2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 17

Only one game last week because of the all star break. The big news is it was Amares last game as a Knick. He went 0-3 with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 fouls, and 3 turnovers. A sad ending for a guy who started out as an MVP candidate just 5 years ago.
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Smith, Jason Can’t ignore 25 and 7 on 10-16 shooting. Add in the zero assists and it was a very Melo-esque game. 3
2 Calderon, Jose This may be the last week for Calderon in these rankings. Rumor has it the Knicks are trying to move him. 1
3 Prigioni, Pablo The Knicks are reportedly also considering moving Pablo. It’ll be a sad day in NY if the Knicks move one of their very few likeable players. 13
4 Amundson, Lou This team is so bad a guy who had zero points makes it into the top 5. 4
5 Galloway, Langston OK, Galloway is going to have to stop shooting like crap or I’m jumping off the bandwagon. Continue reading

Episode 284: Interview with Art Rondeau

In this episode we interview Art Rondeau who worked with Allan Houston and Chris Dudley in the late 90’s.  Since this is a story about working with the Knicks there is obviously drama involved because it’s the Knicks.

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Okafor, Melo, Harris, and Other Second Half Thoughts

Written by Nicholas McGowan

From twenty rows up in the upper deck of the student section I watched my Syracuse Orange go toe to toe with the Duke Blue Devils. It was quite the game. The final score was in Duke’s favor, 80-72, but there was some good to take out of it. I was able to watch Jahlil Okafor play, and let me tell you, he is special. This 6-11, 260 pound freshman came into the Carrier Dome and just played. He went off for 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting, added 13 rebounds and a block. He shut down Syracuse’s best player Rakeem Christmas or “Rak” as we students call him. Rak finished with just 11 points and 6 rebounds, well below his averages of 18 points and 9 rebounds. It was hard to watch as Okafor held Rak to 5-17 from the field. That game last night, only solidifies my stance that the Knicks need Okafor, we cannot settle for a Karl Anthony-Towns or an Emmanuel Mudiay because they are not on the same level. Every time Okafor touched the ball all I could do was think about how much I want him to be Knickerbocker.

While Okafor stated the other day that we would be happy staying in Durham for another year, the Knicks should be more focused on losing. The Lakers are 1-9 in their last ten games, pushing themselves to only 3 games ahead of the Knicks. The Sixers and T-Wolves sit at one and two games ahead of us respectively. While the Knicks should still be considered the frontrunners for finishing in last, there is some competition. Continue reading

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 16

If you’re rooting for the Knicks to lose as many games as possible this was a good week as the Knicks went 0-4. They even had a close call at a win against the Nets. We also had the return of Bargs. What a week.
       
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Calderon, Jose Jose is looking like an NBA player again. Good timing, the Knicks only have 2 weeks to make a deal. Raise that trade value! 2
2 Galloway, Langston I’m not ready to say Galloway can’t shoot, but it’s looking a lot like he can’t shoot. But man can he rebound and his defense looks better than any other PG the Knicks have had in the past 5-10 years. Not that the bar was set very high. 5
3 Smith, Jason Smith got a double double this week. I just realized it’s been a while since we’ve seen that from a Knick. I’m not going to do the research but I’m going to say with 80% confidence that the Knicks have the least amount of double doubles in the league this year. 4
4 Amundson, Lou Lou’s hustle and energy make him a fun player to watch. Since we’re a terrible mess of a team we have to focus on the few bright spots and Lou is one of them. 3
5 Larkin, Shane Only on this team can a guy have a not good week and move up 3 spots. Continue reading

Episode 283: The Greatest Human Ever

Marc and Jay talk about the Knicks retaking first place in the race for the top draft pick, Amare considering a buyout, Melo resting for the all star game, lineups we’d like to see going forward, and much more

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2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 15

