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First: The Knicks will play a basketball game with a scoreboard and refs and a ticketed audience and everything tonight. I'm over here soiling m'britches with excitement. Next: Mike Woodson has named his starting lineup for the evening,...
First: The Knicks will play a basketball game with a scoreboard and refs and a ticketed audience and everything tonight. I'm over here soiling m'britches with excitement. Next: Mike Woodson has named his starting lineup for the evening, but just for the evening: Ray, Pablo, Carmelo, Bargs, Tyson will start tonight. #Knicks — Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 9, 2013 That's a lineup I'd be inclined to try out if I were coach, so cool! Of course, we already know it's not what Woodson has in mind long-term, at least not right now. Speaking from today's practice in Rhode Island, Woodson reiterated that he intends to establish a first unit including a more prototypical "shooting guard" alongside Raymond Felton instead of a second point guard. He's not going with such a lineup in Providence because J.R. Smith is still recovering from knee surgery and will be ready by preseason's end at the absolute earliest and because Iman Shumpert isn't quite where Woodson wants him to be physically. Therein lies a bit of news, via Marc Berman: Woodson said part of Shumpert’s developmental program was shut down this summer because of his knees, and he appears worried about Shumpert’s durability. "He’s been beat up a little bit,’’ Woodson said. "Could be he tried to work too hard. He’s been on and off with our developmental program. When his shoulder went out [in camp], I was, ‘Damn, here we go again.’ He’s had some [time] where his knee has been sore. ‘’ Shump is healthy and will play tonight, but I suppose Woodson isn't yet confident enough in his durability or fitness or something to commit to him as a starter. And while Shump will have an early shot at starting because of J.R.'s recovery and suspension, he may lose that role if J.R. outplays him upon return. Woodson's edict that J.R. mustn't start-- not even if the alternative is James White-- has expired: "I think he’s past that,’’ Woodson said of Smith. "I want him to be past that. Let someone else get the Sixth Man, if he deserves to win the starting job. Last year was last year. He’s capable of defending, [but] that’s the only question I have. I know Iman can defend and he’s still searching for the offense. "You can go back and forth,’’ Woodson added. "I’m going to let the two fight it out.’’ That's new! Of course, J.R. played a starter's share of minutes last season and was often on the floor in crunch time, so having him in the game for tip-off would change his role only slightly. It's less about who starts and more about who plays the most and who plays with whom and who plays down the stretch and so forth. It's also important to be predictable and consistent so guys can develop rhythms benefiting the team. (If, for instance, playing J.R. more with the starters means he'll take more shots off the catch and fewer off the dribble, I'm all for it). For what it's worth, Shump says he's fine either way. So, to summarize Woodson's training camp comments about the backcourt: 1. The point-guard tandem is no longer a default, even though it remains a useful option. 2. There is a battle for that starting two-guard spot that we didn't necessarily expect. But yeah, not tonight. Tonight's lineup will look a bit like something from last year, albeit with an extra 7-footer instead of an extra wing spacing the floor for Carmelo Anthony. After that, who knows? Woodson has a whole preseason to play around. GAME THREAD coming later!
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How does it work? It's quite simple, if you would like to have THE GIF Oracle replay with a randomly generated GIF, in a comment just type in "@oracle gif me" ... without the quotation marks, obviously. For more specific GIFs, you can ...
How does it work? It's quite simple, if you would like to have THE GIF Oracle replay with a randomly generated GIF, in a comment just type in "@oracle gif me" ... without the quotation marks, obviously. For more specific GIFs, you can browse the list of GIF categories within the Oracle, and include the specific category like so, @oracle gif me (name of category). Within a few second or minutes, The GIF Oracle will reply with a perfectly trimmed GIF that will hopefully make you lol. What are the limits? Fortunately for us here at GBB, we don't have huge problems with GIF and image posting in threads. Yes, they can be hilarious, but a GIF happy thread will load very, very slowly for most people. As long as The GIF Oracle is used in moderation I don't foresee us having any problems. What to look for going forward? This will be a living database in the manner that the GIFs and GIF categories will constantly be updating. I'm sure most of you realize just how many GIFs there are out there. Happy GIF-ing! Poll Do you think The GIF Oracle will become a problem at GBB? No, me love'm GIFs Ughhh.... my worst fears have been realized. 2 votes | Results
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Nate Wolters isn't used to not starting basketball games. He commonly played all 40 minutes when he was at South Dakota State.
Nate Wolters isn't used to not starting basketball games. He commonly played all 40 minutes when he was at South Dakota State.
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In September, we relayed the news regarding the Milwaukee Bucks’ switch in home courts, a move to the Robert Indiana-designed floor pattern that dotted the wood during the prime years of the Don Nelson-led Bucks. A month later the team h...
