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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is fighting back in his response to critics questioning his selection of Kristaps Porzingis, saying that the Latvian is a good investment. Jackson was having dinner with coach Derek Fisher in West Hollywood, when the q...
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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson talks about whether or not Kristaps Porzingis is a good investment.
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NY Knicks President Phil Jackson is fighting back in his response to critics questioning his selection of Kristaps Porzingis — saying that Latvian is a good investment. Jackson was having dinner with coach Derek Fisher in West Hollywood, when the question…
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While all hell was breaking loose in New York; with the Knickerbockers winning just 17 games and all the criticism thrown at Phil Jackson it's funny that "head coach" Derek Fisher hasn't felt any of it. Is it because everyone knows that Jackson is the real ...
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https://plus.google.com/110135576415046852488 Amber B : The Knicks want DeAndre Jordan to be their No. 2 offensive option, per report- http://getmybuzzup.com...
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The 26-year-old big man has a lot of options to choose from in free agency.
DeAndre Jordan has added the Knicks the the group of teams he will meet with in Los Angeles on Wednesday, reports ESPN’s Chris Broussard. He will also meet with the Mavericks and Lakers on Wednesday before discussing the possibility of re-signing with the Clippers on Thursday, per the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.
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DeAndre Jordan has added the Knicks the the group of teams he will meet with in Los Angeles on Wednesday, reports ESPN’s Chris Broussard. He will also meet with the Mavericks and Lakers on Wednesday before discussing the possibility of re-signing with the Clippers on Thursday, per the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.
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Newest Atlanta Hawk Tim Hardaway Jr: I Won’t Forget Phil Jackson’s Diss
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New Hawks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. says he will use Knicks president Phil Jackson’s critical remarks about him Friday as motivation.

In explaining why he gave up on Hardaway, the Zen Master said he believed Notre Dame senior point guard Jerian Grant has more of the attributes the Knicks want from a guard.
“Once I heard him say that, all hands on deck now,” Hardaway said Monday at his introductory press conference in Atlanta. “Obviously as a basketball player, you take that to heart. So, it’s time to move on, get better, and when the time comes, the time comes. Right now, it’s all about Atlanta basketball.”
Jackson and Knicks coach Derek Fisher deemed Hardaway an ill fit for the triangle. Hardaway made the All-Rookie First Team after being drafted No. 24 by the Knicks in 2013. He had a rough season with reduced minutes in 2014-15. Fisher was down on Hardaway’s defense, rebounding ability and propensity to share the ball. Hardaway averaged double figures in scoring in both seasons.
“The triangle is a tough offense to get used to,” Hardaway said. “You really have to be dedicated and mature to that end. We tried. We tried our best while we were there, but it’s a learning process. You learn and you get better each and every day. I think after a year, those guys will get used to it.”
On what went wrong in his second season, Hardaway said: “It all started with summer league. Summer league we did a great job as a team, and then during the regular season it didn’t click very well going through training camp. I don’t know what happened. It was just a tough situation, a tough environment for all of us. It was definitely a learning experience.

“There was a lot of negative but a lot of positive moments through last year. It really helps you grow as an individual and a ball player to realize that nothing comes easy in this league and you have to work for everything. So, it definitely made me mature a lot more as a basketball player and take advantage of this opportunity a lot more.”
Hardaway’s buddy Carmelo Anthony reportedly was upset on Draft Night — ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported Anthony felt “betrayed” — but The Post reported the Knicks star was more angry at the Hardaway trade than the team selecting European project Kristaps Porzingis.
“I’m not sharing anything,” Hardaway said. “That’s between me and Melo, and it’s going to stay that way.”

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https://plus.google.com/111693022520923468673 Joe Montelongo : With the #NBA Draft complete, the NBA calendar year gets set to kick over July 1 with the start of free...
With the #NBA Draft complete, the NBA calendar year gets set to kick over July 1 with the start of free agency. We'll assume for the sake of our sanity that LeBron James doesn't do anything really crazy and leave Cleveland twice despite opting out Sunday, and that Kawhi Leonard gets the five-year max from the Spurs that everyone, their mother and their mother's stylist believes he will pull. Here's a look at the seven biggest stories going into free agency.

1. Love is complicated: Kevin Love's free-agency story is one that seems remarkably simple on the surface, but once you start digging, it becomes more and more complex. There are essentially two narratives that developed concurrently with the All-Star power forward after his year in Cleveland, and the perception surrounding his playoff injury and the Cavaliers' subsequent Finals run only makes the situation murkier.
First, there's the public side of things. That's pretty simple: Love wants to stay, the Cavaliers want him back. That's it. Period, end dot. No drama, no strangeness, nothing but an important free agent deciding to re-up with the team that can offer him the most money. Case closed, so why all the fuss?
Well, that other narrative is a bit trickier. Here's what we know. We know that under coach David Blatt, who likely isn't going anywhere, Love was badly used. There's just no way around it. He was essentially relegated to decoy status for most of the season, was removed from key close fourth quarters, and basically ... try not to wince here, treated like he was Carlos Boozer.
If you're a star like Love, you want to win. But you also want to be a key component of your team. You don't want to be "just a guy." It's important for a number of reasons, beyond professional pride. It can hurt your long-term value. It can limit your ability to generate off-court revenue. It removes the ability to make the most of your career, and that matters. Understanding role is important. Love improving defensively is important. He does have a responsibility to his career to at least consider those factors, though.
Then there's all the other stuff. The fact that Love openly said he and LeBron James are not close, or the back-and-forth stuff about "fitting in" vs. "fitting out" and all that. Love just isn't a great fit in Cleveland, for whatever reason. When the Cavaliers won the Eastern Conference finals, Love quietly ducked out of the locker room with an NBA Finals hat on. During the Finals, you could see him talking with teammates away from the media. He wasn't all on his own. He clearly has friends on the team.
Then there's the Finals run. The run was made without Love, but it was made, so Love knows this team is good enough, right now, to win a title. Those opportunities are rare. When Kelly Olynyk separated Love's shoulder in Game 4 of the Cavs' first-round series, his teammates came to his defense, dropping Jae Crowder with brutal screens and a wild swinging punch. No matter how much Love and his Cavaliers teammates like one another, they had his back. That matters.
All of this paints a pretty complex picture, but it's also evidence that can be simplified by whatever Love is thinking. If he only cares about winning, he'll stay. If he just doesn't feel comfortable, he'll go. It would be a mistake to think that Love is going to leave after he has publicly said, repeatedly, he plans on being in Cleveland next season. It would also be a mistake to think that the repeated and consistent reports about his openness and interest in exploring free agency aren't real and simply media fluff. Love may stay and Love may go. How he reaches his decision is what will be interesting to discern.

