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Posted on: March 11, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Knicks season tickets to skyrocket


Posted by Matt Moore

The New York Knicks have gone up in the NBA world over the past year, and now they're going to be asking for their fans to chip in accordingly. After nearly a decade of struggle and strife, the New York Post reports that the Knicks are set to increase season ticket prices, and not by a little: 
After restraining themselves the past six seasons, Madison Square Garden management will announce today a substantial rise in Knicks season-ticket prices for next season, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The combination of the Knicks being on the verge of qualifying for the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2003-04, the ongoing $700 million to $1 billion transformation of the Garden, and the latest blockbuster addition of superstar Carmelo Anthony to play alongside Amar'e Stoudemire has prompted owner James Dolan to raise the roof on ticket prices.

MSG sports president Scott O'Neil is scheduled to meet with a raft of season-ticket holders today for a presentation on the new benefits that come with the significantly higher new prices.
via Knicks will raise season ticket prices - NYPOST.com .

Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that the increase is expected to indeed be substantial: an average of 49 percent. Rovell also reports that the $977 million renovation of Madison Square Garden has more to do with the increase than the addition of stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. That makes sense, considering salaries for the Knicks were always high, and even with the two stars, the Knicks are a ways from title contention. Still, it's a staggering move for a likely second-round-exit squad even as star-packed as it is. 

You'd think after subjecting fans to the Isiah Thomas era, there'd be more good will. Then again, the Thomas era never really ended, did it?
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:52 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire picks up 16th technical

Posted by Royce Young

With 9:40 left in the second quarter against the Mavericks Thursday, Amar'e Stoudemire was hit with a technical foul for apparently pushing Brendan Haywood.

The technical is Stoudemire's 16th of the season and if upheld, he'll be suspended by the NBA for one game, per policy.

However, if you take a look at the play, it's kind of a weak technical. Actually not kind of. A very weak technical. Bennett Salvatore is the official that made the call and as announcer Kevin McHale says, there's a good chance this one could be rescinded, especially with it being Stoudemire's 16th.



There was a lot of confusion initially what the call even was. You can see that Stoudemire pushed Haywood ever so slightly and Salvatore saw it, hitting Amar'e with the big whistle. It's not exactly Dwight Howard raising his elbows and taking a swing there. (Howard of course was the first player to hit the Magic number of 16 technical fouls, earning him a one-game suspension.)

But it's in the league's hands and as it stands now, Stoudemire will be suspended for New York's next game, which would be against Indiana Sunday.
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:00 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 12:27 am
 

Carmelo Anthony hits game-winner over Grizzlies

Video of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony hitting the game-winning jump shot to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies. Posted by Ben Golliver.

This, right here, makes all those months of trade rumors worth it. Sort of.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who was acquired from the Denver Nuggets in a pre-deadline trade, made his biggest splash yet in a Knicks uniform when he sent the Memphis Grizzlies home on Wednesday night by nailing a game-winning jump shot with less than a second to play.

The Knicks began the final possession with the game tied at 108 with under 10 seconds to play in regulation. New York inititated the possession by feeding Anthony on the left side of the court; Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire flashed towards the ball like he was looking for a pick and roll but later retreated to the block to allow Anthony to work one-on-one against the undersized Tony Allen

After turning to face, Anthony jab-stepped with his right foot before taking an escape dribble to his left, pulling up and shooting over Allen's solid contest. Anthony's jumper hit nothing but net and, after it went in, he looked at the Grizzlies bench as he jogged back to his team's huddle. The basket provided the winning margin, 110-108.

After the game, Newsday reported the following details regarding Anthony's exchange with the Grizzlies bench that followed the game winner: "Asked Carmelo about the trash talking at the end. Memphis players yelled "That ---- is off!" on his game-winner. His reply, "I DO this!"


Here's video of the play courtesy of YouTube user nbafufu



Anthony led all scorers with 31 points. He also added five rebounds, six assits, and one steal in 40 minutes. Stoudemire chipped in 26 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

With the win, the Knicks improved to 34-29. The loss dropped the Grizzlies to 36-30.
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:08 am
Edited on: March 7, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Knicks stars laugh at Heat for crying after loss

The New York Knicks were laughing at reports that members of the Miami Heat were crying after a loss to the Chicago Bulls. Posted by Ben Golliver.
miami-heat

Making fun of the Miami Heat: it's not just for NBA bloggers any more.

