Knicks Morning News (2015.04.01)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Phil Jackson’s only plan is more talk from Garden (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:40:41 GMT)

    The video sales pitch from Phil Jackson to season-ticket holders ends with the words “The Plan is in Place.”

  • [New York Post] How Towns has turned No. 1 pick debate into a ‘coin flip’ (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:36:00 -0400)

    Karl-Anthony Towns hasn't necessarily surpassed Jahlil Okafor in the race for the top spot in June's NBA draft, but Kentucky's abundantly talented freshman is on even footing it seems with…

  • [New York Times] Curry and Thompson Help Warriors Beat Clippers 110-106 (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:54:20 GMT)

    Stephen Curry snaked through the paint, came out near his bench, dribbled behind his back and faked Chris Paul to the floor on a jumper from the left corner, drawing oohs from the crowd.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Thunder’s Kevin Durant Has Foot Surgery (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:40:00 GMT)

    Durant had bone graft surgery for a fracture in his right foot. The Oklahoma City Thunder said Durant was expected to return to basketball activities in four to six months.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Stay Hot, Pull Away From Heat for 95-81 Win (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:54:58 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Tony Parker added 16 in his 1,000th NBA game, and the San Antonio Spurs added more steam to their playoff push by beating the Miami Heat 95-81 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets 111, Pacers 106: Nets, Hitting Their Stride When It Counts, Hold Off the Pacers (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:53:11 GMT)

    The Nets let a gigantic early lead evaporate but recovered down the stretch. By the end of the night, they were alone in the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final postseason spot.

  • [New York Times] Keeping Score: Knicks Will Set New Low; Only Question Is How Low (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:44:32 GMT)

    Three more losses will guarantee that these Knicks are the first team in franchise history to finish an 82-game season with fewer than 20 victories.

  • [New York Times] Nets Back Into 8th, Beat Pacers for Fourth Straight Win (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:22:19 GMT)

    Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets reclaimed sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers 111-106 on Tuesday night for their season-high fourth straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Drummond Leads Pistons Past Hawks 105-95 (Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:06:41 GMT)

    Andre Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-95 on Tuesday night.

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    144 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.01)”

    1. I couldn’t care less about Phil’s not-as-funny-as-he-thinks-he-is snarky Buddha routine on Twitter. Daryl Morey also isn’t as funny as he thinks he is and says stuff on Twitter that probably got him beat up when he said them in middle school, but I would take him as GM in a heartbeat. The problem with Phil comes when he starts saying bat shit crazy stuff about actual basketball. Like how serendipitous it is that his preferred offense is going to bring Bargnani in from the 3pt cold right to his “deadly” 20 footers. Or that what Bargnani really needs is a crossover dribble. Or that Dalembert needs to work on his post scoring. Or that TH2 is really 6′ 8″. You know, the kind of stuff the would get you fired at Zach Lowe’s intern.

    2. I’m not going to judge Phil Jackson or Derrick Fisher on anything until I see the roster for 2015-2016 and the contracts they hand out this off season. I’ll never expect them to have an 07 Celtics Summer, but if he can draft a great player/trade the pick for a great player, and hand out some nice contracts, I’ll be cool.

    3. I get what you’re saying, ptmilo, but even stuff like that doesn’t really bother me so long as it doesn’t actually affect the team. Yes, adding phantom inches to THJ’s height was bizarre, but I don’t think it changed how they used him, ya know? Now if he actually resigns Bargs, then yes, that’s a whole other story. Like massive notes, the proverbial proof will be in the proverbial pudding when we see what the 2015-16 roster looks like.

    4. By the way – it will be a good debate to have, but wow, I can only imagine what the debate here will be like if the Knicks do get the #1 pick. We will talk that sucker to death.

    5. I feel like towns is still the best prospect and definitely the best fit for the knicks with the exception of wcs.

    6. Well Bargs is relatively better when he rarely shoots from outside, but everyone should just chill on the Phil hate. This draft pick is literally the best thing to happen to the Knicks in over a decade… Regardless of how it came about.
      Everyone needs some luck, even the Robinson/Duncan double #1 Spurs.
      I’m going to wait til after free agency to judge Jax.

