With the Knicks standing at just 21-40, frustrations are mounting, leaving players like Carmelo Anthony and company at a loss for words.
One who does not seem like the cat has his tongue, however, is former "Defensive Player of the Year" Tyson Chandler. The center's recent comments reflect and suggest that he may be interested in departing the Big Apple following this rather dismal campaign.
There's only one problem: Chandler is under contract through 2015. What's more, under the new CBA, expiring contracts seem to have even less appeal when it comes to their value in trade negotiations.
The ironic thing is this: Anthony, on the one hand, is having a fantastic individual season. He's one of the best offensive players in the league, but his lack of support across the Knicks' roster has often left the team dead in the water.
On the other hand, New York's lack of defensive intensity has stemmed from Chandler's absent presence this season, be it due to his injuries this season or evident decrease in numbers. Unlike Anthony, the center does not have the right to simply look around at his teammates for answers. Instead, he can look in the mirror. He doesn't have the same impact Anthony has on the games, nor is he having the same impact that he himself has had in the past. He set his own bar high, and now is failing to meet such a standard.
It's impossible to blame Chandler solely for the Knicks' defensive woes. He's one of the team's most talented players. Still, his own lack of assertiveness appears to be contagious across the rest of the roster, much like his increased level of defensive intensity was (in a good way) just a season ago.
The Knicks have been utterly awful this season, and as one of their leaders, such struggles should be reflective upon Chandler. There's no doubt about that, so perhaps he should take a step back and think about it. He has the power to help fix things in a big way....if he wants to.
After seeing how great New York can be, Chandler should choose to channel his energy into figuring out how to get his team back to that level, rather than worrying about whether or not he can force a trade. If he's unhappy. It's easy to understand why Chandler might be unhappy, because so is everyone else at this point. But not many have their fingers on the pulse of the Knicks as heavily as Chandler does.
That said, if the Knicks believe it's convenient to make dramatic changes this offseason, Chandler would prove to be a valuable trade piece. A team has to give up quality talent in order to get it back. If Chandler is frustrated, and eventually checks out so much so that he can no longer help the team, then trading him will prove to be the right move.
But New York should not let Chandler dictate or influence what happens.
In the meantime, however, the center needs to ensure he doesn't allow his emotions to get the best of him. His negative and frustrated demeanor has been evident over the course of this season. Given how influential he is in the locker room, Chandler could ultimately be doing more bad than good for those currently donning orange and blue, regardless of how much he may believe otherwise.
Pep up, Tyson. For all our sakes.
With another deflating loss coming at the hands of the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, the Knicks continued to flounder. Such news is not very new, nor is it surprising whatsoever.
What is new, however, is this fresh content from around the web (surrounding the Knicks, of course) that we're choosing to highlight today. Let's take a look below.
First things first, the Bulls' Joakim Noah turned in a masterful performance (unlike any other we're used to seeing from a big man) as part of Chicago's matinee romp of the Knicks. Click here for a look at how he picked them apart all game long.
Our pal Howard Megdal penned an interesting piece here, in which he highlighted former Knickerbocker David Lee's recent comments regarding the New York media and his own time in the Big Apple.
In other news, Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith seem to have opposing opinions on each other's effort as of late. Needless to say, when things get tough for a team like the Knicks, it's easy to turn on one another.
And with that in mind, we try to close things out on a much lighter note. Click here for footage from a celebratory dinner, highlighting Carmelo Anthony's ten-year anniversary as a member of Team Jordan.no comments no comments
Over the last couple of seasons, next to Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry has arguably been the most entertaining and talented players to watch take the court at The World's Most Famous Arena.
Unfortunately, unlike Anthony, Curry isn't doing so while also donning orange and blue.
Instead, Curry has been able to steal the show while dominating the Knicks on their home court as a member of the Warriors. Though the guard did not get the last laugh in the form of a win following his 54 point outing against New York last season, there's no doubt his most recent performances against the aforementioned opponent are always nothing short of spectacular.
Unfortunately for the Knicks (but perhaps not entirely, for their fans), Curry went to work yet again on Friday night, further dismantling a team that was previously picked apart on Thursday night against the Heat.
Though Curry didn't follow up his 54 point outburst from last season with a 60 point outing or something similar, he still, nevertheless, managed to make history yet again. Following an equally as remarkable triple-double (he scored 27 points, dished out 11 assists, and grabbed 11 boards), Curry joined an exclusive group of players to log a fifty-point game, as well as a triple-double, at the Garden. The young gun joins Anthony, LeBron James, Patrick Ewing, and Bernard King as the only men to do so.
