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 4 years ago '07        #9881
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Shump & Cope on the D-League champs ftw
 4 years ago '04        #9882
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matter of fact, i think Smitty said he was gonna play this year too....if he does, u damn well know lil Chrissy playing too
 4 years ago '04        #9883
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With Rangers coach John Tortorella out at the Garden, Mike Woodson could be next if the Knicks don’t get out of the second round next season.

According to an NBA source, Woodson has only one more fully guaranteed year left on his pact. The final year of the pact — 2014-15 — is not guaranteed. The three-year deal signed Memorial Day weekend last year is worth $10.5 million, the source said.

Some league observers were surprised Woodson didn’t get a guaranteed third year. Woodson fired his longtime agent, the late Joe Glass, and hired the superagency CAA, which represents a handful of Knicks.

Glass, who had been Larry Brown’s agent, had warred with Knicks owner James Dolan during Brown’s messy exit and multiple reports suggested the owner made Woodson change agents. (Glass died in November.)

Woodson’s guaranteed portion of the contract coincides with Carmelo Anthony’s opt-out clause next summer. The Knicks can give Anthony a contract extension no earlier than mid-February.

Woodson was in no danger of losing his job after the Knicks bowed out in the second round to the Pacers 12 days ago.

Knicks GM Glen Grunwald, a classmate of Woodson’s at Indiana, said after the season Woodson was “my coach of the year.’’ Woodson finished third in the Coach of the Year voting.

The unpredictable Dolan could guarantee the third year at any point.

Woodson’s 54-28 regular-season record — coupled with his 18-6 interim stint in 2012 — gives him an overall record of 72-34 — good for the franchise’s highest coaching winning percentage (.679). He also guided the Knicks to their first Atlantic Division title since 1993-94 with a roster that had J.R. Smith as the secondary scoring option.

However, the Knicks’ second-round flameout left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths, feeling Woodson didn’t make the proper adjustments to the rotation to combat Indiana’s size and the Knicks’ offensive struggles. Woodson has yet take a team out of the second round in his eight seasons as a head coach, including six years in Atlanta.

One league scout said Woodson is an excellent regular-season coach because he motivates his players to play defense every game, but his basic offense that contains a lot of isolation sets gets bogged down in a playoffs series when teams can prepare for it and make adjustments each game. The Knicks averaged 88 points in the 12 playoff games.

Woodson’s ultimate downfall in the playoffs was hitching his wagon to Smith and not letting go, even though Smith was slumping and bothered by a viral infection and fluid on his knee. His reluctance to go sooner with rookie Chris Copeland, try 3-point ace Steve Novak or stout rebounder Marcus Camby was puzz-ling.

Stuffing a rusty Amar’e Stoudemire into the rotation in the middle of the Indiana series also didn’t work, though that could have been a mandate from above because of his $100 million contract.

However, an argument can be made Woodson got the Knicks to overachieve during the regular season when they posted monster wins in San Antonio and Oklahoma City and beat Miami three of four times.

Woodson also has been a good company man, abiding by Dolan’s strict media policies. Dolan rewards good employees and that could play a big role in him returning for 2014-15 regardless of the Knicks’ advancement.
 4 years ago '04        #9884
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word has it that the Knicks might be looking to move up in the draft, Tommy Dee suggests that they may be targeting Michael Carter-Williams


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 4 years ago '04        #9885
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Jared Zwerling

After Rasheed Wallace retired from the NBA (for the second time) in mid-April, because of a nagging left foot injury, he hung around the team as a player adviser and traveled to road games.

While Mike Woodson, a big supporter of Wallace, seems amiable to keeping Sheed in a similar role, the 38-year-old told ESPNNewYork.com he hasn't decided yet on his Knicks future.

"Right now, I don't know," said Wallace, who will maintain his New York residence during the offseason. "It's still a long summer; it's just getting started. Right now, it's family time -- just being with my kids."

During the season, Wallace played in 21 games -- mostly in the first six weeks -- helping the Knicks jump out to a 16-5 start while he averaged seven points and four rebounds in 14 minutes. When Wallace was injured the rest of the way, his teammates credited the veteran big man for his defensive lessons and vocal leadership from the sidelines.

