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Posted on: August 13, 2010 8:55 am
Edited on: August 13, 2010 11:22 am
 

Shootaround 8.13.10: Jennings sets the bar

Posted by Royce Young
  • Brandon Jennings tells the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel some goals for the season: "This year I'm working hard to come back," Jennings said. "I want to be a double-double guy. I feel like with the talent we have I can be that. All-star weekend is in Los Angeles, and that is a goal to be an all-star. Win 50 games, win the Central Division and get out of the first round and see what happens."
  • Carmelo Anthony was at the Team USA Showcase in New York last night and during an interview, talked a little about New York: "In his own mini-interview, Anthony was asked for his thoughts on the crowd gathered before him. He answered to the tune of resounding cheers, “New York fans have always been the best fans.” That of course is more interesting than usual because of Ken Berger's report that 'Melo wants to play in New York.
  • Derrick Favors scored 20 percent of his points last season at Georgia Tech on dunks, and had a lot of work to do offensively, so says Sebastian Pruiti of Nets Are Scorching: "Offensively, Favors has a lot of work to do. He lacks the requisite ball-handling skills to be able to take his man off the dribble like this, and when he struggles offensively he can float on defense, then leading to missed rebound opportunities. There’s no excuse for that. He can also look uncomfortable inside, forcing things and moving too quickly for his own good."
  • Ken Berger fills us in on the latest labor talks: "There seems to be agreement on both sides that something needs to be done to improve the competitive balance of the league. How to do it, however, remains hotly contested. The players believe many of the owners’ woes can be solved through broader revenue sharing, for which they included a plan in their proposal. The owners continue to believe that how the owners divvy up hundreds of millions in annual losses doesn’t solve the problem that expenses are too high. According to sources, the owners seem to be hunkered down in their pursuit of shorter contracts with less guaranteed money – and they appear to be focusing on those issues even more than reducing the 57 percent share of basketball-related income (BRI) that the players receive."
  • Michael Lee of the Washington Post on JaVale McGee's showcase performance: "He really had just one spurt, in the second half, when teammate Lamar Odom drove down the lane and dropped off a pass to McGee for an uncontested two-handed dunk. His night got off to a inauspicious start, as he got the ball at the top of the key and attempted to drive on Tyson Chandler. McGee backed down Chandler, but it appeared that Chandler pulled the rug out from under McGee as McGee stumbled backward and threw the ball over his head and off the backboard as he fell to the ground."
  • John Krolik of Cavs: The Blog on LeBron's tweet comment: "I was interested by the reaction to LeBron’s “I’m making mental notes of all the people who took shots at me” tweet. Other than THERE IS NO GOOD REASON FOR LEBRON TO HAVE A TWITTER, my main takeaway from that is this: LeBron’s move to Miami to play with Wade and Bosh, along with LRMR’s involvement in everything, has definitely advanced the “LeBron wants to live Entourage , and doesn’t really care about true greatness” storyline."
  • Don't forget, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tonight. It's always a good watch and with Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone going in, we can surely expect a couple quality speeches.
  • Trey Kerby of Ball Don't Lie interviewed Kevin Durant: KD: Man, it's so fun. I remember yesterday in practice I got a rebound and pushed it up the court. I'm used to having Nenad Krstic and Thabo Sefolosha running on the sides — nothing against those guys, of course — but Nenad is not as athletic as Derrick Rose . (laughs) And I had D-Rose on one side and [Andre] Iguodala on the other. So I'm like, "Who do I throw it to?" So I just threw it up. (mimes a lob pass) And it was a bad pass. I'm like, "Awwww, turnover." (hangs head) But Iguodala came out of nowhere, grabbed it with one hand and dunked it. (smiling excitedly)"
Posted on: August 10, 2010 5:56 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 5:58 pm
 

5 can't miss national TV games in 2010-2011

Posted by Matt Moore

The story of the 2010-2011 national television schedule is about what you'd expect. Lots of Heat, lots of Boston, lots of Lakers, and the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Boston Celtics surprisingly lead all teams in national television appearances across NBATV, ESPN, ABC, and TNT with 33 appearances. The Miami Heat, no shock, are second, with 29 appearances, while the defending champion Lakers appear 27 times. That number is likely to increase signficantly with NBATV's fan night. The Orlando Magic also appear 29 times, compared to the East's three-seed Atlanta Hawks, who appear just 14 times. Of the 15 games on ABC, 14 feature the Heat, Celtics, Lakers, or Magic.

New York appears 18 times, while Phoenix has certainly earned some faith from the producers, landing 25 national appearances. Oklahoma City were the big winners, with 24 big-time appearances, and the first post-Christmas ABC game, facing the Heat at home. It's a big win for a small market club.

