When Chris Paul made the game-winning shot Monday night to beat the Grizzlies 93-91, a lot of people pointed out on twitter that Paul got room to get that shot off by pushing off on Tony Allen to create space. They are right. Allen and Paul were physical on that play but CP3 was smart in using his left arm to create enough space to get a little floater off.
Phil Jackson saw that play and came to the defense of Paul on twitter — and that led to people reminding Jackson he benefited from the most famous push-off in NBA history, when Michael Jordan pushed off on Byron Russell to hit the game winner in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals against Utah (video below).
Jackson had a response for that, too.
@clarencegaines2 yeah, not only are offensive players able to push off they can use off arm to shield off defense-Heisman offensive move.
That is a first-rate tweet by Bledsoe. It’s great that he’s having fun with the wild situation, because the rest of us sure are amused peering in.
This was always going to be a long season in Phoenix, but things got out of hand in a hurry. The 0-3 Suns have been outscored by 92 – the worst three-game start in NBA history by 16 points. Now, comes the fallout.
Bledsoe is a good starting point guard when healthy. He’s earning a reasonable $14.5 million this season and due $15 million in the final year of his contract next season. There should be suitors, and Phoenix can gain long-term assets while stepping up its tank.
But this sure seems like a crisis-control move more than anything else.
Willy Hernangomez ‘mad’ about falling from Knicks rotation
“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.