Knicks Morning News (2014.10.15)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Carmelo Anthony says he'll take Phil Jackson's words and work to improve (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:20:13 EDT)

    SYRACUSE — The other day, Phil Jackson said he thought Carmelo Anthony has “just touched the surface of his greatness.”It was a bold statement, one that Jackson backed up by signing the 30-year-old Anthony to a five-year, $124 million contract over the summer. It was also a fancy way for the Knicks president to say he thinks Anthony can improve in certain areas. But Jackson didn’t really get into specifics when he made the comment on Sunday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Andrea Bargnani sits again (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:39:45 GMT)

    Andrea Bargnani proclaimed full health at the start of training camp after he was sidelined for the second half of last season with an elbow injury. But since starting in the preseason opener last week, the Knicks’ returning big man has missed three straight games, the latest coming Tuesday night due to a strained hamstring.

  • [New York Daily News] Jim Boeheim: Knick star Carmelo Anthony’s no class clown (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:30:52 GMT)

    More than a decade away has not affected the warmth and love Carmelo Anthony feels in the Carrier Dome, as the former Orange star received a standing ovation before the Knicks’ 84-77 preseason win Tuesday night over Philadelphia.

  • [New York Post] J.R. Smith plays limited minutes because of back spasms (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 03:24:35 -0400)

    SYRACUSE — J.R. Smith experienced back spasms in the second quarter and left for the locker room briefly. He still returned to play in the second half but finished just…

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Laimbeer Is Let Go as Liberty’s Coach (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:34:38 GMT)

    The Liberty were 26-42 in Bill Laimbeer’s two seasons as coach and general manager and missed the playoffs both years.

  • [New York Times] Davis Powers Pelicans to 117-98 Win Over Rockets (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:47:53 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had 26 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Houston Rockets 117-98 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Love Has 25 Points, and Cavaliers Beat Bucks as James Sits (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:44:53 GMT)

    Kevin Love picked up the offensive slack with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving out, leading Cleveland to an exhibition win.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Top Grizzlies Without Durant (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:38:51 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 14 points and 12 assists, and Oklahoma City won its first preseason game since learning that Kevin Durant would miss significant time with a fracture in his foot.

  • [New York Times] Horford Returns as Hawks Keep Heat Winless in Preseason (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:14:55 GMT)

    Paul Millsap scored 23 points for Atlanta, and Al Horford, who tore a pectoral muscle last year, played for the first time in nearly 10 months.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Helps Knicks Win in His Return to His College Home (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:03:00 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony had 17 points and seven rebounds against the 76ers in a preseason game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

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