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The Nets (14-21) defeated the Golden State Warriors (24-14) tonight by a score of 102-98.

The Least You Should Know

[sny-box] This game came right down to the wire and featured eight lead changes and eight ties. The Nets tied the score at the 2:26 mark of the fourth quarter and then relied on strong free-throw shooting late to earn the victory.

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Brooks Bollinger, Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff, Erik Ainge, Kevin O'Connell, Greg McElroy ... the list of young quarterbacks that the Jets have brought through to try to retain the backup quarterback over the last ten years is long, but those who have stuck with the team for more than two or three years is rather short.

Current backup Matt Simms might not take snaps most Sundays, but his role during the week as the team's scout team quarterback is helping Simms come along rather quickly. That, along with some mechanics that Jets QB coach David Lee told Simms to work on back in June, wrote JP Pelzman over the weekend for the Bergen Record.

In June, quarterbacks coach David Lee complimented Simms for his "cannon" of a throwing arm, but said he needed to improve his accuracy. Lee has been very impressed with Simms' progress since then.

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Via Daily News
The Knicks were able to go out and upgrade their starting point guard spot, by signing Raymond Felton; find a starting center in Timofey Mozgov; add a key reserve in Turiaf; and get a talented, developing player Randolph.

"Randolph can fill up a box score in just a few minutes," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "The thing we're working on now with Anthony is getting him to give a consistent effort."

There was also a note that the Knicks would have liked to keep David Lee at a reasonable number to play along side of Amar'e Stoudemire, but Lee wanted to make as much money as possible.

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Check out Fromthebaseline...

To me, after watching the tape, rebounding is still a major weakness. The small lineups that D'Antoni tried to utilize seemed ineffective. It seems like either Turiaf or Mozgov have to be on the floor at all times...I've been asked several times if I'm concerned about the number of points allowed. The answer is no because I was happy with giving up 52 first half points in the first preseason game. I always think a big key to any game is giving up less than 30 points in the first quarter...I've been asked a ton about who I'd rather give up in a trade for Melo: Randolph or Gallo. The answer is whichever one Denver prefers seeing that they are the ones that have to agree to a deal, not me. But I don't give up both. I go back and forth on the answer of who I prefer to keep. Gallo and Melo share a position so I wonder who can play the 2 because Gallo is not ready to play the 4 full time. I don't believe a front court of Amar'e, Gallo and Melo would be good enough defensively. However, I'm reminded what a Division 1 assistant coach told me once about talented players who can't please a coach and who can't stick with a program.

"They are like a really hot single girl...You really have to wonder why they are available."

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph, Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov
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This is a pretty awesome story by Harvey Araton that will be featured in tomorrow's New York Times. Obviously from a basketball perspective, the Knicks did what they had to do.

But every fan respects the effort David Lee brought night in and night out, and more importantly, he embraced what the organization had to offer, which at the time that he arrived in New York was very little.

Good stuff D-Lee, good luck in Oak-Town.

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Via Knickerblogger
But the final name David Stern announced before ceding the night?s emcee duties to Russ Granik was not Taft, it was Lee: a four-year senior who had averaged a workmanlike 11 and 7 in his time with the Gators and who projected to offer similarly steady but unspectacular production in a bench role for the Knicks.? For a team with absolutely nothing to get excited about, this seemed like a classic example of Isiah buying a nice new set of snow tires when he couldn?t afford a car (to say nothing of the fact that, in Kurt Thomas, the Knicks already possessed a set of the same model of snow tires, and a more broken-in set at that).? The pick was illogical, miscalculated, and hubristic.? And it was just about the only thing Isiah got right in his time at the helm.*

*I?ll spare you the effort of looking it up: Taft eventually went 42nd overall, somewhat coincidentally to the same Golden State Warriors that now employ Lee.? He played in 17 games, averaged 3 points and 2 rebounds, underwent back surgery and hasn?t played basketball professionally since 2006.? Again, remind me I wanted this guy the next time I criticize a personnel decision. more.

I dismiss Lee's stats to a fault. I think people who believe that his offense is a fluke are being misguided. Defensively, he was overmatched and underwhelming guarding 4s and 5s. What it always came down to was space and at the 4 position, Lee just didn't have the mid range game. I think he will in Golden State and have the chance to shoot it a ton. He'll be effective.

