David Lee has nothing to lose. Sure, he’d like to stay in New York, but after the season he just had there is going to be demand for his services. He’s going to have options.
And because he has nothing to lose, he was pretty honest about the summer the Knicks face in an interview on ESPN 1050.
“I think I’d be pretty scared for the riding season ticket holders. It’s gonna be interesting. I think there’s two things that are certain. That there’s nothing better than winning in New York and then on the other side of the coin is there’s nothing worse than losing in New York. I’ve taken years off my life the last few years here dealing with losing and dealing with the media aspect of that and the fan aspect of it. I think that if I come back to New York, I want it to be on a winning team and I think it will be…
“The Knicks have had opportunities the last couple of summers with no competition to secure me long term and have decided to go a different route and do one year deals, which I completely understand. And Mr. Walsh went above and beyond the qualifying offer by four million or whatever it was to show good faith. I have no ill feelings to the Knicks and it’s been a great relationship for five years. But now it’s a matter of I put in the work for five years, I’ve gotten better and better, and now it’s about securing my future.”
There is no fault here, only a question. Lee is about to get his first big kick at the can. He wants a good one, can’t blame him. The Knicks need to keep their options available for a complete roster overhaul. We all get that. But does anyone really think the Knicks are going to land two players better than David Lee this summer? Is it worth the risk to let him play the field while you aim for people unlikely to leave their current, championship contending teams?
Okay, that was two questions. But they are valid ones.
LeBron James is usually the guy handing out chasedown blocks. He’s famous for them, and has carted out his signature move in the biggest moments of his career.
He’s also not used to having his own shots blocked from behind, and certainly not by opposing point guards.
Enter Elfrid Payton.
During a play halfway through the first quarter against the Orlando Magic on Thursday, LeBron was on a drive to the hole with Elfrid trailing far behind.
Thanks to a pinch by two Magic defenders, LeBron had to try and use brute force a bit deeper in the paint than he wanted to.
That allowed Payton — running at full speed — to catch up and pin The King on the glass.
Cleveland still got the best of the Magic, as Isaiah Thomas hit a clutch free throw to win the game with 11 seconds left, 104-103.
For about as long as we can remember, Joel Embiid has famously thirsted after Rihanna on Twitter. Fans have tried to boost his standing with the singer, but it apparently that has not been enough.
In 2014, Embiid mentioned on social media that a “famous girl” — presumably Rihanna — told him to “Come back when you’re an All-Star.”
Well, today is that day.
Embiid is a starter out of the Eastern Conference, and on Thursday night he had his chance to speak to Rihanna (or whomever) via national TV on TNT.
Did Embiid decide to reach out to this famous person? Apparently he’s off it.
This is like that scene from Private Parts when Howard Stern hits No. 1 and he tells Paul Giamatti’s character to get lost.
Embiid had the chance to curve Rihanna (or whomever) and took it. Long live The Process.
NBA All-Star voting is over, and now we have the results. The starters are in, and what’s left is for us to wait until they announce the teams after they are picked in double secret ceremony.
Of course, the NBA did release the full voting results via their PR website this week, and as such there are some head scratchers. My boy Patrick Redford over at Deadspin did an excellent job rounding up some of the players who got exactly one (1) vote from other players.
The gag here is that these guys presumably voted for themselves.
Of course, what I found most interesting was actually the guys who got multiple votes from their compatriots without being All-Star caliber players.
My favorite list of player-voted non-All-Stars includes: Michael Beasley (4), Gordon Hayward (2), Boban Marjanovic (2), Jahlil Okafor (4), Quincy Acy (2), Tyler Zeller (4), T.J. McConnell (2), Elfrid Payton (2), Zaza Pachulia (3), Taj Gibson (6), Zach Randolph (5), Maurice Harkless (2), Deyonta Davis (3), Lonzo Ball (9), Mike Conley (3).
There’s a whole smattering of guys in there who either didn’t play enough, aren’t stars, are injured, or who aren’t very good.
That multiple players took time to vote for these guys really speaks to the frivolity of the NBA All-Star Game. At least outside of player contract incentives.
Bring on February!
LeBron James is one of the best passers the NBA has ever seen, but even this is too hard to believe.
During Thursday’s game between the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron through a ridiculous behind-the-back pass that nutmegged Orlando’s Aaron Gordon.
The result of the play was a bucket for Dwyane Wade.
I mean, that’s just … insane.