Knicks Talk: Lamar Odom a Knick?

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By Charles R. Trimble III

When you are a team, like the NY Knicks, with limited salary cap space and not in possession of your own 1st rd pick, there aren’t many ways to improve a 35 win team other than to think outside the box, and that’s exactly what the imminent Lamar Odom signing represents.lamar-odom-elite-daily-800x400

The new president of basketball operation, the legendary Phil Jackson, will now start to earn the 60M (12M per) by shaping the scouting department, the coaching staff, and most importantly, the roster. It’s anybody’s guess whom Jackson admires on the roster, but one thing is certain, this team as currently constituted cannot return after monumentally underachieving all season.

That’s where the Lamar Odom signing comes in. As mentioned earlier, Phil Jackson will have limited options, and signing Odom now is a way of locking up a multi-skilled player who, if he regains his form, gives the Knicks one of the most talented PF’s in the league coming off the bench. Now we are all well aware of the difficulties Odom has experienced since his Laker days came to an end with the Kardashian reality garbage, and more concerning his rumored drug abuse issues, but my guess is Odom experienced his best days under Jackson and having Phil here as a guiding/calming force could be beneficial to both parties.

Again chances are Phil will attempt this turnaround with people he’s most familiar with, hence the Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher rumors as head coach, who most certainly will bring the famed triangle offense to New York. That’s why taking chances of players such as Lamar Odom and possibly an Andrew Bynum makes sense since they both thrived in that type of offense.

Like Odom, Bynum hasn’t experienced any success since his Laker days came to an end, but he is exactly the type of free agent Phil Jackson will most likely take a chance on while he waits for cap space flexibility in 2015.

Although Odom (back, drugs) and Bynum (knee) are still long shots to ever regain the form that helped the Lakers win NBA championships, both would still represent a major upgrade over borderline NBA caliber talent that inhabited the Knick bench this season.

Jackson’s first shot fired was his hiring of former Bulls scout, Clarence Gaines Jr., who would hold the same position with the Knicks. If that along with the imminent Odom signing is any indication, get ready for many more familiar Bulls and Lakers faces coming to town, and get ready for many more outside the box moves like Odom being made, because only the most delusional Knick fan would want to see the most disappointing Knick team ever remain in place.

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The Knicks’ Playoff Hopes: So You’re Saying There’s a Chance…

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By Aaron Kopperl

With just 2 weeks left of the regular season, the Knicks find themselves on the outside looking into the playoff picture as the Hawks appear to have cemented their spot as the East’s 8th seed.lloyd

While there is still hope that the Knicks can overtake the Hawks, those chances appears to be slim barring any late season miracles.  The Hawks hold the tiebreaker, so if the Knicks were to win their last 4 games, they would need Atlanta to finish their season 2-4, and if I were a betting man, I wouldn’t put my money on those odds.  Unlike the Knicks who have to face 4 playoff bound teams in the Nets, Bulls and Raptors twice, the Hawks ‘ remaining schedule is quite easy.  They face the Pistons, Celtics, Nets, Heat, Bobcats and Bucks, and if the Nets or Heat rest key players for the playoffs, I wouldn’t put it past Atlanta to win at least 5 of those games.

The Knicks may be able to catch a break if the Nets rest their key players when they roll into Brooklyn, however the Nets should be hungry for a win after the beat down the Knicks just put on them last week.  Also, the Raptors’ star PG, Kyle Lowry, has been nursing a sore knee and could sit out for the rest of the season, which would be a huge break for New York.

But let’s not forget, Anthony’s shoulder has been hurting quite a bit these past few games and if he continues his poor level of play, the Knicks may not stand a chance at making a playoff push.

Overall, I anticipate the Knicks to finish with a 2-2 record and the Hawks to end up with a 4-2 record.  While the Hawks are getting decimated in the 1st round, the Knicks and their fans alike will be sitting at home looking over the 13-14 schedule, reminiscing at which games the Knicks let slip away that turned out to be the difference between a playoff berth and a 9th seed.

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Knicks Talk: Down the Stretch Run…Is it too Late?

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By Charles R. Trimble III 

What once could be dubbed as the most disappointing season in recent memory remarkably has a chance to now be remembered for its feverish finish that could result in a playoff berth and a realistic shot to cause havoc for the perceived Eastern Conference favorites, or will the last 2 losses be the undoing of a rough season? Below we examine the remaining 4 games on the schedule:

Knicks @ Toronto, April 11th

After a week off, and to hard losses to swallow, the Knicks will travel to Toronto and face the 1st place Raptors; a team they are winless against this season losing by an average of 14ppg. Kyle Lowery, who could’ve easily been the Knicks’ starting PG, continues his stellar play, and now he’s joined by all-star Demar DeRozan who is one of the more athletic wing players in the league. Many make the mistake of not properly respecting the Raptors dismissing them as just average team that took advantage of slow starts by both Brooklyn and New York, however they have beaten some good teams accumulating 43 wins.

Knicks vs. Chicago, April 13th

The always tough and rugged Bulls will be looking to lock up the 3 or 4th seed with Brooklyn still within reach, so expect a battle especially with the emotional and ultra talented Center, Joakim Noah, leading their charge. But this is a home game for a desperate Knicks team that can no longer afford to drop anymore home games at the Garden.

Knicks @ Brooklyn, April 15th

The battle for New York has been three uncompetitive games with the Knicks winning 2 out of 3 contest by an average of 30ppg, while Brooklyn’s lone win came via a 23-pt blowout. So expect a close battle when the two teams meet for the 4th and final time this season.

