Knicks Morning News (2016.06.20)

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers 93, Warriors 89 | Cleveland wins series, 4-3: Cavaliers Defeat Warriors to Win Their First N.B.A. Title (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 02:49:38 GMT)

    The Cavaliers became the first team in history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit in the finals, and it was the first major sports title for the city of Cleveland since 1964.

  • [New York Times] Keeping Score: N.B.A. Finals Legend or Loser? It Often Comes Down to Circumstance (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:42:27 GMT)

    LeBron James headed into Game 7 trying to avoid the scorn that would come with another letdown, but players like Elgin Baylor show that earning rings isn’t always a reflection of the player.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers Announce Championship Parade on Wednesday (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:04:10 GMT)

    The championship parade and celebration for the newly crowned NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will be held on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Validates Greatness by Winning Title for Cleveland (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:03:38 GMT)

    LeBron James may be the self-proclaimed “King” but after delivering an NBA title to long-suffering Cleveland on Sunday the best player of his generation will forever be considered royalty by Cavaliers fans.

  • [New York Times] Historic Season Ends in Epic Finals Collapse for Warriors (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:15:28 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors closed out a record-smashing season with an even more epic playoff collapse on Sunday, falling 93-89 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the NBA Finals.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Delivers on Promise, Leads Cavs to NBA Title (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:06:35 GMT)

    LeBron James powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 93-89 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday in an electrifying Game Seven to complete an improbable comeback unlike any seen before and capture their first NBA championship.

  • [New York Times] Factbox: Profile of Cleveland Cavaliers (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 03:57:27 GMT)

    Profile of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the National Basketball Association championship on Sunday.

  • [New York Post] Kristaps Porzingis gives Kyle O’Quinn a glimpse of life in Latvia (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 02:35:06 -0400)

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn was honored and in awe to be in Latvia and see what Kristaps Porzingis means to the country. O'Quinn attended Porzingis' camps for kids last week in Liepaja, Porzingis' hometown. Porzingis had extended the invitation (he and O'Quinn share the same representation) and the Flushing native couldn't accept…

  • [New York Post] J.R. Smith breaks down in trembling ode to his parents (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:14:16 -0400)

    OAKLAND, Calif. — After LeBron James gave him the highest of praise while battling through adversity, ex-Knick J.R. Smith broke down during the postgame press conference, crying as he saluted his father Earl Jr. on Father's Day. With Earl standing in the back, Smith started choking up, unable to get out his words, and buried…

  • Liked it? Take a second to support Mike Kurylo on Patreon!

    Mike Kurylo

    Mike Kurylo is the founder and editor of KnickerBlogger.net. His book on the 2012 Knicks, "We’ll Always Have Linsanity," is on sale now. Follow him on twitter (@KnickerBlogger).

    115 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.06.20)”

    1. That was some amazing game last night.

      That Lebron block on Iguodala – easily one of the top 3 basketball plays of all time. The end of the game took forever and so I didn’t realize until I watched it again later that there were under 2 minutes to play in a tie game when it happened. Lebron didn’t shoot very well especially at the end of the game, but that was very likely a game saving block.

      From Synergy Sports — Lebron had 10 weakside or chase-down blocks in this series on shots that would otherwise have been what they called “near automatic baskets” — this in a series that was in total over 7 games decided by 4 points.

      I feel great for Lebron. The struggles he’s gone through over the last 6-7 years are all 1st world problems (seriously, the dude is worth like a billion dollars), but here’s a great section from his 1st SI article ever (as a senior in high school) that tells you what his childhood was like:

      [Lebron’s mom] gave birth to him at 16, and after her mother died two years later, she and LeBron drifted from apartment to apartment around Akron. (On one occasion their building was condemned and bulldozed by the city.) “I saw drugs, guns, killings; it was crazy,” LeBron says. “But my mom kept food in my mouth and clothes on my back.”

      The Jameses’ nomadic existence and unsettled home life took a toll, however. In the fourth grade, LeBron says, he missed more than 100 days of school. Nor did it help that Jackson, who has been in a relationship with Gloria since LeBron was two, spent three years in jail after pleading guilty to a 1991 charge of aggravated cocaine trafficking.

      He’s been the Chosen One in Ohio since high school – the weight of that in a city that really feels cursed, and after all the negativity (some of which he really brought on himself) — no wonder he was so emotional.

      What a series, what a win, what a player. Really- he belongs in a 1a/1b conversation with Jordan.

