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Jason Kidd Retires from the NBA

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Jason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA earlier today June 3, 2013. Kidd said, “My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years.”

Kidd played in the NBA for 19 seasons and just turned 40 years old this past March. Kidd just finished his first season with the New York Knicks who made it to the second round in the playoffs where they were beat by the Indiana Pacers 4-2.

During his career Kidd played for four teams including the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, and the New York Knicks. Jason Kidd said, “As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the N.B.A., I look back fondly at every season and thank each and every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.” Kidd ends his career with 1 NBA title in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks and 2 Team USA Olympic gold medals. Kidd had an average of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals a game. But overall Kidd wants to be remembered as a winner; “No matter what percentage, no matter what my numbers say in the sense of points, assists, rebounds and steals, it’s always been about winning. And it will always be about winning … making my teammates better.” And that is just how many will remember Jason_Kidd_pointguardJason Kidd as he is predicted to eventually have his name added to the Hall of Fame. Ohm Youngmisuk wrote on ESPNNewYork.com, “Kidd leaves the game as a sure-fire Hall of Fame point guard.”

Jason Kidd was a phenomenal point guard in the NBA, and one I have had the pleasure of seeing play many times. Kidd was the best at knowing where his teammates were at all times or where they would be and could get them the ball. Kidd had a way of making his assists look effortless.  Kidd was loved and respected by fans, coaches, and teammates. Head coach of the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson said, “Jason provided an incredible voice inside our locker room and I considered it an honor to say I coached him.” Also some tweets that have already gone out to congratulate Jason Kidd include:

James White @flight8, “Man it was just a honor to be in the same locker room as . One of the best to ever lace them up And a great guy.”

Kevin Durant @KDTrey5, “Congrats on a wonderful career JKidd..it was a honor playing against you after watching you dominate as a kid! Enjoy your retirement.”

Baron Davis @Baron_Davis, “ one of the great players of our time. Always tried to pattern my game after him. .”

Congratulations to Jason Kidd for a great career. I wish him the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life.

Resources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/04/sports/basketball/jason-kidd-announces-retirement-from-nba.html?_r=0

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/9337625/jason-kidd-new-york-knicks-retiring-19-nba-seasons

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J.R. Smith’s 2nd Buzzer Beater of the Month

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The New York Knicks played the Phoenix Suns last night in Phoenix. Since Nash left to join the Lakers during the off-season the Suns just have not been the same. Before last night’s game the Suns record was 11-17, so this should have been a pretty easy win for the 20-8 Knicks. Then came the news that two of the Knicks starting players, Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton would not be playing in the game. Anthony was out with a hyper-extended left knee and Felton out with a fractured right pinkie finger.

Last night the Knicks starting five were Tyson Chandler (12.6), Jason Kidd (8.1), Ronnie Brewer (5.2), Kurt Thomas (2.2), and James White (1.6). All together the starting five have an average of 29.7 points per game; only about one more point than Anthony’s average of 28.5 ppg. Maybe this game would not be as easy of a win as it should have been.

For most of the game the Knicks kept a good lead, 54-44 at the half and 68-54 with 7:13 left in the third. After that the Suns took over the lead with a 20-4 run. With only 34.5 seconds left in the game the Suns were up 97-95. Then with 10.6 seconds left J.R. Smith made a fade away that tied up the score 97-97. The Suns next possession resulted in a turnover when Sebastian Telfair stepped out-of-bounds with only one second left in the game. After the Knicks 20-second timeout J.R. Smith walked onto the court preparing himself. Smith said, “I was like you’re going to make it! You’re going to make it!”

Jason Kidd had the ball looking for an open teammate to pass the ball to and Smith was that guy. Kidd said, “We looked at each other and he knew he was going to get the ball.” Smith caught the pass and took the last shot of the game. As the ball left his hands it soared in the air to the basket, the buzzer went off, and then the ball went in. A dramatic game winning shot that was very exciting to watch. The Knicks won the game 99-97 thanks to J.R. Smith.
This December has been pretty exciting for J.R. Smith since this was J.R. Smith’s second buzzer beater this month. The first came in the Knicks game against the Bobcats in pretty much the same location on the court. J.R. Smith is doing his part on the court and has proven to be someone the organization and his teammates can count on. The 21-8 Knicks have been a pretty exciting team to watch this season. They are playing well together and, as seen in last night’s game, seem to have all the right backups when unexpected injuries happen. I would not be surprised to see the Knicks make it far this year in the playoffs.

