Finally the introduction video has been released and it does not disappoint. It features not only todays players but the legends of the past. Melo, Amar’e and Patrick Ewing are the Knicks featured in this. They have Melo and Amar’e are playing defense (I know right) and Ewing hitting his corner three. This video is amazing and I cannot wait to play with the legends.Follow @tarmosino
Over the past couple weeks, numerous reports have surfaced about former Knick coach and president of basketball operations Isiah Thomas being related in potential New York Knick related activities. There have been reports that he has been trying to help recruit Hornets free agent to be Chris Paul to New York as well as reports that he has been working out Amare Stoudemire at FIU. So what really is going on here?
Thomas is absolutely involved with the Knicks. His love affair with Knicks owner James Dolan has not stopped since Thomas was forced out by the NBA. Dolan tried to get Thomas on as a consultant but that was rejected by the league because Thomas is currently the head coach at FIU. The same FIU where Amar’e Stoudemire has been working out this offseason. The same FIU that is hosting a street game next month in which Stoudemire, Melo and Chris Paul are all participating in (Thomas favorite Eddy Curry is also expected to play in that game).
These are not coincidences, Isiah “Zeke” Thomas is absolutely involved with the New York Knicks. This should not come as a surprise to Knick fans because he never left! He has been in Dolan’s ear throughout this entire “post-Isiah” period. Thomas helped recruit Melo and Amar’e to New York and he was advising Dolan throughout the Melo trade. Hell, it was probably Isiah’s idea to throw in 4 starters and a plethora of draft picks. Maybe we give Dolan too much credit for undercutting Donnie Walsh’s negotiations, it was probably Isiah! After all he never did know how to manage a team. We only had a 130 million dollar payroll when he was here. He is a god awful executive mind. Did we have some talent? Sure but every team has some talent, we had a few talented players but the team was an absolute joke. Between his point guard Stephon Marbury and his retarded antics, his center Eddy Curry weighing 400 pounds, the Renaldo Balkman pick, his drug overdose, and his sex scandal that cost the Knicks 11.6 million, Isiah Thomas single handedly destroyed his reputation and the reputation of the Knicks in terms of on-court success and off-court class. Any logical human being with half a brain would ban this guy for being within 500 feet of any member the Knicks organization and 10,000 feet away from Madison Square Garden. But James Dolan is no logical human being, he is an absolute moron. Not only did his highly publicized friendship with Thomas continue but it continued to flourish. After Thomas was released by Donnie Walsh, Dolan tried to bring him back as a consultant. Behind the scenes with no official team role, Thomas was brought in to help recruit Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Now Thomas is helping to recruit Chris Paul to the Knicks.
This is all part of Thomas’ master plan to return to Madison Square Garden in 2012. By recruiting the 3 superstars to the Knicks, Thomas hopes to re-ingratiate himself to the fans of New York. Then, once the contract of Mike D’Antoni has expired after next season, Thomas will swoop in and return to the perch that he believes should still be his. To be honest, this is probably the smartest thing that he has ever thought of. Obviously most fans will still dislike him, but I believe if Chris Paul is a Knick in 2012 many fans will forgive Thomas for his 5 years of mismanagement, losing and off-court problems.
Overall, this entire plan is scary as hell. The Knicks are on the path to success and grabbing Isiah Thomas will absolutely kick the Knicks right into the bushes. He was never a good coach, he has no place in any NBA organization and the only person blind enough to see that is Dolan. Hopefully, my assumptions are incorrect but I have a bad feeling that I am correct and we will see the man they call “Zeke” return to the garden in 2012.Follow @tarmosino
Today the NBA 2k12 ratings were released today in the video above.
