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Knicks Morning News (Monday, Apr 15 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] They’re No 2! Knicks clinch East’s second seed (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 05:57:18 GMT)
    Only the Miami Heat will finish with a better record in the Eastern Conference than the injury-ravaged Knicks have compiled this season. Who would not have signed up for that scenario before the season began?    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: In playoffs, Knicks need Chandler, not Amar’e (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:10:49 GMT)
    The Knicks can only hope that Indiana will be such pushovers in the second round. Getting the second seed in the East turned out to be the easiest thing the Knicks have done in weeks, when they outclassed the error-prone, poor-shooting Pacers Sunday at the Garden, 90-80.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Big help on the way (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 02:42:36 GMT)
    The state of the Knicks’ collection of big men is such that recently signed Solomon Jones was in the starting lineup Sunday against the Pacers. But Mike Woodson seemed encouraged before the Knicks wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.    

  • [New York Times] Griner, Delle Donne, Wiggins Lead WNBA Draft Class (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:56:51 GMT)
    Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins are expected to be the top three selections in this year’s highly touted WNBA draft. After that, it’s anybody’s guess.    

  • [New York Times] James’ Fiancée Starting to Embrace Spotlight (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:50:48 GMT)
    Savannah Brinson is about to marry someone who’s widely considered the best basketball player in the world, which means the level of privacy she’s always craved will surely continue to erode.    

  • [New York Times] Lakers Win Without Kobe, Rallying Past Spurs 91-86 (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 05:20:45 GMT)
    An empty chair sat in front of Kobe Bryant’s locker Sunday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers realized they would have to fill it together.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Fall to Raptors and Settle for 4th Seed (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:06:57 GMT)
    A loss to the lottery-bound Toronto Raptors meant the Nets lost their chance at earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference. The Nets will enter the playoffs as the fourth seed.    

  • [New York Times] AP Sources: Collins Tells 76ers He’s Out as Coach (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:03:04 GMT)
    Doug Collins has told the Philadelphia 76ers he will quit as head coach following this season with a year left on his contract.    

  • [New York Times] 76ers Roll Past Cavaliers 91-77 in Home Finale (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:35:53 GMT)
    Doug Collins walked off the Philadelphia court a winner for the final time in his 76ers’ coaching career.    

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 29 as Rockets Beat Kings 121-100 (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 01:35:31 GMT)
    James Harden had 29 points and nine assists, Omer Asik had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Houston cruised to a 121-100 win over Sacramento in the Rockets’ regular-season home finale Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Set NBA Franchise Mark With 55th Win (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 01:18:03 GMT)
    The Denver Nuggets are getting good at bittersweet moments.    

  • [New York Times] Lakers Trudge On as Bryant Recovers From Surgery (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 01:02:55 GMT)
    After tearing his left Achilles’ tendon on Friday, Kobe Bryant has taken to social media to share his thoughts and promise a comeback.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 90, Pacers 80: Knicks Top Pacers and Lock Up East’s No. 2 Seed (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:58:46 GMT)
    With a suspense-free victory over the Pacers, the Knicks locked in the second seed in the Eastern Conference and secured a home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs.    

  • [New York Times] Rasheed Wallace Appears Close to Returning for Knicks (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:49:03 GMT)
    Once thought to be lost for the season, Rasheed Wallace is ahead of schedule in his recovery from foot surgery.    

  • [New York Times] Marion Leads Mavs to 107-89 Win Over Hornets (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:35:45 GMT)
    Shawn Marion had 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 in becoming the 17th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-89 on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Post] Rivalry continues in 1st round (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:54:27 -0500)
    Carmelo Anthony can already taste the sweet revenge and it’s colored green.
    The Knicks got the second seed and got the Celtics again in the first round of the playoffs expected to start Saturday at the Garden.
    With a rugged defensive performance, 25 points from Anthony and forcing 26…

  • [New York Post] Their Garden tended, time to shutter the other (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:10:10 -0500)
    Well, it’s hard to blame them, really. There are the 17 banners hanging from the ceiling of their Garden. There’s all those playoff games stored up in the muscle memories of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. There’s the memory of Red Auerbach’s stogie, and the original…

