Knicks Morning News (2014.12.25)

  • [New York Times] Former NBA All-Star Marbury Fan Favorite in China (Thu, 25 Dec 2014 07:47:46 GMT)

    After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. The two-time all-star is thriving on the court with the Beijing Ducks while becoming one with his adopted hometown away from basketball.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: After Five Titles With San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich Remains Haunted by Missed Chances (Thu, 25 Dec 2014 07:39:11 GMT)

    Since Tim Duncan joined Coach Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, the Spurs have been contenders or champions every season. Still, missed opportunities — the 2013 finals, in particular — haunt Popovich.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Lose Anderson Varejao With Torn Tendon (Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:50:14 GMT)

    Varejao, Cleveland’s starting center, tore his left Achilles’ tendon in a win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday, an injury that will probably end his season.

  • [New York Times] Forward Smith Set to Join Up With Rockets (Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:32:39 GMT)

    Josh Smith, who was recently released by Detroit, has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, the NBA reported on its website on Wednesday. Smith is less than halfway through a four-year, $54 million contract.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Strengthen Camaraderie, on the Court and at 30,000 Feet (Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:25:30 GMT)

    As Washington flies to and from away games, players use the confined cabins as a place to bond with their teammates.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: N.B.A. Rookies Carefully Choose Stockings to Fill (Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:16:41 GMT)

    Around the holidays, young players who have recently earned their first big paychecks face pressure to buy gifts for family members, friends and hangers-on.

  • [New York Daily News] Home for the holiday, Knicks’ Melo spreads cheer (Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:50:39 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony has frequently mentioned Phil Jackson as a reason for optimism around the Knicks.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: With Knicks so bad, hard to find Christmas spirit (Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:34:26 GMT)

    It is an odd feeling that on Christmas, the Knicks look and feel like a team already eliminated from playoff contention.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: J.R. Smith doubtful for Xmas vs. Wizards (Thu, 25 Dec 2014 01:36:05 GMT)

    J.R. Smith’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” is continuing with the understanding that he likely won’t be able to play on Christmas Day.

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