Here are the Knicks ratings
Shawne Williams 61
Shelden Williams 59
I think Carter, Jeffries and Toney Douglas got rated a bit low. I definitely think Douglas got better last season not worse as indicated in his rating. Overall I think these rating are pretty accurate though. I would have loved to see Amar’e in the 90’s but 88 is a solid rating. I can’t wait to play this game.Follow @tarmosino
Sunday night after the Melo league loss to the Philly league, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony revealed that he had 2 offseason surgeries during the offseason. Melo had arthroscopic surgery on his knee as well as an elbow procedure done in May. He suffers from chronic bursitis in his elbow. During the season, his elbow injury was publicized by the media but nothing was ever said about any knee problem. The Melo vs Goodman league game was the first time that Melo had been on the court since the offseason as he was shut down for most of it during rehabilitation.
As well as revealing his surgical procedures, a noticeably thinner Melo also revealed he was at 230 pounds, 5 pounds less then his playing weight from last season. Anthony came under some scrutiny last season from Knick fans wanting to see a thinner, more toned Melo.
I would tend to agree that Melo should at least be a bit more toned. From a defensive standpoint, obviously the quicker the better. A higher level of defensive ability would allow Melo to be more versatile on a team that is not particularly deep. Melo right now is not quick enough to check shooting guards but his quickness on offense leads me to believe he at least has the potential. Realistically he will never guard twos but if he is serious about his defense and gets better he certainly has the potential to. LeBron guarded Derrick Rose in the playoffs. Now obviously defensively LeBron is on a whole other level compared to the Meloman but that doesn’t mean Melo won’t ever eventually become proficient on defense. If Melo and STAT want to take this championship run seriously, they have to improve on defense and this is a good start for Anthony.Follow @tarmosino
Here are highlights from last nights 131-119 Philly league victory over the Melo league. Lebron had 43 points and 23 boards while Melo had 31 and 17. Chris Paul looked out of shape and did not play that well. For the Philly league, Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams and Kyle Lowry stole the show leading Philly to the 12 point win.Follow @tarmosino
This sunday, Sportsillustrated.com will be streaming a live feed of the Melo League vs Philly League Game. The “Battle for I-95” will include superstars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. I am excited to watch this game as I am itching, like all NBA fans, to see some basketball. The Philly league roster for the game includes Lou Williams, Hakim Warrick, the Morris brothers, John Salmons and Wayne Ellington. The game is set for 6 pm eastern time at the Palestra on the UPenn campus.Follow @tarmosino
Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert has been working hard all offseason and has looked great at the Vegas Impact League. Here are some highlights along with some other NBA players. Shumpert shows off his athleticism and dunking ability as well as delivering a nice ally oop on one play. Shumpert seems like he will be a great player on the Knicks when/if the NBA season gets started. EnjoyFollow @tarmosino
Last week at the Goodman vs. Melo league, Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony had 2 cell phones stolen. Now racy photos of his wife, entertainer Lala Vazquez, have surfaced on the internet. This really is not a big deal but what they do in their own time is their business only. It is a big deal that somebody who went to a show that Melo put on (the Melo-Goodman game) stole his phones and exposed his wife online. I think it is absolutely absurd and I hope they find the person or persons that did this. The pictures do not reveal her naked or anything and she has done some modeling in the past so these pictures are not the end of the world but they were meant for Melo only and it is sad that they have now hit the internet. Again, this is not the biggest deal in the world but it is disappointing that somebody would do this.
The pictures can be seen here.
Yesterday morning, Melo and Lala appeared on Regis and Kelly to talk about the Knicks, Melo’s move to NY and Lala’s reality show. Enjoy.Follow @tarmosino
After todays meeting between the NBA and NBA Players Association, the Knicks Roger Mason Jr, VP of the NBAPA, released an interesting tweet…
I think he clearly was trying to send a direct message to somebody and accidentally just tweeted it. I think this is a great sign though. After they met for 5 1/2 hours today, the two sides agreed to meet on Thursday as well. I think the fact that they are meeting at all is a great sign. Whether any progress has been made yet is unknown but it is great to see the two sides meeting. The season is approaching and the two sides need to get a deal done. I am actually surprised they are meeting as much as they are at this point. I thought they would wait till the 11th hour but they are getting some 10th hour negotiating done. In just a few days, I have gone from feeling very pessimistic about this lockout to being very optimistic.Follow @tarmosino