Basketball


Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Happy Walters (agent for Amare) posted on twitter:

“There will be a sign and trade with NY. Will give you all more cap space courtesy of Amar’e.”

According to RealGM

“The trade exception of $16.5 million is equal to Stoudemire’s first-year salary in New York and means that Phoenix would be landing a player like David Lee in return.

The Knicks are expected to receive a second-round pick and an additional $800,000 in cap space in the deal as they will be able to start Amar’e's contract at a lower price.”

NBA Orlando Summer League Day 3

Top performers from Day 3 of the Orlando Summer League

Damion James (Nets): James has out played fellow rookie Derrick Favors through the first three games. James scored a game high 30 points (9-of-18 shooting). The Texas rookie is averaging 20.7 (2nd overall) points and 6.3 rebounds.

Paul George (Pacers)- George followed up his eight rebound, seven steal game with 15 points and nine rebounds. The 10th overall pick has displayed his versatility through the first three games.

Jrue Holiday (76ers)- Holiday had his best game yet with 25 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 three-pointers. Overall he is fifth in scoring and second in assists.

Honorable Mention: Joe Crawford (Magic), Josh McRoberts (Pacers), Lance Stephenson (Pacers), James Harden (Thunder), Marreese Speights (76ers)

NBA Orlando Summer League Day 2

Top three performers from Day 2 of the Orlando Summer League:

Gerald Henderson (Bobcats): Henderson had team highs of 21 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. He made 10-of-11 free throws and has scored over 20 points in his each of his first two games.

Terrence Williams (Nets): Williams had a game high 24 points (8-of-12 from the field). He also chipped in seven rebounds and seven assists. The second year player is averaging 23.5 points, seven assists and four rebounds through two games.

Patrick Ewing Jr. (Magic): Ewing scored 17 points (7-of-12 from the field) with three rebounds, two blocks, two threes and one steal. He scored 12 of his team high 17 in the second half.

Honorable mention: Damion James (Nets), Lance Stephenson (Pacers), Gordon Hayward (Jazz), Luke Harangody (Celtics), James Harden (Thunder)

NBA Orlando Summer League Day 1

Top three performers from Day 1 of the Orlando Summer League:

Lance Stephenson (Pacers): Stephenson had game highs of 21 points and eight free throw attempts. He also chipped in with four rebounds, three assists and one block. The Pacers need a play maker and they believe Stephenson could run the point. The 40th overall pick in the NBA Draft already looks like a steal.

Luke Harangody: Harangody led the Celtics with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. He made four three pointers which shows his improved outside shot. Hiz size and basketball IQ could help him get playing time during the season.

Jrue Holliday (76ers): Holiday had a team highs of 23 points, 11 free throw attempts and eight assists. He looked comfortable running the pick-and-roll. The second year player also showed chemistry playing alongside Evan Turner.

Honorable mention: Evan Turner (76ers), Terrence Williams (Nets), Patrick Ewing Jr. (Magic), Jeff Adrien (Magic), Gerald Henderson (Bobcats), B.J. Mullens (Thunder)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

According to the NY Daily News: “The Knicks could also have the inside track on signing free agent point guard Luke Ridnour whose price tag is too high for Milwaukee. Ridnour would serve as the perfect mentor for second-year point guard Toney Douglas, having been used in a similar role last season with the Bucks and their rookie Brandon Jennings.”

My take: For the second time in his seven year career Ridnour appeared in all 82 games last season. He averaged 10.4 points, 4 assists and scored 0.8 three pointers in 21 minutes per game. Ridnour, set career highs in field goal percentage (47.8), three point percentage (38.1) and free throw percentage (90.7). He has made $6.5 million in each of the past three seasons and is 29 years old which means the Knicks should not overpay.

According to RealGM and the NY Post “The Knicks will send other front office members to meet with Kyle Korver, Mike Miller and Ray Allen. The Knicks are in the market for another three-point shooter to spread the floor in …

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Wolves to target Rudy Gay

According to the StarTribune:

“David Kahn says he plans to call two agents at 11 o’clock Wednesday, when the NBA’s free-agency negotiation period begins. I hear from a good league source that one of those two guys is Memphis forward Rudy Gay.

The question about Gay is whether the Wolves would try to package a front-loaded offer too painful for the Grizzlies to match or whether they’d try to strike a sign-and-trade deal.”

My take: The Wolves will have about $13.1 million in cap space. With the third pick in the NBA Draft the Wolves selected small forward Wes Johnson who plays the same position as Gay.They also acquired Lazar Haywood (last pick in the first round) and Martell Webster.

With the additions they made so far it is not an ideal fit for Gay. Unless, they play him or Johnson at the two guard. As a fan it would be fun to watch two players playing together who are very similar in size and skill set. Ideally, …

Monday, June 28th, 2010

2010 NBA Draft: Potential Second Round Steals

Pick 33: Kings- Hassan Whiteside

Whiteside was a projected first round pick by several mock drafts. He led the nation in blocks per game (5.4) and was selected as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. His 182 blocks was the fourth most for one season in Division 1 history. He is 7”0″ with a 7-7 wingspan and 9-5 reach.

