The Knicks' knack
They'd prefer to Fire Isiah in New York, so I'll have to work on rebuilding the team.
The Knicks need a point guard. A lot of teams do, but the Knicks really do—they're stuck with Stephon Marbury, and he should be a shooting guard. Jamal Crawford is a sixth-man shooter.
As Houston's Rafer Alston, a shooting point guard from New York, noted last week: "They need a floor general. Right now they have score-first guards. Some nights in the Knicks' box score, the guards only have two, three assists." I'm not sure it would be a great idea as New Yorkers returning home often hasn't worked. But it appears the Pacers are done with Jamaal Tinsley and are about to make some moves.
Travis Diener replaced Tinsley over the weekend, and while Tinsley had been having something of a revival season with Rick Carlisle gone, he probably cinched his exit last week.
The Pacers were playing the Suns tough in Phoenix, taking them to overtime. But Tinsley missed eight shots in the fourth quarter and still took 10 of the team's 11 shots in overtime.
A package including an activity player like Renaldo Balkman or Mardy Collins and an expiring contract ought to be enough for the Knicks to get him.
New Nets executive Kiki Vandeweghe, a great shooter in his time, listed his top shooters for the Newark Star Ledger: "There's no question Jerry West belongs there. He had the picture-perfect jump shot. You have to put Mark Price in there. He was textbook. Reggie Miller was one of the best, but he had his elbow out a little bit. Larry Bird had it behind his head a little bit. I would also put Dale Ellis in there: He was the best 'simple' shooter there ever was—just put it on his shoulder and shot-put it up. Jerry Lucas was like that—on the shoulder, bang."