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Andrew C (✔)
Lamar Odom is a Knick - Posting and Toasting -
"As has been established: Odom has a back injury and will not play for the Knicks this season (tonight). The Knicks will work with him this summer and, if he looks good, pick up a second-year option so he'll be in the fold next year." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"@desusnice - Just saw a fellow knicks fan tweet "we need lamar for that final playoff push" and they were dead serious :(" - - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
NBA Shootaround: The Western Conference Arms Race « -
"It is quite possible that one of these teams [Dallas, Memphis, Phoenix] will be the first in NBA history to win 50 games and miss the playoffs. Such is basketball life in the unforgiving West." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The NBA draft age minimum serves no one - -
"We know the reasons the NBA gives for instituting the age minimum: that it prevents busts, that it gives scouts more data and tape to analyze before making big decisions, that the NCAA helps develop players' skills, that it keeps NBA employees out of high school gyms. It's all malarkey." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The NBA argues that teams make better decisions with more data and tape, and one more year of observation and development at the college level is necessary. Three college sophomores went in the top five of the 2013 draft: Otto Porter, Cody Zeller and Alex Len. Those guys have ranged from disappointing to disastrous as rookies even with an extra year of college. Further, Kevin Pelton's... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"The NBA actually develops players better than college. The idea that college basketball development is advantageous is a lie. Go back to 2012. The best rookie was Damian Lillard, who entered the draft after his college eligibility had expired. The next two: college freshmen Anthony Davis and uber-raw Andre Drummond. Davis had been ranked No. 2 nationally in the class of 2011. Drummond... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
The Knicks and The Lakers and Phil Jackson and Terrible Basketball and Wood Finish and Holy Crap This Team Is The Worst | KnickerBlogger.Net -
"In the second quarter, they surrendered 51 points. That's not a typo. Their defensive efficiency in the quarter was a strapping 204, which means their defense would have performed better if they had issued monogrammed invitations for the Lakers to simply walk down the lane and dunk the ball on each and every possession." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Defensive Efficiency - the number of points a team allows per 100 possessions" - -- so Conlin's point is literally true; the Lakers would have actually scored less if they'd merely dunked unopposed on every possession. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
I read a piece yesterday that made the point that /as a businessman/, Jim Dolan is doing right by MSG/Knicks. They're the most valuable franchise in the NBA, they rake in tons of money, and their strategy of trying to stay relevant by spending for big names does keep casual fans interested.
Andrew C (✔)
NBA Bag: The Phil Jackson-to-the-Knicks Theory « -
"After the Seattle gig vanished, Phil hoped to stay with the Lakers somehow. He's engaged to the daughter of the late, great Jerry Buss, only her bumbling brother is running the franchise into the ground; that same brother is irrationally threatened by his much smarter, infinitely more basketball-savvy, undeniably condescending future brother-in-law. Jackson needed to figure out how to pressure Jimmy Buss -- a.k.a. Jimmy Boy -- into giving him control of the Lakers and/or a lavish consulting gag." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"What happens next? He starts talking to Brooklyn about becoming a high-priced consultant and/or Billy King's eventual replacement if Brooklyn bombs in Round 1. Famous music manager Irving Azoff (an A-list power broker) catches wind and alerts his embattled buddy James Dolan. /You can't let Jackson go to the Nets/, he tells him. /Here's a good chance for you to swing New York toward your side again. More importantly, the Nets won't get him./ Dolan and Jackson start talking." - Andrew C (✔)
"Initially, Phil starts asking for crazy, outlandish stuff and makes a spirited run for the coaching spot of the Keep Getting Dem Checks All-Stars. /I want $13 million a year. I want to run the team from Los Angeles. I want final say on everything. I want to pursue Steve Kerr as next year's coach./ And to his amazement ... Dolan keeps saying yes. To everything." - Andrew C (✔)
It's like Dolan and Buss are in a one-on-one race to the bottom :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Yeah, esp since the Nets somehow righted their ship after the New Year. - Andrew C (✔)
And Phil seems to be trolling both of them :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
The NY Post wrote an article saying Phil Jackson will take the Knicks job, then pulled it.
"They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house!" - Krusty the Klown. -- reports that Jackson might get $15M a year, might not have to move to NY, might get a minority ownership stake. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Melo with 18 points after the first quarter.