  • [New York Post] Beat Heat? Walsh says Knicks have shot (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:00:44 -0500)
    Former Knicks president Donnie Walsh, back at his old haunt, said yesterday he feels they have a legit shot to knock off the Heat and believes his 2011 trade for Carmelo Anthony has been justified.
    “I think they’d give them a helluva series,” said Walsh, the Pacers’ president. “Miami…

  • [New York Post] Shoulder no worry (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:00:44 -0500)
    That sigh of relief you heard was the collective exhale of Madison Square Garden and all Knicks fans after Carmelo Anthony said his left shoulder is fine.
    After suffering what was described as a “bruise,â? in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 90-80 victory yesterday over the Pacers at the…

  • [New York Post] Rasheed may play tonight (Mon, 15 Apr 2013 02:23:22 -0500)
    “Sheeeed!”
    The Garden chant will soon return. Rasheed Wallace surprisingly could play for the first time since mid-December tonight when the Knicks visit Charlotte, coach Mike Woodson said yesterday.
    There have been so many false alarms with the 6-foot-11 Wallace, who had foot surgery in late February. If Wallace doesn…

  • 47 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Monday, Apr 15 2013)

    1. Hubert Davis

      Some salary cap questions this morning. Hopefully Ephus is around.

      1. What is the situation with JR? Do two successive one year contracts give us bird rights?

      2. Was last year’s Lin/Novak ruling a one-off, or was it a new rule? (i.e. does it apply to Copeland?)

      3. Do we even have the mid-level to use this summer?

      I know, I know. Not a big deal right now, we’ve got playoffs to worry about. I’m just curious, as a friend of mine told me we couldn’t re-sign JR and I thought, for some reason, we could offer him up to a mid-level contract.

    2. Keniman Shumpwalker

      Hubert Davis:
      Some salary cap questions this morning.Hopefully Ephus is around.

      1. What is the situation with JR?Do two successive one year contracts give us bird rights?

      2. Was last year’s Lin/Novak ruling a one-off, or was it a new rule?(i.e. does it apply to Copeland?)

      3. Do we even have the mid-level to use this summer?

      I know, I know.Not a big deal right now, we’ve got playoffs to worry about.I’m just curious, as a friend of mine told me we couldn’t re-sign JR and I thought, for some reason, we could offer him up to a mid-level contract.

      Someone will correct me if I’m wrong, I’m sure, but I don’t think that we have Cope’s Bird Rights, regardless of whether or not the ruling was one-off or a permanent rule change. Reason being, Bird Rights only apply to someone who has played at least 2 years with one team. The ruling we got last year for Novak and Lin simply said that players in this position won’t lose their Bird Rights status if they are waived by their original team and signed by a new one. Based on this, Cope will only be eligible for Early Bird Rights if he stays with the Knicks through next season.

    3. Hubert Davis

      I’m under the impression that:

      1. We will have the mini mid-level exception available to us this summer.

      2. Apart from that, we can offer JR Smith (at most) up to a full mid-level exception deal despite not having a full mid-level exception.

      3. We can offer Prigioni and Copeland 20% raises, but I have no idea what other teams can offer them.

      4. With Prigioni we have the right to match if we extend a qualifying offer, not with Copeland.

      Anyone know if that’s all correct?

      I was checking out what sort of team might make JR a stupid offer, btw. And there’s Joe Dumars with $35 million in cap room. He can slide JR ride into Corey Maggette’s expiring $11 million (yes, Corey Maggette made $11 million this year).

    4. citizen

      Hubert Davis:
      I’m under the impression that:

      4. With Prigioni we have the right to match if we extend a qualifying offer, not with Copeland.

      Why are Prigs & Copeland treated differently?

    5. cgreene

      How about we talk about Knicks Celtics?

      Boston media very confident. Lots of Celtics in 6. Kinda surprised. They are usually a cynical group. Guess Knicks didn’t prove anything in the regular season. Think that what’s being overlooked is Jason Kidd x factor and the fact that this is a TOTALLY different team than last year.

      Nervous though.

