The New York Knicks’ Summer League roster has finally been revealed. First game is July 14th. Barring some potential sign-and-trades, it will look like this:
UPDATE: Since Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan and Josh Harrellson were all included in the Marcus Camby trade, they will not be playing for the Knicks’ summer league squad.
The 2012 NBA Draft is today. For the first time in a long time, the New York Knicks do not have a first-round pick and just one second-round pick. As always, there are picks available in the late first-round and scattered throughout the second round, but as the Knicks have already used up their allotted $3 million for transactions, they are in a tough spot.
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.
The New York Knicks lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-92, and Carmelo Anthony’s absence, due to his sprained right ankle, was a significant reason that they lost, but it would have also helped if the team played some defense.
The Knicks defeated the Nets at the new look Madison Square Garden, 88-82, finishing the pre-season with a perfect record.
Ok, ok, so it was only two games, BUT HEY, doesn’t it just feel good to be watching Knicks basketball?!?!?
Well, that was a crazy 72 hours, eh?
A lot has happened in Knicks-land, so let’s take a minute to try and recap all the deals that went down.
The Knicks chose to amnesty Chauncey Billups, and his $14.2 million expiring contract, to make cap-space for Tyson Chandler. Billups was not too pleased (courtesy of Ian O’Connar).
Well, it wasn’t quite a “nuclear winter”, but we got pretty close. To be fair, the CBA has not officially been signed, but we currently have a tentative agreement between both parties that is expected to be passed.
The 2011 NBA draft saw the Knicks take Iman Shumpert with #17 pick in the first round, and Josh “Jorts” Harrellson in the second round. Knick fans were divided as a whole as to whether it was a successful draft, and so with inspiration from Lohud Knicks, who hosted a similar roundtable discussion at the end of the season, we present you with the 2011 Knicks Draft Roundtable.
Welcome to the Knicks, Jorts.