Knicks Morning News (2015.03.29)

  • [New York Times] Jazz Rally From Down 16 to Beat Thunder 94-89 (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:22:09 GMT)

    Trey Burke said the Jazz “felt disrespected” and took former teammate Enes Kanter’s critical comments about the organization personally.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Beat Nuggets, Move Closer to Division Title (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:46:16 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 120-114 on Saturday night for their third consecutive victory.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Pacers’ Paul George Waits for Clearance (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:31:59 GMT)

    George, a two-time All-Star, said after practice that he felt as if he had passed all the tests to play but that he was still waiting for clearance from the team’s medical staff before he made his season debut.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Beat Bucks 108-95, Clinch Top Seed in West (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:31:10 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors achieved two impressive milestones with another double-digit win on the road.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Knicks Lose 60th Game (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:24:04 GMT)

    Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls handed the visiting Knicks their team-record 60th loss, 111-80.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Hand Knicks Their 60th Loss, a Franchise Record (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:34:18 GMT)

    Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls handed the Knicks their franchise-record 60th loss, beating New York 111-80 Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Hornets Beat Hawks Backups 115-100 (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 01:40:19 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 21 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat an Atlanta Hawks team missing all five starters, 115-100 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks lose franchise-worst 60th game to Bulls (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:26:51 GMT)

    Phil Jackson’s teams won 60 games in one season five times as head coach of the Bulls, including an NBA-record 72 in 1995-96.

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Under Phil Jackson, Knicks reach rock bottom (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:22:42 GMT)

    When you add it all up, the Knicks played exactly one meaningful game this season: The first one.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks in 60 L’s! Horror show hits milestone (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:41:52 GMT)

    The Knicks’ loss to the Bulls Saturday night was their 60th, a new record of futility.

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    85 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.03.29)”

    1. I’m happy we got that record this season. After all, can you imagine finishing this season 32-50 and hitting rock bottom next season without a pick?

    2. Yeah, I hate the fact that this is the worst Knick season ever, but it is all for the greater good. The worst was when they lost, like, 56 games and ended up behind four other teams (okay, the worst was when they lost 59 games and didn’t even have their own pick, but you know what I mean).

    3. This year does have one secretly bad feature, though, that other horrible years have lacked. Primarily because of Phil’s hiring, the MSG crowds and to a lesser extent the media and message boards have faced this apocalypse with sanguine resolution. Home games are like watching little league games, or maybe a crowded evening at the aquarium. People sit around happily watching mulch decompose, and seem eternally grateful when a single positive or interesting thing happens. For a diehard Knick fan, this kind of doe eyed death marching robs you of group catharsis, the only hedge to losing.

      In previous years of suck, which naively seemed like rock bottom, you at least got the Fire Isiah and Dolan Sucks rancor, and felt some camaraderie in acknowledging that a select cabal of not so smart people are burning down your favorite toy and charging you for it. That’s totally absent this year, and the last three weeks of Berman’s self parody of teenage mutiny most certainly does not count. It’s nice that we have a high lottery pick, but it’s also worth noting that we are in an absolutely horrible position relative to most similarly bad teams in NBA history:

      1. We are much worse than a bad team, we are one of the worst teams of all time.
      2. We don’t have our 2nd rounder this year, nor our 1st rounder next year.
      3. We have not had a single young player with legitimate potential to root for during our debauchery this year.
      4. Whatever your view about Phil Jackson’s first year plus, the best case ceiling of him as an elite GM, outmaneuvering Morey and Buford has surely come down.
      5. Our cap space competitive advantage is about to be mitigated by the cap increase.
      6. The Carmelo contract is more compatible with future mediocrity than building a contender.
      7. This comes after we have won exactly one playoff series in 15 years. Sam Hinkie wouldn’t accept that NPV even if he was promised the Dream Team in year 16.

    4. I’ve lived long enough to see lots of ups and downs with my beloved teams, mostly downs (Knicks, Mets, Jets!) This year has certainly been as low as any of those teams have gone.

      But this team is in a similar position they were in just before they drafted Ewing. Once King went down, that team was HORRIBLE! And King never came back to play with Ewing, and Ewing’s first 3 years were injury-riddled.

