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Here’s the New York Daily News reporting on a fun New York police vs fire department basketball game that took place during All-Star weekend:

Boomer Esiason, head coach of the FDNY’s basketball team, let it be known that he was concerned about his rivals offering Police Benevolent Association cards to the officials prior to tipoff of the game against the NYPD at the Barclay’s Center Sunday.

As it turned out, it was the police officers’ quick hands that proved more problematic.

New York’s Finest downed the Bravest, 40-33, in the New York Heroes Game. Guard Kenyatta Brown from the Housing Authority Police Service Area 3 led the cops with 11 points, and guard Joseph Alohan, from the 70th Precinct, employed aggressive defense to limit Muggsy Bogues, a hydrant-size former NBA guard, as he probed the police’s defense.

Here’s the New York Post reporting on the banged-up and possibly soon to be shut down star of the 10-43 Knicks, Carmelo Anthony:

Carmelo Anthony finds himself in a tough situation

In his latest flip-flop, Anthony backtracked slightly on his impending shutdown, saying he’s not “100 percent’’ sure he is finished after Sunday, and still has to talk to Knicks officials on whether he will play against Miami Friday at the Garden. Eventually, Anthony will need surgery on tendon damage in his left knee.

Anthony said it was “important” to represent the Knicks Sunday for the team’s fans.

“It’s like a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation,” Anthony said. “Because if I would have said I’m not participating, I’d have gotten backlash about it. I’m saying I’m participating, I get backlash. I’m happy. I’m here participating. It’s here in New York. The fans voted me in and I’m going to play in the game.’’

Charles Oakley no fan of James Dolan

Charles Oakley no fan of James Dolan

Beloved former New York Knick Charles Oakley, who took no prisoners on the court and is off the court is always ready to get fired up and speak his mind, doesn’t seem to be a big fan of Knicks owner James Dolan. Here’s the New York Daily News reporting:

For all the blood, sweat and tears Charles Oakley sacrificed while wearing a Knicks uniform, the former enforcer has no lost love for owner James Dolan.

“I’m tired of talking about Dolan,” Oakley said at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square Wednesday, when asked about the Garden chairman’s latest gaffe, where Dolan got into an email war with a longtime fan. “He’s that type of dude.”

But when asked about his relationship with Dolan, Oakley ripped into the Knicks owner, and is incredulous as to why Dolan has given one of the franchise’s most popular players the Seventh Avenue Freeze-Out.

“Everybody in New York liked me except this one guy. Why is this?” said Oakley. “Everywhere I talk to people - ‘Why aren’t you working with the Knicks?’ I said I try to. They said, ‘What, is it Dolan?’ I talked to maybe a million people. He’s a bad guy.”

Cleanthony Early wraps up brief D-League trip

cleanthony early trip to d-league

New York Knicks rookie forward Cleanthony Early’s trip to the D-League was brief and successful.

Knicks President Phil Jackson announced this morning that the team recalled forward Early from the Westchester Knicks.

Early, 6-8, 220-pounds, made his D-League debut on Friday and Saturday nights, against the Sioux Falls Skyforce at the historic Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY, to average 18.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in 45.2 minutes. He was in uniform for today’s afternoon game versus the Los Angeles Lakers, though Knicks head coach Derek Fisher did not play him.

Knicks sign Lance Thomas for rest of season

Knicks sign Lance Thomas for remainder of season

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed forward Lance Thomas for the remainder of the season.

Thomas, 6-8, 225-pounds, is averaging 10.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists over 25.5 minutes in seven games (one start) with New York after signing the first of two 10-day contracts on Jan. 10.

Knicks sign Lou Amundson for remainder of season

Knicks sign Lou Amundson for remainder of season

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed forward Lou Amundson for the remainder of the season.

Amundson, 6-9, 225-pounds, is averaging 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over 22.9 minutes in seven games (six starts) with New York signing the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts on Jan. 10.

