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Friday , Mar , 16 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Did Mike Woodson kill ‘Linsanity’ to make Carmelo happy?

“It’s everybody’s ball club,” Woodson said after practice Thursday, when he was asked if the Knicks were once again Anthony’s team, as they were before Jeremy Lin briefly took over. “I want everybody to feel comfortable. When I put a guy in the game, if he’s got a shot, I want him to feel comfortable about making that shot.”But then he spoke more bluntly, saying that he wanted everybody to know that when “I’ve got to get a big shot, I’m going to go to Melo and Amar’e and guys that have done it,” a reference to Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.“A lot of these guys are young,” Woodson said in reference to their teammates. “They’re still trying to figure it out.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: ‘Linsanity’ was fun while it lasted, right?

Two days ago, Mike Woodson was named interim coach of the New York Knicks after Mike D’Antoni resigned. And he’s made two major decisions since taking over the bench at Madison Square Gardens.

First, Jeremy Lin’s role will decrease. And second, Carmelo Anthony’s role will increase.

Bottom line: Woodson gets who his meal ticket is.

After all, D’Antoni left, in large part, because he challenged Anthony’s authority, even attempting to trade him to the New Jersey Nets for Deron Williams.

Woodson won’t make the same mistake. He’ll turn the team over to Anthony, running iso’ after iso’ for the small forward.

This, of course, was the plan one year ago when owner James Dolan forced GM Donnie Walsh to break up an emerging team and acquire Anthony from Denver

And Lin, who a month ago was the buzz of the sports world, will watch these changes while, in all likely-hood, on the bench.

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Report: Mike D’Antoni resigns as coach of Knicks

Mike D'Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, sources confirmed for ESPN on Wednesday. D'Antoni's resigned was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.


HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: No surprise here.

For months, there's been an obvious disconnect between Mike D'Antoni's style of play and the Knicks` roster.

Several players have openly defied the former coach of the year. For instance, recent reports have superstar Carmelo Anthony refusing to stand in the correct spot on offense, which compromises spacing for pick-and-rolls.

Today, the media had the Knicks on the verge of mutiny. Anthony supposedly asked for a trade; the player liked but did not respect D'Antoni; Baron Davis, and several others, were upset about playing time.

D'Antoni, who is in the final year of his contract, saw the situation, specifically the unrealistic expectations, as untenable and quit rather than get fired.

Now the Knicks have a handful of game to secure a playoff spot and salvage what they can from the season.

Whatever happens, a summer makeover is inevitable. Such dysfunction can’t continue. 

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Has Mike D’Antoni lost ‘Melo and Knicks?

Carmelo Anthony has told a confidant that he prefers a trade from the Knicks before the deadline, according to a source.  Anthony reportedly believes Mike D'Antoni and Glen Grunwald do not trust him. He is surprised that his opinion hasn't been sought more on personnel moves. “The organization makes believe his opinions don’t matter,’’ the source said.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, Mike D’Antoni has lost the New York Knicks.

D'Antoni lost the NBA’s flagship franchise the moment owner James Dolan forced him and GM Donnie Walsh to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.

D’Antoni didn’t want Anthony. Neither did Walsh. They sacrificed a decent team to land the one-dimensional scorer and appease Dolan, the man who signs their pay cheque.

Anthony, since arriving at Madison Square Gardens, has refused to buy-in to D’Antoni’s system. Instead, he’s trying to make the coach and teammates buy-in to his system of shooting at will.

Not surprisingly, it hasn't worked.

Here’s the problem: D’Antoni can’t hold Anthony accountable for insubordination. The small forward is armed with a three-year, $60 million contract and still has Dolan’s support.

Then there’s D’Antoni’s contract -as in he doesn’t have one beyond this year. Dolan and/or Walsh haven’t extended him, which means he’s a lame-duck.

The players know this, too. So the headstrong Knicks are unlikely to follow D’Antoni’s orders, preferring to ‘get theirs’ and ‘do their’ thing.

Add it up and there’s only one outcome: D’Antoni’s gone.

