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Lenzelle Smith Jr. doesn't need a calendar to know when Ohio State's basketball season is drawing near.
After being around him for going on four years, Smith can just look at coach Thad Matta.
''You can tell when coach Matta is kind of falling back a little bit and is taking it easy,'' Smith said with a grin. ''And then you can tell when basketball season is coming around. Coach has a lot of juice, a lot of energy, he's ready to get things underway.''
This year, for a change, Matta doesn't have to introduce a bunch of newcomers to college-level hoops.
Having lost eight players early to the NBA draft in his nine seasons with the Buckeyes, the Ohio State coach is accustomed to acquainting first-year players to the college game while plugging holes left by premature departures.
Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten's leading scorer, surrendered his senior season last spring to be drafted in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs.
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Carmelo Anthony should focus on trying to get players to join him in New York, not creating uncertainty about whether he would leave.
That's the opinion of TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, who are disappointed by Anthony's desire to become a free agent after this season.
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By Max Marcilla
The countdown is coming to an end, as the Knicks open their season at home against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7:30. Before the NBA season tips off, I’ll leave Knick Nation with some questions about the team and my predictions.
Will The Knicks Key Players Stay Healthy?
Obviously, health is the key for any sport and any team, but when looking at the recent injury...
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The Knicks lost to the Bulls last night 82-81, but Woodson does not seem overly concerned as he tries to figure out his rotations. In the above video he hopes that Martin and Bargnani have patience with him as he tries to figure out how to best get them into the game for the benefit of the team.
At the end of the interview...
By Charles R. Trimble III
Rapper 50 Cent once wrote a song called “21 Questions”. This song basically questioned the devotion of a companion through good times and of course bad times, well in this case we have 21 questions Knicks fans are asking each other as the season opens:
1 - Will Stoudemire be healthy enough to play opening night after multiple knee surgeries?
2 - Will...