2. LaMarcus Aldridge and the wilting of a Rose Garden: (No, I will not call it the Moda Center) The next time your favorite superstar is within range of free agency and he says he wants to re-sign and everyone says there's no question he stays, remember this LaMarcus Aldridge thing. Because even as far back as February, there were whispers that Aldridge might consider it, but those rumors were considered insane. There was no way Aldridge was going anywhere.
Yet here we are, five months later. Aldridge flew back from Memphis in the playoffs on his own, separate from teammates, and the rumors have been heavy since then that he's donezo in Portland. The team's move to trade Nicolas Batum for upside players this week reinforces that idea, and despite GM Neil Olshey's insistence that nothing is decided, we've been down this road enough times to be able to read the ultraviolet writing on the wall with our free-agency blacklight.
Aldridge is gone, and where he goes is a fascinating question. Does he really join the Spurs and take over the pressure as the big man to take the reins from Tim Duncan when he decides to retire? If his frustration has been being constantly passed over by the Blazers for Brandon Roy, then Greg Oden, then Damian Lillard in the spotlight, will he be better off with Kawhi Leonard on his team? Can he win a title as the primary offensive weapon -- which he would be even with Leonard's development as a premier scorer?
Then there are the big market answers. There's talk that Aldridge's laid back, understated demeanor isn't a good fit in Los Angeles for the Lakers or in New York with the Knicks. But then, Deron Williams isn't an attention hog by any means and he still wanted the bigger market bump. Players are attracted to the idea of what teams stand for. For Aldridge, the Lakers have been the eminent NBA franchise since he was a kid. That matters to players. And the man that orchestrated much of that success was Phil Jackson, who's in New York.
New York offers a really interesting option for Aldridge. The triangle is perfectly suited to his skill set. It's true that he wouldn't be the biggest star in New York, but the shine on Melo has started to fade as people have begun to realize what Carmelo Anthony is -- a very gifted one-way player who resists any and all adjustment to his game -- and what he is not. Aldridge would be the new kid who everyone wants to be friends with, and he would get to play in the East. Plus Kristaps Porzingis! ... I mean, er, and Derek Fisher!
There's also the Mavericks and Rockets. Aldridge is about to be wanted, to be wooed, and will have his choice of big-name teams and sub-contenders to choose from.
Meanwhile, Portland's looking ... well, not good. They traded Batum for the underrated Gerald Henderson and loaded-with-potential Noah Vonleh. They sent Steve Blake and draft pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to the Nets for Mason Plumlee. They are long and athletic, but are looking at potentially four new starters with the loss of Batum, Aldridge and free agents Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez. Portland has Lillard, who excelled to All-Star levels with a good team around him. But can he carry a team without a playoff-level roster? We're likely about to find out.

3. Gasol-ine Engine: Marc Gasol's a free agent. No one in Memphis expects him to leave. No one in the league really expects him to leave. But Gasol's also not the chatty type. He'll listen to offers and if someone makes a hugely compelling max offer, he'll consider it. The money's not the most important thing; there is no "most important thing." It's a combination of his comfort in Memphis vs. opportunity to win elsewhere vs. money earned by signing with Memphis for five years vs. the added money of signing in Texas with no state income tax vs. making the max in Tennessee, which also has no state income tax.
Gasol, like Aldridge, could extend the Spurs' window by several years and San Antonio presents the best opportunity for him to win a title. The other options are less appealing. Gasol really is unlike his brother Pau. He's worldly, not just because he's from Spain; because of the way he was raised. He's just not nearly as interested in the same things as his brother. That matters here.
There's every reason to think Gasol will re-sign, most importantly because he and Mike Conley are close and have been there seven years together. Conley would understand and support his friend if he chose to leave, but the two have something good going in Memphis. Whatever Gasol thinks about the chances of winning a title with San Antonio (or wherever) will be at odds with his ties to Memphis, where he has been since he was a teenager.
At the end of all of this, Gasol is probably the most important free agent outside of technically LeBron James in this market (and James is expected to stay where he's at); he just carries the least flash. He's a more efficient and well-rounded player than Aldridge, and a much better defensive player than Love or Aldridge. There's really no one you can go out and get right now who is better than ... oh wait.
The King technically hovers over all this.

