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September 20, 2014 Updates

Chandler, who was dealt back to Dallas by the Knicks in June along with Raymond Felton in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin, took exception to comments Jackson made in the wake of the trade on Friday in an interview with ESPN Dallas. “I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there,” Chandler said. “You can say I didn’t live up to whatever, or you didn’t like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don’t even know where that came from. New York Post

“I honestly don’t know where that came from. I don’t know if Phil put that out there or who put that out there, but to me, that was the ultimate shock. And you don’t have to say that to get rid of me or to trade me. The trade is over. “So to judge my character and what I’ve done, you can go look at all my teammates and ask all of my teammates in the past, and the coaches I’ve played for, and I’ve never been a problem and never had a problem. So that was a shock to me that I didn’t appreciate.” New York Post

“You can go to any of the staff members or anybody and ask them what kind of guy I was when I was there, and if I was the guy who was pushing for what is right all the time and they would tell you so,” Chandler said. “That more than anything in my career caught me off guard. I can stomach somebody saying he didn’t produce or whatever, and that’s just motivation. But a shot at someone’s character or professionalism, that’s a little far-fetched.” New York Post

Knicks fans may despise Jim Dolan, but occasionally the Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden will show he has a big heart. Dolan made a $100,000 donation to the ALS Association after participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. New York Daily News

September 18, 2014 Updates
September 17, 2014 Updates

Brian J. Bass: RBA's Orlando Sanchez signs with NY Knicks for 2014-15 season http://vimeo.com/m/88828893 http://instagram.com/p/tDoammu7dw/ Twitter

With the start of training camp about two weeks away, the Knicks on Wednesday signed 6-foot-9 former St. John’s big man Orlando Sanchez to a partially-guaranteed, one-year deal. “I think that they feel that his overall skillset, his passing ability in particular, will fit very well in the triangle,” Sanchez’s agent, B.J. Bass, told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog. “Unless you really watched St. John’s this year, you could miss that. This kid is a very, very gifted passer and so my feeling is that they could have a diamond in the rough.” The Knicks Blog

“I think right now their roster is full but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t make a move at some point,” Bass said. “So more than likely he would end up as an affiliate guy going to Westchester [D-League], but we’re certainly not ruling it out that he could go in there and play very well and force their hand.” The Knicks Blog

Gerry McNamara, Carmelo Anthony’s former Syracuse teammate and now an assistant coach for the Orange, said he was surprised Anthony re-signed with the Knicks. McNamara said the Knicks have yet to surround Anthony with the requisite pieces needed to contend for a title and scoffed at fans who wanted president Phil Jackson to let Anthony leave during free agency, calling him the best “offensive player in the game.” “I was surprised he stayed in New York: He wants to win, [but] he wants to be loyal,” McNamara said in an interview on Anthony Donahue’s Knicks Blog radio show Monday night. “I thought there were situations in free agency he would leave for. I thought Chicago was in position to win. Especially after the year the Knicks just had. I think he’s ready to take the next step in maturing of his career. The next step is putting some pieces in place for him.” New York Post

September 15, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League, the official minor league of the NBA, today announced the full list of affiliations between NBA and NBA D-League teams for the 2014-15 season, including an all-time high 17 single-affiliation partnerships. The Detroit Pistons (Grand Rapids Drive), Memphis Grizzlies (Iowa Energy), New York Knicks (Westchester Knicks), Orlando Magic (Erie BayHawks), Phoenix Suns (Bakersfield Jam) and Utah Jazz (Idaho Stampede) all entered into single affiliation relationships with their NBA D-League affiliate during the offseason. Additionally, the NBA D-League has implemented a new flexible assignment system which will enable the 13 independent NBA teams to continue to assign players to the NBA D-League for development or rehabilitation. NBA.com

September 14, 2014 Updates

Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony believes future NBA free agents will be hesitant to sign with the Atlanta Hawks in light of statements made by general manager Danny Ferry. "[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Anthony said Saturday at the Citi Carmelo Anthony Basketball camp in Manhattan. "At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint. ESPN.com

Anthony, who tested free agency over the summer and ultimately re-signed with the Knicks, said players "wouldn't look at" Atlanta as a potential destination. "As a player, as an athlete, we're looking for a job, we're trying to find a place where we can move our family, we can make our family comfortable, where we can be comfortable in a comfortable environment," Anthony said. "But those comments right there, we would never look at [playing there]. "I'm speaking on behalf of all athletes. We would never look at a situation like that, I don't care what it is." ESPN.com

September 13, 2014 Updates

Anthony says that he "can't wait" to learn the offense that helped Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant win championships under Phil Jackson-coached teams. "Without a doubt, without a doubt. When people say spots, I'm going to be all over the floor in the triangle," Anthony said. "It makes it hard to guard, it keeps all eyes off of you. I'm looking forward to it, I've been saying it all summer. I can't wait." ESPN.com

Anthony supports the idea of a longer, week-long break for the All-Star Game this season. The game will be played in New York. "I love it, I'm a big fan of that. I wish it was two weeks," he said. Anthony isn't bothered by the idea of playing an extra back-to-back to extend the break. "We play too many games as it is. So another back-to-back is not gonna hurt," he said. ESPN.com

Carmelo Anthony didn’t mince his words about the ongoing Atlanta Hawks racism controversy Saturday morning, slamming the franchise for the comments that were uncovered this week and saying it will impact the way free agents look at the franchise now and moving forward. “[There] ain’t nobody [who] would want to go there,” Anthony said at the Citi Carmelo Anthony Basketball ProCamp at Baruch College Saturday morning. “At the end of the day, Atlanta … I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint.” New York Post

“I support Adam Silver 100 percent,” Anthony said. “I think he’s done a great job since he’s been in. I think he came in with fire underneath him, and with a lot of things he had to focus in on, but I think he’s done a great job.” New York Post

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