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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Author: David Vertsberger

David Vertsberger considers himself a precocious neophyte, writing for ESPN TrueHoop site HawksHoop as well as Hickory-High. A member of the younger generation of Knickerbocker fans, his fondest memories of years past have been the trade for Larry Hughes and Nate Robinson scoring 41 following a month-long benching.

Recent Articles

A Forward-Thinking Approach for a Narrow-Minded Organization

Though it’s been underlined and spelled out in 72-point font due to this year’s misfortunes, the Knicks have long been labeled a team which operates in the short-term. They’ve dealt away every draft pick that league rules permit, wantonly chucked prospects to the curb and generally eschewed the prevailing theories of how to rebuild. That’s been their M.O. for more than a decade. However, the Knicks are in the minority of teams to have jumped on an opportunity that falls directly opposite of their usual negligence – the D-League. There are a slew of benefits, but none larger than the …continue reading

RECAP: Knicks 125, Clippers 70

Los Angeles Clippers 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 New York Knicks Andrea Bargnani, PF 36 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -18Bargnani was superb tonight, making every rotation necessary on the defensive end and connecting on nearly all of his spot-up looks. Blake Griffin struggled to provide help defense while sticking to Bargnani, who spent most of his time behind the arc creating space for his teammates. Despite his distance from the rim, Bargnani was a factor on the …continue reading

A Mismanagement of Melo’s Minutes

The New York Knicks have bent over backwards time and time again for the sake of re-signing Carmelo Anthony to a long-term deal, why with his impending free agency looming and nobody having a clue what direction the star is leaning towards. They’ve intimated at shaping their future plans around acquiring one Rajon Rondo — who Anthony is reportedly a big fan of — and have surrounded Melo with members of his talent agency, from the front office staff to the players alongside him on the pine. Although the Knicks have done virtually all they can in persuading Carmelo to remain …continue reading

Bobcats 108, Knicks 98: I’m soooooooo tired, I haven’t slept a wink…

New York Knicks 98 Final Recap | Box Score 108 Charlotte Bobcats Andrea Bargnani, PF 22 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -21Bargnani had to guard Josh McRoberts tonight, who is essentially a better, more Charlie Day-ish version of himself. (There are zero vermin in the basement of the Bobcats’ training center.) Bargs took just four shots tonight, typical spot-ups for him, except for one two-handed slam that was fun because it was a two-handed slam that Bargs did when …continue reading

RECAP: Knicks 89, Pistons 85

Detroit Pistons 85 Final Recap | Box Score 89 New York Knicks Kenyon Martin, PF 30 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +3Kenyon played the Tyson role well, while also continuing to display an excellent passing ability which has lately made for a valuable offensive weapon — and a new angle to our team’s center spot. That, combined with his strong work on the boards — which included the game-saving tip out to Carmelo Anthony off a missed free throw …continue reading

Game Thread: Knicks at Celtics–We’ve Seen This Movie Before

Before we get to tonight’s game, because these are the Knicks, another internal struggle has seeped through the crevices of Madison Square Garden into the eyes and ears of the public. As you’re probably all aware, recent talks between the Knicks and Toronto Raptors have been confirmed by members of the media, revolving the trading for one Kyle Lowry. In return, it’s been reported that Toronto would receive Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace and one of three assets from the Knicks: A first round pick, Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. In an unlikely turn of events, both Frank Isola …continue reading

Game Preview & Thread: Knicks vs. Pacers

The Knicks, who lost their third straight to the worst defensive team in the NBA last night, will be facing off against the league’s best — and the team that knocked them out of last year’s postseason — when the Indiana Pacers roll into town tonight. In anticipation of this match-up, I asked Pacers-loyal, outstanding statistician and writer Ian Levy about Indiana’s team this season and the approaching matchup. Ian runs the NBA site Hickory High, and you can find his writing at Bleacher Report, Hardwood Paroxysm, Indy Cornrows and HoopChalk. Can you give an outside perspective on the Knicks …continue reading