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Showing posts with label Jalen Brunson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jalen Brunson. Show all posts

Sunday, November 27, 2022

There is no one taking leadership on defense.



The Knicks were down as much as 12 points today and a Herculean effort by, Jalen Brunson kept them in the game until the final seconds.

Brunson finished the game with 30 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds. Jalen had an opportunity to land the game winning shots with seconds remaining, but it clanked off the front rim and fell short.

Ja Morant was too much for the Knicks. His triple double was more than the Knicks could handle today.

The Knicks could have easily won today, but they are not a high IQ defensive team.

There is no one taking leadership on defense. Someone needs to yell at guys and communicate when defending the basket.

I suppose it could be the center, but what about Randle or RJ Barrett, the guys they are paying superstar money to.

I think it could be Cam Reddish if some of these overpriced vets were out of the way, and he is given the responsibility. Ja Morant would probably have had 50 tonight had it not been for Reddish.

Cam is healthy now and should be starting, but for whatever reason your genius coach has him riding the bench. 

Grimes still hasn't figured his offensive game fully to take Cam's minutes and should return to the second team.

Thibodeau clearly does not believe in his young players, and that will keep this team hovering .500 for the season.

Knicks lose again Grizzlies 127 - Knicks 124

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Brunson wanted to be here, so don't shed any tears for him



Jalen Brunson came tonight ready to put in work against the Portland Trail Blazers. He finished the game with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. 

None of it mattered, of course. The Knicks went on to lose to Portland in overtime.

Brunson wanted to be here, so don't shed any tears for him.

Knicks fans, I have two questions: What exactly makes RJ Barrett a star? And Shouldn't you have given up RJ for Donovan Mitchell?

Barrett got his double double tonight, so just by looking at points you wouldn't see an issue, but something is affecting his game because he could only muster 19 points from 22 shots. Or, maybe this is the best he's ever going to be.

Either way, I think it's time to give up on the idea that Barrett is ever going to be a superstar. Solid role player, indeed, but never a star. 

Barrett has proven to be a piece that can be moved without the fear that he's going to turn into a monster in this league on another team. He's not him.

The Knicks had a chance to win this game, and you'd think that with a coach that has a history of preaching defense, the team would have figured out a way to come up with the necessary stops to win. But they didn't.

The team has never progressed from playing defense with their hands and kept giving Portland free throw after free throw.

The Knicks found away to give the game to Portland.

The cure for Obi Toppin's soft play would be a good talking to from Charles Oakley. But because team owner James Dolan is such an asshole, Obi will never get the encouragement he needs to toughen up his game from a vet he would respect.

The best thing for this team is to package Randle, Fournier, and Barrett in a deal for top young talent and high picks in the next draft.

Then fire Thibodeau. 

Knicks lose again, Portland 132-Knicks 129.


Sunday, November 20, 2022

This could have been a blowout of epic proportions.


It wasn't difficult to predict the outcome of this game after this week's loss to Golden State.

Had it not been for Jalen Brunson and Quentin Grimes, this would have been a blowout of epic proportions.

Julius Randle and RJ Barrett were exposed again today. They were of zero help to this team on offense and defense.

Two of the Knicks big three were merely spectators and Gatorade tasters in Phoenix this afternoon.

When I was a kid, I read Butch Beard's book on coaching basketball, and one of his cardinal sins was jumping while passing.  Julius Randle obviously has never read the book because he is still making this ridiculous mistake at his age and stage of his career.

I fault his coach for allowing him to continue playing as if he has antigravity shoes. Leaping with no commitment only forces poor shots or turnovers.

RJ Barrett looks down right sluggish. He moves as if he's playing in mud. Has he either checked out mentally, or is exhausted?

Phoenix made sure everyone touched the ball and had 6 players in double digits for a balanced scoring attack. The Knicks, not so much.

On an afternoon when the Knicks most desperately needed scoring, Evan Fournier didn't get a single minute, which tells me he is not long to be in a New York uniform.

Tomorrow night in Oklahoma, there is a fleeting chance that this road trip can be salvaged, but I wouldn't bet money on it.

Knicks lose again, Sun 116 – Knicks 95

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Kevin Durant is still King of New York


Before last night's game, the Knicks fans were so delighted to take on the Brooklyn Nets.

