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Monday, November 24, 2014

Author: Angus Crawford

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A Knicks-Wolves Conversation with Zachary Bennett

Greetings and salutations, ‘Bocker brethren. No, the Knicks were not able to escape Mill-ee-wa-kée with a noble, spirited dub-ya, but don’t let that get you down—yet. Next up: A frisky pack o’ Wolves in the great state of Minnesota. What better way to limber up for the ritualistic, 11 o’clock assumption of the fetal position than a gentlemanly to-and-fro with Zachary Bennett. He’s a big wheel over at Canis Hoopus, SBNation’s Minnesota Timberwolves blog. Though the Knicks have, at times, resembled fifty shades of macabre more so than a geometrically sound basketball team, I hope you’ll find this exchange as enjoyable as we …continue reading

Game Preview and Thread: Knicks vs. Jazz

So this jumbled, ragtag collection of Knickerbockers have burped their way to six straight losses. Le sigh. They’ll be looking to buck that trend in the upcoming five-game stint against 2014 lottery teams (unless, you know, you’re down with the whole Hinkie-ing thing). There are two more supposedly soft tussles on tap in their four-game home stand, starting with the friendly fellows from the Mormon State tonight. Friday night Knicks, y’all. Save for a certain rookie coach’s eerily Woodson-ian, shaky lineups, it’s tough to get truly pissed at macro issues at this juncture. Thankfully, Ben Dowsett of Salt City Hoops (along with Hardwood Paroxysm, Nylon Calculus, …continue reading

Hawks 103, Knicks 96

New York Knicks 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Atlanta Hawks Carmelo Anthony, SF 37 MIN | 8-20 FG | 2-3 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +1A perfectly imperfect game for Melo—that first quarter outburst (14 points, eight ‘bounds and a block) flickered like a neon light spelling out ‘H-O-P-E’, before his next 25 minutes on the floor chewed up and spat out a line of 2-10 from the field, 1-for-2 at the line, three fouls, one board, and a solitary assist. He bodied up …continue reading

Game Preview and Thread: Knicks vs. Wizards

To get set for tonight’s matchup against the Washington Wizards, we hooked up with Conor D. Dirks of the TrueHoop Network’s Truth About It. Me n’ Robert Silverman talked Knicks over at their place too. Link’ll be up soon. It was a tad surprising to see Washington ditch their starting small forward, Trevor Ariza, filling the gap on the wing with Paul Pierce. What’s the primary cost of Ariza’s exit, and how might we expect Pierce to fit in alongside Otto Porter Jr. and Rasual Butler Wall & Beal? Also, on a scale of one to 1995 Pat Riley, how much more …continue reading

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