Because we?re all slammed with real life at the moment, we figured this was as good a day as any to post our grade on the Knicks? reacquisition of Kurt Thomas, since there was zero deviation between all of our grades on Kurt.? The Knicks Bricks starting 5, as a unit, unanimously gives Kurt coming back to the Bockers an A+.? Actually, it was just an ?A?, but Kurt stared?us down until?we added a ?+?.Definite A+ move here for this reason. If Amar'e Stoudemire is going to be worth anywhere near his contract (to fans)?he's going to have to learn to pick and pop?and make mid range. For me, even if Amar'e made 1 cent, if he wants to extend his career like the dozens of other great 4s over the past 2 decades, he's going to have to own the face up mid range. No better teacher than ole Kurty.
Why was there no Ewing tribute on MSG Network yesterday? No clue. Here's ours.
Check this out over at KnicksBricks, quickly becoming one of my favorite Knicks reads.?
I like this post because it gives 3 honest takes and grades. I know this sounds weird because I thought Phil Jackson was the no-brainer move, but I believe Mike Woodson can ?lead this team to the playoffs.
Catch Anthony "Rice Balls" Donahue live tonight at 9:00 PM as he hosts another Spreecast to talk all things Knicks.? Anthony will be joined by Chris Delgado to hit on all hot topics surrounding the team and in the NBA.? I will join the program at 9:30.
Feel free to leave questions and even video in to the Spreecast to talk hoops.? It will be a fun time.? I hope to talk to all of you tonight.
I'm not interested in names for this reason. This spot needs to be reserved for a gem. A player who can be in the rotation towards the end of this year if need be, but let's face it, if said player IS in the rotation then the Knicks have been decimated by injuries. There are names of veterans who could fill the role, but most young "vets", players 28-32 in age, want guaranteed minutes. There aren't any rotation spots.
I think the Knicks need to find a pure PG that they can keep tabs on in Erie, who can be ready to step in if Jason Kidd goes down. The same can be said about Marcus Camby and a big, but guards develop faster. I don't think that the Knicks are going to knock the 15th roster spot out of the park, but they very well could if they take a player who is playing well right now and can be groomed to fit the system moving forward.
Not sure that I am buying this one.? If this was posted a week ago, I would be all for it.? Having signed Brewer to play the two, I am not sure where Howard fits on this team.
Would I be against it? No.? Howard plays SG and SF, and plays both with toughness and energy.? No team could have too much talent - especially at the wing in a conference whose best team features two wing players as their best two players.? But how many minutes would he realistically see presumably playing behind Ronnie Brewer and JR Smith?? Howard is not a great outside shooter either, so that would not be the purpose in bringing him to NY.
If you are a skeptic and you believe that the core of this team is fundamentally flawed, then perhaps you can stop reading.? If that is the case, no addition - especially one to come off the bench - will help to put this team over the top.
But if you think like me and you believe that this team has the potential to surprise a lot of people, then let me ask you again. Are you comfortable with this Knicks roster as presently constructed?
His Olympic teammates and fellow NBA players, Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola, rave about Prigioni. Toronto?s Jose Calderon, who once played with Prigioni in Spain, calls him the consummate point guard. He even has a strong endorsement from Carmelo Anthony, which can only help.
But for fans looking for Prigioni to be the next Lin, forget it. They are two different players, which may be a good thing for the Knicks.
Let's face it, if the Knicks can't figure this out it's going to be another frustrating season.
In case you missed it on Monday, you can catch Anthony's Spreecast from Monday night by clicking on the link posted above.? Remember, Anthony will be doing a Spreecast every Monday night for the remainder of the off-season.? Be sure to check him out each and every week.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Spreecast (as I am still largely unfamiliar with it), the gist of this new platform is to serve almost as a video conferencing system.? Using Spreecast, Anthony can match his face to his TKB Radio talents using a live streaming video.? I am sure that I am missing some other cool features, but to me, that seems to be the idea - and a cool idea at that.
My initial reaction, after pining for a shooter, was that Brewer was not the ideal fit. Upon further review it's hard to knock the signing. Jerry Sloan played Brewer often and the kid knows the conference and the Bulls, Celtics and heat. He has big game experience despite falling out of the rotation towards year's end.
