Knicks Morning News (2015.12.18)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks have at least 76 reasons to try hard vs. Philly (Fri, 18 Dec 2015 02:03:52 GMT)

    It isn’t so much a “must win” but more like a “don’t lose.”

  • [New York Times] Harden, Jones Lead Rockets Past Lakers Again, 107-87 (Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:24:32 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard shared a brief pregame hug and a few in-game laughs during the Houston Rockets’ comfortable win over the Lakers.

  • [New York Times] Harden Helps Rockets Soar Over Stumbling Lakers (Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:09:27 GMT)

    Guard James Harden had 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, leading the Houston Rockets to a 107-87 romp over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] King James Issues Royal Pardon After Clash With Golfer’s Wife (Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:54:27 GMT)

    Cleveland forward LeBron James apologized to the wife of Australian golfer Jason Day after a court-side collision forced her out of the Quicken Loans Arena on a stretcher at the end of Thursday’s win over Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Crashes Into Wife of Golfer Jason Day in Cavs’ Win (Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:57:40 GMT)

    Unable to stop himself, LeBron James launched his 250-pound body into the air, crashing hard into the lap of a courtside spectator unable to get out of his way.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Jason Day’s Wife Is Injured by LeBron James’s Fall Into Crowd (Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:08:03 GMT)

    James crashed into the crowd in Cleveland on Thursday night and injured Ellie Day, the wife of the world’s No. 2-ranked golfer Jason Day, while scrambling for a loose ball.

  • [New York Times] Lin Scores 35 Points, Hornets Beat Raptors 109-99 in OT (Fri, 18 Dec 2015 04:30:33 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin finally got a chance to show the Charlotte Hornets what “Linsanity” is all about.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Guard Iman Shumpert Delivers Singer Fiancee’s Baby (Fri, 18 Dec 2015 01:15:59 GMT)

    Paging, Dr. Shumpert.

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    64 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.12.18)”

    1. I hate trade scenarios involving Melo. They never happen, and they’re usually dumb. But Simmons’ podcast yesterday had an interesting trade scenario that’s not dumb, but wouldn’t happen: Melo for James Young (1.5M, team option after next year), David Lee (expiring), Jerebko (5M/yr expiring 2017), and the Celtics unprotected first round pick this year.

      Personally, I wouldn’t do it, because I think young players need good veterans to develop well (sort of the opposite of what Philly’s doing), and Melo is likely to age well, not to mention his considerably improved defense and all-around game lately (seriously, how are people not talking about this?).

    2. That’s basically giving Melo away for cap space and what would be a very low draft pick, given the C’s likely record with Melo. And since every team in the league will have cap space, and we’ll be taking a step further away from contention in the near future by trading Melo, we’ll be less attractive for the handful of free agents who will be worth the money this summer.

      Ideally, we trade Melo, given that he and Porzingis are so far apart in age, but I don’t want to just give him away. He still has value to the team, especially playing the all-around game that he has lately.

    3. That wasn’t the deal, wetbandit. It was the Brooklyn pick that the Celtics own, which is almost certainly a top five pick. I’d do that deal easy, but it’s never happening since I doubt Melo wants to go to the Celtics.

      Also, of course, it’s never happening since Melo is never leaving. Always worth mentioning that. ;)

    4. Is the Nets pick protected?

      If it isn’t why would the Celtics give up a chance at Ben Simmons and a decade of greatness for a better playoff position this year?

      If it is protected why would the Knicks do it? The team is trending up and giving up Melo for nothing would be a serious step back.

    5. It is not protected. Simmons’ argument for the Celtics is that it is more likely that the Nets will end up somewhere around the fourth or fifth worst record in the NBA (they’re currently tied for third-worst, but the Sixers and Lakers are comfortably ahead of them and you have to figure that the team they’re tied with, the Pelicans, will be tanking big time soon), so it would be trading a 9-12% chance (9% if #5, 12% if #4) at Simmons in exchange for a legitimate chance at making the Eastern Conference Finals this year. It’s debatable whether that is worth it or not, but eh, that’s the argument.

      So with that in mind, yes, you obviously trade Melo for an unprotected high lottery pick from a shitty team. But he wouldn’t want to go to Boston so it wouldn’t happen and, of course, he is never leaving, so it’s never happening no matter what.