Knicks vs. Toronto, April 16th

The last and final game of this frenetic 2013-14 season will take place against the Raptors and could mean the likely end of the season, or the start of the postseason, depending on what occurs with the Atlanta Hawks who were once stumbling, but has now started to win. The only reason the Knicks had a chance was because of the poor play of the Hawks. For the Knicks to reach playoffs is a luxury since we all know that it clearly isn’t deserved and most likely not happen.

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Knicks Lose Ground as Heat Make it Look Easy in the 2nd Half

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Via ESPN 

LeBron James couldn’t wake up Sunday. He was sluggish when his alarm went off at 8 a.m. and still in a funk when the Miami Heat and New York Knicks tipped off five hours later.

He eventually got into form, just in time to perhaps doom the Knicks’ playoff chances.

James scored 38 points and the Heat survived an NBA-record 22 3-point attempts from New York’s J.R. Smith in a 102-91 victory that kept Miami atop the Eastern Conference standings.

“You do your job and you live with the results,” James said. “We lived with the result of J.R. making some of those bombs.”

Chris Bosh added 14 points and Ray Allen had 12 for the Heat.

Smith was 11 for 28 from the floor, 10 for 22 from beyond the arc, and took 10 3s in the fourth quarter alone while Carmelo Anthony didn’t attempt a single shot in the period.

The single-game mark was previously held by Damon Stoudemire, who hoisted 21 3s on April 15, 2005.

“It’s not really been a goal of mine,” Smith said. “I saw the open 3 and tried to take them. I had to take advantage.”

Smith finished with 32 for the Knicks, who got 14 from Raymond Felton and 13 from Anthony on 4 for 17 shooting. Anthony has been bothered by a sore right shoulder, but played 44 minutes.

“Melo is still hurting,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “I couldn’t rest him again tonight. That second half, he was giving us what he’s got.”

The Heat (53-23) ensured they would finish the day still ahead of Indiana atop the East standings. New York (33-45) has only four games left and will be either two or three losses behind Atlanta when Sunday ends, depending on the outcome of the later game between the Hawks and Pacers.

“Our fate is almost now in Atlanta’s hands,” Anthony said. “It’s tough. … My fate is in somebody else’s hands.”

The start suggested it would be a great day for the Knicks.

James had four turnovers in the opening minutes and New York — which had its best opening 2½ minutes offensively in at least a decade, according to STATS LLC — held a 16-3 lead.

“Flummoxing,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It was bizarre. Our turnovers were, no offense to the Knicks, absolutely unforced.”

It was still 16-3 when Felton was whistled for a second early foul, and everything changed. The Knicks missed six straight shots and the Heat scored nine straight points. James — who had one turnover in the final 3½ quarters — settled down and things started going Miami’s way.

“I wasn’t awake yet,” James said.

Miami got snippy with one another in plenty of huddles during the game, something that Spoelstra seemed to particularly relish.

“Verbally spitting at each other, I like it,” Spoelstra said. “That’s what we need to get ready for the second season.”

Miami’s lead was 15 with just under 9 minutes to go before the Knicks made it interesting. Iman Shumpert missed a wide-open 3 with 3:30 left that would have gotten New York within four. James answered a layup at the other end and after Smith made his ninth 3, Mario Chalmersanswered with one of his own, making Miami’s lead 97-88.

So Smith made another, giving the Knicks life. And Miami again answered, this time Bosh doing the long-range honors to restore the nine-point edge.

Miami played without Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Greg Oden (back) and Chris Andersen (back, knee). Amare Stoudemire scored 12 and Tyson Chandler finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for New York.

James had four turnovers by the time Miami scored six points. But he settled in before the quarter was over, outmuscling Tim Hardaway Jr. for what became a three-point play. Hardaway tried to wrap James up on a break, but the four-time MVP kept going, scored and then flexed a biceps muscle to the roaring crowd.

“Trying to make a play,” James said.

And after that sizzling 14-point beginning, New York needed more than 13 minutes to score its next 14 points. A 31-10 run helped the Heat take as much as an eight-point lead in the second quarter, before the Knicks went into halftime up 50-48.

Miami found some breathing room by scoring the final seven points of the third. James laid it in while getting fouled with 4.1 seconds left — and as “M-V-P” chants rained down he gave Miami its biggest lead to that point, making the free throw that put the Heat up 73-64 entering the fourth.

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The Zen Master Speaks on the Knicks

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Via New York Post

If the Knicks make the playoffs, some players suggested the Knicks can do some damage. The chief reason, as Jackson sees it, are the contributions from the likes of J.R. Smith and Amar’e Stoudemire to ease Anthony’s load.

“Now they have more than one option out there on the floor, and I think that we’ll give teams trouble,” said Jackson, who explained the playoff format is big for evaluating the future.

“You’re playing a team in a seven-game series, you’re really seeing who’s going to be attacked, how they stand up to the pressure, who performs in the critical situations, what the grind of a multiple-game series does to a team and how they react,” Jackson said. “Those are all valuable lessons.”

While many believe coach Mike Woodson is living on borrowed time, Jackson spoke positively about how the team has responded.

“Mike has a philosophy. It’s worked for him in the past. It’s worked for him in Atlanta,” Jackson said. “One of the reasons why they’ve been successful in the last month and a half … has been their defense has improved.”

Jackson loved what he saw defensively against the Nets when the Knicks recorded 11 steals.

