Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
Al Iannazzone joined Newsday in January 2012 as the Knicks’ beat writer, after covering the NBA for 11 years for The Record. Al covered the Knicks and Nets in that time, and also reported on the U.S. Open tennis tournament and other major sporting events.
Al appeared regularly on the YES Network’s Nets pregame show from 2005-2011.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was second-guessed and criticized for removing Tim Duncan for the last two possessions of Game 6 because he wanted a smaller team to defend the three-point line. Chris Bosh grabbed the offensive rebound and fed Ray Allen for the series-changing three.
Faced with a similar situation in the fifth game this season, Popovich pulled Duncan with 12.8 seconds left and the...Read more »
North Babylon's Danny Green was the breakout star of the NBA Finals. But his record 27 three-pointers became a footnote after the Spurs couldn't close out Miami in Game 6 and ultimately lost the series in Game 7.
It was a devastating defeat for Green and the Spurs, who visit the Garden Sunday. In the last two games, Green shot 2-for-19 overall and 2-for-11 from three. He was 1-of-12 in Game...Read more »
Steve Mills was asked during the preseason what he thought the Knicks needed.
"Backup center," Mills, the Knicks' president and GM said. "That's something we clearly need to worry about."
This was this long before Tyson Chandler broke a bone in his right leg, which will sideline him four-to-six weeks. The Knicks should have addressed this glaring weakness during the...Read more »
One of J.R. Smith’s biggest supporters has been Mike Woodson and that hasn’t changed even after the mercurial guard was suspended five games for violating the terms of the NBA’s anti-drug policy.
Woodson considered starting Smith today when he makes his season debut against the Spurs and probably will in the near future. Woodson said he trusts Smith and won’t punish him further. But Woodson,...Read more »
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Patrick Ewing has wanted the opportunity to coach a team, but he didn’t want his first time to be this way or against his old team.
Ewing will make his NBA head coaching debut Friday night when the Knicks play the Bobcats. Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night after not feeling well and is undergoing further tests.
Clifford suffered...Read more »
Mike Woodson seems committed with starting the big lineup – for now.
Woodson said he probably would stick with the five that opened last night against Minnesota: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony tomorrow against the Bobcats.
The Knicks fell behind 40-19 at the end of the first quarter, but Woodson said he doesn’t think it’s because of...Read more »
The Knicks are below .500 for the first time since March 2012. But it’s only three games into the season, so it’s not time to panic. Still there are some things the Knicks need to clean up.
Some takeaways from Sunday night’s 109-100 loss to the Timberwolves:
Bad offense led to bad defense:
The Knicks didn’t take care of the basketball and didn’t move the ball enough on offense....Read more »
Spreading out the Knicks-Nets games should lead to some intense and potentially important late-season meetings, unlike last season, when they played three times in 24 days and were done with each other on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The three in 24 included the makeup of the game postponed because of superstorm Sandy.
They play Dec. 5, on MLK Day and twice in April, including the next-to-last...Read more »
- The new delay-of-game infraction that the NBA hopes speeds up the game has been slowing it down. If a player touches the ball after a made basket by his team, it’s a violation now. Players often are under the basket or run in for rebounds and instinctively catch or grab the ball as it comes through the net and give it to the ref. They can’t do that anymore.
- The real winners of the offseason...Read more »
A record nine first-time head coaches are guiding NBA teams this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: Jason Kidd (Nets), Mike Budenholzer (Hawks), Steve Clifford (Bobcats), Brian Shaw (Nuggets), Michael Malone (Kings), Jeff Hornacek (Suns), Brett Brown (76ers), Brad Stevens (Celtics) and David Joerger (Grizzlies).
Kidd, Joerger and Shaw face the most pressure. Some predict the Nets...Read more »