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Last batch before the season starts...and stops...and starts....and stops.......

NBA: Preseason-New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

It’s four days before the preseason finale and nine until the opener in Indiana. And yet already, to paraphrase Billy Joel’s daddy, the bitch[ing] is back.

According to some of the feedback I’ve seen after just two preseason games,

  • Tom Thibodeau was a bad hire
  • Mitchell Robinson should be traded
  • Mitchell Robinson should be starting
  • RJ Barrett’s shooting looks improved
  • RJ Barrett’s shooting looks beyond repair
  • Elfrid Payton is the team’s best point guard
  • Elfrid Payton should be shot into the sun
  • Frank Ntilikina looks more aggressive
  • Frank Ntilikina looks the same
  • Obi Toppin will win Rookie of the Year
  • Obi Toppin will be a bust
  • Dennis Smith Jr. looks better
  • Dennis Smith Jr. looks awful
  • Immanuel Quickley should play point ahead of DSJ
  • Immanuel Quickley should play point with Frank at the 2
  • Immanuel Quickley should play 2 with Frank running point
  • Julius Randle is a good player in a bad role
  • Julius Randle is a bad player in a bad role
  • Julius Randle should be benched
  • Julius Randle should be traded
  • Julius Randle should be sent through one of those caves in Dark that *SPOILER ALERT — IF YOU’RE EVER GONNA WATCH THE SHOW, STOP READING THIS POINT......3......2......1......send people to different points in time

Wanna talk about one of these points? Wanna talk about others? Let’s mailbag! Share your questions or thoughts in the comments or on P&T’s Twitter page. We can talk the Knicks, the league, the larger question of whether ethical consumption of the NBA this year is in any way possible (I’m struggling mightily with this one, or at least where I fit in with how I feel about it) — whatever you want. One caveat: I’m not doing any questions yet about next year’s draft or free agency. I just don’t have the bandwidth yet. Talk to you all soon.