Even 35-year-old Kenyon Martin said he learned some things from Wallace, including screening strategies and defensive maneuvering. Also, Chris Copeland said Sheed helped him tremendously on defense and with shooting techniques off of picks.

On Wednesday night, Wallace was at New York City's Nike 21 Mercer store, celebrating the launch of his special Lunar Force 1 High "Sheed" sneaker to commemorate his 16-year career. About 50 fans came out, some wearing Knicks shirts, to show support for the man who popularized the saying "Ball Don't Lie."

Wallace said his time in New York was "awesome," but he had hoped to add more on the court.

"I loved the grittiness of New York," he said. "To hear the crowd when I first stepped on the court just yelling, 'Sheeeeeed,' right there I was like, 'They're with me, they're with me.' I tried to fill in, but that bum-ass foot."

Sheed said his top moment was the entire experience.

"Being a part of everything we did this season," he said. "It was the first time the Knicks won 50 games since the 2000 season, the first time we had a Sixth Man [Award winner] and a scoring leader on the team, so guys really stepped it up this year. It was just unfortunate we couldn't get by Indiana.

"It was an awesome year."
 4 years ago '04        #9886
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ason Kidd isn’t 100 percent sure yet about his future.

Kidd said Thursday night his “plan’’ is to return to the Knicks next season, but added he still is “thinking’’ about retirement and has not made a final decision on whether to come back.

Speaking at Justin Tuck’s charity billiards event in Manhattan that raised funds to promote literacy, the 40-year-old Kidd said he was using the next week to finalize plans one way or another. Kidd had a catastrophic end to his season, going scoreless in his last 10 playoff games — a postseason record.

While Kidd initially remarked “that’s the plan’’ on whether he would return, he said he hasn’t made a final determination in his first remarks since the season ended.

When told his buddy Tyson Chandler said he was still mulling things over, Kidd said: “I am thinking about it. We’ll see. I have to make a decision. We’ll see what happens. Right now I plan on coming back, but in the next couple of days or a week or so, I’m going to think about it if I should keep playing or trying something different.’’

Kidd said television work and coaching are still on his brain as future endeavors. It’s unclear if Kidd already has been approached about a coaching position.

Kidd added money is not an issue. Kidd is one of the smartest to play the game and has always been pegged a future coach. But forgoing the final two years and $6.2 million to call it a Hall-of-Fame career now doesn’t sound so smart.

“There’s a lot different stuff I may have the opportunity to do,’’ said Kidd. “If I play, I plan on playing for the Knicks.

“I got to be honest with myself,’’ Kidd added. “I’m a young man. [But] I got to see if I could still mentally do the grind all over again.

And the money?

“It’s never been about money,’’ Kidd said. “The game is about winning. It’s not about money. If I decide I’m going to leave, the money is not going to hold me up from leaving.’’

Kidd said he had no bad feelings over his benching in the final two games of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, when he didn’t see the floor in either second half.

“You got to go with the guys who are playing,’’ Kidd said. “[Chris Copeland] and Pablo [Prigioni] were playing great. You got to go with guys the coach believes will get it done.’’

The Knicks are expecting Kidd back. General manager Glen Grunwald said last week Kidd indicated to him he was returning, though coach Mike Woodson piped in “but that could change.’’

Kidd’s scoring slump was mystifying after a mostly solid first season as a Knick. During his donut streak, he was 0-for-19 from the floor and stopped making hustle plays too.

“It happens. I’m 40 years old,’’ Kidd said. “Sometimes the ball doesn’t go in for you. You keep trying to help in other aspects of the game. We just missed shots at the wrong time.’’

Losing in the second round to Indiana wasn’t a total bust in Kidd’s eyes. The Knicks still won the Atlantic Division with a 54-28 record.

“It’s disappointing because we thought we had an opportunity to do something special,’’ Kidd said. “But as a team I thought we did, as a team, achieve a lot for the first year the guys were together. You had a scoring title [Carmelo Anthony] and a Sixth Man [J.R. Smith]. ... You win over 50 games, you did something right.”

If Kidd leaves and the Knicks can’t re-sign Prigioni, they will be forced to draft a point guard at No. 24, which has been a focus of their draft planning.

