Tim Hardaway Jr.

Steve Kerr casts first place Rookie of the Year vote for Tim Hardaway Jr.

Steve Kerr cast his first place for Rookie of the Year vote for Tim Hardaway Jr. (NBA, May 5).

Hardaway finished fifth in RoY voting, right behind the Nets’ Mason Plumlee. The 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams won the honor.

“I base all my votes in every category on players impacting games that matter,” Kerr said (Berman, May 5). “Carter-Williams and Oladipo played well, but for teams that were way out of the playoff race all year. Hardaway played important minutes for a team that went down to the wire in the playoff race. ROY and All-Rookie teams were the most difficult votes for me this year due to so few rookies impacting winning teams.”

Kerr and Knicks President Phil Jackson have already had several meetings and talks about the broadcaster becoming the next coach of the Knicks, according to reports.

“I think right now [Kerr’s] totally focused on the Knicks’ situation,” Lute Olson, who coached Kerr at Arizona in the 1980s and spoke to him on Tuesday, told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog by phone, echoing comments he made to the New York Post (TKB, May 1).

Kerr’s decision is expected soon.




25 comments
orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Which would be better: Rodman vs. Artest or Pacquiao vs. Floyd?

j_spikett
j_spikett

master phil has a plan to bring knicks to the top. it may take a few years but don't put anything past master phil.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

What effect exactly did Plumlee have on the Nets?  Every rookie in the top five EXCEPT him had tangible and meaningful contributions to their team.  The Nets could have easily survived without Plumlee playing a minute.

So if were going to argue why THJr got one vote, then how in the world did Plumlee get 2?

po_diddley
po_diddley

He was the best value pick of the draft, no question about it.  ROY, however, he was not. 

Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

Absurd rationalization for a no defense one dimensional player. I hope Kerr shows better judgement as a coach. Good grief

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Kerr knows what side of the bread to put butter on! Of course, you also could consider the highest average career three point shooter, Kerr, votes for the best 3 point shooting rookie.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@sir_manolo I think Shump couldn't be more happier that Woodson is gone. Can't wait to see what Shumpert could become.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@orlando_knickfan Who says Rodman can fight? lol   Artest can for sure.

One of the best fighters in NBA history was Calvin Murphy.  That little dude was a world class batton twirler and yet players were scared to mess with him.

po_diddley
po_diddley

@orlando_knickfan  After losing Lopez for the year, I don't think that they survive without the play of Plumlee.  He's one of those players that don't always show up in the stat sheet, but the dude is a solid player.  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@orlando_knickfan Plumlee was huge for the Nets!  Dude is a player and may allow the Nets to move Lopez next year if they chose.    

Plumlee, Livingston and even Blatche at times have been huge for the Nets off the bench. 

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Mike Dupp  

I agree...it's cool if Kerr has high hopes for Timmy Jr., but voting him ROY is absurd and just slightly concerning to me.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@xmenreturn @orlando_knickfan  LOLOLOL.  So huge they picked up Collins because Plumlee is a foul waiting to happen. Forgive me but Mason is an undersized center and the NETS would be certified STOOOPID to move a talent like Lopez because of Plumlee.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Give my Arz! He's gonna have to earn it! I hope he does!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

He actually won golden gloves I think..or competed.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@xmenreturn  I watch most of their games. Wouldn't trade Lopez quite yet if I could help it.  I just am not all that impressed with Plumlee.

BTW he is the ONLY promising young player they have anyway.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@orlando_knickfan Have you watched the Nets play often?  Plumlee is one one of their most promising talents on that team.  I have talked about him for months here when Biggie stated the team was garbage and etc. 

Dude is only 24 and much more mobile than Lopez! 

I think this dude will only get better and Garnett has already taken him under his wings! Lopez better improve more or he might be trade bait for sure.