    6. Frank

      @4 –

      My impression is (by your numbering above):
      1) yes
      2) we will have Early Bird rights on JR which for JR will be better than the full non taxpayer MLE. According to Larry Coon. the nontaxpayer MLE will be 5.15MM/year in 13-14 with max annual 4.5% raises — in contrast, with Early Bird we can give JR 104.5% of the “estimated average salary” which in 12-13 was about $5.3MM — so 104.5% of that is ~$5.54MM — and on top of that, Early Bird FAs can get 7.5% raises. My guess is that JR does a 3 year contract for the full Early Bird (which would be 3 years, 17.9MM total) with an player ETO after year 2 so he can get a full Bird rights contract if he continues his improvement.

      In contrast, a 3 year full MLE contract would only be 3 years ~16.2MM.

      My only worry about JR is that someone offers him $8-10MM/year – will be hard for him to turn down all that $ no matter how much he loves NYC/NYK/Woodson. What I’d say about Detroit is that if I were a GM, I’d be seriously worried about JR without a) a strong/respected head coach, which Lawrence Frank is not; b) what JR will be like without strong veteran teammates, which Detroit doesn’t have; and c) what JR would be like on a losing team.

      3) yes – we can offer Prigs/Cope both 20% raises — but…

      4) both Prigs and Cope are rookies, and as such are restricted FAs after their first 2 years (just like any second round draft pick would be – or like J-Lin and Landry Fields last offseason). So we can match anything anyone offers, but are vulnerable to that poison-pill nonsense that Houston pulled.

      I don’t think Prigs gets any offers, but Cope could get something like a mini-MLE type offer from a good team or a full MLE from a bad team — I think he’s shown enough that teams would be comfortable giving him a 3 year deal. My guess is that we would match anything south of $5M/year. If you’re Cope, you can’t turn that down at age 29 coming out of Europe.

    7. Frank

      Hubert Davis:
      I’m not sure they are.I was just looking at hoops hype & they have a qualifying offer in next year for Pablo but not for Cope.

      http://hoopshype.com/salaries/new_york.htm

      I actually asked Larry Coon this question on Twitter way back when – on 12/21/12!:

      @LarryCoon: Yes on both. RT @francoliu21: getting ahead of myself probably but would Prigioni and Copeland be RFAs for NYK after this season?

    8. Keniman Shumpwalker

      @8…I struggle to believe that Cope will even get even a mini-MLE unless he really shines in the playoffs. The mini-MLE and full MLE are such valuable roster building tools to capped out teams that mistakes can’t afford to be made on guys like him. Yes, he’s shown he can score, but that’s about the only thing he’s shown he can do on an NBA level. He still doesn’t defend or rebound enough, he’s sloppy with the ball, and he still has an awkwardness to his game that might turn off a lot of NBA scouts. Further, pedigree means a lot, right or wrong, as does track record, and he has neither. Someone will offer him a contract but I think it will be closer to vets minimum then it will to mini or full MLE.

    9. Hubert Davis

      Thanks, Frank.

      That’s a little better than I had hoped. But my friend may have been right when he told me to “enjoy JR while you can.”

      I never err on the side of NBA GM’s not being stupid. I can see him getting a 4 year, $35-40 million offer easily.

      Oh well. At least he’ll leave NY with a ring.

    10. lavor postell

      Hubert Davis:
      Thanks, Frank.

      That’s a little better than I had hoped.But my friend may have been right when he told me to “enjoy JR while you can.”

      I never err on the side of NBA GM’s not being stupid.I can see him getting a 4 year, $35-40 million offer easily.

      Oh well.At least he’ll leave NY with a ring.

      I tend to think that JR will end up staying with us. For the first time in his life he actually has stability and organization with a head coach who have made it a point to do anything and everything they can to help him develop and grow. Remember this is a guy who’s only had awful relationships with every other coach he’s played for and has never demonstrated any level of consistency or willingness to play aggressively.

      Woodson and JR have an extremely close bond that has a value no contract can replace. It also helps that Melo and JR, at least based on their floor interactions, are like brothers. If we keep Martin I definitely would be surprised if JR left then. Finally I just believe that JR Smith was born to be a Knick and it should be a rule that he can never leave New York. I felt the same way when Chris “t-rex” Bosh left Toronto. Some players should never be allowed to leave certain teams.

