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November 16, 2012 Updates
November 9, 2012 Updates

GQ: Was there a particular "New York moment" during the Hurricane? Did you see something that'd made you think, "That'd only happen in this city,"? Well, I don't know if you'd call this a "New York moment", but I definitely saw something I'd never seen before. The night all the power went out, I was standing out on my balcony, looking outside the window. Out of nowhere, I saw this big green flash across the sky. It wasn't lightning. It looked... It looked like a UFO. GQ: Nice. What was it really? A UFO. I'm telling you, man. GQ: You really think it was a UFO? I don't know, man. I'd never seen anything like that before. GQ.com

November 3, 2012 Updates
November 2, 2012 Updates

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that they are making a commitment of $1 million to the Red Cross and other organizations, including The Salvation Army, New York Cares and Jersey Cares, that have mobilized to assist the people and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, NBA teams and players around the league are supporting a number of humanitarian organizations to help bring much-needed aid to those impacted by the devastation caused by the storm. The league and its broadcast partners will also air pregame and in-game messages to encourage fans to support relief efforts by the Red Cross. NBA.com

October 31, 2012 Updates

He then sighed when asked about his family that still resides in Queens, N.Y, where he was born and raised. One of his friends was among the 80 families whose houses burned down in Queens. “The family is safe,” World Peace said. “They (New York officials) did a good job. People died unfortunately … but one of my friends, her house burned down but she’s OK. Everybody is OK fortunately. That’s all that matters. New York did a good job. “This is mother’s nature, she does what she wants. She does whatever she wants, whatever is necessary she is going to do it. Whew.” Orange County Register

October 29, 2012 Updates

As the mid-Atlantic region made final preparations and braced for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the Wizards made an adjustment of their own to avoid the severe storm. The Wizards will depart Dulles for Cleveland at 8 a.m. Monday ahead of their regular-season opener Tuesday against the Cavaliers, rather than practice at Verizon Center and travel in the afternoon as they typically would. “It’s not ideal but, you know what, safety first No. 1,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Listening to people talk, they’re talking about the storm of the last 20 to 30 years that’s come across here. Obviously the league also has input on that, making us get out early to secure that we get [to Cleveland].” Washington Post

October 1, 2012 Updates

Soon thereafter, the NBDL was rebranded as the NBA Development League or, simply, the D-League. Stern moved the D-League's offices to New York and streamlined the operations between the two circuits. Before long, the D-League became a version of the proving ground long envisioned by Stern, with the number of call-ups increasing on an annual basis. "It's been good for me to see guys like [Lou Amundson and Mike Harris] to find their way into the NBA," says Timberwolves player development assistant Shawn Respert, who spent two years working in D-League offices. "I can say their success has come from some of the things we tried to incorporate in the D-League." Last season, a record 44 players found their way from the D-League onto an NBA roster. ESPN.com

September 19, 2012 Updates
August 7, 2012 Updates

A company that became a sponsor of the New York Knicks thanks to "Linsanity" is following Jeremy Lin to Houston. Maxxis Tires, a tire brand whose global headquarters are based in Taiwan, announced Tuesday afternoon that it would become a sponsor of Lin's new team, the Houston Rockets. The company says it will be guaranteed one minute of television exposure through courtside LED signage during Rockets home games and, as part of its contract, gets to sponsor a promotional night. ESPN.com

August 4, 2012 Updates

Will this man in his “Republic of Brooklyn” shirt, this filmmaker who made the borough of his childhood a living, breathing character in six movies over 26 years, now forsake his beloved New York Knicks and root for the Brooklyn Nets? Spike Lee shoots a sideways glance suggesting the reporter is guilty of early morning drug use. “I wish I had a dollar for every time people ask me that — I could finance another film,” he says. “No, no and no. Can’t do that. Can’t. “I am orange and blue, baby,” he says in reference to the colors of the Knicks. “Orange and blue.” New York Times

He waves his arms at the scene. (Caution: The difficulty for a writer bound by The New York Times’s style is that Spike Lee is gorgeously fluent in New Yorkese, including our birthright use of a certain four-letter word as verb, noun, adjective and adverb.) “The diversity of this place is great,” he says. “But if every” New Yorker “is a millionaire, then New York City is going to suck!” New York Times