According to the New York Post, “After the Knicks waived him, the undrafted Amundson, 32, figured he’d be looking for his 11th NBA club. But team president Phil Jackson decided to re-sign him to a 10-day contract and then another. His performance has surprised everyone. “It’s great, especially the way my career has gone,’’ Amundson said. “I’m really thankful they gave me that opportunity to come here and show my worth. I’ve had a lot of hard work in my career over the years and not get that opportunity.’’

Knicks assign Cleanthony Early to D-League

The New York Knicks have assigned rookie forward Cleanthony Early to the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League.

Early, 6-8, 220-pounds, has had a limited role (and limited impact) for the Knicks in his first season as a pro. He is averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds over 14.3 minutes in 15 games for New York. The NBA rookie is expected to be in uniform tonight when Westchester hosts the Sioux Falls Skyforce at the historic Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY at 7 p.m.

The Knicks have a 9-38 record this season, which is the second worst winning percentage in the league through Thursday’s games. However, they have played better recently, beating a few other struggling teams.

Knicks sign Langston Galloway for rest of season

Knicks sign Langston Galloway for rest of season

The New York Knicks have signed guard Langston Galloway for the remainder of the season, President Phil Jackson announced. An expected move, since Galloway has been one of the team’s lone recent bright spots lately.

Galloway, 6-2, 200-pounds, is averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists over 28.0 minutes in eight games (four starts). He re-signed with the Knicks on Jan. 7, with the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts, becoming the NBA D-League Westchester Knicks’ first-ever Call-Up.

The Knicks have an 8-37 record, same as the Philadelphia 76ers, a slightly better winning percentage than the league-worst 7-37 Minnesota Timberwolves.

The National Basketball Association has announced that tonight’s Sacramento Kings at the New York Knicks game has been postponed due to expected severe weather conditions.

The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden. It will be the first contest of an eight-game road trip that has the Kings away from Sacramento for 13 days.

Knicks still managing health of Melo

Knicks still managing health of Melo

Here’s the New York Post reporting on the Knicks, who must continue to try to manage the knee health of star Carmelo Anthony:

Knicks still managing health of Melo

With the Knicks on the verge of a four-game winning streak and on the first anniversary of his 62-point scoring-record explosion against Charlotte at the Garden, Carmelo Anthony sat for a “recovery day’’ Saturday night as his teammates lost, 76-71, to the Hornets.

It was a preordained plan for Anthony to sit out the second night of a back-to-back, as the Knicks are in a busy stretch of their schedule. Anthony only has been back a week after going on a two-week sabbatical to rest his sore left knee. He played 42 minutes in Friday’s victory over the Magic, and coach Derek Fisher knew his All-Star would sit.

Anthony said earlier this week he wasn’t sure if he would play both ends of back-to-backs for now. Anthony has hinted he will play the All-Star Game at the Garden on Feb. 15, then re-evalaute things with the season all but lost. However, Anthony recently said he was in it for the long haul.

The play of Langston Galloway has bumped Pablo Prigioni to the far end of the bench. For now, at least. Stuff can change. Here’s the New York Post reporting:

Pablo Prigioni getting few minutes for Knicks lately

With the emergence of rookie guard Langston Galloway, veteran point guard Pablo Prigioni remained buried on the bench.

Prigioni did not play for the second straight game Wednesday during the Knicks’ 98-91 victory over the Sixers after not getting in against New Orleans Monday. This after playing just four minutes in Thursday’s game in London. He has one year and $1.7 million left on his pact, but only $300,000 is guaranteed. The Knicks could cut the 37-year-old Argentine without hurting their 2015 cap situation, or deal him to a playoff contender for a draft pick.

Nevertheless, Knicks coach Derek Fisher said Prigioni’s banishment is temporary.

Lance Thomas

The New York Knicks have signed forward Lance Thomas to a second 10-day contract, it was announced today by President Phil Jackson.

Thomas, 6-8, 225-pounds, has averaged 5.2 points and 3.4 rebounds over 20.4 minutes in 24 games (13 starts) with Oklahoma City and New York. In two games with the Knicks, he is averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds over 19.9 minutes.

