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Posted on: November 17, 2009 12:50 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2009 3:44 pm
 

Allen Iverson in New York? There is legitimate interest percolating in Madison Square Garden, according to a high-level source familiar with the Knicks' front-office discussions. Before Iverson signed with the Grizzlies, the Knicks had flat-out zero interest in Iverson. So what's changed? That's the leading topic of this week's Post-Ups:

* Look at every box and put a check in it. The Knicks can't score (check), have a terrible point guard (Chris Duhon, check), are 1-9 (check), and have given their fans virtually no reason to be invested in the team before the roster is revamped next summer (check). The Knicks make as much sense as anybody. Besides, even at 34, Iverson would be the best offensive player on a roster that has been scaled down to the bare bones in preparation for the 2010 free-agent bonanza.

One caveat: Iverson's agent is Leon Rose, who also happens to represent a certain 2010 free agent who wears Yankees hats and loves to play in the Garden. Don't rule out the possibility that the Knicks are expressing interest in Iverson as a favor to Rose, who could use that interest as leverage.

More to the point, don't rule out an even more tantalizing possibility: With few, if any teams willing to take the plunge with Iverson given his recent history with the Pistons and Grizzlies, how indebted would Rose be to Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni if they opened the floor to the World's Most Famous Arena and let Iverson finish his career with some dignity? Very indebted, is all I'm saying.

* Don't be fooled by the Heat's 7-2 record to this point. Look at their schedule: The seven teams they've beaten have a combined winning percentage of .345 (19-36). Miami plays 21 of its first 33 games at home. The ugly flip side: 19 of its next 24 are on the road.

* After losing to the Hawks for the second time this season Monday night, the Trail Blazers are now 6-1 with a three-guard starting lineup that includes Brandon Roy and two point guards, Steve Blake and Andre Miller. The ball movement has improved with two point guards on the floor, and Miller no longer has to get exposed defensively because he can use his size to defend slower three-men instead of chasing quicker points. So the move by coach Nate McMillan has placated Miller -- for now.

But on Monday night, the Blazers closed the game with Miller on the bench, something Miller understands but isn't going to be pleased with long term. "As long as we're winning, that's all that really matters," Miller said." ... We're pretty much interchangeable."

But McMillan closed Monday night with Blake instead of Miller to improve the spacing and take advantage of Blake's shooting range. Look for two things to happen: The small starting lineup won't be a viable option when Portland begins a stretch of playing teams with more size, and Miller will want to close games, too.

"I don't really try to get too settled," Miller said. "Anything can happen. I was starting to get settled in Philadelphia, so you never know."

* The rookies who are commanding the most attention thus far aren't the top picks, but the ones from No. 10 on down, starting with Brandon Jennings, whose 55-point outburst against Golden State on Saturday night has become a YouTube sensation. But Jennings isn't alone. Denver's Ty Lawson (18th), Utah's Eric Maynor (20th), Sacramento's Omri Casspi (23rd), Dallas' Rodrigue Beaubois (25th), New York's Toney Douglas (29), and of course, San Antonio's DeJuan Blair (37th) have made big impacts. Among the next picks from the teens and beyond to start turning heads will be Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough (13th), who is off to an impressive start after missing time with a leg injury, and Portland's Dante Cunningham (33rd), who will see more time in the Blazers' deep rotation due to injuries suffered by Nicolas Batum and Travis Outlaw.

* Solid quote, by the way, from Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on Jennings: "Nobody had him in the top 10 of the draft. Nobody. And he was a guy that many people thought would slip to the lower first and maybe into the second. John Hammond and Scott Skiles deserve tons of credit for having the guts to take a chance on him."

* Greg Oden's sophomore season (if you remove his lost rookie season from the memory banks) has been an up-and-down experience. McMillan says Oden is experiencing the typically steep learning curve associated with all big men. At times, his defense at the basket -- and his enthusiasm, a rare sight last season -- have helped the Blazers become a more cohesive defensive team. But the big fella is still very much a work in progress. One scout on hand to watch the Blazers-Hawks on Monday night said Oden has a long way to go in two important categories: shot selection and basketball IQ.

* Sad news on Shaun Livingston, who is trying to come back from horrific knee injuries. He'll have his left knee scoped after experiencing swelling. The team says the knee is structurally sound, but it's a clear setback for a player everyone is rooting for to regain some semblance of his previous form.

* Since I don't do power rankings, I have no right to criticize those who do them. I'll just note how strange it is to see the Atlanta Hawks atop such rankings on ESPN.com and NBA.com.  Dave Del Grande of CBSSports.com has the Hawks second, behind the Cavs. I'm not so much skeptical of Atlanta's current placement in the rankings, but it's disarming, to say the least. Hawks fans apparently agreed: Philips Arena was barely half-full for the Blazers on Monday night. Unless you're a Hawks fan, you can't possibly understand how it's possible to sneeze at their résumé thus far. It includes impressive wins over Portland (twice), Boston, and Denver, and Atlanta is 4-2  on the road.

* Gilbert Arenas' comment this week that he's become a "thinker" instead of a "reactor" only underscores the difficulty of his adjustment to Flip Saunders' offense. No conclusions can be drawn about the Wizards until they're healthy, but Arenas' identity crisis is something to watch.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2009 10:02 am
 

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chek,

Don't bother with these people.. they don't get it.   In basketball, one player especially a guy like Lebron makes all the difference. This isn't football or hockey or baseball... one guy wins games and turns others into great players and wins championships. End of story.

Lebron WILL turn the Knicks into contenders if he signs there like I think he will.  It might take 3 or 4 years to do it, but he will.

