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The New York Knicks need all the help they can get. They’re off to a disappointing start, and what’s worse is that the strength of schedule they’ve faced so far is on the very weak side of things. In other words, they’ve played lots of unimpressive teams, and still done quite badly. Now, the team is adjusting to a new system, and several key new players, one of which has yet to suit up this regular season. That man, point guard Jose Calderon, is now reportedly ready to dive into action. Here’s the New York Post reporting:

Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani ready to step on court for Knicks

The Knicks need their European invasion to exceed expectations.

The 3-10 Knicks are expected to welcome Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani onto the floor for the first time this season on Saturday when the Sixers, winless going into Friday’s matchup with the Suns, limp into the Garden.

Calderon was the key piece in the six-player trade that sent Tyson Chandler to Dallas, while Bargnani will be trying to prove he can be more than a bust in two countries.

When Phil Jackson then Derek Fisher were brought in, the hope was Bargnani, the former Raptors’ No. 1 pick, could thrive in the triangle offense. That was put on hold with the 7-foot Italian sidelined by a strained hamstring suffered in the preseason opener.

Iman Shumpert aims to cut down on fouls

Iman Shumpert aims to cut down on fouls

The New York Knicks are off to a 3-8 start this season. It’s disappointing, but with radical changes in their approach (especially on offense) it was presumed that the team would struggle early on. While the team is limited roster-wise, they still should get better as time goes on. As for key guard Iman Shumpert, his offense is improved this season. Now he just has to avoid fouls. Here’s the New York Post reporting:

Knicks combo guard Iman Shumpert is targeting to return from a sore hip Tuesday night against the Bucks after missing Sunday’s game and has one mission – cut down on fouls.

Ironically, Shumpert has been better on offense than on defense – his usual staple – partly due to excessive fouling.

Shumpert has excelled in the triangle offense: He is averaging 12.4 points and leads the team in shooting percentage at 50.5 percent. He’s also averaging 3.2 assists. Those are nice numbers for a guy looking for a new contract in July when he becomes a free agent for the first time.

But the defensive guard out of Georgia Tech has not been as demonic on the other side of the ball.

The New York Knicks are adjusting to some offseason roster changes, a new coach, a new system (especially on offense), and then there’s the issue of simply needing better players — something that will be seriously addressed in free agency in the summer of 2015. So, they’re off to a rough start to the 2014-15 season, which began a little over two weeks ago. It’s not a surprise. They’ll probably get better in the coming weeks. As for now, here’s the latest, from New York Newsday:

Carmelo Anthony was on the right wing, asking for the ball with the final seconds winding down. But J.R. Smith didn’t want to force the ball to him and instead hoisted a long three-pointer.

Smith’s shot was long and wide left, hitting the other side of the backboard, and the Knicks’ losing streak continued. It’s up to six after a 97-95 loss to the Magic Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

“I thought this was a game we could have went out there and got, kind of get that monkey off our back,” Anthony said. “So this is a tough one to swallow. We have to bounce back from this.”

Anthony shot 10-for-17 and led the Knicks (2-7) with 27 points after spending nearly 10 minutes on the bench in the second half in foul trouble. But he was on the floor at closing time, which is when he wants the ball and tries to earn his $124-million contract.

Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden, the visiting Orlando Magic edged the Knicks 97-95. MSG always has famous faces in the crowd, and last night model Kate Upton and singer Taylor Swift were in the building:

J.R. Smith suspended one game for striking Glen Rice Jr in groin

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New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been suspended one game without pay for striking Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. in the groin, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 5:45 remaining in the fourth quarter of Washington’s 98-83 win over New York on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Madison Square Garden.

Smith will serve his suspension tonight when the Knicks visit the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

To view the play, click on this link.

