Seth Rosenthal from PostingandToasting.com join us on todays show. Possible rotations now that Amare is out longer than expected, players that will make the biggest leap/regression, game 1 and 2 predictions, reactions to the James Harden trade and more. Download Episode 151
Miami Heat – The defending champs replaced Ronny Turiaf and Eddy Curry with Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and Josh Harrellson. The rich got richer this offseason. All Ray Allen, arguably the best 3 point shooter of all time, has to do is hit wide open 3′s off of LeBron and Wade double-teams. Unless Wade breaks down (I won’t even say LeBron as I’m not sure he’s human) the Eastern Conference playoffs start with a finals rematch against Boston.
Jeff Green is back
Boston Celtics – Boston replaced Ray Allen with Courtney Lee and Jason Terry. They got rid of a bunch of players who weren’t contributing much (Marquis Daniels, Ryan Holins, Jermaine O’Neal and Greg Stiemsma)and replaced them with Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins, Jared Sullinger and Darko Milicic. Jeff Green is also healthy this season which will enable Boston to rest Paul Pierce more than last year. They are still going to be a great defensive team, but now have scoring options at every position. When Avery Bradley comes back, this team is super deep and clearly the #1 threat to dethrone Miami in the east. Continue reading
Chris Copeland is officially a Knick. Lets face it with Amare out until who knows when, Camby still out, Rasheed never in and Chandler banged up it would have been insane for Chris not to make the roster. With Kurt Thomas and Tyson Chandler as our only bigs who will allegedly be healthy for game one it looks like we’ll get to see what Chris can do in games that matter early in the season. Hopefully this feel-good story continues once the season starts.
OK we all knew he wasn’t going to play 82 games, but after missing 3 out of 4 preseason games Amare is now out for 2-3 weeks with a ruptured popliteal cyst behind his left knee. Yes it’s the knee he had micro-fracture surgery on. It’s not serious, but he won’t be ready for the beginning of the season.
So will Woodson do what everyone hopes and move Melo to the 4 until Amare comes back or will we see Kurt Thomas and Chris Copeland man the 4? And how many more injuries before this officially becomes the worst contract in the NBA?
- Toronto for 3….Swish. Knicks for 3….Brick. Toronto for 3…Swish. Knicks for 3….Brick.
- Prigioni to STAT looks very promising.
- Kyle Lowry was acquired for a draft pick. Kyle Lowry is also excellent. If the Knicks ever saved a draft pick we could have gotten in on that.
- White and Copeland can play D.
- Amar’e still can’t.
- I’m really happy I drafted Bargnani
- When Melo is off no one picked up the scoring load. This could be a recurring problem throughout the season.
- Not that Toronto is going to be great, but there are zero BAD teams in the Atlantic division for the first time since I can remember.
- Someone other than Chandler needs to crash the boards.
We go over the first two preseason games, talk about the new 90 second pre-game rule, make fun of ESPN for already having a LeBron to the Lakers article and do a top 10 next LeBron stories, talk about a few of the Knicks injury problems and then do live coverage of our fantasy league draft. Lots of trash talking ensues. Download Episode 149
As ESPN is obsessed with everything Lebron and obviously has some kind of weird crush on him, here are some other future ESPN Lebron articles to look forward to:
1- “Will Lebron eat a turkey or roast beef sandwich for lunch today?”
2- “In depth analysis on what year Lebron will enter the Hall of Fame”
3- “Is Lebron better than Jesus?”
4- “Would Michael Jordan trade all his rings to be as good as Lebron?”
5- “Why everyone in the NBA is the blame for the fact that Lebron does not already have 8 titles”
6- “Where will LeBron sign in 2019?”
7- “Breaking down LeBrons DVR que”
8- “LeBron buys new fake glasses”
9- “If LeBron went back in time to 1992 would the dream team be able to beat him?”
10- “Should the NBA logo be replaced by LeBrons image?”
Sometimes I just don’t get what the NBA is thinking. There is a new 90-second pre-game rule, which gives players 90 seconds to return to the court after introductions. The NBA says it’s to speed up the games. They are going to ignore all of the fouls that could be no-calls resulting in free throws that slow down the game. They’re also going to ignore how long it takes for free throws to be taken. Can’t do away with TV times outs either. So now we’ll miss out on awesome pre-game rituals like this
Why is this a problem? Especially the Ellis/Maggette dance. I’d watch an entire half hour of that.
It’s been reported that Ronnie Brewer is close to returning, and my in fact return to practice today. Amar’e is also supposed to return to the starting lineup for Fridays game against the Raptors. Knicks fans may actually get to see the starting lineup in action before the regular season starts. Should we be excited that the Knicks starting lineup may be in tact by Friday or depressed that having all of our starters play in the same game is exciting news?