October 22nd, 2014 at 6:50 PM
By Matt Agne
Jose Calderon is expected to be an impact player for the New York Knicks this season. However, that will be a hard thing to do if he's not on the floor. Calderon left Monday’s pre-season loss to the Milwaukee Bucks early in the first quarter with a strained right calf and did not return.
Calderon is the general of the Knicks offense. He's the coach-on-the-floor. The player who will act as an extension of Derek Fisher's coaching staff on the floor.
That being said, the Knicks need to keep him healthy so he can lead their triangle offense and keep his team in the right position to succeed. After leaving the game Monday with a right calf strain some worried he'd be out of play for an extended amount of time. However, his injury may not be as serious as some may have feared.
Peter Botte of the New York Daily News reports Calderon would have returned had it not been a pre-season game.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 11:48 AM
By Matt Agne
Clearly re-signing Carmelo Anthony was the single biggest move for Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks this off-season. However, outside of that the biggest move was sending Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks. That trade brought Jose Calderon to Madison Square Garden as the new point guard in town. In that moment he may have become the second most impactful Knicks player only behind Anthony himself.
Anthony has asked the Knicks to surround him with talent. He’s the undisputed star of the show but he also knows he can't do it alone. In the 2015 free agency period New York hopes to add another big name or two and bolster the overall roster.
The fact is, this is not a short-term fix. Don't expect the 2015 free agency period to be the fix-all. The Knicks plan on that being when they make a huge impact but they can't expect to build a championship team over night. The truth is, New York will continue to re-frame its roster in the years to come.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 7:07 AM
By Matt Agne
Many have speculated on who will start at power forward now that Carmelo Anthony has moved back to small forward. Some say the New York Knicks will start Amare Stoudemire. Others claim the starter should be Andrea Bargnani. There's even been reports that Quincy Acy will fill the starting power forward role. They all have reason that make sense to put them into the starting lineup but could Jason Smith end up the starter in Madison Square Garden?
When Phil Jackson used the Knicks mini mid-level exception to sign Jason Smith many thought he'd provide New York with some nice depth but nothing else. After all, over the time Stoudemire has been with the Knicks he's played more games (219) than both Bargnani (144) and Smith (199). If Stoudemire is considered fragile and unreliable there's no way the Knicks could consider Smith any different right?
Well, with the 2014-15 NBA season beginning in less than two weeks decisions need to be made. First-time head coach Derek Fisher needs to figure out his opening night starting lineup and set the Knicks rotation.
The position in most doubt heading into the season is the starting power forward slot. It's a position with loads of talent and even more question marks.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 21st, 2014 at 7:07 AM
By Matt Agne
The New York Knicks simply have who they have. Without much salary cap flexibility until next summer, the Knicks roster is what it is. Phil Jackson will have to hope his team and first-year head coach Derek Fisher can do more with less. However, that doesn't mean that talent cant be found for the bare minimum.
The Knicks have fifteen guaranteed contracts on the roster. That would lead most to believe that the roster is set and there wouldn't be any roster spots up for grabs. However, that might not be the case.
With coach Fisher implementing the triangle offense, he’s looking for players who fit in best. Some players are shoe-ins to make the roster. Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Andrea Bargnani, Amare Stoudemire, Jose Calderon and others are making the team no matter what for one reason or another. However, guaranteed contracts or not, players such as Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw aren't necessarily automatically making the final cut.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 19th, 2014 at 7:07 AM
By Matt Agne
Former NBA great Shaquille O'Neal knows all about playing in Phil Jackson's triangle offense and what it takes to succeed in it. He believes a team looking to win an NBA Finals with the triangle offense needs to have two superstars.
Phil Jackson is one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. There's no denying that and no need to list his accomplishments from the bench. However, if there’s a knock on him it's that he's only won with two top players on his roster.
With the Chicago Bulls he had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. With the Los Angeles Lakers he had Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. On the other hand, teams with lesser players have been less successful. Just ask Kurt Rambis about his 32-132 record in two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Regardless, outside of his playing days all of Jackson's championships came while running the triangle offense. In addition to his obvious championship prowess, Jackson also brought the triangle offense to the Knicks when he became President.
Mitch Lawrence of NBC New York reports O'Neal believes New York needs to have at least two superstar-level talents to bring a championship back to Madison Square Garden.Read more... Join the Conversation...