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 5 years ago '04        #9441
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How close were you to that game winner?

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Wrong end of the court though
 5 years ago '04        #9442
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no Yankee or Knick news........nothing to read about while i'm at work
 5 years ago '04        #9443
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Woody saying Camby might get the start tonight
Sheed is ruled out for the weekend (contract becomes guaranteed on the 9th)
Amar'e expecting a new kid with his new wife (TMZ aka Hip Hop section type news waah)
 5 years ago '04        #9444
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would post this Amare newspiece but it was written by Chris Broussard so who really cares about sh*t he made up
 5 years ago '04        #9445
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Opening-night jitters behind him, Amar’e Stoudemire vowed to be a different, better player Thursday night.

The Knicks’ $100 million power forward said he will be more cognizant of their defensive strategy and more aware of his place in the offense, saying he’ll “have a much better game’’ than in his six-point, one-rebound debut in Tuesday’s 105-100 loss to Portland.

Stoudemire, as if to prove his point, did extra shooting drills for 45 minutes after practice to prepare for Thursday night’s Garden rematch against the Spurs. The Knicks upset San Antonio in Alamo City on Nov. 15 during loftier times. The Knicks (21-10) have lost two straight, four of their last six, five of their last eight — the Knicks’ defense (ranked 18th in defensive efficiency after being in the top-five) is no longer something to brag about.

Stoudemire said the standing ovation when he checked into the game with 3:31 left in the first quarter to start his season threw him for an emotional loop and it took time to get his bearings.

“I was extremely surprised to be honest with you by the fans,’’ Stoudemire said. “It was so loud, I was very emotional. The game was going so fast for me out there. I never felt that feeling before. But now I got that first game under my belt. Going into game two, I’ll be more aware of what’s happening and will have a much better game.’’

Knicks coach Mike Woodson was disappointed with Stoudemire’s performance on defense. He was out of position on rotations and didn’t understand their new pick-and-roll defense that differs from last season’s game plan.

Stoudemire said he will become a better defender as the season goes on. Yesterday, he threw his old Suns and Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni under the bus, saying his former coaches never “taught defense.’’

It was not the first time Stoudemire laid blame on D’Antoni, but it was the most emphatic. It still doesn’t explain why Stoudemire has been a mediocre rebounder during his 10 years.

“Just having a defensive coach for the first time in my career is going to help,’’ Stoudemire said. “I’ve never been taught defense my whole career. To now have a coach who actually teaches defense and strategies and knows positioning and posture and how to guard different plays is going to be helpful and I’m taking it as a challenge and try to improve as a player.’’

During yesterday’s practice, Woodson came over to Stoudemire during a drill to instruct him about a bad angle and the posture he took. It seemed like basic fundamentals. During his debut, Woodson lectured Stoudemire for 30 seconds during a timeout.

“Today was a great practice for us to go over a lot defensive schemes,’’ Stoudemire said. “Being away from the game and not being able to practice with the guys is not great from a defensive standpoint. But going out there [at yesterday’s practice] and understanding strategy will help tremendously [tonight].’’

Stoudemire shot 3-of-8 against Portland. He missed his first five buckets in the first half but made his last three in the second half, two on powerhouse dunks off pick and rolls.

“Now I can envision where the shots are coming from,’’ he said. “Before [Tuesday’s] game, I didn’t know where the shots would come from. The repetition [of] shooting that shot in practice, now taking that into the game and trusting your practice, the game becomes a lot easier.’’

Woodson is being patient with Stoudemire on defense, but admitted the Knicks miss power forward Rasheed Wallace, a defensive specialist who is out until next week.

“You have to have certain rotations,’’ Woodson said. “He’s lacking in that area because he hasn’t been able to practice with us. We got to keep working and get him up to speed.’’

Woodson said he still will keep Stoudemire playing about 16 minutes a game — probably coming off the bench. Nevertheless, Woodson hinted because of the bad starts, he may make a starting-lineup change tonight.

Stoudemire said he thinks he will get to the point where he will be a starter, but qualified it by saying he’s fine to stay as a reserve if the club is winning. Tuesday was the first time he hadn’t started since Nov. 4, 2006. He had started his last 417 games.

“I’ve done it before,’’ Stoudemire said. “I came back from microfracture injury [in 2006] and I came off the bench for a few weeks, then I got back in rhythm and top shape and back to where I was before the injury. I expect to get back into top shape and where I was before. But again, if we’re playing well, I have no problem coming off the bench.’’

Perhaps tonight, Stoudemire’s highlight won’t be his ovation.