Andrew C (✔)
"But you know what [the Bobcats are] doing? They're participating. That's what's hard about tanking -- if you cheer for a team that's doing it, you get taken out of the league, entirely. You just feel like you're missing out on an entire season. I've cheered for mediocre teams like Charlotte before. At least you feel like you're part of something." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
How to Train Your Dragic: The Suns Star Talks About His Evolution « -
How to Train Your Dragic: The Suns Star Talks About His Evolution «
How to Train Your Dragic: The Suns Star Talks About His Evolution «
"in fact, John Hollinger once claimed Dragic was "arguably the worst player in the NBA." Nobody will ever say that again. Dragic's ascendance hasn't been rapid, but it has been remarkable. Since his rookie season, his game has evolved steadily. Looking at his shot locations over time shows how far he's come in his five-plus years in the league." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"This season Dragic has become one of the most effective guards in the league. It's ridiculous that he wasn't an All-Star. Of the 20 NBA players scoring 20 or more points per game, only five are making half of their shots: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, and Dragic." - Andrew C (✔)
"This isn't just Seven Seconds or Less basketball. The Suns have also quickly become one of the best pick-and-roll acts in the game. Recent player-tracking data analytics suggest that the Dragic-Channing Frye pairing is the most efficient pick-and-roll tandem in the league. According to the data, the Suns are averaging a ridiculous 1.3 points per possession on the 392 Dragic-Frye pick-and-rolls this season." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"G Goran Dragic (cocaptain): I've written this before, but it bears repeating: Dragic has been the most electrifying player to watch in the NBA this season, full stop. It is crazy to watch Dragic today and remember that his earliest NBA coaches had to urge him out of what seemed an ingrained timidity." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"You want to see perhaps the most fearless performances in the NBA this season? Cue up the Suns' two-game sweep of Indiana and watch, jaw agape, as Dragic sizes up Roy Hibbert near the basket, puts his head down, and zooms right the fuck at the league's best rim protector. Hibbert scares the bejesus out of everyone. […] Dragic didn't give a crap. He just went right at Hibbert, and... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Kinda cool Draymond got some props. - Rodfather from Android
Andrew C (✔)
The New York Knicks: It's the Hope That Kills You in the End « -
The New York Knicks: It's the Hope That Kills You in the End «
"Hope is the most basic unit of the sports social contract. The 2013-14 Knicks are the worst Knicks team I have ever experienced because of the totality with which the franchise, at every level of engagement, has destroyed even the illusion of hope. The players don't fit, the team's options for adding players are nil, the coach can't find his best lineup unless nearly all his players are injured, and the franchise seems more concerned with bad press than bad play. The team's incompetence is so complete that it is almost easier to believe this all some kind of evil plan. Surely no team can fuck up this much? The myriad ways the Knicks have found to blow games stretches the mere act of losing into tragi-farce performance art." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The Knicks do not just lose, they explore the concept of losing. They are four games out of a playoff spot in the worst Eastern Conference in history. They have no draft pick in the best draft in a decade. Their coach either purposefully designed the worst possible defensive scheme for his team's personnel, or his team just doesn't listen to him. Their best player is entering... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Tyson Chandler, once a perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate, currently averaging zero fucks given [...]" - Andrew C (✔)
"Bandwagon fans are reviled because their seeming opportunism calls into question their authenticity, or their capacity to maintain hope through the downtimes. This, in the mind of the "real fan," translates to some kind of fundamental untrustworthiness inherent in a bandwagon fan's character. It's a ridiculous thing to believe, yes, but fandom is inherently ridiculous, if you let... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"The accrued weight of the franchise's failures and lost gambles means the team's fans have been forced to really think about what they're doing, and thinking is the death of fandom. I'm not talking about arguments over stats and players and salary cap figures -- that's thinking within the framework of the social construct of sports fandom. I'm talking about thinking to yourself, "Why am I doing this?"" - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Welcome to The Basketball Tournament, a $500K Winner-Take-All Extravaganza « -
"Any legal U.S. resident over 18 can participate, though eligibility and contractual barriers would obviously bar active NCAA and NBA players from playing in a tournament for money. But part of the fun is seeing what kind of teams thoughtful folks put together." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Best/Worst: Jadeveon Clowney, Jamal Crawford, and the Good Ol' Days « -
"The larger point is where he's wrong -- the idea that the structure of the draft today is somehow making the NBA worse. Look at this picture of the 1996 draft class I saw this week:" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"It's always easy to look back and say everything was better 20 years ago, but this particular example is a good opportunity to remind you that almost anytime someone says that, it's bullshit. We do this all the time in sports. As far as West's point about basketball ... the NBA's not perfect right now, but "weakest it's ever been"?" - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Manu Ginobili shoe breaks down, Spurs do not -
Manu Ginobili shoe breaks down, Spurs do not
