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  1. J.R. Smith’s brother Chris costing the Knicks over $2 million this season

    Nov 13, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

    Vitor Faverani, Phil Pressey, Chris Smith

    When Chris Smith tried to tell us that he earned his roster spot with the Knicks to start the season, the amount of disbelief expressed was understandable. Despite his declaration, most saw his addition to New York’s squad for what it was — a favor to the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith,…

  2. The Extra Pass: Pau Gasol talks slow start to season, plus Sunday recaps

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — In the first quarter Sunday night against Minnesota (as his Lakers were getting blown out of the water), Pau Gasol was 3-of-5 shooting for six points. The rest of the game he was 2-of-7 shooting, and the second of those buckets came :26 seconds left in the game when Rick Adelman had…

  3. J.R. Smith set to make season debut for Knicks on Sunday

    Nov 9, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    It was an interesting offseason for J.R. Smith, and perhaps a more eventful one than the team would have liked it to be. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year re-signed in New York as a free agent on a deal that will pay him $18 million over three years, and that was about the…

  4. Andrea Bargnani has a huge night for Knicks (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Things were starting to get dire for the Knicks, at least as much as they can be so grim just five games into the 82-game regular season. Tyson Chandler was lost for 4-6 weeks due to injury, and with a lack of healthy bigs on the roster while Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire struggle with…

  5. Knicks coach Woodson says he’s not worried about job security, won’t look over his shoulder

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks are off to a slow 1-3 start to the season, and despite the very legitimate reasons for the early losses, a team that finished second in the Eastern Conference a year ago isn’t expected to be patient while things sort themselves out. Mike Woodson is finding his seat to be a bit warm…

  6. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  7. Derrick Rose hits the game-winner to send Bulls past Knicks (VIDEO)

    Oct 31, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    Derrick Rose was not at his best in Thursday night’s nationally-televised matchup against the Knicks, but he rose to the occasion when it mattered most. With the Bulls trailing by one and 5.7 seconds remaining, Rose drove baseline, then stopped and elevated for the high-arching floater over two defenders that fell through the net to…

  8. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  9. Chris Smith, brother of J.R. Smith, says he ‘earned’ Knicks roster spot

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Vitor Faverani, Phil Pressey, Chris Smith

    Chris Smith is getting a roster spot with the Knicks, and his contract of $490,000 will become fully guaranteed for this season if he remains there by the time Wednesday’s opening night is upon us. It’s been widely speculated (and essentially assumed) that Smith is on the team because his brother, J.R. Smith, made it…

  10. J.R. Smith beats the 3rd quarter buzzer by sinking a halfcourt shot (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan

    J.R. Smith was in midseason form on Friday, both in terms of his shooting ability as well as his performance in celebrating his accomplishments. Smith pulled up from just inside of halfcourt at the third quarter buzzer, and launched a three-pointer that looked good from the moment he let it go. And yes, the celebration…

  11. ‘Melo says he had “heart to heart” talk with J.R. Smith

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony

    J.R. Smith is expected to play in his first preseason game Friday night (the Knicks final one). He had knee surgery this summer, but he put it off until he had signed a new three-year, $18 million contract, which pushed the rehab back into training camp. When the season starts Smith will miss the first…

  12. J.R. Smith says he’d prefer to be a starter

    Oct 15, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    J.R. Smith won the Sixth Man of the Year award coming off the bench for the Knicks last season, and was an important reason why the team was potent enough to finish with the second best record in the East. This season, however, Smith would like a new challenge. From Ian Begley of ESPN New…

  13. Iman Shumpert trims flattop from existence

    Oct 14, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert, Terrence Ross, Landry Fields

    I’ve previously mocked the idea of the Knicks starting anyone but Iman Shumpert, who seemed to have clearly earned the job last season and done nothing to lose it. No more. Start J.R. Smith. Start Tim Hardaway Jr. Start Chris Douglas-Roberts. Start Toure Murry. I don’t care. Shumpert is really tempting fate with this haircut.…

