Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Dec 22 2011)

  • [ – New York Knicks] What's the point? Melo as the facilitator (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:30:06 EDT)

    Anthony Gruppuso/US PresswireCarmelo Anthony’s been the Knicks’ facilitator while the team waits for Baron Davis.Mike D’Antoni has compared Carmelo Anthony’s transition to a consistent point-forward to give the Knicks an advantage to how K.C. Jones orchestrated his 1980s championship Celtics teams with Larry Bird. But D’Antoni doesn’t have to time travel that far back to establish why the comparison would work.
    It’s no secret that in today’s NBA, head coaches want their best shooting guards/swingmen usually running the show to create mismatches and better spacing on the floor, which leads to more open corner 3’s and lanes to the basket.]]>

  • [ – New York Knicks] Are the Knicks ready for Sunday? (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:28:44 EDT)

    AP Photo/Kathy KmonicekWith Christmas coming, the Knicks beat the Nets to end their preseason. So are they good to go?Normally, NBA teams have time to work out the kinks before the games start to count. They have a few weeks to establish a rhythm on offense, gain some cohesion on defense and get a general feel for one another on the court.
    Not this year.
    After just two preseason games, the curtains come up for the Knicks.
    Are they ready?
    “We ain’t got no choice but to be ready for that game,” Carmelo Anthony said of Sunday’s Christmas Day opener against the Boston Celtics.]]>

  • [New York Daily News] Kim’s ex Kris mocked at Garden (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:09:12 GMT)

    Kris Humphries doesnâ??t want to talk about Kim Kardashian or his very public, very brief crash into Hollywood.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks beat Nets in final tuneup (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 07:37:36 GMT)

    There is no place Tyson Chandler would rather be on Christmas than at Madison Square Garden trying to make life miserable for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. But there is a part of him will miss being in Dallas as they hand out championship rings.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks need 3 to come up Big (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 07:26:57 GMT)

    Charlie Ward, Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell, Larry Johnson and Patrick Ewing. Those five were the regular starters the last time the Knicks won a playoff series.

  • [New York Daily News] A whole new Garden in ’12 (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:55:14 GMT)

    The lockout-truncated NBA season opens with the Knicks and Celtics on Christmas Day at MSG. Between Dec. 25 and April 26, the Knicks will play 66 games, including 21 back-to-backs.

  • [New York Newsday] New-look Knicks win preseason finale (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:25:43 EST)

    What the Knicks hope is a new era dawned at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night as the team's $51-million-a-year frontcourt played its first game together in their expensively renovated arena.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks claim 6-10 Novak for offense (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:26:09 EST)

    The Knicks claimed 6-10 shooter Steve Novak off waivers before last night's preseason game against the Nets.

  • [New York Post] Amarâ??e targets Heat (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:38:07 -0500)

    Amarâ??e Stoudemire canâ??t hide his intentions to dethrone Miami as Eastern champs.
    Last night, when rookie Josh Harrellson asked him in the locker room after the game where are they going to go hunting, Stoudemire said, â??Weâ??re going to hunt in South Florida. You know what we…

  • [New York Post] Chandler era off to rousing start (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:25:43 -0500)

    By The end, during an extended session of what Marv Albert used to call gar-BAGE time, Tyson Chandler still was moving his feet, still flicking his hands at the basketball, still shaking his fists, still yelling out to his teammates.
    It may say something about the way the Knicks have…

  • [New York Post] Knicks close out preseason in style (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:24:32 -0500)

    Soon, the Garden will resound with chants of â??De-Fenseâ??â?? instead of â??We Want Humphries.â??â??
    But it was still preseason and Knicks fans were so giddy last night, they seemed more obsessed with mocking Kim Kardashianâ??s ex-husband.
    In their first game at the newly refurbished Garden in a feel-good night…

  • [New York Post] Ex-Net Martin on Knicks’ radar (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:01:07 -0500)

    Now that the Knicks’ Steve Novak era has begun, will there be a K-Mart in the club’s future?
    Last night, the Knicks claimed 6-foot-10 reserve shooting forward Steve Novak off waivers on the same day Kenyon Martin’s contract was bought out by his Chinese team, Xinjiang.
    Martin, according…

  • [New York Times] Ricky Rubio Makes Fancy First Impression With Timberwolves (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 10:54:03 GMT)

    Minnesota is hoping that Ricky Rubio, who wowed the crowd with clever passing in his exhibition debut, can bring excitement and victories to a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 88, Nets 82: Knicks Top Nets, 88-82, in Preseason Game (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:30:25 GMT)

    Tyson Chandler, in his first game at Madison Square Garden in a Knicks uniform, grabbed 12 rebounds and Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony combined to score 36 points.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Star Ellis Accused of Sexual Harassment (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 07:28:09 GMT)

    A former Golden State Warriors employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the star guard Monta Ellis, saying Ellis sent her unwanted texts that included a photo of his genitals.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Lock Up Derrick Rose With 5-Year Extension (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:54:33 GMT)

    Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls point guard and the N.B.A.’s reigning most valuable player, agreed to a five-year contract extension worth more than $94 million that kicks in next season.

