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 5 years ago '04        #8561
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Mikki Moore was the other option to sign, Dan was picked cause he's eligible for the playoffs. the obvious reason why is insurance for both Amar'e & My Toys R Us spokesperson
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Berman

"Mike Woodson doesn't like rookies and not going to rely on Harrellson in playoffs. So here comes Dan Gadzuric, 6-11 journeyman center who played 14 games for #Nets last season. Woodson is worried Jeffries won't make it back from his chronic knee pain. Jeffries will sit out tonight and may rest until playoffs. Woodson had no use for Billy Walker, a D'Antoni guy. Gadzuric played in China & in D-League with Texas Legends this season. He was with Bucks for 8 seasons. Guy out of UCLA via Netherlands. "
 5 years ago '04        #8563
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NEW YORK — Old guys are resting, young teams are angling, and Kobe Bryant is dreaming of another championship. It’s that time of year: the NBA’s playoffs are upon us!

And thanks to the Milwaukee Bucks losing to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night, the Knicks (33-29) officially clinched a berth in the NBA’s postseason party. At the very least, Knicks fans can be a.ssured of four more games after the Knicks conclude their regular season in Charlotte on April 26, even if we’re yet to learn whether they will square off against the Celtics, Pacers, Heat or Bulls.

This time of year is renowned for playoff discussion but considerable time is also spent on arguments as to which of the league’s elite deserve accolades in the form of the NBA’s annual season-ending awards.

You’ve probably read accounts about how Tyson Chandler has changed the defensive culture of the Knicks. As Jamie O’Grady pointed out in the New York Times’ Off the Dribble Blog, the Knicks are 11th in the NBA in points allowed per game – up from 27th last season. And speaking of last season, the ‘Bockers were ranked 26th in points allowed in the paint; this season, they are a much more respectable ninth.

The improvement is a result of a team-wide effort to defend. But anyone that follows the Knicks knows that Chandler is the diesel engine that motors the Knicks’ defense.

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Chandler about his defensive contributions to the team and what winning Defensive Player of the Year would mean to him.

“It would be huge for me,” he told me. “It would signify a lot of hard work being recognized as well as the hard work of my teammates.”

Over the past decade, the NBA’s awards have been dominated by players on winning teams. Most voters subscribe to the notion that only the league’s most successful teams (e.g. top four seeds in each conference) “deserve” to have any individual award winners.

Rubbish, I say!

And that’s the same way I felt back in 2002 when Jason Kidd lost one of the NBA’s closest MVP races to Tim Duncan. Duncan led the Spurs to a 58-win season and won the award over Kidd, whose arrival in New Jersey was the primary reason the Nets doubled their win total to 52, one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in NBA history.

After the ballots were cast, Duncan’s Spurs lost in the second round while Kidd’s Nets made their first trip to the NBA Finals. Maybe it was poetic justice.

Even still, to me, that was a travesty, and I’ll always remember it. But I can’t necessarily say it was unfair. “Most Valuable” is a subjective term. And as the years have gone by, the question as to what it means to be MVP has not become any clearer. Kevin Love will probably receive some votes this year, and he’s headed to the draft lottery. That’s simply because some voters value individual statistical production while others care more about wins and losses.

At this point, I do not think that Chandler is going to win, and I can understand why. Although he may not be Defensive Player of the Year (especially since Chris Sheridan himself confided to me that he does not plan on voting for Chandler for first place), he’s probably the NBA’s Most Valuable Defensive Player.

If those two things seem like they’re the same, they’re not. Unfortunately, due to an overall dearth of responsible accounting and metrics, the NBA’s statistics do not lend themselves to accurately portraying defensive dominance.

That’s something Chandler and I agree on. “I think people get caught up so much with blocks and statistics and what a person averages.” He said. “To me, that’s not necessarily the best defender.”

And therein lies the problem. This new era of statistics and advanced metrics have revolutionized the way we watch and think about the game. Too often, we seek to resolve arguments as to who “can” and “can’t” do something based on averages or percentages. Easily accessible box scores and running numbers gives anyone a voice in any argument.

For example, LeBron James is shooting 53.3 percent from the field while Kevin Durant is shooting 50.1 percent. Does that make James a better shooter than Durant? Of course not.

So forgive my refusal to anoint Serge Ibaka with the defensive distinction merely because of his league-leading 3.6 blocks per game. Chandler, ranked 16th in the league, blocks only 1.5 shots per game.

But here’s the difference: Ibaka usually has Kendrick Perkins beside him. Ibaka is free to roam and come off the weak side in an attempt to block shots. Going after those blocks is a risk and it’s one too great for Chandler to take as often as he’d like.

“To me, a lot of the time when you go after blocks, you take yourself out of position,” he said. “I’m a little different, I like to not take myself out of position and just challenge shots, make ‘em miss, and let my teammates get the rebounds.”

