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Gibert Arenas to the Knicks?

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Via ESPN:

"The Knicks, sources say, prefer Baron Davis to Arenas and are trying to convince BD to sign with them in the next 48 hours.

But the most interesting scenario I've heard all weekend is the idea that both Davis and Arenas could wind up in New York. One source close to the situation, in fact, says that the two Angelenos have discussed this concept.

Would the Knicks dare bring them both in? Seems unlikely with Mike Bibby already in New York, but you can make the argument that -- given the bargain prices involved -- Davis plus Arenas is at worst an intriguing option in the Knicks' quest to develop a guard rotation on a par with the frontcourt power trio of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. " -Marc Stein

I really doubt the Knicks would sign Gilbert Arenas. Arenas has made it known before that he would love to play in New York. However, I don't think the Knicks feel the same way. 

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Knicks vs Nets 92-83: Game Reaction

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Knicks Postgame(Big C) Finally, NBA basketball is back and Knicks fans got a taste of the new New York Knicks.   Even though this was just a  preseason game there are many things that looked good for the Knicks.  Despite players starting off the game looking rusty, the first thing I noticed was the Knicks’ defense.

 

If your biggest complaint about the Knicks last year was something about their interior defense, rest assured that will not be an issue this season. It looks like the Knicks have already shown that it will be difficult for opponents to get to the paint with Chandler in the middle.

 

Previous Knicks teams often lacked communication on the defensive end of the court. Against the Nets the Knicks were speaking to each other on the court with Tyson Chandler leading the charge.  The starting lineup for today’s game was Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, and Carmelo Anthony in the frontcourt and Toney Douglas and Landry Fields in the backcourt.

 

In the beginning of the game the Knicks started off slow.  That can be expected because in preseason games teams do not want to show their opponents what they really plan on executing during the regular season.  Even though the offense had a slow start, things picked up when Mike Bibby, Relondo Balkman, and Iman Shumpert came into the game.

 

Amar’e Stoudemire

 

Amar’e Stoudemire looked a little rusty. However, he did have a few nice plays. To be honest it looks like Amar’e is saving his energy for the real season.  The most impressive areas of Amar’e’s game tonight was his passing and rebounding. Amar’e was looking for the open cutter and he was going after the boards hard.  I’m sure he’ll crank up the offense when the season starts.  10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists.

 

Mike Bibby

 

Bibby played a smooth and calm game when he was on the court. Bibby hit a nice foul line jumper and  hit a nice 3 point shot from a pass from Renaldo Balkman. If Douglas slips Bibby will be there to start.

 

Douglas

 

Douglas had a good game on the defensive end of the court. However, he has work to do trying to set up his teammates, mainly Tyson Chandler. As he gets to know his teammates better this will improve.

 

Tyson Chandler

 

Chandler had a good game from a defensive point of view. Players on the Nets were not dunking all over the place. Chandler was communicating well telling his teammates where they needed to be and to watch out for cuts. I like what I saw from Chandler. Chandler also caught a nice pass from Carmelo that led to a nice dunk.  However, I felt he was open the whole time he was on the court but he never received passes.  Chandler’s teammates have to do a better job of finding him. Hopefully that will improve as we go further into the season.

 

Carmelo Anthony

 

He started the game off looking rusty but finished strong. Carmelo got a few nice shots and a nice dunk off a pass. Besides Melo scoring at ease  against the Nets he also made great passes. One of his passes was to a cutting Renaldo  Balkman for an easy dunk. If players cut this season it is clear that Melo will give them the ball.  (17 points, and 3 assists)

 

 

Imam Shumpert

 

Shumpert played like this was the game of his life. It seems that nothing is going to phase this rookie in the NBA. Shumpert showed  his jumpshot from 3 point range and from midrange. He also showed that he has a knack for getting to the hoop. On the defensive end of the game he got a nice steal off Deron Williams that led to  an easy layup. If he keeps this up this will be a great year for the rookie.

 

Josh Harellson

 

Knicks new rookie Josh Harrellson made a big impression with fans shooting a deep 3 point shot right in the face of Brook Lopez. Harrellson also showed that he can also go up strong in the paint with the big boys. He made a  play going up strong to draw a foul.  This season if he gets real minutes expect him to be a guy that will mix it up in the paint and from the outside.  ( 7 points, 2 steals, and 3 rebounds.)

