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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Melo’s a Knick

The essay just dropped on Melo’s site making it official. From a pure writing perspective, it’s not as good as LeBron’s–and just because of the timing, it feels like he’s cranking out a tepid knockoff, a sub-par copy of the King’s speech–but then again, Melo didn’t have the clout to enlist the great Lee Jenkins as his ghostwriter. I really wish he’d reached out to some of the fine scribes at Knickerblogger. Next time. Here’s his words: A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.07.13)

[New York Times] Pau Gasol Will Sign With Bulls (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:44:16 GMT) The Spanish free-agent center Pau Gasol said he had decided to join the Chicago Bulls. [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Gasol Will Sign With Bulls (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:40:21 GMT) The free-agent center Pau Gasol said he had decided to join the Chicago Bulls. [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Grizzlies Sign Vince Carter (Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:30:30 GMT) The Memphis Grizzlies signed the eight-time All-Star Vince Carter to a multiyear deal, the club said. [New York Times] AP …continue reading

Summer League Recap: Knicks 71, Blazers 69

Despite shooting paltry 34.3 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from three, but the New York SummerKnicks eked out a less-than-pretty 71-69 victory over a Portland SummerBlazers squad that featured a lot of guys that will be in their regular season rotation. The Good: Tim Hardaway Jr. is a 3-point gunner, we know that, but Summer League Hardaway Jr. is a totally different beast. The former Michigan Wolverine scored a game-high 20 points including 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. Hardaway took a lot of shots, but the leading gunner of the day was Brandon Triche, a former Syracuse guard, …continue reading

Woj: Carmelo to Sign 5-Year Deal with New York

Wojnarowski twatteth: Just a matter of hours until Carmelo Anthony informs the Knicks of his return on a five-year deal, as @FisolaNYDN reported this week. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014 [Editor's note: Here's Robert Silverman with a bit more info] Here’s this afternoon’s #WojBomb™: Carmelo Anthony will sign a five-year, $120 million-plus contract to return to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Anthony considered the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets before deciding to re-sign. He notified the other teams on Saturday that he’s returning to New York. Anthony might still take less …continue reading

A Few Thoughts on Knicks Vegas Summer League Game 1

As I probably won’t get to see any more Summer League games because of travel, I’ll take this opportunity to read way too much into New York’s first game. My proviso about pre-season in any sport is that it’s data, and all data tells you something. The trick is to figure what it tells you and what it doesn’t. Summer league can tell you if a player has NBA athleticism (or compensatory skills). It can tell you about a player’s current skill set, which can also indicate where that player needs improvement. That said, here’s what I think I learned …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2014.07.12)

[New York Times] 5 Things to Watch as Cavs Bring in LeBron James (Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:41:17 GMT) LeBron James’ decision to come home to Cleveland is being hailed as a story about the power of forgiveness and maturity and a victory for a blue-collar Northern city over a destination spot in glitzy Miami. [New York Times] Anthony Keeps the Knicks Waiting on His Decision (Sat, 12 Jul 2014 01:58:53 GMT) Amid other free-agent moves, the focus now turns to Carmelo Anthony, who has to choose between remaining with the Knicks or going elsewhere. [New York Times] Sports Media: …continue reading

While Knicks Wait for Carmelo Anthony to Make Up His Mind, Cole Aldrich is “Coming Home”

Lamar Odom’s attempt at an NBA comeback came to a screeching halt before ever playing even a scrimmage for the New York Knicks, as Phil Jackson revealed today that “Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player.We found it necessary to free up the roster spot” (might I once again note how pleased I am to have a Knick executive who is actually willing to be candid with the media?). This was big news for Cole Aldrich and his many, many fans, as he was caught up in a roster crunch and the Knicks …continue reading