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Beck: Lin Will Be a Rocket

 

 

They did it. The Knicks are going to let Jeremy Lin take his talents to Houston. Unbelievable that they would be this stupid once again. Make no mistake, this was not about money. This was about ego and stupidity. The gigantic ego of Dolan has reigned supreme once again and screwed everything up once again. Post coming on this later.

In the meantime, here’s a picture of Dolan at the Vegas summer league. If anybody is in Vegas, go punch him in the face for me. Thanks.

 

 

 

Knicks Sign Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland

The Knicks international scouts have been very busy this summer. In addition to signing shooting guard James White from Italy and drafting Greek forward Kostas Papanikolau in the second round of the draft, the Knicks added two more players out of European leagues today.

New York signed 6’3 35 year old Argentinean point guard Pablo Prigioni to a veteran minimum contract worth $473,000. I really like this signing. Nicknamed “The Maestro” in Europe, Prigioni is a master passer and can also shoot with good range. I believe Woodson, especially early in the season, will play Lin and Kidd together on the court which should open up some minutes for Prigioni. The Argentinean guard has been on Glen Grundwald’s radar for about 5 years now. I believe the Knicks got a good value signing in Prigioni and I’m excited to see what he can do. Here are some highlights of Prigioni: More

JR Smith Re-Signs With the Knicks

According to Ian Begley of ESPN NY, the Knicks have re-signed shooting guard JR Smith for $2.8 million next season with a $2.8 million player option for a second season. From a talent standpoint, this is an absolute steal for the Knicks. With all the horrible contracts that have been handed out this off-season (for example, Jeff Green 4 years $36 million, Landry Fields 3 years $20 million), it’s nice to see the Knicks not completely overpay for Smith. They got him at a very good deal relative to his talent level. However, talent has never been the issue with JR Smith. When you think about this man, you don’t think about his great athleticism or outside shooting ability. You think of all the other things.

When the name JR Smith comes up in conversation, I tend to think about everything negative. I think of the contested step back jumpers that never ever go in. I think of the ball hogging, the inability to make the correct swing pass around the perimeter and all the times that he took ill advised shots that threw the offense out of wack. As I watched the NBA finals, I thought about JR. I thought about how neither the Heat nor the Thunder had a player like JR on their roster. They didn’t have a role player coming off the bench to chuck 15 shots per game, most of them contested step backs. More

Knicks Acquire Marcus Camby and Retain Novak

The Camby man is coming back to New York. In a sign and trade deal with the Houston Rockets, the Knicks have acquired veteran center Marcus Camby in exchange for Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan and second round picks in 2014 and 2015. Camby’s contract is worth $13.2 million over three seasons. Today, the Knicks also retained sharpshooter Steve Novak on a $15 million contract spanning four seasons in length.

First, lets discuss Camby. I think Marcus Camby is an excellent fit with this Knicks team as currently constructed. If he was 5 years younger, he is 38 years old currently, I think Camby would have been a perfect fit. Even at this advanced stage of his career, Camby is an excellent defender and rebounder. A technician on defense, Camby uses his veteran experience and grit to make up for deficiencies he may have due to his age and decreased athleticism. He’s not Tyson Chandler, but he’s a rock solid defender in the low post area. Offensively, he’s a great fit next to Amar’e Stoudemire. Not only can Camby help Stoudemire on the defensive end, but he can help open up the offense for the Knick power forward. Unlike Chandler, Camby has the ability to step out and hit an 18 foot jump shot. Last season he posted very solid shooting stats from the floor. According to Hoopdata, Camby shot 42.9% from shots 10-15 feet and 44% from shots 16-23 feet. Barring injury to Chandler (knock on wood), Camby will be coming off the bench which likely means he’ll be playing many minutes next to Stoudemire. I think that is a front court duo that can work. With Camby’s offensive spacing, Stoudemire will have a better opportunity to return to superstar form; which is bigger than any free agent signing the Knicks can make.  More

