The draft marked the symbolic end of a week so blah that Indiana and Golden State saw more drama. In truth though, it has been an important week for New York if a boring one. Nothing really happened, but the stage is set for some potentially good outcomes. Amid a chorus of boos, face palms and Scooby-Doo faces, the Knicks selected Kostas Papanikolaou, a forward in Greece’s top pro league. I suspect that fan reaction was just animosity toward an unfamiliar name. Odds are that Papanikolaou will take his place in the annals of European would-be 2nd round steals, right …continue reading
[New York Daily News] Knicks point to Nash in free agency (Sat, 30 Jun 2012 02:56:03 GMT) Steve Nash’s agent should expect a call from the Knicks just after midnight Saturday night, when the free agency madness officially begins. [New York Times] Knicks Get Boost in Effort to Retain Lin With Bird Rights (Sat, 30 Jun 2012 05:19:37 GMT) A settlement involving so-called Bird rights will allow the Knicks to exceed the N.B.A. salary cap to re-sign Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak. [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Lamar Odom Traded to Clippers (Sat, 30 Jun 2012 05:30:08 GMT) …continue reading
The NBA has settled its dispute with the Players Association over the rights of waived players. The compromise is that players waived under traditional methods can gain “Early Bird” rights (their team being allowed to resign them for up to the average NBA salary) but not “Bird” rights (being able to resign them for more than the average salary). However, players waived under the amnesty provision will be able to obtain Bird rights. So Chauncey Billups and JJ Hickson will have full Bird rights with their current teams (which is great news for the Blazers, who were likely going to …continue reading
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[New York Post] Knicks fans may never see 2nd-rounder in N.Y. (Fri, 29 Jun 2012 04:33:18 -0500) It’s all Greek to Knicks fans who thought the club would take a step forward last night in the NBA Draft in trying to win now and build up their bench. It wasn’t worth the wait. With the witching hour approaching, the Knicks selected late last night unheralded… [New York Post] Bird-rights appeal could settle soon (Fri, 29 Jun 2012 04:23:25 -0500) The union and the NBA are closing in on a settlement to end the league’s Bird-rights appeal. The two sides made …continue reading
I’m probably missing a vowel or twelve in there somewhere. Anyway, with a few wish-listers falling in the final moments before the Knicks’ sole pick — Darius Miller and Doron Lamb just to name a pair — talk of snagging local hero Scott Machado or Marquette product Darius Johnson-Odom appeared close to actual commencement. Either would’ve made sense. Either would’ve fit, at least theoretically. Either would’ve been people we’ve heard of. And then… VOWELS. Not much is known about the 6’9″ Greek Big who carried his team — Olympiakos — to the EuroBasket title. At least I think that’s what …continue reading
So I wrote a thing over at the thing about three possible candidates for the Knicks’ pick tonight, which if I remember correctly is the 103rd: Having dealt away their first-round draft pick in the 2010 Tracy McGrady trade, the Knicks’ hopes for adding depth will now have to be realized in the second round. But while rotation-ready players are seldom found outside the top 30, the past two drafts have seen the Knicks walk away with a pair of finds – Landry Fields (2010) and Josh Harrellson (2011) – who both ended up making rookie year contributions. This year’s …continue reading