My NBA fandom is up for sale Pt. 3 – East candidates

Who in the east should really be a candidate? … plus finishing the west.

1993 06 04 Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls

Got to love people who post clips bringing us back … blow $1 million gambling … that’s the last thing the Knicks wanted because MJ was out for blood

Cousins and the Ewing theory 

What’s the Ewing Theory? Where did it come from? The theory was created in the mid-’90s by Dave Cirilli, a friend of mine who was convinced that Patrick Ewing’s teams inexplicably played better when Ewing was either injured or missing.

I know that occasionally addition by subtraction does work, and these guys have a lot of examples of it, but we find out later is not always perfect.

I do owe them props for predicting Drew Bledsoe, even though they couldn’t have predicted 5 rings for Brady. And if you look at their other predictions they are all incorrect, unless you give half a point for Kobe winning a title 5 years after Shaq was gone.

The Unluckiest NBA Franchises of All-Time! DURANT! JORDAN! BIRD! CHRIS PAUL!

Another one very well done, but I won’t mess around and will rank them.

  1. Clippers – Olowokandi, could have had Kyrie, just every time they have hope a rival gets good (Warriors the recent example, plus Paul/Blake injuries last year), top picks are usually in bad drafts. Benoit and Darius Miles picks look bad but otherwise made the “smart pick” Ferry, Manning, Cummings and still didn’t work out.
  2. Kings – sure their picks have not been great, but they guys they didn’t pick (like Steph Curry were not sure things), no top 3 since 1991 despite how few playoff appearances? What?!?!?! Rigged 2002.
  3. Timberwolves – should be good now AND with Kevin Love, KG won elsewhere, in the tough west. Worst winning percentage of all-time despite less stupid picks than the two teams above. Lose points for the Rubio/Flynn stupidity, Wesley Johnson, JR Rider. Other can be forgiven, Donyell Marshall should have been Rasheed Jr, Marbury more physically gifted than Ray Allen, how is Derrick Williams not better based on pure physical ability? Despite the most athletic young team in the NBA, still suck now.
  4. Orlando (other than 3 lottery wins or else would be higher), Shaq leaves town, Penny gets hurt, Dwight Howard attitude problems. T-Mac and Grant Hill best signings ever in one season (other than LeBron/Bosh) with no injury history. Everyone else with that many lottery wins has won a title (I think).
  5. Denver – David Thompson/ Alex English deserved better, McDyess injury, Melo not practicing like the others. Just always seeming to be a young rebuilding franchise. K-Mart trade much like Pierce/Garnett was one that made sense at the time. Great fan base.
  6. Charlotte Hornets 1/ Pelicans – did not win Shaq draft lottery and got ‘Zo who defected, Paul defected also. LJ didn’t reach expectations. Traded Kobe for Divac because ‘Zo left. (seemed ok at the time) Team skips town and then all the guys around Anthony Davis don’t pan out. Baron Davis never becomes Wade or Westbrook level (save a playoff series with another team).

Not on the list and why

  1. Nets – you draft the original Boogie (Derrick Coleman), keep Kenny Anderson over Mookie Blaylock?, draft Kerry Kittles fearing a Kobe holdout which we find was a smokescreen, your center shoots someone (Jayson Williams), the Pierce/Garnett was your own doing, and you traded Dr. J, you lose! And they did make 2 finals.
  2. Knicks – Did win two titles, traded for Charles Smith, injuries to guys who were injury prone or old (McDyess, Ewing, Doc, LJ, Houston, Bernard King – sort of), stupid trades Steve Francis, Marbury, Eddy Curry, etc. Just too many quick fix fails.
  3. Warriors – pathetic drafting and titles in 2 eras. Many teams never won one. Hitting on Curry, Klay, and Draymond is a little lucky. Had Run TMC then Webber and couldn’t capitalize.
  4. Portland, covered in luckiest high all time winning percentage. Traded Moses! Did everything but win a title in 80s, 90s, 00s other than ’77.
  5. Rockets – Dwight Howard your fault, you had the #1 pick and got Sampson, Yao, AND Hakeem. and won 2 titles. And you had Moses Malone once.


