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Showing posts with label New York Knicks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York Knicks. 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

Saturday, November 19, 2022

The Knicks squandered a real chance to win.


It was apparent the Knicks were going to have a long night in the first quarter. 

New York couldn't even muster up 20 points in the first quarter, finishing with just 19.

It was as if they knew they were going to lose, so didn't put up much of an effort to win until the 4th quarter.

Cam Reddish was the x factor in the previous two wins, but he left the 3rd quarter with 2:07 seconds remaining with a groin injury and never came back. 

If Cam is injured and out again against Phoenix, you can add another loss to the column right now.

Brunson looked completely lost on offense and defense and was no competition for the Warriors back court.

RJ Barrett had one of those John Starks' nights when he is shooting the ball horrendously, believing that he should shoot his way out of his slump.

RJ made a few nice passes but kept chucking instead of focusing on being a facilitator, which would have been more helpful to give the Knicks a chance.

On a night when the Warriors didn't shoot particularly well themselves, the Knicks squandered a real chance to win.

Knicks lose again, Golden State 111 - Knicks 101

Sunday, November 13, 2022

This coach is not capable


The Knicks didn't play a single lick of defense yesterday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder thoroughly embarrassed New York in Madison Square Garden.

OKC's defense wasn't much better, but the Knicks are not good enough to outgun anyone in the league.

Just like the Nets game, the Knicks didn't give a damn about defending the 3 point line and teams are just too good from the perimeter in today's NBA.

There wasn't a single tough guy on the Knicks that ran out there and set some hard fouls to gain respect and fire up this team. Coach Thibodeau doesn't believe in that kind of basketball. 

Then again, I don't know what kind of basketball he does believe in.

This team defends each game as if it is facing Shaq and Patrick Ewing in the paint, but that game was 30 years ago.

This coach is not capable, in my humble opinion, to coach today's game.

All the Knicks need to do is look to Brooklyn and see what a difference a coaching change can make on defense.

Knicks lose again, OKC 145 - Knicks 135.

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.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Welp...errrr


Welp...errrr.

Summer League championship game results.

Portland Trailblazers 85 - New York Knicks 77.



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.


Thursday, June 9, 2022

Was I lying?


 "They’re not close at all. They only got about two to three guys who are NBA starters" Charles Barkley

Was I lying?

Monday, April 18, 2022

If you really love them

Click Me

Well Knicks fans, if this were any other franchise, I'd say get'em next season but in the past 20 years that never worked out very well for you guys.

You wasted your lives being Knicks fans, spare your children the same fate. Take them to the Barclay's Center and get given them the gift of a Nets fan starter pack...if you really love them.

 The Knicks lose again, Regular season 82 games - Playoffs Zero.



Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Kevin Durant, the Slim Reaper


On social media around the world Knicks fans were discussing ways how the impossible could happen tonight.

They talked about how vulnerable the Nets were and that this young scrappy group of Knicks had just what the doctor ordered to finally defeat the team in Brooklyn.

Match ups were carefully looked over and debated including the coaches, all ending with the formula to beat the Nets.

After the first three quarters the impossible actually looked inevitable.

The Knicks lead by as much as 21 points over Brooklyn as beer, hot wings and deviled eggs were consumed all over New York City as if it were one humongous New Year's Eve party. 

But, as has been the pattern for the New York Knickerbockers all season, the lead would shrink as the team unraveled late in the fourth quarter.

Patty Mills finally broke out of his month-long shooting slump to launch and land three-point shot after three-point shot, striking blows to the Knicks defenses. 

Then the Nets unleashed Kevin Durant, the Slim Reaper to step forward in the remaining three minutes to deliver the last death blows to the young Knicks.

Tears replaced cheers across the five boroughs as drunken and deflated Knicks fans dragged themselves back to their dark holes to hibernate until the beginning of the next NBA season.

Knicks lose again, Brooklyn 110 - Knicks 98.



Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Are the Knicks done? Yes.

 


Trae Young came into MSG and showed Knicks fans his entire ass. He mooned James Dolan with 45 points.

The Knicks, minus Julius Randle, played well enough to have a ten-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Everyone touched the ball and things were promising. However.

Was there another fourth quarter melt down? Yes.

Was coach Thibs locked into his ridiculous substitutions that resulted in mistakes when the game was on the line? Yes.

Are the Knicks done? Yes.

Knicks lose again, Hawks 117 - New York 111

Monday, March 21, 2022

He's clearly not built for this.



Julius Randle shoots 6-22 from the field and 1-6 from deep for 13 points and 12 rebounds and this guy still thinks that this is his team.

Time for the charade to end and turn this team officially over to RJ Barrett. Randle's attitude and poor play is hurting the development of this team.

Barrett had 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. RJ didn't exactly set the world on fire, but his aggression and efficiency set the tone for this team. 

It is time for Knicks management to focus on packaging Randle for a trade and turning the rest of the season over to its young core, building Barrett into the super star it has hoped to get for many years.

As usual the Knicks kept the game close and entertaining for three and a half quarters before they went to shit. 

The Knicks could have won if in the 4th quarter they had gone to a full court press on defense and shortened the lineup putting smaller guys in the front court who could at least threaten to shoot from midrange. 

This would have resulted in pulling Utah's big men from the paint reducing their ability to block and change shots at the basket. I guess it just never occurred to the coach of the year to change strategies and attempt to win.

Mitchell Robinson could become a billionaire if he developed a 15-foot jump shot or a 10-foot hook shot.

Julius Randle unraveled of course and got into a pushing match with the Jazz center Rudy Golbert at the end of the game. Randle even went as far as slapping the hand of the referee off him as he and Golbert were being separated. Let's see if that results in fines or a suspension or both.

The stage and bright lights are too much for this guy. There is no winning of anything with Randle who can't keep his composure during and after games. He's clearly not built for this.

The Knicks lose again, Utah Jazz 108 - 93 New York Knicks.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

What's new?


No Aldrige, no Simmons, no Curry, and no Kyrie but oh that got damn Slim Reaper. 

Can we all be honest about the Knicks coach once and for all. For his entire career when he is minus Derrick Rose, he is no better than a police athletic league coach.

Coach Thibodeau mind boggling substitutions cost this team as many games as Randle handling the ball late in the game.

The fact that this guy has not developed for an entire season one point guard to handle the ball later in the fourth quarter is just criminal.

This guy has had the entire season of watching Julius Randle single handedly turning balls over in the fourth quarter leading to losses and yet he does the same dumb thing putting the ball in his Randle's hands during crunch time.

The only thing better than watching the Knicks lose is watching Knicks fans YouTube post and pregame videos. The world these guys are living in for the most part is pure comedy.

If they aren't saying ridiculous things like the Nets are a bigger mess than the Knicks, they are making outrageous predictions about winning as if they don't know the Knicks record.

There is not much else to say Knicks fans other than you want no part of the playoffs, finish tanking and hope for point guard help in the draft. 

Oh, and to the douchebag hosts at WFAN that snubbed the Nets on last Friday's morning show your disgusting lowlife character is a direct reflection of your team and why you will not see the Knicks win a championship in your lifetimes.

The Nets are the class of New York City, and the Knicks are light years away from competing for anything. What's new?

The Knicks lose again, Brooklyn 110 - Knicks 107.



Saturday, March 5, 2022

Julius Randle, you are a lummox.


In the third quarter of last night's game with the Phoenix Suns the Knicks were up by 10 points and rolling. Looking as if they might pick up the rare road victory against a shorthanded but still an exceptionally good team.

But no.

Instead of being the levelheaded veteran leader of the Knicks Julius Randle decided to play the role of punk and gave Cam Johnson of the Phoenix Suns a shot to the ribs late in the third quarter.

