December 21st, 2014 at 7:21 AM
By Matt Agne
It sure seems like Iman Shumpert gets injured right around the time of the season where trades happen the most doesn't it? Well, he's hurt again. New York Knicks fans know very well that Shumpert truly hurt his shoulder. No one is accusing him of faking anything. That being said, how does his shoulder injury impact the Knicks?
The most obvious impact on the New York Knicks after losing Iman Shumpert to injury is that an already weak defensive team lost their best defender. That's only going to help them continue to tank but for those hoping to see the team turn around losing Shumpert isn't going to help.
The Knicks say report that Shumpert will not need surgery. Instead, he'll be reevaluated in a few weeks. Shumpert suffered a dislocated shoulder.
It’s unclear just how much time he could possibly miss but Shumpert might want to call Toney Douglas and find out about the impact of playing through shoulder injuries.
Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork reports coach Derek Fisher is unsure about Shumpert's immediate future.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 20th, 2014 at 8:32 PM
By Matt Agne
Over the last several years the NBA has tried to reduce the amount of flopping in games. That being said, flopping has become an art form and a norm in the NBA. That being said, players don't like getting fouls called against them because their opponent is flopping to get the call. Phoenix Suns' Isaiah Thomas is no different and he wasn't afraid to tell New York Knicks' Pablo Prigioni that he's a flopper to his face.
New York Knicks' Pablo Prigioni is a talented and experienced veteran. Not only does he know how to play winning basketball he knows how to get calls from refs. Sure, that means he knows how to flop a bit. That doesn't mean his opponents need to be happy about it.
Today the Knicks and the Phoenix Suns played a competitive contest that ended in a 99-90 loss for New York. It was yet another game that the Knicks' guards were outplayed by their opponents.
During the game, Jose Calderon and Isaiah Thomas bumped and clawed and mixed it up with one another all afternoon. That frustration probably caused Thomas to voice his opinion towards Prigioni later on in the game. Regardless of what led to his objection, Thomas called Prigioni a flopper to his face after Prigioni exaggerated the impact of some light contact on Thomas' part.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 19th, 2014 at 1:09 AM
By Doug Rush
On Thursday night, the Chicago Bulls were without star point guard Derrick Rose, as he sat out of their game without an illness. The Bulls have been used to playing without Rose over the last two years though.
However, the Knicks were without star forward Carmelo Anthony, who was out for Thursday night with a knee injury and without him, the Knicks were simply no match for the superior Bulls as the Rose-less Bulls knocked off the Melo-less Knicks 103-97 at the United Center.
At one point, the Knicks, trailing 52-45 at halftime, had a 74-73 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Bulls 30 points in the fourth was simply too much for the Knicks to come back from and the Bulls cruised to their 16th win of the season while sending the Knicks to their 23rd loss of the year.
Jimmy Butler lead all scorers with 35 points, shooting 11-for-21 in 45 minutes and had five rebounds and seven assists. Pau Gasol had 20 points and seven rebounds and continues to pound the team that tried to land him this summer but lost out on his services to Chicago.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 18th, 2014 at 11:01 PM
By Doug Rush
On Thursday night, Phil Jackson tried to make an upgrade to the rather lowly New York Knicks, but he swung and missed on landing Rajon Rondo.
Instead, it was the Dallas Mavericks, who were already in advanced stages of trade talks with the Boston Celtics, as the Mavericks acquired the All Star point guard from Boston on Thursday night in a deal that sends Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandon Wright, Dwight Powell, a conditional first round pick in 2015 and a second round pick in 2016.
The Mavericks, who already had a solid starting lineup that already had Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis and now adds one of the league's best point guards to a championship lineup.
Dallas is also in good shape to contend for a while and they will have a great chance to lock up Rondo, who will be a free agent after the 2014-2015 season.
For the Knicks, they missed out on a chance to land the point guard they've needed to play along side Carmelo Anthony as well as missed out on a chance to dump some of the contracts off their roster that they were looking for this winter.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 18th, 2014 at 10:01 PM
By Matt Agne
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony has been playing with pain in his knee nearly all season. With the team struggling many are telling him he should shut it down for the season and get his knee repaired. While Anthony would like to avoid surgery but is that what's best for the team?
With the New York Knicks only able to win five games so far it would be easy to see why many may want to have their superstar sit out for the rest of the season and get himself healthy. However, Carmelo Anthony wants to do anything he can to avoid having to go under the knife.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports Anthony's knee may require surgery.
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According to a source, Anthony has been playing with left knee soreness for much of the season and the fear is that it may require surgery to correct.