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NBA Midweek Update: Midseason Doldrums And The Knicks

Andrew Seah |
March 5, 2014 | 6:02 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Carmelo and gang are unraveling to the dismay of Knick fans. (Keith Allison/Creative Commons)
Carmelo and gang are unraveling to the dismay of Knick fans. (Keith Allison/Creative Commons)
Basketball fans, your weekly NBA midweek primer is back. LeBron James grabbed headlines with his effortless 61 points (on 33 field goals attempts), Jason Collins remains a hot topic, and the Knicks continue their full-blown implosion. 

The midseason doldrums are truly in full swing when Charles Barkley offers solutions to the league’s well-documented problems with tanking (and people are actually listening). Of course, hoop nerds know all of this pale in comparison to the 2014 MIT Sloan Analytics Conference, which took place this past week in Boston. 
Bullets From The Breakdown:
Ball Don’t Lie: Just when we thought Kevin Durant had the MVP race all tied up, LeBron goes out and does this. We are all in awe, but apparently Dominique Wilkins isn’t. 
Bleacher Report: Between the Derrick Rose injury saga, this season’s failed promises, and tension between the front office and coach Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls have had their share of disappointment. But they’re 19-9 since the Deng trade. The one bright spark? Energizer bunny Joakim Noah. 
Bleacher Report: Howard Beck, of The New York Times fame, weighs in on the significance of Jason Collins presence in the league. The 35-year-old center just scored a second 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. 
Grantland: There are a lot of things going wrong for the Knicks right now, but the issue is not just about wins and losses, but the lack of optimism about the future. As this writer puts it, Carmelo Anthony and gang have “destroyed even the illusion of hope.” 
Grantland: Punny headline aside, Phoenix’s Goran Dragic has been the sparkplug that has rekindled hope and joy to fans beyond the city. Kirk Goldsberry dissects the Slovenian point guard’s season.
Sporting News: The Knicks’ malaise has begged the question: why is Mike Woodson still around? 
The Point Forward: On the subject of tanking, Ben Golliver has come up with an All-Star tanking team. Chris Kaman and Raymond Felton make guest appearances. 
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