About Taylor Armosino

Taylor Armosino is a Business major at the University of Arizona. He loves the Knicks, Raiders and A's, but mostly the Knicks. He also writes at KnicksNow.com, Saving the Skyhook, and Charged.fm. Email him taylorarmosino@yahoo.com. Follow him @tarmosino

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Knicks Make Smart Selection in Papanikolaou

In Thursday’s 2012 NBA Draft, the Knicks did not have a pick until the 48th selection. With that selection, they passed on the opportunity to add depth to the team now and opted to build for the future. The Knicks selected Greek forward Kostas Papanikolaou with their 2nd round selection. While many good things have been said by smart people regarding Papanikolaou, you won’t see him in Knicks orange and blue anytime soon. The earliest he can play in the NBA, pending a Knicks buyout, would be during the 2013-2014 season. If the Knicks opt not to buy out Papanikolaou’s contract, the earliest he can play in the league would be the 2014-2015 season. So who is Kostas Papanikolaou? More

Mock Draft 1.01

1. New Orleans: Anthony Davis F, Kentucky: No explanation needed. NBA star in the making. Defensive game like Camby, offensive game similar to Garnett.

2. Charlotte: Brad Beal G, Florida: I think this pick goes to the Cavs for picks #4 and #24. They pair Beal up with Kyrie Irving and make the playoffs for years to come.

3. Washington: Harrison Barnes F, North Carolina. The third best player in the draft is Michael Kidd Gilchrist, but Washington needs some offense and I think they take Barnes, who is a more developed offensive threat than the aforementioned Gilchrist.

4. Cleveland: Thomas Robinson F, Kansas. This is really Charlotte’s selection, I think they take Robinson to give them some toughness down low.

5. Sacramento: Andre Drummond C, Connecticut. Drummond is pretty raw offensively, but they don’t make a lot of guys this size. Drummond has the potential to be an elite defensive center. If he panned out to be a stud, he’d be a perfect fit next to power forward DeMarcus Cousins.

6. Portland: Damian Lillard G, Weber State. Portland needs a point guard. Lillard is a good one. With Drummond off the board, I think it’s an easy pick for Portland

7. Golden State: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F, Kentucky. I think the Warriors get an absolute steal here. Gilchrist slides because of lack of need in picks 1-6. Warriors get a great defensive wing who would be a near-perfect fit.

8. Toronto: Dion Waiters G, Syracuse. I’m not all that sure why people are huge on Waiters. He’s quick and can get to the rim, but I never thought he was really all that great.

9. Detroit: John Henson F, North Carolina. All signs point to a big man and Henson would be the best big man on the board at this point. I don’t know how well he meshes with Greg Monroe, but I think Detroit takes him anyways.

10. New Orleans: Austin Rivers G, Duke. I think there’s a good chance Boston moves up to this pick to take Rivers, but lets assume they don’t. New Orleans likes Rivers, they think he can play point guard next to Eric Gordon. I don’t agree and I don’t like Rivers as a prospect.

Dammit, I ran out of time… Quick I’ll talk about the Knicks!!

At 48, I’d love to see the Knicks get Darius Johnson-Odom out of Marquette. Johnson-Odom is a tough, gritty defender and really can shoot the ball well. If he’s not there, I think small forwards Khris Middleton from Texas A&M and Jae Crowder from Marquette will be in the mix, as well as sharp shooters Kim English from Missouri and Doron Lamb from Kentucky.

The Knicks need shooting guards who can actually shoot the ball (sorry, Landry). I think that has to be their priority in this draft. They also need help at backup point guard, and backup small forward. A developmental center behind Tyson Chandler wouldn’t hurt either.

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Pablo Prigioni Highlights (Video)

The Knicks are in talks to sign 35 year old Argentinian point guard Pablo Prigioni. New York has been trying for quite a while to bring in Prigioni, due to his success as arguably the Euro League’s best point guard.

Admittedly I don’t know a ton about Prigioni. I know that he’s got good size for a point guard (6’3) and is great in the pick and roll. Who knows how he’ll fit into Woodson’s iso-centric offense, were he to sign with the Knicks. His nickname is Europe is “The Maestro” and he has a propensity to hit clutch shots. That’s always good to have.

I took to youtube to find some highlights from other games I liked what he saw. I think he would have been a better fit under D’Antoni, but I still like the way he plays. Enjoy

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Knicks Should Pass on Derek Fisher

Rumors have surfaced over the past week that the Knicks will be interested in signing current Oklahoma City backup point guard Derek Fisher when he hits free agency after the NBA Finals. Yes, this is the same Derek Fisher that was traded mid-season for a first round pick and a bag of poop, also known as Jordan Hill (remember him, Knicks fans?). Yes, this is the same Derek Fisher that was drafted in 1996. The same Fisher who is 37 years old, shot 32% from outside the arc and who got absolutely toasted by Jeremy Lin at Madison Square Garden earlier this season. Folks, Derek Fisher is beyond washed up. More

Don’t Expect Wednesday Union Victory

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Tomorrow, Wednesday the 13th of June, the Knicks will know whether or not Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak will be granted with Early Bird rights. If so, the Knicks would be able to re-sign each player without using a cap exception, such as the Mid-Level Exception or the Bi-Annual Exception. The NBA Players Union has challenged the league’s stance that Bird Rights, as well as Early Bird Rights, are lost when a player is waived. This court ruling also will affect other teams in the league, such as the Clippers (with Chauncey Billups) and the Portland Trail Blazers (with JJ Hickson). Here is how Howard Beck of the New York Times explained the Union’s stance:

In the union’s view, Bird rights should expire only when a player clears waivers, because he is a free agent at that point who can choose a new team and sign a new contract.

