San Antonio rolls into Madison Square Garden with one of the best front lines nobody is talking about. Well, people are talking about and know who Tim Duncan is because he’s been an efficient machine for 15 years, one of the greatest power forwards to ever play the game. But not a lot of people have noticed the Spurs have started Tiago Splitter next to him and the Brazilian big is playing some very smart, efficient basketball as well. Together they are a force.
To counter that, Knicks coach Mike Woodson is going big himself, starting Marcus Camby at power forward against the Spurs, next to Tyson Chandler at center, tweets Alan Hahn of MSG Network on twitter.
Carmelo Anthony has spent much of the season as the Knicks four, but for the last four games Woodson has started Kurt Thomas at the four spot. And the Knicks went 1-3. So now Camby will get his first start for the Knicks… well, his first one in 11 years since last time he was with the team, Hahn reminds us.
I’m not sure going big here is the long-term answer for the Knicks. Yes they miss Raymond Felton at the point and both their other backup point guards — Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd — are over age 35. But is a shuffled lineup with Thomas or Camby starting really the answer?
We’ll see if it is against the Spurs.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.