As a contributor to one of the bigger Knicks blogs, I spent a lot of time this summer talking about New York’s roster and the rotations Mike Woodson will use this season. Will Carmelo Anthony move back to small forward? Will Andrea Bargnani start or come off the bench? Will Iman Shumpert continue to improve? Who will back up Tyson Chandler at center?
One player that rarely entered the conversation: Amar’e Stoudemire.
It’s not that Stoudemire doesn’t have value. He was actually very good last season, showing flashes of a post-up game he developed – with the help of Hakeem Olajuwon – to better complement Anthony. But knee trouble limited him to just 29 games. At this stage of his career, it might be best to assume he’ll contribute nothing; that way, anything he does contribute becomes a bonus.
via Waiver Wire: Over-Owned Stars.
With the NBA’s new CBA bringing teams closer and closer to paying bigger fines for exceeding the salary cap, player movement and contract negotiations were framed in a different light this offseason.
Couple ownership salary cap concerns with the unprecedented number of front office and coaching changes that took place this offseason, and the flood gates opened to provide a heaping helping of intrigue going into the 2013-14 season.
So, where did all of those free agents and misfit players end up up at the end of the offseason? Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference offseason moves.
via Rotowire.com – Fantasy NBA Draft Kit: Offseason Moves – Eastern Conference.
The Knicks ended a six-game losing streak in impressive fashion, pasting the Bobcats – in Charlotte – by a score of 111-78.
Yeah, you may be thinking… but it was the Bobcats. And I’ll grant you that. Charlotte bears very little resemblance to a good basketball team, and they were playing without starting point guard D.J. Augustin. That said, the Bobcats scored 118 points against the Knicks at MSG on January 4th. And it’s not like the Knicks have been dominant against other second and third-tier clubs of late. A win’s a win, and they needed this one badly.
Some interesting things happened during the game:
- Carmelo Anthony scored just one point – and that came on a technical free throw. His previous career low was five. He was 0-7 from the field and 0-2 from three… the technical foul shot was his only trip to the line. But he still had a big impact on the game, with 11 rebounds and four assists.
- ‘Melo started the game in obvious pass-first mode, as if he was trying to prove that he’s willing to adjust after Saturday night’s debacle. It would have been very interesting to see if that attitude would have survived into the fourth quarter of a tight game.
- Anthony also appeared to tweak his right hand or thumb in the third quarter, which might have had something to do with his poor shooting. And he’s already dealing with a sore left wrist and ankle.
- Amar’e Stoudemire, on the other hand, played like last year’s version of STAT, scoring 10 points in the second quarter alone and 18 in the game. Mike Bibby helped matters; he seemed to be on a mission to get Stoudemire the ball in good scoring position every time down the floor.
- Tyson Chandler just abused Charlotte’s small front line, finishing with 20 points and 17 boards.
- Landry Fields stayed hot, scoring 18 points with four boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks. (Note – he’s available in far too many fantasy leagues – he’s one of my Working the Wire picks this week. He won’t be available for long if he keeps playing like this.)
- Iman Shumpert – another Knick that has been accused of taking too many shots at times – had nine attempts but only one make. He did have five rebounds, helping the Knicks pad their 53-33 edge in that department.
For added fun, the Erie Bayhawks looked pretty good in garbage time. Jeremy Lin scored eight points in just six minutes, and Jerome Jordan displayed some pretty nice footwork on both ends of the floor.