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Monday , Mar , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

J.R. Smith fined for tweeting revealing pic’ of Tahiri

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been fined $25,000 for posting “inappropriate pictures” on his Twitter account, the NBA said Saturday.  Smith posted a picture of a scantily-clad woman on his feed on Thursday.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: New team, same J.R. Smith.

On Friday, the talented but controversial shooting guard tweeted a revealing picture of Tahiri, a  model who dated rapper Joe Budden.

Where to begin?

Smith, who is supposedly rebuilding his image and NBA career with the New York Knicks, is again causing problems. This is hardly a surprise.

After bouncing around the NBA, he found a home with the Denver Nuggets. Well, sort of -Smith and Coach George Karl rarely spoke, preferring to communicate through assistant coaches.

Smith signed in China during the lockout, but racked up six-figures in fines that left 'good citizen' Stephon Marbury negotiating with the club on his behalf.  

Reports are surfacing that New York superstar Carmelo Anthony, and Smith's teammate in Denver, didn’t approve of the Knicks signing the three-point shooter.

Anthony, who is no stranger to dysfunction and controversy, felt Smith would be too great a distraction.

The Knicks ignored Anthony, signed Smith, and are paying for it. 

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Sunday , Mar , 11 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

‘Linsanity’ won’t save Mike D’Antoni and Knicks

Except that the Knicks with Jeremy Lin started to look a lot like they did without him. They were 8-15 when Lin fell into their laps and are 18-22 today and need to win a ballgame, and keep winning ballgames, or maybe people will start wondering if (Mike) D’Antoni is even going to make it to the end of the season that Jeremy Lin was supposed to have saved for him.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Jeremy Lin is not the Messiah. He’s a young point guard trying to find his way in the NBA.

Lin can’t save Mike D’Antoni’s job as coach of the New York Knicks. And he can’t save the Knicks from the dysfunctional Carmelo Anthony.

Remember, the Knicks were decent before selling the farm to acquire Anthony from the Nuggets one year ago.

Owner James Dolan wanted Anthony so GM Donnie Walsh reluctantly traded for the forward -even though he knew the shot-first small forward would clash with Amar’e Stoudemire.

D’Antoni’s run-and-gun style won’t work with Anthony, who must be the focal point of any system he‘s in. So it’s a ‘fait accompli’ that the former coach of the year will lose his job.  

Anthony has the backing of ownership. D`Antoni does not. Lin can’t change this.

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Thursday , Mar , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony struggling next to Jeremy Lin

The Knicks fell to the Mavericks, 95-85, last night to go 2-4 since Anthony returned to a new structure created by Jeremy Lin, whose emergence stoked a 7-0 spurt with Anthony missing most of those games with a groin injury. “I think any time you go from the early part of the season and having the ball and distributing and now waiting for it to come to me, it’s quite an adjustment for myself,’’ said Anthony, a minus-18 and 0-for-3 from 3-point range.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You knew Carmelo Anthony would struggle.

After all, Anthony is a scorer who likes the ball. But when he missed a stretch of games with injury the ‘Linsanity’ phenomenon broke out.

And, like that, things changed.

The Knicks were suddenly winning and relevant with Jeremy Lin, the Taiwanese point guard by way of California and Harvard, creating for himself and teammates.

Problem is, Lin’s balanced, collectivist approach undermines Anthony’s iso' game. For instance, the All-Star forward went 2-for-12 for a paltry six points against the Mavericks last night.
Worst of all, the Knicks are 2-4 since Anthony returned. They went 7-0 with Lin starting and Anthony out.

Here’s the thing: Anthony must change. Not the Knicks. And not Lin.

Anthony, who is nine years into a so-so NBA career, has yet to prove he’ll put the team first, which means playing off Lin.
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Monday , Mar , 05 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Baron Davis ‘stopped liking basketball’ with Clippers

And the other lowest point is when I played for the Clippers. … I just stopped liking basketball. And then you dribbling down the court and having the owner like cuss at you and call you an idiot. I didn’t even look forward to coming to the games, and if the owner [Donald Sterling] came to the game, I definitely was not gonna have a good game because it was just like, how do you play when the main heckler in the gym is the owner of the team, and he’s telling you how much he hates you and calling out your name?


