Knicks Morning News (Thursday, May 10 2012)
MIAMI â?? After his horrid performance last night, J.R. Smith re-tweeted some criticism of his play and hinted the tweets might have helped with his decision on whether to pursue free agency.
“Damn didn’t know this [many] people didn’t want me in #NY might just get what you…
MIAMI â?? Carmelo Anthony made a promise for next season, not guaranteeing specific postseason success but declaring 2012-13 will be a better campaign for the Knicks.
“Next year we’ll be better,â? Anthony said after the Knicks fell to the Heat 106-94 in Game 5, last night ending their season and…
MIAMI â?? A sticker of the NBA championship trophy hung above the Knicks’ lockers at the Garden late in the season as a reminder of their goal.
The Knicks’ season ended last night 15 victories short of that goal as the franchise will go without a championship for a 39th straight…
MIAMI â?” The record will show that the Knicks’ season ended last night at American Airlines Arena. History will insist the end came in a mad flurry in the second half, when the Heat made one final push to topple the fragile visitors off the cliff, to end the competitive phase…
MIAMI â?? Jeremy Lin was once known as a Mike D’Antoni point guard, but yesterday Lin gave his blessing to interim coach Mike Woodson.
The injured Lin and Woodson are expected to be reunited next season. Lin is a restricted free agent and the Knicks have eyes on re-signing him…
MIAMI â?? Tyson Chandler said he hopes to become a bigger offensive threat next season.
His season ended in the same visitor’s locker room at AmericanAirlines Arena as last season, but under much different circumstance. Last year, he was holding a bottle of champagne after helping the Mavericks over the…
MIAMI â?? LeBron James wore every cloak possible Wednesday night. At the outset, he wore the mantle of the facilitator, getting teammates involved. After the Heat built an impressive halftime lead, he donned the garb of a terminator, determined not to let the Knicks back into the game or the series…
MIAMI â?? Early in the series, the Heat talked about symbiotic relationships between shooters and attackers and drivers and all parts of the offense. And two of the guys who were so important to all of that were 3-point specialists Mike Miller and Shane Battier.
But in Games 3 and 4…
MIAMI â?? Amar’e Stoudemire sat in front of his locker with bandages of ice on his knees and his head in his hands. The frustrating finish to a difficult season was just starting to set in and it didn’t feel good.
A nearby stat sheet showed the Heat had…
Even as they said goodbye until autumn, the Knicks left us with one last wacky bit of theater to remember them by.
Amar'e Stoudemire sat at his locker holding his head in his hands, with the left one still stitched up after his encounter with a fire extinguisher case here last week.
Sometime this summer, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will sit down in New York or South Beach or maybe in London during the Olympics. And they will talk about this first-round playoff series.
Carmelo Anthony has made the playoffs all nine seasons of his NBA career and has advanced out of the first round just once.
Jeremy Lin had hoped he could return for this opening-round series against the Heat, but after testing his knee and consulting with some Knicks' veterans, he decided not to push it.
No love for Jeremy Lin, Amare?
Before the Knicks’ loss in Game 5 to the Miami Heat, Knicks star Amare Stoudemire said that it “would be great” to have free-agent-to-be Steve Nash in New York next season.
“Everyone knows that Steve loves New York and that New York loves Steve,” Stoudemire told the Daily News. “I love Steve. It would be great to have him here next year.”
Nash, who will turn 39 next season, told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein last month that he’d like to “sign for three more years this summer” and play beyond his 40th birthday when he either inks a new deal to stay with the Suns or finds a new team via free agency.
MIAMI — Following Wednesday night’s first-round exit, Steve Novak still said there’s no place he’d rather play than New York.
“That’s for sure,” he said after the Knicks’ Game 5 loss. “I can’t think back to a more fun year I’ve had playing basketball when you have so much fun playing in a place that’s where you want to be. And for me, that’s definitely New York.”
From Feb. 6 to the end of the regular season, Novak created his own persona in New York with his Mr.
Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks’ wounded superstar, walked slowly off the floor after picking up his sixth and final foul on Wednesday night.
It was the bitter end of a brutal night for Stoudemire.
In foul trouble all night, the Knicks power forward finished 14 points and just four rebounds — or two fewer than Mike Bibby — in 31 minutes.
Afterward, he was asked if his injured left hand — the hand he lacerated by hitting the glass encasing of a fire extinguisher at American Airlines Arena ten days ago — was bothering him.
MIAMI — The conclusion of the Knicks’ season Wednesday night enhanced this burning question: If the team was fully healthy, could they have taken the Heat to six or seven games?
It’s one that fans will be pondering over the next few days (even though the Heat were the better overall team), and one that will end with realizing the Knicks do have potential — the potential to face the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals in the next year or so.
While the Knicks entered the playoffs this season as the seventh seed, they had the talent and momentum of a third seed, having won 18 of their last 24 regular-season games under Mike Woodson and led by Carmelo Anthony’s 24.
Despite a momentary slip three days earlier, the Heat, led by LeBron James’s 29 points, left no doubt about their superiority in clinching the first-round series over the Knicks, four games to one.
Shane Battier, the Miami Heat forward who dove all over the floor against the Knicks on Wednesday, has brought defense and intelligence to the pursuit of his first N.B.A. championship.
Marc Gasol scored 23 points and Zach Randolph added 19 as the Memphis Grizzlies avoided elimination by beating the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
LeBron James was still on the court, enjoying the moment after ousting the New York Knicks, when the first questions came about what’s next for the Miami Heat.
The Miami Heat hammered the final nail into the injury-ravaged New York Knicks’ coffin with a 106-94 win to clinch their place in the second round of the NBA playoffs, while the Grizzlies avoided elimination by beating the Clippers in Memphis.
LeBron James decided not to play in New York two summers ago. He won’t be playing there any more this season, either.
The Miami Heat hammered the final nail into the injury-ravaged New York Knicks’ coffin with a 106-94 win on Wednesday to clinch their place in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
An impersonator’s postings on Twitter are poking fun at the Knicks legend Walt Frazier’s style of basketball analysis, heavy on words that rhyme.
Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin said that he worked hard to beat the schedule for returning from his knee injury but that he wasn’t ready to play.
The Indiana Pacers beat Orlando to win their first playoff series since 2005, marking a possible turnaround for the once-strong franchise that fell on hard times over the past seven years.
The Jeremy Lin story, the one about the undrafted kid from Harvard becoming an international phenomenon overnight, sounded like one of those feel-good Disney movies. But in the movies, the hero plays.
The Knicks tumultuous strike-shortened year, one that included the phenomenon known as Linsanity, a coaching change and an actual playoff victory, ended Wednesday night at approximately 9:20 EST.
Now you wonder if the Knicks can ever get by Miami in a playoff series, as long as James and Wade play together. The answer, for now, is a resounding, no.
In an attempt to plant his left foot and push off his surgically-repaired left knee at full speed Monday, Knicks guard Jeremy Lin felt discomfort.
Amar’e Stoudemire issued a public plea to Steve Nash, his former Phoenix Suns teammate who will be a free agent on July 1, to join him in New York.