The Knicks come to town tomorrow night and so far they seem to be a team that is incomplete in their make-up. Last season they had too many ball occupiers and not enough low post presence. Now, they have essentially swapped Chauncey Billups for Tyson Chandler and are missing their exterior presence. All this to say, I can't wait to see what Russell Westbrook and James Harden will do tomorrow night.
I had my concerns during the two losses, but in this recent spate of games I think we have seen definite improvements in the team's offensive flow, especially at the end of games. I find that I'm no longer in a panic once the 5 minute mark hits (but I still watch for it).
Young tackles the unpleasant topic of why Russell Westbrook has not yet been signed to a contract extension, given that January 25th is the deadline. If no contract is reached by then, Westbrook will become a restricted free agent, allowing another team to make an offer. I like Young's reasoning here; if it is on point, then it could be a very tactical move by Presti & Co. to cap Westbrook's salary, protect the team's cap structure, and still keep their all-star.
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Well, not everything. There is nothing in here about how Kevin Durant's flag football games helped improve his passing performances.
If not for the fact that Dirk Nowitzki is seven feet tall, he could definitely pass for the 10th grade science teacher that all the kids like.
I am kidding, of course. Chris Bosh merely said that Dwyane Wade is a better closer than LeBron James. He's right too, but it is still a bold statement to make that to an interviewer.
More links after the jump.
Blott runs down a list of season subplots that are not getting requisite attention, yet they are shaping the season's flavor.
Well, yeah. Obviously.
This is a great perspective on how we're going to remember Kobe Bryant as his career reaches its close. Superhero or antihero? I wish Kobe had made up his mind sooner.
No word yet on whether coach Mark Jackson would prefer a one-armed, chest-less Kwame Brown over most other two-armed, pectorally complete big men.