Ginobili planted his foot on a defensive move and the entire side stitching blew out. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
It's crazy to think an elite (or near-elite; he is in the last few years of his career by now) professional athlete's shoe can break down this badly, esp when he's sponsored by Nike and not some company that just started making shoes a couple of years ago. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Exclusive: Udrih and World Peace Expose Tough Life With Knicks | KnickerBlogger.Net -
"Two people have escaped one of the toughest, secretive, and well guarded areas on Earth. Like North Korea, the Knicks organization (aka M.S.G.) has closed off relations to the outside world, and much of what happens behind the scenes is a mystery to the public. Their leader, James L. Dolan, has been a reclusive character who has only spoken to the press on the most rare occasions. He inherited his current position from his father, and it doesn't seem that anyone can remove his iron fist grasp on the Knicks." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
""It was horrible" said Udrih. "We were forced to watch the most torturous display of basketball for 2-3 hours straight. That whole time I had to watch a fat guy dribble a ball around, while we were on the bench starving for minutes. I was forced to sit next to a giant hulking idiot with a tooth missing. Every now and then we had to stand around in a circle, hoping the coach would choose us to play meaningful minutes, but that opportunity almost never came."" - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Hawks 107, Knicks 98 - Posting and Toasting -
"This game was a reminder that the Knicks can always get Knicksier. How can a game the Knicks led by 18 in the third quarter contain garbage-time minutes in the other teams' favor? The Knicks. How can Mike Scott (for the second time!) and DeMarre Carroll (invigorated by a tiff with Melo) BOTH hit career-highs in the same game, and both while Jeff Teague was really the Hawks' most dominant offensive player (on a bad ankle)? The Knicks! How can Melo play 37 minutes in his fourth gave in five nights-- 170 minutes since Tuesday-- and STILL drop 35 points on 25 shots and STILL lead the Knicks to nothing but a nine-point loss to a horribly slumping, deeply short-handed opponent? The Knicks! How can Tyson Chandler rip down 23 rebounds and Raymond Felton play another solid offensive game and Amar'e Stoudemire score efficiently off the bench and it all amount to nothing. The Knicks!" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Whoa. Knicks just bought out Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace.
BTW, the Knicks lost in the most amazing way last night in double OT. In the first OT, Tyson Chandler made a reverse dunk, only the ball hit his head and popped back up through the rim. This was an offensive goaltend, apparently, and the basket was disallowed. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Ebersols Aboard To Produce And Script Warner Bros' 'Space Jam 2' As A Starring Vehicle For LeBron James - -
Ebersols Aboard To Produce And Script Warner Bros' 'Space Jam 2' As A Starring Vehicle For LeBron James -
Ebersols Aboard To Produce And Script Warner Bros' 'Space Jam 2' As A Starring Vehicle For LeBron James -
Andrew C (✔)
"I have known Steve Nash for nearly five years. We met by phone during the summer of 2009, when Nash needed a copilot for a potential book project. Teaming up for a modern-day version of Life on the Run or The Game absolutely intrigued me, especially after chatting with Nash and finding out how perceptive he was." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"For instance, Nash didn't just play with Stoudemire. He wondered why Stoudemire behaved certain ways in certain situations, and what internal and external forces contributed to that behavior. He wondered how to make him happy and keep him happy. He tried to figure out every conceivable way to make Stoudemire better at basketball, both on and off the court. And a lot of times, it didn't have anything to do with basketball. Amar'e Stoudemire was a complicated puzzle that Nash never stopped trying to solve." - Andrew C (✔)
"This was a whole other level of thinking. I was doing backflips. This could have been, potentially, one of the great sports books. Steve Nash would be allowing us behind the curtain. Of course, the most appealing thing about the project became the same thing that derailed it: Over the course of a few phone calls and emails, Nash smartly realized he could never publish the book he... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Holy crap, I hope he writes the book some day. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
We discovered other insurance agent brothers of NBA stars - -
We discovered other insurance agent brothers of NBA stars -
We discovered other insurance agent brothers of NBA stars -
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Andrew C (✔)
When Will NY Knicks Learn Carmelo Anthony Hero Ball Doesn't Work in the Clutch? -
"Every basketball observer in the Tri-State Area knew Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was simply going to isolate Melo, far from the basket, without a screen, decoy, or anything else that might have relieved some of the pressure. [...] The Knicks do indeed have a "Carmelo Anthony Hero Ball" problem, but it is no fault of Anthony. It is the fault of an organization and coaching staff who has repeatedly ignored the most basic tenets of team basketball during the waning moments of close games over the past few years." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Meanwhile, the Rockets won on a James Harden shot tonight, but IMO that was a designed play to get him open: Howard set a big screen and Lin ran away from Harden to keep his defender from doubling onto Harden. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
DataBall - With an ocean of new statistical information available, the NBA could be on the verge of understanding the value of every single movement on the court. Welcome to the era of EPV. -
DataBall - With an ocean of new statistical information available, the NBA could be on the verge of understanding the value of every single movement on the court. Welcome to the era of EPV.