The union contends that the entire rationale for allowing Bird rights to transfer was to protect players who changed teams against their will, a principle that could apply to both trades and waiver claims. (The section of the uniform player contract that deals with waiver claims, in fact, cross references the rules governing trades.)

I do not believe that the Union is going to win this claim. More

Amar’e Ain’t Done Yet, Folks

The 2011-2012 NBA season was an utter disaster for Amar’e Stoudemire. Whether it was on the court or off the court, the Knicks $100 million man could not seem to catch a break. Between the chronic back injuries, the death of his older brother, his sub-par performance on the court or his karate chopping of a fire extinguisher, nothing went right for Stoudemire in 2011. Across the board, his statistics fell to their lowest figures since the 2004-2005 season (I am discounting the 2005-2006 season in which Stoudemire played 3 games). Stoudemire averaged just 17.5 points per game, his lowest since his rookie season, and shot just 48.3%, his third lowest percentage of his career. More frightening than those statistics were the fact that Stoudemire averaged a career low 7.9 rebounds per game. However, I believe 2012 will be different for the Knick power forward and I’ll tell you why. More

Meloship of the Ring is Now on Facebook

Facebook stalk may be falling, but the stock of this blog has been holding steady. Foolishly, I was not using one of the biggest social media tools available to me to promote the blog. Now I am.

Meloship of the Ring is now on Facebook. I will post all my articles on there, just as I do on my twitter account (@tarmosino). Please, do me a solid and like the page on Facebook. 

Thanks friends!

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Reactions From Woodson, Dolan, Grunwald

Woodson: ”I’m very humbled and honored to continue coaching the franchise where I started my NBA career. Our goal is to build off the success we had at the end of last season and to continue our quest of bringing an NBA championship to Madison Square Garden.”

Dolan: ”Mike took over the team under challenging circumstances and made it clear, starting on day one, that he was going to hold every player on our roster accountable. We saw a significant improvement since Mike took over and believe our team will only keep improving under Mike’s direction.”

Grunwald: “Mike has the respect of every person in this organization. He and his staff led the team in an impressive push into the playoffs over the last 24 games and we believe he is the right man to lead the franchise as we move forward.”

Quotes from ESPN New York

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Woodson’s Extension Finalized

The New York Knicks have announced that interm coach Mike Woodson has been given a “multi-year extension”. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody, unless you live under a rock or something, as it has been known for weeks that Woodson will be the head coach moving forward. Of course, in typical Knicks fashion, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. This is not the right move for the Knicks. Woodson is a solid coach, but he’s not a championship caliber coach. Woodson’s offense is very isolation oriented, which could be toxic with Carmelo Anthony being the main scorer. I do not believe that Woodson has the ability to adjust on the fly and out-coach his opponents, as we saw in the playoffs this year when Woodson made no adjustments what so ever. The Knicks resurgence after Mike D’Antoni’s departure had more to do with the fact that they were actually trying as opposed to Woodson’s actual coaching ability.

In the end, this move was about power and control for Garden Chairman James Dolan and the CAA talent agency that runs the show. Mike Woodson will gladly serve as the official “MSG Head Coaching Peon”, whereas coaches like Phil Jackson would not. It is vintage Dolan to would pass over an opportunity to grab arguably the greatest coach of all time, on account of power and control. Woodson will be a good soldier and succumb to all of Dolan’s foolishness. Dolan was looking for a solid coach who would act out his every order without complaint and Woodson will do that.

The Knicks will be the Hawks for the next 3 seasons. Woodson is not a championship caliber coach and I don’t believe the Knicks will be a championship caliber team under Woodson. New York will be a 4, 5, or 6 seed every season, but they’re not going to become Chicago or Miami or San Antonio with this coach and this roster. They’ll be a solid defensive team every year and they’ll always have talent, but I don’t see the Knicks taking that next step forward.

It is a sad day for Knick fans that are hungry for championships. They’re not winning one under Woodson, I guarantee that. However, if you’re satisfied with becoming the new-era Atlanta Hawks then you’re probably pretty happy with this move. You guys know how I feel about it.

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Hold Your Horses Folks, Lin Isn’t Going Anywhere

Today, the great Ian Begley of ESPN New York had some news concerning the restricted free agent status of Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

Jeremy Lin will be a restricted free agent this summer, and many see it as a foregone conclusion that the point guard will return to the New York Knicks, but not everyone feels so strongly.

“I don’t expect that. We’re not anticipating that’s going to happen. We don’t have assurances of anything,” Lin’s agent, Roger Montgomery, said in an interview with the New York Post. “I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but I’m not going to assume anything. We’re waiting to see what happens.”

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said earlier this month that Lin will “absolutely” be back with the Knicks next season. But Lin, speaking the day after the Knicks’ season-ending loss to Miami in the playoffs, said “nothing is set in stone” regarding his free agency.

“There’s always going to be uncertainty until the final contract is signed, so definitely nothing is set in stone,” Lin said. “Nothing’s set in stone until it’s really written.”

Not to worry Knicks fans, Lin isn’t going anywhere. Here’s my take on this latest statement by Lin’s agent, Roger Montgomery: More