Knicks Preview 2013-2014

After a fantastic 2012-13 contest where the Knicks won 54 games, they look to improve on that number next season and make an even deeper run into the playoffs. The lineup as it stands looks impressive on paper and the 2013-2014 New York Knicks season is going to be a flagrantly fun one (bad MWP and JR Smith joke) to say the least. The Knicks have had some crucial additions / losses from the ‘12-’13 season so let’s have a quick break down to get everyone up to speed.

Key Losses:

  • Chris Copeland aka The Galloping Lesbian aka Brittany Griner – Sweet dreadlocks, but a defensive liability. Seemingly scored at will and put up high points when he was on the court, but the Knicks couldn’t afford him. He was one of the most underrated players of last season left as an UFA to the Pacers. 
  • Steve Novak aka Novakaine – Three point specialist (and fan favorite) who towards the end of the season lost some playing time / lost his only valuable asset, his shot from beyond the arc, left in trade with Toronto.tumblr_m5ld2ohUeA1rtnwmvo1_500

  • Jason Kidd aka Crash Bandicoot – Retired and is now the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets

    Too soon?!?!

  • Marcus Camby aka Marcus Camby- One of my favorite Knicks of all time. Not utilized properly, was involved in trade to Toronto which he’s PISSED about.

  • James ‘Flight’ White- Dude sucked a bag of dicks. Was supposed to be an auto-win in the dunk contest…..NOPE

  • Quentin Richardson – oh the title of this is KEY losses….this guy is a bum

Key Signings/Trades:

  • JR Smith– The reigning 6th man of the year was resigned to a 3yr/17mil. deal which he’s currently using to drive around $450k armored vehicle around NYC. Streaky shooter, but a solid player and when he’s hot….is the hottest player on the planet. Last season he seemed to have a new vision on the court; less chucking and a more balanced and intelligent selection of shots. If he can keep this up when he returns from knee surgery, the Knicks SG situation is going to be nasty. 

  • Pablo Prigioni  aka Pablo Pepperoni aka Priggie Smalls- Smart BBall IQ, able to space the floor. Needs to grow a pair and shoot the open 3 pointer. New York’s best lineups last season included Prigioni at the point and Felton playing off the ball. He is like a ghost on the court, tipping passes, ruining plays and stealing the ball out of nowhere. This guy is awesome. 

  • Kenyon Martin – One of my favorite players ever. Big man, Big blocks, Big dunks, rebounds and can fill in quite nicely when Chandler is off the court. Signing for the vet minimum is a HUGE steal for the Knicks.

  • Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest aka ??? – Fierce perimeter defense, extremely tough, makes problems for shooters on the floor. Minus the possibility of him kicking some fans asses, he’s a fantastic pick up and will prove as a TREMENDOUS bargain for $1.6 Mil. Teaming him up with local nutcase JR Smith should be a fun ride for NBA fans of all ages. QUEENSBRIDGE STAND UPimages

  • Andrea Bargnani- This is what they call in the biz as a high risk/high reward situation. The Knicks traded Novak, QRich, Camby and a few picks (‘14 2nd round, ‘16 1st round, and ‘17 2nd round) for this Italian Stallion. Known as a ‘soft’ center/PF. This is by far the most confusing move the Knicks made this year because the seven footer isn’t much of a rebounder or a defender (what the Knicks really lacked last season) he’s a stretch-4 that can help Carmelo. He needed a change of scenery, and hopefully MSG is the place to do it.

  • Beno Udrih– Tremendous STEAL for the Vet minimum. Doesn’t seem like a huge acquisition, but the dude can ball. Averaged 8.2ppg with ~5 assists in 22 mins. With an aging Prigioni/Felton, Beno is going to get some quality minutes.

    I think it’s just better to put a picture of Beno’s wife instead of him…thank me later

Other Notables

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dad ISN’T Penny Hardaway. Hardaway is coming into a team with a solid shooting guard situation. He may see some minutes if there’s an injury this season, but its pretty much going to be the Shump/Smith show.

