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KNICKS HOST ORANGE AND BLUE SCRIMMAGE PRESENTED BY CHASE

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KNICKS HOST ORANGE AND BLUE SCRIMMAGE

PRESENTED BY CHASE

Knicks Invite Fans to a Free Open Scrimmage at Madison Square Garden

 

NEW YORK, December 14, 2011 – On Sunday, Dec. 18 the New York Knickerbockers will open the doors of Madison Square Garden for an inside look at the team during the Knicks Orange & Blue Scrimmage, presented by Chase. This free event will give fans a chance to reconnect with the team and see Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and their teammates go through a workout and scrimmage, as the Knicks prepare for the 2011-12 regular season that will tip off on Christmas Day at noon against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden.

 

WHO:         The 2011-12 New York Knicks Players and Coaching Staff

Performances by the Knicks City Dancers, Knicks City Kids and King Charles Unicycle Troupe

                   Rollin’ Knicks Exhibition Game

                   Power 105.1 DJ Clue

 

WHAT:            The New York Knicks will conduct an open scrimmage free to fans. Coach Mike D’Antoni will run the team through select drills, giving fans the chance to see the New York Knicks and the completed first phase of the historic, three-year top-to-bottom Madison Square Garden Transformation. The event will also include entertainment from the Knicks City Dancers, Knicks City Kids, DJ Clue, giveaways, and other great surprises for fans.

 

WHEN:         Sunday, Dec. 18 2011

Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

                   

WHERE:       Madison Square Garden

 


 

Tickets are available for pick-up at the Madison Square Garden Box Office now through Dec. 17 or online at NYKnicks.com until Dec. 18, while supplies last. Tickets are free, but required, and availability is extremely limited. For more information, visit NYKnicks.com.

 
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The Jamal Crawford Situation

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(Big C) It looks like the Knicks are trying to take one last run at obtaining Hawks guard Jamal Crawford. Jamal Crawford is currently a free agent that is looking for a payday. According to Frank Isola of the Daily News the Knicks sent out representatives the other today to try and convince Crawford to sign a 1-year deal for 2.5 million dollars. Here is what was reported by Frank Isola:
 
“A Knick official met with free agent guard Jamal Crawford Monday in Seattle, the Daily News has learned.
Mark Warkentien, the Knicks director of player personnel, was in Crawford's hometown to try to convince the guard to sign a one-year, $2.5 million contract with his former club. With the Knicks over the cap, the $2.5 million exception is the most money they can offer Crawford, who is seeking a much bigger pay day.
However, Crawford - who averaged 10.3 ppg for the Hawks last season - has expressed a desire to return to the Knicks, where he could conceivable become the team's starting shooting guard, or, more likely, their sixth man. When interim GM Glen Grunwald met with reporters Monday he admitted he would "love" to have Crawford back in New York.”- Frank Isola
 
At this point in the game the Knicks' chances of getting Jamal Crawford are really  are getting harder for several reasons:
 
The Knicks do not want to give up either Fields or Douglas to obtain Jamal Crawford (and the Knicks shouldn’t). Walker and Balkman are not pieces the Hawks are interested in.
 
The Hawks do not want to add any other salary to their payroll and pay taxes on any trade.
 
The Knicks can’t trade any of the players they signed recently until after 30 days.   Therefore, Crawford  would have to wait 30 days to see if the Knicks make a trade for him to get more money from the players the Knicks trade away.
 
The final obstacle is,  trying to convince  Jamal Crawford  to accept less money to play for the Knicks for 1 year.  Keep in mind he could get more money playing for the Blazers or Kings.
 
The only way I see  the Knicks getting Jamal Crawford is if he accepts the 2.5 mil the Knicks are offering.  Jamal could sign for one year and hope there a is higher demand for him next year.
 
So Knicks fans, your answer to the Jamal Crawford question should be coming in the next two days.
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Douglas, Chandler, and Shumpert Talk Defense

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Toney Douglas, Iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler discuss the importance of defense, their preseason matchups and more. 

Props to the Knicksnow team

 

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Shawne Williams Speaks On Playing In New York: "I’m not going to lie, that’s where I want to be"

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Knicks fans, you might not have to wait any longer.   Shawne Williams will make a decision on where he wants to play this week. According to ESPN, former Knick Shawne Williams will be making up his mind  on a team he wants to play for as early as Wednesday. Here is what was reported by ESPN:

 

"If the Knicks want to sign Shawne Williams, they may only have two more days -- at most -- to make their pitch.

Williams' agent Happy Walters told ESPNNewYork.com by phone Monday that he expects Williams to commit to a team by Wednesday. The free-agent forward had a breakout season in New York last year.

Walters has been in contact with the Knicks in recent days.

"They know where we stand we know where we stand," he said."

