Tyson Chandler Highlights and Interview

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Here is the link to his interview on Ben and Skin this morning

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Chris Paul Will be a Laker

Well Chris Paul is not going to be a Knick. The Lakers went ahead and swapped Pau Gasol and Odom for Chris Paul. The trade is proposed to be a 3 way with Houson. Lakers get Paul, Houston gets Gasol, New Orleans gets Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic.

Honestly, I think the Lakers get worse. Their biggest advantage was having the two 7 footers down low. They no longer have that and have a gaping hole at the 4 and an injury prone Andrew Bynum playing center. The Lakers bench seemingly looks worse than what the Heat or Knicks have right now. I think if the Lakers then get Dwight Howard then its a different story but this team right now definitely isn’t the best in the Western Conference. OKC is better. Memphis might be better. Portland looks good. LA right now is in transition but right now they do not improve from this deal.

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Knicks Close to Signing Tyson Chandler

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Wooo!!!! Its almost final. Billups out. Chandler in. I think Chandler is a great signing. Is he overpaid a bit? Sure but in today’s Eastern Conference, a big man can make all the difference. Miami: No center. Chicago: Noah is good but Chandler is just as good. Boston: No center. Atlanta: Undersized Al Horford. Orlando: Dwight Howard is leaving. The Knicks may have the best center in the Eastern Conference right now. I love also that Billups is gone. I have respect for Billups but he was a horrid fit with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. He shot the ball too much and he wasn’t a distributor.

Chandler will have a 4 year, 58 million dollar deal which means Turiaf will also need to go in order to make the salaries work. I think the Knicks have to bring Jerome Jordan over now. What better center to learn from than a leader like Chandler? I think this is a home run by the Knicks assuming Chandler can stay healthy.

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Money Mase, We Hardly Knew Ye

According to the NY Post

Mason out, Tinsley in?

Free agent guard Roger Mason, a central figure in labor negotiations as union vice president, won’t be returning to the Knicks.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be back with the Knicks,’’ Mason told The Post. “I’ll miss the city, fans and most in the organization.’’

According to a source, Mason likely is to return to the Wizards, where he played two seasons from 2006-08. Mason’s agent also has talked to the Nets, New Orleans, Golden State, the Lakers and Boston.

I’m kinda sad to see Roger Mason go. I liked him in the playoffs last season. I thought he could have helped the team last year but his early struggles led him to eat pine for most the season. Unfortunately, Bill Walker received significant minutes during the 2nd half of the season that I believe Mason could have filled more adequately. I thought Mason was fun to watch in game 4 vs Boston when he helped lead a comeback that ultimately fell short.

Possible replacements for Mason are current Knick Andy Rautins, free agents Grant Hill and Michael Redd and former Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley (yes that Jamaal Tinsley and yes he is still playing basketball).

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First Knicks Spreecast

Tonight I appeared on a great Knicks talk Spreecast with Dan from Knicksfan.net, Jared from Outside the Arc and Jamie from LoHud Knicks Blog that was set up by Chris Delgado who did a great job.

It was a great show and I had a lot of fun talking Knicks with some of the more knowledgable guys in the business.

Here is the link to the archived Spreecast. Enjoy!