      For all of Phil’s dubious moves/non-moves, he has not committed the unforgivable sin of trading any #1 picks. People think of the Melo contract as unforgivable, but in the larger scheme of things, his salary will take up a lower % of cap space than a different veteran star FA will in 2017. I am totally OK with Melo being on the team, so it sucks less for me than for the anti-Melo crowd.

      So knowing that we will have Melo (and I believe he will make a full recovery from the knee surgery), one of Towns, Okafor, Mudiay, or Russell, 1 or 2 good FAs, and role players with high b-ball IQs, is enough to give me faith that this team will improve dramatically in short order. Maybe we don’t win a championship anytime soon, but we could be a playoff team next year and very good win 2-3 years.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Fisher winds up in the front office when Jackson leaves.

    5. E tu, ptmilo?

      Actually, I said something similar a few days ago – I just don’t see a way past mediocrity. Not enough picks; not enough room in FA; Melo not transcendent.

      That said, I do think we have “a single young player with legitimate potential to root for.” Galloway’s ceiling may be low, but I do root for D-leaguers who play their way into being average. Everyone wants a home run, a slam dunk, but singles and lay-ups are useful, too. Right now Galloway isn’t a great player, and he may never be, but on his contract, if he achieves basic competency, that is something to root for, because it’s something we’ve so long lacked…particularly on D.

      I would root for a team of competent defensive players. I’ve done it before.

    6. Re: Towns, I like him, but some of his movements could be described as “lumbering.” Maybe he’s still growing, maybe he’s getting used to moving those big feet in traffic… or maybe he’s just not going to be that athletic. He definitely has very soft touch with both hands and has great extension on both ends. The two offensive fouls seemed out of frustration with physical defense, where he looked a bit ungainly.

    7. I have to be honest- I wouldn’t at all be upset if we had a top 2 pick and we picked Cauley-stein instead of Towns or Okafor. He’s probably 80% of Tyson Chandler on offense already and IMHO is arguably more valuable on D on day 1 than tyson because he can truly guard 5 positions. Like herring said- his rebounding numbers are subpar but thats what happens when you’re checking the other team’s top scorer and they’re afraid to go near the hoop.

      No way does Phil choose him before towns or okafor but if we get stuck with the 3 or 4 pick I’m totally fine with WCS.

    8. Galloway’s ceiling may be low, but I do root for D-leaguers who play their way into being average. Everyone wants a home run, a slam dunk, but singles and lay-ups are useful, too. Right now Galloway isn’t a great player, and he may never be, but on his contract, if he achieves basic competency, that is something to root for, because it’s something we’ve so long lacked…particularly on D.

      Hey, I’m glad you can get excited about someone, Galloway’s pure rootability factor is off the charts. I see his ceiling as Rodney Stuckey, and I think his defensive chops are only so-so, so I can’t make myself care.

      Re: Towns, I like him, but some of his movements could be described as “lumbering.” Maybe he’s still growing, maybe he’s getting used to moving those big feet in traffic… or maybe he’s just not going to be that athletic.

      I think that’s a fair description. He is actually a good leaper, about on par with Noah, but his is not nearly as quick and explosive. If anything, Stein looks more like Noah. He is not quite as good a raw athlete as Bynum, but Bynum also looked less explosive than his raw #s. And Towns is a better shooter and by default has a better makeup. He is much more athletic than Bogut, who like Towns was very coordinated but was always rather lumbering. Plus if you draft Towns you get Karlito for free, which makes up for us not having our 2nd rounder.

    9. Cauley Stein is a good bit older but if he somehow ended up a consolation prize I wouldn’t mind. Towns seems to have much more upside to me though, the good kind.

      One guy who looks like Paul Millsap in waiting is Ochefu. Eye popping numbers for a guy who doesn’t seem to be a draft prospect at all.

    10. Cauley Stein is a good bit older but if he somehow ended up a consolation prize I wouldn’t mind. Towns seems to have much more upside to me though, the good kind.