July 6, 2012 Updates
July 2, 2012 Updates

Hennigan said on Monday that Howard reiterated a trade request last Friday when the two met in Los Angeles. Specifically, Howard asked to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets where he could play in the New York City market and team with close friend Deron Williams. Hennigan, who was hired by the Magic on June 21, described the talks with Howard (privately) and with his agent, Dan Fegan, as ``engaging and polite’’ and ``emotion neutral,’’ but he made no promises as what direction Orlando would go in the coming days and weeks. ``As I told Dwight, `I don’t know, I need to think about what you are telling me. I want to take some time and think about everything,’’’ Hennigan said of the talks. ``We’re going to continue to map out what we feel is in the best interests of our team. Any decision that we decide to go forward with will be one that we feel puts our team in a position to be successful.’’ NBA.com

June 20, 2012 Updates

All-Star point guard Steve Nash, an unrestricted free agent, said Wednesday he would weigh an offer from New York Knicks, should they choose to make one. "The Knicks are a great franchise and I live in New York City (each summer), so I'd definitely consider them if they were interested," the Phoenix Suns mainstay said at a promotional appearance in Manhattan. ESPN.com

April 3, 2012 Updates

After years of taking that winding drive along New Jersey Route 3 to have their fortunes determined by ping-pong balls in a drum, the 14 teams that miss out on the playoffs this season will be taking a journey to a different location in hopes of altering the course of their respective franchises. The NBA is moving the draft lottery to New York, according to multiple league sources. Since 1994, the NBA has held the draft order drawing for the teams that failed to make the postseason at its studios in Secaucus, N.J. But the league laid off more than 100 employees and shut down one of its two offices in Secaucus last summer, creating an opening for a new venue. The lottery will be held on May 30 and the location in New York will be announced in the next few weeks. Washington Post

February 1, 2012 Updates

The Knicks scored more points than any Pistons opponent. They shot the best field-goal percentage (60). The 27-point final margin marked the Pistons’ worst loss of the season, and was their seventh loss of 20-plus points, including all three games on this four-game road trip so far. New York also took advantage of another rash of Pistons turnovers -- 22 in all -- to shoot an astonishing 26-of-30 on shots in the paint, and hand Detroit its sixth consecutive loss. "We’re not even putting ourselves in position where these games are in doubt," Frank said. "I think we’re all embarrassed that we’re not doing better, and we’re all involved in it. We all have to raise our hand and figure out areas we can improve." Booth Newspapers

December 17, 2011 Updates

Travis Outlaw, who the Nets waived Thursday, also is on the Knicks’ radar. A source said the interest is mutual. Bergen Record

December 14, 2011 Updates

Evans strictly is a reserve — and potentially a good one, having played two seasons for assistant Mike Woodson in Atlanta when Woodson was head coach. “Mo has always been undervalued, whatever team he goes he always ends up playing more than anticipated,’’ Evans’ agent Roger Montgomery told The Post. “New York’s like his second home now [after the lockout]. When you mention Evans and Jamal, Jamal has the stylish name but the Knicks need the substance. Mo gives them substance. I think he can be perfect for what they’re looking for — defense.’’ New York Post

December 13, 2011 Updates

For the talks to gather significant momentum again, the Clippers want the NBA to return with a far more modest proposal of what they want for Paul. “They’re scrambling now,” one official said of the NBA. “But it’s still hard to tell if they really want to trade him, or they’re just determined to keep the asking price in a place where they can hold onto him for the next owner. …These guys in New York had no idea how hard this process would be.” Yahoo! Sports

December 12, 2011 Updates

Miller, according to several sources, sent a letter to teams over the weekend that reiterated that Billups would be unhappy if anyone claimed him out of the waiver pool (for at least $1.35 million, the minimum for 10-plus year veterans like Billups) after being released by New York on Saturday via the amnesty provision. Miller did not respond to e-mails and calls seeking comment Monday. NBA.com

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