Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton – not Iman Shumpert – guaranteed to start for Knicks

Woodson’s trying to motivate for excellence.

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As Mike Woodson played mad chemist with the Knicks’ starting lineup last season, four players started both every game they played and a majority of all New York’s games: Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert.

All four return to the Knicks this season, and three will definitely start again. Sorry (maybe), Iman.

Mitch Abramson New York Daily News:

Woodson made no guarantees that Shumpert would be able to reclaim his spot as the starting shooting guard and said that for now the only guaranteed starters are Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton

If Shumpert doesn’t win the starting job, who will?

J.R. Smith is the most talented option, but Woodson just said Smith must grow up. Besides, Smith has shown he’s most comfortable as a reserve, and I doubt Woodson removes Smith from that role.

Pablo Prigioni or Beno Udrih could get the…

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Danny Ainge: Not worth tanking for Andrew Wiggins

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Every active No. 1 pick, with the exception of Tim Duncan, who has been in the NBA at least six seasons – Greg Oden, Andrea Bargnani, Andrew Bogut, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kwame Brown, Kenyon Martin and Elton Brand –  has changed teams by age 28.

It’s an era where teams must kowtow to top talent or risk losing it.

Danny Ainge apparently doesn’t subscribe to that model, though. Ainge, via Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated:

As I walk around town, more than anything else there are those that say, ‘Hey, don’t win too many games,”‘ said Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations. “There are so many fans that want us to play for the draft.”

Ainge’s measured response is that they should be more careful what they wish for.

Without ever mentioning the name of the consensus No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, Ainge made it clear that…

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Battle of the Year Review 2013

Battle of The Year hit the screens this Friday and I’ll have to say I was really impressed. The film is about breaking & b-boy culture, and it’s history in the United States.  The story follows a new U.S. dream team of b-boys, who are competing to take it all at International Battle of the Year.

Battle of the Year is a real competition that happens every year. The Official Battle of the Year website, describes the competition as such:

“The Battle of the Year (BOTY) is the biggest b-boying competition in the world, often referred to as the ‘world cup of breakdancing’. 

As a b-boy, it does not get much bigger than competing at the Battle of the Year finals. Just to get there, crews must first compete in regional BOTY preliminaries around the world. Then, in front of a packed audience, they perform a six-minute choreographed routine which is judged on synchronicity, stage presence, theme, music, as well as b-boying moves.

The best crews then go through to the final battles, an electrifying unscripted play-off that sees the rival b-boys battling each other, face-to-face, individually and as a crew, for the ultimate prize. “

I enjoyed the films cool multiple-screen shots, where you often saw many scene’s occurring at the same time. Frequently, with the team practicing on graffiti-covered basketball courts. A very old school  look, reminiscent of b-boy’s hip hop origins.

grafdance

While,  this movie might might seem like a typical breaking movie, I felt it had a different message. That being, it’s not all about winning, it’s about one crew’s journey, learning how to become more than a team, and becoming a family.

Nobody is happier Iguodala is in Golden State than Klay Thompson

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Klay Thompson is a pure shooter. He is out there to knock down jumpers, and while he can do a few other things on the court he gets paid to be one of the better sharpshooters in the league (although second best on his team).

He’s not a lockdown defender. He works on that end, but that’s not his wheelhouse. Yet last season he was often given the defensive assignment of the best perimeter player on the other team. He did his best.

This season, Andre Iguodala gets that assignment. And Thompson is plenty happy about that, he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

“It is a relief,” Thompson said from the Warriors’ downtown Oakland facility Wednesday. “Going up against the best guy every night was fun, but now I can focus on exerting just as much energy on the offensive end as I was on the defensive end.

“Last…

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