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Knicks sign Ronnie Brewer: It's All Good

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    AP-NEW YORK, July 25, 2012 New York Knickerbockers Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Ronnie Brewer to a contract.Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Brewer, 6-7, 227-pounds, holds career averages of 9.0 points, on 50.1-percent shooting, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.37 steals over 25.2 minutes in 418 games (267 starts) over six seasons with Utah, Memphis and Chicago. He appeared in 66 games (43 starts) for Chicago in 2011-12, averaging 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.09 steals over 24.8 minutes. The Fayetteville, AR-native was originally selected by the Jazz in the first round (14th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft following his junior season at the University of Arkansas.

So far this is another good signing by the Knicks. After years of being criticized for lack of defense the Knicks add another defensive player in Ronnie Brewer. Brewer is another player that brings defensive intensity to guard his man or when the Knicks are trapping their opponents. He is also a nice piece to add to the defensive core along with Chandler, Smith, Shumpert, and Camby. Brewer is an athletic freak that can score on the break or by following up on shots missed by his teammates. What Brewer lacks from his outside shooting he can make up for with his ability to get to the hole and with good ball movement.

Overall, nice addition by the Knicks. Especially with Iman Shumpert out through mid-season next year.

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KNICKS RE-SIGN J.R. SMITH

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NEW YORK, July 11, 2012 – New York Knickerbockers Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has re-signed guard J.R. Smith. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

          Smith, 6-6, 220-pounds, averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.54 steals over 27.6 minutes in 35 regular-season games (one start) with the Knicks last season. In five postseason games, he averaged 12.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.20 steals over 35.0 minutes. He originally signed with New York as a free agent on Feb. 17. The Freehold, NJ-native holds career averages of 12.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists over 24.2 minutes in 538 games (130 starts) over eight seasons with New Orleans/Oklahoma City, Denver and New York. He was selected out of high school by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round (18th overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft. Add a comment

KNICKS SIGN JAMES WHITE

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NEW YORK, July 11, 2012 New York Knickerbockers Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent guard/forward James White to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

White, 6-7, 200-pounds, spent the past three seasons playing overseas for St. Petersburg (Russia), Sassari (Italy) and Pesaro (Italy). He posted 17.4 points, on 52.1-percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists over 33.6 minutes in 30 games with Pesaro of the Italian A League during 2011-12, and averaged 21.0 points, on 54.1-percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 35.8 minutes in 30 regular season games with Sassari in 2010-11.

 

As an NBA professional, White appeared in 10 games (two starts) with San Antonio (2006-07) and Houston (2008-09). He has also played for Austin (2006-07) and Anaheim (2008-09) of the NBA Development League.

 

The Kensington, MD-native, was originally selected by Portland in the second round (31st overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft. He played three seasons at the University of Cincinnati, after transferring from the University of Florida. In his senior season for the Bearcats, White averaged 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists over 33.5 minutes in 33 games.

 
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KNICKS ACQUIRE MARCUS CAMBY

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KNICKS ACQUIRE MARCUS CAMBY

Douglas, Harrellson & Jordan traded to Houston

 

 

 






         

NEW YORK, July 11, 2012 New York Knickerbockers Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has acquired center Marcus Camby, via sign-and-trade, from Houston, in exchange for guard Toney Douglas, centers Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan and two future second-round draft choices. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Camby, 6-11, 235-pounds, played in New York from 1998-2002, averaging 10.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.91 blocks over 28.6 minutes in 197 regular-season games (103 starts). He appeared in 40 postseason games (seven starts) and played a pivotal role, alongside Assistant General Manager Allan Houston and Basketball and Business Operations Representative Larry Johnson, in the Knicks run for the 1998-99 Eastern Conference Championship. He ranks as the franchise’s fifth all-time shot-blocker (376).

 

“It’s exciting when you get the chance to bring a former Knick like Marcus Camby back home,” Grunwald said. “His defensive presence, shot-blocking ability and offensive board work will give us nice depth in our frontcourt. In addition, our fan base is very fond of him for what he accomplished here during his four seasons. I also have a great appreciation of Marcus after the time we spent together in Toronto.”

 

The Hartford, CT-native, holds career averages of 9.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.44 blocks over 30.0 minutes in 949 games (782 starts) over 16 seasons with Toronto, New York, Denver, L.A. Clippers, Portland and Houston. He appeared in 59 games (53 starts) for Portland and Houston last season, averaging 4.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.44 blocks over 22.9 minutes. He is a two-time NBA All-Defensive first team selection (2007, 08) and was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. He was originally selected by Toronto, after his junior season at the University of Massachusetts, in the first round (second pick overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft.