On Sunday night, we noted that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra admitted to the Miami media that members of his team were crying following the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls, which featured another late-game meltdown. (Deadspin has a video compilation of all of Miami's crunch time choke jobs if you're interested.)

ESPNNY.com reports that the news travelled fast, as New York Knicks stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire were joking about the tears after their Sunday night win over the Atlanta Hawks.
When the locker room first opened to reporters after the game, Stoudemire and Anthony were bantering and laughing about players on the Miami Heat crying after their loss earlier Sunday to the Chicago Bulls, with Stoudemire fingering Chris Bosh as the watery-eyed one (although Bosh, when asked by reporters in Miami whether he had cried, said he almost had but did not).
"I heard Chris Bosh was crying tears," Stoudemire said.

"Tears?" Anthony asked.

"Yeah, tears," Stoudemire replied.

"Wait 'til I call him, man," Anthony said. "I'll be like: 'What are you doing?'"
As this report and others noted, Bosh was the one prominent member of the Heat to specifically deny that he cried, so it's interesting that New York's heckling turned to him so specifically. Often seen as the weakest link in Miami's "Big Three" and the subject of questions about his toughness and ability to play through injury down the stretch of last season, Bosh can never seem to catch a break, can he?

It goes without saying that we shouldn't have expected a textured, thoughtful league-wide response to Spoelstra's admission. NBA players seize upon on any weakness or perceived weakness like vultures, with blank macho hardness as the agreed-upon default emotional setting for just about any situation. In this environment, whining is looked down upon and crying is an almost inconceivable anathema, especially in early March when the season isn't on the line.

While I encourage the Heat to let it all out after what's been a frustrating stretch of games, Anthony's question - "What are you doing?" - isn't without merit. Where are the tears coming from? This isn't as simple as a team taking its play seriously and its losses to heart. Miami's key players have lost hundreds of games and have likely lost dozens of games decided in the final minutes. Sunday night wasn't some inconceivably difficult moment of pain or grief and it wasn't a milestone or goalpost as Miami's season continues on Tuesday night. Why this reaction at this point in the season? 

The most obvious explanation is that reality has set in, that a hard ceiling has finally been fashioned above a team that entered the season with limitless expectations for their success. Miami is a veteran team from top to bottom and they understand as well as anyone, even if they won't admit as much directly in interviews, that their substandard play against quality teams and poor late-game execution will make for a short run in the playoffs this season. That fact amounts to an identity crisis for a team that had been thought of as an immediate dynasty. 

During recent games we've seen Miami's stars made to look average; after recent games we've seen those same stars despondent. Now this. Losing a game rarely amounts to tears, but feeling like you've lost your way is a different matter. Frustration is manageable, but hopelessness is a totally different beast.

Hat tip: Zach Lowe, SI.com .
Posted on: March 7, 2011 8:20 am
Edited on: March 7, 2011 8:33 am
 

Shootaround 3.7.11: Heat collapse again

The Miami Heat choke again, the Los Angeles Lakers don't show class (?), Chris Paul is going to be OK and a whole bunch more in a Monday morning roundup of all the latest NBA happenings. Posted by Ben Golliver. shootaround
  • Yahoo! Sports writes that Miami Heat forward LeBron James points the finger at himself for another Heat late-game loss, this time to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. "I told my team I’m not going to continue to fail them late in games,” James told reporters in Miami. “I put a lot of the blame on myself.”
  • The Arizona Republic notes that Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash passed Isiah Thomas to move into sixth place on the NBA's all-time assist list. Nash said: "He was my No. 1 player. Isiah was my idol and the player I tried to emulate, because he was my size and didn't dunk the ball. I used to try to play like him."
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:38 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Game Changer: How did the Knicks do with Melo?

