GREENBURGH, N.Y. — He is a man trying to reinvent himself in the middle of an NBA training camp.
He has a new cell phone and he says only about 10 people have the number.
His former college coach, John Calipari, is not one of them. Neither is his agent, because he doesn’t have one.
Chris Douglas-Roberts is trying to make the Knicks roster — while trying to become a new man at the same time.
“I’ve had a really crazy summer, man,” the 6-foot-7 small forward who has averaged 7.5 points in the NBA said Monday at Knicks camp, where he sat out a scrimmage due to a thigh contusion. To read more of this story, click here
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — C.J. Leslie went undrafted last June, a shocking development for a guy who was once projected as a second-round pick.
The Knicks ended up signing the 6-foot-9 N.C. State forward in July as a free agent, and now he’s looking to make the team’s final roster — and prove the doubters wrong.
“Oh yeah definitely. I gotta show people that I can come out here and actually play and let these teams know that they made a mistake,” Leslie told SNY.tv this week during training camp.
With 12 players signed to guaranteed contracts, Leslie will be battling a group of other young players like Jeremy Tyler, Cole Aldrich, Ike Diogu, Josh Powell, Toure’ Murry, Chris Smith and Chris Douglas-Roberts for a place on the final roster. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Knicks owner James Dolan took questions from reporters for the first time in six years on Wednesday but he didn’t say a single word about Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith or Amar’e Stoudemire.
Instead, Dolan, speaking at a press conference to announce that the 2015 NBA All-Star Game will come to Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center, proclaimed the Knicks-Nets rivalry good for New York.
“I think the rivalry is a good thing for New York, so that point it’s enjoyable,’’ Dolan said in answer to a question from the New York Post. “As far as the teams will go, I’m not going to make any predictions. This is about the All-Star Game. My hope is that both teams have a lot of players in the All-Star Game. That would be great.‘’ To read more of this story, click here
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was ranked the 10th best player in the NBA by Sports Illustrated, and Kevin Durant believes James Harden should replace Dwyane Wade in the Top 10.
“I think you’re missing James Harden,” Durant told Cinesport in an interview shown on SportsCenter.
Asked who should be taken off, Durant said, “Dwyane Wade.”
Wade then posted a note on Instagram that read, “Kevin Durant said James Harden should replace me in the Top 10. Note to self..Make him respect our place in history…again.”
To which Durant Tweeted, “Show me don’t Tweet me…”
The Thunder visit the Heat Jan. 29 in an ESPN game. To read more of this story, click here
Jason Terry let loose a good one at J.R. Smith’s expense.
Told by Dime Magazine that Smith guaranteed the Knicks would win this year’s NBA championship, the new Nets guard asked, “The NBA championship?”
“Right. Maybe the Rucker Park Championship. I don’t know, not the NBA championship. I don’t see how they could guarantee that, at all. I’m not buying it, so… I mean, it’s a bitter rivalry, you know it’s going to be intense, and however they feel over there in that locker room they are guaranteed and entitled to feel that way but we don’t want to see that happen on our watch.” To read more of this story, click here
The Knicks announced their 2013 preseason schedule on Thursday.
Here it is:
Date Opponent Arena Time
Oct. 9…….. @ Boston Celtics……………… Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI………………… 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11…… @ Toronto Raptors…………… Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ONT………………………. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 12…… @ Boston Celtics……………… Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH………………. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17…… @ Washington, D.C………….. 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD………………………. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 21…… @ Toronto Raptors…………… Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ONT………………………. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 23…… @ Milwaukee Bucks………….. Resch Center, Green Bay, WI…………………………… 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 25…… vs. Charlotte Bobcats……….. Madison Square Garden, New York, NY……………….. 7:30 p.m.
A year ago, the NBA schedule makers shot a big airball in terms of the Knicks and the Nets.
The two New York rivals were finished playing their four-game set on Jan. 21.
This year that has changed for the better as the the Knicks and Nets will square off twice in April, including in Game No. 71, which could have implications for the Atlantic Division title. To read more of this story, click here
The Knicks on Thursday officially announced that they have re-signed forward Kenyon Martin.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Yahoo! reported Martin got a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million.
“Kenyon did a fantastic job for us once he signed in February,” Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said. “He strengthened our frontline going into an important stretch of the season with some very impressive performances. We are happy to have him back.”
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Martin averaged 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over 23.9 minutes last season. To read more of this story, click here
Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston and Baron Davis watched point guard Bobby Brown work out Wednesday at Impact Academy, Andrew Moore, Director of Development at Impact, confirmed to SNY.tv.
As first reported by Yahoo! Sports, the Knicks also worked Brown out in Las Vegas on Tuesday, meaning they saw him two days in a row.
“They watched him play five-on-five at Impact [Wednesday],” Moore told SNY.tv. “He looked great. With his experience, he can run a team, keep them organized and really score the ball when necessary.
“He’s a tough, pesky on-ball defender, too.” To read more of this story, click here
Carmelo Anthony could opt out of his contract with the Knicks after this coming season, and that is likely to loom like a black cloud over the team throughout the season.
Anthony is due to make $21.5 million this season, but has a player option in 2014-15, when he is slated to make $23.5 million.
Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all opt out after the season, and there is already widespread discussion of potential landing spots for James and Anthony. James has been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as his current team, the Miami Heat, and Anthony is also being linked to the Lakers. To read more of this story, click here