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This is something I've talked about a ton on twitter, but the likelihood of Wilson Chandler returning to the Knicks is just too much of a long shot in my opinion. Too many variables.

Via NY Post

The question is how to get Chandler back. A sign-and-trade with Denver is possible, since the Nuggets once liked rookie Landry Fields, who had a terrible playoffs. Fields did not feel comfortable playing with Anthony, but he thrived with the Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov.

The Knicks also could go under the salary cap if they decide to buy out Chauncey Billups by Friday. If they bring Billups back, the Knicks could also sign Chandler to the mid-level exception on a long-term deal, if Chandler is willing to take less money to play in New York. The sense is he's not thrilled with the Rocky Mountains and was despondent in his final weeks as a Knick with rumors he was bound for Denver.

Alan Hahn has reported countless times that the Nuggets wanted nothing to do with Fields. They are happy with Arron Afflalo and hope to spend money on him moving forward. Fields could be a cheaper option if the market for Afflalo is too high. Also, I remember reading reports when Chandler was in NY before the trade that his team led by Happy Walters was going to ask for 5 years 60 million.? Obviously, that's out of the Knicks price range.
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By now everyone has seen the reported deal that Donnie Walsh has turned down, and of course it has to include something about the owner.

It is believed that Walsh and Mike D'Antoni feel the team would be giving up too much. Garden chairman James Dolan has had direct involvement in the negotiations and may ultimately overrule his basketball staff

And you'd have to assume that the "starter" is Landry Fields. This deal doesn't solve the team's need up front and Billups isn't a Mike D'Antoni-type point guard, so I can see the hesitation. It is a ton. Plus, Donnie Walsh, since he's been here, waits until the deadline before dealing. Of course, he did pull the trigger on several deals in November of 2008, but any time the deadline rolls around Walsh traditionally stays patient. That is to say I don't buy an owner override if this exact deal happens 9 days from now. Walsh won't deal with a game left before the break and one has to assume, based on history, that a deal won't happen during it either. But it's good to know that it appears both parties are working on banging out a deal.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Eddy Curry, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler
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First of all, it's totally unfair to compare good, up and coming players to established stars. I knew Mets fans who hesitated in giving up farm grown pitcher Ed Yarnall along with super-stud prospect Preston Wilson for...Mike Piazza.

I knew plenty of people who thought Steven Rice was a can't miss All-Star and demanded he get held out of a trade for....Mark Messier.

Where would the Yankees be if they didn't deal can't miss Hall of Famer Roberto Kelly for Paul O'Neill or if they took the chance to deal (hold your breath!!) Russ Davis and Sterling Hitchcock for Tino Martinez and Jeff Nelson. The latter may have been the best deal they ever made.

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Via NY Post

"Wilson's a restricted free agent and I'm going to sign him," Walsh said yesterday. "He's a helluva player." ..."I'm confident even if it's not there [ability to match], we're going to sign him," Walsh said. "That's our intention when the time comes."..."Wilson has played at the top of the league in some games this year and [Tuesday] night was a good example, the way he played against a top team and they couldn't deal with him," Walsh said. "He was shooting well from the outside, his uncanny ability to change direction in the air. He's gotten stronger and become a better defender. His game has jumped a lot."

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When Amar'e Stoudemire steps to the line at MSG when the team is winning, he is greeted with a chorus of "M-V-P" chants from the Garden faithful. The funniest part about that was the idea that when Stoudemire first signed there was a common fear of injury issues and the fact that he doesn't play any defense. I don't know about you, but I've been more than impressed with Amar'e's post and help-side defense, and he rarely ever gets beat down court. His 2.3 blocks per game are a career high, and many of those have come on hustle back attempts to protect the rim.? Sure he has lapses, but he also is working his tail off on the offensive end.

The point is, and I've had a great conversation about this on Twitter today, it's wrong to typecast a star player. Carmelo Anthony is known for scoring and not so much for defense, but I saw plenty of defense from him last year in the playoffs. Word is he wants to win a ring. So please spare me this idea that he can't fit into an offensive system and he can't play defense. Yes, it's premature to talk about Melo and New York, but it's also premature to lose perspective after one great offensive game.

No one loves Wilson Chandler more than I do. I was the guy telling people to trade Balkman so the kid could play. Big East coaches were telling me about him before the Knicks drafted him. Everyone loved Balkman's hustle. Balkman is barely in the league anymore.