Resources:

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=400278141

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8782994

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/smith-nails-buzzer-beater-knicks-top-suns-article-1.1227975

http://www.nba.com/standings/team_record_comparison/conferenceNew_Std_Cnf.htm

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Kicks and Woodson Work on Finalizing Contract

Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks are currently in the process of creating a multiyear contract for Woodson to remain the Knicks head coach. It is believed that this contract should be finalized by the end of this week, possibly even tomorrow.

Last summer, 2011, the Knicks hired Mike Woodson to be the assistant head coach, and on March 14, 2012 Woodson took over as a temporary head coach when Mike D’Antoni stepped down from the position. With Woodson in charge the team greatly increased their wins as well as their chemistry. Mike Woodson coached the team to an 18-6 record (18 wins and 6 loses) from March 14, 2012 to April 26, 2012. The New York Knicks finished the regular season in 7th place in the Eastern Conference and entered the 2011-2012 Playoffs to play the Miami Heat in the first round. On May 6, 2012 the Knicks ended their 13-game postseason losing streak by beating the Heat in game 4, 89-87. Unfortunately, that was the only win the Knicks had and did not advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Knicks organization is very pleased with the job Woodson has done with the team. General Manager and Woodson’s good friend, Glen Grunwald said, “Woody’s done a fantastic job. I can’t give him enough credit for the job he’s done since he’s been here.” Grunwald later added, “Normal coaching changes don’t result in such a dramatic improvement in a team’s performance so I think that speaks very well of him.”

Not only has Woodson impressed the Knicks staff but he has build relationships with the players as well. Many of the players are looking forward to Woodson remaining head coach with a multiyear contract. His main supporters are Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, and Jeremy Lin. When asked about Woodson, Anthony said, “I’m hopeful he’s back. There’s no need to try to change it up now. I’m a big believer in sticking with what you have.”

In my opinion, the New York Knicks are making the right decision by keeping Mike Woodson as head coach. It is important to have a coach that has the respect of the players and the staff, and can work well with everyone. Woodson has already done great things with the Knicks in just a short amount of time and deserves this contract. I am interested to see how many years his contract will be and for how much.

Update: On Friday May 25, 2012 the New York Knicks and Woodson agreed upon a multiyear deal and it is done. Mike Woodson remains head coach of the New York Knicks for 2 more years with the 3rd year optional. Coach Woodson said, “I’m very humbled and honored to continue coaching the franchise where I started my NBA career. Our goal is to build off the success we had at the end of last season and to continue our quest of bringing an NBA championship to Madison Square Garden.”

Resources:

http://www.nba.com/knicks/schedule/

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7959712/new-york-knicks-mike-woodson-verge-deal-sources-say

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/story/2012-05-22/New-York-Knicks-Mike-Woodson/55139920/1

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7972933/new-york-knicks-remove-mike-woodson-interim-tag-sign-coach-multiyear-extension

 

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Tyson Chandler 2011-2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year

On Wednesday May 2, 2012 Tyson Chandler was named the 2011-2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year from the KIA Performance Awards. A well deserved honor, if you ask me. Tyson Chandler is a beast in the paint, a team player, and so much fun to watch play. Last year Chandler played with the Dallas Mavericks when they won their first Championship. Over the summer he became a free agent and signed with the New York Knicks. From last season to this season Tyson Chandler has made a HUGE impact on the New York Knick’s Defense. In the 2010-2011 season the Knicks were ranked 21st in defense efficiency (how well the defense of a team causes their opponents to miss their shots, and or causes turnovers), this season they are ranked 5th. That is a big jump. The Knicks not only increased in defense efficiency but also moved up in opponent field goal percentage (how well a team keeps their opponents from scoring their normal amount of points at field goal range) from 26th to 10th, and opponent points in the paint (how well a team keeps their opponents from making points in the paint) from 28th to 8th. Chandler also grabbed 22.1 percent of the defensive rebounds while he  was on the floor. Tyson Chandler has fought hard to earn this award, and he deserves it. He is the first New York Knicks to ever receive this award. Well done Tyson Chandler! Congratulations!

