The Knicks will soon announce that they have signed Ronnie Brewer to a one-year contract for the vet minimum. Brewer will likely get a good shot at taking the starting job at the #2 while Iman Shumpert is out. Like Shump, Brewer is a strong defender. Also like Shump, Brewer can’t hit a three-pointer (he is a career .244 shooter from three-point land. It will be like Landry Fields never left!). Still, his defense will be a great addition to the team. I was afraid that Brewer would not be willing to play for the veteran minimum. I am pleased …continue reading
[New York Times] London Olympics — USA Basketball Team Takes Spain Seriously (Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:20:04 GMT) The men’s basketball exhibition game Tuesday against Spain and its imposing frontcourt should say a lot about the strength of the United States team heading into the London Olympics. [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Nets Sign Backup Guard C. J. Watson (Tue, 24 Jul 2012 05:15:56 GMT) The Nets have signed C. J. Watson to back up Deron Williams at point guard. General Manager Billy King announced the signing without disclosing terms.
[New York Post] Report: Grunwald ducked Rockets (Mon, 23 Jul 2012 04:36:15 -0500) Glen Grunwald did his best to pull a Houdini act on Rockets officials last week in Las Vegas. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, the Knicks general manager refused to either answer the door at his Mandarin Oriental hotel room or come to the front desk and accept… [New York Times] U.S. Learn From Narrow Win Over Argentina (Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:39:06 GMT) It was the narrowest winning margin yet for the U.S. basketball team in the run-up to defending their Olympic title, but …continue reading
[New York Times] 2012 Olympics — Team USA’s International Education, Before the Games (Sun, 22 Jul 2012 05:54:05 GMT) Three members of the United States’ 2002 Junior World Championship qualifying team are headed to London for this summer’s Olympics. [New York Times] Krzyzewski Leads Team USA in Practice in Barcelona (Sun, 22 Jul 2012 06:00:26 GMT) In 1992, the Dream Team made its run in Barcelona. Now the United States is back with Mike Krzyzewski as coach, this time to train for London. [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Kidd Apologizes for Accident (Sun, 22 Jul 2012 02:55:45 GMT) The …continue reading
[New York Times] Rockets Gaining Lin’s Skills and International Fan Base (Fri, 20 Jul 2012 05:10:06 GMT) If fans in Houston are not quite swept up in Linsanity the way New Yorkers were, at least the Rockets know that Jeremy Lin could give them continued resonance in the vast basketball markets in Asia. [New York Times] Felton Hopes for Fresh Start With Knicks (Fri, 20 Jul 2012 05:09:08 GMT) Raymond Felton, who struggled last season playing for Portland, has wanted to return to the Knicks ever since he was traded to Denver in the deal for Carmelo Anthony. [New York …continue reading
[New York Post] Johnson, D’Antoni ‘point’ out surprise at Lin’s Knicks departure (Thu, 19 Jul 2012 03:36:36 -0500) The two head coaches who witnessed the birth of “Linsanityâ? Feb. 4 at the Garden, the Nets’ Avery Johnson, who was foiled by it, and former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, who thrived with it, expressed varying degrees of surprise Wednesday that Jeremy Lin was allowed to go to Houston… [New York Post] Rocket-shippin’ Lin says he preferred New York (Thu, 19 Jul 2012 03:21:18 -0500) Jeremy Lin did not want to leave New York. But now, after the Knicks declined to match …continue reading
Basketball and big business are both complicated things and, when combined, can make for a full-fledged clusterfrack. Rarely is this truer than in the brain of Jimmy Dolan, quarters so cavernous and labyrinthine that disgraced former GMs are able to burrow and hide for years beyond their useful lives, pulling strings and likely sexually harassing every passing neuron in a skirt. Attempting to interpret the thought processes that govern such a place is futile; we will likely never know exactly why the Knicks refused to match the three-year, $25 million offer sheet that has landed Jeremy Lin in Houston. How …continue reading