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I have little sympathy for Baron Davis, the talented but temperamental point guard for the New York Knicks.

After all, Davis had a choice, and choose the Los Angeles Clippers because they offered the most money - signing a five-year, $65 million pact as a free agent.

And Davis, being a Los Angeles native, knew the deal. He knew the Clippers were a second-rate outfit with owner Donald Sterling and a curse Cub fans can relate to.

Yet Davis took the money -and ran. He never tried to transcend his situation, showing up out-of-shape and feuding with coaches. In fact, Davis seemed more interested in pursuing a career in show biz producing movies than helping the Clippers.

Instead of blaming others, Davis should focus on salvaging the remains of his career.

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Saturday , Mar , 03 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Could Baron Davis replace Jeremy Lin as Knicks’ starter?

So will D’Antoni look into tinkering with the starting five, even bringing Lin off the bench? It could [change],’’ D’Antoni said. “I’m trying to find the right combos. But it’s got to be determined over time. It’s not going to be over one game. Not going to just throw people under the bus for one or two games. Over a length of time, if they prove they need to be out there, they’ll be out there.’’


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Experience could trump youth.

New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is right to say there’s a possibility Baron Davis could eventually replace Jeremy Lin in the starting line-up.

Sure, Lin sparked a turnaround that likely saved D‘Antoni‘s job. Sure, Lin is a media darling. And sure, fans love Lin, the NBA’s Cinderella.

The NBA is a results-orientated business, though. And D’Antoni’s only loyalty is to the player or players who provide the Knicks with the best chance at winning.

Davis, a former All-Star who struggled with conditioning and injuries, is wonderfully talented, but will still struggle if given extended minutes.

The best case scenario: a two-headed point guard monster with Lin and Davis splitting time.

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Friday , Feb , 24 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

LeBron, Wade, and Chalmers contain Lin; Heat defeat Knicks

Jeremy Lin offered no excuses. He and the Knicks had no answers.Lin's rapid rise from unknown to superstar was slowed big-time Thursday night by the Miami Heat, who overwhelmed the NBA's hottest story with a swarming defense that the Knicks' new starting point guard could not solve. Forcing Lin into easily the worst game of his remarkable run as New York's newest star, Miami topped the Knicks 102-88 - the eighth straight win for the NBA-leading Heat, all by at least 12 points.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It was a rather rude awakening for 'Linsanity'.

Yesterday, the Miami Heat used superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, physical play, and full-court pressure to neutralize sensation Jeremy Lin and defeat the New York Knicks 102-88.

Lin had his worst game as a starter, going 1-for-11 from the floor and turning the ball over eight time.

The key: the Heat rotated defenders on Lin. And  Mario Chalmers did an especially good job picking up Lin full-court and making the second year table-setter work.

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Wednesday , Feb , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Deron Williams wanted Revenge against Jeremy Lin

Williams added, “I don’t really watch SportsCenter, I don’t really watch too many games, but I do see Twitter. And every three lines was, ‘Jeremy Lin destroys Deron Williams’ in the first game. “And like I said, I had it circled.”

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: In the words of James Brown, it was The Big Payback.

Deron Williams wasn’t happy Jeremy Lin pulled a little ‘Lin-sanity’ magic and led the New York Knicks to victory over the All-Star’s New Jersey Nets.

Williams was especially upset Lin’s play went viral, so he got revenge dropping 38 points on the NBA’s newest sensation last night.

It’s great Williams was motivated to play his best and have success. However, the source of his motivation, twitter, is interesting.

Williams didn’t like getting called out by Lin’s followers on the social media platform, and he was especially upset after reading some re-tweets.

So he got his revenge. And chances are, Williams will circle every meeting with Lin in the future.