    2. Here’s an article just about that block. I mean, Lebron was like 15 feet behind on the fast break and still made the block a thousandth of a second before the layup attempt hit the backboard.

      Seriously – Mike Breen should get an Emmy just for being able to have intelligible words after that play. My heart rate just went up 20 beats/minute just reading that article.

    3. And Steph – he probably wasn’t quite as bad as the media will make him out to be. He played absolutely perfect D on that Kyrie 3 that put the Cavs up 92-89 — have to just tip your hat to Kyrie not hat one. But some of the turnovers especially were so painfully awful. Especially that behind the back throwaway to Klay.

      I’ve been railing against the media giving him a pass by saying he must be injured — but at the end of the game, he couldn’t even take Kevin Love off the dribble. He was missing 3’s by feet last night. So maybe there is something to the injury story.

      (Good for Kevin Love by the way – so maligned but he really played max effort D this game. Didn’t shoot it well but had 4 big offensive rebounds and had the best +/- of the entire Cavs team at +19.)

    4. Unbelievable game last night. LeBron was a monster and his performance should shut up any and all his critics. He willed the Cavs to victory. The block and the play where we all thought he broke his wrist were examples of “there’s no tomorrow” plays that we saw from this unbelievable athlete.

      And kudos to JR and Shumpert who showed how F’n stupid that trade with Cleveland was. We got zilch for two championship rotation players. In my opinion that trade was worse than getting Bargnani. How we go what we got for them is criminal: Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and a 2019-2nd round pick? You’ve gotta be kidding me.

    5. Why didn’t the Warriors double team Lebron instead of allowing him to have all the time in the world to run the offense? I think it was a fatal coaching decision by Kerr.

    6. (reposting from last thread)

      Classic game! LeBron just cemented his name in the GOAT discussion. Seriously, take him off that team and do they even make the playoffs?

      And while I don’t hate the Warriors, it is somewhat gratifying to me that they lost. I never thought they were an all-time great team.

      Are the Warriors are the first and only NBA team to lose as many games in the playoffs as they did during the regular season? That’s a record that may never be broken!

    7. Good point, Z-man. Barring a major injury to a team’s star player(s) in the postseason, it is highly unlikely that we will ever see that again.

    8. Strong thread last night people. Laughed so hard I pee’d my pants. Capped off of course by the return of Ruru.

      I said it last night too but I think they really missed Bogut.

      JR’s interview actually made me tear up. Which might be the most unexpected thing to ever happen to me.

      Lebron is really going to make a good run at the GOAT now. Jordan did a lot of stuff in his career but he never had a night like last night.

    9. Why didn’t the Warriors double team Lebron instead of allowing him to have all the time in the world to run the offense? I think it was a fatal coaching decision by Kerr.

      He’s one of the greatest passers in the history of the game. If you double him you only open up their offense and give them a chance to shoot a lot of open 3s. As it was GS’s defense was pretty solid for the most part. Cleveland’s offense got loose a bit in the 3rd quarter thanks in particular to the burst from JR (off passes from Lebron you might have noticed) but for the most part it was a grind.

      The stories of the series in my opinion is the other end of the court. Golden State just couldn’t get their offense going consistently in the latter half of this series against a team that was just okay on D most of the year. Cleveland turned it way up on that end (with Lebron and Thompson being the two most praiseworty, but lots of credit to go around) and Golden State couldn’t find reliable answers. Once they started switching everything with Lebron starting on Green they mostly neutralized the Curry-Green PnR in terms of giving up those 4 on 3s and forced a lot of one on one stuff for Golden State. The possession against Love is the one that sticks in my mind. All their beautiful O they ran all season was taken away and all that was left was a guy dribbling in circles trying to jack up a 3. It was like they were reduced to a caricature of themselves.

    10. The Warriors going almost 5 minutes without scoring a point is a pretty incredible way for them to end their season.

    11. Draymond Green can spend the offseason contemplating how things might have turned out if he had kicked one or two less testicles. Highly doubtful the Cavs win game 5 if he had played and then the whole narrative changes.

    12. Steph and Klay were awful last night. The amount of terrible shots they took when there were better options available was ridiculous.

      Lebron was great and cemented his status as the best player since Jordan. I still think Kyrie would struggle tremendously if he had to shoulder the duties of being the primary facilitator offensively, but man, that guy playing off of a distributor is lethal. He can get buckets on anybody.