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Via basketball prospectus
Even without knowing all of that backstory, SCHOENE still slightly favors Stoudemire over the next three years. Now, as to whether I'd rather have Stoudemire at $100 million over five years or Lee at $80 million over six years, that's a different question and one that is much more favorable to Lee. Strictly on performance terms, though, Stoudemire makes the Knicks somewhat better.
It's hard to compare one for one when you consider roster changes. Amar'e with Felton obviously > Lee with Duhon. Lee with Felton doesn't have the same impact for me. Amar'e in transition setting screens can turn into dunk after dunk. I think Amar'e at the end of his contract will be fine based on how his mid range game has developed. If he doesn't get injured, it's hard to say that Amar'e isn't worth the contract he signed. At 27 he's a centerpiece. Amar'e paired with a player like Turiaf makes for a better defensive pairing than Lee and Turiaf because Amar'e can protect the rim.
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I can confirm that David Lee has in fact been traded to Golden State. Sounds like it's Randolph, Turiaf and Azubuike.

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There's been a lot of talk, mostly from fans, surrounding the fact that the Knicks can use David Lee in a sign and trade. There was also recently an article on the subject.

But a source with knowledge of the situation says don't expect Lee to be involved in any sign and trade deals. Chris Broussard said yesterday on ESPN that the Knicks may explore a deal for Golden State's Monta Ellis.

"Golden State is not in play at the moment," the source says. "Right now it's looking like Chicago or New Jersey, depending what the big 3 do."

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Via Yahoo
Free-agent forward David Lee(notes) is visiting with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, and the Wolves won?t have much time to try to impress him.

Lee has already visited with the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, and once Chris Bosh(notes), Amar?e Stoudemire(notes) and Carlos Boozer(notes) commit, Lee figures to be the top available power forward on the market.

I'd have to believe that the Nets are still very much in play as well...
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Via Hoopsworld
"...If the Raptors are just interested in cash, draft picks, or a trade exception, teams with cap space will be their preferred partner.? But in a bidding war, even these teams could have to come with the hard assets Colangelo likely covets.

New York may have the edge with the possibility of returning their UFA David Lee by way of a sign-and-trade, and if New York lands Bosh, can James be far behind?? Don't think for minute that this isn't precisely what Cleveland fears and New York dreams.

Miami may in the toughest spot having little more than Michael Beasley and draft picks to offer.? New Jersey is in the similar position of having limited assets to offer in a sign-and-trade deal except for the very enticing third overall pick in this year's draft!

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Via NY Daily News:
"...A bit more bad news: If the Knicks can't convince David Lee to return next season, your best supporting castmate will be 6-11 Danilo Gallinari, who shoots threes like Steve Nash - and rebounds like him, too. And the next clutch shot this roster hits will be its first.

If you couldn't win it all with a sharpshooting point guard (Mo Williams), a Hall of Fame center at the end of his career (Shaq) and a fill-it-up veteran small forward (Antawn Jamison), will this cast of characters serve your Highness any better?.."

Relatively fair, except for the Gallinari rebounds like Steve Nash/clutch shot thing. He had 10 or more rebounds 6 times this season. Not overly impressive, but you don't get credit for rebounding a made shot. Clearly this piece? is a counter to this. I guess in the tabloids there has to be some...wait for it...attempts at "balance." Sadly, you just wished members of the NY media actually watched the Knicks every night. It's so transparent those who don't. I mean his "next clutch shot will be his first" is the writer's way of saying, "I gotta be honest, I only saw him play, like, twice."

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I've been checking out his blog lately and it continues to impress. BT insists that no one knows where they are going as of yet. But here are his predictions for the upcoming summer, followed by mine.

"...Since everyone else is secondary, grab a dart, and fire away!

Lebron James: 3 year extension with the Cavs, followed by a similar deal with the Knicks?or Nets

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A few weeks back, David Lee's agent Mark Bartlestein was on the radio with Brandon Tierney and he mentioned that D-Lee was working on his three point game and stretching to the perimeter.? Why isn't he working on his defense you ask?

He is.

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Brandon Tierney has done a lot for this blog and while I don't always agree with him, I think he's a tremendous sports mind and perfect for the airwaves in NY. He's that good.

He's started his own blog and it's a great read. Similar to the thoughts he brings on both SNY and ESPN 1050. He wrote a piece on David Lee.

