Tag:New York Knicks
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:50 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 2:26 pm

Carmelo Anthony out Saturday after ankle sprain

Posted by Ben Golliver

Update (Saturday): CBS Fantasy News notes that Anthony is out for Saturday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and is hoping for a return for a Monday night game against the Orlando Magic.

Update (Friday)
: The New York Times reports that Anthony missed practice on Friday because of the sprained ankle injury suffered on Thursday night. He is listed as "doubtful" for a Saturday night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Original post:

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has been dealing with various bumps and bruises, but it was a badly rolled ankle that knocked him out of a Thursday night game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

After spraining his left wrist earlier in the game and opting to play through it, Anthony rolled his right ankle while fighting for a loose ball with Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol. The injury occurred with 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter and Anthony hopped around in significant pain before being taken to the locker room. Memphis was leading New York at the time of the injury, 53-40. Anthony left the game with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists on 6-for-11 shooting in 20 minutes.

The Knicks confirmed that Anthony was done for the night with a right ankle sprain. The New York Times reported that an X-ray on the ankle conducted at the arena came back negative.

Here's video of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's ankle injury suffered against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:18 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 6:39 pm

NBA Power Rankings: Breakdown, Takedown Vol. 4

Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver


The 2011-2012 NBA season continues to skip along. Here's the fourth weekly installment of CBSSports.com's NBA Power Rankings by Eye On Basketball's Matt Moore.

What did he get right? What did he get wrong? We're here to break it down and take it down.

1. Too High: Milwaukee Bucks at No. 20. The Bucks are one of those teams that you actually notice when they score. Because it doesn't happen with great regularity. Yet somehow despite a 2-6 record and five straight losses (without Andrew Bogut, mind you), the Bucks No. 20? Their schedule isn't overly difficult and their two wins are against the Wolves and Wizards. Not a whole lot to convince anyone that team is very good. -- RY 

2. Too Low: Houston Rockets at No. 27. The fourth worst team in the league? Really? Worse than the dysfunctional Kings, the raw Cavs and the frustrating Warriors? Yeah, they're 2-6 which is tied for last in the West, but they haven't had any easy road thus far. They've played multiple games without Kyle Lowry who is off to an All-Star caliber start and they're schedule has been brutal. Of their eight games, they've played seven against teams in the playoffs last season with the eighth being against the Clippers. The Rockets might be losing, but they haven't had a fair shake of the schedule quite yet. -- RY

3. Most Overrated: Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 16. Sure, it's basketball aficionado sacrilege to talk mess about the Minnesota Timberwolves right now, what with their internationally-acclaimed rookie point guard impressing beyond all reasonable expectations and the young core finally starting to develop. There are still baseline standards to fulfill, though, and Minnesota remains in the Northwest Division basement, trailing the fourth place Denver Nuggets by 2.5 games already. Their 3-6 record includes losses to the dismal Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks. -- BG

4. Most Overlooked: Utah Jazz at No. 18. Utah deserves to be where Minnesota was ranked, if not a touch higher, after slapping together a 4-game winning streak completely out of nowhere. The Jazz have been a perennial playoff team by exploiting their massive homecourt advantage to full effect, and they still haven't lost at Energy Solutions Arena this year, a promising sign even if they still lack a signature win. This team seemed destined for chaos and/or rebuilding after a 1-3 start; instead, they're back in the playoff picture, at least for now. -- BG

5. Sure Thing: New York Knicks at No. 14. The Knicks are right where they need to be. They've been frustratingly average. Even in beating Charlotte at home Monday, they flirted with disaster. There isn't a lot from the Knicks yet that show they're a real contender in the East. Tyson Chandler is nice, but do they honestly look that improved defensively? They have enough talent to win games and stay in the playoff hunt, but who would you take them to beat in a seven-game playoff series in the East? Would you even take them to beat the Sixers or Pacers right now? -- RY

6. Wild Card: Los Angeles Clippers at No. 12. Every other team in the NBA has played at least eight games. Some have already played 10. The Clippers, meanwhile, have played just six through Monday. How does that make sense? It doesn't, and it also gives us significantly less evidence to determine how legit the Clippers are with their division-leading 4-2 record. They grade out exceedingly well offensively and below-average -- but not terrible -- defensively, so there's a decent chance they can make a push towards perennial top-10 status assuming they can avoid injuries. Then again, their wins have come against Portland, who played incredibly flat, and three teams destined for the lottery. -- BG
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:51 pm

