In the sports world there are certain things that as writers that call for us to voice our opinions, yet don’t warrant an entire column in their honor. So from this point forward, I’ll be popping in from time to time to let you know what I think about some of the recent happenings in sports. Let’s get started… Continue reading
Tag Archives: New York Knicks
1. Brooklyn Nets (58-24)
Key Additions: Paul Pierce (BOS), Kevin Garnett (BOS), Jason Terry (BOS), Andre Kirilenko (MIN)
Key Losses: Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks
Mikhail Prokhorov probably set the Nets back ten years with his moves this off-season. Prokhorov made the decision to take Pierce, Garnett and Terry off the Celtics hands, and as a result, the Nets will be expected to pay an estimated $82 million in luxury taxes. But that’s the future.For now, the Nets have given themselves about a two year window. They’re either going to win an NBA championship (which I highly doubt)– or we’ll look back on this trade as one of the worst personnel moves in NBA history. You have to admire the dude’s balls though.
As far as the roster is concerned, the Nets are stacked. Deron Williams will play most of the team’s minutes at the point. Joe Johnson will start at the two, with Jason Terry coming in to supply the occasional scoring punch off the bench. Paul Pierce is close to death but he’ll be able to give the Nets some solid minutes. His back up is Andre Kirilenko, who will serve as the team’s best perimeter defender. Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez will start in the front court. The rebound master Reggie Evans will rotate in as well.
Overall, this team has depth. They have a chance to make a run in the playoffs but the biggest key will be injuries. Can Pierce, Garnett and Terry make it through an entire season without withering away into a pile of decomposing human dust? It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. For the Net’s sake, hopefully it’s not this season.
by Ryan Meehan
While not as glamorous as those in the Western Conference, the Eastern Conference Semis still have some great storylines that are full of wholesome family entertainment. And since it’s my job to take such entertainment and turn it into what essentially amounts to material that’s unsafe for your work computer, let’s take a look at what you can expect to see in the second round.
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls
What happened last round:
Proving once again my theory that sub .500 teams should never make the playoffs in any sport, the Miami Heat wiped the Milwaukee Bucks off the face of the earth. I don’t have nearly enough euphemisms to describe what happened in that round, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to give it a shot. Basically LeBron James heard that Brandon Jennings predicted the Bucks to win in six games, and after he stopped laughing he realized something had to be done about that. So James showed up at Jennings’ farm in the middle of the night, opened the barn door, and then it got really quiet for a few seconds. After that, the clucking started and what happened next was one of the most grisly displays of chicken sexploitation in American history. As my buddy DJ KFC would say “That shit was mad fowl”. Of course, none of that actually happened but if it did would it have been any less embarrassing than the series itself? Not bloody likely, and my version gave you a better visual didn’t it? Don’t you just hate it when somebody ends three sentences in a row with question marks?
With the 2013 NBA season winding down, I’ve decided to give out my regular season awards and nominations. This year was pretty standard as far as NBA seasons go. Like every year, you had your great teams, your bad teams… and your Charlotte Bobcats. You had your good players, your scrubs… and Luke Walton.
But why only give awards to the “best” players? Why not give players awards for being a scrub, having stupid hair or acting like a knuckle-head? That is exactly what this article will set out to do. Disagree with me? Think I’m an idiot? Comment below to state your case.
(Jeremy Lin picture via www.usatoday.com )
The choice has been made by the New York Knicks and Jeremy Lin is the newest member of the Houston Rockets. But was this the correct move for the Knicks? What does this mean for the future of the Houston Rockets?
In New York, it was thought that the signing of veteran point guard Jason Kidd meant that the Knicks were bringing in a veteran presence to mentor Lin. After all, the Knicks said they would match any offer that was made to Lin by any team. Maybe they thought that this declaration would be one that would keep teams away from him. Well, there was one team that wanted Lin and wanted him at any cost. The Houston Rockets stepped in and offered him a three-year, twenty-five million dollar deal. On the surface, that would seem like a deal that the Knicks would match, but as you look into the meat of the deal, the Rockets made it pretty hard for that to happen. The third year of the deal that the Rockets offered Lin had a price tag of $15 million. If New York would have matched that, then they would have had Lin, center Tyson Chandler, forward Amar’e Stoudemire and forward Carmelo Anthony all signed to huge contracts in the third year of Lin’s deal. And that would have crippled that team and made it almost impossible to build a team around them. The Knicks made the smart move for a change and let Lin walk. And in addition to that, they brought back former Knick point guard Raymond Felton on a three-year, ten million dollar deal. These point guards may not bring the level of excitement that Lin did, but both are professional and are more proven point guards than Lin is at this point.
