Knicks Morning News (Friday, Dec 21 2012)
December 21st, 2012 by Mike Kurylo |
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[New York Post] Woodson: No doubt Tyson an All-Star (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 04:24:09 -0500)
As Tyson Chandler continues to anchor their defense, keep balls alive on offense and rock the rim with alley-oop dunks, Knicks coach Mike Woodson sees in his center’s future a first All-Star berth in February and a second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award.
[New York Post] Amar’e vows to regain dominance â?? just not yet (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 01:11:07 -0500)
Chandler has been that…
Amar’e Stoudemire talked big and bold about returning to his “dominant self” this season.
[New York Times] Timberwolves 99, Thunder 93: Barea Helps Snap Thunder’s Win Streak (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 10:52:54 GMT)
“Without a doubt. I’m on pace to return back to dominance,” Stoudemire said. “It’s a matter of becoming 100 percent. When I’m healthy, I feel I’ll be back to my dominant…
J. J. Barea scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Timberwolves ended Oklahoma City’s 12-game winning streak with a 99-93 victory over the Thunder in Minneapolis.
[New York Times] Blazers Defeat Nuggets 101-93 for 4th Straight Win (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:25:41 GMT)
J.J. Hickson had 18 points and 18 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 101-93 on Thursday night.
[New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Stoudemire Now a Problem for Knicks (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:14:47 GMT)
Amar’e Stoudemire gave the Knicks instant respectability when he signed with them in 2010. But this season, they have become an elite team in his absence.
[New York Times] Timberwolves End Thunder’s 12-Games Winning Streak (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 04:55:27 GMT)
The Minnesota Timberwolves, boosted by a brilliant fourth quarter from diminutive guard J.J. Barea, got a welcome shot of confidence with a 99-93 win over Oklahoma City on Thursday to snap the Thunder’s winning streak at 12 games.
[New York Times] Off the Dribble: Section 15: Winning Bid (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 04:09:35 GMT)
Connie and Jeff Fagan made the trip from Dumbo after winning their Section 15 tickets in a silent auction.
[New York Times] Lebron Shines Brightest on Every Stage (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 02:37:30 GMT)
LeBron James finally captured an elusive National Basketball Association title to cap a year where he silenced his critics and shared the spotlight with some unlikely players.
[New York Times] Off the Dribble: Should Knicks’ Felton Be Shooting So Much? (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 02:31:21 GMT)
Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is converting fewer than 40 percent of his field goal attempts on a team that collectively shoots 45 percent from the field.
[New York Times] Knicks 100, Nets 86: Knicks Demonstrate Distance From Nets With Win (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 01:49:24 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle as the Knicks won for the 10th time in 12 games, while the Nets lost their third straight game.
[New York Daily News] Amar’e not ready to return quite yet (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 04:19:03 GMT)
One of the Erie Bayhawks’ guards drove to the rim Thursday at the Knicks’ Greenburgh practice facility, only to have Amar’e Stoudemire swat his layup and send it ricocheting off the head of a referee. Yes, Stoudemire was back on the practice court with the Knicks’ D-League affiliate for the second time in three days, looking fit while continuing his rehab from left knee surgery. But the power forward and Mike Woodson both said it’s doubtful Stoudemire will return to the lineup for Sunday’s home game against Minnesota. And Knicks fans might not want to hold their breath over Stoudemire making a Christmas Day cameo in Los Angeles against the Lakers, either.
[New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Shump in conditioning mode (Fri, 21 Dec 2012 02:53:50 GMT)
Mike Woodson said Shumpert did not participate in any contact drills and was not sure when Shumpert would resume scrimmaging. “This is the first step, today, to get (Shumpert) on the floor, get some really good conditioning work in. He’s still a little ways away,â? said Woodson.
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