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Showing posts with label RJ Barrett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RJ Barrett. Show all posts

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

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!

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.



Saturday, April 2, 2022

Have we seen the last of Julius Randle in a Knicks uniform?



A depleted Cleveland Cavaliers team came into Madison Sqaure Garden and owned the Knicks.

It was embarrassing to watch New York get manhandled, and I hate the Knicks.

Even RJ Barrett could not finish at the rim today. He must work on this in the off season as well as his mid-range shot. If he can learn how to pull up and shoot that short jumper instead of his familiar pass or head to the basket moves, he'd easily score twenty per game next season and be helpful in the fourth quarter to close out games.

For those who thought that Barrett was better than LeVert I hope this game cleared that foolishness up for you. Caris' game is light years ahead of RJ.

Leon Rose really needs to evaluate his coach's season because he did a rotten job of preparing and developing his young players in my opinion.

Obi Toppin thrives when he is on the court with Quickley and yet the coach of the year started Burks again. I just don't get it.

Toppin got his career high today, but it meant nothing. 

At least losing today ties the Knicks for tenth place in the draft lottery. Should they throw the game against Orlando tomorrow? 

Have we seen the last of Julius Randle in a Knicks uniform?

All I know for certain is that the Knicks lose again, Cleveland 119 - Knicks 101.


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, February 27, 2022

Are the Knicks tanking?


Today, the Knicks starting point guard, Alec Burks, had as many assists as I did. Zero.

Again, in the fourth quarter the Knicks fell apart because there was no one running the ship. I was hoping that Raymond Felton would run out of the stands in his t-shirt, gut and all.

At least Raymond would demand that players are in position and running the sets that the coach knows give the team the best chance to win.

Despite being under powered facing a team with Joel Embiid and James Harden the Knicks kept the game close for three quarters.

But hasn't that been the memo of this team all season?

They have to lead the league in close but no cigar games in the NBA this season.

When will this coach learn that in the fourth quarter Julius Randle is reckless at handling the ball and inefficient from the field?

RJ Barrett was not accurate from the three-point line, but the fourth quarter would be a perfect time to run a two-man game with RJ and a solid point for easy buckets at the rim and mid-range shots.

Julius Randle should be a threat in the paint in the fourth quarter even if it means playing him at center if it forces him to get his rear end in the paint and not thinking about beating guys off the dribble or shooting terrible jump shots.

I mean for goodness' sake the Knicks can't bring up Jordan Allen or Kenneth Savage from the G league to give them a look? Either one would be better than Alec Burks who started at point guard this afternoon and had zero assists. 

Yes, it has gotten that bad with Kemba gone and D Rose injured. 

Are the Knicks tanking? I have a feeling they are. 

If tanking will get them a point guard high in the next draft and a good chance for the morbidly obese Zion Williamson, then this might be the best strategic move they made all season.

Knicks lose again, Sixers 125 - Knicks 109.



Sunday, February 6, 2022

This is your team now, dominate every night

 

The Knicks went into the colosseum against the Lakers guns blazing in the first half. Julius was aggressive and RJ Barrett was channeling Tracy McGrady.

This only lasted a half, however. In the third quarter the Knicks completely collapsed.

It was as if they had their memories wiped at halftime and completely forgot how they dominated the Lakers in the first two quarters.

Maybe at the half the players, including Julius Randle, were able to get access to their phones and allowed all the trade rumors to get to them. I have no idea.

But I do know that the Knicks let Malik Monk play like he was the second coming of Michael Jordan as he almost single-handedly cleared the Knicks lead over Los Angeles.

During the Lakers big third quarter coach Thibodeaux made zero changes to try to cool Los Angeles off. This guy may not be the coach this team needs.

Barrett fought hard in the final period and was able to snatch victory from the Lakers at the end of the fourth quarter and took the game into overtime.

Unfortunately, RJ had very little help in OT and the Knicks fell in defeat to the Lakers.

It is time for RJ to realize that this is his team now. He cannot limit himself to only taking three shots in the third quarter.

When RJ decides to take the game over few teams can stop him it is time that he stops holding himself back acquiescing to Randle.