    6. Yeah I mean he just played two fantastic games in a row maybe is finally getting into game condition and displaying a nice all around game. Porzingis has stated Melo is helping him immensely and they have a flourishing 2 man chemistry…there should be no reason to even consider a trade during this season unless it would net us a younger all-star caliber player which simply isn’t going to happen

    7. Oh man,y’all are just fucking with my emotions. Trade Melo…to the Celtics… for a great pick from the Nets-shit I need to take a cold shower now.

    8. A cold shower wouldn’t wash away the stink. I would trade with ISIS before I would trade with the Celtics . One has to worry about the green-team going forward. They don’t have enough roster spots for all those picks they’ve collected. I’m just glad there’s no LeBron, Duncan or Steph Curry coming out.

    9. there should be no reason to even consider a trade during this season unless it would net us a younger all-star caliber player which simply isn’t going to happen

      Trade Melo…to the Celtics… for a great pick from the Nets-shit I need to take a cold shower now

      any trade that nets that celtic pick should not be nixed.

    10. A cold shower wouldn’t wash away the stink. I would trade with ISIS before I would trade with the Celtics . One has to worry about the green-team going forward. They don’t have enough roster spots for all those picks they’ve collected. I’m just glad there’s no LeBron, Duncan or Steph Curry coming out.

      Ben Simmons is destroying college basketball so far. He’s really, really good. He rebounds, scores efficiently and assists like a point guard at 6 foot 10 inches (it’s college, of course, but any time you have a player with a 20% rebound rate and a 30% assist rate it is cause to say, “Wow”). He is only missing a three-point shot, but everything else about him is drool-worthy.

    11. I still think we can get DeAngelo Russell from the Lakers this summer in a Melo trade and I will keep saying it until it doesn’t happen.

      But I would take Brooklyn’s unprotected pick, too. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. I just don’t think the Celtics would do it.

    12. Yeah, I don’t see them dealing that pick at all. Not unless the Nets really fall behind the pack in the race to the bottom. If that pick is more likely to be, like, a #7 pick, I guess I could see an argument for trading it.

    13. Would you trade Lopez in the summer if you could get Horford? He can post, shoot, pass, and play D so what’s not to like. I guess a couple things would be his potential contract and age but what’s 7-9 extra mill. Lol.
      Say they get a pick for Lopez what about using that to go back to Atl and get Jennings. Jennings is at a good age and has a modest salary next year.In way it’s a Boston/Brooklyn deal but Knicks have several advantages over BK. They have the ability to sign AL out right and another jump in cap space plus they wouldn’t have to give up all the picks the nets did and if they do hopefully their protected.

      Just a silly thought. A better thought would be try to get Lin back and Baezmore. Batum would be nice too.

    14. I’m not as high on Simmons as some others here but of course you take the Celtics trade if you’re in some fantasy world that involves the BK pick

      Could we get any first rounders for Lopez? I think you pull the trigger if you could get even a late first rounder plus salary matches or even better a late first and decent young player

      That being said I think Lopez would be fine at 11M if we just abandoned the fucking triangle or even just stopped putting him in the pinch post.

    15. I think even the most Ruru of Rurus would concede that trading Melo for that Nets pick would be amazing. So amazing that it’s not going to happen, but yeah.

    16. Idk man it all depends where that pick falls-if its top 3 then yeah but its 10th than i doubt that would be worth it

    17. We’d have a top 10 pick, at worst, and gobs of cap space that we could facilitate trades with to get more picks or maybe make some smart free agent signings. I think that trade would immediately put us in one of the better positions in the NBA. That’s how I know it’ll never happen.

    18. Woj says the Rockets are shopping Lawson, who’s been a trainwreck for them. (Putting a ball-dominant guard next to Harden worked out badly with Lin and again with Lawson; go figure!) I doubt Phil and Fish would have interest in the guy, given all his problems on and off the court of late, but I could absolutely see the Rockets being interested in Jose (whose game is more complementary of Harden’s, and whose defensive issues can be covered for by Dwight), with Seraphin or one of the other end of the bench guys thrown in to make the salaries match. And Lawson’s deal expires this season, which gives us more cap room for the summer.

      Too bad it won’t happen.

    19. That being said I think Lopez would be fine at 11M if we just abandoned the fucking triangle or even just stopped putting him in the pinch post.