It’s just another example of how everything Chandler says and does while on the court is about the team. He once famously said “You don’t just play with your teammates. You play for your teammates.”

So no, I don’t think this is all a coincidence.

But what I do think is that the NBA needs to redo and rethink the way in which it officially keep track of individual players’ defensive statistics.

I’d like to see the following :

Forced Misses: When a defender is guarding an offensive player who misses a shot
Forced Turnovers: When a defender causes an offensive player to turn the ball over via a bad pass, traveling violation or offensive foul
Deflections: When a defender separates the offensive player from the ball without causing a turnover (in other words, the defender pokes the ball away but the offensive team retains possession)

I want to know who leads the leagues in those categories. Because I think they’re more telling than steals and blocks. And I also happen to believe that Chandler would be among the league leaders in all three.

In the Knicks’ last three wins (at Nets, Celtics, Wizards), based on my count, Chandler had 21 forced misses, seven forced turnovers and nine deflections. I tracked those stats because I knew that a lot of the effort plays he makes – plays that ultimately make a huge difference – are invisible in box scores.

As basketball fans, we are trained to watch the ball. Very few of us are interested enough in the intricacies of the game to watch a particular player for five consecutive minutes when that player doesn’t get the ball or when that player’s activity causes the player he is defending to not get the ball.

Worse, NBA stats that are supposed to prove defensive superiority are flawed. For the most part, steals result from playing passing lanes and shooting gaps. Blocks often come from the weak side, and rebounds (considered by some to be a defensive stat) can be poached by a point guard when his power forward does a good job of boxing out an opposing big.

Too many of us judge “good” defenders by how many steals and/or blocks they average per game.

Defense is more about team, and the stat-conscious might jeopardize valuable points in the hunt for numbers. Chandler, however, is the antithesis. He is content with playing his position on the court and doing a lot of his defensive dirty work behind the scenes when nobody is watching. It’s not about individual glory.

“Coach Woodson and his staff watch tons of game film and I try to do my own scouting and watch teams,” Chandler told me. “He throws out the game plan and if I saw something I’ll kinda pull him to the side and we’ll talk about it and we might try to find a way that we know will make the team understand it.”

And scouting opponents prior to games isn’t all Chandler does to make the Knicks’ defense click. During games, he’s actively coaching defense on the floor.

“I want my teammates to feel comfortable out there,” he said. “I want to let them know where they’re supposed to be and what’s coming. I feel like if your teammates constantly hear you talk and they constantly hear a voice, they won’t feel like they’re out there by themselves.”

For a championship-starved city, Chandler is a breath of fresh air. The big money, riches, and the championship ring he won with the Dallas Mavericks haven’t affected his desire to win. He knows that it takes a team to win, and both team and winning are more important than any individual accolades.

“Bill Russell was one of the great position defensive players. He got a lot of blocks but he kept a lot of blocks in play,” Chandler told me. “But I think he was even better at just challenging shots and making guys miss. That’s what I want to do most.”

From scouting to coaching, playing, and idolizing, Chandler is there for his teammates.

And while those attributes might not be quantifiable from a statistical standpoint, Chandler is probably the NBA’s Most Valuable Defensive Player, even if he’s not Defensive Player of the Year.
 5 years ago '04        #8564
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Berman

CLEVELAND – Amar’e Stoudemire said he is “pain-free’’ and doesn’t understand what the fuss is about regarding how he and Carmelo Anthony will mesh.

Stoudemire will start tonight vs. the Cavs but Mike Woodson will limit his minutes to about the 20-minute range in his first game since March 24th.

The Knicks are 9-4 in Stoudemire’s absence.

“When Mike took over when I was on the court, our record was 6-1,’’ Stoudemire said. “I don’t see what the big deal is. We’ll get back to doing what we did before. We were 6-1 with me, Carmelo and the full team with Woodson taking over. We’ll get back to that.’’

Stoudemire’s back injury first occurred vs. Boston in the playoffs last April but the bulging disk did not appear to be a big deal when first discovered.

Stoudemire, in making his first extended interview since his injury, said his bulging disk became more noticeable after an MRI in late summer that extended his lockout rehab.

Stoudemire blames the lockout on his continued woes. He felt he wasn’t able to properly rehab with the same Knicks medical staff that treated him last April. Once July 1st began, he was unable to use the Knicks medical staff and felt he wasn’t prepared when training camp opened. Stoudemire, though, said he didn’t feel symptoms from his bulging disk until the Detroit game last month.

