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 5 years ago '04        #10061
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James Henderson

According to Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski, NC State junior forward C.J. Leslie will reportedly sign with New York after going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Leslie, a 6-foot-9 forward from Holly Springs, North Carolina, averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.5 a.ssists per game, and he was named a third-team All-ACC selection by the media.

"I pattern myself after guys like Rudy Gay and Paul George," Leslie stated prior to the draft. "Point forwards and combo guards. I don’t want to be a 3 full time. I want to play both forward spots and just be a basketball player, wherever I’m needed. That’s important to me.

"I’m a good shooter. I just need get more confidence during the game, taking those types of shots. I didn’t really shoot much at the college level, so I just want to improve in that area."
 5 years ago '04        #10062
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Agent Mark Bartelstein told me if anyone can handle the bright lights of NYC, it's Tim Hardaway's son. "He's a kid who loves the biggest stage, Michigan is a big stage and there’s no bigger stage than New York,’’ Bartelstein said. “Nothing could be better.'' Most interesting thing Glen Grunwald said about Hardaway is they loved his "interview'' with the club. Clearly, with patrolmen Jason Kidd taking his talents to Brooklyn, #Knicks need to add more character to locker room. Grunwald got a little lucky with Hardaway falling as Bulls were eyeing Hardaway but took wing Tony Snell instead. Thanks Thibodeau.
 5 years ago '04        #10063
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 5 years ago '04        #10064
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Berman

The Knicks are hoping the phrase “like father, like son’’ will bear fruit at the Garden.

The Knicks selected Tim Hardaway Jr. last night with the 24th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft. Hardaway’s selection was cheered at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center even though his father, Tim Hardaway, was always booed in New York as a hated member of the Heat.

“He’s obviously got some good bloodlines from someone who had a great NBA career,’’ Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said.

The Michigan shooting guard had a great workout with the Knicks this month and helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA championship game.

“We think we added a good piece to our team, talented, good worker, good athlete who comes from a great program,’’ Grunwald said.

The cheers for Hardaway were a rarity for a Knicks selection. Even the biggest cynic couldn’t dispute this safe, solid pick as the Knicks brace for the possibility of J.R. Smith, Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland fleeing as free agents.

“I thought about how his father used to k!ll the Knicks,’’ superfan Spike Lee said on ESPN when asked his initial reaction.

Hardaway Jr. shot lights out during his workout with the Knicks, is a good defender and scouts have called him a “pro’s pro.’’

His father, once the archrival of the Knicks and a.ssistant GM Allan Houston, made the All-Star Team five times. Houston, who warred against Hardaway in the late 1990s playoff series between the clubs, sat next to Grunwald in the war room at the Knicks’ Westchester facility when the pick was made.

“I think the wound has healed a little bit for Allan,’’ Grunwald said. “I know Allan’s excited about this, too. Hopefully Allan can add something to his development because they are similar players.’’

The Knicks were looking for perimeter help — a defender who can shoot the 3-pointer. The Knicks also are bracing for the possibility of losing Smith, though sources said the club believes he will re-sign.

“We were impressed with [Hardaway’s] interview, shooting, athleticism and his overall demeanor,’’ Grunwald said. “He’s a really good worker. He competes too [like his father].

“We were looking for someone who could contribute right away next year, filling a need on our team but the primary reason we drafted him is he was the best player available. It’s also true we only have two players under contract for guards.’’

Hardaway’s agent, Mark Bartelstein said his client would be “a tremendous’’ fit for the Knicks.

“[Hardaway Sr.] is thrilled to death,’’ Bartelstein told The Post. “It’s the dream of any father to have his son play for the New York Knicks.’’

Hardaway averaged 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 a.ssists in his three seasons at Michigan. He’s known as an excellent catch-and-shoot marksman, but one scout questioned his shot selection and passing ability.

The Knicks were concerned Hardaway would be selected by the Bulls with the 20th pick, but Chicago instead picked small forward Tony Snell.

The Knicks’ long-range plan is to have Carmelo Anthony at power forward and they felt they needed another 2-3 — especially with Smith’s uncertain future. Grunwald said when free agency begins July 1 the Knicks will add a point guard and a big man.

“He’s a kid who loves the biggest stage, Michigan is a big stage and there’s no bigger stage than New York,’’ Bartelstein said. “Nothing could be better.’’

Hardaway compiled 1,532 points at Michigan, 18th in school history. He was sixth in school history in 3-point field goals made with 202. He started all 107 games he played and missed just one game due to injury.

