Saturday night in Houston, Steve Novak and James White participated in the Three-Point Shootout and the Dunk Contest. I had high hopes for both participants. Though I picked Matt Bonner to win the Three-Point Shootout, (Kyrie Irving won) I thought Novak would be in the finals. I thought James White, given that his basketball existence seemed to exist only for him to be crowned champion of one such contest, would win the Dunk Contest with a handful of unbelievable dunks. Neither happened on a somewhat disappointing Saturday night. More
Enter James William White IV. Yes, he deserves to have his full name read out loud because not only I said so, but if he was a part of J.R Smith’s family, he would hypothetically be the fourth Smith. I mean, when you really think of it, Flight could be a part of Earl’s family because J.R had that dunk gene (he still does) with my favorite dunk contest dunk ever. Sorry, Andre Iguodala, J.R did it A LOT better than you did, and that’s without bias. He did it on one try instead of missing on multiple attempts. Anyways, White is re-shipping himself down to Houston, but for the upcoming NBA dunk contest rather than signing 10 day contracts with the Rockets. You can make an argument that this is the biggest moment of his basketball career since the 2001 McDonald’s All-American dunk contest, in which he got absolutely robbed by David Lee (still love you, David), convincing me that the ghost of Arnold Rothstein fixed the contest itself immediately. Just by looking at these mesmerizing highlights, how can you not vote for something that’s so superior to the inferior? What a bunch of frauds. That being said, Flight is just going to have to get his revenge on Saturday against a couple of grizzled dunk contest veterans, those being Gerald Green and the defending champion, Jeremy Evans, as well as some newcomers that are notable for their ferocious jams, the newcomers being the freakishly athletic Kenneth Faried (MANIMAL SMASH), best backup point guard in the NBA, Eric Bledsoe, and young gun, Terrence Ross. As the title says: What exactly can James White do to win the dunk contest? Here’s how: More
A new feature here at the Meloship, I introduce you to Ex-Knicks of the Week. Originally pitched to me by Matt Weiss (@thanksroy on twtter), Ex-Knicks of the week will be a weekly feature on the site every Monday morning. We will pick either players that are in the NBA who have had great weeks, or we’ll just pick random ex-Knicks and write about them.
Taylor Armosino (@tarmosino): My ex-Knick of the week is Eddy Curry. No, poor Eddy doesn’t play in the NBA any longer, but rather he has taken his talents to the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese league. In the team’s past three games, Curry has been quite dominant. In a win over the TianJin Steel, Curry put in 19 points on 8/11 shooting and grabbed 12 boards (11 more than he ever grabbed with the Knicks). In a loss to Shandong, Curry scored 20 points on 7/11 shooting. In his third game of the week, Curry led Zhejiang to a 114-113 over Tracy McGrady’s Qingdao Eagles. The center, who I imagine is 4 times bigger than any of the poor Chinese big men trying to guard him, scored 30 points on 11/18 shooting and grabbed 6 rebounds. All in all, Curry had a productive week scoring 23 points per game, grabbing 7.6 boards a game and shooting 65%. Good for Eddy. While he proved to be a big fat waste of money, I always thought he was a good guy. I hate that he’s not in the NBA anymore, mainly because I can’t play as him in 2k anymore. He is a monster in that game, despite his annually horrible ratings. It’s good to see Curry is dominating for Zhejiang. And for your weekly Eddy Curry youtube video of the week: More
Sans Carmelo Anthony and his 42 point performance, the Knicks were utterly hapless on both ends of the court this afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The Clippers shot 52% as New York was a complete mess defensively. Amar’e Stoudemire was pitiful on both ends of the floor and the rest of the Knicks followed suit. After a strong 3rd quarter, the Knicks were dominated in the 4th. Mike Woodson coached a poor game in terms of both scheme, personel and lineups. Though the game was close in score down the stretch, it never felt like the Knicks had a chance to win. They couldn’t get any stops down the stretch with Amar’e in the game instead of Tyson, Shumpert sitting on the bench and Felton guarding Chris Paul. All in all, today was a disastrous game as the Knicks continue their prolonged mid-season stretch of mediocrity. Here are my notes from the game:
Preface: This Dudley talk (as of 4:15 AM EST on Saturday, Feb 9) is purely speculative. There is no proposed trade on the table that we know of and the intentions of both the Knicks and Suns are unknown. Everything written below pertaining to any sort of trade would be purely speculative.
