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Knicks Evaluating Other Options At PF In Bargnani's Continued Absence

The continued absence of Andrea Bargnani with a strained hamstring will allow the New York Knicks further opportunities to evaluate other options at power forward.

“He hasn’t been able to practice the last few days so it wouldn’t be smart to jeopardize him by putting him into game action tomorrow,” Derek Fisher said of Bargnani after the Knicks practiced for the fourth straight day Sunday in Greenburgh. “We’ve mixed the groups up a lot and we have some different guys in the frontcourt at times, different guys in the backcourt, so we’ll kind of reassess who has been effective this week and try to put a good lineup together.”

Quincy Acy has started the past three contests, but Fisher indicated Saturday that Jason Smith also is pushing for a starting spot.

“Anytime you have a big guy who can shoot mid-range, or really help and space the defense out, it’s gonna be great, especially with this offense. It’s just gonna help our team that much more,” said Smith, a free-agent signee who played the past four seasons for New Orleans. “It doesn’t matter who's starting out there, if it’s Q or if it’s Andrea or if it’s Amar’e (Stoudemire) or if it’s me, all of us are capable of going out there and playing good minutes.

“And then on the back end of that, coming off the bench, we’re still capable of putting in good minutes. We just want to make sure we go out there and play hard and play within the offense and play smart.”

Via Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Carmelo Doesn't Envision Another Scoring Title In New Triange Offense

Carmelo Anthony finished second among the NBA's scoring leaders last season to Kevin Durant, but he does not foresee another title under Phil Jackson's and Derek Fisher's triangle system.

“I don’t think, especially in this system now, I don’t think I’ll be scoring champion,” Anthony said. “Especially with this system and the way we’re playing. The way that it’s going to be, well balanced, the style of play we’re going to have, I don’t think I’ll have to lead the league in scoring this year.

“I think shots will be fewer. I think it will be more effective shots. If that means taking fewer shots then that’s what will happen. But I don’t really know. We’ve been playing the preseason. It’s still early. It’s not until you really get into the flow of the game (that) you start knowing the minutes you’re going to play. (You don’t know) until you know who you’re going to be out there with most of the time, until you find that rhythm.”

Michael Jordan won seven scoring titles under Jackson, while Kobe Bryant led the league in scoring twice and Shaquille O’Neal once.

Anthony has averaged 25.3 points over his career, including a career-best 28.9 points per game with Denver in 2006-07.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Amar'e Helping Body Rejuvenate With Red Wine Baths

Amar'e Stoudemire has been taking baths in red wine at a spa to help his body rejuvenate.

"The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells," Stoudemire said after completing a three-hour practice with the New York Knicks on Thursday. "Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub. But it's also the red wine ... just kind of soothes the body."

There are spas that provide vinotherapy or vinotherapie.

According to the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa in the renowned Plaza Hotel in New York City, "Grape polyphenols fight against free radicals, which cause 80 percent of skin aging. ... In addition to their exceptional antioxidant power, polyphenols reinforce microcirculation, protect elastin and collagen fibers and prevent the destruction of the fundamental elements of the skin's support tissues."

Via Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Quincy Acy Appears To Be Favorite To Start At Power Forward For Knicks

Quincy Acy has emerged as the leading candidate to start at power forward for the New York Knicks.

Acy gives the Knicks more defense at the position than Amar'e Stoudemire or Andrea Bargnani would provide.

Bargnani started the first preseason game for the Knicks, but he's since been out with a hamstring strain.

“No I didn’t plan on coming here to start,’’ Acy told The Post with a chuckle. “I planned on coming here and playing hard to earn minutes. I guess I impressed enough with my defense to earn a spot. I don’t know what coach got going if I’m starting or coming off the bench or not playing, but I’ll be happy.’’

Jose Calderon, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert have locked up the starting point guard, small forward and center positions, respectively. Iman Shumpert appears to have staked his claim to the starting shooting guard job.

“It’s important to have guys like Iman and [Acy] because there’s certain types of intensity and mind-set that’s contagious within the team,’’ Derek Fisher said. “That high motor. Teammates enjoy feeding off it. Right now we have some guys born that way.’’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks To Exercise Third-Year Option On Shane Larkin

The New York Knicks plan on picking up their third-year contract option on Shane Larkin.

There was some initial uncertainty from the Knicks on the decision regarding Larkin's $1.67 million contract for 15-16.

Phil Jackson plans on using cap space in 2015 and has been cautious on committing to guaranteed money.

In the preseason, Larkin has averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 assists in 20 minutes per game for New York.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Carmelo To Unveil Dirk-Like Wrong Footed Fade-Away

Carmelo Anthony plans to unveil a fade-away off the wrong foot this season, similar to one of Dirk Nowitzki's most effective moves.

