Mike Woodson, Entire NY Knicks Coaching Staff Relieved Of Duties

1 Comment

woodson

Finally, the monkey is off the proverbial back so to speak.

For the past few days, perhaps even the past few weeks, ever since the New York Knicks announced the arrival of Phil Jackson—one of the most respected names in NBA history—would be taking over as President of Basketball Operations, back in mid-March, it seemed only a matter of time before he would begin reconstructing the team organization.

Monday marked the beginning of the likely multi-faceted project, as Jackson addressed the elephant in the room: the rather tenuous coaching situation.

Pages: 1 2 3

NBA Athletes Offer Support For TNT’s Craig Sager

1 Comment

sager1

Craig Sager, often recognized for his quirky suits and ties, has been a staple on NBA sidelines for 17 years.

Thursday afternoon, Craig Sager, Jr. broke the news on Twitter that his father, long-time NBA on TNT sideline reporter, Craig Sager, would be out for 3-4 weeks while receiving treatment for acute leukemia.

Pages: 1 2

Magic Johnson, Kevin Love, Others Remember Jackie Robinson

1 Comment

Jackie Robinson, most recently immortalized in last year’s baseball film, 42, is a sports icon—in large part due to the significant contribution he made to all sports in being the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball during racial segregation (prior to the Civil Rights Movement).

Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers 67 years ago on this very day, April 15, 1947.

10 years ago, in 2004, Major League Baseball decided to commemorate Robinson’s legacy by beginning a tradition, known as Jackie Robinson Day, in which all uniformed players and managers wear the number 42 to honor his legacy.

The Knicks failed to make the playoffs and we could have seen it coming

Leave a comment

knicks_suck“Nobody was expecting this,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said of his team missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

“At the beginning of the season, nobody ever thought we’d be in this situation, in this position that we’re in right now,” said star forward Carmelo Anthony, who will not play in the postseason for the first time in his 11 year career. After coming into last year’s postseason as the second seed in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks are a lottery team. But to say no one was expecting this outcome would be a lie.

On Oct. 15 of last year, practically six months ago to the day, ESPN’s computer-based, analytics driven computer projection system called SCHOENE predicted that the Knicks would finish the season 37-45. Their current record after 80 games? 35-45 and eliminated from the playoff race.

In explaining why the SCHONE projections had the Knicks faring so poorly, two of the reasons Kevin Pelton gave were the team’s projected 3-point outage and the aging roster. Both proved true to an extent, as you’ll see later in this column.

Six months ago, the team’s response to this prediction was typically and naturally bombastic.

“Sometimes there’s glitches in the computer,’’ Anthony said on Oct. 16. “That’s all I can say.’’

WoodsonWoodson took it even further, asking if the computer model is the one that plays. “It’s a computer system. I don’t think computers run up and down the floor,” Woodson said. “You still have to play the game, guys. I don’t get caught up in that. I don’t have any control over the computers. The only thing I can control is our team and how we play.’’

Half a year later, Woodson and Anthony were singing different tunes about how their season turned so sour.

Tweet of the Day: Frank Vogel Reassigned, Larry Bird To Coach Pacers

1 Comment

pti_dal_1011085

Tuesday, not just any normal day, nor the typical Tuesday.

This is April 1st, otherwise known as April Fool’s Day—the day renowned for pranks.

Amid many breaking news stories, like Tiger Woods undergoing microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve in his back, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon opted to lead their show, Pardon the Interruption, with a shocking revelation for the Indiana Pacers.

The news?

Due to the Pacers recent swoon, head coach Frank Vogel had been reassigned within the organization and team president Larry Bird would be stepping in as coach to rectify front office “mistakes”—such as having traded away Danny Granger, an integral piece of the team’s chemistry and acquiring players like Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum.

The long time PTI duo did an excellent job selling the story as breaking news, even going so far as to debate if Bird should assume responsibility for the team’s loss of chemistry and assume coaching duties.

It was, of course, a farce, but it was convincing enough to sucker in a few peers in the media—even within ESPN.

Sheridan Hoops contributor Maxwell Ogden even had to give Wilbon and Kornheiser props.

New York Knicks multimedia content creator Jonah Ballow was also among those that fell for the ruse.

Add American country music singer Scotty McCreery to the list of individuals fooled by the prank.

Truly, this may have been one of the best news broadcast April Fool’s pranks in recent memory. If you missed it, keep an eye out for the video to be posted to Youtube later this week.

 

 

Previous Tweet Posts:

Tweet of the Night: Tony Parker Gets Modest About Franchise Record 18-Straight Wins

Tweet of the Day: DeMarcus Cousins’ R&B CD Better Than Previous NBA Music

_______

Michael writes the Tweet of the Day for SheridanHoops.com and is also a correspondent for BleacherReport.com.