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Thursday, April 27, 2017

New York Knicks News

Joakim Noah Suspended 20 Games for Worst Performance Enhancement Drugs in the World

From The Vertical, the NBA is suspending Joakim Noah 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy. According to Woj: Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement, league sources said. Noah, 32, is expected to serve 10 games of the suspension to finish out the 2016-17 regular season and 10 games to start the 2017-18 season, league sources said. The National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said. Hilarious. Dude’s on PEDs, can’t get …continue reading

R.I.P. John Andariese

We lost “Johnny Hoops” today, the great former Knicks announcer, John Andariese (whose last name was so tricky that I already spelled it incorrectly on Twitter), today. For Knick fans of the 1990s, we were not only in a Golden Age, but we all KNEW we were in a Golden Age, as we had John Andariese and Marv Albert on MSG with Mike Breen and Clyde Frazier on the radio. Breen and Frazier were clearly way too talented to be “just” radio announcers, but boy, all four were great. John Andariese then swapped roles with Clyde Frazier and eventually, Andariese …continue reading

ESPN.com: Knicks Trade for Derrick Rose

I know it’s been a while, but I guess we should have an official thread for this garbage trade. From Marc Stein and Ian Begley (the trade was broken by Shams Charania): The Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Bulls on Wednesday, hoping the former NBA MVP can be their answer at point guard. New York traded center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant to Chicago, which shipped guard Justin Holiday, Rose and a 2017 second-round pick back to the Knicks. A source close to Rose said the Chicago native was very emotional about leaving his hometown …continue reading

The Initial State of the Knicks Salary Cap In Anticipation of the 2016 Free Agent Season

Last year, I did a “State of the Knicks’ Salary Cap” piece right before the the NBA free agency period began, but people have been asking for it earlier and earlier, so what the hell, now that we know that Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams are both opting out of their contracts, we pretty much know where the Knicks’ cap room will stand heading into free agency, so let’s detail it. The reason now is a little bit too early, and why I am calling this an “initial” state is that we don’t know if the Knicks will get a …continue reading

ESPN.com: David Blatt among available coaches who interest Knicks, sources say

Chris Broussard and Ian Begley report: New York Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis continues to get strong consideration to become the team’s full-time coach, but team president Phil Jackson does intend to speak to other available candidates, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com on Monday that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt is among the names who interest the Knicks. This is where we are as Knick fans. We are legitimately excited when there are reports saying that the Knicks will interview other coaches, while wanting to keep their terrible current head coach. But hey, I’ll sure as heck …continue reading

Your “Because Knicks” Story of the Day: Sources: Phil Jackson pushing for Knicks to keep Kurt Rambis

According to Marc Stein and Ian Begley of ESPN.com: The New York Knicks are giving strong consideration to making Kurt Rambis their full-time head coach, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Rambis, who has served as the Knicks’ interim coach since Derek Fisher was fired Feb. 8, is the preferred choice of team president ?Phil Jackson, who sources say is pushing for a new multiyear deal for Rambis despite New York’s 8-16 record since the coaching change. So yes, our only hope now lies in James Dolan being the logical one of the Dolan/Phil Jackson pairing. Have mercy …continue reading