Resources:

http://www.nba.com/2012/news/05/02/dpoy-release/?ls=iref:nbahpt2

http://www.nba.com/awards/2012/

http://search.espn.go.com/tyson-chandler-defensive-player-of-the-year/

http://www.nba.com/video/channels/award_nominees/2012/05/02/20120502_NYK_Def_Award_Chandler_intv.nba/index.html

http://basketball.about.com/od/collegebasketballglossary/g/Defensive-Efficiency.htm

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NY Knicks Get New Coach

The New York Knicks have a new head coach.

Mike Woodson (right) & Mike D'Antoni (left)

Mike D’Antoni resigned as head coach of the Knicks Wednesday March 14, 2012. Many believe Mike was not doing a great job at making Carmelo Anthonio play to the best of his ability, but the general manager for the Knicks, Glen Grunwald said, “I think it was our whole team not playing up to where we thought they could be and I know Mike was as frustrated as anyone about that and that’s what led him to that decision, that maybe there needs to be a new approach and look at it.” Mike believed that him leaving would be best for the team.The New York Knicks started this season with the thought of being one of the best teams. The Knicks felt they had a great team with two superstars, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler who was a champion this past season, and a few other great players like Baron Davis; but they were wrong. The team started the season off struggling with a losing record of 9 wins and 15 loses (9-15) before Carmelo Anthony went out with an injury. While he was hurt Lin got his time to shine as the point guard and took the team to 7 wins and 1 lose (7-1), turning the Knick’s record into 16-16. Then Carmelo returned and the team began to struggle again losing 8 of the next 10 games. The record was then 18-24.

Just before Mike resigned there were rumors going around that Carmelo Anthony was looking to be traded. Many fans and media began to believe that Carmelo had something against the coach and wanted to be traded, but Carmelo said, “I don’t know where that came from. I’m tired of hearing it. It came out this morning from I guess an anonymous source. I’m tired of anonymous sources.” People were also saying that Carmelo did not like the way coach Mike D’Antoni did things, but Anthony said, “I support Mike 100 percent regardless of what is going on, as far as us losing basketball games.” Anthony continued, “We all need each other right now and this is the best time to come together and stick with one another. … There’s a lot of things being said out there about Mike, about myself, and it’s just a bunch of nonsense right now. So we’ve got to stick together. We’re not going to do it without one another.”

Then after Wednesday morning’s shoot around came the surprising news of Mike D’Antoni’s decision. The organization quickly found assistant Mike Woodson to take the job. Mike Woodson used to be the coach of the Atlanta Hawks and was hired over the summer as one of the assistant coaches for the Knicks. He stepped right up and took control. That night the Knicks had to play the Portland Trailblazors, whose record at the time was 20-22, which was only a little better than the Knicks record. Woodson coached the team to a 121-79 win. A very high scoring game for the Knicks, who also kept the opposing team to a lower score which means they probably played pretty good defense. This job is only temporary for Coach Woodson. At the end of the season he will be evaluated and the Knicks organization will make the decision to keep him as head coach or go in a different direction.

Update: Knicks have won three more games, two against the Indiana Pacers and one against the Toranto Raptors. Coach Woodson’s record with the New York Knicks is now 4-0. It looks like the Knicks new coach, Mike Woodson is doing great with the team. The Knicks are finally starting to look like the team people thought they would be.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/7686638/new-york-knicks-coach-mike-dantoni-resigns

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7685755/new-york-knicks-carmelo-anthony-denies-desire-trade-rift-coach

http://www.nba.com/knicks/schedule/

http://espn.go.com/nba/coaches/_/id/75/mike-woodson

http://www.nba.com/blazers/schedule/

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Jeremy Lin – “Lin-sanity”

Jeremy Lin on the New York Knicks has been the biggest story in the NBA this past week. The young 23 year-old’s story is a remarkable one, and who knows where it will go from here.

Jeremy Lin is Taiwanese-American and was the captain of his team at Palo Alto High School in California, as well as the editor for his high school’s newspaper. He graduated high school with a 4.2 GPA.

When he was not offered an athletic scholarship he decided to go to Harvard. In the four years he was there he played  in 115 games for Harvard’s basketball team and started 87 of them.  Not only is he a good basketball player, but he has the brains as well. He graduated Harvard with a degree in Economics.