  14. Iman Shumpert playing with an edge, but not getting much love from Mike Woodson

    Oct 10, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Iman Shumpert has started his last 62 games, including all 45 last season. Yet, Knicks coach Mike Woodson is not guaranteeing him a starting spot this season. That seems like a motivational ploy, and if so, it’s working. Ian Begley of ESPN New York: Shortly after he hit his third 3-pointer of the first half…

  15. Stoudemire, Smith to sit out Knicks first three preseason games

    Oct 7, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    The Knicks have a couple guys coming off injuries who they will need as much of as they can get in the regular season — Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith. Those same Knicks are on the road for the next six games this preseason — against Boston in Rhode Island, Toronto in Toronto, Boston now…

  16. Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton – not Iman Shumpert – guaranteed to start for Knicks

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    As Mike Woodson played mad chemist with the Knicks’ starting lineup last season, four players started both every game they played and a majority of all New York’s games: Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert. All four return to the Knicks this season, and three will definitely start again. Sorry (maybe), Iman.…

  17. J.R. Smith blames postseason struggles on his upsetting of ‘the NBA gods’

    Oct 3, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    J.R. Smith has had a rough go of things, on and off the court, ever since a single boneheaded decision he made during Game 3 of the Knicks’ first round playoff series against the Celtics. With his team leading by 19 points at the time and well on their way to a 3-0 lead in…

  18. Andrea Bargnani playing a lot of small forward? Bad. Idea. Jeans.

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Carmelo Anthony thrived last season on offense for the Knicks playing the four, the power forward spot — he could take bigger guys outside and beat them off the dribble, if teams went small against him he could post up. But that creates some roster challenges for Mike Woodson this season because Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e…

  19. Knicks’ Woodson on J.R. Smith: “He’s got to grow up”

    Oct 2, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    Let’s run through J.R. Smith’s summer: He delayed getting needed surgery on his knee until after he got a new contract signed, which has pushed his rehab back possibly all the way into the start of the season. He requested (and got) a lot money from the three-year contract up front. He was driving around…

  20. Knicks bring Chris Douglas-Roberts into training camp

    Oct 2, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Milwaukee Bucks

    Coming out of an impressive college career in Memphis, Chris Douglas-Roberts seemed like the kind of crafty player who could find a way to get his shot off in the midrange and develop a role in the NBA. It hasn’t panned out that way. For some players the biggest adjustment going from college to the…

  21. J.R. Smith admits delaying knee surgery until after he signed new contract with Knicks

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    J.R. Smith took home the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award last season, and was an important piece to a Knicks team that finished the season with the second best record in the East, behind only the defending champion Miami Heat. But he hasn’t exactly been doing things to ingratiate himself to the fan…

  22. J.R. Smith feels he let team down with drug suspension

    Sep 30, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    J.R. Smith — who signed a three-year contract with the Knicks then promptly went out and got knee surgery on his patella tendon, surgery he knew he needed but waited until it was on company time — could miss the start of the season as he rehabs from injury. But when he is ready he…

  23. Wednesday And-1 Links: Vote for your favorite new Mavs uniform

    Sep 25, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks uniforms

    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. • A while back, the Dallas Mavericks asked fans to submit their own ideas…

  24. Stoudemire practices with Knicks but sits out scrimmages

    Sep 24, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    New York is going to great lengths to protect the knees of Amar’e Stoudemire. He is in New York and working out at the team facility with his fellow teammates in advance of training camp opening next week — but when the scrimmages start he sits them out, reports Ian Begley at ESPNNewYork.com. The reason…

  25. Knicks invite Josh Powell to training camp; everyone is bummed it’s not Ricky Davis instead

    Sep 22, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Powell_Josh

    The New York Knicks have basically worked out everyone who has ever touched a basketball this offseason, and that’s led to a lot of speculation over who was getting the golden tickets to training camp. As fun as it would be to imagine Ricky Davis hanging out with Metta World Peace and J.R. Smith on…

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