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January 22, 2015 Updates

Smith’s increased his per-game scoring (plus-6.1 points per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (plus-7 percent) since he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 5. It's a small sample size, but Carmelo Anthony has noticed. “He’s playing well,” Anthony said Wednesday morning. “I know what type of game he has and what he can do, so he looks comfortable out there, he looks like he’s settling in very well. I’m actually happy for him. "It’s a change of environment for him, new thought process, new mind set. Mentally he looks like he has some clarity right now. I believe LeBron [James] will help him make that adjustment that much better.” ESPN.com

The Los Angeles Lakers unseated the New York Knicks as the NBA's most valuable team, worth $2.6 billion, according to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday that showed the average team value rose 74 percent from last year. The average NBA team's value rose to $1.1 billion from $634 million last year, a jump Forbes said was driven primarily by the NBA signing expanded national media deals with broadcast partners Walt Disney Co and Time Warner Inc. Reuters

January 21, 2015 Updates

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall (the Knicks edged out the Lakers last year). Ratings for Knicks games on MSG fell 29% as the team stumbled to a 37-45 record, but the team still drew the biggest TV audience in the NBA at 163,000 viewers per game on average. The Knicks’ income fell 45% last season after missing the playoffs and incurring a $36 million luxury tax bill. Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion). Forbes.com

January 20, 2015 Updates
January 19, 2015 Updates

Detroit Pistons forward-center Greg Monroe planned for unrestricted free agency so he could choose his next team, and that remains the case. Whether Monroe gets a true max or not, he's going to receive a lucrative deal, and the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks are among the possible suitors. USA Today Sports

What is your opinion about Andrea Bargnani? He has been criticized very hard, especially from Marc Berman of the Post. Howard Beck: Bargnani can't seem to stay healthy. But even when he's on the court, he's just not a very good NBA player. At his best, Bargnani is a very good shooter. But he's not particularly good at anything else -- passing, driving posting up or playing defense. He also doesn't seem to have much passion for the game. I will be curious to see if any NBA teams show interest in him this summer. I won't be surprised if he returns to Europe. Sportando

Howard Beck: I believe Jackson will continue to be aggressive between now and the Feb. 19 trade deadline, with a goal of clearing more cap room and acquiring either young players or draft picks to help rebuild. It will not be easy. The Knicks do not have much of value to trade. They have few players that other teams would want, and they can't afford to trade any draft picks. It's possible the Knicks will waive Bargnani if they cannot trade him by Feb. 19. The real work to turn this team around will begin this summer, when the Knicks will have a high draft pick and all of that cap room to spend. Sportando

January 17, 2015 Updates

During a recent interview, Yahoo's Jordan Zakarin asked Lee why he didn't attend the Knicks' game against the Milwaukee Bucks in London. His response was priceless. "We’ve lost 16 motherf-----g games in a row. 26 out of 27," he said. "And I’m gonna get on a plane for that?! I can take a cab to see them lose!" Bleacher Report

At Madison Square Garden on Jan. 10, when the Knicks lost to Charlotte by 28 points, Rosen talked to Jackson about the struggling team that he had begun to dismantle. And he thought about that infamous 76ers team. “I asked Phil, ‘Are you going to win more than nine?’ ” Rosen said. “And he said, ‘I don’t know.’New York Times

Rosen said that Jackson was unhappy with the Knicks’ worst start ever — when he took the job, Jackson had predicted a playoff appearance this season — but was coping well. “He’s got a plan,” Rosen said. “He knows what’s going on. He gave those guys a chance, and they couldn’t do it. He’s brave enough to start from scratch, which you never see guys in New York do.” New York Times


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


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