Friday, December 14, 2007

Some Thoughts On A Friday

So at this point we pretty much think Joe Dumars was sitting around his office on Friday, and thought to himself...

"Huh. You know, I've got Maxiell. And McDyess. And Johnson. And this great starting nucleus. So I can have a shot at the ECF every year for the next four years. But what about after that? Why can't I trade for some cap room? Who can I dump...Nazr!"

And so it was.

On the Bobcats end of the deal, we have some positive ideas about it. They get to move Okafor to the 4 and keep him there, don't have to drift him to the 5 in a 3 or 4 small lineup. Hollins has played well enough to spell him at PF and keep his endurance up. They're loaded at wings, so they don't really need Herrmann. Meanwhile, Brezec hasn't been able to give them enough offensively. They don't need a ton, but they need a little. Finally, MJ's always salivating over veteran talent, and this gives them that. With Jason Richardson and now Nazr, they're starting to pull in veteran players so the team isn't so green. How this works out in the long run will entirely depend on Sean May and the next two years of free agency, most likely. I mean, they have to do something with all that cap space, right?

So earlier today we mentioned how the Knicks really should just fire Isiah, firebomb the place, firesale the roster, and start over again. Unsurprisingly, we weren't the first to the party. Then Kelly Dwyer comes in and torches it. And we agree with him about 90% of the time. We would respond to this, however, by pointing out that the Knicks are $40 million in luxury tax. Wouldn't that buy a lot of buyouts? Wouldn't that be preferable to paying roughly the same amount next year in luxury tax? We suggested torching the roster in jest, as a way of suggesting that some Knicks players (we can start that list with everyone who's not Stephon Marbury, though he's had about as rough a year as he can have) deserve better. But there's something to be said for putting wasted money to good use. If you're going to be spending it anyway, why not invest in a true rebuilding platform with young players and one superstar you can buy with the money? We can throw whatever residual money you're going to have to spend on PR for defending Isiah. All those press conferences cost money, yo. We're talking about an honest to God "We screwed up. We're starting over" sequence of events. You'll suck in the short term, but you're New York. You kind of have an advantage over most expansion franchises. It's time to Tyler Durden this thing.

We've pretty much decided that being a Warriors fan must be the most harrowing fandom in all of sports right now. You're winning, finally. But you haven't won enough to feel confident about it down the stretch, aren't losing enough now to be sure of your own doom, and your team can go from 0 to 100 in about 2.3 seconds. It's not sloppy, it's just insane. It's like you put a professional basketball team on speed. I went back and watched the last five minutes of the Lakers-Warriors game with my DVR on the first fast forward setting, the slowest one. You could still watch things happen on the Lakers' possessions. Watching the Warriors was like stop animation ending in either a three or a turnover. This team is lovable beyond belief. You know when Lakers fans knew they lost that game? When Ariza came in for Bryant with a little over a minute left. That's not exactly what you're looking for in that situation. This game is awesome.

I don't know whether to praise Bryant for trying to play through the groin strain or condemn him for being an obvious defensive and offensive liability and still not benching himself. Maybe I'll just say "ow."

Oh, and the Sonics are above .500 in December.

Mad World.

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