Posted by Royce Young

THE BIG ONE: MELO NEEDS SOME TIME TO GEL-O

(OK, I admit, that was terrible.)

Madison Square Garden buzzed like it hasn't, well, since the last time we all said it hasn't buzzed since the last insert time period.

But New York was definitely excited. Carmelo Anthony was making his first appearance and with a heavily produced pre-game introduction that had a long welcome video and the players entering through the tunnel instead of off the bench, there certainly was another level of excitement at MSG.

The Melo trade has been almost five months in the making, but these past 24 hours feel sort of rushed. Melo was in Los Angeles yesterday finishing up All-Star Weekend duties before getting word he was dealt. He, along with teammates Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams, had to rush to New York to get their physicals done as well as their introductory press conference.

And with all that hurrying, the play on the court was certainly affected. The Knicks scored their usual tilt of points beating the Bucks 114-108, but they weren't near as good offensively as their output would suggest.

Melo needed 25 shots to score 27, Amar'e Stoudemire had 19 and Billups added 21. But late in the game, with the Bucks pushing, we saw a small glimpse of how the Knicks have changed. Instead of the usual pick-and-roll butter that they usually go with, they went to Melo isolated on the block.



The first play, it's the Denver Nugget offense. Melo is posting, Billups is feeding him. Stoudemire is floating as a weapon to potentially cut, but Melo gets an isolation and uses his skill to beat Carlos Delfino for a dunk. This is an option the Knicks didn't have before the trade. If this game were last week, the Knicks would've been running pick-and-roll here with Raymond Felton and Stoudemire, with the option to kick to Danilo Gallinari. Now, they could run that pick-and-roll, or go iso on the block to Melo.

The second play, what's interesting is that Stoudemire fouled out on the previous defensive possession. so New York's prior go-to player wasn't there. Again, if this game is in January, the Knicks are kind of screwed. Now, there's really no worries. Billups and Anthony just go right back to the same post up play they used the previous possession and Carmelo beats his man for a crucial bucket.

Of course what makes any isolation play like this work is the spacing. And the Knicks spaced well. They're missing a few shooters, but with Toney Douglas on the floor who had hit a bunch of shots and had 23, the Milwaukee defense had to be aware and couldn't completely sell out to double Melo. Same thing with the option to kick to Billups, a good 3-point shooter.

Throughout the game, I wouldn't say Melo and Amar'e worked all that well together because it was a bit of the your-turn-my-turn thing. Melo wasn't shy hoisting 25 shots to Stoudemire's 13, but it seemed like Amar'e was comfortable in what Melo was doing. Stoudemire is a terrific pick-and-roll play, but Billups isn't really a pick-and-roll point guard -- at least not like Felton was.

So there will be some subtle changes to the Knick offense. Maybe Billups settles in to a bit more pick-and-roll with Stoudemire. Melo, who loves to post, only went to the block a handful of times. He mostly cut, drove and waited for kickouts.

There will certainly be a feeling out period with this team, but with talented players like Stoudemire, Melo and Billups, the Knicks can win in spite of those issues.

Opening night at MSG for Melo was definitely electric and while his 27 points are nice and the team winning is good, I wouldn't say anyone felt electrified by the Knicks performance. But it's just game one for a new team and the thing about talented basketball players is, they tend to adjust and improve. So look out.

OKLAHOMA CITY GETS SPURRED

Looking at the numbers, the Thunder did just about everything right. They killed the glass (54-37 edge), had 13 offensive rebounds to the Spurs four, held San Antonio to under 45 percent from the field, didn’t turn the ball over (10), made free throws (24-27) and played their butts off. 

But the Spurs tend to beat people in spite of statistics. It's kind of their thing.

Where OKC lost this game was in one specific area. The same area that took the Thunder down the last San Antonio game, hurt OKC again. The Spurs went 13-21 from 3, hitting 8 of 11 in the first half. Without that, the Thunder wins this game, no doubt. The lesson here is, the Spurs can shoot. Don’t leave them open.

Where I really think the Thunder lost this game though was a stretch with about four minutes left. OKC finally got over the hump taking a 98-96 lead behind James Harden’s spark from 3. And the Thunder did what they had to do: They got three straight stops.

