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Friday, June 4th, 2010

Knicks to work out six more

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Eric Boateng C – Arizona State
Jordan Crawford, G – Xavier
Sylven Landesberg, G – Virginia
Hamady N’Diaye, C – Rutgers
Deon Thompson, F – North Carolina
Latavious Williams, F – D-League

The three appealing names on this list:

Jordan Crawford: Crawford is famous for “dunking on” LeBron James, last off season during a skills camp. He originally attended Indiana University but transferred to Xavier. In his lone year at Xavier he averaged 20.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals. He scored at least 27 points in his three NCAA tournament games including a season high 32 vs. Kansas State. He was named to the Sporting News All-American Third Team. Crawford is 6’4″ with a 6-7 wingspan and shot 39% from three which makes him very appealing.

Hamady N’Diaye: The Senegal native is a physical specimen with a 7-4 wingspan and a 9-3 standing reach. His 4.5 blocks per game was the third highest in the nation. The 6’11” center was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He had 6+ blocks in 7 games and 10+ rebounds in …

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

David Lee to extend range even more

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“Mark Bartlestein, the agent for David Lee, said that Lee is putting up 500 three-point jump shots per day so far this off-season. Lee is working on improving his long-distance game.”

This is encouraging news for Lee in terms of adding another ripple to his offensive repertoire. Lee has yet to make a three pointer in his five seasons. This past season he set a career high with 8 attempts from downtown. Lee has the ability to convert threes because of his work ethic. He set a career in making 43% of his shots from 16-23 feet. Also, instead of rolling on the pick Lee could pop out which would give him even more open looks. Lee exposed a lot of bigs who did not respect his improved range. Can Lee to have a outburst of three pointers like Channing Frye did with the Suns?

In his four years at Arizona, Frye made 6 three pointers and 20 in his first four NBA seasons. However he showed progress in 2008-2009 shooting 11-33 beyond the …

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

More Knicks Pre-Draft

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May 7th – Jimmer Fredette (withdrew), Bobby Maze

May 27th – Jeff Foote, Tiny Gallon, J.P. Prince, A.J. Slaughter, Mikhail Torrance, Ben Uzoh

May 28th- Craig Brackins, Stephen Dennis, Jarvis Varnado, Greivis Vasquez, Willie Warren, Dominique Jones

June 8th – Tyren Johnson

Here are the other players I did not cover before. Tyren Johnson will be in the next re-cap.

Ben Uzoh (Tulsa)- Uzoh averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds this past year. Scouts are raving about his athleticism and 6’9″ wingspan. He is the only player in school history to rank among the top-10 for points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots. He had 12 games of 20+ points and 7 games of 7+ rebounds in his senior year. He showed flashes of triple-double potential and has drawn comparisons to Thunder PG Russel Westbrook.

Mikhail Torrance (Alabama)- In his senior season he averaged 15.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds. The combo guard has good size at 6’5″ and 207 pounds. Scouts are raving about his court vision, handle and shooting range. He had 10 games …

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Knicks to work out six more players on Friday

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Craig Brackins (Iowa State),  Jarvis Varnado (Miss St), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Willie Warren (Oklahoma), Dominique Jones (South Florida), Stephen Dennis (Kutztown)

As i wrote on April 13th, the Knicks should be looking to target Varnado and Vasquez in the second round. It appears the Knicks could go small and big with their two second-round picks.

Jarvis Vanardo: The senior was named SEC defensive player of the year for the third straight year (2008, 2009, 2010). His 564 blocked shots is the most of all time and he is the only Division 1  player to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks. He also averaged 10.3 rebounds and shot 58% from the field. Varnado has in creased his points, rebounds and blocks in each season. He is 6’10” in sneakers and has a 7’4″ wingspan. Despite taking 11 jump shots in his senior season he is working on a mid-ranger jumper.

Greivis Vasquez : Vasquez averaged a career-best 19.6 points and 6.3 assists in his senior season. The 6’6″ guard was named to the second-team All-American team. The …

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Knicks bring in six to pre-draft workout

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The six players invited to the pre-draft workouts in Westchester include : Cornell 7-foot center Jeff Foote, Oklahoma forward Keith “Tiny” Gallon, Tennessee guard J.P. Prince, Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter, Alabama guard Mikhail Torrance, and Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh.

The three players worth mentioning:

Jeff Foote: 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks in 34 games in his senior season. He transferred from St. Bonaventure where he made the team as an academic walk-on. Foote  increased his scoring and rebounding in each of the past three seasons. He has great size at 7’0″ and 265 pounds. His presence in the middle altering shots, setting picks and high FG% helped lead the Big Red to finish 29-5. Before losing to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 he registered 28 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks vs Temple and Wisconsin. Foote has won the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. He has a 7″4″ wingspan and a high basketball IQ. He might not be the quickest of foot but he puts himself in …

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Knicks off-season blueprint

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“While the Knicks will target LeBron James first, they are no less interested in Dwyane Wade, a source tells ESPN’s Chad Ford”

According to the source:

Plan A: Pair James and Bosh

Plan B: Wade and Bosh

Plan C: James and Wade

Plan D: James or Wade and Dirk

How this works?

– Knicks are about $34 million under the salary cap. Which means they can sign two free agents to max contracts.

–  Bosh listed New York on his list as one of his five “preferred” teams. The Knicks could use David Lee to acquire Bosh in a sign-and-trade.

– Dirk plans to opt out of his contract will make him a free agent.

– Head Coach Mike D’Antoni, is an assistant coach for Team USA and has built relations with James, Wade and Bosh.

– The roster has talented young players. Danilo Gallinari is 21, Bill Walker is 22, Wilson Chandler is 23, Toney Douglas is 24.

– Adding two high profile free agents could attract veterans to play on minimum contracts.

