Knicks Morning News (Friday, Feb 17 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks closing in on deal with free agent J.R. Smith (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:48:03 GMT)

    The Knicks are closing in on a deal to sign free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith, the Daily News has learned. Smith began the season in China, but has been eyeing a return to the NBA once the lockout ended.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks rookie Shumpert to compete in dunk contest (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:47:44 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin has made it to the slam dunk contest … sort of. Lin will reportedly assist teammate Iman Shumpert in the slam dunk competition during All Star Saturday night in Orlando next week.

  • [New York Daily News] Lin says talk of Melo being selfish is ‘untrue’ (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:40:43 GMT)

    Appearing with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton Thursday morning on WFAN, Jeremy Lin said he has a good relationship with Carmelo Anthony and can’t understand the concern about the two of them playing together in the Knick lineup.

  • [New York Daily News] Oops, ESPN misses chance to air more Linsanity (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:32:36 GMT)

    Time Warner Cable subscribers tuning in ESPN expecting to see Friday’s Hornets-Knicks game won’t like what they see. The network will be airing Dallas-Philadelphia instead.

  • [New York Daily News] Credit Knicks’ assistant Atkinson with boosting Lin’s game ALL  (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:15:34 GMT)

    Kenny Atkinson is the guy behind the guy. In the days and weeks before Jeremy Lin became an international phenomenon, the then-mostly anonymous second-year point guard from Harvard was just another fringe NBA player assigned to work with Atkinson, the Knicks’ mostly anonymous developmental coach and no-nonsense workaholic.

  • [New York Daily News] Lin lost in cable dispute between MSG and TWC (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 02:46:45 GMT)

    The most truthful statement made during this Madison Square Garden Network-Time Warner Cable dispute was voiced during a radio interview by MSG Media boss Michael Bair.

  • [New York Daily News] From Pacquiao, great Linterest  (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 01:51:47 GMT)

    It is no surprise that boxing rivals Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are on different sides of the fence when it comes to Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

  • [New York Post] Q & A with Jeremy Lin (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:04:48 -0500)

    The Post’s Steve Serby sat down yesterday with the Knicks’ point guard to talk about his life as an instant New York superstar, his faith and more.
    First of two parts
    Q: Describe what it’s like being Jeremy Lin today.

    A: It’s a lot going on right…

  • [New York Post] Lin backlash exposes bias in NBA’s game (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:16:00 -0500)

    Who ghosted Floyd Mayweather’s mindless tweet: “Jeremy Lin is a good player, but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.â?
    Dennis Rodman? Isiah Thomas? Charles Barkley? Shaquille O’Neal? Stephen A. Smith? Dan…

  • [New York Post] Phenom lifting a once helpless lineup (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:16:00 -0500)

    We aren’t just a basketball city, we are a point guard city. Indiana is where kids step off their combines and drill 200 jumpers on baskets nailed to barns before breakfast.
    Other states pump out centers, other cities specialize in forwards.
    We’re about the playmakers, always have been…

  • [New York Post] After Melo’s return, Knicks expect to play … (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:12:53 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony is probably not going to join the fun on the Garden court tonight, according to a league source. Anthony needs more time and is doubtful to make his return to Linsanity until Sunday against the Mavericks.
    But if you believe in kismet, then wrap your mind around these…

  • [New York Post] Backcourt duo forge friendship (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:12:53 -0500)

    Between the unique pregame handshake between Landry Fields and Jeremy Lin to Fields allowing Lin to crash on his couch the night before Linsanity began almost two weeks ago against the Nets, the off-court friendship between the new Knicks backcourt is an obvious one.
    But as the two have begun…

  • [New York Post] Mr. Smith goes to the Garden (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:12:53 -0500)

    The Knicks will officially add free agent reserve shooting guard J.R. Smith to Linsanity today, making the hottest team in the NBA a deep team as well.
    According to multiple sources, Smith, who played in China during the lockout and became eligible to sign an NBA deal on Wednesday…

  • [New York Post] Sabathia caught up in MSG Linsanity (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:12:52 -0500)

    Cc Sabathia was at the Garden last Friday for Jeremy Lin’s spectacular 38-point explosion against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, the performance that, once and for all, proved Linsanity is here to stay.
    “I’ve never seen the Garden like that,â? Sabathia said yesterday in midtown Manhattan at an…

  • [New York Post] Lin and Shumpert get Star weekend invites (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 01:26:09 -0500)

    Linsanity will take over Orlando on All-Star Weekend.After Jeremy Lin’s incredible two weeks, the NBA found a way to get the Knicks point guard involved in the All-Star festivities by making him a participant in the league’s Rising Stars Challenge game.He’ll be joined in Orlando…

  • [New York Post] Pressure’s on, coach (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:25:25 -0500)

    It was on, then it was off, now it’s on again.
    After seeing his team start the season slowly and having pundits call for his head, then having Ivy League savior Jeremy Lin come swooping in to save the season, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni might now face his…

  • [New York Times] Amid Knicks’ Renaissance, Landry Fields Re-emerges (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 06:39:13 GMT)

    After a strong start, Knicks guard Landry Fields flamed out in his rookie season, but playing alongside his friend Jeremy Lin, Fields has rekindled the fire.

  • [New York Times] Jeremy Lin’s Potential Foreseen by Ed Weiland of HoopsAnalyst Site (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 06:48:04 GMT)

    Ed Weiland, a contributor to, examined Jeremy Lin’s college career and concluded that he might be among the best point guards in the 2010 N.B.A. draft.

  • [New York Times] The Knicks and J. R. Smith Are Closing In on a Deal (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 06:39:13 GMT)

    J. R. Smith, who played the past few months in China, has narrowed his choices to the Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.

