November 24th, 2014 at 7:13 PM
By Matt Agne
When the New York Knicks gave Amare Stoudemire a five-year deal nearly everyone felt it was too long for such a health risk. No other team in the NBA was willing to give him more than four years. The Knicks found out why after watching Stoudemire battle back from injury after injury. However, entering the final year of his contract, he now claims he's back to full health.
It's that age old story in sports. A player gets paid a lot of money and hardly plays because of injuries. Then in their contract year they all of a sudden find a way to regain their health.
Unfortunately, Amare Stoudemire's time with the New York Knicks falls into that same category. Stoudemire is a monster offensive weapon when healthy. He's a liability on defense but most can't stop him when he has the ball in his hands. Not when he's healthy.
However, despite the fact there's no one that works harder on their body, Stoudemire's always finds a way to fail him. It's not a lack of effort, it's genetics.
That being said, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork reports that Stoudemire believes his body is back to full health.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 24th, 2014 at 1:06 PM
By Doug Rush
The New York Knicks will kick off a three-game south-west road trip on Monday night when they face off against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center.
The Knicks, fresh off a win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, will catch a break, as Ian Begley of ESPN New York has reported on Monday that the Rockets will be without their starting center Dwight Howard in Monday night's game.
Along with Howard, who is out with a knee injury and has been out for the last two games, Patrick Beverly will also miss Monday night's game for the Rockets as well.
Howard was averaging 18.8 points and 11.3 rebounds with 2.3 blocks in 33.5 minutes in 10 games thus far for Houston, who is 10-3 and playing very well at the start of the season with Howard in the lineup.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 24th, 2014 at 12:13 AM
By Matt Agne
Both Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher have preached patients since taking over the New York Knicks. They knew it would take time to get everyone playing together and with the same things in mind after introducing the triangle offense. That being said, eventually the players need to either show something or prepare to find themselves on another roster. According to Jackson, the Knicks have until December to show growth in the triangle offense.
Phil Jackson never thought the New York Knicks would just immediately pick up the triangle offense. He knew that the Knicks current roster isn't really build for the system and that those who could play in the triangle would take some time to understand its nuances. Jackson has been waiting and watching but knows that if players don't show a certain level of success and understanding that he'll need to make some moves.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that Jackson is looking at December as the latest he should see the team showing growth in the triangle offense.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 23rd, 2014 at 9:55 AM
By Doug Rush
On Saturday night, it was a battle of two struggling teams in the Eastern Conference, and that's putting it mildly.
The New York Knicks, who had won three of their first 13 games of the season, really needed a win at home at Madison Square Garden against the winless Philadelphia 76ers, who were coming in 0-12.
Jose Calderon finally made his long-awaited debut for the Knicks this season and took his starting position as the team's starting point guard and played 21 minutes for the Knicks in their 91-83 win over the 76ers. Calderon had just three points with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Carmelo Anthony once again lead all scorers with 25 points, shooting 10-for-20 from the field, to go along with seven rebounds. Amar'e Stoudemire was solid off the bench, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of work.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 22nd, 2014 at 1:24 PM
By Doug Rush
The New York Knicks were counting on two of their more important players returning to the court on Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers in Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani.
While Calderon still looks like he will be a go for Saturday night against the winless Philadelphia team, Bargnani however, has suffered a setback, as he suffered a strained calf during the Knicks practice on Friday and as Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported on Saturday, Bargnani will not play against the 76ers.
The 29-year-old forward, who was acquired last year from the Toronto Raports, averaged 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 29 minutes in the 42 games he was active for last season.
Before a couple of years ago, Bargnani was somewhat healthy through the first couple of years in his career, but ever since 2012, he hasn't played in more than 42 games; that was with the Knicks in 2014.Read more... Join the Conversation...