HoopsHype Allan Houston rumors

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Allan Houston (assistant general manager, New York Knicks): It's really hard to find authentic people. I don't care if it's a teammate, a coach. It's really hard to find authentic people that don't have a motive. Eggman was a part of my family before I even thought about being in the NBA. My dad (longtime coach Wade Houston), Tap, Leonard Hamilton, all of them, they all hung out together, before black folks were getting head coaching jobs, and they were recruiting at Louisville and Florida State. When he was between coaching jobs he actually stayed at our house when I was little. I would always hear stories about how Egg would call. He had a whole wealth of knowledge that he would share, and it was freely given. NBA.com

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Amare Stoudemire and Allan Houston headlined a celebrity panel that converged in Harlem on Friday night to address a growing concern in America: the fatherless crisis. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report, more than 25 million children now live apart from their biological fathers. That's a 15.3 percent increase (eight to 23.3 percent) from 1960 to 2006. But communities such as Harlem face the biggest challenges. Nearly two in three (65 percent) of African-American children live in fatherless homes, and 80 percent of those children can expect to live at least a part of their childhood living apart from their fathers. Along with ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard, rapper Styles P, actor Chaz Lamar Shepherd and NBA player Etan Thomas, Stoudemire and Houston -- who are all fatherhood activists through different initiatives -- discussed the topic of fatherhood and manhood in multiple ways. The event also featured poems on the topics by spoken-word artists J. Ivy, Julian Thomas and Messiah Ramkissoon. ESPN.com

Stoudemire, who also has a new book out for children called "STAT: Home Court," talked about losing his father, Hazell, at 12 years old, and how he turned to hip-hop, listening to 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. for direction. Now, as an entertainer himself, he understands the importance of helping under-served children find their way. And he wants fathers to have that commitment with their own children. Even in his 10th year in the NBA, Stoudemire, who has three kids, still feels pro athletes have a lot of work to do. "We have to be kings of the world, leaders, so we can build kings of the world," he said. "What they see on TV is that we got the big money, the big cars, the beautiful homes. But we've got to figure out ways to be positive influences to the youth because they follow us. Whatever we do, they want to do. We have to tell them to stay in school and keep their heads up. I was a history buff growing up. It seems like it's not cool to be smart, but it is." ESPN.com

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Anthony is doing his part to recruit Nash to New York. The All Star forward as well as Knicks assistant general manager Allan Houston attended Nash’s annual charity soccer match in Chinatown on Wednesday. New York Daily News

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Allan Houston was never a candidate for the Knicks general manager job because according to sources neither Donnie Walsh nor Isiah Thomas felt Houston was ready for the position. Both feel that Houston will eventually move into the job, and it doesn't hurt that Houston is James Dolan's friend and all-time favorite Knick. But Houston needs experience which is why the club named him GM of the Knicks new D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. New York Daily News

June 9, 2011 Updates

In a sign outgoing president Donnie Walsh and owner James Dolan consider Houston still a few years away from inheriting the throne, the former Knicks All-Star will expand his duties in running the Erie BayHawks, a new Knicks D-League undertaking. Houston will keep his assistant general manager title. It's a good steppingstone for Houston, because Dell Demps served as a general manager when the Spurs controlled its D-League affiliate while San Antonio's assistant general manager. Demps was named as New Orleans Hornets president one year ago. New York Post

June 8, 2011 Updates

Allan Houston has long been rumored to be moving higher up in the New York Knicks front office, but I don't think anyone ever suggested he'd become the general manager of an NBA Development League team first. That's exactly what has happened, however, as the Knicks said in the press release announcing their acquiring of the Erie BayHawks (as first reported here) that the former All-Star will be heading up the D-League team's player personnel department. "The opportunity to have this new agreement with the Erie BayHawks and the NBA D-League is very exciting for the New York Knicks," Houston said in the release. "The impact of the NBA D-League continues to grow, and we look forward to this partnership." Ridiculous Upside

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Allan Houston was invited to address students at Western Connecticut State University’s undergraduate commencement Sunday because he is a former pro basketball star. The advice he offered, though, was based on his experience as a father and a student himself, along with a little he learned as a competitor. Houston, who played for the New York Knicks for nine years and finished his career as one of the NBA’s top scorers, with a reputation as a gentleman of the game, said most of his best ideas came from family and friends. He recounted a playoff contest in New York. He couldn’t remember which team they were playing, he said, although it may have been against the Miami Heat, which the Knicks always had a tough time beating. “This one was very intense,” Houston remembered. “We lost a playoff game in Madison Square Garden. You don’t want to lose a playoff game in Madison Square Garden, your home court. Danbury Patch

May 16, 2011 Updates

The new agreement is expected to have some variation of the "Allan Houston Amnesty," which in the current CBA allowed for a team to cut a player without that salary counting against the luxury tax. Ironically the New York Knicks used this one-time cost saver on Jerome Williams instead of Houston. The players still get paid which is why it's favorable to the union. The owners gain flexibility and save money. It's a win-win. Word is there may be another amnesty clause (even possibly two) in the new deal, with the money not only coming off the tax but the cap as well. Notice all the trade proposals flying around the internet and radio? The Lakers should take on the contract of Gilbert Arenas to entice the Magic to deal Howard? An amnesty clause would change that significantly. HoopsWorld

May 8, 2011 Updates

With the Heat flexing its starpower in the Eastern Conference playoffs, it's a reminder the Knicks seem to be at least one superstar short of competing against a team that figures to be a powerhouse for the next five years. Assistant GM Allan Houston said the Knicks, who are interested in adding Chris Paul or Dwight Howard via trade or in next year's free agency, have a fluid offseason strategy, subject to changes in the CBA and elsewhere. The Heat hit the free-agent lotto last year. The Knicks are playing the numbers for 2012 while strapping on a parachute. "I don't think you can look at one team and say that's what the standard model should be because it usually doesn't work that way," Houston said Saturday at the draft combine at the Nets' practice facility. "You have to take what you have and you have a plan, but things change quickly. New York Daily News

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