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Can Carmelo Anthony rebuild in OKC? 

It just did not work in New York. Fun while it lasted I guess. Flashes of Kristaps Porzingis being great in the future, (Jeremy Lin) Lin-sanity, brief appearances in the playoffs after a long drought, but I think even Carmelo Anthony would admit this is not the legacy he wanted to leave in New York. I for one am excited on what is to come for “hoodie Melo”. He’s definitely has got some bulletin board material to motivate the next chapter of his career.

Last season Carmelo and other NBA stars see LeBron James went back and forth with then Knicks president Phil Jackson. Jackson at one point even saying Melo should probably continue elsewhere. The Knicks again had a terrible season in which they missed the playoffs and Carmelo had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career. Melo had one of the lowest outputs ever offensively which had some fans of the NBA questioning his value since scoring is his best attribute and felt he never expanded his game to involving his teammates and playing defense. He was also blatantly not on the Knicks radar for building for the future. Then ESPN drops its players ranking where he’s disrespectfully listed as the 64th best player in the NBA just behind rookie Lonzo Ball who hasn’t played a game yet and I’m a Laker fan but be serious. Have you seen the footage of him giving all the stars in the league work this summer all while wearing a hoodie?

Fast forward to this summer post Phil Jackson being fired and we see a whirlwind of trades happening throughout the NBA. Paul George setting up shop in Oklahoma, Chris Paul joining Harden in Houston and Jimmy Buckets (Butler) taking his talents to Minnesota. Stars all around the league changing the dynamic powers of the NBA. All except the one we thought would for sure be traded. Yesterday news broke that Carmelo added teams to a list he would accept a trade to. Last week we received confirmation he’ll be heading to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and George creating another super team if those exist (see Cavs, Warriors finals back and forth lol). Let the fireworks begin.

NY Knicks Rookie Kristaps Porzingis Has Taken the NBA By Storm

I can safely say that nobody saw this coming, at least not this early. With the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA draft the New York Knicks selected a nineteen year old kid named Kristaps Prozingis from Latvia.

He wasn’t very well known especially by those in the U.S. and there wasn’t huge hype surrounding him like the college stars who had been locks to be selected months prior to the draft. The Knicks organization hasn’t been relevant since the late 90’s when I was rocking braids (like Kristaps surprisingly) asking my mom to buy me Jordans.

Naturally fans showed their distaste for the pick. Boo’s came from the Barclays center in Brooklyn as well as from all corners of the world. Seriously what were they thinking? With an aging superstar coming off injury, a new coach and one of the worst seasons in organization history in the books (17-65) the Knicks needed a sure thing not a project that would take years for results.
Fast forward to early

December 2015 and the Knicks while not quite on par to catch the golden state warriors, are having early success that most NBA fans didn’t anticipate. A few roster changes here and there, noteworthy signing of defensive center Robin Lopez, the biggest story though, has been the production from Rookie Kristaps. Currently he is averaging 14 ppg, 9 rebs and 1 asst. Very impressive numbers from a player most deemed “too weak” especially lacking upper body strength. Not only is it the numbers but how he’s getting them. Tip-in dunks, turn around fade away jumpers, he’s not only good but exciting to watch.

He also possesses immediate star qualities. He’s relatable, social media savvy and interacts with fans. His adjustment to US culture seems immediate, almost no accent can be detected in his speech, he listens to hip hop and rocked braids mimicking Allen Iverson as a child. The future seems to be bright for the Knicks and there young star who has the basketball world shocked right now.

Kenyon Martin Says Farewell to NBA, But Not Forgotten at UC

It has been a long time coming UC fans; today is Kenyon Martin appreciation day. On July 2nd, former Cincinnati Bearcat great Kenyon Martin decided to hang up his sneakers after a nice 15 year career.

Martin was the 1st pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets (Brooklyn Nets for you youngsters). He went on to become an all-star and defensive Stallworth during his time in the NBA. He played for the Nets, Nuggets, Clippers, Knicks and Bucks but we are here to highlight his UC contributions.