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Monday , Feb , 20 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Saturday Night Live Spoofs Jeremy Lin controversy

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Leave it to Saturday Night Live to spoof ESPN and the racial stereotyping surrounding Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

For those that missed it: a writer with ESPN was fired for posting an insensitive headline for an article on Lin. Anyway, watch the video below and tell us your thoughts on SNL’s satirical comedy sketch.

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Friday , Feb , 17 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Report: Knicks sign J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith officially becomes Jeremy Lin's teammate today, that lucky gun of a son.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Do they need another scorer, especially one with a reputation for clashing with coaches and the organization?

Talent isn’t the issue with J.R. Smith. He’s a dynamic talent, capable of shooting the lights out from beyond the arc, while also aggressively attacking the basket.

Smith, who is confident and self-assured, will want minutes, touches, and shots, though. Superstar Carmelo Anthony, when he returns from injury, will want the same.

Then there’s Amar’e Stoudemire. Anthony’s shot-first mentality has turned the perennial All-Star into a $100 million blue-collar post who only rebounds and blocks shots.

Of course, Smith, Anthony, and Stoudemire have to fit next to NBA sensation Jeremy Lin, who has turned around the Knicks and captivated the basketball world.

Two large personalities, Anthony and Stoudemire, are enough -even in an up-and-down, all-you-can-shoot system like Mike D’Antoni’s.

So, why add Smith?

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Jeremy Lin Is Victor Cruz
Friday , Feb , 17 , 2012 Paul Eide

Jeremy Lin Is Victor Cruz

The rise of Jeremy Lin over the last two weeks is amazing and largely unprecedented in NBA history. But in NFL history, and even in the same city this year it isn’t unprecedented; the rise of Giants Pro Bowl wide receiver Victor Cruz this season has many similarities.

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Tuesday , Feb , 14 , 2012 Andrew Flint

Carmelo Anthony on playing with Jeremy Lin: it’s a dream come true

“When I’m reading the stuff (about how he might not fit with Lin), it’s more funny than anything because at the end of the day I know what I bring to the game, I know what I bring to this team,” Anthony said on Monday after missing practice due to a strained right groin. “My teammates know that. But to say, ‘How can I fit in?’ It’s easy; give him the ball and space out. I get back to doing what I know how to do best. So we’ll see… “I know there’s questions about, ‘Can I fit in?’ and stuff like that, but this is like a dream come true to me,” Anthony said. “It takes some pressure off of me. I don’t have to play point guard. I don’t have to try to get Amare (Stoudemire) 20 points, try to get this guy 20 points, me try to go out there and get 25-30 points a night, play defense, rebound do the whole thing.” Link HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Saying the right thing is easy. Doing the right thing is difficult, especially for a shot-first superstar like Carmelo Anthony. Right now, Anthony is talking the talk -announcing he’ll play off Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks’ sensation at point guard. His track record suggests otherwise, though. Anthony needs the ball, and only co-existed with Chauncey Billups in Denver because Mr. Big Shot wouldn’t hesitate to spot-up and tell him, when necessary, where to go. Lin, even with the press and Tim Tebow comparisons, is still somewhat unproven. He lacks the pedigree and personality of Billups. And Anthony, despite his recent shooting woes, remains the Knicks’ franchise face, earning an average wage of $21 million per season through 2014-15. So it remains to be seen if Anthony will adjust his game at all for Lin. Or, if it will be the other way around. --Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.
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Tuesday , Feb , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Floyd Mayweather on Jeremy Lin: ‘All the hype is because he’s Asian’

“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Somebody was going there. Thankfully, it was boxer Floyd Mayweather, and not an NBA player.

Mayweather recently tweeted Lin was being praised because he’s Asian, and African-American players do what he does 'every night' without getting praised.

Not true.

Perhaps 'Money' Mayweather took too many shots to the dome in his controversial win against Victor Ortiz.

Lin is posting epic numbers. He’s the only player in NBA history to average over 20 points and 7 assists in his first four starts.