“I’m still a coach that believes in pressure, pressure defense, playing like we saw the Knicks play last night — anticipation, turnovers become run-outs,” Jackson said. “The triangle offense is one of the best offenses to run because of its balance and because players can play defense out of an offense like that. Your defense creates offense and your offense creates defense.”

Knickswag Notes:

I have to believe that Phil has already decided the fate of head coach Mike Woodson. Woody has done some positive things this last stretch of games, but his overall grade on the season is a D at best.

As far as J.R. Smith goes, Phil has hit it dead on, saying that J.R. has added something the Knicks have lacked all season. When J.R. is engaged, attacking and stroking the jumper, the Knicks are a very good team, but we all know that J..R is nothing but an inconsistent tease of a player that will always drive us nuts when we need him the most. I will never forget last years stinker in the playoffs by J.R.

Amar’e has had a very productive season, especially coming off the injury riddled season of the past 2 years. We all know that Amar’e will be gone from this team in 2015 unless he wants to stay for the vets minimum, which is a strong possibility knowing the strong character and class of STAT.

Shumpert is a player that makes me scratch my head. Some nights he is a defensive stud, and on other nights he is an offensive disaster, sometimes on both nights you can see both. I want to believe that Shump can become a solid lock down defender who can hit the open jumper, however this year I have really soured on him, hopefully Phil hasn’t.

Moving forward it is up to Phil to add the proper role players to help the Knicks become competitive next year with his eyes on 2015.

Whether or not this team makes the playoffs the Knicks are in a “evaluation” stages of a complete makeover. We have to trust Phil will do the right thing. But first lest get the 8th seed and hope and pray they can do some damage.

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Knicks @ Nite Podcast

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Knicks Win, but Lose Timmy

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By Kenneth Teape

New York Knicks vs. Utah Jazz

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The New York Knicks were able to handle business Monday night, beating the Utah Jazz 92-83. The Knicks knew before halftime that they needed a victory tonight to keep pace with the Atlanta Hawks, who defeated the Philadelphia 76ers earlier in the night. The Knicks new_york_knicks_by_devildog360-d51b5cewere able to do so, and will head back home with a 3-2 west coast trip and one game behind the Hawks for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. It was the best west coast trip for the Knicks since the 1999-2000 season, and only the second time this season they picked up a victory after trailing at halftime. Things will get difficult from here on out for the Knicks, as the remaining opponents on their schedule all hold records above .500. They will get back on the court Wednesday night to take on the cross town rival Brooklyn Nets.

Player of the Game: Carmelo Anthony

Amar’e Stoudemire was unable to go tonight because of what is being called knee soreness on what was a scheduled day off, so Anthony knew he had to carry the scoring load. Carry the load he did, as he poured in 34 points on 11-19 from the field. Anthony had his jump shot going throughout the evening, knocking down 4-7 from beyond the three point line and sinking all eight of his free throw attempts. Anthony also grabbed eight rebounds to go with three assists, three steals and one block.

-Positives

For the second consecutive night, the Knicks defense is what drove them to victory. Last night they were able to hold the high-scoring Golden State Warriors to only 18 points in the fourth quarter, tonight they one upped that, giving up only 14 to the Jazz. On the night the Jazz shot only 38.8 percent from the field, and 33.3 from the three point line. The scoring output for the Jazz declined in every quarter from the first on.

Without Stoudemire in the lineup, other players had to step up scoring tonight for the Knicks and that is exactly what they did. In addition to Anthony, the Knicks had four other players score in double-figures; Tyson Chandler had 15, Raymond Felton had 12, J.R. Smith had 13 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 10 off the bench.

The balanced scoring was huge for the Knicks tonight, as they were playing in the second night of a back-to-back. They were able to play efficiently on the offensive end, making 47.1 percent of their shots. They also turned the ball over only nine times, not allowing the Jazz to get into transition. The Knicks tonight looked like a team that wants to make the playoffs. With less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter, the game was tied at 67. From there, the Knicks took over, outscoring the Jazz 25-16 the remainder of the game.

-Negative

Hardaway Jr. appeared to injure his ankle in the waning seconds of the game. With the outcome already decided, he looked to land awkwardly and be in real pain. He was helped to the locker room by Anthony as he was unable to put any pressure on it. He will be taken for x-rays and tests, but was seen being taken out of the arena in a wheelchair. If Hardaway Jr. is unable to go Wednesday, it will be a big blow for the Knicks. Hardaway Jr. has emerged as the only scoring option off the bench with Smith and Stoudemire being inserted into the starting lineup.

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Knicks Torched by Suns

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By Kenneth Teape

New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns

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For the second time on this west coast trip, the New York Knicks inexplicably no showed. This time it was against a team that had something to play for still in the Phoenix Suns, and the end result was a 112-88 massacre. The game was never really close, as the Suns Knicks-Logo-Wallpaper-HDgot off to a scorching start and never let up on a Knicks team who just didn’t have it tonight on either end of the court. The Knicks once again lost out on a golden opportunity to close the gap between them and the Atlanta Hawks, now sitting two games behind them for eighth place in the Eastern Conference once again. The Knicks will be back on the court Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors.

Player of the Game: None

It is becoming a troubling trend that the Knicks are playing so poorly there is no player worth naming as the player of the game. It was a rough game for everyone on both ends of the court.

-Positive

Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert shot 50-plus percent from the field. The game was that bad that the only positive that can be taken from it was that three players made at least half their shots. Anthony scored 21, Stoudemire scored 19 in his return to the first place he called home in his NBA career, and Shumpert scored seven. Shannon Brown was able to knock down three of his five shots in garbage time as well, scoring six points. Continue reading

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Who is to Blame for the Knicks Short Comings and What to Do?

