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 2 years ago '04        #11261
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After mulling between the NBA Development League and European clubs, New York draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided to play next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.

Antetokounmpo considered several significant contract offers in Europe if he elected to pass on a consecutive season in the D-League, but Knicks management made clear that it hoped Antetokounmpo would remain within the organization in 2014-15.

For now, the Knicks plan for Antetokounmpo to sign directly with Westchester, meaning no training camp deal, sources told RealGM. This allows the Knicks to maintain his rights into the D-League, leaving him off the available market as a free agent should he be released in camp.

Throughout Antetokounmpo’s decision-making process, Phil Jackson and Steve Mills reaffirmed their long-term vision for the 22-year-old forward, sources said. The Knicks have a full roster of guaranteed contracts at 15.

Antetokounmpo – the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo – was New York’s 51st overall selection in the NBA Draft in June. Thanasis Antetokounmpo showcased his defensive activity in five summer league appearances for the Knicks, and he averaged three points and nearly two rebounds per game.

Louis Labeyrie, the Knicks’ No. 57 pick in the draft, will continue to develop with his French team in Paris and could start discussions on an NBA contract next summer, a source told RealGM.

A scouted talent out of Greece, Antetokounmpo started his professional career a year ago with Delaware of the D-League. He averaged 12 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games for Delaware.
 2 years ago '07        #11262
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 2 years ago '04        #11263
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NEW YORK -- A confident Carmelo Anthony believes the New York Knicks will create a "new culture" and "new identity" this season and leave any remnants of last season's 37-win nightmare in the rearview mirror.

"I don't think we will have another season like we had last year. When I say, 'I believe that we will make the playoffs,' that's where I'm coming from. I think we will have a much better season than we did last year," Anthony said on Thursday night at Barclays Center, where he served as a coach in a celebrity basketball game sponsored by CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano's charities. "As far as putting a number on the games we want to win, it's hard to say that right now. But as far as us feeling good about this upcoming season, the way we feel I'm confident in what we're about to create. I believe we will be in the postseason."

Anthony tested free agency over the summer and was courted by several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls. He ultimately decided to re-sign with the Knicks, agreeing to a five-year, $124 million contract.

Anthony reiterated on Thursday that he was "close" to leaving New York.

"It was close. I don’t even like to talk about that no more," he said. "This is home. There is no place like New York. Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York."

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who coached Anthony on Syracuse's national championship-winning 2003 team, said earlier this week that Anthony would have left New York if Phil Jackson hadn't joined the organization as president.

Anthony smiled when Boeheim's marks were relayed to him.

"I haven’t heard that. I know [Boeheim] says some crazy stuff. That’s my guy. He’s been the same way for 40 years. But at the end of the day, man, with what we’re trying to create here in New York, it’s a new culture and a new identity, and we’re trying to create that," Anthony said. "As far as me staying here, a lot went into that decision. At the end of the day, I did have to believe in Phil, I did have to believe in my teammates. So that’s all that matters."

Anthony said that he has spent time recently playing with teammates J.R. Smith, Cleanthony Early and Tim Hardaway Jr. at his gym in New York and commended Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert's offseason workouts.

"Everybody is just putting in the proper work. I think with the new energy that we have now with the team and the coaches, everybody is just excited to get back," he said.

Anthony and the Knicks will have to learn a new offense this season. First-year head coach Derek Fisher is expected to implement Jackson's triangle offense.

"It's something that's not going to happen overnight. That's why I'm kind of getting into it right now and kind of studying it and learning it and just trying to figure out where I'm going to be at on the court," Anthony said. "It's not about really me, it's about everybody else. If everybody's not on the same page in the triangle, then the triangle is not going to work. So it's about everybody coming together, playing they're role and doing what they have to do to make it work."

Anthony acknowledged that teams in the Eastern Conference have improved. But he sounds confident in the improvements the Knicks have made, which include trading for Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert, and signing free-agent forward/center Jason Smith.

"Regardless of who got better, I believe we got better. I believe [our team] has gotten better than last year," Anthony said. "I know what I went through last year from an emotional standpoint, and I don’t want to feel that again."

Question: Do you agree with Carmelo Anthony that the Knicks create a culture of winning this season under Phil Jackson?
 2 years ago '04        #11264
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Begley

J.R. Smith has several goals entering the 2014-15 season.

He wants to help the Knicks make the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. He wants to produce consistently on both ends of the floor.

All of these are normal goals for any NBA player.

But Smith has one goal that may surprise you:

"Be a leader," Smith said in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday at his foundation's annual golf fundraiser. "We've got so many younger guys around. A lot of the older guys left within the last two years. So be more of a leader and help out."

Smith is going into his 11th season, so he has the experience to take on a leadership role. But will he be able to transition from a player who has gotten into trouble, both on and off the court, to a player whom the Knicks organization can count on in a leadership role?

That's the goal.

