New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
February 6, 2017
Lakers 121, Knicks 107
So after dealing with this one big crap of a Knicks season, it didn’t seem possible for the team to look any worse. They couldn’t possibly look any worse than they have, right?
The Knicks players, coaching staff, and front office should all be ashamed of themselves for the garbage that was on the floor against the Lakers, who by the way, had lost twelve straight on the road before Monday night. Twelve. There are so many things wrong with this team that I don’t even know where to start. Defense, rebounding, basically anything that has to do with effort, this team is bad at. They continue to look disinterested and unmotivated, and they’ve officially become unwatchable.
Carmelo Anthony needs to waive his no trade clause yesterday, because he’s going to go nowhere with this team. He scored 26 points in this one to lead the Knicks, with nobody else really bringing anything all that special to the table. Oh, and Derrick Rose was back, and he definitely looked like a guy who hadn’t played in over a week. He stunk up the joint. Also, Kristaps Porzingis needs to sit if he’s hurt, because all he is doing is giving himself a bigger chance of getting seriously injured. His shot is off, he couldn’t defend a fourth grader, he just doesn’t look like himself. There’s a conversation that needs to be had with him, and it needs to be done sooner rather than later. I know he wants to play, why wouldn’t he, but he’s only hurting the team with his current play. We all know he is better than what he is showing.
If the problem with this team is effort, than that starts with the coach. This is the first time all year I have thought Jeff Hornacek has looked overwhelmed, and I think he really doesn’t know what to do anymore. This team has a lot of moves to make at the trade deadline, and the trading block should have guys like Melo and Rose at the forefront.
Nobody but Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez should be untouchable. THINGS NEED TO CHANGE. NOW.
Sorry for the rant. If you want actual analysis on the game, here it is. The Knicks STUNK.
New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers
Game 24: December 11, 2016
Knicks 118, Lakers 112
Game two of the five game road trip of death took the Knicks to Hollywood for a Sunday night matchup with the Lakers at Staples Center. The Knicks had a number of opportunities to blow this game wide open, but couldn’t hold the Lakers down long enough to pull away. New York hung on and defeated the Lakers 118-112. Derrick Rose was back in the starting lineup after missing the past two games with a back injury and he came out of the gates on fire, hitting his first 8 shots from the field and finishing the game with 25 points. Kristaps Porzingis snapped out of his shooting funk and led the Knicks with 26 points on 8-15 shooting, along with 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. Brandon Jennings helped seal the game with an incredible fourth quarter, and he chipped in with 19 points and 4 assists. Lou Williams led the Lakers with 24 points off the bench, and Luol Deng, another underperforming 72 million dollar man, had 22 points.
Takeaways from this game
Written by Anish Philip @dak0mish
If Knicks fans are liking what San Antonio has done, we’re going to love what’s in store for our own future.
The Spurs are a model franchise that all teams can look to. Stability, sacrifice, teamwork, consistency, execution, discipline, (enter any other media buzzword). Poppovich is revered and worshipped. TP9 and Manu are both 1st ballot HoF guys along with the best PF of all time.
Spurs under Popovich (16 years straight)
6 title appearances
4 titles (possibly 5 after this year)
The Spurs are everything the Knicks are not. Continue reading
Mike D’Antoni comes back to NY. Can the Knicks put the Lakers further below .500? How many free throws will Dwight miss today? Chris Duhon is starting, that should be fun. Comment below as the game goes.
We talk about the Olympics, the Dwight Howard trade, make our predictions for the eastern conference and answer listener questions. Download Episode 140
Lamar Odom will not be playing any more games this season.
For those of you who haven’t been following this tragic story let me fill you in. Lamar Odom was completely confused and very butthurt that the Lakers would actually have the nerve to try and get the best point guard in the league. He then demanded a trade and was lucky enough to go to the defending champions, the Dallas Mavericks. He then pouted his way to the worst season of his career, took some time off to pout and cook his wife some large meals and came back even worse. Dallas decided it’s not even worth playing him at all anymore so for now on the box score will read Lamar Odom – DNP-SAD.
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.
The Knicks win one to the Nets and lose an ugly one to the Lakers. I know everyone is sick of talking about it but there was a new rumor regarding the Carmelo trade so we have to go over it. Cleveland ruined the game against the Wizards by winning a day before. Earl Barron coming to the Knicks? Download Episode 36