At 6-36, the Knicks have the worst win-loss record in the NBA right now. They head to Philadelphia tonight to face the 76ers.

New York Knicks sign Lou Amundson to second 10-day contract

Knicks sign Lou Amundson to second 10-day contract

The New York Knicks have signed forward Lou Amundson to a second consecutive 10-day contract.

Amundson, 6-9, 225-pounds, has averaged 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds over 8.6 minutes in 14 games (one start) with Cleveland and New York this season. In two games with the Knicks, he is averaging 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds over 20.5 minutes.

At 6-36, the Knicks currently have the worst record in the NBA. They did enjoy a rare win yesterday, beating a short-handed New Orleans Pelicans team in Madison Square Garden. And another shot at victory comes tomorrow, as the team visits the 8-33 Sixers in Philadelphia.

The New York Knicks have signed guard Langston Galloway to a second consecutive 10-day contract, President Phil Jackson announced today.

Galloway, 6-2, 200-pounds, is averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds over 24.2 minutes in four games. He re-signed with the Knicks on Jan. 7, becoming the NBA D-League Westchester Knicks’ first-ever Call-Up.

At 5-36, the Knicks currently have the worst record in the NBA.

Knicks sign Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas to 10-day contracts

Knicks sign Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas to 10-day contracts

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed forwards Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas to 10-day contracts. Both players were originally acquired as part of a three-team deal on Jan. 5, but then waived on Jan. 7.

Amundson, 6-9, 225-pounds, scored 11 total points and grabbed 20 rebounds over 79 minutes in 12 games for Cleveland this season. The Boulder, CO-native, holds career averages of 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds over 12.4 minutes in 358 games over eight seasons with Utah, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Golden State, Indiana, Minnesota, Chicago, New Orleans and Cleveland.

Thomas, 6-8, 225-pounds, averaged 5.1 points and 3.4 rebounds over 20.5 minutes in 22 games (13 starts) for Oklahoma City this season. The Brooklyn, NY-native, holds career averages of 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds over 13.8 minutes in 128 games (32 starts) for New Orleans and Oklahoma City.

The New York Knicks signed guard Langston Galloway of the NBA Development League’s Westchester Knicks, to a 10-day contract today, President Phil Jackson announced. This marks Westchester’s first-ever Call-Up. Galloway, who was named as one of the franchise’s Affiliate Players after attending training camp with New York, is the league’s 14th overall NBA Development League Call-Up this season.

Galloway, 6-2, 200-pounds, averaged 16.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.68 steals over 36.8 minutes in 19 games (all starts) for Westchester this season. The Baton Rouge, LA-native, was originally signed by New York on Sep. 9 and waived on Oct. 25, following four seasons at Saint Joseph’s University.

The New York Knicks have waived forwards Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas and center Alex Kirk, President Phil Jackson announced. All three players were acquired as part of a three-team trade on January 5, 2015.

After a season of struggle that has led to a lot of losing, the Knicks appear to be in full rebuild mode, parting ways with Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith. The question is if Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani or even Carmelo Anthony will remain on the roster. It’s likely that the team will keep Melo, while attempting to say goodbye to almost anybody else who makes more than a minimum salary.

The New York Knicks are rebuilding, and have suffered lots of injuries all season, and were short-handed yesterday as a trade was being finalized. Still, the team wasn’t expected to lose quite like this. Here’s the New York Post reporting:

At 5-32, Knicks have worst record in NBA

The Knicks finally hit bottom.

Derek Fisher’s Knicks made ignominious history Monday and finally fell to the basement of the NBA, even below the 76ers.

In the wake of Phil Jackson gutting the roster, the Knicks dressed nine players and fell 105-83 to the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum to drop to 5-32.

The Knicks’ loss and Sixers’ victory over Cleveland put the Knicks below Philadelphia with the worst winning percentage in the league (.135), while tying a franchise record with their 12th consecutive loss. The 1984-85 team starring Ken “Animal’’ Bannister also lost 12 games in a row.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired guards Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith from the New York Knicks and a protected 2015 first round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder. In exchange, the Cavs will send guard Dion Waiters to the Thunder, and Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and its own 2019 second round pick to the Knicks. New York will also receive forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City.

