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Thursday, October 30, 2014

J.R. Smith Has “Basketball” Explained to Him

Ace ESPN New York scribe Ohm Youngmisuk has a new article out on, wherein he transcribes various discussions he’s had with various Knicks’ personnel that suggest that one Earl Joseph Smith — presumably some 20+ years into the organized-basketball-playing portion of his mortal life — has come to understand some nuances of the sport that had previously escaped him.  Like “your team gets points when other people wearing the same color shirt as you put the orange thingy through that netty job” and “try to defend someone sometimes.”  We’ll take this one FJM style: The adjustment to the triangle offense has been …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.10.24)

[New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Carmelo doesn’t make top 10 list (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:14:02 GMT) Carmelo Anthony views himself as an underrated superstar, an opinion he gave to ESPN earlier this month. He might be onto something. According to and the TrueHoop Network, Anthony is not even a top 10 player in the NBA. [New York Daily News] Derek Fisher trying to distance himself from Phil Jackson (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:07:29 GMT) When Phil Jackson was hired as Knicks president, it was assumed that whomever he picked as coach would be nothing more than a …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.10.23)

[New York Post] Hamstring strain likely to force Bargnani to miss Knicks’ opener (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:37:06 -0400) Andrea Bargnani said he's not sure when he will return from a right hamstring strain and admitted he's frustrated by the injury. When two reporters from Italy interviewed him after… [New York Post] Carmelo hits game-winner, but it’s only preseason (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:22:04 -0400) There weren't any final-second game-winners from Carmelo Anthony during last season's wreckage, but the Knicks superstar set a sweet tone for 2014-15 — even if it's preseason. Anthony broke a… [New York Daily News] Derek …continue reading

Pre-Knicks 103, Pre-Wizards 100

We’re creeping ever closer to actual, this-actually-counts basketball, folks. Tonight, it even felt like there was something at stake, you could get into the rhythms and pace of a regular season game. The cluttered, hoarder’s mess of hooping that’s been on display so far, where you really had to dig though stacks of magazines and piles of those pizza box thingies in order to say anything declarative about the ‘Bockers’ play, were nowhere to be found. And of course, MELLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (courtesy Posting and Toasting and gifdsports) Which, yes of course a home game against the DC Prestidigitators is going to …continue reading

Pre-Season Game Thread: Knicks vs. Wizards

It’s the penultimate game of the preseason for the Knicks! And this game against Washington will mark the first time that the Knicks will face an opposing team’s starting point guard this preseason. Let us hope that it goes well. Derek Fisher is experimenting a little bit with Jose Calderon still out with a sore calf (he would play if this was a regular season game – in the old Knick regime, I’d say “Jose Calderon scheduled to lose his leg next week” but this new regime is supposedly more transparent, so I’ll take them at their word and presume …continue reading From Phil Jackson’s Point of View

Charley Rosen had an excellent piece on today (tip of the hat to alsep73 for the link) where he got Phil Jackson to post his candid views on each member of the Knicks’ roster, even players destined to only play in the D-League. Here is the link. It is a fascinating look at Jackson’s views on the players, because so much of it doesn’t remotely resemble the truth, so you figure that he’s BSing us but then he is extremely candid and on point on other things and you think “Or is he telling the truth?” He’s not exactly …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.10.22)

[New York Daily News] Knicks season opener in doubt for banged-up Andrea Bargnani (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:32:17 GMT) Derek Fisher may have more faith in Andrea Bargnani than the big Italian has in himself. With the Oct. 29 season opener against the Chicago Bulls on the horizon, Fisher refused to rule Bargnani out despite the fact that the Knicks forward has not played since suffering a hamstring injury during the club’s first preseason game two weeks ago. [New York Times] New-Look NBA: A Player’s Perspective, Paul Pierce (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:47:05 GMT) The Associated Press will periodically look …continue reading