      Cauley-Stein looks so much like Tyson Chandler that I wouldn’t be upset if he ended up in blue and orange. He’s also only 21, so it’s not a Brandon Weeden situation. You’d have years 22-25 locked up on a rookie contract, and then a low-level max from 26-29 if he panned out. I think it’s better to draft players at 21 than at 18 for that reason.

    11. I’ve always been big on Cauley-Stein, too, but yeah, I used to lump him and Turner together as good value at the #4 pick and now I think he’s clearly not only ahead of Turner, but likely ahead of Johnson (who I used to have pegged at #3 on my list).

      Russell, though, is probably still going to be the guy at #3, but after that, Cauley-Stein, Johnson and Mudiay are all very interesting guys at #4. Even the enigmatic European guy. Man, I love this particular draft! What a great draft to have a top pick! Something actually working out for the Knicks is such an unusual experience for me!

    12. Stanley Johnson has dropped to #9 on the DX mock draft board. It’s amazing how about 100 minutes in tournament games changes the perception of a player enough that he drops 6 spots. Human psychology is dumb.

      But yeah, I’d be fine with WCS at anything past 3.

    13. If Cauley-Stein is our worst case scenario at the 4th spot, I’m as happy as a pig in shit. Just don’t blow the top spot to the T-Wolves and I am one happy guy!

    14. Man, I love this particular draft! What a great draft to have a top pick!

      Brian,

      I don’t normally pay a lot of attention to college ball or the draft. But I’ve been doing some stat work on this draft relative to others and this one seems LOADED with quality. I really wish we had 2 picks.

    15. I am looking forward to getting another good look at Okafor, Winslow, and Harrell tonight. All three look like top-10 material to me.

    16. Towns reminds me a lot of Andrew Bynum. If that was his ceiling (minus the injuries and the attitude) would you take him #1? I probably would.

    17. hahahahahaah where did that come from

      Also, why is ESPN saying “neither team has found an offensive rhythm” about this NCAA game? They’re each on pace for about 70 points.

    18. “As it is, the draft pick is all we have to show for the debacle that Phil Jackson’s first official season has been. The rest if just a lot of rationalization, a lot of ‘let’s look at the positives’…”

      …as opposed to saying the same thing over and over for the 10,000 time. Sickening.

    19. He really does write like ruruland, just with fewer arbitrary stat arguments and obviously different polarity when it comes to Anthony et al.

    20. It’s not sickening, Z-man. Ingesting bleach is sickening. This is just mildly confusing and moderately annoying.

    21. Nice to see Prigs, third fastest average speed in the NBA according to SportVu at the age of 97, getting 29 minutes and helping the Rockets win in Washington today.

    22. Jowles, CL’s posts are like Chinese water torture. He could drive someone to bleach.

      Montrzel is a monster. He’s gonna be an impact pro. May not have the upside of some guys who would be drafted before him, but he’s a disruptive force out there. Great body, great motor, nice feel for the game. Maybe a bit undersized for a true PF, but should be at least as good as your buddy Faried.

    23. To clarify, I think Montrezl is a good mid-first round pick-up, and a steal anywhere below the top-15. Draft Express has him ranked #21, that has to be too low.

    24. Another problem with the Knicks has been the inability to teach pro level technique to 18-19 year olds. It almost seems as if we’re better off with a guy like Cauley-Stein, who has had three years of tutelage under an extremely good coaching staff.

    25. Home games are like watching little league games, or maybe a crowded evening at the aquarium. People sit around happily watching mulch decompose, and seem eternally grateful when a single positive or interesting thing happens.

      Hahaha. Awesome.

      it’s also worth noting that we are in an absolutely horrible position relative to most similarly bad teams in NBA history:

      1. We are much worse than a bad team, we are one of the worst teams of all time.
      2. We don’t have our 2nd rounder this year, nor our 1st rounder next year.
      3. We have not had a single young player with legitimate potential to root for during our debauchery this year.
      4. Whatever your view about Phil Jackson’s first year plus, the best case ceiling of him as an elite GM, outmaneuvering Morey and Buford has surely come down.
      5. Our cap space competitive advantage is about to be mitigated by the cap increase.
      6. The Carmelo contract is more compatible with future mediocrity than building a contender.
      7. This comes after we have won exactly one playoff series in 15 years. Sam Hinkie wouldn’t accept that NPV even if he was promised the Dream Team in year 16.

