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 7 years ago '04        #7361
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Duhon
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House & Sergio will be playing tonight
 7 years ago '07        #7362
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New players, same results. D'anphony cannot coach down the stretch to save his life.

Other than that this new Knicks team is the s**t. Mac/Serg/House all exceeded expectations :agreement6:
 7 years ago '04        #7363
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The Knicks lost in overtime 121-118 to Oklahoma City in the debuts of Tracy McGrady, Sergio Rodriguez and Eddie House, but there was an excitement in the arena that hasn't been seen in recent years.

McGrady scored 26 points on an efficient 10-for-17 with five a.ssists and four rebounds.

“I felt good going to the basket,” McGrady said. “I felt explosive.”

McGrady was received warmly my the New York crowd.

“I haven’t felt that good in a while, to really be received that way, to hear those chants,” McGrady said. “It really gave chills down my spine.”
 7 years ago '08        #7364
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Houston waived brian cook maybe we can sign him
 02-21-2010, 05:13 AM         #7365
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Knicks games are going to high scoring affairs. :dancingcool:
 7 years ago '04        #7366
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i been liked dude house since he was in college he always had that nice smooth shooting
 7 years ago '04        #7367
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Knicks president Donnie Walsh claims that the team's extra cap room makes the return of soon-to-be free agent David Lee more likely.

"It's much better for David," Walsh said. "That I'll tell you."

Walsh added that he'll evaluate the team's players from now to the end of the season.

"But for all the players on the team now, they got to show they can play intense playoff-type basketball," he said.

The New York Post points out that if the Knicks are able to land both LeBron James and another max-level free agent this summer, Lee's time with the Knicks will be over.

"At the end of the day, it's not going to come down to money but what direction the Knicks want to go in the future," said Lee. "And a lot of it is what LeBron and the top three guys, LeBron, Bosh, [Dwyane] Wade, do.

"I love it here in New York," he added. "It's been my home for five years. ... I hope to be here in the future."
 7 years ago '04        #7368
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Alan Hahn

Donnie Walsh grinned when he was presented this welcoming piece of reality: His next big move will involve adding big contracts, not shedding them.

"I've been waiting to do that," he said with a chuckle.

The final purge came at Thursday's trade deadline when Walsh dumped Jared Jeffries' $6.8-million payout for 2010-11 to ensure more than $30 million in salary-cap room for this summer's shopping spree.

It was the culmination of a plan Walsh laid out in April 2008 when he was hired to lead the rebuilding of one of the NBA's most troubled franchises.

"I knew it would be difficult. I knew there would be criticism," Walsh said. "What I didn't know is the people of New York keep coming in the building, because they wouldn't have done that anywhere else."

There was an uncanny buzz in the building before last night's game, which was the debut of Tracy McGrady and, perhaps more importantly, the reality that the Knicks - who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday - are on the verge of something here.

Walsh took congratulatory greetings from well-wishers as he sat in his usual spot, a few rows behind the Knicks' bench, during pregame warm-ups. McGrady's presence alone might be good for attendance for the remainder of the season. The Knicks entered the game fifth in the NBA, averaging 19,494 per game.

That's good for the 2010-11 bottom line as well. How? Because the overall league attendance is one of many factors that determine the league's basketball-related income (BRI), which determines the salary cap each year. The higher the BRI, the higher the cap. The higher the cap, the more money the Knicks have to spend.

And there also is value in ending the season - which, barring a miracle finish, will conclude with a sixth straight year without a playoff berth - on a positive vibe. Had Walsh not accomplished the McGrady trade, the Knicks would have been a team playing out the string and buried under baseball headlines. With McGrady, along with flashy guard Sergio Rodriguez, they suddenly are interesting.

And that's good for recruiting, too.

Walsh, 67, didn't appear at all worn out by the exhausting week in working the big trade. At one point, he said, the deal involved just the Knicks and Rockets and more players. Then by Tuesday night, Walsh told friends he felt the trade was just about dead.

