Posted on: December 6, 2010 9:35 am
Miller drops his man, Gortat is a soccer nut, Z-BO for USA, and the worst half of basketball ever, all in today's Shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore
Knicks blog Posting and Toasting says Danilo Galinari needs to make Landry Fields his hero: "Gallo has returned to chilling around the three-point arc and waiting for kick-outs. Even there, his conversion rate has been uncomfortably low. One way he might see more opportunities is to do what Chandler and Landry Fields have been doing and dive in diagonally or along the baseline when Stoudemire receives the ball around the free throw line. It's not like Gallo's hurting the team (5 assists, 4 boards, and decent enough defense on the perimeter), but he can do much more to help them. 2-7 isn't the kind of output you expect from someone with Gallo's scoring ability."
Zach Randolph wants to play for Team USA. I'm curious as to whether Zach realizes that the traditional block concept is nearly absent in international play.
Marcin Gortat was a huge soccer fan and played it almost exclusively until he was 18 when he found basketball. Add him to the list of guys you'd put on a soccer team from NBA players with Steve Nash being the obvious first overall choice.
Behold: The worst half of basketball ever.
Brad Miller dropped the man coming around his screen this weekend. Unfortunately, it was his own man.
Ben Wallace is so good even at his age that bloggers know they're taking him for granted: "I don’t spend much time writing about Wallace anymore because, frankly, he’s just so consistently good that I don’t think it needs pointing out. But he, along with Hamilton and Prince, was part of the “retro” performance I alluded to in the headline. Wallace had 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and a steal. He was an imposing presence inside and a huge reason Cleveland’s guards shot poorly. They may have been getting penetration, but Wallace blocked or altered several shots in his 24 minutes and he continued to show that he’s a great high-post passer and someone the Pistons can comfortably take advantage of on offense."
A lockout would be devastating on so many fronts, but here's another: Kevin Garnett may retire.
Our own Ben Golliver on what was memorable from last night's Blazers win over the Clippers, the violence: "This game will endure for its random acts of violence. First, and most memorably, Blazers center Joel Przybilla, who was greeted with a standing ovation upon his entry to the game, was flagrantly fouled by Brian Cook with 4 second remaining in the third quarter. The mid-air hit, which sent Przybilla flying to the ground, wound up earning Cook a Flagrant Foul 2 and an immediate ejection. It also set off a tussle under Portland's basket, with Clippers point guard Baron Davis getting into Blazers forward Nicolas Batum's chest, and Przybilla and Clippers big man Craig Smith apparently getting after it as well. All four were assessed technical fouls, and the sequence resulted with Przybilla splitting the free throws awarded him for Cook's flagrant foul, for his only point of the game."
If Brad Miller is the fuel for your offense? You may need to get a new engine.
Glen Davis, meet medicine ball.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:53 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:25 pm
Positional struggles, Heat bar losing dough, Westphal losing a lot, and the Lakers should have lost by more, all in today's Shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore
Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:04 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 10:08 pm
The Texas Two-Step is high among the greats while the Magic have no magic and the Knicks have no sense, in this week's 3-Up 3-Down.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:17 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 1:06 pm
Durant doing fine at the bank, Knicks decide to love Lee still, and is Splitter a good defender?
Posted by Matt Moore
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 11:33 am
Isiah Thomas says he would have lured LeBron, wants his old job back, and is advising key NBA players. We weep for the future.
Posted by Matt Moore
Good morning, Knicks fans. Feeling good about that big win over the Bulls last night? Pretty great, huh? Yup, look's like that awful period in Knicks history is over.
From ESPN :
Isiah believes he can recruit James out of Miami and into Madison Square Garden in 2014. Isiah believes that, with or without James, he will someday help the Knicks win their first NBA title since 1973.Yes, Knicks fans. That would be Isiah. Back in action. In a lengthy interview with ESPN New York, Thomas talks about his time with the Knicks, about how he'll put his draft record up against anyone (Renaldo Balkman for the win!), about how two of the players he brought in were All-Stars last year (on different teams, but who's quibbling?), and about how, yes, he wants the gig back. He talks about replacing Donnie Walsh. He talks about advising "a lot of players" including Carmelo Anthony. And he talks about the Big 3 as if he's hanging out with them on the Heat sideline.
"I do find it ironic that we all ended up here in Miami instead of us all ending up in New York," Thomas said. "But it's a four-year deal."So there's that. Isiah plans on retaking his rightful throne as head of the Knicks, luring LeBron away in 2014 (when he's approaching 30) and fulfilling his destiny. If it sounds prophetic, that's because it's insane.
The Knicks just got through dishing the last draft pick they needed that Thomas traded. They still have to get Eddy Curry off the books (still!) . They're just now reaching some level of contention with the new regime after a half decade of utter disaster under Thomas. Thomas' problems went beyond just the sexual harrassment case (think of how many sentences in the English statement begin with that precursor), the drafting which looked good at the time and looks worse in retrospect, the terrible contracts and dismal on-court performance. It was the total and complete failure at all levels.