Knicks trade Travis Outlaw to 76ers for Arnett Moultrie

Knicks trade Travis Outlaw to 76ers for Arnett Moultrie

The New York Knicks have traded forward Travis Outlaw to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Arnett Moultrie, according to team president Phil Jackson. In addition, Philadelphia received a 2019 second-round draft selection and the option to exchange 2018 second-round draft selections.

And in the same breath, Moultrie was immediately waived by New York. So, yes, this was basically a move for New York to part ways with Outlaw’s contract.

The Sixers acquired the right to swap the Los Angeles Clippers’ second-round pick (which the Sixers currently own) in 2018 with the Knicks’ own second-round pick in that draft.

Outlaw, 6-9, 220-pounds, was acquired on Aug. 6, 2014 from Sacramento in a multi-team deal and appeared in one preseason game for the Knicks.

Knicks waive Langston Galloway and Jordan Vandenberg

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The New York Knicks have waived guard Langston Galloway and center Jordan Vandenberg, team President Phil Jackson announced today.

Galloway, who in InsideHoops.com’s opinion has one of the best names in the league, at 6-2, 200-pounds, was signed on Sep. 9 and averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 assists over 6.1 minutes in three preseason games.

Vandenberg, 7-1, 245-pounds, signed as a free agent on Oct. 23 and did not appear in a preseason game.

NBA preseaon ended Friday, and the regular season begins Tuesday. Teams around the league are cutting players — mostly guys who were signed to non-guaranteed contracts — to get down to the NBA roster maximum of 15.

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The New York Knicks have waived center Didier Mbenga and forward Orlando Sanchez, team President Phil Jackson announced today.

Mbenga, 7-0, 250-pounds, signed with New York on Oct. 8. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring two points over five minutes.

Sanchez, 6-9, 220-pounds, appeared in one preseason game after signing as a free agent on Sep. 17.

Knicks sign Jordan Vandenberg

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New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed center Jordan Vandenberg. We are guessing that this is a non-guaranteed contract merely for the final few days of preseason.

Vandenberg, 7-1, 245-pounds, an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina State University, averaged 2.0 points and 4.0 rebounds over 9.9 minutes in two games with New York’s entry at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV. The Melbourne, Australia-native played five seasons (2009-14) with the Wolfpack after being granted a medical redshirt during his junior season. He averaged 4.6 points, on 68-percent shooting, with 4.7 rebounds and 1.41 blocks over 22.1 minutes in 32 games (all starts) his senior season.

Andrea Bargnani still not healthy yet

Here’s the New York Post reporting on Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani, who continues to be unable to help the team as he slowly — very slowly — recovers from his latest injury:

Andrea Bargnani still not healthy yet

Andrea Bargnani said he’s not sure when he will return from a right hamstring strain and admitted he’s frustrated by the injury.

When two reporters from Italy interviewed him after he spoke to the New York media for the first time since being shut down Oct. 9, he said in Italian he underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday, but didn’t say what it revealed.

That Bargnani had an MRI exam reveals the Knicks are surprised his injury hasn’t healed yet. When he missed the Oct. 11 game at the Mohegan Sun, Knicks coach Derek Fisher indicated he could’ve played if it were the regular season.

Knicks sign center Didier Mbenga

Knicks sign center Didier Mbenga

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed center Didier Mbenga.

Mbenga, 7-0, 240-pounds, holds career averages of 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds over 6.7 minutes in 234 games (four starts) over seven seasons with Dallas, Golden State, L.A. Lakers and New Orleans. The Democratic Republic of Congo-native, who won two NBA titles with the Lakers (2009 & 2010) and last played in the NBA for New Orleans in 2010-11. He spent the last two seasons playing overseas in China (2012) and the Philippines (2013) after beginning his professional career in Belgium (2001-04).

Here’s ESPN New York reporting on the Knicks and J.R. Smith:

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Head coach Derek Fisher has not committed to a starting five yet. Smith and Iman Shumpert should have a healthy competition in training camp if Fisher opts to start just one of them. Tim Hardaway Jr. also will push for minutes after an impressive rookie season.

