Earlier this afternoon, arbitrator Kenneth Damn, who was brought in to determine if the Knicks held the early bird-rights for Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak, ruled in the Knicks’ favor. Now, after this ruling, the Knicks will be able to re-sign Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak – without affecting the salary cap – WHILE retaining their mid-level exception (MLE).
First off, I’d like to apologize for the lack of posts recently. It’s been a busy time for us, but we’re back to our regular programming. Starting early next week, we’ll be releasing at least one draft profile a day leading up to the NBA Draft.
This year’s NBA Playoffs have featured some ridiculous individual performances, the latest one being Rajon Rondo’s monster 44 points, 10 assist and eight rebounds performance last night. While it has been more than three weeks since the Knicks were eliminated by the Miami Heat, one of our own had one of those great performances: Carmelo Anthony’s 41 point explosion in Game 4. Here is a highlight mix I put together from that game. Hope you all enjoy. Happy Belated Birthday Melo!!!
Currently, the New York Knicks stand around $5.6 million under the $58 million, league-mandated salary cap. Unfortunately, the roughly $52 million tied up in contracts, only locks down five players for the 2012-2013 season. In order for the Knicks to fill out their roster to 15 players, they’ll have to make some choices, as well as some creative signings.
The season that began with a Lockout ended with the Knicks falling to some lock-down defense from the Miami Heat.
The rollar-coaster season the Knicks have endured finally came to an end tonight in a 106-94 loss to the Heat in Game 5 of their first round playoff series. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 35 points and eight rebounds. The Heat were led by LeBron James’ near triple-double of 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
If there’s one thing that the Heat have exposed in the first four games of this series, it’s that Steve Novak is a one-trick-pony. Yes, we knew this, but we never knew the extent. The Heat’s super-quick perimeter rotations leave Novak with essentially no time to hoist up a three – even though he has a lightning quick release – which leaves him trapped out behind the three-point line. In the series, Novak has only hit four threes, on just seven attempts. He’s still knocking down the shots, just isn’t getting the opportunity to take too many. The lack of attempts isn’t coming from a lack of playing time, either. It’s resulting from superb defense that doesn’t even let Novak attempt a shot. When Novak is on the floor, the Knicks are essentially playing four on five, with the possibility of a three-pointer, should the Heat collapse on defense.
Yesterday, in a conference call, Mike Woodson said that he’s “not counting” on Jeremy Lin returning to the Knicks’ lineup in time for Wednesday’s game five. This comes on the heels of Melo shooting down a Lin return this year by saying “he’ll be ready to go next year”, without a mention of the remaining playoff games, after Sunday’s victory over the Heat.
In yesterday’s game four victory over the Miami Heat, Baron Davis pushed the ball towards the hoop during a fast break, then proceeded to collapse, while clutching his knee. Earlier in the series, Knicks fans saw Iman Shumpert go down with a torn ACL, so when Boom Dizzle fell to the floor, we expected the worst. Unfortunately for Baron, the worst is what he got.
The Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire tandem has not worked well, thus far. As a duo, they have underachieved ever since they were brought together to restore the troubled Knickerbockers to the top of the NBA’s totem pole.
It’s about damn time.
After more than 11 years since their last playoff game victory, the Knicks salvaged their season at least for another game, avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat with an 89-87 win today at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 41 points and six rebounds while the Heat were led by LeBron James’ 27 points.
Despite receiving multiple stitches in his left hand, that left his palm looking like a baseball, Amare Stoudemire will not only play in game four, but he will start.
Mike Woodson said that “Amare wanted to play” and that the doctors felt he was okay to go. For protection, Stoudemire will be wearing a padded brace, but will not be limited in playing time, unless the laceration was to reopen.
Tonight, the New York Knicks lost to the Miami Heat by 17, 87-70. For three quarters, the Knicks kept up with the Heat, but in the fourth quarter, Lebron James went super-human and Mario Chalmers stepped up to hit a few big threes, and eventually sunk the Knicks by 17.