Showing posts from May, 2016

The 2016 NBA Finals Preview: What You Need to Know

The NBA is funny. The Finals matchup that most fans and columnists predicted ended up coming true: a rematch. With that being said, both teams made it to the finals in very unpredictable ways. Cleveland was supposed to manhandle the eastern conference, going 10-0, only to lose two straight games to Toronto, cutting it closer than they would have liked. On the western side of basketball, the defending champs, who have the greatest record in NBA history (73-9), were down 3-1 against a hungry Oklahoma City Thunder team that was peaking at the perfect time with their size and athleticism. The Warriors still ended up winning a very entertaining series. Will Cleveland vs. Golden State prove to be as competitive as the conference finals? Let’s go over a few narratives that might favor Cleveland or Golden State. Cleveland’s size. As we learned in the OKC vs. Golden State series, when you have a dominant big man who can control the glass, you can hurt Golden State’s defense tremendously. Steven

Can Jeff Hornacek Save the Knicks?

Phil Jackson never ceases to surprise hungry Knicks fans. After several months of Kurt Rambis speculation, the Knicks have decided to sign Jeff Hornacek as their new head coach. Phil Jackson has a history with Jeff Hornacek, including two NBA Finals battles when Jackson was coaching the Bulls and Hornacek was playing for the Jazz. Guys like Frank Isola have other theories on how Hornacek got the gig. There is no need to speculate if Jackson was behind this signing or not, because at the end of the day we’ll never know. What does matter is the history of Jeff Hornacek’s coaching career in Phoenix and how that will correlate with the 2016/2017 New York Knickerbockers. In 2013, the Phoenix Suns hired Jeff Hornacek. The Suns ended up with a 48-34 record, which was a huge improvement compared to their 2012 team, which finished 25-57. A lot of people would credit this improvement to the acquisition of Eric Bledsoe, a point guard with W