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Knicks Schedule Released

Here is the Knicks 2011 Schedule

Sat 17  @ New Jersey Preseason  2:00pm
 Wed 21  vs New Jersey Preseason  7:30pm
 Sun 25  vs Boston   12:00pm  
 Wed 28  @ Golden State  10:30pm  
 Thu 29  @ LA Lakers  10:30pm  
 Sat 31  @ Sacramento  8:00pm
January Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Mon 02  vs Toronto   7:30pm
 Wed 04  vs Charlotte   7:30pm
 Fri 06  @ Washington  7:00pm
 Sat 07  @ Detroit  7:30pm
 Mon 09  vs Charlotte   7:30pm  
 Wed 11  vs Philadelphia   7:30pm
 Thu 12  @ Memphis  8:00pm  
 Sat 14  @ Oklahoma City  8:00pm
 Mon 16  vs Orlando   1:00pm
 Wed 18  vs Phoenix   7:30pm
 Fri 20  vs Milwaukee   7:30pm
 Sat 21  vs Denver   7:30pm  
 Tue 24  @ Charlotte  7:00pm
 Wed 25  @ Cleveland  7:00pm
 Fri 27  @ Miami  8:00pm  
 Sat 28  @ Houston  8:00pm
 Tue 31  vs Detroit   7:30pm
February Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Thu 02  vs Chicago   8:00pm  
 Fri 03  @ Boston  8:00pm  
 Sat 04  vs New Jersey   7:30pm
 Mon 06  vs Utah   7:30pm  
 Wed 08  @ Washington  7:00pm  
 Fri 10  vs LA Lakers   8:00pm  
 Sat 11  @ Minnesota  8:00pm
 Tue 14  @ Toronto  7:00pm
 Wed 15  vs Sacramento   7:30pm
 Fri 17  vs New Orleans   8:00pm  
 Sun 19  vs Dallas   1:00pm  
 Mon 20  vs New Jersey   7:30pm
 Wed 22  vs Atlanta   7:30pm
 Thu 23  @ Miami  7:00pm  
 Wed 29  vs Cleveland   7:30pm
March Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Sun 04  @ Boston  1:00pm  
 Tue 06  @ Dallas  8:30pm
 Wed 07  @ San Antonio  8:30pm
 Fri 09  @ Milwaukee  8:30pm
 Sun 11  vs Philadelphia   12:00pm
 Mon 12  @ Chicago  8:00pm  
 Wed 14  vs Portland   7:30pm
 Fri 16  vs Indiana   7:30pm
 Sat 17  @ Indiana  7:00pm
 Tue 20  vs Toronto   7:30pm
 Wed 21  @ Philadelphia  7:00pm  
 Fri 23  @ Toronto  7:00pm
 Sat 24  vs Detroit   7:30pm
 Mon 26  vs Milwaukee   7:30pm
 Wed 28  vs Orlando   7:00pm  
 Fri 30  @ Atlanta  7:30pm
 Sat 31  vs Cleveland   7:30pm
April Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Tue 03  @ Indiana  7:00pm
 Thu 05  @ Orlando  7:00pm  
 Sun 08  vs Chicago   1:00pm  
 Tue 10  @ Chicago  9:30pm  
 Wed 11  @ Milwaukee  8:00pm
 Fri 13  vs Washington   7:30pm
 Sun 15  vs Miami   1:00pm  
 Tue 17  vs Boston   8:00pm  
 Wed 18  @ New Jersey  7:30pm
 Fri 20  @ Cleveland  7:30pm
 Sun 22  @ Atlanta  1:00pm  
 Wed 25  vs LA Clippers   8:00pm  
 Thu 26  @ Charlotte  8:00pm  

via Nba.com

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JJ Barea Wouldn’t Mind Being a Knick

According to the NY Daily News free agent guard JJ Barea considers the Knicks a great second option if he is unable to return to Dallas:

“I always said the Knicks would be a great second option. I love the city. I love the way they’re playing now, their style of play with D’Antoni, the players over there,” said Barea, who was in Punta Cana to support slugger David Ortiz’s annual charity golf tournament. “We’ll see. I know Carmelo more than Amar’e. I think after (D’Antoni became coach), I said, ‘That would be a great fit for me.’”

I think Barea would be a nice fit. Obviously at 5’9 he is naturally a bit impaired on defense but I think having him as a spark plug off the bench would be a great addition. Logistically, Barea would have to accept a 1 year contract for less money than I assume he could make elsewhere. In sports, free agent players coming off championships are usually overvalued in the market so I expect Barea to get a nice payday. This is an interesting idea and I think he would be a nice fit but I don’t think it can happen if the Knicks are holding out for Chris Paul.

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Knicks Expected to Head West After Christmas

Knicks beat writer Frank Isola reports the Knicks are gonna be headed West after their Christmas day showdown with Boston:

This will be a tough test for the Knicks. Potentially, the team could start the season 0-3. Boston and LA are obviously very tough opponents but I believe Golden State could pose a big problem. Golden State’s run and gun style of play may be able to take advantage of a Knick team that has yet to show consistent team defense. Should be interesting…

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Hollinger Calls Carmelo Anthony “One of the Game’s Top 25 or so Best Players”…. Seriously?

The New York hype machine overrated Anthony as a conquering superstar; while that’s a step too far, he is one of the game’s 25 or so best players. That’s about as high as we can heap the praise until he either starts trying on defense or becomes more efficient on offense. That said, Anthony is capable of phenomenal scoring binges, leading all small forwards in points per minute and posting a solid true shooting percentage on the way because he draws so many fouls — Anthony earned 0.40 free throw attempts per field-goal attempt and converted 83.8 percent from the stripe.