I hope that at the end of the game when LeBron hugged Barrett and gave him some words of encouragement that some of those words were 'This is your team now, dominate every night'. 

Get RJ a real point guard, let Randle move on to another team and find a center that can score a little and this team changes into a real competitor.

Knicks lose again, Lakers 122 - Knicks 115.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

This team needs more than energy and hype

 


Despite Julius Randle only getting 13 points and playing like Tony Randall, Obi Toppin for some reason only known by the coach only played 9 minutes and contributed zero points.

The Knicks played as if they were utterly bored and waiting for the Celtics killer, Evan Fournier to come in and save the day forgetting that Evan was a scratch for the game.

The Celtics beat the Knicks by 24 points and the way it felt in the second half it wasn't even that close.

After the game Knicks fans online continued to stamp their little feet complaining that Obi didn't get enough minutes to prove why they still feel he is a better option than Julius.

The fact is, Obi has neither the offensive game nor the confidence to come in and take over when the team needs more than energy and hype.

Stop blaming it on the coach Knicks fans. At some point the players must find an identity amongst themselves to go out on the court and play like a bunch of fucking wild dogs.

Obi, RJ and Randle must become a bunch of killers if they want to gain respect and make the playoffs.

To hell with what the fans say, to hell with being friends with everyone in the league, this team must snap out of playing like a bunch of pussies comfortable with being the doormat of the Eastern conference.

Knicks fans, until this bunch of guys accept the fact that their failure begins and ends with all their excuses for why they can't win they will just be a pile of hot steaming crap.

Knicks lose again, Celtics 99 - 75 Knicks.



Sunday, January 2, 2022

The glaring weakness; a lack of development of the youth


The Knicks faced the Toronto Raptors today in Toronto to an empty arena. It seems that the new variant spread was enough scare the city of Toronto into banning fans whether vaccinated or not.

I don't know if the lack of fans threw the Knicks players off but it was interesting to hear how loud Toronto's shots were as they pulled away from the Knicks to eventually win the game.

11 points collective from Miles McBride and Immanuel Quickley was the margin of loss and shows that neither guy is better than Rose or Kemba Walker at this time in their careers.

Obi Toppin was able to redeem himself from his last 5 point effort. Today, he got 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists filling the void of the missing Julius Randle.

Unfortunately, the Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet complete destroyed the Knicks back court this afternoon with 35 points,5 assists and 5 rebounds.

The glaring weakness of the Knicks is a lack of development of the youth.

Why in year three RJ Barrett still only going to his left? Why is Quickley still making situational mistakes at the point just setting up the offense? Why is Julius still not understanding when to not switch and stay with his man on defense?

I don't think the team has the right coach to develop young players to be solid role guys for the future. Thibs is best with a group of veterans and that is not this team. 

Knicks lose again, Raptors 120 - 105 Knicks.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Best basketball team in New York City my ass.



Devon Booker had 21 points in the first half tonight. This game was pretty much over at halftime.

The Knicks went on several little runs but Booker dug a hole too deep for the Knicks to climb out of.

Booker finished the game with 32 points and showed RJ Barrett, who only had 10 points, what an aggressive star looked like.

The Suns came into the garden tonight 15-3. Everyone knew that the Knicks were no match for them but they weren't even competitive. 

Chris Paul is the type of leader and floor general that the Knicks have lacked for decades. CP3 makes the Suns a well oiled machine. 

The Knicks have nothing like CP3 on this roster and lack basketball IQ as a unit, there are the differences in organizations.

Where is the Knicks defense that this team so proudly hung its hat on last season? Without it even if they squeak into the playoffs they will be one and done for certain.

Best basketball team in New York City my ass.

Knicks lose again Suns 118-97 Knicks.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

I was 100 percent correct.



Do I really need to recap this one? I don't think so. I told you what was going to happen before the game in the previous post and I was 100 percent correct.

If you were smart you would have taken my wise words and made some money Knicks fans instead of just being salty over the truth.

Knicks Lose Again, Charlotte 104 - 96 Knicks.