The 2018 NBA Trade Deadline really kicked off when the Los Angeles Clippers traded superstar power forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons late in the night. The Clippers got a king’s random in return. Many thought DeAndre Jordan would be next to leave the Clippers, but he stayed put.
Other big trades that happened in-between the Griffin deal and today were Nikola Mirotic going to New Orleans for a mess of veteran and picks. I also think Charlotte’s acquisition of center Willy Hernangomez could be huge. He’s a talented guy, but was stuck behind some talented bigs on the Knicks.
Today’s trades didn’t disappoint as much as previous years’ trade deadlines. There were a couple really nice trades and a ton of depth trades.
Have you ever seen the movie “Eddie,” starring Whoopi Goldberg? A fan coaches the Knicks and they actually win. I know the Knicks actually winning a fiction and a stretch at that, but seems like they are trying to hire people with little or no experience. Mark Jackson and Avery Johnson are the two names that I have heard who are strong contenders for the Knicks job. I can understand why Avery Johnson would be considered, but he showed his inexperience by not being able to control his team this year. The vets on the Mavericks walked all over him and cost him his job. The talk about Mark Jackson is just insane. How can the team’s play-by-play man, who has no coaching experience, be considered for one of the highest profile coaching jobs in basketball? Jackson was a great player and totally under-rated. Everywhere the man went, his team was a contender. I was a fan of his when he was on the Pacers and once out of every game he would catch fire and do his patented shimmy down the court. I don’t think being a point guard and running the floor equals becoming a great coach. Right Isaiah?I know the Knicks have tried to use a veteran coach with Larry Brown and it ended horribly, but Brown and Thomas clashed. If a veteran coach wants a challenge and isn’t afraid of an epic fail, please coach the Knicks. I’m not even a fan of the Knicks, but I’m tired of hearing about them. Maybe the Knicks should hire an accountant, I know this is probably strange, but get some fiscal responsibility. You can’t give Zach Randolph, Jared Jeffries, Jerome James, and Stephon Marbury enough money for those four players to run their own team. It may take three or four years to get these contracts to run their course, but the Knicks will be competitive again, just don’t hold your breath for next season.
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