To the very long and constantly growing list of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s skills, please add “Knick-killer.” Last year, in three games, he averaged 28.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.3 steals, and 3.7 blocks. (Terrifyingly, this year these are starting to look like normal Giannis numbers against even competent…
This bomb from Shams Charania was basically just a matter of turning subtext into text:
Here’s a stat I’ve been thinking about ever since Chris Herring reported it over at FiveThirtyEight:
Before his fourth ejection of the season, Kevin Durant notched a nice block in the Warriors’ 123-111 win over the Knicks. Or did he? Courtney Lee’s floater sure seemed to be on the way down. After Steph drilled a three in transition, coach Jeff Hornacek offered his nuanced take on the ball’s trajectory.
A lingering sore spot for your New York Knicks, who’ve spent most of the last month sucking and losing, is point guard: Frank Ntilikina might one day be the answer at the NBA’s most important position, but right now he’s a wildly inefficient offensive player playing backup minutes behind, of all people, Jarrett Jack.…
Remember the end of the last Knicks season, when Phil Jackson, having totally alienated and depressed the trade value of Carmelo Anthony, hinted that he might go full demon and undo the only good thing he’d ever done, drafting Kristaps Porzingis? Remember when he reportedly wanted to dangle him for a shot to draft…
Over at ESPN, Ian Begley has chronicled the festering relationship between former Knicks boss and unbearable weed pedant Phil Jackson and former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. It’s a long string of satisfying anecdotes but my favorite one captures the purest essence of both characters:
From the Daily News today comes a profile of Kristaps Porzingis’s flavorful “personal physician and trainer” Dr. Carlon Colker, who has no affiliation with the Knicks.
Michael Beasley, a man who still plays in the NBA, managed to commit six fouls in 10 minutes of playing time in the Knicks’ 111-107 win over the Hawks on Sunday.
It feels as though the Thunder will eventually sort out their issues, but for now they are 8-12 and Carmelo Anthony is off giving quavering interviews about anger. Meanwhile, New York might be permitted to believe that it won a trade for once.
Our own Dave McKenna wrote a profile of James Dolan last year, and so he has Dolan’s contact information. Half-jokingly, we told McKenna to reach out to Dolan and ask if he wanted to participate in this year’s Deadspin Awards. Much to our bewilderment, we got this:
There was nothing wrong with the Knicks getting all riled up over LeBron James’s assertion that the team would have been better off drafting Dennis Smith Jr. over Frank Ntilikina. It was even heartening to see young Frank get up in the King’s personal space last night, and to see Enes Kanter coming in to back up his…
After the Cavs escaped the clutches of the league-worst Mavs—it was a two-point game with 36.8 seconds to go—LeBron James decided to offer a compliment so narrow in scope that it could reasonably be interpreted as an insult:
I suppose we should file this under Doing What You’ve Gotta Do:
With a 110-89 loss to the Celtics tonight, the Knicks dropped to 0-3. Here are some selected highlights.
The Thunder look like they’ll be fun, and good. The Knicks are of course neither, but in last night’s 105-84 loss they were bad on a level that still managed to surprise. If you are a team with a hopeless season ahead of you but a small gaggle of bright young players, you might just invest in their future. You might,…