Of course, most other small-market clubs didn't fair so well. Indiana is without a single appearanc. Charlotte and Memphis have 6 each, New Orleans 7, and Milwaukee only has 8, despite being playoff or near-playoff teams. This is in contrast to the Clippers, the freaking Clippers, getting 12 appearances. Win total didn't have much to do with these decisions.

Your top five nationally televised games not on Christmas, Opening Night, or MLK Day:

  1. Heat at Magic, November 24th, ESPN: The Sunshine Massacre. The Heat's primary weakness, true size, is tested against Dwight Howard while Jameer Nelson could have a huge game against Mario Chalmers.
  2. Lakers at Thunder, February 27th, ABC: Welcome back, Lakers. They barely got out of the Sooner state with their playoff lives last April and the Thunder should be improved. Kevin Durant will likely take this one personally, while Kobe loathes challengers to his throne.
  3. Heat at Cavaliers, December 2nd, TNT: "Peace? Peace. I hate the word. As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee."-Cleveland
  4. Blazers at Jazz, April 7th, TNT: Let's imagine Greg Oden stays healthy. Let's imagine Al Jefferson stays healthy. Deron Williams, Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus Camby, Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap. The Northwest Division is a bloodbath.
  5. Lakers at Celtics, February 10th, TNT: It's refreshing when the networks give you two seldom-seen teams that never match up. It's a once-in-a-lifetime type game, really.

Posted on: August 10, 2010 5:56 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 5:58 pm
 

5 can't miss national TV games in 2010-2011

Posted by Matt Moore

The story of the 2010-2011 national television schedule is about what you'd expect. Lots of Heat, lots of Boston, lots of Lakers, and the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Boston Celtics surprisingly lead all teams in national television appearances across NBATV, ESPN, ABC, and TNT with 33 appearances. The Miami Heat, no shock, are second, with 29 appearances, while the defending champion Lakers appear 27 times. That number is likely to increase signficantly with NBATV's fan night. The Orlando Magic also appear 29 times, compared to the East's three-seed Atlanta Hawks, who appear just 14 times. Of the 15 games on ABC, 14 feature the Heat, Celtics, Lakers, or Magic.

New York appears 18 times, while Phoenix has certainly earned some faith from the producers, landing 25 national appearances. Oklahoma City were the big winners, with 24 big-time appearances, and the first post-Christmas ABC game, facing the Heat at home. It's a big win for a small market club.

Of course, most other small-market clubs didn't fair so well. Indiana is without a single appearanc. Charlotte and Memphis have 6 each, New Orleans 7, and Milwaukee only has 8, despite being playoff or near-playoff teams. This is in contrast to the Clippers, the freaking Clippers, getting 12 appearances. Win total didn't have much to do with these decisions.

Your top five nationally televised games not on Christmas, Opening Night, or MLK Day:

  1. Heat at Magic, November 24th, ESPN: The Sunshine Massacre. The Heat's primary weakness, true size, is tested against Dwight Howard while Jameer Nelson could have a huge game against Mario Chalmers.
  2. Lakers at Thunder, February 27th, ABC: Welcome back, Lakers. They barely got out of the Sooner state with their playoff lives last April and the Thunder should be improved. Kevin Durant will likely take this one personally, while Kobe loathes challengers to his throne.
  3. Heat at Cavaliers, December 2nd, TNT: "Peace? Peace. I hate the word. As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee."-Cleveland
  4. Blazers at Jazz, April 7th, TNT: Let's imagine Greg Oden stays healthy. Let's imagine Al Jefferson stays healthy. Deron Williams, Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus Camby, Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap. The Northwest Division is a bloodbath.
  5. Lakers at Celtics, February 10th, TNT: It's refreshing when the networks give you two seldom-seen teams that never match up. It's a once-in-a-lifetime type game, really.

Posted on: August 9, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Revisiting Isiah Thomas's first run with New York

Posted by Royce Young

In probably the most stunning offseason move in an offseason filled with stunning moves, Isiah Thomas was re-hired by the Knicks as a basketball consultant. What that job entails, no one really knows quite yet. As Ken Berger notes , it's pretty dumb and might be downright illegal.

Thomas's first stop with the Knicks was plagued by overpaying players and rash decisions that were never with an eye to the future, but rather a quick fix. Things never worked out as seen by his dismissal and the franchise has yet to recover from Thomas's financial recklessness.