 

Douglas, 6-2, 185-pounds, holds career averages of 9.0 points, 2.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds over 175 games (30 starts). Over 38 games in 2011-12, he averaged 6.2 points and 2.0 assists over 17.3 minutes. The Tampa, FL native was originally selected by the L.A. Lakers in the first round (29th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft before his draft rights were acquired in exchange for a 2011 second-round draft choice and cash considerations on Jun. 25, 2009.

 

Harrellson, 6-10, 275-pounds, played in 37 games during the 2011-12 season with the Knicks to average 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds over 14.6 minutes. The St. Charles, MO native was originally selected by New Orleans in the second round (45th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft before his draft rights were acquired in exchange for cash considerations on Jun. 23, 2011.

 

Jordan, 7-0, 240-pounds, played in 21 games during the 2011-12 season with the Knicks to average 2.0 points, on 51.5-percent shooting, and 1.3 rebounds over 5.1 minutes. The Kingston, Jamaica native was originally selected by Milwaukee in the second round (44th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft before his draft rights were traded to New York in exchange for cash considerations on Jul. 8, 2010. Add a comment

Knicks To Play In 2012 NBA Summer League

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KNICKS TO PLAY IN 2012 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE

Douglas, Harrellson & Jordan Headline New York’s Entry

 

 

NEW YORK, July 9, 2012 The New York Knickerbockers today announced their roster for the 2012 NBA Summer League, to be held in Las Vegas from Jul. 14-20. Third-year guard Toney Douglas and second-year centers Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan headline the 15-man roster.

 

          New York will play five games at Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, beginning on Jul. 14. All games are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time and will be aired live on MSG Network at 4 p.m. Eastern time. MSG will repeat the games each evening at 8 p.m. Eastern (with the exception of Tuesday, Jul. 17) and this will mark the sixth consecutive NBA Summer League that MSG has aired all five games.

 

          In addition, the team is scheduled to hold five practices with media availability following each session.

 

          The team’s itinerary is as follows:

 

Practice Schedule

                   Wednesday, July 11................. 5:30 p.m. (Cox Pavilion Game Court)

                   Thursday, July 12................ 11:00 a.m. (Cox Pavilion Practice Court)

                   Friday, July 13..................... 11:00 a.m. (Cox Pavilion Practice Court)

                   ................................................... 5:00 p.m. (Thomas & Mack Center)

                   Monday, July 16.................... 3:30 p.m. (Cox Pavilion Practice Court)

 
Games at Cox Pavilion

                                    Saturday, July 14. vs. Memphis...... 1:00 p.m.

                                    Sunday, July 15... vs. Phoenix....... 1:00 p.m.

                                    Tuesday, July 17.. vs. Denver........ 1:00 p.m.

                                    Thursday, July 19. vs. Toronto........ 1:00 p.m.

                                    Friday, July 20..... vs. Cleveland.... 1:00 p.m.

 

* - all times are Pacific time zone

 

 

2012 New York Knicks Summer League Roster

 

 

No  Player                     Pos    Ht     Wt    Born                College/Country        2011-12 Team                  Yrs Pro

31   Jeff Brooks                 F      6-8   215   Jun. 12, 1989   Penn State/USA            Fileni BPA/Italy                          R

14   Chris Copeland          G     6-8   224   Mar. 17, 1984   Colorado/USA               Okapi Aalstar/Belgium               R

23   Toney Douglas           G     6-2   185   Mar. 16, 1986   Florida State/USA         New York/NBA                           3

  5    Mustapha Farrakhan  G     6-4   181   Nov. 2, 1988    Virginia/USA                 Bakersfield/NBA D-League        R

54   Kyle Goldcamp           F     6-10  250   Jun. 10, 1986   Gannon/USA                 Erie/NBA D-League                   R

55   Josh Harrellson        F/C   6-10  275   Feb. 12, 1989  Kentucky/USA              New York/NBA                           1

44   Jerome Jordan           C      7-0   240   Sep. 29, 1986  Tulsa/Jamacia               New York/NBA                           1

45   Ahmad Nivins             F      6-9   207   Feb. 10, 1987  Saint Joseph’s/USA      Mons-Hainaut/Belgium             R

52   Artsiom Parakhouski  C      6-9   207   Jun. 10, 1987   Radford/Belarus           Budivelnyk/Ukraine                   R

  3    Jeremiah Rivers         G     6-5   210   Jul. 27, 1987    Indiana/USA                 Mega Vizura/Serbia                   R

