The Next Knicks
Written By Nicholas McGowan
Now is the time to stand up and applaud Phil Jackson (if you haven’t already), for the heist he pulled off yesterday in the trade with the Dallas Mavericks. Phil Jackson shipped out the 14 million dollar contract of Tyson Chandler and the multiyear deal Raymond Felton still had remaining. The Knicks received from the Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon, backup shooting guard Wayne Ellington, starting center Samuel Dalambert, promising young point guard Shane Larkin, and two second draft picks in tonight’s draft. With the Knicks actually making smart moves and getting back draft picks, its time start being proud of the fact that for one day we are not the laughing stock of the NBA when it comes to trades. (Player contracts are another story, but at least we are improving in one area). The Knicks come out of this deal looking to go younger and looking to get rid of big contracts. Expect that trend to continue as the offseason progresses. Could we possibly see a J.R. Smith trade tonight instead of a Shumpert trade? Could we possibly see Jose Calderon be traded one day after we acquired him? A lot of new possibilities have emerged with this trade. I would expect the Knicks draft strategy to deviate after yesterday’s deal, so with that said let us take a look at who the Knicks might target in the second round and look at the chance that the Knicks still trade into the first round.
Before the trade I had the Knicks trading up to the 21st spot with the OKC Thunder to draft Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis. Trading Shumpert for Ennis would be a good move in my book and would welcome the addition of pass first point guard that has great court vision and plays defense. Yet with the addition of Shane Larkin and Jose Calderon the Knicks might draft a point guard with their later pick. The Knicks might target Louisville guard Russ Smith. Smith is a talented 3-point shooter, decent defender, and a good value for a late second round pick. I would hope the Knicks could find a way to trade Jose Calderon but if they don’t having Larkin and Calderon going forward would be an upgrade over Toure Murray and Raymond Felton.
Written by Nicholas McGowan
Acquiring those Draft Picks
The New York Knicks are not going to be a contender next year to win a championship, they probably will not be a good team either, for those reasons the Knicks’ plan moving forward is to rebuild next year. With a first round draft pick paired with tons of money to spend in free agency, the Knicks have an opportunity this year to further help their cause in 2015. Phil Jackson recently spoke about buying a draft pick, how high that draft pick will be is still yet to be determined, but adding a young player to this roster will help. The Knicks do not draft as bad as believed, we just trade away our picks every year. Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. have been great first round pickups, Toure Murray is drawing interest from the Bulls, Warriors, and the Nets. Let us not also forget that the Knicks found Jeremy Lin and made him into a 3 year 25 million dollar man. Adding a young player would be great. This young player has the potential to be a factor in our rebuilding process next year. Let us take a look at where the Knicks might be able to acquire a draft round pick, for both straight up cash considerations and for perhaps trading a player for a pick.
Darryl Morey the Houston Rockets general manager, recently on ESPN radio compared this years draft to that of 2003 and 2005. The draft at the top is similar to that of 2003 yet the depth is more comparable to 2005. Looking at the 2003, 2005, Continue reading
Written by Anish Philip @dak0mish
If Knicks fans are liking what San Antonio has done, we’re going to love what’s in store for our own future.
The Spurs are a model franchise that all teams can look to. Stability, sacrifice, teamwork, consistency, execution, discipline, (enter any other media buzzword). Poppovich is revered and worshipped. TP9 and Manu are both 1st ballot HoF guys along with the best PF of all time.
Spurs under Popovich (16 years straight)
6 title appearances
4 titles (possibly 5 after this year)
The Spurs are everything the Knicks are not. Continue reading
Nothing has actually happened in the offseason so far, but there are tons of rumors floating around. Since we don’t have much else to do other than watch the last few highly predictable games of the conference finals I figured I’d briefly mention a few of the current items of note.
Carmelo Anthony said he would embrace playing for Mark Jackson. No duh. From what I saw of Jackson in Golden State it looks like plays are not his strong suit. Which means plenty of opportunity for iso-Melo. The fact that Melo would be happy to play for a coach that lets him monopolize the ball is no shocker. You should probably go to the top sportsbooks and wager it all on Melo being happy with any coach that gives him enough leeway as Woodson did.
Chicago, Golden State and Brooklyn are interested in Toure Murry. Continue reading
Everything you need to know about your favorite team, all in one great app
It’s no secret: businesses are going mobile. Experts have, time and again, encouraged even the smallest businesses to go mobile and cater to the current market with mobile apps and mobile-optimized websites. Forbes has said that today’s consumers are “using mobile devices to access social media and business sites… they’re roaming the streets clutching smartphones and tablets, looking for things to do or buy.”
