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 Finish Season Below the Luxury Tax Threshold


Thanks again Donnie Walsh. It was announced Saturday that the Knicks finished the season with a $67 million payroll, $3 million below the $70 million luxury-tax threshold. This was the first season since 1999 that the Knicks finished below the threshold having paid $20-30 million annually under jackasses Scott Layden and Isiah “Zeke” Thomas. Once again Donnie Walsh continues to make strides and this is a stride that cheap ass James Dolan ought to appreciate. Dolan, being the money hungry power monger that he is, should appreciate what Walsh has done for his organization. While his man lover Mr. Thomas was producing losers on the court while costing Dolan $30 million annually, Walsh has produced a winner and SAVED Dolan from paying money over the cap. In the end, this accomplishment is just one of many you can add to Donnie Walsh’s tenure with the Knicks and in the end it will not matter due to James Dolan’s moronic and egotistical ways of running his team.

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Knicks 2011-2012 Schedule Released

This afternoon the 2011-2012 Knicks schedule was released. Granted, this schedule will probably be changed due to the lockout but it is still nice to get excited for all the marquee games the Knicks will have. As Alan Hahn of Newsday points out, the Knicks are on ABC Sunday 4 times, TNT Thursday 8 times and ESPN 10 times. I am down to see all these games on national tv because we now are a national team with star power but we better not have LeBron syndrome and choke a lot of these games late. With all the national exposure will come a lot of criticism if we are not successful.

Here are some of the marquee games from the schedule:

Nov 2 vs. Miami

Nov 16 at Denver

Nov 17 at LA Lakers

Dec 7 vs. San Antonio

Dec 25 vs. Celtics

Jan 27 at Heat

Feb 2 vs. Chicago

Feb 10 vs. LA Lakers

Feb 19 vs. Dallas

Mar 4 at Boston

Mar 12 at Chicago

Apr 5 at Orlando

Apr 8 vs. Chicago

Apr 10 at Chicago

Apr 15 vs. Miami

Apr 17 vs. Boston

The Knicks full 2011-2012 schedule can be seen here.

 

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NBA Schedule to be Released Tomorrow Afternoon


Despite the fact that the 2011-2012 NBA season is likely to be missed the NBA will still release its schedule tomorrow at 2 pm eastern time. Howard Beck of the New York Times says that the Knicks will open versus Miami on Nov. 2 and will play Boston on Christmas Day.

“If the lockout is resolved in time, the 2011-12 season will open with the Chicago Bulls playing in Dallas, against the defending-champion Mavericks, according to ESPN.com.

The Knicks — who will be playing in a newly renovated Madison Square Garden — are scheduled to open play Nov. 2, against the Miami Heat, according to a person who has seen the schedule. The Knicks are also scheduled to play a marquee game on Christmas, against the Boston Celtics.”

Lets just hope there is a 2011-2012 season so we can actually see Amare, Melo and the gang play out a full NBA schedule. I would settle for like a 50 game schedule because at least we would have games but I am praying that we can get a full schedule in. I think the NBA has a lot of momentum right now. Last season was the best season I think the NBA has had in my lifetime, or since I have been watching the NBA closely (since about 2004). It would be sad to see the momentum to the league killed and again I am praying for a full season next year.

 

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Knicks Let Rodney Heard Go

Earlier this year, the Knicks and east coast scouting director Rodney Heard were fined on behalf of a 2010 yahoo article uncovering years of illegal workouts performed by Heard. The Knicks were fined 200,000 and Heard 20,000. The yahoo sports article written by Adrian Wojnarowski can be found here. Heard is most famous for holding an illegal workout with Kansas forward Brandon Rush in an Atlanta gymnasium that resulted in a bad knee injury causing Rush to go back to Kansas for another season.

Rodney Heard had an expiring contract this offseason and the Knicks have decided to part ways with him. Heard came to the Knicks as a close friend of Isiah Thomas so it should be no surprise that he caused the Knicks tons of PR trouble and money with his illegal workouts. I was happy to hear that Heard and the organization were going separate ways. We do not need anymore Isiah Thomas shit going on in the organization.

