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How NY Knicks’ ‘Offseason of Plan B’ Could Work (or Backfire)

Give the New York Knicks credit: They appear to have learned from their “money-to-burn” debacle in 2016. However, that doesn’t mean their plan B this offseason is guaranteed to pay off. When the salary cap jumped an unprecedented $24 million in 2016, the Knicks quickly came to terms with Joakim Noah on a four-year, $72…

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NBA Frontcourts of the Future: Julius Randle & Mitchell Robinson

“The NBA is a guard-oriented league.” Modernized spacing concepts lead to wider driving lanes, making it easier to be a guard than ever. Crunch time sets still revolve around isolations and ball screens where handlers that can make the reliable play are paramount. Teams are even beginning to downsize their rosters, playing more guards than…

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Yes, NY Knicks’ Newcomers Can Fit the Rebuild

As you might have heard, the New York Knicks haven’t had a banner free agency campaign. They didn’t land any of the blue-ribbon players they coveted, and then they claimed they weren’t planning on offering Kevin Durant a max contract. New York subsequently settled on Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, Reggie Bullock, Wayne Ellington…

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Mitchell Robinson Leads NBA’s New Perimeter-Defending Bigs

Seven-footers drain threes now. Someone has to guard them, but quick-switching defenses strand their own posts at the perimeter, anxiously facing guards known for wicked step-back triples, pick-and-roll dimes or devastating rim attacks. (Some threaten all of the above.) To handle these challenges, today’s big men must guard the arc as well as they protect…

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Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Gearing Up for NBA Stretch Run

It’s time for fantasy basketball owners to gear up for the NBA Playoffs. Your approach to the final few weeks of the regular season largely depends upon your place in the standings. If you’re cruising toward a playoff berth—or, better yet, a first-round bye—now’s the time to take gambles. Owners who can survive a short-term…

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NY Knicks Give Dennis Smith Jr. Room to Explore

It’s been pretty tough to be a New York Knicks fan for most of the last 15 years. Failed draft picks, odd signings, poorly thought out trades, the Allan Houston contract (and Jerome James and Eddy Curry and… ad naseum). Mishaps—to put it nicely—involving NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas and former Knicks great Charles…

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Kristaps Porzingis Trade is Predictable NY Knicks Non-Rebuild

The New York Knicks have found yet another way to fail at rebuilding: Slash-and-Burn. The Knicks traded injured star stretch-4 Kristaps Porzingis, point guard Trey Burke and veteran wings Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. In exchange? Sophomore point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and two veterans on expiring contracts,…

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