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Sunday, October 26, 2014

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How The Knicks Can Effectively Use Amar’e Stoudemire

It’s impossible to avoid the positivity regarding the potential resurgence of Amar’e Stoudemire these days as the New York Knicks get set for the 2014-2015 season.Before their fifth preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks Monday night — one in which Stoudemire got his first start of the preseason at center — studio analyst Wally Szczerbiak, filling in for Walt Frazier as MSG’s color commentator, opened up the broadcast discussing what STAT can bring to the team this year. On October 7th, Amar’e talked about getting back to his “dominant self.” A few weeks, later, on October 20th, he upped the ante, …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.10.25)

[New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony says he’s happy to tip off with Bulls, Cavaliers before Knicks’ preseason loss to Raptors (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:45:46 GMT) Ready or not, the Knicks now will have four days of recovery and practice time before they debut their new team, new coach and new system. And Carmelo Anthony knows “the time is now.” “We’re not running from it. It starts Wednesday for us. I’m ready to get the season started. [New York Newsday] Knicks' Derek Fisher closing in on starting five (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:41:54 EDT) Derek Fisher started Shane Larkin, …continue reading

Raptors 83, Knicks Fake Basketball Comes to a Close

The Knicks preseason came to a conclusion and the winner of their final game against the Raptors was… the crowd at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Those crazy Francophilic Canadians brought it like it was Game Seven of a playoff series. Zut alors! As for the preseason tilt, Toronto won 83-80, riding an absolute blowout of a third quarter where they outscored New York 25-11. For a while there, it seemed unlikely that the ‘Bockers would crack double digits. They netted a grand total of two through the first none minutes, shooting 1-12 and coughing up the ball four times. …continue reading

J.R. Smith Has “Basketball” Explained to Him

Ace ESPN New York scribe Ohm Youngmisuk has a new article out on ESPN.com, wherein he transcribes various discussions he’s had with various Knicks’ personnel that suggest that one Earl Joseph Smith — presumably some 20+ years into the organized-basketball-playing portion of his mortal life — has come to understand some nuances of the sport that had previously escaped him.  Like “your team gets points when other people wearing the same color shirt as you put the orange thingy through that netty job” and “try to defend someone sometimes.”  We’ll take this one FJM style: The adjustment to the triangle offense has been …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.10.24)

[New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Carmelo doesn’t make top 10 list (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:14:02 GMT) Carmelo Anthony views himself as an underrated superstar, an opinion he gave to ESPN earlier this month. He might be onto something. According to ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network, Anthony is not even a top 10 player in the NBA. [New York Daily News] Derek Fisher trying to distance himself from Phil Jackson (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:07:29 GMT) When Phil Jackson was hired as Knicks president, it was assumed that whomever he picked as coach would be nothing more than a …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.10.23)

[New York Post] Hamstring strain likely to force Bargnani to miss Knicks’ opener (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:37:06 -0400) Andrea Bargnani said he's not sure when he will return from a right hamstring strain and admitted he's frustrated by the injury. When two reporters from Italy interviewed him after… [New York Post] Carmelo hits game-winner, but it’s only preseason (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:22:04 -0400) There weren't any final-second game-winners from Carmelo Anthony during last season's wreckage, but the Knicks superstar set a sweet tone for 2014-15 — even if it's preseason. Anthony broke a… [New York Daily News] Derek …continue reading

Pre-Knicks 103, Pre-Wizards 100

We’re creeping ever closer to actual, this-actually-counts basketball, folks. Tonight, it even felt like there was something at stake, you could get into the rhythms and pace of a regular season game. The cluttered, hoarder’s mess of hooping that’s been on display so far, where you really had to dig though stacks of magazines and piles of those pizza box thingies in order to say anything declarative about the ‘Bockers’ play, were nowhere to be found. And of course, MELLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (courtesy Posting and Toasting and gifdsports) Which, yes of course a home game against the DC Prestidigitators is going to …continue reading