Tag:New York Knicks
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:01 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 10:16 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

J.R. Smith will join the Knicks and Linsanity. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The long, enduring process of bringing J.R. Smith to the Knicks has ended. Smith announced on Twitter Friday he'd chosen the New York Knicks.

After reports indicated earlier this week that Smith's decision was down to the Knicks or Clippers, and then that the Knicks had taken the upper hand, reports Friday indicated that the decision has been made. The New York Post reported that Smith would sign Friday with the Knicks, and will be in uniform Sunday when Linsanity faces another tough test against the Dallas Mavericks in Madison Square Garden. 

Smith confirmed to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld Thursday that he was close to a deal with the Knicks, though he did not confirm it was done. Meanwhile, the Oregonian reports of the insane lengths both the Clippers and Knicks are going through to try and sign Smith, including sending a representative to meet Smith when he got off the plane. From the Oregonian: 
Things got so interesting Thursday that Smith hopped a plane from China to LAX, arriving at the airport in the late afternoon, where he was intercepted, his camp said, by a representative for the Knicks. Smith was apparently headed later in the evening to Las Vegas, and according to a source in Smith's family, the Knicks bought a ticket for their guy and sent him along, too.

New York apparently hoped to sign Smith as he cleared Customs, and I can't say I blame them after what I heard Del Negro promised Smith.

Get this: Smith was told via text message from Del Negro, in what feels like a desperate, last-ditch effort, that he'd be -- a starter -- for the Clippers.

Start? Smith? Really?

"What I text to J.R. is between J.R. and me," Del Negro said. "We're just trying to make our team better. I think everyone on our team understands that."
via Canzano: Fight for J.R. Smith offers warnings for Trail Blazers | OregonLive.com.

So that's a little insane. 

Can we take a second to note that J.R. Smith has been back in the states for less than 12 hours and was headed to Vegas? How can you not love the NBA?

Smith joining the Knicks helps bolster their depth considerably. Being able to play a second lineup of Toney Douglas/Mike Bibby, Iman Shumper, Landry Fields, and a big to pair with Amar'e Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler means the dropoff won't be as big, and the ability to keep a scorer on the floor with Melo or, ahem, Jeremy Lin on the bench helps considerably in the backcourt.

It also means the Clippers will have to go elsewhere to try and recover their scoring lost when Chauncey Billups tore his Achilles.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:36 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 8:58 pm

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

By Matt Moore 

The NBA annnounced Thursday night that it has added New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin to the "Rising Stars" competition which took the place of the Rookies-Sophomores game this year during NBA All-Star Weekend. Due to overwhelming fan support, and the fact that more peope know about Lin than about half of the rest of the competitors, Lin was added to the pool. Later Thursday, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley selected their teams. Shaquille O'Neal selected Lin second, third overall during the process. 

Miami Heat rookie point guard Norris Cole, another notable omission, was also added to the player pool. 

It comes as no surprise as the NBA has tried every imaginable way to figure out how to include Lin this weekend. David Stern had said earlier Thursday that he would not allow Lin into the game as to not interfere with the current setup but popular sentiment won out.

Turns out even David Stern is powerless against Linsanity.

The draft for each team was held on NBATV with Blake Griffin going No. 1 to Shaq's team. Charles Barkley selected Kyrie Irving second overall. Shaq took Jeremy Lin in the third round. John Wall wasn't taken until the 11th pick. Here are how the two teams shake out:

Team Shaq: Blake Griffin, Jeremy Lin, Ricky Rubio, Markieff Morris, Greg Monroe, Landry Fields, Norris Cole, Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight and Tristan Thompson.

Team Chuck: Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward, Paul George, Derrick Williams, MarShon Brooks, John Wall, Tiago Splittler, Evan Turner and Kawhi Leonard.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:42 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 4:52 pm

Report: Jeremy Lin jersey sold on eBay for $40K

Posted by Ben Golliver  

A Jeremy Lin Knicks jersey has reportedly sold on eBay for $40,000. (Getty Images)

What Jeremy Lin is doing for the New York Knicks is indescribable. But you can put a price on it.

