I’m getting sick of conversations like “If Kobe gets another title he’ll be considered the GOAT (greatest of all time)”, or ‘LeBron isn’t even in the conversation with Kobe until he wins a title”.
Winning titles is great, not that many players get to do it, but it shouldn’t be used as a basis for an argument about who’s better. Please refer to example one if you don’t believe me.
would be considered better than this guy:
I rest my case.
At first I thought the Celtics were being sneaky by not playing Shaq, ready to unleash him at full strengh for the playoffs. Now I’m not so sure. Not seeing him for the final few games makes me think he’s not going to be ready for round 1 vs. the Knicks. This is excellent news since we have one of the smallest teams around. It looks like we’ll only have to deal with Krstic and Jermaine O’Neal’s corpse, and maybe some Big Baby at the center position. If Shaq comes back that throws a wrench into things a little bit. We’d be severely undersized.
If only we had some bigger bodies on the team….If only there were some 7 footers out there for real cheap. Someone that could give Amare a rest for ten minutes a game. Someone like Darko Milicic, Anthony Randolph, Earl Barron, Jordan Hill….how do these other teams keep finding cheap big men? Beats me.
Corey Brewer played 30 minutes tonight in the Mavericks victory over the Clippers. He had 20 points, 6 rebounds (including 5 offensive rebounds), 4 assists, 4 steals and left me with a broken heart. The dude can flat out play.
“He was incredible,” big man Tyson Chandler said. “I love to see that effort. He was everywhere, and that’s exactly what we need. Those are game-changing plays — stealing inbounds, making deflections, even little things that didn’t show up on the stat sheet. When we have guys playing like that, I think it’s really contagious.”
Oh and the Knicks beat a D-league team tonight.
There is speculation that Amare, Carmelo and Chauncey may get some rest now that the Knicks are set for the playoffs. I am on my knees begging D’Antoni to rest these guys because without some rest we stand no chance in the first round. It would also be a whole lot of fun to actually watch Andy Rautins, Derrick Brown and the rest of the bench actually getting serious minutes (I am pretty sure D’Antoni could not identify half his bench in a police lineup).
The Knicks crushed the Raptors tonight. Though they won by only 13 it never felt that close. The Knicks did not play a ton of defense but they scored a lot of points and just kept hitting shots. Everyone shot well and the Knicks ultimate key, Toney Douglas had a streak of fire trailing him all night. Based on how the Knicks are playing, here are their keys for winning in the playoffs:
- Shoot above 50% from 3 point land. The Knicks seem unbeatable when they are on from downtown (of course, what team wouldn’t be).
- Have a plan for winning when you shoot under 50% from downtown (it seems obvious but it is very worth stating).
- Convince the other team to agree to some weird neither team plays defense pact.
- Pass the ball, get everyone involved, play the same way your coach instructed you to do in junior high.
- Get Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams involved in the game (similarly, buy Jared Jeffries an all-expenses paid vacation to Hawaii that happens to coincide with the playoffs).
- Reduce Amare and Carmelo’s minutes to under 25 minutes a night for rest of the regular season as it is quite obvious that D’Antoni will up their minutes 49 a night in the playoffs.
- Borrow Mozgov from the Nuggets for the playoffs, it is not like they are even using him.
Oh, and hats off too DeMar Derozan who had 36 points tonight which would be his second highest scoring night of the season…can you say KNICKS EFFECT!!!
Download Episode 52 – A great interview with David Dwork, Miami Heat blogger for The Peninsula is Mightier.