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An Early Assessment of the NY Knicks

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 8, 2014

It’s a new season and this Knicks fan has a realistic assessment of the team.   So far, there’s not a lot to be excited about and, as far as “the triangle” offense… well, we’ll see.knicks-logo-png

Who are the Knicks?

  • Carmelo Anthony – Great scorer. Future Hall-of-Famer.  Not a particularly good team player. Does not make the players around him better ala Lebron James.  The Knicks need 25+ points from him every night with him shooting 45% and higher.  The other team needs to drawn to him on defense so other Knicks have a little bit of an easier time on offense.
  • Iman Shumpert – Good defensive player. Good athlete. Weak offensively.  He’s hit a few 3 pointers early this year which may be a problem.  If he starts thinking he’s a shooter, that will be a problem for the team.  The best thing he can do is (a) play tough defense and (b) on offense, drive hard to the basket. (That’s like when Charles Oakley was on the Knicks. If he hit his first ‘J’, he would think he was a scorer and take way too many shots.)
  • Jose Calderon – He’s so important to the team. If he can distribute the ball and be opportunistic with his scoring, he will be incredibly valuable to the team.  If he can produce, 10 points and 5 assists with minimal turnovers, that would be great.
  • J.R. Smith – If he can give the Knicks a shot of “instant offense”, and minimize his “stupidity”, he can be an important contributor.  It’s hard to count on someone who is so erratic with his play and behavior.
  • Amar’e Stoudamire – Needs to stay healthy.  If the Knicks can get 15-20 minute from him, it would be great for their offense.  He is a liability on the defensive side of the court.  The Knicks, in general, are not a great defensive team.
  • Jason Smith – The find! He’s been the best new addition to the team.  Has been a solid contributor and proven he can hit a jumper.  He should get more time on the court.  On offense, the Knicks can have him draw the other team’s big man away from the basket, which should open the lane for everyone else.
  • Shane Larkin – He can be a good backup PG.   He’s quick, pesky, and has quick hands.  He can be counted on for a steal or two per game.   I really like him in a backup, situational role where he is not counted on for offense.  He brings energy to the court.
  • Quincy Acy – Reminds me of the old-time Knicks. He can get in there play some ‘D’ and grab some boards.
  • Andrea Bargnani –  I don’t know what to think about Bargnani.  He can put it in the hoop but I don’t believe, if the Knicks turn out being a good team, he should be on the floor for more than 10 minutes.  What’s his role?  Bring him in to energize the team when they are “flat”?

That’s enough.

We have yet to really see the 2014-2015 NY Knicks.  We need to reserve judgement until Calderon gets back, and they have a real, experienced PG on the floor.

I’m a little scared that if they do not improve within 5-10 games of Calderon’s return, this may be a horribly painful year for the Knicks.

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The Ohio State Basketball and Aaron Craft

Posted by TopOfTheThread on March 9, 2014

#ohiostatebasketball #thadmotta Love Aaron Craft. Great D. Great Leader. Intelligent. No J. Must go to the hoop everytime!

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The best NBA basketball coaches are …

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 22, 2011

My buddy “PC”  made a comment recently about Mark Jackson getting the Golden State coaching  job.  He commented that point guards tend to make good coaches.   They are forced to really know the game and get everyone into the flow of the game.  It made sense but I decided to look for myself.

I looked at the NBA coaches with 300 and more wins. I looked at what position they played in college or professionally. I broke it out by guards, forwards, and centers,  I did not get more specific like point guard, shooting guard, power forward, etc…  There may be errors and I welcome all corrections.

I was not able to identify the appropriate information on all the coaches.

In the chart below, if there is a ‘?’, I simply did not know the answer.  If there is an ‘x’, I believe they did not play college or pro hoops.

  • There are 84 NBA Coaches who have 300 or more wins.
  • 46 of them played guard.  Please note, if someone played both forward and guard, they were counted for both positions.
  • (xx) 27 coaches either (a) did not play basketball, or (b) I could not determine the position he played.
  • 84 coaches minus the 27 (xx above) leaves us with 57 coaches to use in this exercise.

So 46 of the 57 coaches played the guard position in college or professional basketball.

80% of these NBA coaches played guard.  

That’s an amazing statistic; more than I would have expected.

(Note: I am sure the stats on these coaches are incomplete or inaccurate. Even if I’m off by 10%, that’s still pretty amazing.)