In September, we relayed the news regarding the Milwaukee Bucks’ switch in home courts, a move to the Robert Indiana-designed floor pattern that dotted the wood during the prime years of the Don Nelson-led Bucks. A month later the team has released a time-lapse video detailing the crossover. Watch: It looks fantastic, if we’re allowed to gush. All we can ask is a Bob Ross-styled tutorial on how to draw the happiest buck in the forest.
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DALLAS MAVERICKS VS. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES Where- Memphis, Tennessee- FedEx Forum 7 PM CST How You Can Watch/Listen- NO TV, 92.9 ESPN Memphis Probable Starters- Dallas Mavericks- Gal Mekel, Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Samue...
DALLAS MAVERICKS VS. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES Where- Memphis, Tennessee- FedEx Forum 7 PM CST How You Can Watch/Listen- NO TV, 92.9 ESPN Memphis Probable Starters- Dallas Mavericks- Gal Mekel, Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Samuel Dalembert. Memphis Grizzlies- Mike Conley, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Miller, Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos Injury Report- Dallas- Shane Larkin (out), Devin Harris (out), Jose Calderon (day-to-day.) Memphis- None. Tonight the Grizzlies come back home to the FedEx Forum to continue their preseason slate against a familiar foe, the divisional rival Dallas Mavericks. There were positives and negatives to draw from this past Monday night against the Bulls, but allow for this preview to be a friendly reminder that this is a veteran team, and that this is the preseason. We know, for the most part, what to expect from the starters. The extended minutes this preseason are not for them. They are for the younger players, the new faces becoming used to the system (including Dave Joerger.) So if the elder statesmen of the Grizzlies do not play much or that well until October 30th, it will not be the end of the world. Take these games for what they are, a feeling out process building up to the Spurs in three weeks. At this point, "the core" knows what to do. Until then, they will tread water and look to San Antonio. Dallas has some new faces on their roster; aside from Ellis, Mekel, Calderon and Dalembert, players such as DeJuan Blair, Devin Ebanks and two former Grizzlies (Wayne Ellington and Fab Melo) are all new to Dallas this season. As always, though, the Mavericks will go as far as Dirk takes them. His health is imperative to the success of the Mavericks. They will also depend on Vince Carter off the bench to deliver long range scoring and stability. The wild card is Monta Ellis; his ability volume scoring the basketball is undeniable. But how he fits alongside Dirk and the crew will decide whether or not the Mavs are in the fight for one of the last two seeds in the Western Conference playoffs. Four Ways the Griz Can Improve What they should, and will, accomplish this season. Continuing with the five things to look for in tonight's contest. Who exactly is going to play? Marc Gasol, Quincy Pondexter, Tayshaun Prince and Tony Allen sat out the preseason opener, and Coach Joerger has made it clear he plans on resting players throughout not just the preseason, but the season itself. Don't be surprised if, despite the fact the media guide says Miller, JB and Koufos are starting, the four that sat in St. Louis are in the lineup for the home opener. Minutes will continue to be limited, and players like Zach and Mike, who played on Monday, will likely play but in limited time. Adjustments, adjustments, adjustments. Coach Joerger has been a head coach in the past, sure. But the NBA is a different animal, and seeing his offensive system for the first time in a live game probably had some points of emphasis for improvement. Whether it is through repetition, addition or tweaking scheme, Joerger will continue to poke and prod the offense and lineups to see who fits best with who. For example, Coach Joerger was quoted as saying he liked what he saw from the pairing of Ed Davis and Nick Calathes. Expect to see them together more both in minutes and sets against Dallas. Who wants a job? After the first preseason game, the three camp invitees fighting for a possible roster spot (Melvin Ely, Willie Reed and Tony Gaffney) did little to separate themselves from a competition standpoint, unless you count Gaffney's alley-oop from Calathes. The Grizzlies are pretty sound at all positions, so in order for one of these guys to stick in Memphis they are going to have to show that they are not only energetic and technically sound, but that they understand scheme and will fit into the system. The fight for a possible roster spot will be a continuing story line in the preseason. Clean the Glass-
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The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Eric Boateng and Dan Gadzuric, it was announced today. Boateng, a free agent center out of Arizona State University, has split time over the last three seasons playing for the Idaho Stampede and the Aus...
The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Eric Boateng and Dan Gadzuric, it was announced today. Boateng, a free agent center out of Arizona State University, has split time over the last three seasons playing for the Idaho Stampede and the Austin Toros of the NBA’s Development League in addition to playing internationally for the Greek Basket [...]
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Hopefully, you’re ready with cheat sheets, rankings and tips for your annual fantasy basketball draft party. If it hasn’t happened already, just know it’s coming. In the coming week, we’ll be breaking down and debating key matchups so wh...
Hopefully, you’re ready with cheat sheets, rankings and tips for your annual fantasy basketball draft party. If it hasn’t happened already, just know it’s coming. In the coming week, we’ll be breaking down and debating key matchups so when the time comes to choose, you’ll know where to go. Up first was the debate over […]The post Who Should You Draft In Fantasy: Dwight Howard Or Kevin Love? appeared first on Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
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