Maybe it is not this guy, but here is one of the most prominent mindfulness experts in a talk at google for a sense of flavor as to what Carmelo, JR and the rest of the Knicks will be undergoing this season from a zen approach to consciousness.

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Triangle now the biggest star at MSG?

by knicksdefense on October 7, 2014

If you take a look at the preview articles I linked to in the last blog post, almost all of theme mention Melo is now 30 years old, “the wrong side of 30,” as ball don’t lie mentions.

Have they even seen Melo play? His style of play will be fine, he’s mastered all of the moves Jordan developed late in his career to compensate for waning athleticism.

I must admit I’m excited for tomorrow’s preseason game against the Celtics in Hartford, Connecticut. I want to see the triangle offense. I want to see what this roster can do in the triangle, particularly Melo.

Phil Jackson is running things in New York. 13 or so titles to his credit (of course we know his rosters were stacked in his favor). If things don’t work out with Melo over the next couple of years, he is definitely tradeable, say to a team that could lose their star talent to free agency.

Many of the preview articles accuse Samuel Dalembert of being a flake, we’ll have to wait and see. The team just finished it’s training camp at West Point, I’m not sure how MGMT could be more clear, the point is to be accountable, be a professional, work within the system.

Looking forward to seeing Mr. Jose Calderon run the point tomorrow. Larkin is too small, almost Nate Robinson small, but just as was the case with Darrell Armstrong, and perhaps to a smaller extent Nate Robinson, sometimes you just need a spark off the bench to change the game when it is time to sit a few starters.

I don’t believe in J.R. Smith, but we’ll see what coach Fisher can get out of him. My money is on Tim Hardaway being the starting two guard when the season starts. I think Shumpert is a bench player and JR is best suited coming off the bench as well.

Amar’e too.

That leaves a starting five of what now?

PG Jose Calderon
SG Tim Hardaway Jr.
C Dalembert (I don’t miss Tyson Chandler)
SF Melo
PF was going to say Jason Smith, or Amar’e, but hoping Cleanthony Early can bulk up quickly and maybe get some starts after the all-star break

Am I the only one that thinks there is more than a puncher’s chance that Fisher and Jackson can revive Andrea Bargnani’s career? It was, after all, Jose Calderon that was feeding Bargnani the ball during his most productive years in the NBA. I enjoy it when a fan can follow the logic of Knicks off season acquisitions.

It is all about the triangle this year. If you can’t triangle, then sit on the bench!

Let’s go Knicks!

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Knicks Preview Articles Part 1

by knicksdefense on October 5, 2014

ball don’t lie

Hoops Habit

Sir Charles in Charge

number fire

Sports Chat Place

new york times

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Invited to training camp are the following now signed players:

Orlando Sanchez

Langston Galloway

Travis Wear

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The Eastern Conference in 2014-2015

by knicksdefense on September 8, 2014

Indiana – A major injury to Paul George makes me think they’ll slip in the rankings.

New York – resigned Melo, brought in Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, and Cleanthony Early. Goodbye to Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. Phil jackson is the MVP and he is on the sideline in a suit, not ready to coach yet… Derek Fisher will teach the triangle. If they make any more changes before the season begins, look for Prigioni, J.R. Smith or Amar’e Stoudemire to be shopped. No one will take Bargnani so I hope Phil can mold him into a player who competes.

Brooklyn – I never pay attention to the Nets, you tell me.

Miami – still a factor, will probably still win 50 games, but no one expects them to contend without LeBron.

Cleveland – LeBron and Kevin Love? They’re an instant playoff team, if not contender. Reminds me of when players like Karl Malone and Gary Payton went to the Lakers: so much talent on one team, how long will it take to gel? David Blatt is isntantly on the hot seat. Very curious as to why LeBron chose just a two year deal, is he thinking NYK next destination to play with either Melo or Durant? Just bloggin’.

Chicago – same question marks as Indiana, with major injuries can Derrick Rose play 82 games and be healthy for the playoffs? If so, they must be the favorites with great defense, rebounding and depth.

I’ve been watching the USA team blow teams out in the FIBA World Cup. So far I like Kenneth Faried the most on that team, so much hustle on the offensive glass. They never seem to box him out, how could he not be on the scouting report? Who would you rather have, Kenneth Faried or Joakim Noah?

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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.

Screenshot from 2014-08-18 13:05:53

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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