CNBC.com reports that the jersey, shorts and warm-ups worn by Lin during his debut for the Knicks in December have been sold on the online auction site eBay.com for $40,000.

Here's the description of the package from the eBay seller, card77collector.
This game worn uniform is authenticated by Steiner Sports who sells the Knicks game used uniforms. All items have hand written authentication letters and corresponding authentication labels. This uniform was worn on December 28th, 2011 against the Golden State Warriors in Jeremy Lin's first ever game with the New York Knicks. He did play in this game.

Included: Jersey (XL2), Shorts (XL +2), Warm Up Pants, Warm Up Shirt

The tags are hand written and labeled as issued by the New York Knicks to Lin. All items are in the same exact condition as they were from Lin. This picture is featured by many media outlets. This is the single most unique piece of Jeremy Lin memorabilia in the world.
The 23-year-old Taiwanese-American guard, who went undrafted out of Harvard, has become a global sensation after moving into New York's starting lineup. The Knicks have won seven straight games and Lin's scoring production in his first five starts was the highest of any NBA player since the NBA/ABA merger.

The uniform's price tag is, obviously, extraordinary for someone who was a virtual unknown as recently as two weeks ago. Consider that Lin has recently spent time in the National Basketball Development League, where players often reportedly earn less than $40,000 in annual salary.

The jersey Lin worn while scoring a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden last week is also being auctioned for charity.

Lin is averaging 12.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds and shooting 49.7 percent for the Knicks this season.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:36 pm

Video: Top 10 worst Jeremy Lin puns

Posted by Royce Young

Jeremy Lin hasn't had the chance to hit the talk show circuit quite yet, seeing as he's got a basketball season going on and all. So he got the next best thing: A top 10 dedicated to him.

On Wednesday's Late Show with David Letterman, the top 10 "worst Jeremy Lin puns" were unveiled. No. 1? "You gotta be Lin-it, to Lin-it." My favorite though was "Lin-termittent windshield wiper." I've got to work on getting that into a story at some point.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:58 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:09 pm

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

Carmelo has said he'll fit in fine with Jeremy Lin. I guess we'll find out soon. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Jeremy Lin seems to have overcome potentially the first obstacle in toning down Linsanity as he and Amar'e Stoudemire appear to be getting along quite well on the court.

It's the next addition back to the Knicks lineup that people are worried about. But Carmelo Anthony wants you to know something: He's not selfish. Via ESPN New York:
"That's like a slap in the face," Anthony said during an interview with Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter on Wednesday night. "None of my teammates I've ever played with would say that I was a selfish player. Nobody."


"It's a tough situation. I'm human at the end of the day, so it's like damn, where is this coming from?" Anthony said. "I know I'm not a selfish player. People around me know I'm not a selfish player. I do everything I can to make people around me understand I'm not a selfish player."

I think there's an easy distinction though between "selfish" and "someone who likes to shoot and have the ball in their hands a lot." Selfish means you're just out there for yourself and your own numbers. I don't think that's ever been Melo. The guy wants to win. He wants to be a good teammate. But in his mind, the best way for him to do both of those things is to shoot and score a lot.

For example, what about Lin's game-winner? What would've happened if Melo were on the floor too?

"Of course I want to take the last shot, let's be quite frank: I've been doing for nine years already, and I've made a ton of them," Anthony said.

And that's where some fear a problem will arise. Not that Lin has become some alpha dog closer because of one shot or a couple good games, but will Carmelo's desire to own the ball late completely disrupt the New York offense? It's a legit question.

Here's the thing: Lin would be the first guy to tell you that he doesn't really want to be averaging 25 points a game, nor should he be next to Melo and Stoudemire. He wants to be a good point guard that leads a winning team. Much in the way he did in New York's 100-85 win over the Kings where Lin dished out 13 assists. In fact, that's exactly what he said after last night's game.

