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Original Knick Ossie Schectman dead at 94

Former Toronto Huskies players, from left, Dick Schulz,

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Original Knick Oscar Benjamin “Ossie” Schectman, the man credited with scoring the first basket in NBA history died Tuesday, the team announced. Schectman was 94.

Born in Queens May 30, 1919, Schectman played at Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn and was an All-American at Long Island University, where he helped the Blackbirds win the NIT championship in 1939 and 1941. He was a first-team...

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Knicks re-sign Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin celebrates in the fourth quarter of

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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...

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John Starks: Nets are 'still looking up' at Knicks

A dejected John Starks of the New York

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Basketball greats Walt Frazier, Nate Archibald and John Starks hit the links on Tuesday at a golf fundraiser to fight cancer hosted by Joe Cairo at Lido Golf Course. They also did some talking. Starks, a former Knicks shooting guard, said that despite the Nets moves this offseason the Knicks are still the team in New York.

"No," Starks said with a smile when asked if the Nets were...

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Andrea Bargnani, 'starving to win,' will focus on D and rebounding with Knicks

Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani drives against the

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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...

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J.R. Smith re-signs with Knicks

J.R. Smith looks on in the first quarter

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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...

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Andrea Bargnani officially a Knick

Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani drives against the

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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...

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Knicks sign Pablo Prigioni

Pablo Prigioni of the Knicks controls the ball

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The Knicks officially announced that they have re-signed Pablo Prigioni.

The Argentine point guard inked a three-year deal for just under $6 million. The third year is a partially guaranteed team option.

This is the first day teams can announce free agent dealings as the NBA moratorium is over.

“We are very excited to have Pablo back in a Knicks uniform. He is one of our catalysts...

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Marcus Camby unhappy with the Knicks and with trade to Toronto

New York Knicks center Marcus Camby speaks during

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Marcus Camby sounds as if he doesn't think he got a fair shot with the Knicks last season and isn’t thrilled about returning to Toronto.

The Knicks agreed in principle to a trade to send Camby, Steve Novak and picks to the Raptors for Andrea Bargnani. The trade isn’t official yet, but Camby is officially unhappy.

Camby, 39, signed a three-year, $13.1 million deal last summer to be Tyson...

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Kenyon Martin reacts to Jason Kidd's retirement

Kenyon Martin of the New York Knicks reacts

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Kenyon Martin enjoyed his best years with Jason Kidd on the Nets. Martin was the enforcer and a main defensive presence on the Nets’ back-to-back NBA Finalist teams in 2002 and 2003.

Martin was happy to play with Kidd again this past season with the Knicks. Kidd announced his retirement Monday. Here’s Martin’s reaction:

“One of the best teammates I have had in the league as well as a...

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Video: Carmelo Anthony says Knicks will be better next year

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony talks to reporters at

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The Knicks packed it in Monday following their Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that ended their season.

Being the Knicks' superstar, Carmelo Anthony said he knows the Knicks' shortcomings fall on his shoulders.

"Being the face of this team, it comes down to me. I accept that. I love that challenge. I love that pressure. I embrace that."

"We...

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