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Who’s the rocket-scientist running this dysfunctional New York Knicks organization?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 20, 2014

Continuing the Knicks post (rant) from Nov 8th… (https://topofthethread.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/a-realistic-ny-knicks-assessment/ )

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 How long should we wait for a contending New York Knicks team? 

Oh yeah… how many years ago were we ‘tanking’ the season and playing the ‘salary cap game’? 4 years ago?

Oh yeah we were going to get Lebron James!   Are now we’re AGAIN ‘tanking’ to get Duke’s Jahlil Okafor? Are we? Is that the plan?

Two Bright Spots.

Amar’e Stoudemire seems “healthier” than in previous seasons but it would be a major accomplishment if he makes it through the season… I hope so, but really doubt it. If smart, the Knicks will keep him at 20 – 25 minutes per game.  He’s having a good year and it’s one of the few bright spots in a dismal season.  The other bright spot? Jason Smith.   It’s a shame no one notices it. See his stats. Give him 25 minutes. If you are going to run The Triangle Offense and need someone to hit an open ‘J’ (other than Melo), give it to Jason Smith.

The Triangle Offense.  The Triangle Offense.   The Triangle Offense.

That will save us!  You can have a triangle, parallelogram, or octagon offense… if you do not have talent you won’t win!   The Knicks have one player who would start on a GOOD NBA team; Carmelo Anthony.   Many of the other players are nice second team players but certainly not starters for a contending team.  (Even Amar’e should come off the bench.)

And Carmelo Anthony is not the prototypical team player.  He’s a great shooter and, on this team, one of the better passers. He is, by no means, a leader who makes the players around him better.   When the shot clock is down to 5, give it to Melo and there’s a good chance he’ll bail you out and score.  As far as the triangle, IMHO, it seems the offense may ruin his career.

Backward Logic and Strategy

Does everyone listen to ESPN Radio or other sports radio?   Recently there has been a lot of discussion about (football) quarterbacks and offensive schemes.    A good quarterback is an incredible asset and the scheme needs to meet his strengths.   The quarterback and team will not be successful if you do not leverage the strengths of the QB. You need to put him in a position to be successful.

The same hold true for basketball and the Knicks.  Carmelo Anthony is one of the top 5 – 10 players in the NBA.   Does The Triangle Offense fit his skill set?  The Triangle is a read-and-react offense.  Melo is a great scorer but does he have the basketball IQ to work in this scheme and  raise himself and his teammates to the next level.  I won’t pretend to know but he’s the Knicks $124 million asset and he’s not getting any younger. How long do you wait before implementing an offense that fits Melo’s skill set?

 Phil Jackson is New York’s Messiah

Before the season started everyone was excited about Phil Jackson coming to NY.  Well… it seems he’s come to NY at least part time ;).   All those championships!  The Zen Master!   Blah blah blah… The Triangle Offense… Oh come on…

As a Knick fan, I hope he has what it takes to be a general manager.  He’s never been a GM.

He has shown he can coach teams to NBA Championships with rosters stacked with 2-way Hall of Fame players.  Michael Jordan. Scottie Pippen. Kobe Bryant. Shaquille O’Neal.

Does it take a certain type of personality to manage these stars’ personalities? Absolutely yes. Props to him.

Is Phil in the same situation here in NY? No.   Does he have the talent to convert a bottom dweller to a championship team? Maybe. Who knows? But he has no track record in these conditions.

I hope he can do it. 

Going Forward

Frankly, I am not sure why any star player would want to come to the Knicks.  It would seem the only reason Melo stayed is because he could sign for more money on his current team.

Sorry for all the gloom and doom.  Deep down I’m hopeful for a Knicks turnaround. It’s just hard being both a New York Knicks and Jets fan.

 

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On the cusp of the College Football Playoff – TCU, Ohio State, Baylor

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 7, 2014

… Regarding the teams competing for the last spot in the college football playoff –  TCU, The Ohio State, and Baylor.

What is significant today?  Games against ranked opponents at that time… and now.

* Rankings used are the College Football Playoff Rankings listed on ESPN on 12/7/2014 @ 7:56 AM ET *

 To be ranked high early in the season is insignificant.  There is a lot of fluff mixed in.  Let’s look at TCU, The Ohio State, and Baylor’s games versus ranked opponents then and whether those games should be significant talking-points in relation to the College Football Final Four selection process.

 

  • TCU – Beats #4 Oklahoma 37-33 (@Home). Oklahoma is now #20.
  • TCU – Loses to #5 Baylor 61-58 (@Baylor) – Baylor is now #6 (Not a significant difference.) – Note: This was a shootout.  Seemed like an NBA All Star game where no one plays defense.  All Offense.  I would not heavily weigh this game.
  • TCU – Beats #15 Oklahoma State 42-9 (@Home) – Oklahoma State has been dropped from the rankings.
  • TCU – Beat #20 West Virginia 31-30 (@WV) WV has been dropped from the rankings. 
  • TCU – Beats #7 Kansas State 42-20 (@Home) KS is now #9

TCU has 3 wins against currently ranked opponents (#6, #9, #20) Their most dominant win versus a ranked opponent is beating #9 Kansas State 42-20.

 

  • Ohio State – Beats #8 Michigan State 49-37 (@Michigan State). Michigan State is now #8
  • Ohio State – Beats #25 Minnesota 31-24 (@Minnesota). Minnesota has been dropped from the rankings. 
  • Ohio State – Beats #13 Wisconsin 59-0 (@Neutral site) Wisconsin is now #13.

The Ohio State has 2 wins against currently ranked opponents (#8, #13) Their most dominant win versus a ranked opponent is beating #13 Wisconsin 59-0.

 

  • Baylor – Beats #9 TCU 61-58 (@Home) TCU is now #3.  Please see note above for opinion on this shootout.
  • Baylor – Beats #15 Oklahoma 48-14 (@Oklahoma). Oklahoma is now #20
  • Baylor – Beats #9 Kansas State 42-20 (@Home) Kansas State is now #9

Baylor has 3 wins against currently ranked opponents (#3, #9, #20) Their most dominant win versus a ranked opponent is beating #20 Oklahoma 48-14.

If you take out the Baylor-TCU “shootout” they each have 2 wins versus currently ranked teams.

 Personally, I see Ohio State being the team with the best chance of beating any of the 3 biggies (Alabama, Oregon, and FSU). Who knows?  That’s the beauty of it….

We’ll know the selection in 3.50 hours!

 

 

 

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