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Great job by BP and Sebastian Pruiti taking an in-depth look at Wilson Chandler's development this season.

The key to Chandler making jump shots is catching the ball in rhythm. As we saw against Miami and Orlando, even though he scored from everywhere against the latter, aggressive close outs lead to rushed shots out of rhythm. Expect to see that tonight. That's where Will has to utilize his pump fake and cause the fly by, then attack the rim.

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We've often spoke about the keys to the pick and roll as well as the various options the Knicks get off it. For more on the subject check out Hahn's breakdown and chat with Mike D'Antoni.

We've also talked about the role of the 4 man in Mike D'Antoni's system, and how space is the key. Here, he talks specifically about Wilson Chandler's impact at the 4 position and a real specific breakdown on the options in the PnR.

Chandler's work on 4s defensively has been nothing short of tremendous. He had to guard Boozer yesterday for crying out loud. I still think the Knicks may have trouble in big spots in half court games because of their lack of size, but they didn't show it yesterday, that's for sure.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari, Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler
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First of all, Gallinari's defense against Durant will not go unnoticed here. After watching the game a few more times, his length was a real factor in keeping KD to around his average.

Secondly, Gallo's huge shots in the second quarter opened the game up for the Knicks and the biggest trend I see isn't just that he hits 3s, it's WHERE he hits them from.

When Gallo can hit the wing 3, spots behind the arc but more foul line extended than top key or corner, he and the Knicks are impossible to guard. Impossible. The same can be said for Wilson Chandler.

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Kevin Durant looks like his legs could break at any moment, yet that doesn't stop coach Scott Brooks from rolling him out there 40 minutes per night.

He's like a thoroughbred who can run all day long on legs as thick as cocktail straws.

The same absolutely holds true for Amar'e Stoudemire, who averages less minutes per game than Durant.

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Via ESPN
Q: Are the New Jersey Nets still in the Melo sweepstakes?

A: They believe they are, because that is what they are being told by the Nuggets and by Anthony's camp. But the reality is that they are out of it and have been for a long time, and it behooves Denver to create the illusion that other destinations besides New York are still in play. New Jersey still has the best offer sitting on the table that suits the Nuggets' primary need -- to make any Anthony trade a rebuilding trade. But the trade has not happened because Anthony will not sign an extension with New Jersey. He is trying to leverage his way into being dealt to New York.

Q: What pieces do the Knicks have that the Nuggets would want?

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler
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Wilson Chandler is a scorer. He can make shots from a ton of spots on the floor. I talk to scouts all the time who say one of the most important things about identifying scorers are where they can get their shot from. Chandler is particularly adept at knocking down off wing 3s, which is a skill not often found from players 6'8.

We've often talked about how D'Antoni-type players can stretch the defense and shoot near 50% from the field. Chandler is at 47% for the season and is shooting a career-best 37% from 3. Now, there are times where Will takes ill advised shots (or Will advised shots) and that often affects his percentages.

Will gets his three point looks in transition, and off of the pick and roll. It's simple, Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire simply get more people open. Here's a clip from a David Lee/Chris Duhon pick and roll.

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With the Knicks primed to make a push towards 2010 free agency and despite getting off to a modest, yet encouraging start early in the 2008-09 campaign, Donnie Walsh pulled the trigger on several deals that meant sending Jamal Crawford and Zack Randolph out of New York. The naysayers hated the deals because it meant the Knicks weren't looking to improve the roster, they were looking to improve their chances at a star player thus giving up and throwing in the towel.

Two years later, they have a star, although it's not the one they were aiming for, with the potential of adding another.

Many fans cried that the Z-Bo/Crawford combination and surrounding cast would have made the playoffs, to which I disagree. And even if they did, who cares? That team needed an overhaul from top to bottom and fans are ecstatic now that they got it. If you're a frequent guest to TKB, you've been here for this ride, and one we've tried to pave based on the plan.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph, Bill Walker, Carmelo Anthony, Donnie Walsh, Mike D'Antoni, Wilson Chandler
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Where: DC

When: 7 pm

Starting Lineups

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I agree very much with the high IQ scribe who works for Newsday.

With the lack of consistency from Toney Douglas, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, the Knicks need an automatic jump shooter. I also think they need someone to attack the rim at will, but a shooter is certainly a need as well.

And obviously, the Knicks could use some depth up front. Their front line is starting to look like the Giants offensive line.