Friday 5 with KB: Smart moves

By Matt Moore

In this week's edition of 
the Friday 5, we find out if canning Westphal was the right move, if the Hawks need to detonate it, and who's in the trade market. You can follow Ken Berger on Twitter @KBergCBS

1. All right, so Westphal's out, Keith Smart is in. Was committing this early to Smart the right move for Sacramento?

KB: Yes. First, you need someone with knowledge of the roster/overall strategy and relationships with the players. Smart has established both. Second, and more important, you can't ask Smart to sit in the first chair without the backing of the organization -- particularly when the DeMarcus Cousins fiasco has such a tenuous hold on the locker room. With no security, Smart would have no juice. With no juice, he'd get run over by Cousins in a hurry. Another point: No self-respecting coaching agent would allow his client to be thrust into an interim situation without some assurance that the organization was backing him. As with all coaches, if it doesn't work out, you can always fire him later.

2. Atlanta actually was playing pretty well until Thursday when all of America decided they were the worst team in the history of everything. Is it time to blow up the Hawks?

KB: I'm really trying to stay away from knee-jerk overreactions in this shortened, chaotic season. So much of what we are watching is atypical and very difficult to evaluate given the circumstances. But in the long run, I don't see the Hawks going anywhere positive with more than $120 million locked up in Joe Johnson. The cynic in me wonders if the ownership group was thinking, "That won't be our problem," and now that they haven't been able to sell the team, well, it's their problem.

3. If Andrew Bynum keeps playing like this, it has to make L.A. hesitate on a trade for Howard, right?

KB: No way. Dwight Howard is Dwight Howard.

4. Give me a team that might get active in the coming weeks in a desperation trade to save the season.

KB: I'll give you three. It seems that the Warriors will be involved in almost every trade scenario out there. They're being super aggressive. The Wizards are in a bad place, obviously, but I'm not sure what trade possibilities could help them in the short term. (Though if I were Ernie Grunfeld, I wouldn't be too comfortable.) And as I mentioned in Postups, don't be surprised if the Knicks look to break up the Melo-Amar'e tandem if things really go south.

5. What are your New Year's NBA resolutions?

KB: No more hotel lobbies unless I'm getting Marriott points.
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:50 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 10:15 am

Thomas 'not thrilled' with NY getting Chandler

By Matt Moore

If Knicks fans want a reason to believe in the quality of the Tyson Chandler acquisition, look no further than Iasiah Thomas. Because he didn't like it. The New York Postreports: 
Conveniently appearing on the Sid Rosenbug Show on Miami radio yesterday following the Knicks’ 2-4 start, Thomas questioned Glen Grunwald’s acquisition of Chandler, which forced the team to cut Chauncey Bilups to get under the salary cap.

Thomas said the NBA has become a guard’s league, and the Knicks cannot win solely with a star-powered frontcourt of Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. The Chandler commitment cost them a shot at point guard Chris Paul with next summer’s salary cap space, and Paul was subsequently dealt to the Clippers.

“The guard play right now in the NBA is off the charts,’’ Thomas said. “Losing Chauncey, I thought he brought a veteran leadership to the team. His savviness and guard play has always been severely undervalued. Detroit found that out when they let Chauncey go. I think there was a certain amount of leadership to what he brought to [the Knicks] last year.’’


“If you don’t have great guards, it’s hard to put together a game plan,’’ Thomas said. “You’re only as good a coach as your guards.’’
via Isiah Thomas, former Knicks president, not thrilled with Tyson Chandler acquisition - NYPOST.com.

Thomas is right, here.

I know, I know. We're uncomfortable with that statement as well.

But it has less to do with the state of the league than D'Antoni says. The Bulls teams that ended the Pistons' run didn't have great point guards. Yes, they had the greatest shooting guard of all time, but calling Jordan a guard is like calling a T-Rex a lizard. Yes, it's technically true but you don't compare its danger level to a gecko. Furthermore, the Lakers' dynasty under Phil Jackson featured a star shooting guard, but also had Derek Fisher at point guard. Billups was always going to play point gaurd for the Knicks, and the shooting guard scoring load on the perimeter is held by Carmelo Anthony. 