"...In many ways, David Lee is a victim of terrible timing, and possibly in every way, David Lee picked the worst time to blow up?even if it means getting paid.

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Via NY Post-

"...This is where I want to be," Lee told The Post during an appearance at the Empire State Building, where he volunteered his efforts for a non-profit organization. "I enjoy it here. I love the city. I have a lot of friends in the franchise. I do have ties here.

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I came across this bit in the Post.? According to Marc Berman, sources say that the Hornets are in love with free agent forward, David Lee.? As Berman points out and as we have all discussed extensively, the Knicks can trade for players without having to match salaries because they are under the salary cap.? Also as we all have discussed, point guard Chris Paul just so happens to be a player that would be of major interest to the Knicks if he was ever put on the trading block.

I have a couple of things to say here.? First of all, while the Hornets might love David Lee, I see the chances of his going there as being slim to none.? The Hornets currently have both David West and Emeka Okafor under contract for at least one more season.? I highly doubt that they would look to allocate their resources towards adding another PF making 11-12 million per season.? It just does not make sense for that team.? Of course, one of those two players can be involved in a sign & trade for Lee, but that might be getting a little too far ahead of myself.

As for Chris Paul, many of you know my take on him.? If there was a Plan B this summer to LeBron, Chris Paul would be it.? Even though this is the summer of LeBron, acquiring Chris Paul would be perhaps the best consolation prize possible.? Better than Wade.? Better than Bosh.? Etc., etc.? I think that highly of Chris Paul as a point guard and as a leader.? But as I have noted on other occassions, I have to believe that there will a long line that the Knicks would have to wait on before having a chance to even enter the Paul discussions.? There would be a huge market for Paul, and to be frank, the Knicks do not have the assets to get him.? Unless the Knicks decided to deal away Gallo and Chandler, I think that another franchise would be able to offer a better package.? The Nets, Grizzlies, Clippers, Warriors, and Wolves are five off the top of my head that could have interest and could offer better deals than the Knicks.? I would not get my hopes up for Paul.? I hope that I am wrong and as we all know, sometimes deals go down for business purposes, not necesarily basketball purposes.

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Via NY Post-
"...But Walsh acknowledged the $32 million of cap space doesn't have to be used this summer or for a free agent. Trades can now be easily made without matching salaries. With the Knicks still desperate for a point guard, they figure to talk to New Orleans to see if it is looking for assets for point guard Chris Paul, who will be a free agent in 2012 and may bolt the Big Easy.

According to a source, the Hornets are in love with David Lee, a free agent who is not the Knicks' first priority..."

Via Dallas Morning News-
"...But to answer your question about Haywood, somebody's going to pay him, probably with a deal in the $8 million-per-year range, if not more. And it very well could be the Mavericks, although they will have some other options.

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There is widespread thought that this could be David Lee's last home game as a Knick and with that comes plenty of thought and reflection.

I've noticed a lot of backlash when it comes to Lee from fans in the comments section. Some justified, some not.

It is no secret from anyone who follows the team that Lee doesn't remind anyone of any member of the 1990s teams. Is that fair? I'm not sure it is. Lee's played out of position and has had no real help. Would Darko Milicic have helped? Maybe, and it's something I pushed for early in camp, but he was never given a look. To think that the team rested its hopes on the former second overall pick, to me, was a reach. But there needed to be plenty of reaches if this team were to make the playoffs. I, myself, thought they were capable.

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Via Daily News-
"I'm sure it will be an interesting feeling? just not knowing my future," Lee said. "I felt it a little bit last year even though I was a restricted free agent. I have good memories in this place."

Mike D'Antoni praised Lee as an ambassador for the organization last week, saying he is good in the community. Sunday, the head coach made a pitch for Lee as a basketball player, telling reporters that he'd like Lee to return to his natural position, power forward, next season. But on one condition.

"He just needs a long athletic guy besides him," D'Antoni said.

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Via Daily News-
"...There is no doubt that Lee has D'Antoni in his corner: Why else would the coach make it a habit of leaving Lee on the floor in the final minutes of blowout losses and wins if not to pad his stats?But when given the opportunity Saturday to say definitively that Lee should receive one of the two "max" contracts the Knicks can offer this summer, D'Antoni gave himself some wiggle room.

"I love David Lee," D'Antoni said. "I love guys that have that talent. But we have to wait and see about all these guys."

