JR Smith wants to be a leader this year

by knicksdefense on August 27, 2014

JR Smith is an x-factor for the Knicks this year along with Amar’e Stoudemire.

Recently Smith was interviewed by ESPN, click here to read more on what was said.

How much Smith and Stoudemire can provide on the court and in the locker room can greatly help the Knicks in their efforts to become a team to be taken seriously.

Stoudemire said the Knicks didn’t “buy in” early on in the 2013-2014 season.

The fact that Phil is in town and in control means there are no more excuses for the Knicks. Time is running out and the expiring contracts of Bargnani and Stoudemire mean those two will be playing for their paychecks.

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Cavs are attempting to deal for center Timofey Mozgov

by knicksdefense on August 26, 2014

Mozgov, a once-promising young Knick who was dealt to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade, finished the season strong check out his numbers in April:

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The Knicks have hired assistant coach Jim Cleamons to work with head coach Derek Fischer under the soon-to-begin Phil Jackson era of New York basketball.

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Cleamons, leftmost in the picture above, will join assistant coach Kurt Rambis with head coach Fisher on the bench this season.

Longtime Knicks stalwart Herb Williams was let go upon Jackson’s arrival as president of basketball operations.

In other news, Jackson has recently laid down $4.85 million for this house, located on 57th street in Manhattan.

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2014-2015 New York Knicks Season Schedule

by knicksdefense on August 14, 2014

Sixteen nationally televised games.

Not the most, not the least.

Several teams, including the Orlando Magic, have zero nationally televised games.

Not that this matters as much anymore. If you’re an NBA fan, you probably have NBA league pass.

I’m thinking of getting college league pass this year, in addition to NBA league pass… Would like to follow the North Carolina basketball teams of Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest.

2014-15 New York Knicks

Regular Season Schedule

Oct. Wednesday… 29.. vs. Chicago…………. 8:00 p.m.

Thursday…… 30.. at Cleveland…….. 8:00 p.m.

Nov. Sunday………… 2.. vs. Charlotte………. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday………. 4.. vs. Washington…… 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday….. 5.. at Detroit…………. 7:30 p.m.

Friday…………. 7.. at Brooklyn………. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday……… 8.. at Atlanta………… 7:30 p.m.

Monday……… 10.. vs. Atlanta…………. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday… 12.. vs. Orlando…………. 7:30 p.m.

Friday………… 14.. vs. Utah……………… 7:30 p.m.

Sunday………. 16.. vs. Denver………….. 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday……. 18.. at Milwaukee……. 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday.. 19.. at Minnesota……. 8:00 p.m.

Saturday……. 22.. vs. Philadelphia….. 7:30 p.m.

Monday…….. 24.. at Houston……….. 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday.. 26.. at Dallas………….. 7:30 p.m.

Friday……….. 28.. at Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m.

Sunday………. 30.. vs. Miami……………. 7:30 p.m.

Dec. Tuesday………. 2.. vs. Brooklyn……….. 7:30 p.m.

Thursday……… 4.. vs. Cleveland………. 8:00 p.m.

Friday…………. 5.. at Charlotte……… 7:00 p.m.

Sunday………… 7.. vs. Portland……….. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday……… 9.. at New Orleans… 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday.. 10.. at San Antonio…. 8:00 p.m.

Friday……….. 12.. at Boston…………. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday………. 14.. vs. Toronto…………. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday…….. 16.. vs. Dallas……………. 8:00 p.m.

Thursday…… 18.. at Chicago……….. 8:00 p.m.

Saturday……. 20.. vs. Phoenix………… 1:00 p.m.

Sunday……… 21.. at Toronto………… 3:30 p.m.

Thursday……. 25.. vs. Washington…………. noon

Saturday…… 27.. at Sacramento.. 10:00 p.m.

Sunday……… 28.. at Portland……….. 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday.. 31.. at L.A. Clippers… 6:00 p.m.

