Knicks Morning News (2021.09.24)

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  • Lakers news: Carmelo Anthony has crazy stories on Knicks-Nuggets brawl – ClutchPoints
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  • In Less Than Two Weeks The NBA Preseason Begins And The New York Knicks Will Host The Indiana Pacers – Sports Illustrated
    [www.si.com] — Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:56:32 PM

    In Less Than Two Weeks The NBA Preseason Begins And The New York Knicks Will Host The Indiana Pacers  Sports Illustrated

  • Chicago Bulls: 3 possible Knicks trade targets to watch next season – Pippen Ain’t Easy
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  • NY Knicks: Reacting to ‘NYK Must Resist John Wall Trade’ article – Daily Knicks
    [dailyknicks.com] — Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:00:00 PM

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo Publicly Blasted the New York Knicks in 2015 and Then Backed It up the Next Night: ‘They Lose 15 (Straight) Now, Tomorrow Is Going to Be 16’ – Sportscasting
    [www.sportscasting.com] — Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:58:27 PM

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  • Will the Knicks break their losing streak against the Nets in 2021-22? – Posting and Toasting
    [www.postingandtoasting.com] — Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:15:50 AM

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  • Julianne Moore Still Mad at “Tools” From Infamous Knicks-Hawks Spit Playoff Game – Hollywood Reporter
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    Julianne Moore Still Mad at “Tools” From Infamous Knicks-Hawks Spit Playoff Game  Hollywood Reporter

  • Knicks finally establishing a culture after many promises to do so – Yahoo Sports
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  • Could Karl-Anthony Towns be Knicks’ disgruntled star after Timberwolves’ surprise head of basketball ops firing? – Yahoo Sports
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  • Knicks training camp tales from the late 1990s to today – New York Post
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  • How Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley became an elite free-throw shooter with a fearless mentality – Empire Sports Media
    [empiresportsmedia.com] — Thursday, September 23, 2021 7:55:37 AM

    How Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley became an elite free-throw shooter with a fearless mentality  Empire Sports Media

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    50 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2021.09.24)”

    1. Z-man:
      I’m not a huge fan of acquiring KAT, but this article is very moving.

      Before we got into the Zion Discourse yesterday, the chaos in Minnesota had me curious to revisit the KAT question, both in terms of what it would cost to acquire him if the new TWolves management just decides to blow things up, and whether he would be worth it(*). He is absurd on offense — and in a way that’s both far more versatile and seemingly far more durable than what Zion’s doing in NOLA — but he’s a sieve on defense and his teams have been godawful except for the brief window when Jimmy Butler was there. Is he just an empty calories player, or has he just been in a bad situation for so long that it’s fair to assume he’ll do/try more on defense if he’s ever on a winning team?

      (*) I’m ignoring the whole “KAT vs Thibs?” question, because at this stage of things I have to assume that the only way the Knicks would attempt to acquire KAT is if both men have signed off on it.

    2. Thanks, geo. I’ve got a few hours here, a few hours in O’Hare, a few hours in a metal tube in the sky, and then a few hours of a drug-addled bedroom brawl with Lady Jowles. If I’m going to die somewhere in there, I’d prefer the latterest.

      KAT is worth the price in free agency, but there aren’t many All-NBA-worthy players who can’t single-handedly pull a team to an 8-seed. I can’t remember if he’s ever played a playoff game, and I’m too tired to open a new tab, but I believe the answer is no. That’s disconcerting.

    3. Given the lack of Knicks related news, I’m curious if we have any NY Liberty fans here. Going in, I would have been happy to see them keep it close last night so I can’t be too disappointed with the outcome despite the game being there for the taking. Too many mental lapses between turnovers and leaving shooters open (though really just one shooter, I suppose). Turnovers have been a major problem all season and Laney seems to be a major contributor there despite all the other positives she brings. I thought she would have had more yesterday after looking at the box score, but I think I was also seeing a lot of off-target passes that made it difficult for the shooter to convert on the otherwise open looks she was creating. It seems like they have some good pieces in place for the future. Whitcomb has been excellent all year, though age could be a concern going forward. Howard came on as she got healthy. Sabrina had me concerned for a while that her athleticism was not there to be an impact player, but she’s been better able to get into the paint of late (probably more work to be done here though, aside from getting the ankle healthy). They definitely need a true big to match up with some of the better teams in the W, as I don’t see Shook growing into that role.

