Monday, August 20, 2012
What's the Word Going Around Knicks World Today? (Links)
As we enter the dog days of summer, the NBA's free agency period has slowed down, as now more players have found teams and may already be beginning to look towards training camp.
For the latest word on what the likes of Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, and their Knickerbocker teammates have been up to, we here at KnicksJournal.com have decided to search the blogosphere to begin the work week.
First and foremost (as previously reported by KnicksJournal.com), Knicks star Stoudemire will be the center of attention this afternoon in New York City, as he promotes his new children's book series. STAT will be appearing at the Citigroup "Barnes & Noble" store on East 54th Street & Third Avenue today at noon. The six-time NBA all-star will be signing copies of his latest release as he meets and greets what's sure to be a nice turnout of dedicated fans.
Carmelo Anthony will also be taking time out this week to be with fans, as he hosts his very own basketball camp at St. John's University, this coming Friday and Saturday (August 24-25).
It seems like rehabbing guard Iman Shumpert has followed suit as well, as he made an appearance at former Knicks guard Nate Robinson's basketball camp on Long Island last week. In addition to providing that fun little tidbit, my friend Seth Rosenthal also fills readers in on the latest "Shumpdate."
Though Anthony has returned to the states since winning an Olympic gold medal in London, Tyson Chandler is yet to arrive. Instead, the big man ventured straight to Africa, where he's appearing on behalf of the U.S. fund for UNICEF. Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York has the scoop straight from Chandler himself.
As the Knicks' players continue to make the most out of their time away from the hardwood, the front office still has a couple of decisions to make as the new season grows nearer. With assistant coach Kenny Atkinson leaving New York for a similar post with the Atlanta Hawks, the team may be looking to fill that newly formed void on the bench. Could legendary big man Patrick Ewing be granted a return to the Big Apple?
Of course, such a reunion is wishful thinking, but in the meantime, my pal Tommy Dee takes a look at another former Knickerbocker getting a fine opportunity to coach, as Monty Williams recently signed an extension to stay on as head coach of the Hornets.
In addition to filling out the coaching staff, the Knicks have surely already begun to think about which players will be donning orange and blue during training camp. In case you missed it, check out KnicksJournal.com's exclusive report as to which promising young prospect (a Long Island native at that) may be joining the team for training camp and possibly beyond.
That's all for now, but happy surfing Knicks fans!