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PROVIDENCE — Mike Woodson revealed Iman Shumpert had knee soreness over the summer, and that could be the reason he indicated stronger than ever Wednesday that J.R. Smith is in line to go from the Knicks’ sixth man to their s...
PROVIDENCE — Mike Woodson revealed Iman Shumpert had knee soreness over the summer, and that could be the reason he indicated stronger than ever Wednesday that J.R. Smith is in line to go from the Knicks’ sixth man to their starting shooting guard. Woodson said he believes the switch to starter for Smith could “expand his game.’’ Woodson touted Smith as the favorite to beat out Shumpert, though Smith still is rehabbing from July’s patella tendon surgery. Woodson said part of Shumpert’s developmental program was shut down this summer because of his knees, and he appears worried about Shumpert’s durability. “He’s been beat up a little bit,’’ Woodson said. “Could be he tried to work too hard. He’s been on and off with our developmental program. When his shoulder went out [in camp], I was, ‘Damn, here we go again.’ He’s had some [time] where his knee has been sore. ‘’ Shumpert, who had ACL surgery last offseason that kept him out until January, said Wednesday his knees are fine now and the training staff felt it was natural they were sore after his quick return. Shumpert had a bag of ice on his left knee after Wednesday’s shootaround for precautionary reasons. Smith won the Sixth Man Award last season and the role seemed suited for his game and personality. “I think he’s past that,’’ Woodson said of Smith. “I want him to be past that. Let someone else get the Sixth Man, if he deserves to win the starting job. Last year was last year. He’s capable of defending, [but] that’s the only question I have. I know Iman can defend and he’s still searching for the offense. “You can go back and forth,’’ Woodson added. “I’m going to let the two fight it out.’’ In Wednesday night’s preseason opener against the Celtics at Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Pablo Prigioni will get the starting nod in the backcourt over Shumpert as Woodson goes to a two-point-guard alignment. But that alignment, which the Knicks used at the end of last season, is only ceremonial. Woodson doesn’t feel Shumpert has had a enough reps because he sat out several days of practice with a sore shoulder. Shumpert is expected to start the rest of the preseason trip, which continues Friday in Toronto and Saturday in Manchester, N.H. According to Woodson, Smith should be ready to be on the court scrimmaging by the final week of training camp. He will have to sit out the first five games of the regular season because of a suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. Smith is not on the road trip. Woodson stuck with Smith as the sixth man last season despite several openings to insert him in the starting lineup. “That was last year. I was adamant about that,” Woodson said. “When I sat down with J.R. at the beginning of [last] season, I wanted to try to help him do something to make him feel good about himself. The notion was: Let’s see if you can be the sixth man off the bench. That was my thing to him. I sold him on that. He got it done. That’s last year. I told him in his exit meetings if you came back next year with the attitude you can win the starting job, why not grant him that opportunity? It frees him up to to maybe expand his game and be better for the ballclub.’’ * Woodson said center Cole Aldrich will see a lot of playing time on the three-game trip. The Knicks coach said Kenyon Martin won’t play on the trip in his attempt to rest the veteran as much as possible.
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On Tuesday, Ian Begley wrote a post on ESPN NY entitled “Opening Tip: Too many 3s?”, in which he questions the wisdom of the Knicks’ approach that led them to setting the record for 3 pointers attempted and made last ye...
On Tuesday, Ian Begley wrote a post on ESPN NY entitled “Opening Tip: Too many 3s?”, in which he questions the wisdom of the Knicks’ approach that led them to setting the record for 3 pointers attempted and made last year. His argument is as follows: None of the four conference finalists in 2012 were […]
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This week we'll be looking at the Knicks' success behind the arc: why it works, and how they can sustain it in 2013-14 Mike Woodson has spoken! And while most of us obsess over potential starting lineups, we also got this this delightf...