    4. KAT has played in the playoffs, the 5-game Wolves loss to Houston the one year Thibs made the playoffs in Minny before it disintegrated. Played so-so, only .273 from downtown.

    5. KAT is worth the price in free agency, but there aren’t many All-NBA-worthy players who can’t single-handedly pull a team to an 8-seed.

      Yeah, this would be my concern. And the one year the Wolves did make the playoffs, it was more Butler dragging them there than KAT.

    6. Alan: Yeah, this would be my concern. And the one year the Wolves did make the playoffs, it was more Butler dragging them there than KAT.

      Agree.

      Whenever a player looks great on paper but doesn’t seem to be having as much of a positive impact as you’d expect it’s almost always bad defense and/or he’s a ball stopper. The opposite is also true. Whenever a player looks weak on paper, but the team always seem to play better when he’s on the court it’s superior defense and ball movement.

      It was clearly Butler that was the catalyst in Minny, Not that Butler doesn’t look very good on paper also. He’s just even better than than he looks.

    7. I’m not concerned about a 5-game sample so much. It’s the consistent shit performance of his teams over long periods of time. Granted, they have largely put trash around him, but man, I can’t imagine a Jokic or Embiid team failing to crack .500. And strat, defensive impact metrics hate KAT, as far as I know. It is certainly possible to give up a lot of your value on the other end of the floor. This is why guys like Gobert are so valuable — he may not be good at offense, but he’s not so bad that he gives back what he takes on defense, which is a LOT. Same with Jokic’s defense (he’s underrated on D, too).

      And I respect the WNBA but can barely bring myself to watch a midseason game between the Magic and the Pistons. No dunks? No Jowles.

    8. The WNBA players just aren’t even close to good enough athletes for me to pay attention. Our IM team at [major Big Ten university] was really, really good and I see no possible argument that we wouldn’t have waxed the floor with, say, the Seattle Storm if they’d existed then.(*) I don’t have an iota of vested interest in whether that’s right, but it is right. Is what it is.

      I do pay attention and watch some women’s sports. The WTA players are very good as are the LPGA players.

      (*) I can’t remember the exact team that it was but, within the last something like seven years or so, something like the Dallas area U-15 champs smoked the USWNT. The differences in basketball are probably even higher than in soccer.

    9. Is he just an empty calories player, or has he just been in a bad situation for so long that it’s fair to assume he’ll do/try more on defense if he’s ever on a winning team?

      the defensive rep is real, but empty calories is a bridge too far. KAT’s career on/off spread is +6.3. he helps the team win games. admittedly, it’s a hell of a lot harder to build a team around a terrible defensive big than, say, a lillard-type. but in KAT’s case, i think minny has made it harder than it has to be. KAT played 1740 mins with both Butler and Taj on the court. they were +8.4/100 with an reasonable pts/100 allowed of 107.7 (butler w/out KAT was negative). there is this understandable urge to take full advantage of KAT being an elite 3pt shooter and fully go 5 out, but this is not a useful urge; you are way better off treating him like he is lillard on defense and consider his weak side shot blocking gravy. bc most of the time he is not a passable positional big on defense.

      but the other side to this is that he is not merely a great offensive player for a 5. he is a great offensive player period — way better imo than guys like vucevic or valanciunas and also better than embiid (on offense). if you look as his offensive #s for the last two years, he looks more like lillard or kyrie than merely an excellent offensive big.

      rosas really cared about pace and seemed to want to go 5 out with KAT, but i don’t think that’s the way to go. i think KAT makes it harder to field a team that won’t get him hunted and exploited in the playoffs, but it is very possible. you need him to play with both 1 positionally strong big plus solid wing defense. pretend he’s beal or pretend he’s john collins, but that’s the limit. bc unlike vuc and jokic he’s not even a passable positional 5. or you could pray for a miracle.

    10. speaking of KAT on defense. if i get bored enough before the season starts i might make a new twitter account just the post a series of “julius was actually really bad on defense in the hawks series” clips, but only if that’s a controversial claim. is it?

    11. 3 things I disagree with from the season prediction gauntlet of other media outlets..