    7. Brian, even if Jax bring back Bargs – and don’t get me wrong I loathe watching him play – if it’s a short contract under 3 mil with the idea that he’d play about 15 backup minutes a night, that’s not the biggest issue to me.
      If he trades a top 3 pick, then we have a problem. If he maxes out Dragic or another wrong-side-of-25 middling player, that’s a problem. If he brings back Jason Smith any any capacity greater than 10th man, thats a problem.
      But playing time issues are on Fish. He concerns me more than Jax at this point.

    8. I think the people harping on this draft class have just been watching 2 or 3 tournament games and extrapolating on their relative level of quality from there but it’s pretty clear that the top picks in this draft are way better than the ones last year.

    9. Yeah, Alecto, it’s true. With Okafor and Towns we would at least stand to be drafting freshmen who were statistically dominant at major programs. They were 10th and 11th in WS/40 with only two other major program guys making the cut.

      Not that i put that much stock in WS/40, or any metric for evaluating college players, the draft is almost always a complete crap shoot. It is somewhat reassuring though that, with those two at least, we wouldn’t be drafting guys who actually put up mediocre numbers, as we have in the past.

    10. The 2014 draft class has been underwhelming, but we don’t have any idea about three of the top guys: Parker, Embiid, and Randle all basically missed the whole year.

    11. As far as I’m concerned, the team with the first pick has to take Jahlil Okafor. He’s a Kyrie Irving/Blake Griffin level talent. Not as good as the generational Anthony Davis types, but still well above what you’ll find in free agency and a piece you build your franchise around. Karl Anthony Towns offers a lot as a defensive player, but I personally believe you can find defensive players for cheap in the current NBA climate. Players like Cole Aldrich grab 9 boards and block 2 shots in 19 minutes and are undervalued (speaking of, I hope we keep Cole around and give him some minutes on a team that doesn’t require he take those hook shots). I don’t want to waste a lottery pick to get that when I have it on my bench. I think you have to get high volume, high efficiency scoring with a top 3 pick, and Jahlil Okafor is your best chance at that. I don’t think he’ll be a 10 rebound guy year in and year out, but I can see his becoming a 23 and 9 guy in his prime. It’s hard to find that anywhere and when you have a shot at it, you have to take it.

    12. By the way, slightly off on a tangent, how ridiculous was it for the NCAA to give Duke the third #1 seed, just so that they could set up a possible Duke/Kentucky Final? I mean, okay, it would be awesome, but come on, “it would be awesome to see those two teams meet in the finals!” shouldn’t be a criteria for a team getting a higher rank. Wisconsin should not have to play Kentucky this weekend. Wisconsin had a better season than Duke.

    13. I’m curious how people see the real contenders stacking up as we come down the home stretch of the regular season here. To me, watching the Warriors last night I think I finally gave in to the realization that most likely they’re simply too good for us to get much real drama in the playoffs. If San Antonio is 100% healthy they can probably give them a good series, but I’m honestly not sure there’s another team in the league that would even have much of a hope of forcing a Game 7.

      Durant eliminated OKC, Matthews eliminated Portland, I think Beverley probably eliminated whatever faint chance Houston had, Memphis has been mediocre for a while now. Atlanta has been more good than great the 2nd half of the season. Cleveland has been pretty great, but their defense is extremely weak for a true title contender. I think Golden State has even further separated themselves from the pack.

    14. Yeah if we’re top 2, I don’t think we can screw this up (knock on wood!)

      After that it gets a little trickier. For me it’s a tough choice between Cauley-Stein or Russell. At 3 I’d pick Russell, but might want to move down a few spots to get WCS.

      At 4 (if Russell is gone), do you just grab WCS or take Mudiay? If you take Mudiay, it’s probably for trading purposes. I hope it doesn’t come to that.

    15. Definitely hoping for a top two pick….

      As for the Warriors, Vegas has the Cavs and GSW going off at roughly equal prices. Can’t say I disagree with that.

    16. As for the Warriors, Vegas has the Cavs and GSW going off at roughly equal prices. Can’t say I disagree with that.

      A relatively simple system like the Hollinger playoff odds has the Cavs at around 18% and the Warriors at 49%. It seems to me like there is still a reluctance by people to acknowledge exactly how good the Golden State team is. They’re like all-time best teams good.

