Poor play for Williams is still above average and All-star quality for most and anyone who watches him play knows he runs the Brooklyn Nets and even with his poor shooting he is leading in many ways that help the team win.
One thing you love about superstars is that they are never satisfied with how they are playing and Williams is one of those superstars.
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Tonight, the battle will be front and center as the Los Angeles Clippers visit the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn to play the Nets at 7:30pm. This is the only time the Clippers will visit Brooklyn this season unless the two teams meet in the NBA Finals.
Tonight should be fun, as Williams holds a 13-4 career record advantage against Paul and Nets fans hope that continues tonight.
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- 2/20, 4/18 - Deron Williams : The rematch of D-Will vs. Lin should be a fun one to watch, Lin started his reign of LINSANTIY against Williams back on the 4th of Feb. Lin cooked D-Will for 27 and 7.
- 2/23, 4/15 - Lebron & D-Wade : The HEAT are tearing teams to shreds as of late, and the trap defenses that those two put on ball handlers mirrors Scottie and MJ. Scary. Lets see how Lin handles the MIA pressure.
- 3/4 Rajon Rondo : Rondo is one of, if not the best PG defenders( Take it easy CP3 heads, we'll get there). Lin is essentially playing the Rondo role moving forward, he will have the responsibilities of getting STAT, Melo, and now JR involved. Be sure to check the Box Score after this game, should be interesting.
- 3/9, 3/26, 4/11 Brandon Jennings : These 3 games can be very important to the Knicks playoffs seating, the Knicks have struggled to contain Jennings in the past. BJ went off for his season high(36) during their first meeting back in Jan. Lin should be able to get past Jennings fairly easy, and could go for big numbers against the Bucks.
- 3/12,4/8,4/10 Derrick Rose : The reigning MVP is the ultimate assignment for Lin. Even with a aching back, Rose is still one of the the toughest tasks for any defender. Don't expect huge scoring for Lin these nights, but the team involvement that he can bring should be fun or painful watch.
- 4/25 Chris Paul : The should have been, almost, we all wished for CP3 will visit MSG right before the regular season ends. This game could be utterly pointless or extremely important depending on the Knicks record. Either way, Lin vs. CP3 is the pinnacle of Point-Guard battles. Hopefully "LINSANITY" is still alive and well by then.
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One source close to the process told ESPN.com that talks with the Warriors are "definitely cooling" because of Golden State's unwillingness to include Curry in the deal.
The Clippers, meanwhile, have been aggressive in their pursuit of Paul, but sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne that neither Gordon nor restricted free agent centerDeAndre Jordan?have been offered to New Orleans.
Said one source close to the situation of Gordon's inclusion: "That's a deal-breaker (for the Clippers)."
Remember last year the heat just kept signing player after player after player after the decision? Those players were trying to hop aboard the gravy train. So why aren't players beating down the door to sign with the Knicks and make their OWN championship run?
Chris Paul?s(notes)?agent informed New Orleans officials on Wednesday that his client will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to the?New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports...The Hornets will be motivated to make a deal as soon as possible for Paul, and aren?t completely determined to get a point guard in return for him, sources said. They?re willing to play?Jarrett Jack(notes)?as the starter for the rest of the season, and mostly want to gather the best possible package of overall talent and draft picks...If Paul were to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent after this season, he could sign a maximum four-year, $74 million deal with another team. The Knicks currently would have enough salary-cap room to offer him a four-year, $55.5 million contract with a starting salary of $13 million.Could it happen sooner before later?
This is something that has been tossed around these parts and yes, as it relates to Phil Jackson, it makes more sense for the Knicks to land a big player. This is going to be another one of those years, fans, strap yourselves in.
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The Knicks are hampered during upcoming free agency because they are only willing to hand out one-year deals to protect 2012 cap space for the free-agent bonanza. Signing a player who gets through the new amnesty process may be an alternate solution.We mentioned Haywood yesterday. It's hard to speculate until the players get released then the frenzy begins. But what is absolutely 100% clear, and I've talked to several key people about this, the Knicks will NOT add salary past this year as they prepare to try and land Chris Paul or another big free agent.?
Two names who have popped onto the Knicks? radar as potential amnesty casualties are Warriors 7-foot defensive center?Andris Biedrins?and Heat small-forward sharpshooter Mike Miller, whom the Knicks coveted during free agency in 2010.