During his 4 years in Clifton, Martin topped it off with a great senior campaign where he was AP Player of the Year, Consensus All- America 1st team, NABC Defensive Player of the Year, NABC Player of the year, Naismith Award, Rupp Trophy, Sporting News Player of the Year, USBWA Player of the Year and Wooden Award.

Pretty much any award that was available the 1999-00 season Martin won it. He averaged 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.4 steals a game. To plainly say it he was “everywhere”. I believe in my heart that if Martin didn’t get hurt in the C-USA tournament his senior year the Bearcats would’ve won the National Title, but we are not here to cry over spilled milk, but it’s valid.

Kenyon Martin Highlights from Cincinnati


UC fans show your appreciation to Kenyon Martin, he’s one of the all-time greats in Bearcat land.

3 best NBA free agent bargains so far this off-season

In the first week of NBA free agency their has been a lot of money spend by multiple teams, which was expected a lot of people have overspent when you look at the books right now, but soon as the new TV deal kicks in these contracts will seem like bargains. Just think of that last statement trips me out also, but for every DeMarre Carroll or Tristan Thompson there are a few good deals out there.

We are going to highlight the 3 best bargains so far as of July 3rd in free agency.

Monta Ellis, Indiana Pacers- The Pacers got Ellis for a four year $44 million deal with the option to opt after year three. I know Ellis is a small two guard, but is one of the better scorers in the NBA. To get a legit scorer and creator for an average of $11 million a year is a steal. Hopefully Ellis can make it to his first all-star game this year.

Aaron Afflalo, New York Knicks– After seeing Iman Shumpert four years $40 million, getting Afflalo for two years $16 million. Afflalo can opt out after the first year, but nonetheless this is a great deal. Afflalo is a good shooter and a good defender this is a real quality move for the Knicks.

Paul Pierce, Los Angeles Clippers- Pierce reunites with Doc Rivers and for a discount price. The Truth is in LA for a $10 million over three years. I know he’s on his last leg, but he proved last year he could still step up in the playoffs.

I know it’s still early in the free agency pool, but as of now these are the best bargain deals. Drop a line in the comment box.

NBA Free Agency: Who Goes Where?

The free agent period of the NBA begins at midnight ET tonight, and there is plenty of buzz as different star players may be making franchise altering decisions in the next few days. PFs LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love are the top two players available, and both seem to be on the move. C Marc Gasol, G Goran Dragic and restricted free agents G Jimmy Butler and F Draymond Green are just a few of the key, impact players available. Former NBA Champions and aging veterans are on the market, such as G Dwayne Wade and C Tyson Chandler, who are each looking to capitalize on one last big contract in the twilight of their careers.

Free Agency may be bigger now than it has ever been, especially in the NBA. It’s going to be exciting to watch the flurry of action that shall unfold in the next few days. For now, here is my take on where some of the key free agents will be suiting up next season:

PF LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio Spurs

Portland Trail Blazers v Houston RocketsSurprised, huh? You shouldn’t be, especially after Aldridge just finished a nine-year stint in Portland, which isn’t a huge market itself. In fact, Aldridge just spent almost an entire decade getting stranded in the Western Conference by the likes of teams like these Spurs. It is said that Aldridge has called PF Tim Duncan one of his heroes, so it would be fitting to play with Duncan in what could be his final season, having the chance to play for a championship and then continue to carry the torch for the team in the coming seasons. A future core can be built around Aldridge and SF Kawhi Leonard, which would be enticing enough to lure a free agent play-maker in the future once the contracts of PG Tony Parker, G Manu Ginobili, and the formentioned Duncan are off the books.

PF Kevin Love – Los Angeles Lakers

This is another move that I think is a no-brainer. Love obviously isn’t returning to Cleveland, after sending mixed signals about wanting to play with F LeBron James all season long. Now that the Lakers have the cap room to offer Love a max-deal, he will gladly take his ticket home. Love, of course, is a former UCLA Bruin, and it has been long rumored that he had been interested in playing for the Lakers. The chance to play with G Kobe Bryant, along with the young talents of F Julius Randle and G D’Angelo Russell bode well for the team’s short and long term future.