      Kerr went to Varejao way too long, when Speights actually seemed much better both on the glass and defensively last night. Also felt Barnes should have sat down the stretch and Livingston should have taken his minutes. Bringing Ezeli back in after his utter shit show of a performance in the 4th and then having him switch PNRs with Lebron was weird. Why they were switching the Lebron PNRs instead of going under I’ll never quite understand.

    13. “Lebron is really going to make a good run at the GOAT now. Jordan did a lot of stuff in his career but he never had a night like last night.”

      Really Owen? How soon we forget.

      The biggest argument vs. LeBron’s legacy is that he’s had many a non-iconic moment. He also has run through some of the worst EC competition in history.

      He’s in the discussion for GOAT, no doubt, but imo still has some work to do to be put above Jordan and Kareem. I think you can make a very strong argument that he is no lower than #3 right now, and he still has, what, 5-6 good years left? I could see him playing all-star level PF in his early 40’s.

    14. Remember when Joe Lacob said he was one of the world’s 10 greatest blackjack players?

    15. Jordan never won a title like this one. It’s worth double. Maybe triple. That’s all I am saying.

      How many guys on this Cavs team end up in the HOF?

    16. Bron’s first title was for himself.
      Bron’s latest title was for the city of Cleveland.
      Bron’s next title will be for his dear friend Melo.

      3 championships on 3 different teams = GOAT title

    17. Think about the Lebron narrative if one of those Klay 3’s rattles in instead of out and Golden State manages to squeak out a victory.

      – Lebron is now 2-5 in Finals
      – Lebron 9-24 (5 points in the 4th quarter) with 5 turnovers (3 in the 4th quarter) in the biggest game of his career
      – Where was Lebron at the end of the game? Sure he made an incredible block on Iguodala, but he needed to take over the game and instead Kyrie had to force up a contested 3

      Not saying the criticism would be justified, but it would be out there.

      I guess that’s what makes sports so intriguing and unpredictable, the incredibly fine line between winning and losing.

    18. Not saying the criticism would be justified, but it would be out there.

      I guess that’s what makes sports so intriguing and unpredictable, the incredibly fine line between winning and losing.

      It didn’t end up mattering, but I couldn’t stop thinking this when he went to the line after that hard fall on the Green foul with 10 seconds left. He missed the first one and I was just imagining how deafening the noise would be if he missed both and then the Warriors hit a 3 to tie it up. Hard to believe that with all he has accomplished a single free throw could potentially mean so much to how he’s remembered. That free throw barely went in too. Rattled around a fair bit. Ultimately over the course of the series the two teams were basically exactly equal. To reduce it to one is a champion and one is a loser is unfair, but that’s how it goes.

    19. golden state inexplicably fell into the trap of playing the cavs game on offense… it was basically iso ball and hunting 3s….draymond got them to that point where it was actually close(he actually had the best game 7 out of everyone even lebron) and i’m not sure if he had the ball more than once…. curry had love beat multiple times but he wanted the stepback 3 that love wouldn’t give him…. it was actually great defense on love’s part…

      it was reminiscent of the okc series with the thunder getting tight down the stretch of game 6… and they paid the same price…

    20. Jordan never won a title like this one. It’s worth double. Maybe triple. That’s all I am saying.

      How many guys on this Cavs team end up in the HOF?

      Truth is, the Jordan Bulls were too good to be in this situation. They never had a game 7 in the finals because they won them all before that. It’s like the old saying that good teams don’t win close games, they don’t have close games. Hard to hold that against his Airness.

      Re how many Cavs end up in HOF – difficult to know. If they go on a run now of 2 or 3 more championships and Kyrie kills it like he did this postseason, he might make it. How many players other than Jordan made it on the Bulls? Just Pippen right?

    21. Pippen+Rodman >>>>>>>>5X>>>>>>>> Irving/Love

      The only real comp I can think of for what Lebron has done is Dwyane Wade’s first championship. That was a pretty dreadful team. But he didn’t beat the winningest team of all time in the Finals. Or bring a championship to Cleveland.

    22. – Lebron 9-24 (5 points in the 4th quarter) with 5 turnovers (3 in the 4th quarter) in the biggest game of his career
      – Where was Lebron at the end of the game? Sure he made an incredible block on Iguodala, but he needed to take over the game and instead Kyrie had to force up a contested 3

      LBJ had 11 points in the 4th including 6 straight after they went down by four. I don’t think anyone would have been killing him- He almost certainly would have been MVP of the series even if they had lost. Also, the most amazing thing about that block is that he’d already played 44 minutes at that point- dude should have been dead tired yet he still makes as athletic a play as you’ll ever see.

