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December 14, 2014 Updates

Jeffrey Vanchiro, who had gained widespread attention as a colorful and outspoken fan of the Nets, was on a ventilator late Sunday afternoon and was not expected to survive after falling from a second-story window in Flushing, Queens, late on Saturday night. Vanchiro was staying at his father’s house Saturday night. Vanchiro’s fiancée, Kristi Evans, who was with Vanchiro’s family at New York Hospital Queens on Sunday, said that Vanchiro’s father told her that Vanchiro awoke apparently disoriented and leapt from the building. Evans said that Vanchiro sustained severe brain damage and a fractured spinal cord in the fall, and that his brain had stopped functioning Sunday morning. New York Times

Evans said Vanchiro, who had lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident several years ago, had been behaving erratically since being ejected from Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2, when the Nets faced the Knicks. Video showed Vanchiro being carried out of the arena by multiple security guards and was widely shared in the news media that night and in the following days. In the video Vanchiro is missing his prosthetic left leg, which he had said that he removed during an exchange with the security guards. “After that, he was a completely different person,” Evans said. “He was paranoid. He was erratic. He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional. He was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn’t sleep at all. When he would sleep, or try to sleep, it would only take about 10 or 15 minutes before he would jump up screaming covered in sweat.” New York Times

In other injury news, an MRI taken on J.R. Smith's left foot Saturday revealed a small partial tear of the plantar fascia, the team said. Smith is questionable for Sunday's game against the Toronto Raptors and will remain day-to-day after that. With Shumpert out indefinitely and Smith hobbled, the Knicks likely will rely heavily on guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to fill in at shooting guard. ESPN.com

In a telephone interview, Curry’s father, Dell, who played 16 N.B.A. seasons as a sweet-shooting guard, said: “The Warriors had some questionable characters on their team, the Knicks really needed a point guard, and we felt that Stephen would fit perfectly with a coach like Mike D’Antoni, playing that fast, up-and-down style. He loved the idea of playing at Madison Square Garden.” New York Times

From Indianapolis, Walsh can only wonder, wistfully, how Curry might have changed the course of recent Knicks history. “Every time I see him play, I think of it,” he said. “He was the guy I was really looking for, and his agent kept telling me he wanted to be in New York. So it just broke my heart when we didn’t get him because I knew we had missed out on something special.” New York Times

New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has a dislocated left shoulder and could miss at least three weeks. The Knicks also said Saturday that an MRI on guard J.R. Smith's left foot revealed a small tear of the plantar fascia and he is questionable for their game Sunday against Toronto. USA Today Sports

December 13, 2014 Updates

New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert will be out for at least three weeks with a dislocated left shoulder, the team announced on Saturday. Shumpert dislocated his left shoulder in the second quarter of Friday night's 101-95 win against the Boston Celtics following a collision with Boston's Jeff Green. ESPN.com

But because it’s the Knicks, it wasn’t all good news. Guard Iman Shumpert could be lost for a few weeks with a dislocated left shoulder he suffered in the second quarter after getting entangled with Jeff Green. The Knicks are already without J.R. Smith, who is scheduled to have an MRI exam on his bruised left heel. “Another soldier down,’’ Amar’e Stoudemire said. New York Post

The timetable for his return depends on how much interior damage was done to ligaments or the labrum. Dwyane Wade missed five weeks last season with a dislocated shoulder. “We’ll see, I think I’m a pretty strong guy so hopefully all the weights I lifted this summer paid off and it will be a simple dislocation and I’ll be rehabbing it back,’’ Shumpert said. New York Post

Shumpert said the team doctors wouldn’t give him a projection until they knew there was no further damage from the MRI exam. “Because they know if they give it to me and I’m not back in that time, I’ll be [ticked] off,’’ Shumpert said. New York Post

December 12, 2014 Updates


Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.


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