Tags: Andy Rautins, Bill Walker, Danilo Gallinari, Kelenna Azubuike, Wilson Chandler
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Via my main man Sebastian Pruiti

Getting stuck under the basket is never a good idea. But Fields does a good job of getting over the screen and STAT overplays the hedge. This is the Knicks small lineup and is a tremendous issue because Gallo or Chandler will not protect the basket against a player with any size or athletic ability.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Xs and Os
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So everyone has the reasons why the Knicks are struggling. The system stinks, the coach can't make adjustments, Amar'e's not a 5, the defense is lacking. At this point, all these things are true, but let's dig a little deeper.

Every time I watch Felton in transition, he either puts his head down to the rim where he either finishes or struggles to. Otherwise, he makes the decision to make a pass just over half court, which is too far for anyone to make a decision BUT shoot.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, GameDay, Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler, Xs and Os
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Via NY Mag
1. Toney Douglas. (Last week: 6.) If the Knicks had just held on to their third-quarter lead over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon, Toney Douglas might have made the back page of a tabloid this week. (In a good way.) Douglas struggled with his shot Sunday, but he was unstoppable in wins over the Bulls and Wizards, including a career-high 30 in the eye-opening win over Chicago. Douglas's struggles against the Sixers showed just how important to this team he has already become; he's the second-leading scorer and he leads in steals. Obviously, Douglas won't hold this spot all season ? or probably even for a week ? but so far, it's clear that when Douglas's shot is falling, the Knicks win.

2. Amar'e Stoudemire. (Last week: 2.) Amar'e should probably have the top spot on these rankings every week, but we're gonna make him earn it. As Seth from Posting and Toasting put it Sunday, the loss to the Sixers was precisely the type of game in which the Knicks needed their superstar to be a superstar. The Knicks weren't hitting from the arc; it would have been a nice time for the $100 million power forward to take over. It's not fair to ask Amar'e to make up for all his teammates' occasional issues, but hey: That's why he gets paid the big bucks. We're all still waiting for the Amar'e Effing Stoudemire game. more.

Chandler fell from 1st to 5th...Gallinari is 6th.
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So I was just watching some video on ESPN as they took a look into the Duke program. Coach K tells his players that 90% of their screens are non-existent because of a lack of contact on the defender. This is essential for off the ball screens, but also is a key factor to on ball screens as well.

The Knicks were one of the first teams to implement the "pick and slip" when they would show Patrick Ewing far from the basket only to have him wait for the on-ball defender to go on the high side and Ewing would "slip" to the basket usually for an uncontested dunk.It would work because the "hedging" defender would be stuck between hedging and staying with Ewing. The Knicks would isolate that side of the floor in a two man game.

In this video, in plays #7 and #1 exhibit the pick and slip. What the Knicks do a great job in the half court of not isolating the floor in a two-man game, they run it from top of key.? They bring the corner offensive player from the corner to above foul line extended so that if the weak side defender helps, the kick out is wide open. More ground to have to cover in order to "close out." It creates more half court space, which as we know is so key.?? Fields has made that shot, but it's meant for Gallinari and Chandler. If the make that shot, they are impossible to defend offensively.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Patrick Ewing, Raymond Felton, Ronny Turiaf, Wilson Chandler
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Thanks to two straight strong performances the Knicks are now +5 in overall point differential, placing them 9th in the NBA. Only 12 teams in the entire league can say the same thing. The combined records of the 8 teams in front of the Knicks?

35-7

The Knicks are also creeping up on a positive +/- rebounding differential as well. They are securing 43.40 rebounds per game vs. 43.80 they are giving up. Their 43 per game has them a very respectable 9th in the NBA.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton, Ronny Turiaf, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler
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At NY Magazine. Check out the first offering and be sure to check in every Tuesday.

Mike D'Antoni has the deepest rotation since he began coaching the Knicks, sometimes going with as many as 10 players in the first quarter. The rotation, and the players' performances, are forever changing. As part of our Knicks coverage all season, taking a note from Mark Lisanti's "Mad Men Power Rankings," we'll be tracking each player every Tuesday. Come with us, for the Knicks Power Rankings!

1. Wilson Chandler. The Knicks might not be offering him a contract extension, but Wil has been the team's best player so far, posting an incredibly impressive 21 ppg, 10 rpg and 3 bpg line. He hasn't started a game yet and isn't likely to for a while, but boy, has he been big for them in every way. He's had a tendency to fade late, but the guy the Knicks have been touting as a core piece for three years now is finally showing why. Sure, Chandler probably shouldn't be the team's top rebounder, but without him, they'd be 0-3 rather than 1-2....

