Raymond Felton looked pretty good running the Knicks past the Chicago Bulls Thursday night. He’s starting to really understand how to be the point guard in the Mike D’Antoni system.
But he’s no Steve Nash.
Friday in the New York Post, Marc Berman tries to breathe life into the Nash to the Knicks idea, saying there were rumblings out of Phoenix that if the Suns start too slow Nash may be on the trading block.
No doubt, Nash would instantly vault the Knicks way up the ladder in the East. But take a deep breath Knicks fans, don’t hyperventilate, because this almost certainly will not happen.
Two reasons. First is the assumption that the Suns will want to trade Nash and rebuild. Right now he is the franchise in Phoenix, to trade him is to surrender. It is to trade away one of the most beloved sports stars in the city and invite the bad will from fans and an economic hit at the gate. Stoudemire left, but trading Nash is a different. It would be seen as ownership turning its back on the fans. The Suns are not likely to do that, and Nash isn’t likely to go Carmelo and push his way out.
But for fun, let’s say the Suns do put Nash up on the trading block: What makes you think the Knicks can get him? Look at what former Suns GM and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr told the Post:
“In that situation where you want to start over, maybe rebuild, you got to get draft picks and the Knicks don’t have any. They gave them to Houston,” Kerr told The Post before the Knicks’ 120-112 victory. “I don’t see what you put together on that roster that makes sense for Phoenix. Or Denver.”
Sorry for the cold splash of water on the face, Knicks fans, but Nash isn’t going to be moved. And even if he was you can’t get him. So you can go back to worrying about how you’re going to get ‘Melo now.
As of tomorrow, training camps around the league open, and all the focus goes to the 2016-17 season.
For fun, let’s look back one more time at last season — the 50 top circus shots of last season.
Stephen Curry driving the lane and throwing up prayers once he draws contact (and hitting them), there is Russell Westbrook throwing the inbounds pass off an opponent’s back, and so much more. Enjoy. Then let’s get on with next season.
Kevin Garnett intimidates people. In the machismo-fueled world of professional sports nobody comfortably admits they were intimidated, but in the wake of Garnett announcing his retirement, a number of players stepped forward to say exactly that. And that KG trashed talked them fearlessly.
Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams found a way to avoid that — tell KG he didn’t speak English.
Adams was lucky, KG had a reputation for going harder at foreign-born players with his trash talk and intimidation. Then again Adams is not the kind of guy prone to be intimidated.
Athletes are injecting themselves into the needed national conversation about race, violence, and policing in this nation. That has taken some very public forms, including LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony speaking at the ESPYs, and Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem and leading others to do so. Some NBA players likely will follow Kaepernick’s lead.
Pistons coach/GM Stan Van Gundy likes seeing players speak out.
A couple of his Detroit players — Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris — said they backed the 49ers quarterback. Here is what the never shy Van Gundy said about all of it, via Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
“I’m encouraged by the fact of what some of those guys stood up and did at the ESPYs and had a conversation,” Van Gundy said. “I’m really proud of the fact that we have guys that not only see the problem, but want to try to do something about it…
“To me, in some ways, (police brutality is) just the most visible to focus on and it goes to deeper inequities in our criminal justice system, our education system so there’s so much to focus on,” Van Gundy said. “I think it’s great that we have players that want to be part of that conversation, and a lot of players that want to go beyond the conversation and be part of the solution.”
Van Gundy has been telling his players part of that solution is to vote.
The players union and NBA sent out a release saying they wanted to work together to create positive change, but details are still vague on what that might be. The only thing we know for sure as we head into the NBA season — with as divided a nation and election as anyone can remember as a backdrop — is that some NBA players are going to try and keep the conversation going.
It was the last game of the group stage of the 2000 Olympic basketball tournament at the Sydney Olympics, the USA was taking on France, another USA win on its way to another gold medal.
But what we all remember is this one play — Vince Carter dunking over the 7’2″ French center Frederic Weis.
Best. Dunk. Ever.
Weis was never the same.
In an impressive career — two-time All-NBA, eight-time All-Star, hours and hours of crazy highlights — this is always going to be the highlight at the top of the list. So we will use the anniversary of this dunk to look at it one more time.
Hat tip to nitramy at NBA Reddit.