  • CJ Leslie– MVP of NC State the last couple of years. I really like his game and was PUMPED when the Knicks signed him.He’s incredibly athletic and a great scorer. Scouts say he lacks motor and sometimes gives up on plays, but Woody will whoop him into shape real quick. Similar to Hardaway he comes into a log-jammed PF situation with STAT and Bargnani so his minutes will be limited in the early going.

    The HAMMAAAAAAA

    The HAMMAAAAAAA

  • Jeremy Tyler– This guy turned so many heads in the Summer League that he got offered a contract with the Knicks. He’ll be the third center option behind Chandler and Bargnani/Kenyon. Kid’s 6’11” so he can match up with many other centers in the league. All its going to take is some quality outings to gain more minutes.

    BOOM SHAKALAKA

My Starting 5

PG- Raymond Felton

SG- Iman Shumpert

SF- Carmelo Anthony

PF- Andrea Bargnani

C- Tyson Chandler

Second Team

PG- Pablo Prigioni

SG- JR Smith

SF- Metta World Peace

PF- Amar’e Stoudemire

C- Kenyon Martin

The ’12-’13 Knicks are deep at a few positions. The PG crew of Felton, Prigioni and Udrih is pleasantly deep and each brings something different to the table. Felton has the ability to score, Prigioni is a playmaker and Udrih is a veteran who can be creative and can make a play off the dribble. The Knickerbockers are also deep at the Shooting guard position with Shump, JR and recently drafted Hardaway Jr. The forward position is swamped with talent including: Melo, Stat, MWP, Bargnani, Kenyon, Jeremy Tyler and CJ Leslie. The only position the Knicks are truly lacking is a backup big man. They have players that could potentially fill in (Bargs, Kenyon, Tyler) but none are as ‘true’ a center as Chandler. The Knicks have one more spot open on their roster so look for them to find a backup big with potential like Hamed Haddadi (who they worked out last week), Earl Barron or maybe even Cole Aldrich. The Knicks are going to make some waves this season, and still (and forever will) run NY. This may be the season Knicks fans have been waiting for since ’73.

Is that Louis CK in the background ??!?!?!?!

Lemme know what you guys think.

-DiRoma

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On the Mind

Let’s talk about some serious stuff first here:

Straight Class

Stay Classy, Louisville! 

Kevin Ware

I turned away at the “right” moment on Sunday when watching the Louisville-Duke game. I had to YouTube and Barstool the Kevin Ware injury and I can say I never felt worse for an individual athlete. The poor kid’s leg was hanging there and many of his teammates were surrounding him in tears and were in fear, but he has stayed positive since the horrific injury. Both coaches were torn you could visibly see, especially Rick Pitino who had to keep wiping away the tears from his eyes. Kevin Ware has been interviewed and photographed since then. I watched his interview with Rece Davis and the young man was brought to tears when speaking about his teammates and how they have handled his situation. The shirts and warm-up jerseys Louisville are going to wear in honor of Ware are pretty legit if you ask me, even though some are questioning the intention of Adidas and Louisville for selling such items. All I have to say is let them be, and watch out for Louisville even more now playing with this in their minds!

White on Rice

Rutgers coach Mike Rice has been fired over the revelation to all, he has some serious anger issues and takes it out on his players. If anybody had a pair of eyes and saw the guy at Robert Morris could have seen something like this coming. Rightfully so, the guy was fired. However, just like instances of PEDs in baseball and improper benefits in college sports, more of actions like this will come out of the shadows from coaches whom you would expect this from. Coaches jobs are hard as it is, and many can’t handle it without  succumbing to something as low as the actions that Mike Rice resorted to. I am positive this goes on more than many people not involved in sports understand, but wait till more stories come out.

You mad, bro?

