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Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 16, 2020, 11:52:27 AM »
The problem is then we drafted another no outside shot,  poor defender in RJB.  One of those two drafts we needed to hit on a 3&D wing.

Hunter looked pretty good at least against us.

Knox and Barnett duplicate each other's weakness. Also,  likely play the same position,  until Knox fills out and becomes more of a PF.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 16, 2020, 12:27:22 AM »
Knox was a typical Mills pick. Next in order regardless of position or need.  His lack of basketball IQ was amazing.  Knix needed shot makers not athletes.

Well, we certainly needed an SF.   I thought Knix went bold taking the 19 year old freshman,  instead of one of the older more polished Bridges.  I hoped they knew what they were doing.   

The guy we missed on was Shai who was getting buzz and moving up draft boards late. Don't know how much we considered him.

Knox was a high risk/high reward pick.   You can see by his physique and motivation why they went for him.   However his motor isn't great,  his BBIQ not there, and his confidence comes and goes.  I was surprised Knix didn't play it safe,  but kinda liked the riskier higher upside pick.

He's trying to develop the 3 as his first solid NBA skill, which could open up more driving and cutting.

I think we gave Knox too many minutes last year.   And too little this year,  partly the roster crunch at F,  but also Miller needing to win to try to keep his job.  And yes, also Knox's lack of doing good things on a basketball court.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 15, 2020, 12:34:38 AM »
Real Plus/Minus:
Knox 489/490.
Jr. Smith 481.

Lost season for both.   Maybe give both of them a 2 week stretch of starting.   See if they can figure anything out with more minutes.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 14, 2020, 11:34:53 PM »
Overall,  we prefer/favor very different players.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 14, 2020, 11:26:22 PM »
My posts are highly negative on guys who play turnstyle D,  take bad shots,  are inconsistent,  make bad plays.  No matter what their per min scoring might be.

Maybe on a more stable team, with a PG and system in place and a clearly defined role,  Portis might be a useful rotation piece.   With none of that,  Portis flaws show out,  and his passing ability and pretty good outside stroke don't amount to much.   He did rebound consistently well for us.   The rest of his skills were flashes and teases.

You get very enamored of scoring.   I'm looking for consistency and playing good basketball,  not just one aspect.

Jimmer and Austin Rivers and Tim jr. get you excited. Flashy scorers who add little else.

And yes,  give Rivers credit for becoming a pesky defender as his outside shot slumps.   While Tim is finally having a pretty good year.   

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 14, 2020, 10:48:08 PM »
Try giving just one year and 16 mil to someone you view better than Portis.

The idea that Portis is the epitome of a 1 year signee doesn't hold water.   We just had a much much better Morris at $18M.  There are often guys who don't get the offer they want because the market dried up for whatever reason,  they were coming off injury or poor production,  etc. who are willing to bet on themselves on a one year to go for a big contract the following year (when more teams will have cap space).

Besides I don't really buy in that having a $16M contract will lead to anything.   We just had exactly that with Portis (even better since he was a team option/ending contract)  and nothing happened.

I want to use that Portis/Ellington money on a starter,  preferably a starting G.

I'm okay keeping Portis if we miss out on a quality FA, think he's valuable to us and tertiarily might make good trade ballast.

Portis is an okay backup,  with poor defense,  high inconsistency,  a tendency to make dumb plays.  Some nice underlying skills.   If he was more consistent,  I could live with his flaws.   The other issue is he plays the same position as our only legit starter.

I give Portis a Big Shrug.   Hope we could do better for the dollar.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 14, 2020, 01:11:59 PM »
  the Knicks fly in and out of Westchester County Airport as opposed to one of the major airports in the New York/New Jersey area. Players who live in Westchester can drive themselves home in about 10 minutes after road trips, according to a source.

While the drive from Westchester to the Garden can be difficult during rush hour, having an easier commute from the airport to home or home to the practice facility is a counterbalance.

Though they could fly in/out LaGuardia,  but that place used to always be a mess.
Small airports are nice.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 14, 2020, 12:57:17 PM »
I thought the idea was Westchester was supposed to be state of the art.

We couldn't find anyone better than Portis to drop a 1 year $16M deal on?   Last year we hit with Morris.  Get a 2nd year team option like we did by overpaying Portis, in case the guy does well.

Again,  we have plenty of $6M-$8M contracts,  so Ellington is a waste.  Portis for $16M hoping to help a tram dump salary is peculiar.   I'd only go that route if I thought Portis was a useful player who might develop.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 14, 2020, 11:19:24 AM »
Yikes.   I think youre outthinking yourself. 
Aren't useful bad contracts akin to good misses and positive turnovers?

Taj,  Elf,  Franc,  Jr.  Smith, Knox,  RJB,  Bullox, possibly a resigned Hark.
We'll have plenty of contracts between $4M - $10M to swing deals.

I'd simply prefer dropping Ellingtons $8 on Hark.  Or less if possible.  Hark for $6M would be a bargain.

You can make a case for Portis, if you think he can grow.   Maybe we should run a trial 2 weeks of Portis starting and see how it goes.  But I don't see why we would want Portis at $16M or someone else would trade for him at that rate.

And yes I'd prefer to consolidate Portisellington's $23M into one quality starter (doubling our current count).   Be nice if can do it for $18M or $20M and save a little. But I don't mind a $3 - $5M overpay.  We're that desperate for starters.
$20M for FVV,  $18M for Brooks or Bogdan. Add $2M if needed.  Snag one of them and we're in much better shape.

Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: February 14, 2020, 06:51:54 AM »
The other day Red claimed the AP is biased against Israel.  Maybe somewhat compared to the dominant pro-Israel bias that's standard in the US.   But when I read the AP they always seem rather pro-Israel to me.
For instance:
the vast majority of the world considers Israeli settlements to be illegal.

President Donald Trump, however, has taken a more lenient position, tolerating continued Israeli settlement construction and releasing a Mideast plan last month that envisions giving Israel permanent control over all of its settlements.

They've actually toughened to vast majority from the previous most countries.   But of course that's true and more accurate. Better if they just said transferring population to occupied land is illegal under intl law.   

But "lenient" is a real gentle word.   And the US has tolerated settlement expansion for decades.  Trump has endorsed settlements, hired on staunch pro-settlement folks and is ready to endorse annexation of much of the WB and Jerusalem.

The AP tends to use the same language formula consistently,  and this gets spread throughout most of the printed media.

And that's just the latest example.   I find a pro-Israel bias in most AP articles on ghd subject.   Hopefully "lenient" will be dropped as a mushy,  allowing,  condoning description.

The AP is a bit less pro-Israel than the standard cheerleading minimally critical US press,  which is still definitely pro-Israel compared to Europe or the rest of the world.  Only in the US could the AP be accused of anti-Israel bias.   I'd like roses examples (and would be pretty sure any would be one-offs,  if they exist).  I read AP news all the time and can't recall any.   Certainly doesn't turn up in their stock summaries and repeated phraseology.

I sure hope whichever DEM gets the nomination goes after Trump hard for calling the media the enemy of the people.   I'd civics lesson his ass hard on that.   And his BS denunciation of fake news while rarely proving anything  false or misleading.   

There should be hell to pay for his lies,  but Trunk should get roasted for his media bashing.

Btw,  if I were the Dem,  I'd have a list prepared of Trump lies for every topic and read one or two whoppers before answering a question.

"So lets see what Donald Trump had to say about ..."

Read off something stupid.

"Well of course that's nonsense/wrong/foolish,  the truth is ..."

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 14, 2020, 03:24:44 AM »
Didn't see the game,  but 60 FG's for Lashing and Loud,  but just 8 FGs for Morris in 42 mins?   Clips also took 37 FT's,  but none for Morris.   I guess there always an adjustment, but real odd MaMo would get the 6th most shots,  and likely 7gh in PG didn't go gimpy after just 15 mins.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:49:11 AM »

Thx.   I usually use Hoooshype,  and as far as I can tell they list Taj & Ell as full contracts.

Okay,  so both are team options.  Certainly drop Ellington.  That's pretty clear.   Bullock or Dot can take his minutes. But preferably we get a genuine SG starter.   Brooks or Bogdan or a rook. Convert Portis & Ellington into Bogdan or Brooks (or FleetvanFred) and might still have $5M left over.  $18M sounds right. $20M could be done.

I'd think about giving MoHark up to Ellington/midlevel money.  $6-$8M range.
Hark has shot around 36% on 3's only on very low volume,  just taking very open ones.   Which is smart.   Maybe he can ramp up.   I guess our losing Knick team can afford to greenlight him and find out.

Drop Portis & Ell and that's an extra $23M to play with.  Taj at $10M is fine.   If you need the extra money,  drop him and add a WCS,  Alex Len or whatever other serviceable  Big will be available on the cheap.  But youd only be saving $5M and lose a hard worker and locker room presence.  Or could always go the opposite direction and drop Taj but upgrade to Plumlee at say $12M or so.

Have to say I'm impressed you guys are already so up on FA's and the Knix salary structure.
I'm barely past our underwhelming trade season.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:25:58 AM »
Reported PG13 hurt his hammy. I really liked how physical Tatum and Jaylen were their rook years.   Generally yute takes a while to get physical with grown-ass men.   RJB another exception (though without the D and shooting of Tatum/Jaylen).
Knox is more typical.   He looks like a specimen and now and then takes it strong.   But usually can't finish,  avoids making the contact,  gets knocked down or off-balance,  etc.

I was trying to trade Melo for Jaylen & Rozier when those guys werent seeing much daylight. And of course pre-Gordo trade.

But while Jaylen is a good player,  Tatum can be all-star level .  Paul George,  Danny Granger, prime Rudy Gay level.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:45:32 PM »
What's the status with Duke Ellington $8M and Taj $9.4M for next year.   Are those fully guaranteed (less common than before).

I know Randle 2 years out only has a $4M guarantee on his circa $20M.  Some contract versatility.

I'd be fine having Taj back.   Ell isn't needed.

Basketball / Re: Knicks
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:36:34 PM »
Well, Hark & a circa #28 pick. I still contend we could have gotten a better return with a better FO.  But hopefully we can resign MoHa for around $7M.  Thus adding a solid player at a good rate.  MoHawk was starting on an elite Lac team.

Hark started 38/50 games he played for the Clips averaging 23 mins  PatPat 18/45 but just 12 mins per.  But they also have JaMike Green, averaging 20mpg.   Like us the Clips loaded up on PF's last Summer.

JaMike & Pat are solid 3 point shooters.   Hark the best defender of the trio.

Its just too bad we added a player at the same spot as Randle.  That's one of the issues with Randle,  he's monopositional.  Hark can play some SF.  But then between Hark-Randle-Taj/Mitch you have poor to negligible 3 point shooting.   And that's compounded by Elf/Franc/Smith.

So while Hark is a solid player I'd like to keep around -- something like a 26 year old combo F version of Taj -- he's not a great fit for our roster.   So we likely won't bid too high to retain him,  and might prefer ghr cap space.

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