David Lee wants to return to the Knicks, but they will have to pay

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Thumbnail image for nba_lee_250.jpgKnicks fans, remember what Joni Mitchell (or was it Adam Duritz?) tried to teach us: Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone.

David Lee loves New York City. He’s played there for five years, become an All-Star. He was their best player hands down, giving them 20 and 12 nightly this season. It’s easy to see how he could be a good fit as the second or third option next to that superstar the Knicks are going to go out and get.

But the Knicks are going to have to pay. They chose not to make a move on him earlier, opting instead to keep the decks clear and have plenty of cap space so they could go out and get a superstar or two.

Now, he said there will be no hometown discount from Lee. The Knicks want him back, they are going to have to outbid everyone else on the market, as he told Alan Hahn of Newsday.

“There’s been a chance, twice, to take care of that very thing.”

Donnie Walsh and the Knicks knew this, it was a calculated risk as part of the rebuilding strategy. Lee can ball but this is New York and marquee names are needed. Losing Lee would be part of that price.

Don’t it always seem to go…

Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)

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Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.

So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.

That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.

Marc Gasol’s step-back 3-pointer sends Grizzlies to overtime, where they down Pelicans (video)

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Marc Gasol has turned himself into a bona fide 3-point shooter, and his latest triple came when the Grizzlies needed it most.

Gasol’s 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter tied last night’s game against the Pelicans.

Then, Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer to tie the game in overtime:

Memphis went onto win 110-108 in double overtime behind 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and two steals from Gasol.

The Grizzlies have won three straight without Mike Conley (or Chandler Parsons), the victories coming by a combined six points

Celtics’ Al Horford blows game-winning layup against Rockets (video)

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The Celtics couldn’t have asked for a much better look on their final possession, but Al Horford missed this layup to give the Rockets a 107-106 win last night.

Maybe Isaiah Thomas should have gone to the line for getting pushed over by Montrezl Harrell, but I’m not 100% sure Harrell should’ve been called for a foul. Besides, that Thomas screen sprung Horford for the layup. I’d take my chances with that barely contested close-range shot.

Michael Beasley, Davis Bertans ejected from Bucks/Spurs for being third/fourth into altercation

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This should have been the usual NBA altercation — two guys jawing with nothing physical happening because teammates step in, everyone does their posturing, and we move along. Monday night in the Spurs eventual win over the Bucks, Greg Monroe and Dewayne Dedmon got tangled up going for a rebound, Dedmon threw a little elbow, Monroe pushed him off, and the two started the well choreographed NBA dance.

Then San Antonio’s Davis Bertans came in and shoved Monroe.

Followed by Milwaukee’s Michael Beasley coming in and shoved Bertans.

Both Beasley and Bertans were ejected for escalating the situation, and you can expect the league will hit both with a fine for being the third/fourth men in.