Nick Young’s detractors would say that he’s a gunner with a low basketball IQ who shoots without conscience, and without a regard for consequences.
And if they watched even just the first quarter of the Sixers’ blowout loss to the Knicks on Monday, they would likely have sore necks this morning from nodding in agreement with themselves so vigorously.
Young was an offensive disaster to open the game, playing less than six first-quarter minutes off the bench, but managing to jack up seven shots during that span while connecting only once.
Missing shots isn’t the end of the world, if they’re open looks that come within the flow of the offense. But looking at a couple of Young’s possessions, whatever he was doing out there was pretty much the exact opposite of flawless execution.
Twenty seconds into this clip, Young receives the ball on the wing behind the three-point line. In his defense, he was put in a tough situation here with under five seconds left on the shot clock.
But the decision to try to dribble through two defenders and into a third waiting for him in the paint wasn’t wise, and the decision to — what was that, a pass? — wasn’t any wiser. And the desperation heave to end it all was just plain ugly; clearly, Young has seen this Rajon Rondo highlight one too many times.
This next one, though [via EOB] is possibly one of the worst offensive choices in recent memory.
Ten seconds left on the clock, falling out of bounds, and the two words that flash before your eyes are … SHOOT IT?
“The same. I’m still mad,” Hernangomez said. “I cannot help the team win if I’m sitting on the bench. Two games in a row. It’s tough. I have to wait my moment. I cannot say nothing more.”
The Knicks are moving in different directions. Management is talking about building for the future. Coach Jeff Hornacek, who was hired by previous president Phil Jackson, is trying to win now.
There’s a fine line between developing Hernangomez through playing time and making him earn his minutes. Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn might be better right now.
But being marginally better this season won’t get the Knicks anywhere meaningful except lower in the lottery. On the other hand, even on rebuilding teams, winning is most important to a coach’s job security. Earl Watson implemented the Suns’ tanking scheme, and look where that got him.
Hornacek is backed into a corner, and now one of the team’s most important young players is publicly expressing his displeasure. It’s the latest troubling sign in a locker room already suspicious of Hornacek.
Report: Eric Bledsoe requested trade from Suns before season
Why wouldn’t Bledsoe want out? The 27-year-old is in his prime and stuck on a young team that would rather tank than play him.
It’ll be interesting to see how Bledsoe explains the tweet. He previously paid lip service to his situation in Phoenix, but it appears he’s ready to open up. On the other hand, public trade requests typically draw fines from the NBA.
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that guard Julyan Stone has suffered a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. The injury occurred in practice on Sunday, Oct. 22 and he did not travel with the team to Milwaukee. Stone is listed as out for tonight’s game against the Bucks and his expected recovery time is estimated at four to six weeks.
The Hornets have been outscored by an astounding 35.8 points per 100 possessions without starter Kemba Walker, producing an offensive rating of just 61.4. That’s in just 23 minutes, but the problem dates back to last season, when Charlotte was outscored by 7.0 points per 100 possessions with a 100.7 offensive rating sans Walker.
Now, the Hornets have little choice but to turn to rookie Malik Monk. Monk is a scoring guard, but his 6-foot-3 size means he has at least worked on playing point guard. Is he ready to play the position full-time for a team eying the playoffs. Probably not, but he’ll just have to do his best to keep Charlotte afloat in the few minutes Walker rests.