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Knicks Report 1/15: Off to England

by Bobby Gubin

Flickr | Scott Mecum

 

Let me start off by saying the Knicks did manage to end their 3-game skid by beating the Hornets 100-87 on Sunday. Yes, the defense came out flat in the first quarter. Yes, Amar’e Stoudemire is still not back to his old form. Yes, they are still having trouble at the point guard position with Raymond Felton out. And yes, Carmelo Anthony revealed he has been fasting. But with 3-days rest along the trip to London and another 3 on the way back, I believe this mini-vacation over the Atlantic is just what the doctor ordered.

As We Enter 2013, Kobe and Jeter Remain Forever Young

by Steve Simineri

theorange.co, flickr||njnetfan

It’s a rare and happy thing to grow great and old in your craft. It’s a gift, an achievement, and a testament to one’s hard work and unique skillset. However, we tend to overlook sustained greatness across the years, and mistake it for something mundane. But genius that repeats and repeats over the long haul is the rarest gift in the world.

One on One Talks Nets Basketball with The New York Times’ Howard Beck

by Nolan Silbernagel

Steve Mitchell/ USA Today Sports

 

Nolan Silbernagel and Mike Valdetara ask Howard Beck whether the firing of Brooklyn’s Head Coach Avery Johnson was justified or premature.  They also talk about what possible replacement coaches could be, and if there is any chance the Nets land Phil Jackson.

They also talk about whether the preseason goals of Brooklyn were too unrealistic and if there was too much hype around this team after their hot start.

Click on the plug-in links below to listen.

Antsy Nets Axe Avery Johnson

by Julian Atienza

AP || Yahoo! Sports

Mikhail Prokhorov and the rest of Brooklyn Nets ownership fired Head Coach Avery Johnson early this morning on the heels of blowout losses to the Celtics on Christmas day and the Bucks last night. During his press conference this afternoon, General Manager Billy King said: “I just thought he [Avery Johnson] wasn’t able to get through to the players… somehow it just wasn’t translating to the players on the floor, for whatever reason.”

Merry Knickmas

by Steve Simineri

Mack Rosenberg

On Christmas morning, kids all over the world will wake up early to find their new iPad, videogames, or toys left for them under the tree. That same morning Knick fans will not only awake to some new gifts, but also a new and improved Knick team.

One on One talks Winter Meetings and Nets

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Flickr / BaseballBacks

Saturday during One on One, Amit and I had the distinct opportunity to speak with Yahoo Sports National Baseball writer Jeff Passan about the Winter Meetings that took place last week. We talked about the logistics of the what goes on in the hotel complex, inquired about the outfield market, and got the latest word on the Mets and Yankees. (This was taped just before Zack Greinke signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers).

Knicks Have Come a Long Way Since May

by Steve Simineri

Matthew Emmons- US Presswire

"I can't even remember last year to be honest," Carmelo Anthony said in front of his locker on Sunday when asked about what’s different this year. Well, let me remind everyone as I take you back to May.

The final horn sounded, and LeBron James wrapped his arms around Anthony in a warm embrace. Despite their head-to-head scoring matchup being even at 139 points apiece, the Knicks season ended and Miami moved on to eventually win the Championship.

Dan Lauria: From Lombardi to Red Ryder

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Joan Marcus/ Carol Rosegg

Most people know Dan Lauria as the father in the iconic family drama “The Wonder Years,” the Fred Savage star vehicle. More recently, though, especially for New Yorkers as Dan mentions in our interview, he is now recognized quite handily as Vince Lombardi, for his portrayal in the Broadway hit two years ago.

New York City Back in a Basketball State of Mind

by Steve Simineri

Bruce Damonte

For what seems like forever now, New York City has been called a basketball town. But, that really hasn’t been the feeling around these parts for quite some time now. The Yankees own the hearts of most of the city, with seventeen postseason appearances during the last 18 seasons and 5 Championships.

The Nets Draw First Blood

by Kenny Ducey

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The atmosphere at 620 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn was nothing like anyone had seen before. The Nets were cheered in their home arena, Knicks fans were drowned out, and Carmelo Anthony was showered in boos just 3 miles from where he was born. It wasn’t something unique and isolated in history; rather, something new.

A rivalry? Deron Williams tried to downplay the hype. “It’s one game, it was a good win for us…we can’t just be excited like we just won a championship. We didn’t win the championship of New York.”