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 10-13-2014, 07:49 AM         #11361
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Berman

The Garden gets to welcome the New York version of the triangle and welcome back Carmelo Anthony for the first time Monday night when the Knicks play their Garden preseason opener.

After splitting two games against the Celtics in Connecticut, the Knicks play a back-to-back: Monday against the Raptors and Tuesday against the Sixers in Syracuse.

“I’m looking forward to it,’’ Anthony said of playing the Garden for the first time since re-signing with the Knicks for 5 years. “I haven’t played a preseason game at the Garden in a long time due to the renovations. I’m looking forward getting there Monday. It’s sad. It’s a back to-back because then we got Syracuse Tuesday.”

Expect Anthony to be serenaded with a standing ovation in both places. He is enthused about showing off the triangle, which looked a lot better Saturday when the Knicks beat the Celtics, 96-80. It’s also Derek Fisher’s first game on the Garden sidelines.

“It’s not just for me – to get that feeling again and see the things we’ve been working on at training camp,’’ Anthony said. “They’ve read about it and seen snippets but they see it firsthand now.’’

Anthony scored 16 points on Saturday as the Knicks looked more relaxed in the triangle, reducing their turnovers from 28 in the preseason opener to 18.

“We haven’t broken the tip of the iceberg as far as the offense goes for me,’’ Anthony said. “I’m still trying to see where the spots are on the court and get the timing down. That’s going take time, but [Saturday] everyone felt a little more comfortable with the system. We’ll get better day by day.

“After the first game we saw opportunities when they try to double team within the triangle and some things were open we didn’t get to,’’ Anthony said. “But [Saturday] we had a chance get a chance to do that.’’

Fisher said two straight practice sessions of three hours each Thursday and Friday following Wednesday’s 20-point debacle helped the cause.

“Unfortunately for them the last couple of days of practice helped quite a bit,’’ Fisher said. “We got a lot of work done the last two days.’’

Anthony said he’s still “adjusting’’ to the new sets, which require constant cutting and passes instead of isolation. Anthony has moved the ball well, though sometimes teammates are not expecting the pass, perhaps because of his history.

“They don’t know where the ball is coming from,’’ Anthony said. “You got to be alert. If you don’t have something in 1 1/2 seconds, the ball is out. No holding. It’s a lot of ball movement — got to be ready for it.

“It’s much better than where was the first day from now.’’

Fisher also liked Anthony’s defense Saturday.

“His understanding is continuing to grow how to find shots for himself and put himself in position to create opportunities for teammates,’’ Fisher said. “But his weak-side activity on defense was really great. Two guys on the weak side have to join the party and help. Carmelo had several of those play using his voice and putting his body in the right spots.

Tim Hardaway Jr. feels he is ahead of his teammates in learning the triangle because he played it during the Knicks summer league in Las Vegas. He’s actually been helping the veterans with the offense.

Hardaway, a first-team All-Rookie choice last season, played summer league in July and participated later that month with the Select Team practicing against Team USA before the World Cup..

“I see more confidence,’’ Anthony said of Hardaway. “That says a lot because Tim has a lot of confidence. He believes in himself a lot more. I need Tim’s confidence to be sky-high.’’

Amar’e Stoudemire wasn’t insulted Quincy Acy started ahead of him Saturday at power forward as Andrea Bargnani sat out.

“He’s just trying to find lineups,’’ Stoudemire said. “I’m playing the 4, 5, and perimeter.’’

Stoudemire instead started the second half at center.
 3 years ago '11        #11363
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 3 years ago '04        #11364
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He has been the bearded wonder of preseason, and “Ace’’ may be the place to find your starting Knicks power forward.

In a bizarre turn of events, Quincy Acy, who may have the NBA’s longest beard, and one wilder than James Harden’s, has emerged as the Knicks’ leading candidate at power forward. It is seemingly the lone position battle still remaining.

That is a testament to Acy’s defensive fortitude and vibrant playing style that coincides with new coach Derek Fisher’s vision of what he wants out of his starting lineup. It also helps Acy’s cause that Andrea Bargnani’s battling a sore hamstring.

“No I didn’t plan on coming here to start,’’ Acy told The Post with a chuckle. “I planned on coming here and playing hard to earn minutes. I guess I impressed enough with my defense to earn a spot. I don’t know what coach got going if I’m starting or coming off the bench or not playing, but I’ll be happy.’’