    17. I will never count out the Spurs; if they’re healthy (and I know that’s a big if) I like them against any team in the NBA. They seem to be clicking at the right time, and of course Pop has provided plenty of rest for his starters.

      Last year, Miami was playing at a pretty high level heading into the finals with the best player on the planet, and we all remember how that turned out.

    18. Last year, Miami was playing at a pretty high level heading into the finals with the best player on the planet, and we all remember how that turned out.

      Miami was good, but they were far from a dominant team last year. 54 regular season wins and then it took them 6 games to dispatch a pretty mediocre (by that point) Indiana team in the conference finals. Golden State is headed for like 66 or 67 wins in an extremely good, deep conference. They’re on a pretty different level in my eyes.

    19. I think Cleveland is the only team that has a chance at beating GS and that’s only if LeBron has a transcendent series or K Love suddenly starts putting up his Minneapolis numbers against the best defensive team in the league. Spurs and Hawks are a very outside shot. I would like to see the pelicans make the playoffs just so I can see how many games AD can win by himself.

    20. Miami was good, but they were far from a dominant team last year. 54 regular season wins and then it took them 6 games to dispatch a pretty mediocre (by that point) Indiana team in the conference finals. Golden State is headed for like 66 or 67 wins in an extremely good, deep conference. They’re on a pretty different level in my eyes.

      The only team that has a legitimate chance is the Spurs because Kawhi is an absolute monster. Parker seems to have found his mojo at the right time. If Ginobili and Mills can get their acts together here before the end of the season I can see them edging Golden State, but other than that it’s hard to see who they really need to worry about.

      The biggest concern for GSW is Bogut. We’re getting pretty close to that time of the year where he injures himself and misses the playoffs.

    21. Golden State is clearly the class of the league, but I wouldn’t say that they’re unbeatable. Cleveland can hang with any team. They did beat the Warriors by 11 the last time they played, after all (the Warriors beat them in the previous matchup, but that was sans-Lebron, so that doesn’t really matter for anything).

    22. The Hawks also beat the Warriors handily. I wouldn’t count out the Hawks (or the Spurs.) I think it will be those 4 in the semis.

    23. I get what you’re saying, ptmilo, but even stuff like that doesn’t really bother me so long as it doesn’t actually affect the team.

      I hear you Brian, but remember, there are pretty strong arguments that these worrisome ideas already have affected the team. In that same horrible piece he outright called Jason Smith a mini-Bargs; a guy who shoots medium 2s but struggles with defense and rebounding. So, you know, on the one hand he is saying how excited he is to be implementing a system that will allow a guy like Bargnani to find his sweet spot of shooting 20 footers instead of 3s, and on the other he actually spends to mini MLE to buy even more 20 footers. This turns out to have been a benefit to our particular cause of 2015, but that’s a blessed child of happenstance, as Phil might say.

      It’s hard to judge the in-season triangle simply because the Knicks have been so goddamn awful, but it’s still worth noticing that they shoot way more deep 2s than other bad offensive teams. People like to say that game has changed and so now you have to shoot more 3s and get to the rim more. It has almost nothing to do with the game changing. It was always more efficient to take 3s just like it was usually a bad idea to bunt in baseball; it just took a long time to realize it. The problem with guys like Byron Scott is not that the game has passed them by, it’s that other people have.

      In that same vein, it makes little sense to have such a primacy-of-system vocabulary. We can argue about whether the triangle can create efficient 3s and FTA with the right personnel, but either way the language of the GM should probably be that we need a system that maximizes efficient shots given our personnel. Instead I keep hearing the triangle clanging. Doesn’t mean I’ve given up on him. He is probably just enough of a genuine beatnik to drop everything and reinvent himself.

    24. I think Toronto beats Atlanta in the EC Semis. Atlanta just seems like a great regular season team that will lose in the playoffs because they have no elite basketball players. I think Kyle Lowry is better than everyone on the Hawks, and I think the Raptors face the Cavs in the EC Finals and lose there in maybe 6 games.

      In terms of the WC, the Warriors look poised to go to the Finals if everyone stays healthy. You can never make the mistake of counting out the Spurs, though. If the Spurs and Warriors meet in the WC Finals, every game is likely to come down to the wire. It’ll be interesting to see a rookie head coach against the greatest head coach of al time (in my opinion) go at it strategically.