13   Walker Russell, Jr.      G     6-0   170   Oct. 6, 1982     Jacksonville State/USA Detroit/NBA                              1

  4    Chris Smith                G     6-2   195   Oct. 13, 1987   Louisville/USA              Louisville/NCAA                         R

11   Mychel Thompson    G/F    6-6   211   Jun. 1, 1988     Pepperdine/USA           Erie, Cleveland/D-League, NBA 1

18   Terrance Withers       G    5-11  175   Jan. 27, 1983   Arkansas Tech/USA      Arkansas Tech/NCAA                 R

25   Wesley Witherspoon  F      6-9   207   Jan. 27, 1990   Memphis/USA              Memphis/NCAA                         R

 

                                                 Head Coach:  Mike Woodson (Indiana)

                                        Assistant Coaches:  Kenny Atkinson (Richmond)

                                                                      Jim Todd (Fitchburg State)

                                                                      Darrell Walker (Arkansas)

                                                                      Herb Williams (Ohio State)

                                   Head Athletic Trainer:  Roger Hinds (Brooklyn College)

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KNICKS DRAFT KOSTAS PAPANIKOLAOU IN SECOND ROUND

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AP "NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 – The New York Knickerbockers have drafted forward Kostas Papanikolaou from Greece with the 48th overall selection in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft.

 

        Papanikolaou, 6-8, 225-pounds, is a member of the Greek National Team and the 2012 Euroleague champion Olympiacos. A four-year professional, the Trikala native scored a career-high 18 points against Moscow on May 13 in the Euroleague championship game and was named MVP."-AP

 
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KNICKS ADD TWO ASSISTANT COACHES

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NEW YORK, March 17, 2012 – The New York Knickerbockers announced today that Jim Todd and Darrell Walker have joined Head Coach Mike Woodson’s staff as assistant coaches.

 

Todd is reunited with Woodson, after serving as an assistant coach in Atlanta from 2008-10, and then most recently, served as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings this season (2011-12). In 2010-11, he coached in China and was an assistant coach for the Canadian men’s national basketball team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship Games in Turkey. Previously, he was an assistant coach in Milwaukee, alongside Mike Woodson, under Head Coach Chris Ford from 1996-98. He also served as an assistant coach for Milwaukee (2002-04; 2007-08), Toronto (2004-07) and the L.A. Clippers (1998-2000), for whom he finished the 1999-2000 season as the interim head coach.

 

          Walker brings more than a decade of coaching experience to the Knicks, having served as both an NBA assistant coach and an NBA head coach. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons (2007-08 through 2009-10), following roles as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets (2004-08) and the Toronto Raptors (1995-96). He was promoted to head coach of Toronto in 1996-97, compiling a record of 41-90 over parts of two seasons. He also served as the interim head coach of the Washington Wizards in 1999-00, posting a 15-23 record.

         

          Walker was originally selected by New York in the first round (12th pick overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft, posting 10.6 points, 4.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds over 23.8 minutes in 245 games (101 starts) over three seasons. In 720 career NBA games, he averaged 8.9 points, 4.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds over 25.8 minutes over 10 seasons with New York, Den

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KNICKS & MIKE D’ANTONI MUTUALLY AGREE TO PART WAYS

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KNICKS & MIKE D’ANTONI MUTUALLY AGREE TO PART

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Mike Woodson named Interim Head Coach

 

AP-  NEW YORK, March 14, 2012 – New York Knickerbockers Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that it has been mutually decided that Mike D’Antoni will no longer be the head coach of the Knicks. Mike Woodson has been named interim head coach.

 

“After speaking with Mike this morning, we mutually agreed that it would be best for the organization if he did not continue in his role as coach of the Knicks,” said Jim Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company. “Mike is a class act and true professional and we have appreciated his honesty, commitment and years of service to the organization.”

 

          Over the past four seasons, D’Antoni, who had been hired on May 13, 2008, compiled a 121-167 (.420) record at the helm, including leading the team to the NBA Playoffs last season.

 

          “We thank Mike for the hard work he and his staff had put towards making New York a destination for great players in our league as we went through our rebuilding process,” Grunwald said. “But now is the time to look forward to the remaining 24 games of the season. We have a lot of faith in Mike Woodson, who will focus all of his efforts to get this team back into the playoffs and make our final push.”

 

          In six seasons as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, Woodson compiled a 206-286 (.419) record, that included three consecutive playoff appearances ending an eight-year drought. He was named a Knicks assistant coach on Aug. 29, 2011. Add a comment