      Yes. Great post ptmillo.

    26. I don’t get it – doesn’t it make a lot more sense to just get the ball to midcourt with, say, 2 seconds left and call time out? But NCAA teams never do that at the end of games.

    27. I think having a top pick in this draft is much better than the draft picks we could’ve reasonably gotten in a melo sign and trade but we’re still stuck with MMM so that sucks. But phil isn’t to blame for signing melo because that was certainly a condition of employment. That NTC is an abomination though but if you look at it Phil was in a terrible negotiating position during MeloDrama and so had to sweeten the pot or leave with serious egg on his face, at least to our Great Benefactor Dolan.

    28. A top draft pick in a top heavy draft like this one is worlds better than two mid firsts in drafts that project to be kinda shitty so no, we wouldn’t be in a better long term position given that we need to draft a franchise player to turn the franchise around and this is our best chance to do it for the next 3 years or so.

    29. How does Towns compare to Howard. I do not see always see the fluidity on defense like Howard showed. Early in the year you saw flashes of the ability to switch and cover then erase baskets at the rim. He still does a great job at rim protecting. I think their low post games would probably be the same. I think Towns has a better touch around the rim plus he is a great FT shooter.

    30. He compares fairly poorly to Howard, skills and body-wise, but Howard had an out of this world body and skills. He definitely is a little more mature with his skills than Howard, but in terms of raw skills Howard was insane. Howard was always just a question of putting the skills together.

    31. I’ll make it clear. If I see any more comments involving calling other posters “fanboys,” I’m just deleting the comment. Be forewarned.

    32. Honestly don’t think Towns is all that great of a defensive player currently. I think he overplays from the weakside and chases highlight reel blocks thus leading to his man getting free putbacks on offensive rebounds like Auguste last night. This usually isn’t an issue as WCS can clean up behind him, but as WCS was pulled out of the paint last night with ND spreading the floor you could see how they were able to use Towns’ shot blocking zeal against him.

      I also don’t think Towns is much of a superior athlete compared to Okafor as is popularly believed.

      None of this is to say that Towns is a bum, but personally I’d rate him just below Okafor. Would be extremely happy with either one.

    33. Regardless of what anyone thinks of PJ’s skill as a GM, I think it’s pretty clear that he didn’t have much room to negotiate with respect to MMM – any candidate that told Dolan that the first thing he would do is to send Melo packing if he didn’t take a steep discount would have had a very short interview. Whether or not that’s PJ’s problem in terms of brain power or moral integrity or whatever is irrelevant – any “what ifs” that don’t factor in Dolan are just pipe dreams.

    34. I’m not calling you ruruland; I’m saying that your writing style is remarkably like his: short paragraphs with conjecture-based content, rhetorical questions and NY Daily News-columnist closing sentences. A sentence like, “We had much better,” to close your post makes you sound remarkably like a sports columnist/beat writer, which is literally what ruruland is.

      I happen to agree that Phil Jackson has been incompetent, but I’m just pointing out the similarity in style.

    35. He compares fairly poorly to Howard, skills and body-wise, but Howard had an out of this world body and skills. He definitely is a little more mature with his skills than Howard, but in terms of raw skills Howard was insane. Howard was always just a question of putting the skills together.

      I think Towns is much better at shooting and passing. Are those raw skills?

    36. Raw skills are jumping, speed, strength.
      Shooting is a learned skill, more or less.

    37. I just think PJ’s hands were tied on MMM – not that he’s Dolan’s puppet. MMM was (mostly) a prerequisite for the deal.

    38. Seeing that video of Frank Kaminsky dancing to “Having the a Time of My Life” just made him my favorite player in all of college basketball. How can you not love a guy who is so openly proud of his dorkiness?