Read the rest here.
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Via Basketball Prospectus (c/o Seth From P&T)

Chandler's usage rate (29 percent) dwarfs the 20 percent he put up last season, but he's producing more than a point per possession despite the expansion. This is not an aberration of hot three-point shooting either. Chandler is 5-of-19 from behind the arc so far and is actually shooting a higher portion of threes than in the past, a combination which should be an efficiency sinkhole. Chandler isn't getting to the line more often and he's not shooting any better inside the arc. He's basically doing what he's done in the past, only doing it more often. Chandler has ramped his rebounding up considerably and is sharing the ball less. He's kind of doing what Al Harrington used to do off the bench for the Knicks. The result is a breakout season--so far--for the fourth-year swingman.
I know a lot of people cringe when thinking of Harrington, who just lit the Rockets up for 28 and 10 rebounds the other night. I believe Harrington was often hurt as a Knick, and had little trouble with the concept of fire if ready.

Chandler himself takes too many ill advised shots, even for the coach, but he's in a position where he has to prove that he has a scorer's mentality. Any scorer will tell you that the true definition of a "scorer's mentality" is getting the ball in the basket any and every way possible without conscience.? Without Chandler the Knicks are down 12-15 points at the half the other night. Harrington did that too...people like to forget he was playing at an all-star level for much of the 2008-09 season and was the team's best player, albeit on a rotten one.

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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.
Tags: 2010 Season, Bill Walker, GameDay, Landry Fields, Roger Mason Jr., Wilson Chandler
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Via NY Mag
Still: He is only 23 years old ? he just turned 23 in May, actually ? and the theory has been raised that once you surround him with better players, he'll feel less pressure to perform and thrive off the game of others. He's a complementary piece on a good team; if you don't ask him to be your first or second primary scorer ? though he did score 15.3 points per game last year ? he can be a valuable weapon, though probably off the bench, and probably as a small forward rather than a "shooting" guard.
Chandler has the ability to get to the rim on both ends and secure both defensive rebounds and draw fouls on offense. Aside from Amar'e he's the team's best "And 1" finisher. But he has the habit of floating on the court and being disconnected from the offense.
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Via NY Daily News

Donnie Walsh is confident he can acquire a first-round pick to include in a deal for Anthony but the Knicks president still might not have enough assets to convince Denver to trade its franchise player. The Nuggets remain hopeful that they can convince Anthony to sign an extension.

Meanwhile, Walsh would have a chance to pry Rudy Fernandez away from Portland with a first-round pick. The questions the Knicks had concerning Wilson Chandler's recovery from offseason surgery are one reason why the club has explored the possibility of acquiring Fernandez, the disgruntled shooting guard who is in camp with the Trail Blazers after threatening to return to Spain.

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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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It seems Wilson Chandler, who has always been very gracious to us here at TKB, is expendable. The Knicks have been shopping him, despite denying it, and with Landry Fields in the mix now, the heat is turned up even hotter on Chandler, one of the resident elder statesmen in terms of years of service with the Knicks.

But what is his value?

But my source says Walsh has now found another doable deal that would net him a No. 1, though the source would not disclose whether Chandler would be the piece the Knicks would give up (a package of Toney Douglas and Bill Walker, for instance, might be more enticing to some teams).
To me, he's still one of the team's top two-way players. Frankly, I don't know where he fits most comfortably. He often floats offensively and takes out of rhythm shots. And from what I've seen thusfar, he hasn't blended well with Ray Felton. But in fairness, it's going to take some time for the new Knicks QB to get on the same page with all of his teammates.

Chandler acknowledged he misses some of his former mates. While Knicks fans rejoiced at the club cleaning house, Chandler had grown close to several players who have come and gone. In fact, Chandler has played with so many teammates in his three seasons, he's lost count.

Tags: Bill Walker, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason Jr., Wilson Chandler
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I'd bet talks will revive.

Just a guess here, but I'd assume it's involving Wilson Chandler, should something happen.

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Great snag by the man Tommy G...

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Pretty solid analysis from Bleacher Report about Wilson Chandler, particularly when it comes to shooting.

