December 19th, 2014 at 1:09 AM
By Doug Rush
On Thursday night, the Chicago Bulls were without star point guard Derrick Rose, as he sat out of their game without an illness. The Bulls have been used to playing without Rose over the last two years though.
However, the Knicks were without star forward Carmelo Anthony, who was out for Thursday night with a knee injury and without him, the Knicks were simply no match for the superior Bulls as the Rose-less Bulls knocked off the Melo-less Knicks 103-97 at the United Center.
At one point, the Knicks, trailing 52-45 at halftime, had a 74-73 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Bulls 30 points in the fourth was simply too much for the Knicks to come back from and the Bulls cruised to their 16th win of the season while sending the Knicks to their 23rd loss of the year.
Jimmy Butler lead all scorers with 35 points, shooting 11-for-21 in 45 minutes and had five rebounds and seven assists. Pau Gasol had 20 points and seven rebounds and continues to pound the team that tried to land him this summer but lost out on his services to Chicago.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 18th, 2014 at 11:01 PM
By Doug Rush
On Thursday night, Phil Jackson tried to make an upgrade to the rather lowly New York Knicks, but he swung and missed on landing Rajon Rondo.
Instead, it was the Dallas Mavericks, who were already in advanced stages of trade talks with the Boston Celtics, as the Mavericks acquired the All Star point guard from Boston on Thursday night in a deal that sends Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandon Wright, Dwight Powell, a conditional first round pick in 2015 and a second round pick in 2016.
The Mavericks, who already had a solid starting lineup that already had Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis and now adds one of the league's best point guards to a championship lineup.
Dallas is also in good shape to contend for a while and they will have a great chance to lock up Rondo, who will be a free agent after the 2014-2015 season.
For the Knicks, they missed out on a chance to land the point guard they've needed to play along side Carmelo Anthony as well as missed out on a chance to dump some of the contracts off their roster that they were looking for this winter.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 18th, 2014 at 10:01 PM
By Matt Agne
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony has been playing with pain in his knee nearly all season. With the team struggling many are telling him he should shut it down for the season and get his knee repaired. While Anthony would like to avoid surgery but is that what's best for the team?
With the New York Knicks only able to win five games so far it would be easy to see why many may want to have their superstar sit out for the rest of the season and get himself healthy. However, Carmelo Anthony wants to do anything he can to avoid having to go under the knife.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports Anthony's knee may require surgery.
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According to a source, Anthony has been playing with left knee soreness for much of the season and the fear is that it may require surgery to correct.
December 18th, 2014 at 9:13 PM
By Matt Agne
Ever since Carmelo Anthony chose to re-sign with the New York Knicks instead of joining the Chicago Bulls all fans have heard from the media is how much Anthony loved Chicago and wanted to join the Bulls. It's been well determined that money caused Anthony to stick around with the Knicks. That being said, Anthony is over talking about the Bulls.
The last thing New York Knicks fans need to keep hearing about is how much Carmelo Anthony wishes he joined the Chicago Bulls. We all know they have a superior head coach and roster but enough is enough already. The last thing a fan base of a losing team needs to hear is how their superstar would rather be elsewhere.
Apparently Anthony has finally decided to stop singing Chicago's praises. Laura Albanese of Newsday reports that Anthony refuses to second-guess his decision to stay with New York.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 18th, 2014 at 10:25 AM
By Doug Rush
For a few years, the Boston Celtics have flirted with the idea of dealing away all star point guard Rajon Rondo as the last part of their championship formula; Kevin Garnett is with the Nets, Paul Pierce with the Wizards and Ray Allen is a free agent likely to sign mid-season.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge has been hesitant to deal him, but more so because he's been looking for the right deal. This time, Ainge might finally be ready to deal him. Marc Stein of ESPN New York has reported that the Boston Celtics have had major trade discussions with the Dallas Mavericks that would send Rondo to Dallas in a deal that would land them draft picks and at least young center Brandon Wright.Read more... Join the Conversation...