But the Knicks do need a point guard, because of their coach. D'Antoni is under heavy fire from fans and pundits right now, despite the fact that it's clear this is not the roster he would assemble if he had his choice. His system needs a playmaker. Anthony's only play is to score. It's not just Steve Nash. The Knicks looked more cohesive last year with Raymond Felton who is a huge downgrade from Nash offensively. It's like trying to run a car without an ignition system. So in that sense, Thomas is on target. 

But here's where he's wrong.

Chandlr wasn't the wrong acquisition. Chandler has brought defense and a better attitude to the Knicks. He can change the course of a game and provides a defensive balance to D'Antoni's offensively-geared staff. Chandler is not the poor fit for the Knicks. Anthony is.

Anthony is a scoring wing. But even that's fine and great in D'Antoni's system. And he's a small forward, who next to Amar'e Stoudemire, could be great. But Anthony is primarily an isolation, off-the-drible shooter. He's a great rebounder, and that's a legitamate boost for the Knicks, but offensively, there's not much more of a worse fit for the Knicks an D'Antoni than Anthony.

Chandler wasn't where they went wrong. And keeping Billups wasn't a mistake, as he has passed the point where he can consistently contribute efficiently, and isn't a playmaking guard at this point. But the Knicks' design may have been damaged already... by Thomaz' involvement in the Anthony saga.
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:03 am
Edited on: January 5, 2012 1:06 am

Report Card: Nuggets complete amazing alley-oop

Posted by Ben Golliver.

Here's the CBSSports.com Eye On Basketball nightly report card summarizing Wednesday's NBA action. 

A+: Nuggets complete no-look, over-the-head alley-oop

This is as spectacular and joyous as NBA basketball gets. Up big in the fourth quarter, the Denver Nuggets mercilessly pushed the ball down the Sacramento Kings' throat on their way to a dominant 110-83 victory. There was no bigger exclamation point than this alley-oop from guard Rudy Fernandez to trailing forward Kenneth Faried

Fernandez secured the ball as he approached the baseline, touch-passing it with two hands into the air over his own head without taking a second look or turning around. Faried, a high-jumping rookie, converted the oop for his first points as a pro. There's no possible better way to begin your career than this. Take a look.

A: DeRozan powers Raptors from deep

For a good long while there, it was looking like Canadian writer Holly MacKenzie was the only person besides DeMar DeRozan and his immediate family who believed that significant improvement on the perimeter was a realistic possibility for the athletic Raptors wing. I certainly counted out his potential as an all-around, defense-stretching presence after he managed to hit just nine 3-pointers in his first two seasons, connecting on less than 20 percent from downtown. It was a fatal flaw, and he apparently spent all lockout correcting it. Often seen at National Basketball Players Association meetings rocking the famous "Basketball Never Stops" t-shirts, DeRozan unveiled the fruit of his offseason labors against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, knocking in five 3-pointers -- as many or more than he made in each of his first two seasons -- to finish with 25 points.

That, plus 31 points from Andrea Bargnani and some stepped-up defensive intensity under new coach Dwane Casey has Toronto out to a 3-3 start. Nothing to write home about quite yet, but still quite a bit better than the dismal preseason prognostications.

B+: Spurs role players provide fourth quarter push

Any time reserved San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is so fired up late in a game that he's beelining onto the court in celebration, something is going unusually right. In this case, it was a purposeful 31-20 fourth-quarter that saw the Spurs put away the Golden State Warriors at home despite 38 points and 7 assists from Monta Ellis. Tony Parker had the prettiest highlight with a tear drop in the lane but a scoring burst from the unlikeliest of sources, T.J. Ford, and contributions from Richard Jefferson and Danny Green provided some reassurance after the loss of Manu Ginobili to injury earlier this week.