      But he’s making $13.5 million. ;)

    20. In all honesty, how did Boston get so many picks for those two? It’s not like it wasn’t obvious they were past their prime. Unbelievable how stupid Brooklyn is. And I recall Simmons (and most Celtics fans) being angry about it at the time, too, no less.

      We need to make one of those trades. Just once, please. Melo for 20 times what he is worth. Need to find someone stupid, though, and unfortunately Ainge doesn’t qualify.

      I’m thinking Lakers, and the dark horse is Washington if they fail to get Durant. Come on, Ernie. You know you want to give 4 first round picks like Billy King did.

    21. A few days ago I pointed out that Lopez’ shot distribution has drastically changed from his career averages, and changed even further from his most productive years. Basically it’s what we’d all think without having to look; he’s taking more shots from 3-10 feet and less from 0-3. What do you know, his efficiency has suffered badly. We’ll have to either reevaluate aspects of the triangle (my preference) or trade him, but if we keep making him try to do things he can’t do it’ll tank his trade value anyway.

    22. We need to make one of those trades. Just once, please.

      Look how well that approach has worked for the 76’ers. Granted, morons run that organization (or did until last week), but high picks don’t always work out.

    23. One has to worry about the green-team going forward. They don’t have enough roster spots for all those picks they’ve collected.

      The only thing is that most of the young guys they have right now are all rather “meh.” Marcus Smart was pretty good as a rookie but has regressed, James Young and Terry Rozier don’t look like anything all that special so far, Kelly Olynyk is probably nothing more than a rotation player… Most of their best players are already 25 and 26 years old and I don’t see anybody on the roster with true star potential. They still have a boatload of picks coming to them but they haven’t exactly crushed it in the draft in recent years.

    24. Look how well that approach has worked for the 76’ers. Granted, morons run that organization (or did until last week), but high picks don’t always work out.

      The Sixers haven’t made any heists. They trade present value for future value in fair terms.

      Boston traded minimal present value for massive future value.

    25. I’m just glad there’s no LeBron, Duncan or Steph Curry coming out.

      There was no Steph Curry coming out in 2009, either, apparently. I mean, Minnesota alone took two PGs in the draft AHEAD of Curry. Simmons looks pretty good (I’m surprised Simmons is okay with Simmons not being a Celtic, but then again, maybe Simmons likes being the favorite Simmons in Bean Town), but there could be a Curry-type player lurking at any spot in any draft class.

      The moral is to NOT TRADE YOUR DRAFT PICKS. Make the selection, and then trade if you have to. Regarding Curry, he is an example of the brain-trust of the collective basketball establishment’s inability to know a transcendental talent when they see one, not only was he selected behind legendary NBA point guard Johnny Flynn, but before that he was unrecruited coming out of high school as the #245th ranked player in his class. (Incidentally, Russle Westbrook was also in that recruiting class and was also unrecruited coming out of high school).

      And, finally, if you want to look back at the crossroads of the franchise and think about what could have been: on June 24th 2009, the wolves and wizards consummated a deal exchanging Randy Foye and Mike Miller for the #5 pick. The Wizards, a tax team in win-now mode, shopped the pick to NY first, knowing that Donnie Walsh had his eyes on Davidson guard Stephen Curry. But Walsh, trying to shed 2010 salary, not take it on, refused to absorb Darius Songalia’s $4.8 million non-expiring contract, electing to hope that Curry would fall to #8, where he could draft him for free….

    26. I’ll take Kelly Oubre Jr, Washington’s first round pick in 2016, 2018, and 2020, and the right to swap picks in 2019 for Carmelo Anthony. Thanks, Ernie. Good luck with Melo. His game is going to age well so I’m sure nothing will come of those picks. You will presumably be throwing out an all star team three years from now anyway.

    27. Is it possible that the Rockets will end up cutting Lawson? I mean most teams do not need a pg. I guess they could use it to create cap space so maybe a team like Brooklyn would try to trade for him. I could see Milwaukee giving up Vasquez and others. Who else would trade for Lawson?

    28. if porzingis is really this good…. then i think keeping melo is probably a good idea…

      we’re missing a lot of other pieces and that’s really the challenge for the future but if porzingis makes another leap and melo takes the paul pierce age curve then we’re going to be really good for the next few years….