When the Knicks traded with the Kings in August for Acy and Travis Outlaw, who has been, by contrast, uninspiring, general manager Steve Mills said the former Baylor combo forward showed enough scrap and liveliness in summer league to merit a deal. The Knicks gave up Jeremy Tyler and Wayne Ellington in the trade.

But Acy, 24, probably wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity if not for Bargnani’s hamstring strain. Bargnani started the first preseason game, but has sat out the last three with the 6-foot-7 Acy promoted over Amar’e Stoudemire at power forward.

“I think that separates myself — just high energy,’’ Acy said. “Not a lot of guys in the league do the things I do. I take pride in it and take pride in my defense and take some pride in being a great overall teammate.’’

Acy, a 2012 second-round pick of Toronto (37th), was traded by the Raptors to the Kings last season in the Rudy Gay blockbuster.

Fisher said from the get-go it’s not the most talented five players who will start and intangibles would factor in. Jose Calderon, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert have locked up the starting point guard, small forward and center positions, respectively. Iman Shumpert appears to have staked his claim to the starting shooting guard job.

Then there’s power forward, for which four guys are competing. Aside from Acy, Bargnani and Stoudemire, there’s free-agent signee Jason Smith, who missed time because of the birth of his daughter but lit up the Sixers for 14 points Tuesday night in Syracuse.

“It’s important to have guys like Iman and [Acy] because there’s certain types of intensity and mind-set that’s contagious within the team,’’ Fisher said. “That high motor. Teammates enjoy feeding off it. Right now we have some guys born that way.’’

Acy has had his beard since his time at Baylor, though, he says, “not as long.’’

On Media Day, Acy said it is the baddest beard in the league.

“It’s just me,’’ he said. “People like it. A lot of people come in and say I like it. But I’m not wearing it to impress people. I’m just wearing it because I like it.’’

Acy has impressed the Knicks staff with more than facial hair — as a board-crasher, ball-mover and screen-setter. He’s confident enough in the triangle offense to launch his below-average jumper.

“[Knicks team president] Phil [Jackson] is not a man of many words, but he just says he loves my energy and told me to step up and take the shots with confidence when I get them,’’ Acy said. “Just do what I do.

“Just help run the offense. It’s different for everybody. It requires a lot of thinking. Making sure I’m in the right places. Making sure I’m getting my teammates open, making sure I’m active on the boards and making open shots when given.’’

Acy’s strong play has given Fisher a conundrum at the power-forward spot.

“There’s a lot to think about because all those players are really good players and all do good things,’’ Fisher said. “It’s not about picking one of those guys as the best player. It’s which one is best for the balance of our team. That will still be a question mark for a while.

“It’s tough to evaluate it with Bargnani being out.’’

Jackson actually did lay off one of the team’s scouts in the offseason — Stephen Giles — one of the club’s two advance scouts.

Giles was considered a hire of former coach Mike Woodson and an extension of the dismissed coaching staff. Giles moved up in the NBA world, hired as the Cavaliers advance scout.

Jackson retained Matt Harding for advance duties.
 3 years ago '04        #11365
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After some initial uncertainty, the New York Knicks plan to pick up the third-year contract option for guard Shane Larkin, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Knicks have been satisfied with Larkin, 22, in the preseason, and will guarantee the $1.67 million on his contract for the 2015-16 season.

The deadline for guaranteeing the third-year option comes at the end of October.

As Knicks president Phil Jackson plans to use significant salary cap space for high-profile free agents in the summer of 2015, he’s been cautious on committing guaranteed money to the payroll. In the preseason, Larkin has averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 a.ssists in 20 minutes per game for New York.

New York acquired Larkin, guard Jose Calderon and center Sam Dalembert from Dallas as part of a deal for center Tyson Chandler and guard Raymond Felton in June.

Larkin was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft in which he was part of a deal from Atlanta to Dallas. He averaged 10.2 minutes per game as a rookie for the Mavericks in the 2013-14 season. Larkin was an All-ACC player at the University of Miami.
 3 years ago '11        #11366
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Acy becoming one of my favorite players already. Love his energy, hope he starts
 3 years ago '04        #11367
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Quincy Acy has started at power forward in the Knicks' past three preseason games. But it seems there remains an open competition for the job.

Derek Fisher reiterated on Friday that "things are still open and fluid" with his starting lineups. One of the biggest question marks surrounds the starting power forward.

Acy has played well in the past three games. But Jason Smith has also impressed the coaching staff.

"Jason Smith has played some good minutes for us the last couple games since he’s been back and there’s no reason why he couldn’t maybe crack into that [starting lineup]," Fisher said Friday.

