John Schmeelk

Tim Duncan #21 and head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talk during practice as part of the 2014 NBA Finals on June 04, 2014 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: NBA Finals Preview — Spurs Will Top Heat In 7

Unless Wade and James both play to a star’s level, and they find some help from the supporting cast, I think the Spurs win a hotly contested seven-games series. Spurs in seven.


Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Why Will Carmelo Anthony Opt Out? Risk Management

If I were Anthony, I wouldn’t opt in either. That is legitimate life-changing generational money that simply cannot be put at risk.


Phil Jackson is introduced as the new president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks on March 18, 2014 at MSG. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: What? Phil Worry? No Chance; Days Of Knicks’ Panic Are Over

Phil Jackson is either in over his head or in complete control as general manager of the Knicks. Which is it? Knowing the man, most likely the latter.


David Joerger of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on during Game 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on May 3, 2014 in Oklahoma City.  (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Jackson Should Prioritize Defense, Not Triangle In Knicks Coaching Search

The reason the Knicks have been one of the least successful franchises in the NBA over the past 13 years is because they have ignored defense. That needs to stop immediately.


Serge Ibaka (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk’s NBA Notes: Thunder Can’t Win Without Ibaka’s Offense

Even with Serge Ibaka on the floor, the Thunder would be hard-pressed to beat a well-oiled machine like San Antonio.


Kevin Love (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Kevin Love To Knicks? Unrealistic In Every Way

It’s not going to happen, no matter how much Phil Jackson might try. Unless he actually has Zen powers of hypnotism, and even then it’s a long shot.


Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Mark Jackson Is Not The Right Man For Knicks’ Job

If Phil Jackson interviewed him, perhaps Mark Jackson would promise to make changes. If he did, maybe it could work. But for the Knicks, that’s a bet they cannot afford to make.


Derek Fisher (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Time For Phil Jackson’s Plan B — And It Better Be Good

What, you thought this was going to be easy? C’mon, it’s the Knicks!


Steve Kerr (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images), Phil Jackson (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Kerr Uses Knicks On Way To Big Money With Warriors

As the Steve Kerr negotiations dragged on longer and longer, it became more and more clear that something wasn’t right. It was truly an “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” situation.


NBA instant replay has been under the microscope during the 2014 playoffs. (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: A Solution To The Huge Flaw In The NBA Replay System

On Tuesday night we saw why replay in the NBA doesn’t always work the way it is designed.


Steve Kerr (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE/Getty images)

Schmeelk: Wait On Steve Kerr Is All About Dollars And Sense

Kerr will coach the Knicks next year for more than he should have been paid, and no one will care as long as he wins games.


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

Schmeelk: Knicks President Phil Jackson Needs To Get His Man

Jackson needs to get his man. Whatever his Plan B is doesn’t matter. The Plan A needs to work. That’s why Jackson is getting $10 million a season to run the Knicks.


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…


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.


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.