I was joking on Twitter last night that LeBron could’ve dunked on Bill Walker 54 times and it wouldn’t change Skywalker’s opinion of him. You may not know, but Bill has been talking some junk about James for a while now, and you know he had to be feeling himself after he dropped 21 in Miami. He could overlook all the dunks. But this one? Just vicious. Why doesn’t James drive like this all the time? Read More »
The Knicks decided real basketball was for the birds, and started launching a monsoon of treys. That might work against some teams, but not Miami, especially when Dwyane Wade is healthy and cooking. With Carmelo Anthony sitting out, the Heat weathered a random Bill Walker night (21 points, all on treys) and a bunch of other weird stuff (in the first half the Knicks were 5-for-19 on twos and 10-for-23 on threes) to pull away in the fourth quarter, 99-89. LeBron and D-Wade were all over the place, combining for 59 points and only 15 missed shots. Read More »
Just put Dwight on the line, right? That was Mark Jackson’s strategy on Thursday against Orlando and it seemed good for a while against the career 59 percent free-throw shooter. The Magic didn’t lead through the first quarter after going wire-to-wire against Portland in its own building the night before. Well, Howard’s not exactly Mark Price from the stripe but if you send a guy there an NBA-record 39 times (he made 21), he’s going to get his, anyway, and score with a stopped clock to help a comeback, too. That’s how Orlando held off Golden State, 117-109. Read More »
In case you missed it, after Kevin Garnett missed a jumper at the buzzer, he then decided to use his Jedi Force push on Bill Walker‘s neck, cuffing the former Celtic and throwing him out of his face. When asked about it after the game, Garnett scoffed, “Next question,” but Walker had more to say. Read More »
If there’s one thing fantasy basketball owners should know, it’s that a team coached by Mike D’Antoni is a team to embrace. While his attention to offense and disregard for defense bring up valid concerns about the New York Knicks‘ real-life success, it’s pretty much gold for fantasy basketball purposes. There are two players driving the bulk of this team’s fantasy appeal, and in this type of offense there’s always the possibility of plug-and-play success for guys who fill in for injured players, especially in the backcourt. Still, as currently constructed, the Knicks do have some potential issues that diminish their fantasy luster, though not by much. Read More »
Being a fanatical O.J. Mayo fan (When I first interned at Dime, I got hyped at the site of the “vault.” I knew I could finally go back in time and rediscover the old Juice cover that I hadn’t seen in three years…), it was only natural that I was seduced by the mystic of Bill Walker’s hops. You could call it osmosis; watch enough Mayo videos – and I certainly did – and eventually you’ll find yourself saying “Wow, they say that other guy is the best high school dunker ever, but all I ever really see are windmills.” It was one of those things where you didn’t really see it, but so many people swore to it and claimed to have eyewitness accounts that you just had to believe it. Read More »
Basketball historians and old heads must have mixed feelings about YouTube. On one hand, the ultimate On Demand channel gives them access to every piece of NBA footage that’s locked away in some vault. But at the same time, it’s going to warp history. There’s no question in that. Players who weren’t all that get complimented as if they were All-Stars, and some of them last longer in our collective search engines than they should. Bill Walker is the ultimate NBA journeyman and his name will forever live on from inside the Internet TV. James White is another YouTube success story. There’s a ying and a yang to this, a white and black. Read More »
There’s a reason that basketball has been thriving again in Manhattan, Kansas. And it’s less about Bob Huggins, Michael Beasley and Bill Walker’s respectively quick residencies; it has to do with Coach Frank Martin and his beast of a senior guard, Jacob Pullen. Read More »
Bill Walker hasn’t exactly lit the New York basketball scene on fire this season, but dude can still get up.
In the Knicks’ big win last night in Philly, Walker not only met Spencer Hawes at the top on a dunk attempt for a too-easy block, but he also had a putback jam where he crawled up and over the backs of pretty much everyone in the gym.
Mike Tirico said it best: “Is it me, or does this feel like a playoff game?” LeBron and ‘Melo played like it was. And so did Chauncey Billups … Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire playing defense? The last people who would’ve ever believed in that statement would be Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. But in yesterday’s three-point statement-win in Miami, the two Knick stars combined for perhaps the biggest play of the game on the defensive end. Read More »