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Via Daily News

Donnie Walsh scaled back the scouting assignments of Rodney Heard one month before a website reported that the Knicks director of East Coast scouting may have circumvented NBA draft rules by conducting secret workouts of college players in Atlanta, The Daily News has learned...Heard is one of several scouts originally hired by Thomas that remain on the Knicks payroll. Last season, Walsh told The News that he admired Heard's ability to recognize talent and respected the fact that Heard was not afraid to voice his opinion in meetings.

In fact, Heard and another Thomas disciple, Walker D. Russell, are the two Knick scouts who were pushing Walsh to draft point guard Brandon Jennings in June 2009. But Walsh drafted power forward Jordan Hill, a player Mike D'Antoni favored and that decision proved to be a costly one for the club.

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Via Adam Zagoria
#Knicks big man Tim Mozgov suffers bruised hip in practice...will get checked out...F Anthony Randolph has sprained ankle from practice...X-rays...day to day...#Knicks will start Felton, Fields, Amare, Gallinari and Mozgov (if healthy) Wed in Toronto
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Via NYKnicks.com
According to D?Antoni, shooting guard is one of the Knicks deepest positions. Wilson Chandler has started there the first three preseason games, but D?Antoni says there?s a chance Chandler could be the starting power forward on opening day, which would move Amar?e Stoudemire to center.

?Those are questions we?ll try to answer in the next three or four games,? D?Antoni said. ?But those are questions that can go into January.?

Among the others looking for minutes at the two spot are Toney Douglas, Landry Fields and Roger Mason, Jr. D?Antoni expects his shooting guard to be able to make the open perimeter jumper in order to spread the floor for Stoudemire to work the inside. Defensive ability also comes into consideration.

?We are trying to find the perfect combinations, the best defensive team and the best offensive team to open the floor up and give Amar?e the best possibility to run rampant,? D?Antoni said. ?Obviously, if you could spread the floor more it will lead to Amar?e getting to the rim or getting to the foul line.?

All things considered I'd start Chandler or Fields. Walker has excelled in his role thus far, especially from 3.? Unless Mason can prove that he is as pure a shooter as he once was. When Az returns that will change, but you can't expect someone coming off that injury to have an impact right away.
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I enjoy Chris Sheridan's work. Well, maybe not all of it, but in general the guy knows his hoops.

I often run into times where other writers feel the need to explain that they don't consider me anything other than a fan.While I disagree that I bring plenty more to the table than just a pure fans' perspective, I think everyone understands at some level whether you cover team or are a national writer, you're a fan.

Maybe you hate the food the owner serves you. Maybe a particular scribe doesn't like the particular team. But in the end you have to respect and appreciate the game.? The peach baskets. George Mikan. Wilt/Russell. The 70s Knicks TEAMS, Magic/Bird. Michael. Lakers/Celtics 2.0.

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Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen believes in his 2010-11 preview that the Knicks will finish 4th in the Atlantic Division, one spot behind the Nets.

They've improved but they're not nearly good enough. Coach Mike D'Antoni must make the most of meager resources to rebound and run in order to exploit Amar'e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari while playing to the up-tempo strengths of fill-in point guard Raymond Felton. This franchise needs an overachieving year in hopes of developing momentum to help lure a star to New York next summer. Perhaps David Lee will be appreciated now that he's gone...The New York papers have been filled with reports that team president Donnie Walsh wants to hire Chris Mullin as heir apparent, but owner James Dolan won't permit the hiring of another former GM (to go with current execs Glen Grunwald and John Gabriel) after Walsh's management team failed to lure LeBron. It has been a long time since the Knicks' players created as much intrigue as their front office.

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It's a thought that I've talked about for years, and it comes in the form of the Euro game vs the NBA style.

You have to be able to score in the 4th quarter which turns into a grind fest. Who is their go-to guy. Alan Hahn brought the idea of where will they get key baskets aside from Gallo and Amar'e when they are needed. And I combine that with the concept that the line doesn't lie.

I think the pick and roll style is unstoppable, and can be for the better part of the game. In Europe it's all game long, which is far different from the grind out late 4th quarter possessions.

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No one was more critical of the selection of Andy Rautins at the time than I was. It was almost like the Knicks were geared up to select Darrington Hobson, their target as we reported from several weeks before the draft, then were shocked when the Bucks jumped in the pick before.

Obviously, you'd like to think that wasn't the case.

In any event,? Rautins struggled in the summer league but seemed more comfortable playing for Canada in the World Championships.He had by far his best practice the night before the team parted for Europe, and really had a nice impact against the T-Wolves when he got his opportunity. You can see the connection with Landry Fields and as a former Syracuse assistant told me over the summer, Rautins is absolutely the type of player you want to surround great players with whether on or off the court. Bottom line is the guy can make shots, on a team that needs it to win.

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First off thanks to those of you who took the time to say hello and I appreciate all of you who read the site. It really means a ton.

I will post videos from today later as they are taking some time uploading, but here's a few thoughts from today's open practice.

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The Knicks do need to get off to a good start, but as long as the chemistry continues to mesh on the floor like it apparently has off the floor, then fans have every right to be patient over the first few months of the season.

