Knicks Morning News (2015.05.07)

  • [New York Post] Anucha Browne: MSG statement an ‘attempt to rewrite history’ (Thu, 07 May 2015 04:02:22 -0400)

    When Isiah Thomas was hired as president of the WNBA's Liberty on Tuesday, Anucha Browne took the high road. But when the Garden put out a statement talking about the…

  • [New York Times] Conley’s Comeback Stirs Memories of Gritty Performances (Thu, 07 May 2015 06:45:14 GMT)

    The Masked Assassin. One-Eyed Charlie. The Terminator.

  • [New York Times] WNBA Reviewing Isiah Thomas Hire, Domestic Violence Case (Thu, 07 May 2015 06:21:03 GMT)

    The WNBA has been thrust into the national conversation about domestic violence and sports, and now is facing a decision involving sexual harassment.

  • [New York Times] Rockets 115, Clippers 109: Clippers Put Up a Fight Without Chris Paul, but Rockets Win a Foul-Marred Game (Thu, 07 May 2015 06:03:32 GMT)

    With James Harden scoring 32 points, Houston tied its Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.

  • [New York Times] Keeping Brook Lopez Is Priority for Nets (Thu, 07 May 2015 05:51:41 GMT)

    Nets General Manager Billy King said he was looking to improve his team from within, but he did not rule out a trade to complement the team’s current core.

  • [New York Times] Harden Has Big 4th Quarter; Rockets Beat Clippers 115-109 (Thu, 07 May 2015 05:51:33 GMT)

    James Harden scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Houston Rockets a 115-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night that evened their Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: LeBron James and Cavaliers Take It to the Bulls Early in Game 2 (Thu, 07 May 2015 03:57:25 GMT)

    James scored 33 points as Cleveland took a big lead and won at home to even its series with Chicago.

  • [New York Times] Lebron Leads Cavaliers Past Bulls to Tie Up Series (Thu, 07 May 2015 03:09:09 GMT)

    LeBron James recorded 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 106-91 on Wednesday to knot their Eastern Conference semi-final series at 1-1.

  • [New York Times] Some See Liberty Hire as an Insult to W.N.B.A. Fans (Thu, 07 May 2015 02:36:53 GMT)

    The Liberty’s hiring of Isiah Thomas, who was involved in a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2007, is a possibly alienating move to fans and observers of women’s basketball.

  • [New York Times] LeBron’s 33 Lead Cavaliers Past Bulls 106-91 in Game 2 (Thu, 07 May 2015 01:45:22 GMT)

    LeBron James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their semifinal series with Chicago with a 106-91 victory over the Bulls in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Hawks 107, Nets 97: Tepid Start, and Hawks, Are Too Much for the Nets (Thu, 07 May 2015 01:21:18 GMT)

    The Nets could not overcome their sloppy beginning against the Hawks in Game 5, and Atlanta now leads the series, three games to two, as the teams prepare to play Game 6 at Barclays Center.

  • [New York Times] Clippers’ Paul Out Against Houston in Game 2 (Thu, 07 May 2015 00:21:43 GMT)

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will miss his second straight game with a strained left hamstring, sitting out Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.

  • [New York Daily News] Anucha Browne reacts to Isiah Thomas being re-hired by MSG (Thu, 07 May 2015 06:01:58 GMT)

    Anucha Browne didn’t back down in her 2007 sexual harassment case against MSG and Isiah Thomas, and she isn’t backing down now.

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    44 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.05.07)”

    1. Good morning and fuck James “I’m down with the sexual harassment” Dolan.

    2. the thing is his best, like Cole Aldrich’s best, is pretty bad

      Are you trying to bait DRed into slap-fighting you?