D'Antoni is referring to the high-profile potential free agents the Knicks will pursue this summer. If LeBron James were to sign, the Knicks would give him the option of deciding which other free agent the team should pursue. And if James were to come to New York, he would likely attract either Chris Bosh or Amar'e Stoudemire.

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It's a loaded question. He's a former Olympian who raves about Mike D'Antoni. He's also a player who seemingly is pining for one last big contract. He's also recently said that he now wants to stay Utah after almost being traded what seems like 10 times.

What is his value? Where is he in comparison to the likes of Amar'e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh? And, of course, David Lee.

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Via CBSsportsline
"...Sources say that the Knicks? likely fallback option if they don?t get LeBron is Atlanta?s Joe Johnson ? but that strategy comes with a caveat. On one hand, Donnie Walsh is too smart to overpay for a player like Johnson who probably isn?t quite deserving of the max. Then again, the Hawks will pay Johnson the max to stay, so if anybody else wants him, the max is what it will take. Johnson said recently that he?d sacrifice to pair up with another elite player, meaning he?d take less than the max. But there?s no reason for him to take less under any other circumstance.

? For similar reasons, Walsh will have to decide whether Chris Bosh is worthy of a max deal if he strikes out on LeBron. Sources familiar with Walsh?s thinking are convinced that he does not regard Bosh as being on the same level as James and Wade, who will be the only two clear-cut max players on the market. ?That?s the fallacy with the max,? one prominent agent said. ?It allows you to buy Chris Bosh for the same price as LeBron James.? In fact, another person familiar with Walsh?s strategy said if it came down to deciding whether to keep David Lee or sign Bosh to a max deal, Walsh would choose Lee. ?There are questions about whether Bosh is the kind of player who can carry a team by himself,? the person said. ?He certainly hasn?t done it in Toronto...?

Several things here. One, everyone knows the "myth" of Bosh being a max player. Bosh is riding Olympic momentum. As he relates to Wade and Lebron, he is less than a max player. I don't love the idea of Bosh and Johnson, myself. I'd add more pieces this summer and set my sites on 2011. They can be a playoff team next year if the roster is tweaked and more talent is added. I'd sign one of them, for a potential partnership when the team finally gets rid of Eddy Curry, aka the last remaining reminder of the Isiah Era.

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I've talked with several people, as far back as before the turn of the New Year, who have told me the Nets love David Lee. And why wouldn't they?

He'd be a great piece along side Brook Lopez, whose post up game and ability to protect the hoop still need plenty of work. By the way, anyone still clamoring for Lopez after Gallo's last few games?

Also, Lee wouldn't have to move, and would love to get back at the Knicks should he not be retained. The Nets have leveraged ex-Knicks before namely Willis Reed and Michael Ray Richardson. Sugar on the court, Willis in the front office.

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Via Sports Illustrated:
"...Here is one of the league's success stories, an undersized 6-foot-9 center who was the last player chosen in the first round of the 2005 draft because he couldn't make -- and dared not take -- a jump shot. Within five years, Lee has transformed himself into an All-Star, averaging 20.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists as the fulcrum of the Knicks.

Lee is so good that the Knicks no longer can afford to re-sign him. Over the past two years, team president Donnie Walsh has unloaded most of Lee's teammates and all of the Knicks' available first-round picks to dig out from more than $30 million in cap space this summer. To fulfill the ultimate plan of recruiting an elite pair of free agents, however, New York will first have to renounce the rights to its best player this summer: David Lee..."

Interesting take, here, from Doc Rivers:
"...Rivers was a fan of Lee's and begged the Celtics to acquire him in the 2005 draft. "It's the one I stuck my chest out about because I was in the minority in the draft room that night," said Rivers. "But I had the advantage of being in Florida and I'd seen him, and my oldest son had played in a ton of pickup games with him and he said, 'All I know about David Lee is every time I play a pickup game, his team wins.'

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- I think the biggest thing I took from watching "Winning Time" was the depiction of Larry Brown and why he ultimately can only remain with certain teams for relatively short periods of time:

Players don't the guy, but you don't have to really like someone to have success in this league.

