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Posted: October 13th, 2012

Earlier today, Erie native Julian Blanks competed in an open tryout for the Erie BayHawks at Family First Sports Park in Erie, Pa.

An Cathedral Prep graduate, Blanks has played overseas as well as in other minor leagues like the D-League. The BayHawks are the hybrid affiliate of the New York Knicks.

Posted: September 18th, 2012

Kyle Goldcamp, who starred at Gannon and in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks, will play overseas in Russia this season.

Erie Times-News sports reporter Duane Rankin caught up with the power forward before he left last weekend.

Posted: July 17th, 2012

Here’s a quick look at how current and former Erie BayHawks have fared so far in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Donald Sloan is averaging double figures for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas/Erie Times-News staff photo.

New York Knicks (Erie’s NBA hybrid affiliate) – SF Mychel Thompson (two games, 7.0 ppg., 20 3-PT%, 3.5 rpg., 0.5 assists per game); PF Kyle Goldcamp (two games, 4.0 ppg., 60 FG%, 4.0 rpg.)

Next game for Knicks – Today 4 p.m. vs. Denver Nuggets

Cleveland Cavaliers (Was Erie’s NBA affiliate) – PG Donald Sloan (two games, 13.5 ppg. 53.3 FG% 1.0 assists per game, 3.5 TOs a game); SG D.J. Kennedy (two games, 3 ppg., 33.3 FG%, 4.0 rpg., 0 assists); SG Garrett Temple (two games, 1.5 ppg., 12.5 FG%, 3 rpg., 0.5 apg)

Next game for Cavs – Today 8:30 p.m. vs. Phoenix Suns

D-League Select Team – C Chris Daniels (two games, 7 ppg., 54.5 FG, 4 rpg. 1 block a game)

Next game for D-League Select Team – 10 p.m. vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Charlotte Bobcats – SG Cory Higgins (two games, 9.0 ppg., 16.7 3-PT FG, 83.3 FT%., 2.5 rpg. 1.5 apg.)

Next game for Bobcats – Thursday 10:30 p.m. vs. Denver Nuggets

Posted: June 29th, 2012

The Erie BayHawks will almost certainly not see him in 2012-13, but Kostas Papanikolaou looks like he has some talent.

The New York Knicks, Erie’s hybrid affiliate, drafted Papanikolaou in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Since he’s under contract for two more years overseas, Papanikolaou isn’t expected to play for the Knicks in 2012-13, meaning he won’t be available for the BayHawks.

This season, NBA teams can send down 1st through 3rd-year players as many times as they want to their NBA affiliates. In the past, they could only send 1st and 2nd-year players down up to three times a season.

Posted: June 28th, 2012

Going to need some practice spelling this guy’s name.

The New York Knicks picked Kostas Papanikolaou with the 48th overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. The Knicks, who are the hybrid affiliate of the Erie BayHawks, had just one pick in this year’s draft.

There are more questions about him than answers just based on the fact he played overseas. However, Papanikolaou played for Olympiakos in Greece so he’s seen great competition.

He’s 6-8, a lefty, considered to be aggressive, which is a plus for an international player, and is versatile. In the Euroleague Championship game, he had 18 points (3-of-3 from 3-point range) in leading Olympiakos back from 18 points down to win, 62-61.

Papanikolaou has two years left on his contract overseas, which means he’ll likely not play for the Knicks this season. So it’s doubtful he’ll see any action for the BayHawks because he likely won’t be with the Knicks for the 2012-13 season.

That will give me time to practice spelling his name.

Posted: June 12th, 2012

Has the time come for 3-time MVP LeBron James to win his first R-I-N-G? OKC doesn't think so./AP Photo.

Got to stick my with pick.

Before the season started, I picked the Miami Heat as one of the five favorites to win it all.

Before the NBA playoffs, I picked them to win it all.

Now with Game 1 of the NBA Finals about to start in a few hours, the Heat are right where they’re supposed to be, but face the team I picked they’d meet in the finals – the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oh boy.

The Thunder are serious, folks.

They play fast, can score as will, defend the paint and their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden are not only shot makers, but shot takers.

None of them are afraid to launch when all is on the line.

It’s hard to beat a team like that.

The Heat have the team to do it, but are they up to the challenge?

This isn’t the New York Knicks, who had talent, but couldn’t put it together in time to really challenge them.

This isn’t the Indiana Pacers, who although physical and tough, lacked the experience to put a team way.

This isn’t the Boston Celtics, who are savvy vets that ran out of gas.

This is Oklahoma City. The Thunder have the NBA’s best fans, just beat the league’s best team in San Antonio four straight times after the Spurs had won 20 games in a row.

However, this is LeBron James’ time.

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: May 27th, 2012

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade are playing as one. Do the Boston Celtics have an answer for the Heat duo./AP

The Boston Celtics are old and hurt.

This is their Big 3′s last stand.

The Miami Heat are going to the close the final chapter on the Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce era of the Celtics, but the truth is, they should put them away.

Miami has the game’s best player – three-time MVP LeBron James – and Dwyane Wade has reemerged. The two are working in unison and everyone else is falling in line.

Just don’t see how those aging and aching Celtics get past them.

Boston struggled with the Atlanta Hawks, but won. Got pushed to a Game 7 by the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, but won.

Now the Celtics got Miami.

They shouldn’t win, should they?

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: May 23rd, 2012

I grew up in the 1980s.

Saw the Sixers-Celtics rivalry, the Lakers-Celtics rivalry and the Pistons-Bulls rivalry.

Doc choked Bird. McHale took down Rambis. Bad Boys put the Jordan Rules on M.J.

Saw the New York Knicks when they dueled with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in the ’90s.

Zo  and Grandmama went at it. John Starks head butted Reggie Miller.

Those were battles. Tough. Physical. Intense. The essence of playoff basketball.

What’s going on between the Heat and Pacers in this year’s Eastern Conference semifinals isn’t at that level. In fact, it’s reach a point of bush league.

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: May 14th, 2012

Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies couldn't come back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the L.A. Clippers./AP Photo.

Not bad. Not bad.

With the Los Angeles Clipppers beating the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 Sunday to advance to the Western Conference semifinals, all the first-round series are complete. I finished 6-2 in predicting the first round.

Eastern Conference

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) Philadelphia 76ers.
Prediction: Bulls in 5
Outcome: Sixers in 6.
What happpened: Derrick Rose got hurt. Joakim Noah got hurt. Bulls didn’t have enough.

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) New York Knicks
Prediction: Heat in 6
Outcome: Heat in 5
What happened: Knicks not ready as a team to seriously challenge Miami.

(3) Indiana Pacers vs. (6) Orlando Magic
Prediction: Pacers in 5
Outcome: Pacers in 5
What happened: Without Dwight Howard, Magic had no shot to win this series.

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: May 12th, 2012

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James (w/headband) are eying an NBA title, but Indiana is doing the same./AP Photo.

It’s just a formality.

The Indiana Pacers will be just a footnote in their storybook championship journey. Just another team the Miami Heat had to beat because they’re going to win it all right?

Right?

They’ve got the game’s best player in LeBron James, who won his third NBA MVP today.

They’ve got the league’s second and third best option in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, respectively.

And they don’t have to contend with the Chicago Bulls, who lost Derrick Rose to a season-ending injury and their first-round series to the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in six games.

The road is paved for Miami to take it all. Indiana is just a speed bump in the road right?

Right?

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks

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