Though Anthony is privately hoping for a secondary scorer to be added, Kidd won’t say what the club needs.

“That’s up to Glen and Woody,’’ Kidd said. “They got to figure that out.”

Kidd said he has tried not to think about his future since the season ended 13 days ago. He has been holed up in the Hamptons.

“I’ve been really trying to enjoy the family,’’ Kidd said. “I haven’t thought about basketball. I’ll think about basketball the next couple of days.”
 4 years ago '07        #9887
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 Born_Loser said:
word has it that the Knicks might be looking to move up in the draft, Tommy Dee suggests that they may be targeting Michael Carter-Williams

If we get MCW....
 4 years ago '04        #9888
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Nate Robinson says he's completely open to returning to NYK .... Melo does want another scorer do my question to errbody is... Yay or nay
 4 years ago '04        #9889
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i wouldn't mind nate back
 4 years ago '08        #9890
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I've always liked reke but idk if he's the scorer we're looking for
 4 years ago '04        #9891
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 dj ac said:
I've always liked reke but idk if he's the scorer we're looking for
Think his name was dropped in terms if being available and fills 2 for 1 needs in a YOUNG pg especially if Kidd is gone (retirement) and P-Body n*ggaz signs to another teams (I got a feeling Spurs go after him)
 4 years ago '04        #9892
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Mike Waters

Syracuse -- Brandon Triche, the 6-foot-4 guard out of Syracuse University, will participate in his first workout with an NBA team as he visits the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.

Triche did take part in the Brooklyn Nets' group combine last week. He was one of roughly 30 players who were invited to the workout at the Nets' practice facility. That workout was open to personnel from every NBA team.

Triche averaged 13.6 points per game for Syracuse last season. He struggled at times with his outside shot (he made just 28.8 percent of his 3-point attempts), but he did hand out 3.6 a.ssists per game from his two-guard position.

In a text message, Triche said he would work out for Portland on Friday. After Friday's workout with the Trail Blazers, Triche will work out for the Sacramento Kings on Monday followed by another session with the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

Triche expects to have more workouts with other teams scheduled before the NBA draft on June 27.
 4 years ago '04        #9893
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Four days after wondering if he could “do the grind all over again,’’ Jason Kidd announced his retirement Monday, ending a 19-year career that will land him in the Hall of Fame.

Kidd, who turned 40 in March, finished out his career with 10 straight scoreless playoff games – likely triggering the decision that was announced by Knicks GM Glen Grunwald.

On Thursday, at a Justin Tuck charity billiards event, Kidd said TV work and coaching were possibilities he was mulling.

“I am thinking about it,’’ Kidd said of retirement. “We’ll see. I have to make a decision. Right now I plan on coming back but in the next couple of days or a week or so, I’m going to think about it if I should keep playing or trying something different.’’

Kidd decided it was time and will forgo the final two years and $6.2 million left on his pact. It also leaves the Knicks thin at point guard as they have no a.ssurance they’ll be able to re-sign Pablo Prigioni, a free agent.

“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said in a statement. “As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.”

Also in the statement, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said:

“Veteran leadership on and off the court was a huge factor for our team that recorded 54 victories and an Atlantic Division crown. Jason provided an incredible voice inside our lockerroom and I considered it an honor to say I coached him.’’

However, Woodson benched Kidd in the second half of the final two playoff games vs. Indiana because of a lack of production.

On Thursday, Kidd said money was not an issue. Kidd is one of the smartest to ever play the game and has always been pegged a future coach.

“There’s a lot different stuff I may have the opportunity to do,’’ said Kidd. “If I play, I plan on playing for the Knicks.’’

“I got to be honest with myself,’’ Kidd added Thursday. “I’m a young man. (But) I got to see if I could still mentally do the grind all over again.’’

When asked about the money forfeited, Kidd said, “It’s never been about money. The game is about winning. It’s not about money. If I decide I’m going to leave, the money is not going to hold me up from leaving.’’

The Knicks gave Kidd a three-year deal, using their $3.1 million mid-level exception that could’ve gone to a younger player with a longer future. But the Knicks thought they had a real shot at a title this season but they ended up losing in the second round to the upstart Pacers.

