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Iman Shumpert Won't Need Shoulder Surgery

Iman Shumpert won't need surgery to repair his injured shoulder.

Shumpert suffered the injury on Dec. 12 and will be reevaluated in a few weeks.

“Yeah, definitely. I wanted to get back on the court as soon as possible. But it’s a healing process,” Shumpert said before Saturday’s 99-90 loss to Phoenix. “It’s a lot better now that it’s back in place. I don’t need any medication or anything for it, just ice.

“It’s not like it’s hurting me walking. I don’t have to use a sling. It’s just all about strengthening the muscle so that it doesn’t pop out again when I return back… They gotta look at it and say that everything is healed up when I go out there and practice and I’m comfortable with getting hit when I get out there.”

Via Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Goran Dragic Will 'Definitely' Consider Signing With Knicks

Goran Dragic called signing with the New York Knicks a “possibility” in July when he plans to opt out of his contract and test free agency.

The presence of Phil Jackson makes the Knicks more attractive to Dragic.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” said Dragic, who earned All-NBA third-team honors last season. “You know Phil, he was a great coach. He won so many titles and he was coaching so many great players that of course it’s interesting and I would love working with him. Because probably he’s making all the moves — I’m not sure — but he knows what the team needs and what direction the team needs to go. In the past probably, he makes some decisions, who the Lakers bring in and the Chicago Bulls and (he) did an amazing job.”

 

Dragic said he intends to keep his options open for free agency and isn’t focusing on any single team, though he did repeat the Knicks were an option.

“I think so it’s a possibility, but not just New York,” Dragic said. “I’m a free agent. I want to explore my options but so far I’m really happy in Phoenix. They give me a lot. I like the city. I like the fans and I like the organization, so it’s going to be a tough decision to make, but I’m going to start thinking of that at the end of the season.”

Via Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Carmelo Has Been Advised To Rest Knee For Several Weeks

Carmelo Anthony has been advised to stop playing for a few weeks due to soreness in his left knee.

"I have multiple people say kind of just shut it down," Anthony said. "Or just take time off. But at the end of the day, it's hard for me to just do that right now in the midst of what's happening with the team and this season. So just trying to be smart about that."

 

Anthony was hopeful that his knee would feel better with a few more days of treatment and admitted that 'some days are better than others,' as far as the pain in the knee goes. He isn't sure what it would take to finally make the decision to rest it for a while.

"Some days it feels like I can go, some days it feels like I have everything," Anthony said. "The other day it was a little sore in the first half and I didn't have no lift in my shot and in the second half the lift came back a little bit. It's going to be off and on like that."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Phil Jackson Defends Chandler Trade On Twitter

Phil Jackson and Chris Sheridan engaged in a spirited discussion on Twitter about the early results of the New York Knicks' trade of Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks for Jose Calderon, Sam Dalembert and Shane Larkin.

"Here's how new majordomo got hornswaggled in his first big move," wrote Sheridan.

"negative, I'm okay with the Dallas deal. Tyson fits there and our 3 players, Jose, Sam, and Shane are on the court," replied Jackson. "our season got off to a rocky start-injuries-Tyson could not have changed the outcome. Trades are judged in 4-5 year terms."

Sheridan ended the conversation by saying the Knicks' "product is shameful."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Carmelo On Not Signing With Bulls: What's Done Is Done

Carmelo Anthony isn't regretting his decision to re-sign with the New York Knicks instead of leaving for the Chicago Bulls.

Anthon chose to remain with the Knicks for five years and $124 million. Chicago only could offer four years at about $74 million, though had Anthony been able to get Knicks president Phil Jackson to do a sign-and-trade, he could have gotten significantly more.

“No, if I start doing that and saying, ‘What if?’ to myself, second-guessing and questioning myself, it won’t be right. For me, mentally, it won’t be right so I will not allow myself to sway towards asking myself ‘What if?’ with this situation or that situation,” Anthony said Wednesday.

“What’s done is done. I kind of don’t look at it, I kind of don’t think about it anymore,” Anthony said. “That’s in the past for me. … As far as now and thinking about that situation, it doesn’t even come close to me thinking about that.”