“I truly believe they appreciate it,’’ Stoudemire said of joining the moribund Knicks to start the reversal. “I took a chance and they took a chance on me and it’s turned out pretty good success, but we still have a ways to go. I’m still looking to achieve a championship. But so far so good. We’re playing extremely well. I want to make sure I bring a positive light to the team to bring us over the hump.’’
 5 years ago '04        #9446
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Jared Zwerling

Five straight games with 20 points or more for the first time in his career. Pick-and-roll efficiency during a recent stretch even better than NBA leader Chris Paul. Gravity-defying dunks. And two game-winning shots. Already.

J.R. Smith, who's averaging career-highs in points (16.6) and rebounds (5.2) for the 22-10 Knicks, is starting to generate some serious votes to be an All-Star -- and Sixth Man of the Year -- for the first time in his career.

"Absolutely," Mike Woodson said on Thursday night. "That was the whole idea of coming into this season is putting him in that position as a guy coming off the bench that could lead the league and score a lot of points off the bench. ... I think he's starting to step up. He's being more patient about his play and he's trying to do it on both ends of the floor. That's what's so nice about it."

J.R. SmithKent Smith/NBAE via Getty ImagesSmith is averaging a career-high 16.6 points off the Knicks' bench this season.
Said Tyson Chandler, "He should. Just because he's the sixth man doesn't mean that he shouldn't get some looks, especially with the way our team is playing. A lot of our team's success comes from him."

Smith had a slightly different take.

"I want to be an All-Star for my team."

While Smith has always been able to score in isolation, excel in pick-and-rolls and defend, it was efficiency and consistency he was lacking. Now he has both, thanks to a life-changing experience in Los Angeles in the offseason. There, he worked with renowned trainer Idan Ravin and, for the first time, played ball against the best of the best -- Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin -- every day.

Through daily chats with Ravin, who's known for his motivational tactics, Smith began to understand more of the importance of focus and image, which encouraged him to cut back on his partying. Ravin told Smith he never wanted to hear someone else call him an "underachiever."

"That was kind of the point I made to him that I don't ever want to hear that said about him," Ravin told ESPNNewYork.com, "because I think he could do so many things so amazing. It's ultimately like a point in your life when you just kind of ask yourself, 'How much does it really mean to me?' That's it. And I think sometimes, some people have that realization early in their career, some have it later and some never have it."

Smith was also aided by facing Anthony, Durant and Griffin on a regular basis. As a result, Ravin says he saw "an incredibly focused, diligent hard worker." Now, Smith appears to have the right mindset, which others have noticed.

"J.R.'s been playing extremely well the past 10 to 15 games. He seems locked in, focused," Anthony said. "I've been with J.R. for seven and a half, eight years. I've seen the potential. He's getting better and better."

That's largely due to the way Smith is playing -- quick and smart.

"We emphasized a lot of efficiency," Ravin said. "The idea that you're playing with a lot of guys that can put the ball in the basket really quickly, so if you're going to do something, decide it in two seconds and if not, give up the ball."

Ravin also credited Woodson, Glen Grunwald and Allan Houston for being in Smith's corner.

"They believe in them," Ravin said.

"I truly believe J.R. Smith is an Eastern Conference All-Star," he said. "He's a great shooter, he's a great athlete, he can put the ball on the floor, he can defend, he can win. He can do everything. I've told him this for a long time."

And now, it's finally coming together.
 5 years ago '04        #9447
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let's fu*king go

Iman has been cleared for full contact workouts with the team
 5 years ago '04        #9448
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 Born_Loser said:
let's fu*king go

Iman has been cleared for full contact workouts with the team
i seen pics on twitter great news the nba bout to be shook once again
 5 years ago '04        #9449
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Melo talking about the "incident"

 5 years ago '10        #9450
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What do yall think?

 5 years ago '04        #9452
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Al Iannazzone

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike Woodson doesn't like the way the Knicks are allowing themselves to be pushed around and get "out-toughed," and he said it's about time they showed some resistance.

With the Knicks mired in their first three-game losing streak of the season, Woodson wants to see some of the defensive intensity and toughness the Knicks showed when they started 18-5 and won their first 10 home games.

"We just got to be a little more physical," he said Saturday. "We were that way when we started the season and we've had some slippage in that area. I look at the Boston game and the two Chicago games here at home. They were the tougher team. I'm not going to sugarcoat it. They were tougher."

