Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Dec 24 2011)
Paul Pierce has made a career out of terrorizing the Knicks but on Christmas Day he may never get off the bench. The Celtics’ All-Star forward is listed as doubtful for the NBA opener with a nagging heel injury.
For nearly a decade, defense was a word chanted at Madison Square Garden but rarely practiced by the home team. Carmelo Anthony has revealed that a greater emphasis is now being placed on defense and claims that the Knicks’ new assistant coach Mike Woodson is spending up to “45 minutes on defensive film sessions.
Mike D’Antoni’s challenge with the Knicks is to forge a title contender from a brand-new team that has had little time to develop much-needed chemistry, or perhaps lose his job.
Boston, which opens the season Sunday against the Knicks, has a new squad of players to support Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.
Avery Johnson, the ever-optimistic coach, will look to the newly acquired big man Mehmet Okur to replace the injured Brook Lopez.
In a renovation of Madison Square Garden, seats replaced the passageway used by the Knicks center in Game 7 of the 1970 N.B.A. playoffs.
Shoppers around the country broke store doors and clashed with the police as Nike’s new $180 Air Jordan basketball shoes went on sale.
Kobe Bryant plans to play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ season opener against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday despite a torn ligament in his right wrist.
Christmas 2011 may go down as the day the Celtics symbolically pass the division torch to the Knicks for the next few years.
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