But even when they’re not looking for things to buy or businesses to visit, 81% of smartphone owners still use their devices to access information on the internet. Gaming Realms, operators of mobile gaming site Castle Jackpot, have said that the global smartphone and tablet markets are expected to exceed the PC market in the next few years, with the market for virtual goods doubling from 2010 to 2014.
With 34% of users going online using mostly their phones, it’s no surprise that everyone wants to make not just mobile-friendly websites, but easy-access apps that provide complete and up-to-date information to anyone who needs it. The New York Knicks have recognized this as well, releasing their first official app on both Android and iPhone.
The Official New York Knicks App lets fans have access to the latest news on the New York Knicks, with live content feed featuring everything from photos to interview videos. Game scores are also updated real-time on the app, with enhanced player and team stats and standings. For those who are watching live games, they can even use the app to order and reserve merchandise to be claimed at the booths at the arena, and there are even up-to-date arena maps and seating charts available on the app.
The app is completely free and is regularly updated, so NYK fans who are always on the go can have easy access to all the information on their favorite team, wherever they are!
Written by Nicholas McGowan
It can be sometimes hard to find the truth, in the case of the Knicks; it is always hard to find the truth. Behind the strict media policies that supposedly all Knicks employees must agree to, there seem to be a few people who continue to leak out information. For instance, a few days ago media reports had Steve Kerr joining the Golden State Warriors. Yet today I saw a report from CBS Sports that read “Steve Kerr seeking five-year, $30 million deal from Knicks. It’s amazing to see the drastic change from Kerr to Warriors to Kerr to Knicks. Remember when the word out of the Knicks was that they wanted to ink Kerr to a deal in early May? I do, yet today is May 12th and the longer this head coaching search drags out, the more possible landings spots for Kerr open up. The OKC Thunder who just blew a 16 point lead, might fire Scott Brooks, and if the Indiana Pacers lose (looks as though they will certainly play Miami at this point) there will certainly be rumblings about the security of Frank Vogel. The Knicks need to lock up Kerr now if they believe he is the man to lead the Knicks to a championship. The Knicks cannot afford to lose him, if a better situation pops up, one that is both better than the Warriors and Knicks situation, Kerr might bolt there. Since recent reports have Kerr coming to Knicks, I figured we should have some idea as how he might do as our coach. Continue reading
Written by Nicholas McGowan
The Melo Situation
The countdown of when we as Knicks fans and the world for that matter, will know the future of Carmelo Anthony has started. Melo has the option to opt in for another year in New York and then make up his mind next summer or he can opt out, choose a new team, or opt out in order to solidly a max contract with the Knicks. We as fans hope that if he does opt out, that it is because he will sign the max deal. Yet with the sudden shoulder injury this might further Melo’s thinking in one way or the other, it may make him lean towards locking up a max contract or it might drive him in the opposite direction. He may try now to win as soon as possible knowing that he will still get tens of millions of dollars guaranteed even though it may be 30 million less than what the Knicks can offer. Melo might have also learned that he needs another superstar, someone who can carry the load so that he does not take such a toll on his body for another season. Both of those seem to be the better option than a max deal, and while it depends on Melo’s priorities, (30 million or a legitimate chance at one or more titles), most would choose the titles. Not saying that I would pass up 30 million but if you were Melo and have already made as much as he has, winning would be the one knock against me. Let’s take a look at the possible championship scenarios for Melo.
Beginning with the Knicks, there is a real possibility that they can compete for championship, not next year but in two years. In two years the Knicks have cap space and a first round draft pick that will probability end up be a lottery pick. Going into the 2015-2016 season we would only have J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, Hardaway Jr, Shumpert, and Pablo Prigioni on our roster. Now lets say Melo decides to resign, add Melo to that roster, add another superstar player or two to that mix. Then add on top of that a top 14 draft pick, this would make us a frontrunner for the title, we would be able to come close to beating the Heat (assuming their current roster does not change drastically) or perhaps even beat them if we add the right free agents. In the already weak Eastern Conference, we would be the second best team. I would put us ahead of both Indiana and Chicago because we have the superior superstar talent. The Nets at this point would have lost Garnett and Pierce and would not be the team they are today. By looking the 2015 free agents there are tons of options that would make us better than the Heat. Those free agents include: