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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Knicks Picks Media Roundup 7/30/10

  • Amar’e Stoudemire: Cultural Explorer . “Stoudemire told The Associated Press on Friday that he believes he has ‘Hebrew roots’through his mother, Carrie. The five-time All-Star is on a weeklong visit to learn about Israel, its language and religions.”
  • And, from Amar’e's Twitter feed: “Wow!! The fans here are amazing. Everyone cheers “NEW YORK KNICKS!!” “NEW YORK KNICKS!!“”
  • For those of you interested in Twitter, new-Knick Ronny Turiaf frequently updates and has on a few occasions offered to buy lunch for the first Knicks fan to find him. As a bonus, his background has a pretty awesome shot of him in a Knicks jersey.
  • Shannon Brown- New York Knick? “Guard Shannon Brown could be moving to New York City to man the New York Knicks backcourt with Raymond Felton. The man who has won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers is a free agent and the Knicks have made him an offer, according to CBSSports.com.”
  • Interest in Shannon Brown may have spiked due to a lack of ability to trade for Rudy Fernandez, as Alan Hahn reports. “An NBA source said that the Blazers would prefer to receive a first-round pick for Fernandez, which is a problem for the Knicks because they gave up their 2012 pick to the Rockets in the February trade for Tracy McGrady that helped clear more salary cap space for this summer’s foray in free agency. NBA rules prohibit a team from trading first-round picks in consecutive years, so the Knicks cannot make that move until 2014. The source said the Blazers are not interested in waiting four years when they almost assuredly would not have to wait as long with another team. The Oregonian reported Wednesday that the Bulls and Celtics were also interested.”
  • USA Today: Brief ex-Knick Eddie House has signed with Team Superfriends in Miami. “House, a 10-year veteran who spent last season with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, gives Miami another shooter. He takes his 39% three-point average back to Miami, where he played from 2000 to 2003.”
  • Finally, in a bit of unfortunate news, there is a warrant out for Eddy Curry’s arrest again, stemming from his failure to keep up with his settlement payments.

32 comments on “Knicks Picks Media Roundup 7/30/10

  1. TDM

    I’m still not sold on Shannon Brown. I got to watch him a bit in LA and, aside from a few highlight reel dunks, he never struck me as more than a one dimensional player. Not to mention, he could keep the Knicks waiting while the Lakers try to trade Sasha.

    I haven’t heard much this offseason about Rashad McCants, but he used to play with Felton (and used to date a Kardashian), so he at least has that going for him. He’s probably desperate to latch on to another team right now as well. I’d much rather give him a shot. He played really well after his trade to the Kings last season IMO.

    And . . . not to beat a dead horse, but why not take a shot at a reclamation project like D West? He’s a better distributor than either Brown or McCants, and if bought out (I don’t think that has happened yet), he could also be a cheap rental (like lbj’s mom).

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=mccanra01&y1=2009&p2=westde01&y2=2010&p3=brownsh01&y3=2010

  2. Z-man

    Don’t want West. Let him go to a veteran team where his personal issues are less of a concern.

  3. Sibenik

    I’ve been following this blog for the last months, and I think you guys are doing a great job. Sometimes I’ve thought about writing, but I didn’t mainly because of my english. Until now that I´ve read that the Knicks offered Shannon Brown $3 Million. Didn’t anyone in the Knicks org watch the NBA Finals? IMO, Shannon Brown is an overrated player just because he has won two consecutive rings, we can then get M’Benga to pair with him. IMO, Brown is an average defender and has a very low basketball IQ (has a poor shot and pass selection). I think he´s just a very physical player that was at the right place at the right time (when Vujacic’s game came down), so I don’t think he deserves $3 million of our hardly earned cap space. Sorry about my english :-)
    @2 Which reason do you think that makes McCants interesting for the Knicks? Playing with Felton or dating a Kardashian? I clearly think the second one :-)

  4. Thomas B.

    I would stay away from Shannon Brown. He is not an efficient scorer (TS% .517, eFG% .480), he has an average WS/48 (.096). At 24, he doesnt seem to have much more room to peak, and it does not seem his peak will be much better than an average player. So I would think the 3 mil would be better invested in other younger players. Saving that I’d rather have McCants since he is a more efficient shooter, and less turnover prone.

  5. massive

    I really like the idea of Rashad McCants, but according to the insider article on him…

    “At the Vegas Summer League, Mike D’Antoni says he can’t give McCants a shot for fear he’d poison the Knicks’ locker room.”

    Too bad, I’m sure he would have really turned it on for us next to his former UNC teammate, Raymond Felton. I think its sad how the Knicks took a shot on a guy who strangled his coach, but we won’t take a shot on a guy with no criminal record but can clearly play. I know these are two totally different regimes, but I would love if any team gave the kid a shot.

