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October 9, 2014 Updates

Boeheim added that Syracuse was unable to nominate Anthony for the Wooden Award as the nation's top collegiate player because his GPA (1.8) didn't meet the minimum requirement of 2.0. "Nevertheless, this much is certain," Boeheim wrote. "No college basketball player in America was better than freshman Carmelo Anthony over the course of the 2002-'03 season." New York Daily News

Ian Begley: Looks like Jose Calderon has a wrap on his left foot/ankle. Doesn't seem like a major issue but we'll find out more from Fisher shortly. Twitter @IanBegley

October 8, 2014 Updates

Even with Carmelo Anthony’s new $124 million contract, Stoudemire remains the Knicks’ highest-paid player this season at $23.4 million. The Knicks are counting on his and Andrea Bargnani’s expiring deals for increased salary-cap space next summer, but Stoudemire added Tuesday that he expects to play beyond this contract. “For sure, this is definitely not the last year for myself. I feel like the work I put in this offseason and the way I feel now is great motivation for me to continue to play,” Stoudemire said. "I want to be healthy regardless. Whether it is my last year or not, my children (are) excited to watch me play, my family still loves watching basketball and seeing me out there, so I do it for them. I continue to work hard to try to improve every single season. I battled through injuries, I persevered, stayed strong and stayed positive to be successful. With all the hard work, I am sure it will pay off this season." New York Daily News

First-year coach Derek Fisher and the Knicks’ medical staff have periodically backed off on the 13-year veteran through the first week of training camp last week in West Point and now back in Westchester, with the goal of having Stoudemire available for more than the 65 games he appeared in last season. “I feel great. My body feels great. I worked extremely hard this offseason to be in top shape and be there full-time. But my body feels great. I feel confident. Hopefully it pans out well,” Stoudemire said. “It has been a long time since I have been this excited to start the year off. It is a great system, we have a great coaching staff, we have been very enthused in practice, guys are motivated, determined, so we feel great about the season.” New York Daily News

The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, have named Kevin Whitted as the team’s first head coach in franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Westchester Knicks will tip off their inaugural season this November and play all home games at the historic Westchester County Center in White Plains. “Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team,” said Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston. “Our relationship goes back to when we both attended the University of Tennessee. I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court. This is an exciting time for this organization and community.” NBA.com

According to a source, Jackson decided to keep the front office intact for at least this season. For the last two days at practice in Tarrytown, the sidelines were packed with Jackson’s entire new-old staff, which essentially is former general manager Glen Grunwald’s staff — save for general manager Steve Mills. New York Post

In addition to agreeing last March to keep Mills as his right-hand man — upon owner James Dolan’ s recommendation — Jackson retained veteran executive John Gabriel, promoted from director of pro scouting to director of basketball operations, and gave him more influence. Player personnel director Mark Warkentien, meanwhile, lost some power. He interviewed in Memphis for a front-office position that ultimately went to former Nets president Ed Stefanski. New York Post

Stoudemire finished strong, scoring in double figures in 20 of his last 21 games and averaging 16 points during that span. He played in a total of 65 games and averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. It was the most he has played in a season since logging 78 games in his first season with the Knicks in 2010-’11. “Obviously to reach back to my dominant self, I feel like I’m there now,” Stoudemire said. “I feel like my body is feeling so much stronger [than last year at this time] so I feel dominant.” ESPN.com

It's not a marquee name, but Kevin Whitted keeps impressive company. According to league sources, the Westchester Knicks are expected on Wednesday to announce the former University of Tennessee standout has been hired to coach the NBA Development League franchise during its debut season. Whitted played in college alongside former Knicks All-Star Allan Houston, who is the team's general manager. He is the all-time leading scorer at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, and his commemorative jersey hangs in the gym there alongside that of Michael Jordan. Journal News

Though Knicks president Phil Jackson took a hatchet to last season’s roster and coaching staff, the Zen Master went status quo with the basketball operations department. Jackson added former Bulls scout Clarence Gaines as a key advisor, but made no important firings or other additions. According to a source, Jackson decided to keep the front office intact for at least this season. New York Post

October 7, 2014 Updates


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


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