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.

Daily Briefing: July 20, 2011

– The NFL lockout is still on, but it is expected to end any day now.  I personally wouldn’t be surprised if today is the day a deal gets done.  Negotiations are being held up by the Brady vs NFL anti-trust lawsuit, but hopefully everything will be resolved quickly.

– Meanwhile, the NBA lockout has no end in sight.  The Knicks will open up at home against the Heat if the season starts on time, but that’s very unlikely.  I fully expect to miss at least half the season.  I’d say at this point it’s likely we don’t see another NBA game until the 2012-2013 season.  Games are going to have to be missed before one side caves in their demands.

– Antonio Cromartie said that he wouldn’t give the Jets a hometown discount, which shouldn’t be surprising to any Jets fans.  Cromartie has always come off as a guy who would easily leave to go get money somewhere else.  It will hurt the Jets if he leaves, but the team can definitely do without him.  If his departure leads to the re-signing of Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, it may be a good thing.

– Peter DeBoer is the new head coach of the Devils.  I don’t expect him to last more than three months, as it’s customary that Devils coaches don’t last the whole season.

– The Lightning and Steven Stamkos have reached a five-year deal.  As I said all along, there was no way Steve Yzerman was going to move him.

– The Yankees and Mets have discussed a possible Carlos Beltran trade, but it remains unlikely at this point.  I believe the Mets should not shy away from possibly trading with the Yankees, Braves, or Phillies.  They would only be hurting themselves by not taking the best deal possible.

– More and more teams seem to have interest in Ubaldo Jimenez, although there is no reason to believe the Rockies will trade him.

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Could Carlos Beltran be wearing a different set of pinstripes within the next week and a half?

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?

No M.B.A for the NBA

The National Basketball Association is currently in the early stages of a lockout. Why? Because a vast majority of the teams in the NBA hemorrhaged money last season. As usual I’ve decided to get the bottom of it using hard investigative reporting and fabricating profusely. Here are some contributing factors to how the NBA ended up in the red.

  • The NBA’s inaugural Brian Scalabrine appreciation night never really took off.
  • Isaiah Thomas
  • The existence of the WNBA
  • Eddy Curry’s contract (also is too soon to say Travis Outlaw’s contract?)
  • The Vancouver Grizzlies
  • Charles Barkley and Tim Donaghy Charity Poker Tournament
  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Marv Albert is currently being paid more than 3 quarters of the Charlotte Bobcats roster.
  • Studies have shown that 15 percent of NBA fans refuse to attend a game in which Blake Griffin doesn’t dunk.
  • The existence of divisions in the NBA. ( Not really a financial problem I just can’t stand reading a paper and seeing the words Atlantic Division and thinking what does that mean.)
  • The existence of the D- League. (See WNBA.)
  • Isaiah Thomas

BREAKING NEWS: NBA LOCKOUT IS ON

According to ESPN and other sports media outlets, the NBA has officially locked out their players.

This was an expected move, but it was made official today.  CBA negotiations will likely drag on for months, leaving NBA fans hopeless at times.  Free agency will obviously not start any time soon, as we don’t even know if there will be a season or not this year.

This is bad news, but everyone should have saw it coming.

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Daily Briefing: June 30, 2011

– The NBA lockout seems inevitable.  Quite frankly, anyone who thought a deal would be reached before July 1 is an imbecile.  The only question now is if this lockout will cause a cancellation or shortening of the 2011-2012 season.  I wouldn’t rule it out.  We saw what happened when the NHL wanted massive changes to their system.

– Yesterday we reported on the Knicks possibly showing interest in Kurt Thomas.  But as we all know, free agency is a very long time away.  Today we learned that Nene will opt out and become a free agent, but he will be an expensive option for the Knicks.

– In this article, Jesse Spector points out how the Rangers will not have any cap issues heading into tomorrow’s free agency madness.  I’ve been saying the same thing for the past few weeks.  Chris Drury’s buyout yesterday gives the Blueshirts even more money to spend.

– Paul Kariya announced his retirement today.  The left winger had a fantastic career, scoring almost 1000 points.  We hope to see him back with the NHL in some capacity soon.

– According to to Fox Sports, Santonio Holmes wants to finish his career as a Jet.  Well that’s all nice, but I refuse to believe anything until he signs an extension.  It’s as simple as that.  I’ve heard this story too many times before.  Edwards, Holmes, and Cromartie have all said that they want to be Jets.  So in a perfect world, they all would take discounts and re-sign.  However, that’s not going to happen.  In conclusion, talk is cheap.  If Santonio wants to be a Jet, sit down with the front office and work together on a deal that is good for both sides.

– The Yankees and Mets both won yesterday.  There is no doubt that both teams are red hot.  They will meet this weekend at Citi Field.

– John Harper opines that the Yankees should look into acquiring Prince Fielder this offseason.  I’ve been saying for months now that this is the way to go.  He’d be the perfect DH for the next 5-10 years.

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Let's hope that tomorrow's Brad Richards signing will work out better than this did.

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.