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Weekly Post-Ups

Posted on: November 17, 2009 12:50 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2009 3:44 pm

Allen Iverson in New York? There is legitimate interest percolating in Madison Square Garden, according to a high-level source familiar with the Knicks' front-office discussions. Before Iverson signed with the Grizzlies, the Knicks had flat-out zero interest in Iverson. So what's changed? That's the leading topic of this week's Post-Ups:

* Look at every box and put a check in it. The Knicks can't score (check), have a terrible point guard (Chris Duhon, check), are 1-9 (check), and have given their fans virtually no reason to be invested in the team before the roster is revamped next summer (check). The Knicks make as much sense as anybody. Besides, even at 34, Iverson would be the best offensive player on a roster that has been scaled down to the bare bones in preparation for the 2010 free-agent bonanza.

One caveat: Iverson's agent is Leon Rose, who also happens to represent a certain 2010 free agent who wears Yankees hats and loves to play in the Garden. Don't rule out the possibility that the Knicks are expressing interest in Iverson as a favor to Rose, who could use that interest as leverage.

More to the point, don't rule out an even more tantalizing possibility: With few, if any teams willing to take the plunge with Iverson given his recent history with the Pistons and Grizzlies, how indebted would Rose be to Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni if they opened the floor to the World's Most Famous Arena and let Iverson finish his career with some dignity? Very indebted, is all I'm saying.

* Don't be fooled by the Heat's 7-2 record to this point. Look at their schedule: The seven teams they've beaten have a combined winning percentage of .345 (19-36). Miami plays 21 of its first 33 games at home. The ugly flip side: 19 of its next 24 are on the road.

* After losing to the Hawks for the second time this season Monday night, the Trail Blazers are now 6-1 with a three-guard starting lineup that includes Brandon Roy and two point guards, Steve Blake and Andre Miller. The ball movement has improved with two point guards on the floor, and Miller no longer has to get exposed defensively because he can use his size to defend slower three-men instead of chasing quicker points. So the move by coach Nate McMillan has placated Miller -- for now.

But on Monday night, the Blazers closed the game with Miller on the bench, something Miller understands but isn't going to be pleased with long term. "As long as we're winning, that's all that really matters," Miller said." ... We're pretty much interchangeable."

But McMillan closed Monday night with Blake instead of Miller to improve the spacing and take advantage of Blake's shooting range. Look for two things to happen: The small starting lineup won't be a viable option when Portland begins a stretch of playing teams with more size, and Miller will want to close games, too.

"I don't really try to get too settled," Miller said. "Anything can happen. I was starting to get settled in Philadelphia, so you never know."

* The rookies who are commanding the most attention thus far aren't the top picks, but the ones from No. 10 on down, starting with Brandon Jennings, whose 55-point outburst against Golden State on Saturday night has become a YouTube sensation. But Jennings isn't alone. Denver's Ty Lawson (18th), Utah's Eric Maynor (20th), Sacramento's Omri Casspi (23rd), Dallas' Rodrigue Beaubois (25th), New York's Toney Douglas (29), and of course, San Antonio's DeJuan Blair (37th) have made big impacts. Among the next picks from the teens and beyond to start turning heads will be Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough (13th), who is off to an impressive start after missing time with a leg injury, and Portland's Dante Cunningham (33rd), who will see more time in the Blazers' deep rotation due to injuries suffered by Nicolas Batum and Travis Outlaw.

* Solid quote, by the way, from Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on Jennings: "Nobody had him in the top 10 of the draft. Nobody. And he was a guy that many people thought would slip to the lower first and maybe into the second. John Hammond and Scott Skiles deserve tons of credit for having the guts to take a chance on him."

* Greg Oden's sophomore season (if you remove his lost rookie season from the memory banks) has been an up-and-down experience. McMillan says Oden is experiencing the typically steep learning curve associated with all big men. At times, his defense at the basket -- and his enthusiasm, a rare sight last season -- have helped the Blazers become a more cohesive defensive team. But the big fella is still very much a work in progress. One scout on hand to watch the Blazers-Hawks on Monday night said Oden has a long way to go in two important categories: shot selection and basketball IQ.

* Sad news on Shaun Livingston, who is trying to come back from horrific knee injuries. He'll have his left knee scoped after experiencing swelling. The team says the knee is structurally sound, but it's a clear setback for a player everyone is rooting for to regain some semblance of his previous form.

* Since I don't do power rankings, I have no right to criticize those who do them. I'll just note how strange it is to see the Atlanta Hawks atop such rankings on and  Dave Del Grande of has the Hawks second, behind the Cavs. I'm not so much skeptical of Atlanta's current placement in the rankings, but it's disarming, to say the least. Hawks fans apparently agreed: Philips Arena was barely half-full for the Blazers on Monday night. Unless you're a Hawks fan, you can't possibly understand how it's possible to sneeze at their résumé thus far. It includes impressive wins over Portland (twice), Boston, and Denver, and Atlanta is 4-2  on the road.

