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KNICKS CLAIM NOVAK OFF WAIVERS

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AP NEW YORK, December 21, 2011 – New York Knickerbockers Senior Vice-President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has claimed forward Steve Novak off waivers. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

          Novak, 6-10, 240-pounds, holds career averages of 4.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 9.7 minutes in 225 games (four starts) over five NBA seasons with Houston, L.A. Clippers, Dallas and San Antonio. He played for Dallas and San Antonio last season, averaging 3.5 points and 7.2 minutes in 30 games. The Libertyville, IL-native was originally selected by Houston out of Marquette University in the second round (32nd pick overall) of 2006 NBA Draft.






         

 

 
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Novak: Shawne Williams Replacement?

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(Big C) With the Knicks completing their lineup in the backcourt and getting all the big man help they need in the frontcourt  they now are looking to add a 3 point shooter off the bench. Last season Shawne Williams would have been that guy. However, Williams has signed a contract with the New Jersey Nets.  With Shawne Williams out of the picture the Knicks now look for outside shooting elsewhere.

 

The sharp shooter the Knicks need could very well be Steve Novak.  Novaks played last season in the NBDL and was recently released by the Spurs.

 

If teams are not interested in picking up Steve Novaks this deadly shooter could make his new place of residence in the Big Apple as a Knick.

 

A  3 point shooter is a must for a team like the Knicks.  They need to minimize opportunities to double team Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.  3 point shooters spread out the offense to remove that pressure to double team.  Novak stands 6 10’ with the ability to player both forward positions.

 

 

Another option out there in “free agent land” is still James Posey.  The Celtics do not seem to be interested in re-signing him. Within the next few days there are going to be more players waived by teams. So you can bet the Knicks plan to pay attention to the changes before they commit to any player.

 

The Knicks will have to make a decision soon so they can be ready for the  start of the season on Christmas Day. 

 






         

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Magic Johnson Speaks On Knicks: Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis

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Via Daily News:

Magic Speaks on Tyson Chandler:

"Tyson Chandler plays hard at both ends," Johnson said. "He can block shots and cause so many problems. That will really free up Carmelo (Anthony) and Amar'e (Stoudemire). Amar'e had to play the best opponent up front and sometimes the center and that's not his forte. But that is definitely Tyson Chandler's forte. Now Amar'e can conserve his energy." -Magic Johnson

 

"If Baron Davis is in shape ... the one thing the Knicks trainer and their medical staff have to do is get him in top shape and get him back to being the Baron Davis we saw with the Golden State Warriors," said Johnson, referring to the Davis of five seasons ago. "If he can return to 85-90 percent of that Baron Davis, that team can do something."-Magic Johnson

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Video: Amar'e Stoudemire: WFAN's Boomer & Carton

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Video: Baron Davis Speaks on the Knicks

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The newest member of the Knicks, Baron Davis, discusses playing in New York and explains what he can bring to the team. Plus, Coach D'Antoni, Tyson Chandler and STAT express their excitement about acquiring the veteran point guard.

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Knicks looking at James Posey and Al Thornton

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Via New York Post: The Knicks still want a backup forward and have the $1.4 million veteran’s minimum to dangle. They appear out of any chance of signing James Posey, but forward Al Thornton could be an option. Thornton, however, is mending from a knee injury and won’t be ready for four weeks."- New York Post

 

I think James Posey would be an excellent pick up. He can play tremendous defense and he can knock down the outside shot. When you talk about building a championship team every team would desire a player like Posey on it. The problem is the Celtics are also looking to sign Posey. It will be interesting to see if Posey signs with the Knicks or if he returns to his old ball club, the Celtics.

 

As far as Al Thornton, I have always loved his game. The problem is I do not know about signing another player that the Knicks would have to wait on to get healthy. Getting Baron Davis is one thing, waiting on two players to get healthy is a whole other story.

 

 

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KNICKS SIGN FREE AGENT GUARD BARON DAVIS

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AP NEW YORK, December 19, 2011 – New York Knickerbockers Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Baron Davis. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

holds career averages of 16.5 points, 7.3 assists, 1.86 steals and 34.7 minutes in 806 games (677 starts) over 12 NBA seasons with the Hornets, Golden State, L.A. Clippers and Cleveland. The two-time NBA All-Star averaged 13.1 points, 6.7 assists and 1.34 steals over 28.4 minutes in 58 games (44 starts) with Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland last season.           The Los Angeles, CA-native was originally selected by Charlotte Hornets in the first round (third overall) of 1999 NBA Draft. He appeared in 46 postseason games (42 starts) to average 19.8 points, 6.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.50 steals over 38.1 minutes.  -Knicks

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Iman Shumpert: The Right Draft Pick

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Iman Shumpert(Big C) It might be one game but I like what I saw from the Knicks’ new rookie Iman Shupert. We have seen his YouTube highlights and heard about his hard work at the Knicks training camp.  Fans and critics finally got a chance see him on the court. A lot of players only look good on highlights and never bring that performance to an actual NBA game. 

 

So far  Shumpert looks like he can  be a decent NBA player. Last night when Shumpert was put into the game he started off playing good help defense and man-to-man defense. He even got a steal from Deron Williams that lead to a fastbreak for an easy basketball.

 

On offense Iman Shumpert showed that he has a nice jumpshot in the midrange area as well as from the 3. What was more impressing was his calm demeanor and shot selection. In the game vs the Nets Shumpert took shots in rhythm coming off picks and isolating his man off the dribble.  Many rookie players either rush shots  or are trying  to do too much to impress the crowd.  So far that does not look like Iman’s thinking. Iman had a chance to throw the ball down and dunk the ball to showboat after he stole the ball from Deron Williams but he decided to lay it up for 2 points.

 

Fans already knew Shumpert was a defensive player based on how he played in college. However, in college Shumpert was labeled as a terrible shooter. In the NBA he will have a chance to prove doubters wrong. He will have opportunities to show he has enough range to not only shoot from 10 feet out but also from the 3 point range.

 

In college Shumpert would get double teamed and he would also have to shoot against opponents’ zone defenses and traps. Now that Shumpert is on the Knicks, alongside Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, he will not be the focal point of the offense.  Shumpert is bound to get more chances to shoot because he will either be open for the shot or he will get one-on-one coverage by his defender.

 

As time goes on I would  like to see Shumpert develop in the following ways:

 

  • be able to fight over picks
  • improve on his dribble by keeping his dribble low and attack the basket instead of hesitating
  • remain confident and keep up his aggression.

 

It’s  just one game, but so far it’s a good pickup by the Knicks.  We will see how this rookie improves as the season goes on.

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Knicks to sign Baron Davis

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"Baron Davis will officially sign with the Knicks Monday, according to NBA sources.
It is unclear if Davis will sign for the $1.4 million veteran’s minimum or the $2.5 million room exception. Davis became a free agent Friday night after clearing amnesty waivers and agreed to become a Knick over this weekend. The Knicks have reviewed medical reports regarding Davis’ back and are convinced he will be back on the court this season." -Marc Berman

 

If healthy you are talking about one of the best point guards in the league. Great move by the Knicks. Baron Davis, welcome to New York.






         

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