Random Thoughts 2/25/14

-I didn’t watch the Knicks/Mavericks game last night, but I did see the highlights.  It was another devastating loss in a terribly disappointing season for the Knicks.  It’s amazing how much worse they’ve been this year than last year.  They were the second best team at home in the East last year going 31-10. This year they are the 4th worst at 12-19.  Pretty much everything about them has been worst this year.  All of this information brings me to my next point.  Who is going to be willing to give Carmelo Anthony a max deal this summer?  Carmelo is in the middle of one of the best years of his career.  He’s averaging 28.2 points (3rd best of his career), 8.6 rebounds (best of his career by far), 3.0 assists, .7 blocks (best of his career) and only 2.4 turnovers (best of his career).  Plus he’s shooting a career high from 3-point range and from the free throw line.  His PER is 25.41, which is also a career high.  With all that being said, he’s on a team that is destined for the lottery and really has no chance to make the Playoffs.  Would you want to give max money to a player who has won a grand total of 3 Playoff series in 10 years?  Would you want to give max money to a player who is in the midst of perhaps his best season and he still can’t lead his team even to the Playoffs?  Can you imagine a time when LeBron or Durant or Kobe or Chris Paul or Tim Duncan or Dwyane Wade wasn’t even good enough to get his team to the Playoffs?  When was the last time one of those guys were sitting at home in June?  I realize Kobe was the last two years, but that’s because of injury.  And the Lakers did still make Playoffs last year.  My point is that big time players make Playoffs no matter what kind of talent is around them.  Let me ask you a simple question.  If you put LeBron or Durant on the Knicks instead of Carmelo would they not be over .500?  I know the Knicks aren’t a great team, but look at what LeBron did in 2006-07.  He made the NBA Finals with a roster that included Larry Hughes, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Drew Gooden and Eric Snow as the other 4 starters.  If you switch Carmelo for LeBron on that team, does it even make the Playoffs?  I love watching Carmelo.  He’s a fantastic scorer.  Unfortunately, he would have to be the 2nd best player on a Championship team and not the leader.

-Apparently Tyler Ennis hears me when I bash him on my blog.  He shot much better last night and led Syracuse with 20 points.  I will say that I’m glad I’m not a Syracuse fan because I’d have serious heartburn with all the stress that team puts their fans through.  They’ve had 5 games in February decided by 3 points or less.  And the only game that wasn’t close in February was the Clemson game which they won by 13.  Their average margin of victory is just over 6 points in conference play.  That’s serious stress.  I also wonder how Syracuse will translate to the tourney.  I feel like they could be a victim of an early loss or they could win it all.  Obviously that could happen with any team.  However, I feel like teams like Duke, Kansas, Florida, Arizona and Louisville have a much smaller chance to lose to an inferior team.

-I watched All is Lost last night.  If you’re interesting in watching a very thought provoking, amazingly filmed, interesting movie take 2 hours out of your day and watch this.  There is almost no dialog at all, but that certainly didn’t take away from the movie to me.  I can’t wait for the Oscars on Sunday.  I’ll put up a post later this week with all my predictions.

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