    29. he is an example of the brain-trust of the collective basketball establishment’s inability to know a transcendental talent when they see one

      Fully agreed, but he’s also an example of that transcendent talent not kicking in until his late twenties. He’s always been a good shooter, but the last few seasons have finally seen him move toward peak form. Always a good player (and worthy of a #9 pick, even if he had stayed around his rookie-level production), but it would take quite an eye to see him turning into the best shooter the (*modern era) league’s ever seen.

      I mean, how many people would have even considered him to dethrone LeBron, and do so unequivocally? In a world without Curry, Kawhi Leonard should be the MVP and Russ and Durant should share second place. But Curry is astronomically good and everyone else is way behind. I don’t think anyone expected this.

      Very different from, say, Kawhi Leonard, who was a freak talent during his rookie season, but it’s only now that the media narrative has caught up to his actual production. I mean, the dude had nearly twice as many steals and turnovers. And as he’s increased his volume scoring, his efficiency has stayed excellent and his turnovers stay virtually the same.

    30. I really would hate to see a trade, but Chad Ford over at ESPN suggested this one and as much as I like how Melo is playing now, it’s attractive:

      Trading Melo to the Heat with the main components coming back being Justise Winslow from the Miami Heat and Willie Cauley-Stein from the Sacramento Kings. The Kings would get Robin Lopez, a player who can help them in the short-term, and the Knicks would also take on players with equal salaries to make the deal possible. It would certainly re-shape the Knicks and Heat, while giving the Kings a keen defensive player with toughness to play alongside DeMarcus Cousins.

      Cauley-Stein and KP playing their careers together as twin towers?

    31. steph curry probably wouldn’t be this good outside of golden state and the brain trust they have…. maybe houston… after his 3rd year they kept telling him to shoot more 3s … every other part of his game is basically in line with his rookie year…. his usage and his 3pa’s however have steadily gone up to a now ridiculous 11.3 3’s per 36….

      there isn’t another organization in the nba that would have let him do that let alone encourage it and he’d be something like 2011 curry… good but not anywhere close to what he’s doing now….

    32. I was wondering if anyone could give me a quick analysis of the Timberwolves.
      They are a team I love to watch.
      With Wiggins, Rubio, Towns and even LaVine, I just love the young core.
      Is it just that they are so young that they are losing? Is it the conference? Is it the coach?
      Maybe it is all that. It would just seem to me with what they have they should be playing better.

    33. Kawhi is amazing, no doubt. But one wonders whether he would have developed this much if he had been drafted by Indiana rather than by San Antonio. His first year or two he was the 4th or 5th option and was able to concentrate just on doing 3 and D stuff. Then each year they added on a little piece, and another piece, and another piece. He doesn’t get to do that unless he has a stable organization, vets and coaches that can nurture him on and off the court, and most importantly, great players that essentially took all the pressure off him until he was ready to take the next step.

      That’s why I think the Knicks should keep Melo (not that they were going to trade him anyway) – right now (and probably for at least the next 2 seasons), Melo will still occupy most of the defense’s focus and allow KP to add a little to his game at a time.

    34. I’m intrigued by the idea of moving KP to center and Lopez to the bench.
      I like that it would open the PnR up for KP, generating far more offense from him, and it would move Melo to the 4, where he has been very effective in the past.
      But I have three concerns:
      1. KP has been a very effective weak-side shot blocker
      2. KP and Lopez on the floor at the same time makes the Knicks a far better defensive team
      3. I don’t think Melo can sustain banging against 4s at this age without getting hurt.

      I realize traditional positions are kind of the thing of the past, but the Knicks going smaller could generate a lot of O.
      I just have this sense that a great team builds from its defensive play.

    35. I really would hate to see a trade, but Chad Ford over at ESPN suggested this one and as much as I like how Melo is playing now, it’s attractive:

      Trading Melo to the Heat with the main components coming back being Justise Winslow from the Miami Heat and Willie Cauley-Stein from the Sacramento Kings. The Kings would get Robin Lopez, a player who can help them in the short-term, and the Knicks would also take on players with equal salaries to make the deal possible. It would certainly re-shape the Knicks and Heat, while giving the Kings a keen defensive player with toughness to play alongside DeMarcus Cousins.

      Cauley-Stein and KP playing their careers together as twin towers?

      Ok, I’m sitting here advocating for a steal and even I think that’s outrageous. Chad Ford thinks that’s possible? I’ll take it.

      What else are the Kings getting besides Lopez to part with WCS?