"I’m not going to lie, that’s where I want to be," said Williams, who averaged seven points and nearly four rebounds off the bench last season. "I’ve never been with a team [for] two years."

"I feel like I’m acquainted with coach [Mike] D'Antoni and the staff ... and we’ve got great fans, so that’s a place I want to play," he added.
-ESPN 

 

It would be great to bring back Shawne Williams. Williams can provide solid defense and  he is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league.

Watch Shawne Williams' Career High

 

 

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What Mike Bibby Brings to the Knicks

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(Big C) A day after the Knicks sign Tyson Chandler the Knicks  turn around and bring in point guard Mike Bibby.  With the Knicks losing guard Chauncey Billups they will need all the help they can get in the backcourt.  And help is exactly what Mike Bibby brings to the table.
 
Mike Bibby is a 6'2, 195 pound point guard that averages 15 points and 5.7 assists for his career in the NBA. Now, I don’t expect him to have those numbers coming off the bench but I do expect him to be a solid backup point that can set the tempo.
 
The last few   years have not been the best years for Mike Bibby.  Even though Bibby has been a decent point guard throughout his career it’s seems  like people can only focus on  his poor play in the playoffs with the Heat. However, Mike Bibby feels that this criticism is unfair.  He joined the Heat late in the season and only had about 3 or 4 practices to learned how to play in a new system.  

Mike BibbyMany players that the Knicks wanted barked at the idea of signing a 1 year deal with the Knicks for $1.4 million.  Mike Bibby stepped up to the plate.  So one has to wonder what Mike Bibby can bring to the table. Well for starters, Bibby excels in two areas that are key to the Knicks’ offense.
 
The first area is the pick and roll
 
Mike Bibby is one of the best pick and roll players in the game. Some fans might remember Mike Bibby on the Kings with Chris Webber. Bibby and C-Webb would run the pick and roll all day and they were unstoppable. Now Bibby  has a chance to mentor a young group of guards, (Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert) to teach team how to run the pick and roll game correctly and effectively.
 
Outside shooting
 
Mike Bibby’s ability to knock down the 3 point shot  makes him a deadly weapon coming off the bench. Currently Bibby has been one of the few guards that has consistently been able to shoot the 3 ball. Bibby’s ability to hit the 3 will help the Knicks spread the court as well as  act as another 3 point threat.
 
Leadership


Bibby can be the leader that the Knicks need to be vocal and say the right things in practice, the locker room, and during games. In the past, the Knicks needed leadership. Now with Bibby, Amar’e, Chandler, and Melo the Knicks might have found it.
 
The Mike Bibby trade does bring up some concerns.  Bibby is one of the worst perimeter defenders. He also has problems with quick point guards as well as taller guards. The good news, Bibby is ready to accept his new role, whether it be a backup point or a guy that cheers his teammates on.


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Knicks Training Camp Highlights

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Audio Knicks GM Glen Grunwald Interview: Crawford, Melo, Shumpert, Bibby, Chandler, Woodson Talk

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Knicks GM Glen Grunwald talks basketball Knicks with Mike Francesa

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Billups Picked Up by Clippers Off Waivers

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Chauncey BillupsVia New York Post:

"Former Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups was claimed off amnesty waivers Monday evening by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Billups was released by the Knicks with their one-time ability to use the amnesty clause, meaning his contract will not count against the Knicks' salary cap or their luxury tax."-New York Post  Read more

 

 "League warns Billups/agent before Clippers claim he will be in breach of contract if he doesn't report or is disruptive."- David Aldridge

 

I know the Magic and Heat had interest in picking up Billups. We will have to wait and see what Chauncey has to say about playing for the Clippers. 

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Knicks sign Green and Hunter: Roster at 13

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NEW YORK, December 12, 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/forward Devin Green and forward/center Chris Hunter. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

 

Green, 6-7, 212-pounds, played 27 games for the L.A. Lakers in 2005-06 for a total 136 minutes. The Hampton University alum spent the last five seasons playing overseas in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Puerto Rico, China and Bulgaria. He split last season between Shangai (China) and Lukoil Academic (Bulgaria) and averaged 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds over 34.1 minutes for Shanghai and 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 25.2 minutes for Lukoil Academic.

 

Hunter, 6-11, 240-pounds, originally signed with New York on Apr. 14, 2009, following a D-League All-Star season with Fort Wayne. He holds NBA career averages of 4.5 points on .502 shooting, 2.8 rebounds and 0.60 assists over 13 minutes in 60 games with Golden State during the 2009-10 season. He returned to Fort Wayne last season, where he holds career averages of 18.6 points on .546 shooting, 9.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists over 54 games (47 starts). He played collegiately for four seasons at the University of Michigan.

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Tyson Chandler Speaks: D'Antoni, Defense, Shumpert, and Fields

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