      1. Kemba and Rose won’t be healthy. HWHAT?? Neither guy has played with as high level of a tandem partner at the 1. EVER. I get that people don’t trust Thibs to manage minutes better for those 2, but he literally has no choice. Both are still good enough to play alot. You’re not gonna play Rose 10 minutes or so a night. I fully expect Thibs to find out what spots in the game they are most effective in and play them accordingly. Like maybe..Kemba the 1st 8 minutes of the 1st and 3rd then coming back in for the last 6 minutes to close the 2nd and 4th- hypothetically. I’m just saying Thibs should be able to find great rotation minutes for both guys that keep them available MOST of the season.
      2. The defense will take a big step backwards. Look, I get it. Payton and Bullock are better on ball defenders than Fournier and Kemba. But Fournier and Kemba have been excellent team defenders for much of their careers. Yea we won’t be ranked quite as high, but I fully trust Thibs and company to field a highly effective defense without Payton and Bullock. The best perimeter players are gonna score regardless of who you put on them because the rules make it easier anyway. We will still easily be a top 10 defense.
      3. Everyone in the East improved way more than the Knicks. This is laughable. Our biggest problem last season was we didn’t have enough shot creation and playmaking with Julius being the primary source of it. We have now replaced 2 one dimensional players- one of which CAN’T score or make plays for others- for 2 guys who can create and are unselfish. Oh..and they can shoot. So now we have 7 players in the main rotation who we know can create with a possible 8th one in Obi. How does that plus a likely top 10 defense add up to a drop in the standings when the only teams that are clearly better in the East are Philly(Simmons move pending), Bucks, Brooklyn, and maybe a healthy MIA

    12. We have better than a puncher’s chance against everyone else.

      I would though- love to see Atlanta pull off a KAT trade. Maybe they can get in a 3 team deal involving Philly that gets Capela and Simmons in Minny, Russell in Philly, and KAT in Atlanta

    13. Julius was so bad against the Hawks that I hadn’t thought to focus on just his defense. But his having been awful there would surprise no one, I expect.

      Not much to add on KAT. His defense is fun-to-watch bad but he is a pretty transcendent offensive player, as PTMilo said. If he were a Knick, I don’t think it would ever work if he were the primary guy.
      I mean, how does prime KAT compare to Ewing?

      I don’t watch the WNBA. I played against a future WNBA player in college – she would come out and scrimmage with the club team. She was monstrously strong. Battling for position against her under the boards is something I won’t forget, like battling a bundle of aerospace grade steel, and definitely up there with my Dan Gadzuric experience as an example of just how out there some people are on the curve. She didn’t dominate by any means but you understood how singular she was as an athlete.

      I covered a bunch of women’s teams in college for the paper and once you get past that mental block of comparing them to men, it gets to be a lot of fun. I understand why people have a hard time getting there and I don’t have the bandwidth myself past the USWNT but if my daughter ever got into it I wouldn’t have any problem with doing it myself.

    14. ***the defensive rep is real, but empty calories is a bridge too far. KAT’s career on/off spread is +6.3. he helps the team win games. admittedly, it’s a hell of a lot harder to build a team around a terrible defensive big than, say, a lillard-type. but in KAT’s case, i think minny has made it harder than it has to be. KAT played 1740 mins with both Butler and Taj on the court. they were +8.4/100 with an reasonable pts/100 allowed of 107.7 (butler w/out KAT was negative). there is this understandable urge to take full advantage of KAT being an elite 3pt shooter and fully go 5 out, but this is not a useful urge; you are way better off treating him like he is lillard on defense and consider his weak side shot blocking gravy. bc most of the time he is not a passable positional big on defense.

      but the other side to this is that he is not merely a great offensive player for a 5. he is a great offensive player period — way better imo than guys like vucevic or valanciunas and also better than embiid (on offense). if you look as his offensive #s for the last two years, he looks more like lillard or kyrie than merely an excellent offensive big.

      rosas really cared about pace and seemed to want to go 5 out with KAT, but i don’t think that’s the way to go. i think KAT makes it harder to field a team that won’t get him hunted and exploited in the playoffs, but it is very possible. you need him to play with both 1 positionally strong big plus solid wing defense. pretend he’s beal or pretend he’s john collins, but that’s the limit. bc unlike vuc and jokic he’s not even a passable positional 5. or you could pray for a miracle.***

      Thanks, as always, for the expert analysis. My only question remains: how do you get the site to recognize the plus sign?

    15. I mean, how does prime KAT compare to Ewing?

      Okay, time for me to open up a big can of worms and ask this: how good was Ewing defensively?