    39. I hate to do this but didn’t Chandler say he was uninterested in sticking around for a rebuild?

    40. Raw skills are jumping, speed, strength.
      Shooting is a learned skill, more or less.

      Yeah, precisely. Howard was blessed with unreal physical abilities. Towns is no slouch himself, of course, and he is more polished now than Howard was then but Howard was just in another world when it came to raw skills.

    41. I was playing with ESPN’s lottery game and the Sixers just ended up with Mudiay and Winslow at #5 and 6. Can you imagine?!

    42. Just like many great chess players have spatial intuition, so do basketball players. The divide between “raw skills” and “learned skills” seems a bit arbitrary to me. A fast guard needs to be more than quick on his feet: at the same time he has to protect the ball, keep his eyes up the floor and know when’s the optimal time to pass, shoot or drive.

    43. CL, it isn’t that I have a problem with your opinion. It’s that: 1) you say the same exact thing over and over again, 2) no one, and I mean no one, is arguing that PJ has been brilliant, or even good, 3) whatever, Melo has been signed to the deal, Chandler is traded for what he was, etc., etc… Nothing we as fans can do will change that, so we live with it and move on.

      You have been criticized/admonished by, how many, a dozen or more posters here? Including Brian Cronin, who AGREES with you that PJ has been awful? and THCJ, who AGREES with you that PJ has been awful? That’s pretty telling.

    44. I do love this time of year where someone can see their draft stock shoot through the roof based on a handful of games. It’s a comforting reminder that people really aren’t as smart as they should be.

      Both Towns and Okafor are legitimate choices. Towns projects in my eyes to be a better defender but having looked over the numbers and watched them play I could root for either of them quite happily.

    45. Justise is making himself some money so far in the tourney. I love his athleticism and confidence. I don’t know how tall he is though and what position he could play. Probably a big ass two guard like Joe Johnson

    46. I do love this time of year where someone can see their draft stock shoot through the roof based on a handful of games. It’s a comforting reminder that people really aren’t as smart as they should be.

      Ha yea Winslow and Dekker

    47. rosy-colored judgement of his performance as Knicks GM/President is blatantly ignoring the reality of his many errors

      It’s like you are building your own straw man to be mad at. I don’t think anyone here has said anything rosy about the Knicks except that we will be getting a high pick.

    48. Is it just me, or does Okafor do a LOT of standing around and loafing up court? I haven’t heard anyone say that he’s got the proverbial “high motor” and I think I see why. I’m one of the more optimistic people on this board and I’m pretty depressed after watching the tournament the last couple of weeks. Other than Cauley Stein, I think all of the others will take two years plus to be major contributors, and I think that CS’s upside is kind of limited.

    49. It’s not you. He does not run back on defense, he does not move while waiting for the ball, he doesn’t fight hard for position. I have not said anything until now because I didn’t want to open another “attack front”…lol…

      Yea that’s why I’ve been 100% towns. Okafor s only plus is his ability to bully smaller guys in the post. He has no other plus

    50. This tourney has really brought the sheen off of some top prospects… Its a very solid draft but the top 4 wasn’t as good as it was a month ago….

      Okafor has had rebounding issues along with his defensive issues…
      Russell had a disastrous game against Arizona which wasn’t a one off…

      Town has managed to keep it together and its shaping up to be a towns and a bunch of solid guys draft now…

    51. Okafor is more than just big- he’s got solid footwork/coordination, passes well out of double teams, soft touch around the rim, etc… That said, he does loaf, seems to lack awareness on defense and is a crappy defensive rebounder plus his poor free throw shooting makes you wonder if he’ll be able to develop a consistent high post game. If he can hit from 10-15 his floor is Brooke Lopez but I’m not sure how much higher his ceiling is. I like Towns but I don’t see him in that top class of prospects like Anthony Davis or LBJ. But maybe that’s just the eye test blinding me (I do wish he was a bit more athletic) because his numbers are very Duncan-esque.

    52. Chris Mullin is reportedly about to take the St John’s job. My favorite Mullin moment — his senior year, Johnnies up three with about 15 seconds to go. The other team hits a shot with just under 5 seconds to go. Everyone was going berserk — fans, benches, coaches, announcers. The guys on the court were scrambling like crazy. Mullin calmly picked up the ball, stepped out of bounds and stood there with the ball on his hip smiling and watching the chaos in front of him, as if he was the only guy in the gym who realized that the game would end in the 5 seconds he had to make the throw – in. He was a basketball savant. I hope it works for him at St. John’s.