 


Renaldo Balkman

 

Renaldo Balkman was the star of the show with his new found jumpshot and his ability to cut to the hole. In today’s game Balkman had a relaxed demeanor and was scoring with layups.   He proved that a player does not have to dribble or force shots to score. Balkman played what I like to call “Smart Basketall”.  (20 points, 1 steal, 4 rebounds, 1 assist)

 

Landry Fields

Fields had a quiet game. However, he did get some good rebounds and 2 steals.  (7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals)

 

Overall, good preseason game. Who’s up next?

 

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Mike D'Antoni Interview: Championship Talk, Chandler, Melo, Amar'e, Mike Woodson

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Mike Francea Interviews Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni

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Tyson Chandler Talks Knicks Basketball

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MSG's Tina Cervasio sits down with Tyson Chandler to talk about joining the team and playing in New York. For more information on the Knicks Training Camp Special, visit msg.com.

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Knicks Looking at Travis Outlaw

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(Big C) The Nets recently waived Travis Outlaw from their roster and the Knicks are looking to pick him up for some much needed firepower off the bench.  The New York Post provides some insight into why the Knicks are considering Outlaw to help complete their bench:

 

 

“The Knicks, who are now pursuing a forward to play off the bench, have expressed interest former Nets player Travis Outlaw if he clears the amnesty waiver process, according to an NBA source.

The Knicks could offer Outlaw their $2.5 million exception that has already been turned down by Grant Hill, Jamal Crawford and Shawne WIlliams.

The Knicks are desperate for another bench player, especially with sixth man Billy Walker missing the past four practices with a groin strain.”-New York Post

 

 


Many fans may remember Travis Outlaw as a very talented player on the Blazers. Outlaw is an athletic player that can score and thrive on a team like the Knicks with Mike D’Antoni. Outlaw is a player that can score in the half-court game as well as the run and gun style of play.

 

The problem is in the last two years Outlaw has looked like a player that was unmotivated and has shown little potential on the Nets. Which is the total opposite of what Travis Outlaw looked like on the Blazers.

 

If the Knicks are able to sign Outlaw he will have a chance to play on a winning team.  Playing on the Knicks  could inspire him to play his best basketball like the player people remember on the Blazers.

 

The real question is, “Will Travis Outlaw be available for the Knicks to sign while teams that are under the cap will have the first opportunity to claim him?






         

 

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Carmelo 1-on-1 Interview

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MSG's Tina Cervasio sits down with the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony for a discussion about Tyson Chandler, the upcoming season and much more.

 

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Iman Shumpert Gets Busy: Work Out Video

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Listen in as Iman Shumpert wears a mic while practicing with the Knicks as they prepare for the start of the new season. Be sure to watch the Knicks when they take on the Nets during a preseason game, Saturday at 2 p.m. on MSG

 

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Knicks looking at Michael Redd and Troy Murphy

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Michael Redd(Big C) With the Knicks losing out on getting Jamal Crawford and Shawne Williams, it looks they are moving forward to attract other free agents. According to Alan Hahn, the Knicks are looking to get either Michael Redd and Troy Murphy. Here is what Alan Hahn reported on his twitter page:

 

move on to next wave of FA targets, including three-point specialist vets Michael Redd and Troy Murphy. Mo Evans on list, too.

 

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KNICKS SIGN JEROME JORDAN

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AP                  NEW YORK, December 15, 2011 – New York Knickerbockers Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed center Jerome Jordan to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal will not disclosed.
 
Jordan, 7-0, 240-pounds, had his draft rights acquired from Milwaukee in exchange for cash considerations on Jul. 8, 2010 after being selected by the Bucks in the second round (44th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. He spent parts of each of the last two seasons playing overseas for KK Hemofarm in Serbia after four seasons at the University of Tulsa. He averaged 11.3 points, on .567 shooting from the field, 7.4 rebounds and 2.50 blocks in 133 games (119 starts) for the Golden Hurricane. He was selected to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team each of his last three seasons and earned Second Team All-Conference USA honors as a senior after averaging 15.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.34 blocks in 35 games (all starts). He is the only player in Conference USA history to record at least 800 rebounds and 300 blocks, and is the all-time Conference USA and Tulsa leader in blocked shots. Add a comment