PODCAST: Time to Stick a Fork in the Knicks?

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WoodsonThe temptation is to stick a fork in the Knicks and pronounce them done.

The reality?

Even after last night’s double OT loss to the Orlando Magic, New York is 4 1/2 games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 27 games remaining. That is more than enough time for them to put together something resembling a hot streak and gain enough ground to reach the No. 8 seed.

Tweet of the Day: Free Agent Glen Davis Thanks Magic And Fans

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Glen DavisFriday afternoon, a day removed from the NBA trade deadline, the Orlando Magic and general manager Rob Hennigan decided the team’s future would be best without forward Glen Davis.

The Magic and Davis agreed to a buyout that will enable the 28-year-old big man, affectionately known as “Big Baby,” to pursue another team via free agency once he clears waivers.

After the buyout had been formalized, Davis took to Twitter to thank the Magic and its fans for his time in Orlando. 

Bernucca: Who Is On Your Team’s Mount Rushmore?


rushmoreThis past week, NBA TV released excerpts of an extended interview with LeBron James (airing in its entirety Monday night) in which Steve Smith asked “The King” to name his Mount Rushmore of basketball.

James offered a quartet of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. But it’s really an unfair question, because in addition to those four players, there are at least three more – centers Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell – who are in the “best ever” conversation. And that group doesn’t include active players who eventually will join the conversation as well, like Kobe Bryant and James himself.

A better exercise might be establishing a Mount Rushmore for each team.

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Carter-Williams & Oladipo try to overcome rookie adjustments and obstacles

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Every kid playing basketball dreams of making the NBA one day, but some don’t know what to expect once they reach that level. For rookies Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams, it’s meant position switches, quickly being a team’s top option, dealing with the stress and rigors of a long season and being in situations they had never encountered or even envisioned before.

Both 2013 lottery picks played in New York City arenas this week and spoke with SheridanHoops about their experiences as we’ve reached the regular season’s halfway mark.

oladipo“I didn’t really know what to expect going into the whole thing. I just knew I was going to be in the NBA,” Oladipo said on a snowy evening in Brooklyn. Oladipo was drafted second overall by the Orlando Magic and immediately had expectations heaped on him as the player who could be the most talented player in the rookie class.

Then he found out he would transition from shooting guard to point guard. “The ball’s been in his hands, which is a tough task at this level,” Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn said. It’s an even tougher task when you realize he played shooting guard at Indiana University and was then told he would have to learn a totally new position in his first NBA season.

Oladipo’s been getting some one-on-one time with coaches and help from teammates like veteran point guard Jameer Nelson to get him acclimated to the league’s most demanding position. “I’m just trying to learn and keep growing as a player,” Oladipo said.

Bernucca: Memo to Mitch Kupchak: Stop Haggling and Start Tanking


Mitch Kupchak shouldn’t be playing hardball. kupchak

In his desire to trade Pau Gasol, the GM of the Los Angeles Lakers should not have insisted on receiving Dion Waiters or a first-round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nobody has overpaid for a rental since Ernie Grunfeld sent Ray Allen to Seattle for Gary Payton — and that was a long time ago.

Kupchak should have lowered his demands to match the team’s expectations. The Lakers are done for this season and should be singularly committed to one agenda: Making sure this rare down period for one of the NBA’s most storied franchises doesn’t last more than one season.

Kupchak should be tanking.

Some of the telltale signs already are in place. The Lakers have a bloated payroll of aging, overpaid players, almost all of them on expiring contracts. Injuries to their stars have hampered their ability to compete on their customary high level. They already are fading fast in the Western Conference playoff race.

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