That's when Walsh's quarter-century of experience kicked in and his relationships with agents Arn Tellem (who represents McGrady) and Dan Fegan (who represents Kevin Martin, the key component in the trade for the Rockets) paid off in getting Rockets general manager Daryl Morey back on the phone.

Now that the trade deadline has passed and the mission has been accomplished, it appears Walsh now can prepare to make the most extensive recruiting effort since Chris Webber was a high school senior.

But actually, his next focus is on the June draft, in which the Knicks have to swallow one last indignity of past regimes: Their first-round pick goes to the Utah Jazz as a result of the Stephon Marbury trade from January 2004.

But Walsh, perhaps energized by the success of the trade deadline, isn't blowing off the draft by any means. The Knicks have two second-round picks and Walsh is quick to remind people that the last time he had only two second-rounders in the draft, he came away with Antonio Davis and Kenny Williams.

That year, he told his scouts he wanted them to know every single player available for that draft, and they did. Davis, a rugged power forward, turned into a key component of the Pacers' teams that battled the Knicks throughout the 1990s.

Walsh has delivered that same message to his scouts this year and even will go to Europe to see if there are any hidden gems to unearth. There's even more pressure on the scouts now, especially after Walsh gave up last year's lottery pick, Jordan Hill, in the McGrady deal.

It was a move Walsh almost didn't make and one he says he probably won't ever do again.

"I'm going to limit it to this year," he said of giving up future a.ssets. "It puts the franchise in position where it can build a contending team. That's what the goal was."
 7 years ago '04        #7369
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Arthur Staple

The headlines after the Knicks' great salary-cap clearance Thursday were about the prospect of signing LeBron James or Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh - or some combination of two of the three marquee free agents - this summer.

But a less noticed story might be David Lee, the Knicks' own soon-to-be free agent, who might have a better chance of sticking around now that the team has removed so many bad contracts.

"Definitely having the extra room is going to help in the end, but at the end of the day, I don't think it's going to come down so much to money as it is to the Knicks deciding what direction they want to go in in the future," Lee said before last night's game against the Thunder.

"And it's also going to have to do with what the top three guys - LeBron, Wade and Bosh - what those guys decide and how quickly they decide where they want to go this summer. For everyone else, it's more of a trickle-down effect."

The Knicks have until June 30 to renounce Lee's Larry Bird rights, wherein teams can exceed the salary cap to sign their own veteran free agents. The Knicks would not be able to sign two of the big three free agents and keep Lee, so he will have to wait and see.

Not that he wants to go anywhere, or that he really wants to think about the cap implications. "To be honest with you, after last summer - and that was restricted [free agency] - I was so exhausted by all the different rules and regulations, I just gave up on it," Lee said. "It's so complicated, it's really difficult."

J.R. Giddens was in uniform lastSaturday night and warmed up before the game despite having knee surgery Feb. 2. He didn't play, but he is closer to coming back than initially might have been indicated . . . Mike D'Antoni still is getting to know all the new guys. On Bill Walker: "He's from West Virginia, that's all I know."
 7 years ago '04        #7370
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Alan Hahn

The Knicks started the shortest front line in the NBA, with 6-8 Wilson Chandler at power forward and 6-9 David Lee at center. It was one of their shortest 4-5 combinations since Willis Reed lined up next to Dave DeBusschere.

And we'll stop the comparisons right there.

It looked like it was going to be a memorable night at the Garden where the cathartic crowd rocked the old building with so much energy that the old banners were billowing in the rafters. Tracy McGrady's debut was impressive, until his legs gave out, which is to be expected of someone who hasn't played any real NBA minutes in over a year. Two other newcomers, Eddie House and Sergio Rodriguez, provided a new dynamic off the bench. House springs into his jumper quicker than a cricket's leap, while Rodriguez is the complete opposite of the term ball-stopper. The thing is constantly in motion when he's in the game and it's a welcome sight.

Mike D'Antoni had himself a solid nine-man rotation that seemed to click and had no trouble not only scoring the ball but sharing it (26 team a.ssists). Makes you wonder what this group might have done if there wasn't what equates to a college conference schedule remaining in the season. Down eight games with 28 left to play leaves very little hope.