Jan. Friday………….. 2.. vs. Detroit………….. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday………… 4.. vs. Milwaukee…….. 7:30 p.m.

Monday……….. 5.. at Memphis………. 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday….. 7.. at Washington….. 7:00 p.m.

Thursday……… 8.. vs. Houston………… 8:00 p.m.

Saturday……. 10.. vs. Charlotte………. 1:00 p.m.

Thursday…… 15.. Milwaukee (at London) 3:00 p.m.

Jan. Monday……… 19.. vs. New Orleans….. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday.. 21.. at Philadelphia…. 7:00 p.m.

Friday………… 23.. vs. Orlando…………. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday…… 24.. at Charlotte……… 7:00 p.m.

Monday……… 26.. vs. Sacramento…… 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday… 28.. vs. Oklahoma City…… 8:00 p.m.

Thursday…… 29.. at Indiana………… 8:00 p.m.

Feb. Sunday………… 1.. vs. L.A. Lakers……. 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday………. 3.. vs. Boston………….. 7:30 p.m.

Friday…………. 6.. at Brooklyn………. 7:00 p.m.

Saturday……… 7.. vs. Golden State…. 7:30 p.m.

Monday……….. 9.. at Miami…………… 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday.. 11.. at Orlando……….. 7:00 p.m.

Friday………… 20.. vs. Miami……………. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday………. 22.. vs. Cleveland………. 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday.. 25.. at Boston…………. 7:30 p.m.

Friday……….. 27.. at Detroit…………. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday……. 28.. vs. Toronto…………. 7:30 p.m.

Mar. Wednesday….. 4.. at Indiana………… 7:00 p.m.

Saturday……… 7.. vs. Indiana…………. 7:30 p.m.

Monday……….. 9.. at Denver…………. 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday……. 10.. at Utah…………….. 9:00 p.m.

Thursday…… 12.. at L.A. Lakers… 10:30 p.m.

Saturday…… 14.. at Golden State. 10:30 p.m.

Sunday……… 15.. at Phoenix……….. 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday…….. 17.. vs. San Antonio….. 7:30 p.m.

Thursday……. 19.. vs. Minnesota……… 7:30 p.m.

Friday……….. 20.. at Philadelphia…. 7:00 p.m.

Sunday……… 22.. at Toronto………… 4:00 p.m.

Monday……… 23.. vs. Memphis……….. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday… 25.. vs. L.A. Clippers….. 7:00 p.m.

Friday………… 27.. vs. Boston………….. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday…… 28.. at Chicago……….. 8:00 p.m.

Apr. Wednesday….. 1.. vs. Brooklyn……….. 7:30 p.m.

Friday…………. 3.. at Washington….. 7:00 p.m.

Sunday………… 5.. vs. Philadelphia….. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday….. 8.. vs. Indiana…………. 7:30 p.m.

Friday………… 10.. vs. Milwaukee…….. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday…… 11.. at Orlando……….. 7:00 p.m.

Monday…….. 13.. at Atlanta………… 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday… 15.. vs. Detroit………….. 8:00 p.m.

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Early results are the Knicks got an A for their draft night.

At pick 34: a 6’7″ small forward Cleanthony Early from Wichita State.

At pick 51: a guard named Giannis Antetokounmpo, or “greek freak’s brother.”

At pick 57: a euro big man project named Louis Labeyrie.

The only criticisms I’ve read thus far: the Knicks, after the Tyson Chandler trade, are all guards.

In a matter of days the roster seems to be more than 50 percent changed from last year.

I love how they reffered to Felton as the “worst point guard in the league,” ouch!

They also seemed to dismiss Tyson’s season as a regression. Phil said that Dalembert can bring what we lost with Tyson defensively.

I like how Phil Jackson said Dallas was happy and New York was happy, that both sides got what it wanted out of the trade.

I can’t imagine the starting five if Melo goes.

