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Monday, November 24, 2014

A Knicks-Wolves Conversation with Zachary Bennett

Greetings and salutations, ‘Bocker brethren. No, the Knicks were not able to escape Mill-ee-wa-kée with a noble, spirited dub-ya, but don’t let that get you down—yet. Next up: A frisky pack o’ Wolves in the great state of Minnesota. What better way to limber up for the ritualistic, 11 o’clock assumption of the fetal position than a gentlemanly to-and-fro with Zachary Bennett. He’s a big wheel over at Canis Hoopus, SBNation’s Minnesota Timberwolves blog. Though the Knicks have, at times, resembled fifty shades of macabre more so than a geometrically sound basketball team, I hope you’ll find this exchange as enjoyable as we …continue reading

Game Thread and Preview: Knicks at Timberwolves.

If you like words about basketball, you’ve probably read a ton of Steve McPherson‘s stuff. The dude’s a great writer, and he’s everywhere–Rolling Stone, Grantland, Cat Fancy… He’s also a scribbler at Wolf Among Wolves, and so, in exchange for a dandy recipe for warm grape salad, agreed to drop by our lil’ e-corner to give us the skinny on tonight’s matchup. You can check out my answers to his Knicks questions here.  Robert Silverman: So, how’s year one (or rather, the first few weeks) of the Post-Kevin Love era going? Lots of frisky, young pups scurrying about? Tell us more… Steve McPherson: Welllllllll, …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.11.19)

[ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Bombs away? Knicks' D plan questionable (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:07:57 EDT) Much of the early-season conversation surrounding the New York Knicks has been about the triangle offense. But offense wasn’t the issue on Tuesday night. The Knicks’ defense — or lack thereof — led to their loss against the Milwaukee Bucks. And it continued an alarming trend for this team. The Knicks entered play Tuesday ranked with the worst perimeter defense in the NBA, allowing opponents to hit 42 percent of their 3-pointers. They didn’t do anything to improve that number on Tuesday night. …continue reading

Knicks at Bucks or Wait 15 games before full potency.

So on Sunday before the game against the Nuggets I declared the team dead. Turns out, they were only mostly dead.  There were a few signs of life against a Denver team that really is dead. So here we are about a month into the season, and we saw the first game where the Knicks didn’t look all dead.  I wonder if Phil Jackson playing the role of the Miracle Max gave the team a miracle pill that takes 10-15 games to start working. I don’t have any basketball insights (as usual).  So enjoy the clip that inspired the post …continue reading

Knicks Choose Unknown Over Known

Since the turn of the century the Knicks have won 50 games once. They have made it past the first round of the playoffs once. It doesn’t take much brain power to grasp that whatever methods the New York Knicks have used to operate in recent years has failed miserably. In an attempt to try to break their string of failures, Phil Jackson was hired to oversee the basketball operations department this year. Jackson’s method is singular, in that he has a certain culture and style of basketball that he has implemented wherever he has gone. Phil has had nothing …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.11.18)

[New York Times] Brady Heslip’s 78 Points in 2 Games Give Him Hope of Reaching N.B.A. (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:00:02 GMT) Playing for the Reno Bighorns, Brady Heslip has been scoring 1.4 points per minute in a barrage of 3-pointers, but he has his eye on the N.B.A. [New York Times] Bulls Beat Clippers 105-89; Go to 6-0 on Road (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:15:06 GMT) Taj Gibson stole the ball from Jamal Crawford and passed to Jimmy Butler, who sank a 17-footer, got fouled and made the free throw with two-tenths of a second left in first half. …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.11.17)

[New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Amar’e Stoudemire feeling fresh after rest (Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:33:15 GMT) Some might perceive Amar’e Stoudemire to be physically older than his 32 years, but the veteran forward received what he termed “a great birthday gift” on Sunday when he returned to action and the Knicks ended their seven-game slide with a convincing 109-93 win over Denver at the Garden. [New York Daily News] Bondy: A sharp J.R. Smith is good start for Knicks (Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:18:14 GMT) On a good day, against a lousy opponent, this can still work. J.R. …continue reading