Tag:New York Knicks
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:01 pm

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

Posted by Royce Young

There have been a whole lot of Steve Nash to New York rumors over the past few years with his former coach Mike D'Antoni running the show and former teammate Amar'e Stoudemire playing in the Big Apple.

Every time, that rumor has been squashed without anything all that substantial coming out of it. I'm sure the Knicks have called the Suns and made inquiries over the past couple seasons, but that happens all the time, all over the place.

This time though, there might be a little more steam behind it. Because it makes a whole lot of sense. According to the New York Post, the Knicks plan on targeting Nash this summer using their mid-level exception.
That’s why The Post has reported the Knicks plan to target Nash (along with Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton) with this summer’s $5 million mid-level exception.
Shocking news: The Knicks, a team that need a point guard like Boris Diaw needs a donut, are planning on targeting available point guards. I know, I can't believe it either.

But the thought of Nash is what makes it more intriguing. Right now, Mike Bibby, Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas are splitting duties with Baron Davis likely to take over the full-time role once he's healthy. And though Nash is 37, he is still Steve Nash and would be a terrific addition for the Knicks. Especially considering he could pull back a bit on having to do so much like he does in Phoenix.

My question is, and I posed this in my thing ripping the Knicks point guard situation, why not go hard after Nash now? Yeah, I suppose you could just wait until the offseason and sign him without giving up anything in return, but that just means the Knicks have to hope and pray Baron Davis gives them something. Otherwise, it's just another mediocre season at MSG and wait until next year when Nash is a year older.

I understand waiting on Nelson or Felton. But Nash does genuinely seem like a terrific fit. The problem is that the Knicks have gutted themselves getting Carmelo Anthony that there isn't much left to deal for Nash. Nash has said he won't request a deal, but if at the deadline the Suns decide they want to deal him and Nash says, "I'll only go to New York," and the Knicks come calling offering up Shumpert, Landry Field and Douglas plus a spare part pick, maybe that's enough to make Phoenix bite. Maybe the Suns decide they'd like to get back three rookie deal players in exchange for Nash. Or maybe the Suns would rather preserve cap space and be players in the 2012 market.

Or maybe Nash just wants to stay with the Suns. I guess that could happen too.

Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:24 pm

Stoudemire disappointed by Team USA snub

By Matt Moore

Amar'e Stoudemire was held out of the 2010 FIBA Tournament by the Knicks due to insurance issues. In short, the Knicks had taken too much of a chance on Stoudemires and his surgically repaired knees to risk anything happening to him after just signing him to max deal. But apparently things were different this time around two years later and the Knicks were fine with STAT taking his talents to London. Funny thing. Stoudemire wasn't invited to the 20-man list out of which the final 12-man roster will be selected. 

From the New York Post:  
The Knicks pulled Stoudemire off the World Championship team in the summer of 2010 only weeks after he signed an uninsured $100 million contract. It ticked off USA Basketball CEO Jerry Colangelo, who likely didn’t want to have to deal with the Garden politics again. Stoudemire said the Knicks haven’t said anything about him not being able to play for the Olympics and a team official said it doesn’t believe they have preference.

“It’s definitely not my choice,’’ Stoudemire said. “I would love to play. My loyalty is with USA Basketball. ... If they need me, I’m there.’’
via Amar’e Stoudemire of Knicks upset at not being named Olympic team finalist - NYPOST.com.

There were likely basketball reasons in play here more than personal ones or matters of convenience. Team USA is so stacked with talent, the most since Dream Team II at least, that every player has to play very specific roles. The bigs defend and rebound while working the offensive glass. The perimeter players shoot from the outside. The wings largely are counted on to produce perimeter penetration to kickstart the offense and to shut off passing and driving lanes. Stoudemire is a pick and roll big who isn't a great rebounder and struggles on defense. He's just not a great fit, no matter how good he is in the NBA.

