Fix the Knicks

These are the times where you have to seriously worry about Jim Dolan’s mental stability.

The song is horrible, but it would at least be sort of funny if the Knicks weren’t such an incompetent franchise.  The franchise’s mediocrity last decade is largely because of Dolan himself.  From Isiah Thomas to failing to lure Lebron to New York, Dolan has done a terrible job with the Knicks.

It’s sad that Dolan finds it comical, because it isn’t at all.  I know he doesn’t care about the team, but there are a lot of passionate fans that do.  If Dolan only put as much passion into the Knicks and Rangers as he does with his music, Madison Square Garden would once again be the home of champions.

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Are the Knicks Interested in Kwame Brown?

We’re a long way from the end of the lockout, but the rumors keep flooding in.

There’s no question the Knicks need help in the middle … but is unrestricted free agent Kwame Brown the answer? Last week, a New York Post report surfaced that the team was interested in offering a one-year deal to a FA center, including the ex-Bobcat.

Although Brown finished this past season above average, averaging 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in his last 12 games, his overall 2010-11 campaign and most of his 10-year career have been average; not to mention, inconsistent. In 2003-04, he averaged 10.9 points per game, but the following season he dropped to 7.0 ppg and then his minutes sunk below 20 minutes per game — until only last season. Averaging 26 minutes per game, he put up 7.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 0.6 bpg, while shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 58.9 percent from the line.

If Brown arrives in the Big Apple, don’t expect a big upgrade over last season’s usual starting center Ronny Turiaf, according to Basketball Prospectus’ SCHOENE projection system. If Brown plays Turiaf’s identical minutes from last season (17.8 mpg), he will average 4.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game in 2011-12 with the Knicks. Compared to Turiaf, who averaged 4.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.1 bpg in 2010-11, Brown’s numbers would be a downgrade in terms of shot blocking, but not in terms of rebounding. The scoring averages are a wash, but Turiaf shot 64. percent last year and the projection only shows Brown shooting 52.5 percent from the field next season.

I highly doubt Brown is the answer to the Knicks’ hole at center, but a one-year deal wouldn’t hurt anyone.  He would be a good guy for depth, but he’s really nothing but another Ronny Turiaf.  There’s nothing wrong with players like Turiaf, but the Knicks need a little more out of the starting center spot.

Is Kwame Brown the answer?

Dwight Howard Won’t Play for L.A.?

We have a long time until we see any basketball again, but the Dwight Howard watch is still on.  The speculation for months has been that Dwight either wants to go to the Lakers or Nets.  While I wouldn’t get to excited yet, maybe we can begin to speculate that Howard doesn’t want to be a Laker.  After digging through his Twitter account, we have found a rather odd tweet.

Very interesting.

In other news, ESPN claims the Nets are going to make a hard push for Dwight.

The Nets, sources said, intend to make a hard push for Howard in an attempt to convince Williams to commit long term.

It’s not time to get excited yet Nets fans, but there’s a good chance Superman will be a Net within the next two seasons.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more on Dwight Howard, the lockout, and possible landing spots for other players rumored to be on the move.

Blast from the Past

The average Knick fan will have a hard time remembering the success that took place in the late 90s and early 2000s due to the cloud of smoke left by Isaiah Thomas.While few players from the good old days remain in the league there is one that comes to mind. Kurt Thomas. There have been talks of big Kurt returning to the orange and blue and I think it makes perfect sense.

Thomas, while on his last legs, can still help in multiple ways on the court. When Thomas came out of TCU he had the title of a double-double machine and he was outstanding for the Knicks during the Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell days. Thomas will bring back a 90s toughness and intensity defensively that the Knicks certainly need down low.

Thomas has made a living for his ability to defend the post. The Knicks biggest weakness has been defending the post. Makes sense to me. Thomas possesses the type of toughness that the role players the Knicks acquire should have. While Thomas should not get big minutes hes the type of guy who will only help you when hes on the floor. Is this going to put the Knicks over the edge? No. Is it a useful acquisition? I’d say so.

The Knicks could definitely use Kurt's toughness.

Let’s Have Faith in Iman Shumpert

As you’ve probably heard by now, the New York Knicks selected Georgia Tech point guard Iman Shumpert with the 17th pick of Thursday night’s draft. I’ve heard a largely negative reaction to the pick and while I can see why, I certainly disagree with the contempt of the this pick. The Knicks needed a speedy point guard off the bench and they got one in Shumpert. Shumpert is the anti Chauncey Billups and will push the pace and DEFEND. I know Chris Singleton was the better defender, but the most important position defensively in the league is at the point.

Shumpert has the athleticism to stay with the likes of Rose, Rondo, and Wade. Chris Singleton, although the best pure defender in the draft, would not be able to play the two and unless you want Melo to ride the pine, he wouldn’t have a significant impact. Shumpert also has much more upside. He reminds me of Russell Westbrook at UCLA. Inconsistent but a superior athlete with loads of potential. Singleton would not be on the floor enough to be effective.

