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Battle for NY: Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks Open Season in Brooklyn

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It doesn’t get much better than this to kick off the 2012-13 NBA season. After Joe Johnson fired the first shots against the Knicks, the trash talk will be settled on the court in the season opener for both the Nets and Knicks as they will meet November 1 at 7PM at the brand new Barclays Center.

The first professional sports game in Brooklyn since the Dodgers last game at Ebbets Field in 1957, the season opener will draw a ton of interest from New Yorkers. There is destined to be a great deal of Knicks fans in attendance to see their Atlantic Division rivals begin their transition to Brooklyn.

The game is set to be an intense one between both on the court between both teams, and in the stands between both both sets of fans. Expect hard fouls, physical play, and a raucous crowd on an extremely exciting sports night in New York. The battle for the city begins.

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Why Jeremy Lin Disrespected the Knicks

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The economics major from Harvard should have tried his hand at politics if his basketball career did not take off in the midst of Linsanity last season. Jeremy Lin clearly knows how to play both sides of the fence with lies, double-talk, and a falsified sense of happiness playing on a team he doesn’t actually want to be on.

Don’t make any mistake. Lin is only in Houston for the “ridiculous” money offered to him after playing just 25 games last season. All of the talk of wanting to join the Rockets because they are a good team is just complete nonsense. If Lin really wanted to win he would have stayed in New York and played alongside Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler.

Lin’s decision was more than winning and cashing in on a huge paycheck. The point guard’s ego couldn’t allow him to play second fiddle to Melo and Amar’e. No, Lin wanted to be the center of attention on a team that has no other big names to steal the thunder from him. I guess the media capital of the world is not big enough for Lin and Melo.

He said he always wanted to remain a Knick at the beginning of free agency, but if this is true, why would he consult with Houston and make them raise the price of the offer sheet? The original Houston offer would have been matched by James Dolan. He and Houston knew the Knicks couldn’t match a higher offer of 3 years/$25.1 million contract because it would cause serious problems for New York with the salary cap in year three of Lin’s deal. A very sneaky move done by Lin behind the Knicks’ back.

One more thing that is hard to understand is why Lin would sign with the team that cut him on Christmas Eve last season. Instead of repaying the team that gave him a chance to play and made him a worldwide sensation, he basically told the Knicks that he was too good for them.

Even if it was all about the money, which it was, how could a Harvard graduate be so dumb to move away from the biggest media market in the world. Sure the Knicks couldn’t match the $25 million by Houston. But he had the chance to make a whole lot more money in sponsorship and advertisements in New York. Now he will be forgotten playing in Texas for a team that is not even going to make the playoffs.

It’s no big deal for the Knicks. They will not have to deal with the sloppy play and turnovers at the point guard position with Lin gone. When all is said and done Jeremy Lin needs New York more than the Knicks need Jeremy Lin.

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Why the Knicks Are Making the Right Move Not Matching Lin Offer

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Linsanity was a nationwide and even worldwide phenomenon for one month, as Jeremy Lin was the center of every tweet, headline, and conversation in the Big Apple. His name took on a life of its own with sayings such as “Linsanity”, “Lindarella”, Super Lintendo”, “Linincredible”, and so on. Honestly, it was hard not to be excited about all of the Jeremy Lin craziness. The unlikely hero carried the New York Knicks and played a big role in helping the team make the playoffs. It was the perfect story for a city like New York.

While Knicks fans adored Lin last season, many are extremely upset about the Knicks refusal to match Houston’s three-year/$25 million contract offer. New Yorkers want to experience Linsanity for a second straight year and they want to see the youngster lead New York to another playoff appearance.

The Knicks front office, however, has other ideas. The team signed veteran point guard Jason Kidd to a three-year deal, and they also traded for Raymond Felton in a sign-and-trade with the Trailblazers. There has also been news that New York will not match Houston’s offer for Jeremy Lin. All signs are pointing to Linsanity heading to Houston.

Although this might anger people, this is the right move my Knicks management for several reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that $25 million for someone who only played 25 games is way too much money. That equates to $1 million earned for every game he played last season. Even more worrying is the fact that Lin never played a minute of playoff basketball. What if those 25 games were a fluke? It would be a huge mistake to sign him to a big contract and be hamstrung with regards to the salary cap. New York already has Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire making the maximum and Tyson Chandler is also eating up a large portion of the salary cap.