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Mike Woodson: Woody is an average coach at best who needs to take a lot of this blame, but not all of it. His lack of timely rotational moves and play calling have catapulted the Knicks backwards in the 13/14 season.c561ejnshkw31p6ezy25c6bkk

We all have our issues with the way coach has handled this roster, but two of the most condemning were his inability to hold players accountable on the defensive end, something that he stated he would do when he took over the team from Mike D, the other is a minor issue but showed great insight into the mentality of the Knicks and coach Woodson. The story goes like this: Metta was told that he would be out of the rotation. That is an issue in itself, but the outrageous thing is that he was told not to be a vocal leader and to quiet down. That is when he realized that he could not help this team, and he then asked for a buyout.

The fact that he did not play is ridiculous. He was the prefect SF to play along side of Melo. His championship pedigree, knowledge and defense first policy was exactly what the Knicks needed. But for some reason after he came back from his injury, Metta was not given a chance and was completely tuned out from Woodson and his rotation. For a team that was in a complete nosedive and losing 5 games at a time on multiple occasions, the Knicks could have used Metta’s expertise at every turn. This is just one of the reasons why Mike Woodson will not be the coach next year, making the team better off from the start.2sb17t64u8eqfwo818q9wf3rt

Amar’e and Bargnani Are the Same Player: Not exactly true, but with both player’s lack of defense instincts and both being gifted offensively, you cannot have both guys in the rotation at the same time. Your defense will suffer. Phil and his new coach must decide who will be in the rotation and who will be out.

Melo and His Guys Talk: Melo is a stud on the offense and has had a decent defensive year, however Melo talks about how the team needs to do this and do that to win and be better, but Melo and his guys never walk the talk. This is a problem, and one of the main reasons why I never listen to anything the have to say anymore. They start out doing the right thing, but when the pressure is on and they are in crunch time they always revert back to their old ways and what they know best, lack of focus. They have no discipline and their basketball IQ’s are not high enough to be on a Phil Jackson run team.

Too Many One-Way Players:

Shump: Good defensively but not a good offensive threat. He thinks he is Wade, but he is not even close. He makes the wrong pass at the wrong time and does not make the correct pass he should. He offensively disrupts the teams’ flow, watch you will see what I mean.new_york_knicks_by_devildog360-d51b5ce

Felton: A PG who is not really a PG. He is more like a SG that can’t really shoot on a consistent basis.

J.R. Smith: Consistently inconsistent. That sums it up. He cannot be relied upon and should be moved, or be the 3rd or 4th option, not the 2nd.

Hardaway Jr: He is a keeper. Right now he is horrible defensively but he is only a rookie.

Pablo: A very good passer on pick n rolls (something that might not happen if they move to the triangle). Pablo can pass and play D against slower PG’s, however he does not look to shoot enough.

Tyson: Tyson can be a solid center that could be a vital cog to a team. But the problem is that he is asked to cover up all the defensive woes of this team. He is older and more fragile than ever, but could be a big part of this team next year, especially if they get better defensive players to mold round Melo and Tyson.

The 14/15 season will be here before you know it. The Knicks are capped until the 15 summer, but a few things they can do to “Band-Aid” the situation until then.8839_new_york_knicks-wordmark-2013

A few would be as follows: Sign Pau Gasol to a 2-year mini mid level. This a very low number but make the 2nd year a player option and this will allow Pau opt out and sign a bigger contract in the summer of 15. This could happen if Phil could have a “Zen moment” with Pau to convince him of this.

The other would be to give Metta another shot in the rotation. We all know that Metta wants back to NY if Woody is gone. A frontline of Melo, Pau and Tyson, with Metta and either Amar’e or Barg’s is not that bad. All they would have to do then is get another SF and Center to spell more D, toughness and athleticism.

The backcourt is a tricky problem. Felton might not be around for legal purposes, but this is where Phil will earn his 12 million. He needs to make a change from Felton and JR to a more consistent triangle run guard rotation. Not an easy task but a task that he must lay a foundation to. Timmy and Shump is a start with Pablo as a back-up. The must find a starting PG and a SG. Tall task but must get done.

These few moves could make this team watchable and easy to root for. The one we watch now is hard to do.

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Knicks Bounce Back with a Win

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By Kenneth Teape

New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings

Post Game Recap

The New York Knicks made it a lot more difficult than it had to be Wednesday night, but they were still able to pull out a much needed victory over the Sacramento Kings by the score of 107-99. The Knicks and Kings have a history of roller coaster games in Sacramento New-York-Knicks-Logo-1and tonight was no different. The Knicks led by as many as 24 points but the Kings were able to get it as close as three in the fourth quarter. Nonetheless it was a nice, and necessary, bounce back win as the win puts the Knicks three back in the loss column and two in the standings with 10 to play. The Knicks will continue their west coast trip Friday with a visit to the Phoenix Suns.

Player of the Game: J.R. Smith

Smith was huge for the Knicks tonight, as he caught fire right from the beginning and Continue reading

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A Season to Forget: The 2013-14 New York Knicks

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By Max Marcilla

October 30th, 2013. The Knicks were back. New York felt the exciting vibe of a new season of basketball, just one year removed from a year of success.  The woeful Milwaukee Bucks were in town, and with new acquisitions including Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, and Tim Hardaway Jr., the Knicks were ready to roll.

The first half was great, and immediately, the dedicated Garden crowd was prepared for another exciting year. The Knicks went on to win the game, but the way they won happened to foreshadow the Knicks dreadful season: win or loss, New York does not play four good quarters.

