Raymond Felton getting in the best shape of his life.
Kidd avoiding light poles.
JR continuing to defend and knowing when to pull the trigger (and when NOT to).
Shump getting healthy.
Melo learning to share the ball, consistently defend and rebound, and sticking that pull-up jumper every time.
Novak getting enough space to nail three after three after three.
White surprising us.
Amar’e developing some low post moves, hitting that jumper, and regaining his bounce.
Chandler just being Chandler, with an extra low post move here and there.
Camby just being Camby.
Thomas leading from the bench.
The Knicks nabbing another big man who can contribute and another shooter!
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New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is out “indefinitely” after an MRI revealed a bulging disk in his lower back, the team announced.
He missed Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Point guard Jeremy Lin was also out with a sore right knee.
He is officially listed as day to day.
The team said that Stoudemire will undergo non-surgical treatment for the back injury and will treat it with rehabilitation. But coach Mike Woodson did not rule out the possibility that Stoudemire could need surgery in the future.
Mike D’Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, sources confirmed to ESPN Wednesday.
D’Antoni’s resignation was first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. The coach’s agent, Warren LeGarie, told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher that the parting was “a mutual decision” because D’Antoni and the franchise have “conflicting views of the Knicks’ future.”
The Knicks (18-24) have hit a tailspin in the last two weeks, losing six straight and seven of eight to fall six games below .500 and into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Dwyane Wade sees the Knicks as a growing threat in the Eastern Conference and believes they may be one key player away from becoming a serious contender.
“Every team over the years that has been successful has had three guys averaging at least 15 points or more,” Wade told The Daily News on Thursday. “They need a third guy but he doesn’t have to be the same caliber of Carmelo (Anthony) and Amar’e (Stoudemire).”
“They don’t need a superstar to be successful,” Wade added. “Teams have won without three superstars. They have two great players. They just need to continue to add pieces. What they need is other player that is consistent…but I don’t want to give them the recipe.”
Amare Stoudemire is not fully recovering from his back injury endured during Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs and a delay to the start of the season could allow him to fully recover. In June, Stoudemire admitted to reporters he was a “bit tight.”
Stoudemire is approximately ‘90% healthy’, according to a source, but may not be available to begin the season if it started on time.
Stoudemire was originally diagnosed with a back spasm, but later discovered it was a pulled muscle.
Amare Stoudemire will wait out the lockout in New York.
The Knicks star put an end to any rumors that he would play basketball in Europe if the NBA’s labor issues persist.
“Europe teams are calling, I think I’m going 2 stay here in the states,” Stoudemire wrote on Twitter on Saturday night. “My loyalty is with the State of New York and the NYK’s. Who’s with me?”
It came a day after Stoudemire hinted at playing in Israel on the social network site.
“Should I go to Israel an play for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the lockout?” Stoudemire asked his Twitter followers on Friday.
Amare Stoudemire revealed on Wednesday that he continues to experience back pain nearly two months after originally sustaining an injury prior to Game 2 against the Boston Celtics.
“It’s still tight,” said Stoudemire, who was injured during a pre-game dunk. “It’s still pretty tight. It was pretty serious. It’s a muscle that takes a while to heal.”
Stoudemire also praised the Dallas Mavericks for winning the title and for doing a good job of “harassing” LeBron James. In fact, the Mavs success reinforced Stoudemire’s belief that the Knicks, a team that has not been known for defense for more than 10 years, needs to focus on performing at both ends of the court.
“For us, no question, it’s about focusing in on how important defense is,” he said. “We have to focus in on that angle and that angle only. Offense is no problem, but defense is where we have to focus in on.”
Sources close to Knicks president Donnie Walsh say he has targeted Kings 6-foot-11 shotblocker Samuel Dalembert as the likeliest free-agent catch this summer.
Walsh’s old-school principles have made adding a big, bruising starting defensive center to play alongside power forward Amare Stoudemire as his No. 1 priority.
The Knicks realize some top free agents likely will stay put or be out of their financial range. Memphis’ Marc Gasol and Dallas’ Tyson Chandler are expected to re-sign, and the Clippers probably will match an offer to the young DeAndre Jordan.
The New York Knicks decided not to buy out the contract of point guard Chauncey Billups on Wednesday, ensuring he will be with the team for his full $14.2 million salary for the 2011-12 season.
The Knicks had until Friday to pick up the option or pay Billups a $3.7 million buyout.
“Chauncey, Amare [Stoudemire] and Chauncey [Billups] are a great nucleus, as we continue to look to improve our team going into the offseason,” Knicks president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh said in a statement. “Chauncey is an extremely talented and experienced point guard — we are very happy to have him back.”
According to sources, the New York Knicks are interested in bringing back Wilson Chandler.
Chandler, who got traded to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade, will be a restricted free agent, and a source said he would love to return to the Knicks. And the Knicks would love to have him back as Mike D’Antoni believes he is the perfect versatile fit for his system.
Chandler’s new agent is Happy Walters, who also represents Amare Stoudemire and Knicks surprise reserve standout Shawne Williams, also a free agent whom the Knicks would like to bring back.