    25. As much as it pains me to say that, I still think CLE is the team to beat in the East. I can’t stand LeBron, but dude is too good in the East.

    26. Owen,

      They were 10th and 11th in WS/40 with only two other major program guys making the cut.

      Do you have a link to that list? I was compiling some of it manually.

    27. I have no data on this, but Phil Jackson was quoted as saying (paraphrase here) that when people look at shooting efficiency stats, they often fail to include the probability of getting an offensive rebound. When included, there are “supposedly” areas on the floor where it is superior to shoot the mid range 2 than the 3 because you get a handful of extra rebounds/possessions. If he is correct about that and knows where these spots on the floor are based on hard data, then he may be a step ahead of a lot of the stats guys that are criticizing him for his teams not shooting more 3s.

      While the theory sounds plausible, I haven’t seen any data to support it. On the flip side, it’s hard to imagine he pulled that kind of thing out of his ass. One thing is certain, it didn’t help these Knicks in any noticeable way. lol

    28. While the theory sounds plausible, I haven’t seen any data to support it. On the flip side, it’s hard to imagine he pulled that kind of thing out of his ass. One thing is certain, it didn’t help these Knicks in any noticeable way. lol

      Think about how much higher an ORB% you’d have to earn to account for the difference in xPPS. It’s possible, not likely.

    29. Atlanta just seems like a great regular season team that will lose in the playoffs because they have no elite basketball players.

      Right, no elite basketball players.

      3PT% 2015

      1. Kyle Korver ? ATL .496
      2. Eric Gordon ? NOP .442
      3. Klay Thompson ? GSW .433
      Stephen Curry ? GSW .433
      5. J.J. Redick ? LAC .431

    30. While the theory sounds plausible, I haven’t seen any data to support it. On the flip side, it’s hard to imagine he pulled that kind of thing out of his ass. One thing is certain, it didn’t help these Knicks in any noticeable way. lol

      If anything the long time coach of Kobe should be an expert on the Kobe assist.
      But if his theory is true it might help to
      1) have guys that can actually rebound
      2) not have a fetish for having your tallest players being the ones missing all those long twos.

    31. atlanta’s pretty good… i wouldn’t sell them short… they’re not as top heavy but their starters also carry the bulk of the load and have guys to throw at both lebron and kyrie… coach bud is also light years ahead of coach lebron…

    32. While the theory sounds plausible, I haven’t seen any data to support it. On the flip side, it’s hard to imagine he pulled that kind of thing out of his ass.

      Jowles is right that this is implausible on its face given the size of the efficiency gap, but it’s much worse than that. It is hard to imagine Phil *didn’t* pull this out of his ass, because there is actually a ton of data on this and it overwhelmingly supports the inverse: Two point jumpers — from all over the court — come with a lower ORB% than 3s. The difference is not big, but it is predictable and supported by plenty of data. On average the Sportvu data says the ORB% is ~ 19-23% for 2s versus 23-26% for 3s. 3s do allow longer rebounds which creates a higher percentage of defensive fast breaks on DRBs. Probably obviously, shots in the paint have the best ORB%.

      If you see the homogeneity of the data you’ll have a hard time accepting the idea that Phil has some proprietary information about some particular spot on the floor amid some particular player positioning hypothetical that the Triangle reliable creates that flies in the face of all the average data so much that it makes up for the huge, natural TS% differential. Here is an older example of a paper that won the Sloan award a few years ago, but by now there are tons of these and the debate isn’t even considered interesting.

      http://www.sloansportsconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/108-sloan-sports-2012-maheswaran-chang_updated.pdf

    33. this made me curious and it seems like there might be something to it… phil jackson coached teams hit the offensive glass pretty hard… here are the rankings:
      91 Bulls – 4th
      92 Bulls – 5th
      93 Bulls – 1st
      96 Bulls – 1st
      97 Bulls – 2nd
      00 Lakers – 2nd
      01 Lakers – 3rd
      i could go on but it’s more or less like this the rest of the way…
      of course having guys like grant, rodman, shaq help in this regard… but.. maybe he’s on to something…

    34. Things Phil Jackson has done that haven’t hurt he team:

      1) not trade Bargnani for Josh Smith

      2) not trade the 2018 pick just to avoid having the worst record in franchise history

      3) not sexually harass his subordinates

    35. I like the Hawks prospects come playoffs. I know they have tapered off a little the last couple of weeks, but they have been more than competitive against the upper echelon teams. I think if they get the Cavs in the ECF their D will give them headaches. They kind of remind me of the mid-00’s Pistons. Well coached team with pretty even starting 5.

