Tagged New York Knicks

What Would an NBA All-Rookie Third Team Look Like?

This may come as a shock, but the NBA is on a different tier (or seven) from college hoops. Games are longer with less time to make decisions thanks to the shorter shot clock shorter. The court is bigger, giving defenders even more ground to cover. Players are bigger, faster, stronger and (mostly) smarter. There’s…

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How 2019 NBA Draft Lottery Can Reshape NBA’s Future

Whichever team wins the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night will land the rights to Duke forward Zion Williamson. That’s a given after he put up one of the most dominant freshman seasons in college basketball history. The 6’7″, 285-pound athletic marvel will provide an immediate jolt to whichever team he suits up for next season.…

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How Do Brooklyn Nets Become Relevant in NYC?

The Nets have been a bad luck franchise from the moment they joined the NBA. When Long Island’s American Basketball Association champion New York Nets joined the NBA as part of the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, they were forced to pay the New York Knicks $4.8 million for encroaching on their turf. A year later,…

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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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Biggest Surprises of 2018-19 NBA Season

The Golden State Warriors and LeBron James have made the NBA fairly predictable in recent years, but the 2018-19 season proved to be a refreshing exception. While the Warriors appear to be coasting toward another deep playoff run (recent malaise aside), James and the Los Angeles Lakers are planning early vacations. Not only will this…

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Week 23 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Using NBA’s Schedule to Your Advantage

At this point in the fantasy basketball season, few things are more important than the schedule. Last week, the Golden State Warriors were one of only two teams with two games, while 10 teams played four games. For example, if you spent early-round picks on both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in an attempt to…

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Players With Most to Prove in NBA’s Final Month

We are trained to love and support a team, a brand, a culture. NBA players are seemingly cogs in the wheel that come and go, ever-replaceable so long as the brand is in good health. During the stretch run of the season, fans of teams outside playoff contention shift their focus from this year to…

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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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