Smith missed the first two preseason games due to the birth of his daughter. He had 14 points and five rebounds in 24 minutes in the Knicks' win over Philly on Tuesday.

Smith is competing with Acy, Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani for minutes at power forward.

Bargnani has missed all but one of the Knicks' preseason games due to a hamstring injury.

Fisher has said that Bargnani's injury makes it difficult to evaluate his options at power forward.

The coach praised the starting lineup featuring Acy on Friday but hinted that he may change the lineup for Monday's preseason game against Milwaukee.

"Depending on how things materialize with Andrea over the next few days, we may or may not keep it the same," Fisher said.

Fisher impressed with J.R.: J.R. Smith has made some news recently by saying it will take the Knicks a few months to learn the triangle (he's right). But Smith's adjustment to the system thus far has impressed his head coach.

"Jay has been great from Day 1. He’s engaged, he’s asking questions. He wants to get this right," Fisher said. "And we as a staff we appreciate it and value it tremendously. The more guys we have like that the better. And so you can see on a daily basis, he’s picking more things up. The type of questions he asks are with understanding of most of it and then maybe there’s one thing to add to it. But he’s coming along really well and we’re looking forward to what he can do for us as he gets more comfortable."

Fisher was asked Friday if he felt the need to address the issue of maturity or off-court conduct with Smith, as ex-coach Mike Woodson had over the past two seasons when Smith got into trouble with the league and the team.

"What I've tried to do with all of our guys, not just J.R., is kind of manage our relationship based on our relationship and not the relationships they have may have had with other people and other coaches," Smith said. "I can only measure our relationship on our experiences and so far it hasn't been necessary to address anyone about maturity and accountability and trying to be one of the many leaders that we'll need within our team. J's been great in that fashion and I don't see any reason why he wouldn't continue. He's a smart player and he's continuing to figure out ways to be effective within what we're doing."
 3 years ago '08        #11368
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Id rather smith start then we cant have 2 guys in the post who cant score
 3 years ago '04        #11369
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Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- If it were up to Carmelo Anthony, teams would play fewer sets of consecutive games.

“I don’t know if that will ever happen, but that’s the dream,” Anthony said after practice Saturday. “Maybe it will happen 10 years from now when I’m out of the league.”

The Knicks play 20 back-to-backs this season.

LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki made similar suggestions earlier this week when they said they’d prefer fewer games in the schedule.

Said Anthony: “Fewer back-to-backs is something we should be talking about.”

The conversation over minutes and games was sparked by the NBA’s decision to play a 44-minute preseason game -- which will be held Sunday at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

To Anthony, the issue doesn’t lie as much with the minutes in a game than it does with the amount of back-to-backs.

“You go on a road trip and you come back, and you’re gone for 10, 11 days 12 days, and you’ve got a back-to-back the last two days, it’s always that last game that someway, somehow we always seem to get a TV game that last game. So it affects you,” he said.

Cole DNPs 'not a demotion': Derek Fisher explained why he decided not to play Cole Aldrich in the past two preseason games. The coach said it had nothing to do with Aldrich’s performance and everything to do with wanting to see Jason Smith, who missed the first two games while his wife gave birth.

“Jason Smith originally was out for personal reasons, so once Jason was back, Cole had played some, it was important that we got Jason some minutes so we could see how he might be able to help us,” Fisher said. “[Cole’s absence] was just a byproduct of that, nothing else. Cole’s been solid and has done everything we’re asking him to do, so it wasn’t a demotion or any reason related to his performance, just continuing to try and find the best way to put our team together.”

Not Fishing for trouble: For those wondering, Fisher said he hasn't played any pickup basketball recently. But Fisher, who retired from playing last season following an 18-year playing career, is still working out. “I was very fortunate to, other than a right foot injury 14 or 15 years ago, [to have] no other major injuries during my career,” Fisher said. “And I am not going to injure myself seriously playing basketball after my basketball career. That’s for sure.”

STAT sits out: Andrea Bargnani, Travis Outlaw and Amar'e Stoudemire missed practice Saturday. Stoudemire was out for a recovery day. Bargnani has missed the past three games because of a hamstring injury. His status for Monday’s game is unclear.
 3 years ago '04        #11370
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Berman

In a scene during the upcoming documentary on his triangle offense, Knicks team president Phil Jackson said if Carmelo Anthony wins a championship in New York, you can refer to the club’s third title as ‘‘home grown’’ because of Anthony’s Brooklyn roots.

