Episode 140: Olympics, Howard and East Predictions

We talk about the Olympics, the Dwight Howard trade, make our predictions for the eastern conference and answer listener questions.  Download Episode 140

Episode 114: Focus and Effort

The Knicks are on a five game winning streak which not only coincides with D’Antoni getting fired, it coincides with Carmelo Anthony trying! The Knicks beat Toronto and Philly. Ten things to worry about for the rest of the season. Some other news around the league, Fisher and Turiaf getting signed, Odom retiring and not telling anyone, and the battle for the last two playoffs spots in the east.  Download Episode 114

Episode 113: Mike Woodson: Greatest Coach of All Time

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

Episode 108: All Star game and Knicks Mid-Season Grades

We announce our contest winner, do the top 5 ways to make the all star game better, Jeremy Lin ice cream, read some listener emails and give the entire Knicks roster mid-season grades.  Download Episode 108

Episode 86: Top Free Agents

We gear up for the upcoming season that is actually happening by talking about Boston possibly trading Rondo, the Chris Paul to NY rumors, half of the Nuggets stuck in China, a listener email, we rank the top 10 white guys in the league, and we guess where the top 15 free agents are going to end up.  Download Episode 86

Episode 84: Denial

We talk about opening week of the 2011/12 season and all the crazy things that have happened.  We also go over the Knicks first 3 games of the season and what to look forward to in the season that is clearing happening.  Download Episode 84

Episode 83: 2nd Annual Fantasy Draft

We do a live commentary during our 2nd annual NBA fantasy draft.  This time Marc and Jay each have a team.  Download Episode 83

Episode 82: Screwed

The first two weeks of the NBA season have been cancelled and maybe more.  We talk about the lockout and list all of the people who are getting screwed.  We do some role play and play the parts of Billy Hunter and David Stern.  We complain about the Knicks never having a real center.  We talk about NBA 2K12.  Enjoy.  Download Episode 82

Episode 81: Updates

We’re on the brink of losing some games.  The owners are demanding a 50/50 split of BRI and the union says no.  On the positive side the lockout is stopping Kim Kardashian from reproducing.  We are making more money than Tony Parker.  What’s going to happen to our fantasy league.  An NBA 2K12 update.  Download Episode 81

My Thoughts on the NBA’s Hard Cap Issue

I just read a lockout article in support of the players.  I have to say the author, Howard Bryant must be Kobe’s brother because the arguments made here are completely irrational.

In summary, he’s saying that there is parity in the NBA.  The owners argue that there isn’t enough parity and that they want to base their model more like the NFL’s where there is.  The author says the NFL does not have parity.  He bases his argument on stats like this “In the NFL, the league of the vaunted hard salary cap and far less guaranteed money for its players, 20 of the 44 teams in the NFC of AFC title games came from top-10 TV markets”  OK, so 31% of the teams played in 45% of the title games.  I think that’s pretty even considering some teams get ravaged by injuries or bad management every year.

To say the NBA has parity is ridiculous.  3 teams from the west have made the finals since 1999.  12 years.  3 teams.  Sounds pretty lopsided to me.  In the east there have been a number of teams that made the finals, but every year there are about 4 good teams and 11 horrible ones.  Yes the Knicks have one of the highest salaries and haven’t done anything, but that doesn’t mean having no cap is a good system.  In poker if you start each hand with pocket aces you might not win every hand but you definitely start off with an advantage.  If you have good ownership, having the highest salary is a huge advantage.  (see Lakers and Yankees).  Those two teams don’t win every year but they’ve made the finals a hell of a lot more than any other team in their respective sports.

I’m all for a hard cap.  It’s boring if the same teams are in it every year.  Why not just contract the league to 8 teams if the others aren’t going to have a chance at being competitive?  And yes I’m aware that Oklahoma City is a very small market and are doing alright for themselves, but last I checked there is still only one Kevin Durant, so not every small market team is going to be able to draft him to become relevant.