But don't waste your energy on this. While a healthy McGrady -- finally, there's a go-to guy in the house -- makes a world of difference and a stretch player like House and a ball-mover like Rodriguez changes the complex of the team, one major issue remains that keeps this team from being legit.

It's something the Chicago Bulls exposed before the trade deadline and the Oklahoma City Thunder exploited after it. Interior defense.

Here is where the Knicks will miss Jared Jeffries. Lee had three blocked shots last night, which is a terrific number for him, especially as an undersized center. But overall the Thunder scored 56 points in the paint and made 28 of their 43 field goals from there. Russell Westbrook, a guard, drove down the lane like Dale Jr. on that final lap in Daytona last Sunday, only Russell broke through at will for a 31 point night.

How does he get to the rim, however, on that drive with 26.9 seconds left in regulation to cut the Knicks' lead down to 103-102? That mouthly sophomore should have met George Kalinsky along photographer's row before he even had a chance to get the ball off his hip. Earn those two at the stripe and think twice the next time you think you got a step.

But that's just not the mentality here. Maybe if this summer doesn't produce a LeBron James or Dwyane Wade or even a Chris Bosh, and McGrady is the best they can get, the Knicks should consider giving Shaquille O'Neal a short-term contract. Shaq's proven he can still be an effective player, but more importantly, his presence alone would be a much-needed dose of Enzyte to this Knicks team, if you know what I mean. Pause.

For the time being, the empty roster spot vacated by the Brian Cardinal buyout could be used to bring in some size this season (ironic, since Cardinal was acquired for 7-footer Darko Milicic, who is the Michael Jordan of apathy).

The Knicks could offer the veteran's minimum to a player who gets bought out in the next week or two -- while LeBron may do it this summer, I don't see Zydrunas Ilgauskas spurning the Cavs to play in New York -- or simply find someone in the D-League. Right now, Jonathan Bender is the only 7-footer on the roster. D'Antoni gave him 12:39 and he recorded a blocked shot, along with five points and three rebounds.

Oh and now that the trade deadline is over and the excavation is seemingly over, don't think Donnie Walsh is going to light up a cigar and sit back for July 1. With two second round picks, he's ordered his scouting staff to know every single available player -- in the U.S. and overseas -- in the 2010 draft. Walsh wants to find a sleeper, if not two, and get something out of a draft that will see this team's first round pick, likely a lottery choice, handed over to the Utah Jazz (that's another reason why winning as many games before this season is over is so crucial...no one in this organization wants that pick to be worth a damn).

Walsh said there was another time in his career when he didn't have a first round pick, but only two second rounders. He told his staff the same thing, to leave no stone unturned and find hidden gems. That was 1990, when the Indiana Pacers selected Antonio Davis 45th overall and Kenny Williams at 46th.

Williams, a high school phenom who never wound up playing college ball, stuck around for a few years but didn't pan out. But Davis turned out pretty darn good.

In fact, the Knicks could use someone just like him right now.
 7 years ago '04        #7371
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Playing the role of LeBron James on Saturday night was Tracy McGrady.

Playing the role of LeBron James last night was Tracy McGrady, who in these final eight weeks of the season will provide a glimpse at how New York treats a superstar.

Never mind the traditional D-Fense chant (the team hardly did much of that anyway against the Thunder). As the organ played the familiar chord, the fans substituted "T-Mac!" A loud cry of "We want T-Mac!" resonated from the 300s all the way down to celebrity row.

"I haven't felt that good in a while, to really be received that way," McGrady said. "It really gave chills down my spine."

McGrady finished with 26 points in 32 minutes, but after scoring 19 in the first half, he was hardly a factor in the second half and overtime.

Mike D'Antoni tried to keep McGrady limited to 30 minutes in his Knicks debut and first NBA game since Dec. 23. The most action McGrady saw in OT was as an inbounder three times in the final minute. He never took a shot.

"I didn't have any legs at all," McGrady said. "I felt like why be out there and hurt my team in a position to win right now . . . It just wasn't the right thing to do. I didn't want to be a hero."