With the 24th pick, the Knicks had a choice of Reggie Bullock or Glen Rice Jr., both high on their board. Though they needed a backup point guard, the Knicks didn’t want to take one unless a pure playmaker fell to them and they didn’t rate South Dakota’s Nate Wolters (taken by the Wizards with the 38th pick in the second round) highly enough.
 5 years ago '04        #10065
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Jr just tweeted that "it was fun while it lasted..."
 5 years ago '05        #10066
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I don't look into rumors or blank statements til something actually happens. As far as I'm concerned JR said he wants to retire a knick so we'll see




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 5 years ago '04        #10067
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Ian Begley

Tim Hardaway Jr. grew up in Miami, rooting hard for the Heat.

Now, he's on the other side of the storied Knicks-Heat rivalry. And he's just fine with that.

"It's ironic," he said, "but it's not awkward at all."

Hardaway Jr., selected 24th overall by the Knicks in Thursday's NBA draft, was introduced in a press conference at the team's facility on Friday. The shooting guard from Michigan, and son of former Knicks nemesis and Heat point guard Tim Hardaway Sr., said he hopes to contribute to the Knicks right away.

"I want to get better as a ball player throughout this whole summer, summer league and just see where that takes me," Hardaway Jr. said. "Obviously, the goal is to start but whatever the team needs me to do, I'll do it. Whether it's coming off the bench, a role player, whatever the case may be. I want to just try to be a contributor out there."


The Knicks entered the draft with holes to fill on the front line and at point guard, but they decided to go with Hardaway Jr. because, as general manager Glen Grunwald said, he was the best player available.

Hardaway Sr. joined his son in Greenburgh on Friday and said it was "ironic" that the Knicks selected his namesake. The Knicks, after all, are the same team he and the Heat locked horns with in several famous playoff battles in the late 1990s.

Hardaway Sr. currently serves as a scout and community liaison for the Heat. But he insists that he'll be rooting for Hardaway Jr. and the Knicks from now on.

"Even though I work for the Miami Heat, I can root for the Knicks," Hardaway Sr. said Friday. "[But] when they play against us I don’t know."

The younger Hardaway has a solid jumper with good range and can convert off the dribble. But he doesn't have his father's ability to break opponents down off the dribble and can be inconsistent on offense.

"I tried to teach him that," Hardaway Sr. said. "But you know I'm just dad now, I'm just dad."

The Hardaway Jr. pick is a sign that the Knicks intend to keep Carmelo Anthony at power forward next season (Anthony won a scoring title at the 4 last year, so this makes sense.). Hardaway Jr. also gives the Knicks insurance if J.R. Smith decides to take his talents elsewhere in free agency.

But the 6-foot-6 shooting guard wasn't thinking about any of that on Friday.

Instead, he was focused on what he can bring to the floor.

"I want to be an energy giver not an energy drainer -- a guy that can knock down open shots, push on the break, find guys," Hardaway Jr. said.

Both Hardaway Sr. and Hardaway Jr. would like fans and media to avoid comparisons between the two.

"I grew up differently, I played differently," Hardaway Sr. said. "I'm 6 feet, I'm a natural point guard; he's a two guard, it's not similar, it's totally different."

"I’m not the same as my father," Hardaway Jr. said, adding that his dad is "short and stubby." "... One [of us] shoots better than the other, the other handles the ball better than the other. He can tell you right now there’s no comparison at all."

The two haven't played one-on-one for "three or four years" when junior beat senior.

Hardaway Jr. went on to star at Michigan and helped the Wolverines advance to the national championship game this past spring, where they lost to Louisville.

Now, Hardaway Jr. will take his game to New York and try to make a name for himself with the Knicks.

"[I'll do] whatever the teams needs me to do," Hardaway Jr. said. "... I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity."
 5 years ago '04        #10068
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 s1eepyboy said:
I don't look into rumors or blank statements til something actually happens. As far as I'm concerned JR said he wants to retire a knick so we'll see
David Lee said the samething, LeBron said he'll never leave Cleveland till they won a championship, Shaq said that about every team he ever joined, lmfao
 5 years ago '07        #10069
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I'm down w/ Hardway & CJ Leslie... also I think we got a sleeper pick with signed AJ Matthews as a free agent (look him up, D-3 leading rebounder, had to go D3 b/c of his grades but supposedly plays above the rim and is a rebounding fiend)

overall grade??? B+
 5 years ago '04        #10070
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 I Am The Truth said:
I'm down w/ Hardway & CJ Leslie... also I think we got a sleeper pick with signed AJ Matthews as a free agent (look him up, D-3 leading rebounder, had to go D3 b/c of his grades but supposedly plays above the rim and is a rebounding fiend)

overall grade??? B+
that was just a summer league invite but im sure he'll make the roster....was hoping Smitty would come back cause he also said he would play on our summer league team
 5 years ago '04        #10071
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Hahn

His departure in 2001 sent the franchise into a tailspin. The Patrick Ewing departure, the Larry Johnson retirement, the mind-boggling Frederic Weis decision; all of this eventually could have been overcome as long as he kept the team on its course and kept them competitive.