C Marc Gasol – New York Knicks

marc gasolThe Knicks HAVE to make a splash, especially after making a questionable call and landing F Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in the draft. Not only would signing Gasol get the fans and NBA world back on the Knicks’ side, it would really improve their basketball team as well. As many know, president Phil Jackson is pushing the triangle offense, and Gasol’s skill set is that of the ideal big man to operate successfully in the triangle. Teaming up with F Carmelo Anthony would probably be the best shot that Gasol would have at an NBA Championship at this point in his career, and I’m sure that his brother, F Pau Gasol, is telling him to trust what Phil Jackson says in delivering wins.

F Greg Monroe – Boston Celtics

This is my big free agent surprise. It is believed that Monroe is no longer wanted by Pistons’ president Stan Van Gundy, so Monroe has the ability to seek out the max-deal he seeks elsewhere. While I don’t believe he will find that kind of money on the open market, I do believe the Celtics could ante up and make a move on a big man that they desperately need while trying to take their team to the next level. Monroe would instantly become the No. 1 option on offense for Boston, and would be its highest paid player. Not bad for a guy like Monroe.

The easier predictions:

Gs Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic stay in Miami

G Jimmy Butler returns to Chicago

Oh…. and,

F LeBron James remains a Cleveland Cavalier

Enjoy the the rest of the NBA off season, and be sure to keep up with our coverage of everything NBA and sports!

Phil Jackson and the Disastrous New York Knicks

On June 25, 2015, the New York Knicks took a step back in becoming a contending basketball team. At this point I feel like the New York Knicks could use: Stacey Patton, Allan Houston, Willis Reed, and Patrick to help change the culture with the Knicks. In last night’s NBA Draft, Phil Jackson selected Kristaps Porzingis 4th overall, which to some it felt like a reach. At the fourth spot in the draft, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell, and Karl Anthony-Towns were already gone, but Emmanuel Mudiay, Justise Winslow, and a host of other players were available on the draft board.

 

The Knicks had several options to even trade down, trade the pick, or even select someone else, but they surprised everyone with the Porzingis pick. Selecting Porzingis places a mountain of pressure on Phil Jackson. Porzingis has been dubbed the next Dirk Nowitzki, but in reality how many times have we’ve heard that about a foreign prospect? Andrea Baragni, who the Knicks recently divorced with had the same comparison as well as guys such as Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Darko Millic. Porzingis may be a diamond in the rough, but he has a huge adjustment trying to translate his game to the NBA. Porzingis could pan out to be a great player, but the odds are stacked against him.

 

Jackson is making all of the basketball decisions in the big apple, and as of now he has yet to make any big splashes. Prior to yesterday’s draft the Knicks had the perfect opportunity to improve as a basketball team, and yesterday they didn’t. Along with reaching with the Porzingis pick, the Knicks traded Tim Hardaway Jr., who was one of the bright spots on the lowly Knicks over the past two seasons. The Zen master has to figure out a way to incorporate his powers into this Knicks roster before he gets the Trinidad James treatment when he is in the big apple. Carmelo Anthony has to be very disappointed that he doesn’t have a capable supporting cast, and head coach Derrick Fisher is in no-man’s land at this point.

 

There is still time for the Knicks to make some moves this off-season, and they need to come quick fast and in a hurry. New York Knicks fans are desperately waiting for a winning team, and it seems like it may not happen soon with Jackson at the helm.  

 

With playing in a big market with having a star player such as Anthony it should be easy to lure a few quality free agents, so the jury is still out with the Phil Jackson project. When July 1st hits the free agent circuit will be in full effect, and the Knicks will do all they can to sway players such as Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler, and LaMarcus Aldridge when they become free to negotiate with other teams. I began to wonder if Jackson is pulling our leg, and setting up to make a run at Kevin Durant in 2016, but New York Knicks fans can’t wait that long to be relevant again. Phil Jackson may be running out of options for help, and he may have to call up Eddie Franklin for some assistance.