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What the Nets did a great job of is selling themselves to the media, and more obviously the Denver front office, as real players in Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. This created essential leverage for the Nuggets.
As we attempt to look past the CBA, and try to begin to speculate what is on the other side of the cliff, let's think about this.
The Blazers tried to include New Orleans in a mega-deal that would have sent Chris Paul to Portland, Devin Harris, Kris Humphries and a host of Blazers to the Hornets, Favors to Denver and Anthony and Andre Miller to the Nets, league sources said.Via Denver Post
The Portland-proposed deal would have been a great trade for the Nets and Blazers. But the talks didn?t really go anywhere.
Via Knicks KnightlyThe Hornets?have quickly found themselves in a similar situation to that of the Denver Nuggets and their star?forward Carmelo Anthony. Both players want out of their current situations and will just walk away from the team via free agency when their contracts expire. For Carmelo Anthony that day will come after this season, while Chris Paul must wait until after?the 2011-2012 season. The Nuggets and Hornets watched what happened to the?Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers, who saw their star players leave via free agency and got?nothing at all in return.?Instead they were left as two broken down organizations who will start anew and likely will not see any success for quite a while. The?Hornets?are handcuffed in their situation and may wind up dealing Chris Paul?if a decent enough offer arises because they will face the reality that whatever they get in a trade will be better than nothing if he leaves?as a free agent. Today, two things happened: Chris Paul gained more leverage?in his pursuit of changing teams and the New York Knicks have seen a ray of hope in obtaining an all-star player who has?publicly?expressed desire to play for them.In regards to Mitch Lawrence's fine story a few days back uncovering the dealings with Hornets ownership, I think it is safe to say that there could be a swing in momentum. They were on a good path and they were spending money. Both situations should have been direct messages to Paul. I wonder how much that's changed.
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First they trade Brackins...The easy/fantasy solution, of course, would be for the Hornets to make David West and Marcus Thornton available with Stojakovic to try to assemble the winning multiteam trade that convinces the Nuggets -- and Anthony -- that New Orleans is Melo's most sensible destination. One source close to the situation confirmed to ESPN.com that word has indeed been transmitted from Paul to Anthony that teaming up in the Bayou might be the solution for both of them.The Hornets can be seen as a dark horse although it's hard to call them that with CP3 on the roster. Do they have the pieces to motivate Denver into dealing Carmelo there? Amar'e is in NY and CP3 is in New Orleans, I'd still give the Knicks an edge based on being a Eastern Conference team.
Yet that was one of the subjects that Paul, during Sunday's 15-minute chat, waved off. Paul passed on the invitation to elaborate on the toast he gave at Anthony's July 11 wedding where, according to an Aug. 16 report from ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher, he "playfully" suggested that Melo leave Denver for the New York Knicks to join new Knicks signee Amare Stoudemire. He declined to speculate about Anthony's eventual landing spot or the Hornets' chances of getting in the mix. Paul swore that he's "not envious" about the star trio James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have assembled in Miami ... and had little to say in response to speculation that his summer switch of agents -- from Jeff Austin and Lance Young at Octagon to Leon Rose at CAA -- was made with the hope that CAA could help him form a star trio of his own.
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Via The Times-Picayune"We exchanged numerous texts, and he said he wanted to be involved in the process," Demps said of Paul. "We thought that this was a good opportunity to involve him. It?s a player?s league, it?s a player?s game, why not ask the guys that are playing? It was not running (the trade) by him, but asking questions. You can never ask too many questions."I think what can be said more than anything here is that bringing in Ariza proves the Hornets are willing to spend and add young athletes around Paul. And his involvement shows that they both sides seem committed to staying together...at this point.
Demps said that the decision to part with Darren Collison in order to bring back Trevor Ariza was a difficult one.
"It was tough to trade Darren, it was really hard to do that," Demps said. "It?s one of those situations where it?s a win-win for everyone. Darren?s going to get the opportunity to go play at Indiana. They called on him numerous times. From the moment I started (in the latter half of July), he?s been getting so many calls. But I think he?s in a situation where he?ll (thrive).
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Via ESPNSources told ESPN.com that teams inquiring about Paul's availability in recent days -- and there have been several after persistent media reports suggesting that Paul will formally request to be traded at Monday's meeting -- were greeted with the same resistance to Paul offers that the Hornets have maintained for months.Who are the Hornets' rivals? The Thunder? Memphis? A team from Texas? The Nuggets? Ah. It's a Marc Stein story so it's definitely an executive of the Mavericks, whom the Hornets took out in the first round of the playoffs a few years back.