It was the spoiler to what had been a night in which the Garden seemed intoxicated with optimism after the blockbuster trade before Thursday's trade deadline. It's hard to celebrate something as intangible as salary-cap space, so to have McGrady at least gave the people something to cheer - even if the result was pretty much the same as it was before the trade deadline: a sixth straight loss.

"He's a superstar, and that's what superstars do," said Eddie House, who had a strong debut with 24 points off the bench. "They step right in and make it look like they didn't skip a beat."

The Knicks clearly were a different team, which is bound to happen when almost half the roster is dismissed for a new group. David Lee seemed to have no trouble adjusting to the new cast, recording 30 points, 10 rebounds and six a.ssists. Wilson Chandler had 15 points. But Danilo Gallinari still was often invisible within the offense, shooting 3-for-6 from the field, including just one attempt in the first half.

McGrady's first-half performance had vintage moments that caught even him by surprise. "I didn't expect to play the way I did," he said. "I expected to move the way I was moving out there, but as far as being efficient offensively and playing that many minutes? No . . . The key is how I'm going to feel and then Monday. That's the big test."

The issue, of course, will be conditioning. McGrady played only 7.7 minutes per game in a six-game showcase stint with the Rockets in December and has since been working out on his own. Perhaps if this trade had been made in December, when the Rockets sent McGrady into exile, the Knicks could legitimately believe they could contend for a playoff berth.

"It's all about having fun," McGrady said. "Regardless of what our record is right now, you feed off of that crowd and that energy, and it just felt good."

There was a buzz just like this the last time a No. 3 made his Knicks debut after a blockbuster trade. Stephon Marbury arrived in January 2004 as the Brooklyn-born prodigal son, and though that team did go on to make the playoffs, the long-term impact was hardly uplifting.

But when McGrady stepped into the Knicks' locker room, he immediately became the best player in the room. It took him a half to produce more points than the entire career of Darko Milicic (16), who was one of the six players no longer on this roster after Thursday's trade deadline.

"They seem like they're excited to have me," McGrady said of Gallinari and Chandler. Apparently, they're not the only ones.
 7 years ago '04        #7372
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Want to be a part of Legends Night? Thnx to T-Mobile, 100 free tix will be given away tmrw btwn 12:30-1pm @ T-Mobile Store, 124 W. 34th St.
 7 years ago '09        #7373
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 02-21-2010, 11:50 PM         #7374
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 7 years ago '04        #7375
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The pulsating Garden floor, the roar of adoring fans and his return to relevancy haven't clouded Tracy McGrady's judgment. Despite his impressive debut with the Knicks on Saturday night, the seven-time All-Star is leery of pushing his body to the limit too soon.

"I haven't played in so long and I don't want to jump into averaging 30-something minutes right now," said the 6-8 swingman, who scored 26 points in 32 minutes in the Knicks' overtime loss to Oklahoma City. "I just don't think that's a smart thing to do."

Instead, McGrady, who had a light practice before receiving treatment on his left knee Sunday, will take his cues from his body. He didn't wake up feeling sore or stiff Sunday, which is an encouraging sign for him and coach Mike D'Antoni.

"I feel better than I thought I would feel," said McGrady, who had microfracture knee surgery a year ago. "My knee was a lot sorer last night than it is today, so that's a positive sign . . . because I haven't played 32 minutes in God knows how long."

With back-to-back games against the Bucks and Celtics starting Monday night, D'Antoni will have to figure out how to best use McGrady. The former Rockets star said he likely will need to play five games, during which he averages 25 to 30 minutes, before he's considered in game shape.

"He knows his body, and I'll just try to take his word for it," said D'Antoni, whose team has lost six straight and 15 of 19. "He might maybe miss the first back-to-back, I don't know. We would like to get to a point where he's playing normal and playing normal minutes."

McGrady said he "definitely" plans to play in both games, though he's not sure for how long, and that he's certain he'll get his explosiveness back once his legs get in better shape.

His performance Saturday night might have been an indication of things to come.

McGrady was bombarded with text messages, phone calls and e-mails from friends and family after the game. Some of the most touching messages were from some of his former Rockets teammates, he said.