I really appreciated Reggie Miller saying that the Pacer players couldn't stand Brown, whom he dubbed a perfectionist "in an imperfect game." Brown expects the game to be played the right way and the Pacers really did play the right way. Of course he does, he's a snob, he went to North Carolina. Reggie must have felt the same way about how he did things, UCLA knows a thing or two about hoops. Ultimately, the Pacers lacked superior talent but, like the Knicks,? never took a possession off and played as one until they needed Reggie to make shots.

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Mike D'Antoni's offense is tabbed "seven seconds or less" but it really is a rapid version of "4 out 1" in, which relies heavily on screens from the center position. Obviously, there are variations in terms of special "sets" the Knicks like to rub, such as starting 2 players on each high post elbow elbow (classic UCLA set) or what they call "4 pop" where double screens set on the baseline allow for a flex cut followed by a "pin down" screen (as Bill Raftery would say) allowing to free the shooter from the block to what I call "vertical elbow extended."

David Lee's role in this set is crucial because it allows him more touches and also gives him some decision making. I don't remember Amar'e Stoudemire having nearly that much impact on the offense, but the offense was often triggered by the center setting a ball screen. Of course there are other variables, mostly being the screener rolling or popping after setting the ball screen. Obviously, we know Steve Nash was the one to trigger most action with the Suns while playing for D'Antoni and it all depended on space.

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Via NY Daily News-
"...There is a growing sentiment among opposing team executives that at the very least the Knicks will sign Atlanta's Joe Johnson, whose agent, Arn Tellem, orchestrated the Tracy McGrady trade to the Knicks and has been friends with Walsh for 20 years. It's called a "wink-wink deal," and even though it is against NBA rules, the practice does exist and is nearly impossible to police.

"I think that's a done deal," said one Eastern Conference GM.

If Walsh can't land either James or Dwyane Wade but ends up with Johnson, another option is luring Toronto's Chris Bosh in a sign-and-trade. Sources claim the Raptors would be open to such a deal if it included David Lee..."

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Via NY Post-
"...If statistics work out, they get the No. 1 pick," Lee said, "They have a great center in Lopez, an All-Star point guard, Devin Harris, great athleticism with wings Chris Douglas-Roberts and Terrence Williams. They could have a big turnaround year next year if they get a good free agent and the No. 1 draft pick. It's going to be interesting which direction they go."

That direction could lead to Lee as one of the second-tier types the Nets could target with their $23.3 million cap space. Another is Gay who, like Lee, should do very well after the top shelf empties of the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade types.

The Nets see Gay tonight when they start a four-game road trip in Memphis, a trip where they will be without Yi Jianlian. He stayed behind with a sprained left ankle suffered in Saturday's 113-93 rout of the Knicks.

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First of all, congrats to the coaching staff and my boys from Archbishop Stepinac, and because they are big Knick fans, Kadeem Francis, Tom Decker, Conroy Baltimore and Idia Ogala. The team doesn't win last night without the performance of Ogala off the bench. Total glue guy, goes unnoticed but not by those who respect winning basketball plays.

Via NY Post:

"...The burden of playing out of position at center at 6-foot-9 is getting to Lee. The Knicks need Lee to be an interior defensive force, but he said he can't do any more than he's doing. It's an unfair spot for Lee, a natural power forward who would love to get back to that next season.

"I'm doing my best down there at 6-9 to contest shots," Lee said. "I'm going to try to do better, control the paint better. A lot of times I'm playing a guy 5 inches bigger than I am and 50 pounds heavier. It's something I can definitely get better at. We have 21 games left and I'll be at the 'five' and see what happens. I'm doing all I can do..."Jeff Van Gundy said it best when we had him on the radio show. The organization needs to evaluate Lee defensively. Most fans I talk to aren't real keen on the idea of having him in the middle. But would he be less exposed if, say, Tyrus Thomas, were playing next to him?

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Via Steve Adamek:
"...When last week's report broke that Sacramento asked for David Lee as part of the three-way Tracy McGrady deal that also involved Houston as the price for the Kings accepting Jared Jeffries and his contract, Lee said he didn't hear about it from anyone but a writer. And by the time his agent, Mark Bartelstein, heard about it, he shot it down ? and Jeffries ended up with Houston.

But since he had to give permission to be traded, would he have turned it down? Tuesday, he didn't say definitely, saying, "Would I do that with 28 games left?'..."

Lee was never going to Sacramento, not with veto power.

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Via Hahn's Tweet-
"...The #Knicks' trades from Thursday have been officially completed (all physicals went thru). McGrady et al will dress tonight vs OKC..."
With that being said, here's what I'd like to see.