Team USA could use Amar'e, but there's a long list of players good enough who won't make the roster. It's a shame for him that the power forward class in the NBA exploded over the past two years with Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Kevin Love. At least the interest is there for players wanting to represent their country, though.  
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:57 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 5:13 pm

Is Ryan Anderson the Most Improved Player?

By Matt Moore

We saw the early signs in New Jersey, but so many players drift away. We saw it his first year in Orlando, but the system has produced a lot of quality scorers. But what Ryan Anderson has done this season in Orlando deserves significant recognition. 

On Monday, Anderson dropped a career high 30 points on 13 shots along with 7 rebounds in the Magic's 102-93 win over the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. After the game, Anderson was demonstrably humble, saying essentially that he was just open. And he's right. He was. But that has value in this league. 

Anderson has been knocking down perimeter shots all season thanks to the attention paid to Dwight Howard down low. That's the model for what the Magic want to do, better or worse. And when you have a shooter as hot as Anderson right now, it makes it extremely difficult to stop. The Knicks have a huge, tough center inside in Tyson Chandler to attack Dwight Howard, and the Knicks gameplanned to stop him. He scored just eight points. But when you open up opportunities for the Magic's supporting players, and they're ready to contribute instead of, say, Vince Carter, the Magic are still a deadly team.

There is a metric used in the NBA stat circles called True Shooting Percentage. It factors the impact of hitting threes and free throws for a better indicator of how good a shooter a player is. Anderson entered Monday 11th in True Shooting Percentage, then went out and hit 11-19 from the field, 7-13 from three, and 1-1 from the line. That efficiency means that the Magic are highly likely to get a productive possession with him on the floor. That's a big reason why the Magic are the most efficient offense in the league

Anderson admitted post game he can't really create his own shot, but in a league where so many players are struggling with a tightened schedule, Anderson has made a strong statement and helped carry the Magic. The Dwight Howard circus continues, but Anderson may be the league's Most Improved Player this year and will be a central part of whatever the Magic do going forward. On Monday, he sunk the more hyped team with the famous arena and he did it efficiently. A modern style player for a more efficient age.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:28 am
Edited on: January 16, 2012 12:20 pm

Carmelo Anthony will play vs. Magic despite ankle

By Matt Moore

Update 12:19 p.m.: Ken Berger reports via the Knicks Carmelo Anthony is in the starting lineup vs. the Magic today. 

As reported earlier in our Monday Tipoff Buzz, Carmelo Anthony may or may not play Monday vs. the Magic. Melo told the New York Daily News he will try to play. Turns out he gets paid to do so.  
"It's sore, but if I can go, I will go,'' he said Sunday, between rounds of treatment that included jogging in the pool. "It's time to get going right now.''
via NY Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony will likely try to play Martin Luther King Jr. Day game Monday against Magic   - NY Daily News.

So, to recap. Carmelo Anthony will try to play in a relatively unimportant regular season game in which he is paid to play, but may not due to an ankle injury. If he is out, the Knicks wll in all probability lose, as he is very good at basketball and without him the Knicks are not very good. 

This concludes your Carmelo Anthony day-to-day injury update.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:54 am
Edited on: January 16, 2012 10:24 am
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:41 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 7:53 pm

Baron Davis to return in late January?

Posted by Royce Young

The Knicks have some problems at point guard but could be getting relief soon. According to the New York Post, Baron Davis could be returning soon.
Davis is getting closer and closer to returning from a herniated disk and a person familiar with the situation said the guard will take a big leap in his rehab this week by starting full running drills and some contact basketball drills.

It’s not out of the question for him to be cleared for practice by next weekend and a late-January debut has become more likely than not.

Davis was signed by the Knicks right before the season started after being amnestied by the Cavaliers. The Knicks already had Mike Bibby on the roster and a couple young players like Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas, but Davis would likely be the starter right away.

Davis is in pretty good shape it appears, but will have to get into basketball shape. He hasn't had a training camp, a practice or a game yet and with the abbreviated, condensed schedule he'll need to be ready.