This week we'll be looking at the Knicks' success behind the arc: why it works, and how they can sustain it in 2013-14 Mike Woodson has spoken! And while most of us obsess over potential starting lineups, we also got this this delightful quote, dropped in between Woodson's tall lineup fetish-izing: Sounds like the #Knicks plan to shoot 3s at or near the pace they established last year. "I’m not going to ever take that away," Woody said. — Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 6, 2013 Hell yeah! More threes! Threes from M3LO! Threes from M3TTA and B3NO! Threes from the PIP3! Just no threes from K3NYON, if you please. In 2012-13, the Knicks rode the three-ball all the way to an Atlantic Division championship and a third-overall offensive ranking. New York made history last season from behind the arc -- shooting a record-breaking 2,371 three-point attempts and making a record-breaking 891 of them. Their .376 three-point field goal percentage ranked fifth in the NBA. But that was last season. New York has lost their two best three-point shooters by percentage: Steve Novak (.425 3P%) and Chris Copeland (.421). It would stand to reason, then, that their overall shooting percentage may take a hit in 2013-14. Does that mean the Knicks should think about curtailing their three-happy offense this season, if only just a bit? Oh, hell no. Not even a teeny bit. Consider this: if the Knicks go away from the three-ball this year, just where exactly can we expect the additional offense to come from? Carmelo Anthony won the scoring title and led the league in usage rate, so he has pretty much maxed out his scoring potential. Their best low-post scoring threat, Amar'e Stoudemire, isn't guaranteed to play more than a handful of games this season, and their new scoring threat, Andrea Bargnani, is coming off multiple injury-riddled and ineffective campaigns up in Toronto. Can Tyson Chandler make up the difference with mid-range jumpers? Somehow, I doubt it. Before we delve into the potential efficacy of this year's Knicks three-point attack, we should try to better understand what made last year's offense so special. Last year's offense wasn't simply about shooting threes; it was also about using the threat of the three to open up space for players inside. There wasn't a single player last season who didn't benefit from the three-heavy offense. For proof, look no further than Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks' big man suffered through a depressing season of knee pain, knee cysts, and probably knee lupus. He started the season on the disabled list, struggled to work his way into playing shape in January, and was back on the DL by the beginning of March. Yet, through all this, he managed to put together his most efficient offensive season since his glory days with Steve Nash. * - Indicates All-Star for league.Only on regular season tables." class="tooltip sort_default_asc" data-stat="season" align="center">Season Age Tm Lg G MP TS% eFG% ORB% DRB% TRB% USG% OWS DWS WS WS/48 2006-07* 24 PHO NBA 82 2689 .637 .575 10.1 23.3 17.0 25.8 7.2 4.0 11.2 .201 2007-08* 25 PHO NBA 79 2677 .656 .592 8.2 21.1 15.2 28.2 10.9 3.8 14.6 .262 2008-09* 26 PHO NBA 53 1948 .617 .541 7.2 18.1 12.9 24.2 4.6 1.4 6.1 .149 2009-10* 27 PHO NBA 82 2838 .615 .557 9.7 18.9 14.5 27.3 8.2 2.5 10.7 .181 2010-11* 28 NYK NBA 78 2870 .565 .505 7.8 17.6 12.7 30.9 5.4 2.6 8.0 .134 2011-12 29 NYK NBA 47 1543 .541 .487 7.9 19.8 13.7 25.4 1.8 2.3 4.1 .128 2012-13 30 NYK NBA 29 682 .637 .577 10.0 15.1 12.4 25.7 2.1 0.6 2.7 .191 Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 10/7/2013. The results were, quite frankly, remarkable. Amar'e accumulated more offensive win shares in 682 minutes last year than he did in 1543 minutes in 2011
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For Part One, click here. For Part Two, click here. Andrea Bargnani! *puts on bulletproof vest and protective cup, curls into the fetal position* Before you pummel me, basketball fans, at least hear me out. Andrea Bargnani is a profe...
