How is Derrick Rose Going to Affect the Knicks Long Term?

Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks traded Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Chicago Bulls for Justin Holiday, a 2017 second round pick, and Derrick Rose. This is a trade that might be intriguing to a casual Knicks fan and terrifying to a seasoned Knicks fan. On the surface, this is a classic Knicks trade: acquire an all-star who is past his prime. We can go over the list (Larry Johnson, Glen Rice, Antonio Mcdyess, Stephon Marbury, Penny Hardaway, Steve Francis, Jalen Rose, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chauncey…

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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…

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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. Jeff Hornacek's father was Isiah Thomas' freshman basketball coach and his high school Dean of Students…..move on, nothing to see here. — Frank…

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Can Phil Jackson's Triangle Philosophy Mesh with Jerian Grant?

The Knicks entered this season with a glimmer of hope. Through their first 44 games, they were 22-22, contesting other Eastern Conference teams for the 8th seed. A mix of mental toughness, solid bench play, and a defensive scheme that helped defend threes made the Knicks look like an actual playoff team. It seemed as if Fisher finally got through to this team as a coach. Then Melo was affected by nagging knee injuries, and the flaws of the Knicks as a whole spun out of control. Fisher ended up…

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Can Kristaps Porzingis Change the State of Small-Ball?

The NBA has always been a copycat league. If a formula works for one team, every other coach tries to follow suit. The evolution of small ball has taken over the league a lot faster than many anticipated. Teams that used to thrive off posting and toasting have remodeled their roster in order to keep up with the rapid tempo that the Golden State Warriors have established. The Indiana Pacers have Paul George playing the power forward. The Memphis Grizzlies have Matt Barnes starting over Zach Randolph sometimes. The Washington…

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The Knicks' Chronic Point Guard Problems

Jose Calderon has been a no-show once again this season, and it’s difficult to say whether his struggles are due to lingering injuries or old age. His jump shot is still a reliable threat, but his inability to get separation against every point guard in the league makes him that much less of a weapon. Calderon was never the quickest player, and he has always relied on his fundamentals to dictate the game. However, there’s a limit to how much you can compensate for a lack of athleticism with great fundamentals….

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The Contenders of the Wild West

The Western Conference has owned the Eastern Conference for over a decade now, and although the East made some notable improvements this offseason, the best of the best still remains in the West. If you enjoy gambling, this is going to be a really difficult year to cover spreads, considering the level of competition is going to be ridiculous. Below are the top six teams in the Western Conference. San Antonio Spurs (Vegas Insider Odds to win the Western Conference: 12/5) The Spurs have the best starting 5 in the…

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How Good Are the Rockets With Ty Lawson?

The Houston Rockets’ acquisition of Ty Lawson changes the landscape of the Western Conference. The Rockets were already considered contenders last year when they overcame the odds, beating the Clippers in seven games after being down 3-1. Although they beat out most of the West without a legitimate starting point guard, James Harden acted as their main source of distribution throughout the season. How will that affect the Rockets this upcoming season? Since Harden and Lawson both need the ball in their hands, will they adapt, or will the Rockets…

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Why did Phil Jackson Draft Kristaps Porzingis?

In March of 2014, Phil Jackson was introduced as the President of the New York Knicks. This may sound like a stretch, but since Jackson has reunited with his Knicks, he almost lost his credibility after winning 13 NBA Championships. In the defense of disgruntled Knicks fans, Jackson has made some questionable decisions since he became Head Honcho: trading Tyson Chandler for a lengthier contract in Jose Calderon, running the triangle offense in a league that thrives in the pick and roll, and his incomprehensible use of social media. Last…

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Knicks Free Agency: Guide on How to Fix the Knicks

The upcoming NBA Free Agency is going to be a chaotic time for Knicks fans. Phil Jackson has approximately $27.5 million to attract a very deep free agent class. The tricky part is picking the right players to build around Melo, and convincing those players that it’s worth joining a team that has a $124 million superstar coming off knee surgery. If you’re hoping for a blockbuster signing, then keep dreaming. Phil Jackson will hopefully focus on signing consistent two-way role players. Here is my list of free agents the Knicks should go…

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The 2015 All-NBA Bad Boy Team

DISCLAIMER: If you are against fighting in the NBA and you think that competitive violence is bad for the game, then don’t read this, because you are a wuss. In basketball, toughness is all important. Most of the time, the opponent who is more aggressive emerges victorious. However, basketball is evolving, and players like Ron Artest and Dennis Rodman are harder to find. With various changes in the rules such as hand-checking, making it harder for defensive players to play physical, and refs calling technical fouls more often, it’s safe to…

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Can the Grizzlies Get Through The West?

Longevity is an incredibly underrated template of success. Once upon a time, a team like the Spurs was built through the draft, and they’re still relevant today. The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t exactly build through the draft, but they have developed a young core over the years and turned them into championship contenders. The Memphis Grizzlies are entering the 2015 playoffs for their fifth year in a row. They have a core that consists of high IQ veterans, and they arguably play the best defense in the league. But why are…

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What If the Cavs Kept Andrew Wiggins?

In the summer of 2014, LeBron James made his triumphant return to Cleveland. He wrote an article in Sports Illustrated, providing various reasons for this decision. The King mentioned key teammates whose potential he planned to help maximize. These names included Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, and his old teammate Anderson Varejao. The problem with this article was that there was no mention of the first overall pick of the 2014 draft, Andrew Wiggins. Clearly something was wrong. LeBron had the mindset that he wanted to help mentor these young players,…

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The Dirk Nowitzki Era: How to Build Around a 7-Foot Machine

In the NBA, a common strategy that has been implemented by almost every team is to shy away from being a middle tier team. Many NBA executives will argue if you’re not good enough to win a championship, but too good to get a high draft pick, then you’re in “No Man’s Land”. Just ask the Philadelphia 76ers, when they blew up their team just a season after signing Jrue Holliday and Andrew Bynum to big deals. Fast forward three seasons later, and the Sixers are once again battling for…

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Nate's 2014-2015 MVP Rankings

This is a very competitive year in the NBA. There is no clear favorite for the title, there is no clear favorite for the MVP race, and the Knicks-Sixers rivalry for worst team in NBA history is picking up steam. Below is my top five MVP rankings for the first half of the season: Number 5: John Wall 17.2 PPG, 10.1 APG, 4.2 RPG, 2.0 SPG, 21.2 PER I was not a believer in John Wall when he entered the league. During his rookie season, I felt he had “too…

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