  6. supernova

    Thomas B.: I would stay away from Shannon Brown.He is not an efficient scorer (TS% .517, eFG% .480), he has an average WS/48 (.096).At 24, he doesnt seem to have much more room to peak, and it does not seem his peak will be much better than an average player.So I would think the 3 mil would be better invested in other younger players.Saving that I’d rather have McCants since he is a more efficient shooter, and less turnover prone.  

    Agreed. In addition, this is just going to take away the minutes of Toney Douglas, so why the need for Brown. I say pass on Shannon Brown.

  7. eric8476

    This is off topic but i had to say. Randolph and Gallo need to be playing at the same time. Gallo needs to be the sg guard. This needs to be the starting line up

    pg- Felton
    sg- Gallo
    sf- Randolph
    pf- Amar’e
    c- Turiaf

    The idea of Gallo and randolph on the floor makes me drool. If gallo can’t defend (but i think he is up to the challenge at the 2) then play zone. These two really can be something special. Randolph needs 30+ minutes a night as does gallo.

  8. Z-man

    I agree that we should try to utilize our length in zone D. Don’t forget about WC as a long guard in the zone and Timo in the middle.

  9. TDM

    It’s being reported that the offer to Brown is between 4 & 5 M per. This stinks like Jared Jeffries. Are we sure Isiah didn’t get rehired for the front office?

  10. massive

    4-5 million? No thanks. Somebody start a “We Want McCants” Riot at Herald Square!

  11. yehudi3000

    as long as its a 1 year contract i woudnt mind if brown get a maximum salary contact

  12. TDM

    Good. That said, he doesn’t want to come to NY- that much is clear. And, I think the Lakers will do whatever they can to dump Sasha so that they can keep him.

  13. ess-dog

    I agree. I think Letting Walker, Azu and Chandler duke it out for the starting spot is the way to go. I think Walker has the most potential of the group but Chandler manned the position fairly consistently last year. Don’t know much about Azu, but it seems like Warriors fans don’t seem too upset about his departure.

  14. rayhed

    How is it that the knicks, even after clearing loads of cap space, can’t offer brown more than $3 mil, but the heat have managed to sign wade, bosh, and lebron, and still have room for guys like haslem, mike miller, and eddie house?

  15. Robert Silverman

    rayhed: How is it that the knicks, even after clearing loads of cap space, can’t offer brown more than $3 mil, but the heat have managed to sign wade, bosh, and lebron, and still have room for guys like haslem, mike miller, and eddie house?  

    The Heat, after all their salary dumps had one player, Chalmers at about 1 million, on the roster. Adding Bosh, SheShmron, and Wade for 43 Million left them with 14 million to sign Miller, House, Haslem, Jones and Ilgauskas plus their 2nd rounders.

    And because Pat Riley is actually Beelzebub.

  16. Loathing

    Robert Silverman:
    The Heat, after all their salary dumps had one player, Chalmers at about 1 million, on the roster. Adding Bosh, SheShmron, and Wade for 43 Million left them with 14 million to sign Miller, House, Haslem, Jones and Ilgauskas plus their 2nd rounders.
    And because Pat Riley is actually Beelzebub.  

    And yet he couldn’t win the big one in NY.

  17. SeeWhyDee77

    Shannon Brown? Nuh uh…
    Let’s not forget that he was a bum until he met the Triangle. I love his athleticism and fearlesness..but we already have a bigger version of him who actually shoots better in Bill Walker. Shannon Brown may play slightly better D, but let’s face it-the 2010 Knicks are not gonna be “open court” enough for him to be effective. He doesn’t shoot well or create well. We need a backcourt player who can create. I’d definitely take McCants over Brown if I had 2 choose. I’m actually pretty high on Felton. He’s a very good PG..in the pros he’s always had a short rope. I think he will do very well in NY runnin Mike D’s offense. He also plays tough D. Felton’s signing and potential for us is important for 2 reasons. 1, the obvious one, is if he plays well we will have gotten a steal. 2, if he plays well, we can likely parlay him into CP3 if we truly have a shot at him, while keeping Douglas. In fact, the only position on the floor that i’m worries about is the 2 guard. Azu’s ok and should do well if he stays healthy. But our 2 guard depth leaves alot to be desired. I like Rautins and Walker..even Chandler at the 2 in spurts..but we have no creators at that position. If T Mac can’t get a deal for the midlevel and we don’t find a cheap alternative, then i’d say bring him back on a 1 year deal. I don’t necessarily think Rudy’s the answer either-especially with what Portland’s asking 4 him. With as much potential offensive firepower as we have, I now believe holding on to Chandler is imperative unless we can get a better piece in return for him. I’m envisioning a starting lineup of Stat, Randolph (they say he’s up to 230 now), Rooster, Azu and Felton..with Douglas, Chandler, and Turiaf leading the bench. However if Walsh finds a way to bring Barron back, then Randolph problee comes off the bench with him, Wil and Douglas, and Turiaf starts. Either way, I see at least 38 wins if we stay healthy. Not great, but it’s a start.

