Miscellaneous

Beautiful LeBron Mashup

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_LUnTQHV4c] I know this is a Knicks blog but being a total heat/LeBron hater I had to post this. I know it is a popular video but if you have not seen DJ Steve Porter’s LeBron James Mashup then you have to see it. It is absolutely hilarious. Enjoy.

 

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Hilarous Jeff Van Gundy Commentary on Amare Dunk

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svx6bfDyhxI] I always look back on the Knicks season highlights and this is one of my favorites. After Amare dunks on Miami leading into a timeout, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy have some hilarious commentary while the reply and the badass ESPN outro music is playing.

 

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Iman Shumpert Welcome and Farewell to Donnie Walsh

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A great video by Pavlos Georgiou (Badboypav8) welcoming the new draft picks and bidding farewell to Donnie Walsh.

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James Dolan Should Re-hire Walsh for NOT Getting LeBron James

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     Tonight, Dallas knocked off the Miami Heat 105-95 to win the series in 6 games. In the series, LeBron James was widely criticized in the series for coming up short in games 4 and 5 and he didn’t disappoint in game 6. Yes he had 21 points on an efficient 9-15 night but he wasn’t his dominant self, his body language was horrible and he wasn’t good on defense. He was a -24 in plus/minus margin and he had 6 turnovers. As Dallas knocked off the “Big Three”, “Heatles” whatever you wanna call them, I could not help but think to myself “I’m happy we don’t have LeBron”. Is he widely considered the best player in the NBA? Yes. I do not know what everyone sees. Yes he is athletically superior and a great defender but his offense is inconsistent and he’s given up on his teams in the past. As documented in Adrian Wojnarowski’s great article today, LeBron gave up on the Olympic national team in 2008 and last year on his Cleveland team in the eastern conference finals. His body language and effort suffers greatly when things do not go well, as documented in game 6. If I had to pick a player to build a team around, I would much rather have Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade or Chris Paul. Or I’d love to have Amare and Carmelo Anthony. While Donnie Walsh didn’t get LeBron last summer, which had more to do with Wade recruiting the big 3 not Walsh’s skills, I think he created a better nucleus then the one that Miami has. Does Miami arguably have 2 of the top 5 players in the league? Yes but the Knicks are not far behind and we have room to improve either by acquiring another star or 2-3 good solid role players. Even though LeBron was the Knicks number 1 goal, I think Walsh should be applauded for coming up with a backup plan that may pay bigger dividends then LeBron ever would. Carmelo and Amare have always been known as being thick skinned players. For example, take this years playoffs. Yea we lost 4-0, but much of that had to do with injuries. Amare played at 50% because he cared about the team, he wanted to win. Carmelo rebounded from a terrible game 1 to post a 42 point 17 rebound game 2. We have guys that want to win and they have no history of ever giving up on a team, much less 2 of them. You have to be mentally tough to play in New York. LeBron’s shown that he’s a mental midget. He gets criticized for poor performance and then plays worse. As my Uncle and I discussed tonight, what if this had been Knicks vs Mavs? The Miami media is nowhere close to the New York media in terms of opinionated criticism. I told my Uncle “if this had been New York, LeBron would have jumped off the Hudson Bridge tonight” and my Uncle responded “Too scared, he’d be hiding under the bridge with (chris) Bosh”

Adrian Wojnarowski Article: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-wojnarowski_lebron_james_dwyane_wade_nba_finals_game6_061111

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Nate the Great….

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     Ex Knickerbocker Nate Robinson was arrested early Friday morning for urinating in public outside a New York Barnes and Noble in White Plains. He was released on $100 bail and will have to pay a $50 dollar fine. I’ve always liked Nate, he brings energy and he’s always a fan favorite but he’s always been prone to some dumb moves. Nate’s shenanigans are no new thing to Knicks fans. It was just last season when he fell out of favor with D’Antoni for shooting a shot after the buzzer into our own basket and was then fined 25,000 for having his agent publicly request a trade. He was traded to Boston shortly after and now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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David Stern: Owners and Player “very far apart” on a New Labor Deal.

