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    Default How did Renaldo Balkman end up making it to the NBA?

    Seriously, this guy has to be one of the worst all around players I've seen on an NBA court. Aside from a few good defensive flashes in his career, he's been useless and should be on the all NBA draft bust list along with Kwame Brown, Anthony Randolph and Greg Oden.What surprises me is how he's survived in the NBA for so long without being sent down to the D-league or being waived off the Knicks' and Nuggets' rosters.When the Knicks decided to draft him back in the summer of 2006, was he projected to be a future NBA star by scouts? Or was the reason behind the Knicks drafting him was Isiah Thomas going through one of his sleeping pill cycles?

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    Balkman......... just defines the Isaiah Thomas era. Drafting him when Rondo was still on the board. *sigh*

    I remember Jay Bilas and Bill Simmons just scoffing over that pick.

    He was drafted for his hustle/intensity/defense. Now that he's got his contract it seems like he lost the desire to even care anymore.

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    Originally Posted by ducktales17
    Balkman......... just defines the Isaiah Thomas era.
    I think that award goes to Marbury, runner up is Eddy Curry. The worst moves in Knicks history, that Camby/Nene trade also makes me

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    Originally Posted by AmareForPresident
    I think that award goes to Marbury, runner up is Eddy Curry. The worst moves in Knicks history, that Camby/Nene trade also makes me

    Mark is the GOAT in my opinon I was sick to man

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    I really hope that Walsh ends up trading him for a second round pick.There is no sense in having this guy sit on the bench for 82 games next season and doing nothing.

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    Originally Posted by AmareForPresident
    I think that award goes to Marbury, runner up is Eddy Curry. The worst moves in Knicks history, that Camby/Nene trade also makes me
    Jerome James is atleast tied with the Curry deal. Eddy had a nice 1/2 season where he was almost an All-Star. James was a pathetic waste beyond description.

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    Originally Posted by Marek
    Jerome James is atleast tied with the Curry deal. Eddy had a nice 1/2 season where he was almost an All-Star. James was a pathetic waste beyond description.
    But the picks we traded for Curry turned out to be Lamarcus Aldridge and Joakim Noah.

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    If I remember correctly the Joke of the Balkman draft was that he would have been available in the 2nd round.

    the Pheonix Suns played with Isiah and started a rumor they may take him in the first round ( I think to avoid Isiah taking who they eventually wanted )...

    Now of course Isiahs EGO jumped and boom Balkman was born....

    Did you know when Balkman got the call from the Knicks he was home sleeping ?

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    Originally Posted by skisloper
    If I remember correctly the Joke of the Balkman draft was that he would have been available in the 2nd round.

    the Pheonix Suns played with Isiah and started a rumor they may take him in the first round ( I think to avoid Isiah taking who they eventually wanted )...

    Now of course Isiahs EGO jumped and boom Balkman was born....

    Did you know when Balkman got the call from the Knicks he was home sleeping ?
    What a joke.

    It bothers me that this last remaining bit of Isiah stink will be with us for some time longer.

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    Originally Posted by knicksin60
    I really hope that Walsh ends up trading him for a second round pick.There is no sense in having this guy sit on the bench for 82 games next season and doing nothing.
    Balkman's contract can be used as a filler if a trade goes down.

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    Originally Posted by knicksin60
    Seriously, this guy has to be one of the worst all around players I've seen on an NBA court. Aside from a few good defensive flashes in his career, he's been useless and should be on the all NBA draft bust list along with Kwame Brown, Anthony Randolph and Greg Oden.What surprises me is how he's survived in the NBA for so long without being sent down to the D-league or being waived off the Knicks' and Nuggets' rosters.When the Knicks decided to draft him back in the summer of 2006, was he projected to be a future NBA star by scouts? Or was the reason behind the Knicks drafting him was Isiah Thomas going through one of his sleeping pill cycles?

    my guess is coaches probably love him, he has the ability to guard 3 to 4 positions, runs the floor, and plays aggressive

    what I mean is

    he is the perfect, coaches dream of a practice player.

    does all the dirty things every day in and out, I went to 4 games this year

    and he was out there before each game shooting around by himself and a trainer about an hour before the game opposite side of the court from amare, so the work ethic is there

    he just literally cant shoot, if he could shoot, he would play; but I feel like he is just one of those players who doesnt have that pure feel for hitting a jump shot, ala a power forward in a small forwards body with no jump shot, I mean if al horfod wasnt 6,10 250 lbs, instead 6 8 210, he would probably be riding the pine some where too.

    so I would have to assume, that coaches love him as a practice player.

    and thats why he hasnt been cut by the knicks and nuggets, especially the nuggets being george karl is known through out his career for keeping hustle minded scrubs around to help prepare his winning teams, see sonics/bucks/nuggets/ benches when he was there.

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    Balkman is not that bad actually, he can defend, rebound and hustle.

    I've seen worse players over the years...yes it was a joke to select him that early in 2006, but I wouldn't say he doesn't belong into the NBA!

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    Balkman brings energy ON the bench. He also warms seats pretty well. I can see him making a living warming the seats.

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    I think GMs kept being confused and thinking that they were getting Rolando Blackman.

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    It was the Dreads

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