From ESPN.com: The highly anticipated regular-season opener Thursday between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, which was to be the first NBA regular-season game at the $1 billion Barclays Center, has been postponed due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Nets confirmed Wednesday. At this point, a makeup date has not been announced. The NBA announced on Tuesday that the game would take place as scheduled. But shutdowns of mass transit due to the hurricane would’ve caused significant problems for fans trying to attend the game. Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said he spoke to NBA …continue reading
As the season rapidly approaches, one of the main concerns facing this New York Knicks team is worries over injuries to the key players on the Knicks. In this piece, I’ll be setting over/under on games played for the Knicks’ top eight players and you all can make your picks as to whether said player will play less games than the amount I list or more (Mike already did one for Iman Shumpert, so I’ll be skipping him this time around). Carmelo Anthony Did you know that Carmelo Anthony has only had two seasons where he has failed to miss …continue reading
ESPN is reporting that Amar’e Stoudemire will now be out for at least six weeks, possibly eight, and heck, let’s face it, who really knows what will happen next with his surgically repaired left knee. Stoudemire went to the Phoenix Suns team doctor (the best team doctor in the world, right?) and he is the one who is projecting the new time frame. Well, that’s not good news. I guess we won’t have to worry about how Melo and Amar’e mesh for awhile now, eh?
Amar’e Stoudemire has been paired with Carmelo Anthony for 20 months, and over that time period, when the pair have played in the same game the Knicks’ record is an underwhelming 31-40 (1-7 in playoffs) . When Stoudemire, Anthony, and Tyson Chandler were on the floor together, New York scored only 98.5 points per 100 possessions. To put that in perspective, that level of offensive *ahem* efficiency would put the Knicks in the bottom third of the league. The individual stats available through NBA.com confirm that the pairing of Anthony and Stoudemire are the problem. Anthony posts average to below …continue reading
[New York Newsday] Marcus Camby hopes to be ready for season opener against Nets (Mon, 29 Oct 2012 01:32:23 EDT) The Knicks had a couple of welcome sights Sunday. [New York Daily News] Healthy Deron ready to lead Nets against Knicks (Mon, 29 Oct 2012 01:36:23 GMT) The Nets got ready for the Knicks as they prepped for Sandy, knowing there’s a chance Mother Nature won’t allow them another practice before Thursday’s opener in Brooklyn. So they scrimmaged against themselves with the ‘B’ team playing as the Knicks, whether it was Toko Shengalia as Carmelo Anthony or Andray Blatche as …continue reading
[New York Times] Basketball: McGrady Denies Money a Factor in China Move (Sun, 28 Oct 2012 07:42:10 GMT) Two-times NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady has denied money was a factor in his decision to join the Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). [New York Times] Doctor for Amar’e Stoudemire Mostly Agrees With Knicks’ Prognosis (Sun, 28 Oct 2012 05:48:12 GMT) Offering a second opinion, the doctor said Amar’e Stoudemire would miss several more weeks with a knee injury. [New York Times] Dwight Howard and Steve Nash Complete Lakers’ Powerful Starting Five (Sun, 28 Oct 2012 05:48:12 GMT) Adding …continue reading
[New York Post] Amar’e out indefinitely for Knicks (Sat, 27 Oct 2012 03:26:27 -0500) Though Tyson Chandler said he “absolutely” expects to be on the Brooklyn floor Thursday for the season opener despite his left-knee bone bruise, nobody can say when Amar’e Stoudemire and his ailing left knee will step onto a court again. According to a confidant of Stoudemire, the Knicks’ ailing… [New York Post] Clyde: Melo primed for big year (Sat, 27 Oct 2012 01:01:33 -0500) Walt “Clydeâ? Frazier said he thinks Carmelo Anthony is ready to quiet the doubters and not only have a breakout season in …continue reading