I know the 1 is Calderon, the five is Dalembert. Who could you start at shooting guard on this team? I’m thinking Tim Hardaway Jr., but everyone must first try out for the triangle system to see who flourishes.

Would be cool if Jackson could hire Pearl and Clyde as assistant coaches, obviously they already have jobs and probably don’t want to deal with spoiled brat NBA players of this generation, but obviously Jackson’s success is a glimmer of hope in the darkness of Madison Square Garden.

New York, being a fan of the Knicks, I’ve been criticized recently for rooting for Brooklyn in the playoffs that the Knicks didn’t qualify to participate in.

My wife is born and raised in Brooklyn, I know I hated the New Jersey Nets, hated Jason Kidd, but now that they’re in Brooklyn, I don’t think it is wrong to root for them if the Knicks are not involved.

Does it reflect on James Dolan that Jason Kidd left the franchise so rapidly?

the past / the present
Mike Woodson / Derek Fisher
Ray Felton / Jose Calderon
Tyson Chandler / Samuel Dalembert

So tempted to put Carmelo in the past column. Hopefully soon. I give up on him just like my season tickets.

So yeah, don’t hate the Nets as much now that they’re in Brooklyn, but I’m still a Knicks fan more than anything else. I’m most excited about the new coach, new president, new role players and hopefully new franchise players. Melo is a good scorer and nothing else in New York at this point.

Two wild memes I’ve encountered online in recent times:

Melo for Harden

Phil Jackson is thinking in the long term to go after Kevin Durant. He feels pretty confident he can get him in a Knicks uniform.

Could that be psychological warfare to get into the mind of Carmelo? To throw down the gauntlet and challenge him to stay and be better than the more liked, arguably more successful to this point, Durant?

Durant is really more exciting to me, and a better team player too. Melo is awesome at the jab step, shot fake combos, and occasional post up, but that’s about it. Durant is more of a freak about his way of dominating a basketball game.

The Knicks are in rebuild mode for the summer of 2014, and Knicks fans want to know what Phil Jackson is up to…

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We’ve got a pulse!

This is the first Knicks news I’ve been excited about in a while.

Calderon is a crafty player I’ve admired for years, Dalembert, been wanting his shot-blocking on the Knicks for years.

Who are these guys?

Shane Larkin

Wayne Ellington

Sorry for the crude mix tape hip hop. Hip hop hasn’t been good in years. Innovation has slowed.

Back to the Knicks. These moves trim salary.

Melo is on the way out. I hear that Shumpert could be moved for a pick, but now that we seemingly have two second round draft picks, maybe he stays.

The most recent outrageous rumor with no basis in reality is the one started by stephen A. about Melo for Harden. That would be fine by me if it were to become reality the way that this Tyson Chandler trade now seems to be.

The summer is here. Time to take a deep breath and slow down. Go back to basics. Go to the museum or mall so I don’t have pay for air conditioning.

LeBron is opting out just like Melo but who cares. Only if he’d play in New York, which, no one is talking about right now.

Right now we are rebuilding, and we are not necessarily rebuilding around anyone. Which means go for versatility in acquiring new players. They have to fit the triangle offense that Jackson likes to run.

Would Jackson try to use Bargnani the way that he used Kucoc in Chicago? Assuming we are stuck with Bargnani, can Jackson get any use out if him?

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We Quit the Garden

by knicksdefense on June 18, 2014

Didn’t renew our season tickets.

It had been five years of financial commitment to Knicks season tickets.

Where this takes us as Knicks fans is unclear.

I’ve been a die hard since 1988. This is a bad time to be a Knicks fan. It has been disappointing since we made the Carmelo trade.

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Damn, where did the season go?

by knicksdefense on May 11, 2014

Work has been difficult, a change may be coming soon.

I’d like more time to write about the Knicks.

Right now it just feels good to be in better weather; just returned from the park; was shooting there for around 300 shots.