They knew for certain that with all the turmoil in the organization and the bad press surrounding the team, this would be an easy victory.

This feeling also permeated the Knicks line up. So much so that Julius Randle was talking shit to the crowd and the Nets before the ball was tipped.

The Knicks came into the Barclay Center with a record of 4-7 and acting like they were on top of the division. But little did they know that the real King of New York wasn't about to entertain their foolishness.

Kevin Durant was at the top of his game and in full Slim Reaper mode.

The Nets as a team had enough of the smug Knicks and the media and came out determined to whoop ass. And whoop ass they did.

This game wasn't even close after the first five minutes. 

Unlike the Knicks, the Nets played as a team on offense and defense. 

Beautiful ball movement had every Net touching the ball on each possession, causing the Knicks to be off balance and outwitted.

Damn near every Net had wide open shots and hit them with consistency. Jalen Brunson and Evan Fournier have to be the worst defensive back court in the entire NBA. No exaggeration. 

On defense, the Nets collapsed in the paint and dared the Knicks to beat them from the three point line. Of course, they couldn't.

As long as Brunson insists upon pounding the ball, not demanding that all Knicks, including Randle, rotate the ball to the open man, the Knicks won't even make the playoffs.

Edmond Sumner started the game at the point in place of Kyrie Irving, and he ate Jalen Brunson alive. Sumner looked like the second coming of Chris Paul against the Knicks and cemented his place on this season's roster.

KD finished the game with a triple double. 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists along with a steal and two blocked shots. Vintage superstar performance, the Knicks had no answer for him. Kevin Durant is still King of New York.

Knicks lose again, Nets 115 -Knicks 85





Friday, August 19, 2022

See what player development can do?


I was watching videos of Donovan Mitchell to see what the hype is and I kept seeing this lanky dude shutting him down. Just making his life miserable.

On closer inspection I saw that the guard giving Michell so much most trouble was none other than Frank Ntilikina. I couldn't believe it either.

So, I searched for a Frank Ntilikina highlight tape of the past season on YouTube. I was floored by his development from the last time I saw him, which was in a Knicks uniform.

Don't get me wrong, Frank is not setting the league on fire averaging 4 points per game, but his game had improved so significantly I had to find out it happened.

Frank is now crossing up dudes, euro stepping, hitting jumpers, setting up alley-oops so much so that his game now looks a lot like Caris LeVert's. But how could this be?

My digging paid off. I found out that the Dallas Mavericks added a couple of years ago a new point guard coach and you can clearly see his influence. That coach is God Shammgod.

For you whipper snappers who may not know. God Shammgod is a point guard from New York City that changed the way the ball is handled in the NBA today.

Now that Brunson is out of the way in Dallas I can see Frank getting a lot more minutes and finally becoming the player that Knicks fans had been hoping for. And get this, Frank is only 24 years old! See what player development can do? 

Very interesting.

By the way, the Nets roster has only gotten better since the end of the season. Tsai ain't giving KD nothing but a doorag and some nunile, his ass ain't going nowhere.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Welcome to the Knicks!



I guess Jalen Brunson is comfortable with never coming close to winning a championship for the rest of his life. Welcome to the Knicks!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Brunson wants to be a Knick for what?


The Knicks made a series of ridiculous moves last night to position itself to make a move for the Dallas Mavericks free agent point guard Jalen Brunson. Some reports say the deal is a 4 year, 100-million-dollar contract.

Brunson is ok but I thought there were a bunch of young guards in the draft that have a much bigger upside than Mr. Brunson.

Sadly, I think the part of the fan base that supports going after Brunson is going to be deeply disappointed for the following reasons.

Brunson wants to be a Knick for what? 

  • To pay outrageous wage taxes? 
  • To pay outrageous property costs and property taxes? 
  • To play for the worst run franchise in professional sports? 
  • To leave Luka Doncic, a bonafide hall of famer in Dallas with ten more years left at his peak?
  • To leave his coach Jason Kidd to play for the inflexible Thibodeaux? 
  • To face the most mean and sarcastic group of sportswriters in the world every day? 
  • To play in that dump Madison Square Garden? 
  • To play for an owner that has his goons beat up retired former players? 

Brunson would be the biggest idiot in the world to play for the Knicks, especially when Dallas can match any contract the Knicks offer.