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Best of FOTB – Volume 1

March 7, 2012 Leave a comment

In First Off The Bench’s first year, we managed to unleash about 50 articles into the wild. We’re proud of the effort our writers (mostly Matt) put in to keeping the site active, and we’ve enjoyed making a connection with some random sports fans across the globe. Here are our picks for the “essential” articles from Year 1 of FOTB, sorted by author.

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The Disappointing 2012 New York Knicks: From a Non-Knicks Fan

January 8, 2012 1 comment

A Big-3 yes, but can they overcome a roster of bums? No.

As of January 8th of this lockout-shortened season, the New York Knicks are 4-4 after eight games. Seeing the Knicks come out to a mediocre start isn’t anything new to New York fans in the last few years. Including last year, which was highlighted by the acquisitions of Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have only made the playoffs twice in the last ten years. Read more…

Dwight Howard and Chris Paul on the New York Knicks?

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Ok, quick thought in the midst of all the NBA trade rumors that are flying around. Here are the facts:

– Chris Paul wants to go to New York but they already have Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, both of whom have large contracts.
– Dwight Howard will most likely be leaving Orlando for a variety of big market options

So, how things are the Knicks will be hard pressed to get either Paul or Howard due to their cap being nearly completely full with Carmelo and Amare. Somewhere someone was suggesting that the Heat trade LeBron James for Howard, one-for-one. That will probably never happen after all the hoopla that was involved around the Heat in the last year and a half, but if it did it would probably be a smart (and ruthless) move by Heat GM Pat Riley. Everyone saw the awkwardness between LeBron and Wade in the Finals last year when one of the two had to take the big shots. Adding Howard to Wade and Bosh on the Heat would make them a well balanced team.

That got me thinking though. Amare and Carmelo both play a very similar position and are both ball stoppers on offense. Howard is a true Center (best in the league) and Paul is the truest of Point Guards (best in the league). Even though the Knicks went through ton of crap in the last two years to get Carmelo and Amare, if they were smart (and extremely ruthless) they should swap their two stars for Paul and Howard.

I would much rather have a great Center and a great Point Guard instead of two good/great Power Forwards.

It would never happen though.

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Carmelo Anthony To The New York Knicks: Did He Handle His Departure In The Most Honourable Way?

February 22, 2011 3 comments

After seven months of trade rumours that started in the summer, Carmelo Anthony finally got his wish yesterday and was traded to the New York Knicks. This is not the first act of Superstars taking matters into their own hands, as we saw Lebron James and Chris Bosh hold auction style bidding wars for their services last summer. The results of this Carmelo move are the same, a Superstar picked a city (NY) he wanted to play for and picked another Superstar (Amar’e) that he wanted to play with, but he went about it differently. Lebron James and Chris Bosh both played out their contracts with Toronto and Cleveland, technically doing their old team no injustice by exercising their legal right to sign a contract with another team when their agreement expired. But what Carmelo did was different. He and his people made it clear from before the season started that he wanted to leave Denver and go to NY, and due to the word being out, the tension being high, and the media being rampant around the team, the Nuggets have struggled with issues this season despite having a deep and talented roster. So, which method was more honourable when leaving the team that drafted them seven years ago? I will try to answer that below. Read more…

Full Report Card on Vancouver’s Suitability as an NBA Relocation Option

February 21, 2011 1 comment

 

If NBA commissioner David Stern’s recent interview on Bill Simmons’ BS Report is any indication, the NBA has been doing a little exploration of the Pacific Northwest, and they’re seriously considering cheating on one of their uglier franchises to get a little rainy action with a pretty Canadian city. Read more…

Tired of Carmelo

February 18, 2011 1 comment

**I originally posted this on my other blog, January 18th. Sadly, it is still relevant.

I am tired of hearing about Carmelo Anthony and his trade rumor drama. I really hope he goes somewhere soon because I don’t think this much time should be wasted talking about a player who isn’t worth the hype. That being said, I really hope he doesn’t go to the New York Knicks (his preferred destination), for a few reasons. One, I don’t think Melo is that good, isn’t a defensive guy, and won’t work with Amar’e Stoudemire. Second, everyone talks about NY so much I would rather have them be decent then the joke of a team they have been in the last few years. It is nice to have all the big market teams (NY, LA, Chicago, Boston) in the mix Read more…

Mr. Sunshine and the Upcoming NBA All-Star Game

February 9, 2011 1 comment

Big relief this week.  My first attempt at an article did not get me fired from this voluntary position, and that means that I get to talk about a couple topics that are of much more interest to me than the Super Bowl.

To start off, I want to say how much I’m looking forward to Mr. Sunshine debuting on Wednesday night at 9:30PM ET on ABC.  (Attention ABC and all other media sources: I am always open to shameless, disgusting sponsorship inserts for very little monetary compensation.  Think about it…the 100 glazed eyeballs viewing this are probably more than FlashForward ever had.)

The premise of the show is that Matthew Perry plays a middle-aged manager of a mediocre sports arena in San Diego.  I know for many of you this idea probably sounds boring or unmemorable, but I’m telling you it could be the breakout series of the year if this idea is handled properly. Click here for the full rundown