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Pau Gasol Leads Chicago Bulls to Dominating 104-80 Win Over New York Knicks on Opening Night

October 30th, 2014 at 12:49 AM
By Doug Rush

There was a reason why the New York Knicks strongly pursued Pau Gasol during the summer when he became a free agent and on Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden, he made them pay for not ponying up the dough to bring him to New York.

The former Laker, now turned Chicago Bull, lead the way on opening night in the Garden with a 21-point, 11 rebound performance as the Bulls physically dominated the Knicks 104-80 on their own floor and left Knicks fans wondering if this will be another version of last season with a lot of bad basketball being played.

For the Knicks, their best scorer of the night was Carmelo Anthony, who lead the way with just 14 points, having a tough time shooting the ball going 5-for-13 from the field. Amar'e Stoudemire, who ended up getting the start at power forward, had 12 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.

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New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony Would Have No Problem Playing with Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant

October 29th, 2014 at 7:06 PM
By Matt Agne

It's no secret that Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony are friends. That's why when they were playing pickup games during the off-season there were rumors of Anthony signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. He re-signed with the New York Knicks but says he wouldn't have any problem playing with Bryant despite other's claiming the Lakers star may have prevented him from joining Los Angeles.

When people talk about Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony joining forces and playing on the same team many question how many balls the team would be allowed to play with during regulation. After all, both are ball-dominant scorers. Both are high-volume shooters. It couldn't possibly work right?

Well, they certainly made it work playing for Team USA. Why couldn't they make it work on an NBA team? Now that Anthony has re-signed with the New York Knicks it's very unlikely these two will ever join forces but sharing the ball wasn't a concern for Anthony.

Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN report playing with Bryant didn't prevent him from joining the Lakers.

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New York Knicks Pick up 3rd Year Option on Tim Hardway, Jr. for 2015-2016 Season

October 29th, 2014 at 4:27 PM
By Doug Rush

Tim Hardaway Jr.'s rookie season with the New York Knicks was such a success that the team quickly made a decision on his future with the team going forward.

On the eve of the Knicks opening up the 2014-2015 regular season against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden, the team announced that they have picked up the third-year option on Hardaway's contract for the 2015-2016 season. The team though, hasn't made a decision to do the same with Shane Larkin and haven't worked out a contract extension for Iman Shumpert, which means they'll both likely be free agents after the season.

Hardaway Jr., the Knicks first round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and the son of long-time NBA point guard Tim Hardaway, averaged 10.2 points per game in 81 games, starting in one during his rookie season and will look to improve on thos numbers while playing mostly as a reserve this coming season.

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Knicks’ Iman Shumpert, not Jose Calderon, Likely to Draw Defensive Duties Vs. Bulls’ Derrick Rose

October 29th, 2014 at 12:44 PM
By Doug Rush

On Wednesday night, the New York Knicks will open up their 2014-2015 season at home against perhaps one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference in the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden.

One player who will be making his return from injury is Bulls start point guard Derrick Rose, whose previous injuries have taken the Bulls from a contender into a one-and-done playoff team over the last couple of seasons, but with Rose in the lineup, the Bulls are one of the top two teams in the East along with the Cleveland Cavaliers (which so happens to be the team the Knicks will face tomorrow night.)

So with Rose, normally, Jose Calderon, the Knicks starting point guard, would generally draw the duties of guarding him on the floor on defense, but because Calderon is dealing with a nagging calf injury, the Knicks will use shooting guard Iman Shumpert on Rose instead of the ailing Calderon, as Marc Berman of the New York Post reported.

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Jose Calderon Likely to Play for New York Knicks on Opening Night Vs. Chicago Bulls

October 29th, 2014 at 10:36 AM
By Doug Rush

The status for Jose Calderon playing on Wednesday night's opening game for the New York Knicks against the Chicago Bulls, as Calderon has been dealing with a sore calf.

On Tuesday during practice, Knicks head coach Derek Fisher stated that his starting point guard will likely be a go and play against the Bulls, although he might not be guarding Bulls star and point guard Derrick Rose.

“Jose looked really good today,” Fisher said after practice Tuesday. “[Monday] he did just about everything we did, even though we held him out of parts of yesterday’s practice towards the end. Today he was in for everything we did. Assuming that he responds well to everything that we did today, we expect him to be available.’’

If Calderon isn't able to guard Rose, Iman Shumpert will likely be the one who is covering Rose and if Calderon struggles to even stay on the court because of the injury, Shane Larkin will see minutes instead depending on how much Calderon's calf holds up.

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