But one thing's for sure: The Knicks are counting on him. They need him to be healthy, to be good and to be ready to give them something from that position.
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:39 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 11:40 pm

Point Problem: Knicks have big issues to work out

Posted by Royce Young

OKLAHOMA CITY -- I guess Carmelo Anthony is really, really important to the Knicks. Either that, or they have some pretty serious issues to figure out before they actually start thinking of themselves as an Eastern contender.

Yeah, it's definitely the latter.

We already kind of knew that but after New York signed Tyson Chandler, then started playing a little defense and then beat the 76ers, it was easy to start wondering. But all that was brought back to Earth after the Thunder dismantled the Knicks in Oklahoma City Saturday night 104-92.

Here's where the Knicks faltered: Yeah, their defense was bad and I think an empty chair could've done a better job on Kevin Durant than Bill Walker, but the Knicks issues lie within their offense. They're still playing fast (fifth in the league in pace), but they are playing far from efficient. Scoring almost appears to be a chore at times, Melo or no Melo. All a player the caliber of Anthony does is provides a one-on-one bailout option when the ball stops moving and everyone starts standing.

Why is there a problem though? With Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo and Tyson Chandler, there shouldn't be issues, right? While those three form a nice trio, there simply isn't a good option to steer the boat. Mike D'Antoni has been using rookie Iman Shumpert at point guard recently, but changed that plan Saturday by starting Mike Bibby. He says it's not a permanent move, but was more of a matchup thing. But he didn't deny that he's looking for answers.

"You can always search a little bit and we are searching," he said. "When you lose two, you always re-evaluate everything. I'm not ready to say yea or nay [on starting Bibby for good]. It's definitely not Iman's fault or anything like that. It's just trying to find the right combos."

Reality is, neither Shumpert nor Toney Douglas is the answer. They're both nice players, but pretending either is a potential answer at point is like thinking you have a chance with that Hooters waitress that winked at you. Pipe dream, you guys, pipe dream. And as the Heat learned the hard way last season, Bibby isn't either. The hope is that when Baron Davis is healthy that he can take over that job, but that's not at all a guarantee. I mean, that's where things are -- the Knicks are hoping that Baron Davis is the answer at point guard. Think about that for a second.

It's really an interesting situation for New York, because it's one that the Heat are constantly trying to overcome themselves. Except the Knicks are like Miami Lite, a less talented version with less depth and not the same starpower. In truth, the Knicks would kill for either Norris Cole or Mario Chalmers at this point. And if they had one, they might kill a little more too. Or at least get killed less.

(Sidebar: Let me go ahead and throw out what everyone else has probably two thousand times this season: Steve Nash just makes too much sense for the Knicks. I have no idea what they possibly have that could interest the Suns, but with Phoenix not really going anywhere and Nash's contract and career ending soon, you have to give it a real shot. Landry Fields, Iman Shumpert and whatever picks the Knicks have left -- maybe?)

It is still early. The Knicks still have a whole lot of games left and remember, the Heat were 9-8 at one point last season. But I think when we watched that team, we could all see that eventually it would click. I have a hard time seeing that with this Knicks team.

"It's just going to take a while," D'Antoni said. "Almost always we have at least one or two rookies on the floor and without a training camp, excuse excuse, and I don't want to do that, we're just struggling right now a little bit. We just got to work through it."

Said Tyson Chandler: "We need practices under our belt. We need to get better chemistry on both ends of the floor."

That's an easy thing to say. We'll work through it. We're getting better. Give us time. At some point, there have to be results. D'Antoni has been heralded as an offensive guru, but his offense isn't working. And I don't think the blood is on his hands. He just doesn't have the personell. I mean, a team with two top 10 offensive players like Melo and Stoudemire shouldn't rank in the bottom third of the league in offensive efficiency. There has to be a reason for it.

