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Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on Sesame Street

April 9, 2011

This is an awesome video of the new Knicks stars on Sesame Street with Grover. I love that they understand that Sesame Street is a major icon and they want to be a part of it because they used to watch it when they were young. Good to see them make a difference not only on the court but in the studio…

Carmelo Anthony says that the Knicks are going to have to wait till next year to compete

March 22, 2011

Via ESPN NewYork:

The words no Knicks fan wanted to hear came out of Carmelo Anthony‘s mouth during the last sentence he uttered Sunday afternoon before exiting into the cold, rainy grayness that ushered in the first day of spring in Wisconsin.

“It might take [until] next season,” Anthony said after the Knicks had their lowest-scoring quarter of the season — putting just nine points on the scoreboard over the first 12 minutes — in a 100-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that wrapped up what can best be called a lost weekend.

After noting that the core of the team has been together for only three weeks, Anthony was asked how close the team is to being on the same page.

“We’re almost there. If everybody gets 100 percent on the same page, it might take [until] next season,” Anthony said. “Right now, in this short period of time, we’ve got to come together as a unit and just check out what we’re going to do, and do it. As far as everybody jelling and the chemistry clicking to where we want it to be, it’s going to take some time.”

So there you have it, 15 games into the new era that began with an atmosphere of euphoria, the timeline for achieving success has been publicly adjusted by the player who is expected to take the Knicks to the next level.

Photo By John Angiolillo (UPI)

With the Knicks already knowing that they are headed to the playoffs — something they’ve known since the day the big trade went down — the urgency that would come with fighting for a playoff spot is just not present.

And as a result, the Knicks are not only unpredictable and inconsistent, they are flat.

“We’re a ways from where we need to be,” Chauncey Billups said. “We have got a ways to go on both ends getting familiar.”

If you ever wanted to see flatness manifest itself into a 12-minute window into the soul (or lack thereof) of a team, you’d need to look no further than the first quarter of this game.

The Knicks weren’t sloppy in that first period, committing just one turnover. They weren’t passive, outrebounding Milwaukee on the offensive boards 3-1. They just looked bad, missing 21 of 25 shots as they fell behind by 23 points to create a deep hole they had to spend the rest of the day digging out of.

Dig out they did, getting themselves back in contention before halftime and twice pulling within one point in the third quarter.

Wilson Chandler and Raymond Felton are 10-4 since being traded to Denver.

But again they couldn’t get the stops they needed down the stretch (the Bucks scored on eight of their final nine possessions), again a referee’s discretion did not help them (Anthony was called for an offensive foul on a jump shot with 4:06 remaining, two days after he failed to get a whistle when Chris Wilcox of the Pistons appeared to foul him on a last-minute shot), and again they played down to the level of their opponent in dropping to 7-8 since the trade, remaining in seventh place in the East as they head into their first post-trade matchup with the Boston Celtics on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Chemistry is an issue. Cohesiveness is an issue. The center spot is a major issue, and the lack of any kind of reliable depth is an issue, too.

And then there is the issue of whether Anthony is refusing to buy into coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system, something Amare Stoudemire signaled was happening after Friday night’s loss at Detroit when Anthony bolted from the locker room and headed straight for the team bus without saying anything about his 0-for-5 fourth quarter and his 6-point performance.

“That was just one night, man. I don’t really focus on that night. It happened. Whatever happened, happened. Tonight, it is what it is,” Anthony said. “My thing is just to go out there and just really focus on trying to do what I have to do within the system, within the offense. And I never want guys on our team to feel like I’m going out of the system to get what I have to get, and do what I have to do. My thing is to focus on getting the system down pat. This is the system we’ll be running from here on out, and I just want to learn it and become great at it.”

The system produced three 20-point performances as Stoudemire scored 25, Anthony had 23 and Billups 21 before he fouled out, but the pace of play was again slower than the speed D’Antoni would prefer, and the inability to get a stop down the stretch was another chapter of a recurring theme.

“We’re frustrated with trying to finish games off and trying to win and all that, but I would think other than being frustrated, [the team’s morale] is good. We’re going to try to get this done,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll get it done, it’s just a matter of being calm and knowing our problems and working through.”

And what exactly was D’Antoni’s “it”?

The “it” he’s certain they’re going to get done?

“Playing well. That’s the it,” D’Antoni said. “It’s up and down, we’ve had some good games, we’ve hit a little stretch here where we’re pressing and not playing well.”

That about sums it up, and that is not the type of summation the Knicks wanted to have when they had a 15-game body of work behind them.

As Anthony said, it may take until next season.

That is not what he was saying when he arrived, but circumstances have forced him to temper his expectations.

At this point, merely playing a competitive series in the first round of the playoffs may be as good as it gets for these Knicks. But the possibility of it getting worse cannot be discounted, either. The final 13 games of the season will be telling.