While the Carmelo situation will hover over this team, previews are based upon what the team has on the current roster. We'll touch base on some critical keys and things to watch out for as the team continues through preseason and towards the regular season.

THE ROTATION

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Watch: 2pm on MSG

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Kudos to Gym Rat "Director" for feeding me the info on Sunday's open practice for fans at MSG. It starts at 11, but apparently tickets have been sold out. I'm more than happy to arrange an impromptu meet up after words if you guys are interested.

Let me know.

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BOX SCORE

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence in today's game against Armani Jeans Milano is the thing that stands out to me more than anything.

Stoudemire was flat-out simply physically better than anyone else on the court, and his mere presence allowed for the Knicks to get through a sloppy 2nd quarter and a streaky shooting night from Danilo Gallinari who finished with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Stoudemire's 32 points in 28 minutes paced the Knicks to a 125-113 victory in Italy.

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Tommy's Twitter Feed...

Here it is everyone. Your first open thread for the first preseason game of the season. I would venture to guess that Turiaf gets the start along side Stoudemire and the starters will play significant minutes.

There are potential issues, but the bottom line for me is can the team create second opportunities and can they limit the other team to a lot of one and done situations, and I don't mean makes.

Tags: 2010 Season, A New Beginning, Amar'e Stoudemire, Andy Rautins, Anthony Randolph, Bill Walker, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Game Thread, Kelenna Azubuike, Landry Fields, Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton, Roger Mason Jr., Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler
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As the hoops season draws closer no one seems more excited than Brandon Tierney. BT recently wrote this excellent piece about the development of Danilo Gallinari.
During his abbreviated rookie season, I remember talking to him during one stretch in March, before he was shut down for the season. I remember looking around the room, looking at the nameplates that eventually would be torn down and tossed in the trash, and with complete confidence, this young foreigner expressing his ability to play this game, on this stage.

It was impressive.

? I know I can score on these guys, I know it, but my back, I just can?t do things that I am so used to doing. I can?t move without the ball, I just can?t show everyone what type of player I am. There?s no doubt I can score on these guys. I feel it. No doubt.?

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Scrimmages to come tonight...more.

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Via ESPN
The Denver Nuggets are having serious discussions about a four-way trade that would land Carmelo Anthony with the New Jersey Nets, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.The proposed deal, sources said, also would involve the Utah Jazz and the Charlotte Bobcats. It would deliver Nets rookie forward Derrick Favors, Jazz veteran Andrei Kirilenko and multiple first-round picks to Denver in exchange for their franchise player, potentially bringing a resolution to Anthony's uncertain future before the Nuggets hold their first practice of the new season....However, one obstacle is Anthony's willingness to sign a contract extension with the Nets. A source told ESPN.com that the Nets will not go through with the trade -- even if Denver is ready to pull the trigger -- unless Anthony commits to signing a contract extension, as Kevin Garnett did as part of the mega-trade that sent him from Minnesota to Boston in July 2007.
I maintain through extensive conversations that Melo is not willing to extend with the Nets. If that changes, as I've always said, he'll be a Net. We've talked extensively about the Net not making any deal, a Mike Piazza to the Mets type deal, if Melo doesn't extend on the spot.

Amar'e Talks about Melo and other things from Media Day today...

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We'll be at the training center in Greenburgh to talk about the off season and upcoming campaign with Knicks President Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike D'Antoni.

In the am, I'm going to hustle down to the NBA store to catch a glimpse of the new Knicks uniforms and to try an grab a word with Toney Douglas and Wilson Chandler.

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Via Hoopsworld

Considering Lee was assumed to likely be leaving without the Knicks receiving anything in return, this was a brilliant move by Walsh. Anthony Randolph is the true prize in this deal as a young man who is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential ? his upside is immense. It's only a matter of time before Ant Rand develops into a huge crowd favorite at MSG...With these exciting additions and necessary reinforcements, Knicks fans are approaching the 2010-2011 season with a rare, and nearly forgotten emotion: optimism.? Can Coach Mike D'Antoni successfully shape these newly assembled parts and players into winners?? Are the playoffs a possibility?? That remains to be seen.? But, for the first time in a long time, New Yorkers are actually hopeful, which in and of itself is a step in the right direction.

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It's way too early to make any sort of predictions in my opinion. I choose to wait until camp starts, like the guys at knicksfanblog, because I need to see the team on the floor before getting married to a win total.

But several other Knick blogs are gung-ho about the team this season right now, as spelled out by KFB, but all reserve the right to change their minds as camp opens and pre-season games begin.

Hoopsworld (2nd place Atlantic)- Donnie Walsh went into this summer's free agent market swinging for the fences ? with mixed results. He missed out on LeBron James, but Amar`e Stoudemire certainly isn't a bad consolation prize. He also got a nice return for outgoing all-star David Lee. The Knicks are still hoping to land another big piece, and will be one of the first teams on the phone if (when?) Denver decides to part ways with Carmelo Anthony. They have a significant trade asset in Eddy Curry's expiring contract, but they will be hampered by having traded a lot of their future draft inventory to Houston.

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