James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks and head of the Cablevision Systems Incorporated empire, is the front man for a blues band. A blues band that does things like open for Aretha Franklin at the Jones Beach Theater because… well, read the last sentence about being the head af a massive media congolmerate.
He and his band debuted a new song — Fix the Knicks. Complete with tounge-in-cheek Isiah Thomas reference. Sorry Knicks fans.
Here are the lyrics, the video is below (via SLAM, lyrics from Mike Prada at SBN). Again, sorry Knicks fans. Sorry for everything.
Everywhere I go, I hear everybody say ‘What you gonna do to make that team play’ From the folks across the street at 34th and 6th Everyone who calls says, ‘Hey man, fix the Knicks’
(Chorus) Fix the Knicks and make them shine Get on and win like it’s ’69 Hitting all their free throws and no more shooting bricks Time to get it right and fix the Knicks
Doing my best and that’s my problem I check with my friend called Isiah Thomas Pay no mind to those nasty critics They haven’t done a thing to fix the Knicks
We know we’re getting better, but still no respect We score a lot of points, but where’s the defense? Everyone’s an expert saying ‘Trade your draft picks’ You got to get ‘this guy’ to fix the Knicks
(Chorus, two times)
Larry Sanders asks in Twitter poll what team he should play for next season
“But I feel like I’m in a much better place right now and I’m equipped to be able to put myself in that situation again.”
But where? A lot of teams could use an athletic big who averaged 1.4 blocks per game over the five years he was in the NBA, although with the conservative nature of NBA front offices they will not want to take much risk (Golden State reportedly thought about it and decided not to offer him a contract).
Sanders decided to ask Twitter where he should go, putting Twitter’s poll feature to good use.
Which team do you believe will utilize my skills the best??🤔
The question becomes, where is there mutual interest from any of these teams?
If Sanders and his agent can win a team over in an interview, the contract will be small and the number of guaranteed years is not exceeding one (if even that). From the perspective of an NBA team, Sanders has to prove himself again.
But never underestimate how many chances big men get in this league.
The Warriors re-signed Varejao on a one-year, veteran minimum contract where he will make $980,431. He is expected to back up Zaza Pachulia at the five spot, although his run would have been limited (which is good, he’s not terribly effective anymore).
A variety of injuries — back, Achilles, wrist — have meant the most games Varejao has played in a season since the 2010-11 season is 65. Last season that number was 53, the final 22 of it with the Warriors.
If Varejao can’t go or is limited, the Warriors may look around at other options. But the pickings are slim at this point.
Thunder guard Cameron Payne has surgery to repair Jones fracture in right foot
Hopefully, this does not develop into something chronic.
After a promising rookie season and an impressive Summer League in Orlando where he averaged 18.8 points per game, Thunder second year player Cameron Payne had surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, the team announced Monday. Here it is from the Thunder’s press release.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cameron Payne underwent a successful procedure today to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
The team is optimistic he will be ready to go by the start of the season (there is usually a 6-8 week timetable), but Payne and the Thunder need to be patient here. The fifth metatarsal is the bone that runs from the base of the little toe up to the ankle on the foot. While surgery can repair it, healing can be slow because that is not an area of the foot with great natural blood flow. The Thunder were down this road before with Kevin Durant, he came back eight weeks after the surgery but ended up needing a couple more to get everything fixed and missed 55 games because of it.
Payne played well as a rookie and is expected to see a healthy bump in playing time next season as a scoring guard off the bench behind Russell Westbrook. He just needs to get right first.
Report: Cavaliers reach five-year, $35 million contract extension with Tyronn Lue
What Lue got that his predecessor David Blatt never could was real buy-in from LeBron James and the rest of the Cavaliers. Blatt came off as wanting to be the smartest guy in the room at all times — and don’t you dare discount his experiences coaching in Europe — while Lue was more humble and more direct. He didn’t get to put in everything he wanted, and the team didn’t play faster for him (statistically) as he wanted, but there was better chemistry.
This isn’t rocket science for Cleveland — if you have a coach that your franchise player backs, and said coach has proven he can win, you keep him.