"They say they aren't moving him," one rival team executive said of the Hornets.
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Via Times-PicayuneA source close to Paul said he has not yet formally told the Hornets to trade him, but he plans to inform them during Monday's meeting he would be willing to play elsewhere if they cannot accommodate his wishes to improve the roster.Nothing new, other than confirming the sense that this may move forward quickly. I've heard otherwise, but that can change quickly.
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Via HoopsworldJust days before "The Decision" aired on ESPN, James and Paul had a lengthy phone conversation with Amar'e Stoudemire, who had just signed with the New York Knicks. The trio discussed the possibility of playing together in New York. Stoudemire was already there, James would sign next, and then Paul would demand a trade to the Knicks.
Some reports have indicated that it was always Paul's plan to join James once his contract was up but when the Hornets didn't pursue free agents and surround him with the talent he wanted, it sped along the process. James would ultimately sign with the Miami Heat, where the supporting cast of stars was a sure thing, but the seed was already planted in Paul's head. Though James was out of the picture, the dialogue continued and that weekend, the point guard jokingly announced at Carmelo Anthony's wedding that a new big three ? consisting of himself, Stoudemire, and Anthony ? was going to form in New York.
This is why when Paul first created a wish list of trade destinations, New York was atop his list. He wanted to compete with James, Wade, and Bosh and get in on the fun. But because Paul would likely be packaged with Emeka Okafor's bad contract, the dream scenario would be dead as the Knicks wouldn't be able to sign Anthony next summer. Updating his list with more "realistic" options, Paul now sees a trade to Orlando as his ideal situation.
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Via CBSPaul's desire, according to a person familiar with his strategy, is to follow in LeBron James' footsteps by joining forces with one or more elite players. While the Lakers are viewed as a long-shot scenario, the Magic and Knicks both present tantalizing possibilities. In Orlando, Paul would team with Dwight Howard, who already has informed Magic management that he wants to play with Paul. In New York, Paul would play the role of a younger, higher-octane Steve Nash by pairing with Amar'e Stoudemire in Mike D'Antoni's offense, which was invented for a point guard of Paul's exquisite gifts.Everyone I've talked to has said that financial relief is essential in the deal. This is and will always be a dilemma because you can bet Paul wants Carmelo involved if he wants to follow the Miami model. But Melo may end up staying anyway.And as we've said, Tony Parker is waiting in the wings.
For starters, any team hoping to land Paul would have to take Emeka Okafor and his onerous contract, which pays him $53.2 million over the next four years. If New Orleans decided to entertain offers for Paul, the team also likely would insist on including James Posey, owed $13.4 million over the next two years. The Magic could offer Vince Carter, who has only $4 million of his $18.3 million guaranteed for the 2011-12 season, as well as draft picks. The Knicks don't have draft picks to offer, but since they're approximately $3 million under the cap, they could take back $3 million more salary than they send out in the deal -- a significant cost savings for the Hornets in addition to the $3 million cash the Knicks wouldn't think twice about adding to the deal. By acquiring Anthony Randolph and Kelenna Azubuike from Golden State in a sign-and-trade for David Lee, the Knicks also have young assets to pair with Danilo Gallinari and/or Wilson Chandler in a credible proposal for Paul.
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Via NY PostAccording to an NBA executive familiar with Knicks team president Donnie Walsh's thinking, the Knicks are willing to include in a trade anyone other than Amar'e Stoudemire for Chris Paul, knowing how badly the superstar point guard wants to come to New York.
The Knicks will soon find out if Paul is available.
On Monday, Paul is expected to meet with new Hornets GM Dell Demps, new coach Monty Williams and president Hugh Weber in the Big Easy, according to a Hornets official.Read More
This is not like the "Decision."
This is not some sham of a set up leading to a decision that crapped on the very foundation of the "Magic/Bird" post-ABA NBA. We know how important individuals were to the league and their markets. It was why I was always against expansion to begin with, but the almightly dollar always wins out. As Andrew Smith said on TKB.tv last week, contraction has to be considered when CBA discussions are held.
This is not a circus, but the media will try to make it one.
