Last season, the Knicks’ average age was 26.27, good for 21st in the league. After a transaction filled off-season, the Knicks are set to climb the rankings, probably taking over the top spot. This off-season, the Knicks acquired the, experienced, likes of Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni, Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby. Combining those additions with the departures of younger Knicks, like Jeremy Lin, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, to name a few, the Knicks’ average age sky-rocketed.
Pablo Prigioni is a 6’3” point guard from Argentina. Before signing with the Knicks for the veteran’s minimum, he had spent his entire playing career playing overseas. He spent the first three years of his career (1995-1998) playing in the Argentine LNB League. From there, he spent two years playing in the Spanish ACB League, before transferring to the Spanish ACB League in 2002. He returned to the Spanish ACB League in 2002 where he has played since. Since 2003, he’s played in 183 games, averaging 6.2 points per game, 4.4 assists per game and 1.7 steals per game. He led the Spanish League in steals in 2003 and assists in 2006.
Basketball is finally around the corner. Today, training camps are set to open, meaning we’ll start to see some real basketball news. In preparation for the season ahead, we here at The Knicks Wall are going to give you our takes on the off-season that was and the season that is going to be.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to media day today, due to some prior commitments, but thanks to a press conference style Q&A session, I was able to follow along on twitter. Here are some tidbits that are worth mentioning:
Thanks to Mark Deeks at ShamSports, I don’t have to do a bunch of number crunching. A few days ago, he released the salaries for the New York Knicks.
These are all the salary commitments for the 14 players with guarenteed deals, as well as the money that the team still has on the books for Renaldo Balkman. These numbers peg the Knicks at $78,242,577, before an additional player will make the roster. With that said, the Knicks will be at least $7,935,577 over the luxury tax threshold, and since this is year one, they’ll be subject to paying a $7,935,577 tax.
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:
Later today, it’s expected that the New York Knicks will announce the signing of Rasheed Wallace. Sheed’s coming out of retirement to join the ‘Bockers, folks. According to Marc Berman, Rasheed Wallace has informed the Knicks that he plans to join them for training camp.
Ever since it was reported that Rasheed Wallace joined Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas for a workout at the Knicks’ facility in Greenburgh, New York, rumors have been swirling. Then, Berman of the Post reported that Rasheed Wallace isn’t waiting on the Knicks, but rather that the Knicks are waiting on Rasheed Wallace.
Unfortunately for him, it doesn’t look like the team is looking for a reunion.
According to Jared Zwerling, Shawne Williams “wants to return to the Knicks but the team isn’t interested.” Williams played for the ‘Bockers two years ago, after Donnie Walsh gave him a shot, then last year, after his one-year contract expired, he chose to sign with the, then New Jersey, now Brooklyn, Nets, instead of the Knicks.
Another day, another rap from Shumpert. It’s awesome seeing how seriously he’s taking this, and I really think his verse was the best in the entire song (Last verse, announced by his “CHUUUUCH”)… Make sure you’re comfortable with your surroundings before blasting this, as it’s pretty explicit.
NBA Training Camps are set to open October 2nd, but our heroes in orange and blue have already gathered in an effort to build cohesion and hit the season running. Knicks reserve and sharpshooter, Steve Novak, revealed in early September that most of the team, including Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, is participating in a “pre-training camp” from September 10th until the team’s mandated one begins. This past week it was revealed that former Houston Rocket and Hall of Fame center, Hakeem Olajuwon, would be working with some of the players at the player-organized training camp. This comes after The Dream worked with Stoudemire at his ranch in Houston in August in an effort to improve STAT’s post game.