ESPN Forecast: 37 wins @NYKnicksPodcast: Come on, losing Felton and Woodson should result in at least a 5-game improvement. @m_shantz: I’m really excited to re-watch the 2012-2013 Toronto #Raptors (34-48), Calderon, Bargnani, Acy, and Melo as Rudy Gay. BleacherReport: 35 wins With Derek Fisher learning how to coach just months removed from playing in the postseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and a roster that isn’t too much more talented than last year’s, the postseason is a pipe dream. Plus, learning the triangle offense will be a process for the established incumbents. FiveThirtyEight: 31 It remains to be seen if …continue reading
Pessimist: Hey buddy, it’s my favorite time of year! Optimist: Yeah. Pessimist: Oooohhh boy!!! We’re on the cusp of a new Knicks season, or as I call it Pessimist Christmas. Optimist: I know. Pessimist: We’ll I’m ready for you, Optimouth Prime. And I’m going to convince you that this team is going to Suuuuuuck ITTTTT this year. Optimist: I bet. Pessimist: I know what you’re thinking. “Hey Pessimist this team is going to be awesome. Blah Blah Blah per minute stats. Blah Blah Blah defensive efficiency.” Well I researched and I am ready for you this year. Optimist: Uh-huh. Pessimist: …continue reading
[New York Times] Hornets Hope Stephenson Takes Them to Next Level (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:00:55 GMT) Lance Stephenson could be the missing piece to the championship puzzle Michael Jordan is trying to build in Charlotte. [New York Times] Rockets Rout Lakers 108-90 in Kobe’s Return (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:54:55 GMT) After Lakers rookie Julius Randle left his NBA debut strapped to a wheeled stretcher with a broken right leg, every player at Staples Center gained a sober perspective on the season opener. [New York Times] Former NBA Player Suffers Racial Abuse in Australia (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:24:46 …continue reading
[New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Knicks Trade Travis Outlaw (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:10:32 GMT) The Knicks settled on their 15-man roster Monday by trading forward Travis Outlaw to the Philadelphia 76ers. [New York Times] As Buzz Fades, Focus Will Be on Nets’ Play. Fine by Them. (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:22:49 GMT) The Nets, who made their much-trumpeted move to Brooklyn two seasons ago, are not being given much of a chance by prognosticators but have maintained a collection of talent. [New York Times] Madison Square Garden Company Considering a Breakup (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:57:23 …continue reading
Here is the official statement from MSG, exactly as they sent it to me. NEW YORK, October 27, 2014 – New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has traded forward Travis Outlaw to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Arnett Moultrie. In addition, Philadelphia received a 2019 second-round draft selection and the option exchange 2018 second-round draft selections. Outlaw, 6-9, 220-pounds, was acquired on Aug. 6, 2014 from Sacramento in a multi-team deal and appeared in one preseason game for the Knicks. Moultrie has been waived. Am I reading this correctly? Or did they mean Outlaw has …continue reading
[New York Times] New-Look NBA: TV Money Changing League Landscape (Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:31:00 GMT) The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from varied perspectives: A player’s viewpoint, from the bench, and from the business side. A look at how the new television contracts will impact the economics of the league is the third installment of the series: [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Cavaliers vs. Bulls (Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:47:25 GMT) Two of the teams expected to battle it out for supremacy in the Eastern …continue reading
[New York Daily News] How Knicks’ Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and Carmelo Anthony form ultimate triangle (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:40:52 GMT) Carmelo Anthony was driving through Beverly Hills in early July, still five days away from formally announcing the biggest decision of his professional life, when the Knicks’ best player had an epiphany.