It’s about time we have some live Knicks basketball, right?
Today at 2PM, the Knicks will face off against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. It will be the first of a two-game pre-season, with the second game culminating at Madison Square Garden.
Recently, the border-war between the Knicks and Nets has heated up. Shelden Williams and Shawne Williams both chose to sign free-agent deals with the Nets, rather than the Knicks. Shelden was not offered a deal by the Knicks, but Shawne took a two-year deal, valued at around $5 million, the same contract the Knicks had on the table. However, in New Jersey, due to their depressing roster, Shawne Williams was guaranteed more minutes, and a bigger role on the team.
Now it seems time for the Knicks to take one of the ex-Nets. Travis Outlaw, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Nets, was recently amnestied by the team. Now, if he is able to clear the waivers without being bid on, it sounds like the Knicks have interest in acquiring Outlaw as an unrestricted free-agent. Outlaw could prove to be a valuable veteran bench player for the Knicks, if he can pass waivers and come to an agreement on a contract.
With the war heating up, I’d love a season sweep, including the pre-season, so that Prokhorov can be put in his place.
Usually, we have an extended summer league, which I charish, because we get to watch all the rookies and D-League call ups run wild. This year, though, we only get two games, and it is likely the starters will steal some time in each game to get re-adjusted to the NBA game that they haven’t played in quite some time.
However, with that said, I’m excited to see the matchup between Iman Shumpert and Marshon Brooks.
Brooks was a player I really wanted the Knicks to look at, but he was a little bit of a stretch at the 17th selection. Shumpert has been one of the most hyped Knicks rookies in quite some time, and he has actually looked exciting in training camp footage that I’ve seen, but I’m eager to see how he does in a game against some competition.
As usual, these pre-season games are meaningless, but when you miss a couple months of a season, you look forward to any basketball you can get.
The game will be televised on both MSG and NBATV.