    3. C- trolling at best.

      Glad to see Pablo doing well in Houston last night. I wonder how well the Clippers would be doing if they had say, Cole, Galloway and Shane Larkin on their bench

    4. Appalling side note on domestic violence (and I actually forgot about it until I saw it written down on P&T – after all, I saw that at 2:00 AM, I wasn’t very good at paying attention):

      When you watch live games on NBA League Pass, during a time-out it usually shows you what’s being broadcast on the videoscreen. At a certain point during the second quarter of Bulls @ Cavs, game 2, the Cavs videoscreen showed a skit of a couple dancing in their kitchen. They dance in a very ugly way for 30 seconds, then the girl removes her sweater and she reveals a Chicago Bulls t-shirt. Promptly, the guy goes near her, grabs her and LITERALLY throws her on the floor with violence. The next scene unfolds with the girl (now wearing a Cavs t-shirt AND sporting an ice pack to lessen the pain) and guy sitting on their couch, while she’s apologizing to him for wearing that Bulls shirt before.

      This was shown to make Cavs fans root louder at the arena. I swear to you there was not an inch of funny in that video.

      WTF?????? This was much, much worse than the horse tweet that got the Rockets’ PR guy fired after the Rockets-Mavs series.

    5. I wonder how well the Clippers would be doing if they had say, Cole, Galloway and Shane Larkin on their bench

      I still think Galloway and Cole could be positive contributors in the playoffs. In fact, I made this same remark a few weeks ago (minus Larkin, who is not that good yet but is certainly worlds better than Lester Hudson, who looks, plays and has a name like a NBA 2K15 MyPlayer controlled by a drunk Dolanite).

    6. The only real knock on Cole is that he can’t play more than 10 minutes without looking completely gassed. He’s had over 2000 minutes in the NBA now, and has proven to be a very good rebounder, an average efficiency, low usage scorer, and a pretty good shot blocker. This season he also showed improved passing and lower turnovers than in previous seasons. He is a solid backup. He could be more than that if he was capable of playing 20 minutes a night without having a near death experience. People need to stop picking on Cole.

    7. Has nothing to do with domestic violence. Just a clumsy attempt at a parody, as explained in the article.

      Yes, it was pretty much evident that it was an attempt at parody. But come on, you have to be careful when going around certain issues… It’s ok to be against a too strict kind of PC (and anyway I would suggest to be politically incorrect mainly with your friends, and not in public), but this is honestly stretching things too far. Also, it’s pretty badly done.

    8. The only real knock on Cole is that he can’t play more than 10 minutes without looking completely gassed.

      Yes, and that’s why he’s the perfect fourth big on a deep playoff team. Unless that team is coached by Thibodeau, who is flatly refusing to play even Mirotic (seriously, that’s some dumb shit).

    9. I must have done some pretty terrible things in a past life to be saddled with James Dolan and the Wilpons in this one.

    10. Is there no “block” function? Please, for the love of god, not another thread hijacked.

    11. numbers were presented to show he was much better than his “detractors” claimed

      Yeah, so let’s ignore actual production when evaluating players. That’s brilliant.

    12. Um, but advanced stats present a much better picture about Cole. This year he showed he can’t sustain his productivity for more than 5 minutes spurts, but he certainly has not played that bad. He can’t be a starter for sure, but are you telling me Kendrick Perkins, Clint Capela, Big Baby, Pero Antic and Festus Ezeli (actual 4th bigs playing in these playoffs) are better players than Cole? I can see Capela becoming a decent player, but the others are at best serviceable stopgaps, while Cole can give you actual production in limited minutes.

      Advanced stats said (and still say) that Bargs is an awful player.

    13. The reason I brought up those dudes is that people like to say “Player X is okay, but he’d never be a rotation player on a playoff team” because they don’t seem to realize how many shitty, shitty basketball players are, in actual fact, rotation players on playoff teams. Big Baby Davis, Austin Rivers, Hedo Turkoglu0- and that’s just the Clippers. The Cavs are playing a pu-pu platter of has beens, Pero Antic, Kent Bazemore, Nene-I could go on and on.

    14. Kent Bazemore is not that bad, though. But I see your point (because it’s mine, too).

    15. The defense of Cole’s bad play is very similar to the defense of Bargnani when the Knicks got him: numbers were presented to show he was much better than his “detractors” claimed, he was “mis-used” by Toronto, he was great, but he was the “victim ” of several injuries and “bad luck”, he could “spread the floor” if given an opportunity, he only needed a change of scenery, etc., etc.

