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Mike Woodson wants Knicks to end Heat’s streak


Next Tuesday night, on national television, the New York Knicks will travel to Miami to take on the Heat.

If they win their next three games — which is no easy task and includes at San Antonio Sunday — the Heat will be at 30-consecutive wins when New York faces them. Just three games off the all-time record of the 1972 Lakers.

And Mike Woodson said wants the Knicks to be the team that knocks them off, reports the New York Post.

“They’re playing at such a high level, nobody is coming close to beating them,’’ Woodson said at the morning shootaround Tuesday at TD Garden. “ It would be nice. Their streak could end. They’re playing two good teams (beforehand). (But if) they’re undefeated and we go into Miami, hopefully we can be the team to break their streak.’’

The Knicks have won five in a row themselves with their offense scoring at a higher rate than any team in the NBA for that stretch (115.4 points per 100 possessions) and the defense being good. Plus, the Knicks have played the Heat tough this season.

Woodson has to think bigger picture, he has to focus on getting guys like Tyson Chandler (out Wednesday) and the rest of an older roster healthy for a playoff run. In an East where it is the Heat then everyone else, the Knicks could be the team that breaks out of the pack and gets to the conference finals.

But first, they’d like to wipe out that little streak the Heat are on.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.