You mad, bro?

Simply hilarious … courtesy of Barstool Sports:

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Aw-Burn-ed

Every since Cam Newton came into the spotlight at Auburn, the program has been under scrutiny and criticism from reporters and investigators, and rightfully so. Cam Newton was welcomed with open arms, and wallets after he’s been on record saying he couldn’t go to Mississippi State because the money was too good to pass up at Auburn, fishy. And the only reason they weren’t busted is the NCAA decided there wasn’t “sufficient” evidence. Now, it is being reported that Auburn changed the grades of at least nine players to keep them eligible, offered money to potential NFL draft picks so that they would return to school as well as violations related to recruiting. Former players are on record now saying that the Auburn coaches slid them some money to stay in school. Listen, I love college football, but it’s easily one of the most corrupt sports in the country because these athletes are unpaid and coaches do anything possible to get the recruits and keep the kids, because it ultimately means they keep their jobs. Don’t worry though the NCAA loves its precious S.E.C!

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Knicks on Fire and Nobody Talking About the Nuggets

The Knicks have won 10 straight now, without Amar’e and up until two nights ago, without Tyson Chandler. They have secured the number two spot behind championship-favorite Miami. The Knicks could be staring at a Eastern Conference Championship matchup with the Heat, which could be one for the ages, like they used to be. The Nuggets have been overlooked all year, including when they had their own 15 game win streak because the Heat were running off a small win streak of 27 games. The Nuggets are sitting pretty at the three seed and can run with or on any team in the NBA. Fear the Nuggets!

NHL Deadline 

As a Ranger fan I will touch on the deals made by the Rangers. Ryan Clowe? Brilliant move by getting somebody who was under-performing this year for not much and hoping to re-sign him to a deal now, especially since he scored two goals and an assist in his first game. Bad move, trading Gaborik. It seemed the struggles and the disappointment that the Rangers’ season has been was pinned on Gabby all along. If you take our finesse All-Star who is coming off a major shoulder surgery with no training camp and demote him to the “thrasher” line, what do you expect if he isn’t going to score or go out and throw his shoulder into someone? The first game it looked like a good trade, but Gaborik netted a goal and added an assist in his first game as a Blue Jacket. I still don’t like it, but I’m not running this team. His contract was up after next year anyway, and Richards isn’t scoring much either, shame.

Opening Week

Who’s ready for some baseball? Don’t look too much into opening week, there are after all over 150 games remaining after this week for each team. No worries Yankee faithful, we’ll be there come September and October!

Those are my two cents … cash ’em in!

Anthony

To Lin-Finity and Beyond!

A Lin is a Lin is a Lin! … or something along those lines. It’s a lot of what Knicks’ fans have been able to say as their team has stormed back to a .500 winning percentage by winning 8 of their last 10 games. Even non-Knick fans have been singing a similar tune, due to one player, and he of course is Jeremy Lin.

Jeremy Lin is the newest lin-sation of the NBA, his image has overshadowed all over the past few weeks, including Miami’s Big Three, Lob City in LA, those other purple and gold guys from LA, and whoever else you can think of. Lin was cut by two teams this year, the Rockets and the Warriors, and almost the Knickerbockers. Carmelo Anthony, looked at Coach Mike D’Antoni during the Knicks game against the New Jersey Nets on February 4th and told him to give the kid a shot. Needless to say the “kid” erupted for 25 points, 7 assists to and 5 rebounds, much to the chagrin of Deron Williams.

Lin has thrived since averaging, 23.9 points and 9.2 assists. His turnover’s have been an issue, as he is averaging over 5 per game through his run as the newest Knick starting point guard. Most in New York overlook this factor, but his nay-sayers pinpoint on that statistic. The turnovers must come down, and have started to with the return of Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo knows that the entire city is behind this kid now after he was for a brief moment during the Nets game. Melo must mold back in as they seem they might be able to, and a good test will be the game against the Miami Heat. But, back to Lin here.