    36. I was wondering if anyone could give me a quick analysis of the Timberwolves.

      Is it just that they are so young that they are losing? Is it the conference? Is it the coach?

      It would just seem to me with what they have they should be playing better.

      It’s that Wiggins is the most overrated basketball player that’s come along since Harold Miner and Felipe Lopez.

    37. I was wondering if anyone could give me a quick analysis of the Timberwolves.
      They are a team I love to watch.
      With Wiggins, Rubio, Towns and even LaVine, I just love the young core.
      Is it just that they are so young that they are losing? Is it the conference? Is it the coach?
      Maybe it is all that. It would just seem to me with what they have they should be playing bet

      At this point, Wiggins is severely overrated and probably impacts them negatively. He doesn’t really do anything well, which is obviously subject to change.

      That’s why I think the Knicks should keep Melo (not that they were going to trade him anyway) – right now (and probably for at least the next 2 seasons

      If we could somehow be assured that he could still be traded in two seasons then maybe, but we can’t, and in 2 seasons I’d be surprised if we could even pretend like he’s tradable.

    38. Substitute Johnson for Winslow in that Miami/NYK/Kings scenario and you might have a deal.

      Miami: Miami’s got luxury tax issues so would be more eager to include Johnson (who will have to be paid this summer) in any deal. Bosh and Whiteside don’t play so well together so maybe resigning Whiteside is not a priority. Result: Starting five of Dragic/Wade/Winslow/Melo/Bosh. Nice!!
      Knicks: WCS and Johnson (and more cap) for Melo/Lopez. WCS and KP are perfect for today’s NBA: able to guard stretch PFs and then also provide match-up problems on offense. Sets us up for the future.
      Kings: Lopez for WCS. Hmmm…not sure Kings go for that. Lopez was very productive in his last 2 seasons (.150 and .176 WS/48) and he’s only 27yo. Might have to include another piece.

    39. A few days ago I pointed out that Lopez’ shot distribution has drastically changed from his career averages, and changed even further from his most productive years. Basically it’s what we’d all think without having to look; he’s taking more shots from 3-10 feet and less from 0-3. What do you know, his efficiency has suffered badly. We’ll have to either reevaluate aspects of the triangle (my preference) or trade him, but if we keep making him try to do things he can’t do it’ll tank his trade value anyway.

      This is an issue with our guard play, not the Triangle. The offense isn’t designed to enter the ball to RoLo in the post with under 10 left on the shot clock after Calderon mindlessly runs a shitty dribble hand off or PNR with him. We need to get a dynamic guard or wing that can handle the rock to get RoLo’s value. Melo is the only person right now that’s a plus creator for his position. We desperately need to find better ball handling and Fisher needs to find Grant more minutes with RoLo.

    40. any situation in which the Miami Heat lose Whiteside is a complete and utter loss on their end, players like that don’t just magically appear in unrestricted free agency

    41. WCS and Johnson (and more cap) for Melo/Lopez.

      lol. I know Melo hasn’t been great so far but you’re trading Carmelo Freaking Anthony + a real NBA center on a very reasonable contract for WCS and Tyler Johnson?!??

    42. any situation in which the Miami Heat lose Whiteside is a complete and utter loss on their end, players like that don’t just magically appear in unrestricted free agency

      is there really any way they can bring him back? they’re above the cap and don’t have his bird rights. and any team that takes him in trade also wouldn’t have his bird rights.

      and he makes about $10 so he’d be very difficult to get anything back for.

    43. They also have a net rating of -11.0 with him on the floor and have been better defensively with him off of it for 2 years running now. His individual numbers do no match at all with the impact he’s having on the floor. They are far better defensively with Bosh at center.

    44. any situation in which the Miami Heat lose Whiteside is a complete and utter loss on their end, players like that don’t just magically appear in unrestricted free agency

      Not twice anyway. Or in Whiteside’s case, not 6 times.

    45. any situation in which the Miami Heat lose Whiteside is a complete and utter loss on their end, players like that don’t just magically appear in unrestricted free agency

      You usually don’t peddle in sardonic humor but I have to think you’re kidding here, right?

    46. I know Melo hasn’t been great so far but you’re trading Carmelo Freaking Anthony + a real NBA center on a very reasonable contract for WCS and Tyler Johnson?!??

