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Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Jul 24 2013)

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Pondexter Leads Liberty Over Fever (Wed, 24 Jul 2013 02:42:21 GMT)
    Cappie Pondexter scored 24 points and the Liberty overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat the Indiana Fever, 77-72, in Indianapolis.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Mavericks Add Ellis to New Lineup (Wed, 24 Jul 2013 02:37:03 GMT)
    The Dallas Mavericks have signed the free-agent shooting guard Monta Ellis, finishing off the final piece of their new starting lineup.    

  • 4 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Jul 24 2013)

    1. Hubert

      Z: And there was this, written a few months ago:

      “despite a widespread belief that Stoudemire’s troublesome knees and eyes aren’t insured, an insurance industry source confirmed the Knicks were able to find supplemental insurance for those body parts. He would have to miss 41 consecutive games for the Knicks to recoup any salary.”

      http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/13432/insurance-helps-bulls-foot-roses-bill

      Z, thanks for posting this. I went on a screed a few weeks back on a slow Friday about how the insurance thing on Amar’e was so widely misreported due to lazy journalists just repeating what they heard. I knew it was likely that supplemental insurance could be purchased but I couldn’t find out conclusively (ESPN is blocked at my office so my google search was handicapped!).

      So two things from the article you posted:

      1. The first reporter to actually pick up a phone and fact check was able to determine that Amar’e does, in fact, have insurance on his knees and eyes, as I always suspected he did. (It was just common sense: insurance companies love high premiums and very few things in this world are uninsurable.) The lesson, as always: Bill Simmons is an idiot for perpetuating this myth as if it was a big deal.

      2. I’m kind of shocked that Derrick Rose’s deal wasn’t deemed one of the 14 riskiest contracts in the league. That 5 year $96 million deal started AFTER he tore his ACL! Then again, it was signed back when he was perfectly healthy. I’m not sure how the timing of these things work.

    2. Z

      It is interesting that Amar’e missed 30 games, then 32 games last year. So there was incentive on the organization’s part to keep him sidelined, but they green-lit him to play, so that says something about the team’s priorities.

      (It also makes sense that Reinsdorf would be just fine with Rose sitting out indefinitely, and for Bynum to not be encouraged to play by the Sixers all season too)

    3. jon abbey

      YAY YAY YAY

      Adrian Wojnarowski ?@WojYahooNBA 18s
      Free agent Kenyon Martin has reached an agreement to return to the New York Knicks, league source tells Y! Sports.

      YAY YAY YAY

    4. thenamestsam

      jon abbey:
      YAY YAY YAY

      Adrian Wojnarowski ?@WojYahooNBA 18s
      Free agent Kenyon Martin has reached an agreement to return to the New York Knicks, league source tells Y! Sports.

      YAY YAY YAY

      Very good news. I still think there are significant questions how he’s going to hold up over 82 games though – he hasn’t played more than 60 since 08-09 and he has only gotten to 70 twice since 02-03. I think 50 games would be a reasonable expectation for him next year.

      Given that he and Tyson are the only two bigs with any NBA pedigree who are even decent on the defensive end and that Ty has his own record of fragility I still think the Knicks should be very much in the market for another veteran big who can play defense.

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