 

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Best Knick Games of 2010 #6: Carmelo’s Game Winner Against Memphis

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7p-BN2cOzw] The 6th best game of last season was the Knicks 110-108 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. This game is important because not only was it an entertaining game but Carmelo Anthony showed his value as he hit the game winning shot with .5 seconds left in the game. It was a game the Knicks dominated for 3 quarters but, as most NBA games go, the Grizzlies stormed back in the 4th quarter and almost took the game. To me, it was a great team victory as Fields, Douglas and Roger Mason Jr all pitched in with significant contributions with Billups injured.

The Knicks got off to a good start with Stoudemire hitting 3 of the Knicks first 4 baskets. Melo hit his first 2 shots, both 3 pointers, and had 12 in the first quarter. Knicks led 30-27 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter got off to a good start as Mason and Fields pushed the lead to 35-27. STAT and Melo contributed with 18 second quarter points and the Knicks led 61-53 at halftime. The third quarter was a scoring bonanza for the blue and orange as they scored 35 points. Melo had 5 and Amare had 6 but this quarter was about the team. The scoring was spread out between Mason, Douglas and Fields. Hell Jeffries even hit a jump shot! Jeffries!!! That should have been a sign that the team was going to win the game. The Knicks led 96-82 after the third quarter and it looked like they would cruise to a victory in Memphis. The 4th quarter was a completely different story than the third quarter was. The Knicks did not score a point until a Shawne Williams jumper at the 7:24 mark put the Knicks up 98-90. They completely went cold and let Memphis back into the game. Darrell Arthur had the first 8 points of the quarter for Memphis as they had all the momentum going forward. The Knicks then found their rhythm as they started to hit some shots. A second made free throw by Carmelo Anthony put the Knicks up 108-98 with 3:36 to go. Jeffries then had 2 turnovers and the momentum began to sway towards the Memphis bench. A Darrell Arthur poster dunk over Jeffries made it a 108-104 game as the Knicks went cold the rest of the quarter. Then Carmelo committed a terrible foul with the Knicks up 3 on a Zach Randolph 5 footer right in front of the rim and gave him a 3 point play. Randolph’s free throw tied up the game at 108 with 14 seconds to go. The Knicks went right down the floor and gave it to Melo isolated on Tony Allen. Game Over. Melo drained the shot with .5 seconds to go and the Knicks went on to win the game 110-108.

This was one of the best games all year because of its excitement but also how every player chipped in. It was a total team win over a very very good Memphis team. Melo and Amare again played well together scoring 31 and 26 points respectively but they were not the sole scorers in this game. Fields had 16, Douglas had 18 and Mason had 10. I have always said going forward that if the Knicks can find consistent scoring from somebody like Douglas off the bench, or at least 10 a game from Fields, that they will be in great shape. With Amare and Melo getting theirs and Billups doing his thing, the Knicks do not need a ton of bench scoring but basketball is not played with 3 guys. The Knicks need a consistent bench and supporting cast and this game really was the epitome of what I am talking about. That is why I chose it as the 6th best Knick game of last season.

 

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Beautiful LeBron Mashup

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_LUnTQHV4c] I know this is a Knicks blog but being a total heat/LeBron hater I had to post this. I know it is a popular video but if you have not seen DJ Steve Porter’s LeBron James Mashup then you have to see it. It is absolutely hilarious. Enjoy.

 

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Best Knick Games of 2010 #7: Blowouts Over Raptors, Jazz

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPjoKwY1iYw] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t__g2ERq_H8] I chose 2 games for the 7th best game of the 2010 season. I chose two blowouts that the post Melo trade era teams. The scores of the two games were Knicks 131 Raptors 118 and Knicks 131 Jazz 109. In my opinion these games, while they look like old fashion NBA blowouts, have a little bit more meaning than people believe. These were games in which Amare and Carmelo meshed together and both had great games. These games to me, showed the potential that this team has on the offensive side of the basketball.