The Knicks went 2-1 this week which is their 2nd winning week in a row. Great news if you like meaningless wins, not so great if you are rooting for a top 3 draft pick. One more week until the all-star game after which Melo will hopefully shut it down and the Knicks will get the tank back on track.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo Melo shot 52% against the Lakers. It’s rare when Melo has a good shooting night but he was able to do that and hurt our draft position on the same day. What an awesome brand he’s building! 1
2 Calderon, Jose Look who learned to get assists again! A slightly less washed up looking PG makes a huge difference on this team. 6
3 Amundson, Lou I wonder what the teams record would have been last year if everyone tried as hard as Lou does every night. 7
4 Smith, Jason Smith has looked like an actual NBA player lately. I don’t know what to make of that. 9
5 Galloway, Langston The shooting is still bad and he doesn’t assist very much, but the defense and rebounding is still solid. Continue reading

Episode 282: Shut it Down

Marc and Jay talk about the Knicks turnaround, interview with a crazy fan, ex Knicks starting on championship contenders, developing young players, revisiting our preseason predictions, tons of emails, facebook questions and more

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Knicks Get Unexpected Breather Thanks to Snow

In mid-January when predictions of crippling snowstorms came through from the US National Weather Service the NBA took the decision to postpone the NY Knicks home game against the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings had arrived in New York on Sunday night but, with the huge snowstorm apparently set to wreak havoc, it looked likely that the team could end up stranded in The Big Apple. The NBA postponed the matchup just after lunchtime, leaving the Sacramento side to make a hasty dash to Toronto for their next game.

The threat of a “potentially historic blizzard” also prompted driving curfews along with airport, subway and school closures across New York. When the storm failed to materialise in quite the manner which had been forecasted, Mayor Bill de Blasio had to defend himself against claims that such measures were a gross overreaction. He was acting only on the information he had to hand.

Massachusetts and Connecticut did endure very heavy snowfall but New Yorkers were left thinking to themselves “Is that it?”

Naturally, this is not the first time in history that a Knicks game has had to be cancelled, there have been 15 postponements in all. Most recently, Hurricane Sandy put paid to 2012’s opening match of the season but the last time snow forced a Knicks game to be called off was in 2000 when travelling to Washington DC. Other cancellations to be called included the immediate game following the assassination of President Kennedy.

The Knicks poor season continues. Sitting in fifth place in the Atlantic Division at the time of the Kings game, with a 9-38 record, the short weather-bound break might help them to take a breather and regroup.

The game against Sacramento Kings has been rescheduled for March 3. Tickets bought for the January 26 game will still be valid and fans can also look here for their NBA fix.

2014/15 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 14

With the Kings game being postponed due to snow the Knicks have their first above .500 week since…week 2. Those worried about the winning streak effecting their tank job should realize the Knicks can’t beat anyone without Melo and he’ll most likely be shutting it down after the all star game which is in 2 1/2 weeks.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo If he wasn’t rebounding and getting a few assists he wouldn’t be this high because his shooting has been off. He’s been making up for it by getting to the line and grabbing boards. Not sure why he’s playing over 40 minutes a game, it seems kind of insane to me. 1
2 Thomas, Lance Every week it seems some random player on the Knicks shoots into the top 3. Lance earned it this week with a great game against the Magic and a strong showing in his first start as a Knicks against the Hornets. 8
3 Galloway, Langston Galloway has the confidence of a guy who has been in the league more than a month. I’m starting to think he has potential to be a solid backup PG next year. 3
4 Aldrich, Cole Coles rebound rate is insant. Might be because no one else on the team can do it, but I’m still impressed. 10
5 Hardaway Jr., Tim Oh. My. God. THJ shot over .500 last game! Huzzah! He even got some rebounds and assists. Yes it was against a bad team missing one of their best players but still! Continue reading

Episode 281: Talking Knicks with Chris Herring

Chris Herring from the Wall Street Journal joins Marc and Jay as they talk about strategies for team building, draft prospects, revisiting the Tyson Chandler trade, player development, players to keep going forward, Amare, and much much more

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