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New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith: I Never Felt Right Last Year; Should Be Better This Season

September 15th, 2014 at 1:27 PM
By Doug Rush

After establishing himself as a legitimate scoring option for the New York Knicks, J.R. Smith was supposed to take the next step in his career and be the guy that can be counted on if Carmelo Anthony didn't have it on any given night.

Smith signed a three-year, $17.95 million deal with the team, a deal given to him because of the season he had the year before in which he proved he could be that kind of scoring threat the Knicks needed. But then Smith wasn't the kind of player the Knicks were hoping for last year as he missed a ton of shots and played very inconsistently and his contract came under heavy scrutiny by the media and fans.

It also likely didn't help Smith that he had knee surgery in the offseason last year to repair tears; it could have played a major factor in Smith's poor season. Either way, Smith admitted that he didn't feel like himself last season.

“I am not going to put it all on the injury," Smith said. "I did some stupid things that could have made it better. But it’s a learning experience. Between that [not being healthy] and the combination of myself –- yeah, I didn’t help the situation with the incidences,” Smith added of the negative perception some might have of him from last season. "But at the same time it was still a learning experience. I will take that."
Smith knows that this season is one that could determine if he sticks around long-term in New York or not. He's a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and saw his points average go from 18.1 down to 14.5; part of which was from the shots he kept missing last season and something the team will want him to work on.
With Smith now in the triangle offense, it could potentially solve his shooting woes since part of the offense is to move around without the ball, whereas last year under Mike Woodson's perimeter offense, Smith would be able to shoot the ball at a much more frequent rate, so the change in his game, plus being more healthy, could enable Smith to have a better season in New York.

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New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony: I was Angry After Last Season; Excited for Triangle Offense

September 15th, 2014 at 12:38 PM
By Doug Rush

When Carmelo Anthony is usually done with his basketball season, he usually takes a month off to rest, re-charge the batteries and re-focus on the next season at hand, but that wasn't the case following the 2013-2014 season.

Anthony got back to work two weeks after the New York Knicks finished 37-45 and were eliminated from playoff contention this season and started working out and getting ready for the 2014-2015 season. So what made the Knicks star forward get back to work so soon?

"I was angry," Anthony said Saturday at the Citi Carmelo Anthony Basketball camp in Manhattan.

Can't blame him, considering he was a year removed from when the Knicks were considered a playoff team and championship contender in the Eastern Conference and then the Knicks had such a disappointing season, it cost Mike Woodson his job and lead to the hirings of Phil Jackson as team president and Derek Fisher as the head coach.

Part of the reason why Anthony wanted to get a jump start on working out so soon is he wanted to get acquainted with the triangle offense that Jackson and Fisher will install for the offense this year.

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New York Knicks’ Owner James Dolan’s Band Opening for Eagles

September 14th, 2014 at 3:41 PM
By Matt Agne

Friday, Joe Walsh of the Eagles did all New Yorkers a favor and poured a bucket of ice cold water over the head of New York Knicks' owner James Dolan. There's a reason why Walsh was given the honors. Dolan's band will open for the Eagles when they come to Madison Square Garden.

James Dolan and Eagle's guitarist Joe Walsh made their appearance on NBC's "The Today Show" not just to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but because they wanted to promote the “History of the Eagles” tour at Madison Square Garden (MSG) on September 13th and 18th.

The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. They've recorded five #1 U.S. singles and have six number one albums over their career, while winning six GRAMMY Awards and five American Music Awards. The Eagles previously performed three sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden in November 2013.

Melissa Locker of Vanity Fair reports Dolan wants to be seen as an artist and not the billionaire owner people know he is.

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New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony: Nobody Would Want to Play for Atlanta Hawks

September 14th, 2014 at 1:45 AM
By Doug Rush

The Atlanta Hawks organization and their upper management has been filling the headlines with news lately and unfortunately for them, none of it has been positive.

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took a leave of absence from the team after some racist remarks were being reported coming from him towards other players and CEO Bruce Levinson also made some racist comments that have gotten him into Donald Sterling discussions; it doesn't look great for the team.

New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony chimed in on the Hawks situation and said that it doesn't bode well for them that these comments are coming out.

“[There] ain’t nobody [who] would want to go there,” Anthony said at the Citi Carmelo Anthony Basketball ProCamp at Baruch College Saturday morning. “At the end of the day, Atlanta … I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint. As a player, as an athlete, we’re looking for a job, we’re trying to find a place where we can move our family, we can make our family comfortable, where we can be comfortable in a comfortable environment, but those comments right there, we would never look at. I’m speaking on behalf of all athletes. We would never look at a situation like that, I don’t care what it is. It’s going to take a collective effort,” Anthony said. That’s not going to change overnight. I don’t think that just happened overnight. That’s been an accumulation over the past couple years. A lot of people think that it just happened, but it’s been going on for the past two or three years now … these are conversations that have been ongoing.”
Anthony's comments come just days after Ferry spoke about the Knicks star player and said that Anthony might be a great scorer but having him on the team can screw another franchise up from the flaws in his game.
Considering Anthony has had success in his career and the Hawks not only wanted him, but the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls did too, there might not be anything wrong with his game and the Hawks just come off as a jealous team who are now in such chaos and controversy, Anthony was best to stay away from Atlanta and at this point, a lot of others might be best to stay away too.

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New York Knicks’ Owner James Dolan’s Ice Bucket Challenge

September 13th, 2014 at 3:41 PM
By Matt Agne

Incase you've been living under a rock, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the world by storm and raised an enormous amount of money for the charity. Everyone from kids, to adults, to celebrities and more have accepted their challenge and named friends and family to follow in their footsteps. However, until now the most wealthy person associated with the New York Knicks had not participated. That being said, James Dolan has now stepped up and accepted his own Ice Bucket Challenge.

He had to pinch his nose but he did it. Apparently James Dolan was afraid he might drown while doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But hey, at least he did it. After all, the man does own the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. Clearly he should be involved in this popular charity fundraiser.

Dolan is very late to the party. It seems like weeks since anyone has done one of these challenges. In fact, some people have grown tired of these videos after months of different versions of people doing this. However, that shouldn't stop people from participating to raise money and it definitely shouldn't stop you from enjoying this.

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