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2014 New York Knicks Free Agency Outlook: Michael Beasley

July 29th, 2014 at 8:35 PM
By Matt Agne

The New York Knicks continue their search for a backup small forward to play behind Carmelo Anthony. However, at this point in free agency the choices are just about as limited as the Knicks contract options. Who could the Knicks sign for the veteran's minimum? How about giving Michael Beasley a chance?

'New York Knicks' photo (c) 2009, Michael Tipton - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Michael Beasley was drafted by the Miami Heat with the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of Kansas State where he played next to former New York Knicks member Bill "Sky" Walker. He played for the Heat from 2008-10, the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2010-12, the Phoenix Suns from 2012-13 and returned to the Heat last season.

Beasley in an immensely talented and troubled player. He could be a superstar if he were mature and focused on his career. However, throughout the years he's proven to care more about being tough, partying and putting himself before his team. 

That being said, last season Beasley returned to the Heat for a second time in hopes to rebuilding his reputation. He impressed the league by playing very well, dealing with the pressure of a march towards the Finals and by functioning as a team player.

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New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony Visits Allah School in Mecca

July 28th, 2014 at 12:35 PM
By Matt Agne

New York Knicks superstar forward Carmelo Anthony is a guy who loves his family, his roots, his community and representing the Knicks. He's recently been wearing a necklace with the emblem of the 5% Nation. That controversial affiliation led to him going to Harlem to visit the Allah School in Mecca.

'Trevor Ariza, Carmelo Anthony' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Before making any judgments lets educate ourselves on what the 5% Nation is. The 5% Nation is an organization founded in 1964 in the Harlem section of the borough of Manhattan, New York City. It was founded by a former member of the Nation of Islam named Clarence 13X, also known as "Allah the Father".

Clarence 13X was a former student of Malcolm X who decided to leave the Nation of Islam after a difference of opinion over the nature and identity of God with the Nation's leaders over. Clarence 13X taught the black man was himself God personified, a major change from the teachings that the Nation's founder W. Fard Muhammad was Allah. 

The name 5% Nation comes from the theory that only 10% of the people of the world know the truth of existence. They believe that those 10% purposely keep 85% of the world in ignorance and under their control. That remaining 5% know the truth and attempt to enlighten the 85% without the knowledge.

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2014 New York Knicks Free Agency Outlook: Chris Douglas-Roberts

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

While looking around free agency for shooting guards or small forwards who could be signed for the veteran's minimum and fit the mold of what the New York Knicks need one may come across Chris Douglas-Roberts. Just last season Douglas-Roberts was signed by the Knicks and brought to training camp. However, he didn't make the team. Could he be brought in again to give the Knicks a two-way player in reserve at two different positions?

'New York Knicks' photo (c) 2009, Michael Tipton - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Chris Douglas-Roberts is a 6'7", 210 pound shooting guard/small forward from Detroit, Michigan. He played along side Chicago Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose at Memphis and was drafted 40th overall in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets.

He played for the Nets from 2008-10, the Milwaukee Bucks from 2010-11, for Virtus Bologna in Italy from 2011-12, the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League in 2012, the Dallas Mavericks from 2012-13 and the Charlotte Bobcats last season.

Could Douglas-Roberts continue his NBA career with the Knicks? For most of his NBA career, Douglas-Roberts has struggled to find a way to translate his skills to the NBA level. However, he played nicely with the Bobcats last season.

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New York Knicks Cut Shannon Brown

July 23rd, 2014 at 6:30 PM
By Matt Agne

When the New York Knicks signed Shannon Brown last season it was clear that he was brought in because he was inexpensive, athletic, could fill a role and because the franchise was already planning on transitioning towards the triangle offense which he had experience in. Now Brown's run with the Knicks has come to an end as he was cut and will now become an unrestricted free agent.

'Los Angeles Lakers 12 Brown' photo (c) 2011, anthony shao - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Before anybody starts to feel bad for Shannon Brown realize that he was unemployed before the New York Knicks gave him a job at the end of last season. Also realize that he was then kept around during the summer and allowed to work though the Summer League. 

Was his presence beneficial to the Knicks during the Summer League? Of course, they basically had a veteran willing to play in the Summer League and help teach the younger players the triangle offense. However, it also allowed Brown to work and earn money while showcasing his skills for other organizations.

That being said, Brown's contract would have become fully guaranteed if New York didn't cut him before August 1. Clearly it was just about time for Brown's time with the Knicks to come to an end.

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2014 New York Knicks Free Agency Outlook: Dahntay Jones

July 22nd, 2014 at 9:30 PM
By Matt Agne

After using the mini mid-level exception to sign big man Jason Smith the New York Knicks only have minimum contracts to make roster additions in free agency. Needless to say, the Knicks are bargain shopping. That brings them to Carmelo Anthony's friend, Dahntay Jones. They're giving him a workout to see if he might fit the mold of a veteran's minimum signing that could help the team off the bench.

'New York Knicks' photo (c) 2009, Michael Tipton - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Dahntay Jones was the 20th overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. The 6'6", 225 pound shooting guard/small forward played for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2003-07, the Sacramento Kings from 2007-08, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League in 2008, the Denver Nuggets from 2008-09, the Indiana Pacers from 2009-12, the Dallas Mavericks from 2012-13 and the Atlanta Hawks in 2013 before taking last seasons off because of injury.

Now he's looking to make a comeback to the NBA and Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports the Knicks intend to work him out to see if he could be an inexpensive addition to the roster.

Free agent Dahntay Jones is expected to work out for the Knicks this week as the shooting guard/small forward attempts to make a comeback after sitting out last season due to injury.

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