Last season Anthony had one of his best seasons shooting the ball from outside, making 42.6 percent of his long 2-pointers and 33.3 percent of his 3-pointers; he took the latter shot more frequently and more accurately as a Knick than at any other point in his career, but in a 27-game sample I’m not sure we can read too much into that. However, he converted only 55.6 percent of his tries in the basket area, a place where he normally excels. I’d expect his numbers from both spots to revert to their historical norms.

Anthony’s less-discussed high-value skill is his beastly rebounding for a small forward. He was fifth at the position in rebound rate and is among the league’s best at tapping in his own missed shot; for a Knicks squad with a soft underbelly his board work will be quite helpful.

Alas, he needs to put more effort into stopping the other team. On the ball, he has his moments, and Anthony doesn’t blatantly cherry-pick the way he did a couple years ago, but he’s basically worthless as a help defender and openly loafed in several games — both before and after the trade. He’s had brief spasms of effort over the past couple of years, but the big picture numbers speak volumes. Last season was the fourth consecutive one in which Anthony’s teams defended better once he left the court, while his Synergy numbers went from bad as a Nugget to among the league’s worst as a Knick.

Via Hollinger’s Genius Article

Really John Hollinger? A top 25 player? What Carmelo Anthony are you watching? I do not even say this as a Knick fan I say this as somebody who watches basketball. Do you, John Hollinger, even watch the NBA? I can totally understand why people can say ‘Melo is not a top 5 player, or even top 10 player. Because of his defense. I get that. A top 25 player? Really. So basically Hollinger is saying that guys like Zach Randolph, Josh Smith, Manu Ginobili and Chris Bosh are better than Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo Anthony, bias aside, is the best clutch player in the league today (see Knick games vs Memphis, Indiana, Philadelphia last season). Carmelo Anthony is universally regarded as the most versatile scorer in the league along with Kobe Bryant. Anthony is dominant in the post, in the mid-range game and off the dribble. He shot 42% from 3 last season as a member of the Knicks. Anthony has a career scoring average of 24.8 points per game. At 6’8 and 230 pounds, Anthony creates matchup problems all around the floor. Even Hollinger has to admit that Anthony is one of the game’s top rebounders at the small forward position.

So what justification does Hollinger give for Anthony only being one of the “game’s 25 or so best players”? One measly 4 sentence paragraph about his defense. Interesting. I do not disagree with Hollinger’s analysis of Anthony but I find it fascinating how little evidence he uses to back up his assertion. Isn’t he the king of stats? He can’t come up with some defensive efficiency stats or some stat measuring Melo’s shoe size relative to the guys he is guarding thus making him an inferior defender? C’mon Hollinger?? I know I am just starting on this whole blogging thing but I’d like to challenge Hollinger to write me back. Give me some justification on why ‘Melo is worse than 24 other players. I get his defense is weak, i’ll agree with that, but he is not worse than 24 other players in the NBA.

Now am I a little biased? Yes I am a Knick fan. That being said, I call it like I see it. Do I hate Bill Walker? Absolutely. Talk about a bad defender? He’s awful and he commits more offensive fouls than any players I’ve ever seen. I think Billups is a poor fit for this team unless he takes on a distributing mentality. I think Stoudemire is an abysmal on ball defender. I do not shy away from the facts. ‘Melo is not  a great defender. Fact. Nobody will disagree with that. But do not say, John Hollinger, that there are 24 better players in the NBA than Carmelo Anthony. That is insulting to people reading that you think people will actually believe that. Even if you HATE Carmelo Anthony, even if you think he is a braindead, greedy ball hog, you cannot name 24 better players. I bet John Hollinger will pass over this or probably not even read it but I challenge him to elaborate on this article. Make a list of 24 better players and give some justification for it. I know he won’t do it and I won’t hold that against him. He works for ESPN. He’s big time. Maybe that is why he had the balls, or lack thereof, to say that Carmelo Anthony is one of the “game’s top 25 players or so”. That statement is wrong, it is insulting and it is moronic. Carmelo Anthony, despite his defense, is a top 10 NBA player. Few are as versatile offensively and no player last season was more clutch. Great job John Hollinger. You sound like an ass and a biased Knick hater once again.

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New MSG Promo: The Knicks Are Back

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I’m loving the Marvin Gaye. Another great job by MSG

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