      Future vs present. KP(20yo), Johnson(23), WCS(23), Grant(23), Galloway(24) and sh!tload of cap.

      No really, there was something more the Kings were getting for WCS than Robin Lopez, right?

      I don’t think so. I’d throw in Hernangomez (Frank’s really gonna have a conniption!) or KOQ and then they probably would bite. Lopez is only 5 years older than WCS and is being paid only like 9m more. other teams, especially those in WC know the Triangle has messed up his stats.

    47. From what I gather,Whiteside is (uncharitably) really dumb or (charitably) has maturity/work ethic issues. He’s also going to be a unrestricted free agent. Miami can’t keep him if he’d rather walk.

    48. No really, there was something more the Kings were getting for WCS than Robin Lopez, right?

      Nope, which is why this trade was always even more of a fantasy than the ones we usually indulge in, myself included.

      is there really any way they can bring him back? they’re above the cap and don’t have his bird rights. and any team that takes him in trade also wouldn’t have his bird rights.

      For next season they only have about $49m on the books between Bosh, Dragic, McBob, and Winslow. With eight empty cap holds they should have around $35-$39m in space. So theoretically they can sign Whiteside if Wade takes a sizable pay cut and they renounce Johnson. But it’s an undesirable situation regardless of the outcome because they’d either lock themselves into this good-not-great team, or lose Whiteside and be worse for it.

    49. It’s still a fairly limited sample but it’s getting a little weird that Miami has not been a good defensive team last year or this year with Whiteside on the floor, yet are basically the best defensive team in the league this year when he isn’t.

    50. This is an issue with our guard play, not the Triangle.

      I agree that we have an issue with our guard play, but it’s the Triangle also. They are trying to get the penetration by using post ups but we don’t have a post up big that draws double teams either (maybe eventually KP). This system is not good unless you have the right players (and that usually involves great ones). There is a reason that outside the great Laker and Bulls teams the Triangle has been terrible.

    51. it didn’t hit home until just now that the kings actually got cousins and whiteside in the same draft. that has to be the craziest hyper-talented but hyper-mercurial big man draft haul in league history. Unless you count the year we nabbed Mike Sweetney and Slavko Vranes.

    52. I agree that we have an issue with our guard play, but it’s the Triangle also. They are trying to get the penetration by using post ups but we don’t have a post up big that draws double teams either (maybe eventually KP). This system is not good unless you have the right players (and that usually involves great ones). There is a reason that outside the great Laker and Bulls teams the Triangle has been terrible.

      The Bulls and Lakers got plenty of penetration through their guards and wings. Jordan, Pippen, Kukoc, Kobe, Odom, etc. all did fine. Talent is way more critical than the Triangle in all of this. Nothing is going to make Jose Calderon a great driver of the ball. Langston Galloway isn’t going to become an above the rim player. Jerian Grant won’t magically be able to dribble with his weak hand and get a jumper that other teams need to respect if we switch completely to a spread PNR.

      It’s not the most dribble drive oriented team, but they simply do not have the talent to even judge how we’d look in that scenario. Clearly Phil is looking for a player that can penetrate and create evidenced by his attempting to trade for Reggie Jackson last year and the drafting of Jerian Grant. The Knicks have allowed their guards the freedom to use drag screens in transition with KP and RoLo and have run a lot of dribble hand off and weakside and side PNR with Grant. Fisher also allowed Grant to often divert from the offense and run a high PNR early in the clock, but Grant has struggled to do anything when defenses have been set.

      Spurs’ offense this year is 26th in terms of percentage of shots at the rim, but they are 4th in percentage because Ginobili and Parker can actually finish when they get there. We are last in attempts and 2nd to last in percentage. You’re blaming it on the system when the system isn’t the reason guys are missing even when they get there.

    53. if Pistons drafted Melo, if Nets traded for Melo, if Bulls signed Melo..
      don’t think he’s waiving that clause

    54. You usually don’t peddle in sardonic humor but I have to think you’re kidding here, right?

      Tongue-in-cheek, confusing because the first half of that sentence is absolutely and objectively true. Sorry, bad writing. But at least it’s not sophistry: Whiteside is the real deal and losing him to keep Bosh is totally nonsensical.

    55. Kevin seraphin, explained:

      Fish: “If you watch [the Sixers’] games, and take the score off the monitor, you can’t tell who’s winning.”

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