In the second half, despite the loss, the Bucks were the team that controlled the game, outscoring the Knicks 52-34 in the final two quarters. From that half on, New York has been atrocious, and there is no way around that. Continue reading

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Knicks Destroyed by Lakers

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By Kenneth Teape

New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers

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If fans of the New York Knicks thought that Sunday was disappointing, it hit a whole different level of low Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers destroyed the listless Knicks —– . It was a frighten sight for the Knicks, who gave no effort and did not seem to pdd0fjfieou104feas4efg5lqcare about what was happening in the game. It was an embarrassing performance for a team still in the playoff race. The Knicks playoff hopes are on life support and fading fast as the poor performances continue to pile up. The Knicks will have a quick turnaround, as they will play the Sacramento Kings tomorrow night in the second night of the back-to-back.

Player of the Game: None

For the second consecutive game the Knicks do not have a player of the game. It was a total team embarrassment from top to bottom, players and coaching staff.

Match-up of the Game Recap:

J.R. Smith and Nick Young didn’t have the match-up anticipated at the start of the game, partially because the Knicks were blown out after the first quarter. Like all of his teammates, Smith was unable to get anything going consistently in the game. Young on the other hand had to going, pouring in 22 points in only 19 minutes. Young, like the Lakers, ran away with this match-up tonight. Continue reading

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Knicks Blow Lead in Loss to Cavs:

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Knicks 100 Cavaliers 106

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My Thoughts:

For the second straight game the Knicks blew a lead to a far less superior team, but this time it bit them in the a@#. For 8 games the Knicks did not lose, and I commend them for it. Tonight was a different story. With the Hawks loss this afternoon, the Knicks had an opportunity to close the gap to 2 games behind the Hawks for the 8th and final playoffs spot, but like all season long when the Knicks imagesneed to step up and win a big game they come up short.

I give respect to the Knicks for winning the 8 games in a row, but what I am interested in seeing now is if they can start another streak on the west coast with Phil watching on.

My main reason for concern is the fact that the ball is stagnant under Mike Woodson’s control of the team, and I would expect if the Knicks do NOT do something spectacular down the stretch, like win big, that the new coach will preach the principles of Phil: more than one pass, system structure (so the players no what plays to run w/o looking at the coach), and rebounding position. All this sounds simple, but most of these have slipped through Woody’s grasp. These simple core structures are what will give the Knicks hope next year and beyond. Thank you Phil, no go out and execute what you always have preached and do not let up please!

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Knicks Weekly Recap

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By Andrew Sutton

The New York Knicks continued their winning, going 3-0 throughout Week 20 of the NBA season. New York is now 27-40, 3rd in the Atlantic Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference, 4.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks in the 8th seed.Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers came to Midtown to clash with New York, and the Knicks came away victorious, 123-110. Carmelo Anthony struggled mightily throughout the first half, going 4/12 shooting. Tyson Chandler missed the game due to personal reasons, leaving Amar’e Stoudemire to play the big-man. STAT picked up the slack by going for 14 points off 6/7 shooting, with 4 rebounds in that first half. At the half, both teams were tied at 61 before Carmelo Anthony scored 11 points in the third quarter, grabbing 4 rebounds in the process. Once the fourth quarter rolled along, the Knicks stepped on the 76ers’ throats, starting off on a 19-4 run, all without ‘Melo on the floor, to put the game away. New York had four 20 point scorers in Monday’s contest. Leading the pack was Tim Hardaway Jr., who went for 28 points and 2 rebounds. Stoudemire finished with 23 points and 6 rebounds, including vintage STAT throw downs in the midst of defenders. How many times do we say that? Carmelo was the third leading scorer with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. J.R. Smith added with 22 points and 5 assists. Michael Carter-Williams triple-doubled for 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Knicks shot 54% collectively, including 13 three pointers. j-r-smith-carmelo-anthony-new-york-knicks-boston-celtics-nba-playoffs-2013

Wednesday, New York went over to rival territory in TD Garden in Boston, where the Knicks would down the Celtics, 116-92. Stoudemire was on the bench, as he recovered from several games in a short time, and Chandler missed another game with personal reasons. Cole Aldrich was forced to suit up for his first career start. ‘Melo started off the game hot, going for 13 points off 5/8 shooting, including 3/4 from downtown, and also grabbed 3 rebounds. Anthony notched 19 at the half to build a 20 point lead. Aldrich came alive in the first half, going 2/2 for 6 points, 5 rebounds, and swatting a single shot. Jeff Green got hot in the third quarter, going for 17 off 6/9 shots to bring New York’s lead to 10 after three. The Knicks returned with a 10-2 run to start the fourth to put the game away. ‘Melo went for 34 points with 9 rebounds to finish the game. Sidekick of the night was Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 22 points while grabbing 3 rebounds. Aldrich finished with his third double-double of his career in 12 points and 10 rebounds. On the opposition, Green went for 27 points. As a unit, the Knicks shot 53% field goals along with 11/19 from downtown, out-rebounding and out-dishing Boston. New York’s bench scored 44 total points. Continue reading

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Recap of Phil Jackson’s Press Conference

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Melo Willing to Change His Game

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By Max Marcilla

Following the Knicks practice session on Monday, reporters continued to ask forward Carmelo Anthony about Phil Jackson, the soon-to-be Knick President.

The Knicks will be holding a news conference inside Madison Square Garden tomorrow morning at 11 A.M to make a “major announcement.”

