NBA 2k12 Classic 71 Knicks Gameplay

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In addition to the Patrick Ewing Knicks, NBA 2k12 also features the 1971 Knicks with Willis Reed, Clyde, Earl the Pearl, Phil Jackson and others. This is a great feature of the game. As can be seen above, 2k sports does a great job with the old style broadcast and old style court.

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Players Must Concede in Order to Save the Season

Tuesday is a do or die day for the 2011 NBA season. Eventually the players will lose this labor battle, that is not up for debate. The players have no leverage, the owners are willing to miss a season and the players need these pay checks more than the owners need this season. The question is not if the players will lose, it is when they will give in to the owners and make a deal. Now I do not fault the players for fighting for what they already had. They are not asking for more, they are asking for what they already had. Are the owners being fair? That is up for discussion but that is not relevant. What is fair is not what is relevant in this lockout. This lockout is about reality right now. The reality is that the owners will never go back to what they had. Small market teams struggled financially, superstars formed alliances and owners were hurt by their own bad decisions. Owners have collectively committed to change the current system at all costs, including the 2011 season. Unlike the NFL lockout,  in which the owners conceded to the players in order to save the season, the owners willingness to lose the season takes all leverage away from the players.

When the players association decided against decertification, the outcome of this lockout was pretty much decided. The players association gave up all the leverage they had. The owners know the players can’t afford to lose the season. Decertification is no longer in the cards for the players association because decertification rulings would take so long to get through the slow United States court system that the whole season would be lost. Also decertification would have resulted in all players having their current contracts void making every player a free agent. The players wanted to avoid this for obvious reason.

Billy Hunter needs to get all opposition to conceding into a room and he needs to give them a history lesson about the 1998 season. In 1998 the players decided to hold out and miss games rather than concede to the owners. Eventually the players caved and the owners got what they wanted plus the players lost millions of dollars. If the players were smart they would take a deal now. This is the best deal they are going to get and they are going to be sorry if they don’t agree to one soon.

Will the players get a fair deal? It doesn’t matter. This lockout is no longer about fairness but about reality. The reality is that the owners are prepared to miss the season and the players can’t afford to.

Carmelo Anthony on Law and Order

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Last Thursday, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh appeared on NBC’s Law and Order SVU. The episode was about a basketball coach who had been molesting his players.

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NBA 2k12 Intro Video

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Finally the introduction video has been released and it does not disappoint. It features not only todays players but the legends of the past. Melo, Amar’e and Patrick Ewing are the Knicks featured in this. They have Melo and Amar’e are playing defense (I know right) and Ewing hitting his corner three. This video is amazing and I cannot wait to play with the legends.

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What is Isiah Thomas up to?


Over the past couple weeks, numerous reports have surfaced about former Knick coach and president of basketball operations Isiah Thomas being related in potential New York Knick related activities. There have been reports that he has been trying to help recruit Hornets free agent to be Chris Paul to New York as well as reports that he has been working out Amare Stoudemire at FIU. So what really is going on here?

Thomas is absolutely involved with the Knicks. His love affair with Knicks owner James Dolan has not stopped since Thomas was forced out by the NBA. Dolan tried to get Thomas on as a consultant but that was rejected by the league because Thomas is currently the head coach at FIU. The same FIU where Amar’e Stoudemire has been working out this offseason. The same FIU that is hosting a street game next month in which Stoudemire, Melo and Chris Paul are all participating in (Thomas favorite Eddy Curry is also expected to play in that game).

These are not coincidences, Isiah “Zeke” Thomas is absolutely involved with the New York Knicks. This should not come as a surprise to Knick fans because he never left! He has been in Dolan’s ear throughout this entire “post-Isiah” period. Thomas helped recruit Melo and Amar’e to New York and he was advising Dolan throughout the Melo trade. Hell, it was probably Isiah’s idea to throw in 4 starters and a plethora of draft picks. Maybe we give Dolan too much credit for undercutting Donnie Walsh’s negotiations, it was probably Isiah! After all he never did know how to manage a team. We only had a 130 million dollar payroll when he was here. He is a god awful executive mind. Did we have some talent? Sure but every team has some talent, we had a few talented players but the team was an absolute joke. Between his point guard Stephon Marbury and his retarded antics, his center Eddy Curry weighing 400 pounds, the Renaldo Balkman pick, his drug overdose, and his sex scandal that cost the Knicks 11.6 million, Isiah Thomas single handedly destroyed his reputation and the reputation of the Knicks in terms of on-court success and off-court class. Any logical human being with half a brain would ban this guy for being within 500 feet of any member the Knicks organization and 10,000 feet away from Madison Square Garden. But James Dolan is no logical human being, he is an absolute moron. Not only did his highly publicized friendship with Thomas continue but it continued to flourish. After Thomas was released by Donnie Walsh, Dolan tried to bring him back as a consultant. Behind the scenes with no official team role, Thomas was brought in to help recruit Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Now Thomas is helping to recruit Chris Paul to the Knicks.

