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Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer League Recap: Hornets 82, Knicks 79

The SummerKnicks are undefeated no more after falling 82-79 to the SummerHornets Saturday afternoon. Like the majority of Summer League games, this game wasn’t pretty. TGe  shot a gruesome 22.7 percent from beyond the arc and 34.9 percent overall, but still managed to keep it close thanks to a fairly dominant starting-five unit. The Good: Tim Hardaway Jr. led all scores (yes, again) with 27 points on 20 field goal attempts, but he wasn’t just gunning from deep this afternoon, though, as the second-year wing made a number of pretty drives and cuts to draw a couple of 3-point plays …continue reading

More Summer League Thoughts: What About the Defense?

Most us expected to see D-Fish trot out some version of Tex Winter’s triangle in Summer League. But coming into Vegas his defensive philosophy was less clear. The team’s summer league performance has brought a couple things into focus. 1) More straight-up man with less switching. Keep in mind that you’re likely to see pretty vanilla defensive scheming in Summer League for any number of reasons. So, a switching fetish is not out of the realm of possibility once the season starts and Calderon starts yelling “Git that!” at the sight of the first high ball screen. But still, based …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.07.19)

[New York Post] Knicks talking about giving ‘Peace’ a chance — again (Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:16:39 -0400) Is anyone ready for World Peace II? The Knicks have discussed whether to extend a training-camp invitation to Metta World Peace on a mostly non-guaranteed deal. World Peace is eager… [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Rucker Park Stars Set Their N.B.A. Dreams Aside and Head Abroad (Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:29:15 GMT) It turns out the can’t-miss star who misses the N.B.A. can make a fair living in Algiers, or in Halifax, Canada.

Knicks Morning News (2014.07.18)

[New York Daily News] Exclusive! Phil Jackson talks about his return to Knicks in updated autobiography (Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:21:12 GMT) There’s a part of me that has always longed to lead a simpler, more ascetic life. But I’ve had to balance that with the demands of constantly being in the public eye. [New York Daily News] Tim Howard tweets pic of him in Knicks jersey, asks if team has salary cap space (Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:55:50 GMT) The Knicks borught back scoring machine Carmelo Anthony this offseason but what about their defense? At least one guy who …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.07.17)

[New York Times] David Blatt Gets Ready to Lead LeBron James and the Cavaliers (Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:20:06 GMT) David Blatt, an American-born coach with a history of international success, is preparing to lead an N.B.A. team for the first time: the Cavaliers, with the returning star LeBron James. [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Rucker Park Stars Set Their N.B.A. Dreams Aside and Head Abroad (Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:11:22 GMT) It turns out the can’t-miss star who misses the N.B.A. can make a fair living in Algiers, or in Halifax, Canada. [New York Post] How J.R. …continue reading

Jason Smith: A Knicksplainer

Yesterday, the Knicks signed former New Orleans Pelicans big man Jason Smith to a one-year, $3.3 million contract using their taxpayer mid-level exception. Smith has long been a useful player, but has battled injuries throughout his career. A knee injury wiped out his 2008-2009 season entirely and he’s played just 122 games over the past three seasons. Having said that, given the wages some folks are netting, he’s worth taking a flyer on for a year at that price. At the very least, Smith is going to play decent defense and help to protect the rim. The Knicks fatal flaw …continue reading

6-on-5 Roundtable: Melo and Beyond

The Knicks and Carmelo Anthony agreed to a contract this weekend, a 5-year deal for $124 million, a player option on the final year and a no-trade clause.. The deal–which will color every move the organization and new president Phil Jackson make over the next half-decade–was such big news that we had to break out the roundtable; an illegal roundtable in basketball terms, in fact. We’re going 6-on-5 to discuss whether the Knicks overpaid, what the move says about Jackson’s reign, and what to expect from the team this year and beyond. 1. Is 5 years, $122.5 million (or so) …continue reading