Really Carmelo Anthony? This is what I ask myself every time I listen to a Carmelo Anthony press conference. All he has done since he has gotten to New York is complain and bash his own team in the media. To lose to Indiana twice, the Bucks, and now the Celtics after last night’s loss is completely depressing. I can’t take the losing anymore, let alone a guy saying they won’t be competitive till next year. Now my question is, “Is he giving up?” Cause honestly, it sure does look like that. He had a great game against Miami when he first got here but that is about all he has contributed to. He has not played defense, has not been a team player, and has not been able to bring the Knicks to victory. Notice how I keep mentioning the nots rather than the rights. As of right now the trade looks terrible because of the way Carmelo is responding to his team and the media. His former team, the Denver Nuggets are 10-4 in his absence. Says a lot about a certain superstar. But In the end, I hope he can get his act together and start caring about his team rather than the #7 on the back of his jersey…

Knicks winning and Playoff bound NOW

December 22, 2010

The New York Knicks are truly about you, we, us, now because they care about winning. Before a three game losing skid, they won 8 in a row and it was because the team was coming together. The video above pretty much explains why the team has been successful. It is because of the dynamic duo of Felton and Stoudemire. They have meshed over the past few games and have been clicking on all cylinders. Amar’e scored 30 pts or more in 9 straight games and Felton has had 4 game with 10 assists or more. They really are beginning to understand each other sort of  like when Stockton to Malone was developing.

With the dynamic duo playing well, the Knicks have also been attacking the rim. This has led to more points and also has made them so much better. They have had 15 more opportunities at the line then their opponents and it is due to Stoudemire, Chandler, Gallinari, and Felton attacking the rim. This attacking mode for the team has led to more open three pointers and they have taken less which also has helped this team tremendously. In the beginning of the year, they lived and died by the three and now have changed directions.

The play of Landry Fields has been sensational. To have 10 points and 7 rebounds a game on average as a starting rookie is over the top. He was chosen in the second round and wasn’t even considered on draft boards. He is playing better than many rookies in the league ahead of him and some are even in the NBDL. Without his smart plays and good decisions, I don’t think this Knicks team would be the same. I think they would lack that aggressiveness and that hustle he brings to the floor every night.

The most important thing the Knicks are doing is they are playing defense. The past few games they have won because of a great defensive play. Stoudemire is averaging 2 blocks a game, Gallinari is learning how to take a charge consistently, and Toney Douglas knows how to get steals when they matter the most. With this team playing defense and not allowing 120 pts a game like years before, I think they will be able to make such a run in the future.

The key though for New Yorkers and Knicks fans is that New York is winning now. They are winning and New York “The Mecca of basketball” is back. To put people’s butts in the seats of Madison Square Garden is the greatest feeling anyone can have. The Knicks back in the days of Houston, Ewing, and Starks brings back so many good memories. To be able to spark the old rivalries between the Celtics and the Heat is a good thing for basketball and a good thing for the Knicks.

If this success keeps piling up and they win and get into the playoffs, the NBA and basketball will be back because New Yorkers will love the Knicks and the NBA while others will hate the Knicks and want them to fail again. It’s a do or die league and I think if Amar’e keeps wearing his glasses, New York will see it clear until the end.

Going to Knicks vs. Bucks game at the Bradley Center Tonight

November 9, 2010

Ahh, the life of a New York Knicks fan. Your teams are not that good. That is what I have been saying for years now but this years team actually looks like the real deal.

Game 1, my freshman year, the Knicks made trades to pick up Al Harrington, Cutino Mobley, and Tim Thomas so they played with only 7 men on the roster. There was also the whole controversy with Stephon “Starbury” Marbury and Mike D’Antoni regarding playing time. However, it did not matter in the game as they ended up losing 104-86. Chris Duhon led the team with 20 points and even Malik Rose and Anthony Roberson played. That just wasn’t good.

Then Game 2, my sophomore year it looked like the team might get a win with Gallinari and Lee at the helm in Milwaukee. Guess what happened? Loss number two. They lost 102-87.  Lee lead the team with 18 pts but also Larry Hughes was on the team then and he had 14 pts along with Wilson Chandler’s 1-10 night and Harrington’s 1-7. Gosh it was a blowout. The score was 40-22 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Now we go to Game 3 tonight, my junior year. This team is so much different. Got Felton at the point, much improved Chandler, Amare’ Stoudemire leading the team in virtually every category. This is why Knicks fans call him STAT. But let me just say, it will be a different game with a different result. The key though is to stop Bogut and Jennings. Point Guards have been killing the Knicks and if Jennings puts up a game like they did last year where he had 17 pts. It will not be a good night for the Knicks. But I am upbeat and ready to head to the Bradley Center for the contest.  Should be a good one.

My Prediction: Knicks win 100-97

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Where is Lebron James really going to go?

July 8, 2010

Lebron James should seriously change his name to Carmen Sandiego because where in the world will he end up? Sources from all over the country have finally narrowed them down to 3 but that is not enough. People have said that he is going to Cleveland first, then New York, and now Miami. But let me tell you where he is going…

Answer: New York.