The Kings boast an impressive front court with this year’s top pick DeMarcus Cousins, Samuel Dalembert, Carl Landry and Jason Thompson. Whiteside could have a future with the Kings considering Dalembert and Landry will be free agents at the end of next season.

Teams had concerns over his maturity (showed up the combine in flip flops) and his recent diagnosis with ADD. He is raw on the offensive side and considered a bad passer (10 assists in 34 games) which also caused him to slide. However, this was still an excellent value pick based on the the upside.

Pick 36: Pistons- Terrico White

White was one of the most …

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN:

“Plugged-in sources saying Knicks high on Joe Johnson’s list of teams,”Broussard wrote on his Twitter page.”

Pros: If LeBron James, does not come to NY then JJ could be a “suitable” replacement. He has made the All-Star team in four straight seasons and this past season was named to All-NBA Third Team. His size (6’7″-240), versatility and shooting ability has quietly turned him into of the elite guards in the league.

In his five years with the Hawks he has averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds.This past regular season he was one of seven players to average 20+ points and 4.9+ assists.

Johnson is familiar with Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni, since he played for him in two seasons with Phoenix. In 04-05 Johnson set career highs in 3-point field goals (177) and rebounds per game (5.2).

Cons: While, Johnson is a consistent and crafty player he is not a LeBron James or Dwayne Wade.

JJ is not a high volume free …

Friday, June 25th, 2010

“Donnie Walsh said he sees Rautins, who spent much of his pre-draft workout with the Knicks at the point, as a combo guard, and described Fields as “super athletic.”

I did not expect New York to draft Andy Rautins or Landry Fields. However, the draft strategy changed when Armon Johnson, Terrico White and Darington Hobson all were selected in the second round right before the Knicks. I see the plan now was draft to combo guard that can shoot and an athletic wing player that scan score.

I thought the Knicks were going to spend one pick or size and the other on a guard. Hassan Whiteside slipped all the way to the second round I would have liked the Knicks to land him. Unlike last year the Knicks did not purchase a first rounder.

Also it was a bit of head scratcher when the Knicks passed up on Lance Stephenson and Jarvis Varnado who ironically were the next two picks after the Knicks. Jerome Jordan, Gani Lawlal, Willie Warren, Derrick Caracter and Solomon Alabi were also available.

Analysis …

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Nets trade Chris-Douglas Roberts to the Bucks

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

“Nets and Bucks still finalizing the 2nd-round pick in Chris Douglas-Roberts deal, but one team exec. says won’t be 44 now”

“If not for a second-rounder this year, than for future considerations”.

My take: The Nets already hold the Nos. 3, 27, 31 in the upcoming draft. After a promising first half of the season CDR saw his points and minutes drop drastically in the second half. He shot just 26% from three in his second season. CDR was a second round pick in 2008 (40th overall).

He is very active on Twitter and his comments during the losing streak got him fined and later benched by Kiki Vandeweghe.

Douglas-Roberts was set to make $854,000 in the upcoming season, and it was a team option.

Bucks GM John Hammond made a trade earlier in the day acquiring Corey Maggette from the Warriors for Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric.

New Jersey looks to develop the three picks they have this year to go …

Friday, June 18th, 2010

According to www.realgm.com

“There may have been another shift in the speculation surrounding where LeBron James will sign when he becomes a free agent in less than two weeks.

During an interview on ESPN Radio in New York, Stephen A. Smith said sources have told him that James is now leaning toward signing with the Knicks and that this factor played a role in Tom Izzo turning down the Cavs’ head coaching job.

“LeBron didn’t speak to Izzo because he doesn’t want to have anything to do with who the next coach of the Cavs is going to be just in case he leaves,” Smith said.

“From what my sources tell me, he still hasn’t made a final decision but he’s higher on New York now than he was a month ago. And the reality is that he is leaning more towards New York than he is towards returning to Cleveland. Izzo knew this,” he said.

Smith suggests …

Why the Lakers won Game 7 of the NBA Finals

Game 7 was an epic game filled with defensive battles, with the Lakers winning 83-79.

LA became the seventh team ever to face a 3-2 deficit in the Finals to come back to win the final two games. They have now won five titles in the past 11 seasons.

Phil Jackson is now 48-0 when his team wins Game 1 of a playoff series and has won a record 11 titles as a Head Coach.

Key reasons:

1) Defense: The Celtics limited LA to score 34 in the first half but they managed to score 40. Derek Fisher was the only player to shoot over 50 percent from the field (4-6).core 40. They gave the Lakers fits on defense by rotating and switching well.

However, allowing 23 offensive rebounds, committing 15 turnovers and sending the Lakers to the line 37 times overshadows the defensive effort.

Ray Allen and Paul Pierce shot a combined 8-29. The 33 percent Pierce shot from the field was his second lowest total for the Finals. Boston also allowed 30 points in the fourth quarter.

2) Rebounding differential: …

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