Friday, January 11, 2013
Recapping the Past Week For the Knickerbockers
For the past week, I was over at the NBA D-League Showcase in Reno.
The Knicks' minor league team (the Erie BayHawks) was present, as were all of the rest of the NBADL's squads. Erie came away from the Showcase going 1-1. Henry Sims, who spent training camp with New York, is one of the team's better players.
Throughout the week, a bunch of former Knicks put their talents on display for the mass amount of NBA executives present. Jerome Jordan, Mychel Thompson, Marcus Landry, Demetris Nichols, and Walker Russell Jr. were among those minor leaguers who have previously donned orange and blue in most recent seasons.
Knickerbocker legend and current Assistant G.M. Allan Houston also took in the Showcase's final two days. Houston serves as the BayHawks official General Manager.
But while I took in a week filled with some of basketball's most promising prospects, the Knicks had quite an eventful few days themselves. Read on as we live in through a few links from the web's best voices.
Our friends at TheKnicksBlog.com take you through what was a gritty, physical, and frustrating contest for the Knicks against the Celtics. You can read the crew's take on the game here.
To watch what spilled over into a post-game argument between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, you can also head on over to Global Grind for exclusive video.
My pal Ian Begley hit the ground running with news that Anthony had been suspended for one game, complete with reaction from the NBA. You can read more into it and understand everyone's take on the matter, by clicking here.
Without Anthony, the Knicks took the floor in Indiana for a battle with another one-time rival, the Pacers. My buddy Seth Rosenthal is usually a wonderful wordsmith, so when he's at a loss, you know how poorly a contest truly went. While I was flying back from Reno, the Knicks put forth one of their most feeble efforts of the season. Seth gets right to the point and breaks it down for you here. At least J.R. Smith had a neat dunk.
Whether it be because of a suspension or the injury the bug, the Knicks are apparently still interested in Kenyon Martin. Good ole' Tommy Dee, however, wonders where his minutes may come from in the long run.
To close things out, as I mentioned, I saw and spoke to a bevy of former Knicks who are all fighting for their shot back to the NBA. Walker Russell Jr., a 30 year old floor general who spent 2012 Summer League donning orange and blue, says he and (another former Knick) D-Leaguue teammate Jerome Jordan may soon start running and gunning like Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire! You can read more about that here.