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2014 New York Knicks Free Agency Outlook: Stephen Jackson

July 31st, 2014 at 8:00 PM
By Matt Agne

At this point in free agency teams are looking for bargains. The New York Knicks are definitely in that boat because they only have the minimum left to offer free agents. In looking for a reserve small forward to backup Carmelo Anthony the Knicks need to look around for the best overall player they can get to take the minimum. That brings us to a 14 year veteran who is a two-way player, Stephen Jackson.

'If I ruled the world...' photo (c) 2008, Greg M - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Steven Jackson, a 6'8", 220 pound small forward, was drafted 43rd overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He began his professional career playing for the La Crosse Bobcats of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in 1997 and 1998.

He then played for the Sydney Kings in Australia in 1998, the Fort Wayne Fury of the CBA in 1999, the Marinos de Oriente in Venezuela and for San Carlos in the Dominican Republic in 1999 and 2000 and for Pueblo Nuevo in the Dominican Republic in 2000.

His NBA career began with the New Jersey Nets from 2000-01. He then played for the San Antonio Spurs from 2001-03, winning a championship in 2003.

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Longtime NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Retiring

July 31st, 2014 at 6:06 PM
By Matt Agne

When it comes to referees, umpires and officials most are fairly nameless. The ones who are known are either recognized because they are perceived as cool or because fans thing they are bad at their jobs. Over the years, Dick Bavetta has been both. Some, even within the NBA, believe he thinks he's bigger than the game. Other's just think he's a veteran who loves his job. Everyone can agree, he's a character and will be missed now that he's announced his retirement.

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Dick Bavetta started his quest to become an NBA referee in the mid-1960s. Due to his small physique he wasn't hired through nine straight years of tryouts because the NBA didn't believe he was imposing enough. 

However, he was hired and made his debut on December 2, 1975 at Madison Square Garden during a contest between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics.

During his nearly 40 years of NBA officiating, he's worked his way up from one of the lowest ranking referees to one of the top in his profession.

Bavetta's had a foot race with Charles Barkley, broke up the infamous double-choke attack by Larry Bird and Julius Erving, watched countless milestones get reached and oversaw championship-clinching games.

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Former New York Knicks Forward Metta World Peace to Play in China

July 30th, 2014 at 7:57 PM
By Matt Agne

Before signing with the New York Knicks last off-season Metta World Peace was choosing between the Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and playing in China with Yao Ming's team. He ended up signing with the Knicks and we all know how that ended. After not receiving any solid offers this off-season to play in the NBA, World Peace will now be taking his talents to China.

'Metta World Peace' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It seems that the NBA of Metta World Peace may have ended in February when the New York Knicks waived him. Publicly he hoped his relationship with Phil Jackson would warrant him an invite to training camp with the Knicks this season.

Apparently since he couldn't drum up legitimate interest from teams or a guaranteed spot on an NBA roster, World Peace has looked to continue his career elsewhere. He claims he isn’t retiring.

It was believed that if World Peace ever did go to China to play basketball it would be as a member of the Shanghai Sharks who Yao Ming bough in July of 2009. However, that's not the case. It's starting to look like he'll be playing next season for the Sichuan Blue Whales.

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2014 New York Knicks Free Agency Outlook: Michael Beasley

July 29th, 2014 at 8:35 PM
By Matt Agne

The New York Knicks continue their search for a backup small forward to play behind Carmelo Anthony. However, at this point in free agency the choices are just about as limited as the Knicks contract options. Who could the Knicks sign for the veteran's minimum? How about giving Michael Beasley a chance?

'New York Knicks' photo (c) 2009, Michael Tipton - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Michael Beasley was drafted by the Miami Heat with the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of Kansas State where he played next to former New York Knicks member Bill "Sky" Walker. He played for the Heat from 2008-10, the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2010-12, the Phoenix Suns from 2012-13 and returned to the Heat last season.

Beasley in an immensely talented and troubled player. He could be a superstar if he were mature and focused on his career. However, throughout the years he's proven to care more about being tough, partying and putting himself before his team. 

That being said, last season Beasley returned to the Heat for a second time in hopes to rebuilding his reputation. He impressed the league by playing very well, dealing with the pressure of a march towards the Finals and by functioning as a team player.

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New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony Visits Allah School in Mecca

July 28th, 2014 at 12:35 PM
By Matt Agne

New York Knicks superstar forward Carmelo Anthony is a guy who loves his family, his roots, his community and representing the Knicks. He's recently been wearing a necklace with the emblem of the 5% Nation. That controversial affiliation led to him going to Harlem to visit the Allah School in Mecca.

'Trevor Ariza, Carmelo Anthony' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Before making any judgments lets educate ourselves on what the 5% Nation is. The 5% Nation is an organization founded in 1964 in the Harlem section of the borough of Manhattan, New York City. It was founded by a former member of the Nation of Islam named Clarence 13X, also known as "Allah the Father".

Clarence 13X was a former student of Malcolm X who decided to leave the Nation of Islam after a difference of opinion over the nature and identity of God with the Nation's leaders over. Clarence 13X taught the black man was himself God personified, a major change from the teachings that the Nation's founder W. Fard Muhammad was Allah. 

The name 5% Nation comes from the theory that only 10% of the people of the world know the truth of existence. They believe that those 10% purposely keep 85% of the world in ignorance and under their control. That remaining 5% know the truth and attempt to enlighten the 85% without the knowledge.

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