      Gotta agreed with the Pelicans in the Playoffs and getting more AD coverage. Dude is a beast and I would love to see what he can do in the spotlight. Should be a pretty interesting Playoffs to be honest. It will be good to see some different teams in the mix this year.

    36. I hear you all about AD. . .but AD is going to be in the playoffs for years. This year-this year is Dion’s year.

    37. I hear you all about AD. . .but AD is going to be in the playoffs for years. This year-this year is Dion’s year.

      …to ruin a quadruple double game by Westbrook by shooting 2-18.

    38. If it hasn’t been mentioned yet, good article in the NY Post today about Towns as Renaissance Man.

    39. Anyone see Blake Griffin’s comments after last night’s loss to the Warriors?

      “Home-court advantage is just not there for us. If that’s how it feels in the playoffs, it’s not looking good.”

      Wow, pretty sad commentary on the fan base. And if the Clips flame out early in the playoffs this year, I think they may have to look at making some major moves in the offseason.

    40. “Home-court advantage is just not there for us. If that’s how it feels in the playoffs, it’s not looking good.”

      Uh, they know that they’re still the Clippers, right?

    41. Somebody mentioned it the other day, how MSG has begun to feel like the Staples Center. Fans are there to see and be seen, not really for their team.

    42. I think they may have to look at making some major moves in the offseason.

      The Clippers have been super underwhelming considering their roster and coach. Maybe the Clippers stigma is impossible to shake? Not sure they need to shake things up, just add some better role players. That core of CP3, Griffen and Jordan is solid, but it’s nothing special (especially on the wings) after that.

    43. Somebody mentioned it the other day, how MSG has begun to feel like the Staples Center. Fans are there to see and be seen, not really for their team.

      Have to disagree with this, the fans this year have been ridiculously loyal; I still marvel at the “defense” chants during meaningless games. They may be stupid, but I do think the majority of fans at games are rooting for the Knicks and are not there because it’s the place to be.

    44. Somebody mentioned it the other day, how MSG has begun to feel like the Staples Center. Fans are there to see and be seen, not really for their team.

      I think that’s a little harsh. Crowds have been pretty apathetic this year, but as recently as two years ago the crowd was really, really good for those Celtics and Pacers playoff games. I just think this has been a year where apathy has been hard to avoid – the Knicks haven’t been doing much other than playing out the string on this season since like Christmas. Hell, what was the last game that even merited a recap on this very website?

      As for the Clips, they desperately need somebody to give Doc a hand with the GMing. Their big 3 is rock solid, and I like JJ pretty well too but their fringe guys are brutal. Barnes, Hawes, Big Baby, Little Rivers and Turkoglu are all in their top 10 in minutes played. Those guys are Knicks-level.

      A side note is that it’s supposed to be easy to recruit role players once the best guys are in place, which is where I think the Clippers stigma may actually hold them back. I’m still not sure they’re seen as an attractive destination in spite of the fact that they have 3 core star-level performers. It also may have something to do with the identity of those 3 guys. CP3 and Blake are extremely hateable, and Jordan just doesn’t have much cache. It’s pretty clear that the majority of the rest of the league doesn’t like that team, which can’t help.

    45. Battle of the Big Apple! Nets vs Knicks! Clash of the New York Titans! Who will rule the greatest basketball city on Earth?

      Golden State.

    46. I say let Cole shoot 50 hook shots a game. That aughtta get him some good practice to be the focal point of the triangle next season.

    47. “Ledo is 22 years old. . . .”

      That’s all Breen had.

      Do any of us really have anything better?

      That’s positive.

