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Patrick Ewing Jr.


Via Alan Hahn:
"...The Knicks have yet to finalize the roster for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, but one name that we did hear to be among the players expected to be there is Patrick Ewing, Jr.

The 6-6 forward was the final cut by the Knicks at the end of training camp and spent the season with Reno of the D-League. He injured his knee in March and did not finish the season. The hope is he will be ready to play in time for the first game, which is July 14 against Hasheem Thabeet and the Grizzlies..."

I've heard there is still some concern about the knee and let's face it, Ewing's athleticism is a huge part of his game. I was, and still am, a huge proponent of bringing in Ewing because it's a great PR move and because the guy is a solid defender with offensive upside. But, should he prove healthy, play great over the summer and make the team, then where are the minutes?

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I remember sitting in the second row at MSG, just days after a Patrick Ewing Jr. was waived. There was a lanky young man talking to Knicks officials and shaking hands with anyone who would have him. You don't realize how young he is until you see the baggy clothes draped from his body.

Yep, it was Jr. in a sweat suit with his I-Pod earphones dangling just hanging around in the Garden.

To me that was a sure sign that Marbury was about to be waived and Jr. would resume his career in the same building as his dad.

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Hold the phone according to Chris Sheridan...
"...The Knicks still have the playoff hunt to concern themselves with, not to mention the huge hole at the end of their roster that they tried to address by bringing in dunk star James "Flight" White, Quincy Douby, Demetris Nichols, Joe Crawford, Dontell Jefferson, Cheikh Samb and Othyus Jeffers for tryouts Monday afternoon.

The Knicks still want to have another look at Patrick Ewing Jr. before giving anyone a 10-day contract. Filling the roster spot is one pressing matter that might ordinarily require their full attention Tuesday..."

Via the NY Post.

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From where I sit, the Knicks the made out like bandits today.

Chris Wilcox, a former Terp like yours truly, for only Malik Rose and pocket lint may be the deal of the year. Imagine Chris Duhon getting to choose between Wilcox and David Lee (who we now officially? know will be here long term) on a perfectly timed pick and roll? We know Wilcox is a finisher. By the way, kudos to those Gym Rats who had Wilcox pegged here; I thought it would be lateral for the Thunder to take Rose and I'm still shocked they did it.

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Donnie Walsh, Mike D'Antoni, Patrick Ewing Jr., polls
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Via Real GM.
Patrick Ewing Jr. was a big-name acquisition for the Bighorns of the D-League back in December, but he struggled with his shooting early.

Things are now starting to pick up for Ewing, with the former Georgetown Hoya averaging 17.9 points and shooting .520 (78-150) from the field in his last 12 games. This is a marked improvement for Ewing, who shot only .344 and averaged 10.5 points in his first six games as a Bighorn. He made his first start of the season on Saturday, scoring 21 points with seven rebounds and five assists in a win over Bakersfield.

TKB scouted Jr. in person a month or so ago, and his athleticism, as well as his IQ, stand out. As much as I think he's still a part of the Knicks future, I'm starting to doubt it. But I will still hold out hope.
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TKB is fortunate to have friends everywhere and we were fortunate to have? one of our foot soldiers, whose opinion we really trust, at the game last night in Iowa between the Iowa Energy and the Reno Big Horns. I asked him to specifically pay attention to Courtney Sims (Iowa)? and Patrick Ewing Jr. (Reno)? Finger point to RTN for the analysis.

"...Sims might have just had a bad night, but he was pretty disappointing. He is extremely slow getting up and down the floor. He sort of has an awkward gait and takes a long time to reach full speed. That said, he is very long and has good hands. This allows him to dominate the paint in the D-league, and probably accounts for his stats. As far as the NBA is concerned, I see him as backup center on a halfcourt team at best. I don't think he has the footspeed to succeed in? D'Antoni's system. Maybe he could play a role like Brian Skinner did on Phoenix, but I wasn't all that impressed. Again, I'm basing my analysis on only one game, so take it for what it is.

As far as Patrick is concerned, I was very impressed. This guy absolutely dominated the game, and not by scoring the ball. He was awesome defensively, getting blocks, steals, and boards at will. This was not surprising - he was a far superior athlete to anyone in the building.

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Almost as annoying as mentioning Marbury, I feel, is the torment I put myself through in trying to see Allan Houston back in a Knick uniform. With Mobley, according to Berman, contemplating retirement, the Knicks will be in desperate need for a shooter. Here's what I know:

It's still a longshot and he's relatively healed from his quad strain. Enough so to be working out with the team. I saw him the other night working with Jeffries before the game. But I think Donnie Walsh looks at the D-League and does his due diligence.

In looking at the D Legue there are a few interesting names, and remember the Bucks snagged Ramon Sessions from there, so there are some diamonds. Remember that if a player is drafted or signed as FA to an NBA franchise, you have a three year contract but you are only allowed 2 years in the D League and then you can be signed by any team. If you are waived, you are fair game, which we discovered after referring to legal counsel Andrew Smith.

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Via the Orlando Sentinel:
"...Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing, none too pleased that his old team -- the New York Knicks -- waived his son, is trying to help find Patrick Ewing Jr. his next team.

"We're looking at Europe or the D-League right now for Junior. We're trying to sort it out," the elder Ewing said before the Magic's game Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

A small forward, Ewing Jr. made a strong bid late in the preseason to make the club but was the last player cut. The Knicks kept former Florida Gators G Anthony Roberson instead.

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So I guess I'm about to be shocked.

It appears, based on several reports, that Donnie Walsh has decided to keep Anthony Roberson at the expense of fan favorite Patrick Ewing Jr.