Why put yourselves in a hole for the next couple of years? This is the same thing Isiah Thomas did when he destroyed the franchise for a decade. It took the Knicks and Donnie Walsh several years to recover from the terrible contracts and to clear some cap space for the summer of 2010. If Lin was a sure bet to be a top 10 NBA player, then the contract would be justified. But you cannot take such a gamble for a player who only played 25 games last season. Teams will soon catch on to Lin.

The moves for Kidd and Felton are smart ones. The Knicks do not have to pledge their future to either point guard, which opens the door for Chris Paul. This was the Knicks plan all along. Melo, Amar’e, and Chris Paul always wanted to play together and now they might just have their chance as Paul’s contract expires at the end of this season. He is the player who deserves the three-year/$25 million contract, not Lin. Paul is a franchise player who would greatly improve the Knicks and make them championship contenders for the foreseeable future. It is clear that New York is keeping an eye on Paul’s situation with the Clippers or else they probably would have matched Lin’s offer.

A backcourt of Kidd and Felton is not a very bad one. Both point guards are experienced and will fit well in Mike Woodson’s system. If it doesn’t work, then the Knicks could pursue a trade for Paul mid-season to bolster their roster. If that doesn’t happen, then the Knicks could wait until next off-season to throw a boatload of money at Paul. Let’s be honest, New York is not going to win a championship this season, so what’s the big deal if they sacrifice this season in order to pursue the Clippers’ point guard. With Lin’s New York career up in the air, the Knicks will have a lot of decisions to make in the future. Hopefully, all roads lead to a big three of Melo, Amar’e, and Paul.

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Linsanity Done For in New York?

The days of seeing Jeremy Lin in a Knicks uniform might be numbered.  Late last night, the Knicks completed a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers that would bring Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas to New York.  In return, Portland will receive Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric.  This move could be the signal that Jeremy Lin will not be returning to New York in the fall.

The Rockets have been playing hard ball.  After offering Jeremy Lin $29 million over 4 years, the Rockets threw out the offer.  Instead, they gave Jeremy Lin a three year, $25.1 million offer sheet to play for the Rockets.  They also packed the last year of the contract with $14.9 million that Lin would be receiving.  This can pose problems as salary cap does take into effect in the NBA.

One would imagine the Knicks will not be pursuing Lin anymore.  There’s no room for him really.  Why would the Knicks have three point guards on the roster?  Though three point guards on a team is unusual, don’t rule the possibility out as the Knicks organization has made some questionable decisions over the years.

According to sources, the Knicks gave up on their pursuit of Lin.  Landry Fields, Lin’s best friend on the Knicks, is not going to be returning as the Knicks didn’t match the offer the Raptors gave him.  Knick fans should expect the organization not to bring back the smartest backcourt in the NBA.

During the beginning of Linsanity, he was putting up crazy numbers.  Scoring at least 20 a game while having double digits in assists.  No one knew how to defend him.  Until his game against Miami.  LeBron and the Miami defense shut him down because they knew his style of play.  Soon the whole league had a report on Jeremy Lin.  They knew how to play him.

Knick fans shouldn’t be too upset of a possible Lin departure.  The two point guard who they received this off-season can hold down the fort pretty well.  Felton thrived with the Knicks and don’t count Jason Kidd out just yet.  Look at the bright side.  Chris Paul is a free agent next off-season.  Can you see a possible big three playing in the Garden? I can.

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Knicks Acquire Marcus Camby

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As expected, Marcus Camby will return to New York to play for the Knicks. New York and Houston have agreed upon a trade which will send the 38-year old Camby to Madison Square Garden in exchange for Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, and second round picks in 2014 and 2015.

Camby will come to the Knicks via a sign and trade after inking a three year deal worth $13.2 million with the Rockets. The veteran center will be the backup to Tyson Chandler and will finally give the Knicks a legitimate big man off the bench.

This trade comes after the news that Steve Novak signed a 4-year/$15 million deal to stay with the Knicks. New York is looking to solidify their bench and they will make their next order of business re-signing Jeremy Lin and J.R. Smith.

I don’t mind the trade. The Knicks are giving up Douglas, Harrellson, Jordan, and two second round draft picks. None of these players will be missed, and none of them would have seen much playing time this season anyway. Camby is a good backup center to have when Chandler is on the bench, as he is a good rebounder and defender. I don’t really understand the 3-year deal for the 38-year old, but the Knicks are looking to win now so they have to do it. Hopefully all of the draft picks they are giving away will not come back to bite them in the future. If the Knicks win a championship, however, none of this talk of giving up draft picks will even matter.