PG- Rodriguez (Evaluate him from the get go, in the starting role)

SG- McGrady

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Click on the video player to the right (TKB.tv) to hear my thoughts on the business impact David Lee making the All-Star game has on his value to the Knicks next year.
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...another Pavlos Gorgey production

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Via Hoopsworld-
"...The interesting question is whether or not Walsh will find a taker for Jared Jeffries.? Jeffries has remained healthy, is playing arguably the best ball of his career, and is establishing himself as terrifically versatile defender.? JJ is a Swiss Army knife on the defensive end, guarding everyone from point guards to centers.? The Knicks have been a much better defensive team this season, and much of that has to do with Jefferies' increased playing time.? JJ leads the team in blocks and is among the league leaders in charges drawn.? He has a chance to garner a few Defensive Player of the Year votes this season.? But the catch is the $6.9 million dollars he will earn next year.? If Donnie Walsh could clear another nearly $7 million from the Knicks payroll, he would have a legit opportunity to hand out two near-max contracts in July.? Walsh and D'Antoni love what Jefferies brings to the table, but they have never wavered in their primary commitment to clearing cap space.

JJ would make a solid addition for a contender that was looking for a versatile defender that has the ability to cover all five positions.? But what team would be willing to pay Jefferies exorbitant 2010-2011 salary in order to obtain him?? Would Walsh have to include rookie Toney Douglas, or even Jordan Hill, in a package with JJ in order to seal the deal?...

They also mention the possibility of moving David Lee...

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The above title suggests that this will be a compare and contrast of three of the most talented front court players in the Eastern Conference, if not the entire league.

And it will be. But before I get into it, let's just pour the final shovel of dirt on the Lee snubbing. It was close, but in the end, I keep hearing, it came down to a team's win/loss record. If that is the difference-making criteria, then it's just silly.

We mentioned the fact that Danny Granger and Devin Harris both made the team just a season ago, so that would suggest that this isn't always the case. To me, it came down Horford and Lee. I've said a million times that I love everything about Horford's game, and if I were starting a team tomorrow I'd be sure to have Horford on my roster. If you're one of those old-school 1990's Knick fans, you'd appreciate Horford's edge, his post and face up game, and that he dunks everything. Some games he'll get you 5 blocks a game and dunk everything in transition. I think he's a more offensively-skilled Antonio Davis and a Marcus Camby-type rolled in one. Camby, of course, is the better shot blocker, but remember, the Hawks lean on Josh Smith a lot on help side blocks. Make Horford a help-side defender and his blocks would go up in my opinion.

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The Daily News is reporting that David Lee has been left off the All-Star Roster.

Via Larry Coon's Tweet:

"...East reserves: Bosh, Horford, Johnson, Pierce, Rondo, Rose, Wallace..."
Obviously, the name that jumps out is Al Horford, who I love, but is not having the same statistical year as Lee is. But it comes down to wins and the Hawks are playing well. Lee made a great case, and should be deserving. Wins are more important than efficiency ratings, clearly, to the coaches who voted.

Lee is 6th, yes, 6th in the NBA in efficiency. To me he was robbed.

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Via Howard Beck on Twitter:
"...Soph team: DRose, MBeasley, EGordon, KLove, BLopez, DGallinari, RWestbrook, MGasol, OJMayo..."

Rookie team: TEvans, OCasspi, TGibson, JJerebko, SCurry, BJennings, JFlynn, JHarden, DBlair..."

Still no word on the 3-point contest, and of course awaiting word on David Lee.
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Via Yahoo-
"...League sources have told Yahoo! Sports that the Suns are increasing their efforts to trade forward Amare Stoudemire.

Recent discussions between the team and Stoudemire's agent didn't move towards an agreement on a contract extension.

The All-Star can become a free agent after the season.

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In a lot of ways, Donnie Walsh's job seems to have become harder as it's gone along.

When the team hired Walsh to be President of Basketball Operations on April 2, 2008, it was in the midst of the worst run in franchise history. They weren't even competing most nights, and the level of basketball was so bad the filth made you want to take a shower when you got home after going to Madison Square Garden. That is, if you were the one who drew the short straw for those free tickets.

