Wait a minute, the Knicks might actually know what they are doing

By Jake Hyman
PSDC NBA Insider

Say it ain’t so.

We sit here in early July; the early frenzy of free agency calming to a simmer, the NBA Draft in the rear-view mirror, and the New York Knicks being in a state of utter chaos.

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“Wait, what’s that?

They aren’t? [Read more…]

Kerr-ageous: Warriors’ coach makes key adjustments to spark Game 4 victory

By Jake Hyman
PSDC NBA Insider

For the first three games of the NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr looked like what he was: a rookie head coach.

Playing behind the premise of not letting the Cavaliers’ role players beat them, but at the same time letting LeBron James do whatever he wants, Kerr found himself again staring at a 2-1 hole on the road.

So what did the rookie do to even this thing up at two games a piece and potentially change the fate of the series?

He made one simple adjustment and no, it wasn’t the obvious move of inserting Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup.

No, instead he made LeBron James beat him.

And for at least one night the King wasn’t able to do that.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

As we have seen in the first three games of the series, James has been given ample room in isolation situations on a certain side of the court. Typically, Kerr was sending one defender at LeBron and letting the rest of the floor clear out, thus forcing the four-time league MVP to beat his man one-on-one for either a basket, a kick out or a dump off to Timofey Mozgov for the easy finish. [Read more…]

Feeling Melo: LeBron gets a taste of Carmelo’s past in Game 1

By Jake Hyman
PSDC NBA Insider

Shot after shot. Miss after miss. Isolation after isolation.

A recipe for disaster if you ask any Cavaliers fan after Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Despite LeBron James’ 44 points, eight rebounds and six assists, the Cavs fell short in overtime to a Golden State Warrior team who methodically took care of business down the stretch with crisp ball movement and yes, timely shot making from the league’s most valuable player: Steph Curry. [Read more…]

Amar’e Stoudemire Appears to be Headed to Dallas

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

It’s hardly a secret that Dallas’ frontcourt has been glaringly thin since the Mavs were forced to send away backup center, and pogo-stick extraordinare, Brandan Wright in the Rajon Rondo deal back in mid-December. What’s even less of a secret is Dallas’ once highly efficient bench became an inconsistent, unreliable mess due to the lethal dynamic of Wright’s outragious scoring efficiency, athleticism and general production.

For several months the word was that Mark Cuban’s plan to fill this void would be through the addition of head coach Rick Carlisle’s former Indiana star, Jermaine O’Neal. Unfortunately that never happened. O’Neal had said all along that he planned to return this season after the new year, but when a trip to Germany for some unique treatment on his knees didn’t yield the desired results, the 36 year old attempting to play in his 18th season was forced to forfeit this season entirely.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Thankfully for Dallas, another unique opportunity has fallen into their lap. After months of speculation, the New York Knicks have officially bought out the final year of Amar’e Stoudemire’s five-year, $99.4 million contract from 2010. Stoudemire, being a 6’10 forward/center, is hardly the player he was five years ago when he first signed with the Knicks. Once a 25 PPG and 12 rebound machine, the six-time All Star has seen his career derailed by a number of knee and back issues over the past few seasons. This season, Stoudemire has played in just 36 games for the NBA worst Knicks, averaging 12 points and just a shade under seven rebounds in 24 minutes a night. To say this would be an upgrade for Dallas’ bench would be a massive understatement. [Read more…]

Project Shanks NBA Preview: Atlantic Division

By Matthew Carpenter
PSDC Writer

The AT&T Center cut the lights. Planes were boarded. Somewhere Gregg Popovich cracked a nice bottle of wine. The 2013-14 NBA season was put to bed. While there wasn’t much drama to close the season, the San Antonio Spurs gave us something to watch. The Spurs playoff point differential (214) was an NBA record and not a fluke. I sat in awe, not only of San Antonio’s domination of a Heat squad that was playing 1-on-5 for much of the series, but of the swathe of destruction they carved through a hellacious western conference. Watching the Spurs defend pick and roll, and then use it on the offensive end to set up secondary action was pure beauty. The 2013-14 Spurs were a champion of champions. This isn’t hyperbole. I’m talking 90s Bulls level of excellence.

Much of the drama was saved for the offseason and that didn’t disappoint either. LeBron, Melo, Jimmer, Love. There is no shortage of storylines as we embark on the 2014-15 season.