4. Boogie Nights: This DeMarcus Cousins thing isn't going away just because the Kings didn't trade him on draft night.
Let's look at the basics.
A. Cousins has put up with a lot of nonsense during his time in Sacramento. From the Maloofs' efforts to tank the team to enable a relocation to Seattle, to Vivek Ranadive's talk about playing four-on-five, to a string of unimpressive coaches that Cousins is equally responsible for his clashes with, to the disaster that became of their 2014 draft, to the lack of impact players, to the firing of the one coach he respected and got along with in Mike Malone to the Pete D'Allessandro saga and now the entire George Karl thing. For as many ways as Cousins is difficult -- and let's not get it twisted, Cousins is not some innocent victim in what has gone on with Northern California's other basketball team -- he has put up with a huge amount of unnecessary silliness in a profession where stars only have so long to be relevant. He has been wasted there, and not because of his work ethic.
B. George Karl is not going to change. George Karl wants guys who are receptive to what he wants to do (like any coach) and is not exactly the easiest guy for players to get along with. He wins games, and that's a balm on any skin irritations that Karl causes, but it's there. The situation between he and Cousins is unquestionably compromised.
C. The entire organization has more holes than a sewer system. There's one every half mile. Some of this, much of this, comes from Cousins' side. Clearly someone on his side has had enough with the yakety-sax organization in Sacramento. But overall, both sides are playing things out in the media and that's bad.
D. The Kings wisely pulled back from the brink on draft day. They shut down talks of dealing Cousins, focused on the draft and took a player who can both help to replace Cousins or pair next to him, and who is also a Kentucky kid in Willie Cauley-Stein. They didn't make a trade from a compromised position of leverage, and there's simply no way to understate that. The Lakers would have pushed and pushed until the Kings fell over and wound up with a horrible return for Cousins, which honestly is worse than just letting him leave in a few years.
E. The question now is whether this situation is reparable, or if it's too far out of the box to close the lid on it and save any kind of control of their franchise player.
There's nothing to keep a deal from happening. If Cousins keeps pushing, saying he wants out, he has enough power (and so does his camp) to force the Kings to make a move. The fact that Cousins is under contract for another three years is a leverage point for the Kings, but threats from star players and the concern of a totally disastrous locker-room drama fest all year is enough to usually force a hand.
No one wants to deal with that. The Nuggets (when Karl was coaching, appropriately enough) handled it the right way with Carmelo Anthony, basically saying "We'll live with the awful situation for a half-year; we're not going to give him away for less than he's worth" and it worked out. But Vlade Divac probably hasn't unpacked his office yet and Ranadive has shown himself to be impulsive. There's no reason a Lakers deal involving Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell and a future first-rounder wouldn't still be valuable in August.
One last thing to note about this situation. No reports have surfaced linking Cousins to any other team. It's just the Lakers. That's it. The situation reads as that Cousins either wants to stay in Sacramento or be traded to LA. That's a narrow bandwidth to work with, and could lean in the Kings' favor of keeping him. Whether they can somehow get Karl back in alignment with Cousins, or if they choose to move on without Karl, is another question.

5. The underrated guys: I could have gone with DeAndre Jordan here, but while Jordan can help you win a title, he's not going to swing anything in your favor all by himself -- especially if you don't have a point guard to spoon-feed him easy scoring opportunities like Chris Paul. He is a monster defensively, no question. But you have to wonder how many holes in his offensive game have been covered by the presence of Paul and Blake Griffin, who does everything in the middle. It's a real question Jordan needs to ask himself if he's thinking about going to a team like, say, Dallas, where that type of surrounding talent won't be so readily available.
Moving on, let's point out the surprising depth of this free-agent class. I ranked every free agent in this class for a post you can find Monday at CBSSports.com, based on not only overall talent, but their relative likely cost on the market. Danny Green comes in at No. 10, which sounds like an awful overestimation of his talent, but Green is a phenomenal two-way player. He had some of the best defensive metrics in the league last season, is obviously a lights-out shooter, and is smart and coachable.
Paul Millsap is an All-Star-caliber player I have ranked 11th. Brook Lopez will be expensive, but is an All-Star-caliber player. Tobias Harris can light it up. Al-Farouq Aminu has quietly emerged as a true difference-maker on the defensive end and was not a limitation offensively by the end of the season. I have Kosta Koufos 30th and the numbers very clearly paint a picture that if he's on the floor, his team outscores the other team.
Paul Pierce is out there. Luol Deng could be out there. Greg Monroe, Mike Dunleavy, Darrell Arthur, David West, Brandan Wright, the list goes on. From veteran stars you can get on the cheap to value role players to underrated young guys about to hit their primes, this class offers way more than most people realize. There's real value in this class, and that could make for some teams making big leaps in how good they are year over year.
Let's just all hope some of those teams are in the East.

6. Wade County minus Dwyane Wade: It's unthinkable, right? Dwyane Wade, Mr. Miami Heat, can't leave South Beach. Pat Riley would never let it happen ... right?
You have to remember that Michael Jordan didn't finish his career in Chicago. Karl Malone didn't finish his career in Utah. Gary Payton didn't finish his career in Seattle. Patrick Ewing didn't finish in New York. Hakeem Olajuwon didn't finish in Houston, and on, and on and on. These are hard decisions that are made in every sport with every star when it gets to this level. Wade has slipped. If Tim Duncan had slipped the way Wade has and wanted the money Wade does, the Spurs would be balking, too. Duncan hasn't, and the Spurs haven't. Wade has, and the Heat are.
There has been a lot of posturing, and most of it has been completely transparent throughout this process, from the initial leaked stories to Wade's father appearing in a Cleveland T-shirt. However, sometimes a player stirs up smoke and finds himself with an actual fire. That could be happening here.

7. The known unknowns: There are always surprises. No one expected LeBron James to seriously leave the four-time Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat last year. No one expected DeMarcus Cousins to be in trade talks a year ago. The NBA market is shifting with new ownership, the TV money coming in, and all the random chaos that occurs. Buckle up, because this ride will be anything but smooth.
LaMarcus Aldridge has plenty of options; could Marc Gasol also be on the move this summer? (USATSI)
2015 NBA Free Agency: 7 huge storylines waiting to play out
Who's going where? What's (Kevin) Love got to do with it? Is Marc Gasol going to bolt Memphis? Here are seven free agency storylines to watch.
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https://plus.google.com/105142650090398826422 Khalid Mohamed : Playoff numbers (Shaq, Kobe, + next best Lakers) Shaq 30.7 ppg 15.4 reb 3.1 ast Kobe 21.1 ppg 4.5 ...
Playoff numbers (Shaq, Kobe, + next best Lakers)

Shaq 30.7 ppg 15.4 reb 3.1 ast

Kobe 21.1 ppg 4.5 reb 4.4 ast

Glen Rice 12.4 ppg 4.0 reb 2.1 ast

Ron Harper 8.6 ppg 3.7 reb 3.2 ast

The season resulted in a championship and a Finals MVP for Shaq, he was the most dominant player and the clear cut leader of the team. Both players did shine in the post season with Kobe playing quarterback you may recall the alley-oop pass to Shaq to win the Western Conference Finals against Portland.

O’Neal led the team in scoring 16 games during the playoffs with games scoring 46, 43, 41, 41, 40 plus eight other 30 point games. Bryant proved his offensive skill leading the team in scoring six times with highs being 35, 33, 32 and 32 again at the age of 21.

Title Run No. 2 2000-2001

Kobe Bryant’s game and confidence was on another level this season and this is the year the Lakers dynasty became a more evenly balanced two headed monster with Shaq and Kobe able to equally kill and destroy.