      Yes I am certainly trying to allay my own concerns that JR will leave. Who could I possibly hate/love more than Earl? Also will we ever have another player ever ask somebody on twitter if they are trying to get the pipe?

    11. knicknyk

      Just wondering. How far does everybody feel this Knicks team will get in the post season? I feel like because of how weak the East is & because of how old our players are the Knicks almost have to make it to the ECF. But I don’t think I would be supremely disappointed if we lost in the 2nd round as long as we were competitive. Just curious on everybody’s perspective.

    12. lavor postell

      I posted this yesterday in the morning news/game thread. Just wanted to put it up again and start some debate/get feedback.

      Hubert Davis: They’re not bringing Rose back.

      JVG made a great point on the Heat broadcast that if Dwight Howard took 1/4 of the season & the playoffs off after he had been declared fit to play he’d be crucified.

      Rose is getting a pass.

      Rose consistently gets a pass.National Championship game and you’re up 3 with two free throws coming to by far and away the best player in the country.Got to be feeling good with Rose going to the lane except he completely botches that up (so did Chris Douglas-Roberts).

      What really would irritate me if I was a Bulls fan is he keeps talking about it to the media in extremely cryptic fashion.Just fucking tell people what you’re doing rather than saying stupid things like “only God knows”.

      Melo and Dwight would get absolutely ripped if they did this, because Rose apparently is some great person while Melo couldn’t walk of the floor in Detroit before people accused him of not playing through an injury like freak of nature, Lebron James.

      The protection guys like Rose, Durant and Paul have from the media is general.Go try arguing with the vast majority of people and it’s a consensus that Paul is by far and away the best point guard in the game.Parker healthy is better than Paul.Maybe I’m wrong, but the gap between Paul and the field is certainly not a massive gulf as some would have you believe.I’ve always felt that all of Paul’s teams end up being extremely Paul-centric and that this makes them easy for a discplined defensive team to expose them come playoffs.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFvf_ZVX8G8

      How badly would Melo get crucified if his team ever virtually doubled up and only scored 63 points…

      Sorry i’ve posted this three times now.

    13. flossy

      I hear Joe Dumars will probably get canned before free agency begins, so the odds of JR Smith getting crazy money might have gone down. Monta Ellis and OJ Mayo will also both be on the market, which will probably help our case too. Anything’s possible, but I’d be surprised to see JR leave NYC, to be honest.

    14. Hubert Davis

      I would be pretty disappointed if we lost in the 2nd round right now.

      We should make the ECF.

    15. flossy

      lavor postell:
      I posted this yesterday in the morning news/game thread. Just wanted to put it up again and start some debate/get feedback.

      Rose consistently gets a pass.National Championship game and you’re up 3 with two free throws coming to by far and away the best player in the country.Got to be feeling good with Rose going to the lane except he completely botches that up (so did Chris Douglas-Roberts).

      What really would irritate me if I was a Bulls fan is he keeps talking about it to the media in extremely cryptic fashion.Just fucking tell people what you’re doing rather than saying stupid things like “only God knows”.

      Melo and Dwight would get absolutely ripped if they did this, because Rose apparently is some great person while Melo couldn’t walk of the floor in Detroit before people accused him of not playing through an injury like freak of nature, Lebron James.

      The protection guys like Rose, Durant and Paul have from the media is general.Go try arguing with the vast majority of people and it’s a consensus that Paul is by far and away the best point guard in the game.Parker healthy is better than Paul.Maybe I’m wrong, but the gap between Paul and the field is certainly not a massive gulf as some would have you believe.I’ve always felt that all of Paul’s teams end up being extremely Paul-centric and that this makes them easy for a discplined defensive team to expose them come playoffs.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFvf_ZVX8G8

      How badly would Melo get crucified if his team ever virtually doubled up and only scored 63 points…

      Sorry i’ve posted this three times now.

      Melo and Dwight blew their chances to get the softball treatment from the media by forcing everyone to endure the months-long trade sagas to get away from the (winning)…

    16. Nick C.

      It may be unrealistic but anything less than 6 games in the ECF is going to be a disappointment unless there are extenuating circumstances. A first round loss would be a wasted season. Losing in less than 7 games in round two would be only a bit better. Part of it is that they are the #2 see, part is how they have played in the regular season against top tier teams. A lot is that this is a “win now” team and the key players are in their prime or the back half of their prime. This isn’t an ’84 Mets situation.

