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November 7, 2014 Updates

The Chase logo will also appear on the center court jump circle, on the apron of the court, and in additional locations in the Westchester County Center. The partnership helps build a presence for Chase in Westchester County and beyond, with brand integration across the Westchester Knicks’ promotional and marketing initiatives. NBA.com

J.R. Smith said he didn't intentionally hit Glen Rice Jr. in the groin. But he wasn't surprised the NBA suspended him, saying his reputation as a bad boy was the reason. "I don't think it's something that anybody saw that I was deliberate about it," Smith said Friday. "They did. Just got to take it for what it is." Newsday

Smith contends he did nothing wrong, and didn't know what had happened to Rice Jr., who was on the floor for a while. A foul was called on Rice Jr. on the play. "I was trying to clear space to get as close to the basket as I could to get the shot off," Smith said. "It definitely wasn't anything intentional. "I seen him on the floor. I was trying to figure out what happened. Was he bleeding or something or what? The ref didn't call it. The ref called a foul on him. I didn't really see what happened." Newsday

Your suggestion regarding the Knicks trading Stoudemire for Kobe Bryant makes so much sense to me I was wondering what would be the Knicks justification for not doing it. The initial reaction to your suggestion according to a "Knick source" was there was a 0% chance of this happening. Bruce Roberts Sam: I see it’s gotten some traction since I speculated about it Monday, though “Knicks source” in a New York newspaper generally means someone who’s been to a Knicks game or gets the subway at Penn Station under Madison Square Garden near the Knicks sign. I could understand why the Knicks might balk as though Kobe has looked great, that’s two years of big money, which cuts them off from this summer free agency. Maybe they have a guy in mind they really want. Marc Gasol’s been rumored, who probably heard good things about Phil from his brother and is a high post type center who’d work well in the offense. I know the Lakers side of needing Kobe for TV ratings, which I think is less urgent. They’ll stop watching even Kobe at 4-28. As I wrote, it’s up to Kobe and maybe he wants to wind it down in L.A. NBA.com

Knicks president Phil Jackson decided against giving Shumpert an extension on his rookie contract by the Oct. 31 deadline, so he could lose him in free agency this summer. “He’s just playing the game within the system, taking what the system is giving him,’’ said Anthony, one of Shumpert’s biggest fans. New York Post

When asked about his thought process before and after the draft, he admits he was disappointed, but he believed it all happened for a reason. “Yeah, we thought the (the second round) was a possibility for sure and that’s what I was hoping for,” Wear told Basketball Insiders. “Obviously that didn’t happen, but I mean I honestly wouldn’t change anything.” Wear also acknowledges that some people advised him to seek employment overseas, but he remained committed to his NBA dream. “Yeah, overseas was definitely an option, but I thought I could play here,” Wear said. “I thought I could play in the NBA. I thought my skill set would translate into this league.” Basketball Insiders

Wear was eventually invited to play for the Atlanta Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League. However, after just one game with Atlanta, Wear’s agent informed him that another team was interested in his services. That team was the New York Knickerbockers. Wear and his agent decided to immediately join the Knicks’ contingent out in Las Vegas. “I mean, yeah, (the Knicks) showed interest in me through the draft process, and they basically had their eyes open towards me,” Wear said. “It just so happen to work out that I was able to get picked up halfway through summer league. We switched to New York and it’s seemed to all work out since.” Basketball Insiders

Jim Boeheim says Carmelo Anthony is a “great player” regardless of whether or not he ever wins an NBA championship. “Carmelo Anthony, he may not win an NBA title but he’s a great player, as was Karl Malone, John Stockton, Charles Barkley,” the Syracuse coach told Mike Francesa Wednesday during a radio interview. “You gotta get a cast, you gotta be in a position to win.” The Knicks Blog

November 6, 2014 Updates

While the Knicks have struggled implementing the triple-post offense, falling to 2-3 after a loss to Detroit on Wednesday, the team’s efforts - or lack thereof - haven’t been lost on the commissioner. “I watched the Knicks game last night,” Silver said at a Nets community event on Thursday at a City Harvest Food Rescue facility in Long Island City. “Clearly, they’re still learning the triangle,” he said with a laugh. “I still don’t understand it. But they’re learning it. But that’s what the game is all about. You have a new coach, you have a new president of basketball operations in Phil Jackson; you have a couple new players on the team.” New York Daily News

Thanasis Antetokounmpo was practicing with his Greek club in August when he realized he had missed two phonecalls from aThanasis number he didn’t recognize. “So I called back and it was Phil,” as in Phil Jackson, Antetokounmpo recalled Wednesday at the Westchester Knicks media day. “And then my phone died and I was rushing to charge my phone to call back.” The Knicks Blog

When Antetokounmpo ultimately did speak with Jackson, the Zenmaster convinced the 6-foot-6 second-round draft pick to come play with the Knicks D-League team instead of playing overseas, where he reportedly could have made as much as $550,000 instead of the $24,600 the D-League offers. What was Jackson’s message in that phonecall? “That they believe in me and the only thing I have to do is believe in myself,” Antetokounmpo said. The Knicks Blog

Prigioni crumpled to the court and stayed down for more than a minute. He limped badly off the court, to the locker room, helped by trainer Roger Hinds. X-rays were negative, but Prigioni didn’t return. “Not too bad,’’ Prigioni said as he limped to the bus after the game. “Let’s see tomorrow.’’ New York Post

November 5, 2014 Updates


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


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