[New York Post] Woodson says Knicks ‘are in the hunt’ for title (Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:03:37 -0400) The new bridges Garden fans will see Wednesday dissecting the arena are symbolic of the 2013-14 Knicks' season that opens against the lowly Bucks. Because Wednesday's season opener is either… [New York Daily News] Knicks ignore doubters, focus on title run (Wed, 30 Oct 2013 06:07:22 GMT) The Knicks heard all summer and throughout training camp about how they haven’t done enough to gain ground on the Miami Heat — or to keep up with the improvements made by Chicago, Indiana and …continue reading
Hope you’re enjoying our new look; KnickerBlogger godfather Mike Kurylo was hard at work and continues to excel at all the parts of bringing you this blog that are less than fun in their own right. All accolades for whatever additional enjoyment the smoother design is able to bring you during the season should head his way. Meanwhile, David Dressekie from 590 WSJU (St. John’s Campus Station) was kind enough to invite me on Monday afternoon’s show to talk about the Knicks’ offseason. If you’re interested, you can listen here: One more day, folks!
Cutting Jeremy Tyler, which the Knicks did on Friday, will likely have zero impact on the 2013-2014 season. Tyler has bounced around on the end of NBA benches, in the D-League and abroad. He is injured. He also, as Robert astutely points out, might rejoin the team very shortly, as it is unlikely that a team will bother to pick up a marginal, injured player. In other words, in the grand scheme of things, Friday’s roster moves — in which the Knicks kept Chris Smith in favor of several clearly superior players, including Tyler and Ike Diogu – will likely …continue reading
[New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Pacers’ Granger Out With Calf Injury (Tue, 29 Oct 2013 02:38:41 GMT) Indiana Pacers swingman Danny Granger will miss the first three weeks of the season with a left calf injury. [New York Times] Imagining LeBron James as a Net, a Bobcat, a Cavalier (Again) … (Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:37:22 GMT) As LeBron James tries to lead the Heat to another title, here’s a humorous look at what other teams might say or do to get him to leave Miami next summer. [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Bargnani could lose …continue reading
Press Release from MSG, in full: New York Knickerbockers President and General Manager Steve Mills announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year contract option on guard Iman Shumpert. In two seasons, Shumpert, 6-5, 220-pounds, holds career averages of 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 26.0 minutes in 104 games (80 starts) with New York. He appeared in, and started, 45 games last season to average 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 22.1 minutes. The Oak Park, IL native was originally selected by the Knicks in the first round (17th overall) of 2011 NBA Draft and earned 2011-12 …continue reading
The upper echelon of the Eastern Conference has improved itself over the summer, making for a tougher task for the Knicks to snag that ever-elusive NBA title. Could the now super top-heavy conference keep them from even winning 54 games as they did last season? The gang weighs in. McElroy: I take it that the teams you’re referring to when you say that “the upper echelon… has improved” are Chicago, Brooklyn, and Indiana. Your premise is reasonable on face but it misses one important point: the Knicks went 3-8 against those three teams last year (Research FTW!). Even if they …continue reading
[New York Daily News] Executive Decisions: Warkentien could move up for Knicks (Mon, 28 Oct 2013 04:27:54 GMT) The one feature of the transformed Madison Square Garden that wasn’t highlighted during the media tour was the new seating chart of the Knicks basketball executives. Conspicuously seated to Steve Mills’ right was Mark Warkentien, who could emerge as an important figure in Mills’ administration. [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: A Chance to Settle a Grudge (Mon, 28 Oct 2013 04:49:02 GMT) The Nets, with an overhauled roster featuring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, will host the Miami Heat.