Phoenix Suns small forward Jared Dudley would absolutely help New York’s chances of dethroning Miami in the Eastern Conference. He’d fit in nicely to the starting lineup at the three spot alongside Jason Kidd and Carmelo Anthony. At 6’7 Dudley is a pure three and a legitimate knock down shooter. He is shooting 39.1% from downtown this season, with an eFG% of 56.1% and a TS% of 59.5%. To put that in perspective, Steve Novak shoots 44.1% from downtown, with an eFG% of 59.7% and a TS% of 61%. Dudley is not Steve Novak shooting the ball, but he’s not much worse and he is more complete in every other facet of the game. Dudley is not great defensively, but he is not a complete liability either. As we can see from Dudley’s shot chart, he is a much more complete offensive player than Novak. He can shoot the mid-range and get to the rim with efficiency in addition to his elite three point shooting. More
In the second and final meeting against the Wolves, the Knicks won a game in which it was somewhat similar to the first meeting against the Wolves back in December, except, the Knicks had the lead for the majority of tonight’s game unlike not having the lead until the 4th quarter in the previous meeting. The Knicks played very well in the first half. Ball movement was very prevalent and they closed out the first half with a 52-45 lead, although, the Wolves capped off a 10-3 run to end the half. Then, the Wolves limited the Knicks to 18 points in the 3rd quarter, creating a momentum shift that shifted all the way into the 4th. But, thanks to guardian angel, Carmelo Anthony’s 12 fourth quarter points, the Knicks accelerated down the stretch along with a few very crucial defensive possessions to boot. Tyson Chandler made Marv Albert orgasm his famous “REJECTION” catch phrase somewhere after he rejected Ricky Rubio to drop the dagger through the Target Center. Tonight’s win was a little shaky, but s’all good. Wins rule. Here are some notes: More
This is the NBA, nights like this happen. New York was flat tonight. The level of effort was not satisfactory, nor consistent with what we’ve seen as of late. Defensively the Knicks were lazy and the Wizards really executed well. Washington hit 11/20 from downtown and shot 53% in the game. Nobody on the Knicks gave a strong defensive effort, including Tyson Chandler who was dominated by Emeka Okafor and Nene Hilario. Yikes. Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring with 31 points on 23 shots, but he even was flat on both sides of the ball. I don’t have a ton to say about this one. It was a classic case of a really good NBA team being tired and coming out flat and a really average NBA team having a good night shooting and stealing a win. The world isn’t ending, but I did see some things I didn’t like.
For the second straight game, the Knicks beat up on a far lesser opponent at Madison Square Garden. Saturday night, it was the Kings. Tonight, the Pistons. Although New York slept through the second half, this game was never close. The Knicks led the entire game, getting off to a good start with a 28-13 first quarter win. The lead was 22 at halftime and the Knicks never looked back. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 27 efficient points on 17 shots. Tyson Chandler became the third Knick to record three 20 rebound games. Stoudemire was again strong off the bench and Felton played one of his best games of the season. All in all, the night was swell for our Knickerbockers.
As you’ve probably heard by now, today marks the one-year anniversary of Jeremy Lin’s breakout performance last season against the New Jersey Nets, the beginning of “Linsanity.” The evolution of Jeremy Lin’s standing in the court public opinion has been a fascinating one. What started out as a mutual love-fest between Lin and Knicks fans has evolved into what I imagine a micro-blogging version of World War 3 would look like. At least on the social media ranks of “Knicks Twitter”, the fan-base has been divided by a player that no longer dawns the orange and blue. You have the faction of fans that hate Lin’s guts, unfairly I would say, and then you have the faction who love and continue to root for Lin. I stand in the third faction; I’ve moved on from Lin with no hard feelings towards him, yet I don’t ‘root’ for him per say.
Looking back to when the Knicks jettisoned Lin for Houston and brought in Raymond Felton as his replacement, I wasn’t happy with the move. Not because I don’t like Raymond Felton, because I really like Felton. I was upset because the Knicks could’ve had both Lin and Felton, they didn’t need to choose one over the other. And to be fair, I think Lin has a higher upside than Felton and will end up as a better NBA player. I thought Felton was solid, but on a Knicks team that seemed headed for an isolation based offense, Lin was a better fit. Largely due to this decision, my outlook for the Knicks this year was quite bleak. I thought they’d moved into the distinction of being the new-age Atlanta Hawks. The perennial 5 seed that is never good enough to contend, but never bad enough to blow up the team. NBA purgatory, I like to call it. I was wrong, or at least have been wrong to this point. More
The February 21st trade deadline is fast approaching and the Knicks do have a few holes that could be plugged. They could use depth at point guard, depth and center and another wing player that can defend and shoot some threes. However, it’s quite unlikely the Knicks are going to do anything. They seem content with the team they have and would have to get super creative to truly acquire pieces that will significantly upgrade the team. And why should they be desperate to make a move? New York does sit second in the Eastern Conference at 30-15, a half game back of Miami. I don’t believe they have enough to make it out of the East, unless they were miraculously able to avoid both Miami and Chicago in the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean the team feels the same way. They’ve made no indication that they’re going to pursue a big trade and I would assume any roster changes made would be minor.
If you follow me on twitter, you know I’m an avid user of ESPN’s awesome Trade Machine feature. 90% of what I conjure up ends up crippling the Lakers, sending Kobe to the Wizards, Pau to the Bobcats, or Dwight to the Pistons. LA usually takes back a package consisting of players like DeSagana Diop, Jan Vesely, Charlie Villanueva and Trevor Arizona. I have fun with it. Although the Knicks are unlikely to make a trade at all, much less a major one, I’m still going to have fun with the ol’ Trade Machine.
Trade #1: Hey look! The Knicks get Eric Bledsoe! Now I don’t have to pee my pants every time Felton grabs his injured pinkie finger!