[New York Daily News] Chandler has a big fan in Warriors coach Jackson (Wed, 28 Dec 2011 04:03:28 GMT) WHEN TYSON Chandler takes the floor in Oakland Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors, the Knicks’ 7-1 center might look down toward the Golden State bench and briefly ponder what might have been. [New York Post] Jackson’s Golden State was Tyson’s 2nd choice (Wed, 28 Dec 2011 02:52:57 -0500) Tyson Chandler has gotten to know new Warriors coach Mark Jackson over the past few years, seeing him at restaurants and living near him in California. This past offseason, Jackson tried …continue reading
NY Post’s Marc Berman reporting the Knicks have claimed Jeremy Lin off waivers: The Knicks have claimed former Harvard PG Jeremy Lin off waivers, according to a league source. Lin spent his rookie year in Oakland, but was waived by the Warriors, and new coach Mark Jackson, on Dec. 9. The Rockets picked Lin up, but waived him Sunday to clear roster space in order to sign Samuel Dalembert. Lin, 23, was undrafted out of Harvard but appeared in 29 games for the Warriors as a rookie last season, averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. Obviously …continue reading
It’s not that Josh Harrellson’s path to the NBA was impossible, or even unlikely. It’s not like his college career was so rocky that his coach once banished him to a locker room stall at halftime, or made him ride back to campus in the equipment van. On the same night. And it’s not as if his selection with the 45th pick in last June’s Draft had — with the benefit of hindsight — come from so far out in left field as to have been called in from the Viking satellite. … Except that it was, it was, he was, …continue reading
[New York Post] Jackson gets shot at old team (Tue, 27 Dec 2011 06:16:28 -0500) The Knicks have already beaten Mark Jackson once since he became Warriors head coach. They stole center Tyson Chandler away from Golden State earlier this month. Tomorrow, the Knicks will try to make it 2-0 over Jax. The Knicks beging their three-game Western trip in Oakland. It should be a… [New York Post] Knicks’ PG depth takes hit with injury to Iman (Tue, 27 Dec 2011 02:50:45 -0500) Baron Davis is out at least three more weeks with a sore back. Iman Shumpert is shelved …continue reading
Put this in the “Gotta Share With Knick Fans” pile. Brett Koremenos from NBAPlaybook breaks down Carmelo Anthony’s work in the pick & roll, and it’s all positive. However, by putting Carmelo in pick and roll situations early in the shot clock, D’Antoni may have triggered Anthony’s inner playmaker and pushed the Knicks closer to being serious championship contenders. In the Boston game, Anthony’s decision-making out of the pick and roll was exemplary. He made ruthlessly efficient pass-shoot decisions and showed why nuanced ballscreen play from a 6’8” ballhandler can be a nightmare for opposing defense schemes.
[New York Times] Knicks 106, Celtics 104: Knicks Edge Celtics as the N.B.A. Returns (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:47:32 GMT) Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points as the Knicks defeated the Celtics in the N.B.A.’s belated return after a long, strange off-season. [New York Times] Bulls 88, Lakers 87: Lakers Stumble in Final Seconds and Fall to Bulls (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:47:23 GMT) The Lakers blew a 6-point lead in the final minute against the Bulls, falling in the N.B.A. season opener and marking the 10th loss in their string of 14 annual Christmas games. [New York Times] Heat 105, …continue reading
Sometimes the most rewarding gift is the one that’s hardest to unwrap. In a game that showcased both the best and worst of last year’s Knicks, Carmelo Anthony’s clutch Christmas heroics punctuated an afternoon at once nerve wracking and promising. Anthony netted 17 of his 37 points in the final stanza, single-handedly matching Boston’s entire fourth quarter output and propelling the Knicks to a 106-104 victory — the team’s first over the Celtics since 2010. Kevin Garnett (15 points, 8 rebounds) had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but missed a 15-foot contested jumper from the wing. …continue reading