We interview Seth Rosenthal from http://www.postingandtoasting.com on today’s show. We talk everything Knicks, the good years, the bad, and whatever you’d call the current year. Enjoy. Download Episode 116
Well we lost to the Raptors but got to play the terrible Pistons the next night. Jason Smith tries to murder Blake Griffin. JR Smith is only good when the Knicks are up by 20. Looking towards the Bucks game on Monday. Lazy frauds. Amar’e hurts his back again. Download Episode 115
D is for Detroit who has a terrible team. A team so terrible the Knicks were able to play mediocre on both end of the floor and still win by 20.
E is for enthusiastic, which is how I feel about Harrellson’s play as well as the handlebar mustache he is growing in.
T is for Tyson Chandler who was a beast all game.
This is a photo of the Knicks shot selection tonight:
The Knicks had a chance to close the gap on the 76ers tonight, playing the terrible Raptors. They had a multi-faceted strategy:
- Turn the ball over every other possession
- Miss at least 10 layups and/or dunks
- Miss as many shots as possible
- Don’t tire yourself out contesting any Raptors driving to the basket
- J.R. Smith should shoot constantly no matter how contested or how far from the net he is
- Keep Jorts on the bench even though Jeffries is injured
- Throw the ball into the stands at least once a quarter
- Make sure no one is boxed out, someone might accidentally get a rebound if that happens
This strategy did not work.
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
Carmelo Anthony said that since Mike Woodson took over he’s had focus and energy he hasn’t had all season. It’s not like this is game 5 of the season. It’s game 45 and he finally decides to try on defense. What a guy! It’s good to know that our 18 million dollar a year man decided to start trying. Now it would be nice if he could remember how to shoot again too.
What pisses me off the most is that the Knicks have a much better chance of getting out of the first round if we finish the season as the 6th seed and play the Magic instead of the Heat or Bulls. We have 19 games to make up 3. That’s doesn’t leave much room for error. I can’t help but think if Melo graced us with some effort a few games earlier our road to the 6th seed would be much easier. And if the plan was to get D’Antoni fired don’t half-ass it, just completely tank and let management make a decision 20 games ago.
Don’t get me wrong, we’re on a 5 game winning streak and everything seems great now, but if this is the kind of personality we’re dealing with who knows when he’s going to lose his motivation again. He had 18 million reasons not to the first few months of the season and that didn’t seem to work.
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