 

Steve Kerr made the right choice picking the Warriors over the Knicks

Yesterday Steve Kerr became the first rookie head coach to the win a NBA Championship since the great Pat Riley did it in 1982 with the Los Angeles Lakers. The man that replaced Mark Jackson took the Warriors to the next level. Did he go into a bare situation? Hell no, but who wins a championship with a team full of me(s)? Nobody!  Now I do feel like Jackson got the short end of the stick because of injuries he faced in the playoffs during his last two years at the helm, but that’s not why we are here today so I’m not shining on Kerr’s parade, that could come in the near future if I feel like writing about it.

Kerr lead a magical season as the Warriors went 67-15 during the regular season and 16-5 during the playoffs for one of the best seasons ever. Is this team an all-time great team, hmmm I don’t think so, but history can be rewritten if they continue to perform at a high level. Kerr was able to get veteran players David Lee and Andre Iguodala to buy into a reduced role which led to Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes being able to flourish. Steph Curry won his first MVP, while Klay Thompson put himself on the map (not in the Finals).

Now let’s rewind back about a year ago, a year ago, word on the street was the New York Knicks were going to sign Kerr because of the connection with Phil Jackson. The Zen master had the inside track to get Kerr until the Warriors job opened up. Kerr knew something we didn’t because he stalled Jackson out to magically get the Warriors job and the rest is history. You think Kerr would’ve run the triangle like Derek Fisher if he was in New York? Life comes at you fast as he would’ve been coaching a few of current Cavaliers (J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert) they both might’ve benefited with Kerr in controls if he played the current style he runs with the Warriors. Maybe Jackson’s shadow and the corpse of Amar’e Stoudemire scared him away.

Congrats to Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors he certainly made the right decision going to the bay area.

Throwback Thursday: Diamond D video featuring Anthony Mason

My friend Kel posted this video yesterday in a group for me to view because it featured the late Anthony Mason one of his favorite players. I’ve personally had a post almost ready, but couldn’t get the right words together to feel confident in posting it to the masses. So, him sharing the video to me was something I want to do with our readers to honor “Big Mase”.

Mason passed February 28th 2015. The former Knick was causing pain in this video on the blacktop. Check out the Diamond D video that took place in the 90’s.

Amar’e Stoudemire bought out in NY, what team should take a chance on him?

While watching the All-Star game, an alert popped up that said Amar’e Stoudemire had been bought out by the lowly New York Knicks. This move frees up money earlier than this summer and gives Amar’e a chance to sign with a contender for the rest of the season once he clears waivers on Wednesday.

Stoudemire is currently averaging 12 ppg and 6.8 rpg this season. Injuries have been the downfall of Stoudemire in his tenure in NY. During is first year he was a MVP candidate, but every year after his play has been on the decline. You can’t feel sad for Amar’e on the money side because he banked most of his 5 year $99.7 million deal, but as a player it sucks to see a player so good get defeated by injury. A healthy Amar’e and Carmelo were tabbed to lead the Knicks by to the promise land and it didn’t workout.

With Amar’e on the market which team(s) should take a chance on him?

Dallas Mavericks- After trading for Rondo and giving up Branden Wright, it has been rumored they have wanted Amar’e and have been on the market for a big man.

Los Angeles Clippers- With the injury to Blake Griffin, it has made the Clippers a prime candidate for a big man. Amar’e would fit in that system and with DeAndre Jordan erasing a lot of mistakes on the backend that would be a nice marriage.

Dark horse teams:

Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers

There are a few other teams that will be in the marker for the power forward, but this will be a race between the Mavericks and Clippers. I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s signed by Wednesday evening, if whichever team that lands him can control his minutes this will be a nice pickup, Amar’e is still a solid player that can help a quality team, he’s just not the one or two option he used to be.