Sights, sounds, notes, and quotes from some of the six games on the Knicks ‘western tour that ended with the Lakers’ crusher Tuesday at the Staples Center.
- Whispers in Memphis are Grizzlies not yet sold in their 2018 lottery, 6-foot-11 power forward / center Jaren Jackson Jr.
They are concerned about its endurance. In late April, 21-year-old Jackson returned from a long absence after tearing the meniscus in his left knee last August while playing in an NBA balloon. Jackson has started just two of the nine games he has played this season and has taken periodic injury management games. Jackson averaged 14.6 points in 23 minutes per game.
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Sources also said that Knicks general manager Scott Perry loved Jackson’s athleticism, leaving the state of Michigan as the youngest player in the draft when Memphis selected him in fourth place.
Jackson, who threw a vicious dive and made two threes in front of Knicks senior vice president William Wesley during the Knicks’ 118-104 victory in Memphis on May 3, will enter the last $ 9.1 million of his four-year contract next season. If he doesn’t sign an extension this fall, his future will be watched. Can Jackson play a small role on 5 balls with Julius Randall?
- The rising point of the barbecue chain in Memphis is the Barbecue Shop. Its owner, Frank Vernon, owns season tickets for the Grizzlies, who has met with former Memphis and Knicks coach David Fizdale for various positions. Vernon said many Memphis patrons are saddened by Fizdale’s departure, and not just because of basketball. Fisdale was a great role model for young people in the city because it’s “so well put together,” Vernon said.
- He was surprised that center Mitchell Robinson (broken leg) did not make the 11-day trip to work with coaches. This was the clearest indication that there was no plan for Robinson’s return if the Knicks made a deep playoff.
- The crowd type as the highest season in the NBA of 8,063, which the Knicks played last Friday in Phoenix, could create an unfair competitive advantage. This is another oddity of the pandemic. Arizona has relaxed COVID-19 protocols to allow fans 50 percent capacity. Therefore, the Suns, at least tonight, had a decisive advantage on the home court, which many other teams will not have for the playoffs. Talking Stick Arena sounded like normal chaos.
The NBA has never heard such a loud bang this season that erupted after Cameron Payne stole an incoming pass from RJ Barrett and completed the third-quarter sound ranking. The cacophony continued throughout the fourth quarter, and Knicks, unaccustomed to decibel levels, fell apart.
- On the other hand, the Staples Center has perhaps the strictest rules. Fans of the clippers went up to the press table complaining that they were buying food at the concession stands and then could not eat it in their seats. Rose and Wesley usually sit on top of each other, but at the Knicks Games at Staples Center on Sunday and Tuesday, their chairs were more than six feet apart – making them unable to chat.
- Spike Lee wasn’t the only Knicks superfan during the trip. Anthony Donahue, who has become an icon on the social network, showed off the legs of Phoenix and Los Angeles. The overall performance of Knicks fans in the matches against Grizzlies, Suns, Clippers and Lakers was impressive.
The difference between the Clippers and the Lakers in a nutshell: Donahue said he paid $ 156 for his ticket to the Lakers, which is basically the same place that cost him $ 96 for the Clippers.
- I’ve seen apocalyptic things covering the sport during the pandemic – including an empty garden to open the Knicks’ home, an empty Arthur Ash Stadium for the US Open finals.
Add this: Walking past the iconic Muscle Beach complex in Venice Beach, which was stripped of bodies and all weights.
- Kobe Bryant still owns the city of Los Angeles, as it should. Posters and T-shirts by Bryant were everywhere in the hundreds of souvenir shops on Venice Beach’s promenade, while LeBron James’ belongings were hard to find.