…I really don’t see him going anywhere else. I found the breaking news yesterday on several twitter accounts and several other sources (check down below). He will be playing with Amare Stoudemire who is one of his best friends in the league. He will be playing in front of a packed Madison Square Garden. Finally, he will be getting a lot of money…

…Do people actually think he can share the ball with D-Wade? Both are all stars but can they be all stars all on the same team. The NBA is all about individuals. If all three unite in Miami, they won’t average the numbers they have been the last few years and at the end of the game you don’t think that these two will be fighting for the final shot. They will be. The system D’Antoni runs which Lebron ran in New York is perfect for him and as Jay Z says, “it’s a concrete junge where dreams are made, and there is nothing you can’t do.” And for Lebron, that is just right…

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RealJayWilliams

@RealJayWilliams: I am going to say this. I just heard from a little bird in his camp, King James and Spike Lee will be seeing a lot of each other next yr.

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Amareisreal

@Amareisreal: What’s good NYC! I’m going to be at The Garden tomorrow for a special event and saved 2 seats for my fans. Who wants to come be in the mix?

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JaredDudley619

@JaredDudley619: Breaking News!!! My sources tell me Lebron will announce that he will be goin to the NY KNICKS tomorrow on ESPN.. This is serious.. WOW!!!!

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OGOchoCinco

@OGOchoCinco: #OCNNBREAKINGNEWS *Empire State of Mind* *wink* *wink*only the smart folk will put this together and figure out what i am talking about #6

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Chris_Broussard

@Chris_Broussard: Knicks gaining major ground in LeBron Sweepstakes. Bosh snub hurts Cavs, though they’re still in hunt

THIS JUST IN…

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RicBucher

@RicBucher: Unofficial Bucher poll results of those I’ve spoken to today: 4 for Cle, 3 for NY. Not sure why Chi got no love but it didn’t.

…Anything can happen, but my money is on the Knicks when the clock turns 9pm…

Update on NBA Free Agency

July 6, 2010

Since July 1st, the NBA Free Agent Market has gone crazy just like the New York Stock Market. Here is why:

UPDATE: Amare Stoudemire signs with the New York Knicks. 

Stoudemire now in the Orange and Blue with the media

The New York Knicks reached an agreement in principle Monday with free agent Amare Stoudemire after receiving assurances it would not be an impediment to their pursuit of LeBron James.

The All-Star forward will receive a five-year, $99.7 million contract that will reunite him with coach Mike D’Antoni.

“The fact that Amare really wanted to come here and stepped up front, it got to the point that we had to acknowledge that,” team president Donnie Walsh said. “That means something to us.”

…That is exactly right Donnie. Someone who wants to be here in New York. Although the injuries and the hot-head of Amare can get in the way of this deal, there is no doubt that this guy can play. Averaging over 20 points a game while with D’Antoni in Phoneix while become an All-Star this year along with First Team All NBA honors with the likes of Lebron, Wade, and Bosh. That means something to me. I think he will fit right in with the New York System, will increase their rebounding total and will be an impact to this team in winning a lot more games and brining the Empire back to the Knickerbockers…

…But now the question is where does David Lee go?

Where does David go now?

The Double Double machine for the Knicks wants a deal that will land him some money and some success at the same time. I for one, am a huge David Lee fan because of his toughness and overall game, but if Amare meant getting rid of David Lee then I am quite sad. He was a great player for New York while he was here 5 years, was the face of the Franchise, and a fan favorite. It will be hard to lose a 20ppg and 15 rpg type guy. Maybe Lebron James can finally make up his mind and be the face of the Knicks franchise.

Oh would that be a miracle. We shall see…

For more up to the minute New York Knicks Free Agent news go to The Knicks Blog and Zagsblog for the best coverage in New York.

Other signings:

Joe Johnson signs a max deal and stays with the Atlanta Hawks

Paul Pierce wants to live out his own legacy and stays put with the Boston Celtics.

Dirk Nowitzki stays on in Dallas with Mark Cuban leading the way.

Lakers agree to a four year deal with point guard Steve Blake.

Suns look to a new direction and sign forward Hakim Warrick.

After a hot second half, John Salmons signs a big deal to stay in Milwaukee with the Bucks.

Bucks also aquired Drew Gooden to fulfill the rebounding hole for next season.

Rudy Gay doesn’t test the Free Agent market and stays with the young guns of the Memphis Grizzles.

The one that intrigues me the most is the Rudy Gay signing.

Rudy is a happy man after re-signing with the Grizz

I know so many teams that really were going to pursue him if he didn’t resign with the Grizzles. He stayed put and will be the leader of a young but very talented team. I like to see that in a young player. He wasn’t looking for the money but saw that the team was growing and developing and wanted to be a part. That is something you do not see now a days. Players are moving from right to left and don’t do anything about it. This signing really made me happy and I think the Grizzles will be dangerous next year. Everyone better watch out…