I remember as Walsh sat in the stands for the rest of the season evaluating the players and situation that he was now a part of, that Knicks fans wondered if this was the man who was going to make things better.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, David Lee, Donnie Walsh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Where 2010 happens
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Via George Vecsey:
"...Some of us are too dense, too self-involved, to ask our parents and our grandparents about the meaning of life. David Lee asked.

?He told me he got joy from giving to others,? the grandson said.

At the funeral, the grandson heard their Presbyterian pastor tell how the 92-year-old Lee had requested meetings 12 months in advance ? ?faith-related questions,? the grandson said.

Tags: David Lee, Donnie Walsh
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Via Isola:
"...Bosh, a 6-10 All-Star, could be dealt by the Raptors before the Feb. 18 trading deadline if the club feels it doesn't have a realistic chance of re-signing him. Even though Toronto maintains that it is committed to building around Bosh, some NBA executives are convinced that he will head to Miami to play with Wade.

There have been reports of a possible trade with the Lakers as well as one with the Rockets. Bosh, who is from Dallas, has told close associates that if he leaves Toronto he wants to end up in a warm weather city.

Mike D'Antoni, who is a strong advocate for re-signing Lee, got to know Bosh during the 2008 Olympics. Asked yesterday where he thinks Bosh will end up, D'Antoni smiled and said, "I don't know....He might make the All-Star team..."

Tags: David Lee, Donnie Walsh, LeBron James, Mike D'Antoni
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Via NY Post:
"...Ironically, my buddy Chris Sheridan of ESPN called Gallinari "a one-trick pony'' earlier in the season ? referring to his 3-point shot.

But The Stallion has made Sheridan look bad. The most surprising part of Gallinari's season is his 3-point shot hasn't even been the most impressive part of his game ? despite leading the league in makes. His gritty defense and driving hard to the basket, drawing fouls, has given hope he is a potential All-Star in the future. He's showing some Rocky toughness.

But the back issue still looms. Gallinari sits on a special pad on the bench to keep his back more comfy..."

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Wilson Chandler
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Via Isola:
"...(Marcus) Landry's work ethic and dedication are what caught D'Antoni's attention. Landry, who played college ball at Wisconsin, made a positive impression from day one by paying his own way to New York in September just for a tryout.

"That kid right there is working a little bit harder and deserves to play," D'Antoni said of the 6-7 Landry.

D'Antoni says he isn't giving up on Hill, the 6-10 power forward from Arizona, and in fact added that Hill is "going to get a chance here pretty soon."

Tags: David Lee, Marcus Landry, Mike D'Antoni
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I had a few people email certain points leading to the Knicks turnaround (thanks) and had a discussion with a season ticket holder who had the chance to sit in on a Knicks "town hall" meeting last night who asked to remain nameless.

The numbers told Mike D'Antoni early on in the season that his group shot a far lower percentage in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock. In the second half, from roughly 15-5 seconds remaining on the clock, the team made a much greater percentage, hence why the team had much more offensive success.

Now, by "offensive success" I don't mean number of points, I mean efficiency. And no one has been more efficient than David Lee.

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Donnie Walsh, Draft Lottery, Mike D'Antoni, Wilson Chandler
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Via Slam Magazine:
"...Lee could be the most overlooked player in the NBA. Last season?s double-doubles leader failed to sign an offer sheet during a seemingly endless restricted free agency window this past summer. Rumors swirled about interest from Portland until the Blazers unsuccessfully attempted to sign Utah reserve forward Paul Millsap with an offer sheet the Jazz decided to match.

?I did have a meeting with Portland?s general manager and coach and considered doing that,? said Lee, ?They had a lot of bigs, so it?s just a matter of trying to get in the best fit possible for this one year and then go from there. I thought New York was a better fit.? As Kevin McHale said on NBA TV, Portland lost ?14 feet? of centers this season, an unfortunate void the team could have never predicted. However, Portland did lock up power forward LaMarcus Aldridge with a 5-year extension worth up to $70 million with incentives. With the deal, Portland placed faith in Aldridge as a face of the franchise and prevented him from becoming a restricted free agent, a luxury the Knicks never offered Lee. To throw out a few numbers, Aldridge averaged 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds last season. Lee averaged 16.0 and 11.7.

?A lot of different things just come down to circumstance and come down to being in the right place at the right time,? said Lee, ?I had a long summer dealing with all that and it was just good to get back to playing basketball...?

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