“…when Alexander the Great saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.”
The Knicks’ stud rookie Kristaps Porzingis is pretty accomplished, too! But even he has room to improve, and thus I wrote about three aspects of his game he’s yet to conquer.
New York, NY, 2/06/2013. (Paul J. Bereswill)
Athletes are often like supermodels. People fixate on one seemingly innate quality they possess, sometimes losing sight of everything else the objectified human has going for them.
Carmelo Anthony is one of the top three human beings on Earth at putting a basketball through the hoop. But in the NBA, even being that good at that skill can only take one so far; diversification it required. The player has to be better than one-dimensional, and so do his teammates. Carmelo, unfairly, is often slandered as a statistic-obsessed wannabe hero. I disagree. Today, I disagree with evidence.
At Posting & Toasting I broke down four examples of plays that don’t really result in any statistics for Anthony, but in each he is the gravitational sun at the center of the Knick solar system. Come see me break down 24 seconds worth of film!
Arizona forward Stanley Johnson (5) dunks against Southern California during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
When I was a kid, I had a friend whose house was always messy. Everything inside was broken or broke-down. The lawn was scraggly and brown. He had a swimming pool, but it was never clean or useable. There was a gorgeous Cadillac in the driveway. But it was forever one repair away from working.
The Knicks are that friend’s house. Carmelo Anthony is the Cadillac: the one bright spot, only 31 and coming off of major knee surgery. The rest of the roster needs a makeover. I reviewed lottery prospect Stanley Johnson at P&T today, the rare 19-year old who’s already showcased NBA-level skills on offense and defense. Long story short: Johnson could be as close to a one-man home makeover as there is in this draft.
Posting&Toasting published my short write-up regarding Carmelo Anthony’s thoughts on this week’s revelation of racist comments by Atlanta Hawks soon-to-be-ex-owner Bruce Levenson and not-long-for-this-world-as-a-GM Danny Ferry. To synopsize: I liked hearing from an unusually candorrific Carmelo.
It’s 3:13 TIME in the morning and I can’t sleep. Haven’t been able to all week.
Some Israeli science wizards did a study that found sleep deprivation and interrupted sleep are both detrimental to one’s cognition. I’m not sure who’d find this newsworthy. If you’re getting solid sleep, your cognition’s unimpaired, so this finding’s about as revelatory as a study on how eating week-old sushi left out in the sun can suck; if, like me, you aren’t getting sleep, then you’re already aware of the negative side effects and don’t need some Tel Aviv wise-asses to clue you in. Continue reading
Should Carmelo stay in NY? Should he leave? If so, for where? Poasting & Toasting’s Jonathan Schulman argues for Melo staying while I say vaya con Dios, #7.
The Posting&Toasting crew broke down Carmelo Anthony’s last season with the Knicks. As badly as the team’s 2014 was, it was arguably the best performance of Melo’s career.
P.S. Does “last season with the Knicks” mean “most recent,” or “final”? Stay tuned!
Are you sitting? Good. Brace yourselves: the Knicks have a history of bad-decision making. Such as:
*Letting Xavier McDaniel, Scottie Pippen’s personal Freddy Krueger, leave for the Celtics because they preferred Charles Smith. If I ever run into Pat Riley or Dave Checketts, I’ma be Jimmy Conway grilling Johnny Roastbeef.