I understand critics will downplay the performance based on the fact that it was "an exhibition" and the style of play "wasn't Woodson's" but, hey, Melo was pretty darn good yesterday. Still, that can't stop the media from calling him out.
Anthony was right: He did come out of those Games and have a tremendous 2008-09 season. Still, the arrival of Chauncey Billups in Denver played an immense part in elevating Anthony and the Nuggets. Billups took over the team's leadership, which Anthony desperately needed to happen.
Now, Anthony has to be that player with the Knicks, and he's never proven that he can do the job. He's equipped to score points in New York, but lead and win? That's different. He had the chance for a beautiful partnership with Jeremy Lin, and it all fell apart with the Houston Rockets' offer sheet. Because Anthony never wanted Lin, it was probably forever doomed anyway. Lin's indoctrination to 'Melo would come watching him ignore the coach's wishes and running whatever he wanted to run. Anthony and J.R. Smith resented Lin's attention, his salary, and convinced themselves that Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd can replicate what Lin had going with the Knicks. The rest of the Knicks' roster loved Lin, wanted him, but Anthony and Smith never had the chance to build a chemistry with him.I'm sorry, but this is selective memory and it's also 4 years ago. Melo was 23. He's a different player now and his leadership is about to come into question, but it's also about to come into form. One has nothing to do with the other and Billups had won a title at the point guard position. He was their leader, but Melo was their anchor.
On today's 60 Seconds of Sound, which recaps the last 24 hours in New York sports, Sandy Alderson prepares for Matt Harvey's start, Terry Collins reacts to the Mets loss, Glen Sather on Rick Nash and Sweeny Murti on Ichiro.
One of my favorite uses of Twitter is the open form of dialogue that eventually leads to blog posts, and one happened this morning on my way to work.
People think I don't like Iman Shumpert and the fact of the matter is that that couldn't be further from the truth. The kid has heart, Knicks heart, and plays hard each and every night. Another fact is that he won't be available until January at the earliest then he has to get back up to NBA speed. If you know Mike Woodson then you know he'll give Shumpert minutes, but he'd be a fool to give him 30 plus right away. That means you're looking into February before Shumpert earns sustainable and heavy minutes.
Delfino, who has played the last three seasons in Milwaukee, averaged 9 points while shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc in 28.5 minutes per game last year. He averaged a career-high 11.5 points and 32.4 minutes per contest for the Bucks in 2010-11. The Celtics would only be able to offer Delfino their bi-annual exception, which is worth about $1.9 million, if they're unable to work out a sign-and-trade with the Bucks. That could make it difficult to bring in the 6-foot-6 swingman, but the?possibility is at least out there.
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"Shooting guard Randy Foye has signed a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz, a source close to Foye said Monday night.
Foye, a career 36 percent shooter from three-point range, was the last of the quality shooting guards left on the free-agent market. He stepped into a starting role with the Los Angeles Clippers last season after Chauncey Billups tore his Achilles tendon and averaged 12.8 points as a starter, including 40 percent from three-point range.
This was an outstanding read from Will Leitch, with the guys of Basketball Prospectus, in discussing how value per contract means in the Jim Dolan Era. While I felt Jared Jeffries made a massive comeback, the consistency here is on point.
Pre-Escalade Marbury was awesome, his problem was his allergies to coaching plus the fact that their interior defense was wretched. Then Isiah got center happy with Eddy Curry after overpaying Big Snacks.
The Malone Mulhall Benefit Game?will host its second annual contest this coming Saturday, July 28th, at Adelphi University at 1PM EST.?This great event is held to honor Michael Mulhall, as well as Jamie and Paige Malone, all of whom lost their lives in a tragic car accident in 2010.All three spent honorable time helping kids with special needs at Camp ANCHOR.Joining Green to help support the fantastic cause will be a wealth of rising talent, many of whom will be participating as they arrive fresh off successful stints in the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas.Scott Machado, the popular young guard from Iona College who many Knicks fans were hoping would don orange and blue next season, will play in the contest for the first time. Though he went undrafted in last month's NBA Rookie Draft, Machado played well for the Rockets in Vegas this past week. He averaged 8.0 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.2 steals through five games and helped lead the Rockets to a 4-1 finish.Returning to the MMBG for the second straight year will be Red Storm alums Justin Burrell & Paris Horne, as well as high-flying forward Vernon Goodridge.