Name Position Note
Alvin Gentry^ ?
Bob Hill ? Bowling Green State University
Del Harris ? Milligan College
Gregg Popovich^ ? Air Force Academy
Jim O’Brien ? St Josephs
John MacLeod ? Bellarmine University
Lester Harrison ? Rochester Royals
Bill Russell Center
Hubie Brown Center Rochester Colonels
Joe Lapchick Center
Wes Unseld Center
Don Nelson^ Forward
Paul Silas^ Forward
Phil Jackson*^ Forward
Rudy Tomjanovich Forward
Alex Hannum* Forward-Center
Fred Schaus Forward-Center
Tom Heinsohn Forward-Center
Al Attles Guard
Al Cervi Guard
Bernie Bickerstaff Guard Univ Rio Grande
Bill Sharman* Guard
Billy Cunningham Guard
Bob Weiss Guard
Bobby Leonard Guard
Byron Scott^ Guard
Chris Ford Guard
Dick McGuire Guard
Doc Rivers^ Guard
Don Chaney Guard
Eddie Jordan Guard
Flip Saunders^ Guard
Gene Shue Guard
George Karl^ Guard
Isiah Thomas Guard Point
Jack McMahon Guard
Jerry Sloan* Guard
John Lucas Guard
K. C. Jones Guard
Kevin Loughery Guard
Larry Brown* Guard
Larry Costello Guard
Lenny Wilkens* Guard
Matt Guokas Guard
Maurice Cheeks Guard
Mike Brown^ Guard College Basketball Univ San Diego
Mike D’Antoni^ Guard
Mike Dunleavy Guard
Paul Seymour Guard
Paul Westphal^ Guard
Red Auerbach* Guard HS
Red Holzman* Guard
Richie Guerin Guard
Rick Adelman^ Guard
Rick Carlisle^ Guard
Rick Pitino Guard
Scott Skiles^ Guard
Mike Woodson Guard – Forward
Nate McMillan^ Guard – Forward
Allan Bristow Guard – Forward
Butch van Breda Kolff Guard – Forward
Doug Collins^ Guard – Forward
Doug Moe Guard – Forward
Pat Riley* Guard – Forward
Bill Fitch x
Brian Hill x
Chuck Daly* x
Cotton Fitzsimmons x
Dick Motta x
Edward Gottlieb x
Frank Layden x
Garry St. Jean x
Jack Ramsay* x
Jeff Van Gundy x
Jim Lynam x
John Kundla* x
Lawrence Frank x
Mike Fratello x college football
P. J. Carlesimo x
Paul Westhead x
Phil Johnson x
Stan Albeck x
Stan Van Gundy^ x
Tom Nissalke x

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Hey Lebron: Do you REALLY believe it’s your color…

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 2, 2010

… or are you, in retrospect, simply so embarrassed how you handled the transition to the Miami Heat?

Lebron James Blaming Race Color

This week Lebron James played the race card as to the decline in his popularity and criticism on the manner in which he moved to the Miami Heat.

Jason Whitlock penned a great article on Foxsports.com titled “Point the finger at yourself, Lebron“.  From the article:

With his self-aggrandizing, narcissistic one-hour TV exit – The Decision – LeBron James ruined his public image, not racism. LeBron inflicted more damage to his image Wednesday night when he told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that race is a factor in the public backlash against him since The Decision.

Lebron, just between us, do you really believe it’s race? Come on. Really. Tell me. It’s just between you and me.

When I watched the beginning of The Decision, it brought back memories of Rocky’s Apollo Creed coming into the room in an Uncle Sam costume.

I cannot know what it’s like to be a person of color in America. I cannot know what it’s like to be a multi-millionare at age 23.  I cannot know what it feels like to have people kissing my butt since I was a little kid because I was going to be a world class athlete.

I can give you a bit of advice from John Q Public.

People are smarter than you think. Do not underestimate them.  (Example:) Nobody fell for The Decision being a fundraiser for The Boys and Girls Club. We all know it was about you.

You can’t fight the press. And with the number of microphones being stuck in your face, you are bound to make some errors.

Take ownership. Take a step back.  Hire a top public relations firm.  You should worry about playing basketball.

With his self-aggrandizing, narcissistic one-hour TV exit – The Decision – LeBron James ruined his public image, not racism. LeBron inflicted more damage to his image Wednesday night when he told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that race is a factor in the public backlash against him since The Decision.With his self-aggrandizing, narcissistic one-hour TV exit – The Decision – LeBron James ruined his public image, not racism. LeBron inflicted more damage to his image Wednesday night when he told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that race is a factor in the public backlash against him since The Decision.

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Lebron James. His ego? Being mislead by Team James?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 8, 2010

Lebron – you need to surround yourself with different people. Who is guiding you?

This move to ask for an hour on ESPN to announce your decision, shows you in bad light.Lebron James Big Head ego

Don’t pretend it’s for charity. (Yes, we all know the advertising proceeds will go to The Boys And Girls Clubs.That’s nice. You can write a check to the charity for more than they will make tonight.)

Please don’t kid yourself. We all know it’s all about you –  Lebron. It doesn’t sit well with people.

This is not helping your brand. It’s simply showing your ego and how “Team James” is misguiding you. A simple press conference would have been appropriate.

People rise and fall quickly. This is not what Michael Jordan would have done it.  Perhaps you should speak with MJ?

Are you starting to believe you really are  King James?

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The News The Knicks Needed To Plant Regarding Lebron James

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 22, 2010

<You need to read the post OK Fess Up Calvin before reading this post. >

IF the Affair of Lebron Jame’s Mom with Delonte West is untrue and just big business trying to manipulate where Lebron James ends up (see post) – this is the news – that team should have released. (For this fairytale, let’s assume Calvin Murphy was paid-off and use the New York Knicks as the culprits.)

