Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Dec 18 2011)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks embrace title talk, beat Nets 92-83 (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 07:39:04 GMT)

    No one inside the Knicks locker room was running from Mike Dâ??Antoni’s declaration that the franchise is in position to compete for a championship.

  • [New York Daily News] For success, Knicks need to ace chemistry (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 01:25:42 GMT)

    The Knicks are primed and ready for Christmas â?? if youâ??re talking about Carmelo, Amarâ??e and the gang sitting in front of the tree and opening gifts. But as for playing the Celtics in the season-opener at the Garden, on national TV, thatâ??s an entirely different matter.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 92, Nets 83: Highlights for Knicks in Uneven Win Against Nets (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 06:20:11 GMT)

    In a predictably ragged first game, the Knicks held off the Nets and got a pleasant surprise in the play of rookie guard Iman Shumpert, who had 16 points in 25 minutes off the bench.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Celtics’ Jeff Green Out for Season With Aneurysm (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 07:20:12 GMT)

    Jeff Green, who began playing forward for Boston last season, is scheduled for an operation Monday to repair an aortic aneurism and is expected to make a complete recovery.

  • [New York Times] On Basketball: Promise of Potential Helped N.B.A. Sell Second Chris Paul Deal (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 07:20:12 GMT)

    Only time will tell whether trading the Hornets’ Chris Paul for young players and a likely lottery pick was better than trading him for established veterans.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Roll Past Kings 107-96 to Open Preseason (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 05:57:40 GMT)

    Stephen Curry had 22 points and six assists, Monta Ellis scored 18 points to go with eight assists and the Golden State Warriors rolled past the short-handed Sacramento Kings 107-96 on Saturday night in the first of two preseason games between the Northern California rivals.

  • [New York Times] Chicago News Cooperative | Sports: Bulls Aside, Outlook Is Grim for Chicago Teams (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 08:04:24 GMT)

    Thank goodness for the Bulls. It’s nuclear winter in other sporting corners of Chicago.

  • [New York Times] Scola, Williams Lead Rockets Past Spurs (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 03:45:42 GMT)

    Luis Scola scored 20 points, Terrence Williams had 14 and the Houston Rockets beat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 101-87 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Rubio Impresses in Debut for Timberwolves (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 03:33:42 GMT)

    Ricky Rubio wowed an eager crowd with some slick passing in his NBA debut and Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 117-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in their preseason opener on Saturday night.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Xmas Countdown: Backcourt breakdown (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 05:18:56 EDT)

    Continuing through Dec. 23, will run a series called “Christmas Countdown” examining a hot topic each day that involves “your New … York … Knicks!” as PA announcer Mike Walczewski says with slight pauses and strong punctuation.
    Today’s Hot Topic: New blood
    Every team entering a new season usually has, from common circumstances, at least three players penned into the starting rotation.
    For the Knicks, their three is obvious: “The MTA” featuring Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.]]>

  • [New York Post] Knicks beat Nets in preseason opener (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 06:07:17 -0500)

    It was pretty much what you would expect after a long lockout, a postage stamp-size training camp and rosters that have been put together on the fly.
    â??Sloppy basketball,â? Nets point guard Deron Williams said.
    â??It just felt good to put the uniform back on and all the equipment, running…

  • [New York Post] Knicks, cross-river rivals tryinâ?? to return to normalcy (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 03:10:56 -0500)

    Deron Williams was sitting in the Nets locker room before yesterdayâ??s preseason game with the Knicks at the Prudential Center â?? talking about boxing and mixed martial arts and how much of those sports he missed while playing in Turkey during the lockout.
    â??I didnâ??t see much of anything…

  • [New York Post] Shumpert puts on debut-tiful show (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 01:13:29 -0500)

    Iman Shumpert looked smooth and dynamic in scrimmages during training camp, but Carmelo Anthony wanted to see how Shumpert responded â??when the lights went on.â??â??It wasnâ??t Broadway yesterday, just Newark, and it was preseason, not Christmas Day. But when the lights went on, the Knicks rookie combo guard…

  • [New York Post] Tyson would court Baron (Sun, 18 Dec 2011 01:13:15 -0500)

    Tyson Chandler, a longtime buddy of Baron Davis from Los Angeles, gave his endorsement yesterday of the Knicks signing the free-agent point guard. Davis became a free agent Friday night after clearing amnesty waivers, and the Knicks hope to hear from him tomorrow.â??I think if we can land him…

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    30 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Dec 18 2011)”

    1. Not a single mention of Renaldo Balkman in the excerpts? Where is the “Renaldo Balkman’s team high 20 points powers the Knicks past the Nets”? He’s like the Ron Paul of the Knicks.