According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, the Knicks general manager refused to either answer the door at his Mandarin Oriental hotel room or come to the front desk and accept the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet Jeremy Lin had signed with the Rockets.
Houston also attempted to try to present it to Grunwald at either summer league practice or the Knicks? game, but Grunwald wasn?t in attendance at either and declined to set up a meeting.
It got to the point where the Rockets eventually went to the league office to determine what to do next.
Argentina though can pose a problem for the Americans if they see each other again down the line.? After a rough start, the Argentinians got back to their tough, hard-nosed style of team basketball.? Pick'n'rolls, sharp cuts and good shooting got them back in it.? Their point guard, Pablo Prigioni, who most of you know has agreed to come play for he Knicks next season, personified the style that team plays.
Prigioni is a veteran and a professional on the basketball court.? He shows no flash in his game.? He is a north/south point guard who understands that the ball moves faster with him passing it than it does with him over dribbling it.? If Prigioni showed anything today, it is that he is a very willing passer and that if you can get open, he will certainly find you in your spot.? Much like Jason Kidd, Prigioni has great court vision and appears to read plays even before they develop.? A pick'n'roll point, Prigioni showed an understanding of how to feed teammates in position where they can excel and put the ball in the basket.
As we talked about on Friday, word is that if Glen Grunwald had his druthers Jeremy Lin would still be here. The buzz that I've been noticing is fans taking their anger out on Carmelo Anthony and, to me, I think that's unfair. Take it out on the guy writing the checks, or in this case, the one who chose not to.
Considering the way Melo handled his exit from the Denver Nuggets, and considering his 1-8 playoff record as the new savoir or the Knicks, I?m not sure he wants to go down that road of calling anything or anyone ridiculous. Should Anthony have been more supportive of another teammate? Perhaps. Although he was part of the small contingent that met with Lin in Los Angeles on the eve of free agency in what was clearly a recruiting pitch.
It doesn?t make Melo the leading candidate for teammate of the year, but it?s also unfair to blame him for Lin?s departure; and it?s beyond ridiculous to now say that the Knicks, more than ever, are Carmelo Anthony?s team.
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Coming off the lockout last season, Raymond Felton admittedly came into training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers overweight and out of shape. The result was one of his poorest statistical efforts in his seven seasons as an NBA point guard.
Since the Knicks officially acquired Felton for the second time on Monday via sign-and-trade with Portland, there has been a lot of talk about Felton's weight and conditioning.
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With all of the talk surrounding the Knicks' need at SG, the team's need for a true backup PF seems to get lost in the shuffle.? Perhaps that is because there are some band-aid options to fill in when Amare is off the floor.? Sure we have Kurt Thomas, but is he really a guy who can step in and potentially play major minutes in the event STAT gets into foul trouble or gets hurt? Sure there is Steve Novak, but he is more of a situational player than he is a true four.? Carmelo Anthony proved last year that he can play some four, but if you ask me, this team is going to win more games with him at the three than they will with him sliding over.? If we are trying to build a winner, then my advice is to fill all holes during the off-season.? Two of those holes are at SG and PF.
I am not saying that Andray Blatche is the answer.? Wherever he goes next, he goes with a lot of baggage both on and off the court.? He was asked to be a leader and a captain in Washington, and he was far from being either.? His talent ceiling is very high from a physical standpoint, but his head has kept him from truly realizing that talent. Perhaps with the veteran leadership on this team, Blatche could be whipped into shape? I am not sure if that is the case.
The assumption is that the Villanova product from Newark will get more money, but I'm curious as to where? What's the market for him?
I was thinking about writing this piece before the Lin decision was even announced. Before Howard Beck of the New York Times even tweeted the decision hours before it was officially announced. That?s the culture these days: prepare for the worst, think of ways to rationalize it, put up your armor and defend your team when the pundits come guns-a ?blazing.
But what if it actually is ok? What if you don?t need to dig too deeply to rationalize something you thought was inexcusable 24 hours ago? What if? we could actually move on and still enjoy the Knicks?