Anthony, who has an option to opt-out of the last year of his contract (and has expressed interest in doing so) said the big picture in New York “is definitely more attractive.” He continued by saying ”What I’ve been able to do these past 10-11 years has gotten me at where I am right now. If Phil wants to come in and change that this late in my career, if it’s going to help me win a championship, I’m with it.”

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Photo Credit: ESPN.com

The Knicks star is wrapping up his 11th season, his third full season in New York, and has winning on his mind. At this point in his career, winning is a top priority for Anthony. He has a hefty collection of individual accolades (NBA Scoring Champion, 7x NBA All-Star, 3x Eastern Conference Player of the Month), but has yet to win that elusive title.

“As far as knowing what it takes to win, Phil is the best to ever do it,” Anthony said. “So for me to be able to have the opportunity and have him by my side, for him to teach me, you know, because I’m still willing to learn the game of basketball.

“And I haven’t won anything [and] he’s won a lot. I can learn a lot from him and his system, things that he wants to incorporate here. I’m hoping and praying this all works.”

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What to Do with Cole Aldrich

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By Max Marcilla

Knicks center Tyson Chandler has been inactive the past two games for personal reasons, and forward Amar’e Stoudemire was inactive last game for a “recovery day.”

Unfortunately for New York, having inactive big men has been a common theme throughout the season. Chandler, Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, and Andrea Bargnani have missed a combined 100 games. 

Martin and Bargnani will both be out for a while more, while both Chandler and Stoudemire will play tomorrow against the Bucks.

With all of the injuries and recovery days these players have had this year, one center that has been lost in the mix is Cole Aldrich. Despite not missing a single game due to injury, Aldrich has had DNP – Coach’s Decision in his box score 34 times, and has only played 32 games. All but five of those games gave Aldrich stints of less than ten minutes. Continue reading

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Knicks to Hire Phil Jackson. What to Expect This Summer

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Marc Berman NY POST

The Zen Master in the house.

The Knicks have formally announced a Tuesday morning press conference at the Garden at which they will announce the hiring of Phil Jackson as team president, bringing his Hall of Fame career full circle as he looks to win his third championship ring as a Knick.

Jackson’s Chicago-based agent, Todd Musburger, and Knicks officials, including James Dolan lieutenant Barry Watkins, were in Los Angeles with the former Lakers coach to sign the contracts Friday, according to a source. A source confirmed an ESPN.com report Jackson will be paid approximately $12 million per year.

During Jackson’s coaching negotiations with the Lakers last season that fell apart, he asked for $12 million a year. He made $12 million in his second-to-last season coaching the Lakers in 2009-10, but took a “pay cut’’ to $10 million in 2010-11, his final season.

The Post reported Jackson reached an agreement in principle to become club president after giving Dolan, the Knicks owner, a verbal commitment last Saturday night.

Knickswag Notes:

I am glad to say that the Knicks finally have a real GM to call our own. I am on board with this hiring as long as Phil is in it for the right reasons and of course he is in it 100%. Instant credibility has arrived at MSG, as Phil Jackson has come full circle in his career. He will try to be the first GM to bring the Knicks fans and NYC a title since he was a player on the same team that he is in charge of right now. That makes this a very unique situation for the Zen master.

Many questions will need to be answered. Who will the coach be? Will Phil hire a GM? And can he lure role players in the 14/15 season, and can he get the big fish in the summer of 2015? All Phil has to do is be the closer in free agency by pushing his 11 rings onto the table and in front of any potential player. This should seal the deal.

All kidding aside, I expect Phil to hire someone like Steve Kerr as his coach or GM. I think the latter would be the best for this team. As for a coach I am not sure yet. Coaches like Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis and Kerr all have come up in recent days, but we have to trust that Phil will make the right move and hire a coach to implement his system, which very well could be the famed triangle offense.

As far as players, not many moves can be made this offseason, but role players can be added, which are underrated on any team, especially the NY Knicks. Someone to keep an eye on is Pau Gasol. If he can be persuaded to take a 2 to 3 year mid-level contract to become the Knicks starting PF, allowing Melo to move back to his natural SF, the Knicks could be in business. Pau still has life left in him and will most likely not make it back to the Lakers as long as Mike D is on the bench. He is a gifted passer in the post, and would allow Melo to play off the ball in the triangle. He has passion, heart and game still to contribute to the right team. If Phil can persuade Pau to the big apple the Knicks could have a overachieving year with their eyes on 2015.

Phil Jackson is here folks! Let us celebrate Knicks basketball today, and onTuesday when he is introduced as the new Knicks President of basketball operations. Welcome Phil!

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Spoof on Phil’s First Day with the Knicks

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Knicks Handle Celtics

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By Kenneth Teape

New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics

Post Game Recap

The Knicks were able to go into Boston and handle business Wednesday night, coming away with a 116-92 blowout victory over the Celtics. It was a total team effort tonight from the Knicks on both ends of the court overall as they took control of the game right from the start. The victory tonight moves the Knicks to three games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final spot in the Eastern Conference 8582214playoffs and alone in ninth place. The Knicks will take their five game winning streak into a matinee with the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night and look to inch closer to the playoffs.