      I know his reputation coming out of Georgetown was as “the next Bill Russell,” and everyone was surprised when he turned out to have that great range for a big man (especially for that era). And I know that I didn’t really start paying attention to the team until Riley was the coach, by which point Ewing’s knees were already a mess and he couldn’t move as quickly as he had when he was younger. But the 90s version of Ewing, while certainly not a sieve, never looked as dominant on that end as Hakeem, Robinson, the young Shaq, Mutombo, etc.

    16. Ewing played the most minutes on a bunch of the best defenses in the NBA. For instance, when he was 32. He was a great defender. Having Oak and Mace helping out didn’t hurt though.

      KAT probably tops out as a Ewing style quintessential second tier star.

    17. There is certainly a lack of dunks (Brittney Griner notwithstanding), but I have to say dunking is probably the least interesting thing about basketball to me. The season is so short for the WNBA and there are only 12 teams, so it’s actually pretty easy to pick up. Plus league pass is something like $12 for the season.

      With regards to KAT, it’s so much harder to hide a poor defender at C. His offense is great, of course, but not a player I would want to give up all our assets to bring in.

    18. Hi Folks,
      Time for my September check in. I know you’re breathless…

      As to WNBA, not a follower, but the women’s tournament at the US Tennis Open was an absolute joy to watch.

      As to Kat, I’d be disappointed if we didn’t give it a shot this season with what we have. Our ceiling really is unknown. If RJ, Quickly, Mitch, the rooks, etc come to fruition, it really could be a magical year. Those are the players we’d have to give up for Kat. There’s a very good chance we’d come out on the negative end of that deal even if he’s decent.

      Next summer, if we flame out in the first round again, OK, time to reassess and revamp. I really love our off season. Let’s not mess this up.

    19. @IanBegley
      NYK GM Scott Perry says all Knicks players are vaccinated. Perry says the organization is proud of how seriously the players approached COVID-19 and credits the team medical staff. Per NYC mandate, Knicks and Nets need to be vaccinated to play/practice in the city.

    20. Ewing was a great two way player. This should not be a discussion unless you are too young to have watched that era of basketball and how he played in it. If peak Ewing was a Knick right now, we’d be one of the favorites to win the title this year. If KAT was the C, I’m not sure the team would be a hell of lot better overall considering we now already have some scorers and Noel’s (and Mitch’s) ability to anchor the middle of the defense could become critical this year with Kemba and Fournier on the perimeter. I’m not sure I’d want KAT behind them.

    21. A little worrisome that Mitch is still not a full go now many months after his foot surgery…perhaps that is the holdup with his extension, although honestly it seems a good time to try and get a discount.

      FWIW – our old friend Mike Vorkunov (who I think wrote a bunch on knickerblogger before he made it big(ger) in sports media) is no longer the beat writer for the Athletic and has turned it over to Fred Katz. I recognized Katz’s name from twitter etc but had never really read or listened to him talk basketball. He was on Sam Vecenie’s Game Theory podcast this week and he sounds pretty awesome. Glad there’s another smart beat writer out there to replace Vork, who I think was prob my favorite of all of the traditional media guys, esp since Begley stopped really writing pieces.

    22. The vaccine news is great. The Mitch news is pretty worrying. I guess we can only hope it’s an abundance of caution type of thing.

      Re: KAT, it seems I’m more bullish than the median poster. Obviously you can’t pay full two-way superstar price for him given his defensive limitations, but him being exiled to American Siberia (I kid, I’ve never been to Minnesota but I’m sure it’s lovely) has made people forget he is truly one of the best scorers in the NBA. We’d be idiots to not do due diligence if he became available.

      I’m also not positive he’s a lost cause on defense–I recall him being pretty good at Kentucky and everything in Minnesota has been a mess for basically his entire tenure.

    23. Man, even if Thibs and KAT “signed off” on it, I would still be super weary. Maybe KAT has matured and Thibs has softened and KAT realizes what he needs to do to go to the next level. Maybe the culture around KAT here with the other players would make it ok. Seems like Wiggins and KAT together was a bad combo culture wise. KAT is much older now and has gone through some real shit too.