Needless to say, with morale already low and their chemistry far from gelling, the Knicks stood no chance against the Warriors and Curry, who appeared like a man on a mission all game long. Ironically enough, the guard only played in each of the game's first three quarters. Simply put, he didn't need the fourth quarter to sink the Knicks.
Instead, Curry and fellow "Splash Bro" Klay Thompson put on a shooting clinic from downtown en route to ensuring their team's collective foot was on New York's neck from the word "go." The latter scored 25 points, and he too (like Curry) knocked down five daggers from deep. Such a one-two punch propelled Golden State to a 126-103 victory.
The game looked much worse in some spots than others, as the Warriors really put in the effort to kick the Knicks to the curb by the time the first half came to a close.
The Knicks' inability to slow either player down ultimately proved to be their downfall, because for what it's worth, the offense looked good. New York had scored 80 points by the end of the third quarter. Anthony willed his way to a team-high 23 points while also grabbing a game-high 16 boards. The forward received big help from Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored an ever efficient 22 points in a team-high 41 minutes. J.R. Smith added 17.
The trio paced the Knicks offensively, but they just couldn't keep up and/or slow Golden State down at all. Such defensive struggles were evident throughout, and even caused Tyson Chandler to reach his boiling point. The center, who grabbed 12 rebounds of his own in the loss, was ejected following two technical fouls later in the game.
Such a dismissal proved to be a major let-down as the Knicks attempted to claw their way back. But then again, the season as a whole, has been a let-down in itself.no comments
On Thursday, the Knicks officially announced the signings of veterans Earl Clark and Shannon Brown to ten-day contracts.
Both players will be in uniform when New York takes on a likely masked LeBron James and the Heat in Miami. Though agreements to join the team had initially been reached with the pair on Tuesday, waiting until Thursday to have them officially sign their contracts will ensure the Knicks have them each in uniform for a full seven games over the duration of the respective contracts.
A couple of other semi-Knickerbocker related things to make note of are below:
New York will reportedly own and operate their very own NBA D-League squad out of White Plains, starting next season.
In addition, I'll be on the Knicks at Nite podcast with my pal Sean Aquino of Knickswag.com later Thursday night, at approximately 10:30PM EST. Tune in!
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Despite the most recent criminal/legal developments surrounding Raymond Felton, the point guard is expected to practice this week, and will reportedly be in uniform when the Knicks take on the Heat on Thursday.
With that in mind, New York decided that bringing in an extra floor general was not the team's most pressing need/priority. Instead, the team has reached agreements on 10-day contracts with veterans Earl Clark and Shannon Brown. Both players will sign on Thursday, ensuring that the team will have them in uniform for a full seven games over that span.
Of course, depending on what happens with Felton, another void could potentially present itself in the coming days or weeks. For now, however, both Clark and Brown are offensive minded players who can provide the team with a healthy scoring boost off the bench.
Clark has a long and lengthy frame for a small forward, and although Brown is rather short for a shooting guard, he is certainly a sound defender as well. Still, each acquisition's respective best skill appears to be on the offensive end.
There's no doubt both Clark and Brown stand to help the Knicks. Even so, one has to wonder, what's the point? Is signing them worth it? It's surprising such veterans even considered signing with a New York squad that is in complete and utter turmoil this late in the year. Time is running out, and the team's playoff hopes are dwindling. The team isn't necessarily a contender.
Would the Knicks have been better off taking a chance on a promising young gun or two to explore some potential fits for next season? Perhaps they would have been, but propelling into the postseason still appears to be a reachable goal in the eyes of the organization.
It'll be interesting to see if veterans like Clark and Brown can do enough to help their new team get there.no comments no comments
Following a heartbreaking loss to the Mavericks in which the Knicks were sunk by a Dirk Nowitzki bouncy buzzer-beater, things got worse on a personal level for Raymond Felton.
The point guard was questioned by police early Tuesday morning after his wife made a call to the cops. According to the New York Post, Felton "allegedly" pointed the gun at a woman who was referred to as his "girlfriend." Details there are sketchy, at best, and none of that has been confirmed.
What we do know, however, is this: Felton turned himself in on Tuesday, and was arrested on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon --- second & third degree criminal possession (both are felonies), as well as fourth-degree possession of a firearm, which is a misdemeanor. All of that comes straight from my pal Ian Begley of ESPN New York, via a New York Police Department spokesman.