-Player of the Game: Cole Aldrich

With Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire both sidelined for tonight, the Knicks needed someone to step up and try filling the void. That person tonight was Aldrich, who made his first NBA start and put together a great game in the process. Aldrich recorded a double-double, scoring a career-high tying 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. He also brought intensity and production to the defensive end, blocking three shots. Aldrich knows his role with the team and that he probably will not play much, if at all, when all the regulars come back, but for one night Aldrich was called upon and he showed up. This is a good thing all around as the Knicks now know what Aldrich can give them in a pinch and Aldrich now has the confidence that he can come in and produce. Continue reading

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Knicks Rout Sixers in 4th

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By Kenneth Teape

Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks

Post Game Recap

The Knicks were able to run their winning streak to four games Monday night with a 123-110 victory. It was a total team effort for the Knicks, who got a little something from all the players who stepped on the court tonight to help get the win. The Knicks are now sole owners of ninth place in the Eastern Conference, percentage points ahead of the Detroit Pistons. They now sit 3 ½ games behind the alg-amare-stoudemire-points-jpgAtlanta Hawks, who were able to hold on and defeat the Utah Jazz tonight. The Knicks will look to continue their strong play Wednesday against another divisional foe in the Boston Celtics.

Player of the Game: Amar’e Stoudemire

Stoudemire has found his groove and is dominating for the Knicks. This is as close he has looked to the Stoudemire of his Phoenix Suns and first season with the Knicks days. Tonight he scored 23 points to go with six rebounds and one block. The impressive thing about his scoring output is that he did it on only 10 shots, making nine and connecting on five of eight free throws. Stoudemire is the most efficient scorer the Knicks have and he has shown time and time again when given the minutes he can still produce offensively. Recently Stoudemire has been playing better on the defensive end as well, enabling Mike Woodson to use him more minutes during the game. Continue reading

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Knicks Week Recap with Andrew Sutton

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By Andrew Sutton

A long overdue string of wins for the New York Knicks, saw them going 3-1 throughout Week 19 of NBA basketball. New York is now 24-40, third in the Atlantic Division and tenth in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games behind the 8th seed.2lwa9t0

Monday, New York traveled to Detroit, where Andre Drummond led his Pistons to a 85-96 win over the Knicks. Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith both got the nod and started the game. The defense looked good over the first quarter, complimenting their offense after taking an 8 point lead. From there on out, the backcourt play of the guards was atrocious, finishing the game with 9/41 collective shooting. The first quarter was offensively led by Amar’e and Carmelo Anthony; the two scoring 8 and 10. In the third, Drummond, not known as an offensive threat, took over scoring 9 points off 4/5 shooting with 5 boards, as Detroit outscored the Knicks 30-20. A comeback was irrelevant, as the Pistons started the fourth on an 8-0 run to finish off New York. Drummond finished the game with 17 points and a monstrous 26 rebounds, the most since Kevin Love’s 30 point/30 rebound game in 2010. For the Knicks, ‘Melo finished with 28 points and 5 boards alongside STAT’s 22 points and 6 boards. Tyson Chandler also contributed with 8 points and 18 boards. As a team, New York shot 39% off 10/28 from behind the arc, failing to topple Detroit in rebounds, assists, and points in the paint. Continue reading

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Knicks Defeat Cavs With New Lineup on “Big Z’s” Night

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By Max Marcilla

The Knicks won again, this time in Cleveland, despite a Cavalier team fighting for a win for Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey retiring night. The Knicks outplayed the Cavs in almost every aspect.

Going with the “big” lineup of Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler (which has turned the season around for now), the Knicks dominated the glass early and throughout the game.

Despite shooting just 43% from the field, partially due to a horrid 0-6 start for Anthony and another rough night for rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., the offensive rebounding kept the Knicks in control. Stoudemire and Chandler combined for 11 offensive boards, and the Cavs were outrebounded by a staggering 12 rebounds.

The Knicks also moved the ball freely, as 26-of-38 Knick buckets were assisted on. It was reminiscent of 2012-13, when every member of the Knicks had faith in the next guy to knock down the shot.  Everyone got involved in the assist game, as even the three worst passers on the Knicks (Anthony, Stoudemire, and Smith) combined for 11 dimes.

After the emotional halftime ceremony, which features the return of LeBron James to Cleveland, and the raising of the number 11 banner at the Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavs came out rejuvenated, and took the lead for a brief time. Then, Anthony hit a three-ball to close the third quarter, and the Knicks didn’t look back.

In a dominant fourth quarter, which featured spectacular defense (holding Cleveland to 21 points) the defensive star was Iman Shumpert. In a game where Shumpert made his presence known on offense, with seven points on 3/8 shooting, his defense lead the Knicks to a win. The third-year pro played 31 minutes, and gave 100% effort and some nice steals defensively. Continue reading

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Phil Jackson to the Knicks?

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Via Frank Isola of  New York Daily News

Knicks offer Phil Jackson a front office position, expect a decision from Basketball Hall of Famer next week

According to an NBA source, Garden Chairman James Dolan has met with Jackson about a potential return to the franchise where he was a member of the Knicks’ only two championship teams.

Phil Jackson reportedly is not interesting in coaching again, but likes the idea of running a team.

Phil Jackson has been offered a front office position with the Knicks and is expected to give the club a decision sometime next week, the Daily News has learned.url

According to an NBA source, Garden Chairman James Dolan has met with Jackson about a potential return to the franchise where he was a member of the Knicks’ only two championship teams. Jackson also won 11 titles as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers but apparently has no interest in coaching the Knicks.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported that Knicks president Steve Mills offered the head coaching position to Jackson but he declined. Jackson has on numerous occasions ruled out returning to the bench. However, the 68-year-old Hall of Fame coach has said publicly that he would like to move into a front office and run a team.

