One month, two game winners, two salsa dances. After which game-winner did JR Smith do a better job salsa dancing?
Game-winner at Bobcats:
Game-winner at Suns:
“This has turned into an exciting game.” – Mike Breen. “Unfortunately.” – Clyde Frazier.
Despite leading by 14 points, the Knicks allowed the Suns to creep back into the game, setting up for an exciting finish. In the end, the Knicks improved to 21-8, and did it short-handed. Melo sat out with a hyper-extended knee, Felton missed the game with what we later found out to be a fractured pinky finger, and Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert continued to sit.
In 12 seconds, we saw all of JR.
Through eight games, the New York Knicks’ swingman, J.R. Smith, is playing at an All-Star level.
Knicks beat writer, Nate Taylor, of the New York Times, put together a piece on how and why Smith has improved.
The following list of rules details what J.R. Smith should and should not be doing on the basketball court for the New York Knicks this season, if he wishes to only benefit the team on their path to success.
If you’re a Knicks fan — a real Knicks fan — you don’t have many possible choices as to what your favorite team-related moment from the past ten years could be, and, in fact, one of them isn’t even directly related to the ‘Bockers.
As training camp begins and the season is right around the corner, many of the weathered Knicks fans have begun to come out of the woodwork. As a fan myself, I have no doubt let my feelings show to the world (or for all my Facebook friends), in order to keep my sanity during the dark ages of this organization’s fandom.
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The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.
In the first year of the Nets’ existence in Brooklyn, there has been a lot of trash talk leading up to the start of the regular season. Most of it has been amongst fans, but some players have taken part in it, as well. A few days ago, Andray Blatche tweeted the following:
Around 2 AM this morning, JR Smith re-signed with the New York Knicks. He agreed to a two-year deal that pays him $2.8 million in the first-year and a player option in the second year. CAA, Smith’s representation, released this statement:
Natural battle tactics dictate that when an army has found itself completely overmatched in a battle, it should retreat, effectively forfeiting the battle, but retaining its resources and important figures for further battles to come. The New York Knicks faced a near impossible challenge in the first round of the NBA playoffs, matching up with the Miami Heat, and in game one the team found themselves outclassed by the eventual NBA champions. The 100-67 trouncing by the Heat certainly gave a huge blow to the ego and confidence of the Knicks, but it did not end the series; the Knicks still had the opportunity to ultimately call it a day, look at the film, and prepare for the next game. That was until the Knicks lost their knight in shining armor. Iman Shumpert may not be the Knicks’ best player, but he is nonetheless a player the Knicks could not live without. If we consider Tyson Chandler the anchor of the Knicks defense, the fortress that defended the rest of the army, then Shumpert was the outer defense of that fortress. The devastating tear of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) effectively ended the Knicks’ season and put the Knicks in a tough spot for the upcoming season at the shooting guard position.
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.