Felton is expected to appear in court on Tuesday morning. Felton was reportedly not registered to have the gun.
A couple of things to note, regarding related incidents:
In January of the 2009-10 season, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was suspended for the remainder of the season after bringing loaded guns into his team's locker room, and then subsequently joking and/or making light of it. Then Commissioner David Stern did at the time, however, say that the decision to suspend Arenas before the respective investigation was complete was directly related to his attitude throughout, rather than the initial incident itself.
In the summer of 2009, former New York Giants football star Plaxico Burress was arrested after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub. He accepted a plea-bargain that included a two-year prison sentence. Burress entered a guilty plea at the time, but had he opted not to, the NFL was reportedly poised to suspend him for the duration of the upcoming season.
What all of this will mean for Felton remains to be seen.
UPDATE: According to my pal Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal, Felton's wife asserted that the point guard has waved the gun in an aggressive manner on four different occasions, though not directly at her. The weapon taken from Felton was reportedly loaded.
Neither the gun, nor the ammunition are legal in New York City.
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Late Monday afternoon, Metta World Peace tweeted this while thanking Knicks fans and New York City for their appreciation over his time as a member of the team.
Translation: his time is out in the Big Apple. The Knicks subsequently announced that both he and Beno Udrih have been waived.
Both veterans were signed this past offseason with the team figuring each one could provide some leadership and a healthy boost come playoff time.
The release of each player is not only a realization that neither one really made an impact for the Knicks, but also one that New York's playoff hopes are dwindling.
Nevertheless, taking into consideration how many injuries the Knicks are currently coping with, help needs to be on the way in lieu of World Peace and Udrih, even if for nothing else other than to get some extra healthy bodies in town to practice with.
While there hasn't been an overwhelming amount of speculation as to who the Knicks may turn to, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that former New York training invitee Ike Diogu may be in the mix.
Signing him would be a bad move. Here's why:
Diogu's having a terrific season in the NBA D-League. As a member of the Bakersfield Jam, the forward was recently a minor league All-Star, and is averaging 16.2 points (on 54% shooting) and 8.2 rebounds on the year.
Still, he's not the right fit for the Knicks at this point in time.
Diogu knows how to use his physicality to muscle his way inside and get himself easy opportunities on offense. He can fight for rebounds with the best of them, and what's more, has impressive range for a player his size.
Despite all of his existent talents, Diogu does not appear to fill any of the Knicks' more pressing voids. At this point, New York does not appear capable of competing for a playoff spot itself, let alone actually competing in the playoffs. No veteran is going to be so inclined to come to the Big Apple, if/when they have the opportunity to contribute with a contender instead. Not only could the Knicks use an extra point guard or two, but an injection of some nice youth wouldn't hurt, either.
Of course, the team could kill two birds with one stone by going the D-League route. Recent NBADL "Player of the Week" Dee Bost is a terrific (and young) floor general who has had to carry a bit more of the scoring load for the Idaho Stampede as of late. Seth Curry of the Santa Cruz Warriors (brother of Stephen) is someone who can undoubtedly score in bunches, but is also making progress with his play making skills.
Both young guns would seem to fit the bill more so than Diogu. Not only is the big man already 30 years old, but he would also take playing time away from an already present (and promising) young big man the Knicks have in town. That, of course, would be Jeremy Tyler, who probably deserves to play even more minutes as this season comes to a close, rather than less.
Diogu's play has been stellar this season, and there's no doubt he deserves another shot at the NBA. Still, he isn't exactly the best fit for the Knicks, and vice versa.no comments no comments
When the Knicks dropped the third game of their most recent four-game road trip against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, they were without both Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.
Each veteran is on the verge of receiving a buyout, and is no longer with the team.
At 21-35, the Knicks remain five and a half games out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But any glimmer of hope to catch fire and make a run is dwindling, with time to do so quickly running out.
At an unfortunate crossroads in their season, how much longer will New York remain confident in the possibility of a last season run? Should the soon-to-be two open roster spots be used on veterans who may be able to provide the team with a boost down the stretch, or perhaps an extra young gun or two who they explore for the future?
Currently with a much firmer grip on that potential last playoff spot than the Knicks have had all season, the Brooklyn Nets consider themselves a contender. With that in mind (and in need of a big man off the bench), the team signed one-time Net Jason Collins to a ten-day contract on Sunday. He'll become the first openly gay athlete in any of the world's four major sports.