      Ugh,I know what you mean man. So many posts talking about how Cole is great for floor spacing. If I see one more person call Cole the new Novak I’m going to barf! No matter how many of you idiots claim it, Cole is not as good a 3 point shooter as Steph Curry. It simply isn’t the case. If you guys weren’t so hysterical you could see it clearly like me and Captain Luke.

    16. None of that, though, erases the simple fact Cole is a terrible basketball player.

      Oh, I didn’t realize it was fact… My bad. Glad that was all settled!

    17. 11 days till the lottery. Maybe then we can stop talking about our dumb owner or the merits of Cole “Wilt” Aldrich (“Wilt” as in he wilts after 5 minutes on the court)

    18. I think new WNBA franchise part-owner Isiah Thomas would be a great representative for the proud NY Knicks franchise at the draft lottery.

    19. I think new WNBA franchise part-owner Isiah Thomas would be a great representative for the proud NY Knicks franchise at the draft lottery.

      Where are your basketball Gods now, Phil!

    20. The defense of Cole’s bad play is very similar to the defense of Bargnani when the Knicks got him: numbers were presented to show he was much better than his “detractors” claimed, he was “mis-used” by Toronto, he was great, but he was the “victim ” of several injuries and “bad luck”, he could “spread the floor” if given an opportunity, he only needed a change of scenery, etc., etc.

      Oh Captain my Captain, Cole played about 1000 minutes this year. He averaged 12.5/12.5/2.8/2.4/1.4 (PTS/TRB/AST/BLK/STL) per 36 minutes. Scoring efficiency wasn’t good (.513% TS) as will happen when you’re forced to take 9 hook shots a game. This all was good for a WP48 of .167, a WS48 of .107, and even a PER of 18.1.

      Enlightened one, what have you picked up on that every metric has missed?

    21. “Enlightened one, what have you picked up on that every metric has missed?”

      The one thing about Charles Barkley bashing advanced stats that i will agree with is the following:

      “If you were good enough to play 36 mins you would be.”

      Now in some cases this doesnt happen like Harden in OKC. But Cole had ample oppurtunity to be the “man” in the middle this year.

    22. And Cole proved that he can’t be “the man” in the middle for 36 minutes. But I think that he also proved that, if he’s asked to play 8 minutes a half as a backup center, he can hold down the fort as well as most backup centers in the league. That’s a pretty valuable player to have on your roster, no?

    23. 11 days till the lottery. Maybe then we can stop talking about our dumb owner or the merits of Cole “Wilt” Aldrich (“Wilt” as in he wilts after 5 minutes on the court)

      I am on the Cole Train, but until he can maintain his production for more than a few minutes at a time, I think “Wilt” is a fair nickname.

      But arguing that he isn’t a very good backup center (particularly his salary) is just dumb. And that’s factorial.

    24. C- trolling at best.

      You’d think, but it was enough to get, what, 30 responses? I think it was an underrated piece of trolling.

    25. When I posted his per-36 minute stats I was by no means implying he should or even can play that much. Anyone with one scintilla of knowledge about basketball statistics would know that. It’s a way of showing the kind of production you can expect from him on a rate basis. For example, if Cole plays 10 minutes you can expect him to do about 27% of that, which is pretty good for a backup center (and as DRed has pointed out, better production than multiple playoff teams are getting from their backups).

      36-minute projections for a guy who has a 5-year career average of 10 minutes per game, most of it garbage time. Real stats wizards on this blog, lol…

      Except those stats are exclusively from this year, when he played around 1000 minutes, 16 per game. I know being generally unpleasant is a full-time job but sometimes those pesky facts do get in the way!

    26. Andrea Bargnani is ranked higher than Andrew Bogut and Joakim Noah. Amare is ranked higher than Dwight howard. Digest that one, boys

      You just schooled all zero people on this blog who are big advocates of PER.

    27. “If you were good enough to play 36 mins you would be.”