“I wanted to use the guys who were working on me but I couldn’t,’’ Stoudemire said. “This rehab we took was much more aggressive. The problem with the lockout, you can’t use the Knicks training staff. When the injury first happened in Boston (last April), I couldn’t use the same training staff here that knew about the injury,. I had to go out and find other specialists to work my back. It was somewhat displeasing thing for me. I wanted to use guys that I was working with .’’

Stoudemire underwent a steroid epidural injection three weeks ago as the central thrust of his rehab and he said he felt better in two days.

“I’m actually pain-free. I’m doing a great job attacking the injury and making sure everything around the injury is secure,’’ Stoudemire said. “I responded to (the epidural) great. It was the first time I ever heard about it so I did my research on it and it worked out great for me. It took me about two days. Once that procedure was done, I took more time to strengthen the injury. ‘’

Stoudemire admitted to being worried his season was over. “I was definitely worried about the rest of the season,’’ Stoudemire said. “I didn’t know about the procedure. I was concerned, very concerned. It was nerve-wracking because I didn’t know what to expect.’’

Stoudemire nearly played in Newark but pushed it back two days. “I wanted to get in better shape,’’ Stoudemire said. “So I did more work in the weight room, more cardio. I wanted to make sure I was totally healthy.’’
 5 years ago '04        #8565
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this enough NYK news for you fu*kers?
 5 years ago '04        #8566
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Michael Singer

CLEVELAND - The Knicks (33-29) still have a chance at the sixth seed, but they would need a fair amount of help from the Magic (36-26).

Mike Woodson, whose Knicks trail Orlando by three games with four left, was adamant about not resting his players in an attempt to overtake the Magic, while also getting his players in rhythm.

“We can move up as high as six,” Woodson said after Friday morning’s shootaround. “That’s what I’m reminding these guys. We gotta continue to win. It’s not about sitting down and resting and taking it easy until the playoffs.”

Orlando’s magic number is two, meaning that any combination of Magic wins and Knicks losses equaling that number closes out the Knicks’ slim hopes of the sixth seed.

However, the Magic, which just lost Dwight Howard for the year, have lost three of its last five games. The Knicks in contrast, have won 9-of-13 and are activating Amare Stoudemire and his 17.6 ppg for Friday night’s game in Cleveland.

Woodson’s other motivation besides attaining the 6th seed and thus avoiding a matchup with Eastern Conference powers Miami or Chicago, is getting Stoudemire back into the rotation. Stoudemire has missed 13 consecutive games with a bulging disk in his back and will make his return Friday night in Cleveland.

“I’ve been on teams where guys are rested and it just destroyed what momentum you had going into the playoff season and I’ve seen it the other way. I don’t want to rest guys. I want guys to stay ready to play and feel good about themselves when they step out on the floor for the first playoff game," Woodson said.

Stoudemire said that the sixth seed is definitely within the Knicks’ grasp.

“That’s something that we really want to attack and exploit so if we can get there, then great. If not, then we just gotta prepare for whoever we’re gonna play in the playoffs,” he said.
 5 years ago '07        #8567
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i just sit down and read all of these articles


and i loved it
 5 years ago '04        #8568
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 Born_Loser said:
Mikki Moore was the other option to sign, Dan was picked cause he's eligible for the playoffs. the obvious reason why is insurance for both Amar'e & My Toys R Us spokesperson
why did we sign him i keep hearing hes trash but hey cant be worse then jerome jordan
 5 years ago '04        #8569
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Starting 5 tonight according to Woodson (just finished his interview on ESPN NY)

Dizzle
Shump Shump
Dat Melo Type Of Felo
Stat
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 5 years ago '04        #8570
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 Jae_Hood_354 said:
why did we sign him i keep hearing hes trash but hey cant be worse then jerome jordan
all falls down to needing an insurance policy, Dan is not expected to be a big minute player or have some plays in set for him. since Amar'e is just coming off an injury and Jeffries ( that's my Toys R Us Salesperson ) being injured, just need somebody can just be a presence in the paint if Chandler either gets in foul trouble or just give him time to rest. according to what i've been reading all day is Woodson doesn't trust Harrellson & Jordan enough to put them in when sh*t REALLY matters aka the playoffs
 5 years ago '04        #8571
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Berman

"Baron looked happy as clam in #Knicks locker room late Friday night. Didn't seem effected by stomach virus. Theory is he was resting his hamstring. But the best part is Mike Bibby, in third straight game with big minutes, is getting his groove back. Can't guard anyone but definitely runs the offense with aplomb and doesn't take ridiculous BD shots. Don't sleep on him in playoffs. Woodson knows he's only got 20 good minutes from Davis a game. One hundred career playoff games for Bibbs. #Knicks "
 5 years ago '04        #8572
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Based Hahn

"Another important Sunday for #Knicks: have to beat Hawks, then root for Nuggets to beat road-weary Magic for 6th place to remain in play."
 5 years ago '04        #8573
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Berman

ATLANTA — Tyson Chandler said he is willing to sit out the last couple of games of the regular season to heal for next weekend’s playoffs with the Knicks no longer jostling for playoff position. But it’s not up to him.