For Part One, click here. For Part Two, click here. Andrea Bargnani! *puts on bulletproof vest and protective cup, curls into the fetal position* Before you pummel me, basketball fans, at least hear me out. Andrea Bargnani is a professional basketball player. He now plays for the New York Knicks. We can at least agree on these facts, right? Right? Seriously, it's hard to remember a more divisive player ever to don the orange and blue...and the Knicks have had a lot of divisive players. Some of us were pro-trade, and some of were anti-trade, some of us would like to see Bargs in the starting lineup, and some of us are vehemently opposed. But regardless of where you fall in the Bargnani debate, we're all Knicks fans here, and we'd all like the best for Bargs whenever he takes the floor. I've already written at length on how Bargnani can help the Knicks from inside the arc, but this is Three Week, dag-nabbit! Let's see those three-point numbers. * - Indicates All-Star for league.Only on regular season tables." class="tooltip sort_default_asc" data-stat="season" align="center">Season Age G MP 3P 3PA 3P% 2006-07 21 65 1629 100 268 .373 2007-08 22 78 1861 90 261 .345 2008-09 23 78 2453 119 291 .409 2009-10 24 80 2799 121 325 .372 2010-11 25 66 2353 77 223 .345 2011-12 26 31 1032 34 115 .296 2012-13 27 35 1003 38 123 .309 Career 433 13130 579 1606 .361 Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 10/9/2013. Woof. I'm pretty sure any Knicks fan would gladly take Bargnani's career three-point shooting average of 36.1% for this season, but he hasn't even approached that in recent years. There are some mitigating circumstances to consider here -- Chris Bosh left after the 2009-10 season, and he was injured for the past two years. Nobody really knows how much these and other factors affected Bargnani's shooting percentages. But before the Knicks worry about those low numbers, they must first address the most pressing issue with Bargnani's long range shooting: quite simply, the guy has perhaps the worst shot selection in today's NBA. When most basketball fans think of Bargnani's position, they call to mind the prototypical "stretch 4" -- a player tall enough to play at power forward, but with a very different skill set than the traditional frontcourt banger. The stretch 4 helps the offense by hanging out on the perimeter, using a silky jumper to drain open threes while drawing defenders away from the paint. Most importantly, they shoot them threes! Athletically, Bargnani profiles as a stretch 4. He doesn't rebound -- like, at all -- and he's not going to bang down low with the likes of David West, but the guy can shoot. And that is crucial in today's game. We're in a brave new world, people. When it comes to shooting jumpers modern offenses understand that a three-point shot is far, far superior to a long-distance two. If a shooter has range out to 24 feet, then he is better off taking the chance at the three than at a 20-footer. In fact, many of the best defenses, like Chicago's, defend on the principle of taking away the paint and the three-point line and funneling opposing shooters into that 20-foot region. Tom Thibodeau doesn't mind it if you shoot a long two...and if you're shooting the shot Tom Thibodeau wants to the shoot, then you've failed, my friend. It seems simple, doesn't it: threes are good, long-twos are bad. So why has Bargnani spent his last three seasons shooting jumpers as if the three-point line didn't exist? Distance FGA FG% eFG% 2010-11 16 ft. to 3-pt 310 .429 .429 3-pt 223 .345 .518 2011-12 16 ft. to 3-pt 146 .404 .404 3-pt 115 .296 .443 2012-13 16 ft. to 3-pt 125 .424 .424 3-pt 122 .311 .467 For a guy
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New York Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire has increased his workload as he continues to rehab from a July knee surgery, and he hopes to be ready by the regular-season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 30, according to Marc Berma...