On offense, he drives almost exclusively to his right when going to the rim. When he drives left he usually pulls up for a mid-range jump shot, or looks to pass. He needs to improve his left-hand dribbling to improve his driving ability.

He has good hand/arm mechanics on his jump shot. He repeats the motion and has good back spin on his shot. His shot is a little flat and he lacks range.

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Via NY Post
"I try to think about things I can control," Chandler said. "I've just been in the gym working on my game. Everything's going pretty good. Working on my ball handling, shooting, few moves, first step."

Chandler averaged 15.3 and 5.4 rebounds last season in 65 games but was shut down in March with a groin injury. Knicks president Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D'Antoni like Chandler's game, but if the Knicks are going to be players in a trade for Paul, Chandler likely is expendable.

My first inclination is to keep Will at all costs. He's a very solid two-way player still with some upside. But he's not a 2 guard. He'd be useful coming off the bench, but if you can upgrade at a position of need, then you consider dealing Chandler.
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via NY Post:

"According to a person familiar with the Knicks' thinking, the club will explore trading Wilson Chandler, possibly packaging him with the expiring contract of Eddy Curry. The Knicks would love to trade for a premier outside-shooting big man.

Chandler, who has had ankle surgery two straight offseasons, has a contract the Knicks likely will move to be enough under the 2011 salary cap for a maximum contract. The addition of versatile forward Anthony Randolph and swingman Kelenna Azubuike makes Chandler more expendable for a roster lacking size. The Knicks don't believe Chandler can handle shooting-guard duties.

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Because I love debate, and of course, accountability, here is Slam magazine's article of the "Best 25 players under 25."

What you need to know (stick your chest out main man "Yo Son") Wilson Chandler ranks 23, Danilo Gallinari ranks at 30 and...wait for it...Brook Lopez is top 15.

At this point it's fair, yet I disagree in parts. Have at it.

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Via NY Post-
"...Chandler, who turned 23 last week, was carrying what was described as a "small amount" of marijuana when cops pulled over the 2010 Mercedes-Benz he was riding in near 94th Avenue and 213th Street in Queens at 11:30 p.m., police said.

Cops decided to search Chandler after they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, police said. Chandler was issued a desk appearance ticket for the misdemeanor charge.

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Via Denver Post
"...When Anthony came out, he talked about the gall of Gallinari, who was trash-talking with the all-star. And he also discussed the not-so-ambiguous comments Knicks president Donnie Walsh made to the New York Post, suggesting that even though the Knicks have money to spend this summer, they are looking at rebuilding over the next couple years ? and Melo could be available after 2011.

"I really don't know what's going to happen the next year," Anthony said. "I don't know what's going to happen. But I don't see why anybody wouldn't want to play here in New York..."

As I've said, Melo is great leverage for this summer. Would Lebron allow for the opportunity to pass him by with the idea of having to GET THROUGH the Knicks should Carmelo make the jump? This is what the plan is about to me. They have the opportunity to give Lebron everything, should he pass the team can add pieces this season in the form of a max player and vets maybe on 1 year deals, the possibility of sign and trades, then have space to add the game changer.

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Via NY Daily News/RealGM
"...Wilson Chandler may have played his final game of the season.Chandler will not play in Wednesday's game against Boston due to recurring pain to his left groin. Chandler has been playing with the injury for the past six weeks and has been told that it will only improve with rest.

Mike D'Antoni did not rule out shutting down Chandler for the last 15 games.

RealGM Note: If Chandler is indeed done for 09-10, his 22-year-old season compares statistically most similarly to Jeff Green and Rudy Gay (both 08-09)..."

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Via NY Daily News-
"...There is a growing sentiment among opposing team executives that at the very least the Knicks will sign Atlanta's Joe Johnson, whose agent, Arn Tellem, orchestrated the Tracy McGrady trade to the Knicks and has been friends with Walsh for 20 years. It's called a "wink-wink deal," and even though it is against NBA rules, the practice does exist and is nearly impossible to police.

"I think that's a done deal," said one Eastern Conference GM.

If Walsh can't land either James or Dwyane Wade but ends up with Johnson, another option is luring Toronto's Chris Bosh in a sign-and-trade. Sources claim the Raptors would be open to such a deal if it included David Lee..."

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Via Hoopsworld:

"...The Knicks grand plan is certainly no secret.? Since the moment GM Donnie Walsh was hired, his primary objective was blatantly clear: To create and maintain as much cap space as possible in order to go shopping in the summer of 2010.

