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Friday, October 24, 2014

Author: Angus Crawford

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Thanasis Antetokounmpo: A Knicksplainer

As part of the Knicks’ summer renovation, perhaps the most beloved (if not the most important addition) of the bevy of 2nd Rounders is the shiny, aromatic coat of varnish they snagged with the 51st pick, Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Like most, you might know little about the twenty-two year old, save for the fact that he is the older sibling of Giannis, the Milwaukee Bucks’ gangly, smile-laden force of nature also known as “The Greek Freak.” The jury is still out on whether “Greek Freak 2.0″ and “Greek Freak Jr.” will make for apt monikers, but Phil Jackson’s rolling with “Thanacity”–a …continue reading

Triángulo: José Calderón’s Value to the Knicks

After the dust settled on the trade with Dallas, and the unfamiliar high of receiving draft picks simmered down, one slightly unnerving reality kicked in: the length (three years) and cost ($22.21M) remaining on José Calderón’s contract, and the hearty bite into New York’s desired 2015 cap space. Though shipping Tyson Chandler and his expiring deal) back to Texas and extraditing the oleaginous mutta that is Raymond Felton netted the team a handful of assets, it seemed puzzling that the Knicks would be willing to accept the multiyear baggage attached to a guard approaching his 33rd birthday. How difficult would it be …continue reading

A Free Agency Roundup (Thus Far)

Welcome to the Knickerblogger free agency roundtable! Whilst we wait for the Melo-choly Dane to make up his so-called mind, we’ll chat about where things stand. Our lovely and talented contestants are Angus Crawford, Robert Silverman, Dan Litvin, Chase Thomas and Taylor Armosino. Let’s delve! The Knicks’ primary vehicle for adding talent to the roster in this free agency window is the Taxpayer Mid-Level exception, scheduled to carry a first-year salary of $3.28M in 2014-15, per Larry Coon’s CBA FAQ. Given that the market is flooded with teams hoarding cap space, who should be on the Knicks’ shortlist for the …continue reading

Game Preview & Thread: Knicks vs. Wizards

Playoff basketball! Well, for the Wizards, at least. For now, the Knicks are precariously placed in eighth place in the East, tied with the fading Atlanta Hawks. Much ado about nothing until more wins are tacked onto the season’s tally and the word “clinched” emerges from the wilderness. To prep for this idiosyncratic meeting of the minds, between Wittman and Woodson, I called on the judiciousness of Conor D. Dirks of Truth About It. TAI is one of the finer members of the TrueHoop family, as they run a tight ship, and frequently put forth a unique cocktail of humor, …continue reading

Knicks 89, Warriors 84

New York Knicks 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 84 Golden State Warriors Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 31 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -4Somehow it has gone unreported that Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) has been working night shifts in the Knicks’ analytics department. As much as a feckless traveling violation in the fourth quarter served as a sad encapsulation of where Amar’e is at physically, there were a couple of seminal moment–a freight train-like offensive rebound and one-handed throw down, followed …continue reading

Knicks 88, Suns 112: 77 Signs of Suns-Induced Sadness

As this game was a meeting of two former Mike D’Antoni-orchestrated “Seven Seconds or Less” squads, and the Knicks are regular committers of all manner of defensive sins, it seemed fitting to call in the services of Detectives William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and David Mills (Brad Pitt) of Se7en fame. Oh, and, during a timeout early in the evening, a Suns fan calmly banked in (no pun intended) a half-court jumper for ownership of a cool $77,777 cheque. New York Knicks 88 FinalRecap | Box Score 112 Phoenix Suns Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 30 MIN | 8-16 FG | 3-5 FT | …continue reading

Knicks 115, Bucks 94: A Successful Saturday Matinée

Milwaukee Bucks 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 115 New York Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 26 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +14STAT failed to finish around the rim in the opening half, squandering a couple of chances for an emphatic, time-warping throw-down. Even though we were graced with his penchant for “my bad,” defensive hiccups, and the ball was slippedy slidin’ all over the joint on offense to start, he managed to gather himself and put forth a more-or-less friendly …continue reading