Talk about your valuable energy efficient solar panels. We got a hot one right here. Tonight at 10 pm , a very energized Knicks team faces the playoff bound Phoenix Suns and we are pleased to have the in-put of two bloggers, experts on the Suns, join us for a little Q&A. We were very geeked to get in-put from our man at Bloguin, James Gilkey of www.sunsstufft.com and Wil Cantrell of www.brightsideofthesun.com. Both sites are top of the line.
JAMES (SS): The Suns started with a rabbit-like 14-3 early record, subsided for about six weeks, and then went on another run that has taken them to a solid spot in the Western Conference. The key has been the extraordinary play of Amar'e Stoudemire - hopefully a Hall-of-Famer. We've always believed that treating Amar'e as the centerpiece of the offense is crucial to the Suns success and this season - despite the incredible basketball ignorance of General Manager Steve Kerr - the Suns finally made that move. There defense isn't bad nowadays either.
A look at the fleeting acquisition and dismissal of recent Knicks' top draft Pick Jordan Hill
By: Orange and Blue
March 26, 2010
What if I were to tell you that the Knicks selection of Jordan Hill with the 8th pick in the 2009 draft, made plenty of prospective sense. With a front-court in the midst of uncertainty from the power forward to center position (Eddy Curry's weight and injuries, trade scenarios to expedite Jared Jefferies' contract, and David Lee's expiring contract status) Hill's acquisition in a point guard heavy draft was an attempt to fill a prospective void. Hill's acquisition, was also intended to provide the Knicks with a young, athletic, mobile forward with a jump shop suited to coach D'Antoni's style of play. In that context, the Knicks selected Hill. Yet, Hills selection transpired without much ado, as Knicks' fans forlorning was cast at some of the draft's more highly touted names- such as Stephen Curry, Ricky Rubio and Brandon Jennings to name but a few.
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The first shot at bracket superiority was basically a bust for most of us as many of the big dogs of the brackets fell hard to lower seeds. Baby Daddy (Harlem Heat Bracket) and Modi are struttin' their stuff in the front of the pack as. Check out the standings after the jump.
|Denver Nuggets (47-24)|
|R. Balkman||DND - Strained Mid-Back|
|T. Lawson||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|J. Petro||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|45.5%||28.6%||90.3%||team rebs: 7||total to: 13|
|New York Knicks (26-45)|
|J. Bender||DND - Fractured Left Fourth Metacarpal|
|W. Chandler||DND - Sore Left Groin|
|E. House||DND - Sore Right Achilles|
|46.2%||34.5%||77.1%||team rebs: 12||total to: 13|
- Nuggets: Martin
- Knicks: Curry, Mobley
- Nuggets: --
- Knicks: --
- Lead Changes: 13
- Times Tied: 10
- Arena: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- Officials: #22 Bill Spooner, #62 Brian Forte, #42 Eric Lewis
- Attendance: 19763
- Duration: 2:27
Based on the evidence uncovered by the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, the prosecution is recommending that Gilbert Arenas be sentenced to six months but required to serve 3 months with three suspended as he serves three years of probation and performs 300 hours of community service for pleading guilty to on count of carrying a pistol without a license. The 51-page sentencing report, which includes pictures of the four guns Arena brought into the arena, can be reviewed here.
According to the government the proposed sentence is fashioned to respond to Arenas' persistent lack of remorse, feigning of ignorance of the law, insistence that this was a laughing matter and refusa; to fully accept responsibility for his actions.
"I don't like to play bad rookies. I like to play good rookies[.] I do like Jordan. I think he'll be a nice player in the league, but that's as far as it goes." Knicks Coach, Mike D'Antoni
"Didn't hear that, but what can I say? That's him," "He's entitled to his own opinion, so if that's the way he feels, that's how he feels. I'm not trying to make a point. I'm just trying to play basketball. I just want to go out there and have fun and play my game." Rockets Rookie Reserve Power Forward, Jordan Hill
"[W]hen you play with some of those guys five, six years, you definitely want to go out there and compete against them and show them up a little bit[.]" Knicks Guard-Forward, Tracy McGrady
"You can't control Aaron Brooks making those big shots, which they were hard shots, [b]ut you can control get back. We didn't get back." Mike D'Antoni (Addressing Aaron Brooks 4th quarter heroics)
"Winning is always good, but it's always better when you contribute to it, when you have a part and a hand in your team winning[.] Especially against a former team, it's always fun." Jared Jefferies (Discussing the Rockets win over his former Knicks team)
Yesterday's 1pm matinee game against the Houston Rockets, could be deemed a battle of bruised ego's vendettas and indirect slights. For both the Knicks and Rockets former players who switched teams during the February 18th Trade Deadline met again at Madison Square Garden. For some, like Tracy McGrady, the game was an opportunity to demonstrate to his former team that he still had talent and ability to contribute to an NBA basketball organization. For others, such as the Knicks 2009 Eighth place rookie draft pick, Jordan Hill, the matinee affair was yet another opportunity to log the playing time so often not given to him by his former organization's coaching staff. However the game would end, some player or players from the Knicks-Rockets portion of the three team trade with the Sacramento Kings would obtain a measure of redemption against the former ballclub.
Hill told the Houston Chronicle "Coach D'Antoni, he relies on his veterans more than rookies. He feels like his rookies need to learn more their first year so they could get everything down pat. I understood. I just wanted to wait patiently until my time was coming. My chance was here [in Houston] and I'm making the best of it," Hill said. "Fans there [in New York], they know what I can do. I just didn't have the opportunity to show it."
"That was a pretty good fourth quarter, I know that much. I didn't know he could do that. The guy has a big heart, and you can see that. He has some ice water in his veins."-- Mike D'Antoni
"It feels good we got the win. I was kind of in and out after foul trouble issues earlier. I just wanted to be aggressive when I got back on the court in the fourth quarter. I wanted to win this game so bad." -- Toney Douglas
"He was terrific. Mostly defense is heart and brains, and he has both. The biggest thing is he wants to do it. When you put you mind to it like he does and he's always ready, good things happen." -- Mike D'Antoni
Due to several Knicks injuries, the players were not the same, but the pattern between the Sixers and Knicks was eerily similar to the last meeting between the two teams. The Sixers started off in control but faded in the second half in large part because of end-of-season sloppiness and lackadaisical effort on both ends of the floor. In the end-game, while the Sixers act as though they are playing for the lottery, the Knicks play as though they are auditioning for major parts and contracts next season.
Yeah baby!!! Bloguin's numero uno self-proclaimed Guido, Ricky of Sixers4Guidos.com, was kind enough to give us some of his time to answer our last minute queries about tonight's opponent and his favorite team. Funny thing is that we can commiserate with Ricky, who is extremely unhappy with his team and management over how they have handled the season; and I thought no one could show or feel more disdain than the non-Gullible Knicks fans.
But perhaps tonight we can feel a little bit better than Ricky because for the first time in five years, we can actually win our series against the 76ers who had previously been running us into the ground. Last year the Sixers won all four contests. This season, so far we lead the series 2-1 and this game could clinch the tie breaker in case several teams disappear and we are left battling for playoff positioning. Otherwise, the honor has little meaning, unlike Ricky's comments, which give us a wholly different perspective on east coast misery. Check it out.
What are the two or three major issues which must be addressed in the off-season in order to substantially improve the team next year?