    17. lavor postell

      flossy: Melo and Dwight blew their chances to get the softball treatment from the media by forcing everyone to endure the months-long trade sagas to get away from the (winning)…

      I feel like Paul did the same thing

    18. Hubert Davis

      I agree about Rose. I think everyone just latched on to him after The Decision backlash. He was the anti-James/Wade/Melo/Bosh/etc. And old school grinding superstar who carried his inferior cast and was gritty and fearless. At least that’s how they presented him to us.

      Turns out it was all bunk.

      His supporting cast was pretty damn good. He still doesn’t have the stomach from the free throw line. He’s been outclassed by other superstars. And this sitting out crap is inexcusable. People just don’t want to turn on him because they like him.

      His MVP was a joke, too.

    19. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      lavor postell:
      Go try arguing with the vast majority of people and it’s a consensus that Paul is by far and away the best point guard in the game.Parker healthy is better than Paul.Maybe I’m wrong, but the gap between Paul and the field is certainly not a massive gulf as some would have you believe.I’ve always felt that all of Paul’s teams end up being extremely Paul-centric and that this makes them easy for a discplined defensive team to expose them come playoffs.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFvf_ZVX8G8

      How badly would Melo get crucified if his team ever virtually doubled up and only scored 63 points…

      Sorry i’ve posted this three times now.

      So let me get this straight.

      It’s so easy to turn Paul into a bad player that a couple playoff teams have figured it out, but those same teams can’t implement the same strategy against him during the regular season?

      Are you kidding? This is a joke. This can’t be a serious post.

      The guy’s had one terrible 5-game series (2008-09), one mediocre 11-game stretch (2011-12) and then LED THE LEAGUE IN PLAYOFF WS/48 IN THE OTHER 18 PLAYOFF GAMES HE’S PLAYED.

      Where do you pull this bullshit from?

    20. lavor postell

      I certainly expect and ECF run and I do like the Knicks’ odds in a series against Miami. They should be the underdog, but they are built to beat this Heat team in a very specific way that few other teams possess. Also remember in the game we did lose to Miami this year we turned the ball over an extremely uncharacteristic amount in addition to missing a number of wide open threes.

      Having two guys that can legitimately score in the post at an extremely efficient clip against single coverage in Melo and hopefully a healthy STAT *knock on wood*. We can obviously spread the floor with three point shooters and a good JR gives us the best bench player in the league by a margin. In Shumpert and JR we also have two wings that athletic enough to make Wade really work to get his offensively and along with Prigs and Kidd we force an unbelievable amount of turnovers and deflections.

      On the other hand Lebron James plays for the Miami Heat. So yeah that sucks. If guys like Battier and Chalmers shoot a plus 40 clip from three it’s going to be nearly impossible to beat Miami.

    21. Hubert Davis

      lavor postell: I feel like Paul did the same thing

      He did. But on the heels of a lockout and no one really cared. Melo & Dwight made the mistake of doing it during slow news cycles.

      Once the narrative is written, there is no going back.

      Hell, remember the crap Vince Carter got for going to graduation? He got more sh** than Rose ever will and he didn’t miss a game!

    22. lavor postell

      The Honorable Cock Jowles: So let me get this straight.

      It’s so easy to turn Paul into a bad player that a couple playoff teams have figured it out, but those same teams can’t implement the same strategy against him during the regular season?

      Are you kidding? This is a joke. This can’t be a serious post.

      The guy’s had one terrible 5-game series (2008-09), one mediocre11-game stretch (2011-12) and then LED THE LEAGUE IN PLAYOFF WS/48 IN THE OTHER 18 PLAYOFF GAMES HE’S PLAYED.

      Where do you pull this bullshit from?

      Where did I say Paul was a bad player? I said I thought Parker was better and pretty much admitted that I could be wrong about that and Paul is better. All I said was in what I have seen that Paul’s teams become very Paul-centric and it hurts them in the playoffs. Gettin shut down last year by an average San Antonio defensive team. Playing one of the most uncompetitve 5 games series against the Nuggets in 08-09. Winning a grand total of two playoff series in his career.

