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Phil Jackson rips Andrea Bargnani: “AB was and still is a big tease”


Throughout his first full season as president of the Knicks, Phil Jackson gave ESPN.com’s Charley Rosen significant behind-the-scenes access and insight to his thought process, which has culminated in an after-the-fact series of pieces telling the story of the season from Jackson’s perspective. The latest of these was released on Monday, and it featured Jackson’s final assessment of every player on the roster. He had high praise for the likes of Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas.

Andrea Bargnani, on the other hand, didn’t get such a good report card:

“AB was and still is a big tease. When he was injured he refused to do simple non-contact activities like dummy our offense in practice. He seemed to be a malingerer and this had a bad effect on the team, and also on the way the Knicks fans reacted to him. When he was on the court, he had a hard time staying intense, didn’t hustle back in offense-to-defense transition, wasn’t active enough in defending screen-rolls. Still, his offense is perfectly suited to the triangle because he really doesn’t have to work very hard to get shots. He’s another guy we renounced, but whether we can agree on financial terms for his return, or he winds up someplace else, AB will always be somewhat of an enigma.”

Obviously, Jackson made these assessments before free agency played out, and the Knicks didn’t re-sign Bargnani. He’s across town in Brooklyn now. It’s not a surprise to learn that Jackson didn’t think very highly of Bargnani, who has underperformed throughout his career. Before Jackson got to New York, the Knicks gave up a lot to get Bargnani, and the future picks they surrendered have hamstrung his ability to make the team better. All for a trade that was mocked at the time and a player that the Knicks made no effort to re-sign.

It’s hard to imagine too many Knicks fans disagreeing with Jackson’s assessment of Bargnani.

Nick Collison latest Thunder player to go down with injury

Kyle O'Quinn, Nick Collison

On the same day that Kevin Durant was shut down for the foreseeable future due to experiencing continued soreness as he was trying to work his way back from a foot fracture, the Thunder learned that yet another of their players had suffered an injury that will cause him to miss some time.

Nick Collison may seem irrelevant to some, but he’s an important cog overall in the OKC machine. And after suffering an ankle sprain in Friday night’s win over the Hawks, he’s now been ruled out for the rest of the month, and is the latest Thunder player to be unwillingly thrown onto the ever-growing injury pile.

From Randy Renner of InsideThunder.com (via HoopsHype):

Thunder backup forward and first team glue guy Nick Collison will miss “at least 10 days,” with a sprained left ankle according to Thunder head coach Scott Brooks.  “He’ll be out until sometime in April.”

“There’s that saying, if you don’t laugh, you’re gonna cry, sometimes I feel like crying,” Brooks said.

Collison was finishing up one of his best games of the season Friday night against Atlanta when he rolled his left ankle.

“I don’t feel very good right now,” Collison told reporters after OKC’s thrilling win over the Hawks. He left the arena in a walking boot and on crutches.

The Thunder’s net rating is affected by just +0.2 with Collison on the floor compared to when he’s off, so something tells me they’ll survive.

But this just adds to the ridiculous amount of injuries Oklahoma City has experienced this season.

Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman:

Only 6 of 21 OKC players haven’t missed game due to injury this yr: Lance Thomas, Sebastian Telfair, Ish Smith, Waiters, Singler, Augustin.

Is that a lot? It seems like a lot.

The Thunder may very well make the playoffs in spite of all of this, thanks to Phoenix fading and the way the schedule shakes out. But the road to the postseason just got a little tougher with yet another rotation player sidelined due to injury.

Timberwolves waive Jeff Adrien, Wizards waive Glen Rice Jr.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

Anybody who remained on a roster past 5 p.m. today would have his salary guaranteed for the rest of the season, so several players with unguaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts got their walking papers.

The Knicks waived Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk. The Cavaliers waived A.J. Price. The Clippers traded Jared Cunningham to the 76ers, who waived him.

Add Jeff Adrien and Glen Rice to the list.

Timberwolves release:

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has waived forward Jeff Adrien.

Wizards release:

The Washington Wizards announced today that the team has waived guard Glen Rice.

It’s possible either player, each on a minimum-salary contract, gets claimed on waivers.

