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November 20, 2014 Updates

The Knicks’ 115-99 blowout loss to the Timberwolves on Wednesday night could be the last time they play without Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon. The Knicks are laying the groundwork not only for Bargani to make his season debut Saturday against the winless Sixers but also for Calderon to join him. There have been so many setbacks along the way, Knicks coach Derek Fisher is being cautious about penciling them in for Saturday. But it’s in the designs. New York Post

November 19, 2014 Updates

With the Bucks’ lead down to 2 points with less than 10 seconds to play, J. R. Smith nearly stole an inbounds pass, which would have given the Knicks a chance to tie or go ahead. Instead, an official review confirmed that Smith — and not the Bucks — had knocked the ball out of bounds. “Play harder,” a somber Smith said after the game, when asked about Fisher’s halftime message. “For some reasons, it’s something we have to be reminded of — to play hard — which is something that’s really embarrassing.” New York Times

Anthony said his knee has been sore since New York's 95-90 win Oct. 30 at Cleveland. He said after Tuesday's game that he has had tests and that he knew "what's going on with it." Anthony scored 26 points against the Bucks. Coach Derek Fisher said he didn't know whether it was "anything major" and that he thought Anthony would be OK. "We played a lot of games in a short time, and you know Melo's obviously carrying a big load," Fisher said. "I'm sure he'll be OK. We'll keep an eye on him and make sure he's good, though." ESPN.com

November 18, 2014 Updates

The Rockets had pushed all their chips to the center of the table in pursuit of Carmelo Anthony (who chose to stay in New York) and then Bosh, a perfect complement to Howard and Harden. With James gone and with Rockets GM Daryl Morey clearing the runway for Bosh to chase a third ring as the third wheel in his home state of Texas, it all seemed to be a fait accomplit. The Rockets sure seemed to think so. "Did they?" Bosh told CBSSports.com. "... I think they're still in contention for it even without me. It's free agency. It's a crazy time. It just kind of got crazy real fast and then it settled down completely." CBSSports.com

Jackson huddled with Anthony prior to last Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. "We had a great conversation, a very positive conversation," Anthony said after practice on Monday. "It gave me some clarity whether it was in the system, whether it was things I should do out there for myself, whether it was things I should do out there for the players, for my teammates ... I took it extremely well." ESPN.com

Anthony didn’t want to talk about any “finger-pointing” in the Knicks’ locker room, saying that he tried to stay away from any “negativity” last season. “I know when you’re losing games and you’re having the season like we had last year, the negativity can easily seep up in the locker room, seep up with the players,” he said. “You have side conversations with different players, guys will start grouping up and pointing fingers and stuff like that, but I didn’t see it because I kind of shied away from all of that. I had to be the one to stay positive and try to stay focused in that situation.” ESPN.com

“Whenever he’s back, his versatility is huge for us on both ends of the floor,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said after Monday’s practice. “I think he can guard multiple positions and offensively he can play multiple positions. He’s another guy on the floor that defenses have to think about how they want to cover him. He makes the game easier for Carmelo [Anthony], J.R. [Smith], Iman [Shumpert]. So we’re excited to get him back soon hopefully, and start to kind of rebuild our team again once we get some guys back out there.” ESPN.com

November 17, 2014 Updates

Dennis Doyle knows how strange it must sound, his giving up his career as a lawyer to hit the road with his favorite sports team. And then his story gets even more unusual. The part about his favorite team being the Knicks, an addiction since childhood. And choosing this season, of all seasons, to attend every one of the team’s 82 games, home and away. And withdrawing about $20,000 from his savings to make it all happen. “I knew there was a chance that this could be a really awful season,” Doyle, 31, said Thursday at his apartment in Queens. “I asked for it, I guess.” New York Times

The Knicks’ main free-agent target, Marc Gasol, is also being targeted as a possible replacement to Tim Duncan assuming Ol’ Man Riverwalk retires this summer. The Knicks will be players for the Memphis center mainly because of the first three rules of real estate — location, location, location — and because Gasol is familiar with both Jackson and Derek Fisher since older brother Pau spent the best years of his career with the Lakers. New York Daily News

Denver coach and Phil Jackson disciple Brian Shaw is slowly moving onto the hot seat and if Jackson has it in his budget, could bring him aboard. The Post reported if Shaw came with no strings attached, he would have offered the former Lakers assistant the job over Fisher last May. Fisher said Shaw hasn’t run the triangle in Denver but Shaw seemed to dispute that to a point. “We have a lot of triangle principles in our offense,’’ Shaw said. “A lot of two man game and three man on the other side. I beg to differ. There are a lot of similarities. Difference is we don’t run a two guard front which is the true form of the triangle but obviously our roster was built to play a different way.’’ New York Post

November 16, 2014 Updates

Smith told The Post he is learning to work harder under the new Triangle regime and that is making a difference. “It’s been very rewarding,’’ Smith said of the sweat equity he is putting in this season. “It doesn’t always accumulate in the stat sheet, but it accumulates with my teammates. It’s more of a process of being better for everybody around me. If we’re all on the same page, cutting and back doors, it really makes us more effective.’’ New York Post

But for all the novelty of his season-long experiment, Doyle sees real value in it — a quest for self-discovery, he said, and a chance to explore his passion for writing. He has been chronicling his travels in a blog, The Oakman Cometh: A Season with the New York Knicks, and plans to pitch a book. “I think there’s a metaphor between what’s happening with the team and what’s happening in my own life,” Doyle said. “You’ve got this team that’s coming off a horrible year where everything went wrong. But they’re in transition, and there’s hope on the horizon.” New York Times

One of the holdovers from last season’s fractured 37-win squad — injured guard Iman Shumpert — confirmed as much on Saturday. “I definitely know. I know (finger-pointing) was a problem last year,” Shumpert said after not participating in practice in Greenburgh. “This year, like I said, it’s a confidence in the system, it’s a confidence in one another. I think everybody trusted that once we came to training camp, we could see that everybody worked their ass off this summer. New York Daily News

Hill said the Knicks and Celtics wanted to bring Swift in for a workout when he returned to the States and then the league lockout occurred, wiping out the NBA summer leagues and postponing league activity for six months. “I guarantee he would have made one of those teams,” Hill said. “He was blocking shots and running the floor and rebounding, getting to the foul line. He was having fun playing basketball again. It was fun to watch. That’s a sad story. The whole story is really sad.” Boston Globe

November 15, 2014 Updates

In 2010, the biggest prize was LeBron James, but the free-agent class that summer was crammed with stars of every sort — including Johnson, who eventually returned to Atlanta with a massive six-year, $123.7 million contract. But he did so only after a flirtation with the Knicks. “Almost. Almost,” Johnson recalled of the Knicks’ contention. “The Knicks were the first team I met with.” New York Post

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