      Melo gets a ton of shit for his lack of playoff success but saying anything negative about Paul gets immediate scorn. I find it hard to believe that a player who people consider better than Isiah Thomas should not have one conference finals appearance in his career.

    23. lavor postell

      Hubert Davis: He did.But on the heels of a lockout and no one really cared.Melo & Dwight made the mistake of doing it during slow news cycles.

      Once the narrative is written, there is no going back.

      Hell, remember the crap Vince Carter got for going to graduation?He got more sh** than Rose ever will and he didn’t miss a game!

      Haha that’s so true I have a friend from Toronto who absolutely hates Carter’s guts to this day

    24. johnno

      flossy:
      Melo and Dwight blew their chances to get the softball treatment from the media by forcing everyone to endure the months-long trade sagas to get away from the (winning)…

      Totally inaccurate and unfair to equate the Melo and Howard situations. Melo told the Nuggets management in the pre-season that he wanted to be traded because he was not going to sign with them. Nuggets MANAGEMENT, not Melo, then dragged the situation out until the eve of the trade deadline to squeeze the best package they could from the Knicks (and got a pretty good haul for him). Dwight, on the other hand, jerked the Magic and their fans around for a full year with his “I love you, I love you not” routine, which resulted in their getting much less for him than they probably could have gotten if he had been as honest and upfront with them. It cracks me up that guys like Bosh leave their teams with nothing and Melo gets crap for being honest and leaving his team with the assets to be a contender.

    25. johnno

      lavor postell: Melo gets a ton of shit for his lack of playoff success but saying anything negative about Paul gets immediate scorn.

      And how come Shaq never gets any crap for the fact that he is the all-time leader in the number of times that his teams have gotten swept in playoff series…

    26. er

      For what its worth i think the first 3 yrs of melo playoffs should be ignored since even king james couldnt get his team to the playoffs in that same time. And when he did he played the wizards lol

      As far as the knicks chances go here is the record against this yrs playoff teams:

      Mia 3-1 OkC 1-1
      Ind 2-2 SA 2-0
      BK 2-2 Den 1-1
      Chi 0-4 OUCH LAC 0-2
      ATL 2-0 MEm 1-1
      Bos 3-1 GSW 1-1
      MIL 3-0 Hou 0-2
      LAL 1-1

      They only had issues with real uptempo teams ie LAC,Houston or the bruisers of Chi. Anything then game 6 ECF is unacceptable

    27. thenamestsam

      Agree on the Rose situation. It’s pretty hard for me to believe that this isn’t a bigger story right now. He’s a former MVP, one of the league’s biggest stars in one of the league’s biggest markets who’s actively choosing not to play for his team even though they’re right in the thick of contention. If he came back tomorrow the Bulls would probably be at least co-favorites to make the Eastern Conference Finals. Two months of scrimmages and almost six weeks now since he was medically cleared to play. Reports are that he’s dominating in the scrimmages, and what, he just doesn’t feel like playing? If it was Melo he would be getting torched by the NY media. If it was Lebron Skip Bayless would be averaging 10 tweets a day about how this guy doesn’t have the heart of a champion. And yet you barely hear about it with Rose. It boggles my mind. He’s really going to sit out and watch his team lose a winnable playoff series against a mediocre Indiana team while he’s dominating his team’s scrimmages? Pretty hard to believe.

    28. mcliff05

      Great news about the bigs getting healthy. But my question is: How many people here want Amare back mid playoffs? If you think Amare sucks then you’ll probably think the Knicks are better of without him. If you (like me) think that Amare played efficiently on offense and was our lone low post scoring threat while he was back, I’m curious to what you would say now. Honestly I am leaning that I hope he doesnt come back. He was so rusty that first week+ that it could really hurt us in a 7 game series where every game is crucial. Thats not even considering the eddy curry sized distraction.

    29. jon abbey

      mcliff05:
      If you think Amare sucks then you’ll probably think the Knicks are better of without him.If you (like me) think that Amare played efficiently on offense and was our lone low post scoring threat while he was back, I’m curious to what you would say now.

      both of these are true, he kills us on the other end, and post threats barely matter in today’s game.