    2. ess-dog:
      Hm “The MTA”.Not a bad nickname either.Better than “Trimecca” though?Not sure…

      Well as long as we don’t call the bench duo of Balkman and Shumpert “BALS”. Could be worse; Shumpert, Harrellson, Amare, and Tyson would be “SHAT.”

    3. Mike Kurylo: Not a single mention of Renaldo Balkman in the excerpts? Where is the “Renaldo Balkman’s team high 20 points powers the Knicks past the Nets”? He’s like the Ron Paul of the Knicks.

      Its there Mike, just buried within the bowels of the articles.

      From the NY Times: And Renaldo Balkman had a game-high 20 points, inspiring a mock “M.V.P.” chant in the fourth quarter.

      From the NY Daily News: Renaldo Balkman, a throw-in in last season’s Carmelo Anthony trade, led all scorers with 20 points.

      from the NY Post: the Knicks gained a massive edge in reserves, with Renaldo Balkman leading all scorers with 20 points (told you weird applied) while energetic rookie Iman Shumpert scored 16 points

    4. ess-dog:
      Hm “The MTA”.Not a bad nickname either.Better than “Trimecca” though?Not sure…

      One of my favorite nicknames of yore was Run TMC, for the Warriors trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, (plus they were a fun team to watch as well)

    5. Mike Kurylo: I counted the players mentioned in the Daily News article. Balkman was 6th.

      Mike, I was just commenting on that you said he was not mentioned. I agree with the fact of where it is placed in the articles lowers its emphasis or importance. Balkman is also the Rodney Dangerfield of Knicks. He will probably get more respect if he can show more consistency in his contributions over time. I guess I feel a little Dangerfield kinship with him in that I once won a regional road race up here and the newspaper & magazine artlcles didn’t mention me once but focus on the guy that came in second could have won….(fill in generic excuses).

    6. Here’s what I associate with “The MTA”:

      –Constantly broken
      –Completely exasperating
      –Gets more expensive every year

      In other words, I think we may have found our nickname!

    7. JK47:
      Gilbert Arenas says he wants to go either to the Lakers, Heat or Knicks.

      I vote for the Heat.
      What’s his sales pitch, “this gun for hire”?

    8. JK47:
      Gilbert Arenas says he wants to go either to the Lakers, Heat or Knicks.

      I vote for the Heat.

      What’s his sales pitch “this gun for hire”?

    9. Really like this move in particular because Toney should still get enough time to prove he can do the job, and will get a long enough look to where if he doesn’t pan out we have a signifigant option.

    10. Definitely like this move. I know the stat nuts here will pan this. But this is low risk high reward move. A motivated baron Davis could be an impact player on this team.

    11. llcoolbp:
      Baron brings swag, leadership, and playoff experience. Shooting percentages be damned. If he is healthy he will give us something.

      The most important thing he brings is a PG who can pass.

    12. BigBlueAL: The most important thing he brings is a PG who can pass.

      True that. Now let’s see if this bulging disc thing is real. I have a feeling even amare was in on this when he made those comments to scare away teams.

    13. so last year, in the fifteen games he played with the cavs, he shot 42% for 14 ppg and 6 assists in 25 mpg. he shot a little worse but had 8 assists in 33 mpg with the clips.

      i feel like if we get 7 assists and 12 ppg on 40-42% shooting in 22-25 mpg, that’s a great pickup, right? and very in line with what he’s done his whole career. he definitely doesn’t need to be jacking up threes though, he shoots 32% for his career.

    14. Mike has been comparing him to the washed up Steve Francis, it will become obvious what a poor comparison this is very quickly. this is a major move for NY, and allows Douglas to go back to SG where he’s a better fit (albeit undersized).

    15. Not a huge Baron Davis fan. Even at his peak he was a crappier version of Marbury- a point guard who’s more than happy to pound the ball for 18 seconds and then drive to the hoop and hope something good happens. The last thing the Knicks need is an(other?) inefficient ballstopper with a 24+ usg%. If he’s willing to be primarily a distributer (and early in the clock), great- he might really help. But he’s never done that, his effort level and general demeanor has been very questionable, and he’s had health issues so I’d say he’s a pretty long shot to be a difference maker.

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