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Friday And-1 links: What happened to all those draft picks the Knicks gave away?

Jan 24, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than we love a good California Zinfandel….

What happened to all the Knicks’ draft picks the Knicks have given away over the years? This Bleacher Report story tracks them and… ouch. Just ouch. And the story isn’t over.

LeBron James went on twitter and told The Rock he wanted a WWE championship belt. And because he’s LeBron The Rock sent him one.

DeMarcus Cousins is a fascinating, complex person and that comes across beautifully in Jonathan Abrams must-read piece on him at Grantland. He’s a guy with and edge, and part of that makes him the player he is, but it can lead to frustration and mistakes on and off the court. He’s maturing, but it’s more than that. Go read the article.

• Sam Amick of the USA Today with a look at Cousins from a different angle.

• Speaking of the Kings, they purchased the land downtown (a former mall) that will be home to their new stadium.

• Powell’s in Portland is the best book store in America (in my opinion). Robin Lopez goes and hangs out there.

• Despite what some Lakers fans (and others around the league) think, Mike D’Antoni’s small ball system can work. Look at Miami (which modified it but used the basic principles). Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol don’t want to play that way, which is just part of the trouble in Laker Nation.

• Why is scoring up in the NBA this season? Pace is up.

• Kobe Bryant went and caught a Toronto Maples Leafs game when the Lakers had an off day north of the border, and Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri tried to show off for him.

J.R. Smith helped a girl singing at a recent Knicks home game. Insert your own “first assist of the season” joke here.

• I’m a fan of the new NBA Radio channel on SiriusXM — I have it in my car and listen regularly. With that I’m looking forward to this: famed filmmakerr and Knicks superfan Spike Lee will host a show on the network. “Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House” will debut Thursday, January 30 (7:00-8:00 pm ET) and air every other week. Lee will also host a non-sports show airing every other week on SiriusXM, one that doesn’t just dwell on hoops.

• It’s about to be the year of the horse. To celebrate, and broaden its global fan base, the NBA is increasing the number of live broadcasts to China to help celebrate the  Chinese New Year. Between Jan. 28 to Feb. 4 the NBA will have 23  live games broadcast and streamed in China and 10 teams will honor the holiday during games in their market.

  1. willking9 - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    One of the few things that is universally true across all sports franchises….Sh#tty ownership = sh#tty on field/court performance. As long as James Dolan owns/is running the Knicks they will never achieve respectability.

  2. money2long - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    lol lebron, smooth

  3. fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    amazing that James Dolan is the only owner that gets blamed for a GM’s mistake.
    I wonder if he will get credit for Melos scoring output against the Bobcats tonight,
    currently @ 36 points…

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM



      • thomaskouns - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM


        Who hired Isiah Thomas and kept him on while he screwed the franchise for years to come. Who has the best market in the country revenue wise which is the media capital of the world and keeps screwing it….

        Dolan is widely considered one of the worst owners in all of professional sports because 1) he hires bad people to run the franchise 2) then fires them and hires bad people again 3) and the good ones he has hired he promptly fired (Donnie Walsh) who wanted to keep those pucks and not trade for Carmello…

  4. JMClarkent - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    I don’t think that success with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and some strong role players means that D’Antoni’s system can work for most teams. I think it would be harder to find a system that didn’t work with that talent…

  5. bkbell3 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    This writer is an idiot. Your comparing 7 seconds or less which is what every kid on every playground plays to a defense first,run off turnovers team with that talent, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.smh. D’antoni had some success for a short time cause they had some thoroughbreds like statt in his vicious prime and nash in his prime to kill it on the pick and roll and they still didn’t win anything. Back then the spurs who were a killer defensive team would beat them 130-120 cause every team can score with more possessions put good teams can get stops when they need to and his teams can’t. Even lakers showtime teams played good defense and ran off of turn overs alot. It’s tough to get out and run when your always taking the ball out of the D’antoni has killed both of my teams in the knicks and LA. He constantly wants to put a square peg in a round hole and whine that he doesn’t have “HIS” type of players. Good coaches like pop and adelman adjust the system to the strengths of his players who get hurt and change teams year to year. Look at the job Thibs in Chicago has done the last couple of years with the massive amount of injuries there, now that’s a real coach. D’antoni needs to go back to Europe.

    • bkbell3 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Also they don’t really play small alot. Pg=six three sg=six five sf= six nine (lebron) center/power foward= bosh= six eleven, Yes they do run with 3 guards some and the jar head guy at six eight at power foward but their just skinny at center not short.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      Have you watched the Spurs lately? Popovich has turned the offense over to Parker, sped up the tempo and used pieces of what D’Antoni did in his offense as well. Like it or not, D’Antoni’s offensive system has altered how the NBA game is played as many teams borrow and adapt parts of it, particularly the idea of getting buckets before the defense is set. Miami doesn’t run a pure version of it, but they run a lot of D’Antoni’s principles. This isn’t supposition, it’s fact around the NBA. Just not everybody has the horses to make it work. But to say D’Antoni can’t win with this system is to ignore both teams in the Finals last year.

  6. bkbell3 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    kurt what the hell does pop increasing his former snail pace got to do with 7 seconds or less.D’antoni,paul westhead,don nelson and to some extent george carl have been proven that that brand of basketball can’t win and hasn’t won anything. Just like the triangle (which is just a glorified name for a double mid post offense) hasn’t worked except in 2 places that had some of the greatest players and role players in the game who went off the system more than they ran it. Pop is an example of a real coach who makes adjustments to match his players skills,not whine and blame everybody else like d’antoni. Teams as far back as in the 70’s pushed the ball and also ran pick and roll. Ever heard of showtime? D’antoni invented pushing the ball up the floor before the defense gets set? smh-lol

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Miami hasn’t won anything? Any system can win with the right talent.

      • bkbell3 - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Again Miami mostly wins on superior talent and defense and lebron’s overwhelming overall game and wades ability to get to the rim and again DEFENSE, WHICH is most definatley not in D’antoni’s system.Also some good 3pt shooters. Show me what exactly is his system other than push it and take the first open shot. Show me where he in game or game to game makes any adjustments He can’t coach and after la dumps him he won’t be a head coach again in the nba

      • bkbell3 - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        Also overwhelming talent can win despite a crap system. Again what has he or don nelson,Paul westhead George Carl ever won. What they all have in common is they cant coach defense and thing they can win games with their coaching alone by coming up with all kinds of crap line-ups and systems that don’t work and to often don’t fit their personnel.And you didn’t answer my questions above.

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