Y’know, for a team that disappoints its fan base so consistently, the last few games have been crowd-pleasers for the Knicks. A loss to Philly and a loss to Golden State helped the tank, and a win against Orlando featured some young talent flashing their stuff.
Let’s get into some links, but first, here’s a video of Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds fighting Dolph Lundgren to listen to (thanks Nintendo for getting this song stuck in my head, dicks):
— netw3rk, AKA Jason Concepcion of The Ringer, takes a depressing deep dive into the top 10 Knicks point guards of the last 10 years. The top three? Stephon Marbury, Linsanity Jeremy Lin, and old man Jason Kidd. Yeah, sounds about right.
— Marc Berman of the NY Post turns in, in my opinion, one of his better pieces in a while: a look at Chasson Randle’s leadership during the Knicks’ comeback win over the Magic on Monday. Also, cool quote from Randle that shows that he’s happier being a Knick than a Sixer:
“It felt good especially when you can go out there and play halfway decent and win a game,’’ Randle said. “I tried to come out there and play with energy. The result was a win. I’m glad we got it and in this jersey.’’
I like this kid.
— Al Iannazzone of Newsday makes a cringe-worthy (and quite frankly Berman-esque) “no tanks” pun in his recap of yesterday’s action.
— Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News offers his take on yesterday’s game, and reminds us that last night was the first win sans Melo in the Porzingis era:
It has been about two years since the Knicks won a game without Carmelo Anthony.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) March 6, 2017
— This moment made me laugh really hard during last night’s game:
. @Kyle_OQuinn’s reaction pic.twitter.com/gKIWzl9bv5— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) March 7, 2017
— And this one made me go “OOOOHHHHH SHIIIIIIITTTTT”:
KUUUUUUUUZ SLAM pic.twitter.com/zPTNEsCEMK— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) March 7, 2017
If you don’t love Kuz yamming on Jeff Green, I don’t want to be your friend anymore.
— Draymond Green, as we already know from his stupid comments following the music-less first half on Sunday, is a Grade-A dickhead. Further proof that he’s a dickhead (which now means “obsessed with dicks” in my lexicon), other than his Snapchatting a picture of his junk to the whole world (I won’t link because it’s NSFW, just Google it) and kicking guys in the junk, is this blatant junk grab on the Unicorn as KP was thoroughly owning Draymond the other day:
Serious question. What on earth is wrong with Draymond Green? pic.twitter.com/yGwgCAG5RP— Tommy Dee (@ThomasCDee) March 6, 2017
Draymond sucks. He is one of the few players in the league that I despise on his current team, but would also not root for on my own team.
— Frank Isola of the NYDN wrote about Melo’s second-quarter benching during the music-less game on Sunday, and what it could mean for his future with the team. He’s a real pro’s pro at making mountains out of molehills. His molehill conversion rate per 36 numbers are off the charts.
— Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, still my favorite Knicks writer of the moment, basically subtweets Isola with an article about how Melo, despite the trade deadline passing, is not out of the woods yet as far as people trying to drive him out of NY.
— Joakim Noah might be trying to come back this season, according to Popper and Iannazzone. But let’s not get caught up on the content of this article, but instead something silly — I think that Newsday considers “suck” to be an expletive. Look at these two quotes that seem like they were probably taken from the same statement from Noah:
“It sucks. Frustrating to not be able to be out there,” Noah said. “It’s been frustrating to not be able to right for this team this year. Just want to go out there and be able to play at a high level. It’s a setback. I just got to bounce back.”
“It [expletive] to not be able to play,” he said. “It’s been a tough year. But I just want to get back healthy and prove myself . . . Because I’m not happy with the way I’ve been playing so far this year. I want to bring more to this team.”
— Steve Kerr and Phil Jackson, longtime friends, had a conversation in plain sight of reporters on Sunday after the game. Kerr remarked on it afterwards. Then, of course, Berman wrote a column saying that talking to Kerr out in plain sight is just exacerbating the failure of Phil to lure Kerr to coach the Knicks a few years ago. See, there’s the Berman of the Post that we all know and love.
— Dane Carbaugh of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk did a cool breakdown of a play the Knicks ran during the Warriors game:
— In case you haven’t heard enough about the no-music-in-the-Garden thing, LeBron weighed in.
— Some staff at The Ringer wrote about their “dream NBA draft scenarios.” The Knicks of course made the list, with the “dream scenario” being that the Knicks take Lonzo Ball. Which I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to. Except, the reason that they want Lonzo to the Knicks isn’t because he’s a great player and they want him to succeed, it’s because he’s a pure point guard and not exactly The-Offense-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named friendly, and therefore it would be fun to see if he could make it here. Because, well, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
Around the NBA
— Boogie Cousins told a fan to suck a dick. Hot taek: the fan should’ve been tossed and deserved to be told off.
— Kawhi Leonard is not a human.
— Andrew Bogut broke his leg, like, 30 seconds after checking into his first game with the Cavs. And while I’d normally never celebrate an injury to a player, screw Andrew Bogut. Seriously.