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October 22, 2014 Updates
October 21, 2014 Updates

Ian Begley: Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not play Wednesday. He has missed the last 4 preseason games. Bargnani hasn't played in a game since Oct. 8. Fisher was non-committal when asked if he'd be ready for the season opener on Oct. 29. #Knicks Twitter @IanBegley

Giannis says Thanasis can be 'better' than him: He was probably just being polite, but Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks his brother and Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo can be better than he is. "He can be better than me. I believe that," Giannis said Monday. Giannis added that his brother is "very athletic." "You can't [teach] that. Like some guys are tall. You can't [teach] tallness. The only thing you can do is improve your skills to play in this league. That's what he's doing. Just trying to improve his skills so he can make it in the league." ESPN.com

Rather, Stoudemire feels healthy and with that health comes a feeling that maybe, just maybe, there can be some form of dominance up front alongside Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks this season. “My joy is there. My love of the game is there,” said Stoudemire, 32 next month. “I feel like I’m 19 again as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging.” New York Post

October 20, 2014 Updates

But Rambis, a former Knicks draft pick, hopes his biggest help to Fisher is getting him to cope with the pressures of coaching in New York. “I’m giving him countless suggestions, even how to monitor his time,’’ Rambis told The Post in his first interview since his July hire. “Even something as small as making sure he works out. It’s important for all head coaches to find that stretch of time. Because the job is very consuming and becomes an obsession. Derek is a perfectionist, constantly thinking about the game. He did it as a player and it’s worse when you become a head coach. I want him to find time to do it.’’ New York Post

Jackson put on a fullcourt press and offered him, as The Post reported, a lucrative package for a lead assistant at $1.4 million per year. “[Jackson] knows my work ethic, knows my understanding of the offense,’’ Rambis said. “He was intent to hire me. He wanted to convince me this would be a great situation. “It’s hard not to imagine being involved in basketball and not having some intrigue for the Knicks and playing or coaching at the Garden. Having an opportunity to work with Phil and Derek, I looked at it as a great opportunity to get them back to the upper echelon where it belongs.’’ New York Post

Carmelo Anthony has declared several times during this preseason that he will fully embrace the Knicks’ new triangle offense, even if it means shooting and scoring less than he has in the past. “I don’t think I’ll be the scoring champ, especially in this system with the way we’re playing and the way it’s going to be well-balanced,” Anthony told reporters over the weekend, the point being that it may not be necessary for him to take as many shots in the triangle. Last year, he was second in the NBA with 1,643 field-goal attempts, many the result of stagnant one-on-one situations. Wall Street Journal

October 19, 2014 Updates

Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani will miss his third straight preseason game Monday against Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks with a hamstring injury. “No, he hasn’t been able to practice the last few days so it wouldn’t be smart to jeopardize him by putting him into game action [Monday],” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said Sunday at practice. “We’ll continue to evaluate his hamstring and how he’s feeling. It’s a long season so we don’t want any of our guys including Andrea to have to go in and out of the lineup trying to rush back so hopefully in the next few days we’ll get enough distance bewteen the injury and him feeling better that he can join us for practice this week and hopefully start to ramp it up for Oct. 29th [the season-opener].” The Knicks Blog

“Jason Smith originally was out for personal reasons, so once Jason was back, Cole had played some, it was important that we got Jason some minutes so we could see how he might be able to help us,” Fisher said. “[Cole’s absence] was just a byproduct of that, nothing else. Cole’s been solid and has done everything we’re asking him to do, so it wasn’t a demotion or any reason related to his performance, just continuing to try and find the best way to put our team together.” ESPN.com

October 18, 2014 Updates

Your defense has been one criticism. Jose Calderon: It’s always gonna be something, and I know I’m not the best defender in the world, nobody [has] to tell me that, that these guys in this league, they’re great, they’re quick, they’re strong. Just gotta try to be smarter, pick your spots. Yes, I cannot guard some of those guys. Some nights you’re gonna have a 5 who is a greater scorer, some guy’s gonna be a point guard. What I know what I can do is I’m gonna give 100 percent every night, and I’m gonna follow the plan and I’m gonna go with that until the end. New York Post

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