    23. Pippen+Rodman >>>>>>>>5X>>>>>>>> Irving/Love

      Yes, but they had to play the Triangle.

    24. Also, the most amazing thing about that block is that he’d already played 44 minutes

      Yeah he’s been an iron man throughout his career but the most incredible thing about that block to me is that he managed to pin the ball against the board to ensure Cavs would control it. How is that even possible given his momentum? That was the pivotal play of the game, the 2nd most important block in NBA history after Hakeem’s rejection of Starks’ attempted chip winner. Bron turned himself into a great scorer but he’s not a natural scorer like MJ or Kareem or even Kyrie if that makes sense and it shows at the end of games. Still, I don’t think there’s anyone in NBA history who’s been able to play all 5 positions and affect a game in so many different ways as Bron.

    25. Wait, did LeBron play all 48 minutes?

      No he came out with a little under 2 minutes to play in the first quarter and then reentered with about 30 seconds left. He played 46:49. Honestly, he doesn’t get enough credit for his absurd stamina. At 31 years old, with the size of a power forward to be playing that kind of load while constantly handling the ball on offense and doing everything he does on defense. It’s unreal.

    26. The score may still have been tied after that block, but that was the moment it became obvious that LeBron simply wasn’t going to leave Oakland without a trophy.

      Sort of like Hibbert’s block on Carmelo in 2013… The game wasn’t over, but the block was so emphatic that it might as well have been.

    27. Bron turned himself into a great scorer but he’s not a natural scorer like MJ or Kareem or even Kyrie if that makes sense and it shows at the end of games. Still, I don’t think there’s anyone in NBA history who’s been able to play all 5 positions and affect a game in so many different ways as Bron.

      Agree 100%, but given that, how crazy is it to think that he may end up the all-time leading scorer in the history of the league and do it with fantastic efficiency?

    28. @25 I’m not saying people would be killing him, but the narrative would change a whole lot ( he didn’t score in the final 4:50 until that FT at the end) And I’m not one of those who would blame him for coming up short, but you know we’d be hearing all day about 2-5 in the Finals.

    29. I’m still kind of shocked that a 73 win team blew a 3-1 series lead.

      They didn’t ryde ruff enuf like real ruff ryders. We saw what was inside their chest in these last 3 games and it ain’t nothing special.

    30. Look Lebron had a great finals, actually probably one of the best finals of all time if not the best. But lets not act like Kyrie didn’t have a great finals.

      He put 27 a game on 47% FG, 40% 3p and 94% FT that is including the first two games he played horrible in. I don’t know too many second bananas that put those numbers up, unless you talking about kobe(w/shaq), d-wade.

      I know he doesn’t give you much else but he played better d after game 2 and gave you 4 reb and 4 asists as well.

      I am just saying I don’t know what else you could ask for from your second banana.

      Curry put up 23 on 40, 40, 93
      Klay put up 20 on 43, 35, 80

    31. And you know what? Tristan Thompson ain’t a bad third wheel- that’s back to back post-seasons where he’s been really good. He’s not quite Horace Grant (and definitely not Rodman) but he’s certainly not some scrub LBJ carried to a championship.

    32. Tristan Thompson is a banger who can dunk with authority, and that’s hella valuable even in today’s stretch-offense game. How many times did people get punished in this series for being unable to dunk?

    33. Have the bad takes started yet? Steph spent too much time celebrating this year. And maybe he would have not choked if he kept his damn mouthguard in.

    34. What was crazy too me about this series was that GS never double teamed and they wanted Lebron and Kyrie to go at them one on one. Which is the antithesis of how GS played on offense, I know Lebron had a lot of assists but the vast majority of those possessions he held the ball for 5 or more seconds minus fast breaks.

      The games Cleveland one basically came down to Kyrie or Lebron getting hot, playing good d and crashing the offense boards. It was a weird series, i thought Kerr would mix it up in game 7 and double those guys to see if Love, JR, Shumpert etc could beat them with the title on the line……

    35. Steph and Klay didn’t show up last night. They were both worse than their season averages and made some pretty bad plays, Steph included. They unraveled down the stretch and let Cleveland back in a game they had control over. Draymond Green played amazing basketball, though. He was easily the best player on court last night for either side, but LeBron just wasn’t having it. That block on Andre Iguodala was one of the 5 greatest plays in modern basketball history when you take in the scenario and circumstances under which LeBron was performing.

