For the Knicks fan who can only stand to be a Knicks fan for 15 minutes per week: So much intrigue is happening now that the Knicks have hung them up for the season. This weekly series is here to help you keep track of it all.
A week after the Carmelo signing, we’ve reverted back to rumor and speculation on what will become of the Knicks roster. Rumor and speculation are always less heart-attack-inducing once the superstar is signed long-term.
1. A Little Quieter
There’s still some noise surrounding the Knicks’ roster. But it might as well be a whisper compared to what we heard leading up to the Derek Fisher and Carmelo Anthony signings, respectively. On Wednesday night, ESPN NY’s main topics for once did not include a single Knicks item (Raymond Felton is now a Maverick).
Bill Simmons said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd that the NBAl is an 11 month season now if we’re talking about the news cycle. If that’s the case, we may be entering the one “off month” in August.
2. Changing of the Guards?
The remaining noise? It’s surrounding J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Shane Larkin – and if Phil Jackson has a move up his sleeve that will send any or all of them packing in return for a quality big man or big men.
3. Summer Knicks 4-1
The Knicks’ great run in the Vegas Summer League came to an end with a loss to the Charlotte Hornets’ summer outfit in the tournament quarterfinals 82-79. Tim Hardaway Jr. was named to the All-NBA Summer League second team after averaging 22.8 points per game, good for second overall in the entire league. He was also invited to remain in Las Vegas to play on the USA select team that will play and practice with Team USA at a later date this summer.
Also impressive in Sin City was rookie Cleanthony Early. Jalen Rose says on the Jacoby & Jalen podcast that Cleanthony Early was one of three sleepers in the draft, along with Nick Johnson and Doug McDermott
For a full recap of the Knicks’ time in Vegas, Charlie Widdoes and Brian Gibberman’s podcast on the summer league has you covered: http://knickerblogger.net/the-knickerblogger-podcast-episode-vii-charlie-widdoes/
4. Carmelo Fall Out
The dust has settled on Carmelo’s new mega contract, and plenty of ink has been spilled about it, both good and bad.
As mentioned last week, Kevin McIlroy at The Cauldron outlines the road ahead for the Knicks as they try to implement the Triangle. He points out that the Knicks in ten years might not ever get a player who is better suited to play in the triangle than the one who currently wears number 7 for them.
Bill Simmons wondered if Melo will actually never be part of a great team. Histrorically, though, he’s never had much faith in the Knicks.
Nate Silver’s 538 suggests that Melo’s new contract dooms the Knicks to mediocrity.
Ian Begley clarifies a few points about the contract, pointing out that Melo did in fact take a pay cut (albeit a slight one) and it will in fact help the Knicks next offseason.
While this has been going back and forth, the man himself has started a venture capital firm. Cue the “always one to bet on himself, Carmelo is now betting on technology…” lead ins
5. Amare’s All-Star Form
Any Knicks fans who follow Pro Hoops History on Twitter were given a tantalizing reminder over the weekend of what Amar’e Stoudemire’s production looked like before injuries got the best of him.
He has said that he plans on returning to that All-Star form this season. Knicks fans probably shouldn’t expect too much, but it’s necessary, albeit frustrating, to get a refresher every now and then on what a capable Amar’e looked like.
-JR Smith found himself recently…
On the golf course with Michael Jordan’s sons…
And hanging out with Chris Brown…
And doing First Take at ESPN…
And posting motivation for the upcoming season…
(featured photo via thatsenuff.com