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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Paul Requests a Trade to the Knicks

According to Yahoo Sports:

Chris Paul’s(notes) agent informed New Orleans officials on Wednesday that his client will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

As soon as the NBA lifts its lockout restrictions, Hornets general manager Dell Demps wants to meet with Paul and hear that directive from him.

Nevertheless, the prospects of the Hornets executing a trade with the Knicks appear to be relatively dim. The Knicks simply don’t have the trade assets that come close to meeting New Orleans’ criteria for a deal. Demps has been listening to overtures from teams around the league, and has been actively working under the assumption that Paul would reject a contract extension.

Simply put, this could get ugly. He wants to be in NY, the Knicks want him, but the Knicks have no pieces to trade. Unlike the Anthony deal, in which guitar Jim overrode Donnie and gave up 5 starters and 4 draft picks, the Knicks have nothing on the roster that New Orleans (or any other team in the league) would want in return for a superstar like Paul. If this trade is going to happen, I think it will happen at the 11th hour. I do not expect a deal to get done before the season starts. If the Knicks were smart they would contact Paul behind the back of New Orleans and tell him to play hard ball. If the Knicks want to make this a great trade, they need to give up as little as possible. Paul and the Knicks have all the leverage here. New Orleans has very little leverage. New Orleans could have some great offers out there for Paul but no other team will agree to a deal unless Paul signs an extension. If he really wants to be a Knick, he needs to keep his mouth shut (unlike Melo who publicly said he wanted a max deal) and hold his ground about becoming a Knick. The only way this trade happens is if New Orleans gets desperate to make a deal and they accept a lesser trade from the Knicks.

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Stoudemire, Williams, Shumpert Working Out With Isiah?

Frank Isola, beat writer for the NY Daily News (and fellow Isiah conspiracist) reports via twitter that Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Shawne Williams will not report to Knicks camp until next week. The reason for their delayed arrival: a few workouts at the college of Isiah.

I don’t think this is a huge deal but I hate hearing any deal of involvement of Knicks down at FIU. Obviously Isiah has to be involved in some capacity. I doubt he’s running a workout or anything like that but obviously he knows those players are there and they might be there because Isiah is there. Clearly Dolan and Isiah’s still have each other on speed dial. Isiah is clearly involved with the Knicks and their front office decisions. Stoudemire’s back problems, Williams’ free agency, Shumpert is the first round pick. Who better to get a look at them then the back room puppet Isiah Thomas? Any decision Dolan and Knicks hierarchy make will run through Isiah and will be checked off by Isiah. I wish this weren’t the case but unfortunately it is. Why else would an NBA front office legend like Donnie Walsh be dismissed after leading the team to their first playoff season since 2003? Intern GM Glen Grundwald has ties to Isiah. Clearly Dolan still has his fat fingers in the cookie jar (see Carmelo Anthony firesale). Despite the fact that Isiah and guitar Jim will try and screw this up, it is very hard to mess up a team with this much talent. Not saying they can’t do it, but it should be a bit harder. Donnie Walsh laid the foundation for a great team, lets see what Sonny and Cher can do with it.

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Knicks Are 20/1 Odds to Win the Finals

Vegas has the Knicks at 20/1 odds to win this years NBA championship. This line puts them 7th in line to win it all. Here are the top 10 lines:

Miami 9/4

LA Lakers 5/1

Chicago 7/1

OKC 15/2

Dallas 17/2

Boston 12/1

Knicks 20/1

Orlando 22/1

San Antonio/ Memphis 25/1

Portland 30/1

I think this is about right. Obviously these are premature in that free agency has not occurred yet. I never put too much into these lines but for all the gamblers out there I think this is a pretty fair line. The Knicks definitely are flawed but with 2 superstars you never ever know. Especially in the league that saw LeBron James upset year after year in the playoffs and the league that saw the last lockout Knicks overcome the 8th seed and win the eastern conference.

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Ex-Knick Mozgov’s Entertaining Blog Post

I know he is no longer a Knick but Timofey Mozgov blogged about the end of the lockout and it is pretty awesome.

The End!

The NBA lockout is over, which means the stars who had left for Europe will soon come back. In expectation of the imminent parting, Timofey Mozgov begins to bid farewell to the supporters of BC Khimki and tells about what these months in Russia gave him – all in his blog at Sports.ru.

Hi everyone! So tell me, are you celebrating already?))) It’s still hard to believe, right? Just like that – abruptly and spontaneously, yes? 148 days and there you go! The end!!!