The Knicks will try to end their skid Sunday afternoon against the Hornets at the Garden in what Carmelo Anthony called a "must win." It's surprising for a veteran team to have one of those in early January. But the Knicks have developed some bad habits in dropping eight of their last 13 games.

They're starting slowly, they're not defending on the perimeter or in the paint, and their offense has become too many isolation plays involving Anthony and J.R. Smith that result in long jumpers.

The Knicks miss Raymond Felton, out with a hand injury, getting them into their offensive sets. But Woodson is stressing defense and playing harder than their opponents. Boston played harder and smarter than the Knicks last Monday and Chicago did the same Friday. Both games were at the Garden, making it even more troubling for Woodson, who had his players watch some telling tape Saturday.

"It was a lot of film work and showing these guys the difference between playing hard and not playing hard," he said.

"We're having a low point right now," Amar'e Stoudemire said. "We got to make sure we maintain character, maintain professionalism and do what we can to win."

Woodson said he looks forward to having some rough practices before the Knicks' next game Thursday in London so he can reinforce how they need to play if they want to continue to stay atop the Atlantic Division and near the top of the Eastern Conference.

"I don't like to say we need to beat up on each other," Woodson said. "But we need to get in the gym where we mix it up a little bit. If it becomes out of control, I'm going to force that issue because I just think we need to get back to what we should be about.

"It ain't about trying to outscore teams, which we've been struggling in that area of late. It's about trying to defend, rebound, and then we figure out the offense once we get the ball."

The Knicks' struggles have them dangerously close to dipping in the conference and division standings. Entering Sunday's action, they are only 11/2 games behind top-seeded Miami in the conference but are only a half-game ahead of the third-place Pacers, two ahead of the Hawks and Nets, and 21/2 ahead of the Bulls.

"I never said at the beginning of the year that winning the division is going to be easy," Woodson said. "I said it was a dogf!ght, and we're in one. So we got to step up and treat it that way."




might have to get a new job, been sick and the Knicks haven't been the same since i started working at that sh*thole
 5 years ago '04        #9453
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Amar'e's mins have been increased according to Woody, will now be playing about 30 mins off the bench
 5 years ago '04        #9454
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Iman expected to play Thursday, officially been cleared


starting 5 for todays game

Kidd
White
Copeland
Anthony
Chandler
 5 years ago '04        #9455
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Copeland is instant offense, and I would have given him more PT if I had to choose between that and JR throwing up 29 bricks during one of the last few games. The offense has no flow, and analysts are right when they say that when the Knicks don't make their 3's, their offense turns to sh*t.
 5 years ago '04        #9456
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by the way, Iman The God
 5 years ago '04        #9457
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Marc Berman

Perhaps that’s why Carmelo Anthony was so grouchy last Monday with Kevin Garnett.

Anthony said after today’s 100-87 matinee victory over New Orleans he’s just finishing up a 15-day fast that he often does at this time of year to bring “clarity’’ in his life.

“Physically, I’ve been fasting a little bit,’’ Anthony said. “I haven’t been eating, but I’m done with it. I’m back eating. I usually do it to get clarity in my life. I’m done now. I can’t do it no more.‘’

Melo said it had effected his energy level the past week during which he had an oncourt and offcourt confrontation with Garnett that cost him one game. Melo, who has been in a shooting slump, made a reference after Friday’s shaky return from a suspension that he was “under the weather’’ – which likely was a hint of his fast.

“It’s a long story, man,’’ Anthony said of his fasting ritual. “I haven’t had a good meal in about two and half weeks. No meats No carbs. So competing at a high level, the body feels depleted.

"Im going to get some food tonight," Melo added. "I'm going to get the biggest steak I can find."

Anthony scored 27 points today but began the game 1 of 8 and finished with a poor shooting ledger of 9 of 25. He scored 18 of his points in the second quarter, outscoring New Orleans 18-12.

Melo said he is looking forward to going to London, where certainly he will have some good meals.
 5 years ago '04        #9458
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question

if you had the power, would you give Copeland some of Novak's playing time?
 5 years ago '04        #9459
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another one

would you start P-Body n*ggas at the point and have Kidd be the number 2 till Felton come back?
 5 years ago '10        #9460
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 Born_Loser said:
question

if you had the power, would you give Copeland some of Novak's playing time?
Absolutely.Neither 1 can really play D but as awkward as he is Copeland can create his own shot and hit a 3.


 Born_Loser said:
another one

would you start P-Body n*ggas at the point and have Kidd be the number 2 till Felton come back?
Sounds interesting but to me that all depends on how Shumpert looks playing the Point off the bench.
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