      Honestly, the same way GSW caught a break with the injuries last year, Cleveland caught a break with injuries this year. At the very least Iguodala and Bogut were unhealthy and Steph had to be banged up. If Iguodala and Bogut were 100% and playing, I think GSW would have ran away with the series last night. I can’t wait for the third and final rematch where LeBron gets smoked and bolts to NY with CP3 after D Wade retires.

    36. airkent, they never double teamed Lebron. They let him bounce the ball until he was ready to dictate the offense. They made it easier for him to pass the ball when he was ready to pass it. They never even tried to deny him the ball. They allowed the Cavs to slow down the game which allowed Lebron to play 47 minutes. They never made him pass the ball before he wanted to. Dumb strategy!

    37. Yeah, not sure I understood the whole “don’t pressure the ball when LeBron is bringing it up and then switch Festus Ezeli, who is playing crunch time minutes in the 4th for some reason, onto him in single coverage at the slightest suggestion of a high screen.

      A curious defensive strategy to say the least.

      Re: Kyrie, is there anyone claiming he was anything other than awesome this series? He outplayed the league MVP head to head! It’s just that, when somebody leads both teams in points, assists, rebounds blocks and steals over 7 games… people are going to give him a lot of credit.

    38. It’s so infrequent for a Finals team to win with just one great player. Kyrie played very well the whole playoffs. He deserves praise. Hell, Kevin Love’s max effort last night deserves praise, too.

      The black-and-white narrative space of sports does not often allow for nuance, especially when it comes to “legacy.” Curry, despite the poor shooting over the last few games, had an all-time great season. The Warriors had an all-time great season. They’ll be a great team next year, too. Losing by 4 points in a Game 7 only means that they’re not NBA champions, not that they didn’t have a great season (or that Curry choked away a championship). If Harrison Barnes — not Curry — manages to hit just a couple of those easy shots, we’re not sitting here focusing on that awful behind-the-back pass or the steal-that-wasn’t-t0-be that led to the LeBron slam. If Mo Speights doesn’t take 19 bad shots in just 22 minutes of floor action (those numbers are accurate), maybe the Warriors end up with an extra W. It’s much easier to simplify the game to create a story about it, but it’s also much more stupider.

    39. I have said it many times. The Dubs employing Marreese Speights is unconscionable.

    40. Now let’s move on to making the Knicks great again because it’s going to happen. The draft is this Thursday.

      Who can be our Klay Thompson? Fournier
      Who can be our Iguodala? Bazemore
      Who can be our Draymond? Anthony Bennett
      Who can be our Steph Curry? Seth Curry
      Who can be our Lebron? Lance Stephenson

    41. Have the bad takes started yet? Steph spent too much time celebrating this year. And maybe he would have not choked if he kept his damn mouthguard in.

      DRed, That’s the truth. Why is Steph trying behind the back passes in a critical game 7? And why wasn’t he sharing the ball more when getting swarmed on defense? LeBron won the game for CLE, but Steph gets an assist.

    42. The Dubs let Lebron win the game. They should have made Shump or JR or Jefferson beat them instead.

    43. I have said it many times. The Dubs employing Marreese Speights is unconscionable.

      That’s an important part of losing Bogut. They are incredibly thin at C, and although playing with Green at C has worked wonders, it is much better when it is a weapon you can use or not, to match your opponent, or to force an opponent to match you.

    44. GSW needs to go big man hunting. If I was them I would go after Gibson, Noel, Stein, Powell, Henson, or Faried. If ATL tries to blow things up I would even try to go after Millsap.

      They need to give up some of their future picks and maybe try to work a S&T with Barnes. IDk.

    45. The closest pick GSW can trade is the 2019 first. They still owe their 2017 first round pick to Utah from the trade that cleared space so they could sign Iguodala.

      They don’t need a whole lot. As long as they don’t overreact they should be fine.

    46. I really really hope we stay out of the who wants to wildly overpay Harrison Barnes sweepstakes

    47. Who can be our Draymond? Anthony Bennett

      This is why nobody takes you seriously.

    48. Lol at Skip Bayless still hating on Lebron on twitter. Talk about a one trick pony.

    49. If Thomas Robinson could ever learn never shoot a shot outside of 5 ft he would be a great pick up. He opted out of his vet min contract so he want come super cheap but I would not mind spending the exception money on him.

    50. Milwaukee apparently shopping Monroe. It’s too bad he’s making $17mil per bc I still think he’d be a great fit next to KP as the first big off our bench.