Adrien has been reasonably productive in limited minutes for Minnesota this season and for the Bobcats and Bucks last season. Even though they just acquired Timofey Mozgov, the Cavaliers could still use another big man, and dropping Price gives them an open roster spot. Likewise, the Mavericks could use Adrien to hedge if Jermaine O’Neal doesn’t sign with them. The Knicks’ D-League affiliate picked Adrien in its expansion draft, and New York also has roster vacancies.

I’m a little surprised Rice, the No. 35 pick in 2013, has fallen so quickly. His chance to impress was with Bradley Beal injured, but Rice failed to capitalize. Still, he has raw talent and shooting ability that a rebuilding team might take a flyer on.

Little changes for the Timberwolves beyond saving a little money the rest of the season. Do the Wizards reach out to Ray Allen again? Even if he might retire, no harm in asking.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber in Washington, you can stream tonight’s Wizards-Knicks game here.

Knicks make it official, waive all three players acquired in trade that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cavaliers

Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

The Knicks traded J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers on Monday, as part of a three-team deal with the Thunder that sent Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City.

Technically, the Knicks received three players in the trade themselves. But as expected, none of them will play a single game for New York this season.

From Knicks PR:

January 7 – The New York Knickerbockers have waived forwards Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas and center Alex Kirk.

This was merely a salary dump for the Knicks, one that will give them an additional $7 million or so in salary cap room to spend on free agents this summer.

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PBT’s NBA Monday night Winners/Losers: All Dion Waiters trade edition

New York Knicks v Sacramento Kings

Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game and every trade, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Tonight, we focus completely on the three team trade that broke on Monday night….

source:  J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert. Free at last, free at last. These two guys go from the worst team in the NBA — literally, with the Knicks loss and Sixers win on Monday night New York fell behind Philadelphia in the standings — to a team that will make the playoffs and could even do some damage. The Cavaliers had a few holes and Smith certainly can help with one — bench scoring. He’s used to being a sixth man and having to come in and light it up, and while he can be erratic this should be an upgrade for the Cavaliers. The Knicks had been trying to trade him for a while now. For Shumpert, he gets the chance to prove he really can be a “3-and-D” guy, and do that consistently (he has shown tantalizing stretches of play but has not sustained them). Once he gets heathy from his shoulder injury he will be in the mix to start (right now Mike Miller starts at the two and Shawn Marion gets run there). The Thunder certainly could use Shumpert’s defense. If he does the job he’ll earn himself a nice payday this summer as a restricted free agent.

source:  The Cleveland Cavaliers. I don’t love this move for them, in that it’s not a trade that addresses their biggest need — a defensive minded, shot blocking big man — but the bottom line is they are a little better with this trade than before they started. J.R. Smith may not be a great fit, but he has played in big games and at a higher level than Dion Waiters ever had. Shumpert might give them some defense. This is not a home run for Cleveland, but it’s a solid single. That’s a win. The Cavaliers are still chasing Timofey Mozgov and other bigs, that would be a bigger get.

source:  Dion Waiters. You’ve seen the video, we’ve run it here at PBT — Dion Waiters waving his arms as LeBron James has the basketball, trying to get noticed, then becoming exasperated when the ball doesn’t come his way. And that is with LeBron, one of the best, most willing passers in the league. What is going to happen when Waiters has to try to get Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to give up the rock? Waiters is an odd fit in Oklahoma City in that he is a volume shooter, and they Thunder don’t need that. And OKC is already loaded on the wing. Maybe they feel it’s worth a flier on a former No. 4 pick, maybe they believe their culture can make him feel wanted and get him to take better shots, but I don’t see it. Or how this really helps OKC. But at least the Thunder didn’t give up much.

source:  New York Knicks. Winners… I guess. I mean, this trade was a salary dump for them (they will waive Lou Amundson and Alex Kirkand, and likely Lance Thomas) and they have saved a ton of cash — with the luxury tax more than $20 million. Now next year they don’t have J.R. Smith $6.4 million. That is more money to throw at free agents, maybe to bring in some role players who better fit the triangle system. And what did they give up? The inconsistent Shumpert and arguably the worst fit for the triangle among all players in the NBA, J.R. Smith. That said, the Knicks need to acquire assets in the rebuilding process and they didn’t get any of that. The Knicks with this move are showing they are embracing tanking.