After coming to terms on a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets for Marcus Camby, the Knicks still have Dan Gadzuric and his $1,352,181 contract to play with. I’ve had people ask me about including other player’s, notably Renaldo Balkman and Mike Bibby, salary in a deal, but teams are not allowed to trade players they’ve released, even if they’re still getting paid (Balkman) and Mike Bibby would have to agree to a non-guaranteed deal just to help the Knicks (unlikely).
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.
In their last regular season game at MSG this season, the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 99-93. J.R. Smith lead the Knicks with 21 points, five assists and four steals. Blake Griffin led Lob City with 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Are you serious?
This game was horrible. The Knicks were flat the entire game. Toney Douglas was the only player actually working his butt off this game, but that’s about it.