Larry Brown … hmmm

Not sure what the big deal is. SMU is happy they became relevant at all. Was this chain named after Larry Brown?
Per Jon Blaze:
I wonder if she wrote a similar column when Skip Bayless left her employer for more money at Fox…

Larry Brown does not give a bleep about the NCAA and their 8000 rules (which is why he probably should be coaching in the NBA instead). But then again, neither does, Calipari, Pitino, Williams, Boeheim, or any great recruiter or coach. Not that they’d all outright cheat (or throw sex parties) but they have better stuff to do than make sure no tutor is writing any papers for their players. Are they ultimately responsible? Yeah. Does that make them dirty cheaters? Only on their wives Pitino!
She’s an idealist ninny. Or a bitter Knicks fan!

NBA trade deadline today 3 pm EST (12 pm PST)

The NBA trade deadline is at 3 pm EST today.

So far the rumor mill has been pretty quiet with one notable exception: Goran Dragic.

The Suns have too many small guards: Dragic, Thomas, and Bledsoe. Bledsoe and Thomas were just re-signed which leaves Dragic wondering about his future as he will become a free agent.

The Kings seemed like a possible destination as well, but Yahoo! reports that has cooled. The Kings had previously floated the idea of a trade with the Nets for Deron Williams plus Mason Plumlee. Little is known about George Karl, the recently hired coach’s opinion.

The Pistons expressed interest in Joe Johnson for Brandon Jennings and the Wolves in Kevin Garnett for Thaddeus Young, but the Nets have not committed yet. Garnett has a full no trade clause and does not want to uproot his family midseason.

We shall see what happens.

The Mecca of basketball can’t be New York, it’s Oakland according to one radio personality?

In Bay Area sports radio, there are two stations. 680 is more San Francisco centered and has come to symbolize more traditional sports radio while 95.7 “The Game” is newer trying to appeal to a larger audience (larger age range and level of fan-ness).

On my way to work yesterday, possibly the most ridiculous comment I have ever heard on sports radio was made about the Mecca of basketball on one of these stations. It’s so embarrassing I won’t even say which morning anchor it was on which station because both have been roughing it lately now that they can’t just pop off about the 49ers QB of the present or coach of the past 3 years.

He was saying he thinks of Oakland as the basketball Mecca, with Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, and Bill Russell.

“New York is not the Mecca of basketball, like who really came out of there?” “And the Knicks have been bad for a while, no titles since 1973.” (Luckily his co-anchor pointed out the Warriors have 1 title and sucked for 20 years also.) And what college basketball do they play over there? (So clearly he never heard of the NIT, matinee doubleheaders at the Garden, and considers Oakland U better than NY area teams since clearly this does not extend outside the city limits).

But clearly, you have to be so ignorant.
Great summary from SFGate on the Oakland squad.
Great summary from the New York Post on the New York squads plural.
Brian Shaw starting and Antonio Davis as your best sub, or is it JR Rider? Good thing we have our energy guy Leon Powe!  I’m sure he’ll be able to stop Bernard King and Connie Hawkins coming off the bench.


West coast bias?

Knicks late rally comes up short versus Warriors

The Knicks went on a 23-6 run in the 4th quarter to trim their deficit to 5 but a few lucky bounces went the Warriors way resulting in a 106-92 loss.

The Warriors are arguably the league’s best team, dropping a tough one in Atlanta Friday night when they matched up with the Eastern Conference leader.

The positive for the Knicks is that Amare Stoudimire showed signs of life, the team was playing without Carmelo, and on paper this looked like they had no chance. They didn’t even look like they had a chance down almost 30 in the 4th quarter but stepped up the defense.

On the flip side, the Warriors were playing their 4th game in 5 nights in their 4th different city. They had played an emotional game on Friday night and arrived in New York at 3 am Saturday morning. The Splash brothers combined for a paltry 13-40 from the field aided by two huge 3-pointers from Thompson with a 3 and a driving layup by Curry that sealed the deal.

The Knicks quest for the #1 draft pick continues Monday at Miami.