From the second they gave up a lot of depth to bring in Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks past Spider-man the Musical as the thing with the most unrealistic expectations in New York.
If they were a playoff team with one superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire, adding a second instantly made them a threat to Boston, Miami and Chicago to some. Forget the quality depth sent out of town, forget questions of fit, forget time to meld. Fans wanted results immediately.
They are 7-6 since the trade and coach Mike D’Antoni wants to calm the jitters of fans and bring the expectations more in line with reality, as he told Howard Beck at the New York Times.
“It’s great — they care,” he said, before adding a bit of wry advice. “You know, take some Prozac or something. Hang in there. We’re hanging in there. We’re pedaling as fast as we can pedal.”
He acknowledged “some deficiencies, some holes,” particularly on defense — a weakness that has been demonstrably worse since the trade.
“The biggest thing is not to panic,” D’Antoni said, adding, “We’re not as good as we will be.”
Knicks fans, they may not be as good as they are going to be for a couple of years. Just a warning. And D’Antoni’s right, prescription medications are the solutions to all life’s little problems.
Last May, Magic Johnson tweeted that the Lakers chase LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan in free agency. All three players were still under contract with their teams until July 1.
In response to that apparent tampering, the Lakers announced Johnson had asked the team to remove his title of Vice President.
Too little, too late.
William Weinbaum and Steve Delsohn of ESPN:
Outside the Lines learned this week — and confirmed with a senior Lakers official — that the NBA fined the team over Johnson’s communiques about players under contract to other teams.
If Drake got the Raptors fined for tampering by pitching Durant during a concert, the Lakers deserved this fine.
Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian are dating. There are mixed reports about whether they’re engaged.
No matter their exact terms of their relationship, it brings increased attention to the Cavaliers – who are already in the spotlight as LeBron James‘ team and the defending NBA champions.
LeBron might not welcome increased scrutiny.
Gabriella Ginsberg of Hollywood Life:
LeBron James hasn’t been happy that Tristan Thompson is dating drama magnet Khloe Kardashian, and we hear that the teammates had a locker room showdown before the Cavs’ home opener game.
“Tristan isn’t taking any crap from his teammates anymore. As far as he’s concerned, Khloe’s coming to every damn game she chooses,” the insider reveals. “Tristan told LeBron straight up before last night’s game that Khloe was coming and that was that.”
There’s nothing wrong with LeBron, as a friend, advising Thompson about his personal life. They share an agent, Rich Paul, and that obviously means a lot to LeBron.
But at a certain point, LeBron should back off. Neither coworkers nor friends have a right to determine who someone dates.
76ers players are unsure how to respond to their franchise blocking Sevyn Streeter from singing the national anthem because she wore a “WE MATTER” jersey.
Justise Winslow is seemingly trying to nudge Philadelphia in a certain direction.
The Heat forward posted a photo with himself and the 76ers’ Jerami Grant raising fists and captioned it “WE MATTER”:
I’m unsure when this photo was taken, but my best guess is after the Miami-Philadelphia preseason game – which was preceded by the national-anthem singer kneeling during her performance.
Was Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha making the smart play to beat the defender or just showing off?
Either way, I’m glad he did it.