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DeMarcus Cousins brushes off brush with security guard (video)

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In the middle of lighting up the Knicks for 24 points and 20 rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins and a security guard bumped each other.

What was with that strange halftime exchange?

Cousins, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

“Actually, I think he was trying to remove me from talking to some refs,” Cousins said after the game. “So he kind of put his hand on my back and tried to move me forward. It’s not really that big of an issue.”

This looked like nothing. Cousins said it was nothing. I’m pretty certain it was nothing.

But the incident drew plenty of interest, because Cousins so demonstratively reacts to everything. He appears to take everything personally and wear his emotions on his sleeve – a passion that both fuels his excellent play, but also leads to the occasional blowup.

Many have just come to expect the worst from Cousins, so they read more into this exchange with the security guard than was necessary.

Unfair to Cousins? Yes. Also understandable? Yes.

Cousins just hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt that he can keep a cool head amid aggravation.

Frank Kaminsky slides across kitchen floor to celebrate Wisconsin buzzer-beater (video)

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 20:  The Wisconsin Badgers bench reacts after Bronson Koenig #24 makes the game winning basket at the buzzer against the Xavier Musketeers during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 20, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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At this time last year, Frank Kaminsky was leading Wisconsin to the NCAA tournament championship game.

Now in the NBA with the Hornets, Kaminsky clearly hasn’t lost his passion for March.

Kaminsky went wild when Bronson Koenig’s buzzer-beater lifted the seventh-seeded Badgers over No. 2 seed Xavier.

 

 

Mason Plumlee dunks on Salah Mejri (video)

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Mavericks rookie Salah Mejri is just learning his way in the NBA, but he’s still 7-foot-1.

Mason Plumlee made him look invisible on this play, though.

 

Isaiah Thomas passes between legs to set up dunk (video)

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I’m not sure Isaiah Thomas needed to pass the ball between his legs, but I’m sure glad he did.

Kurt Rambis suggests Kristaps Porzingis could play small forward

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Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis has an, um, idea.

Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal, via RealGM:

Kurt Rambis has said that due to the athleticism and versatility of Kristaps Porzingis, he could “eventually see him at the 3-spot some,” referring to the small-forward position.

Rambis previously wanted Porzingis to sprint down the court after opponents’ misses for post-up opportunities.

Rambis, who has said Porzingis is “going to be phenomenal,” has also been critical of the rookie’s shot selection, saying “there are shots out there that he takes that I flat-out don’t like.” Porzingis’ 3-point attempts are down since Rambis comment.

This is the guy Phil Jackson believes is “perfectly capable” of coaching the Knicks next season (or at least half of next season)?

Porzingis has struggled since New York fired Derek Fisher, who, despite his other flaws, deserves credit for developing Porzingis. It’s difficult to tell whether that’s because Rambis has mishandled Porzingis or because Porzingis has hit the rookie wall, but both appear to factor.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis looks like an ideal center in the modern NBA. He can protect the rim defensively and stretch the floor offensively. His shooting puts a lot of pressure on opponents, and unlike many stretch bigs, he provides that skill without being a liability on defense. His rebounding also holds up for the position.

Whatever benefits his size brings to small forward, the weaknesses would cause greater problems. As great as Porzingis’ long strides look, he’s slow for a small forward. His rim protection would matter less from the position, and he’d be guarded by opponents more accustomed to defending the perimeter. If he tries to take his man inside, the paint would be clogged with the Knicks’ power forward and center and the players guarding them.

If New York’s talent is concentrated at power forward and center, maybe Porzingis could play some small forward. Sometimes, maximizing the talent on the floor offsets the fit issues. But the Knicks should try to build a team that best complements Porzingis, and that means finding forwards so he can play center.

It also means hiring a coach who understands why that’s important.