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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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 —…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Kobe Bryant just drops in on Boston College international marketing class

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    “Hey, who is that guy auditing the class today, he looks familiar somehow…” Kobe Bryant is traveling with the Lakers on their Grammy road trip and is in Boston with the team, when he decided to go out to hit the town for a night… and just drop in on an international marketing class at…

  13. Lance Stephenson with the steal and finish against J.R. Smith (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Lance Stephenson was dominating in the Pacers’ blowout win over the Knicks on Thursday, and this play pretty much exemplifies what he brought to that game from an energy standpoint. Indiana had already put this one away, leading by 25 points with under six minutes remaining. But Stephenson kept his energy constant, ripping J.R. Smith…

  14. Lance Stephenson’s career-high 28 points lead Pacers to blowout win over Knicks

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers will almost certainly have two players representing their team at All-Star weekend in New Orleans in Paul George and Roy Hibbert, with George likely to be voted in as a starter by the fans, and Hibbert likely to be selected as a reserve by the Eastern Conference coaches. It’s also possible that the…

  15. J.R. Smith was benched after complaining about minutes, being late to meeting

    Jan 15, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Apparently, Mike Woodson and the Knicks are talking hard line with J.R. Smith in hopes of not letting him become a distraction as they try to claw back into the playoffs. We’ll see how that goes. Smith was benched for the second time in four games Tuesday and the reasons were tied to him not…

  16. Knicks bench J.R. Smith again because… nobody is saying. Smith thinks it’s “ridiculous”

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    There are plenty of reasons a team may choose to bench J.R. Smith: his poor shot selection messing with the offense, his lack of defense, a wide range of off the court antics. The Knicks benched Smith for the second time in four games Tuesday night, this one an eventual Knicks loss to the Bobcats…

  17. The Extra Pass: The best possible nickname jerseys; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    If you missed it last week, the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets played with nicknames on the back of their jerseys instead of their last names. Once I was able to shush the crotchety old man that sometimes takes over my brain, I really enjoyed it. Ray Allen‘s “J. Shuttlesworth” jersey, a nod to his…

  18. Knicks coach Woodson chooses Slava Kravstov to shoot free throws after Markieff Morris is ejected (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    NEW YORK – Entertaining moment early in the second quarter on Monday during the Knicks’ 98-96 overtime win over the Suns. Markieff Morris received his second technical foul of the game for shoving J.R. Smith following an inadvertent shot to the face he received while attempting a shot. A second technical is an automatic ejection,…

  19. Larry Bird beat J.R. Smith to shoelace stunt

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    J.R. Smith was put through the ringer last week for untying Dwight Howard’s shoe, untying Shawn Marion’s shoe and gesturing to untie Greg Monroe’s shoe. Smith was fined, benched, told to grow up by his coach and shamed by the NBA’s most powerful writer. So why didn’t Larry Bird get the same treatment after his…

  20. PBT Extra: Talking J.R. Smith rumors, Kevin Love’s future

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Knicks are on a hot streak, that in spite of the injury to Tyson Chandler and the distraction that is J.R. Smith. In this latest edition of PBT Extra Kay Adams asks be about the reality of the J.R. Smith trade rumors, which were really a bluff by the Knicks more than anything. Then…

  21. J.R. Smith returns to Knicks lineup, says lesson learned is to ‘be a professional’

    Jan 12, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith has been at the center of attention in New York lately, first for on-court antics that resulted in a fine, then for being benched by Knicks head coach Mike Woodson in the team’s win over the Miami Heat. This is how it goes, of course, when players get into any type of trouble…

  22. Report: Knicks interested in trading for Andre Miller

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    The Knicks have been playing better lately, winning four of their last five despite the fact that they’re dealing with injuries to the likes of Pablo Prigioni and Tyson Chandler, along with the internal team suspension of J.R. Smith. New York needs a talent upgrade somewhere to continue this recent uptick, and even if the…

  23. PBT Podcast: Talking Nets, Knicks, Kevin Love and trades

    Jan 10, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony leaps to block Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams despite hand grab by Nets' Reggie Evans during their NBA game in New York

    Suddenly the Knicks and Nets are hot. Just like everyone suspected. The latest edition of the PBT Podcast myself, Brett Pollakoff of PBT and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio talk about the sudden heat wave in New York (basketball anyway) and if it is sustainable. Then the focus shifts to trades, current and future.…

  24. Knicks continue recent strong play with win over Heat

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

    lebron james  carmelo anthony

    NEW YORK – The Knicks got their third straight victory and fourth in five games by taking care of the Heat 102-92 on Thursday, and while everyone on both sides pointed to New York’s defense as the reason behind their success on this night, offensively it was as simple as the team finally knocking down…

  25. Knicks coach Mike Woodson says he’s done talking about J.R. Smith, who may have been benched vs. Heat

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    NEW YORK – J.R. Smith has been a distraction for the Knicks this season, not only because his play has been nowhere near the level it was a season ago when he took home Sixth Man of the Year honors, but also because of some nonsense that’s garnered the team the wrong kind of attention.…

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