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Former New York Knicks’ Guard Stephon Marbury Honored in China

April 22nd, 2015 at 1:56 PM
By Zach Powell

It's not uncommon for fringe NBA players to make the transition to the Chinese Basketball Association to continue their dream of playing professional basketball. There have been few that have found such success as former New York Knicks' guard Stephon Marbury.

Marbury played five frustrating season with the Knicks' which culminated in public feuds with coaches Larry Brown and Isaiah Thomas, that ultimately ended his stay in New York. Things weren't any better off the court as the embattled Marbury was dealing with failed investments, specifically his "Starbury" shoe line, and the sudden passing of his father from a heart attack in 2007.

"I wanted to die. I wanted to kill myself some days," Marbury told Bryant Gumbel in an HBO interview in January.

After a short run with the Boston Celtics, Starbury sought to resume his career with the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons of the CBA before ultimately landing with the Beijing Ducks, where his fortunes would change. Marbury has since led the Ducks' to three championships, including the 2015 crown, averaging 18.4 points, while adding 5.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds-per-game.

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New York Knicks’ Roster Surely to Have Major Turnover with Nine Potential Free Agents

April 20th, 2015 at 1:59 PM
By Zach Powell

Roster turnover is a constant every season in the NBA but for the New York Knicks, it couldn't come soon enough. The team risks losing nine potential free agency as soon as the playoffs come to close and another champion is crowned.

The majority of the attrition will come in the post as New York stands to lose seven players that spent time at power forward or center this season. Among those who could leave via free agency are Cole Aldrich, Andrea Bargnani, Quincy Acy, Lou Amundson, Jason Smith, Travis Wear and Lance Thomas. They are joined by guards Shane Larkin, who owns an early-opt-out clause, and Alexey Shved.

On paper, Andrea Bargnani would seem to be the most important resigning for team president Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher but mid-season acquisition Alexey Shved brought about the most value among this season's crop of free agents. The team traded Pablo Prigioni for Shved and two second-round picks – a rarity for New York, shedding payroll and receiving picks. Shved sported a 18.88 PER after the trade, averaging 14.8 points-per-game and 4.6 rebounds-per-game, while starting 9 games. Rumors persist that both sides are interested in reaching an agreement for a return but Shved will have lucrative options overseas and the Knicks might not be willing to spend as much as their European counterparts.

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New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony Questioned Decision to Stay

April 16th, 2015 at 7:52 PM
By Anthony Raia

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony could have joined the Chicago Bulls, instead he decided to return to the city that never sleeps. Throughout this nightmarish season, it was often speculated whether or not Anthony regretted the decision to return. Nobody could blame him if he did, as the Knicks went on to only win 17 games. Now we have an answer.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Anthony did in fact regret the decision to return to the orange and blue.

"I try to keep myself from thinking like that. But as a human being, those thoughts definitely come into play. You sit down at night and you're thinking, 'Did I really make the right decision?' and just things like that," Anthony said Thursday at the team's training facility. "Not often did I think about that. There was one point in time this season where it was just cloudy and I didn't really have any clarity; I was second-guessing what I did and the decision I made. But after that, I was smooth sailing."

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New York Knicks Season in Review: It’s Finally Over

April 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
By Anthony Raia

There is an old saying that all good things will eventually come to an end. For Knicks fans, the worst has finally come to an end. The long, brutal and basketball offensive 2014-2015 season has finally come to an end. The New York Knicks finished with a record of 17-65, which thanks to a late season winning streak will have the second best odds to win the lottery. They can't pick lower than five, and if you group Justise Winslow or Willy Cauley-Stein in with the top four player, picking five is not a complete disaster.

There is a lot to look back on and even more to look forward to, and we will take a look at both below.

What Went Right:

Unless you subscribe to the tanking game plan, not much went right in 2014-2015 for the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson's preseason claim that the Knicks would compete for a playoff spot was way off, but that was the least of the Knicks' worries. We'll start with the good news however.

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Free Agent to Be Greg Monroe’s Agent Praises New York Knicks’ Phil Jackson

April 16th, 2015 at 2:00 PM
By Zach Powell

Greg Monroe played a part in helping the New York Knicks' accomplish history Wednesday evening when the Detroit Pistons put a final nail in the Knicks miserable season. But before? The free-agent-to-be's agent, David Falk, heaped praise on to the Knicks' executive Phil Jackson.

Falk spoke on behalf of Monroe, and other free agents, on Jackson's ability to put together a competitive team:

“Guys know he obviously knows what it takes to win. He’s Phil Jackson. Anybody with as much success as he has, it’s not hard to be comfortable with decisions they make. He’s been where everyone dreams about going who’s playing in this league. Championship teams, he knows and understands what it takes to win.’’

It's no a secret the New York Knicks' have a bevy of cash at their disposal when free agency begins. Greg Monroe has been rumored as a candidate for the Knicks' since the Pistons failed to reach a long term deal with him at the restricted free agent deadline last summer. He has the rare combination of size and skill that is conducive to the Knicks' triangle offense, an element the team has been missing this season. Despite the Knicks' ability to potentially offer a max contract – Monroe hasn't honed in on any one specific team:

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