But 26 games into the 2001-02 season, months before his 40th birthday, Van Gundy walked away from the team and from New York, the place where his improbable rise from practice a.ssistant to head coach took place, where the city loved and trusted him to run their team.

Over a decade later, as Rivers is chastised for his decision to leave the Celtics on the verge of their inevitable rebuild, Van Gundy went on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio in New York to defend Rivers' move. But as he did, he opened up about his own departure from the job he clearly never wanted to leave.

"I quit the Knicks, so I know what quitting is," he said.

It's something many fans have said since that day, which has made it difficult to forgive him. But the years of losing, and carousel of coaches that followed, make it impossible not to recognize how perfect that slight, balding man in the rumpled suits was for the job. He fit the image of the average New Yorker: overworked, exhausted, quick-witted and scrappy.

But then he did something that seemed so out of that character.

"I did, I quit," he said. "And it's something I regret to this day. I live with it every day and I regret it."

Van Gundy went on to admit that he "let my emotions come into it and I was just emotionally spent. I made a bad decision and I quit." There were reports that he had grown frustrated with the corporate atmosphere at the Garden, but years later he recognized that through several battles -- with former GM Ernie Grunfeld, most notably -- the executives always sided with their coach.

"I had a great job with the Knicks," he said and went on to explain that he had a "frustration" building up.

"I should have taken more time to come to that conclusion," he said.

Van Gundy, who ranks 3rd in Knicks history with 248 wins, coached at Houston and has since gone into broadcasting for ESPN, which he enjoys. His name routinely comes up about job openings around the NBA, but he routinely declines.

Mike Woodson is under contract for another two seasons, so there isn't an opportunity for him here, now. But who knows what the future may hold.
 5 years ago '04        #10072
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Jared Zwerling

Now that the New York Knicks have added their draft pick, Tim Hardaway Jr., it's on to free agency starting July 1. Here's their order of business:

1. Re-signing J.R. Smith. GM Glen Grunwald made it clear on Thursday the Knicks don't want to let him go. "We're going to do what we can to get J.R. back," he said. However, that won't happen if Smith can't resist a lucrative offer and a chance to start, which he hasn't done for most of his career, including in New York. The Bucks, Pistons and Suns, for example, will likely be gearing up to outbid the Knicks, who can only offer the Sixth Man Award winner $5.58 million with early Bird rights.

2. Re-signing Pablo Prigioni, Chris Copeland and Kenyon Martin. First, regarding Prigioni, he represents a pressing need for the Knicks. "We think we need at least one more point guard," Grunwald said. "We love Pablo and hopefully we'll get him back." Prigioni also wants to return. "I would like to go back to New York," he told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Knicks extended their qualifying offer of $988,872 to the Argentine. He could demand more on the open market, but if he doesn't return, it will likely be because he wants to return to Spain, where he lives and has played previously for many years.

As for Copeland: Add the Celtics to the long list of teams that want Copeland, who was extended the same qualifying offer as Prigioni this week. Now that the Celtics have more cap space with trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets, they could make a strong push for Copeland. In the Knicks' favor is that he really wants to return. But, like Smith, a high offer with starting potential could be the deal-breaker.

And Martin? He wants to return, but he would likely have to accept the veteran's minimum. While his good friend Jason Kidd is in Brooklyn, now that Garnett is joining the Nets, that could encourage Martin to want to stay in New York for more minutes.

3. Adding another point guard and big man. The Knicks only have a mini mid-level exception of $3.18 million, and if they use that to split up Prigioni and Copeland's salaries, they would only have veteran's minimums to spend to fill up the rest of their roster. As for point guards, Aaron Brooks, A.J. Price, Josh Selby and Sebastian Telfair could be in that lower price range. Top D-Leaguers Tony Taylor and Toure Murry, who will likely be playing for the Knicks' summer league team, will be given hard looks.

If the Knicks have that $3.18 million available, the top two point guard candidates are Will Bynum and Nate Robinson.

As for bigs who can defend, rebound and score inside, the ideal candidates would be J.J. Hickson and Jason Maxiell. Rasheed Wallace told ESPNNewYork.com a few weeks ago that he really likes the Pistons forward's game. But would either take less money?

