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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Author: Jonathan Topaz

Jonathan Topaz works for POLITICO Pro. He can be reached at or on Twitter @JonathanTopaz.

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6-on-5 Roundtable: Melo and Beyond

The Knicks and Carmelo Anthony agreed to a contract this weekend, a 5-year deal for $124 million, a player option on the final year and a no-trade clause.. The deal–which will color every move the organization and new president Phil Jackson make over the next half-decade–was such big news that we had to break out the roundtable; an illegal roundtable in basketball terms, in fact. We’re going 6-on-5 to discuss whether the Knicks overpaid, what the move says about Jackson’s reign, and what to expect from the team this year and beyond. 1. Is 5 years, $122.5 million (or so) …continue reading

Finding comps for Tim Hardaway Jr.

Not unlike the passenger in Airplane who happens upon a pamphlet of “Famous Jewish Sports Legends,” the silver linings of this cesspool of a 2013-2014 Knicks season make for some light reading. Among them: Carmelo Anthony’s 62-point game, Amar’e Stoudemire’s relatively healthy and very productive offensive season, and the emergence of Tim Hardaway Jr. Hardaway, a late first round pick, has quickly become a dynamic scorer. His remarkable athleticism and body control have allowed him to attack off the dribble and convert two-thirds of his shots at the rim. He is already an excellent shooter — 38 percent from three-point …continue reading

Trade Deadline Recap: On the Road to Nowhere

So after all that, we’re back where we started. For the past week, the Knicks reportedly flirted with trading Iman Shumpert in approximately 72 different deals. He was going to the Clippers for Reggie Bullock, Darren Collison and Knicks’ right to leave Raymond Felton on the Clips’ doorstep. He was going to the Thunder for a sure-to-be-very-late first-round draft pick. He was going to the Clippers again just for Collison, and then maybe for Matt Barnes or maybe for Willie Green too. There was, allegedly, and in this universe, a bidding war for the services of Beno Udrih. Ink was …continue reading

Preview & Game Thread: Exchanging Emails about the Knicks and Clips

The Knicks take on the excellent Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the Garden, a difficult task on a back-to-back. Ahead of the contest, I exchanged some emails with ClipperBlog senior contributor and my good friend, Fred Katz. JONATHAN TOPAZ, KNICKERBLOGGER: So we have a deal, right? We give you the 30-year-old who said he wants to be a free agent next year (Carmelo Anthony) in exchange for the phenomenal and still-very-much-improving 24-year-old superstar who is under four more years of team control (Blake Griffin). Cool? Just sign here and here. If you want, we’ll even throw in a petulant man-child …continue reading

Um, why is JR really bad this year?

JR Smith was a crucial member of a 54-win team last year. He is also just 28 years old. These things seem relevant because his awful offensive play this year is something of a mystery. The Knicks are dreadful and Smith has emerged as whipping boy for basketball purists and statheads alike. JR should be in his prime and is coming off a season in which he posted a 17.6 PER, a 52 true shooting percentage, and 19/6/3 per-36 numbers, all of which earned him 6th Man of the Year honors. Before this year, Smith was still frustrating, erratic, and …continue reading

Knicks 92, Mavericks 80

New York Knicks 92 Final Recap | Box Score 80 Dallas Mavericks Andrea Bargnani, PF 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +7 It seems like every time you’re about to make fun of him for an awful defensive rotation or awkwardness pertaining to but not exclusively A) ridiculous drives to the basket, B) “contesting” a shot when he is more than 5 feet away, C) his mouthguard, he makes another midrange jumper. He finishes with respectable lines yet the …continue reading

Next Day Notes: The Beautiful and Tragic Amar’e Stoudemire

A friend of mine went to the Knicks-Rockets game last month. He told me that midway through the second quarter, a bunch of fans began to heckle Amar’e Stoudemire, who at the time was terribly ineffective in his very limited minutes. The fans insulted his play. They talked about his notoriously balky knees, the ones that have derailed his career. They yelled at him for his 5-year, $100 million contract, which might be the worst in the NBA. Stoudemire was upset by the taunting, and quietly asked a security guard to remove the fans, or at least tell them to …continue reading