Knicks Morning News (2013.12.31)

  • [New York Times] James Returns to Lead Heat Past Nuggets 97-94 (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:27:12 GMT)

    LeBron James returned from a groin injury on his birthday and wasted no time finding his shooting touch.    

  • [New York Times] Suns Blitz Clippers 107-88 With Dragic’s 26 Points (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:15:06 GMT)

    Goran Dragic had 26 points and eight assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, Gerald Green added 21 points off the bench, and the Phoenix Suns ended the year with a 107-88 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Evans and Holiday Lead Pelicans Past Trail Blazers (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 05:48:04 GMT)

    Tyreke Evans hit the final shot. Jrue Holiday made every big play before that to put the New Orleans Pelicans in position to win.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Pelicans Upend Trail Blazers (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 05:35:42 GMT)

    Tyreke Evans hit a pull-up jumper from 17 feet with 1.2 seconds left and the host New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-108.    

  • [New York Times] Burke Sends Jazz to 83-80 Win Over Bobcats (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:48:08 GMT)

    Trey Burke beat the shot clock on a driving layup with 19 seconds left and scored 21 points to power the Utah Jazz past the Charlotte Bobcats 83-80 on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Butler Scores 26 as Bulls Beat Grizzlies 95-91 (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:21:15 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler scored 14 of his 26 points in the third quarter, Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 95-91 on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Hold On to Beat Timberwovles 100-98 (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:03:26 GMT)

    Shawn Marion scored 32 points and hit two huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Dallas Mavericks withstand a furious second-half charge from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 100-98 victory Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Wall Scores 29, Wizards Rally Past Pistons 106-99 (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 03:30:26 GMT)

    John Wall scored 29 points and the Washington Wizards became the latest team to rally past Detroit in the fourth quarter, beating the Pistons 106-99 on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] LeBron James Back in Lineup for Heat After Injury (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 02:33:03 GMT)

    LeBron James is back in the Miami Heat’s starting lineup against the Denver Nuggets after missing the previous game because of a groin injury.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: J.R. hints at brother ‘betrayal’ (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:33:35 GMT)

    The Knicks have made the decision to waive controversial point guard Chris Smith to make room for big man Jeremy Tyler on the team’s 15-man roster, according to a source close to the situation. J.R. Smith, Chris’s older brother, didn’t seem too pleased by the move.    

  • [New York Daily News] Melo hopes to play first game of ’14 (Tue, 31 Dec 2013 03:35:43 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony rested his 6-8 frame against a partition at the Knicks’ practice facility on Monday, shifting most of his weight off his sprained left ankle and onto his right, which he will be leaning on a little more often for the foreseeable future.    

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    16 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2013.12.31)”

    1. You know, I’m glad they’re picking up another big man who may rebound, but what this team really needs is a solid guard.
      In my opinion the guard play is the root of all their problems.

    2. You know, I’m glad they’re picking up another big man who may rebound, but what this team really needs is a solid guard.
      In my opinion the guard play is the root of all their problems.

      I agree with you, our guards have been outright terrible (with the lone exception of our rookie, TH2).

      But this whole Tyler thing assumes he’ll see the court in games decided by less than 30 points. Woodson has shown no proclivity to use players intelligently. Even with TH2, I’m reasonably confident that Woodson’s hand was forced on that one (although TH2’s play, on offense at least, has now earned him a regular spot in the rotation, but I still believe that initial playing time was not Woodson’s choice).

      Anyway, waiving Smith the Younger and bringing back Tyler can all be utterly meaningless, because it’s quite possible Tyler gets as little playing time as Cole Adrich while Chandler and Melo play 40+ minutes a night until they break down and Woodson goes back to hiding behind injuries for this team’s excessive failures.

    3. Wow, Dragic is having a hell of a year for the surprising Suns, yesterday 26 pts., 8 assists and 5 steals in a romp over the Clips in LA.

      Did we actually have a chance to get this guy? Not that we could use him, our back court play has been just fine this year.