Anthony hopes the Knicks will be able to eventually get him more help.

“You think about that,” Anthony said of the not-yet-arrived help. “It’s only right that you think about that. I don’t try to put too much thought into what’s going to happen when we still have [55] games left this season. For me to start thinking ahead of what the possibility is this offseason or next season, I just can’t find myself thinking like that [now].

“You just got to believe. I have never been a quitter in my life or in my career. It is something that you got to believe in, that it will happen and have faith that it will happen and stay the course and just know that this is not the situation that I expected, that we expected. There’s nothing that we can do about it as far as what has happened already. We got to focus on tomorrow.”

Via Fred Kerber/New York Post

Tyson Chandler Feels Sorry For Carmelo

Tyson Chandler feels sorry for his former teammate Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony and Chandler had an icy relationship during their time together with the New York Knicks, according to various reports.

"I do because he's a competitor," said Chandler. "I laced them up and went to battle with him for the last three years and know what kind of competitor he is.

"I know he wants to win, and I know he's going to take a lot of this heat. And it's unfortunate because he's a hell of a player in our league. It's just unfortunate."

The Knicks have struggled this season with a newly re-signed Anthony.

"He signed a contract to come back here with expectations of doing everything in his power to take this team to the next level," Chandler said. "I ultimately feel like it will with the right pieces. They have to get luck with some things in free agency or get a high draft pick or whatever the case may be, but it takes a while to change the culture.

"You bring in a new coach and you bring in a new offense and a new identity. As long as players and everybody here understands that it's a process, it'll be all right. The moment it gets tough is when you're losing. Losing makes things difficult."

Via Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Derek Fisher Senses Knicks' Pending Free Agents Thinking About Future

Derek Fisher senses that pending free agents on the New York Knicks are thinking about their futures, which has compromised the team's cohesiveness.

“That’s a reality of this game,” Fisher said on Sunday. “You have a number of guys that are thinking about how they’re going to provide for their families and where their career is going and whether they’re going to be here or on another team and all the ramifications of those decisions.

“So that’s not easy stuff to process. And then on top of that they’re being asked to sacrifice more and do less in order to win so it’s not a great combination for cohesion and team chemistry but I do think there are enough guys in the locker room that want to do it the right way and so that’s why we’ve had a chance a lot of nights to win. But I don’t think anybody’s giving up on what we’re trying to do at this point.”

Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Iman Shumpert, Shane Larkin, Jason Smith, Quincy Acy, Cole Aldrich and Travis Wear are all in the last year of their respective contracts. J.R. Smith can opt out of his contract in July.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Stephen Curry Wanted Knicks To Draft Him In 2009

Stephen Curry wanted to play for the New York Knicks when he came out of Davidson and in the NBA Draft in 2009. Curry was chosen by the Golden State Warriors at No. 7 while Jordan Hill was taken by the Knicks one spot later.

“The Warriors had some questionable characters on their team, the Knicks really needed a point guard, and we felt that Stephen would fit perfectly with a coach like Mike D’Antoni, playing that fast, up-and-down style," Dell Curry said. "He loved the idea of playing at Madison Square Garden.”

Donnie Walsh and Larry Riley, both running the Knicks and Warriors, respectively, at the time, fell in love with Curry's game.

“He’d get the ball in the backcourt, and boom, he was gone,” Walsh said. “It wasn’t just his quickness; he saw everything. I’m sitting there thinking, ‘We’ve got D’Antoni coaching our team, and this kid would fit perfectly.’"

“And you know what?” Riley said. “I walked out that night thinking that he would be a very good N.B.A. player for 10 years. I didn’t worry about what he shot. I knew he could shoot. The reason I really liked him was that he never backed down. Nelly always loved playing small ball. And there was always the thought that if it didn’t work, we could move someone.”

Curry's agent, Jeff Austin, admitted he tried to do whatever he could to get Curry in New York.

“Riley calls me and says, ‘Can I watch a workout?’ ” Austin said. “I said, ‘No, you can’t.’ He says, ‘Can I talk to him?’ I said, ‘No, you can’t.’ I tell him that Stephen wants to be in New York. Stay away from him.