(Kevin McHale picture via www.blog.chron.com )
Whenever I used to get mad at anything back in the day I used to turn on A Tribe Called Quest’s 8 million stories.
It was a song off of their Midnight Marauders album that was the antithesis of a bad day.
Why am I telling you this? Because after Amare Stoudamire decided to kill his season and the Knicks slim playoff chances I needed a breather and this song was this the first thing I thought about.
Naturally I wondered what would happen if Amare was Phife Dog on this song.
Well, here’s what came out of those thoughts:
Went to NY to get a new deal
Dolan opened up gave me $100 mil
Openly said that the Knicks was back
Fresh blue suit with a matching hat
Hated D’antoni out in Phoenix
Now I’m the man I’m the cleanest
New York had to drop David Lee
What they don’t his game is just like me
Went to Melos wedding back in August
Told him roll here and we’d all fit
Yeah to score both of us would need the ball
And we can’t play D but no prob at all
Started ballin out fans shouting MVP
Yet couldn’t rebound or even play d
Droppin 25 a night NY lovin me
Around January up there goes my knees
Finally the Knicks bring Melo back home
Should’ve known then that trouble would soon be on
He like ISO me I like to run the floor
And in half court i probably shouldn’t play at all
Everytime I saw the paint I had to peel out
When the playoffs came around I had to deal out
Shots started droppin low like my scoring
Couldn’t play a good game against Boston
All these problems that I’m havin and I cant correct them
And to top it off the league is locked out kid
(side note if you ever have a bad day A Tribe Called Quests 8 million stories is the best song to listen to. It covers every single bad part of everyone’s day. When I lived in Maryland this song was on repeat weekly. Yeah, I’ll never get over my hatred of Maryland.)
The lockout is over less stress see
Chris is now ballin with LAC
we need a point guard since we dumped Chauncey
Can baron be the man unlikely
Mike and Melo really ain’t workin
Here comes Linsanity now I’m really hurtin
Once Melo left I thought my game was on
Instead Tyson Chandler had it goin on
Can’t get a shot with Melo or J Lin
Back sat me down now they ballin
Woodson took over talkin bout defense
Moved Melo to the four now they intense
Came back now here are down 2-0
So frustrating make me wanna hit the door
See this piece plastic taking out my frustration
Damn, here come the ambulance racing
It didn’t seem possible that things could get worse for the Knicks after their game 2 loss to the Miami Heat. Then Amare Stoudemire went all Metta World Peace on the glass casing of a fire extinguisher. STAT is reportedly “almost certain” to be out for game 3 at Madison Square Garden. Amazingly, things have gotten worse for the Knicks.
Or have they?
On paper, the Knicks missing their $100 million power forward is bad. On paper, inserting Jarred Jeffries into the starting lineup or sliding Carmelo Anthony up to play the 4 is not ideal. On paper, Amare Stoudemire’s injury would signal the end for the New York Knicks’ already slim to none odds of winning the series.
In reality though, Amare Stoudemire’s injury could be just the freak incident to jump-start the Knicks. Continue reading
I had the opportunity to speak with New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith on Wednesday after the team played under new head coach Mike Woodson after Mike D’Antoni’s departure. Among the things I learned was the sense of pride Smith has in coming off the bench. “I like coming off the bench. We have a great core of guys coming off the bench. Coming off the bench you are in a real unique postion because we know what are starters are going to do.” See more of what J.R. Smith had to say in the video below.
When the New York Knicks signed J.R. Smith on Friday, February 17, 2012, as a free agent after he played for Zhejiang of the Chinese Basketball League during the NBA Lockout, I immediately said it was a bad move for the team. Even though many other media members covering the Knicks and fans of the team disagreed with me, I wrote a story about it on the Razz and Jazz Sports Blog on Wednesday, February 20, 2012. (http://razzandjazzsports.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/the-good-and-bad-of-j-r-smith/)
In the 10 games since the Knicks signed Smith, who began the season as a career .428 shooter, including .371 from three-point range. the team is 3-7. He has yet to shoot above 50% in any of those 10 games, and is 33-89 (37%), including 12-42 (29%) from three, on 8.9 shots per game, for 9.2 points per game. Add to this his sulking on the bench, not entering the huddle in the second half of a 119-114 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, and his poor decision to send a picture of a bottomless model named Tahiry on Twitter the same day, which earned him a $25,000 fine from the NBA, and the reasons I was against the trade have surfaced quickly. Continue reading