It was quite a night for Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden. The home team blew out the defending world champion Heat, and the fans chanted their way into seeing Rasheed Wallace take the floor for the first time as a member of the Knicks.
Sheed isn’t yet in game shape, and isn’t likely to be playing heavy rotation minutes anytime soon. But in a blowout, with the fans loudly chanting his name, head coach Mike Woodson gave Wallace the option of checking in to get a few meaningless minutes in.
“You want to play, Rasheed?” Woodson asked. “You want to play some? Let’s go.”
Wallace gave the fans all they could want, draining a three after a pump fake with under a minute to play to push the Knicks lead back to 20.
Brian Scalabrine might be Wallace’s closest on-court comparison these days, but Knicks fans will take it at this early stage of the season.
This was a weird game for Miami; if you listened to the team’s quotes at the morning shootaround, it was obvious they weren’t really into it considering all that was going on in New York with people still struggling through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
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“Obviously when they move the point guard they’ve had for a while, their starting point guard, it definitely opened my eyes,” Young told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from New Jersey, where he was taking part in the Rookie Transition Program. “It shows how much they are committed to me. Bringing Jeremy in as well is a good fit for us. I know there is a lot on my plate. I’m looking forward to it.”
Though I’m quite high on Young, I also expect him to struggle next season. Most rookies do, especially point guards. And the small Young could face an especially tough adjustment to NBA size and athleticism.
But he seems to be embracing the challenge with the right attitude, giving himself the best chance of emerging on the other side ready to lead an NBA team.
76ers’ Ben Simmons: ‘We’ve got to get past Boston. Those are the guys at the top right now’
“We’ve got to get past Boston, those are the guys at the top right now. Beating them, that’s our next goal,” Simmons said.
“Obviously getting further than the second round and winning the Eastern Conference Finals and then moving on to the Finals.
This is a surprisingly restrained approach by Simmons. Many of his peers are talking bigger.
But the 76ers belong behind the Celtics, who beat Philadelphia in the second round last year. The 76ers could pass Boston. They just must prove it. In the meantime, Simmons is paying the Celtics proper deference.
Don’t forget about Toronto, though. Though Boston and Philadelphia were poised to own this next era in the East, Leonard reinvigorates the Raptors. If he’s healthy, they belong at the top with the Celtics.
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