    48. Seeing Jason Smith enter the game instead of Cole bothers me much more than it should.

    49. How much will Ed Davis cost us?
      He seems like a great fit btwn Melo and Okafor. Will he command 8 mil a year?

    50. Knicks semi-comeback forcing Clyde to recap the action after he and Breen talked about other shit for 5 minutes. Breen is clearly thrown off by having to discuss the Knicks

    51. Breen is clearly thrown off by having to discuss the Knicks

      To be fair, so am I. At least the current iteration.

    52. As Lance Thomas came out, he was chewing his mouth guard. For just a second, I thought he was Curry and all was well in the basketball world. But then Breen mentioned the same thing and I came crashing back down.

    53. This just in: Ledo has the perfect NBA body for a swingman. If that’s not worth 12 million a year, I don’t know what is.

    54. Barnyarnee doesn’t know how to set a pick. Remember when we had this guy who used to be really good at that? It’s like trying to remember your first love, I can’t even picture his face anymore.

    55. He legitimately backed away from the D Will drive like he thought it might have been a bomb

    56. Probably obviously, shots in the paint have the best ORB%.

      Maybe the quote I saw was not in the correct context and he was talking about post play????

      I have a tough time believing he pulled that concept out of his ass. I know a lot of people are down on Phil these days, but we ARE talking about a guy that won 11 championships backed by data that STRONGLY suggests he improved players. Great players or not, you don’t win 11 championships if you are an idiot. He can be wrong , but I’m sure he has a good reason for thinking what he thinks.

    57. Basketball abilities aside, is there any player in the history of the NBA more boring to watch than Joe Johnson?

    58. Great players or not, you don’t win 11 championships if you are an idiot.

      Mike Woodson has one. You’ve got to look at that.

    59. please tell me Phil is watching Lopez attempt to play defense and rebound against bargs

    60. Basketball abilities aside, is there any player in the history of the NBA more boring to watch than Joe Johnson?

      Jarrett Jack is pretty boring and sucks even more at defense

    61. I have a tough time believing he pulled that concept out of his ass. I know a lot of people are down on Phil these days, but we ARE talking about a guy that won 11 championships backed by data that STRONGLY suggests he improved players. Great players or not, you don’t win 11 championships if you are an idiot. He can be wrong , but I’m sure he has a good reason for thinking what he thinks.

      You know, that data comes from Dave Berri. Be extra critical.

      (And yeah, of course his fucking ORB% was high with Dennis Rodman as his primary rebounder.)

    62. How much will Ed Davis cost us?
      He seems like a great fit btwn Melo and Okafor. Will he command 8 mil a year?

      I like that idea also.

    63. GM DRed would have Ed Davis on the Knicks right now.

      (This message brought to you by DRed for GM 2016)

    64. The Lakers also have a 1 million dollar team option on ed for next year. We have Jason Smith.

    65. I love the idea of Ed Davis and/or Aminu. They’ll get more money than they did this past offseason but should still be bargains.

    66. The Lakers also have a 1 million dollar team option on Wed for next year

      I believe it’s a player option that he recently said he’ll be turning down

    67. I get the Ed Davis attraction, but if you haven’t watched a ton of him, beware: he does not play nice with defensive schemes. he is still a huge steal on his nothing contract and a good example of how the clippers problem is not that players don’t want to play with Blake or CP3, but rather that Doc Rivers sucks as a GM. They could have had both Booker and Davis for the price of Hawes.

    68. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but do you guys remember who wanted us to sign Aminu last summer?

    69. I believe it’s a player option that he recently said he’ll be turning down

      Noblefacehumper for assistant GM ’16

    70. You know, that data comes from Dave Berri. Be extra critical.

      (And yeah, of course his fucking ORB% was high with Dennis Rodman as his primary rebounder.)

      There are things I don’t agree with Berri about (mostly at the extremes of usage), but it’s unlikely his data is so far off that it’s showing a false trend for a coach. IMO, his errors are not at the team level, they are in the values of some individual players.

      Rodman would almost certainly distort the ORB% stats, but he didn’t play on a lot of Jackson’s teams.

    71. Al Farouq Aminu follows me on twitter for no apparent reason (he follows a lot of people) so I’ve been a fan of his since his early Pelicans days and consequently am in his inner Twitter circle–a very privileged place to be, I might add.