New York Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire has increased his workload as he continues to rehab from a July knee surgery, and he hopes to be ready by the regular-season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 30, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. Stoudemire still hasn't been cleared to scrimmage and is not yet running on the court at full speed. But after his most recent workouts, he's optimistic that will happen soon, which could clear the way for a return by the opener: "It's definitely a possibility,'' Stoudemire said of playing in the opener. "It's matter of how strong my legs are. I'm working my butt off to gain strength. Hopefully I'll be ready by the season opener. "Everyone knows when I'm healthy, what kind of player I am and what I bring to the table.'' Not only does Stoudemire believe he could be ready for the regular-season opener, he also feels there's a chance he may be able to suit up for the Knicks' final two preseason games. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he would have no problem with Stoudemire playing in the preseason if there are no further setbacks: "He hasn't had any setbacks, which is nice,'' Woodson said. "I'm hoping he plays some [in preseason]. You have to gauge it and see. If he can play 10 minutes a game in the exhibition season, we'll play him. That's providing he doesn't have any setbacks and continues the pace he's on.'' Of course, Stoudemire's Knicks career has been marred by numerous setbacks as his ailing knees have betrayed him. The 30-year-old underwent two knee surgeries last season, which forced him to miss 53 regular-season games. The Knicks plan to be extra cautious with Stoudemire whenever he does return to the court, with an expected minutes limit of about 20 per game. Stoudemire played 23.5 minutes per game last season, averaging 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds. More from SB Nation NBA: • The Hook: Kobe, injury recovery and the myth-building of a legend • Can Kyrie lead Cleveland's playoff push? | Bynum offers risk, reward • Denver's place in the NBA's middle ground | Appreciating Professor Miller • Flannery: Derrick Rose returns, finally | Blog a Bull's preview • Today's NBA headlines from around the league
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Most (if not all) pro basketball players dream of someday making it to the NBA. That said, every journey is different. There are many different paths en route to the NBA, and there are even more factors in evaluating what makes a success...
Most (if not all) pro basketball players dream of someday making it to the NBA. That said, every journey is different. There are many different paths en route to the NBA, and there are even more factors in evaluating what makes a successful career. From players who have graced the NBA hardwood (like Mickael Pietrus, James White, Mickael Gelabale, and Courtney Fortson), to intriguing up and coming young guns (like Gani Lawal and Mike Singletary), and not to mention a slew of international all-stars (a notable one being Chuck Eidson), Three Eye Sports represents an array of players with different backgrounds and basketball upbringings. Representing players from the NBA, D-League, and international competition, the agency continues to assist its varied client list in making the best decisions throughout their respective careers. As their athletes chase the dream of playing in The Association, Three Eye Sports is there to help them all figure out the most efficient way to get there. In the meantime, the agency also helps such players assess which opportunity (D-League, international, etc) may be best to take advantage of in the meantime. This also means continuing to play ball around the clock, but it's clear the agent and his clients recognize more pros than cons. For example, Lawal recently came to an agreement with the 76ers on a partially guaranteed contract for the upcoming season. Whereas some young guns may have been lured overseas permanently to earn guaranteed money instead a previous opportunity perhaps granted the big man the opportunity and flexibility to take a chance with Philadelphia. "Gani made good money in Italy this past year, and then went on to make six-figures in what ended up being a week in China this offseason, so it's a no-brainer for him," his agent Daniel Curtin said while speaking with RidiculousUpside.com. Many of Curtin's clients cashed in on lucrative opportunities filled with more money and rich experience this offseason following a successful year in the D-League. Of course, this also means continuing to play ball around the clock, but it's clear the agent and his clients recognize more pros than cons. "There were plenty of guys who played in the D-League last season without receiving a call-up," Curtin said. "As you know, if a player doesn't receive a call-up, they're really making next to no money in the D-League." Taking that into consideration, both Fortson and Singletary were prime examples of Three Eye Sports clients who reaped the benefits of additional opportunities. "Courtney and Mike were two guys who were really able to use the 'offseason' as an opportunity to make some extra money, and then still be in the mix this fall to play elsewhere," he said. In Venezuela, Fortson was the leading scoring in his respective league, and Singletary embraced a role with more responsibility in the Philippines. "Both guys were able to make more than their D-League salary in a month," Curtin added. "They played at a high level and really set themselves up. In that kind of scenario, it's a financial decision. Everyone values having an offseason, but guys who come from the D-League simply want to make some more money. It's their decision. A lot of guys will ask us what we can get them in the spring or summer months." As he explores the best opportunities for his clients, Curtin pointed to the decline of the European market as a door opener for alternative markets to attract high level talent instead. He said, "With the decline of the European market and current economic situation there, the alternative markets--- Asia, South America, etc.-- become more viable options. The basketball may not be as highly regarded there, but the money is often times is much, much better." Curtin asserted that the motivation such players have keep balling it up overseas is simple. He added, "These guys are professional. Often times, how a guy's career is judged comes down to how much money they make. As
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