Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Here's What They're Saying

Well, well... the offseason is starting to pick up some steam now after a few sleepy weeks. The NBA Draft is tomorrow night, which has sparked some trade rumors (and of course, actual trades), and has the wheels turnin' once again. For the Knicks, a pretty good amount of stuff has happened over the last few days, which I haven't gotten to write about; hence this links post.

Anyway, if ya'll would like to take the jump, we can get all caught up on what's going on!

Friday, June 22, 2012

What to Look Forward to This Offseason

The NBA season ended last night, in case you missed it. The Miami Heat won the championship in five games over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Congrats, Heat. I guess. I mean, a championship is nice, but think of all the fun things you could have been doing if you had lost in the first round to the Knicks. The Knicks have gotten to do fun things in their off-time since that first round, so HA!

Anyway, the ending of the 2011-12 season is not as sad as the ending to the 2010-11 season because we still have so much to look forward to! First and foremost, there won't be a lockout this summer, so basketball will return by October! Likewise, that means free agency will start on July 1, like always. We'll have the Summer League, which is always a great time! We can focus on basketball, not business.

We also have the Olympics to look forward to! I didn't get to watch much of the 2008 "Redeem Team", but I'm excited to watch this year's team. Especially because many Knicks are involved - Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are on the team, Jeremy Lin is supposed to play for the Select Team.

So, with all that said, take the jump for some things to look forward to this offseason, for the Knicks and for the whole NBA!

Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak Granted Early Bird Rights

Just now, on Twitter, to my eyes' astonishment, came this tweet and article from Howard Beck:
BREAKING: Aribtrator sides with NBPA, grants early-Bird rights to Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak. Huge news for Knicks.
Wow! This is obviously huge news for the Knicks, who can now re-sign Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak without dipping into their Mid-level or Biannual Exceptions.

Jump for details!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Here's What They're Saying

G'day, Bo Diddlies! Today is June 18 and that means in twelve days the NBA Draft will take place, and in thirteen days free agency begins. So, while the offseason has been fairly quiet, things are starting to heat up. With that said, take the jump for some links and things and stuff.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Bird Rights Hearing is Over; Decision Still to Come

The Bird Rights have been heard! Or... the Bird Rights hearing has been heard! Either way, earlier this afternoon the hearing for Jeremy Lin's and Steve Novak's Bird Rights finished and now we wait. Wait until an arbitrator decides whether a player's Bird Rights should be restored when they've been picked up off waivers, as opposed to traded or signed as a free agent.

The decision will ultimately decide whether the Knicks can put together a great, deep team this offseason, or if they'll be hindered with only the mid-level exception and biannual exception to rebuild a currently shallow team.

Take the jump for some sources of the hearing today

Here's What They're Saying

It's been a quiet couple of days, but there are some things to read up on about our Knicks. Today is obviously a huge day for the Knicks while they await the decision on the Bird Rights hearing on whether Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak will have their Early Bird Rights restored. If so, the Knicks' offseason will become a lot easier. I'll update the blog as things come out.

In the meantime, take the jump for some links, some old some new, some silly, some not! Just jump, already!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Getting Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire Easy Baskets

Through much of the Knicks' offensive struggles since acquiring Carmelo Anthony, the fingers have pointed to the superstar tandem of Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, and said the two cannot play together. This would be, of course, ignoring some greater issues that have plagued the offense since Anthony's arrival: inconsistent lineups, coaching changes, unsteady point guard production, injuries, etc.

However, the folks that turn to Anthony and Stoudemire as scapegoats aren't completely wrong. To say their lack of offensive chemistry doesn't exist would just be ignoring the fact that they, well, lack chemistry on the court. There have been glimpses, however, that show the pairing can work. Utilizing both players in an active offense creates a pick-your-poison choice for opponents, and if the Knicks can have consistent plays where Anthony and Stoudemire work together, it will open up the offense for the rest of the team.

Jump for video breakdown of three plays during the 2011-12 season that the Knicks could turn to get easy baskets for Anthony and Stoudemire.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Here's What They're Saying

'Tis a rainy afternoon on the East, or at least where I make camp, so why not share some links regarding our Knicks. It hasn't been terribly exciting lately, but there's been the usual offseason type of things - trade rumors, draft prospects, free agency ideas, etc. I've rounded up some links for all of ya'll because I am The Giver.

Take the jump for them!