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Note to national media. Because of his connections to New Orleans (more Baton Rouge), his tremendous upside and his contract, the Hornets should be most interested in a player like Anthony Randolph. He is the best young asset in the CP3 sweepstakes and easily marketable in that area. Also, why would the Hornets want to trade for another bigger contract or a star as to be put in the same position again?
If someone can name another or better asset, feel free to let me know.
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Rondo in New Orleans with no help? Along with Collison? Geez, and I'm sure the Hornets will do flips over a late first rounder. No chance.
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Let's get one thing straight here. If the Hornets are going to give up their franchise player, the team receiving him has to save their franchise. Which means that they have to either absorb contracts, or provide New Orleans with young talent. Frankly,? if the Knicks want to distinguish themselves from the Lakers and Magic right now, and get Paul, taking Emaka Okafor's contract would get it done.
Simple as that.
If I'm Donnie Walsh I stay patient because I have assets to offer that, in comparison to Los Angeles and Orlando, look pretty darn attractive and competitive.
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Via nola.comEarlier this month, Paul urged the franchise to become an active player in free agency and said if they aren?t serious about winning a championship, he would welcome a trade. Paul has two years remaining on his contract before he can opt out and pursue free agency.Paul, as we know, is under contract for 2 more years, and the collective bargaining agreement could impact any opt-out decision. But let's not make the new CBA or a lock-out a foregone conclusion. Everyone assumed the salary cap would never reach what it reached this year. I'll relax on knee-jerk reactions. I want to focus on the good, young, nucleus the Knicks now possess and relish an underdog role,? with the hopes of adding Paul, Melo, or both, in the future. For now, I'm pumped about the pieces the Knicks have.
?He (Paul) wants to be in New Orleans,?? (new head coach Monty) Williams said last week at the Las Vegas Summer League. ?He?s not said anything to me about any kind of movement. We?re going to sit down again before the season starts for sure. Again, I?m not going to jump to any conclusions that have been alleged.??
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Via Yahoo:"...As the July 1 start of free agency pushes closer, powerbroker William Wesley has been working multiple angles to NBA front offices about possible trades and signings. Here?s his latest: World Wide Wes has been pitching teams with salary-cap space that trading for New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul(notes) will dramatically increase their chances of signing LeBron James(notes), multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports.
New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower has no intention of trading Paul, but multiple league executives believe that until owner George Shinn closes on the team?s sale with billionaire oilman Gary Chouest, there is a price with which Paul could be pried away.
He can be had with Shinn in there, but once the new guy takes over, he?s off the market,? one senior front-office executive told Y! Sports. Can Wesley deliver Paul? Extremely doubtful, but that hasn?t stopped his sales pitch to teams, league sources said...read more."
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David Lee has logged an average of 40 minutes over his last three games, much of that could have been contributed to extra effort defensively or the fact that the team was preparing for 3 days off.
As we know the tighter rotation has seemed to benefit the Knicks who need consistent minutes, so when re-introducing Eddy Curry into the mix, if I were Mike D'Antoni, I'd get him in the the 1st quarter.
The Knicks could come out flat tonight. Hopefully not, but it's human nature to think that jump shots may not fall. With Curry, they have a guy who can slow down the game and create foul situations. When the Knicks miss jumpers early they lead to run outs and no one in the league is as capable of capitalizing on them more so than Chris Paul.Read More
This was what I like to call a "fluff" headline.? There is absolutely no substance to this in my mind.? But, I feel like this can be a decent conversation.
According to ProBasketballNews.com, Chris Paul said that it is possible that he can get traded for financial relief.? Here is the report:
"New Orleans star point guard Chris Paul insisted he was serious when he said there's a chance he soon could be traded.
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I came across this in my boredom today.? A gorgeous day outside, and I am sitting in front of a computer.? Wow.
Anyway, this really caught my eye.? The article talks about the idea of the Mavericks trading for New Orleans PG Chris Paul.? Paul has a contract extension that kicks in this year.? The Hornets also have some bad contracts that they would love to unload.? Why would Paul be traded?? Well, apparently the? poor economy is hitting the Hornets pretty hard.? Do not quote me on this, but I think that I remember reading that the Hornets took out a loan from the NBA recently.? With the Knicks armed and loaded with big expiring deals after next season, the Knicks could be an attractive option for the Hornets to give a call.