After graduation he was not drafted by any NBA teams, but on July 21, 2010 he signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors. During the 2010-2011 season he played in 29 games with a total of 284 minutes averaging about 9.8 minutes a game, and made a total of 76 points. But he spent most of his time playing on their developmental league (D-League). Then in December after the lockout ended he was let go. The Houston Rockets picked him up but also cut him shortly after. Finally he was picked up by the New York Knickerbockers (Knicks). During this 2011-2012 season he has spent most of his time sitting on the bench or playing in their D-League until this past week.

On Monday morning February 6, 2011 Amare Stoudemire received news of his brother’s death and rushed home to be with his family. That night New York had a game against Utah where Carmelo Anthony received a groin injury with about 6 minutes left to play in the first quarter. The New York Knicks have really been struggling to live up to the expectations everyone had for them with these two superstars on the team. Before Monday night’s game their record was 9 wins and 15 loses (9 – 15), a losing record that no one expected. Now the two superstars were going to be out for a few games.

It was this night that Jeremy Lin finally got his big chance to show his team what he could really do. Jeremy Lin played a total of 45 minutes and made 28 points. He also got 2 rebounds, made 8 assists, got 2 steals, and most importantly got a WIN for the Knicks over Utah. Since then the Knicks have played Washington, LA Lakers, and last night Minnesota. Jeremy played at least 36 minutes or more in each of these games and has pulled out wins for New York in all of them. With an impressive 4 wins in a row and Jeremy Lin in the game, the New York Knicks are now 12-15.

Jeremy Lin has really turned this team around. He is making assists, getting points, causing turn overs and really taking control in a non-selfish manner. Jeremy has great court vision, meaning that he has a talent of being able to see the court and tell who is open and get the ball to that player or find a path to get it in the basket himself. He is looking to be a great player and teammate. Jeremy has managed to bring up his teammates both on offense and defense.

But the real question is how will the team be when Amare and Carmelo return? Will these two players accept Lin and play with him, or will they step in and take away from Lin?

I believe that when Amare returns he will learn to play with Lin and will fit into this new team chemistry. I do not see that there will be any problems between the two and actually believe that Amare would make the team with Lin even better. Carmelo on the other hand I do see as a problem. Not only is Carmelo known as a scorer, but he is also known as a little bit of a selfish player as well. I do not see him being able to accept and play with Lin. If  these two players cannot co-exist the team may go back to the way they were before Lin, because Carmelo is the superstar and will get the majority of the minutes, but if they can the team may get even better and start to live up to what everyone expected the Knicks to be back in December. This will be interesting to watch.

UPDATE:  Amare Stoudemire returned to practice Monday February 13, 2012. Amare stated that while in Florida he continued to watch the games with his family and they all loved what Lin was doing for the team. Amare said “Lin is finding guys out there. He’s playing totally unselfish. He’s taking what the defense gives him. He’s studying, which is what you want from your point guard, a guy who wants to be that facilitator and get guys involved and get guys open shots. He’s passing the ball right on the numbers where guys can catch and shoot. That brings up high-percentage shooting.”   On Tuesday New York played Toronto, and on Wednesday they played Sacramento and now have added two more wins to their record.

UPDATE: Carmelo returned to the team February 20, 2012 for the game against the New Jersey Nets. The Nets played well but lost 92-100. Even though the Knicks lost it was clear that Carmelo was trying to play with Lin and the new team chemistry. Carmelo said, “My mindset was just to not try to come in and not do too much, try to fit in and try to play my game within the system.” Anthony said he wants to “play the way that they’ve been playing the last few weeks: passing the ball, finding the open man, making the right play.” This is good because Carmelo is telling people that he is open to play  with Jeremy Lin and be a part of the new team chemistry. Now fans will just have to continue to watch the Knicks play and see if this team turns out to be what they originally expected them to be.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/nba/player/gamelog/_/id/4299/jeremy-lin

http://www.who2.com/bio/jeremy-lin

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/jeremy_lin/bio.html

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Taiwanese-American-Baller-Scores-with-NBA-Fans–139084999.html

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7570963/new-york-knicks-forward-amare-stoudemire-returns-team

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7596909/new-york-knicks-lose-new-jersey-nets-carmelo-anthony-return

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