SH Blog: Smith Injury (And Contract) Nothing New For Knicks

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JR SmithIn today’s NBA, in order to evolve, you have to understand your weaknesses.

Avoid stretching into a place where you’re just not very strong.

Focus on what you do well and fill in the blanks.

Teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets are a few prime examples of this theory in action. Big market or small market, they’ve each had sustained levels of success — whether it be moderate or extreme — over the past 10-15 years. 

What will Woodson Do With Metta — and Amare, and Bargnani?

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woodsonKnicks coach Mike Woodson likes to use Carmelo Anthony as his power forward. We learned that much last year.

So it should be safe to assume that Metta World Peace will be the Knicks’ starter at small forward, correct?

Well, it’s never that easy with Woodson, who never settled on a set rotation throughout last season — even in the Knicks’ final game of the playoffs when Amar’e Stoudemire and Jason Kidd spent the final 24 minutes watching from the bench.

Woodson has a logjam at the 4 spot, with no set role as of this point for either Stoudemire or Andrea Bargnani. The best guess is that one of them is going to be the 7th man and one will be the 8th man — although that might force Bargnani to play out of position at small forward, where he would be even more of a defensive liability than he already is.

And then there is the question of J.R. Smith, who may not be recovered from his knee surgery in time for the start of the season. Will Tim Hardaway Jr. start the season as the Knicks’ Sixth Man?

Also, how does New York’s signing of World Peace compare to the offseason moves made by the Brooklyn Nets?

My answers come in this interview conducted this morning with Rodger Wyland on Fox Sports 980 in Albany, NY.

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SH Blog: Joe Lacob hopes to beat up the Rockets, Nets agree to terms with Andrei Kirilenko

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Joe LacobWhen it comes to the NBA, what people most care for is the product that’s on the floor: your superstars, role players and the coaches.

But how well a team operates really depends on and starts with the dedication of the ones sitting at the very top. Yes, the personality of an owner can truly reflect the successes and failures of a team, and there is no better example of this than seeing the before and after of the Golden State Warriors when Joe Lacob became the majority owner.

For so many years, the Warriors were run by an ownership that is well documented as an utter failure and disaster. We won’t get into the specifics of that because it’s now in the distant past, but to sum up how they did under the Chris Cohan regime, the team made the postseason just once in the span of nearly two decades. 

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Tweet of the Day: Stu Jackson steps down

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After more than 13 years on the job, it has been confirmed that executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson will be stepping down from his post.

SH Blog: For Cleveland, Dallas and Atlanta, the Bynum Safari Continues

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andrew-bynumAndrew Bynum, with his inclusion of the Cleveland Cavaliers as a “serious” candidate to land the two-time NBA champion center, has started what’s referred to as the “Bynum Safari” on the popular Cavs forum, RealCavsFans.com.

The term Bynum Safari stems from the legendary “Amar’e Safari” thread on RealCavsFans. The Amar’e Safari became the most popular thread in RealCavsFans history a few years back in 2009, when the Cavaliers were flirting with the opportunity to trade for Amar’e Stoudemire to pair with LeBron James (and entice him to stay, of course).

Amar’e-to-Cleveland rumors carried on for what seemed like years only to disappoint Cleveland when they gave up hope and settled for signed Antawn Jameson (instead of centering a deal around J.J. Hickson), effectively ending the Amar’e Safari.