Jonah Ballow

Thibs has surrounded Rose with shooters & a rebounder. McDermott, Dunleavy, Mirotic, Gibson.

Scott Cacciola

Knicks trail, 42-30, midway through second quarter. Carmelo has attempted three shots.

Chris Herring

Gibson is killing the Knicks' post defenders.

Brian Mahoney

The Bulls' point guard is running circles around the Knicks so far. No, not that Rose guy. Try Aaron Brooks.

Al Iannazzone

First double-digit deficit of the season.

Barbara Barker

LeBron James' return worth King's ransom to Cleveland economy: Fans lined up 200 deep Wednesday at a downtown ... nwsdy.li/1Dz3nyM

Brian Mahoney

Not exactly shocking news, but the Knicks' ball movement not as sharp with JR and Hardaway on together.

Chris Herring

Bruh. 0-82. RT @KennyDucey: Amar'e Stoudemire singing Shake It Off with Taylor Swift vine.co/v/OMt13e6Je9i

Marc Berman

#Nets down 26 at halftime to #Celtics. Glad I picked Brooklyn for playoffs. Oh, wait. I didn't.

Frank Isola

For those not at MSG tonight, we haven't seen the Knicks City Dancers but the Knicks brought out a half naked guy doing handstands.

Tina Cervasio

What do the #Knicks players want the team's identity to be? Next on @MSGNetworks

Ian Begley

Small sample size, but the lineup of Prigioni, Hardaway Jr., J.R. Smith, Jason Smith & Acy was outscored 10-2 in the final 2:13 of the 1st.

Chris Herring

Can't take much from tonight, since Larkin won't usually start. But aside from NYKs defense, their bench is what concerns me most this year.

Brian Mahoney

Nice start for the Knicks, but Bulls run off the final eight of the first quarter to take a 24-20 lead at MSG.

Chris Herring

Love Acy's hustle & grit on D, but Gibson's pivoting around him in post pretty easily. The energy doesn't always translate to good defense.

Alan Hahn

Bulls bench dominating Knicks bench now...Gibson leading the way as usual.

Steve Popper

Charlotte is my sleeper pick to challenge in the East - and they are sleeping on opening night, as predicted.

Alan Hahn

Amare switched back to his old eye protection, far less goggle-y. Wonder if it's improving his peripheral vision?

Frank Isola

In that Bulls uniform, Pau kinda reminds me of Luc Longley. (Once a Knick, Always a Knick, mate.)

Tina Cervasio

Injured Jose Calderon in his suit, but doing a lot of talking to coaches and players in time outs. Engaged like another coach. #knicks

Steve Popper

Amar'e on the scoreboard singing for Taylor Swift. I remember when Dave DeBusschere did that.

Marc Berman

Stoudemire 4 of 4 so far and just shown on big screen dancing with Taylor Swift in video shot Sunday. It's all good.

Chris Herring

As soon as I compliment Amar'e, they show a video on the jumbotron of him dancing and singing with Taylor Swift. Dammit.

Alan Hahn

Quincy Acy set to check in after timeout. Want to see his energy vs Taj Gibson, who usually gives the Knicks trouble.

Chris Herring

Really nice start offensively for Stoudemire, who leads all scorers with 8 points.

Steve Popper

The showers run red with it at MSG RT @Scott Cacciola: Amar'e has made his first four shots. Carmelo's gonna start bathing in wine, too.

Jonah Ballow

Stoudemire off to a great start w/ 8 points & 2 boards in 8 minutes. #Knicks

Scott Cacciola

Amar'e has made his first four shots. Carmelo's gonna start bathing in wine, too.

Jonah Ballow

1st sneaky Pablo of the regular season.

Jonah Ballow

J.R. Smith comes off the bench & now we have the Larkin/Smith backcourt.

Steve Popper

Dalembert's start here reminding me of Willis in Game 7.

Brian Mahoney

Currently watching Amare and Rose both look explosive. Feels like 2010.