–  New York has had winning tradition and is ready to put the …

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The New York Week That Was (Mayor’s Trophy, Unlucky Shoe, Bada Bing & Pineapple Express)

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Love it or hate it, here comes interleague play, with the first Mets-Yankees series on tap to begin tonight. And I, being old, don’t like it. It’s a gimmick that’s run its course. Of course, I also don’t like the designated hitter, loud noises and teenagers, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt (but don’t let Mayor Bloomberg catch you). One of the advantages of being long in the tooth, though, is I actually attended events from the old days, such as the Mayor’s Trophy game in 1970, at Yankee Stadium, when I was just a tyke. I still have the scorecard, and somebody kept score for five-and-a-half innings. It must have been my older brother because I had just finished a grueling year of kindergarten, which was an abrupt interruption of my easygoing life of not learning anything and taking naps, and I’m not sure if I even knew how to read back then let alone keep score. The Yanks won (as …

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

New York Knicks Season/Fantasy Recap

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Last Season

The Knicks teased the fans winning the home opener scoring a November high 117 points. They went on to lose the next six games and ended the month losing five straight.

This kind of inconsistency caused them to finish as the 11th seed in the East. Their only winning month of the season was in December when they finished 9-6. One of the few bright spots occurred on March 16th, when the Knicks snapped the Mavericks 13-game win streak and beat them by 34 points.

New York has lost 50+ games for the third consecutive year and has not won a playoff series since 2000. For the past two seasons Knicks executive Donnie Walsh has spent his efforts trying to get the Knicks under the salary cap. He has traded away Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph, Jared Jeffries and Jordan Hill in order to get under the cap.

For the first time since 1996 the Knicks are finally under the cap. New York will have a team salary of …

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

NBA Draft Lottery

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The 2010 NBA Draft Lottery will happen tonight at 8 p.m in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Here are the percentages for the 14 teams to win the lottery (number 1 overall pick)

The top 2 picks are projected to be John Wall and Evan Turner

3-5 picks (not in any order) Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Wes Johnson

Since 1994, the team with the worst record has won the lottery only once — Orlando in 2004.

-Cavs and Nuggets had same record in 2003

Nets (25.0 percent )

T-Wolves (19.9 percent)

Kings (15.6 percent)

Warriors (10.4 percent)

Wizards(10.3 percent)

76ers (5.3 percent)

Pistons (5.3 percent)

Clippers (2.3 percent)

Jazz (2.2 percent)- Pick from the Knicks

Pacers (1.1 percent)

Hornets (0.8 percent)

Grizzles (0.7 percent)

Raptors (0.6 percent)

Rockets (0.5 percent)

Questions after the lottery

– What happens if the Nets lose out on Wall

– Does Wolves GM Randy Kahn select Turner over Wall if they win the lottery

– How good can the Kings backcourt be if they land Wall

-Who will be the better pro Favors or Cousins

– Will the player selected by the Jazz turn out to be an All-Star

-What players stock will rise …

Friday, May 14th, 2010
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We’ll start off this week with a tribute to catchers. Francisco Cervelli, Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco all had a memorable couple of games last weekend. New York has had many legends behind the plate, such as Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Thurman Munson, Jerry Grote, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza, and we’ve had our fare share of backups who did something special, too – Todd Pratt instantly comes to mind. But those three present-day local backstops are cut more from the cloth of the likes of Butch Wynegar, John Stearns or Jake Gibbs. Barajas’ and Blanco’s back-to-back game-winning home runs made major league history, as it was the first time catching teammates accomplished that feat. In fact, we haven’t seen offensive heroics like that from a catcher since Jake Taylor surprised the Yankees by beating out a bunt single, which allowed Willie Hayes Mays to score all the way from second to win the AL East title back in the late ’80s (little-known fact: Barajas’ …

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Winning trends by Eastern Conference Teams

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Besides winning 44+ games here are the other trends that made the teams in the East, playoff competitive during the regular season.

– The 8 postseason teams ranked the best in opposing 3pt %

– 7 of the 8 playoff seeds ranked 1-7 in opponents field goal % (Hawks were 9th)

– 7 teams that allowed the fewest points per game made the playoffs (Heat, Magic, Bucks, Hawks,Celtics, Cavs, Bobcats…Bulls were 9th)

-5 teams with the best rebounding differential made the playoffs.

What has to be done:

According to the Knicks top five-man lineup unit consisted of Duhon, Chandler, Gallo, Lee and Jeffries. They had 15 wins and 16 losses with a +/- ratio of +8. This unit played the most minutes and likely finished the best because of the versatility and familiarity with each other. New York needs to find a starting rotation with chemistry and size for next season.

Al Harrington had the 2nd worse +/- (-225) on the Knicks and he should not be returning next year. If the Knicks bring back Bill Walker he could be one …

Friday, April 16th, 2010
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The Yankees received their World Series rings in their home opener on Tuesday, with Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra on hand to pass them out. After criticizing the Yankees’ spending last week, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio was caught spying on the ceremony while hiding behind some bushes. As he was led away to the Yankee Stadium jail that’s set up for disgruntled Yankee haters, he was heard mumbling that the Bronx Bombers spent more on their rings than the whole Brewers franchise is worth.

For the record, here are a few other cost comparisons between the wealthy Yankees and the small-market Brewers: More money has fallen out of Alex Rodriguez’s pocket than Prince Fielder spends on his yearly grocery bill; Derek Jeter’s splurge-fest on bottle service at VIP sections of nightclubs throughout New York City is 10 times more than the payroll of the Brewers bullpen; Joba Chamberlain spent more on off-season twirling and fist-pump lessons than Milwaukee did on overseas scouting; A.J. Burnett’s 2009 shaving-cream pie budget …

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