Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
J.R. Smith’s brother, Chris Smith was one of three training camp invitees to survive cut day. The other two were combo guard Toure’ Murry and center Cole Aldrich. The Knicks waived five players - Ike Diogu, CJ Leslie, Jeremy Tyler, Josh Powell and Chris Douglas-Roberts - before tonight’s preseason finale against the Bobcats. Their roster as of right now stands at 15. Opening night is Wednesday. ...Read more »
GREEN BAY – Mike Woodson said he will sit down with new president Steve Mills, and other Knicks officials coaches and scouts after practice tomorrow and start making decisions about who will make the team. One of the players “in the mix” according to Woodson is guard Chris Smith, whose 20 minutes of preseason action is the fewest on the team. Woodson was asked whether Smith being the brother of...Read more »
TORONTO – Andrea Bargnani’s stiff back loosened up just in time for him to hear the boos in the city he called home for seven years. Bargnani, who's back tightened Sunday, will play Monday night when the Knicks face the Raptors. He’ll start up front with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. The backcourt could be Beno Udrih and Tim Hardaway Jr.
Raymond Felton (strained left hamstring) and...Read more »
Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni were spectators during practice today, nursing sprained elbows they suffered in last night's preseason game in Baltimore. But Mike Woodson said they’re expected to be all right. Woodson said Shumpert (sprained right elbow), Prigioni (sprained left elbow) and Metta World Peace (sprained right ankle) should be able to play Monday when the Knicks are in Toronto for...Read more »
Iman Shumpert knocked down all seven shots he took last night, and was as animated on the court as he has been at any time in his NBA career – and this was a preseason game. Shumpert shouted things after his makes, came to the huddle during timeouts very intense and still talking. “That’s how I play,” Shumpert said after his 18-point night. “That’s how I play. I ain’t going to be quiet about it...Read more »
Providence - Mike Woodson said Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith will compete for the Knicks’ starting shooting guard spot this season. Woodson said Shumpert has “the jump” because he’s healthy. But he still wants to see more from the third-year guard. The competition may not come until the end of preseason or into the season as Smith continues his rehab from two offseason surgeries on his left knee....Read more »
The Knicks will add veteran forwards Ike Diogu and Josh Powell to their training camp roster, league sources said. Both were part of the group of free agents who had a two-day workout with the Knicks last week. Neither will get any guaranteed money, but will sign make-good contracts. The Knicks have 14 players with at least partial guarantees, and want to add insurance up front. Tyson Chandler,...Read more »
The Knicks made it official, re-signing power forward Kenyon Martin today. The hard-playing forward signed a one-year deal for the veterans’ minimum of roughly $1.4 million. With Martin in the fold, the Knicks have 12 players under contract and have re-signed three of their own free agents. They also brought back J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni. Martin averaged 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 18 games...Read more »
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 really...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 past season...Read more »