Ian Begley

Iman Shumpert, guarding Derrick Rose, picks up 2 fouls in five minutes. Prigioni subs in, playing alongside Larkin. That's a short backcourt

Chris Herring

There's this guy sitting near the media section who keeps yelling "Where's your ACL at?" whenever Derrick Rose touches the ball. Like, what?

Jonah Ballow

With 2 early fouls on Shump, Fisher elects to go with the 2 PG backcourt — Larkin/Pablo.

Al Iannazzone

Shumpert picks up two fouls on Rose. Pablo Prigioni comes in for him.

Alan Hahn

And there's two on Shump.

Alan Hahn

I know it's an early foul, but I like that foul by Shumpert. #nodunksnolayups

Alan Hahn

"This is where I chose to be." - @Carmelo Anthony with a motivational speech commercial for @Jordan shown on GardenVision.

Steve Popper

Knicks show video of Melo running streets of NY - which I believe happened slightly more than Jeter getting out of car near Yankee Stadium

Alan Hahn

Couldn't ask for a better start. Great energy and momentum. #Knicks

Marc Berman

Fisher Era off to a 8-2 start. Larkin, Melo Stoudemire (2) with buckets after four minutes. Timeout Thibs.

Frank Isola

I'm betting $100 that Berman of the Post will call it "Madison Triangle Garden" before Christmas.

Scott Cacciola

I'm pointing at the triangles when I see them.

Jonah Ballow

Shump starting on Rose. On the opposite side, Rose on Larkin.

Ian Begley

Iman Shumpert starts out guarding Derrick Rose. #Knicks

Steve Popper

And the first incarnation of the triangle - Melo can't touch the ball and Iman and Dalembert miss jumpers.

Alan Hahn

First key to the game: Shumpert has to avoid early foul trouble.

Alan Hahn

ROLL CALL. #Knicks-Bulls season opener on @MSGNetworks.

Alan Hahn

He told me its a jinx. RT @pawn80: @Alan Hahn @Wally Szcerzbiak @AlTrautwig What's up with @Walt Frazier rocking those Bulls colors tonight?

Marc Berman

btw, Fisher said at 6:30 p.m. Calderon looked fine and if you're "75 percent'' for regular season, it's like "100 percent.''

Frank Isola

Sorry, but opening night ain't the same without Bargnani.

Alan Hahn

Season's Greetings from @thegarden. instagram.com/p/uwYdSzkEeg/

Chris Herring

The lights are a nice touch, though. They're kinda dope.

Steve Popper

And...the world's most knowledgeable fans are being asked to delay start of NBA season for light show.

Chris Herring

This starting lineup intro feels like a rave party. Help.

Marc Berman

Last call on score contest. This was made before Calderon out. #Bulls 98, #Knicks 89. #retweetthewinner

Steve Popper

I'm not sure why Blue Man Group is performing now - but if Bargnani is under that makeup it's a win for the Knicks.

Steve Popper

I'm a Joan Jett fan - but she should not add the national anthem to her set list.

Brian Mahoney

Amare addresses the crowd before the game, does not use the word "phenomenal." Already 0-1 on my predictions this season.

Jonah Ballow

News & Notes ICYMI for tonight's gm: Stoudemire in the starting lineup at the 4, Larkin replacing Calderon (calf), Butler out for CHI.

Al Iannazzone

Amar'e addresses the crowd pregame. Kept it very simple. Never mentioned wine or the word phenomenal.

Scott Cacciola

I mean, Calderon is dressed. Just not in a uniform.

Scott Cacciola

Jose Calderon not dressing means Travis Wear is in uniform.

Al Iannazzone

Fisher on his first game as a coach: "It’s just kind of another day on the job as far as it goes for me personally."

Tina Cervasio

#TeamWinchel ... Inside joke for ewinchel But yes, @Alan Hahn & I ready to tipoff another #Knicksinstagram.com/p/uwWUTOgkEc/

Brian Mahoney

Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber listed on Knicks' celebrity list tonight. A lot of potential for young singers to be booed at MSG.

Chris Herring

Melo has on a LeBron-sized headband tonight.

