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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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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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It’s Super Bowl Sunday…

Posted by TopOfTheThread on February 3, 2013

… and we need to have a quick chat about College Hoops.  I am a New Yorker and love hoops! This post is oriented towards the Knicks and Nets.

After yesterday’s college basketball game between University Of Michigan and Indiana University, I had to look at the 2013 mock NBA daft. (Thank you NBADraft.net).  It was a great game showcasing great college, soon to be pro, talent.

  • Trey Burke. Great Talent.  Plays taller than his 6’0″ size because of his step back jumper.Will he be the next Kyree Irving?  Or Austin Rivers? (Note: I am not giving up on the 6’4″ Rivers. He’s so young with tremendous potential upside, but IMHO, he was overrated coming out of Duke.)
  • Cody Zeller. Great Talent. Great height and I assume he will fill-out since he is only a sophomore. Awesome athleticism for a 7-footer. Nice touch on his shot.  Yesterday’s game was a Zeller Showcase! Forecasted to go to the Cavs? That would be interesting to see him lay with Kyree Irving.

The charts below have Zeller going 3rd and Burke going 21st?  Unless Burke “falls off of a cliff”, there is no way he will be available at 21.  And is he a fit for the Brooklyn Nets?  Drafting on the “best available player” theory, yeah, take him. But the Nets backcourt is strong.  (Full disclosure: I rushed to see a mock draft wondering if there was any way Zeller could end up with the Nets.  Deron Williams + Joe Johnson + Brooke Lopez (healthy) + Cody Zeller?  I know it’s a pipe dream and probably impossible, but that would put them up there with the elite teams in the league.)

2013 NBA Mock Draft

2013 NBA Mock Draft


  • Glen Robinson III. Talented. Just a freshman and probably still growing. Good size. Good body. Good blood-lines.  He disappeared against Indiana, but again, he’s just a freshman.  We’re getting into the pressure-filled part of the season. It will be interesting to see how he progresses.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr.  to the NY Knicks?  Athletic. Good size for a #2.  Does he have the NBA jumper? Great blood-lines.  He’s definitely worth taking a chance at the 25th pick.

Note to the NY Knicks:  If there is a way to trade up to get Trey Burke, do it!  Young athletic point guard.  Have him come in and work alongside Raymond Felton and be under the tutelage of Jason Kidd? What would be better than that?  A No Brainer. 

  • Victor Oladipo.  I do not know what to say about him. He’s a beast! A great athlete. Offense. Defense.  While he may not fit a prototypical NBA role, but he will carve out playing time and will be a major factor in games.  He may be the sleeper of the 2013 NBA draft. (More on Victor below!)

NBA Mock Draft

Before clicking on the image below, take a second to look at the image. The video goes by quickly and you may not appreciate what actually happened.  This ‘miss’ of a dunk, on a bad pass, may be better than any NBA or college dunks this year!

Indiana University Victor Oladipo missed dunk

Click to see video – Indiana University Victor Oladipo missed dunk

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Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) violent assault on James Harden in NBA game (continued)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on April 24, 2012

To continue on the violent act of Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)… (see)

Charge him with assault!  There are precedents for filing charges.

Here are just a few examples of professional athletes previously brought up on charges for events during a “game.”  (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence_in_ice_hockey#On-ice_incidents_resulting_in_charges)

  • 1988 – Dino Ciccarelli hit Leafs defenceman Luke Richardson with his stick. Charged and convicted of assault, he was sentenced to one day in jail and fined $1,000.
  • 1998 – Jesse Boulerice of the Plymouth Whalers was suspended for the rest of the playoffs after violently swinging his stick at Guelph Storm forward Andrew Long. Boulerice was charged with assault as a result of the incident.
  • 2000 – Marty McSorley of the Boston Bruins hit Vancouver Canuck Donald Brashear in the head with his stick in the waning moments of the game… McSorley was convicted of assault with a weapon and given an 18-month conditional discharge.
  • 2004 – After repeated failed attempts at instigating a fight, Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks sucker-punched Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalanche in the back of the head, knocking Moore unconscious…. Bertuzzi was charged by police, and given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm. …

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I am not sure if all the above arrests (or charges) took place in Canada.

The local municipality, where the assault by Metta World Peace took place, should at least consider bringing charges against him. 

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Someone is going to die in the name of professional sports. (Metta World Peace)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on April 23, 2012

What is it going to take? Someone is going to die in the name of professional sports.  Did you see the elbow Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) threw at James Harden! He could have killed him!

There was a movie many years ago, called The Deadliest Season.  In that movie a hockey player killed another player…. Here’s a summary:

Gerry Miller, a professional hockey player, gives in to internal and outside pressures and adopts a more aggressive style on the ice. During one particularly violent game a player on an opposing team dies, and the authorities charge Miller with manslaughter.

 And the viciousness of today’s sports are putting us right on the cusp of a death occurring during a sporting event.

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Suspend Mr. Peace (ironic huh?) for the remainder of 20112 – 2012 season and the entire 2012 -2013 NBA season.  

File assault charges against Metta World Peace.

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 Here are some violent sports videos.

(a)     Yesterday: Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) assaulting James Harden during an NBA game.
(b)    1977: Kermit Washington hitting Rudy T during an NBA game.
(c)     Dale Hunter hitting Pierre Turgeon during an NHL game.

(a)  and (c) are very similar in that they were both after a score and the other person had no way of knowing they were about to be the target of an assault.   Please take a look at the videos below.

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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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OK. Fess Up Calvin (Murphy – regarding Lebron James)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 22, 2010

Professional Sports is big business. And we now have the biggest player in team sports, Lebron James,  potentially becoming a free agent.

After the dirty stories in Washington DC, Congress, lobbyists, Wall Street, etc… and even our local school board Lebron James Calvin Murphy Sex Mom delonte joneselection, I have become a pessimist and believe people will do anything to get to their goals.

Lebron James may become a free agent.  AT LEAST financially, the Cleveland Cavaliers have an advantage because of the Larry Bird Rule. (Please correct me if I am wrong. Thx).  The first hurdle, for teams other than the Cavs, to getting James is to make sure he wants to leave Cleveland.

Go after his mother? How underhandedly brilliant!

Whether it’s true of not, getting a story to circulate  that James’ mother had sex with a teammate? Someone out there is being very aggressive… you know who you are…

So Calvin – FESS UP – Who paid you?  NY Knicks?  LA Clippers? NJ Nets? Chicago Bulls? Miami Heat?  Dallas Mavericks? Come on. We know. We know you may have been paid indirectly… Tell us… Just between us…

Regardless of the culprits, the NY Knicks,  LA Clippers NJ Nets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and the  Dallas Mavericks are the winners (or beneficiaries) of this rumor. The green flag has dropped, go for it!

Who will win the Lebron James Sweepstakes – and how far will they go?

—> See The News The Knicks Needed to Plant…

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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.

(photo gatortailgating.com)

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