Still, although Donnie has done a stellar job paring down the Knicks payroll and shedding some of the franchise's most expensive and debilitating contracts, the total amount of money the Knicks will have to play with is still unknown.? The salary cap is essentially determined as a fraction of total 'Basketball Related Income," and that BRI amount won't be known until later this year.? New York will definitely have enough cap space to offer/sign one superstar to a max-level contract, but not the two studs some New Yorkers were hoping for.? Depending on where the cap is set - some doomsday scenarios had the cap falling all the way down to $50.4 million - the Knicks may be left only about $20 million under the cap.

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Via Yahoo-
"...League sources have told Yahoo! Sports that the Suns are increasing their efforts to trade forward Amare Stoudemire.

Recent discussions between the team and Stoudemire's agent didn't move towards an agreement on a contract extension.

The All-Star can become a free agent after the season.

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Via NY Post:
"...Ironically, my buddy Chris Sheridan of ESPN called Gallinari "a one-trick pony'' earlier in the season ? referring to his 3-point shot.

But The Stallion has made Sheridan look bad. The most surprising part of Gallinari's season is his 3-point shot hasn't even been the most impressive part of his game ? despite leading the league in makes. His gritty defense and driving hard to the basket, drawing fouls, has given hope he is a potential All-Star in the future. He's showing some Rocky toughness.

But the back issue still looms. Gallinari sits on a special pad on the bench to keep his back more comfy..."

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So I had the chance to read Kelly Dwyer's take on the Knicks and there are several things that jump out at me. Let me say this, I have a ton of respect for the guys at BDL. I find them very entertaining and relatively informative. But, like a ton of media who cover the league as a whole, it's clear that Dwyer hasn't been completely paying attention to the Knicks.

That said, Kevin from Basketball Prospectus most certainly has.

Dwyer would lead you to believe that the Knicks would move any young player on the roster if it meant ridding Jared Jeffries or Eddy Curry.

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I had a few people email certain points leading to the Knicks turnaround (thanks) and had a discussion with a season ticket holder who had the chance to sit in on a Knicks "town hall" meeting last night who asked to remain nameless.

The numbers told Mike D'Antoni early on in the season that his group shot a far lower percentage in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock. In the second half, from roughly 15-5 seconds remaining on the clock, the team made a much greater percentage, hence why the team had much more offensive success.

Now, by "offensive success" I don't mean number of points, I mean efficiency. And no one has been more efficient than David Lee.

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Donnie Walsh, Draft Lottery, Mike D'Antoni, Wilson Chandler
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I've received a ton of emails on this so let's go...

Yes we are aware that Anthony Randolph is available and I can tell you this, Donnie Walsh is a fan. How do I know? Let's just say that it's not a secret around Knicks camp.

Walsh, from what I've gathered, had Randolph high on his draft board last year and thought about him at 6 along with Gallinari and Gordon, but he felt that Gallo was the safe pick. Gordon was someone who would have sat behind Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, whom Coach D'Antoni was very excited about at the time and? Chris Duhon whom the team signed two weeks later.

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Via Isola:
"...Charlotte's D.J. Augustin is currently struggling with Brown's Play The Right Way edict, which could be a good thing for the Knicks. Augustin remains a player of interest for the Knicks, who, according to a team source, had extensive talks last season with the Bobcats regarding a deal for the second-year guard out of Texas.

"He was part of a bigger deal," the source said. "But I know the Knicks like him very much."

Knicks president Donnie Walsh declined to discuss his level of interest in Augustin, although it is no secret that Walsh and Brown, friends for many years, talk regularly. According to a source, Brown is open to trading Augustin but has been overruled by Michael Jordan.

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Via? NY Post:

"...Magic Johnson said he believes LeBron James will decide to leave Cleveland to play for the Knicks -- but urges Knicks team president Donnie Walsh to lure "The King" by first signing a marquee free agent such as Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire.

The Hall of Fame point guard/businessman, asked by The Post for his gut feeling on LeBron in 2010, said: "I think he's going to go to New York.

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When you really dig deep and look inside the numbers, it's really telling as to why the team has played so well over the past 5 games.

Yes, it would be too easy to just say Nate Robinson not playing has been ultimately beneficial, although a tighter rotation has given players more consistent minutes, and with constant comes consistency.

Take it back a week earlier and the team did have good efforts against Boston at home and Denver on the road.

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Mike D'Antoni, Wilson Chandler
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