Smith, the Sixth Man of the Year in 2012-13, believes he and Shumpert will elevate their games.

“I don’t look at it as a rivalry,” Smith said of the competition with Shumpert. “I think it’s great for the game of basketball. If I don’t push him and he doesn’t push me then we’re both wasting each other’s time. And I don’t think we want to do that.”

“I think we can hit people from three totally different angles,” Smith added of himself, Shumpert and Hardaway Jr. “I think there’s not a team in this league that has what we have at the shooting guard spot and I think that’s very unique … you should look at it as a dynamic trio like people do with running backs in football.”

Here’s ESPN New York reporting on the Knicks:

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Knicks owner James Dolan has insisted he won’t be involved with the day-to-day operations of the Knicks.

He reiterated that stance Tuesday in an interview with WFAN.

“I was much more involved than I wanted to be in the last couple of years. Now I got somebody who I think is the smartest mind in basketball. It’s great. Let him go,” Dolan said on WFAN Tuesday, reiterating comments he made last week to the New York Times.

Dolan has a history of getting involved in basketball decisions. One notable example came in 2011, when the owner orchestrated a trade to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. The move was made against the wishes of GM Donnie Walsh.

Knicks sign Orlando Sanchez

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New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed forward Orlando Sanchez.

We assume this is a non-guaranteed deal that merely brings Sanchez to training camp for a chance to earn a regular season contract.

Sanchez, 6-9, 230-pounds, averaged 7.4 points, on 51.1-percent shooting, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 rebounds over 22.3 minutes in 32 games (18 starts) for St. John’s University last season. The Nagua, Dominican Republic-native previously played two seasons at Monroe College (NY) and for the Dominican national team.

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed guard Langston Galloway and forward Travis Wear.

We assume that these are nonguaranteed deals that merely bring Galloway and Wear to Knicks training camp, giving them a chance to compete for a regular season contract.

Galloway, 6-2, 202-pounds, is an undrafted rookie out Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. After four seasons, the Baton Rouge, LA native finished his collegiate career as the Hawks’ second all-time leading scorer with 1,991 points and the school’s all-time leader on three-point field goals with 343. For New York’s entry at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this past July, he averaged 5.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists over 13.8 minutes in four games

Wear, 6-10, 230-pounds, is an undrafted rookie out of the University of California, Los Angeles. After three seasons, the Huntington Beach, CA native averaged 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 96 games for the Bruins after transferring after his freshman year with the University of North Carolina. For New York’s entry at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this past July, he averaged 2.7 points over 5.7 minutes in three games.

Here’s New York Newsday reporting on Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony:

Carmelo Anthony says business opportunities helped him re-sign with Knicks

Carmelo Anthony said Thursday there were business reasons in addition to basketball ones that led him to re-sign with the Knicks this offseason.

“I just couldn’t leave from that perspective,” he said at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in Manhattan. “There were so many opportunities that I started to build upon here in New York City, business opportunities, different situations.

“I just felt if I was to leave, I would have to start all over in the next place, meet new people, build that foundation up once again, and it took me a lot to build that foundation and get it up and going to where it’s at right now.”

Anthony spoke at length at the summit about his new company, Melo 7 Tech Partners, which focuses on investing in tech companies, most recently the secondary ticket search engine SeatGeek. (Peyton and Eli Manning also invested in the company.)

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New York Knicks President Phil Jackson has that Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard, Brian Keefe and Joshua Longstaff have been added to the coaching staff.