Let’s Not Sulk Over Steve Nash

Look, I’ve always had a disdain for the Lakers.  I’ve had that disdain for ages now, ever since the Kings and the Lakers were a premiere rivalry back in the early to mid 2000′s in the days of when Mike Bibby was actually alive and not a dead degenerate corpse, when Chris Webber was playing his absolute elite best basketball of his career and when Doug Christie was playing outstanding lockdown defense  for a team not named the New York Knicks.  For the Lakers, Kobe and Shaq reigned supreme along with Derek Fisher and Robert Horry hitting in the clutch, which made the rivalry more and more heated as time progressed.

Yesterday, my hate for the Lakers and Steve Nash is at a new level, but let’s expunge all of the antipathy about the Lakers for a moment.  If you were paying attention to Twitter like I was for the majority of the day on a beautiful Fourth of July, it seemed like the 38 year old Nash was heading to the Big Apple.  Some Knick fans on Twitter were on one hell of an emotional roller coaster about the sign and trade deal and other Knick fans were going bonkers as if an encore was being demanded at a concert.  The emotional roller coaster part in that sentence is the equivalent to Iman Shumpert, who is probably my favorite rookie on the team that is coming off of a grisly torn ACL injury. The trade didn’t only contain Shumpert, though.  The Knicks initial trade for Nash was Shumpert, Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, garbage time rookie Jerome Jordan and a couple of draft picks.  But at this point post-Nash trade, it’s totally clear that Shump was the colossal stuffed animal dog at the carnival that you want so badly you’ll do anything to get him in this trade. More

Jason Kidd to Join the Knicks

In a shocking development, Jason Kidd has decided to leave the Dallas Mavericks and join the New York Knicks. Earlier in the day, it was reported that Kidd had decided to stay in Dallas. Kidd’s reported deal will be 3 years and approximately $9 million. Whether the Knicks are using the mini mid-level exception or a sign and trade to acquire Kidd is unknown.

I’m not a huge fan of this signing, as I believe Kidd’s best days are far behind him. You can make the argument that he’s got the intangibles and he can mentor Lin. I won’t dispute that Kidd is a player with strong intangibles. He can be a good mentor and he is a good locker room guy. However, they hire coaches to mentor players and the players in the locker room are supposed to be guys who can contribute positively on the court. I’m not so sure Jason Kidd can do that anymore. More

Steve Nash’s Gutless Decision Shocks the NBA World

He chose the Lakers. Really? Of all teams, he chose the god damn Lakers. I can understand not wanting to go to the Raptors or the Knicks, but the Lakers? Dating back to the 1970′s, the Suns and Lakers have been bitter rivals. From Wilt Chamberlain and Connie Hawkins to Kobe and Raja Bell, the two franchises have always hated each other. More recently, the Kobe-era Lakers and Nash-era Suns have had their share of playoff grudge matches over the past decade. Suns-Lakers will go down as one of the great rivalries of the 2000′s, rivaling Spurs-Lakers, Celtics-Lakers and Nuggets-Lakers. Notice how all those rivalries feature the gold and purple uniformed squad that calls the Staples Center “home”. The Los Angeles Lakers are the New York Yankees of pro basketball. Nobody goes “the Lakers are okay. I don’t really care about them one way or the either.” You either love them or you despise them; there’s no in-between.

I loathe the Los Angeles Lakers. Their dirty play, bandwagon fair-weathered fans and sheer arrogance make them the most hatable team in pro basketball. They are the crux of all that is evil within the NBA universe. You would think Steve Nash would feel the same way, since you know… he went to combat against them in the playoffs time and time again. But no, it seems that Steve Nash isn’t the guy that we thought he was. Nash is not the loyal, old-school man that we thought he was. In leaving Phoenix for the hated Lakers, Nash thrusted a dagger through the hearts of a passionate Suns fan-base. The same fan base that embraced him after Dallas exiled him is now reeling after Nash’s stunning Wednesday decision.  More

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

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