So with him back in the Big Apple, it might be fun to take a tour around his "accomplishments" during his five-year tenure with the Knicks:
  • On Dec. 22, 2003, the Knicks hired Thomas as President of Basketball Operations. To summarize his tenure briefly, he wasn't exactly successful with the Knicks roster and fanbase. At the end of the 2005-06 season , the Knicks had the highest payroll in the league and the second-worst record.
  • One of Thomas' first deals was acquiring Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway for Antonio McDyess, Maciej Lampe, guards Howard Eisley and Charlie Ward, the rights to guard Milos Vujanic, a first-round pick in 2004 and a conditional first-round pick.
  • But then the Isiah Thomas we all remember: He basically threw all good will away by signing Jerome James in 2005 to to a full mid-level exception contract deal. James played a total of 89 games in four seasons for the Knicks. 
  • He traded Penny Hardaway and promising prospect Trevor Ariza for Steve Francis and his albatross contract.
  • Of course, in 2005 there's the Eddy Curry trade that still haunts the Knicks. Curry was acquired with Antonio Davis for Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney, Jermaine Jackson and multiple first-round picks. Once Curry was cleared because of a heart condition, he was promptly signed to a six-year, $56 million contract. Seriously.
  • In 2006, the Knicks fired coach Larry Brown, and owner James Dolan replaced him with Thomas under the condition that he show "evident progress" or be fired.
  • In October of 2006, Thomas and Madison Square Garden were sued for sexual harassment by Anucha Browne Sanders. There was a trial in September 2007 and Thomas was determined to have made demeaning statements to Sanders, as well as making sexual advances and repeatedly telling her that he was in love with her. Madison Square Garden was ordered to pay Browne Sanders $11.6 million, one of the largest sexual harassment judgments in history.
  • Later in the 2006 season, nine months after James Dolan demanded "evident progress" or you know, Thomas would be in trouble, New York re-signed Thomas to a multi-year deal. (For what it's worth, the Knicks went 33-49 record.)
  • During the 2007 Draft, Thomas made a large trade by acquiring Zach Randolph, Fred Jones and Dan Dickau from Portland for Steve Francis and Channing Frye.
  • On April 2, 2008, Donnie Walsh was introduced to replace Thomas as President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks. At that time, Walsh wouldn't say whether or not Thomas would be retained by the Knicks though everyone knew what was likely coming.
  • Only 24 hours after the Knicks tied a franchise record of 59 losses and ended their 2007-08 season, word began to leak that Isiah had been told he would not return as Knicks head coach the following season. He was officially "reassigned," as Walsh put it, on April 18. As part of the reassignment agreement Thomas was banned from having contact with any Knicks' players under the rationale that he could willingly or unwillingly undermine Donnie Walsh and the new head coach. Until now, I guess.
So the first gallop with Thomas in New York had some ups and downs, but mainly lots and lots of downs. He burdened the franchise with horribly salary cap management and lost virtually every asset the team had. He was demoted, then demoted again and then fired. He made promises of championships but didn't come close in any way, but rather took the storied franchise to new lows in terms of losses. And yet, he has been hired again. Sports: They just don't make sense sometimes.
Category: NBA
Posted on: August 6, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Isiah Thomas rejoins the Knicks

Posted by Royce Young

I was positive this had to be some kind of joke. But apparently not. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports Isiah Thomas has been re-hired by the Knicks as a consultant. Thomas will remain the coach at Florida International as well (where he had a stellar 7-25 record his first season).

Mannix also said the announcement could mean the Knicks plan on re-installing Thomas as general manager once Donnie Walsh retires. That's pretty much speculation right now though.

But Thomas is now a "consultant." I have no idea how, or why, the Knicks came to this conclusion. What could Thomas possibly bring that's valuable right now? He basically destroyed the Knicks over five-year span and left them with no assets, a roster devoid of talent, a financial situation that would make Warren Buffet throw up and left the franchise in a place it hasn't been able to recover from. He didn't just destroy the crops, but he salted the earth as well. So yeah, let's bring him back for some advice!

As Mannix said, it almost seems like there has to be some kind of other motivation here. Maybe Thomas is a great recruiter of sorts for players and having him in the negotiations would intrigue big names like Chris Paul or Carmelo Anthony. Or maybe Thomas is an excellent evaluator of talent or something, but we just never knew it. There seems like there has to be some kind of reason for this. Otherwise, it just appears like a really, really dumb move.
Category: NBA
Posted on: August 6, 2010 8:27 am
 