"A lot of people know what I really went through the last two years," he said, "and to have that support from everybody who sent me texts and sent me e-mails - and to even have the fans last night, that felt so good, I'm telling you. I thank you.

"It just felt good to be back, and back to having fun again. Before, I wasn't having fun, I wasn't enjoying the game, and this is what I love to do. And I thank the New York fans for really giving me that back and all the people who supported me up until this point."

In less than a month, McGrady will have the chance to show his former teammates that he's really back. Asked if he's had a chance to check out the remainder of the Knicks' schedule - in particular, their home game against Houston on March 21 - McGrady couldn't help but laugh. "You already know," he said with a smile. "One o'clock game."
 7 years ago '04        #7376
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Marc Berman

For many who followed the glory days of the Knicks’ 1970 and 1973 championship teams, Marv Albert was our eyes and ears.

Back in the stone ages of the late 1960's, early 1970's, the home games were not on regular television and cable was just in its infancy – available to a tiny, tiny fraction.

You followed the Knicks through Marv's electrifying voice on the radio – when the "Yesss!'' call started. Nobody in the universe has ever done radio basketball play-by-play better than Albert, who worked that season alone, with no partner. (John Andariese joined Marv in 1972-73).

Albert won't be there tonight at the Garden when the Knicks celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Knicks' first championship in 1969-70. Albert was not invited. Not only should he have been invited, he should have emceed the event, though Mike Breen is a good second choice.

Albert declined to comment about the lack of invite but he knows the deal. The breakup a few years back was messy, though not messy enough for MSG Network to employ his son, Kenny Albert. Kenny, the truest professional, does 20-plus Knick games as a backup to Breen in addition to his Rangers' gig.

I wonder if it was just an oversight – and a disconnection by the people who run the Garden at how important Albert was to Knick fans during that season, that era.

Marv was as much a part of those two teams as anyone – when radio was the messenger and the sound of Albert's voice filled the apartments and houses of greater New York with the pulsating riches of his voice. (Albert made Frazier bringing the ball up exciting ("ACROSS the midcourt line'').

And then there was the great P.A. announcer John Condon heard in the background of Albert's calls, saying in his understated way after a bucket, "That was Walt Frazier. Knicks lead, 42-31.''

The wave of deadline deals with Tracy McGrady now in the house has taken away some buzz from tonight's 40th anniversary celebration. But I imagine the way the arena sounded Saturday night for T-Mac's debut, was how it sounded every night in 1969-70.


f**k him, we got Kenny Albert
 7 years ago '04        #7377
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Adam Zagoria

NEW YORK -- Donnie Walsh is tired of seeing LeBron James' name in print in connection with the Knicks.

It isn't that Walsh wouldn't be interested in landing King James as the ultimate free agent prize after July 1, it's that he hopes to pursue a variety of free agents with the more than $30 million in cap space he now holds at his disposal.

"We got a lot of room under the cap," Walsh told reporters before Saturday night's overtime loss to Oklahoma City. "There's a 100 different ways you can approach it. You guys have looked at it only for max-out contracts. I haven't been doing that. I'm not limiting it to one thing.

"I've said that 100 times [and] I've yet to see it written. Just one name goes up there all the time."

Actually, there are usually three names connected to the Knicks' pursuit of a free agent this summer -- James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

But one name that Knicks fans should get used to hearing is that of Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson.

Johnson last summer rejected a four-year, $60 million offer from Atlanta and will join the most highly regarded free agency class since the 1996 group included Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Reggie Miller.

"I also feel like I can be one of the elite players in this league, I feel like I'm right there," Johnson told reporters last fall, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He is averaging 21.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 a.ssists.

With between $33-36 million in cap space to wield - more than any other NBA team -- Walsh now has the option of pursuing two max-contract free agents.

Theoretically, the Knicks could land James and Bosh, or James and Wade, or Johnson and Bosh, etc.

"We all talk as players," Wade said at the All-Star Game, according to NBA.com. "We know who's a free agent and what players your game would continue to blossom with. So when the summer comes and it gets down to where we have to look and decide, I'm sure we will. Right now, it's just all, it's all talk. I could come out and say: Oh man, I would love to play with LeBron. Then the next week, I could say I would love to play with Chris Bosh. I mean, we would love to play with great players."