The 6-4 Kidd holds career averages of 12.6 points, 8.7 a.ssists. 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals with Dallas, Phoenix, the Nets and Knicks.

In his first and only season with the Knicks, Kidd provided backcourt leadership and stability both as a starter and off the bench before his playoff downfall. Kidd averaged 6.0 points, 3.3 a.ssists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.64 steals in 76 regular-season games.

The Knicks select 24th in the draft and are looking at point guards.
 4 years ago '04        #9894
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Again, until Kidd and Knicks work out the final two years of his contract, he does NOT automatically come off the salary cap.
 4 years ago '04        #9895
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On the day he retired, Jason Kidd said the Knicks have “a solid foundation” and can repeat as Atlantic Division winners, but admitted they have work to do in upgrading the roster.

Apparently, Kidd didn’t feel he was enough to lift the Knicks to a championship or he likely would have returned for 2013-14.

“They have a solid foundation,’’ Kidd said on ESPN Radio. “You look at Melo [Carmelo Anthony], you look at Tyson [Chandler]. They have to re-sign J.R. [Smith] and the likes of Chris Copeland. We felt at the time we were so close. That’s how fragile the game is. If you go cold shooting at the wrong time, you’re not going to advance.’’

Kidd advocated the club re-sign 36-year-old point guard Pablo Prigioni, who shared the starting backcourt with Raymond Felton beginning in March.

“The Knicks are very close,’’ Kidd added. “I thought Glen [Grunwald, general manager] did a great job in putting that team together. We just fell short. I think they’ll find veteran players that will be able to be steady and hopefully bring Pablo back. I thought he was a big part of the success.”

Kidd had only kind words to say about Anthony.

“I played against him a lot, and he reminds me of Dirk [Nowitzki], a guy who is unstoppable,’’ Kidd said. “You put a small on him, he loves the contact, he’s too big. If you put a big on him, he uses his quickness. He can shoot the 3, midrange and get to the basket. I’ve been lucky to play with some great ones, and he’s another great one.’’

However, Kidd said the Knicks will have to get “a little luck’’ to break a 40-year title drought next season, when the Pacers will get back All-Star Danny Granger, the Bulls will reincorporate former MVP Derrick Rose and the Heat should remain intact.

“That’s the beauty — you got to play ’em when they’re scheduled,’’ Kidd said. “With health, it becomes a factor, and you got to have a little luck this time of the year. The Knicks aren’t that far away.

“It’s a fragile game. If one of those teams have an injury to one of their star players, they can drop dramatically. I think the Knicks will be right there at the top next season. I wouldn’t be surprised if they win the Atlantic or are one of the top two teams in the East.”
 4 years ago '04        #9896
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Knicks GM Glen Grunwald can add one more item to his offseason to-do list: find a replacement for Jason Kidd.

Kidd retired Monday after a 19 years in the NBA. Grunwald is now tasked with finding a player to take his place on the Knicks' roster. And if you think that it will be easy to replace Kidd, you might want to reconsider.

Remember, Kidd brought a wealth of knowledge to the Knicks' locker room. That will will be impossible to replicate. And even though he struggled in the postseason, the 40-year-old still played a major role in New York's blistering start to the 2012-13 season.

So if you were Grunwald, who would you go after to replace Kidd?

Clearly, re-signing Pablo Prigioni is a bigger priority for the Knicks in light of Kidd's retirement. But Grunwald also needs to find a reserve guard to take Kidd's roster spot.

Let's take a look at a few options:

THE DRAFT

The Knicks have the 24th pick in the NBA craft. Most predict that they will go after a guard or big man. Here are two backcourt options who could serve as a replacement for Kidd on the roster:

Shane Larkin: Larkin, a sophomore out of Miami, wowed personnel people with his athleticism at the Chicago combine. He might not be available by the time the Knicks get to pick; many draft experts predict Larkin will go before 24. But if he is there, the Knicks would be adding a quick player with solid shooting range who sees the floor well and has active hands on defense. One weakness? At 6 feet and 171 pounds, Larkin is a bit undersized, which could be an issue at the next level.

Isaiah Canaan: Like Larkin, Canaan, a senior from Murray State, is a solid shooter. So he could potentially knock down the open looks that Kidd was missing in the playoffs. He also has a good wingspan (6-5) and is a strong, physical player, which should benefit him on defense.

