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  1. Chris Smith, brother of J.R. Smith, released from D-League team following dispute over playing time

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

    Vitor Faverani, Phil Pressey, Chris Smith

    Chris Smith was given earned a roster spot on the Knicks prior to the beginning of the season, in what was reportedly a deal made when signing his brother J.R. Smith in free agency last summer. The entirety of Chris’s contract of $490,000 became fully guaranteed on opening night, but it cost New York more…

  2. The Extra Pass: Recapping the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    adam silver sloan

    The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was held in Boston this past weekend, the eighth in an annual series intended to bring the sports world and the advanced statistics community together to discuss common areas where the two fields can share and benefit from an increasingly abundant amount of raw data that measures athletes performing…

  3. ‘Hot Hand’ may exist after all, and data shows players like J.R. Smith believe in it

    Mar 1, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    BOSTON – It doesn’t take an MIT graduate student to tell you that J.R. Smith is among the many players in the league who believe in the “Hot Hand” theory, which is essentially the notion that if you’ve made a few shots in a row, you’re shooting the next one — regardless of the quality…

  4. Vince Carter not bothered by J.R. Smith’s headband antics

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    vince carter motorcycle celebration

    At one point in Monday night’s close contest between the Knicks and the Mavericks, J.R. Smith was apparently tired of seeing Vince Carter rain in shot after shot from three-point distance, and was willing to try anything to distract him. That included, of course, messing with Carter’s headband during a stoppage in play. All by…

  5. The Extra Pass: Carmelo Anthony calls his string of stellar performances ‘pointless’ after latest crushing loss

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    NEW YORK – The Knicks seem intent on finding new ways to lose basketball games, the most recent one coming in crushing fashion Monday night at the buzzer against the Mavericks. But the constant losing and the team’s abysmal record truly have nothing to do with Carmelo Anthony. Dallas gave back all of an eight-point…

  6. Monday night NBA grades: The yin and yang of Sixers, Knicks

    Feb 25, 2014, 2:11 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while mourning the loss of Harold Ramis (RIP)….. Philadelphia 76ers on the court. My. Lord. They. Are. Terrible. The Sixers have lost 11 in a row after getting just routed by the Milwaukee Bucks 130-110. That would be the 11-win Milwaukee Bucks, which shot 57.1…

  7. J.R. Smith plays with Vince Carter’s headband during game (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Well, at least he didn’t untie his shoelaces. Early in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks taking on the Knicks Monday night, J.R. Smith decided to just knock Vince Carter‘s headband down over his eye. The best is Carter’s look of “what is this, third grade?” But it also works, notice Carter spends most of…

  8. Tim Hardaway Jr. starts to untie Andre Drummond’s shoes (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tim Hardaway Jr

    The thought of Tim Hardaway Jr. learning just about anything from J.R. Smith is a little terrifying if you’re a Knicks fan, but you’ve got to admit: this was pretty funny. Earlier this season Smith received one of the oddest fines from the league you’ll ever see when he got docked 50 large for “repeated…

  9. J.R. Smith sat out Wednesday because mask didn’t fit right

    Feb 13, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    If the mask doesn’t fit, you’ve got to sit. Or something like that. We posted a couple days ago the plan for J.R. Smith to suit up for the New York Knicks Wednesday night wearing a mask to protect his fractured cheekbone. Except he didn’t suit up. After going through warm-ups Smith told the Knicks…

  10. J.R. Smith has cheekbone fracture, will wear mask for a while

    Feb 11, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith has found his shooting touch lately — in his last five games he has averaged 17.6 points a game, hitting 43.8 from beyond the arc, and with a true shooting percentage of 60.4. This isn’t going to help. Smith has a small fracture in his cheekbone and will keep playing but will wear…

  11. There is zero chance the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, can we stop talking about it?

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    I’ve been surprised how often this has come up lately. During radio talk show interviews, in emails, I even had a friend ask me: Are the Knicks trading Carmelo Anthony? No. Not even close. I’m not sure how this delusion even became a talking point. Yes, the Knicks do know Anthony can opt out of…

