The Knicks played two very winnable games against the Indiana Pacers and showed everyone the team we all thought we were getting at the beginning of the season. Faried vs Shumpert, Fisher vs being homeless, Woodsons performance for the rest of the season vs chances of keeping his job for another season. Download Episode 113
For the weeks leading up to the trade deadline all anyone would talk about is where Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo were going. Well none of them got moved. There were a bunch of other moves, so lets take a look at them:
The Wizards acquire Nene, Brian Cook, Clippers 2nd round draft pick (via Hornets)
The Nuggets acquire JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf
The Clippers acquire Nick Young
This was the most surprising move of the day for me. In the offseason Nene signed a 4 year, 53 million dollar contract. He also is having a bad season and has been injured constantly, so maybe that made Denver think twice about their franchise center. In other words Denver decided that their 29 year old center who is injury prone should be sold while his value is still high instead of waiting until the injuries kill Amar’es, I mean Nene’s value and the contract is worthless.
McGee makes dumb mistakes. A lot of dumb mistakes. Maybe coach Karl will help with that. I’m guessing Denver really really hopes that’s the case. McGee is also only 24 years old, scores as much as Nene and rebounds and blocks much better. He’s going to get paid this summer, but that contract won’t be as high as Nene’s. Which is good because Lawson and Faried are going to need bigger contracts soon.
Turiaf and McGee also both fit in the $7 trade exception from the Raymond Felton trade (not as upset about losing him after seeing what a fat mess he’s become in Portland), which means they now have a $13 trade exception.
We’ll see if McGee works well with the rest of the team. It’s a big risk because Denver is a playoff team right now, but it gives them a lot of cap flexibility and potentially a more lethal scorer in the post.
I know Washington didn’t want to move forward with McGee or Young, but it looks like they pretty much gave Young away in this deal. They are also banking on a very high paid and injury prone center. When you have a young team that is very far away from even making the playoffs I don’t know why you roll the dice on an older center. By the time Wall and company are ready to make some noise, Nene is going to be as productive as Dampier or worse. I don’t bet but if I did I would go to the best sports betting sites and put money on Washington really regretting this move in a year or two. Continue reading
The Knicks beat the crap out of the Trailblazers and Mike D’Antonis self esteem. We talk about Mike Woodsons moves during his first game as head coach and debate how appropriate the 4th quater stomping is. We also go over all the trade deadline moves. Download Episode 112
The Knicks are in the middle of a five game losing streak. We take a look at each player on the roster and give our thoughts on how they’ve been playing. Download Episode 111
Oklahoma City Thunder: A+: Having the best record in the league sure silenced the whole ‘Westbrook vs. Durant power struggle’. Reggie Jackson seamlessly filled Eric Maynors shoes after his season ending injury and Harden is making a strong case for 6th man of the year. The only concern in OKC right now is the fact that their starting center, Kendrick Perkins, looks 37 and not 27. With no decent backups this could present a matchup problem in the playoffs should the Thunder run into the Grizzlies or Lakers. Right now though they are enjoying life on the top of the standings.
San Antonio Spurs: A+: Another year, another dominating regular season when everyone thought they were finally finished. They’ve been doing this without Manu Ginobili. Greg Popovich has been rationing the older players minutes which not only makes his players fresh for the playoffs, but also develops the younger talent on the team. He remains one of the best/underrated coaches in the league. It also helps that Tony Parker is having one of the best seasons of his career.
We talk (rant) about the Celtics game, try to figure out what’s wrong with Amar’e and then have our much awaited trivia contest. Listen to see if Aaron wins $50 of Jay’s money! Download Episode 110