No one inside the Knicks locker room was running from Mike Dâ??Antoni’s declaration that the franchise is in position to compete for a championship.
The Knicks are primed and ready for Christmas â?? if youâ??re talking about Carmelo, Amarâ??e and the gang sitting in front of the tree and opening gifts. But as for playing the Celtics in the season-opener at the Garden, on national TV, thatâ??s an entirely different matter.
In a predictably ragged first game, the Knicks held off the Nets and got a pleasant surprise in the play of rookie guard Iman Shumpert, who had 16 points in 25 minutes off the bench.
Jeff Green, who began playing forward for Boston last season, is scheduled for an operation Monday to repair an aortic aneurism and is expected to make a complete recovery.
Only time will tell whether trading the Hornets’ Chris Paul for young players and a likely lottery pick was better than trading him for established veterans.
Stephen Curry had 22 points and six assists, Monta Ellis scored 18 points to go with eight assists and the Golden State Warriors rolled past the short-handed Sacramento Kings 107-96 on Saturday night in the first of two preseason games between the Northern California rivals.
Thank goodness for the Bulls. It’s nuclear winter in other sporting corners of Chicago.
Luis Scola scored 20 points, Terrence Williams had 14 and the Houston Rockets beat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 101-87 on Saturday night.
Ricky Rubio wowed an eager crowd with some slick passing in his NBA debut and Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 117-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in their preseason opener on Saturday night.
Continuing through Dec. 23, ESPNNewYork.com will run a series called “Christmas Countdown” examining a hot topic each day that involves “your New … York … Knicks!” as PA announcer Mike Walczewski says with slight pauses and strong punctuation.
Today’s Hot Topic: New blood
Every team entering a new season usually has, from common circumstances, at least three players penned into the starting rotation.
For the Knicks, their three is obvious: “The MTA” featuring Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.]]>
It was pretty much what you would expect after a long lockout, a postage stamp-size training camp and rosters that have been put together on the fly.
â??Sloppy basketball,â? Nets point guard Deron Williams said.
â??It just felt good to put the uniform back on and all the equipment, running…
Deron Williams was sitting in the Nets locker room before yesterdayâ??s preseason game with the Knicks at the Prudential Center â?? talking about boxing and mixed martial arts and how much of those sports he missed while playing in Turkey during the lockout.
â??I didnâ??t see much of anything…
Iman Shumpert looked smooth and dynamic in scrimmages during training camp, but Carmelo Anthony wanted to see how Shumpert responded â??when the lights went on.â??â??It wasnâ??t Broadway yesterday, just Newark, and it was preseason, not Christmas Day. But when the lights went on, the Knicks rookie combo guard…
Tyson Chandler, a longtime buddy of Baron Davis from Los Angeles, gave his endorsement yesterday of the Knicks signing the free-agent point guard. Davis became a free agent Friday night after clearing amnesty waivers, and the Knicks hope to hear from him tomorrow.â??I think if we can land him…