    4. So much to say but so little space lol. For starters..I don’t know how to begin to feel about JR at this point. I mean, WTF was that tweet about Earl?? There is NO WAY to joke/explain your way out of this one. Not only has he bitten the hand that feeds him..but he did it at a time where he was starving and NOBODY wanted to even offer so much as a saltine! That tweet may very well have been related to something personal that had nothing to do with the team. But perception is reality unfortunately, and even moreso with a player with JR’s rep. It burns even more considering the timing of it. I guess it’s management’s fault for giving him somewhat star treatment and for over-valuing his worth. Even still I don’t quite understand why he feels it’s healthy for him to be THAT reckless. Here the team is tryina claw its way out of a nasty hole, and this dude has successfully made it all about him. Intentionally or not it still happened. He’s got to go…ASAP! The team needs more team-centric players around Melo, or whomever remains if we decide to rebuild. Anywho..welcome back Jeremy. I hope to see you carve out a role just like Murry and TH2. And I hope the FO has enough vision to keep what little young talent we have going forward. Even though at some point we may be forced to trade Shump

    5. Yeah Phoenix FO is as excellent as their medical staff. The interesting thing is they’re often playing a 2pg lineup (Dragic and Bledsoe). The SG position may soon be obsolete! If Melo were smart, he’d seriously look at the Suns as a potential destination. They’re looking to acquire a star in his prime using Okafor’s large expiring contract, a draft pick, and a Morris brother. Meanwhile, the Clips have to realize their ceiling is making the WCF which should make them more open to a deal. Sterling covets Griffin in the same way Cuban used to covet Dirk. But I gotta believe the blockbuster trade I proposed the other day would go through where Melo/Paul/Griffin end up together. Even if it didn’t improve the team, that troika alone would make Sterling a ton of money and bury the Lakers as the town’s marquee franchise (well, until KD, LBJ, and Love show up in 2016).

    6. This not playing thing could be just what the doctor ordered for our Knicks, Toronto plays Chicago and Indiana before we even play our next game. If they lose both, we’re only 4 games back in the mighty Atlantic!

      Is there any way we could decline to participate in the rest of our games? I think 12 under .500 might be good enough to take the crown.

    7. 4. Because I think so little of James Dolan’s humanity, I would not be surprised if he held a grudge against JR Smith forhis petulant tweet. I can see Dolan hiring his version of Howie Spira (who should not be too hard to find near JR Smith) to dig out the dirt. Remember that marijuana suspensions increase by 5 games (10 next time), but “Drug of Abuse” violations caught by probable cause testing (as opposed to voluntary disclosure) lead to a permanent ban (which can be appealed after 2 years) and his contract is voided. I have no idea whether JR Smith has vulnerability here.

      I have no idea how you could advocate this idea as a possibility and root for the guy’s franchise. The franchise, i.e. the corporation that he owns and becomes a vastly wealthier man from, enabling him to pay eight-figure sexual harassment lawsuit settlements and fire security guards for doing their jobs well. How could anyone, if they actually believe that? That is absolutely heinous.

    8. 1. I root for the Knicks despite, not because of, the Dolan family.

      2. If James Dolan found out that JR Smith was doing what Rihanna accused last spring, it’s not clear to me what the moral guidelines are. I think the moral failing is that Dolan is loyal beyond reason until he is vindictive beyond reason.

      THCJ- do you root for the Knicks? I thought yes, but now I am not sure. Because all the other things you mentioned happened long ago.

    9. THCJ- do you root for the Knicks? I thought yes, but now I am not sure. Because all the other things you mentioned happened long ago.

      I don’t blindly root for the jersey anymore. I live in the tristate area, so I’m a Knicks fan, but I hate the ownership and management more than anyone else in sports. It doesn’t matter that the sexual harassment thing happened long ago. It happened. That’s just one of many reasons to hate Dolan. JD and the Straight Shot is another.

    10. Happy New Year, my KB comrades, even you, Jowles. May there soon appear a silver lining on this darkest of clouds for our team.

    11. Happy New Year to this great community. Unfortunately 2014 wont be the year of the Knicks but hopefully it will be the year the Yankees win it all again!! lol

    12. Happy New Year guys!

      Don’t post much, but I am still a-lurking.

      Lets hope for a better 2014 for this team. Cheers!

    13. Texas trip may result on 0-3 record to start 2014. Coach Woody should watch Spurs tape to learn more about coaching.

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