      But I think its hard for a coach to say no to management in these situations bc they know that teams will often pick talent over coaching if presented with the opportunity to add a really talented player like KAT. So they’ll “sign off” on it but then it becomes a different story once the practices and games start. But I do believe we have a kinder, gentler Thibs here than in Minny. He was GM there too and I feel like he wanted to prove something after the way things ended in Chicago. I think he’s a bit more mellow now and humbled a bit, so maybe it would work?

    24. Side note. Its always funny to me how much people rag on Minneapolis as an NBA destination. Its actually a pretty amazing city culture wise. Just super duper cold in the winters. But they’ve had a good music scene and outside of NYC, Chicago and LA, its probably the best theater town in the country. The greater twin cities area has a population of 3.4 million. Not exactly small.

    25. I like KAT a lot, and the stats are not so hard on his defense as you guys are. He’s at Julius level, which is an average defender. I think our problem would be the pairing of Julius and KAT, as each one needs to play with a very good defensive partner. Otoh the offense would be superb, so maybe it’s worth a try (if he is indeed available, of course). It’d be a good challenge for Thibs, to try to have a good defense with those two as the frontcourt players. But there’s one important thing missing in this debate, what would be the cost to get him? We can’t trade Julius or RJ for him, as that’d be a bad move in my book.
      I don’t watch WNBA but it’s because i don’t have time to watch a lot of sports, not because i don’t like it. I only have time to follow my hometown soccer team (men) and the Knicks. I think women play a different style, so if you acknowledge it as Owen said, it can be as entertaining as the men’s version.
      And btw, one of the greatest WNBA players is portuguese, i don’t know if you are aware of it, and she was a joy to watch, looked like Steve Nash in a woman body. :)

      Ticha Penicheiro is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, ranking 2nd all-time for most career assists and leading the WNBA in assists seven times, as well as winning a WNBA championship with the Monarchs in 2005. She is a 2019 inductee of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

    26. Danvt, I agree. Like let’s see what these young promising players got as far as improvement before we trade them for someone else. With the addition of Kemba and Fournier, if Randle comes back at or near the same level and we get improvement from RJ, IQ, Toppin, Mitch…we could be really good. If RJ takes the same level leap this year that he did last year…watch out. As skeptical as some people are on our ability to replicate what we did last year (which I get), there is also equal reason to believe last year was just the baseline. We’ve also never brought back so big of a core from a previous successful season.

    27. Deeefense: Ewing was a great two way player. This should not be a discussion unless you are too young to have watched that era of basketball and how he played in it.

      I’m with Strat on this one. Don’t say bad things about Ewing or i can get mad. He’s the reason i’m a Knicks fan, and of course the first jersey i had was #33. My parents went to New York on a trip and when they got back my mom gave me a speech on the time she waited in the line to buy the jersey. Good times. :)

    28. I don’t follow the WNBA closely but I do get to Liberty games every now and then and they are a blast to attend. Ionescu’s court vision always stands out. Tickets are obviously a lot cheaper than Knicks tickets so definitely a fun, accessible activity.

    29. donnie my ++ come out fine without resorting to any rube goldberg coding workarounds. seems like brian probably feels you’ve exceeded your positivity limit. swift hasn’t been allowed to post exponents since mardy collins left.

    30. Sorry, I didn’t mean to impugn the great Patrick Ewing’s defense. I’m just curious of how good a defender he was for his era, given how many great big men there were, and given the billing he had coming out of college.

    31. @NYPost_Berman
      One NBA source says medical reports are good for Mitchell but still want to be extra cautious in preseason.

    32. Back after a little break, looks like we’re rounding to full preseason form, this year win-loss predictions poll will be fun.

      I agree with the many that are skeptical about KAT, as of today he didn’t show he can carry a team, not even at the eight seed and his defense is way below average.
      Ewing’s comparisons are… nonsense? He was way better than him, a great two-way player until his knees gave up, in his prime he just never had a star-caliber sidekick which help him drive us to the promised land.

      Great news about the vaccine, I’m very proud of our Knicks. Way to go guys!

      The league is truly cowardly to force so many personnel people to get vaccinated while players think they can do whatever they want.
      I hope Wiggins, Kyrie and the like don’t get paid for lost games and aren’t allowed ploys (i.e. medical or religiuos exceptions) to escape sanctions.

    33. DudeInKnicksTown:
      US Open tennis players weren’t required to take the vaccine. What’s going on here?

      Due to the interstate commerce clause, cities and states are only able to mandate the vaccine for local workers.