"Just 'show instead of say' and stuff like that," Smith, speaking at his fundraiser for the J.R. Smith Youth Foundation at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, said when asked about his leadership approach. "'Sheed [Rasheed Wallace], J Kidd [Jason Kidd] -- those guys led by example and that's what I'm going to try to do."

Smith was involved in several incidents last season that drew the ire of the Knicks. Whether or not that compromises his ability to lead is a debate we'll leave for fans and members of the organization.

When it comes to on-court matters, Smith said he feels fully healthy coming into the season, which is different from how he was feeling last summer following offseason knee surgery.

The procedure hampered him early in the season and impacted his production. Smith found his form later in the season, hitting 43 percent of his 3-pointers in a starting role in the last six weeks of the season.

Now that he is fully healthy, Smith expects to produce on a more consistent basis this season. He also agrees with teammate and longtime friend Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks will be a playoff team this season after winning just 37 games in 2013-14.

"Absolutely. We should be," Smith said. "We should have been one last year. This year, definitely."

Helping the youth: Through his youth foundation, Smith hopes to help young athletes in and around New Jersey. One of the goals of the foundation is to expose young athletes to golf. Smith is an avid golfer and hopes to show young athletes around his hometown of Lakewood, New Jersey, the benefits of the sport.

"My goal is just to help kids who have certain talents who don't really have a chance to be seen. There are people that can put them in positions they want to be. I just want to help make the extra push to the youth," Smith said. "Especially in this area, we've got a lot of young talent that gets lost in the numbers.

"I just want to show kids a different side of sports. So many people play basketball, baseball, football. Once they get around [golf], they'll realize it's fun. I just want to open the door to show them they have options."

Knicks a.ssistant GM Allan Houston and ex-Knick John Starks also attended Smith's fundraiser on Thursday.
 2 years ago '04        #11265
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Okafor unlikely to choose a team till like mid-season, question to my fellow Knickstape n*ggas, would ya consider giving him a spot?
 2 years ago '07        #11266
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for the Vet Min, I guess he's ok
 2 years ago '04        #11267
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Begley

With training camp less than two months away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the New York Knicks.

Today’s question: How will Carmelo Anthony fit into the triangle offense?

Last week, we posed the question above to a longtime scout for an Atlantic Division team.

His first impression was a positive one.

"I think he's skilled enough and I think he's smart enough. I think he'll fit very well."

But the same scout, who has been watching Anthony since his rookie year (2003-04), also has some reservations.

"He’s got to bring the whole package [to make the triangle work]. He’s gotta be a team player, he's got to cut harder and he's got to move the ball. He's going to have to do a lot of things that he isn’t known for doing."

This will be one of the more interesting subplots to the Knicks' 2014-15 season. How will Anthony fit into an offense predicated on ball and player movement?

Below, we'll take a look out how this scout views Carmelo and the triangle:

1. Post play: Anthony was the No. 2 scorer in the NBA last season. In 2012-13, he led the league in scoring. That's a lot of points. A significant portion of those points were scored with Anthony operating in the post. So it's worth wondering if Anthony will continue to get post touches in the triangle this season.

"There’s opportunities for him to get the ball in the post," the scout said. "There's opportunities for him to be in the pinch post and isolate. Or he can catch the ball high and play a two-man game."

Based on recent history, it would seem to be in the best interest of both the Knicks and Anthony to get him the ball in the post.

According to Synergy Sports Technology, Anthony shot 49 percent in the post last season. He averaged 1.017 points per play while operating in the post, which put him in the 89th percentile when compared to the rest of the league. He also scored at least one point (including free throws) on 51 percent of his post possessions. Not bad.

2. He's gotta run: When talking about Carmelo and the triangle, the scout we spoke with used Kobe Bryant's success in the offense as a reference point. The scout said Kobe's ability to excel in the triangle stemmed, in part, from a willingness to run hard enough to beat defenders to certain spots on the court.

"Kobe would just sometimes outrun the bigs so he would run right into the post and then the other players just had to follow suit and just get into other spots. Is Carmelo going to run and hustle and get into the post and make an effort to get in there first? That’s up to him," the scout said. "If he makes the effort, I think he’ll get those opportunities and he’ll just go to work."

It's hard to quantify just how hard Carmelo runs on the floor. Some scouts and observers believe that he doesn't run with maximum effort all of the time on the offensive end. Again, this is tough to quantify.

One player tracking metric measures the distance a player travels on the court and the speed at which he does it.

For what it's worth, Anthony's average speed on the court last season was 3.7 miles per hour, per the Player Tracking on NBA.com. Mike Dunleavy had the highest average speed among forwards at 4.5 miles per hour.

Anthony averaged three miles traveled on the court per game last season. Again, Dunleavy had the longest distance covered among forwards last year with 3.7 miles per game.

These numbers can be a bit misleading, though, because they measure the average speed of all movements (sprinting, jogging, standing, walking, backwards and forwards) by a player while on the court. So it's tough to draw definitive conclusions from those statistics.