Canaan is widely projected as a late first-round pick and could be available to the Knicks at 24. Canaan's size -- he's 6-0, same as Larkin -- could be an issue at the NBA level.

FREE AGENCY

Barring a trade, the Knicks won't have much to offer free agents. They'll have the mini-mid-level exception (a three-year deal worth approximately $3 million annually) or a minimum contract to sign a free agent.

So they won't be able to lure any upper-tier guards to fill in for Kidd.

Here are a couple options:

Will Bynum: Bynum put up solid numbers for a struggling Pistons team last season (9.8 points per game on 47 percent shooting, 3.6 rebounds per game). He made $3.25 million last year, so he'd be accepting a paycut to sign with the Knicks. Would New York place enough value on Bynum to sign him to a multiyear deal via the mini-mid-level? It's also worth noting that the Knicks might have to split the mini-mid-level exception to re-sign Prigioni and Chris Copeland.

Aaron Brooks: His contract is not guaranteed for next season, so the Rockets might choose to move him or cut him as they continue to free up cap space in their pursuit of Dwight Howard. Brooks averaged 7.1 points on 45 percent shooting and 2.2 a.ssists per game in limited minutes for Sacramento and Houston last season. He has a $2.5 million option, so it is unclear if he would agree to a veteran's minimum contract. And the Knicks are unlikely to eat into their mini-mid-level exception to bring Brooks in.

Nate Robinson is another option, though he comes with baggage from a previous stint with the Knicks and might be out of their price range.
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Knicks predraft workouts tomorrow include: Isaiah Canaan, Brandon Triche, Deshaun Thomas, Murphy Holloway, A.J. Matthews, Norvel Pelle.
 4 years ago '08        #9898
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I thought once u retired youre $ comes off the books
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A.J. Matthews, the 7-foot center out of Division III Farmingdale State on Long Island, is fast becoming the underdog story of the NBA Draft. He will be heading up to Westchester to work out for the Knicks next week, according to a league source.

Matthews, the Brooklyn product who was not even invited to the Chicago pre-draft camp, impressed at the combine hosted at Nets headquarters in New Jersey last week.

According to a source, Matthews has lined up about a half-dozen team workouts as clubs are intrigued by his 7-foot-3 wingspan and gaudy numbers. Matthews averaged 22.4 points, 16.3 rebounds and 3.75 blocks his senior year. The Knicks are in dire need of a rebounder and he has caught the eye of a.ssistant general manager Allan Houston. Though the Knicks don’t have a second-round pick, they are expected to trade for one.

Matthews has signed up with the powerhouse Arn Tellem agency. Yesterday, he was in a Southern California gym for a workout with Tellem’s other clients, with most of the league represented.

Because of academic issues at Van Arsdale High, Matthew wound up at Broward Community College. Because he didn’t land the required a.ssociate’s Degree, he transferred to Division III Farmingdale.

“Rebounding is will and he has a knack for the ball,’’ said his Farmingdale coach, Erik Smiles, who accepted a new position with C.W. Post last week. “He’s long, active and rebounds well out of his area. He was a major Division I talent.’’

Matthews grew up 10 minutes from Barclays Center, but has not yet landed a workout with the Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks pick at No. 24 and are looking at point guards.
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Jeff Van Gundy, who will broadcast the NBA Finals for ABC, said the Knicks season should be viewed as “anything but a success.’’

The Knicks were eliminated in the second round by the Pacers in six games but saved a little face considering Indiana took Miami to a seventh game in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“Well, I never was on that bandwagon that their season was anything but a success,’’ Van Gundy said on a conference call to promote the Spurs-Heat NBA Finals, which tips off Thursday. “It's steps in the NBA. You don't usually go from really bad to championships. There's intermediate steps, and I thought the Knicks took a big step this year and I thought the Pacers were very good.’’

Van Gundy said had the second-seeded Knicks won Game 1 at the Garden, they may have won it.

“Let's face it, Game 1 swung the whole series,’’ Van Gundy said. “Indiana took home court and were able to win three at home, and that's how quickly home court advantage can go if you don't play well. Six months of effort to get the extra home game, lose it in two and a half hours.’’
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