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New York Knicks Recall Cleanthony Early from D-League for Sunday’s Game Vs. Lakers

February 1st, 2015 at 11:43 AM
By Doug Rush

Just a few days ago, the New York Knicks demoted often-injured rookie Cleanthony Early to the D-League Westchester Knicks in order to give him more reps and playing time that he normally wouldn't see right now at the professional level.

On Sunday, the Knicks announced that they would be recalling Early from the D-League after two games with Westchester and will be in uniform when the team plays the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

Early, whose rookie season has mostly been spent on the sidelines, has averaged just 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 15 games with the Knicks; his best game this season was back on January 8 in a 120-96 blowout loss to the Houston Rockets when he scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in 25 minutes.

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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Knicks Expected to Pursue Bulls’ Jimmy Butler in Free Agency

February 1st, 2015 at 10:49 AM
By Doug Rush

The New York Knicks are going to have a lot of things on their side once the 2014-2015 season ends.

They're going to have a lot of cap room to spend in free agency, maybe more than $30 million or so depending on what they do before the trade deadline. They're also likely going to have a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, as they have the second worst record in the league heading into Sunday's contest with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Some of the possible free agents the Knicks may pursue have been talked about; Goran Dragic, Tobias Harris, Marc Gasol, Wesley Matthews among others. One of the more prominent names the Knicks are also expected to pursue Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, who is a restricted free agent this summer, as Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported.

"The Knicks also will have interest in Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, but Bulls management has vowed to match any offer made to the restricted free agent."

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Knicks’ Jason Smith Attributes Recent Stronger Play from Daughter Sleeping Through Night

January 31st, 2015 at 4:46 PM
By Doug Rush

Back in October, New York Knicks forward Jason Smith and his wife Kristy welcome a new baby girl into the world, Ella. He was overjoyed to enter fatherhood, although the one thing he wasn't prepared for was the late-night schedule that goes with a newborn.

As a lot of first-time parents know, a newborn tends to wake up every few hours or so for feedings and late night diaper changes; and with this happening for Smith's daughter, the lack of sleep was affecting him on the court, as he told Ian Begley of ESPN New York.

“The first couple of weeks it was a lot of sleep deprivation, for sure,” Smith says. “As a first-time parent, you think you know what you’re in for. But when you’re actually there and she’s crying in the middle of the night, as a parent, you automatically tune it in. You can’t just tune it out and try to go back to sleep.”

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New York Knicks Sign Lance Thomas for Remainder of 2014-2015 Season

January 31st, 2015 at 10:47 AM
By Doug Rush

Langston Galloway was signed for the rest of the season (and next year as well.) Lou Amundson was also signed for the remainder of the season, which left just Lance Thomas as the rest of their 10-day contract guys who the Knicks needed to make a decision on.

On Saturday, the Knicks announced that they have signed Thomas for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season; the Knicks posted a picture of Thomas signing the contract that will keep him on the roster for the rest of the season.

Thomas was acquired by the Knicks in the three-team trade that sent Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers; Amundson was acquired from the Cavaliers and Thomas was acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the seven games Thomas has been active for, he's making the most of his opportunity, as he's averaging 10.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 25.6 minutes. In the 22 games he was with the Thunder, Thomas averaged just 5.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 20.5 minutes played

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New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Wouldn’t Work Together

January 31st, 2015 at 10:40 AM
By Matt Agne

Remember when Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Love were playing pickup games in the off-season and speculation that they would join forces started to swirl? As it turns out, Love was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Anthony and Bryant remained in New York and Los Angeles respectively. However, it took another meeting between Anthony and Bryant to decide that a union wouldn't be the best decision.

This off-season, Carmelo Anthony met with a few choice teams before deciding to re-sign with the New York Knicks. One appealing team was the Los Angeles Lakers. It offered a huge market, a rich history, Hollywood and the chance to team up with Kobe Bryant.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak, owner Jeanie Buss and other front office executives gave Anthony a pitch on why he should join their team. Los Angeles clearly had appeal for Anthony and his family.

So why didn't Anthony suit up in purple and gold this season? After all, Anthony looks up to Bryant and they've already played together on Team USA. As it turns out, the two superstars talked for a while and decided they may not work well together.

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