Lin is humble and plays his heart out every game. He has been averaging over 35 minutes per game, and that number has been dragged down because of the beating the Knicks put on the Kings, when the starters were able to rest most of the second half. Lin has no regards for his own health or body, as he constantly drives to the basket toward bigger defenders. This is what New York needs, it is after all a basketball town, and will only become a bigger one when the Nets move into Brooklyn. Lin has put life into the Garden and into the prices of tickets as they have skyrocketed over the past few weeks. Lin is great for the NBA, because after a debacle of an off-season and stand-offs between owners and players that resulted in a shortened season, where good ankles are a hot commodity, he has provided a spike in publicity and excitement. Not only that, but the Asian population is clearly paying more attention now than ever before, even when Yao-Ming was peaking during his career.

Lin has not slowed down as many expected throughout his run, and we shall all see and witness how can he run D’Antoni’s offense for the rest of the year as both superstars are finally healthy, and the Knicks have added more pieces in J.R. Smith, Baron Davis, and Steve Novak. Landry Fields, only seems to be playing better with Lin, and Tyson Chandler has benefited from great passing as he is shooting an astounding 70% from the field. Rookie, Iman Shumpert, a somewhat of a combo-guard has some of the quickest hands in the NBA and is perfecting his on ball defense. The Knicks, if all things click, could be a force in the East hoping to contend with the likes of Chicago and Miami.

Those are my two cents … cash em in if you wish!

T-Catz

Another Jeremy Lin Story

Where does one begin to describe the overnight success story that is Jeremy Lin? He’s Lincredile, all he does is Lin (8 out of 9 games), and even Grammy winner Adele says that Jeremy has Knicks fans RolLINg in the Deep right now.

His story is amazing and no one can deny that. He graduated Harvard University, went undrafted, then went on to be cut by two NBA teams, the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors organization, including point guard Steph Curry have said they don’t regret the move. In an ESPN interview which aired during the recent Warriors/Blazers game, Curry went so far as to state that Lin would have never seen time on the court with Golden State. Who is Curry kidding? Even if Lin stopped playing at this high level today, chances are slim that the back-up guards in Golden State are going to go on a Lin-esque run and contribute this immensely anytime soon. Also, Lin contributes more to the Knicks than Nate Robinson presently does for the Warriors. In fact, most intellectual basketball minds would probably choose Lin over Robinson.

Head coach Mark Jackson said he did not have any regrets cutting the 6’3″ point guard. In Coach Jackson’s eyes, they are set at the point guard position for years with a backcourt presence starring Steph Curry and Monta Ellis, both of whom can run an offense. Jackson is not the general manager so he cannot lament over not having a particular player on his roster. This is where the Warriors management comes into the picture.

Lin was cut to make room for the potential signing of restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan. The Warriors successfully accomplished two things this off-season: They drove up the price for the Los Angeles Clippers to re-sign him and managed to give away February’s likely choice as the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for nothing.

The Rockets organization did not hide their feelings towards releasing Lin. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was upset over the decision. On Twitter, Morey told the world how he felt when he tweeted, “We should have kept [Jeremy Lin]. Did not know he was this good.” Should he have anything to regret?

The Rockets are very deep at the point guard position with Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic, Johnny Flynn, and Terrence Williams who showed glimpses of being able to run the point during his tenure with the Nets. With those guys, Lin wasn’t going to see much, if any time at all, and the Rockets need for a big by the name of Samuel Dalembert superseded any reason to keep Lin on the roster.

Even the Knickerbockers should be counting their blessings. Jeremy Lin was on the verge of being cut by the Knicks too. The Knicks came into the game versus New Jersey on the culmination of a back-to-back-to-back. Their starters were tired and showing signs of fatigue. D’Antoni was left with no choice but to give Lin playing time. And the rest, is LINstory.

Jimmy Lips