Chandler has missed just one game this season amid a series of bumps and bruises. He has a mysterious wrist injury that still lingers and last Sunday he bruised his knee in a collision with the Heat’s Joel Anthony.

The Knicks have three games left — Sunday against the Hawks, their final home game Wednesday against the Clippers, and Thursday in Charlotte. Their first-round playoff series could open Saturday, but more likely will begin Sunday.

The Knicks are a virtual lock to finish either seventh or eighth and face either the Heat or Bulls in the first round. Their pipe dream of moving to sixth and supplanting the Magic still hangs by a thread. Orlando lost 117-107 to the Jazz last night in Utah.

Chandler had one of his more invisible nights Friday in Cleveland and perhaps he’s saving himself already for Miami.

“I think it’s important for us for our bodies to rest,’’ Chandler said. “It’s more important to rest and get healthy at this point of the season. I’m going to talk to coach and see what he thinks and do what’s best for the team. I’m a little banged up. The most important thing is I feel great going into the playoffs. I’ll see what he says. It’s what he wants. I’ve been banged up.’’

Interim coach Mike Woodson, who cancelled Saturday’s practice, said Friday he’s not in favor of resting guys, but wasn’t absolute. He needs to get Amar’e Stoudemire in sync with the other starters. It’s a tough call.

“I’ve been on teams where guys rested and it just destroyed what momentum we had going into the playoff season,’’ Woodson said. “And I’ve seen it the other way. I don’t want to rest guys. I want them ready to play and feel good about themselves when they step on the floor for the first playoff game.’’

Chandler, a lock to make the U.S. Olympic Team after Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge needed surgery, said his sore wrist is feeling better than when he wrote a brace last month.

“There’s just little things, nothing is really, really bothering me,’’ Chandler said. “It’s aches here and there.’’

Carmelo Anthony, finally healthy after battling a.ssorted injuries during the lockout season, is learning toward not resting. Baron Davis sat out the last two games with a stomach virus, but possibly also to rest his hamstring.

“I don’t make those decisions,’’ Anthony said. “You have to talk to Woodson. I’ve been feeling good as of late. If there’s time I need to take to get ready for the playoffs, it’s something that could be discussed. Right now I don’t think so.’’
 5 years ago '04        #8574
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"If #Knicks had better shot at No. 6 Orlando, Tyson Chandler would've played today. But asked if rest is more important than playoff positioning, Woodson said. "I think so. For him it is. He’s going to log some big minutes once we get started. If he tells me he's tired, I believe that. I got to respect that.'' Anthony said Friday he wanted to play. Woodson won't stop him. "I thought about it. He wants to play. He knows his body. I’m sure if there’s any issues he’ll tell me and we’ll back off.'' "
 5 years ago '05        #8575
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Amare is back well for now
 5 years ago '04        #8576
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thank you Denver KNuggets for giving us a real chance at the 6th seed
 5 years ago '04        #8577
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Tommy Dee

" "Meanwhile, thanks, Allan! New York is without a true “shooting coach” (at least as far as I know) since Phil Weber left the organization, so it seems that Houston’s been visiting to impart morsels of moisture on New York’s various impure shooters. Iman Shumpertwas seen working with Houston before the Bucks game on March 26th. Since then, he’s [mathmathmath] hit 21 of 54 three-pointers (39 percent) after connecting on 26 percent of his threes before that point. That’s quite a bit better, and it’s probably why you no longer find yourself cringing when Shumpert sets his feet to shoot. If we could get to that point with Landry as well, that’d be really, really, really great. Timely, too. Keep it up, Landry. You too, Allan."

Again, the backcourt issues, to me, are a glaring weakness heading towards the playoffs but with Houston’s help it seems that they are getting more out of Shumpert and Fields and making shots from 18-22 feet is super critical to winning playoff games in my opinion."
 5 years ago '04        #8578
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Based Hahn

"Carmelo Anthony once again edged out by LeBron James for Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Can he be Player of the Month without a PoW?"
 5 years ago '04        #8579
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Berman

"#Knicks can still move to six or fall back to eight. Sixers win over Nets got them in standings tie with New York holding tiebreaker. Both clubs have two games left. But Sixers have now clinched and could go in tank mode. Philly finishes with Milwaukee and Detroit. Knicks with Clips and Bobcats. Sixers have to beat Knicks by a game to get 7. Naturally, if Bobcats upset No. 6 Orlando Wednesday, well, we may not be talking Chicago or Miami anymore in first round but Pacers."
 5 years ago '04        #8580
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can we stop blake tom night?
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