After him we have an injured Iman Shumpert or a PG who will be asked to play out of position in Jason Kidd. ?Not exactly a deep depth chart.
With the 2-guard a glaring weakness on this team, and nothing but veteran minimum's left in our bag, who would you like to see the team pursue?
Neither if you're convinced that Carmelo Anthony is the next Stephon Marbury, whatever that means.
On today's 60 Seconds of Sound, which recaps the last 24 hours in New York sports, Pedro Beato and Bobby Parnell discuss Mets loss, Chris Canty sides with Eli Manning and Frank Isola talks about the Jeremy Lin situation.
"It can be looked at as a ridiculous contract in the sense that it's a $5 [million], a $5 [million] and a $15 [million over the first three years]," Novak told SNY.tv Wednesday at the Steve Novak Basketball Camp at Sleepy Hollow High School.
"It is kind of ridiculous in terms of the structure. I don't think in terms of Jeremy's value that it's ridiculous. I think everybody knows that. He's very valuable....I wasn't there when Carmelo said it but 'ridiculous contract,' I think probably means more the fact that there's a max offer being offered in the third year when the first two was a five."
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Soon after Lin received a phone call from Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald informing him that the team would pass on matching the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet from Houston, he opened up to fellow-Harvard graduate Pablo Torre of Sports Illustrated and gave some great insight into the free agency process, why he never suited up against the Miami Heat in the playoffs after knee surgery and how he feels about Knicks fans.
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Expectations for the Knicks over the past few years have been limited for many reasons. In 2008-09 the idea was clearing cap space. In 2009-10 it was gearing up for the summer of 2010. In 2010-11, the Knicks were thinking playoffs and prepping for acquiring Carmelo Anthony and last year, with the lockout, the Knicks didn't get the proper time to develop chemistry as they continued to add pieces moving forward. That concept was hijacked by Linsanity and the discount triple check.
As Carmelo Anthony so eloquently put it, Lin's contract was "ridiculous".? Who in their right mind could argue otherwise?? Was it the most ridiculous contract in NBA history? No.? If you ask me, it was not even the most ridiculous contract given out this free agency period.? Money could have played a minor part in this, but as Isola said, it was probably not the only thing.
Hate him or love him (I highly doubt anyone is in the latter group...), Dolan is a loyal guy. He certainly has his favorites and he likes company guys, guys he can trust.? I cannot sit here and say that I know all of the details from what occurred behind the scenes.? No reporter to this point probably knows that.? Truthfully, I would not be surprised if the real truth ever came out from the Knicks' side.? If Lin disrespected Dolan in any way, then I have respect for Dolan in showing him the door.? High treason against the boss is not a way to make a living - not with the Knicks and not with any job.? It is tough to employ someone you do not trust, right?
"To see a contract the way it's been optioned out year-by-year, I've never seen anything like that," Davis told MSG's Mike Breen and Walt "Clyde" Frazier during the Knicks-Nuggets summer league game Tuesday, won by Denver. "That's what [the Houston Rockets] did and they really wanted him bad so we'll see what happens."
If Lin ends up in Houston, as has been reported, Davis said big things will be expected of him because of his contract.
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The Denver Nuggets coach believes Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd are capable of big things should they be the Knicks only point guards.
"I think [Felton] is a great pickup," Karl told Alahn Hahn of MSG during Tuesday's Knicks-Nuggets summer league game in Las Vegas.
And I hold Beck's reporting in higher regard than a lot of other guys out there who constantly seem to fish for sources.
Then again, CNN reported the Supreme Court struck down the health care law and that Al Gore won Florida in 2000, so who knows...
The new CBA included a provision to make it much easier for teams to release players with bad contracts. It?s called the stretch provision. Here it is right out of Larry Coon?s invaluable CBA FAQ that can be found here:?cbafaq.com.
Otherwise (if the contract or extension was signed under the current CBA), the remaining guaranteed salary is paid over twice the number of remaining years, plus one, per the Stretch provision:
- If the player?s salary payments are spread-out using the Stretch provision, the team?may?elect to stretch the salary cap charge to match2. For example, if two seasons remain on the player?s contract when he is waived, and the payment is spread-out over five years per the Stretch provision, then the team may elect to spread-out the salary cap hit over those same five years.