Thursday, May 17, 2018

Don't say I never gave you anything.

On the cusp of hearing that James Dolan is still so petty that he snatched away the comped season tickets to Ethan Hawke because he dared to criticize the way Dolan was 3rd party running the Knicks I got the news that the Knicks had no luck in the lottery draw and now have the 9th pick in this years NBA draft. Another loss for the franchise.

All this days after we find out the Porzingis is most likely lost for the entire season but not rehabing in the United States. He's off in Lithuania or Latvia or where ever he's from chilling and counting his money.

This means that whomever the Knicks draft it will be his season for development without having to worry about making room for KP and sharing shots and minutes.

The rumors around the city have the Knicks going after a point guard.
I can only assume these rumors are correct just because that is the woirst fucking thing those idiots at Madison Square Garden could do.

Between Frank Ntilinka, Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay and Tim Hardaway Jr. the Knicks are drowning at the guard position. But they seem hell bent on doing something stupid like drafting Trae Young.

Trae Young is nice don't get me wrong. But if you are building a team to compete against Al Horford in Boston, Jonas Valanciunas in Toronto and Joel Embiid in Philadelphia I can't see Trae Young making life difficult for those guys on both ends of the floor.

Porzingis even in perfect health is neither big or strong enough to handle those guys and that is where the Knicks are dominated by their Easter Conference rivals.

I am going to do something that I never thought I'd do again and that's give the Knicks some help to make the team better for the next ten years for free.

In this order these are the Players that the Knicks must draft if available at the 9th pick.

These guys will anchor the middle of the offense and defense for the next 12 years and help the Knicks not only make the payoffs in two years but actually put the team in position to make a serious run at the Eastern Conference title.

Don't say I never gave you anything.

In order of ranking:
Marvin Bagley III - Center (Duke)

Jaren Jackson Jr. - Center (Michigan State)

Mohamed Bamba - Center (Texas)

Wendell Carter - Forward (Duke)

Robert Williams - Power Forward (Texas A&M)

Now if you idiots ignore me and manage to fuck this up then God help you.

You're welcome.

Signed, A Yo-Yo with a blog

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

David Fizdale is the Knicks new coach, let's hope his wife is on the front row

This afternoon, as I watched the Cavaliers dismantle the Toronto Raptors, I listened to the press conference announcing David Fizdale as the new head coach of the New York Knickerbockers. Whose wife is a dime piece, I must add.

I witnessed Kevin Love, Kyle Karver, JR Smith, LeBron and George Hill carve the young Raptors up like a Thanksgiving turkey while in the background hearing Fizdale speaking about opening up the game with the Knicks. Wanting to run more and play good defense.

That's all well and fine, but I sincerely hope Fizdale and the Knicks front office don't make the mistake of attempting to build a team to take on Cleveland.

All the Cavaliers starters are in their mid to late 30's so building a team to play against this model would be fruitless because all these guys will be no longer in the league when the Knicks players hit their prime.

The mission has to be studying the Celtics and Sixers who have big men who can play around the basket and dominate.

Maybe the notion of running a Riley style of offense hoping to run these big guys into the ground with pressing defense sounds good to Dolan, but the Celtics, Raptors and Sixers are extremely young. Trying to out condition their opponents sounds cute, but that's not going to work these days.

Fizdale is going to have to hypnotize Kristaps Porzingis and program him to believe that he is Larry Bird and get a couple of bruisers to help him dominate the backboard for time of possession and high percentage shots. It's the only formula for success in the East in the short term.

As much as the Raptors feel like shit management is not going to blowup the team, and they will be the most athletic and youngest team going into next season. No bullshit, I think adding Carmelo Anthony would take the Raptors to the next level.

Cleveland didn't beat them by attempting to out run them. Cleveland played slow down offense, with the ball constantly moving for open jump shots and guys cutting to the basket for easy layups and dunks. Meanwhile, all of Cleveland's young players were relegated to the bench to watch and learn.

It was old school basketball that allowed the Cavaliers to sweep Toronto. Having LeBron helped too but it was a clear demonstration of a superstar surrounded by smart players making sound basketball decisions every minute of the games.

Let's see if Fizdale can teach that around these parts.