And the guy wants his gig back, and believes not only that he would have been succesful in drawing James et al if he had been in charge, but that if given the job back, he'll be successful in 2014.
Oh, Isiah. How we've missed you.
Ken Berger will have more on this situation tonight from Madison Square Garden.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 10:15 am
Posted by Matt Moore
Posted on: October 26, 2010 6:10 pm
League will investigate allegations of illegal draft workouts. Posted by Matt Moore
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the league will investigate the report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski this afternoon that the New York Knicks egregiously and repeatedly violated league rules concerning pre-draft workouts, according to a league spokesman. As we discussed earlier , if the allegations are true, the league will be in a sticky place with the Knicks due to the level to which they've mortgaged their future already.
The Knicks have left the office with very little room if this is on target, but at the same time, the league's also been instrumental in trying to guide the franchise back to health. It needs its biggest and best market's team to be competitive, to be succesful, and to not be stuck in purgatory for another ten years as it was under Isiah Thomas. What's worse, the regime put in place after consulting with Stern's office, featuring Donnie Walsh, was complicit in these repeated violations. This is a massively complicated sticky for the league which managed the storm of the Donaghy scandal admirably.
A seven-figure fine as suggested by our own Ben Golliver earlier, along with the loss of multiple first round draft picks? Wouldn't really hurt the Knicks. They've already sent off multiple picks to clear space for a free agent that didn't come, and their future plans still hinge on their draw as a free agent locale and trade opportunities. And the Knicks make money when their team is horrible. A fine unless it's eight figures, isn't going to even touch this franchise.
This one could get much messier, much faster. And, you know, not like David Stern's got anything else going on... with the CBA. And lockout. And stuff.
Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:33 am
Floppy-haired Cavs forward on list of players Denver covets... for some reason. Posted by Matt Moore
When KB dropped the verse Wedneday night that the Nuggets have a list of veteran bigs they want in return for any deal involving Carmelo Anthony, there were the usual suspects.
Joakim Noah: Top flight center. Charming possibility of a beehive. Great rebounder. Young, talented, and tenacious. Makes sense.
Andrei Kirilenko: Super-attractive wife. Excellent versatile skill set. Able to play multiple positions. Valuable contract. Makes sense.
Andre Iguodala: The superstar role-player. Able to play the 2, 3, or 4. Great rebounder, passer, and auxiliary scorer. Easy to get under his skin by calling him easy nickname of "Iggy." Slaps rookies in the face with powder. Makes sense.
Gerald Wallace: Plays so hard every night, every play that he has given himself a concussion and collapsed a lung. Terrific all-around athlete that can do nearly anything you ask of him. Sweet headband. Makes sense.
Anderson Varejao: Wait, what?
Don't get me wrong. i'm not ignorant in the ways of defensive plus-minus, nor am I oblivious to the stout mechanics of Flopsy's defensive prowess. And hey, if you need a clean-up score, Varejao is your guy. Stick that guy next to 2005-era Tim Duncan and watch the offensive putbacks roll in. Coast to coast like butter and toast.
But Varejao is far from a complete player, and we've yet to see him outside of being the rather fourth-option level sidekick to the MVP. We're kind of lacking a good sample set on how he'd do where his, say, the second or third offensive option. Varejao's jumper improved last season (jumped to a 50% shooter from less than 10 feet from 35%). But he's still got no range, lacks a true post-set and is, in general, Anderson Varejao.
What's more confusing is that Anderson signed a new deal in the summer of 2009, with roughly $33 million guaranteed. That's a big, long term, expensive contract entering into a new CBA for a team that would be for all intents and purposes blowing it up and starting over. If you look at what the Nuggets should do in such a move, Varejao is pretty much the polar opposite of that idea. Even if, in the only plausible scenario that involves Cleveland in a deal, there is a third team acquiring Anthony who would send some fictional young superstar to Denver, you'd still be left with a significant financial restriction.
For the Cavs? Giddy up. If the Cavs do somehow manage to talk Masai Ujiri into taking Varejao's contract, their rebuilding project would be even further along than they thought. Moving Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison then becomes much easier in terms of accepting a quarter-on-the-dollar type deal. The assets they would then acquire, in combination with cap space, a dreadful team guaranteed for the lottery, the Heat's high 20's pick to use in combination with remaining assets on draft day, and the massive trade exception they received from the great James robbery, would put them in line for a massive transformation in only a few precious months versus a long-term project that may take years to complete.
New York tried everything it could to ruin Cleveland by taking James away this past summer, only to watch Miami do the dirty work and leave them outside the party. Ironically, it could wind up being Cleveland that helps them get the next best available thing. The only question is how long that will take.
For now, as KB writes, we'll have to wait and see.