Billups as we know is aging and will more than likely be banged up all year. I will say however that the smart drafting tactic would have been to trade down as Shumpert would have more than likely have been available several picks later. I will say for all of our sake that Shumpert was a better pick than also reaching on Josh Selby at 17. My advice for Knick fans is to have faith. No one liked Landry Fields this time last year, now Spike Lee wears his jersey on a nightly basis.

Shumpert probably isn't as bad as some Knicks fans have made him out to be.

Knicks Draft Iman Shumpert

Words can not describe the anger Knicks fans are feeling right now.  The Knicks have drafted a fairly unknown point guard, Iman Shumpert, at 17th overall.  The kid apparently plays good defense and is a good shooter.  Hey, that sounds like another guard the Knicks have on their roster.  That probably means the end for Douglas.

This is obviously a terrible pick.  I don’t care what anyone says.  He was probably going to drop to the late-first, early-second round.  He’s a horrible pick in the mid-first round.  Chris Singleton was the pick to make.  If not, you have Faried, Montejunas, or Brooks.

Unbelievable.  The Knicks have screwed up the draft once again.  When will this nonsense end?

– UPDATE: The Knicks bought the 45th overall pick from New Orleans, which they used on center Josh Harrelson.

2011 NBA Draft Instant Analysis

Stay here throughout the night for instant updates and analysis.  The draft will be held at 7:00 live from the Prudential Center.  The Knicks pick 17th and the Nets pick 27th and 36th.  With the possibility of both teams moving up and down, it should be an interesting night.  The Knicks have been rumored to want to move up to select someone like Jimmer Fredette in the top-15.  On the other side of the Hudson, Billy King has a history of making multiple trades during draft night.

– (5:00) The Cavaliers are expected to take PG Kyrie Irving #1 overall and Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas #4 overall.

– (5:30) The Bucks, Kings and Bobcats have agreed to a three-way trade, sources have confirmed.

– (6:10) The Atlanta Hawks are attempting to acquire the second overall pick to draft Enes Kanter, dangling Josh Smith in trade discussions.

– (6:25) The Warriors, Lakers, and Bulls are discussing a blockbuster trade.  Monta Ellis, Lamar Odom, and Joakim Noah would be involved.

– (7:15) According to Chad Ford, the Raptors will take Bismack Biyombo.  No surprise there.  According to Chris Mannix, the Wolves are contemplating trading the #2 overall pick for Monta Ellis.

– (7:30) Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports says the Blazers and Nuggets are seriously talking about a swapping Raymond Felton and Andre Miller.  They would also swap first round picks in the same deal.

– (7:40) The Cavs pick Irving #1 overall.

– (7:45) The Wolves pick Derrick Williams #2 overall.  I doubt he’ll stay with the Timberwolves the rest of the night.

– (7:50) The Jazz take Enes Kanter. This seems to me that they have their hopes on taking Jimmer with their 12th pick.

– (7:56) Cavs take Texas forward Tristan Thompson with the 4th pick. Hes raw offensively bit of a reach in my opinion.

– (7:59) Andy Katz reports that the Wolves intend to keep Derrick Williams.

– (8:07) Tristan Thomspon, Jonas Valanciunas, and Jan Vesley go 4-6.

– (8:13) Bismack Biyombo will go 7th to the Bobcats.

– (8:17) Brandon Knight finally goes 8th overall to the Pistons.

– (8:27) End the speculation. Kemba Walker goes 9th overall. He won’t be a Knick.

– (8:29) Jimmer Fredette goes to the Bucks. Certainly disappointing for Knicks fans.

– (8:35) Klay Thompson goes to Golden State. As a Knicks fan I’m praying for Alec Burks to fall but he should go shortly.

– (8:41) Burks just went. Chris Singleton is the only hope for the Knicks right now. But I know the organization will find a way to screw this up no matter who is there at 17th overall.

– (9:02) One more pick (Philly) until the Knicks pick. Singleton, Brooks, Faried, Vucevic, Shumpert still on the board.

– (9:10) The Knicks pick Iman Shumpert.

– (9:15) The Spurs have acquired the draft rights to Kawhi Leonard from the Pacers in exchange for George Hill.

– (10:02) The Nets draft Marshon Brooks following a trade from the Celtics.  Great pick.  I love it.

– (10:03) Jonny Flynn and Montejunas are taking their talents to Houston in a trade with the Wolves.  That means Flynn won’t be a Knick.

– (10:13) Rudy Fernandez is now a Maverick after trading their 26th pick to Portland.

– (10:40) – Andre Miller is going to Denver and Raymond Felton is going to Portland.  This completes the Rudy Fernandez trade.

– (10:41) The Nets select Jordan Williams with their 36th overall pick.

– (10:53) The Nets took Maryland’s Jordan Williams with the No. 36 pick and will hang onto him.  He’s not part of the Bogdanovic acquisition.

– (11:17) The Knicks selected Josh Harrelson with the 45th pick, which they bought from New Orleans.

– (11:19) After some confusion, we can confirm the Nets did buy/trade for the pick used to select swingman Bojan Bogdanovic.  Sorry for the confusion, ESPN has really been unclear on everything tonight.  That was originally the 31st overall pick.  Bogdanovic has buyout issues, but he’s a great talent.  If he played at an elite college, he may have been a lottery pick.

Thanks to Mike K. for his contributions tonight.

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