Clearly, this move makes little sense on the surface, based on the performances of the two, Roberson couldn't hit a shot and barely played, but Walsh must feel a 6th guard makes more sense than cutting Jerome James or keeping the project in Ewing.

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So today's the day for final cuts, a reminder of the days when your coach would post the names of the team on a piece of loose leaf taped to the gym door then run for the parking lot.

As I said before, it will be no surprise for Ewing Jr. to make the team, and his performance the other night against the Nets had the Garden buzzing.

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With apologies to Anthony Roberson, your competition for the last roster spot has a leg up on you, and did all along. It would be like putting the gloves on and stepping into the ring with Laila Ali.

The organization, headed by Donnie Walsh, loves this kid and I'm happy the fans get to see why. As I've said before, stats are way too often misleading and when you take a look at Ewing Jr.'s output on paper at Georgetown, he should be in law school somewhere right about now.

But what few people saw, and is becoming clearer day by day, is a kid who was sold on the concept of team ball, by a coach who's father taught Jr's dad to be great.

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Strengths

Perimeter length and athleticism could make him a standout NBA defender almost right away. He can guard the 1-2-3 position but he is a perfectly suited Small Forward who can contest most all shots. He is an outstanding weak side defender and gets a ton of blocks reading plays going to the basket in help situations. Protects his teammates very well defensivey. Offensively, he is very raw but he has been taught that an east to west pass is far more important to offensive structure than a forced shot. So he's not a liabilty, he has the ability to finish very well for a small forward in transition and he can create some off the dribble. Ewing seemed to work hard on getting a higher release point on his jump shot from Jr-to Sr. year as I noticed better form and rotation in his last year.

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So I get out of my car yesterday about 12:45 at a private golf club in New Jersey called Hamilton Farm. I was running late and didn't know if they had one of those strict cell phone policies so I tell the valet kid to park the car as?I went to meet my group for our 1 o'clock tee time.

Long story short I get back in the car around 6 and I have 50 missed calls.

"Who died,"? I thought.

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Tommy Dee says...Chris is on-point with his closer look of Ewing. Anyone who just looks at his stats at Georgetown solely, is underestimating just how good this kid is. He'd be a terror defensively as he developed, and based on his experience with the Hoyas, would give you very energetic and productive minutes no matter how few.

Chris Alvino says...?As Alan Hahn pointed out this morning, the Knicks might be looking at Patrick Ewing Jr. if he is cut by the Houston Rockets. ?Ewing Jr. was a part of the deal in which Sacramento also sent Ron Artest to the Rockets.? Donnie Walsh showed interest in Ewing before the draft, and even attempted to trade into the 2nd round to pick him.

When analyzing Ewing Jr., his college statistics are not really a good place to start. ?While at Georgetown, Ewing Jr. was overshadowed in a system that featured Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert two seasons ago and Hibbert last season. ?If anyone watched Georgetown last season, they would know that the team thrived with their guard play and the play of Hibbert. ?Ewing Jr. was essentially a role player for that team, and his numbers reflect that. ?Ewing only played about 22 minutes per game last season, which was his second at Georgetown.? However, last season Georgetown was also known for its athleticism and tenacity, two attributes that Ewing Jr. embodies with the best of them.

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Ah, Alan Hahn, our guy, speculates today if Donnie Walsh might extend an offer to Patrick Ewing Jr., who is sure to be let go by the Rockets. Ewing was part of the just completed Artest deal.

There is a roster spot, maybe two when they decide on Marbury, yet to bring in Jr. after trading Balkman may anger Balkman fans.

We've said for a while Ewing Jr. has the potential to be a very active role player for a long time.

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Patrick Ewing Jr. has dealt with the expectations of a hall of fame name is whole life, and as Tim Povtak of the Orlando Sentinel explains, he's trying to make his own name at the NBA predraft camp.

"I've been living with the comparisons all my life -- it comes with the territory -- but I'm doing my own thing," Ewing Jr. said during the NBA Draft Camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports this week. "I'm not a center. I never tried to be a center, and I know what I am."
Ewing is an NBA player, and has the potential the perfect role player on a good team, Andrew documented how we at TKB feel about him. Heck if Luke Walton can last this long, so can Ewing.
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Newsday's Alan Hahn does another great job of updating us on whats happening in Orlando and the pre-draft camp. Two interesting tidbits in today's "Knicks Fix". The first is a conversation with Patrick Ewing about not being offered a job with the Knicks and how special it would be to see his son wear orange and blue. Alan also outlines two potential Zach Randolph trades that fell through in the eleventh hour due to to the greed of Isiah Thomas.

I understand why people would be sentimental about Ewing coming back to coach with the Knicks, but honestly do we really know how good a coach he is? I have heard he has done wonders with Yao Ming and Dwight Howard, but don't you think that might have something to do with the fact they are very talented? Ewing was more of a finesse center and those two have completely different games. This team is desperate for top of the line coaching and I just don't know if Ewing fits that description. As for the Isiah story, all I could say is: good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Last week, the always-entertaining list of early entries for the NBA Draft was released, and this year, more than any other year in recent memory, provided some head-scratchers. Obviously the rule that allows underclassmen to dip their toe in the water and return to school if they are not pleased with their pre-draft camp performance makes it a no-brainer for a college junior to enter his name. But, the list of freshmen and sophomores that have submitted their papers makes me wonder who is giving them this terrible advice, and if these "advisors" know that the draft only offers the league 60 selections.

There are certainly compelling arguments to be had in favor of these players entering the draft, with the two strongest being: 1. There is no shame in a long career in a European league as a worst-case scenario and 2. Money speaks all languages. For many of these players, a paycheck beats the hell out of going to class and making no money (legally, of course).

A couple of years ago I spoke with an NBA scout who explained to me that in the second round, teams are looking for two things:

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