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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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.
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The ink on the four-year contract is not dry yet, but free-agent center Tyson Chandler confirmed that he will sign with the New York Knicks.
Chandler opted to sign with the Knicks after being heavily courted by the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets among other teams.
“It just really happened over the last, like, 48 hours,” Chandler said.
“I just think the future of the team, being able to play alongside Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and the young talent that we have, I feel like puts us in contention over the next four or five years.”
Tyson Chandler has received an official offer from the Warriors worth more than $60 million over four years, according to a source.
Chandler is an unrestricted free agent after spending last season with the Mavericks.
In order to sign Chandler, the Warriors will likely need to amnesty Andris Biedrins.
Golden State is hoping to receive a commitment from Chandler on the first day of free agency on Friday.
Tyson Chandler’s hunch that he will be wearing a new uniform soon could prove to be true. And it may have nothing to do with Chandler and everything to do with Deron Williams.
With serious interest registered from the Nets, Golden State, Houston and Sacramento, four teams with cap space and flexibility, the man who served as the glue for the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA title could be slipping away — but for reasons that go well beyond the uncertain free-agent market for Chandler himself.
The Mavs are in no rush to retain Chandler on a max offer, largely because they want to maintain flexibility for next summer’s free-agent class — which just happens to include Dallas’ own Williams.
In a surprise development on the first day that NBA teams and agents could start talking about new contracts, Tyson Chandler came away convinced that his time with the Dallas Mavericks is coming to an end.
“I really think I’m going to be on a new team come training camp,” Chandler told ESPN.com in a telephone interview Wednesday night. “I’m really taking a hard look at all of my options, trying to see what best suits me.”
Chandler’s doubts about the Mavericks’ willingness to re-sign him to a lucrative long-term deal are bound to be welcome news for the teams already courting him in these early stages of free agency.
Steve Nash’s brilliant career is winding down and he could lose a full season of his twilight if the NBA lockout wipes out the 2011-12 season.
While many believe Nash’s only chance to win a championship would come with a trade to a contender, the Victoria-raised point guard is still hopeful that the Suns can pull a rabbit from their hat.
“I think we definitely can get back, but obviously we need to improve our roster a little bit,” he said. “As it stands now, we’re probably a player or two short. But we’ve seen many teams win championships by acquiring a Pau Gasol [Los Angeles Lakers], or a Tyson Chandler [Dallas Mavericks] or a Rasheed Wallace [Detroit Pistons], whether it’s at the deadline or the summer. So, if we can somehow happen across a player of that calibre, it would be great.”
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New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams has chosen to sign with Jeff Schwartz as his new agent, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.
The decision to sign with Schwartz’s Excel Sports Management means that the top three free agents in the summer of 2012 will all be represented by different agents.
Orlando’s Dwight Howard is represented by Dan Fegan, New Orleans’ Chris Paul signed with Leon Rose last summer and now Williams is aligning with Schwartz, whose client roster includes top veterans Paul Pierce, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler and Lamar Odom, as well as young stars Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.
According to sources, there has been minimal conversation between the Mavericks and Tyson Chandler about an extension since Dallas won the first championship in franchise history on June 12.
As badly as the Mavericks want the vocal Chandler back to reprise his role as the most impactful frontcourt sidekick Dirk Nowitzki has ever played with, team officials are apparently determined to see exactly how restrictive the new salary-cap rules are after the lockout before trying to re-sign the Team USA big man.
Chandler finished third in the league last season in NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting after averaging 10.1 points and 9.4 boards while playing in 74 of 82 games despite concerns about his injury history.