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June 7, 2009 - Posted by | 2009 Finals, Lakers, Magic | ,

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  1. Thanks Lives for the tech support on this posting.

    For those of you interested in analysis of the NBA Finals after game one and how some sports columnist assess the strategies each team should pursue going forward, http://www.msn.com has some very good articles.

    Here are a few clippings for your consumption:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9650622/Magic-must-get-Howard-more-involved

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/columns/story?page=ScoutingMagicLakers2

    Also the Mock Drafts have shifted somewhat with the names of Demar De Rozan, Drew Holiday, Johnny Flynn showing up and a question raised as to whether a pick up off Curry as the 8th pick, should he be available, is indeed prudent:

    “I still believe Jeff Teague is the better option than Curry (better athlete, better point guard, better defender, 44.7% 3-point shooter), but this marriage looks like an inevitability. This is a risky strategy because Curry is only worth this high of a pick if the Knicks get LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. World class shooters like Curry need space and the only way that happens is if one of those two players ends up in New York.”

    http://realgm.com/src_feature/1524/20090602/2009_nba_mock_draft_version_70_(post_measurements)/

    LGM Knicks:

    I would also take Maynor over Curry b/c we need a true point. As the statement above suggest, Curry’s fun and gun would value more from a zone bosting Superstar who commands the double or triple team to free up his lethal stroke.

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Done-de-done-done…
    Shake-N-Bakers need one of the next three, and then one of two at home.M&M-ntly doable.Had O-ther team played better D this could be a different ntry.The lesson here is simple.Erase D-mighty Howard from the equation.Then what do you have?A running bunch of ronin shooters who play no D,that’s Mike No’D’s wet dream, Der Stern’s Cirque D’Shlemiels for the tourists and another hamster commercial for us, the homies that want to win a ring.Unfortunately, the most exciting NBA playoffs in modern history hit a speed bump, a coach who knows how to win.Phil “Coathangers” Jackson slowed the runners down to walkers with “DE-FENCE”, wonder where he learned that?” and is kicking Orc behinds by controlling tempo.Nice job Phil, Red would be proud of you.You are doing him proud.LGK, minus those no-D-playing carpetbaggers.By the way I think the Dolans should drop the “D” from their names, just in the name of simple honesty.You refuse to hire a coach that plays any D, so why the charade? ‘Olan will do just fine.And why draft shotblocking or rebounding when you can pick up another shooter?We are staying tuned for the next exciting chapter of “As the Knicks Burn”.

    Comment by livesinlalaland | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. I co sign on your Pro Defense and integrity ops with gusto!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Trade rumor out of Portland. Sergio Rodriguez to Knicks on draft night. http://www.blazeoflove.com/2009/06/trade-rumor-sergio-rodriguez-to-new.html

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. Knicks workout schedule starting tomorrow:

    Tuesday:

    Ty Lawson, Jonny Flynn, Toney Douglas, Leo Lyons, Dante Cunningham, and Tywain McKee

    Wednesday:

    Jrue Holiday, Steph Curry

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Lives:

    The rumor out of Portland strikes me as unlikely. Sergio Rodriguez is a good playmaker but a poor shot–no better than Duhon. I don’t see the Knicks giving up the 8th spot simply for Sergio unless more players and/or picks are involved. I still prefer buying Ramon Sessions and compensating Milwaukee with either Hughes or Q whose contracts will soon expire. Sessions is more developed point guard than anyone in the draft, including Rubio or Curry. He is not a slick as Rubio nor as good a shot as Curry, but he has solid, proven all-around skills, penetrates to the hoop, distributes and defends well and is unselfish with the ball; and he has an upside for growth.

    With the 8th pick, I would like to see the Knicks take
    the best player available–Jordan Hill or James Harden, either of whom may fall if either Jrue Holiday, Demar DeRozan or Brandon Jennings move up the board. Hill could play power forward and sub for Lee; Harden could play small forward and sub for Chandler. Both are good defenders and rebounders. Nevertheless, if Rubio is still on the board, I say the Knicks will take him, but he would not be my first choice.

    Comment by Post-up Prince | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. Post-Up, I hope all is well. Good to read you.

    Rumors are not my specialty. There are just too many of them to keep up with and they usually evaporate into the air like bad breath

    However, this rumor falls in line with some other rumblings in the belly of the Knicks. Knicks Blog reported earlier that Nate Robinson has been expressing interest in joining his boy Roy in Portland and the Blazers need a veteran scoring presence. Could there be a sign and trade which nets the Knicks a seasoned point? I’m not sure the Knicks work-out invitation list falls in line with this reasoning, unless the Knicks are also getting one of their picks at 24, 32, 38 or 55.

    Still, you’re right, dealing with trade rumors is rough especially when dealing with the Knicks, because as often as not, the Knicks pull a Zbo or LHughes out of the hat at the last minute. So who knows? The MSM often has it wrong until the trade is official.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  8. I got to wondering that if the Cavs revisit the trade deadline talks with Phoenix to acquire Shaq, could the Cavs also use a long gangly SF/PF like Jefferies to stick on Turkoglu or Lewis?

