Will the New York Knicks be able to re-sign Jeremy Lin?

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Linsanity flooded the sports world this past NBA season as Jeremy Lin brought a fresh of breath air to the New York Knicks franchise.  At the top of the Knicks’ off-season questions; will they be able to re-sign Lin and build off their strong play late in the year?

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What kind of contract will free agent-to-be Jeremy Lin receive in off-season?

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Even though the Knicks lost to the Nets last night and he was abused on the defensive end by Deron Williams, “Linsanity” is still sweeping the sports world.  Jeremy Lin‘s rise from the NBA D-League to sparking a turnaround of the New York Knicks has certainly been beyond impressive.

Here is something to think about though; Lin is a restricted free agent after this season.  While his epic run only covers a ten-game span, you can bet that the Harvard alum will be cashing in on his new-found fame and success.

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Signed Jeremy Lin jersey brings $42,000 in auction

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Last week Jeremy Lin partnered with the Garden of Dreams Foundation to put a game-worn signed jersey on the online auction block at Charitybuzz.com, along with a chance to meet him at tomorrow’s game (2/22) against the Hawks, including four VIP tickets. The jersey is the same one Lin wore on Friday, February 10, 2012, when he scored 38 points against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Applying the Allan Houston Rule to NBA Atlantic Division Teams in 2011

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One of the topics expected to be discussed during the pending NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston Rule.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  Here is the Atlantic Division.

By: David Kay

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New York Knicks Must Follow Miami Heat Blueprint

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The New York Knicks have formed their own superstar tandem with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.  Now the franchise must follow the Miami Heat game plan from last off-season and find the right pieces to compliment their star players.

By: David Kay

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Are the Knicks a Playoff Team This Season?

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The New York basketball revolution has begun.  It did not receive the immediate boost this off-season as LeBron, Wade, and Bosh chose to join forces in South Beach rather than the Big Apple.  Still, the signing of Amare Stoudemire is the first piece to the puzzle for the Knicks to regain respectability in the NBA and compete for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

By: David Kay
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Real Season Begins NOW for New York Knicks

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By: David Kay

As expected, it was another rough year for the Knicks franchise as they suffered through their ninth straight losing season.  However, it was almost accepted by their front office and fan base as the true season for the Knicks begins on July 1st when the NBA free agency period begins.

Every single move the Knicks have made post-Isaiah Thomas has been geared up to clear cap space so they could be a major player this off-season.  That’s why New York dealt their 2009 first round pick Jordan Hill and a 2011 first round pick to the Rockets just so Houston would take on Jared Jefferies salary for next season.  In the process, the Knicks acquired Tracy McGrady who was a free agent.  New York now enters the off-season with only four players under contract next season and a boatload of cap space.
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