Of course, if the Knicks sign two max-contract free agents, they won't also be able to afford David Lee, their All-Star forward.

The Knicks could opt to sign one of the big-name players while re-signing Lee and using the remainder of the money on another free agent, perhaps Tracy McGrady.

McGrady, 30, dropped 26 points in his Knicks debut Saturday but played only 19 seconds in the overtime because, he said, "I didn't have any legs at all."

He hadn't played since Dec. 23 and is still recovering from microfracture knee surgery a year ago. Still, the crowd, seeing T-Mac as a savior of a season spiraling down the drain, let out chants of "We want T-Mac" when he sat on the bench.

It has been seven years since Latrell Sprewell played for the Knicks and a decade since Patrick Ewing last wore a Knicks jersey.

The Knicks will use the remaining 28 games to evaluate all of their players with an eye toward the future. That includes McGrady and the other new players they acquired in trades before the deadline -- Eddie House, Sergio Rodriguez, Billy Walker and J.R. Giddens.

"For all the guys on the team now, they gotta start showing that they can play intense, playoff-type basketball," Walsh said. "Everybody. But we've had guys here all year that haven't done that even though they're good so that's what I'm looking for."

McGrady could just be a short-term rental before the summer. Yet he said he would take a considerable pay cut from this season's $23 million salary to stay in New York if the Knicks get a big-name free agent.

"I was glad to hear that," Walsh said.

"I think New York should be on everybody's mind if you're a player because it's a great city, one of the best in the world. The passion of New York fans to me is evident in the last two years because we haven't had winning records. Now if you play real bad, they'll boo you but that shows passion. But I think it's a great place to play and I can't see how a player wouldn't think about playing here."

Walsh just wants it known that LeBron isn't the only player he's talking about.


EXACTLY....the media just spun this s**t out of control, Walsh never said he's going after JUST LBJ and he's GOING AFTER 2 MAX CONTRACTS PLAYERS....all he wanted was cap space to build a team with the ppl that's available during this offseason
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Since the Knicks cleared more than $9.5 million of additional salary cap space on deadline-day last Thursday, there has been a shift in the betting line handicapping where LeBron James will sign as a free-agent this summer.

The Knicks have move from +240, dating back to November of 2009, to +175 after the trade deadline. The payoff on a bet that the Cavs will re-sign their superstar has remained unchanged at -300. Cleveland remains the decisive favorites.

Both the Nets (+800 in November to +1500 at present) and Pistons (+2000 in November to +3000 at present) are now deemed to be dramatically less likely to sign James.

Curiously -- and perhaps erroneously -- the Bulls are not given any odds to sign James, despite the fact that Chicago will have a maximum salary cap slot available, the Bulls are already a playoff team, and James idolized Michael Jordan growing up.
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Jeff Van Gundy believes that Tracy McGrady could be worth all the money he is earning this season.

Van Gundy coached McGrady in Houston.

"If he's healthy," Van Gundy said. "Believe me; if Tracy is healthy over the last 29 games you can put him in the conversation with the rest of the top free agents in 2010. That's how good he is."

In his first game since Dec. 23, McGrady had 26 points, five a.ssists and four rebounds on Friday night against Oklahoma City.
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Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni says that there are no restrictions of the playing time of Tracy McGrady.

"The doctors don't have any restrictions on him," D'Antoni said of McGrady, who underwent microfracture knee surgery a year ago Wednesday.

"It'll be just he and I and, 'How do you feel' and, 'What do you think?' We'd like to get it to the point where he is playing normal minutes. But we'll wait and see how he feels."

McGrady played 32 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday night.

"I haven't played in so long and I just don't want to jump into averaging 30-something minutes right now; I just don't think it's a smart thing to do," he said.

"When I'm out there, I'm going to try to go as hard as possible, because I need to get into game shape. I'm a ways away. If I can get five games under my belt averaging 25-30 minutes, I should be ready."
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