"I think it's my job to get people in rhythm and get people scoring," Lin told reporters. "Hopefully, especially when Melo comes back, another lethal scorer, my shots will go down and my assists will go up."

Melo is a bit of a ball stopper, which is why he's never exactly fit into Mike D'Antoni's pick-and-roll oriented offense. Melo likes to catch the ball and work his own move, isolated from the offense. It's something he's absolutely terrific at, but not something that necessarily fits the players and coach he's playing with. So that's going to be the challenge for him. It's not selfishness. It's fit.

There are going to be some growing pains and some fit issues, but that's natural. I would advise everyone to not freak out if after a couple of games it's not going perfectly, but come on, we know that's not going to happen. It's the vicious cycle of the media hype game. Something gets built way up and then we just wait for it to come crashing back down. Unfortunately for Melo, if that happens, he might be shouldering the blame.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:44 pm
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:59 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:41 pm

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

Is it down to the Knicks or Clippers for J.R. Smith? (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

There appeared to be two finalists in the recruitment of unrestricted free agent guard J.R. Smith, and one seems to have emerged..

Smith, recently returned from China where he signed to play during the lockout without an NBA opt-out clause, had reportedly narrowed his final two choices to the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPNLA.com.

The New York Daily News reported that the Knicks have emerged as the leaders.
The Knicks are closing in on a deal to sign free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith, the Daily News has learned. Smith began the season in China, but has been eyeing a return to the NBA once the lockout ended.

Smith's agent, Leon Rose, met with Garden Chairman James Dolan following Wednesday's Knicks' win over Sacramento to finalize a contract.
Other teams linked to Smith over the last few weeks have included the Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers, among others. 

Smith has connections with both the Knicks and the Clippers, and both have expressed serious interest in his services. New York has Smith's former teammate with the Denver Nuggets, All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, as well as his former Nuggets boss, Mark Warkentien, a noted advocate of Smith's game. Los Angeles has Smith's former New Orleans Hornets teammate Chris Paul as well as his former Nuggets teammate Kenyon Martin, himself recently returned from China.

Given the unusual timing of his clearance from China, Smith's financial options are limited. New York is able to offer him a $2.5 million room exception; the Clippers are limited to the veteran's minimum. More important than the dollar figure for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season is his ability to play on a large stage. Playing big minutes and getting plenty of shots for a playoff team will help maximize his value for a big free agency pay day this summer. 

Smith averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 24.9 minutes per game off of Denver's bench during the 2010-2011 season. At 26, he is entering his prime earning years as a player. Even though his 2011-2012 season will only be a few months long, it will be an important stretch for him to re-introduce himself to the NBA's chief decision-makers to ensure he receives the pay day he is eventually expecting.

In New York, he would fill out a backcourt rotation that includes global sensation Jeremy Lin, global non-sensation Baron Davis, rookie Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas. There should be plenty of minutes available there, and Lin's orchestration of New York's offense recently offers some promise that Smith can find his touches too. That group, coupled with All-Stars in Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, plus Tyson Chandler in the middle, could potentially win a playoff series.

In Los Angeles, the presence of Paul guarantees he will get touches, and a season-ending injury to Chauncey Billups opens up all the minutes he can handle. He would join Paul, Mo Williams and Randy Foye in what would be a very solid rotation. Whether or not the Clippers add Smith, they expect to make a deep playoff run this year. 

Either way, Smith really can't lose.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:11 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 11:16 pm

Lin to visit with WFAN Thursday

By Matt Moore 

Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin will be a guest on Boomer and Carton on CBS local affiliate radio station WFAN in New York Thursday, fresh off the Knicks' seventh win in a row since Lin became a featured part of the offense and his sixth win as a starter. The Knicks handled the Kings easily Wednesday night,  100-85 in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicates. Lin shot 4-6 from the field and finished with 13 assists. 

You can listen to the show here

Lin is scheduled to join Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN at 9:45 a.m. EST, so you'll have a chance to hear more about what has to be the most insane week in the life of a professional point guard from Harvard, ever.  

We'll have audio from Lin's appearance on Thursday.
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