     Today NBA commissioner David Stern made it very clear that the owners and players are nowhere close to reaching a new labor deal. The key issues being discussed are the length of player contracts, the amount of guaranteed money they are being paid and a hard salary cap. Unlike the NFL lockout where the owners are relentless in their pursuit of money, I believe the NBA owners are correct in this argument. While the current system of luxury taxes is not totally bad, I believe the hard salary cap is the way to go. If this luxury tax system remains there will be like 5 super teams in the league and everyone else will be mediocre. In this era of agents and players deciding to join together and form super teams, the league needs to be evened out. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely hate parity but a big 5 super league with 25 other non super teams would be a terrible game. Clearly teams do not care about paying the luxury tax as long as they can sign the players they want. At the start of last season, 12 teams were above the 69 million dollar cap with 7 of them being at least 10 million into the luxury tax. The cap is the greatest conflict between the clubs and players because it affects everything else. If the salary cap is lowered / a hard cap is implemented, the contracts of the players will be shorter and they will be paid less money. Of course in the money first NBA, the players do not want this to happen. I believe it has to happen. Some of these contracts today are insane and it’s worse that teams must be held at gunpoint by agents and players to overpay for their services. Reluctantly, I use Amare Stoudemire as an example. Last year, he would have stayed in Phoenix if they’d offered him a 5 year max deal rather then the 4 year max deal. Then after he turned Phoenix down, his agent Happy Walters comes out and says they’ll only take a 5 year 100 million dollar deal. Lets face it, if Phoenix offers him that 5 year deal worth 119 million then he’s not in New York. I’m glad as hell that he is but I’m just saying, the decision making of these guys is all money driven and it’s not the way it should be. I mean there has to be a line drawn at some point. There should be no way that players leverage their way and hold these teams to gunpoint because they want more money. I understand with a hard cap some of these things would still occur in smaller magnitude, but the hard cap would 1. reduce the length and size of the deals and 2. stop players from leveraging teams for egregious contracts. While the owners are mostly slimy and greedy themselves, they own and run these teams. The owners should have the power and leverage in making deals, not the players.

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Ex-Knick Mark Jackson Gets the Warriors Coaching Job

Congratulations to ex-New York Knick point guard Mark Jackson on getting the Golden State Warriors head coaching vacancy. On Monday night Jackson, 46, agreed to a 3 year 6 million dollar contract. Few remember Jackson was actually a rumored as a candidate to fill the Knicks vacancy in 2008 before Mike D’Antoni was hired. Jackson has some talented pieces with Golden State including a few players with ties to the Knicks. Steph Curry would have been our point guard if we had gotten the 6th pick rather than the 7th (which we used to select Jordan Hill) and we traded David Lee to Golden State last off-season. The interesting thing about Jackson is that he’s never been an assistant coach before much less a head coach so personally, I question his resume for the job. While he is very basketball knowledgeable, it will be interesting how he handles adversity when it rears its ugly head. The one thing he has going for him is that he’s going to be a players coach. He was a player, he gets players, they’ll respect him. That is very important in today’s NBA. While some are questioning the decision to hire Jackson, I believe he will do at least a decent job but I have a feeling that he’s going to be successful in Golden State. Either way, the team by the bay just got much more interesting. They have holes a plenty on that team and there’s been a lot of talk about splitting up Monta Ellis and Steph Curry, two undersized guards who both struggle on the defensive end of the floor. I just have a feeling that Jackson is going to be a success at Golden State but only time will tell. For the meantime, I say congrats Mark Jackson and I’m interested to see his personel moves going forward this offseason.

Update: Hornets assistant Mike Malone is expected to become top assistant with the Warriors. He will be offered an “extremely lucrative” deal to join GSW instead of Mike Brown’s Lakers staff.

Update 2: Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Malone has now agreed to join Mark Jackson’s staff with the Warriors as Jackson’s top aide.

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