C: Timberwolves hang tough but fold

Everyone's favorite "little engine that could" continues to fall just short in the most painful ways. On Wednesday, they dropped a close one to the Memphis Grizzlies, who were reeling from the news that forward Zach Randolph would be out up to two months with a knee injury, 90-86. The loss saw a 27-point, 14-rebound, 2-block effort from Kevin Love and another double-double from rookie point guard Ricky Rubio go to waste. The culprit? Poor late-game foul-shooting. The Timberwolves knocked down 13-for-24 from the charity stripe for the game and made just 4-for-10 in the final frame. Instead of pulling even to .500, the Timberwolves left another win on the table.

D: Knicks lose ugly one home to Bobcats

It was a pretty miserable night in the Big Apple for the Knicks, who mostly stood around and watched as the Charlotte Bobcats shot 55.3 percent as a team and had six players in double figures, led by the hefty Boris Diaw with a remarkable 27 points on just 15 shots. The Bobcats, who entered the game with just one win, aren't that good, the Knicks simply made them look like world-beaters with dumb fouls, dumb shots, and 17 turnovers worth of undisciplined play. Defensive centerpiece Tyson Chandler managed just six rebounds in 40 minutes and Toney Douglas shot a putrid 6-for-17, a performance that was so bad that the Madison Square Garden faithful was chanting in unison -- very loudly -- for Iman Shumpert to replace him during the second half.  

F: Kings roll over and die for Nuggets

The only time the Sacramento Kings did anything to make anyone cheer on Wednesday came when DeMarcus Cousins fouled Kenneth Faried with 13 seconds left -- and his team down by 25 -- so that Faried could convert two free throws and send the Denver crowd home with discounted tacos for reaching 100 points. Other than that, the Kings did a great impression of a team that has quit on its coach. How else to explain 2-for-20 shooting from deep, 32.6 percent shooting overall, plus 12 assists and 17 turnovers as a team? The Kings either quit on Westphal or they're playing like they're afraid he's going to write another press release about him.
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:53 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 4:00 pm

Paper reports Baron Davis has 'herniated d*ck'

Posted by Ben Golliverbaron-davis-pain

It's enough to make you squirm.

SBNation.com notes that the Charlotte Observer made an embarrasing typographical error in its Wednesday morning edition, writing: "Ex-Charlotte Hornet Baron Davis signed with the Knicks after being cut by Cleveland under the amnesty clause. Davis is recovering from a herniated d*ck."

The Cleveland Cavaliers had hosted the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

According to WebMD.com, a "herniated disc" is a damaged bone in your spine that bulges or breaks open, causing back pain or numbness. That doesn't sound like too much fun. But a "herniated d*ck"? That sounds significantly, terrifyingly worse.

"Thanks Charlotte Observer for announcing my new injury," Davis joked on Twitter. "Still able to workout with it."

Davis then added: "That was a joke people. Excuse the person from the Observer who made a Typo... I was Just having fun. My Goldmember is not herniated."

Journalism site Poynter.org reports that the error was made during the editorial process.
Mike Persinger, the paper’s executive sports editor, explained the origin of the error in a blog post today. He said the writer first described the injury as a “herniated disc.” That made it past the first editor, but a second editor realized that isn’t the way the paper spells this injury. So the editor attempted to change it to “herniated disk.” Needless to say, things didn’t work out that way.

There was no third editor in the process to catch the typo.
Here's an image of the newspaper's error.

Davis has not yet suited up for the Knicks this season because of a back injury.
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:02 pm

Stoudemire doubtful Monday against Toronto

Posted by Royce Young

Amar'e Stoudemire missed the Knicks game Sunday against the Kings because of a sprained ankle. And Stoudemire probably won't play tonight against the Raptors either.

Via the NY Post, coach Mike D'Antoni said Stoudemire is "more on the doubtful side" for tonight.

Rookie Josh Harrellson started in place of Stoudemire Sunday against Sacramento playing 38 minutes and will likely fill that role against tonight if Stoudemire can't go.
Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 1:34 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire out Saturday with ankle sprain

Posted by Ben Golliver

New York Knicks All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire will sit out of Saturday night's game against the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion due to an ankle sprain, according to the New York Post. Stoudemire sprained his ankle during a Thursday night loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.

The Knicks, 1-2, will conclude their three-game road trip in Sacramento before returning to New York City to host the Toronto Raptors on Monday. 

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