Shootaround 8.6.10: Mason signs with NY

Posted by Royce Young
  • Tom Haberstroh for ESPN.com making a case that Carmelo Anthony is not a max player: "If the New York Knicks, rumored to be the favorites to land Melo if he decides to leave Denver, are expecting salvation from Anthony next summer, they're going to be very disappointed with their investment. It would be a much a wiser move to throw that cash toward the pursuit of Chris Paul, a real max player."
  • Ziller of NBA FanHouse has a set as well and the US comes in No. 2 : "That the United States is the overwhelming Vegas favorites at the Worlds is a sign the betting public has no short- or long-term memory. Hasn't Team USA already proven chemistry can't be conjured in two months? Remember, the first travails of the Redeem Team ended up defeat (and some would say humiliation): in 2006, when LeBron James , Dwyane Wade , Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant first got together, Greece knocked them out of contention in the semifinals of the World Championship."
  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook does a pretty outstanding job of breaking down a fast break: "In my opinion, a good outlet pass is the key to a fast break.  If the rebounder can get the ball out to the point guard on the run, you got the makings of a fast break because the point guard doesn’t have to slow down to make the catch and he can put pressure on the defense.  A bad outlet pass can force a point guard to break his momentum to make the catch, and that allows the defense to get back on defense."
  • Rob Mahoney of The Two Man Game with a look at positional classification : "To those still clinging to what they know, I’d ask this: what’s a power forward? What characteristics link Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Rashard Lewis, Lamar Odom, Reggie Evans, Tyrus Thomas, and J.J. Hickson? Not rebounding. Not scoring. Not skill set. Not height relative to their teammates. Not even the spaces they occupy on the floor. I’m at a total loss as to the criterion that would group that bunch together, which makes the assessment “Player X isn’t a real power forward” pretty much worthless. I think I know what it means, but without the ability to define the contemporary power forward, how could I really know for sure?"
  • Shaq might be making just the veteran minimum but don't feel sorry for him too long. Last year, he generated $15 million in endorsements and experts say he should make more in Boston: “Shaq is a marketing giant,” said John Vrooman, a sports economist at Vanderbilt University. “He will benefit from the Hub’s strong media presence, where there’s money to be made on local endorsements.”
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 1:41 pm
 

Roger Mason Jr. headed to the Knicks?

Posted by Royce Young

The Knicks have been hunting a shooting guard that can shoot this entire offseason. They flirted with Shannon Brown, but it looks like he's going back to Los Angeles . They tried to land Rudy Fernandez, but they don't have the assets to make it happen.

Not too many other players are left in the pool that can fill that. But there's still Roger Mason Jr. He can definitely shoot. And he says he might be headed to New York very soon.

In some random YouTube video where he's talking about an acting class that he participated in to get ready for a commercial, Mason says, "It's Roger Mason Jr. of the San Antonio Spurs and quite possibly very soon of the New York Knicks."

Mason was an absolute marksman for the Spurs two seasons ago, shooting 42 percent and hitting 166 3s. Then last year he fell back a bit, hitting just 33 percent and making only 88 from deep. He got pushed to the bench by George Hill and really kind of lost his role with the Spurs.

But he can definitely shoot. He's only 29 and in the up-and-down system Mike D'Antoni uses, he'd surely get some open looks. The Knicks want someone that can stretch a defense and open the interior a bit more for Amar'e Stoudemire.

There haven't been any reports on this other than Mason's comments. He had been linked to the Bulls pretty strongly after Chicago missed out on J.J. Redick, but evidently, the Knicks are in play.
Category: NBA
Posted on: August 4, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: August 4, 2010 11:02 am
 

Warkentien to be strong candidate for the Knicks

Posted by Royce Young

Late Tuesday, the Nuggets let go two of their top executives - Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman. The reasoning was simply because as a press release said, "We decided that it would be best for all parties to go their separate ways."

It was somewhat shocking just in a sense of Warkentien's success (named 2008-09 Executive of the Year), but as Ken Berger noted, expected to come for months. But Warkentien is considered a star in the NBA front office world, so like Kevin Pritchard, he'll be a hot commodity.

And Marc Berman of the New York Post says
, the Knicks might be a prime landing spot for Warkentien if Donnie Walsh decides to make a hire to pass along some responsibility. Berman also notes, "The Post reported recently the well-respected Warkentien, a friend of Walsh's, had a preliminary interview with the Knicks last summer after being given permission by the Nuggets owner."

Teams are turning over front offices left and right it seems, so a proven builder and winner like Warkentien will likely be at the top of most wishlists. Warkentien constructed a roster in Denver that played at a high pace, so teaming him with Mike D'Antoni's offensive system could be a nice fit. And by all accounts, Warkentien had a good relationship with Carmelo Anthony, so maybe hiring him would be a step in winning over 'Melo next summer.
 
 
 
 
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