Jackson was set to join Seattle’s front office until the Sacramento Kings reached a deal to stay in Northern California. He most recently served as a consultant for the Detroit Pistons who fired head coach Maurice Cheeks after just 50 games. Continue reading

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5 Fixes to Launch the Knicks Back to Respectability in the 14/15 Season

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Dear Knicks fans, to say it has been a rough year are an understatement.

We all know the season is over. It’s time to move on with an eye for the summer of 15, but where does that leave us for 14/15? The Knicks need to nurture their young, find bargains, and look for the right chemistry to get through the 14/15 season without compromising their budget for the 15 summer and the “real” Knicks rebuild that will define Melo’s career.images

1] Melo stays, or he goes? If it’s the latter then a complete rebuild will be upon us and this conversation takes a completely different tone. The set tone would be a complete overhaul of the Knicks roster with trust in our owner and front office to make sound decisions. That’s tough to believe in. However, lets say Melo stays for his max contract. The roster being the way it is now the Knicks will be inevitably a horrible defensive unit and an average offensive team. Changes need to be made, and the signing of Melo would be the first step.  The next steps will shape the roster moving forward.

2] Power forward is now Melo’s permanent position for the 14/15 season. The Knicks need to find players that are two-way and can get his own shot. A tall task on short notice. Continue reading

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Knicks @ Nite Podcast

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Knicks Finally Get a Win

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By Kenneth Teape

New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Post Game Recap

The Knicks were able to get a much-needed victory and snap their seven-game losing streak Wednesday Night in Minnesota against the Timberwolves 118-106. It was a great team effort put forth by the team tonight as they got going right from the start, never trailing in the135338-330-0 game and being engaged from the opening tip through the final whistle. The victory moves the Knicks record to 22-40 on the season and moves them to within six games of the Atlanta Hawks, who play at the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday, for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks will look to keep the positive play going Friday night against the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden.

Player of the Game:Raymond Felton

Felton had his best game in a long time and arguably this season as he scored 18 points to go along with eight assists, three rebounds, four steals and one block. Felton played with supreme confidence and energy tonight as he attacked the basket and created easy opportunities for himself and his teammates. Felton’s aggressiveness makes things immensely easier for the Knicks as easy baskets and open jump shots become more readily available. As Felton goes the Knicks go and if they are to make a final push for the playoffs to close the season Felton needs to continue playing close to what he did tonight. Continue reading

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Knicks Fans Plan Garden Protest Before March 19 Game

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Via Marc Berman, New York Post

MINNEAPOLIS — A rally to protest Knicks owner James Dolan’s handling of the sinking franchise is on tap for March 19 in front of the Garden before the team hosts the Pacers.pdd0fjfieou104feas4efg5lq

The organizers of the “KF4L Rally,” which has its own Facebook page, are promoting the rally via social media. The KF4L stands for “Knicks Fan for Life.’’

Knicks fans Michael Brown, who has staged demonstrations in the past, Anthony Samaroo, a Chicago-based Knicks fan, and Mark Griffin are the rally’s promoters.

In a statement, the organizers wrote the rally is being staged because of “Dolan’s failure to allow knowledgeable basketball people the autonomy/power to make basketball related decisions…His insistence on overriding the opinions of his basketball people by bidding against himself in negotiations and overpaying in trades.’’

The statement also took issue with “the rehiring of Steve Mills who has never been in the GM role before and presided over one of the most embarrassing eras in Knick history.’’

It went on to add Mills “has yet to speak to the media or fans about the state of the team since he came back. The fans deserve explanations.’’

In conclusion, the statement read: “We understand Dolan will not sell. We understand change may not come of this. We just want our voices heard. We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better.’’

Max’s Thoughts:

As disappointed as I am that my beloved Knicks are struggling, and at this point are only alive mathematically, this protest is ridiculous to me. There will be no way I associate myself with this protest.

Do I support the decisions that James Dolan, Steve Mills, and the rest of the Knicks front office has made over the past year…? Absolutely not. Over the past year, the front office has elected to trade for Andrea Bargnani, sign Chris Smith, and arguably their worst mistake has been opting against firing their obviously failing head coach, Mike Woodson.

However, what will this protest do? James Dolan is very comfortable financially, and I doubt the protest will give him second thoughts about anything he does. If the fans boycott buying tickets or memorabilia, I’m sure the Garden will still sell out every game, and Melo jerseys will continue to fly off the racks.

I love my Knicks, and I want the best for them. I do not think Mills is the right General Manager for them, and I certainly don’t agree with many decisions they’ve made, but this protest will do nothing.

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Knicks in a Dark Place Right Now

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By Kenneth Teape

New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons

Post Game Recap

This was a rough game to watch for fans of either team, but it hurt a little more for Knicks fans as they fell to the Pistons Monday night. The Knicks didn’t not put forth the effort once again and were once again embarrassed by their opponent. The focus and attention to knicks_vs_pistonsdetail just are not there for this team as a playoff run looks as out of the question as ever now. They have completely collapsed after a strong January and look to just be going through the motions as the positives needed to win basketball games are coming far too sporadically for this team. The Knicks losing streak now hits seven as they have lost 13 of their last 15 games and fall to 21-40.

Player of the Game: None

There was no Knicks player that brought it on both ends of the court tonight. The closest person was Jeremy Tyler, who came in and continued to give the energy and competitiveness he has shown all season. With the season all but down the drain he should see his minutes increase. You could also say that Shannon Brown and Earl Clark were players of the game as they didn’t give any negative plays to the Knicks on the court being stapled to the bench and receiving DNP-Coach Decision. Continue reading

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