I highly doubt that the Hornets would ever entertain the idea of trading Paul.? That would be the equivalent of the Cavs trading LeBron.? But if they are that desperate, I hope Donnie places a call.? The Hornets can have anything (ANYTHING) they want off of our roster.? They can have Gallo.? They can have Wilson.? They can have anyone they want.? Chris Paul is legitimately that good.
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AP- Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets reached a contract agreement Thursday that could keep the All-Star point guard with the team for at least the next four seasons.
Lance Young, Paul's agent, said Paul agreed to a three-year extension with a player's option for a fourth year. The total value of the deal is $68 million.
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The word out of?Los Angeles?is that Kobe Bryant will be named the league's MVP as soon as next week.??"Kobe Bryant has won the NBA's MVP award for the first time, the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site Friday night, citing anonymous sources familiar with the outcome of voting by media members,?The newspaper reported that commissioner David Stern will be in Los Angeles next week to present the trophy to Bryant "Now if this was the "best player of the year" award I would have no gripes whatsoever, because Kobe is undeniably the best player in the league. But this is the most valuable player, and to me, I don't see how it's anyone other than Chris Paul. He did more with less. Granted, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum?never actually touched the court at the same time, but take Kobe off the Lakers and they are a lot better than the Hornets without Paul. Maybe on paper the Hornets will look better with names like Peja Stojakovic, David West and Tyson Chandler, but remember you need a facilitator. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you have no one to gel that talent together, it's useless. And Paul did just that, and just so happened to lead his lotto team to the 2nd seed in the Western conference...
...right behind Kobe Bryant's Lakers. Well I guess I just argued in a circle. Regardless, my opinion stands: Chris Paul got snubbed.
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Before I get to telling you what I think, like it matters, I guess I should give you a reason to believe I'm more than just some disgruntled Knick fan sitting at home whining about how good other teams have it, like we're seeing on message boards across the net.
Since January, I have been working for the National Basketball Association in the production department. My job is to more or less break down every game into video clips by the possession, so the important people can use them in highlights, promos, etc. But, what that job entails is a lot more than sitting around watching basketball. I have to know every player on every team. Every assistant on every bench. Every mascot in every arena. I know more about the Atlanta Hawks "A-Town Dancers" then I ever thought I would... and I'm not complaining.
So for the past week and a half I've had the absolute joy of working four of the five Hornets/Mavericks games (and hearing every post game interview and press conference that goes along with them). I don't think there's a person out there that isn't in love with Chris Paul's game, and anyone who watched these games should have no doubt in their mind that he should be this year's MVP. Sure, Kobe Bryant is the best player in the game, but in terms of most valuable, it's Paul hands down. Would I be shocked if Kobe wins? Not at all. Disappointed? Completely.
Of course it's easy to win games when you have the MVP of the league on your team, but it makes things a whole lot easier when you have Paul's fellow all-star David West canning jumpers and owning the post. There were times when West was just flat out dominant. Erick Dampier should be ashamed. Let me put this into perspective: when we "star" a play, that means it goes into a bank that the producers can choose from for highlight reels. There were more David West turnaround and fadeaway jumpers than anything else. That speaks volumes when you have guys like Paul running the floor with exciting youngsters like Julian Wright and Tyson Chandler.
Oh, by the way, Julian Wright is a name you should remember for a long long time. And you won't have trouble remembering it when he's plastered all over SportsCenter's Top 10 plays for the next few years.
I can't forget about guys like Jannero Pargo and Peja Stojakovic. It seems like every time the Hornets need a big hoop, one of them delivers. Not who you'd expect, huh? Neither did I.I'm sold on Pargo as one of the best backup point guards in the league. He's got handle, he's got a smooth jumper and, man, does he have the speed. I can't forget about his professionalism either. He could have broken every bone in his face because of Jason Kidd. I don't know if this made it on-air, but Pargo hugged Kidd after they won last night. Classy, knowing what I would have done if I were Pargo.
Then you have the 2007-2008 Coach of the Year, Byron Scott at the helm. Scott is suspect to me... I don't really buy into him. I feel like his success with the Nets had a lot to do with Eddie Jordan, but I can't argue with his record when he has the talent on his roster. The players love him too. West and Paul praised the living daylights out of him in last night's press conference. And rightfully so... I guess.
The bottom line is, how can you not have fun watching this team? How can you not feel good for the city of New Orleans? While our Knicks are festering in the basement of the Eastern conference, I think I may have to "adopt" the Hornets.
Watch some Hornets games, you'll share the same sentiments.