    Jefferies is the Knick that comes to mind. Plus he has developed the semblance of a jump shot.

    I know that his MLE contract goes beyond 2010 so that might shoot the sails off that thought.

    How about a multiteam deal with the Cavs and Blazers could we get Jefferies out, salvage Nates value by sending him to play with his boy Roy, and acquire a Fernandez, and exchange multiple picks for our 8th spot?

    Any thoughts on this?

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  9. OBTW

    Leroy Smith is a baller!

    Man he’s so inspiration motivational and edumacational!

    Can we get something of that dude on this site? LOL!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  10. O&B are you throwing down on the Live Blog tonight? Although only three folks were in the discussion, the post drew some serious post-LBE readership numbers. In other words, don’t feel like you work is in vain. Plus you had at least three time the number of stealth viewers as you did producers.

    I can help you hook it up. Peaceman bailed. Probly because the Magic lost its super powers. KryptoKobe.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | June 9, 2009 | Reply

    • I didn’t bail, my ” Couch” lab top was acting
      up and I had to re-download my broadband card!
      However, the Magic and the refs blew that game.
      Courtney LEE’S last regulation shot should have been
      a goaltend when Pau slapped the backboard!

      Comment by Peaceman | June 9, 2009 | Reply

      • Yeah whaddabout the no call on the goal tending of Dwight Howard on Paul Gasol when Howard stuffed his ogre orcs hands through the rim in clear violation of NBA rules.

        That should have also been called a goal tend.

        So touche touche!

        Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 9, 2009

      • A big difference on a last second vs mid game shot
        when your in the finals! Congats Magic..three more
        to go!

        Comment by Peaceman | June 10, 2009

  11. Darn Lives,

    I’d love to but today is free movie night with the misses. She hates it if I try to slither out.

    Howz about game 4 if the Lakers take tonight’s game, which I very very much seriously doubt they will.

    Since I believe the Magic will get to a game 5 and the series will be tied two games a piece, I’ll set up the LBE for Game 5.

    Man I’m going to craft my game after my boy Leroy Smith Shaabam!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Not only does she hate when you slither out,
      she won’t let you use her computer! LOL

      Comment by Peaceman | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  12. This from Ricky Rubio four minutes ago

    Dias duros.Decisiones complicadas que tomar. Espero que encontremos un acuerdo que beneficie a ambas partes.Esta tarde preparando mi campus.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  13. Gotcha O&B. Don’t miss the Misses’ TLC just for a little LBE. If I can make it happen I will, but I doubt it and I’m not game to do it alone. Always too much going on around me to keep up.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  14. Well I should get back in around 9:15-9:30pm.

    I’ll join you if you set it up.

    The misses is cool so long as I attend to her from time to time.

    Let me translate the text from Ricky Rubio:

    My translations….

    “Difficult Dias. Many complicated decisions to make. I hope that we [I presume he is referring to the buy out talks and arbitration matter to resolve his buyout with his Spanish Basketball club] will reach/find/obtain an agreement that is mutually beneficial for both sides/parties involved. This evening I am preparing my camp.” [His group of representatives I presume]

    If you can set it up I’ll join in. Either way 4 if it is the close out or 5 if the series is knotted up will be set up by moi.

    OBTW

    What do you think of the possibility of any multi team deals involving the Knicks? We have expiring contracts trade exceptions and sign and trade personnel.

    I’m hoping the roster can be revamped positively. It’s ok to dream of course.

    O&B

    Oh oh gotta go LOL!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  15. MAGIC SWEEP LAKERS IN ORLANDO AND BREAK LAKERS
    CONFIDENCE SO BAD THAT LAKERS LOSE GAME SIX AT
    THE STAPLES CENTER.

    Comment by Peaceman | June 9, 2009 | Reply

    • The home cooking and Magic team whose back is against the wall should make for a Magic win to make it a series and prove Lives wrong, once again, in his call that the Lakers take the series in 3 with a “Magic Forfeit”

      I’m back if anyone wants to do an onsight live blog of this game.

      O&B

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 9, 2009 | Reply

      • LOL! Every once in a Purple Moon, I’m wrong about something. I guess there will be no forfeit.

        Comment by livesinnewjersey | June 10, 2009

  16. LOL Lives

    A purple moon,… that infrequent!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 10, 2009 | Reply

  17. I’m officially on board with Johnny Flynn of Syracuse.

    I no IGM Knicks don’t agree

    But

    He has played point trhoughout his college career, Flynn that is.

    He has shown gumption, the 6 OT affair.

    He is a long 5’11 1/4 with a 6’4 wingspan and a 40 inch max verticle and 33 stand alone. He is very quick and isn’t such a light weight when you consider he is in the 190 lbs area.

    Also check out his numbers measurements when compared against Aaron Brooks who showed well on the Playoff stage against the Lakers

    See comparison below of Flynn and Brooks in the Draft Express Pre Draft Player Profiles.

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Aaron-Brooks-332/

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Jonny-Flynn-1245/

    Also for comparison with a recent Star Gaurd compare Flynn’s physical attributes to those of CP3

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Chris-Paul-14/

    Johnny Flynn or BUST!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 10, 2009 | Reply


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