The Knicks want to pretend that they have a new look and a new commitment to defense. And while they entered Saturday's game in the top 10 in points per 100 possessions, they aren't anywhere in the same universe as a team like the Bulls or Heat that can hang their hat on it. The Thunder proved that with their 70-point first half. It's the offense, stupid. It's a problem and unless the Knicks start finding answers, it's not looking like they're going anywhere they didn't go last year.
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:12 am
Edited on: January 13, 2012 1:42 am

Report Card: Grizzlies drop kick Knicks

Posted by Ben Golliver 


Your nightly report card gives you a big picture look at what happened each night in the NBA. Grades are granted based on team or individual performances, and are graded on a curve for each element. Leave your own grades in the comments. 

Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have had a turbulent start to their season, losing franchise forward Zach Randolph to injury and shaking up their roster in an attempt to compensate for the loss. Their 4-6 record indicates there have been plenty of struggles but they put on a pretty face for a national television audience on Thursday, drop-kicking the Knicks and leaving no doubt in a 94-83 victory. Rudy Gay led the way with 26 points on 16 shots, and while Memphis didn't shoot the lights out they scored at will when they needed to. Given New York's effort level recently, scrappers like Tony Allen (12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals) and Marc Gasol (10 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks) were free to have a field day.

Kyrie Irving

The NBA's best kept secret keeps cranking out hits. If hype was dispensed purely on merit, Irving would eclipse Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio easily. Instead, he toils away for a forgotten Cleveland Cavaliers team that just happens to be at .500 after the first ten games of the season. He's been called mature, efficient and intellignet, but on Thursday he showed he was fearless, too, taking the game to Steve Nash in Phoenix to finish with 26 pointes, 6 assists and 2 steals. His 11-17 shooting helped compensate for the 6 turnovers. Irving is currently off to the best start of any rookie point guard in recent memory.

Dwight Howard

After complaining in Portland on Wednesday that he couldn't find an offensive rhythm this season, Dwight Howard destroyed Golden State's thin front line to the tune of 45 points and 23 rebounds. Howard made it to the free throw line an astonishing 39 times, smashing a 49-year-old NBA record, and added 1 blocks and 4 steals to his absurd stat line. Orlando didn't play nearly as crisply against the Warriors as they did in beating the Blazers the night before, but Howard's monster night ensured Orlando earned its third straight win to start a 4-game road trip, 117-109.

Jon Leuer

Jon Leuer? More like Jon Who-er? Am I right? Milwaukee's 22-year-old rookie forward has hit for double figures in three straight games for the Bucks, capped by a career-high 15 points in a 102-93 win over the Detroit Pistons. No basket was bigger than a late dunk in traffic that helped seal the win. Milwaukee didn't draw many fans on Thursday, but those who were there were on their feet to salute his all-around play. Leuer finished with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Call this a hearty B+.  

Greg Monroe

He gets docked from an "A" only because it came in a losing effort (Detroit's sixth straight loss), but second-year Pistons center Greg Monroe had arguably the best individual performance of his career, tossing in a career-high 32 points and adding 16 rebounds. Detroit has such an oddly-assembled lineup that it's difficult to know who will be around in a few years if this team ever gets headed back on an upward trajectory, but Monroe's development sticks out as one clear positive indicator. Thursday marked his fourth double-double in 11 games so far this season.

Boris Diaw

Diaw is an easy target, in no small part because he's so big you can't miss him. The Bobcats got drilled by the Atlanta Hawks, 111-81, in the first game that Atlanta played without key big man Al Horford. Hawks coach Larry Drew inserted Zaza Pachulia into his starting lineup and played his starters heavy minutes. Diaw might as well not have shown up, finishing with zero points and 6 rebounds, all defensive, in 26 minutes.

New York Knicks

Name a way the Knicks can fail and you saw it on Thursday against the Grizzlies. Carmelo Anthony was lost to injury. Amar'e Stoudemire never bothered to show up. New York got beaten badly on the boards and couldn't stop Memphis' offense from pouring it on. Rookie point guard Iman Shumpert took 20 shots and his back-up, Toney Douglas, took 13. Combined the two guards shot an atrocious 8-for-33 and tallied 7 assists to 9 turnovers. Thanks to some garbage-time lead-cutting this one wound up as an 11-point loss but it played out more like a 25-point blowout.
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