TAG: New York Knicks

Smack / Sep 24, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Phil Jackson Says That The Triangle Will Make Carmelo Anthony A Better Player

Joe Johnson, Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony didn’t make every concession that Phil Jackson wanted him to by opting re-sign with the New York Knicks this summer – a five-year, $124 million contract surely isn’t the discount the Zen Master originally had in mind, for instance. But Jackson insists the two respective faces of New York’s team came to a crucial understanding nonetheless, and it’s one that Anthony supposedly thought up all his own. Read More »

NBA / Sep 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm

10 Biggest Questions Entering The 2014-2015 NBA Season

Derrick Rose

With the new season just over a month away, we tackle the biggest questions facing the NBA in 2014-2015. Will LeBron James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a title? Will the Houston Rockets regret letting Chandler Parsons get away? Will Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher help the re-built New York Knicks to the playoffs? Find out the answers to those pressing queries and more with our 10 biggest questions entering the 2014-2015 season. Read More »

Smack / Sep 20, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Tyson Chandler Strongly Refutes Knicks’ Hint That He Was Chemistry Problem

Tyson Chandler

If there’s one thing Phil Jackson’s first six months as president of the New York Knicks has clearly exhibited, it’s that the Zen Master’s mind tricks will be just as prevalent from the front office as they were on the sideline. Even before very publicly manipulating Carmelo Anthony into re-signing with New York for a hometown discount, Jackson had already used his notorious, unapologetic strategy to support the late June trade of Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks. And though Jackson’s pointed comments came and went without much fanfare, Chandler – broadly lauded for his leadership abilities at every stop in his career – made it clear yesterday that he hasn’t forgotten them. Read More »

We Reminisce / Sep 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm

We Reminisce: Rasheed Wallace Ejected For Shouting “Ball Don’t Lie”

Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace turns 40 today. When you think about ‘Sheed, the first thing you probably think about are the technicals and ejections, which were a running theme throughout his career. You also remember his famous sayings, including “ball don’t lie” and many others. On his birthday, we reminisce about our favorite Sheed rejection of all time. Read More »

NBA / Sep 11, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Tyson Chandler Says He’s Better Now Than In 2011

Tyson Chandler

After the Dallas Mavericks shocked the Miami Heat in 2011 by capturing their first championship in franchise history, owner Mark Cuban decided to let their defensive bulwark, Tyson Chandler, walk. Chandler signed a four-year, $47 million sign-and-trade that sent him to the Knicks so Cuban could avoid the dreaded luxury tax payments as part of the 2011 CBA while plotting a final title run before Dirk Nowitzki retired. Cuban brought Chandler back this summer in the Jose Calderon swap, and the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year says he’s even better than in 2011. Read More »

Smack / Sep 10, 2014 / 12:30 pm

J.R. Smith: “I Would Do The Shoelace Thing Again”

J.R. Smith

After winning Sixth Man of the Year during the 2012-13 season, J.R. Smith was one of the many disappointments on the New York Knicks last year. He was also fined $50,000 for untying Shawn Marion‘s sneaker during a free throw attempt, which the league deemed unsportsmanlike conduct. In an interview this week, J.R. said the only thing he regrets about the incident was the fine. Read More »

2014 Free Agency / Sep 9, 2014 / 2:00 pm

‘Melo Mistakenly Believes Going To Knicks Affected LeBron’s Decision

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony

The 2014 offseason might go down as the summer LeBron James returned home. Or, if he somehow finds a way to get the Knicks back into championship contention for the first time since Jeff Van Gundy was hugging ‘Zo’s leg for dear life, it could be the watershed summer for Carmelo Anthony. ‘Melo, despite the timeline not matching up, actually believes his decision to re-sign with New York affected LeBron’s decision to head north to Ohio. Read More »

Smack / Aug 28, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Shumpert Is Excited About Doing More On Offense Than “Standing In The Corner”

Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert’s 2013-2014 was among the most disappointing in basketball. As trade rumors swirled around him from last season’s outset, the two-way prowess that made Shumpert one of the league’s most promising young wings the year before all but vanished entirely. He notched career lows in points per game and field goal percentage, dipped from 40.2 percent to 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and let his uncertain status as a member of the New York Knicks affect his effort on the other end of the floor, too. Read More »

Smack / Aug 28, 2014 / 12:00 pm

J.R. Smith Says He’s “On Pace” To Be Among Best Shooters Ever; He’s Right

J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith doesn’t need to tell us that he has an inflated sense of his abilities. That’s been obvious since the talented but wildly inconsistent shooting guard was drafted as an 18 year-old high school graduate in 2004. It takes a “special” mindset to be an effective gunner, basically. Smith has it in spades, and his latest antics on Instagram are just further confirmation of that fact. Read More »

Smack / Aug 27, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Dick Bavetta’s Three Favorite NBA Crowds: L.A., New York, Boston

Dick Bavetta

Recently retired NBA referee Dick Bavetta named his three favorite NBA crowds in an interview this week. Read More »