I count six teams with legitimate NBA title hopes and a few others on the fringe. That’s a big number for professional basketball. This season should be a lot of fun and filled with intrigue.

And then there’s this group…

Atlantic Division – We’ll start with the “Sad Clown” of NBA divisions. Big markets. Storied franchises. Lots of bad.

Order of Finish

1. Raptors – Toronto won 48 games last season and mostly retain the status quo for 2014-15. As a team with a history of hemorrhaging promising players, the re-signing of Kyle Lowry should be viewed as a huge win for general manager Masai Ujiri. The underrated backcourt of Lowry and Demar DeRozan are a “plus” tandem on both sides of the floor. For 4 years/48 million, the Raptors landed a very reasonable contract for a 27-year-old coming off a career season in which he posted 17ppg and a 20+ PER. [Read more…]

Tyson Chandler to Mavs a Done Deal

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

By now you’ve surely heard that the Dallas Mavericks successfully reacquired Tyson Chandler through a six-player trade with the New York Knicks. The price was steep, but one Dallas felt it had to pay in order to win now. In exchange for Chandler, Dallas was forced to give up starters Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert, along with reserve guards Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin. The buck, however, does not stop there. The Mavs also forked over not one, but both of their second round draft picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, leaving them as spectators for one of the most exciting nights of the offseason. Oh, and before I get too far, I should also mention Dallas had to take on Raymond Felton’s contract as well, which is essentially a two-year deal thanks to a player option that will pay just shy of $4 million in year two. So now we examine the proverbial question: was it worth it for the Mavs?

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Photo Credit: mavs.com

In a word, yes. The Mavericks, despite a solid year last season, are still faced with a closing window and a slim at best chance to land a mega-star to take Dirk’s throne, although this deal could potentially help with that. [Read more…]

Reports: Knicks Trade Tyson Chandler to Mavericks in Six-Player Deal

By Jake Hyman
PSDC Writer & Host of the New York Sports Minute Podcast

The New York Knicks have  traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for four players and two second round picks, according to numerous reports.

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Photo Credit: AP

Dallas will send Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington, along with the 34th and 51st picks in tomorrow night’s draft. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – LeBron’s Image: Rising Like A Phoenix?

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

The NBA offseason has begun in earnest, and naturally the biggest question involves LeBron James, as the sports nation waits breathlessly to see if he’ll start using Rogaine or not. I kid, I kid! Everyone wants to see where LBJ will play next season, so that wherever it is they can say Michael Jordan would have done it better. [Read more…]

Go Fish: New York Knicks Name Derek Fisher Head Coach

By Jake Hyman
PSDC Writer & Host of the New York Sports Minute Podcast

It took long enough.

But here we are on June 10 and the Knicks finally get their man, or their second man, or their third man, who knows.

We all do know Steve Kerr was Phil Jackson’s, president of basketball operations, first choice. And we all know that didn’t work for a multitude of reasons.

It appeared Derek Fisher was Jackson’s backup plan, considering he would retire after being eliminated from the playoffs with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

That happened and a little over a week later Derek Fisher is sitting alongside Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills at a press conference on a Tuesday morning in New York. [Read more…]

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Carmelo Anthony is Not Worth a Max Contract, I’ll Prove It

By Ryan Haidinger
PSDC Writer

In a few weeks, as the NBA playoffs die down and the offseason begins Carmelo Anthony will (most likely) opt to use his early termination clause and become a free agent. He will be the most coveted free agent (unless LeBron also opts out) and NBA general managers will line up for the chance to ruin their teams.

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Let’s start where it matters most, the playoffs. The NBA, more than any other sport, allows for one great player to lead his team to the promise land. You may not be able to win a championship with just one star, but history shows you can get there. [Read more…]

Mike Woodson Out as Knicks Coach as Jackson Starts Rebuilding Process

By Jake Hyman
PSDC Writer & Host of the New York Sports Minute Podcast

If you thought you had a rough Monday, just ask Mike Woodson how his day started.

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The beleaguered coach of the New York Knicks was “relieved of his duties” (I love that terminology) early Monday by team president Phil Jackson. Woodson, along with the rest of his staff, were fired after a disappointing 37-45 season in which the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2010. [Read more…]