The blow was so hard that it not only knocked the wind out of Johnson it also ignited some pushing and shoving which got Randle his second technical of the night and an ejection from the game.

Cam Johnson was the bear he decided to poke on the Suns, and it was the wrong dude.

Cam Johnson went on to finish the game with 38 points, 24 points scored in the fourth quarter including the buzzer beater game winning shot mostly from his career high of nine three pointers which also tied a Suns franchise record.

Julius Randle, the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks a lot Julius, I thoroughly enjoyed watching your team be left shorthanded and destroyed in the fourth quarter because you are a lummox.

Randle's basketball IQ has to be borderline retarded. If this guy doesn't play with a crack the whip type of point guard and a coach that doesn't excuse his boorish behavior, he will never amount to being a championship caliber player.

Between the Knicks tanking and Randle imploding I, as a Nets fan, am quite enjoying the end of this season. 

Knicks lose again, Suns 115 - Knicks 114.



Thursday, February 17, 2022

The Knicks ain't shit.


The Nets took to court out of sorts due to playing for the first time without James Harden's fat ass in the way and the Knicks took advantage of their indecision.

So much so that the Knicks put up 65 points in the first half and had as much as a 28-point lead on the Nets.

The Garden was rocking, and the game appeared over.

I have no idea what kind of meeting the Nets had in the locker room during the intermission, but I am certain Steve Nash and the veterans were doing a lot of yelling and cursing and talking about how it is us now as a team. 

They can't stand around anymore looking for some has been superstar to save the game.

The Nets have so much talent on this team that anyone can put up big buckets but winning is about sharing responsibility on offense and defense. 

When the second half began you could clearly see that the game was going to be a tale of two halves.

The Knicks' glaring weakness was exposed again, the lack of backcourt talent at the point guard position.

Slowly the Nets whittled away at the huge lead and got the margin down to a respectable fourteen points before the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Nets backcourt of Seth Curry and Cam Thomas destroyed the Knicks and their fans for the last time.

There was not a single spot past the half court line that was not in the range of Curry and Thomas.

Thomas stepped into some threes he had no damn business of taking and hit nothing but net resulting in the Knicks biggest collapse in the history of the team.

The Nets are a TEAM now, not just the James Harden step back show and oh yes, the Knicks ain't shit. 

Knicks lose again, Nets 111 - 106 Knicks.



Tuesday, February 15, 2022

No love on Valentine's Day for Knicks fans.


Let me tell you, this was one delicious loss to watch last night. Knicks fans, do you still think the Nets are worse off than you?

Last night, a 19-year-old rookie came into the Garden and waxed the Knicks with a triple double. Josh Giddey had 28 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the OKC Thunder went on the beat the Knicks in overtime by the score of 127 - 123.

In fairness, the Knicks stayed close enough to take the game into overtime but only because they had a huge lead going into the fourth quarter which melted away because there is no point guard to control the offense in crunch time. 

It is hard continuing to be upset with Julius Randle. Knicks fans, it was your coach who had Randle mishandling the ball during the last minutes of regulation.

Coach Thibodeau had an entire season to prepare one of the young guards for moments like the end of the fourth quarter and he failed. 

The coach likes to play vets because he simply doesn't know how to teach young players. He counts on vets, even broken-down ones, to carry out his plays. With extraordinarily little success this season.

Do you think it is an accident that Josh Gibson is playing, and Obi Toppin is not?

OKC struggled all season to score one hundred points, except when they played the Knicks. 

If the Thunder is considered a G League team what then are the Knicks who have been swept by OKC this season? 

It means the Knicks suck harder than a G League team.

No love on Valentine's Day for Knicks fans. Knicks lose again, OKC 127 - 123 Knicks.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Your team is a disgrace


So Knicks fans, you still think your team is better off than the Nets? LOL Stop lying to yourselves, your team is a disgrace.