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Knicks Need to Make This Off-Season a Success

Man what an off-season it has been for the Brooklyn Nets.  They have resigned Deron Williams.  Traded for Joe Johnson.  Brought back Gerald Wallace.  Yet they’re still not done!  Dwight Howard is still in their crosshairs.  If anything, they could just fall back on the solid Brook Lopez and call it a more than successful off-season.

Now what about that other New York team?  Aside from signing Jason Kidd, a player who has one foot out the door of his career, the Knickerbockers have been quiet to say the least.  Even though I don’t expect the Knicks to make a big time deal, there are player that can make this off-season a successful one.

First off, the Knicks have to bring back J.R. Smith and Steve Novak.  Sources have said that J.R. is willing to stay with the Knicks.  So what are they waiting for?  Smith, 26, averaged 12.5 points as well as a little fewer than four rebounds a game.  New York can sign him for as little as $2.9 million.  I think the team can cough up $3 million for a solid player like Smith.

Now what about that sharp-shooter, Steve Novak.  Novak was a nice little surprise for the Knicks last year.  He shot 47 percent behind the arc as well as hit 85 three-point shots which was second in the league.  He brings a different type of intensity to MSG and the Knicks would be foolish not to sign him.

But what about Jeremy Lin?  Linsanity.  As much as I don’t think that he is worth $7.5 million a year for the next four years, it is vital that the Knicks bring him back.  I think if Dolan came out as soon as the season ended and told Lin where they stood money wise, the Houston Rockets wouldn’t have even been in the equation.  The Rockets were smart.  Though they did offer Lin that kind of money because they want him in Houston, they also jacked up the price for Lin.  Dolan and the Knicks could have had Lin for much less if they didn’t let other teams command how the free agent market went.  Even though Lin received contract offers from teams other than the Knicks, I expect Linsanity to be in effect in New York next year.

The Knicks can’t horse around.  If they don’t sign Novak and Smith on July 11, the first day players can sign, then they can find themselves overpaying for these two players.  I’m expecting all three of these guys back in a Knicks uniform next year.  They are certainly needed in New York and should be treated like they are.

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Marcus Camby Returning to Knicks?

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Former Knicks center Marcus Camby could be on his way back to Madison Square Garden after leaving New York following the 2001-2002 season. Camby is currently an unrestricted free agent who is being targeted by the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and Brooklyn Nets among other teams.

The big man is 38-years old but he has still shown that he is a more than capable center in this league, averaging 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 19 games this past season. He will meet with the Knicks and the Heat this weekend, and will likely leave Houston.

Camby would be a backup to Tyson Chandler if he signs with the Knicks. On the contrary, he would have an opportunity to start for the World Champion Miami Heat who are looking for a reliable center. It might very well come down to money for Camby. If so, there is a 50/50 chance that he comes back to New York.

I still think Marcus Camby is a good center in this league. He is a tremendous rebounder and a defensive force  in the paint. At age 38, he would probably be a better fit with the Knicks backing up Chandler and playing limited minutes off the bench. He would be an upgrade over what the Knicks have now on the bench, offering more than Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrellson, Jared Jeffries, or Dan Gadzuric. Camby would be a welcome edition to this undersized Knicks team.

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Jason Kidd Signs With Knicks

After failing to lure two-time MVP Steve Nash to MSG, the Knicks turned their attention to another veteran point guard. As their backup plan,  New York signed 39-year old Jason Kidd to a three-year deal worth a total of $9 million, filling the spot of Baron Davis and Mike Bibby.

Kidd is likely to play backup to Jeremy Lin if Lin decides to re-sign with the Knicks. The former New Jersey Net was slated to make a return to the Nets as a backup for Deron Williams, but instead chose to reunite with former Mavericks teammate Tyson Chandler. Kidd’s departure from Dallas leaves Mark Cuban’s team in a world of trouble as they have lost out on Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Jason Kidd, and Jason Terry.

This signing would have been great 10 years ago, but Kidd is not the same player that he was in New Jersey. At 39, his minutes will be limited and his physical abilities will not match up with those of Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, or Russell Westbrook.

While Kidd is on his last leg, he still has a lot to offer to the Knicks. He brings a calming influence to a team which lacked a reliable point guard last season, and he also is a great passer and shooter of the ball. He will get Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler involved in the offense while also providing the team with some scoring at the point guard position. While New York did not get Nash, Kidd was the next best option. Assuming that they re-sign Lin, the Knicks should have a solid backcourt as the future Hall of Famer will also be a great mentor for the young Jeremy Lin. Overall, it is a positive signing which had to be made.

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