In the Toronto game, the Knicks were flawless on offense. Amare and Carmelo both had 23 points, Douglas had 28 points. Billups only took 8 shots and had 9 assists, a style that I think benefits the team more than having him take 20 shots and having 5 assists. Billups ended up with 13, Fields had 10 and Derrick Brown got some playing time and had a monster dunk. It was a great game where the whole team meshed on offense. It was a great blueprint of what the team should be next year, Amare and Melo touch the ball, Billups is a distributor, other guys score then Melo and STAT get to rest for the 4th quarter.

In the Jazz game, the Knicks came out of the gate firing. They scored 40 points in the first quarter. Once again, Melo and Amare played well together and couldn’t be stopped. Carmelo had 34 and Amare had 31 to lead the Knicks. Jeffries was the only player not to score in the game. The Knicks shot 56% and 50% from 3. The game was a flawless offensive one for the Knicks.

These 2 games show the potential that the Knicks have. If they can learn to play together, this team will score with ease and will be damn near un-guardable. These games were flashes of how this team can play. That is why I chose these 2 games as a combo for the 7th best game of last season.

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Amare “Thinks” He’s Staying in the States

There have been a ton of reports lately on whether Amare is staying in the states or if he is going to go to Israel or Europe. Amare provided an update via twitter a couple days ago:

“Europe teams are calling, I think I’m going 2 stay here in the states. My loyalty is with the State of New York an the NYK’s. Who’s with me?”

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love Amare but if there is anyone who should benefit from the lockout, its Amare. He will have extended time to rest his knees and his back and recharge for next season or whenever the next season is. I know nothing is final but it does sound more and more like he is going to remain in the states.

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Amar’e Re-Signs with Nike

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUHSYPqY-f8&feature=player_embedded] Last week on twitter, Amar’e (@Amareisreal) announced his shoe free agency on twitter:

“My shoe deal is about up. I wonder who I should sign with. Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Under armor,or build a company up into a power show company”

“Stay tune to which shoe I choose. It’s a hard choice, when every shoe brand Is gr8. #Forthefans lettgo #ChrisBrownVoice”

On July 6, Amare re-signed with Nike. He released the video above announcing his re-signing. Last year, he wore customized Nike Zoom Huarache Trainers. He has now designed a new Nike shoe.  The Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011- Amare Stoudemire Exclusive is a great looking shoe and I hope to see him wearing it at MSG whenever the season starts. Given his past wearing the Huarache Trainers, it is unknown whether he will wear these shoes.

Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011:

 

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Melo and STAT Look Into Europe Movement

Today Marc Stein reported on ESPN that in fact Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire have reached out to the NBA players association about the possibility of playing basketball over seas. This comes after the news that Derron Williams, the exceptional Nets point guard, has reached a deal to play in Turkey if the lockout goes into next season. The video can be found here.

In the video Stein makes the point that right now everybody is just trying to get information. I think Carmelo and Amare, like all players, wanna play basketball. That is what they are paid to do. That is what they love to do. They aren’t dumb guys, they realize this lockout will probably go into next season and there is a good chance there may not be a next season. They wanna play and get paid. Derron Williams seems to have gotten a great deal in Turkey. As Stein points out, there probably are not as many lucrative offers out there like the one Williams got. While a lot of players want to go and play overseas, it will be interesting to see how many actually go because in order to go they have to get a deal worth their time. Kobe isn’t going to go overseas and play for 800,000 with no out clause and no medical insurance. Players need to have lucrative deals to lure them from the United States.

The whole international movement could impact the Knicks. Stoudemire and Carmelo, I imagine, will be sought after by international teams as they are two of the best players we have in the game today. The only possible scenario in which I like them playing is if they are able to get a deal in which they get to play on the same team, or play on a team with other Knicks. For example, if they signed contracts to play on the same Turkish team with medical insurance and an out clause then yes I would be okay with them going and building some chemistry. I would be more okay with Carmelo going then Stoudemire. Carmelo a) could use the conditioning and extra work and b) has been consistently healthy with no major injuries. STAT, as much as I love him, is an injury concern. He is recovering from that freak back injury he suffered in the playoffs and has terrible knees. He needs as much rest on his body as he can get. It will be interesting to see where this whole thing goes but I think for right now, the Knicks superstars are just building up information and will make a decision further down the road.

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