"Early in the spring semester of 2013, Cervone and D'Amour proposed a new project to measure performance value in the NBA. The nature of their idea was relatively simple, but the computation required to pull it off was not. Their core premise was this: Every "state" of a basketball possession has a value. This value is based on the probability of a made basket occurring, and is equal to the total number of expected points that will result from that possession. While the average NBA possession is worth close to one point, that exact value of expected points fluctuates moment to moment, and these fluctuations depend on what's happening on the floor." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Furthermore, it was their belief that, using the troves of SportVU data, we could -- for the first time -- estimate these values for every split second of an entire NBA season. They proposed that if we could build a model that accounts for a few key factors -- like the locations of the players, their individual scoring abilities, who possesses the ball, his on-ball tendencies, and his position on the court -- we could start to quantify performance value in the NBA in a new way." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Damian Lillard Set to Compete in All Five NBA All-Star Weekend Events -
Rising Stars challenge (rookie-sophomore game), All-Star Game, skills competition, dunk contest, and 3 pt shooting contest. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Durant-LeBron Arms Race Is Real--And Statistically Unprecedented -
The Durant-LeBron Arms Race Is Real--And Statistically Unprecedented
"There have been some other impressive numbers flying around--Durant put up a 37.1 PER in January, for example--but those last two figures, true shooting and usage percent, are the most remarkable; no other player this season has this combination of offensive centrality and scoring efficiency. In fact, they might be outpacing every season of every player in history." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Cavaliers are allegedly a total disaster behind the scenes - -
"When [Luol] Deng is telling people that the Cavaliers are dysfunctional, remember that he played for a team on which the GM choked the coach during a spat over a minutes limit." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Knicks 110, Lakers 103: COGNITIVE BIASES | KnickerBlogger.Net -
"The fact that Woodson purloined a huge chunk of his offensive playbook from his former boss means we got stretches where both sides would run identical sets (such as a high pick and roll/see if the defense collapses/swing to the weakside three point shooter) against each other, and, even though they'd just run that exact play, they'd both somehow be utterly befuddled as to what one might do to stop it." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
That sounds like a not-fun game to watch. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
The chronicles of Andrea 'Air' Bargnani - -
"UPDATE: We set this momentous event to R. Kelly's classic "I Believe I Can Fly:"" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
(1) it's ok to laugh cause he didn't get seriously hurt, and (2) if there'd been no defenders to block his path, he wouldn't have made it to the basket (at least, not for a dunk) anyways; he started too far out. - Andrew C (✔)
... well crap, he's out indefinitely. Torn ligament in the left arm. - Andrew C (✔)
Bummer - Rodfather
Whoa, Bargnani injured himself on a very similar play last season too: - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
The Knicks' defensive "system" (switch coverage A LOT) is so bad that the MSG network guys who do post-game coverage were making fun of it tonight by switching seats constantly,
Andrew C (✔)
Tyson Chandler on Knicks' blowout loss to Nets: 'They outschemed us' | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports -
"The Knicks' switch-every-screen, double-the-mismatch, close-your-eyes-and-hope-the-rotation-gets-there defensive plan -- a staple of Woodson's coaching arsenal stretching back to his days with the Atlanta Hawks; seriously, Hawks watchers like Bret LaGree of the late, great Hoopinion were lamenting this strat six-plus years ago -- making things easier not for New York, but rather for the opposition." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
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