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Forget the fact that Nate Robinson was Knick at one point in his career; forget the fact that he played himself out of town with his immature game. Try to remember the Nate of this past season that helped an injury depleted Bulls team in the playoffs. Nate Robinson showed all of us heart and soul for those 2 weeks during the playoffs. He is what the doctor ordered for the 13/14 Knicks roster. Here is why:
Need of a Back-Up PG: We all understand how bad the Knicks need a PG to back up Raymond Felton. PP’s status is unclear and New York can’t sit around and wait forever as players to drop off the board.
What He Brings: Nate can shoot more consistently than J.R. Smith (43% and 40% from downtown this year). He can run the point as a scoring guard, driving to the hole and either laying it in or dishing it off to the open players in the corners, as well as a solid mid-range game. His fire and intensity were put on display these past playoffs, compared to J.R.’s complete fall-off and crumbling under the pressure.This cannot be denied.
If Smith Leaves: Signing Nate will ease the blow of the departure of Smith. If J.R. decides to go for the money where does that leave the Knicks? Are they going to count on Shump to give them a consistent 18 points per game? That would be too much to ask so early in his career, not to say that he is not ready for the challenge, but to expect it is not fair to the team as well as Shumpert. Having Nate on this team kills two birds with one stone: fills the back-up PG spot with a push the ball oriented player who also can hit the jumper consistently, as well as a legit offensive option after Melo. If Smith leaves and Nate is not here, how do they find those the points?
If Smith Stays: Even if he stays, Smith has proven he cannot be a consistent player throughout the whole year, history has shown us that. If you add Nate, you are giving your team two players that can carry a team from time to time, as well as helping Melo in an offense that desperately needs points. If Nate is off one night then J.R. can contribute, if J.R. is off, then Nate can fill it up. Having both on the team is a positive, not a negative.
Still Re-Sign Pablo Prigioni: In either scenario, Pablo should be brought back to give the Knicks the stability of a pass first oriented point guard. Pablo has shown the Knicks that he can help with ball movement and stability, something that they lacked until his arrival. He should not be taken for granted.
In either case, if J.R. stays or he goes, adding Nate Robinson to this team is an asset. He can help with scoring, while giving you your back-up point guard that the Knicks so desperately need. He can fill in for J.R.’s departure or contribute along with J.R. as a potent 2-3 punch on the offensive end of the court. The taxpayer mini mid should be enough to entice Nate Robinson to come back to New York, a place he never wanted to leave.
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By Chris Connolly
The Knicks went into last season with a roster full of one-way specialists. While this strategy worked extremely well in spurts for the Knicks, the ramifications of such players came full circle in the playoffs. The amount of limited players on the Knicks team also made it difficult for Mike Woodson to set a rotation. Whether he was searching for offense or defense...
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose said he is still recovering from ACL surgery, and said he had to be selfish with his rehab, that’s why he missed the entire 2012-13 season. Rose gave an interview to Bulls TV that was posted on the team’s website Wednesday. “It was hard. One of
J.R. Smith and the New York Knicks have agreed on a four-year, $24.7 million contract, Smith's agent Leon Rose said Thursday morning.
The contract is the maximum salary that the Knicks could have offered Smith given the team's Early Bird exception.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks also showed interest.
Smith averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per...
The New York Knicks are continuing their search for perimeter help. Alex Kennedy of Hoop World is reporting that the Knicks are pursuing New York native Sebastian Telfair.
The Knicks continue to pursue Sebastian Telfair, according to sources. Not only did they reach out to his camp, they spoke to him directly.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 4, 2013
Telfair has never played...
Rip Hamilton will soon be an unrestricted free agent as the Bulls will unsurprisingly waive the veteran shooting guard before his $5 million contract becomes guaranteed. As part of the buyout, the Bulls will owe Hamilton $1 million.
Hamilton, who was injury plagued and missed 70 of the 148 games while with Chicago, averaged 9.8 points per game off the bench last season and drifted...
Free agent guard Pablo Prigioni has reached agreement on a three-year, $6 million contract to re-sign with the New York Knicks, league sources told RealGM.
Prigioni’s new deal with the Knicks allows him to earn $2 million per season and includes a team option in the third season, partially guaranteed, a source said.
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Derrick Rose largely stayed silent amid heavy criticism for sitting out the entire 2012-13 season. Now he's answering those critics, saying he had to be selfish with his rehab and is still going through stages of recovery nearly 14 months after ACL surgery.
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Backup center, 15-year veteran and Chicago native, Nazr Mohammed will re-sign with the Bulls on a 1-year veteran’s minimum deal.
According to CSN Chicago:
The 15-year NBA veteran, a graduate of Kenwood Academy in Hyde Park, Tweeted Tuesday morning that he will return to the Bulls next season, calling it “an easy decision.”
The widely-expected move won’t be official until...
Even if he was going to have to take a little less money, I just couldn’t imagine JR Smith not returning to the Knicks. Finally they locked him down. Breaking: The Knicks and J.R. Smith agree to a new deal, Smith's agent, Leon Rose, tells the Daily News. — Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 4, 2013
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Sebastian Telfair is a point guard from Brooklyn. He’s likely love to return to New York if he’s given the chance. With the Nets in Brooklyn, he could have the opportunity to play for his home town team. However, the New York Knicks have a bigger need at point guard. Could Telfair be the cost effective signing [...]
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The Bulls are rebuffing attempts by LaMarcus Aldridge's agency to bring the Portland Trail Blazers' star in a trade to Chicago, according to sources.
Aldridge shares the same agency as Derrick Rose.
The Bulls are unwilling to discuss a trade centering on Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler for Aldridge.
Aldridge denied last week that he requested a trade from the Blazers.
Veteran center Nazr Mohammed says he is staying with the Chicago Bulls.
Mohammed announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he will re-sign with his hometown team, saying it was ''an easy decision'' and he was looking forward to ''going to battle with a group of guys who never made excuses and just tried to find a way to win.''
Several media outlets also...
Marco Belinelli agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, according to sources.
Belinelli averaged 9.6 points for the Chicago Bulls last season.
The Spurs will be Belinelli's fifth NBA team in six seasons.
San Antonio still hopes to re-sign Gary Neal.