3. Moving the ball: One of the tenets of triangle offense is movement. Both players and the ball should be in motion in order for things to work well.

The scout we spoke with wonders if Anthony can adapt his game to fit that approach.

"For them to have success, he's going to have to be a willing passer. That offense is predicated on spacing and ball movement and he can’t hold the ball like he has on previous occasions. So he’s got to pass the ball."

The feeling here is that Anthony's reputation as a ball stopper is a bit overblown. Again, this is tough to quantify.

But it's worth nothing that Carmelo had 6.3 "assist opportunities" per game last season. This is an interesting statistic because it's a measure of passes to a teammate in which that teammate attempts a shot. You acquire an "assist opportunity" if the shot attempted was one that, if made, would have resulted in the passer getting an a.ssist.

Anthony had a strong number of "assist opportunities" last year.

Anthony's mark of 6.3 a.ssist opportunities per game was 13th among forwards who played at least 30 minutes per game. Kevin Love posted 8.5 a.ssist opportunities per game.

On the flip side, only 38.5 percent of Carmelo's field goals were a.ssisted last season, a relatively low number.

And he had the ball for an average of 3.6 minutes per game, the 2nd highest mark among forwards who averaged at least 30 minutes per game, behind LeBron James.

So the statistics can paint a murky picture.

But no matter how you analyze Anthony's ball movement from last season, it's fair to a.ssume that he'll have to be a bit more willing to pass this season for the triangle to be successful.

Anthony's success in the triangle is pivotal for the Knicks this season and in the future. He signed a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks in July. Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson are under contract for the life of Anthony's deal. So Anthony and the triangle will be intertwined for the foreseeable future.

But Anthony himself he pointed out last week, the success of the offense can't hinge solely on Melo.

"It's not about really me, it's about everybody else. If everybody's not on the same page in the triangle, then the triangle is not going to work," Carmelo said last Thursday. "So it's about everybody coming together, playing their role and doing what they have to do to make it work."

That's true. But as with most other things around the Knicks, it all starts with Melo.
 2 years ago '04        #11268
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Pre-Season Schedule
Oct. 8....... @ Boston Celtics.............. XL Center, Hartford, CT.................................. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11..... @ Boston Celtics.............. Mohegan Sun Arena, Mohegan, CT.................. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 13..... vs. Toronto Raptors.......... Madison Square Garden, New York, NY............. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 14..... at Philadelphia 76ers........ Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY............................ 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 20..... vs. Milwaukee Bucks......... Madison Square Garden, New York, NY............. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 22..... vs. Washington Wizards.... Madison Square Garden, New York, NY............. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 24..... @ Toronto Raptors........... Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec........................ 7:30 p.m.
 2 years ago '07        #11269
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We have enough big men need another pg, prigioni ain't it I'm sorry




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  Career: | Aug 16: 47-24, Rank #82 | Aug 15: 53-44, Rank #135 | Aug 14: 155-91, Rank #48 | Aug 13: 64-32, Rank #54 | Aug 12: 212-123, Rank #30 | Aug 11: 333-187, Rank #38 | Aug 10: 1090-567, Rank #11 | Aug 09: 2-1, Rank #328 | Aug 08: 3-1, Rank #625 *
 2 years ago '08        #11270
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I wonder if melo starts at the 3 or 4 now
 2 years ago '04        #11271
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 Funeral James said:
We have enough big men need another pg, prigioni ain't it I'm sorry
So u prefer a 4th PG?
 2 years ago '04        #11272
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 AC_89 said:
I wonder if melo starts at the 3 or 4 now
Easily a 3
 2 years ago '07        #11273
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 Born_Loser said:
So u prefer a 4th PG?
Is tour'e still on the squad?




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  Career: | Aug 16: 47-24, Rank #82 | Aug 15: 53-44, Rank #135 | Aug 14: 155-91, Rank #48 | Aug 13: 64-32, Rank #54 | Aug 12: 212-123, Rank #30 | Aug 11: 333-187, Rank #38 | Aug 10: 1090-567, Rank #11 | Aug 09: 2-1, Rank #328 | Aug 08: 3-1, Rank #625 *
 2 years ago '04        #11274
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 Funeral James said:
Is tour'e still on the squad?
nope, last i heard, Knicks told him to be patient till they find a way to clear space for him
 2 years ago '08        #11275
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 Born_Loser said:
Easily a 3
So then who starts at the 4 amare or bargnani
 08-26-2014, 07:53 AM         #11276
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So then who starts at the 4 amare or bargnani
n*ggas out here hating on Godnani.
 2 years ago '06        #11277
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melo is def starting at the 3 this year. he'll play some 4 in spurts when we run a quick lineup
 2 years ago '04        #11278
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Barg off the bench with Smitty, deadly if healthy
 2 years ago '08        #11279
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 Kitsch said:
n*ggas out here hating on Godnani.
27% from three
 08-26-2014, 05:18 PM         #11280
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 AC_89 said:
27% from three


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