Rick Telander Tied Chicago Violence To NBA Free Agency For Some Reason

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He did it.

It wasn’t easy.

It took a lot of pandering, false parallels, unfair doling out of responsibilities, and a pinch of dog whistle, but Rick Telander managed to connect this city’s position in NBA free agency to the plague of gun violence here. It’s brilliant in its absurdity, magnificent in how dually counterproductive it is to both the topic of sports contracts and to people being murdered en masse.

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New York Knicks and Phil Jackson’s plans next season

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There is no denying that the New York Knicks are into a very bad situation at the moment, one of the toughest ones they have been in since Carmelo Anthony came on-board . This was the first season in the Melo era that the team didn’t make it to the postseason and on top of that, their megastar forward is set to hit the free agency in a little more than one month from now.

However, the arrival of Phil Jackson, the new President of the team, has brought hope to New York. Now the team is ready to make all the corrective moves needed in order to improve next season. [Read more…]

Should Kevin Love join Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks in 2015?

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Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony are two of the hottest names at the moment in the NBA. Apart from their superb performances, both superstars will become free agents soon and they will have the opportunity to sign with any team of their choice. Carmelo’s contract expires this summer and Kevin Love will have the opportunity to opt out of his final year with the Minnesota Timberwolves after the end of the 2014-2015 season. Although up to now we’ve heard of many potential destinations for each one, we have never heard of a scenario that wants them joining forces. [Read more…]

Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson must be “Born Ready”

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Lance Stephenson went by the nickname “Born Ready” as one of the nation’s top high-school basketball players and one of the most decorated New York prep products.

Often times, during his one year at Cincinnati and his first two seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Stephenson made folks wonder if the “Born Ready” tag was purely hype and little substance amid instances of immaturity and lack of production.

However, with Danny Granger sidelined for virtually the entire 2012-13 season with a knee injury, the 6-6 Stephenson capitalized on the opportunity at starter’s minutes, and he put a huge exclamation on his remarkable improvement last Saturday with a 25-point, 10-rebound effort (including a clutch nine-point fourth quarter) to lead the Pacers to a series-clinching Game 6 victory over the New York Knicks and a date with the Miami Heat in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals, which begin with today’s Game 1 at 8:30 p.m. in Miami.

That Game 6 performance suggested Stephenson indeed may have been “Born Ready.” The Pacers hope that’s the case regardless, but it very well might be key to their chances at defeating Miami and earning a trip to their first NBA Finals since 2000.

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Superstorm Sandy claims Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks game

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It looks like Superstorm Sandy, hurricane Sandy, or post tropical cyclone Sandy whichever designation it has now, has claimed another sporting event. Here’s a tweet from @richsandomir from the New York Times:

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New York Knicks have enough pieces to contend in Eastern Conference

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

The resurrection of the New York Knicks hasn’t been an as accelerated a process as management would have hoped.  They invested a ton of money in signing a big three of their own but haven’t been able to get the job done on their own just yet.  That’s why the Knicks added some veteran pieces this off-season that should help them contending in the Eastern Conference.

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New York Knicks sign John Shurna to one year deal

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The leading scorer in the Big Ten last season, and greatest player in Northwestern history finally has a NBA home, as multiple sources report the New York Knicks have signed John Shurna.

It’s a one year deal for Shurna, who struggled with the Atlanta Hawks summer league this past season.

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Paying a Price for Trading a Superstar

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There is no denying that Dwight Howard is a superstar and superstars only come around every so often. Teams are rarely willing to trade their superstar unless it’s for another superstar or a group of solid players and draft picks. That being said, I have no words for what took place last night.  [Read more…]

The Houston Rockets are fools for signing Jeremy Lin

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I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but this is what America has become today. After over 200-plus years of work, this is what America has accepted. Rewarding mediocrity is something that ruins sports franchises, businesses and America. [Read more…]

Jeremy Lin headed to Houston Rockets? (Taiwanese animation video)

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Jeremy Lin may say bye-bye to the New York Knicks if they don’t match the Houston Rockets’ three-year $25 million dollar offer. The New York Knicks have until Tuesday night to match the offer, including the final-year $14.8 million dollar balloon payment, proposed by the Rockets. Many are speculating that the Knicks will pass on this offer. Do you think the New York Knicks is making a huge mistake by potentially passing on this bright star?

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My “beef” with NBA contracts: Part I – Bad Contracts

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I love to get paid just as much as the next guy. But when it comes to figuring out a budget and where to spend your money, I think some GM’s are lost. The absurdity of big-dollar contracts in the NBA has made me think a lot since last offseason. With another off-season just around the corner, I would like to dive into last year’s contracts that were handed out, what players did and didn’t deserve them, and then I would like to focus on this year’s contracts and who should and shouldn’t get a big deal. This might turn into a three or four-part series. Here is Part I today.  [Read more…]

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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