  18. massive

    Courtney Lee and Nick Young are guys who play on teams that have a couple wing players and would be expendable. We could probably steal one of them if we can work out a three team trade with the Lakers for one of them. New Jersey and Washington all have the cap space to take on Sasha Vujacic’s deal, and would get draft picks back (LA’s first, one/two of our 2nds) in a trade, and one of the best young teams in the league. I like both of these guys over Shannon Brown.

  19. Z-man

    “In fact, the only position on the floor that i’m worries about is the 2 guard.”

    I am worried about every position other than the 4 (Amar’e is the real deal.) Seriously, is any other position being manned by a proven all-star caliber player? I am totally excited to see what we have, but other that the 4, everything is a guess.

    I think Chandler starts at the 2 until he shows he can’t handle it. D’Antoni clearly likes him and I think he will get a long look. If Azu comes off the bench and plays better at that spot, I can see D’Antoni making a switch. This, of course, assumes that they are both arounc on opening day, which is very iffy at this point.

  20. SeeWhyDee77

    @ 27..no..but..I think he has a shot this year if he plays to his ability..and if the AS coach carries 3 pg’s. John Wall’s an unknown (right now), I think Felton is as good as Nelson, Nelson is jus counted on to score more. Jennings is the wild card. Rondo, Rose, Nelson and Jennings are the only PG’s in the east that could keep Felton out (which is more than enuf). Not sure about Wall yet b/c I don’t know if the Wiz r gonna keep Arenas. If they do, then Wall’s an all star becuz he won’t hafta do everything for them. Devin Harris? He plays for the Nyets lol. No seriously I think Felton can hold his own in Mike D’s system against Harris stat wise, especially with Johnson coaching with 2 big men who can get tons of buckets. We’ll see….it’s gonna be interesting. I see Felton gettin 15 and 8 easy this season. I just hope his shooting holds up. If Mo Williams can be an all star, then shit..y not Felton? He’s a better distributor and defender and penetrates more. However if Williams re-discovers that part of his game then it’s a wrap for Felton as far as AS PG’s go

  21. DS

    @28… I think a PG needs to be averaging about 16 ppg and 10 apg to make an All-Star team or his team needs to be on pace to win about 60 games… I think either is a little too much to expect from Felton this year, but one can hope.

  22. massive

    I think Raymond Felton will do well. Look at all the tools he’s armed with. He’s got shooters in Gallo, Azu, Walker, and Douglas. He’s got athletes who’ll be available on cuts to the basket in Azu, Walker, Chandler, and Randolph. And he’s got the ultimate pick and roll weapon in Stat. He’s one of the fastest guards in the league, is built like a tank, and can handle the ball pretty well, so I’ll just assume he’ll penetrate and score/dish to Stat. Let’s not count him out until we see him play.

  23. NYKjames

    I don’t know about this Shannon Brown idea… He is a bit undersized, but a solid athletic player. However, do we really want a shooting guard that can’t shoot? Might as well bring back Larry Hughes, he played good D and couldn’t shoot as well. We already have a couple guys with similar skill-sets. chandler/walker (cept walker can shoot)

  24. SeeWhyDee77

    @ 29 & 30…I agree. I figure that if Felton does 15 & 8 with efficient shooting an the team is winning their fair share, then he should be in the discussion. Amare’ or not, this offense does not run without a point guard. Understatement, I know. But my point is, if he can knock down open jumpers at a slightly higher clip than last season while penetrating and dishing to the shooters and setting Stat up in spots where he can score-then Felt has to be in the conversation even though 15 and 8 sounds a little low. Nelson won’t crack 5.5 apg, and neither will Williams. If all goes well, then I think Felton wil get 9-10 apg. But honestly, i’m more concerned with his shooting holding up. Given his talents, and the shooters around him (he’s never really had this type of potential spacing)-he stands to do really well especially if he can shoot 46% from the field and 38% from 3 again. I also think it’s a natural progression for him to get his FT% up to around 80-82%. Now, if that happens then 15 & 8 turns into 17 and 10 easy. But i’ll settle for 15 & 8…I don’t think we want Felt to try and do too much-something that happens to other players in this system. They hear about how good the ssol makes them look and they try 2 hard to put up career numbers instead of letting the ssol work for them. Still, I think we are in for a treat with Felton this season with Stat and the Bomb Squad around him.

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