Cleamons rejoins the Knicks organization with over 30 years of coaching experience and 10 NBA championships to his name. The 64-year-old Lincolnton, NC joined the Chicago Bulls staff in 1989, staying seven seasons, and the Los Angeles Lakers staff for 10 seasons, winning nine NBA titles along the way. He served as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for parts of two seasons (1996-98), the ABL’s Chicago Condors (1998-99) and China’s Zhejiang Guangsha (2011-12). He had also been an assistant coach for New Orleans (2004-05), and most recently, Milwaukee (2013-14). The Ohio State-alum played in the NBA for 10 seasons with the Lakers, Cleveland, New York and Washington, winning an NBA title as a rookie in Los Angeles in 1972. He signed with the Knicks on Oct. 7, 1977, playing three seasons in New York, averaging 7.4 points in 180 games.

Hazzard spent five seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers (2006-11), including as a member of NBA Championship teams in 2009 and 2010, working in player development and as an advance scout, and also as an assistant coach for the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ D-League affiliate. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at University of Portland after playing collegiately at George Washington University. His father Walt, was a member of UCLA’s 1964 NCAA Championship Team and played in the NBA for 10 seasons with the Lakers, Seattle, Atlanta, Buffalo and Golden State earned an NBA All-Star selection in 1968.

Keefe had been a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder organization for the past seven seasons, serving as an assistant coach for the last five years. He joined the Thunder in 2007 as a player development coach after two seasons as an assistant video coordinator with the San Antonio Spurs, including the NBA Championship team on 2007. Prior to his NBA career, Keefe was an assistant coach at Bryant University for four seasons (2001-05) and a graduate assistant at the University of South Florida (2001-01). He played college basketball at Nevada-Las Vegas and California-Irvine for two seasons each.

Longstaff had spent the last four seasons working for the Oklahoma City Thunder in a player development role and as a video analyst. Previously, he coached high school basketball for five seasons in his home state of Maine and played college basketball at Bryant University.

The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knicks, announced today that the team will hold a local open tryout in preparation for the 2014-15 NBA Development League season. Aspiring professional basketball players will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of Westchester Knicks coaches and staff on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the House of Sports in the Village of Ardsley in southern Westchester County.

“It’s an exciting time for the Westchester Knicks as we begin to assemble a team for our inaugural season,” said Westchester Knicks General Manager & New York Knicks Legend Allan Houston. “This event gives us a chance to look for new talent to help us compete in the NBA D-League, and, for the players, makes an impact on their professional careers moving forward.”

“The House of Sports is very excited to host the Westchester Knicks open tryout,” said House of Sports Vice President of Programing Frank Lombardy. “It is a great event where local basketball standouts can have a shot at making a professional roster, and we are happy to be a part of it.”

The Westchester tryout will be limited to 75 participants, who must all meet NBA Development League eligibility requirements. The players will be competing for an invitation to the Westchester Knicks’ training camp in November. Tryouts are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude by 5:00 p.m.; with doors opening at 10:00 a.m. Registration packets are available online at www.westchesterknicks.com or at the House of Sports. The fee to secure a tryout spot is $150. All participants must register in advance.

The House of Sports is an Olympic-style athletic training facility located in the southern Westchester village of Ardsley. The 120,000 square-foot indoor sports complex is the largest in the New York metropolitan area and is home to the region’s leading basketball, lacrosse, and baseball academies where over 2,000 athletes train on a weekly basis.

Dramatic Carmelo Anthony weight-loss

Here’s the New York Post reporting on Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony. Note that in our opinion, the angle and lighting in the photo above probably exaggerates the amount of weight Melo lost. Sure, he got thinner, but the photo makes him look like a skinny teenager. Guess we’ll find out once training camp opens in September. Here’s the Post:

Carmelo Anthony took a $5 million pay cut on his new contract, but it appears he took a bigger cut in weight. According to an Anthony confidant, Anthony has done so in order to resemble his physique as a rookie with the Nuggets and to be more viable in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense.

A photo of Anthony this week on his Instagram showed what appeared to be a dramatic weight loss since the season ended. Anthony, who turned 30 on May 29, looks younger with the weight loss.

“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ the confidant told The Post. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle and speed will help that.’’

Enjoy these video highlights of the best New York Knicks plays from the 2013-14 season:

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