Knicks Morning News (2021.09.20)

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  • Knicks: Is Evan Fournier really a big upgrade over Reggie Bullock? – Empire Sports Media
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    21 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2021.09.20)”

    1. Maybe they can give that last roster spot to Tyler Bey who the Rockets just released? He seems like a hard-working dude.

    2. Today’s Knicks Film School newsletter is a good read. It’s about the only topic we have open – Mitch’s extension. Ok, ok, that we already covered, although i’ve still read it with interest, but the best bit is on the “News & Notes” section where they talk about the odds our players have to be MVP, 6th man, ROY, and so on. Spoiler alert, Julius is 21st for MVP, which seems about right to me.
      https://knicksfilmschool.substack.com/p/flipping-mitch

    3. Peak NBA news cycle. Someone puts together a dumb Bradley Beal to Miami trade proposal. Someone else then reports that trade idea as a rumored actual trade. Someone else then reports that rumored actual trade as a definite thing the Heat are doing. Bradley Beal then starts trending on social media over… nothing.

      Dumb de dumb dumb.

    4. Speaking of dumb, it’s kind of an interesting thought experiment to see if you agree with the oddsmakers in the News and Notes section (thank you Cybersoze) in terms of the players’ actual placement in the NBA hierarchy. Is Julius actually the 21st best player in the NBA? (What do we think of that vs. the recent analysis that suggested he was 96th??) Is Mitch 15th best and Noel 25th best defensively? Is Deuce the 22nd best rookie? (I’d put a bit of money on him being top 10 by year’s end, if he gets any court time.)

      I know, it’s awards, which is opinion and narrative, and it’s Vegas, who said we’d win 22.5 games last year. I still say it’s better than tracking Beal trade rumors.

    5. Raven: Is Julius actually the 21st best player in the NBA?

      I think we’ll understand better when Sports Illustrated releases its NBA Top100. Can you imagine Julius wasn’t even in last year’s Top100? Well, his 2019-20 campaign was atrocious, so that might make sense.
      As for the Vegas odds, i think they take into account whether a player is the main guy or not, which means Julius and Sabonis are ranked higher than Middleton, because how can you be an MVP if you’re not even the best player on your team? This may change in the Sports Illustrated list. I think he’s definitely Top30, maybe Top20, but it’s hard to tell without trying to make a list.

    6. Well since I started this dumb conversation, here’s a list of top 20 players from somewhere on the world wide web, in no particular order except what they ordered.

      LeBron, Kevin, Giannis, Steph, Harden, Kawhi, AD, Luca, Embiid, Jokic, Dame, Beal, Tatum, Butler, Towns, CP3, PG, Gobert, Booker, Simmons.

      I look at that list, and IF (IF) Julius’s last year wasn’t a fluke, I see him in the mix somewhere after Lillard. I’m not sure there’s anyone I’d flip for him after that straight up (with money no issue). Towns is better but a head case and won’t play D, CP3 is still great but old as fuck, Butler’s equivalent but older and can’t hit a three to save his life. And so on. Beal, Tatum, and Booker just feel like different flavors.

    7. I think I’m just better as a counter-puncher. Apparently I lead with my chin.

      Nice piece on Cat Stevens in the WashPost anyway…

    8. The only people on that list I would take Julius over for say the next 2 years are Kawhi (only because he’s hurt) PG (it’s close but Randle is way easier to root for) CP3 (too old) and Karl Anthony Towns. I’d probably take Zion over Julius despite the terrible D. Maybe Ja too.

      And I’d hate, hate to root for James Harden, or Trae Young (who is pretty close to a top-20 guy himself. Donovan Mitchell is working his way up to. Maybe Bam.

      But Julius is our guy right now and I’m all in on him and his brolic self.

      8 days till training camp!!!!!

    9. I’m really looking forward to this season. We have a great mix of rookies, young players, veterans, and new blood. It’s very exciting when you are somewhat optimistic and there’s room for upside surprises.

    10. Random comment on a slow night:

      John Mayer is rapidly becoming one of my favorite guitarists. I was never a fan. I heard a few blues things that were excellent years ago, but I didn’t explore much beyond that. I heard a few things recently by accident that were very good. That encouraged me to explore his playing some more. Then I stumbled onto some excellent acoustic finger style and acoustic pick work. Then some great electric work beyond the blues stuff I knew. His technique and note selection is off the charts good. Now I know what the fuss was about.

    11. ***Jesus, I’m trolling as hard as I can, and… crickets.***

      My Talking Book thread is looking robust these days, eh Hubert?

    12. ***John Mayer is rapidly becoming one of my favorite guitarists. I was never a fan.***

      There are two things in life that I am uncomfortable with: one is agreeing with Strat, and the other is liking John Mayer. But in this moment I am experiencing both, because, as much as I want to hate Mayer (remember when he compared his penis to David Duke?), every time I see/hear him play, I have to begrudgingly admit that he is a supremely talented guy.

    13. “There are two things in life that I am uncomfortable with: one is agreeing with Strat”

      You should try it more often. You’ll be right more often. :-)

      I’ve been watching a lot of guitar videos on Facebook that feature lightning fast shredders. I’m amazed at their technique. I commented on a few of them that I wish I could play that fast, but if if could, I would only do it once and then never do it again. I’m way more into feel and note selection. IMO, speed has its place in music, but it should not be the primary goal.

      I saw interview with Mayer a few days ago. He was talking about some lead of his where he played really fast. He said he wanted to do it once so he could show he was capable and then never have to do it again. He stole my line. I may have to steal a few of his blues licks to call it even.

    14. “Body is a Wonderland ” – such a fantastic track

      I actually know someone who has played with him a bunch and speaks very highly of him as a musician.

      It’s kind of crazy how the dynamic changed here when we went back to daily refreshes. It’s almost like the time Mike set up breakout forums.

    15. It’s kind of weird how good John Mayer is at guitar. I can’t deny it, he can really play. I don’t really like his songwriting at all and I can’t stand his singing voice and he is an insufferable personality but he’s a legit guitar player.

      Is anybody here a fan of Blake Mills? He’s probably my favorite guitar player right now. I have a friend from high school who is sort of having a midlife crisis and buys a guitar every week and plays in terrible cover bands. He loves shred guitarists from the 80’s and tries to play like them but is pretty bad at it. I sent him some videos of Blake Mills playing, and he just didn’t get it AT ALL. Like just could not see what was good about Blake Mills’ playing. He was like “I’m better than that guy.” Uh, no you’re not.

    16. Mayer is very very very very good at guitar, and that’s the only positive thing I can say about his music

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