    53. “In other words, I never come to this blog and start writing about Phil Jackson our of the blue. It’s always in response to somebody touching on the subject. And even then, I do not address every post I disagree with. I see plenty of inaccurate or repetitive stuff on a per-thread basis that I just ignore. I don’t see people attacking other posters when they repeat the same thing over and over.”

      Then do some soul searching and figure out why they are attacking you. I can assure you that it’s not about your positions. Again, Brian, THCJ, Mike K, and many others have similar positions re: PJ’s performance and no one is attacking them. But you attribute that to them being some kind of royalty that the fanboys fawn over and wouldn’t dare challenge.

      And I doubt that THCJ had more disdain over time for anyone than ruruland (maybe jon abbey). Make of that comparison what you will.

      And no, no deal. You keep on banging your drum. I’ll keep characterizing it accordingly.

    54. Winslow moved up to #5 by draftexpress.

      I wonder if any of the “smalls” on Kentucky, e.g. Trey Lyles, might be sleepers becuse of being so overshadowed by the bigs. Lyles looks really good at times.

    55. Apparently Chad Ford really thinks the Knicks are going to tale Okafor and not Towns according to that mock lottery draft thing. I hit it about 15 times and the one time they were number 2 after Okafor was taken 1 they didn’t take Towns #2.

    56. Okafor’s just a bad fit with Melo. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather have Okafor than Melo, but that’s not really an option (unless Melo ok’s a trade to LA for their draft pick.) Give me one of the Kentucky bigs or else Russell.

    57. The Knicks has had a regular presence at Kentucky practices and games the entire year… Take from that what you will…

    58. Who would’ve thought that the secret ingredient to triangular success was a large ass; we gotta get the nba to start measuring this at draft combine.

      Or we could put Dolan on a 10 day contract.

    59. Greg Monroe is no bigger than Towns.. and if you play Monroe as your starting center your’e asking for trouble defensively.

    60. DRed — you are starting to scare me . I was just about to compliment him on the very subtle, but really great, line @80, but you beat me to it by seconds.
      Maybe the Knicks have been spending so much time with Kentucky because they really want Cauley-Stein to pair w/ Monroe?

    61. Is anyone going to be very upset if we draft Russell, sign Monroe, and pick up a couple of other players? Not me.

      Is anyone going to be very upset if we draft Cauley-Stein and pair him with Monroe? Not me.

    62. Here’s a hypothetical.

      Let’s say the Knicks really want to draft Cauley- Stein because he’s older and ready to step into a role as a defensive stopper next year. However, they wind up with the #1 or #2 pick. If they traded down, could they wind up with Cauley-Stein and another pick or quality player?

      What are the possible scenarios?

    63. Everyone needs to ease up on the whole Captain Luke thing. Don’t read his posts! You don’t have to.

      You’ve got to cool it now / ooooh, watch out

    64. cauley stein in the triangle could be a disaster… whenever he has the ball he will dunk it 1/3 of the time, immediately pass the ball 1/3 and dribble off his foot the other third…

    65. On topic:
      I think any system that doesn’t have a place for good players of a certain kind (Tyson Chandler and WCS, for the triangle) deserves to be modified to fit them in. Theres nothing preventing Fisher from implementing some high pnr unless Phil is super rigid which would undoubtedly be hypocritical of him.

      That being I still take WCS at 4 so hopefully we’ll have towns or Russell and won’t have to worry about “fit”.

    66. I vote that we put a rule in place that you aren’t allowed to comment about another poster’s writing style, repetitiveness, or even the quality of their analysis. There can, and should be disagreement, but without any personal attack of any kind.

      If someone does get out of line in any way, the moderator should delete the comment.

      If someone repeatedly gets out of line, a private warning should be issued.

      Another offense after that and you are barred.

      This blog is too good to be distracted by petty nonsense just because we disagree with each other or have different priorities, styles, frustrations etc…

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