In fact during the regular season they were both in the top five in the NBA in scoring Shaq scoring 28.7 a night and Kobe 28.5. They were again both All-Stars, Shaq First Team All-NBA and Kobe Second Team All-NBA and both made the Second Team All-Defensive Team.

In this post season they continued the balanced attack combo that featured the best perimeter player both offensively and defensively and the best interior player, most dominant force in basketball.

Playoff numbers (Shaq, Kobe, + next best Lakers)

Shaq 30.4 ppg 15.4 reb 3.2 ast

Kobe 29.4 ppg 7.3 reb 6.1 ast

Derek Fisher 13.4 ppg 3.8 reb 3.0 ast

Rick Fox 10.0 ppg 4.9 reb 3.6 ast

The Lakers won their second championship of the decade and Shaq received his second NBA Finals MVP. He deserved any accolades he received but this was clearly a team with two superstars surrounded by quality role players. Not many teams in league history have had a tandem so prolific.

Through this playoff run Shaq led the team in scoring in eight games scoring 30 points or better seven times and 40 points three times. Kobe on the other hand led the team in scoring in eight games, scoring 30 points or more in seven games and two games over 40 including the team playoff high of 48 points.

Title Run No. 3 2001-2002

By this time Shaq and Kobe’s off court issues are taking their toll on the team but on the court they proved to be effective as ever. Both players were at the top of their game and highly decorated.

They were each All-Stars, and First Team All-NBA plus Kobe was Second Team All-Defensive and the All Star Game MVP. Shaq had acknowledged Kobe as the best player in the game during the previous year’s playoffs and O’Neal was still the most dominant player in the game.

Playoff numbers (Shaq, Kobe, + next best Lakers)

Shaq 28.5 ppg 12.6 reb 2.8 ast

Kobe 26.6 ppg 5.8 reb 4.6 ast

Derek Fisher 10.2 ppg 3.3 reb 2.7 ast

Rick Fox 9.8 ppg 5.4 reb 3.4 ast
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https://plus.google.com/112279942116592456634 Dori Longino : With the #NBA Draft complete, the NBA calendar year gets set to kick over July 1 with the start of free...
With the #NBA Draft complete, the NBA calendar year gets set to kick over July 1 with the start of free agency. We'll assume for the sake of our sanity that LeBron James doesn't do anything really crazy and leave Cleveland twice despite opting out Sunday, and that Kawhi Leonard gets the five-year max from the Spurs that everyone, their mother and their mother's stylist believes he will pull. Here's a look at the seven biggest stories going into free agency.

1. Love is complicated: Kevin Love's free-agency story is one that seems remarkably simple on the surface, but once you start digging, it becomes more and more complex. There are essentially two narratives that developed concurrently with the All-Star power forward after his year in Cleveland, and the perception surrounding his playoff injury and the Cavaliers' subsequent Finals run only makes the situation murkier.
First, there's the public side of things. That's pretty simple: Love wants to stay, the Cavaliers want him back. That's it. Period, end dot. No drama, no strangeness, nothing but an important free agent deciding to re-up with the team that can offer him the most money. Case closed, so why all the fuss?
Well, that other narrative is a bit trickier. Here's what we know. We know that under coach David Blatt, who likely isn't going anywhere, Love was badly used. There's just no way around it. He was essentially relegated to decoy status for most of the season, was removed from key close fourth quarters, and basically ... try not to wince here, treated like he was Carlos Boozer.
If you're a star like Love, you want to win. But you also want to be a key component of your team. You don't want to be "just a guy." It's important for a number of reasons, beyond professional pride. It can hurt your long-term value. It can limit your ability to generate off-court revenue. It removes the ability to make the most of your career, and that matters. Understanding role is important. Love improving defensively is important. He does have a responsibility to his career to at least consider those factors, though.
Then there's all the other stuff. The fact that Love openly said he and LeBron James are not close, or the back-and-forth stuff about "fitting in" vs. "fitting out" and all that. Love just isn't a great fit in Cleveland, for whatever reason. When the Cavaliers won the Eastern Conference finals, Love quietly ducked out of the locker room with an NBA Finals hat on. During the Finals, you could see him talking with teammates away from the media. He wasn't all on his own. He clearly has friends on the team.
Then there's the Finals run. The run was made without Love, but it was made, so Love knows this team is good enough, right now, to win a title. Those opportunities are rare. When Kelly Olynyk separated Love's shoulder in Game 4 of the Cavs' first-round series, his teammates came to his defense, dropping Jae Crowder with brutal screens and a wild swinging punch. No matter how much Love and his Cavaliers teammates like one another, they had his back. That matters.
All of this paints a pretty complex picture, but it's also evidence that can be simplified by whatever Love is thinking. If he only cares about winning, he'll stay. If he just doesn't feel comfortable, he'll go. It would be a mistake to think that Love is going to leave after he has publicly said, repeatedly, he plans on being in Cleveland next season. It would also be a mistake to think that the repeated and consistent reports about his openness and interest in exploring free agency aren't real and simply media fluff. Love may stay and Love may go. How he reaches his decision is what will be interesting to discern.

