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John Schmeelk

A Thunder fan holds up a giant Kevin Durant head (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images), LeBron James  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images), Deron Williams (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk’s Picks And Predictions For NBA Playoffs Round 2

I don’t believe in Deron Williams, but the Nets will still manage two wins. Heat in six. As for the rest of the matchups…

05/05/2014

Steve Kerr with former Nets coach Lawrence Frank (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Taking Different Course Than Lakers In Finding Coach

Jackson might not be the man on the sideline, but it is his voice that the players are going to be hearing through the mouth of Kerr.

05/02/2014

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Commissioner Silver Threw Down A 2-Handed Jam On Sterling

Getting banned for life and fined was always the inevitable result of Donald Sterling’s racist diatribe, but it was the way NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did it that really needs to be applauded.

04/30/2014

An NBA fan (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) and Clippers star Chris Paul  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) protest against Donald Sterling.

Schmeelk: Only Players, Fans, Sponsors Can Truly Punish Donald Sterling

I’m sure Adam Silver and the NBA will do a great job and punish Sterling to the extent of their powers. But in the end they can’t give people what they want: the Clippers owner out of the league.

04/29/2014

Steve Kerr with former Nets coach Lawrence Frank (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Too Early To Anoint Kerr — Or Anyone Else — As Knicks Coach

The worst thing Phil Jackson can do is repeat the Mike Woodson hiring process. Steve Kerr might very well end up being the best guy for the job, but let’s look at all the options first.

04/25/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by David Dow NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Better Chance Melo Leaves Than Stays On A Max Contract

Phil Jackson was finally asked Wednesday about Carmelo Anthony returning to the Knicks on a max contract. His answer should ring like music to Knicks fans ears.

04/24/2014

Phil Jackson  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images), James Dolan (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Despite Reports, Jackson’s Basketball Autonomy With Knicks In Place

Frank Isola of the Daily News tried to drop a bombshell Wednesday morning, but the story’s own headline betrays how minor the story really is.

04/23/2014

Herb Williams, center, directs the Knicks’ Summer League team against the Washington Wizards on July 14, 2013, in Las Vegas . (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Jackson Is Exercising His Complete Control Of The Knicks

The most telling move the Knicks made Monday was not firing Mike Woodson. That was inevitable. It was firing Herb Williams.

04/22/2014

Steve Kerr (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks’ Coaching Search — Steve Kerr Is Best Choice Of Weak Crop

Calling games for TNT, he certainly knows the game and the players in it, and seems very intelligent and measured in his opinions.

04/21/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: How Many Years Does Carmelo Anthony Have Left?

How good will Melo be in three years? If anyone has a crystal ball, this would be a great time to hand it over, because NY can’t afford another broken-down star.

04/18/2014

Mike Woodson (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Last Call For Mike Woodson — Time For Knicks To Move On

Despite his plea after the Knicks’ final game of the season on Wednesday night against Toronto, the clock has reached zero on the time left in Mike Woodson’s coaching career for the Knicks.

04/17/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks End Most Underachieving Season In More Than 20 Years

Last year proved to be nothing more than a tease to the fan base. There’s been plenty of hurt over the years, but this year’s was of a different variety.

04/14/2014

Iman Shumpert (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Shumpert Is Keeping Knicks’ Defense, Playoff Hopes Afloat

Perhaps it’s Phil Jackson who sees that his impact on defense overcomes his lackluster offensive game. The bottom line is that the Knicks are much better off with Shumpert still here.

04/04/2014

J.R. Smith (Photo by David Dow NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks’ J.R. Smith Has Turned His Awful Year Around

Smith has played well in 2014, and his improved play is one of the reasons the Knicks are two games over .500 since the calendar flipped to 2014.

04/03/2014

Mike Woodson (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Playoffs Are Still A Long Shot For Inconsistent Knicks

If the Knicks do end up making the playoffs it will have much more to do with a continuing Hawks collapse than anything the Knicks manage to do over the season’s final weeks.

03/31/2014

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