With problems of their own down low (the likes of Amar'e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, and Andrea Bargnani have all been fighting injuries as of late), the Knicks could have used a big man like Collins on the roster. A proven veteran, the 35 year old could have provided the team with some necessary defensive intensity down the stretch. Coach Mike Woodson coached Collins previously with the Hawks.
One has to wonder, had Collins not signed with the Nets, would the Knicks have looked to pick him up after clearing a roster spot or two? With so much negativity surrounding the team due to their poor play, such an acquisition would have, of course, brought some positive buzz along with it.
But alas, such a signing should not centered around that. It's undoubtedly positive that Collins signed with Brooklyn and is back in the NBA, but it'll be even better when such a signing has become second-nature, and is not looked at any differently.
The Knicks not only considered adding Collins in the offseason, but also briefly following an injury to Tyson Chandler this past fall.
At this point, the contending Nets are probably the better fit for Collins anyway. A veteran of a former Nets' squad that made two trips to the NBA Finals, the big man will be welcomed back to the organization in 2014 by his former floor general (and now Brooklyn head coach) Jason Kidd. What's more, he's played with the likes of Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce on other teams before as well. Deron Williams also played with Collins' twin brother, Jarron (now a scout for the Clippers), previously on the Utah Jazz as well.
Earlier Sunday, General Manager Billy King insisted the signing of Collins was indeed a basketball decision. Kudos to Brooklyn for not allowing anything else to get in the way of that.no comments no comments
As the NBA trade deadline came and went by 3PM EST on Thursday, the New York Knicks ultimately decided not to pull the trigger on any deals.
Everyone who began the day donning orange and blue -- including the likes of Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton, Beno Udrih, and Metta World Peace -- ended their day the same exact way.
That said, it certainly due to lack of trying. New York reportedly spent the entire day (and then some, perhaps) exploring, or at the very least, considering, an array of different trades.
Among those speculated deals included a smaller move for Beno Udrih to be shipped out to Denver for Nuggets' swingman Jordan Hamilton. Another suggested that Shumpert could be headed to Oklahoma City to join the Thunder in a deal centered around a first round draft choice going the Knicks' way.
Even so, the trade New York was reportedly pushing the most was a deal with the Clippers. Such a swap would have sent Felton and Shumpert to Los Angeles in return for Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, and Willie Green.
Frankly, none of those deals would have been so bad. Shipping Udrih out of town to give a player like Hamilton (who was later traded to the Rockets) a fresh start in the Big Apple wouldn't have been the worst thing in the world. Given Shumpert's continued inconsistencies and inability to stay healthy, a swap for a future pick would have at least given all involved a clean slate. The same could be said about the prospective deal with the Clips (re: players like Shumpert and Collison). It would have, of course, also allowed the Knicks to rid themselves of Felton's contract (and the point guard himself).
None of the aforementioned deals were especially bad. Still, none of them would prove to be spectacular game-changers for New York, either. The team is more or less stuck in an interesting, but unfortunate, roster limbo for the time being. The Knicks aren't that great, but there isn't much room to improve, either.
As mentioned, the Knicks appeared to have a few options as the last trade day of the season progressed and concluded. Why wasn't any deal made at all? The team is floundering, and such demonstrated inconsistencies have suggested there's no firm end to the ongoing suffering in sight.
With that in mind, wasn't the team in need of some sort of boost? There were options out there, but instead, the front office decided to stay pat. This could arguably be a little discouraging.
Clearly, whatever Carmelo Anthony, Mike Woodson, and company have been doing this season hasn't worked enough to keep the team afloat and competitive. Still, when watching the team play, it's relatively easy to pinpoint where some of New York's various problems likely stem from. Nevertheless, the front office has neglected to make any changes, be it on the coaching and/or personnel front.
A small change or two could have gone on to pay major dividends for the Knicks. Sometimes minor tweaks are the best ones. With that in mind, was New York right not to pull the trigger on any deals?
Perhaps Knicks' officials were proving to be negligent by not recognizing the necessary change(s) that need to be made. If you're not part of the solution, you're often, nevertheless, part of the problem as well.
With the Knicks maintaining the same losing roster intact the rest of the way, one has to wonder if they'll eventually find a way to stop the bleeding, or if they'll continue to sink instead.no comments