In addition, Knicks center Samuel Dalembert has been waived.

“As our journey moves through this season, we will search for the type of players that fit the style we hope to exhibit for our fans. Our desire is to improve our ability to compete,” Knicks President Phil Jackson said. “In addition, these transactions improve our flexibility to the current roster and the salary cap for future seasons.”

“We wish Dion the best as he continues his career with the Thunder and thank him for his effort and work here with the Cavaliers. Dion is a talented player with potential ahead of him. Trades like this are always difficult to make because there are relationships and bonds built and that was the case with Dion,” said Cavaliers general manager David Griffin. “At the same time, we’re very excited to welcome Iman and J.R. to Cleveland. With their size and versatility, we think both Iman and J.R. can help our team on both ends of the court and we look forward to them joining us.”

Currently in his fourth NBA season, Shumpert has appeared in 202 games (162 starts) with the Knicks, averaging 7.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 26.2 minutes per game. The 6-5 guard has ranked among the NBA’s Top 20 in steals-to-turnover ratio in two of his three pro seasons (15th with 0.91 in 2011-12; fifth with 1.16 in 2013-14). He holds a .348 career three-point percentage and was an All-Rookie First Team selection in 2012. This season, Shumpert is averaging 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 26.0 minutes over 24 contests (all starts).

Smith, an 11-year veteran, has played in 716 career games (173 starts) with averages of 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26.1 minutes for New Orleans, Denver and New York. The 6-6 guard is also a career .370 shooter from the three-point line and .736 from the charity stripe. He has made at least 100 three-pointers in seven of the last eight seasons and was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year following the 2012-13 season. This season, Smith is averaging 10.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 25.8 minutes through 24 games (six starts) with New York.

The pick from Oklahoma City is protected 1-18 in 2015 and 1-15 in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Should the pick not convey during this period, the Thunder would send the Cavaliers its second round draft picks in 2018 and 2019.

“Dion Waiters is a player that we’ve tracked and liked since his time at Syracuse, in the NBA, and with USA Basketball. Dion provides another proven scorer that positively impacts our roster and adds depth and flexibility,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. “We have a lot of respect for his toughness and competitiveness, and believe that he is a physical playmaker who will enhance the versatility of our team. We are excited to welcome Dion to Oklahoma City and the Thunder organization.”

Waiters was originally drafted by the Cavaliers with the fourth overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. In 164 games (75 starts) in three seasons with the Cavs, Waiters averaged 14.3 points on .420 shooting from the field, including .328 from beyond the arc, 2.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steal in 28.1 minutes per game. He was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 2013. Through 33 games (three starts) this season, the 6-4 guard is averaging 10.5 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 23.8 minutes per game.

Kirk, an undrafted rookie out of New Mexico, originally signed as a free agent by the Cavaliers on August 11 and played in five contests for Cleveland in 2014-15. Amundson, who was part of the 2014 Cavs training camp and preseason roster, appeared in 12 games for the Cavs this season.

Carmelo Anthony dealing with sore knee

Here’s the New York Post reporting on the 5-28 Knicks, whose star Carmelo Anthony is dealing with an issue of his own:

Carmelo Anthony dealing with sore knee

The Knicks are well on pace to finish with the worst record in franchise history, and it’s looking more and more as if Carmelo Anthony won’t make it to the finish line.

Anthony did not finish Sunday’s 101-79 blowout loss to the Trail Blazers, pulled at halftime by coach Derek Fisher after Anthony’s sore left knee acted up late in the second quarter.

Anthony stayed in the locker room and it hardly mattered as the Knicks were blown out from start to finish at the Moda Center. The Knicks fell to 5-28, losers of eight straight and 18 of 19 games.

Anthony would have sat out the game entirely after playing 45 minutes Saturday night had the club not been decimated by injuries. He played, and shot 5-of-14 for 13 points in the first half before Fisher pulled the plug on Anthony, who said his leg felt “heavy and weak.’’

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