    51. Greg Monroe would be an excellent addition to the either Warriors or Cavaliers. He also makes some sense for Portland, Indiana, and Toronto.

    52. Anthony Bennett takes me seriously.

      Do you think people take you seriously when all you do is trash Porzingis and say that he didn’t make a difference with his defense?

    53. Dude, Anthony Bennett sucks. If he turns around his career good for him, but we haven’t seen anything from him so far on an NBA court to suggest he has a promising career ahead of him.

    54. Why is anyone responding to rube? He also said Lance Stephenson could be our LeBron. Maybe consider not taking the bait.

    55. Someone said the same about Dray when every team passed on picking him in the first round of his draft.

    56. And then Draymond came in to the league and didn’t suck so hard the team waived him after 2 years despite not having the advantage of being the #1 pick overall.

    57. Speaking of rim protection it’s pretty amazing that Lebron waited until he was 31 and in the NBA finals to let everyone know he was elite at that too.

    58. Anthony Bennet has been a decent per minute rebounder and he wouldn’t be a bad way to spend a vet minimum contract. His biggest problem is easily scoring efficiency (and it’s a huge problem), but he’s still only 23 and put up great numbers in college. If we’re taking a shot on Tony Wroten, we can take a shot on Anthony Bennett too.

    59. If Bennett can pick up some of the nuances of the game like shooting, passing, playing defense and also teamwork and kicking guys in the nuts he can be better than Dray.

    60. JR got off of the plane in Cleveland shirtless. He really needs a raise, poor guy!

    61. In a draft that’s more top heavy, I can imagine Phil trying to pry a 1st away from Ainge. Ainge, of course will say no to every Phil overture until Phil hastily blurts out “Kristaps!”. Ainge then offers Phil his entire 16 draft for KP, would anyone take that deal if you were Phil?

    62. I’m not buying JR’s sappy speech. Nothing he says has much relevance. He’s not a bad guy, just so immature that he doesn’t even know the essence of what he’s saying most of the time.

    63. I also thought that that grown man openly weeping was a total act and not at all sincere

      /s

    64. I agree that JR’s “act” was totally sincere and not an act at all. I got choked up when I saw it and I’m a big JR critic. It was infinitely more sincere than LeBron’s sobbing face down on the court while the camera zoomed in on him and then standing up a few minutes later with a completely dry face and not a trace of a tear anywhere to be seen.

    65. According to Begley at ESPN, neither Derrick Williams nor Arron Afflalo have filed the paperwork necessary to opt out. June 22nd is the deadline I believe.

    66. I agree that JR’s “act” was totally sincere and not an act at all. I got choked up when I saw it and I’m a big JR critic. It was infinitely more sincere than LeBron’s sobbing face down on the court while the camera zoomed in on him and then standing up a few minutes later with a completely dry face and not a trace of a tear anywhere to be seen.

      Everything Lebron does just seems so put on. All-time great player with a virtuoso performance in the Finals, but really can’t stand him.

    67. it doesn’t mean much that afflalo and dwill haven’t opted out yet… they are on the bubble if you will and they don’t gain much by doing it before the deadline… i’m pretty sure both will opt out…

    68. If Williams and Afflalo are indeed opting in they would be showing more loyalty to this great organization than many of you.

      True djphan. And if they opted in they could still be used as trade bait. Their salaries are actually bargains with the cap being raised so much. Arron might even bring a late first round pick. Who knows?

    69. Everything Lebron does just seems so put on

      What about his slamming his fist into the floor in agony after being fouled by Draymond? I thought he might need a stretcher. Seemed ok after that.

    70. What about his slamming his fist into the floor in agony after being fouled by Draymond? I thought he might need a stretcher. Seemed ok after that.

      Yeah, that was classic Lebron. I remember last year during the ATL series in the ECF he acted like he was ready to die from exhaustion after every whistle and stoppage in play.

    71. It didn’t didn’t end well for the last group of dudes who accused Lebron of being a crybaby

    72. JR is like the teenager in the principal’s office who says all the right things and really means what he says at the time but once he leaves the office it’s like it never happened. Kinda like Dennis Rodman’s HOF speech. Only Rodman was a great player and JR is a shitty coattail-riding self-absorbed underachiever. Maybe not the lowlife that Johnny Football is, but hardly a sympathetic figure.

      And I can’t believe that anyone would question LeBron’s sincerity, considering he stared down one of the biggest curses in sports and put the entire city of Cleveland on his back and carried two fringe all-stars and a bunch of scrubs to a championship over the greatest regular season team ever after being down 3-1 (first to ever come back from that deficit) and playing three of the best consecutive games in NBA finals history. Maybe Michael Jordan was faking the tears too.