Actually, guys (and your female comrades-in-arms), please take my most sincere congratulations. All of us together – colleagues, people who love and value basketball, fans – without a doubt, have eagerly waited for these strokes of the pens which are exactly golden for all of us. It happened at last.

Now I’m going to reduce my emotions a little and tell you about this fact from a perspective of a player. My personal take.

148 days is a long time. It’s very long. Of course I won’t say this time I was on pins and needles. But I definitely wanted certainty. I really missed it. The prospect of having to pack your bags any time or having to look at them unpacked, to tell you the truth, wasn’t making me happy. Well, I think it’s clear. It’s good that the new agreement is in place for no less than five years, now it’s known. It means that this nightmare won’t repeat soon.

Aside from that, everything was not just OK – everything was just SUPER! My agent (yes, I mean Max – now you have seen his photo at last))) and me have made a decision that was the only one that’s right in my opinion: as soon as lockout showed itself, we have started to play in Europe.

When many of the guys across the ocean tormented themselves with painful doubts about all the delights of their remote and not so remote future, the other part of American basketball planet was keeping shape and making it better in field conditions. I don’t know which of these is good for Mozgov and which is bad for Kobe Bryant. For me the answer is obvious. Huge thanks to Khimki and, of course, to Viktor Bychkov personally, for taking me back with arms wide open. Thanks go to Rimas Kurtinaitis, who believed in me and let me do on the court what some of the NBAers really came to the Old World for – make progress.

Only during the start of the season in Russia I, at last, managed to completely forget about the consequences of that injury which I sustained overseas. When I learned about the diagnosis at the time, I was happy that, so to say, everything was fine and I was lucky that it wasn’t worse. It really could have been worse and it was really a good reason for rejoicing. But that everything was fine… Because of emotions then I rushed into a conclusion a little bit.

All in all, I really was able to step on the court soon after the injury, but even during the Eurobasket I still couldn’t use my leg at least 80% – I was lacking quickness and explosive speed.

The original projection by the doctors proved to be true: as they promised, half a year passed before I settled into shape in September or October. Then I could once again start doing what a center should. Also, I really got into rhythm, got my confidence back and learned some new things. So I can repeat myself – everything was done right.

Of course I knew that Khimki is my second home and I am always welcome here. It wasn’t a hard choice for me. But still, it was so nice to feel it again, to feel yourself at home: my native city, my native arena, the locker room, fans and friends! Everything is so dear, what I’m used to… Here, in this club, all the needed conditions are in place for this. Here’s a huge thank you to all people who were involved.

Here I’m writing this and I caught myself thinking that I got carried away with saying thanks and the memories. It resembles a goodbye a little bit. But I’m flying away not tomorrow. And, it seems, not the day after tomorrow either. So it means that it’s too early for goodbyes. Emotions…

First of all, Max is waiting for the official letter from Denver. Then all my future plans will get some tangible qualities. Second, anyway, I wanted to say goodbye to my fans and friends as it should be done. Because their support all this time was just great! And for that, once again, I’m very grateful.

Don’t ask me if I already got to talk to anybody of my American friends and teammates, to discuss what happened. Believe me, right now few people (other than Twitter fans))) care about text messages and calls – everybody is about to get snowed under with work. OK, we’ll move to all of that a bit later.

What can I add about the collective bargaining agreement. Of course, it’s already good that it’s signed)) And it’s twice as good that it’s definitely for more than five years. It means that this nightmare won’t repeat itself soon.

Actually, right now I know just as much as you do. I know that we are starting to prepare for the season on December 9 and our first game will happen after the 25th. Basically, there’s enough time for restoring the mutual understanding between teammates. It’s another deal what roster changes will happen and still, in what shape will the players join the team. Then we’ll have at least a remote idea of what lies ahead before us in the upcoming season.

But it’s clear even now that 66 games lie ahead. Yes, it’s not 82 games. But still, it’s not few. Especially over such period of time.

So, we’ll be following the news coming from the Nuggets. And right now I’m leaving to Greece with Khimki to play a Eurocup game vs. PAOK which is very important for us. So all of my thoughts are already there.

We’ll keep in touch)))

via sports.ru

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Broussard on Paul: “This is Not About Money”

ESPN’s Chris Broussard gave an interview on ESPN New York’s Rucco and Lundberg today and he discussed the possibility of Chris Paul coming to New York. In the interview he said he believes that Paul would come to New York for less money which is music to a lot of Knick fans ears. He also said he thinks the Hornets would trade him to New York if there was something to trade for (thanks Melo) and he gave his opinion on a potential Amar’e-Dwight Howard trade.

Here is the interview

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