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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. Knicks continue recent strong play with win over Heat

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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.…

  10. Report: Knicks checking trade market for J.R. Smith. Good luck with that.

    Jan 8, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    In theory there should be strong trade market for the reining sixth man of the year making close to the league average salary. But if that sixth man is J.R. Smith, good luck. As the Knicks front office tries to change the locker room culture and figure out how to get out of the mess…

  11. Knicks J.R. Smith fined $50,000 for trying to untie players’ shoes

    Jan 8, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    J.R. Smith got caught Sunday untying Shawn Marion’s shoe Sunday during the Knicks win over Dallas — watch the video above, where during Dirk Nowitzki’s free throws Smith bends over, pretends to check his own shoes and unties Marion’s. He got a warning from the league but there was no fine for it. However our…

  12. J.R. Smith untied Dwight Howard’s shoelace before Shawn Marion’s, then reportedly blames Howard for inspiring trick

    Jan 8, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    J.R. Smith has some nerve. He got got caught untying Shawn Marion’s shoelaces, talked his way out of a fine and then pretended to pull the same stunt against Greg Monroe (though I can buy the possibility Smith was joking when he reached toward Monroe’s shoe and had no true intention of grabbing the lace).…

  13. J.R. Smith warned but not fined for untying opponent’s shoes, tries it again anyway (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    You’ve got to love J.R. Smith, at least to a certain extent. During Sunday’s win over the Mavericks, Smith untied Shawn Marion‘s shoe while the two were lining up to rebound a free throw attempt. Multiple reports, including this one from Marc Berman of the New York Post, say that the league issued a warning…

  14. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Golden State climbing rankings fast

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

    The top two teams in the East are the top two teams on PBT’s Power Rankings, but with their current nine-game win streak Golden State has moved in as the top ranked team in the West. If they keep defending like this they are legitimate contenders come playoff time.   1. Pacers (27-6, Last Week…

  15. The Extra Pass: Why D’Antoni is the right man for the job; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard react on the sidelines as the Lakers trail the Los Angeles Clippers, and after Howard fouled out of the game, during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    You may consider this curious timing to take up for Mike D’Antoni, considering his Lakers just gave up 137 points at home to a Denver Nuggets team that can best be described as “meh.” Believe it or not, though, pulling the wool over your eyes isn’t my intention here. Let’s be truthful: D’Antoni’s teams really…

  16. Watch J.R. Smith untie Shawn Marion’s shoe during game (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    Classic. Watch the video above — not Dirk Nowitzki taking free throws, but on the left watch J.R. Smith bend down like he’s checking his shoes and untie Shawn Marion‘s shoe while the free throw is taking place. Marion goes down and plays the defensive possession out then you can see him as the team…

  17. Knicks coach Woodson blames Beno Udrih for ill-advised three-pointer from J.R. Smith

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    For the second time this season, a member of the New York Knicks launched a shot late in the game that showed no regard for how much time was remaining, the score, or the game’s overall situation. And the team’s head coach, Mike Woodson, wants to pin at least part of the blame for this…

  18. J.R. Smith continues Knicks pattern of late-game mistakes with ill-advised three in loss to Rockets (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    The Knicks had an opportunity to win their second straight game against a team that has performed much better than New York has to this point, but another bone-headed mistake in a season that’s been full of them derailed that chance. Tied with the Rockets with under a minute remaining, New York inbounded the ball…

  19. Iman Shumpert’s career-high 27 points help Knicks beat Spurs (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Two

    The Knicks have needed someone to spark them in what has been a dismal campaign thus far, and they finally got the performance they were looking for out of Iman Shumpert in Thursday’s huge win on the road over the Spurs. Shumpert has always shown flashes of being able to do these things, but he…

  20. The Extra Pass: Seven young players to watch in 2014

    Jan 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers

    One of the best parts of the NBA is watching the young talent emerge, some guys you expected to be good but others that came out of left field. Along those lines, here are seven players to watch as they start to break out and find their way in their first couple NBA seasons. Anthony…

  21. The Extra Pass: The best dunks of 2013; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    If the end of a year serves as a time for reflection and the remembrance of lessons learned, then let the video below serve as one last reminder for the small guards of the league. If LeBron James is coming at you on a break, move. If DeAndre Jordan is flying down the lane towards…

  22. Knicks waive Chris Smith to make way for Jeremy Tyler, J.R. Smith ticked

    Dec 30, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    "A Year In A New York Minute" Photo Exhibition

    This was expected. It was also the smart basketball move. The Knicks have waived little-used guard who is currently in the D-League Chris Smith — the brother of J.R. Smith — to make way for bringing back Jeremy Tyler. The Knicks need the help along the front line and Chris Smith is frankly of little…

  23. Quote of the day: Kevin Durant thought Madison Square Garden was awfully quiet

    Dec 26, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    Celebrities Attend The Oklahoma City Thunder Vs New York Knicks Game

    “It felt like no one was in here.” —Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, describing the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day to Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal. I can’t blame Knicks’ fans for this — what has this team given them to cheer this season? Another poorly chosen J.R.…

  24. The Extra Pass: LeBron and Kobe miss each other once again, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES – The reason behind the NBA scheduling a Christmas Day marquee matchup between the Heat and the Lakers had nothing to do with the current fate of the respective franchises, and everything to do with potentially getting to see two of the game’s biggest stars competing in a rare head-to-head matchup. A Finals…

  25. Thunder put on show under bright lights, rout Knicks at Madison Square Garden

    Dec 25, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks

    This was as bad as Knicks fans have feared. Before the tip the Knicks learned that leading scorer and guy they can’t do without Carmelo Anthony was in fact going to be out due to the sprained ankle suffered Monday. Then once the ball went up for that tip the Oklahoma City Thunder looked every…

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