The opportunity was there to bridge out to at least a four-point lead with about three minutes left. But OKC never capitalized. If the Thunder gets points somewhere in there, they might have a nice buffer to keep the Spurs away. But remember, the Spurs are good and you can’t ever let them hang around.

That's now 19 straight at home for San Antonio and they improve to 47-10 on the season and 26-2 at home. Yowza.

UTAH DEFINITELY MISSED D-WILL

It was almost surreal watching the Jazz play without Deron Williams. They've done it before with him missing some games due to a wrist injury, but this time he was gone. It was weird.

Utah hung tough with the superior Mavericks for a time, but there clearly was a talent gap as the Jazz just lacked any kind of firepower to hang tight. Earl Watson, who started for Williams, had just seven points and five assists in 37 minutes. Al Jefferson played a pretty terrific game scoring 30 points on only 14 shots, but the Jazz just didn't have a chance.

Getting Devin Harris and Derrick Favors will help, but this team isn't going anywhere right now. They were competitive largely due to having arguably the best point guard in the league and now that that's missing, they're simply average.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Dwight Howard: 32 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando, but his Magic dropped a horrible game to the Tyreke Evans-less Kings, 111-105.

Derrick Rose: 32 points and 10 assists in a loss.

Jose Calderon:
17 assists for the Raptors in a win over the Bulls.

Greg Monroe: The Pistons rookie piled up 27 points and 12 rebounds in a close loss to Indiana.

Chase Budinger: Off the bench, he scored 30 on 9-18 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds for the Rockets in a win over the Cavs.

PARTING THOUGHT

Joakim Noah made his triumphant return to the Bulls, finally putting them at full strength. So they'd blow past the lowly Raptors, right?

Wrong. Very wrong.

Noah did his part grabbing 16 rebounds, but the Bulls normally stellar defense slipped, the offense failed to execute and in the end, were left on the bad end of a 118-113 loss to Toronto.
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Melo Trade: Is there a case for collusion?

Carmelo Anthony joins Amar'e Stoudemire in New York. Thing is, that's becoming for a while, and we know that because... Amar'e told us so.
Posted by Matt Moore




On July 4th, 2010, Amar'e Stoudemire, before he signed with the New York Knicks, spoke to reporters outside of a Broadway show he was catching during his visit with the Knicks. It should have been a simple quote. "Excited to look at my options, happy to visit New York, it's a great city, blah blah blah." Instead, Amar're dropped this. 

"I've talked to Carmelo Anthony that he needs to come out here," Stoudemire said. "I've talked to Tony Parker. Both guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here. So we will see if we can work it out."

This got slipped by national media because it was July, in the NBA, July 4th, a holiday, and because everyone in sports media was focused on LeBron James and anything he would do.  And hey, it was crazy. When would multiple All-Stars ever team up, right? Right?

You know the punchline, there. 

But as we stand here nearly eight months later, you've got to look at this. You have an All-Star, before he signed with the Knicks, telling another All-Star who is under contract with another team that he needs to come out and join him on the Knicks. Eight months later, Anthony forces a trade to the Knicks. 

Tampering and collusion have been hot topics in the NBA since the Heat formed this summer. The Cavs considered a lawsuit againt the Heat for tampering with LeBron. And the league had to comment on the issue of collusion this summer, saying they would not get involved. But in the reflection of the Melo deal, the question has to be asked. 

Was how the Melo acquisition occurred within the peramters of NBA policy?

There is Stoudemire, on record, during conversations with the Knicks, openly stating he is lobbying for Anthony to join him. From that moment on, the Anthony-to-New-York talk snowballed into a frenzy, then caught fire and threatened to swallow us whole in a black mass of hype, suffocating us beyond all... sorry. It was  arough few months. Nonetheless, we can trace back what we saw at the introductory press conference for Melo as a Knick back to this comment in July, which garnered little scrutiny. It's time for people to take notice. These events are not occuring organically, they're not being conducted in good faith. Players have their agendas, and the teams involved may or may not have been involved in the influence of one player upon another.  This isn't to say New York was behind Amar'e's comments to Melo, there's absolutely no proof of that.