    34. I tried to taunt my Nets fan friend about kyrie but he had a sobering retort: the Nets can win the chip with Kyrie missing half their games.

    35. I wouldn’t get too hung up on KAT team record in MIN. AD only made the playoffs twice in NO and there’s no question he’s an excellent player. It’s more difficult for a big man to carry a bad team than a guard. And MIN has to have one of the perenially worst rosters.

    36. KAT is like a poor man’s Jokic. He’s probably a bit worse on D (but better than his rep) and he’s not quite as good on offense, mostly because he’s not the best passing big man of all time and Jokic is. Karl’s a good player, a top 20 guy, but the Wolves are one of the more incompetent organizations in the NBA. Towns has played one season with another good NBA player on the roster. (there have been some decent dudes on the Wolves, but no difference makers)

    37. Totally. Plus they’re our players. Even if you can get good quick with the “dick rider” model, it’s just not the same as having players who make their name on your team. Not that I’d say no if Giannis and Dame wanted to team up and come here, but it would really need to be a slam dunk that makes us a legit contender. I hated watching Rod Strickland make his name for the Bullets. Hated seeing Gallo go. If we had won a chip, sure…

      swiftandabundant:
      Danvt, I agree. Like let’s see what these young promising players got as far as improvement before we trade them for someone else. With the addition of Kemba and Fournier, if Randle comes back at or near the same level and we get improvement from RJ, IQ, Toppin, Mitch…we could be really good. If RJ takes the same level leap this year that he did last year…watch out. As skeptical as some people are on our ability to replicate what we did last year (which I get), there is also equal reason to believe last year was just the baseline. We’ve also never brought back so big of a core from a previous successful season.

    38. re: Ewing, he really would have been a terrific 3 point shooter if big men knew to take 3s back then, We only have good shooting data from his late career but he was a 40% jump shooter from basically everywhere. As far as defense, who can really say. He was an excellent rebounder and shot blocker who anchored the defense for a team that went 9 years without finishing lower than 4th in the NBA in defensive rating.

    39. I’ve got a few hours here, a few hours in O’Hare, a few hours in a metal tube in the sky, and then a few hours of a drug-addled bedroom brawl with Lady Jowles. If I’m going to die somewhere in there, I’d prefer the latterest.

      always good to have something positive to look forward too…i’ve thought of you and your missus a bunch recently…

      started taking steps towards finding a new role within the company, i find solace in taking action, may not get the results i desire, but, still good to “do something” about a situation that needs to be addressed…

      i’ve been a subject matter “expert” on nuclear missile operations, semi-conductor manufacturing and for a long time now – logistics…i’m hoping to get the opportunity to serve the larger GIS community soon in a manner that doesn’t just include me getting something from point A to point B…

      starting to get in to the real messy parts of the whole TBI/PTSD VA examination process – i haven’t even had to speak with anyone yet, just writing a statement, reading my mom’s statement…lots of tears and such, i’ve even started stammering on occasion now – how fucking weird is that, huh?

      was exceedingly fortunate to run in to a friend at work whom served in the marines and went through the same process a couple of years ago…god is good…

      it’s like ripping open a thousand old scars throughout your consciousness…there’s a reason why we forget, trying to function with a bunch of stored/wired life trauma rolling through you is exceedingly difficult…i feel like that scene in Goodfellas where they gotta go dig up billy batts decayed corpse…

      i get it though, it’s necessary to be exceedingly forthright, even with aspects of your personal life you may not be so proud of, in order to be fairly compensated…sadly the VA acts more like an insurance claims department rather than veteran advocates, oh well…

      without needing to hear it, i appreciate everyone’s support…

    40. geo, you are a treasure to this board and long shall you haunt it. I speak on behalf of everyone, except bobneptune.

    41. @Geo Whether you need to hear it or not you have my support. Therapy for trauma with vets and formerly battered women was my thing before I narrowed to research only. You’ll not only get through the reminders and nasty aftershocks, you’ll clearly turn a bunch of them into enlightening and witty observations as they get more manageable. I hope you share a few as you make your way. Great timing to find that friend who can relate.

      I’d love to hear more about your non-A-to-B GIS aspirations. Any interest in applications to place-based health research – open science large-scale research on healthcare data?

    42. The league denied Wiggins a religious exemption to getting vaccinated so he can’t play any home games or practices until he is vaccinated and will lose roughly half of his $31.5M salary for not playing.

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