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Jose Calderon Debuts, New York Knicks Hold Off Winless Philadelphia 76ers in 91-83 Victory

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.

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Andrea Bargnani Injures Calf During Practice, Won’t Return for Knicks on Saturday Vs. 76ers

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.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Advocates for Sports Gambling

November 21st, 2014 at 2:06 PM
By Matt Agne

The NBA has already struck a partnership with the one-day fantasy site FanDuel. So it's not overly surprising that NBA commissioner Adam Silver believes sports gambling should be legalized and regulated.

Remember, when NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks he's doing so as a representative of the owners. Also remember, owners are rich because they look for every single way to make more money every chance they get.

That's why when Silver wrote an article for the New York Times advocating for the legalization and regulation of sports betting it didn't surprise anyone.

There is an obvious appetite among sports fans for a safe and legal way to wager on professional sporting events. Mainstream media outlets regularly publish sports betting lines and point spreads. Voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly voiced their support for legal sports betting in a 2011 referendum. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey recently signed a bill authorizing sports betting at local casinos and horse racetracks, a law the N.B.A. and other leagues have opposed — and a federal court has blocked — because it violates Paspa.

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New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr.’s Inconsistent Play Caused by Playing Inconsistently

November 21st, 2014 at 12:49 PM
By Matt Agne

To nearly every fan of the New York Knicks, Tim Hardaway Jr. is the youngest and brightest star-in-the-making on the roster. However, he also fuels his doubters by playing extremely one-dimensional basketball. The question is, is he not developing because of lack of effort or lack of consistent play?

Something nearly every player needs to succeed is consistency. Players need a consistent message, a consistent role and consistent playing time to sustain a consistent impact on the court.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is no different. The Michigan product is a pure scorer. He can fill up a box score each and every night with relative ease. He's that talented of a shooter.

That being said, he's not much of a passer or a defender. As a shooting guard, the New York Knicks can live without the man known as TH5 being much of a passer. He just can't be a liability. That being said, his defensive skills need to improve greatly if he ever plans on being anything other than a scorer off the bench.

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Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon Likely to Return for Knicks on Saturday Vs. 76ers

November 20th, 2014 at 5:08 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Knicks have been without both Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon for the first 13 games of the season as both have been recovering from injuries since the start of the regular season.

However, it looks like the Knicks are expecting to get both Bargnani and Calderon back for their Saturday night game against the winless Philadelphia 76ers, as Marc Berman of the New York Post reported.

"The Knicks’ 115-99 blowout loss to the Timberwolves on Wednesday night could be the last time they play without Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon. The Knicks are laying the groundwork not only for Bargani to make his season debut Saturday against the winless Sixers but also for Calderon to join him. There have been so many setbacks along the way, Knicks coach Derek Fisher is being cautious about penciling them in for Saturday. But it’s in the designs."

Both will be major improvements and much needed help to a roster that had lost six straight and has opened up the year at 3-10 after starting off 2-1. Calderon and Bargnani will take part in a 3-on-3 scrimmage to test their respective injuries, as Thursday is a non-practice day for the team.

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