn’t penetrate” doesn’t work). Jamaal Crawford is 38.5% and claims he never practiced shooting in the off-season until like a year ago. Paul Pierce is 38.6% and take the same % of his shots from corner 3 as Melo. Our pal JR is 39.8%. Manu is 38.8%. Even Kobe who is a career 33% 3 pt shooter is better from the corner @ 35%. It may be sample size, but I kinda doubt it’s about practice.

    39. @47 yea some people just cant shoot from that angle. There is literally no back ground. idk.

    40. I think Lebron should be on the list of bad GMs, as well. “Hey, if you want me to sign with you, you have to trade the #1 pick for Kevin Love, but I will then spend the season distancing myself from Love so that we’ll have traded the #1 pick for a one year rental.” Did y’all see LeBron tweeted a photo of him and a few Cav teammates (sans Love) captioned “my clique.” And now the whole “Love would vote for Westbrook over LeBron for MVP” stuff. It’s a mess.

      Don’t you think it’s slightly cherry picking to focus on those parts of the interviews from the last few days and not, you know, the parts where he explicitly said he plans on being in Cleveland next year, and the part where he explicitly called Lebron the best player in the world? It seems like the determination that the situation is playing out a certain way is driving how the evidence is seen and not the other way around. When Lebron posts pictures of the guys on the plane that do include Love those ones get a lot less buzz for some reason…

    41. Also on the topic of Phil: if he took the job for the money who freaking cares? There are exceptionally few people in the world who make their work decisions completely independent of the money aspect. That doesn’t mean that they’re half-assing it, or that they’re greedy or that they don’t care or whatever insinuation Luke is trying to make. Guess what? I wouldn’t have taken my job if they had offered me 40% of what they’re paying me, or (god forbid)15%. I guess that means I’m just in it for the money. I fully believe it’s true that Phil wouldn’t have taken the gig if he was making $2M. My followup question is: So what?

    42. Why the fuck would we bother trying to generate corner 3’s for Lance, Jason Smith, Early, this slumping completely worthless version of THJ and the ever hesitant to shoot Shane Larkin? Lance doesn’t shoot those 3’s because he sucks at them and he can’t hit it with any confidence. Again just from the Memphis game in the 1st quarter he passed up 3 open looks from the corner and turned it over instead.

      Ok, so i guess that Prigioni can’t shoot 3s too. How many open 3s he passed wide open?

      This is the same stupid argument that people keep saying that Melo doesn’t need to stop jacking contested long two because everybody else sucks.

      Although all this guys are really terrible players, you gotta create the best shot regardless who you have. And corner 3s are one of the best available.

    43. It’s simple math.

      A .301 corner 3 (below league average) will create more points than a .450 long two (above league average).

    44. Ok, so i guess that Prigioni can’t shoot 3s too. How many open 3s he passed wide open?

      This is the same stupid argument that people keep saying that Melo doesn’t need to stop jacking contested long two because everybody else sucks.

      Although all this guys are really terrible players, you gotta create the best shot regardless who you have. And corner 3s are one of the best available.

      But MSA as I said Fisher has incorporated more tweaks to generate these looks as the season has gone along and there has been an improvement, at least visually (I don’t have the shot distribution break down), of the shots we are getting.

      The beginning of the season we were really just running the primary and secondary Triangle options and it was obvious that some guys had no idea what they were doing and as a result took poor shots.

      Of course I wish Pablo, or anybody for that matter, got more looks from the corner, but my point is that as we’ve gone along and as we’ve improved the shots generated, be it at the rim or the corner 3, and incorporated much more PNR action in to the offense we aren’t seeing the benefits because the shots are ending up in the hands of players that aren’t good at basketball.

    45. Just to point out that I’m aware that Fisher has implemented new ideas, and that has to be commended.

    46. Reminds me of the endless arguments defending Melo not passing the ball to an open teammate because that person is not as good a shooter as Melo. Btw, that’s one of the things that make LeBron such a great player: he almost always tries to make the best available move, even if it is to pass to a vastly inferior teammate.

      May be an inferior teammate but Lebron has always had shooters around him. So thats a little different and also lebron is Magic Johnson but more athletic. Not sure why you are comparing him to Melo. Melo is a skilled one on one player. Lebron is a skilled player.

    47. “It’s nearly impossible to make people understand the simple concept that the best available move must be made all the time (most surprising when it’s stat-oriented fans not getting it).”

      Of course, Luke, it must be frustrating living in a world where you are the smartest person.

    48. When I’m running the Knicks the offense will have 2 men in each corner and one guy under the basket for dunking. Our shots will only be corner 3s and dunks. We will easily have the best offense in the NBA.

    49. In my opinion you would want two guys in each corner to maximize your corner 3 opportunities. So two guys in each corner, one guy under the basket for dunking. We’ll call the offense “the flatline”.

    50. Yeah, that’s what I said. 2 men in each corner. That way you can’t cover them with just one guy.

      As far as the article that kicked off this discussion, it’s reminding me why I hate Goldsberry. He uses Wilson Chandler’s 2012-2013 3PT % to show how Shaw’s offense doesn’t generate the looks that Chandler got under George Karl. But he doesn’t mention that season was, by far, the best 3 point shooting year of Chandler’s career, and it came during a season in which he played 46 games and took 126 3s. Wilson Chandler is a career 339 3PT shooter who this season is shooting .342 from downtown. Maybe Wilson Chandler just isn’t a great shooter who happened to shoot really well over a fairly small sample size one season??

    51. As far as the article that kicked off this discussion, it’s reminding me why I hate Goldsberry. He uses Wilson Chandler’s 2012-2013 3PT % to show how Shaw’s offense doesn’t generate the looks that Chandler got under George Karl. But he doesn’t mention that season was, by far, the best 3 point shooting year of Chandler’s career, and it came during a season in which he played 46 games and took 126 3s. Wilson Chandler is a career 339 3PT shooter who this season is shooting .342 from downtown. Maybe Wilson Chandler just isn’t a great shooter who happened to shoot really well over a fairly small sample size one season??

      True. He is also opportunistic implying Steve Kerr is Popovich protegé, when he was Phil’s number one choice and played more seasons under Phil than under Pop.

      However, i usually like Kirk’s articles. They usually have insight difficult to find anywhere else.

    52. To be fair to the shot clock, a team without a single starter with an above average TS% is tough to watch

    53. CP3 and DeAndre are fun though. If only Ray Felton had been the best PG alive instead of a gun toting roly-poly bricklayer.

      Melo would actually be a good fit for this Clips team

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