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Posts tagged ‘Carmelo Anthony’
Posted: October 30th, 2012

With his first ring finally tucked away, LeBron James is back to earn another one.AP Photo.

This might be the most anticipated NBA season since Michael Jordan played his first full season with the Chicago Bulls after playing baseball.

So many storylines.

So many players.

So let’s get it on.

Fab 5 (Favorites to win it all)

1. Miami Heat. LeBron James finally got his ring last season in leading the Heat to an NBA title. With Dwyane Wade being healthier than ever and Chris Bosh finally learning how to play with the two superstars, Miami is poised to win a second straight title in 2012-13.

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: May 10th, 2012

If Carmelo Anthony wants to get his New York Knicks past teams like LeBron James and the Miami Heat, he needs help, but he also needs to do his job - lead them to a championship. Can the game's best scorer do it?/AP Photo.

Another season.

Another early playoff exit.

The Miami Heat put the New York Knicks out of their misery by eliminating them in five games to conclude a season that wasn’t going to go far anyway.

How could it?

Added new players. Changed coaches during the season. Lost key guys due to injury.

When the highlight of your season can be capsuled in a single word – Linsanity – the journey wasn’t going to be a long one.

The question now is where to does the affiliate of the Erie BayHawks go from here?

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Posted: April 27th, 2012

(1). San Antonio Spurs (50-16)

1st round foe: (8) Utah Jazz (36-30)

Biggest concern vs. Jazz: With big boys Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, Utah can cause the Spurs problems in the paint.

Last 10: 10-0 (Won 10)

Strengths: The hottest team in the NBA, the Spurs have great chemistry, Tony Parker is playing at a very high level and they’ve got one of game’s best coaches in Gregg Popovich.

Weaknesses: Still wondering if this regular-season success is a product of the schedule? Are they really as good as they appear to be? What happens if Parker gets in foul trouble early?

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: April 27th, 2012

(1) Chicago Bulls (50-16)

1st round foe: (8) Philadelphia 76ers (35-31).

Biggest concern vs. 76ers: Don’t have a true superstar, but enough good players to make you have to compete to beat them.

Last 10: 7-3 (Won 3)

Strengths: Defense. The Bulls lead the NBA in fewest points allowed (88.17 per game). They have front-court depth, great team chemistry and a closer in Derrick Rose.

Weaknesses: Key injuries to their two best players – Rose and Luol Deng – make them vulnerable. Although they’ve had success without Rose, in the playoffs, he’ll need to be close to 100 percent to reach NBA Finals.

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: February 29th, 2012

The Erie BayHawks know the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers well.

The Cavs (13-20) were the main one of Erie’s two NBA affiliates in its first three D-League seasons before the Knicks (18-18) became its sole hybrid affiliate this season.

Tonight, the new (Knicks) beat the old (Cavs), 120-103, at Madison Square Garden. The outcome was a 34-point swing as Cleveland lead by as many as 17 points late in the second half before the Knicks came back to win by that same margin.

Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin finished with 19 points, 13 assists, five rebounds only one turnover and a bloody nose. in the first quarter, Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi chopped down over Lin’s nose in trying to swat the ball out of his hands.

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Posted: February 20th, 2012

Can’t blame this on Carmelo Anthony can you?

Can you?

After missing seven games with a groin injury, the NBA All-Star saw his first action with the New York Knicks since Jeremy Lin has turned their season around.

Tonight, the Knicks lost to the lowly New Jersey Nets, 100-92, at Madison Square Garden. The last time the Knicks saw the Nets, Lin had 25 points off the bench in a 99-92 win Feb. 4.

The Knicks went 7-1 with Lin starting before Anthony came back tonight. In his return, Anthony shot 4-of-11 for 11 points in 37 minutes. Anthony had six assists, which shows he can share the ball, but also had six turnovers, which shows he can share it with the other team, too.

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Posted: February 8th, 2012

The New York Knicks fans have been chanting MVP…. and it’s not for Amare Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony.

Second-year player Jeremy Lin has been showered those chants.

Now don’t get me wrong. He’s not an MVP candidate, but Lin had another standout performance in tonight’s 107-93 win at Washington against the lowly 5-21 Wizards.

Only the 3-22 Charlotte Bobcats and the 4-22 New Orleans Hornets are worse.

Come on, M.J. Your Bobcats have lost 12 straight. Fix that.

Now back to Lin.

He had 23 points and 10 assists in tonight’s win. In his last three games, which have all ended in wins for the Knicks, Lin is averaging 25.3 points and 8.3 assists.

Lin is on fire.

Posted: February 7th, 2012

Hard to imagine an undrafted player who has spent time in the D-League in his first two NBA seasons being the answer at point guard for the New York Knicks.

Then again, who would have thought they’d have a losing record at 10-15 with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and new addition Tyson Chandler.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Jeremy Lin has been a spark for the Knicks.

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Posted: January 10th, 2012

Erie BayHawks general manager of basketball operations, Allan Houston, did an interview at halftime of Erie’s 111-88 loss to Austin in the second day of the D-League Showcase in Reno earlier today.

NBATV interviewed Houston, who is also an assistant general manager of the New York Knicks. The Knicks and BayHawks are hybrid partners.

Houston talked about trying to balance his two jobs, the addition of Mike James to the BayHawks and the Knicks.

How do you balance the two and how much time do you dedicate to each one of them? “It’s fun, but it’s a balance. I try to be around the Knicks as much as possible. Be around our team and try to keep understanding the dynamics of the coaching staff and what’s going on, but this is fun because you get to see a lot of players and be familiar with a lot of the players, especially the great talent pool that’s come in so far (to the D-League Showcase). I think the Showcase is great because you see everybody at one time. In a shortened season, it is tough, but you get it done.”

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Posted: February 22nd, 2011

Can NBA veteran Chauncey Billups hit big shots in the Big Apple? The New York Knicks sure hope so. /AP Photo

The New York Knicks are getting more than just NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony in this three-team, multi-player trade that went down today.

They’re getting Mr. Big Shot – NBA vet point guard Chauncey Billups – from the Denver Nuggets.

The Knicks gave up some good players, but everyone on their team other than Amare Stoudemire was fair game.

What the Knicks are besides one of the game’s best in Anthony is a guy who can hit big shots in Billups. In the playoffs, the game slows down to execution in the half court and that’s more up Billups’ alley. He’s not the complete pick-and-roll player for Stoudemire like Steve Nash was, but Billups can play off the pick-and-roll, catch a pass on the wing and nail the deep jump shot.

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Posted in: NBA

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