Mike Woodson Fired by New York Knicks

The New York Knicks have fired Mike Woodson this morning.  Below is the official statement released by the team. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Nets Prepare for Playoffs by Derrel Jazz Johnson

Deron Williams and the Nets Prepare for the Playoffs (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson)

Deron Williams and the Nets Prepare for the Playoffs (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson)

The Brooklyn Nets are securely in the 2014 NBA Playoffs, which begins on Tuesday, so despite the elimination of the New York Knicks from playoff contention, there will still be meaningful playoff basketball here in New York at Barclays Center. While the Nets are in the playoffs, they are still unsure of who they will play, which could go down to the final game of the season on Wednesday. Though Nets head coach Jason Kidd and the players would never say who they would rather face, should the team want to play the Toronto Raptors or Chicago Bulls?

If I am the Brooklyn Nets or a fan of the team, I want absolutely no part of the Chicago Bulls. Coached by one of the best in the league, Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls play great defense and make you work hard for every basket on the court. Led by Joakim Noah, who will probably win Defensive Player of the Year for the season, the Bulls are the stingiest team in the NBA, allowing only 91.8 points per game. They allow the second-lowest field goal percentage to their opponents, at .431 on the season, and are a good rebounding team. The Bulls do have a poor offense as well, and rank at the bottom of the league in both points per game (93.8) and field goal percentage (.433.) When you factor in the Nets home loss to the Bulls in the playoffs a year ago, something that has to still be in the heads of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, the Nets would be smart to want to play the Raptors. But the crew from Canada possess skills that make them a viable threat as well.

Though not the Bulls, the Raptors rank in the top 10 in the NBA in both points allowed and field goal percentage against, hallmarks of a solid defensive team. The Raptors, however, have a much better offense than the Bulls. Led by leading scorer DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, the Raptors, one of the big surprises in the league who won the Atlantic Division, can beat you on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Lowry has also proven to be dangerous with the ball in his hands late in the game, and may put a lot of pressure on the Nets defense late in the game.

The Nets have played well for quite some time, and 2014 All-Star Joe Johnson talked about this Sunday after a Nets win. “We’ve got to try to fine-tune and keep this chemistry we have going with the guys going into the postseason.” The chemistry the Nets have and the way they have played inspires fans to dream of a second-round match up with LeBron James and the Miami Heat or even the Indiana Pacers. Hopefully the team itself isn’t thinking ahead to the second round. A year ago a matchup with the Heat seemed likely, especially after the Bulls suffered injuries in their series against the Nets, but we know how that ended. Hopefully for the team and it’s fans, veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett can assure that this season has a different ending.

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(Video) Peyton Siva of Detroit Pistons & Louisville Talks Religion, Rookie Season and More

Detroit Pistons rookie and NCAA Champion of the Louisville Cardinals Peyton Siva talks about supporting his former coach Rick Pitino at the NIT Final, the impact of his faith on his life, winning a national championship, his rookie season with the Detroit Pistons, and more with Derrel Jazz Johnson of Razz and Jazz Sports. Check out the video below. Continue reading

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(Video) Manny Pacquiáo vs Timothy Bradley Predictions from John Wallace of Syracuse and Knicks

After discussing the latest issues with the New York Knicks, former Syracuse great and New York Knicks player John Wallace makes predictions on some upcoming fights, including Manny Pacquiáo vs Timothy Bradley which takes place tomorrow in Las Vegas. Check out the video below. Continue reading

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(Video) Kevin Ollie and Shabazz Napier Lead UConn to NCAA Championship by Derrel Jazz Johnson

Shabazz Napier Cuts Down the Nets (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson)

Shabazz Napier Cuts Down the Nets (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson)

No one had the University of Connecticut Huskies winning it all. I had them losing to Villanova in the second round. They needed overtime to get out of the second round against Saint Joseph’s in their first game. Then they defeated #1, #2, #3 and #4 seeds to advance to the Final against a talented Kentucky team and held the lead from beginning to end in winning their second championship in four years. Continue reading

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Knicks Worst-Case Scenario Could Mean Cruel Summer by Derrel Jazz Johnson

Carmelo Anthony 's Summer Decision is Crucial to Knicks Future

Carmelo Anthony ‘s Summer Decision is Crucial to Knicks Future

When the 2013-2014 NBA Season began, New York Knicks fans were hopeful. After a 54-28 season that saw then win the Atlantic Division a year ago, fans of the team had a reason to be optimistic. With the addition of Andrea Bargnani, combined with Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith coming off of the best seasons of their career, there was good reason to be. Though I didn’t foresee the Knicks reaching the heights of a year ago, I certainly didn’t predict the disappointment that has been this season. Bargnani didn’t seem to fit with the team as well as one of the pieces he was traded for, Steve Novak, Smith began the season suspended for five games because of drug use and had off-season surgery, and Carmelo has seemed to wear down as the season continued because of heavy minutes. Unfortunately for Knicks fans, the disappointment could get worse. Continue reading

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New York Knicks Playoffs Update

Carmelo Anthony Is Determined to Make the 2014 NBA Playoffs

Carmelo Anthony Is Determined to Make the 2014 NBA Playoffs

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