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Jason Smith Will Likely Start Opening Night as Power Forward for Knicks Vs. Bulls: Report

October 24th, 2014 at 12:33 PM
By Doug Rush

Not too long ago, Quincy Acy was viewed as the possible starter for the New York Knicks at power forward when they open up the regular season next week against the Chicago Bulls.

Acy suffered a wrist injury though this past week and it's unlikely now that he'll be the guy that Derek Fisher calls upon to start against Chicago. it looks as if free agent signee Jason Smith, who was previously with the New Orleans Pelicans, will get the starting nod for the Knicks, as per Marc Berman of the New York Post.

"The Knicks’ starting power-forward derby for next week’s season-opening, brutal Bulls-Cavaliers back-to-back is taking shape: It looks like free-agent signee Jason Smith is on the cusp of winning the job. With Andrea Bargnani missing almost all of preseason, Quincy Acy lately suffering a wrist injury and Amar’e Stoudemire apparently viewed as a stud reserve, Smith, the former Pelican who is coming off knee surgery, appears to have emerged as the guy."

Smith will go for the Knicks as the starter in their preseason finale on Friday night against the Toronto Raptors; the second straight time Smith is starting for New York. Andrea Bargnani could have been a starter, but he's also dealing with the injury bug as well; a strained hamstring that has his status for the regular season in doubt. Amar'e Stoudemire will likely be a reserve off the bench who should see significant minutes.

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New York Knicks Sign Jordan Vandenberg

October 24th, 2014 at 12:07 AM
By Matt Agne

In just a few days the New York Knicks and the rest of the NBA will need to trim their rosters down to 15 players. So why sign Jordan Vandenberg knowing he'll be let go so quickly? D-League rules have dictated this is the right move if Phil Jackson and the Knicks like Vanderberg.

Most NBA fans are aware of rule changes. However, most fail to keep up with D-League rule changes. This is the first time New York Knicks fans will hear about these roster implications but it's clearly something Phil Jackson and the front office are well aware of.

The Knicks currently have 19 players, 15 of then have guaranteed contracts. It's obvious they're going to cut a few of them to get down to 15 when needed but that didn't stop them from signing Jordan Vanderberg to a contract.

Why would they do that? Per the rules, teams can hold up to 20 players until cut day. That's all good and fine but it's not much of a reason to sign a guy knowing you'll cut him a few days later.

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Lakers President Jeanie Buss: Things Got ‘Awkward’ with Phil Jackson Over Carmelo Anthony Pursuit

October 23rd, 2014 at 5:01 PM
By Doug Rush

The Los Angeles Lakers made a very strong pursuit for Carmelo Anthony this summer and even offered him a four-year, $96 million deal to try and lure him from New York to Los Angeles and pair him with Kobe Bryant.

Anthony stayed in New York and ended up taking the max contract with the Knicks, which paid him five years and $126 million and ultimately, Carmelo's heart was all about staying with the Knicks the entire time, although he did admit that he was "close" to leaving at one point over the summer.

Which is fine and everyone has seemed to move on from it. But the one thing that everyone forgot about; an engaged couple living under the same roof were basically bidding against one another for the services of Carmelo Anthony; Phil Jackson took over as the president of the New York Knicks this past March, while his long-time fiancee, Jeanie Buss, is the Lakers team president.

So how did essentially bidding after the same person for two different teams go under the Jackson-Buss roof? According to Buss, it got awkward for the couple.

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Former Knicks Coach Jeff Van Gundy: New York Knicks Will Make Playoffs in 2015

October 23rd, 2014 at 4:08 PM
By Doug Rush

Several months ago, Carmelo Anthony all but guaranteed that the New York Knicks would be back in the playoffs again this season after failing to make them a year ago at 37-45.

Since then, lots of changes have come to the Knicks; a new president, new head coach and coaching staff, new starting lineup and new look on offense.All of those things could lead to a complete 180 in direction; all of which should be in the right direction and at least one person sees a lot of positives in what the Knicks have done in the offseason.

Former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy, now an analyst for ABC and ESPN, said that the Knicks will definitely be a playoff team this upcoming season and explained that it's because of the talent they have that will get them playing basketball in late April and into May.

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Andrea Bargnani Unsure When He’ll Return to New York Knicks Due to Hamstring Strain

October 23rd, 2014 at 2:19 PM
By Doug Rush

Andrea Bargnani has missed most of the preseason for the New York Knicks due to a hamstring strain suffered during camp and has held him out over the last couple of games as a result.

Bargnani played in the preseason opener; a loss to the Knicks and then hurt it the next day and hasn't seen the court, although Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said that if it were the regular season, Bargnani would be out there playing, but it is the preseason and the team is choosing to be cautious with the injury.

Just before the Knicks played the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, a game the Knicks won 103-100, Bargnani said he's working on trying to get back to the team, but is unsure on a timetable as far as that return goes.

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