My shooting philosophy is mostly derived from Kenny “the Jet” smith:

seems, daylight follow through

is his mantra.

I do a slight modification:

seems, daylight extend and snap

as in full extention on the shot (the two-inch theory is under-utilized in basketball) and snap the wrist for optimal projection

Now I see where Trans Am gets their sound from.

I caught some heat for cheering for Brooklyn on Facebook. A fellow knicks fan objected. I say, if the Knicks aren’t in it, root for Brooklyn, especially when they are playing against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Brooklyn doesn’t have much more than a puncher’s chance, so the underdog will have to do until November arrives with Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr trying to right the ship that hasn’t been sailing this 2014 NBA Playoffs.

Shame what happened to Mark Jaskson too.

Funny too see a veteran Tony Parker school a young talent like Lillard. I’m enjoying that series and the playoffs in general.

Just don’t want it to get too hot around here too quickly. Sick of the rain too.

Well Knicks people, who would you remove first from this roster? Whom would you try to work with that’s name isn’t Tim Hardaway? What are the top objectives of this offseason?

Should Knicks Defense renew their season tickets at the garden? Missing the playoffs and not having a lottery pick really stings to start the summer.

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Prigioni was inserted in the starting lineup, and the turnovers came down; Tyson sat and Bargnani delivered with 25 points 8 rebounds and 5 blocks! The rebounding and defense of Tyson Chandler was missing,and Carmelo Anthony continued his good all-around play with 28 points 8 rebounds 6 assists 1 steal and 1 block.

Two of the Knicks’ losses on this early season came with last-second luck shots by the opposing team. A few free throws made and it could have been San Antonio Spurs (5-1) against the New York Knicks (4-1).

New York usually plays well against the Spurs.

Will Woodson continue with the simplistic “only play Stoudemire every other game, play K-Mart whenever I want to” schedule, or will each finally get some serious PT and as a result get their rhythm?

Also, will J.R. Smith make his season debut tomorrow?

Am I the only one that thinks the Knicks can win tomorrow?

Am I drinking the Bargnani cool aid?

I say, just for tomorrow, sit Shump (sorry PaulNoize–hey, good to see you on here!) in favor of Artest and let’s see what this team can do tomorrow against the Spurs.

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First things first, we got our new tickets. Blurred deliberately to prevent theft, they are now printed vertically, in years past they were horizontal.

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Who didn’t make the season ticket book? K Mart, Tim Hardaway Jr., Udrich, and the rest of the guys trying to fight for a roster spot: Aldrich, Jeremey Tyler, ect.

The Madison Square Garden bridge photos are from Knicks Fix, Mr. Hahn took them I believe. We will get first hand pics on the 25th when the first preseason game is at at home.

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I would be surprised if they didn’t have to move the banners of retired player numbers to accomplish this extra way to make money. The Garden officials claim sight lines of the courts is unobstructed, however the sight lines of the iconic ceiling must have been obstructed. TVs have been mounted to the back of the bridge for the extremely far back seats. I wonder what the pricing is for this bridge seating. I’m not a fan right now but maybe that will change.

Lastly, the preseason has been disappointing after the first game which was lovely.

Bargnani is proving he can’t be a #1 option, with Woodson sitting all of the good players and letting Bargs and Shumpert trying to help the young cats struggling for a roster spot as the cut deadline looms. I like Diogu, Powell and Aldrich. Tyler can be stashed in the d-league hopefully.

Well, we’ll be full speed in less than two weeks. How do you feel about the New New York Knicks?

Perception is this team lost its ability to shoot from outside. Did we gain anything defensively? I think so, MWP will be contagious to Melo and hopefully Bargs. I think the Knicks should continue to start Prigioni with Felton and sit Shump, JR and Tim Hardaway for one reason only: reduce turnovers.

That was Woodson’s philosophy last year and it worked.

Hopefully tyson doesn’t let this happen this year:
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Ouch.

LGK!

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