  • [New York Times] Granger Too Much as Nets Lose Eighth Consecutive Game (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:14:37 GMT)

    Danny Granger played through a sprained left ankle to score 32 points and help Indiana beat the visiting Nets, 93-88, on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] New Contestants and New Format in Slam Dunk Contest (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:05:16 GMT)

    The N.B.A. is leaving it up to the fans to determine the winner of the All-Star slam dunk contest.

  • [New York Times] Cable TV Blackout Frustrates Lin’s Chinatown Fans (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 01:48:06 GMT)

    Many Asian-American fans in New York cannot watch Jeremy Lin on television because Knicks games have been blacked out in a cable dispute between Time Warner and MSG Network.

  • [New York Times] Raging Bulls Charge Past Celtics With Late Surge (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:42:46 GMT)

    The Chicago Bulls defended strongly before going on to stun the Boston Celtics with a late offensive burst to pave an 89-80 victory at the United Center on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] ‘Linsanity’ a Boon for NBA in China (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:14:33 GMT)

    The excitement surrounding New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is providing a fresh impetus to the NBA’s lucrative China business in the wake of Yao Ming’s retirement.

  • [New York Times] Griffin Helps Clippers Rally Past Blazers 74-71 (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 06:44:45 GMT)

    Blake Griffin had 21 points and 14 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers rally from an 18-point second-half deficit and beat the Portland Trail Blazers 74-71 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Raging Bulls Charge Past Celtics With Late Surge (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:01:24 GMT)

    The Chicago Bulls defended stingily and stunned the Boston Celtics with a late offensive burst to prevail 89-80 at the United Center on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Boozer, Deng Lead Bulls Over Celtics 89-80 (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:50:48 GMT)

    Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng each scored 23 points, and the Chicago Bulls escaped with an 89-80 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night after blowing a 16-point lead.

  • [New York Times] Column: Not Every Ivy Leaguer Becomes an NBA Star (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 01:14:40 GMT)

    The names “Jeremy Lin” and “Harvard” pop up in the same sentence so often lately you might think every Ivy Leaguer who chases the dream winds up in the NBA.

  • [New York Times] Seattle Announces Plans for New Sports Arena (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 01:08:38 GMT)

    Christopher Hansen is making a $290 million proposal to his hometown that could be the impetus for a new sports arena that could bring the NBA and NHL to Seattle.

  • [New York Times] Lin Added to All-Star Weekend Event (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:57:22 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin will play in the Rising Stars Challenge after all.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Not Ruling Out Return to Cavaliers (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 01:41:32 GMT)

    LeBron James could picture returning one day to the place where his NBA journey began.

  • [New York Times] Bobcats on Pace to Become the Worst NBA Team Ever (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 02:26:38 GMT)

    Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan continues to struggle as a league executive. The Jordan-owned Bobcats are 3-26 and flirting with NBA futility.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Video: Linsanity Goes Uptown (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:03:22 GMT)

    William C. Rhoden went to Harlem to see if the excitement generated by the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin had reached the spiritual home of basketball.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: MSG Ratings Get a Touch of Linsanity (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:04:36 GMT)

    Each Jeremy Lin-fueled victory by the Knicks is generating better ratings for the MSG Network.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Next Up in Linsanity: Trading Cards (Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:19:24 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin trading cards are hard to find, but one collector says one that he owns could be worth thousands of dollars.

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    10 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Friday, Feb 17 2012)”

    1. Haven’t commented in a while, but I can’t resist the Linsanity.

      1. Don’t understand why ‘Novocaine’ is a good nickname for Novak…dulls the senses…how about a simple “Yessss!vak”? (said in a Marv Albert voice of course)

      2. Hope nobody finds this racist, I do it all for the sake of the pun: If the Lin-Anthony connection works well, how about calling it “‘Melo-Yellow”?

    2. Peter87:
      2. Hope nobody finds this racist, I do it all for the sake of the pun:If the Lin-Anthony connection works well, how about calling it “‘Melo-Yellow”?

      uh… why isn’t that “Black and Yellow”

      Why are we labeling one player only on his race

    3. because it’s a joke? Mellow Yellow? Donovan? quite rightly?

      the way that Felton has fallen off a cliff since leaving NY makes me believe a bit more in D’Antoni.

    4. agree with the dropoff in felton’s production as a reflection of the positive impact d’antoni’s offensive scheme can have on a PG’s performance…Duhon once broke knicks’ all-time one-game assist record with 22 I believe….and he no longer even remotely resembles an NBA player….

      btw, this is an interesting schematic breakdown of a Lin-to-Landry alley-oop from the other night’s game…those who were saying earlier this season that the Knicks under d’antoni were not running players are clearly mistaken….they just had absolutely no one who could competently run them:

    5. I know this is a Knicks blog, but seriously, Gary Carter passed away. Someone in the last thread mentioned that. But let’s show some love for the kid. A true new York athlete who had fire and class.

    6. I’m glad they cut Balkman. The guy was not going to play and did not provide any useful skills to this team. If they weren’t going to be able to get at least a 2nd rounder for Walker or TD, then this was the smart play. Since we’re over the cap anyway, his salary is inconsequential to the overall picture, except to Dolan’s pocket, which is getting more full of $ every day Jeremy Lin plays like this.

      I’m especially glad they kept Walker, who even though he has no brain, is a good rebounder and has done a passable job covering the likes of Lebron James when given the chance. I’m imagining a Knicks-Heat series in which Melo gets in foul trouble – if not Walker, who would guard LBJ? He’s way too big for Shump Shump, who would be best off on Wade anyway. And when we’re on offense, LBJ needs to be threatened with a 3 point shooter to prevent him from helping on every play.

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