The New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks last night at MSG 99-82; it’s New York’s 9th victory in the last 11 games.
Jeremy Lin scored 17 points and handed out 9 assists. Lin is also the first New York based-athlete to make the cover of Sports Illustrated 2 weeks in a row. The Knicks head south for a meeting with the Miami Heat tonight.
Steve Adamek on the New York Times on the Knickerbockers win. There’s no bigger story in all of basketball than J-Lin. It’s incredible what he has done for an organization, a league, a city, a country, and society.
“Right now we have a lot of scorers, so I have to get the scorers the ball where they need the ball and get people shots,” Lin said. “I don’t have to shoot as much with these guys coming back.”
Here’s a lesson for all youth basketball players. Syracuse, the top ranked college basketball team in the country does not have anyone in the top 15 scoring leaders in the Big East. It’s all about the team!
Josh Barr of the Washington Post on Huntington Prep. Are they a school or a basketball team?
“We don’t consider [programs like this] as being a part of high school basketball programs in this country,” said Bob Gardner, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, which represents state high school athletic federations.
Matt Haag of the Dallas Morning News on a high school basketball player charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
Seth Davis of SI.com on the blame game people play when it comes to their favorite coach. Seth chimes in on Steve Alford of New Mexico and an e-mail from a fan.
Travis’ e-mail is yet another example of just how misguided criticism of coaches can be. If fans aren’t happy with their program — and at some point, most of them aren’t — their reflexive reaction is to call for a coaching change. In the grand scheme of things, however, the coach is not nearly as fundamental to a program’s success as many fans want to believe. All you have to do is look at Alford’s record before and after his Iowa tenure, not to mention Iowa’s record before and after Alford coached there.
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports on Larry Eustachy’s long road back. Great read! Plus some really inspiring quotes.
The story went national instantly, and was intensely followed locally. There was a suspension by the school, calls from editorial page of The Des Moines Register for a firing, fervent moralizing on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines.” There was an emotional news conference in which Eustachy admitted he was an alcoholic. There were news helicopters hovering over the coach’s house as he hunkered down inside. Ultimately, there was a firing of the 2000 National Coach of the Year.
“It was so devastating, so embarrassing,” Eustachy says. “I’m listening to people talk about me like I’m Charlie Manson.”
Amid the devastation and embarrassment, a letter arrived for Eustachy. It was from a stranger with no last name. An AA member, as it turned out.
“I was so happy when they decided to fire you,” the letter said. “Because I knew it would change your life.”
Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News on Magic Johnson and his thoughts about this year’s Michigan State team and their leader Draymond Green.
“He’s definitely going to make it in the NBA because he can rebound, he can pass and he can shoot, and he’s smart,” Johnson said. “When you can pass, rebound and shoot, and you have a nose for that basketball like he does, and he’s a leader, he’s going to definitely make it.
“I think he’ll be probably late first round and because he’s a four-year guy, a lot of franchises are looking for that type of guy who went to school, who knows, who can come in and play right away, be a sub right away. Draymond is going to be perfect for that role for some team in the late first round.”
I know just as much basketball as the next guy. Green is not only Big Ten Player of the Year, he’s the National Player of the Year!
Quote of the Day: ”When the Knicks are playing good, it’s better for the league. It’s great for the league, what Jeremy Lin is doing. They were looking for a point guard and they found one.” -LeBron James
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