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1  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 25, 2008, 09:45:47 AM
I'm in the process of reading the "7 seconds or less" book and well, Marion is a whiny little "fill in blank". He wouldn't mind being on a losing team as long as he's the man. He has a hard time coping not being considered the best player and he continuously needs to be reassured.

Now the book isn't hating on Marion but nevertheless this is the overall impression I get .


Oh and this little nugget

"there are good shots and there are better shots"

that's the philosophy of the 7 seconds or less
- the extra pass
- create the offense by swift movement before the opponent's defense is set


As for Weber, apparently he has impressive skills with the ladies
As for Iavaroni, this was the defensive specialist our assistant coaches staff is missing
As for Dan D'Antoni, he'll most likely be the guide for the young rookie

As for Gentry, he doesn't want to uproot his family and raise them in New York. You've got to respect that.
2  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 25, 2008, 09:04:37 AM
depressing isn't it?
3  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 25, 2008, 07:04:37 AM
4  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 24, 2008, 10:30:20 AM
well losing in 2004 sucked (Portugal, semi's)

losing in 2000 sucked even more (Italy, semi's) after giving Yugoslavia (quarterfinals) an absolute asskicking (6-1) we missed penalties during regulation and lost after extensions in the deciding penalties. Absolute heartbreaker that one.


Anyway, I'm absolutely for the rumored trade, although I guess Miami is in the driving seat with their rumored deal with Memphis.
5  Arts / Comedy / Re: Comedy on: June 24, 2008, 09:21:38 AM
brilliant!!

I get a lot of those emails from my sister-in-law unfortunately  Wink
6  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 24, 2008, 07:36:05 AM
Well it's just a rumour and it's probably bogus but there are three things I rather like about it

a) the willingness to take on any contract if it lands us an asset, as long as it ends in two years.

now that's what I'm talking about, love this angle. Who cares what our cap will look like in the upcoming two years, as long as there's a clear set point for the cap flexibility. Use the deep pockets of the Knicks, let Cardinal ride the pine who cares, he might even be useful but that's not the point.

b) we will sorely miss Lee BUT he is in his last year of the rookie contract

as long as you're not winning anything, it's better to have a rookie scale contract then anything else. Think about what number you'd need to resign Lee as yet another contract you'd need to subtract in order to achieve the goal of capspace for the 2010/2011 fa Walhalla.

c) options

having the 5th and 6th is a fast revamp of the team.


Donnie will still have to move Curry or Zbo before the season starts but it will look a lot different by this move.
7  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 24, 2008, 05:10:27 AM
knicks knacks

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Three days and counting

It's Monday and a little more than 72 hours until the draft _ and there's more chatter surrounding your Knickerbockers.

Today's, courtesy of ESPN.com (which, in case you missed it, didn't get it right when it reported Carmelo Anthony and his agent planned to talk to the Nuggets about a possible trade out of Denver) comes this possible scenario:

David Lee and Malik Rose to Memphis for the Grizzlies' 5th overall pick plus the two years and $13 million remaining on Brian Cardinal's contract.

No confirmation or denial from either side on it at this point.

Which would mean the Knicks would have the No. 5 and 6 picks to spend, deal, whatever. But no D-Lee. Plus two years worth of a guy even the Griz don't want.

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on that and the following theories as to how Thursday will play out for The Don and Co. if they simply spend the No. 6 pick:

We continue to hear two things:

1. They've fallen back in love with Danilo Gallinari and are going to grab him, no matter who else is available.

2. They hope to end up with one from among a trio of guards: O.J. Mayo, Jerryd Bayless, Russell Westbrook, in that order. Mayo will likely be gone by No. 6, Bayless looked to be a lock for Seattle at No. 4, but now there's talk the Sonics may move up to grab Mayo or just pick Westbrook.

A corollary to this second theory is that The Don will trade down and draft Texas point guard D.J. Augustine.

It's all quite fluid and might not be determined until teams draft and trade above them. And if they somehow make the Lee deal, they could conceivably do both things, Gallinari and a guard.

But as one general manager said the other day, much of this is just the standard pre-draft talk.

Except, two years ago, that talk ended up with five of the top eight players drafted getting traded on draft night.

So strap on your seatbelt. And pass along your thoughts.
8  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 23, 2008, 03:57:59 AM
lol Carlos,
I don't think there's any bad blood between the Dutch and the Spanish. Although I'm doubting whether it's the Spanish or the French who are responsible for changing the Dutch flag. It was orange (last name royalty), white and blue.

We don't even hate the Germans anymore, not that much anyway.
9  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 22, 2008, 12:27:42 PM
a) Dutch usually lose in crunch time eventhough they played better, unfortunate but has happened quite a few times. This time the Russians played better and indeed with more belief in themselves. That said, our defense was running late constantly which is a recipe for disaster.

b) All series, shows, movies unless it's for kids is subtitled.

c) sports commentary, NBA in particular, is original when you catch/record the live showing. The rerun is usually with Dutch commentary. Most annoying though of the sports1 guys is that they for some reason assume you haven't seen or read anything about the NBA since the last broadcast and have the need to update the viewer while not giving enough attention to what's actually going on on the court.

European sports events gets dutch broadcasters, but you can flip to the bbc or eurosport and try your luck.
10  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 22, 2008, 08:20:46 AM
Ike,

FYI, Speaking of commentary, you do know that they practically synchronize everything in German. So sports, series, movies all synchronized with German language.

As for choking, the history with regards to that is penalties. The Dutch have a history of missing them at crucial times. Russians played with more vigor.
11  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 20, 2008, 02:35:38 PM
Ike,

sniff sniff, I'm hurt, sniff sniff  Wink

Anyway, I'm not a big fan of Germany but Berlin is a great city, no matter if it's for shopping, culture, clubbing, haute cuisine, you'll find something for your enjoyment

As for moving, before leaving the states ever tried going to San Francisco? That city and Vancouver are absolute outstanding but different taste I guess.
12  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 20, 2008, 11:15:07 AM
just watch the countdown over on http://www.nbadraft.net/
13  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 20, 2008, 08:03:54 AM
Good news, Westbrook the most likely selection

Hahn's Blog

As for my pick in the poll, Anthony Randolph apparently has been performing lousy outside of the court, handing in questionable personality and psych evaluations.

That's not what you want to hear is it, might be a smokescreen but nevertheless, we've already got one Curry.

So as of now, if Mayo is off the boards, I'm torn between Bayless, Westbrook and Gordon.
14  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 20, 2008, 03:51:47 AM
knicks draft central
15  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 19, 2008, 06:44:23 PM
Well Fernandez

a) is best buds with Gasol
b) loves(/d) the NBA
c) took a major paycut including forking over a big deal of his own money for the buyout

As for grabbing a young prospect, if you can't sign him now, if you let him develop overseas he's more likely then before to stay there. That's a current trend. They actually become more valuable as a 2nd rounder.

I love Ajinca, Batum is tantalizing but he might drive you crazy, Ibaka the raw uber-athletic prospect and Asik the solid center from Turkey.

Depends on where you pick them and if they can sign now instead of down the road. If they drop to the bottom of the first round and develop in a best case scenario, then yes they'll be in a Tiago situation. Vasquez is quite different, more like Vujanic, very talented but not have his heart set on the NBA from the get go.

I'm actually very curious about Nathan Jawai, I don't know anything except the mock profiles from this Aussie but nbadraft compares him to Oakley which piques my interest.



As for giving up a few more wins to be in the Wolves or Sonics position, well frankly yes, if only that would have meant Zeke's dismissal.
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