Best of all, the struggling Knicks have won five straight since Coach Mike D’Antoni took the shackles off Lin and increased his role.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Spike Lee ‘thanks’ Mark Jackson and Warriors for cutting Jeremy Lin

According to Jackson, Lee “thanked” Jackson for making Lin available so that the Knicks could pick him up. “I got a text message from Spike Lee this morning,” Jackson said after Warriors’ practice on Saturday. “I had nothing to do with Jeremy Lin. I never saw him do a layup. So for the people … stop asking me. He never practiced for us so leave me out of it.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, the New York Knicks’ superfan, director Spike Lee, has a funny take on Jeremy Lin.

After all, Lee, also known as Mars Blackman, once took on the entire Indiana Pacers -in particular Hall of Fame two-guard Reggie Miller. Who can forget Reggie flashing the infamous choke sign at Lee in the mid nineties?

For better or worse, this is who Lee is. It’s no surprise he texted Mark Jackson, ‘thanking’ the Golden State Warriors’ coach for waiving Lin, the Knicks’ newfound saviour at point guard.

In Jackson’s defense, he already has two talented, smaller guards: Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. No minutes were available for Lin, who would have languished on the Warriors’ bench.

Bottom line: every NBA-er has talent. Lin’s success, like many players, is about finding the right opportunity. And he has his opportunity in New York.

Just don’t tell Lee. Why spoil the fun?

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Legend of Jeremy Lin grows against Kobe’s Lakers

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is Linsanity bigger than Tebow time?

Well, the Jeremy Lin story went up another notch with the Harvard grad dropping 38 points and 7 assists in the New York Knicks win over Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers last night.

Watch the video and tell us what Lin will do against Ricky Rubio and Minnesota Timberwolves?

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Thursday , Feb , 09 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Jeremy Lin crosses-up John Wall, posterizes Wizards

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Jeremy Lin world tour continues with much fanfare.

Yesterday, the Harvard alum' crossed-up former first overall pick John Wall, threw down a fierce jam, and hit Knick teammate Tyson Chandler with a chest bump that was more Rucker Park than Ivy League.

Watch the video and tell us if you believe in Lin.

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Saturday , Feb , 04 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Lakers, Knicks interested in Ramon Sessions?

No deal is imminent, but the Lakers view Sessions as a candidate who could help their depleted backcourt.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I like Ramon Sessions. You like Ramon Sessions. And the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks both like Ramon Sessions enough to call the Cleveland Cavaliers and inquire about his availability.

Sessions, however, isn’t the answer. At least long-term.

The Lakers and Knicks must view the former D-League star as a stop-gap until this summer when both franchises can make a decision about the one-spot.

Perhaps the Lakers then push for free-agent-to-be Deron Williams. Perhaps the Knicks sign ageless wonder Steve Nash for the mid level exception.

Either way, Sessions will fail in L.A. or New York if either team acquires him and expects the jitterbug point guard to be a mid-season saviour.

Sessions, while talented and dynamic, isn’t capable of jumping into the Staples Center or Madison Square Gardens pressure cooker and rectifying things at, say, the trade deadline.

(Of course, both clubs have options. The Lakers recently sent Rafer Alston to their D-League squad, while Baron Davis may help when he gets healthy.)
Sessions would help the Lakers and Knicks.  But he wouldn’t be the answer.

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Tuesday , Jan , 24 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire for Dwight Howard?

Any questions ya'll have about my report on D-Howard/Amar'e/Chandler...please listen in to the show NOW! I will NOT keep repeating myself.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s no surprise the Orlando Magic tested the trade waters with the New York Knicks, proposing a Dwight Howard for Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire swap.

The Knicks, who believed they’d contend, have struggled early on. Superstars Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire aren’t clicking. Coach Mike D’Antoni is on the hot seat. And the Madison Square Gardens masses are restless.

Translation: the Knicks are vulnerable, especially without a wise, veteran executive in the front office to preach patience and/or give D’Antoni a vote of confidence.

Would the Knicks be better with Howard instead of Chandler and Stoudemire?

Well, perhaps. Problem is, they’d still have Carmelo Anthony firing away from the outside and refusing to facilitate for teammates.

Until Anthony’s game becomes more balanced, it won’t matter who the Knicks have at center or power forward.

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