Knicks 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…
Dwyane Wade ‘honored’ to be Prince’s favorite player
The officiating crew missed a host of calls during those final 13 seconds, but they have at least owned up to the most egregious one — missing Dion Waiters pushing off Manu Ginobili while the Thunder guard tried to inbound the ball. (Yes, Ginobili’s foot was on the line, but sorry Thunder homers that was not close to the most egregious miss at the end.)
After the game, the lead official Kenny Mauer admitted that error.
Did that decide the game? No. We like to focus on things we can blame as going wrong, but the Spurs offense started 2-of-15 shooting on the night, was inconsistent, and they still had a chance at the end. This one play is not why the Spurs lost. Manu Ginobili said it well postgame.
Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo given after-the-fact Flagrant 2 for elbow to Pacers’ Turner, no suspension
However, no mention of a suspension for this incident alone. The Raptors catch a break there, as Biyombo should have been tossed from the game and/or given a suspension for that elbow. That said, one more flagrant and he does get a suspension.
NBA’s Basketball Without Borders to host first event in Australia
Australia has brought a fair amount of talent — and scrappy players — to the NBA, and now the NBA is taking one of its outreach programs there.
Yesterday the NBA, FIBA, and Australia’s National Basketball League announced a Basketball without Borders event June 23-26 at Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne. It’s the first time the community outreach program will come to the island nation of Australia.
“We are pleased to partner with FIBA and the NBL to bring the first Basketball without Borders camp to Australia,” NBA Asia Managing Director Scott Levy said in a statement. “The league has seen a surge of Australian talent in recent years, and we look forward to supporting the next generation by giving them a platform to showcase their skills alongside their peers from throughout the region.”
These events bring in youth basketball players and work with them, both giving young players highest quality instruction and raising the profile of the sport in the nation with a little star power. Basketball Without Borders will celebrate 15 years this summer and has been all over the globe with similar events.