“Larry, to his credit, kept saying, ‘I’m still taking him.’ There was nothing I could do to dissuade him.

“The Knicks, if they were one spot higher, where would they be now? It just shows you that as much time and energy they put into it, the draft is not an exact science. A lot of it is just luck, where you land.”

Via Harvey Araton/New York Times

Iman Shumpert To Be Sidelined At Least Three Weeks With Dislocated Shoulder

Iman Shumpert diagnosed with a dislocation of his left shoulder, the New York Knicks announced on Saturday.

No surgery is necessary.

Shumpert will be reevaluated in approximately 3 weeks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Carmelo Anthony Denies Report Of Willingness To Waive No-Trade Clause

Carmelo Anthony and his agent have denied a report that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the New York Knicks decided they wanted to trade him.

Anthony has no desire to be traded at the current moment, according to the report, but his willingness to consider giving up the no-trade clause shows how frustrated he has become with the Knicks’ historically bad start to the season.

“He thought things would be better than this, but he still wants to stick it out for now, ’’ a source said. “He trusts Phil, but I think he’s afraid of Phil.’’ 

Anthony would have to approve any trade.

"After all the work I did to get here and get back here? If I was to get up and want to leave now that would just make me weak," said Anthony in response to the report.

"Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks," said his agent Leon Rose to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. "There have never been discussions about trades or wanting to leave New York. Any story, rumor, report to the contrary is utter nonsense."

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

New York Knicks Archives

Carmelo Anthony Considers Surgery Last Resort For Knee Injury

Carmelo Anthony could postpone surgery until after the season.

Knicks Most Interested In Trading Away J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith has a player option for the 15-16 season.

Knicks' Players Don't Like Triangle, Hope To Run Different System

The Knicks feel like other teams know what they are going to run and where they're going on the court.

Carmelo Threatens To Beat Up Hardaway As Tension Between Two Increases

Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. have reportedly not cared for each other since last season.

Knicks Don't Like Chances Of Signing Marc Gasol In Free Agency

Marc Gasol is having a career season with the Grizzlies, who can pay him an extra season on his new contract.

Carmelo: Bulls Were Perfect Fit For Me

Carmelo Anthony privately made a decision to sign with the Bulls in the offseason before changing his mind to stay with the Knicks.

Knicks Concerned Carmelo Anthony's Back Issue Could Be Season-Long

The Knicks are concerned that Carmelo Anthony's injury could become a season-long issue related to the disk.

Carmelo Anthony Leaves Game With Back Spasms

The Knicks described Carmelo Anthony's injury as back spasms.

Carmelo Had 'Great Dialogue' With Dwight About Joining Rockets

Carmelo Anthony isn't playing the what-if game with the Rockets and Mavericks playing well.

Carmelo Has Been Playing Through Knee Injury Since 2nd Game Of Season

Carmelo Anthony wouldn't say what's wrong with it or what those tests revealed, but he aggravated it on Tuesday.

Cleanthony Early To Undergo Knee Surgery

Cleanthony Early will be reevaluated in one month to determine the timetable for his return.

Joe Johnson Had Issue In Free Agency With Knicks' Facility Being Outside City

Joe Johnson seriously considered signing with the Knicks in 2010.

Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol As Possible Tim Duncan Replacement

Marc Gasol will be the Knicks' main free agent target next offseason.

Tobias Harris Has Interest In Signing With Knicks

Tobias Harris hopes that the Knicks will pursue him in restricted free agency.

Paul Millsap 'Happy In Atlanta Right Now'

Paul Millsap will be a free agent in 2015.

Carmelo Feels 'Energy' Better Around Knicks This Season

Carmelo Anthoyn said the "energy was not right" from the first day of training camp last season.

Knicks, Pacers Discussed J.R. Smith For Chris Copeland Trade

J.R. Smith may wait until 2016 to become a free agent.

Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

Kobe Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Knicks Trade Outlaw, 2nd Rounder To 76ers To Clear Roster Space

The Knicks will also send a future second round pick to the 76ers.

Knicks Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol In Free Agency

Phil Jackson believes Marc Gasol is the "quintessential center to play in the triangle offense."
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