Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Dec 20 2011)

  • [New York Post] Davis may be far from Knicks debut (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 03:32:22 -0500)

    Baron Davis may be from Los Angeles, but he has spent his career dreaming of playing in New York.
    â??As a rookie when you first go to the Garden, everybodyâ??s telling you how magical it is,â? Davis said yesterday after signing with the Knicks. â??This is a place I…

  • [New York Post] There may be room for Posey (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 02:35:01 -0500)

    In addition to possibly giving the Knicks a massive upgrade at point guard, Baron Davis could allow them to add a much-needed backup forward, as well.
    Because the Knicks were able to sign Davis for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million, they still can use their $2.5…

  • [New York Post] Everyone has an opinion on Baron (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 02:24:46 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES â?? Is it just me, or is the NBA preseason flying by?
    How about those Knicks! Just enough salary room to recruit peripheral players and they rake in two championship caliber chips â?? Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis. They now have four imposing pieces … three whose celestial bodies are exceptionally…

  • [New York Daily News] Former Knick McDyess retires (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 07:39:01 GMT)

    San Antonio Spurs forward Antonio McDyess – a one-time oft-injured centerpiece of the New York Knicks – announced his retirement.

  • [New York Daily News] Baron feels he fits in Knicks plans (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 03:37:58 GMT)

    Mike D’Antoni was calling the Knicks a championship contender before the club signed Baron Davis. And judging from Davisâ?? past, the point guard has the ability to do one of two things: enhance the Knicksâ?? prospects in the East or compromise the entire plan.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Confident Baron Davis Will Be Worth the Wait (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 06:39:06 GMT)

    The excitement surrounding Baron Davis’s arrival — on a one-year, $1.4 million contract — was necessarily muted, every proclamation qualified by an “if” or a “when” or an “I don’t know.”

  • [New York Times] David Diamante, New Nets Announcer, Shows Flair and Hair (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 06:34:03 GMT)

    David Diamante, the new public address announcer for the Nets, cuts an unusual figure with waist-length dreadlocks, and has an unconventional background too.

  • [New York Times] Heart Exam Stops Hayes Deal (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 03:57:45 GMT)

    The Sacramento Kings voided forward-center Chuck Hayes’s $21.3 million, four-year contract, saying he failed a team physical that forced his release.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Open Preseason With 114-95 Win vs. Lakers (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 06:54:49 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in his Los Angeles Clippers debut and Chauncey Billups made an equally impressive first impression with his new club, scoring 23 points in a 114-95 victory over the Lakers on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Matthews Scores 17 in Blazers’ Win Over Jazz (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:43:03 GMT)

    Wesley Matthews scored 17 points in 23 minutes as the Portland Trail Blazers built an early lead and bea the Utah Jazz 110-90 in the teams’ preseason opener Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: 30 Seconds With Chris Mullin (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 03:35:44 GMT)

    An interview with Chris Mullin, who made plenty of basketball news this year despite the N.B.A. lockout.

  • [New York Newsday] Douglas will do whatever D'Antoni asks (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:12:04 EST)

    After one preseason game, did Toney Douglas already lose the starting point guard role? Douglas did not look comfortable in Saturday's win over the Nets.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks sign Davis with June in mind (Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:06:52 EST)

    The New York Knicks have signed point guard Baron Davis, adding another piece to their backcourt.

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    4 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Dec 20 2011)”

    1. I’m upset I missed the LA game last night; apparently these new Clips look great. It also seems like Chauncey is out for blood, and I think switching to the SG position should help him spread the floor and prevent that end-season dropoff we’ve seen for the past two years. Very, very scary team.

    2. @1 – I think the key for the Clips is going to be the development of DeAndre Jordan. When matches up against Bynum last night, you could see he’s still got some work to do.

      Speaking of the Clips, the Knicks look to be intent on signing another of their castoffs in Steve Novak. Three point sharpshooter.

    3. Really excited for this basketball season – so many new faces in new places. The Western Conference is totally up for grabs – traditional powers like the Lakers and Spurs look like they’re on their way down. Dallas is doing an amazing job of trying to rebuild on the go but probably don’t have enough to repeat. The Nuggs, Thunder, and Clips look strong, and teams such as Portland and Memphis probably aren’t being talked about enough. Those are your playoff teams right there but I wouldn’t be surprised if any of these teams are the #1 seed (except maybe Portland).

      In the East – call me a homer but if Baron Davis can come back within 4 weeks like some people think he can, allowing TD to go to the bench where he’s a huge asset, I think we will challenge for the 2 or 3 seed. Our major missing piece is someone to back up STAT, but for the most part my guess is that when STAT is out, TD and Melo will always be out there to give 2 guys who can really score the ball, and we’ll see Melo in the post more.

      I really haven’t been this jacked up for a season opener since the days of the giants – Ewing/Starks/Oakley/Mason/Ward etc.

      Meanwhile – I read this the other day and couldn’t believe it’s true – the Knicks haven’t had a single draft pick stay on their roster for 5 years or more since Charlie Ward was drafted 17 years ago. No wonder we have sucked big time. Say what you will about Isiah, but our draft history was seriously awful before he came along, and Donnie+team seems to have finally righted the ship.

    4. The Wages of Wins Journal: How Carmelo and Amare may con the voters for another year

      I have no idea if the link works but it is out there today.

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