“We love the fact that we were able to sign Carmelo,’’ Jackson said in Spike Lee’s MSG Network documentary, “What Is the Triangle Offense?”

“We like the fact that he wants to take on this challenge,” Jackson said. “He’s not just going to skip over to some team that’s loaded and try to have a drop-in championship. This one’s going to be home grown.”

Jackson was referring to Anthony’s July dalliance with the Bulls and Rockets. Experts felt if Anthony signed with Chicago and formed an alliance with point guard Derrick Rose, the Bulls would have been among the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the Finals.

Anthony, who was born in Brooklyn and lived there until the start of junior high school, said as recently as Thursday he re-signed with the Knicks because it would be more special to win one here than anywhere else.

Jackson added further praise in the film, according to excerpts provided to The Post, saying Anthony has the promise to be “untouchable.’’

“Carmelo’s got the mentality to bring us ahead,’’ Jackson said. “I said this about Carmelo — great shooter, has the ability to get his shot off. There’s still a step ahead for Carmelo’s game to get him to that position to where he’s untouchable.”

The documentary premieres Friday at 10:30 p.m. on MSG Network after the Knicks’ final preseason game against the Raptors in Montreal. The Knicks’ superfan/filmmaker interviewed Knicks coach Derek Fisher, a.ssociate coach Kurt Rambis and a.ssistant Jim Cleamons, as well as Knicks legend/broadcaster Walt Frazier and players Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni about the scheme that has netted Jackson a record 11 coaching championships.

Bill Bradley, Jackson’s teammate on their lone two title teams, said in the film, “Phil was the master at getting players to do what he wanted them to do [as a teammate]. In retrospect, he had all the attributes to be a great coach — he was analytical, unselfish, fiercely competitive, and could relate to each player individually based up on who they were.”

Frazier, a teammate of Jackson’s in their rookie season, remembered plenty of late nights.

“Our rookie year, we weren’t playing, both of us were defensive specialists when we came into the league,’’ Frazier noted in the documentary. “Every city we went to, we went out — Detroit, San Francisco, L.A. We went sightseeing and got back the hotel just before it was time to get on the bus to go to the game.”

Last Sunday, Jackson was asked about Lee’s film and called him “an avid Knicks fan who doesn’t know anything about basketball.’’

However, Jackson revealed it was the Knicks who went to Lee, asking him to produce the documentary.
 3 years ago '11        #11371
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Looks like the starting lineup opening night is gonna be Calderon, Shump, Melo, Jason Smith, and Dalembert opening night according to what Fish said today
 3 years ago '07        #11372
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 King Henry said:
Looks like the starting lineup opening night is gonna be Calderon, Shump, Melo, Jason Smith, and Dalembert opening night according to what Fish said today
Hmmm...

So 2nd Unit is

Cole / Bargs
STAT / Quincy
JR / Early / Outlaw
Timmy
Larkin / Pablo

What Fish needs to do is reduce the rotation to 10 dudes... max 11. Outlaw doesn't need PT. Something tells me Bargs is gonna be chillin on that hamstring for a good 2 weeks til he can run without pain... Early ain't gonna see many minutes in the first few weeks, but I hope he does.
 3 years ago '08        #11373
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2nd unit might end up playing better than the starters
 10-26-2014, 02:47 AM         #11374
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I'm tired of Outlaw already.
 3 years ago '07        #11375
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 Kitsch said:
I'm tired of Outlaw already.
Word is we might cut Outlaw & keep Wear. Which I'm cool with. Him & his brother were big underachievers at UNC, but he's matured some and could be useful, at least on the Westchester team since he won't get much run with us.


btw... it's off topic but somehow I sense a mid-season trade with this roster... Idk why but I do. With us getting way better from it too. Looking forward to this season.
 10-26-2014, 07:13 AM         #11376
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 I Am The Truth said:
btw... it's off topic but somehow I sense a mid-season trade with this roster... Idk why but I do. With us getting way better from it too. Looking forward to this season.
 3 years ago '04        #11377
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yeah, team is looking to either waive or trade (i'm hoping trade to get something outta him) Outlaw in favor of Wear
 10-26-2014, 01:19 PM         #11378
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yeah, team is looking to either waive or trade (i'm hoping trade to get something outta him) Outlaw in favor of Wear
We are waiving Outlaw.
 3 years ago '04        #11379
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Capt. Obvious, appears Marc Gasol may be the top FA NYK goes after next year
 3 years ago '04        #11380
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Travis Wear is our 15th man

good fu*king day so far between this news and Benedict Cumberbatch set to play Doctor Strange
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