2. LaMarcus Aldridge and the wilting of a Rose Garden: (No, I will not call it the Moda Center) The next time your favorite superstar is within range of free agency and he says he wants to re-sign and everyone says there's no question he stays, remember this LaMarcus Aldridge thing. Because even as far back as February, there were whispers that Aldridge might consider it, but those rumors were considered insane. There was no way Aldridge was going anywhere.
Yet here we are, five months later. Aldridge flew back from Memphis in the playoffs on his own, separate from teammates, and the rumors have been heavy since then that he's donezo in Portland. The team's move to trade Nicolas Batum for upside players this week reinforces that idea, and despite GM Neil Olshey's insistence that nothing is decided, we've been down this road enough times to be able to read the ultraviolet writing on the wall with our free-agency blacklight.
Aldridge is gone, and where he goes is a fascinating question. Does he really join the Spurs and take over the pressure as the big man to take the reins from Tim Duncan when he decides to retire? If his frustration has been being constantly passed over by the Blazers for Brandon Roy, then Greg Oden, then Damian Lillard in the spotlight, will he be better off with Kawhi Leonard on his team? Can he win a title as the primary offensive weapon -- which he would be even with Leonard's development as a premier scorer?
Then there are the big market answers. There's talk that Aldridge's laid back, understated demeanor isn't a good fit in Los Angeles for the Lakers or in New York with the Knicks. But then, Deron Williams isn't an attention hog by any means and he still wanted the bigger market bump. Players are attracted to the idea of what teams stand for. For Aldridge, the Lakers have been the eminent NBA franchise since he was a kid. That matters to players. And the man that orchestrated much of that success was Phil Jackson, who's in New York.
New York offers a really interesting option for Aldridge. The triangle is perfectly suited to his skill set. It's true that he wouldn't be the biggest star in New York, but the shine on Melo has started to fade as people have begun to realize what Carmelo Anthony is -- a very gifted one-way player who resists any and all adjustment to his game -- and what he is not. Aldridge would be the new kid who everyone wants to be friends with, and he would get to play in the East. Plus Kristaps Porzingis! ... I mean, er, and Derek Fisher!
There's also the Mavericks and Rockets. Aldridge is about to be wanted, to be wooed, and will have his choice of big-name teams and sub-contenders to choose from.
Meanwhile, Portland's looking ... well, not good. They traded Batum for the underrated Gerald Henderson and loaded-with-potential Noah Vonleh. They sent Steve Blake and draft pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to the Nets for Mason Plumlee. They are long and athletic, but are looking at potentially four new starters with the loss of Batum, Aldridge and free agents Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez. Portland has Lillard, who excelled to All-Star levels with a good team around him. But can he carry a team without a playoff-level roster? We're likely about to find out.

3. Gasol-ine Engine: Marc Gasol's a free agent. No one in Memphis expects him to leave. No one in the league really expects him to leave. But Gasol's also not the chatty type. He'll listen to offers and if someone makes a hugely compelling max offer, he'll consider it. The money's not the most important thing; there is no "most important thing." It's a combination of his comfort in Memphis vs. opportunity to win elsewhere vs. money earned by signing with Memphis for five years vs. the added money of signing in Texas with no state income tax vs. making the max in Tennessee, which also has no state income tax.
Gasol, like Aldridge, could extend the Spurs' window by several years and San Antonio presents the best opportunity for him to win a title. The other options are less appealing. Gasol really is unlike his brother Pau. He's worldly, not just because he's from Spain; because of the way he was raised. He's just not nearly as interested in the same things as his brother. That matters here.
There's every reason to think Gasol will re-sign, most importantly because he and Mike Conley are close and have been there seven years together. Conley would understand and support his friend if he chose to leave, but the two have something good going in Memphis. Whatever Gasol thinks about the chances of winning a title with San Antonio (or wherever) will be at odds with his ties to Memphis, where he has been since he was a teenager.
At the end of all of this, Gasol is probably the most important free agent outside of technically LeBron James in this market (and James is expected to stay where he's at); he just carries the least flash. He's a more efficient and well-rounded player than Aldridge, and a much better defensive player than Love or Aldridge. There's really no one you can go out and get right now who is better than ... oh wait.
The King technically hovers over all this.

4. Boogie Nights: This DeMarcus Cousins thing isn't going away just because the Kings didn't trade him on draft night.
Let's look at the basics.
A. Cousins has put up with a lot of nonsense during his time in Sacramento. From the Maloofs' efforts to tank the team to enable a relocation to Seattle, to Vivek Ranadive's talk about playing four-on-five, to a string of unimpressive coaches that Cousins is equally responsible for his clashes with, to the disaster that became of their 2014 draft, to the lack of impact players, to the firing of the one coach he respected and got along with in Mike Malone to the Pete D'Allessandro saga and now the entire George Karl thing. For as many ways as Cousins is difficult -- and let's not get it twisted, Cousins is not some innocent victim in what has gone on with Northern California's other basketball team -- he has put up with a huge amount of unnecessary silliness in a profession where stars only have so long to be relevant. He has been wasted there, and not because of his work ethic.
B. George Karl is not going to change. George Karl wants guys who are receptive to what he wants to do (like any coach) and is not exactly the easiest guy for players to get along with. He wins games, and that's a balm on any skin irritations that Karl causes, but it's there. The situation between he and Cousins is unquestionably compromised.
C. The entire organization has more holes than a sewer system. There's one every half mile. Some of this, much of this, comes from Cousins' side. Clearly someone on his side has had enough with the yakety-sax organization in Sacramento. But overall, both sides are playing things out in the media and that's bad.
D. The Kings wisely pulled back from the brink on draft day. They shut down talks of dealing Cousins, focused on the draft and took a player who can both help to replace Cousins or pair next to him, and who is also a Kentucky kid in Willie Cauley-Stein. They didn't make a trade from a compromised position of leverage, and there's simply no way to understate that. The Lakers would have pushed and pushed until the Kings fell over and wound up with a horrible return for Cousins, which honestly is worse than just letting him leave in a few years.
E. The question now is whether this situation is reparable, or if it's too far out of the box to close the lid on it and save any kind of control of their franchise player.
There's nothing to keep a deal from happening. If Cousins keeps pushing, saying he wants out, he has enough power (and so does his camp) to force the Kings to make a move. The fact that Cousins is under contract for another three years is a leverage point for the Kings, but threats from star players and the concern of a totally disastrous locker-room drama fest all year is enough to usually force a hand.
No one wants to deal with that. The Nuggets (when Karl was coaching, appropriately enough) handled it the right way with Carmelo Anthony, basically saying "We'll live with the awful situation for a half-year; we're not going to give him away for less than he's worth" and it worked out. But Vlade Divac probably hasn't unpacked his office yet and Ranadive has shown himself to be impulsive. There's no reason a Lakers deal involving Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell and a future first-rounder wouldn't still be valuable in August.
One last thing to note about this situation. No reports have surfaced linking Cousins to any other team. It's just the Lakers. That's it. The situation reads as that Cousins either wants to stay in Sacramento or be traded to LA. That's a narrow bandwidth to work with, and could lean in the Kings' favor of keeping him. Whether they can somehow get Karl back in alignment with Cousins, or if they choose to move on without Karl, is another question.

