Unsung Knick History – When the Dream Saved the Knicks from a Seventh Game Nightmare

This is the latest in a series of examinations into different games, events and decisions that impacted Knicks history in some way, shape or form. Stories that are not as famous as, say, “The Dunk” or Willis Reed playing Game 7, but still have a place in Knicks history, especially for die-hard fans. Here is an archive of all the stories featured so far.

Four days ago, former Knick Dean “The Dream” Meminger passed away. I thought it only fitting that we discuss his greatest moment as a Knick, the day that he helped the Knicks turn the tide in Game 7 of the 1973 Eastern Conference Finals.
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JR Smith Out 12-16 Weeks Following Knee Surgery

Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports:

J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery & arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus, of his left knee, at the HSS in NYC, Knicks say

Recovery time for JR Smith is approximately 12-16 weeks, Knicks say.

JR Smith could return between Oct 15 and Nov. 15, according to the Knicks timetable.

So yeah, that just happened. Now it makes a bit more sense why JR wanted to lock down the long-term deal. He should recover from this fine, but…well, knee surgeries don’t always go along with what “should” happen. Scary stuff. At least he picked a good time to have the surgery, as he might not even miss any regular season games.

Unsung Knick History – The Time That AC Green Kept the Knicks From Trading Charles Oakley for Kendall Gill

This is the latest in a series of examinations into different games, events and decisions that impacted Knicks history in some way, shape or form. Stories that are not as famous as, say, “The Dunk” or Willis Reed playing Game 7, but still have a place in Knicks history, especially for die-hard fans. Here is an archive of all the stories featured so far.

As the 2013 NBA free agency season continues, I thought it’d be interesting to look back at the 1993 NBA free agency season and see how sometimes the best moves are the ones that you don’t make…especially when they require you to trade Charles Oakley for Kendall Gill.
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2013 Free Agent Period Has Begun!

As awesome as discussing the Andrea Bargnani trade is, I figured we would do well with an open thread to discuss the various free agent doings in the NBA at the moment, as the free agency period has now officially begun (don’t worry, we can still discuss Andrea Bargnani).

(By the way, a quick refresher course on spelling his name. It is Barg. Then it is nani. Barg-nani. Hey, it is easier to spell than Gallo’s last name! I still just call him Gallo so I don’t have to double-check if I put enough L’s in his name!)

Some interesting points from the opening bell of NBA’s free agency…

1. Kyle Korver apparently is signing with the Nets for their mini-MLE. That is a great get for the Nets. Korver is the perfect player for most good teams. What I found hilarious, though, was an article that suggested that Korver might first try to get another big payday before settling into mini-MLE on his next contract. Some folks just don’t understand the current NBA economy, do they? Korver is a mini-MLE guy all the way nowadays. But still, he’s an awesome pick-up. Especially if Paul Pierce shows any signs of not being revitalized.

2. The Trailblazers are literally interested in every single free agent center that there is not named Dwight Howard. It is kind of adorable, really. “Are you a center?” “Yes.” “Would you like to play for us?”

3. Detroit is making a push for Josh Smith. The Bobcats are making a push for Al Jefferson. Interesting ideas, each.

4. The first teams to contact Chris Copeland were the Lakers and the Jazz. No one has made him an offer yet.

5. A report from Ken Berger at CBS suggested that the Knicks have interest in Monta Ellis, which means nothing, of course, since Ellis turned down $11 million a year from MIlwaukee. He is not taking the mini-MLE from the Knicks.

Anyhow, here in an open thread for you all until tomorrow morning!

Jason Kidd Officially Retiring from the NBA

Jason Kidd is officially retiring from the NBA. He told ESPNNewYork.com:

I think it is the right time. When you think about 19 years, it has been a heckuva ride. Physically, I want to be able to participate in activities with my kids so it has taken a toll. It is time to move on and think about maybe coaching or doing some broadcasting.

“Jeff [Schwartz, Kidd’s agent] and I and my family had been talking this past weekend. We talked a lot and we felt it was the right time to move on and so we notified the Knicks. They were kind of taken aback. We told them [earlier] that I wanted to come back and play. But this weekend was when we got a chance to relax [and really think about it]. It is the right thing to do.

Wow, a big time decision here.

Kidd had a wonderful NBA career, achieving pretty much everything a player can hope for (multiple All-Star appearances, lots of playoff appearances and winning a championship where he actually was an important part of the team). We’ll miss him.

Hopefully the Knicks will be able to acquire a replacement guard on the open market. With Chris Copeland possibly needing part of the mini-MLE, it will be interesting to see who they end up with.

Carmelo Anthony Named to the Second-Team All-NBA

Carmelo Anthony was named to the second-team All-NBA team today, his sixth appearance on the All-NBA team and his second appearance on the second team. It is just bad luck that he happens to play the same position (forward) as two of the very best players in the NBA, Lebron James and Kevin Durant, or else Melo would have definitely made the first-team All-NBA for the first time in his career (as it was, Melo got the most points of any player on the second team and even received more points than the first-team All-NBA center).

Congratulations to Melo!

Congratulations also to former Knick, David Lee, who was named to the third-team All-NBA. I was a big Lee fan, but I can freely admit that I never thought David Lee would ever make an All-NBA team.

Congratulations also to Tim Duncan, who shocked everyone by returning to the first-team All-NBA. This is Duncan’s tenth appearance on the first team and first in four years (he had fallen all the way to third-team last year).

Congratulations also to Kobe Bryant, who has now tied Karl Malone for the most first-team All-NBA appearances with eleven. Eleven! That’s nuts. Somehow I doubt Bryant will be adding any more first teams to his resume, but if anyone could ever surprise me, it’d be Kobe Bryant. That dude just does not give up. Lebron, by the way, just picked up his seventh first-team All-NBA appearance, so that record might not be shared by the Mailman and Kobe in five years, but the fact that Lebron would have to dominate for the next five years to beat Kobe and Malone is still a very remarkable statement about how long Kobe and Mailman were able to remain dominant players.

Playoff Game Thread: Knicks @ Pacers Game 6

Here we go!

Win and the Knicks will get to play an epic Game 7 on Monday night, lose and, well, you know.

Pacers starting point guard George Hill has been cleared to play. It will be fascinating to see how he deals with contact, or whether the Knicks will shy away from hitting him hard, fearing that the refs will call any contact with Hill tight.

Just like Game 5, the key for the Knicks is to take an early lead. The Pacers are not good at coming back. The team leading the game entering the fourth has won every game this series, so an early lead is very important (especially in terms of taking the crowd out of the game).

Let’s go Knicks!