    30. jon abbey

      johnno: And how come Shaq never gets any crap for the fact that he is the all-time leader in the number of times that his teams have gotten swept in playoff series…

      um, because he has four rings and was so dominant in his prime the NBA had to change the defensive rules to try to slow him down?

    31. yellowboy90

      Well Jones didn’t last long. The roster is back to 14. Someone needs to be picked up like GAdz was to help trades out this summer. However, I would go get a Jeremy Tyler or Donte Green before someone else does.

    32. Hubert Davis

      What are the chances that Chris Paul realizes no one other than LeBron, Wade, and Bosh is winning a title during his prime and he decides to fulfill that wedding toast he made and come play with us for the mini mid-level?

      Slim, right?

    33. johnno

      jon abbey: um, because he has four rings and was so dominant in his prime the NBA had to change the defensive rules to try to slow him down?

      And the fact that he got those rings with 2 of the 4 best 2 guards to EVER play the game had nothing to do with those rings??

    34. nicos

      mcliff05:
      Great news about the bigs getting healthy.But my question is: How many people here want Amare back mid playoffs?If you think Amare sucks then you’ll probably think the Knicks are better of without him.If you (like me) think that Amare played efficiently on offense and was our lone low post scoring threat while he was back, I’m curious to what you would say now.Honestly I am leaning that I hope he doesnt come back.He was so rusty that first week+ that it could really hurt us in a 7 game series where every game is crucial.Thats not even considering the eddy curry sized distraction.

      Maybe you get by the C’s and Indiana without him but I think the Knicks need a healthy Amar’e to beat Miami- Battier/LBJ and Wade (if healthy) should make life very tough on both Melo and JR and as a team they play great pnr defense so you can’t expect that much from Chandler either. Amar’e's TS% against the Heat in the playoffs last year was .600 and that was with playing 2 games with one hand. He’s probably the toughest cover for Miami on the roster and his post play could actually pay real dividends in terms of creating spacing/ball movement- Miami’s as good as any team in the league against iso’s and pnr’s so forcing them to defend the post gets them out of their comfort zone and hopefully forces them to go big.

    35. Frank

      this is some seriously messed up sh*t going on up there in Boston now. makes you have some perspective. prayers to everyone up there.

    36. alsep73

      yellowboy90:
      Well Jones didn’t last long. The roster is back to 14. Someone needs to be picked up like GAdz was to help trades out this summer. However, I would go get a Jeremy Tyler or Donte Green before someone else does.

      Think there’s a chance James Singleton’s situation with his Chinese team has cleared up? They have to have someone in mind to sign, especially given that Tyson, Melo and KMart aren’t playing tonight.

    37. yellowboy90

      Frank:
      this is some seriously messed up sh*t going on up there in Boston now. makes you have some perspective. prayers to everyone up there.

      There are reports that there were two more bombs near the site that didn’t explode.Thank God. Definitely praying for all those affected by the explosions and the families of all the victims.

    38. Kurt

      Plus a million. I think it’s really unfair to even compare Melo to “The Decision” or the Dwightmare.

      Melo did everything possible to be classy to his soon to be former team. He was up front with them so that they could get as much for him as possible.

    39. BigBlueAL

      Not sure how relevant this news is considering what has happened in Boston but looks like Sheed and Camby might play tonight. Melo/Chandler/KMart are inactive.

    40. knicknyk

      WHy are people disparaging derrick rose for not playing this year? I don’t get it. He made a decision that was best for himself. This is the same bulls team that pretty much said that they could care less about this season. Why should he come back & play for a franchise that knows they have nothing to play for.

    41. jon abbey

      johnno: And the fact that he got those rings with 2 of the 4 best 2 guards to EVER play the game had nothing to do with those rings??

      I didn’t say that, but Shaq was far and away the best guy on the three Laker title teams. Miami, Wade was the #1 guy and Shaq #2, but either way, ridiculous to compare him to guys like Paul and Melo who have each won two playoff series total in their careers (also ridiculous to compare centers and perimeter guys).

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