Courtesy of Ball Don’t Lie, Business Insider has a piece on how Lebron James has been a boon to the Knicks financially.
In the days leading up to “The Decision,” the Knicks sold 4,000 new season ticket subscriptions to over-eager fans anticipating his move to Manhattan. However, when LeBron eschewed Broadway for South Beach, all those newly-minted season ticket holders were left with only two games — not the 41 they were hoping for — featuring LeBron. The result is a secondary market inventory glut unlike any other in recent sports history.
There are currently 356,000 Knicks tickets available for sale this season across different sites like Stubhub, eBay and Ticketsnow. This equates to an average of 6,535 available tickets/game, or 33% of all available seats. This is 40% higher than the Heat’s 23%.
In the ticket market, the highest-demand teams also have highest quantity of tickets available in the secondary market, as the possibility of profits turns likely attendees into would-be sellers. This year, the Knicks, Heat, Celtics, Bulls and Lakers lead the league in available tickets per game. The Celtics and Lakers both got to the Finals last year. The Heat got LeBron and the Bulls are up-and-comers in a great sports town. The Knicks, on the other hand, will be lucky to capture the 8th seed in the East.
Speaking of Knick tickets, there’s still a few days left to win a pair of tickets to the Heat/Knicks game at the Garden. All you need to do, is buy a t-shirt and send an email. It’s as simple as that.
Next up is Posting & Toasting with 4 steps the Knicks can take to fix the pick & roll.
1. Set real picks
Tommy Dee covered this days ago and he was right on the money. There is a time and place to slip screens, but for most of the simple, two-man sets the Knicks are running, Amar’e would be better off setting a good, hard pick on the opposing guard. Part of the reason Raymond Felton has trouble threading a pass into the rolling Amar’e is that his defender never really gets screened. If Stoudemire waits a beat longer, creates legal contact with the defending guard, and THEN rolls, he’ll give Felton a cleaner look at a pass, as well as the opportunity to penetrate if Amar’e’s man doesn’t hedge enough. Raymond’s short stature and toddler arms make it tough for him to pass over two defenders, so Amar’e’s better off giving all the help he can.
The three-point shot is perhaps the game’s most amazing momentum-maker and something Mike D’Antoni called “an awesome weapon.” But as the Knicks learned Friday night in a 112-103 loss to the Timberwolves here at Target Center, that weapon, and the momentum, can also destroy you.
Sure momentum killed the Knicks, if momentum is French for rebound. But in the latter column he blames the Knicks early season woes on the three ball along with another culprit.
Felton knows how to score, but so far he hasn’t shown an ability to be the kind of floor general the Knicks — and D’Antoni — needs. This team needs someone who can recognize situations and get the offense under control when it starts to stray. And this system, with the perpetual green light and so many open looks from the outside as a result of ball movement and motion, can stray very quickly.
Donnie Walsh is going for hip replacement surgery next week. He may need to schedule another replacement operation in another month. It’s not that Felton isn’t a good point guard, but it’s quite possible he’s not the right one for this team, for this offense.
For stat-heads, they’ll want to shake their heads at this D’Antoni quote, and Hahn’s miss on the analysis of it.
But D’Antoni sees the three as “an awesome weapon” and explained the mathematics in how shooting just 33 percent from three is equal to 50 percent from two. But what happens when you shoot zero percent from three and all of those long rebounds turn into momentum-changing transition baskets for the team you were once clobbering by 21 points in a dead arena?
First, I find it interesting that some analysts will talk about how three pointers are more likely to be recovered by the offense, while Hahn posits that they are more likely to turn into fast break points. So anti-number-ites, is a missed three point shot good for the offense or defense? Second he missed the obvious, which is that a two pointer is more likely to result in a trip to the free throw line, hence the 50%/33% analogy doesn’t hold. Three pointers are beneficial to an offense, but only at a rate higher than 33% since they are unlikely to come with some free throws. I wonder what D’Antoni would say if asked that specifically?
Steve Nash is getting a divorce, so how long before someone uses this to fuel the Nash to New York rumor?