  • [New York Times] Griffin Scores 30 as Clippers Beat Lakers 108-103 (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:34:17 GMT)

    Blake Griffin scored nine of his 30 points in the final 5:18, and the Los Angeles Clippers wrapped up their two-game preseason sweep of the Lakers with a 108-103 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Miles Scores 17 to Lead Jazz Over Blazers 92-89 (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 05:05:53 GMT)

    C.J. Miles scored 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left, to help the Utah Jazz hold on for a 92-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Duncan Scores 19 to Lead Spurs Over Rockets 97-95 (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:22:15 GMT)

    Tim Duncan scored 19 points and Tony Parker added 15 to help the San Antonio Spurs hold off the Houston Rockets for a 97-95 preseason win on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Gordon, Kaman Lead Hornets Over Grizzlies 95-80 (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:43:15 GMT)

    Chris Kaman scored 18 points and Eric Gordon added 17 in their first game with New Orleans, leading the Hornets to a 95-80 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Beasley’s Free Throws Lift Wolves Over Bucks 85-84 (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:37:23 GMT)

    Michael Beasley made two free throws with 9.1 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 85-84 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Rondo Scores 17 as Celtics Beat Raptors 81-73 (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:16:25 GMT)

    Rajon Rondo scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half, leading the Boston Celtics to an 81-73 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night and a sweep of their two-game preseason series with the Raptors.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Beat Nets in Final Prep for Season Opener (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:16:23 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony had 21 points and eight rebounds, and the New York Knicks tuned up for the NBA season opener by beating the New Jersey Nets 88-82 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Slip by Heat 104-100 in Preseason Finale (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:31:16 GMT)

    Glen Davis had 18 points, Dwight Howard and Jason Richardson each added 15 and the Orlando Magic overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to beat the Miami Heat 104-100 on Wednesday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Day-To-Day With Torn Wrist Ligament (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:28:34 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant did not play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason finale against the Clippers on Wednesday night because of a torn ligament in his right wrist, and his status for the season opener on Christmas Day is up in the air.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: On Defense, Heat and Thunder Get Better (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:42:16 GMT)

    Miami and Oklahoma City look improved on defense, while Dallas and Houston may not be as good.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: With a Nod to Nowitzki, Durant Makes a Move (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:29:34 GMT)

    Kevin Durant of the Thunder adopts a fade shot he learned by watching Dirk Nowitzki.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: McDyess and Stojakovic Call It Quits (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:25:14 GMT)

    The N.B.A. bade goodbye to Peja Stojakovic and Antonio McDyess, who each announced his retirement on Monday.

  • [New York Times] On Basketball: Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry Went Different Ways (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:30:23 GMT)

    The N.B.A. careers of Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry, both of whom were drafted out of high school in 2001, have diverged radically.

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    3 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Dec 22 2011)”

    1. I thought Melo played pretty well overall last night, but only through thelens of him still learning the point forward position. His overall shot selection wasn’t that bad- probably only 2 or 3 bad shots – that one where he went baseline and shot a mid-range jumper over 2 Nets was horrible. If he can limit himself to 2-3 bad shots per game I think you have to take it. He made a bunch of nice passes but 5 turnovers in 30 minutes? He also threw a couple passes to Amare which resulted in turnovers that were probably attributed to Amare but not really his fault. But not a bad start.

      Amare looked totally lost on offense. The ball definitely stopped moving as soon as he got a hold of it. Maybe this is like preseason NFL where coaches don’t show their plays, but what happened to the PnR with Amare or even the play where he curls off the baseline to the elbow then to the rim with a head of steam?

      The d-rebounding was also just horrendous. Some of them were lucky bounces into Net hands but the 1st quarter in particular was just awful. Unless the coaching staff puts a huge amount of emphasis on it, the D-rebounding may be even worse than last year. Chandler changes so many shots but then takes himself out of position with the shot block attempt -that leads to more misses and D-rebounding chances, but Amare is still not boxing out.

      Re: the rooks –
      I guess Harrelson can shoot it? He shot almost 2 3’s per 40 in his first two years at Kentucky and was 33% and 50% those two years. A little surprising though. He missed pretty badly on a few. He looks like he might not be athletic enough to finish at the rim at this level though. But he’s active and tries hard, so I like it.

      Shump – dude looks like he will be a great defender. He did a great job on D-Will in the 4th, got his hands on a bunch of balls. He looks MUCH more under control on D than Douglas. Bad shot selection though. He’ll be our best option by far against the D-Wades of the world.

    2. Also –
      Man do I wish we had traded for D-Will. He looked like the best player on the court for most of the game. If Baron can even give us 70% of that, we will be just fine. But I still can’t say enough about the job Shumpert did on him.

    3. Re Harrelson – love this guy, but one thing I noticed is that when he goes up to contest a shot, he has a tendency to lean forward instead of jumping straight up. Its probably because he’s used to defending against smaller guys at the college level. Hopefully, its an easy fix for him that can reduce the number of unnecessary fouls.

      @2 re D-Will: I also wish we had traded for him, but not because of the way he played last night. In fact, I thought that was one of the least impressive games I’ve seen from him (final stats aside). He looked out of sorts for most of the game. He really must hate playing with the Nets as currently constructed. He looked like he wanted to walk off the court when he fed Shelden Williams in the low post and watched the ball bounce right past him.

      I also thought it was a good sign that Baron was on the bench. It shows that he wants to be a part of the team, and potentially shows that his back is not as bad as advertised — those seats can’t be comfortable with or without a bum disk.

      For much of the game, Toney looked like he didn’t belong in the league.

      Chandler was such a great pick up for so many reasons. The guy is talented and a great uniter. Also, he has the potential to teach the younger guys like Jorts and Jordan.

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