    73. I can easily see Afflalo opting in, he’s really not good and it’s not a lock that anyone offers him more than $8 Mill for next year.

    74. A few reasons that we hate Cleveland winning:

      – Lebron James: This is a man who orchestrated the Decision, the Not One Not Two parade, the Return to Cleveland, the fake tears, not to mention the King James tattoos, the fake tears, the arrogance, the act as if he is on MyCareer on NBA 2K15.

      – The playmaking: This is basically Isaiah Thomas’s dream team of players, heavily ISO-heavy with slow timeclock execution, lots of dribbling, and tons of hero-ball. I’m also not sure Lue does anything on timeouts or in practice.

      – The other players: Again, this is a pre-Donnie Walsh Knicks wet dream. And so unlikable! This goes all the way to management and ownership.

      – The clincher: Lebron’s transparent reason for coming back to Cleveland and his Klutch Sports crap as reported by Woj.

    75. All that shit may be true, but Lebron & Co just pulled off maybe the biggest upset in NBA finals history.

    76. – The playmaking: This is basically Isaiah Thomas’s dream team of players, heavily ISO-heavy with slow timeclock execution, lots of dribbling, and tons of hero-ball. I’m also not sure Lue does anything on timeouts or in practice.

      Considering how much Cleveland’s defense improved during the Finals and that Cleveland absolute wiped the floor with GSW in 3 of their 4 victories in this series while also winning 4 of 5, I’m going to guess that Lue does some coaching in timeouts and practice. Sometimes when you have isolation players as good as Lebron and Kyrie you don’t need to over complicate things. Kerr may have been better served recognizing that and running some isolations for Curry on Kyrie instead of running ineffectual PNR after ineffectual PNR.

    77. Not knocking his basketball playing abilities AT ALL, just wondering out loud why I still despise him.

      He’s back to being the absolute best player in the world, with a margin, and with an amount of permanence he’s never had before. He didn’t have much help when you compare to the other top teams in the playoffs.

      No, I don’t think Lue does nearly as much as Lebron in terms of flat-out coaching.

    78. I, for one, hope DWill opts in. $5 mil is really not much to pay for a guy who just posted career highs in TS, points, rebounds, assists, and TOV% at a near career-high usage rate. He has legitimate NBA skills and is more than serviceable as a back up forward. All that on top of the fact that his best skill, his ability to score in transition, will presumably be better suited to Hornacek’s offense than whatever Fisher/Rambis were doing.

      Afflalo I’m not as excited about. He’s ok as a bench player, but at $8 mil no thanks.

    79. Yeah, that was classic Lebron. I remember last year during the ATL series in the ECF he acted like he was ready to die from exhaustion after every whistle and stoppage in play.

      I thought for sure he had a compound fracture of his wrist the way he was writhing around, but I guess he was in full diva mode after watching Jordan’s 55pt “flu” game a few too many times.

      The guy is completely great, though. And is never in any trouble of any sort…. actually quite a good role model.

    80. Also re: Afflalo I read some Hornacek interview where he said he thought Afflalo would “probably opt out,” which I would take be a sign that the Knicks don’t want to keep him. It’s my guess a head coach probably wouldn’t say that about a player he wanted to opt-in.

    81. I read somewhere that DWill’s salary next year would be 4.6 mil, not the 5 mil that’s been reported.

      And would Afflalo be a worthy replacement for Dion Waiters? Can we get a late first from them for him if he opts in?

    82. The cap was $70 mil last year. It’s projected to be $94 mil this year, a less than 25% increase. So even assuming that GM’s were not accounting for the upcoming increase (which they were, or should have been), $8mil/year would have been comparable to a salary slightly over $6mil/year, which is still too much to pay for Arron Afflalo.

    83. SJK, that means that every team in the league has a minimum of 24 mil to spend on just a few players. Maybe more. It’s not like you’re dividing the money equally across a team’s 15 guys. Players are going to get paid a lot of money. If you go into this free agent season expecting to get a fairly decent player for only 8 million dollars you’re going to be sadly disappointed.