  12. J.R. Smith fears Mike Woodson getting fired (as he should)

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith was suspended for the New York Knicks’ first five games due to a failed drug test. He delayed getting knee surgery until after signing a new contract. He feuded with Paul Pierce. And that was just before the season began. But when Smith returned after his suspension, Woodson immediately gave him big minutes.…

  13. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  14. Amar’e Stoudemire with the flying throwdown vs. Blazers (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    Amar’e Stoudemire had a bit of a throwback performance in the Knicks’ loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, looking as spry as we’ve seen in quite some time. Stoudemire got loose for a couple of dunks, but this was the more explosive of the two, where he flew in for the slam after the nice…

  15. The Extra Pass: Central heat, plus Monday’s recaps

    Mike Brown

    No NBA head coach has been fired yet this season. Of course, “yet” is the key word there. Given the performances and the high expectations of a few teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, that could be changing soon. Here’s a look at the tenuous positions of three coaches from that division, in order…

  16. Report: Knicks make late push for Andrew Bynum, still looking for another big man

    Feb 3, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    For a team that has had its success this season playing small ball, the Knicks have a lot of guys in their frontcourt. They start Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony but behind them are Kenyon Martin, Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Jeremy Tyler and Cole Aldrich. The challenge has been keeping all those banged-up bodies healthy…

  17. Thursday night NBA grades: Goran Dragic would like the coaches to snub this

    Jan 31, 2014, 2:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns  v Indiana Pacers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering if you can get a beer delivery by drone while off in some remote spot…. Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns. Just as he was taking the court he found out he was snubbed from the All-Star Game (although smart money is he gets in…

  18. J.R. Smith broke Tristan Thompson’s ankles with stepback crossover (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    That’s about as bad as you’re going to see a guy get burned by a crossover. That move also pretty much sums up how this game went for the Knicks and Cavaliers. New York’s J.R. Smith was driving to his right with Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson on him when Smith pulled out a stepback crossover —…

  19. J.R. Smith with a flashy pass to Tyson Chandler for the alley-oop finish (VIDEO)

    Jan 29, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    During the first half of the Knicks’ complete destruction of the Celtics on Tuesday, J.R. Smith decided to crate some magic. Some clever dribbling from Smith freed himself enough to make a one-handed lob pass to Tyson Chandler, who knew what to do with it once he went up and got it. The Knicks led…

  20. ProBasketballTalk’s mid-season awards: Durant for MVP, Carter-Williams for ROY

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    We are at the NBA’s mid-season — it takes that long to really start to get a line on the NBA’s award season. Guys get hot early then fade, and you can bet some guys will make a push the second half of the season (remember J.R. Smith for Sixth Man of the Year last…

  21. Carmelo scores 35, gets help in Knicks’ win over Lakers

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    NEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony‘s record-setting 62-point performance in Friday’s win over the Bobcats was a much-needed infusion of offense into a Knicks team that had looked lifeless over its previous few games. But considering that output has only been achieved 17 times in the last 40 years, it’s not exactly a sustainable way to…

  22. Friday And-1 links: What happened to all those draft picks the Knicks gave away?

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than we love a good California Zinfandel…. • What happened to all the…

  23. Quote of the Day: J.R. Smith says defense “not my area of expertise”

    Jan 24, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    “That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know.’’ —J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks, speaking about the changes Mike Woodson is bringing to the Knicks defense, via the New York…

  24. The Extra Pass: Why the Knicks are starved offensively; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    As the New York Knicks were serenaded with a mix of boos and chants of “Brooklyn! Brooklyn!” at Madison Square Garden during an embarrassing 23 point home loss to the Nets, it felt like rock bottom. Again. For about the seventh time. That’s the thing about the Knicks this season. When it looks like it…

  25. Report: Knicks’ Beno Udrih requests trade

    Jan 21, 2014, 3:16 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    At points this season Beno Udrih has taken pointed criticism from Knicks coach Mike Woodson — remember back on Jan. 3 when J.R. Smith took an ill-advised three (tie game, shot clock turned off and rather than go for the last shot he fired away off an offensive rebound)? Woodson questioned why Udrih threw the…

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