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New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high five against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high five against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Count former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy among those who believes the current team will make the NBA playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

"I think they will make the playoffs, I think they're a really good team," Van Gundy said Tuesday on a conference call to discuss the debut of NBA Saturday Primetime.

The Knicks (21-22) are currently the No. 10 seed in the East, a game and a half behind the No. 8 Celtics.

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The Brooklyn Nets coaching situation will be a very hot topic come seasons end and the richest owner in the NBA, Mikhail Prokhorov, will surely be looking for a marquee name to lead his team.? The idea out there seems to be that if? interim coach P.J Carlesimo doesn't make a big run in this years playoffs it could end his reign as Nets coach after less than a season.

Carlesimo is 30-18 right now as interim coach which is nothing to sneeze at although Prokhorov will not accept mediocrity and wants a championship - soon.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com

P.J. Carlesimo has been more successful since succeeding Avery Johnson than many expected, with a record of 29-18 as interim coach entering Friday's play, but the consistent word out of Brooklyn remains that the playoffs will determine whether he has any legit hope of landing the job full-time.

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Brooklyn Nets fans are well aware that the captain of the team is Deron Williams and that he is the face of the franchise as well as their leader. With that monicker comes expectations and responsibilities that are greater than they were prior so adjustments need to be made to continue to succeed. Has Williams done enough to this point to lead the Nets?

What did Jeff Van Gundy think of Deron Williams and his efforts before and during the telecast last night on ESPN?

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Via NY Times
"...The question now is whether the suffering will prove worthwhile. If James lands in Midtown or Amar?e Stoudemire settles in New Jersey, all will be forgiven. Even if the superstars all decline the invitations, the Nets and Knicks will be flush with cash and flexibility to rebuild their rosters. ?Without question, they did the right thing,? Van Gundy said. ?Both places will get somebody good, really good ? if not this year, then next year or the year after. They were stuck in that torturous place of mediocrity, 32 to 43 wins if they maxed out their talent and they had kept the same talent..."
To listen again to our interview with Van Gundy, click here.
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As you guys know, I was more than fine when the Knicks passed on Brandon Jennings and selected Jordan Hill in the lottery this past draft. I had Lawson slightly ahead of Jennings on my list and was 60-40 in terms of taking Hill over the Tar Heel PG. Be that as it may I really liked Hill's skill set and his rawness enough to call him the second best big man prospect in the draft.

Now the thing that I can tell you from what I've seen all season, is that Hill loves his craft. He's a laid back guy and I think that's led people to question his work ethic. But he loves the game and he loves to learn.

Honestly, I'd much rather have a guy with a quest for learning over someone who thinks he has it all figured out.

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As you know, I feel? I'm a NYC point guard historian, and I've said countless times that the up and coming guards coming from out of the boroughs now-a-days are scorers first with a solid handle. So by definition they aren't really? point guards. They are taught to be "scoring" guards. Just because you bring the ball up doesn't necessarily make you a point guard.

In fact, it was my assertion that Mark Jackson was the last "true" point guard to come out of the city, but I have to give props to Rafer Alston. As Dickie V would say this guy is a "floor general."

I remember Alston at Fresno State as a player as someone with plenty of flash. He was a showman and that reputation probably caused him to be ignored by the NBA. Then of course his journey as "Skip" was chronicled by the ever-popular "And 1 Mix Tape" Tour that captured the attention of plenty of basketball fans.

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Yesterday, fromthebaseline had a nice post about the former Knick coach as they reacted to an article in the Daily News.

"...The Knicks' record is what the record is and the record for the decade is what it is," said Van Gundy, the third-winningest coach in franchise history. "You can't spin that for anything positive. But the positives they do have going for them is an owner that wants to win and will spend money to win. They have an executive in Donnie Walsh who has proven to be an astute judge of talent and character and has put together near championship teams. And they have a successful coach.

"What they need are starting-caliber players. They have nice guys if you're talking about four or fifth starters or rotation backups. They've got to find a best player that they can build around."

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Jeff Van Gundy continues to be one of the brightest minds, if not THE brightest, in the NBA. I mean, if you think you know a lot about hoops and your opinion is different than his, it's a sure sign you're wrong.

Now as a commentator, Van Gundy's willingness to speak freely is refreshing, but recently his comments about David Lee angered some Knick fans and drew a response from Mike D'Antoni.

I actually agreed with Van Gundy that you don't draw too many positives out of a 0-3 week, but the former coach is a bit removed and things are not like they were when he was pacing the sidelines.

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As usual, the man gets it. Great interview with Gary Apple of SNY.

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Not wanting to add any fuel to the fire that rocked the NBA yesterday, former Knicks and Rockets head coach-turned broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy spoke to the Daily News regarding the controversy surrounding the treatment of star center Yao in the 2005 playoffs.

"I think the fine was unjust then and I think it is unjust now," Van Gundy told the Daily News Wednesday. "I didn't communicate it in the right manner but I stand by what I said.

"The one thing I don't like is that I don't want to give Tim Donaghy any credibility. He's the one that gave information about the NBA to those who could profit from it. The accusations are taking away from the fact that he did something very wrong."
However, Van Gundy vehemently denied Donaghy's claim that the rules were enforced to prolong the series for financial reasons.
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In today's New York Post, Peter Vecsey runs through his usual gamet of NBA tidbits, some true, some... well, not true. Today's article mentions that if the Sixers retain Maurice Cheeks, to expect him to pester new 76ers GM Ed Stefanski about acquiring Zach Randolph, who Vecsey believes "has the goods to provide everything the Sixers are lacking in the low docks."

Even if Cheeks does in fact have an interest in Randolph (and his 3-year, $48 million remaining contract), stemming from their time together in Portland, let's take a look at the possibility of this happening in what we call, the real world.

Possibility #1: Randolph for Samuel Dalembert and Reggie Evans

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