Knicks Morning News (2015.04.29)

  • [New York Times] Spurs Edge Clippers 111-107 in Pivotal Game 5 on Late Call (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:57:40 GMT)

    The ball bounced around the rim, and the pivotal fifth game of a thrilling first-round series teetered along with it.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Have Bigger Goals After Advancing to Second Round (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:33:26 GMT)

    After advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2009, the Houston Rockets shifted their focus to much bigger goals.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Facing Pressure, Grizzlies Trying to Advance (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:18:51 GMT)

    Atlanta has to know exactly what Brooklyn is feeling right now.

  • [New York Times] Nets, Exceeding Expectations Against Hawks, Stay Loose (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:47:11 GMT)

    After evening their Eastern Conference playoff series against top-seeded Atlanta at 2-2, the Nets hit the road for Game 5 with new confidence.

  • [New York Times] Houston Beats Dallas 103-94 to Advance to Second Round (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:30:42 GMT)

    James Harden’s message was simple and clear after the Houston Rockets’ first playoff series victory since 2009.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Rockets Oust Mavericks for First Series Victory Since 2009 (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:08:56 GMT)

    James Harden had 28 points, and Dwight Howard added 18 points and 19 rebounds for Houston, which will face the winner of the Clippers-Spurs series.

  • [New York Times] Mike Phillips, Half of Kentucky’s ‘Twin Towers’ of Basketball, Dies at 59 (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:20:10 GMT)

    The 6-foot-10 Phillips played alongside the 6-11 Rick Robey on the Wildcats team that won the 1978 N.C.A.A. men’s basketball title.

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    20 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.29)”

    1. That Clippers game was the sort of excruciating loss that I would hope we would have to deal with (as it would at least mean that the Knicks are in the playoffs). But yeah, yikes, that was up there with Charles Smith’s missed buckets in terms of awful ways to lose a pivotal playoff game.

    2. The bellwether for the Clips seems to be Jamal Crawford, if he gets hot, they rarely lose, and if shoots like he did last night (4-15) they likely lose.

    3. If the Clippers’ bench was just a little deeper (say, if Galloway and Cole were on their bench) they would be a real juggernaut. As it stands, it’s highly unlikely they could survive more than two series with that awful bench.

    4. I just dont understand why Blake didnt lob it up to Deandre on that last play. Tony freaking Parker was on his back and they had been doing that play all game. Not sure what happened there.

    5. GM Doc was handed the keys to a team with a phenomenal starting 5. His only job was to find 3 or so decent NBA players for the bench, and he failed in such spectacular fashion that he’s been reduced to essentially taking shots at himself in the media.

    6. I think it’s impossible in today’s NBA to be both GM and coach and do a good job at both.

    7. Isn’t Pop basically a GM and a coach? Although obviously he has RC Buford helping him out.

    8. The idea that it’s impossible to coach while finding 3 players better than big baby davis and the animated corpse of Hedo Turkoglu makes no sense-because it’s pretty easy to answer questions like “should I trade for a terrible basketball player because he’s my son” while also breaking down film.

    9. I imagine that lots of teams have different organizational structures. There’s no one right way to do it. However, it does seem from an outsider’s perspective like Doc is overtaxed by trying to do player personnel stuff as well as coach and leans too much on his personal coaching experience as a crutch consequently. It’s hard to find another interpretation for why he’s gone so heavily after guys his Celtics teams encountered so frequently (or his son). I know Simmons has mentioned repeatedly that the reason they signed Hawes was because he had some great game against the Celtics in Doc’s last season there (no idea if this is true). Those are the kind of shortcuts that a GM who doesn’t have time to do sufficient talent evaluation is going to take.

    10. I’m not saying you can’t have a lot of influence on your GM as coach, but you still need someone to organize the search for talent, understand cap issues, sign contracts and all that stuff and that’s a full time job. I don’t think the Clippers have anyone to do that. Even if you have someone to, say, seek out possible players from the European leagues, you still have to have time to go over all the possibilities and put together all your inputs. I don’t think Doc has time for that. I agree that’s why Doc has mostly signed players he already knows from coaching experience (or being a father to)

    11. If the Clippers don’t have anyone to help out with the cap issues, that’s Doc’s fault. Tell Steve Ballmer you need one. He’s worth 20 billion plus-I think he can hire ephus to help Doc out.

    12. The other thing about coaching and GMing is that that the two jobs do best with completely different mindsets. A coach should have faith in his players in order to get the best out of them. He goes to war with his team and they have to be on the same page. A GM has to be constantly looking for something better and not let fondness for any current team player affect his judgment. This is much easier to do if he’s not the coach.

    13. You can literally pick names out of a hat and get a better bench than what the Clippers have–even if you simply visited basketball reference and literally looked at a person’s basic counting stats and their FG% you could make a better bench than the Clippers have. Doc isn’t overtaxed, he’s just a moron when it comes to player evaluation.

    14. Don’t trade Jared Dudley and a 1st round pick for Carlos Delfino;

      Sign Ed Davis

      Profit

    15. Javaris Crittenden pleaded guilty to manslaughter today and admitted that he is part of a street gang. Most bizarre part of the story — he joined the gang AFTER he was drafted by the Lakers. He was not a gang member until he got to the NBA and then joined a street gang for “protection.” How strange is that?

    16. The other thing about coaching and GMing is that that the two jobs do best with completely different mindsets. A coach should have faith in his players in order to get the best out of them. He goes to war with his team and they have to be on the same page. A GM has to be constantly looking for something better and not let fondness for any current team player affect his judgment. This is much easier to do if he’s not the coach.

      Fantastic point. You really do need your GM to be ruthless sometimes, and you can’t imagine it would be easy for a coach to do that in the sense of making calls as to whether to or to not move players. They need to manage personalities and egos, and you can’t think it helps the situation when a) the coach has to spend a decent chunk of his time not coaching; b) you can’t devote time to proper scouting and cap analysis; and c) it would be hard to make a call on moving guys because you have your ‘favourites’. I mean, how likely is Doc going to move or not re-sign his son? That would be a tough call, but an easier call for a GM who can take a step back from the playing group and be a bit more pragmatic with their decision making.

    17. he joined the gang AFTER he was drafted by the Lakers. He was not a gang member until he got to the NBA and then joined a street gang for “protection.” How strange is that?

      Maybe he was worried Gilbert was going to shoot him?

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