    84. Howard Beck tweeting that Knick’s interest in Noah is significant. I’d almost pencil him in now.

    85. Aaron Afflalo should opt out and take his talents to Silicon Valley. He would be a good fit on their bench. I think he wants to start though, so he’s likely headed to like Indiana or even Atlanta. I would hope that the Knicks have made it clear to Afflalo that they no longer want him on the team. Hornacek said he believes Afflalo opts out. He did not say “Afflalo is a guy we would like to keep going forward” or anything of the sort. Derrick Williams would be a nice guy to keep around if he could shoot a three, but I think we should focus on retaining Lance and Galloway if D Will opts out.

    86. If Afflalo is feeling uncertain about how much he would get in free agency he might opt in. This might not be the end of the world if he can then be traded for a draft pick. OKC might be able to use him too.

    87. Afflalo would start for the Thunder I think. That would be a good landing spot for him.

      Joakim Noah would be awesome. If he’s healthy he’s better than RoLo and would add 10 wins to our outlook if he can give us 2,000 healthy minutes. Honestly if we sign Noah to a multi year deal I would be pounding the table for us to move RoLo. Joakim Noah’s perfect landing spot is probably Golden State though; he’s a great passer, rebounder, defender, and probably hates LeBron more than anybody else in the NBA. He and Draymond would be straight up nasty together. Here’s hoping that Howard Beck continues to be right and we can land Noah this summer.

    88. Here’s my latest prediction:

      We sign Bazemore and Noah. Maybe also Jennings (also mentioned by Beck), Bayless or Crawford. Big improvement to our defense and passing.

      We draft Whitehead after acquiring a pick.

      Done.

    89. I could see possibly trading Lopez to Orlando (Fournier or Oladipo), or Atlanta as possible interesting teams for him (Teague).

      If we did decide to move Rolo, which is risky because of Noah’s health, we would have:

      Noah
      Melo
      KP
      Teague
      Bazemore

      Interesting team!

    90. lol Kerr
      lol Varejao
      lol Ezeli
      lol Curry and his turnovers.

      Curry threw a behind the back pass in a tied game with 5 to go. straight into the stands, so dumb

      varejao was horrific, straight awful garbage. same with festus

      kerr really slacked in this series, imo afaik

    91. DRed
      June 20, 2016 at 9:43 pm
      All that shit may be true, but Lebron & Co just pulled off maybe the biggest upset in NBA finals history.

      2004 Pistons would like to have a word.

    92. I thought for sure he had a compound fracture of his wrist the way he was writhing around, but I guess he was in full diva mode after watching Jordan’s 55pt “flu” game a few too many times.

      Ha, I told my wife when I first saw it that Lebron might have broken his wrist. Then I saw the replay and realized it was at worst a sprain. I’m sure it hurt when he landed, the man is 270 lbs after all, but the extra did seem a bit much.

    93. reub, Isaiah Whitehead can’t shoot. He is highlight reel eye candy. He has a great physical profile, but there’s a reason he’s projected to go in the mid second round. And as Shumpert and many others have demonstrated, bad shooters usually remain bad shooters. The last thing we need is another guard that can’t shoot. We already have Tony Wroten.

      Kay Felder is only going in the second round because he’s 5’9″. His stats are solid to great across the board. I would much rather roll the dice with him.

    94. It’s interesting how height is still the biggest reason that great players fall in the draft. Millsap, Draymond Green, heck, to a certain extent even David Lee (and he was six nine!). And then, on the other end of the spectrum, point guards six feet and shorter tend to be underrated. So yes, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Felder turned out to be a diamond in the rough.

    95. Another guy that was penalized for his height and for playing in a lesser college dividion is Kenneth Faried. I was one of the guys arguing for Shump over Faried. Not that Faried is great, but his skills certainly translated well to the NBA and his height is not nearly the problem that was feared.

      What intrigues me most about Felder is his physical profile. He’s short, but not small. He likes contact and has a great step-back move. The 9+ assists also jump off the page, you just don’t see that number in college too often, certainly not with 24+ points on decent efficiency.

      His main weakness is that as a lefty, he has a very weak right hand. That’s a big red flag for a shorter player. The good-to-great ones tend to be ambidextrous, and he seems to nearly always go back to the left hand. If you funnel him right, his shot is very blockable.

      But he would be something that we don’t have right now…a pace-dominating PG who can shoot.

    96. I always find the great one are great because they are exceptional at getting to their strength regardless. I like Felder and think he would be a nice mid second pick. I think jumping the gun early is mistake only because of how teams may value him.

      Another guy who maybe slipping is Denzel Valentine. Teams are concern because he may have a knee issue similar to the one Granger had but if he can last as long as Granger then he still would be a great late 1st if he brings similar offensive production like he did in college.

    Comments are closed.