5. The underrated guys: I could have gone with DeAndre Jordan here, but while Jordan can help you win a title, he's not going to swing anything in your favor all by himself -- especially if you don't have a point guard to spoon-feed him easy scoring opportunities like Chris Paul. He is a monster defensively, no question. But you have to wonder how many holes in his offensive game have been covered by the presence of Paul and Blake Griffin, who does everything in the middle. It's a real question Jordan needs to ask himself if he's thinking about going to a team like, say, Dallas, where that type of surrounding talent won't be so readily available.
Moving on, let's point out the surprising depth of this free-agent class. I ranked every free agent in this class for a post you can find Monday at CBSSports.com, based on not only overall talent, but their relative likely cost on the market. Danny Green comes in at No. 10, which sounds like an awful overestimation of his talent, but Green is a phenomenal two-way player. He had some of the best defensive metrics in the league last season, is obviously a lights-out shooter, and is smart and coachable.
Paul Millsap is an All-Star-caliber player I have ranked 11th. Brook Lopez will be expensive, but is an All-Star-caliber player. Tobias Harris can light it up. Al-Farouq Aminu has quietly emerged as a true difference-maker on the defensive end and was not a limitation offensively by the end of the season. I have Kosta Koufos 30th and the numbers very clearly paint a picture that if he's on the floor, his team outscores the other team.
Paul Pierce is out there. Luol Deng could be out there. Greg Monroe, Mike Dunleavy, Darrell Arthur, David West, Brandan Wright, the list goes on. From veteran stars you can get on the cheap to value role players to underrated young guys about to hit their primes, this class offers way more than most people realize. There's real value in this class, and that could make for some teams making big leaps in how good they are year over year.
Let's just all hope some of those teams are in the East.

6. Wade County minus Dwyane Wade: It's unthinkable, right? Dwyane Wade, Mr. Miami Heat, can't leave South Beach. Pat Riley would never let it happen ... right?
You have to remember that Michael Jordan didn't finish his career in Chicago. Karl Malone didn't finish his career in Utah. Gary Payton didn't finish his career in Seattle. Patrick Ewing didn't finish in New York. Hakeem Olajuwon didn't finish in Houston, and on, and on and on. These are hard decisions that are made in every sport with every star when it gets to this level. Wade has slipped. If Tim Duncan had slipped the way Wade has and wanted the money Wade does, the Spurs would be balking, too. Duncan hasn't, and the Spurs haven't. Wade has, and the Heat are.
There has been a lot of posturing, and most of it has been completely transparent throughout this process, from the initial leaked stories to Wade's father appearing in a Cleveland T-shirt. However, sometimes a player stirs up smoke and finds himself with an actual fire. That could be happening here.

7. The known unknowns: There are always surprises. No one expected LeBron James to seriously leave the four-time Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat last year. No one expected DeMarcus Cousins to be in trade talks a year ago. The NBA market is shifting with new ownership, the TV money coming in, and all the random chaos that occurs. Buckle up, because this ride will be anything but smooth.
LaMarcus Aldridge has plenty of options; could Marc Gasol also be on the move this summer? (USATSI)
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Time for Phil Jackson to finally put his plan for Knicks in place

Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News Phil Jackson has not done anything yet, so the NBA Draft on Thursday night will be a major test for the 69-year-old team president. Tonight is finally the night for Phil Jackson to stop worrying about Twitter and the three-point shot and the triangle and truth and beauty, and even making the world a better place, and simply start making the Knicks a better basketball team, which is what he was hired to do. This is the old line about it being time to shut up and sing, though suddenly it is harder to shut Jackson up than it was for his first Knicks team to win games. “I think I did a good job this year,” Jackson said to the gathered media the other day, and even listening to him say it afterward, you kept expecting to hear a laugh, because it was an obvious laugh line. But even given Jackson’s penchant for whimsy and irony, there seemed to be none on this day. He actually seemed to mean what he said, as if he’d done something by giving players away and mailing in the basketball season at the Garden. Guys scalping tickets on Seventh Ave. could have done as well. No one expected Jackson to make the Knicks a real contender in a year. No one is judging his ability to do his job as president and chief operating savior of the Knicks off his first season here, as much as he acted like a raw, soon-to-be-70-year-old rookie across his first season as an executive at the Garden. But he hasn’t done anything yet, unless you count giving away players he didn’t want, spending max money on Carmelo Anthony and giving Derek Fisher a coaching contract that no one on the planet would have given Fisher. What he has mostly done, and especially lately, is lecture everybody, about his offense and everybody else’s offense and even the decline of Western civilization. This is what he said to Howard Beck during an interview conducted last month, presumably with a straight face: “The game actually has some beauty to it, and we’ve kind of taken some of that out of it to make it individualized. It’s a lot of who we are as a country, individualized stuff. “When I watch some of these playoff games, and I look at what’s being run out there, as what people call an offense, it’s really quite remarkable to see how far our game has fallen from a team game. Four guys stand around watching one guy dribble a basketball.” Nobody knew, watching the recent NBA Finals, that LeBron James playing the way he did against the Warriors, and refusing to make those Finals the mismatch that they should have been, was just another example of our country having lost its way. Howard Simmons/New York Daily News A max deal for Carmelo Anthony and signing Derek Fisher as head coach did not pan out well under Phil Jackson’s first season as president. He comes across, of course, as a self-important windbag. Maybe this was going on for a long time in Los Angeles, where he was mostly carried along by the sound of applause. It has just become more apparent here, where there are more people paying attention, and fewer people who do want to be lectured by Phil, who has put no basketball points on the board in this city for 40 years. Here is a bulletin for him: In winning the NBA championship last year and nearly winning one the year before, the San Antonio Spurs played a more beautiful game of basketball than any of Jackson’s teams played in Chicago or Los Angeles or back with the Albany Patroons. Maybe he didn’t watch those playoffs. The Spurs didn’t have Michael and didn’t have Kobe dominating the game or the ball, and they still passed the ball and moved as well as Red Holzman’s Knicks ever did. And if he didn’t see the way the Warriors spread the court and moved the ball and shot it against LeBron James, then Jackson was watching the wrong movie. And perhaps he has forgotten how many times the Bulls, when they really needed a basket, stood around and watched Michael dribble the ball until he made another shot that made Phil look like a genius. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Knicks owner James Dolan gave Jackson a $60 million contract to build them into a championship contender. Knicks fans don’t care about any of that at the lowest point in the history of the franchise, and that includes Isiah’s. They just want Jackson to draft the right kid Thursday night in Brooklyn and then sign a couple of free agents who will make the Garden alive with basketball again next season. And at this point they want him to stop acting as if his real job in the city at the present time is acting as if he invented basketball, the way the current mayor occasionally acts as if he invented the Democratic Party. You can only imagine how exciting it must have been for a talented kid like D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State getting a cram course on the triangle offense when he visited the Knicks. Russell must have felt like he’d been sentenced to summer school. But then imagine how thrilled Knicks fans must be when they hear Jackson suggest that when he finally steps aside with the Knicks, he’s going to turn the whole thing over to Steve Mills, another guy who’s never run a basketball team, successful or otherwise, in his life. The perception of Jackson changes if he starts to get things right this summer. Then nobody cares about the weird detachment he has shown about his job since he came back to New York. For now, though, you worry that Jackson is obsessed with simply being right, about Fisher and the triangle and finding the best players to fit a system he no longer coaches than simply finding the best players. Despite an amazing pomposity, everybody who loves basketball in the city is rooting for him. But it is officially time for him to walk some of his talk. To paraphrase a great line from an old Hollywood producer named Walter Mirisch, Phil’s just here to make a good basketball team, not history. Related Stories Knicks play NBA draft close to vest, prospects ready to help NBA Mock Draft 2015: Towns, Okafor, Russell, then questions Knicks prez Phil Jackson at Lady Gaga concert ahead of draft Knicks monitoring DeMarcus Cousins trade rumblings: Phil Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/
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Astros Prospect Report: Houston franchise just annihilates everyone and everything