But we do see this. 
1. Player A talks to New York in free agency.

2. Player A tells media he's called Player B, who's under contract with another team, and tells him to join him in New York. 

3. Player A signs with New York.

4. Player B has representatives leak to media that he wants to be traded and New York is his only option due to his leverage with his upcoming free agency.

5. Player A says he has not talked to Player B about the situation, suspiciously. 

6. Player B is traded to New York.

That's a pretty suspicious line of events for nothing to have gone on. Players are not being slick with this at this point, because the league has made it clear it's not going to get involved in such discussions. But in the interest of competitive fairness, it has an obligation to its owners in these markets who are now bleeding All-Stars toward New York to ensure that everything is being conducted within the confines of NBA policy.

This isn't to say there's anything wrong with allowing it. It's every player's right to want to work where they want to, and their right to talk to whomever they wish. As long as the teams aren't involved, there's nothing wrong with allowing this kind of thing. But in that instance, the league needs to make a statement that there's no problem with players impacting players currently under contact.  Amar'e wasn't a Knick yet, so there's a possibility he could have wound up somewhere else had talks gone differently. But they didn't, and he is. And now so's Melo. 

For the fans of the other 23 teams outside of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Miami, you have to wonder if there's something amiss in how things are being handled. 
Posted on: February 17, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: February 17, 2011 9:36 am
 

Report: Nuggets want Knicks' farm for Melo

Report indicates Nuggets asked Knicks for four of top six players including Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, and Gallinari.
Posted by Matt Moore



Photo via Getty Images, illustration via Eye on Basketball. Laughs out loud via Masai Ujiri.

Basically, the next things Masai Ujiri's going to ask for are the fillings out of Donnie Walsh's teeth and Mike D'Antoni's mustache. That's pretty much all that's left for them to ask in exchange for Melo if a report out of New York Times is accurate. From the Times

According to a Knicks official, Denver wants Raymond Felton, Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari — four of their top six players — for Carmelo Anthony and an aging Chauncey Billups. The Nuggets have also asked about Timofey Mozgov.
via Knicks Making Progress. Will They Make a Deal? - NYTimes.com.

Oh, and the New York Post reports that first-rounder via the Timberwolves for Anthony Randolph is a requisite, too. Next on the list are "all the tea in China," "Fort Knox," "a pet Chupacabra" and "the top floor of the Empire State Building."  This is an absurd asking price, even as a starter, even for an All-Star starter. The Nuggets apparently think that Carmelo Anthony can play every position on the floor except point guard and power forward.  The Knicks would never surrender Gallinari and Fields in any scenario, not when one is a high-upside, high-percentage perimeter threat and the other is in the top five for Rookie of the Year. Raymond Felton is even a stretch, even if they were getting Chauncey Billups back in the deal. This isn't just too much. It's what happens when you ask for too much, then decide to throw in some extra wishes on top. 

This is pretty much the model of what Masai Ujiri has done in these negotiations. Ask for too much, from a position of weakness, then ask for more. We're fairly certain if the Knicks had somehow, someway agreed to that deal, Ujiri would have then asked for the Rockettes. 

As Ken Berger reported Wednesday, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh won't be freaking out over these talks. If Denver wants to continue throwing out ridiculous price tags in an effort to get a steal right up until the last minute, he's content to let them stimmer in their own absurd demands. The Knicks stomped the fourth-seeded Hawks last night to get a much needed win, will be making the playoffs regardless, and the future is bright with or without Melo. The fact that Denver is desperate enough to be trying to get what amounts to one of the most ridiculous deals this side of the Pau Gasol trade actually only further puts into relief how much they're flirting with disaster here. 

Even if they've moved towards a reasonable compromise from this starting position, you have to wonder just who it is that Masai Ujiri thinks he's got here. Melo is a top talent. An All-Star. But no rings, little defense, and not a legend. 

But apparently he's got a legend's asking price. 

No one's giving up that much for Carmelo Anthony, except Isiah Thomas. And he's not calling the shots. Yet
 
 
 
 
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