“Well, I had to,” said Anthony. “Over the years, just playing against kind of the same guys over and over — guys watch film and study and scout just the way that I do. So I’m pretty sure that they go back to the drawing board and see what can we do to stop a move here and there.”

Via Mitch Abrahmson/New York Daily News

Carmelo: We Don't Have A Choice But To Make Triangle Work

Carmelo Anthony remains confident that the New York Knicks will successfully implement the Triangle offense, though they struggled in their loss on Monday to the Toronto Raptors.

The Knicks shot 37.8 percent from the field and converted 3-of-23 3-point attempts.

“I can’t really worry about what other people are worrying about, whether it works for me or not,” said Anthony, who finished with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in 15 minutes against Toronto as the Knicks dropped to 1-2 this preseason. “I go out there and I don’t have a choice but to make it work. Whether it takes now or it takes later, we don’t have a choice but to make this work. I told you all early on, media day, I’m willing to take that chance to try to make it work and be patient with it.”

Via Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson: Dolan Had To Meddle With Knicks

Phil Jackson said James Dolan was forced to become involved in day-to-day operations of the New York Knicks prior to his hiring as president.

"He had to meddle" Jackson said, "because of the (poor) decisions that were made."

 

Dolan and the Garden have gone to great lengths to dismiss the notion that Dolan meddles in the basketball operations. Jackson reiterated that Dolan gave him assurances that he'll allow him to run the team.

 

"He has this tremendous, competitive drive," he said.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Knicks Hire 'Mindfulness' Trainer

Under the direction of Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks have hired an expert to teach "mindfulness training" to the team.

Jackson has long been a believer in zen meditation.

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

New York Knicks Archives

Chandler Never Thought Carmelo Would Leave Knicks

Tyson Chandler was recently asked if he tried to recruit Carmelo Anthony to the Mavericks.

D.J. Mbenga Signs With Knicks

D.J. Mbenga spent the last two seasons playing overseas in China (2012) and the Philippines (2013) after beginning his professional career in Belgium (2001-04).

Carmelo Anthony Wants To Play For USA In 2016 Olympics

Carmelo Anthony is open to playing for Team USA in what would be his fourth and final Olympic games in 2016.

Carmelo Considers Himself NBA's 'Most Underrated Superstar'

Carmelo Anthony re-signed with the Knicks this past offseason amid interest from several top NBA clubs.

Sources: Knicks Not Discussing Extension With Shumpert

The Knicks have about four weeks to start talks with Iman Shumpert.

RealGM Radio: On The Atlantic Division With Kharpertian, Weiss

Daniel Leroux, work through an eventful off-season in terms of players and coaches alike from the Jason Kidd fiasco to the major New York / Dallas trade that brought Jose Calderon to the Knicks.

Knicks Sign Orlando Sanchez

Phil Jackson and the Knicks have signed Orlando Sanchez to a camp deal.

Jim Dolan Spending Less Time Around Knicks, Not Involved In Free Agency

Jim Dolan says he has taken a step back as owner of the Knicks.

Knicks Sign Langston Galloway, Travis Wear

Both Langston Galloway and Travis Wear played for the Knicks in the NBA Summer League.

Carmelo Never Wants To Deal With Free Agency Again

Carmelo Anthony never wants to deal with the free agency process again after signing a five-year, $124 million deal.

Carmelo Hopes To Become Pioneer As Athlete In Digital Media

Carmelo Anthony and business partner Stuart Goldfarb, former VP of NBC, launched Melo7 Tech Partners this summer.

Knicks Hire Assistant Coach With Close Ties To Kevin Durant

A source says Brian Keefe is very close with Kevin Durant, who will become a free agent in 2016.

Knicks Hire Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard, Brian Keefe, Joshua Longstaff For Coaching Staff

The Knicks added Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard and Brian Keefe and Joshua Longstaf to their coaching staff on Wednesday.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Turned Down Significant Money In Europe To Remain In D-League

Phil Jackson and Steve Mills have conveyed to Thanasis Antetokounmpo that he's in the Knicks' plans.

Carmelo: Leaving Knicks 'Was Close'

Carmelo Anthony decided to re-sign with the Knicks in July after strongly considering joining the Bulls.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Joining Knicks' D-League Affiliate After Considering Europe Deals

Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided upon playing next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.

Knicks To Hire Jim Cleamons As Assistant Coach

The Knicks will hire Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach on the staff of Derek Fisher.

Phil Jackson Buys $4.85M Midtown Manhattan Apartment

There were questions on how often Phil Jackson would be in New York as has long kept residences in Manhattan Beach and Montana.

Knicks Guarantee Contract Of Quincy Acy For 14-15

Quincy Acy will earn $912,000 next season.

Carmelo Anthony To Receive $62M Annual Salary Advance Over Five-Year Deal

Carmelo Anthony will not receive half of his $124 million deal this year but will get it annually in salary advancements.
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