Your daily look at the previous night’s Minor League happenings.
AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 17-0 win over Salt Lake (LAA)
> Alex Presley: 5-for-5, BB, 2B, R, 2 SB, 2 RBI> Jonathan Villar: 4-for-6, 3B, SB, 3 R-> L.J. Hoes: 4-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R-> Matt Duffy: 4-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI-> Robbie Grossman: 3-for-5, BB, 2B, R-> Jon Singleton: 3-for-6, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R-> Domingo Santana: 2-for-5, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI-> Tony Kemp: 1-for-5, 2 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI-> Tyler Heineman: 1-for-6, R
SP Mike Haushicld: 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 K (win)RP Mitch Lambson: 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 KRP James Hoyt: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
H…holy…
17 runs on six walks and 27 hits…and none of them homers. Heck, only five hits were extra-base. Talk about stringing them together. Someone post that GIF of the lineup marching around the bases from that Bugs Bunny thing.
The sample size on Hoes is now 51 games. That’s not nothing, folks. And he hasn’t just been solid; he’s batting .340/.415/.482 through a third of a season’s worth of trips to the plate. If he has no place in the organization (and with like four or five guys ahead of him on the depth chart, that would seem to be the case), I have to imagine he’s dealt at some point this year. Someone out there has to be going “you know, this was a formerly-well-regarded prospect, and he’s just raking at AAA, and the Astros don’t know what to do with him.” Someone has to want to give him a shot and hope he can provide a decent average-fueled OBP and some steals.
Singleton’s hitting streak has reached ten games, during which time he’s batted .288. He’s hitting .277/.376/.550 on the season, and his strike out rate is now 19.2%. That has to be encouraging; if he can just keep it to around 25% in the Majors, he can certainly be a productive hitter, given his power and walk-drawing combination. I have to wonder if this could be the last year for Carter with Houston; Singleton increasingly looks like he could match Carter’s overall offensive value, and if so, you could see Carter dealt this off-season.
It’s only been five games, but Kemp is hitting .333 with a .429 OBP in AAA so far. He’s walked three times while whiffing just once in his very first look at AAA pitching.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: Rained Out
They’ve scheduled a doubleheader for today to make it up.
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 10-0 win over Lake Elsinore (SDP)
> Ronnie Mitchell: 3-for-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R> Derek Fisher: 3-for-5, GRAND SLAM, 2 R, 5 RBI-> A.J. Reed: 3-for-5-> James Ramsay: 2-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R-> Mott Hyde: 1-for-5, 2B, SB, 2 R-> Alfredo Gonzalez: 1-for-5, R-> J.D. Davis: 1-for-5-> Brett Phillips: 1-for-6, HR, RBI, 2 R
SP Austin Chrismon: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K (win)RP Keegan Yuhl: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Dang, another laugher.
Dude, that’s three grand slams in 14 games for Fisher. Most people can play 14 years and not hit three. Crazy. The Shark is batting .317/.411/.603 with five bombs in 14 games with Lancaster. All his rates are reasonably in-line with what he already showed in Quad-Cities, and he’s 7-for-8 in stolen base attempts, too (making him 15-for-18 (83%) on the season). Okay, so the homers have gotten a little crazy since he moved up, but even if you only buy the rate he showed in QC, you’re still talking about a guy hitting for average, drawing walks, and showing very real 25 HR, 40+ SB ability. If he can prove that he can play at least average defense consistently in center, then he truly looks like a future All-Star center fielder (though they’d probably just move Springer over to center, I suppose). A Tucker, Springer, Fisher outfield could be just dynamite. Uh, Tuck 1, that is.
Reed is so hot I don’t even know what to say anymore. He’s hitting .418/.492/.582 this month, after posting a 1.080 OPS in May. Heck, his OPS is down slightly this month at 1.074 because he’s not averaging a homer every three days anymore. Goodness. For those wondering about a promotion, he’s been selected to the Cal League’s All-Star team, and the game is a week from tomorrow; safe bet he’s in AA very shortly after that.
First start in California for Chrismon, yikes, welcome to the…oh wait a minute, domination! Took him 89 pitches to get through seven innings of work. Rock and roll, sir.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Doubleheader!
Game One: 3-2 loss to Great Lakes (LAD)
> Ramon Laureano: 2-for-4, 3B, SB, R> Bobby Boyd: 1-for-2, 2 RBI-> Jamie Ritchie: 1-for-3, BB-> Jacob Nottingham: 1-for-4-> Kristian Trompiz: 1-for-4-> Ryan Bottger: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB-> Jason Martin: 0-for-3, BB
SP Christian Powell: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 KRP Jordan Mills: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 KRP Angel Heredia: 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K (loss)
Game Two: 5-0 win over Great Lakes: (LAD)
> Alex Hernandez: 2-for-3, RBI> Luis Reynoso: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, R-> Sean McMullen: 1-for-3, SB, RBI, R-> Thomas Lindauer: 1-for-3, RBI-> Jason Martin: 0-for-2, SB, R, 2 BB-> Jamie Ritchie: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB-> Bobby Boyd: 0-for-2, SB, R-> Ryan Bottger: 0-for-2, RBI
SP Francis Martes: Francis Martes: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K (win)
…can we just take a moment to consider the fact that the Astros and their affiliates played five games today and outscored their opponents 47-3? I mean…that might be a franchise-best day, ever.
Anyway, on to these games…pitching!
So who is Christian Powell? That’s an excellent question, because I had no idea. So I went looking. He was originally drafted by Cleveland out of high school in 2009 in the 47th round, but elected not to sign. Minnesota then took him in 2012 in the 8th round from the College of Charleston. I’ve found very little in the way of scouting info on him, other than that he “throws hard.” He’s listed at 6’4″ and 230 pounds, up from the 219 he was in college. So a talk, strong, hard-throwing right-hander. His career ground ball rate is also 52%, and he’s showing some ability to miss bats, too. Command and control have been his big issues, but the Astros may think they see enough to try to fix that after Minnesota washed their hands of him last year. So we’ll see. No walks today!
And Martes, who is very quickly helping to make the Cosart trade look even more awesome (Marisnick, Moran, Martes and Daz Cameron, guys. Just take a look at Cosart’s ERA and think about that). Nine outs on the ground to go along with the five whiffs today. He owns a 1.08 ERA so far with Quad Cities. His BB/9, currently 2.52, is down a full walk per nine against his career average prior to this season. He’s not turning 20 until late November.
Today’s Scheduled Starters
AAA: Dan Straily vs. TBDAA: Doubleheader!Game 1: Mark Appel vs. Elliot MorrisGame 2: Kyle Westwood vs. Casey KellyA+: Evan Grills vs. John OmahenA-: Akeem Bostick vs. TBD

