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16  Sports / Basketball / Re: Europe on: June 19, 2008, 04:10:12 PM
Is the Euro invasion over? At a minimum, is it now to the point that unless you come before the age of 21, don't bother?


The problem is money. The dollar is weak, the euro is strong, the european leagues are doing well, so as a result....

If an international (or american of course) is drafted as a first rounder, he's in a fixed salary scale where it'll be far more interesting to stay international then to move to the NBA. Clear example is Tiago Splitter, who reportedly will sign for an MLE kinda salary instead of a late first round rookie scale salary (which I think is somewhere around 4 mil for 3 years, which is less then what he'll be earning the first year overseas).

So an international now wants to be drafted lottery or in the 2nd round, 2nd rounders are without limitations (theoretically, you still need to have the money, capspace or MLE/LLE).
17  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 19, 2008, 08:39:13 AM
We just have to hope some GM out there gets the crazy idea he can rebuild in one year and goes "all-in" so-to-speak, like the celts, so we can move a player for an ending/2yr contract and/or youth/picks.

We need to identify those "win-now" teams and have them on speed dial.
18  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 19, 2008, 06:12:16 AM
Well jpd,

I'm not a big soccer fan but you cannot not root for your own country and well since I'm dutch, yes I'm cheering for the Dutch team. Orange Baby, Yeah!!!  Naranja Mecanica!!!

As for who to beat, well besides us, that would be Spain or Portugal. Croatia doesn't worry me, yet. I'd be more worried about Italy who will do whatever it takes to take you out of the game.

Anyway, great victory piece by Bill Simmons
celtic pride
19  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 18, 2008, 06:49:29 AM
congrats to the celts

gotta wonder if Thibodeau stays for another or becomes a head coach somewhere

as for the Rumored Detroit move, yes I'd do a ZBo for McDyess + pick + resigned Hermann/whomever for 2 yrs, even with a wink wink of cutting McDyess immediately. This would cut a big contract off while getting some added talent in the pick and Hermann isn't too shabby either. Overpaying for someone for the next 2 years is absolutely no problem, if this means we clear salary for the 3rd crucial year.
20  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 17, 2008, 10:36:42 AM
I think Love is a good, smart player but definitely not my first choice. If we select Love I expect to trade him to Minnesota or something.
21  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 17, 2008, 09:32:55 AM
Well Bill Walker did not have a serious knee injury so should be alright. I guess he didn't want to take a chance of a more serious injury in the future in college and will accept the lower draft spot as a result. Surprising but not without reasons.

Mbah a Moute difficult name has been getting good reviews as a Bowen type player so should land safely.

Javale McGee is probably figuring he wouldn't rise a lot if he stayed one extra year in college, since it's his lack of strength, inconsistency and rawness keeping him down and that isn't fixed in a year.
22  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 17, 2008, 04:16:44 AM

a) Yeah I've grown on Eric Gordon, sweet stroke. If Bayless, Mayo are gone it will be a tough choice between Randolph, Gordon, Westbrook and yes, Love.
b) Lawson almost got his guarantee in the 20's before he got in the news for having a drink of  alcohol before he was of legal age, big deal but he's gone back.
c) Green didn't want to go to the draft but he said he needed to check if it was an option as his family needs the money. Glad he went back as he was looking at going undrafted.
23  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 14, 2008, 03:26:19 PM

Let's just say my throat is sore from all the yelling and leave it at that

Good that we're working out Mayo, still no clue as to what's going on with Walsh. Still beats the Chicago method with airing your moves before you can make them and have them falling through...ahum

Not pleased with DX's mock, having us pick Augustin 6th. I guess they were inspired by D'Antonio's "I need an engine" quote.

NBAdraft has us picking Anthony Randolph, who's apparently still 18.

This is going to be an interesting draft.
24  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 12, 2008, 04:34:25 PM
You know, Isiah would gamble on TJ. Nuff said, pass.
25  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 12, 2008, 10:51:45 AM
Daily Dime

Is it time for some significant changes during the game? Like, say, giving each coach video challenges, as they do in the NFL?

Long known as the league's loudest critic of Stern's referees, Cuban has been calling for years for an independent head of officiating to be hired from the real world to find, evaluate and manage referees. Cuban gained an unexpected ally when Lakers coach Phil Jackson announced during his pregame address Tuesday that he'd like to see NBA refs employed and managed as "a separate entity [from] the NBA entirely."

But even Jackson seemed to understand that Stern's having no control over the referees doesn't quite make sense, either, quickly adding: "I don't think that's going to happen."

That's the state of NBA reffing today. So many layers, so few answers. No obvious path to make things better.
26  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 12, 2008, 08:24:59 AM
"Go Yankees."

-- Kobe Bryant when asked for his reaction to Curt Schilling's blog in which the Red Sox pitcher gave an unflattering portrayal of Bryant's interactions with his teammates
27  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 12, 2008, 06:28:47 AM
Stern is the Kingpin of the NBA

anyway, not really surprising Kobe observations

Schilling's Blog

5) Kobe. This one stunned me a little bit. Who doesn’t know Kobe Bryant right? I only know what I have heard, starting awhile back with the entire Shaq debacle. I don’t really have an opinion one way or the other on or about him other than to know that people feel he might be one of the 4-5 greatest players to ever lace it up. What I do know is what I got to see up close and hear, was unexpected. From the first tip until about 4 minutes left in the game I saw and heard this guy bitch at his teammates. Every TO he came to the bench pissed, and a few of them he went to other guys and yelled about something they weren’t doing, or something they did wrong. No dialog about “hey let’s go, let’s get after it” or whatever. He spent the better part of 3.5 quarters pissed off and ranting at the non-execution or lack of, of his team. Then when they made what almost was a historic run in the 4th, during a TO, he got down on the floor and basically said ‘Let’s f’ing go, right now, right here” or something to that affect. I am not making this observation in a good or bad way, I have no idea how the guys in the NBA play or do things like this, but I thought it was a fascinating bit of insight for me to watch someone in another sport who is in the position of a team leader and how he interacted with his team and teammates. Watching the other 11 guys, every time out it was high fives and “Hey nice work, let’s get after it” or something to that affect. He walked off the floor, obligatory skin contact on the high five, and sat on the bench stone faced or pissed off, the whole game. Just weird to see another sport and how it all works. I would assume that’s his style and how he plays and what works for him because when I saw the leader board for scoring in the post season his name sat up top at 31+ a game, can’t argue with that. But as a fan I was watching the whole thing, Kobe, his teammates and then the after effects of conversations. He’d yell at someone, make a point, or send a message, turn and walk away, and more than once the person on the other end would roll eyes or give a ‘whatever dude’ look.
28  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 11, 2008, 12:47:04 PM
actually I expect the celts to at least grab 1 game in LA
29  Sports / Basketball / I swear, last one on: June 11, 2008, 11:01:31 AM
ek 88

good times good times, I do wonder how old the two of you are? I was too young to fully appreciate this at the time.
30  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: June 11, 2008, 10:54:50 AM
Not surprisingly I voted Carlisle,

my order

1. Carlisle
2. Skiles, as he's exactly what the doctor prescribed there
3. Porter
4. Brown
5. Curry
6. Del Negro, I really don't like this hire for the bulls. Not only because adding a rookie coach to a team on the brink of turning into a perennial playoff team isn't a recipe for success. Especially because excellent candidates like Avery Johnson, Flip Saunders, Tom Thibodeau and perhaps even Paul Silas are on the market. Then again, it might be the best move because I don't mind if they suck.
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