    72. Aminu is actually another great example of an affordable guy who does exactly what the Clippers need most

    73. the only part of that that’s true is that he follows me on twitter. He’s a great value though–you’ve got to look at that.

    74. the clippers problem is not that players don’t want to play with Blake or CP3, but rather that Doc Rivers sucks as a GM.

      Most teams struggle for years because they have a lot of solid role players but can’t attract the elite stars. Doc started with the stars and can’t build a supporting cast. It’s sinful.

    75. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but do you guys remember who wanted us to sign Aminu last summer?

      You and me both. To whom do we send the resumés? Phil’s twitter?

    76. Remember when Doc Rivers traded for one of the shittiest players in the NBA and that player was his son and he didn’t get immediately fired?

    77. In all seriousness, the one move Phil has made so far that I find absolutely indefensible is Jason Smith for the mini MLE instead of Aminu or Davis for the minimum. It turned out well for tanky reasons but we have every reason to believe he was trying to build a good team at the time. Every other move is defensible, if not good, in some way (in my opinion). That one though has me worried about his player evaluation skills.

    78. It’s hilarious that guys still bite on the Bargs pump fake, and even more hilarious that he can’t actually do anything with the extra space.

    79. Age updates: Brook Lopez is 27 and Mark Jackson is 50.

      This message paid for by DRed for GM 2016.

    80. It’s hilarious that guys still bite on the Bargs pump fake, and even more hilarious that he can’t actually do anything with the extra space.

      I choose to believe Lance Thomas learned from the maestro.

    81. bargnani would be an excellent dodge ball player. he rebounds by violently throwing his body away from the vicinity of ball and daintily reaching his arms back toward it.

    82. Enes Kanter’s agent’s future Tesla alert: 20 points, 7 rebounds. It’s halftime.

    83. You guys are en fuego….

      I wonder why ws/40 numbers are so much lower than the numbers at sports-reference. I checked a number of players.

      Strat- I have no idea but I have always found that if you email the guys at these sites they get back to you.

      Just got done watching When the Garden was Eden.

      Not sure Nets-Knicks is the appropriate chaser….

    84. Oh hey, look at that. The Knicks are playing. I’ve just been spouting random thoughts this whole time.

    85. Whoa.

      Whoa.

      Slow your roll guys, don’t want to play spoiler for our own draft odds.

    86. Early is a flame thrower!

      I take back everything I said about the Chandler trade.

      4/1/2015

    87. I hope the Nets aren’t running out of steam on the back to back. #knicksmusttank

    88. Well, at least I learned something tonight. I learned that Cole holds his mouth guard on his ear. I swear, all this time I thought it was a hearing aid.

    89. Wow

      Well, if we are going to have a Pyrrhic victory I am ok with it coming against the Nets.

    90. Wow

      Well, if we are going to have a Pyrrhic victory I am ok with it coming against the Nets.

      I’d prefer a Crushing Defeat.

    91. Just a note, the T-Wolves are not going to win another game this year and the Knicks have a few more winnable games. This is a BIG game.

    92. Uh Minne has 3 to 4 winnable games left on their schedule (Lakers, Orlando, Sacramento, Pelicans maybe) and the Knicks have about the same number (Philly, Milwaukee, Orlando, and Detroit). The center will likely hold.

    93. Fish is winning in spite of himself with this lineup of thomas larkin and bargs v.5 over ledo, acy, and bargs v1.0

      determining whether fish is deliberately tanking is a particularly difficult case of Poe’s law.

    94. You know, if Cronin had started a game thread this wouldn’t be happening right now.

    95. Uh Minne has 3 to 4 winnable games left on their schedule (Lakers, Orlando, Sacramento, Pelicans maybe) and the Knicks have about the same number (Philly, Milwaukee, Orlando, and Detroit). The center will likely hold.

      The Knicks suck, but they actually try to win. Those games against bad teams are dangerous.

      Minny sucks also, but they are all out to lose. I’ll be surprised if they win 1 game from here and totally shocked if they win 2.

    96. what a nice, close, competitive loss. I was rooting for a Knicks win to keep the Miami Cleveland first round matchup extra secure but this will do.

    97. I can breath. The good news is that we are Knicks fans and tough losses seem to come easier.

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