The Headline on The Huffington Post would have read:Lebron James Sweepstakes

Calvin Murphy: LeBron James’ Mother ‘Absolutely’ Had Sex With Delonte West,  Devin Harris, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, and Dirk Nowitzki.

Lebron can’t play with anyone who is messing with his mom. Any team that had someone who was with his mom would be immediately eliminated from the Lebron James Sweepstakes.

  • Delonte West gets him to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Devin Harris would eliminate the NJ Nets.
  • Blake Griffin would eliminate the LA Clippers.
  • Derrick Rose would eliminate the Chicago Bulls.
  • Michael Beasley would eliminate the Miami Heat.
  • Dirk Nowitzki would eliminate the Dallas Mavericks.

And that leaves the NY Knicks.

Guys – If you are going to do it, do it right!

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Is Tim Tebow the Tyler Hansbrough of football?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 2, 2010

Here’s a thought … (we did watch the Tebow cam)

Is Tim Tebow the Tyler Hansbrough of football?

  • Both had exceptional collegiate careers.
  • Both won NCAA Championships.
  • Both won the top collegiate individual awards (player of the year and Heisman Trophy)
  • Both are hard-working, good citizens.
  • Both will have difficult times in their professional sports (NFL, NBA). Hansbrough may actually have a better chance of making a “good length” career in the NBA than Tebow  in the NFL.

Congratulations to Tim Tebow on a great collegiate career. Please be open-minded in the NFL.  You may need to be a part-time hybrid quarterback and receiver.  Get in the league and show your value. All the cards will then fall into place. We wish you the best.

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LSU’s Best and Most Dominant Athlete

Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 30, 2008

A few months ago I was chatting with a junior business student at LSU on the phone. I asked him LSU Tigers Basketball Pete Maravichwho was the best athlete of all time at LSU. I told him not to say Shaquille O’Neill. Not Bob Pettit. Not Kevin Faulk.  Not Jamarcus Russell. He didn’t answer.

I asked the student, who is your gym named after?

The best, most dominant athlete to play at LSU was “Pistol: Pete Maravich. He dominated collegiate basketball like no one else. He has the record of averaging 44 points per game for his career (3 years. Back then freshmen were not allowed on varsity teams.) He was a show-man and flashy. He changed the game.

Many of his scoring records will never be broken.

Here are just a sampling of some of this collegiate records:

  • Holds NCAA career record for highest points per game average (44.2 ppg)
  • Led the NCAA Division I in scoring with 43.8 ppg (1968); 44.2 (1969) and 44.5 ppg (1970)
  • Averaged 43.6 ppg on the LSU freshman team (1967)
  • Three-time AP and UPI First-Team All-America (1968, 1969, 1970)

He was unbelievable. Take a look at this video.

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NBA Basketball – Proposed Rule Change

Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 7, 2008

It’s great watching a team come back during the the 4th quarter of an NBA game. Exciting. That’s 3 point jump shot NBAwhat sports is all about.

If a player gets fouled during the act of shooting, and the shot is good, he has the opportunity to take a free throw and make a three-point play. He has the opportunity of increasing the point total of the play by 50% (Increasing from 2 to 3 points).

If a player if fouled when shooting a “three pointer”, and the shot is good, he has the opportunity to take a free throw and make a four-point play.

To keep games exciting in the fourth quarter, here is a new NBA rule proposal:

  • During the final 4 minutes of the fourth quarter, and for the final 4 minutes of all subsequent overtime periods, a player successfully hitting a “three pointer” while being  fouled in the act of shooting, will get 2 free throws. (The player, will in affect, have the opportunity of a five-point play.)

This would allow more teams to comeback late in games and add to the excitement for the fans. The NBA (and advertisers) will also benefit because more fans will watch games later into the games because of the potential of an exciting comeback.

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The Year the NY Knicks Could Die… The 2010-2011 NBA Season

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 2, 2008

Let’s face it. The NY Knicks are a horrible sports product. Bad team. Bad management (that is hopefully getting better now that Isiah Thomas is gone). The only reason they have any revenue is because of (1) corporate sales, and (2) convenience of the location of Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.king lebron james nba star on the knicks

In recent years the team has not improved. There is no indication this coming year will be any better.
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The Knick goal for the next few seasons should be the following:

  • Clear Salary Cap Room.
  • Clear More Salary Cap Room.
  • Get a few solid young players.
  • SIGN LEBRON JAMES!

When Lebron James becomes a free agent after the 2010 season, the Knicks must sign him. Hopefully, they will have collected a solid group of role players to support him. This will make the Knicks franchise on the rise. Lebron will give us a winning team and he will be largest star in NY. NY should be his the top choice on his list of franchises. Imagine all the opportunities he would have!

But… the rumors are that the NJ Nets (Brooklyn Nets?) may get Lebron James when he becomes a free agent.
If the Nets get Lebron James and have decent mass transit to their new Brooklyn arena, say good-bye to the Knicks. The Nets will become New York’s team. And Lebron will still have many of the same opportunities he would have playing for the Knicks.

So… Hopefully, the Knicks are already working on the strategy on how to sign King Lebron James! They need to do whatever it takes!

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