Today the Knicks got destroyed by the Spurs. The Spurs are still great, and the Knicks are missing Tyson Chandler, but this can’t say good things about the Knicks’ ability to stay near the top of the East.
“Dallas, mainly because of Dirk Nowitzki,” Webber said. “He’ll be back healthy. What he does, with spacing, getting guys involved … We take his game for granted.”
“I would go with the Pelicans,” Anthony said. “I think that’s a team that could make sizeable leaps and surprise a lot of people.”
Both those teams are certainly among the half-dozen in the hunt for what appears to be two postseason spots up for grabs in the West. Those spots belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets, who also remain in the running despite taking some backward steps in the offseason.
Without getting into seeding specifics, the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets look like mortal locks to be playing in May.
Training camp is in sight, and players are starting to reappear back on the map. And with that, let’s get right to it. Here’s today’s latest from around the NBA.
We’ll start in New York, which will be home to this seasons hottest rivalry: Knicks vs. Nets.
When you think of the top three goofiest players in the NBA today, JaVale McGee is probably the first name that most people can come up with. It can’t be helped: the guy made it to Shaquille O’Neals’ “Shaqtin’ A Fool” segment on TNT almost every other week last season. If you think that’s an exaggeration, just watch this clip. Admittedly, Shaq did unnecessary pick on him at times, but mostly, it was warranted.
Despite what we’ve been conditioned to believe, though, McGee is a lot smarter than you may have been led to believe. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it, from Jeff Caplan of NBA.com:
Now that the Los Angeles Lakers are down and out of postseason action, Metta World Peace has freely opened up himself on twitter about a variety of topics over the past couple of days.
On Wednesday, he touched on a number of current situations, including why the Memphis Grizzlies can beat the San Antonio Spurs and how he’s not surprised by the Boston Celtics coming back against the New York Knicks. But the most notable tweet? His list of top five centers in the league