This is all part of Thomas’ master plan to return to Madison Square Garden in 2012. By recruiting the 3 superstars to the Knicks, Thomas hopes to re-ingratiate himself to the fans of New York. Then, once the contract of Mike D’Antoni has expired after next season, Thomas will swoop in and return to the perch that he believes should still be his. To be honest, this is probably the smartest thing that he has ever thought of. Obviously most fans will still dislike him, but I believe if Chris Paul is a Knick in 2012 many fans will forgive Thomas for his 5 years of mismanagement, losing and off-court problems.

Overall, this entire plan is scary as hell. The Knicks are on the path to success and grabbing Isiah Thomas will absolutely kick the Knicks right into the bushes. He was never a good coach, he has no place in any NBA organization and the only person blind enough to see that is Dolan. Hopefully, my assumptions are incorrect but I have a bad feeling that I am correct and we will see the man they call “Zeke” return to the garden in 2012.

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Knicks NBA 2k12 Ratings Released

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Today the NBA 2k12 ratings were released today in the video above.

Here are the Knicks ratings

Melo 91

Amar’e 89

Billups 79

Fields 71

Douglas 69

Mason 66

Brown 65

Walker 65

Balkman 64

Turiaf 62

Shawne Williams 61

Shelden Williams 59

Jeffries 58

Rautins 56

Carter 53

I think Carter, Jeffries and Toney Douglas got rated a bit low. I definitely think Douglas got better last season not worse as indicated in his rating. Overall I think these rating are pretty accurate though. I would have loved to see Amar’e in the 90′s but 88 is a solid rating. I can’t wait to play this game.

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Melo Reveals Offseason Surgeries, Weight Loss

 

 

Sunday night after the Melo league loss to the Philly league, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony revealed that he had 2 offseason surgeries during the offseason. Melo had arthroscopic surgery on his knee as well as an elbow procedure done in May. He suffers from chronic bursitis in his elbow. During the season, his elbow injury was publicized by the media but nothing was ever said about any knee problem. The Melo vs Goodman league game was the first time that Melo had been on the court since the offseason as he was shut down for most of it during rehabilitation.

As well as revealing his surgical procedures, a noticeably thinner Melo also revealed he was at 230 pounds, 5 pounds less then his playing weight from last season. Anthony came under some scrutiny last season from Knick fans wanting to see a thinner, more toned Melo.

I would tend to agree that Melo should at least be a bit more toned. From a defensive standpoint, obviously the quicker the better. A higher level of defensive ability would allow Melo to be more versatile on a team that is not particularly deep. Melo right now is not quick enough to check shooting guards but his quickness on offense leads me to believe he at least has the potential. Realistically he will never guard twos but if he is serious about his defense and gets better he certainly has the potential to. LeBron guarded Derrick Rose in the playoffs. Now obviously defensively LeBron is on a whole other level compared to the Meloman but that doesn’t mean Melo won’t ever eventually become proficient on defense. If Melo and STAT want to take this championship run seriously, they have to improve on defense and this is a good start for Anthony.

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Highlights of the Melo League vs Philly League Game

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Here are highlights from last nights 131-119 Philly league victory over the Melo league. Lebron had 43 points and 23 boards while Melo had 31 and 17. Chris Paul looked out of shape and did not play that well. For the Philly league, Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams and Kyle Lowry stole the show leading Philly to the 12 point win.

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Sunday’s Melo League Game to be Streamed on SI.com

This sunday, Sportsillustrated.com will be streaming a live feed of the Melo League vs Philly League Game. The “Battle for I-95″ will include superstars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. I am excited to watch this game as I am itching, like all NBA fans, to see some basketball. The Philly league roster for the game includes Lou Williams, Hakim Warrick, the Morris brothers, John Salmons and Wayne Ellington. The game is set for 6 pm eastern time at the Palestra on the UPenn campus.

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Iman Shumpert Impact League Highlights

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Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert has been working hard all offseason and has looked great at the Vegas Impact League. Here are some highlights along with some other NBA players. Shumpert shows off his athleticism and dunking ability as well as delivering a nice ally oop on one play. Shumpert seems like he will be a great player on the Knicks when/if the NBA season gets started. Enjoy

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