Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Is This a Make-or-Break Season For Amar'e Stoudemire?

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COMMENTARY | Flash back to 2010: Amar'e Stoudemire, fresh off a fully guaranteed max contract from the New York Knicks, was the toast of the Big Apple.

One of the league's leading MVP candidates, Stoudemire quickly became the face of the franchise and concerns over his uninsured $100 million contract dissipated with every 30-point outburst.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

C.J. Leslie May Have a Shot to Help the Knicks This Season

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COMMENTARY | A McDonald's All-American and consensus top 15 recruit out of high school, C.J. Leslie made an immediate impact at N.C. State, leading the team in rebounding at 7.2 boards per game and earning ACC All-Freshman honors after choosing the Wolfpack over Kentucky.

As a sophomore, Leslie led his team in scoring at 14.7 points per game while shooting over 52 percent from the field; he averaged 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. N.C. State made the Sweet 16 and much of its success was a result of Leslie's ability.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Why Should Knicks Fans Love Pablo Prigioni?

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COMMENTARY | The New York Knicks' signing of Argentine point guard Pablo Prigioni last July wasn't met with very much fanfare among New York fans. The front office, on the other hand, was elated to finally acquire a player it had been after for four years.

It didn't take long for Prigioni to endear himself to the Madison Square Garden faithful last season, scoring 11 points with 6 assists in the Knicks' third game of the season.

When New York re-signed him three weeks ago, fans who didn't know his name last season rejoiced for more than a few reasons.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Knicks Face Many Questions Heading Into the 2013-14 Season

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COMMENTARY | For a team with limited salary cap space this offseason, the Knicks made a larger splash than expected. Trading contracts and draft picks for former #1 pick Andrea Bargnani was just the start of the Knicks' offseason, as they also re-signed J.R. Smith and used their mini mid-level exception to bring back Pablo Prigioni and sign Metta World Peace, who was amnestied by the Lakers.

 Meanwhile, the Knicks' crosstown rival in Brooklyn was loading up their roster, trading multiple players and three future first-round picks to the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White. They also added Andrei Kirilenko using their own mini mid-level exception and it can be easily argued that the Nets got better value from their mini MLE and made a bigger trade than the Knicks. Which begs the question... 

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Carmelo Anthony: Is Being the Face of the Knicks Good for the Team?

COMMENTARY | On Feb. 21, 2011, the fortunes of one man and two franchises changed forever.

After months of speculation, Carmelo Anthony became a member of the New York Knicks. The price was modest, costing the Knicks Danilo GallinariWilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first-round pick, two second-round picks and $3 million.

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Geno Smith in the Zone Read? Bad Idea, But Not Why You'd Think

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As previously reported here at Jets 101 among other sources, the New York Jets are considering using Geno Smith in a zone-read package to get him on the field if he doesn't win the starting job. The majority of media outlets are bashing the Jets for even contemplating using Smith this way, pointing to his poor college rushing stats as evidence that this is a bad idea.

While that argument has some merit, the inclusion of sack yardage in those statistics as pointed out by Jets 101’s Donald Lappe skews those numbers greatly. Between that realization and Smith’s 4.59 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, you could actually argue that this package might be somewhat effective, especially in comparison to how ineffective the Jets traditional offense projects to be. (For more of this article, please visit the link above)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks: Good Move?

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COMMENTARY | The rumors of yesterday became the reality of today for Knicks' fans, as New York acquired Toronto's Andrea Bargnani for a combination of bad contracts and dispensable draft picks. The Knicks unloaded Steve Novak and Marcus Camby, who will make a combined $15 million over the next two seasons, along with Quentin Richardson via sign-and-trade, a 2016 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2014 and 2017.

Bargnani will make $11 million this season and $12 million next season before hitting free agency, where he will likely have to take a massive pay cut. That money may seem exorbitant for somebody who will be nothing more than a role player (and it is) but considering the salary they shed from players that barely saw the court when it mattered the most in the playoffs, this deal is a win for the Knicks.

Just because I like the trade, however, does not mean I like the player. I have long disdained Bargnani's soft demeanor and injury-prone nature, having used many choice words too harsh for this column to describe the former top overall pick. To make a long story short, I've never been a fan.

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