Scott Cacciola

This is not a starting lineup that Fisher used in the preseason. Then again, neither was the other one.

Chris Herring

Clyde Frazier is wearing Bulls-colored items tonight, so I don't know what to make of that.

Brian Mahoney

Stephen Curry talks working out and changing his shot mechanics in high school in this Muscle Milk video. youtu.be/IFiyOvUYAwE

Chris Herring

NYK allowed 107 pts per 100 plays w/ Melo at SF, STAT at PF & Tyson at C past 3 yrs. Allowed 117 pts per 100 w/ anyone other than Tyson at C

Frank Isola

The movie trailer for Spike's new triangle offense flick someone managed not to include the words Jordan, Pippen, Shaq & Kobe.

Jared Zwerling

Kidd-Gilchrist spent most of his summer in Charlotte, working a lot on his jumper w/ assistant coach and former NBA sharpshooter Mark Price.

Scott Cacciola

Fisher on Calderon at about 6:30 p.m.: "He's good to go." Now, he will not dress because of strained calf. Larkin gets the start.

Tina Cervasio

Ready for live report on @MSGNetworks on breaking news Calderon out w strained calf. Larkin will start. #Knicks http://t.co/WHTbpusjNh

Jared Zwerling

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's jump shot looks much improved. Had that hitch & wrist injury. Smooth & off dribble. Has 3 jumpers in 1st quarter.

Steve Popper

For all the talk about Thibodeau overworking guys - he said that Derrick Rose has been coming in at night for extra work last 10 days.

Marc Berman

Knicks waited an hour before tip off to announce Jose is out. No gamesmanship. Fisher thought he was playing at 630. It's Shane.

Jonah Ballow

We're close to tipoff here at MSG. Get ready for the matchup w/ this scouting report w/ Kurt Rambis youtube.com/watch?v=Z34JPQ…

Ian Begley

Shane Larkin said he just found out that he was starting a few minutes ago. #Knicks

Steve Popper

Knicks starting lineup didn't last long - Jose Calderon scratched with strained right calf - and Shane Larkin gets the start.

Marc Berman

Stoudemire said found out this morning to match up with traditional bigs Gasol and Noah.

Tina Cervasio

Change for #Knicks -- Calderon will now NOT play. I did see him run out to warm up. But he will now not dress. Larkin will start at PG

Chris Herring

Wow. RT @Ian Begley: Jose Calderon is a late scratch due to a calf injury. Shane Larkin will start.

Ian Begley

Jose Calderon is a late scratch due to a calf injury. Shane Larkin will start. #Knicks

Jonah Ballow

Larkin gets the starting nod. I talked to him about being ready for the moment: youtube.com/watch?v=1rcHKJ…

Al Iannazzone

Knicks say Calderon is out tonight due to the calf injury. Shane Larkin will start

Scott Cacciola

Players Association execs in the Knicks locker room, including Michele Roberts and Roger Mason.

Ian Begley

Fisher says his starting 5 may change going forward. "How they play as a group will impact our decision as coaches about what we do next."

Chris Herring

Geez. RT @JeffGurt: Rose, Noah and Butler have been on the court together for 221 total minutes in 3+ seasons

Al Iannazzone

With the starting lineup, Fisher said he is only thinking about tonight. It could change depending on how they play.

Chris Herring

Thibs: "I think people tend to forget how good Amare is." Then lauds Calderon, JR and Hardaway, too

Chris Herring

Thibodeau, on how he went about scouting the triangle offense: "It's been around for awhile. Not like it just started yesterday."

Scott Cacciola

Thibs on starting 5: "Still thinking about it."

Tina Cervasio

All week it seemed JasonSmith would start at 4, but Fisher said Amare worked hard to be in this spot & wanted 2 bigs v CHI lineup. #Knicks

Jared Zwerling

David Stern addressing the media in Charlotte. He helped lead the expansion of the #Hornets in 1988. instagram.com/p/uwNJ0lRUqe/

Steve Popper

If you're starting Dalembert Knicks need offense at PF - so the Amar'e move makes a lot of sense.