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Shaquille O’Neal Claims New York Knicks Cant Win Without Second Superstar

October 19th, 2014 at 7:07 AM
By Matt Agne

Former NBA great Shaquille O'Neal knows all about playing in Phil Jackson's triangle offense and what it takes to succeed in it. He believes a team looking to win an NBA Finals with the triangle offense needs to have two superstars.

Phil Jackson is one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. There's no denying that and no need to list his accomplishments from the bench. However, if there’s a knock on him it's that he's only won with two top players on his roster.

With the Chicago Bulls he had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. With the Los Angeles Lakers he had Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. On the other hand, teams with lesser players have been less successful. Just ask Kurt Rambis about his 32-132 record in two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Regardless, outside of his playing days all of Jackson's championships came while running the triangle offense. In addition to his obvious championship prowess, Jackson also brought the triangle offense to the Knicks when he became President.

Mitch Lawrence of NBC New York reports O'Neal believes New York needs to have at least two superstar-level talents to bring a championship back to Madison Square Garden.

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New York Knicks Keeping Shane Larkin Beyond This Season

October 18th, 2014 at 7:07 AM
By Matt Agne

Back in June, the New York Knicks acquired Shane Larkin as a throw-in during the trade that brought point guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert and forward Wayne Ellington from the Dallas Mavericks. Many thought Larkin would be waived. Instead, he played very well during the summer and has shown enough for Phil Jackson to pick up Larkin's third-year option.

Shane Larkin was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. He was traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Dallas Mavericks. In his rookie season, he averaged 2.8 points, 0.5 steals, 1.5 assists, and 0.9 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game with the Mavericks.

It was obvious when the trade was made that Jose Calderon would come in and replace Raymond Felton. It was also known that even though Samuel Dalembert was a 20 minute a game player that he would combine with some of the other Knicks big men to replace Tyson Chandler.

Wayne Ellington and Larkin were the unknowns. Some felt Ellington would fit great in the triangle offense. As it turns out, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings instead. Larkin was thought to be the least important player in the trade. Instead he'll be calling New York home for at least the next two seasons.

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Los Angeles Lakers not Good Enough for New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony

October 16th, 2014 at 9:27 PM
By Matt Agne

Carmelo Anthony and where he'd sign this past free agency period was one of the biggest stories of the NBA off-season. Where he'd eventually end up was a matter of opinion that varied greatly and few agreed on. Some named the Houston Rockets. Some said he'd sign with the Chicago Bulls. Others thought he'd join Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers. However, after re-signing with the New York Knicks Anthony's former teammate Tyson Chandler claims the Lakers weren't good enough to lure the former Orangemen superstar to the western conference.

It's well known that the Houston Rockets were never really big players in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes and that the New York Knicks only real competition was the Chicago Bulls. However, Anthony's former Knicks teammate Tyson Chandler apparently doesn't agree.

Despite Anthony himself saying that the Lakers weren't a top option for him, Chandler believes they weren't only an option but the top option. Perhaps Phil Jackson had a point about Chandler's communication skills with his teammates. Chandler has chosen to ignore Anthony and instead believes the lack of talent is the only thing that kept Anthony from joining the Lakers this off-season.

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New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Uses Red Wine Baths for ‘Vinotherapy’

October 16th, 2014 at 4:26 PM
By Doug Rush

It's not everyday you hear of a person, much less a professional basketball player, taking a bath in red wine. Yet, that's exactly what Amar'e Stoudemire does on a frequent basis.

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The Knicks veteran posted a picture of himself on Thursday inside the bath with what appears to be a great amount of red wine on Instagram, and it's made people wonder what the red wine is for.

According to an article from Naomi Campbell of the Daily Mail, the art of "vinotherapy" is what is helping Stoudemire with such baths.

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Quincy Acy Likely to Be New York Knicks Starting Power Forward on Opening Night: Report

October 16th, 2014 at 12:46 PM
By Doug Rush

Quincy Acy has yet to play in a regular season game for the New York Knicks and yet, he's made such a positive influence on the team and the coaches that he not only has earned a spot with the team, but he could end up being a starter on the team.

Acy, who was acquired from the Sacramento Kings this past summer, is being reported that he likely will be the Knicks' starting power forward on opening night in a couple of weeks over players like Andrea Bargnani and Amar'e Stoudemire, as Marc Berman of the New York Post reported. Acy said he wasn't coming to the Knicks with the mindset that he would be starting, but overall, he's ready to do what's necessary.

“No I didn't plan on coming here to start,'' Acy told The Post with a chuckle. “I planned on coming here and playing hard to earn minutes. I guess I impressed enough with my defense to earn a spot. I don't know what coach got going if I'm starting or coming off the bench or not playing, but I'll be happy.''

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