As for idiots that say Lebron will make as much money in endorsements playing for Cleveland as he would in New York,, well 3 words for you.. OH... MY.... GOD !!!  Oh, and another 3 words..  ARE... YOU... STUPID????

If Lebron leaves for New York and stays there the rest of his career he'll make at least 100 million more in his life then he would in Cleveland.... I know a little about marketing and sorry,  cleveland isn't the place to be.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2009 10:40 pm
 

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Redwings allready took the words out of my mouth about that topic. So Im just gonna add on something else. I will be the first one to say the Knicks franchise has been disgusting for a while. But at least we are headed in the right direction for next year. I heard that bringing Lebron here along with someone else wont win us a championship? Really How would u know that. Because the Knicks dont have role players. So u are saying that the Knicks wont have anyone lkie Lee or Nate, Chandler, or Gallinari. They cant be role players if we got huge superstar here? Cmon did u watch what BOS did a few years back. How bad were they and BOOM. just like that they added Garnett and Ray Allen along with a few 3pt shooters and they had a dominant team just like that. Then won a championship. So in this league u can go from 0 to hero. Making Iverson a Knick would at least bring some kind of scorer to at the most win 30 games. He is a head case and not that good but he is better then Duhon.




Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2009 9:36 pm
 

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To Gregg44.LOL this post sounds so ridiculously stupid. Prima donna ha? Embarrissing enuff he roots for the Yankees and wares a NYY hat around yur city. In NY buddy we win championships like the Giants and NYY even though im a Met fan. We are a big deal. We have superstars play on our teams. Do I need to name them all. All yur teams have done is get rid of all yur stars. CC, Cliff Lee, Braylon Edwards, ect. So I dont know why u would call NY a  pima donna city when NYK play in the most famous arena in the world in MSG. The only star player u guys have is Sizemore so please. U wanna say we are nasty. As******, or other things fine cause we are known to be ruthless animals but not all of us are like that here, thats just a rep we have. But just know that we live in a city that has it all, has the biggest spotlight, sport teams,and much more sweetheart. Thats why everyone wants to come here to play on the big stage, and shine and get more recognized and fame for it. Its either NY or CAL.
Us Knick fans arent gonna cry if we dont get Lebron cause we have plenty of $ to spend if we dont but Im sure u will cry if we pry him away from u for the old mighty $. But I guess u allready know what Lebron is gonna do. Im not calling all Ohio fans out at all on this post. Just this one fan for his stupid remark that makes no sence so If I affended anyone not from NY sorry.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2009 6:20 pm
 

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Two problems with the dumb reply of the post.

Number one, A winner doesnt mean Championships or rings. He has definitely turned Cleveland into contenders. Also, MJ was pretty much in the same boat early in his career until the right chemistry of players and coaches was formed around him.

Number two, James grew up in Akron, Oh, so how does that make him a big city guy????? I am pretty sure someone from the country loves NY, but that doesnt make them big city. Age really doesnt matter right now for him when it comes to money. His idol is MJ and with the Championships MJ won that is what he is after. Taking money and starting over in "big city" doesnt make big sense. As far as endorsements, he can get those no matter where he plays.

Unless you live in an asylum in NY, dont buy NY Knick James jerseys early!




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2009 3:16 pm
 

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Really?

Two problems with the dumb reply of the post.

Number one, A winner doesnt mean Championships or rings.  He has definitely turned Cleveland into contenders.  Also, MJ was pretty much in the same boat early in his career until the right chemistry of players and coaches was formed around him. 

Number two, James grew up in Akron, Oh, so how does that make him a big city guy?????  I am pretty sure someone from the country loves NY, but that doesnt make them big city.  Age really doesnt matter right now for him when it comes to money.  His idol is MJ and with the Championships MJ won that is what he is after.  Taking money and starting over in "big city" doesnt make big sense.  As far as endorsements, he can get those no matter where he plays.

Unless you live in an asylum in NY, dont buy NY Knick James jerseys early!



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2009 2:53 pm
 

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Re: Lose fans this year post. 
The Knick fans favor getting the "Answer" by a 75 to 25 margin.You happen to be one who does not.



Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2009 2:25 pm
 

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BTW I had to make an account on here just to post that.  That's how mad you made me.



Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2009 2:23 pm
 

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Did you really just use the words PERCOLATING and TANTALIZING in this article?!?!??!  You know that's some serious plagiarism of Clyde.  GET YOUR OWN WORDS!!!!



Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2009 1:47 pm
 

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Iverson would be a perfect fit in New York.  A player so full of himself he doesn't realize that he isn't very good.  The Knicks are one of the most over rated franchises in the last 40 years.  What have they won in the last 30 years?  Nothing that Cleveland hasn't won as well.  I believe in the last 25 years that Cleveland has been to as many NBA finals as the New York, one, that is some kind of tradition.  Why would Lebron want to play for a second to third rate NBA city when thaere are much more attractive cities that are actually great NBA destinations?  Why would he sign in New York before Cleveland or Miami?  He wouldn't.  Who would he rather play with little Nate or DeWayne Wade?  If Lebron wants his NBA legacy to rival even that of D. Wade he will never go to the Knicks.  If Lebron is interested in winning championships, or should I say "championship", we have a good idewa where he will end up.  If he wants to party with rock stars or be seen on Entertainment Tonight he may consider, but if winning is his real goal this courtship of the Knicks is all a bargaining ploy, nothing more.  If Lebron actually likes New York so much he can allways live there in the offseason.  If he wants to win he will go where there is talent and a tradition of winning.



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2009 1:15 pm
 

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Well, there are some Chinese investors who now own a piece of the Cavs. So they can help pay LeBron whatever he wants as well....


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