It was quite a night for Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden. The home team blew out the defending world champion Heat, and the fans chanted their way into seeing Rasheed Wallace take the floor for the first time as a member of the Knicks.
Sheed isn’t yet in game shape, and isn’t likely to be playing heavy rotation minutes anytime soon. But in a blowout, with the fans loudly chanting his name, head coach Mike Woodson gave Wallace the option of checking in to get a few meaningless minutes in.
“You want to play, Rasheed?” Woodson asked. “You want to play some? Let’s go.”
Wallace gave the fans all they could want, draining a three after a pump fake with under a minute to play to push the Knicks lead back to 20.
Brian Scalabrine might be Wallace’s closest on-court comparison these days, but Knicks fans will take it at this early stage of the season.
This was a weird game for Miami; if you listened to the team’s quotes at the morning shootaround, it was obvious they weren’t really into it considering all that was going on in New York with people still struggling through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.
Is DeMarcus Cousins MVP worthy? “It’s mine to grab”
Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.
This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?
The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.
“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”
As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.
“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”
Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.
I think Cousins can help provide that.
I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.