December 9th, 2013 at 11:00 PM
By Matt Agne
When Tyson Chandler broke his leg it was a season changing event for the New York Knicks. He's the Knicks starting center, their defensive anchor and he creates a lot of second chances on the offensive end by tipping the ball out to the perimeter. He's been greatly missed. His initial diagnosis was to be out four to six weeks. He's now at week five and planning to return to the court before New Year's day.
Since Tyson Chandler was lost to injury, Andrea Bargnani has started in his place. He's actually done a really nice job moving from power forward to center despite not having traditional big man skills. That being said, the team would clearly be stronger if it were able to move Bargnani back to power forward and insert Chandler into the starting center spot. Chandler's return would also allow Carmelo Anthony return to his natural position at small forward. That day may be coming sooner than later.
Barbara Barker of Newsday reports Chandler plans to make his return to the starting lineup before New Year's day.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 7th, 2013 at 2:17 PM
By Matt Agne
There's been plenty of rumors surrounding the future of Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Before the season he proclaimed he'd be opting out of his contract after the season. That was followed by reports he would re-sign, he'd leave, the Knicks should trade him and now that he's already started recruiting players to join him in the Big Apple. It's a whirlwind that is truly hard to follow as a fan. Who and what do you believe? Well, it would seem the Knicks believe Anthony's future is with New York because it's clear they can't lose him for nothing yet they're said to have "zero intention" of trading him.
Lets be clear, Carmelo Anthony has $30 million worth of reasoning to stay with the New York Knicks after he opts out of his contract following this season. No team can pay Anthony what the Knicks can and, as we saw when he forced his way off the Denver Nuggets, he's all about getting his money.
That being said, Dwight Howard was put in the same position and decided to leave money on the table in order to go where he wanted. In theory, Anthony could do the same thing. That's the dilemma the Knicks find themselves in. However, they must believe Anthony intends on re-signing with the Knicks because they don't intend on trading him.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 7th, 2013 at 5:26 AM
By Daniel Stack
Coming off a much-need victory on Thursday night against the crosstown Nets, the Knicks kept the good times rolling putting on another offensive clinic, destroying the Orlando Magic, 121-83, on Friday night.
These last two nights have been as good as it can get for the Knicks and their fans, as the team is playing more cohesively, while seemingly not missing any shots. Sure, the competition has not been stellar in the last two games, but that didn’t stop the Knicks from underperforming earlier in the year against supposed inferior opponents.
Maybe the Knicks can gain some confidence from these two back-to-back routes and start to build some serious momentum in a weakened Eastern Conference.
Let’s take a look inside the box score with four key takeaways.
· Once again the Knicks distributed the wealth, as they upped the ante from Thursday night (when they had six players in double figures) to have seven score in double figures on Friday night. Carmelo Anthony led the parade of scoring, notching 20 points on the night while securing a team-high 11 rebounds to go with four assists and three steals. Once again the assist to turnover ratio was sensational, as the Knicks dropped 25 dimes (Pablo Prigioni leading the way with six), while turning the ball over only 10 times. Altogether, the Knicks shot 53 percent (44-83) from the field and just overwhelmed the mismatched Magic.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 6th, 2013 at 9:18 PM
By Matt Agne
Recently there's been reports that Carmelo Anthony had grown tired of the Knicks struggles and would move on to another opportunity in the off-season. Anthony then denied those claims and recommended not believing what was said unless it was him speaking. Now Anthony's high school coach is claiming Anthony is already recruiting Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo to play for the New York Knicks when he becomes a free agent in 2015.
The New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics are a huge rivalry in basketball. It's New York and Boston, enough said. However, this isn't your father's rivals. Guys on both teams are fiends. They may hate losing to the team but for the most part they don't hate the other players just because they're wearing the wrong uniform.
Interestingly enough, the leaders of both teams happen to have a connection. Carmelo Anthony happens to wear a Knicks jersey now but he use to wear an Oak Hill Academy jersey. Oak Hill is a private Baptist-affiliated secondary school in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Rajon Rondo is currently wearing a Celtics jersey but he, like several other NBA players, also use to wear an Oak Hill jersey.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 6th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Matt Agne
There's been a lot made of what the future hold for Carmelo Anthony and how the New York Knicks should handle it. Even before the season started Anthony made it clear he intended to opt-out of his contract in the off-season. That set a bitter tone for the season. Then the Knicks got off to a horrid start that's continued till this day. That led to rumors Anthony was starting to think the grass might be greener elsewhere. Recently, it was reported Anthony would not be sticking around and would sign elsewhere. Now Anthony is denying leave.
The New York Knicks are in an unenviable position. They have a talented guy in his prime they believe could be a franchise player but he has the ability to opt-out after the season. Now, that doesn't mean they'll lose him. In fact, financially, he should opt-out even if he intends on retiring with the Knicks. After all, he'd be able to re-sign for $129 million.
However, this is more of a situation of knowns and unknowns. What's known is that Anthony intends to opt-out of his deal. Good or bad, at least they know that. What is unknown is if he'll be calling Madison Square Garden home next season or returning as a visitor.Read more... Join the Conversation...