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Emmanuel Mudiay believes he could be No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

Their storied championship history suggests the Lakers will use their No. 2 draft pick on a big man. But the Lakers are wrestling with that idea, aware that the NBA has morphed into something else. “If you look at every team, they have a pretty good point guard,” Emmanuel Mudiay said after playing professionally last season in China. “It’s a point guard’s league.” Mudiay admitted he would “love to get drafted high” and that “I feel like I can be No. 1.” But Mudiay stressed he is not arguing an NBA team should select him ahead of Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke center Jahlil Okafor. Minnesota appears likely to take Towns with its No. 1 pick, while the Lakers will likely pick Okafor, who worked out with the team on Tuesday. “There’s nothing I can say about that. I’m not going to go to a GM’s office,” Mudiay said. “Whatever the team wants to go with, they’ll go with where they are most comfortable.” Mudiay believed he has made a few teams comfortable. He worked out last week for the Lakers and on Tuesday with the New York Knicks. Mudiay will work out in Philadelphia on Tuesday and Minnesota on June 20. He also held a private workout on Thursday at an athletic club in Reseda before members of his agency, Rival Sports Group, and a handful of reporters. There, Mudiay completed full-court and halfcourt drills that showed off his ballhandling, finishing and athleticism. “I’m good in that area,” Mudiay said. “But it’s not something you can show as much. They really want to see how you fit in the system and your shooting.” He appeared streaky in that area during Thursday’s workout, which included 3-pointers, mid-range jumpers and free throws. Mudiay shot only 37.4 percent from 3-point range and 57.4 percent from the foul line last year with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. That somewhat soiled the rest of Mudiay’s production, which included averaging 17.7 points on 54.5 percent shooting from the field, while averaging 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists. “My shooting, that’s been the biggest knock in me. But I’ve always been confident,” Mudiay said. “Getting more reps up makes you more comfortable. When I get a rhythm, I’m really, really comfortable with my shot.” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak downplayed any concerns regarding the shooting accuracy of Okafor, Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell and Mudiay. “I don’t think that’s a concern, ” Kupchak said. “I don’t have a concern that three or four years down the road they won’t be excellent shooters.” #AD_text{ font-size: 11px; color: #999999; } Mudiay argued his strong playmaking and athleticism will already make a significant difference after modeling his game after former Lakers point guard Magic Johnson, who won five NBA championships in the Showtime Era. “Everybody loved playing with him because he made everybody better,” Mudiay said. “As a point guard, that’s your goal, to elevate everybody’s game. You never saw anybody complaining when they were with Magic.” Mudiay admitted he still has plenty to learn about running an offense. When he met with Knicks coach and former Lakers guard Derek Fisher for dinner, some of the conversation centered on the triangle offense. “It’s challenging. But the more you get into it, the more you understand it,” Mudiay said. “I can adjust and adapt to any system or any style of play.” Mudiay also believes he could thrive under the Princeton-based offense that Lakers coach Byron Scott runs. Both systems put less emphasis on pick-and-rolls and more emphasis on dribble handoffs, spacing and shared ballhandling duties. “If I were to go there,” Mudiay said of the Lakers, “I would be in the film room with (Scott) and whoever it is to teach me how the run their stuff.” It sounded like he already started. Scott shared with Mudiay the similarities and differences among the star point guards he coached in Jason Kidd, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving. “Coach Scott helped me with a lot of things,” said Mudiay, who respectfully declined to share specifics. “He gave me some good advice for my career, whether it’s with him or not.” Mudiay spent plenty of his dinner in New York peppering Fisher with questions on how he thrived in the triangle offense as a key role player for a Lakers team that won five NBA championships. “He’s a real good person. Him just coming out of the NBA, I feel like he will teach me a lot whether I go to that team or not,” Mudiay said. “Why wouldn’t you want to learn? He’s a winner. He’s a proven winner.” Mudiay believes he will soon become one too. “I’m a competitor,” he said. “Regardless of who I’m playing, if I’m playing a 5-year-old or a grown man, I always want to win.” Source: http://www.dailynews.com/
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