      Chuck’s absolutely right. There were only six guys in the NBA who played 36+ minutes a game last season, but five of them were really good and the other led his team to the worst record in the NBA.

    28. I don’t know if it’s just recency bias, but this playoffs definitely seems more impacted than usual by devestating injuries. Wall, Love, Matthews, Durant, Ibaka, CP3, Conley, Beverley, Parsons, Motiejunas are all high-quality starters whose injuries seem to have pretty dramatically swung the odds of various series. That isn’t even counting all the guys who are just banged up. Am I wrong in thinking that this is more than usual?

    29. “Chuck’s absolutely right. There were only six guys in the NBA who played 36+ minutes a game last season, but five of them were really good and the other led his team to the worst record in the NBA.”

      I know this is sarcasm but i didnt really mean 36 mins as a threshold. Just more than a few mins a game which is then extrapolated into per 36. Now Chuck may mean 36 mins lol

    30. Lol I really don’t think anyone is advocating that Cole is a star or even worthy of being a starter. However, his play this year and numbers would suggest that you could do much worse on the backup center front (Jerome James anyone?). I wouldn’t hate having him on the bench next season, if not for his pure rootability ha ha.

      I don’t know if it’s just recency bias, but this playoffs definitely seems more impacted than usual by devestating injuries. Wall, Love, Matthews, Durant, Ibaka, CP3, Conley, Beverley, Parsons, Motiejunas are all high-quality starters whose injuries seem to have pretty dramatically swung the odds of various series. That isn’t even counting all the guys who are just banged up. Am I wrong in thinking that this is more than usual?

      I would tend to agree. It’s pretty amazing seeing how many key guys are going down this year. That said I don’t think it has caused many upsets in the actual playoffs yet. The impact was probably bigger regarding the make up of the standings as opposed to the actual outcomes of the matchups. Probably need to wait and see on that though with the LA v Houston and Atlanta v Wizards series’. Certainly makes things interesting, but it’s definitely makes for better viewing when you have guys like CP3 actually playing.

    31. Man, i am scared to look at what yesterday’s thread was like. This isn’t trolling, it’s trawling. Can’t we collectively just not rise to the bait folks?

      As for the playoffs, not sure we will see a better series than Spurs-Clips. That was a classic. And I agree about injuries. It does seem like there have been a lot more crucial ones this year than usual….

    32. I said in yesterday’s thread that capt luke should only be responded to with ad hominem or not at all–to acknowledge him dignifies him and his “arguments” in a way that’s totally undeserved. I stand by that.

      Count yourself lucky that you didnt see the frankly vile shit he said yesterday, Owen.

      More on topic: Cole’s good at basketball on a limited minute basis and I hope the spate of injuries encourages owners to push through a resolution to shorten the regular season soon.

    33. I hope the spate of injuries encourages owners to push through a resolution to shorten the regular season soon.

      What would be a reasonable solution? 70 games? 65? Perhaps just a longer season to spread the 82 out more?

    34. What would be a reasonable solution? 70 games? 65? Perhaps just a longer season to spread the 82 out more?

      Shortening the season could help, especially with soft tissue injuries, but I think we’ve seen some more I guess flukey injuries (i.e Love’s shoulder, Walls wrist etc.) . I don’t think there is really anything you can do for guys blowing out knees, or breaking their wrists when they hit the deck. It’s potentially just a bad year for injuries. Maybe softer floors is the answer ha ha. I guess if you have less games you in theory reduce the risk of someone hurting themselves, but some of these injuries could happen at practice, so you could chalk it up to it being a fact of sporting life.

    35. The one thing about Charles Barkley bashing advanced stats that i will agree with is the following:

      “If you were good enough to play 36 mins you would be.”

      Haha. That’s a great line.

    36. Here’s a good Q: If Philly lands the #1 pick and we land #3-5, would you trade our pick and our 2018 #1 for the #1 pick (Towns)? Would Philly do it?

    37. I’d say Philly would do it for sure. But I think we shouldn’t, unless it’s a trade that says Philly #1 and Embiid for our #3-5, 2018 #1 and Calderon.

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