Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
Andrea Bargnani has shown he can score, and he might get more and easier opportunities playing with Carmelo Anthony. But Bargnani knows he has to put more an emphasis into defense and rebounding.
“I’ll focus a lot on that,” Bargnani said on a conference call Thursday morning. “I got to get better in many aspects of the game. Last year was tough for me because I had so many injuries. I wasn’t...Read more »
J.R. Smith officially re-signed with the Knicks Thursday.
The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year inked a four-year deal for roughly $25 million. The fourth year is a player option.
“Re-signing J.R. was one of our primary goals this offseason and we are thrilled to have him back,” Knicks executive vice president and general manager Glen Grunwald said in a statement. “He made great strides this...Read more »
Andrea Bargnani is officially a Knick.
The team completed the trade for the 7-foot Italian shooter this afternoon. The Knicks sent Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson (via sign-and-trade), 2016 first-round pick and second-round choices in 2014 and 2017 to Toronto for Bargnani.
The trade was agreed upon July 1, but couldn’t be finalized until today’s end of the NBA moratorium...Read more »
Mike Woodson was critical of Tyson Chandler’s offensive game, but he said he wants to help the Knicks' center get better.
“I think you've got to be able to catch the ball and play offense,” Woodson said. “Rebound the ball instead of tapping it out. Rebound the ball and go back up and get fouled or score the bucket. That's important. I thought that was our difference in the series with the...Read more »
Five ways the Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers went wrong for the Knicks:
1) Chandler bombs
Tyson Chandler didn’t play like a former Defensive Player of the Year or All-Defensive First-Team center against Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Chandler totaled 36 rebounds and 29 fouls in the six games, while Hibbert averaged 13.3 points and 10.3 boards.
2) Anthony...Read more »
Mike Woodson said he didn’t think Chris Copeland would make the Knicks this season and now he’s going to be one of the first players off the bench in their biggest game of the season Saturday night.
It sounds a little like the Jeremy Lin story all over again.
Copeland, a well-traveled 29-year-old rookie, helped the Knicks beat the Pacers in Game and extend the Eastern Conference semifinals...Read more »
INDIANAPOLIS – The Knicks went through shootaround this morning without J.R. Smith, who Mike Woodson said had a 102-degree temperature.
The Knicks are listing Smith as questionable tonight against the Pacers. But Carmelo Anthony removed any question about Smith’s status for the pivotal Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series that’s tied at 1-1.
“J.R. is going to play tonight,”...Read more »
If Amar'e Stoudemire returns for Game 3, the Knicks power forward is not expected to play big minutes, coach Mike Woodson said on ESPN Radio on Wednesday.
Stoudemire, who is rehabbing from right knee surgery on March 11, has been targeted to return on Saturday night in Indianapolis, and Woodson said Wednesday that remains “a possibility.”
As part of his ramp-up, Stoudemire was scheduled...Read more »
Mike Woodson finished third in the NBA’s coach of the year balloting with 127 points, behind Denver’s George Karl (404) and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra (190).
Woodson received six first-place votes out of a possible 121.
On ESPN Radio Wednesday, Woodson said, “I’m not in this for coach of the year… I’m only in it for one thing, and that’s win a title.”...Read more »
Mike Woodson didn’t minimize the importance of Tuesday night’s Game 2 for the Knicks.
“This is a major game for us tonight,” Woodson said. “We don’t want to go to Indiana down two games. So this is a major, major game for our ball club.
Yet, Woodson said he’s telling his team to not feel any pressure down 0-1 against Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Woodson isn’t getting...Read more »