June 18th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Matt Agne
Amare Stoudemire has been a hard worker his entire life. He stays in top physical condition and works at improving at his craft constantly. Unfortunately for the New York Knicks, he's struggled staying on the court because his body simply keeps failing him. It's not his fault but that's the reality. However, he's shown he is a fast learner and can adapt his game. With that in mind, his work with Hakeem Olajuwon during last summer opened up the possibility of Stoudemire extending his career with a low-post game. Olajuwon now believes he can help Stoudemire reach his full potential as a player.
It's important for players to improve their games in order to maintain and improve their level of play in the ever changing NBA. New York Knicks' Amare Stoudemire is no different. Previously he expanded his game and went from strictly a pick and roll dunker to a jump shooter. That expansion allowed him to land his max deal with the Knicks.
However, now that he's trying to fit in with Carmelo Anthony and he's experienced frustrating injury after frustrating injury he's now looking to expand his arsenal again. That led to coach Mike Woodson calling his former Houston Rockets teammate Hakeem Olajuwon in order to get Stoudemire lessons in low-post play. Olajuwon even visited New York's training camp to work with the other Knicks big men as well.Read more... Join the Conversation...
June 17th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
By Matt Agne
Yesterday, Knicks 101 made the argument that the New York Knicks should try to bring Jordan Farmar in as a free agent. Farmar is playing overseas and could be a player that could give the Knicks youth and athleticism in their backcourt. Today, lets discuss Farmar's former teammate Sasha Vujacic as a possible free agent target for the Knicks.
This off-season the New York Knicks need to use their creativity to improve themselves through free agency. The Knicks don't have a lot of money and need to get younger and more athletic throughout their roster. Glen Grunwald would really like to find that youth and athleticism at the point guard position, but a combo guard could also be useful. Someone like Sasha Vujacic could give the Knicks time as a reserve behind Raymond Felton and also at the shooting guard position when needed. Vujacic's desire to return to the NBA could the Knicks take advantage and get some quality talent at a discount price?
Vujacic is a 29 year old combo guard who was drafted 27th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 NBA Draft. While the Knicks would ideally like someone a bit younger their funds are limited and you have to remember that last season they had Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni who combined for 74 years old. Bringing in a 29 year old isn't the end of the world, especially for depth at two positions.Read more... Join the Conversation...
June 16th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Matt Agne
This off-season one of the biggest things the New York Knicks are looking to do is find a young, athletic point guard they can bring off the bench behind starter Raymond Felton. If that player could play along side Felton in a two-guard system, even better. Why not target Jordan Farmar who is looking to return to the NBA from Europe?
This off-season the New York Knicks need to be creative with where and how they find free agents to fill their roster spots. They don't have a lot of money and need to get younger and more athletic all over their roster. One of the biggest spots in need of youth and athleticism is the point guard position. That's where Jordan Farmar comes in.
Farmar is a 26 year old point guard from Los Angeles, California. He's 6'2", 180 pounds and was drafted 26th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played for the Lakers from 2006-10 and was a key reserve on the 2009 and 2010 championship teams.Read more... Join the Conversation...
June 15th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Matt Agne
Patrick Ewing is one of the greatest players of all time. So is Jason Kidd. Ewing put together a Hall of Fame career with the New York Knicks, Seattle SuperSonics and the Orlando Magic. Kidd put together his Hall of Fame career with the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks. Ewing transitioned to an NBA coach immediately following his retirement from his playing days. Now Kidd is looking to do the same with the Brooklyn Nets, and Ewing is warning that Kidd's transition will be a tough one.
The adjustment from player to coach wasn't an easy one for Patrick Ewing and he was an assistant coach of a pretty horrible team. Imagine transitioning to a head coaching position of a team who is expected to make a deep run into the playoffs? That's exactly what Jason Kidd will be facing next season as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork reports Ewing believes Kidd has a tough transition to face in his new role in the NBA.Read more... Join the Conversation...
June 14th, 2013 at 1:00 PM
By Matt Agne
Shawne Williams is a basketball player with a lot of skills. He's also a man with a lot of demons. However, the former New York Knicks' forward seems to have regained his focus and is not in playing shape. Could he be an inexpensive addition to the Knicks' roster?
Shawne Williams is 27 year old from Laurinburg, North Carolina with the ability to play either forward position. He's 6'9", 230 pounds and was drafted 17th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He played for Indiana from 2006-08, the Dallas Mavericks from 2008-10, the New York Knicks from 2010-11 and the New Jersey Nets from 2011-12.
The best season of Williams' five year NBA career came as a member of the Knicks. During the 2010-11 season he averaged 7.1 points, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals, 0.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game. He shot 40.1 percent from three-point territory, 42.6 percent from the field in total and 83.7 percent from the free throw line.
Williams can be a mismatch because of his height and wingspan. His size allows him to play either small forward or the face-up 4 power forward position. That's something Mike D'Antoni loved and something Mike Woodson could also take advantage of.Read more... Join the Conversation...