Most likely, the Knicks will be looking for bigs at the veteran's minimum with names like DeJuan Blair, Elton Brand, Samuel Dalembert, Shavlik Randolph, Anthony Tolliver, Chris Wilcox and Brandan Wright. One interesting candidate is Andray Blatche. While he has said he wants to return to Brooklyn, now that Garnett is in town, perhaps there would be a bigger playing opportunity for him across the river.

Two sleeper picks for the Knicks in the frontcourt are Henry Sims and Jerome Jordan. While Jordan is playing for the Knicks' summer league team, Sims has been invited but hasn't accepted the offer yet.
 5 years ago '04        #10073
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and thats probably gonna be my last post for the weekend, later
 5 years ago '04        #10074
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 Born_Loser said:
Jared Zwerling

Now that the New York Knicks have added their draft pick, Tim Hardaway Jr., it's on to free agency starting July 1. Here's their order of business:

1. Re-signing J.R. Smith. GM Glen Grunwald made it clear on Thursday the Knicks don't want to let him go. "We're going to do what we can to get J.R. back," he said. However, that won't happen if Smith can't resist a lucrative offer and a chance to start, which he hasn't done for most of his career, including in New York. The Bucks, Pistons and Suns, for example, will likely be gearing up to outbid the Knicks, who can only offer the Sixth Man Award winner $5.58 million with early Bird rights.

2. Re-signing Pablo Prigioni, Chris Copeland and Kenyon Martin. First, regarding Prigioni, he represents a pressing need for the Knicks. "We think we need at least one more point guard," Grunwald said. "We love Pablo and hopefully we'll get him back." Prigioni also wants to return. "I would like to go back to New York," he told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Knicks extended their qualifying offer of $988,872 to the Argentine. He could demand more on the open market, but if he doesn't return, it will likely be because he wants to return to Spain, where he lives and has played previously for many years.

As for Copeland: Add the Celtics to the long list of teams that want Copeland, who was extended the same qualifying offer as Prigioni this week. Now that the Celtics have more cap space with trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets, they could make a strong push for Copeland. In the Knicks' favor is that he really wants to return. But, like Smith, a high offer with starting potential could be the deal-breaker.

And Martin? He wants to return, but he would likely have to accept the veteran's minimum. While his good friend Jason Kidd is in Brooklyn, now that Garnett is joining the Nets, that could encourage Martin to want to stay in New York for more minutes.

3. Adding another point guard and big man. The Knicks only have a mini mid-level exception of $3.18 million, and if they use that to split up Prigioni and Copeland's salaries, they would only have veteran's minimums to spend to fill up the rest of their roster. As for point guards, Aaron Brooks, A.J. Price, Josh Selby and Sebastian Telfair could be in that lower price range. Top D-Leaguers Tony Taylor and Toure Murry, who will likely be playing for the Knicks' summer league team, will be given hard looks.

If the Knicks have that $3.18 million available, the top two point guard candidates are Will Bynum and Nate Robinson.

As for bigs who can defend, rebound and score inside, the ideal candidates would be J.J. Hickson and Jason Maxiell. Rasheed Wallace told ESPNNewYork.com a few weeks ago that he really likes the Pistons forward's game. But would either take less money?

Most likely, the Knicks will be looking for bigs at the veteran's minimum with names like DeJuan Blair, Elton Brand, Samuel Dalembert, Shavlik Randolph, Anthony Tolliver, Chris Wilcox and Brandan Wright. One interesting candidate is Andray Blatche. While he has said he wants to return to Brooklyn, now that Garnett is in town, perhaps there would be a bigger playing opportunity for him across the river.

Two sleeper picks for the Knicks in the frontcourt are Henry Sims and Jerome Jordan. While Jordan is playing for the Knicks' summer league team, Sims has been invited but hasn't accepted the offer yet.
isnt jerome that tall dude that played for us 2 yrs ago n sucked
 5 years ago '08        #10075
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I dont see cope coming back some teams gonna offer him a novak type deal dont mind pablo or kmart coming back of those names mentioned aaron brooks as a backup and brendan wright
 5 years ago '04        #10076
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 dj ac said:
I dont see cope coming back some teams gonna offer him a novak type deal dont mind pablo or kmart coming back of those names mentioned aaron brooks as a backup and brendan wright
Just read that cope is willing to take less money to come back to NYK
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 Jae_Hood_354 said:
isnt jerome that tall dude that played for us 2 yrs ago n sucked
Didn't get much of a chance to prove nething lol
 5 years ago '07        #10078
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I'm down w/ Cope back for the $3.1 mil and I think we can get K-Mart and Pablo back for the low... if we can add on JR, Brendan Wright, and Tony Taylor I think we'll be good
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Cpt. Obvious that if the Knicks can't acquire Tyreke, The team may look into acquire Aaron Brooks since he's now a fa
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