* Gilbert Arenas' comment this week that he's become a "thinker" instead of a "reactor" only underscores the difficulty of his adjustment to Flip Saunders' offense. No conclusions can be drawn about the Wizards until they're healthy, but Arenas' identity crisis is something to watch.

Category: NBA

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 9:56 pm

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comment of the year, mccrackin34. well done.

Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 9:30 pm

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40 pts a game???    hahahahahaha   ull b lucky if the bum can even average 20 pts a game

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 9:26 pm

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And you and your redneck comments belong in a trailer

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 9:25 pm

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And you and your red neck comments belong in a trailer

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 9:14 pm

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AI in NY. That makes sense.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 8:59 pm

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And again, why would LeBron go to the worst team in the NBA and have to suffer thru more rebuilding years?IDIOT !! THE CAVS WERE THE KNICKS BEFORE LEBRON GOT THERE !!  HOW DO YOU THINK THEY GOT HIM ?????

The Cavs had a whopping 17 wins the season before Lebron got there.  His first year they doubled that to 35... then it went something like 42,50,50, 45 then a whopping 66.  This is his 7th season.... there is no difference between the knicks now and the Cavs back then.

This is BASKETBALL.... you only need 5 starters and about 3 or 4 useful players coming off the bench.. that's all.  It doesn't take that long to rebuild, not like every other sport out there where in most cases it doesn't happen as quick since you need more pieces.  The Knicks will improve just as fast with Lebron as the Cavs did... and by the way after Lebron leaves the Cavs will become the Knicks.. again !!!!

And if you think that Lebron is going to turn down 10's of millions of extra dollars per season in endorsements in the New York market to stay loyal to you buffoons then you are clinically insane and should be in a padded room !!

Remember something.. and remember this very well.  With NBA rules being what they are, nobody else can offer Lebron a better basketball salary.   If he wanted to stay with Cleveland, he would have agreed to an extension already.. at least verbally.   He hasn't... he's basically saying see ya later and you people are too dumb to notice.

Wade is going to say byebye to Miami and Bosh is saying goodbye to the Raptors as well.....   MAYBE Wade stays only because it's a big market he's in but I doubt it....

Why is it so hard for you people to understand???????????????  It's so easy to figure out it's a joke... honestly, are you that dumb????

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 8:48 pm

AI To The Knicks?

Allen Iverson is a hopeless prima donna & a big jerk-which means he's likely to be a perfit fit for this Knicks team.Positives for a possible signing of AI by the Knicks include:
    1) He IS a big name player. An over the hill big name player to be sure, but one who still has the potential to put some butts in the seats at the Garden.
    2)Nothing else that I can think of in terms of making the Knicks a much better team.

Negatives for an AI signing by NY:
; Probably none. They're 1-9 so far this season. I doubt he degrades the team so much that they end up losing more than 90% of their games (which is what they're doing now).

At this point I view both Iverson & the Knicks as entities with nothing to offer fans that will generate any interest. The Knicks will be terrible with or without AI this year & since  Iverson's going to be a jackass somewhere it might as well be in the Big Apple.With both the Giants & Jets appearing on the brink of a fast burnout, AI will at least give the sportswriters in NY something to talk about over the next few months.


Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 8:34 pm

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Keep dreaming. And CC went to the Yankees because, well, they're the Yankees. Would he have gone to the Royals? The Nationals? The Pirates? Even if they offered the money? Puhleeze.

And Braylon was traded to the Jets. I.e., he had no say in the matter.

And again, why would LeBron go to the worst team in the NBA and have to suffer thru more rebuilding years? If anything, Iverson would be a decent addition to the Cavs bench. Cleveland should take a look at him along with NY. I don't think A.I. would mind sharing the rock with James, and taking over a game when James has a bad shooting night. Or coming off the bench and being the guy while LeBron rests.

That makes more sense to me then sending Iverson to NY..........

Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 8:12 pm

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can't freakin wait for this to happen. Getting a washed up player is what they needed all along. He did wonders in Denver and Detroit.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 7:50 pm

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houaeofxia says, "I dont care what the rationale is for getting Iverson.  He is a washed-up old man in basketball terms.  Better to develop or trade for a young PG than to waste time on him.  If the Knicks sign him, thousands of fans, including myself, will write the Knicks off this year."

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, what exactly are you writing off? that the knicks will win 12 games or 18 games.  C'mon...this Knick team  is by far the worse team in the league, at least the New Jersey Nets give effort they have lost about 5 games in the last 15 seocnds or less which means they are in games, the knicks are done by halftime. 

let iverson come and score 40pts a game, the knicks will still mostly lose but at least you'll have a guy scoring.  Either way the Knicks are going to have less then 20 wins this year.

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