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Doesn’t it seem like the New York Knicks are trapped in a never ending “two steps forward, one step back” idiom? Every move they make toward a championship raises another question mark.
The Knicks officially have a playing time issue on their hands. Still desperate to make some noise after the Nets’ blockbuster trade, New York inked the forward formerly known as Ron Artest to a two-year deal.
World Peace, 33, can still defend multiple positions and knock down 3′s, but his 12.5 Player Efficiency Rating last year was the fourth lowest of his career.
The Knicks front court is turning into a hodgepodge of talented, unproductive and mostly overpaid veterans, each of whom wants more minutes than he’ll get. The Eye Test shows us they have one superstar, three bench players who used to be stars but still want to start, one under performing All-Star center, and one Kenyon Martin. Coach Mike Woodson will have it tough this season keeping everyone happy.
Who from that bench group will start? Bargnani’s outside game fits best in a Carmelo-heavy offense, but that pairing would leave the team vulnerable on defense. Melo would need to guard the opponent’s best forward, likely expending energy and affecting his ability to score.
Starting Stoudemire may invite similar problems. To his credit, STAT played well off the bench last year and embraced the role. Would he be willing to do it again? He came to New York expecting the be the man, but only enjoyed that distinction for half a season. He and Anthony claim they can play together, but have yet to prove it. If they can share the court, Bargnani and World Peace could boast their own potent combo in the second unit.
In either scenario, the Knicks starting line will score and allow points at an impressive rate.
The cure-all appears to be World Peace. He and Anthony are both big small forwards capable of defending 3′s and 4′s, so World Peace would always guard the better players. And in this configuration, the bench looks pretty intimidating. Stoudemire, Bargnani and Smith offer a lot of scoring and fancy dunks, although minutes and field goal attempts would be scarce. Former stars generally don’t like seeing someone else take away their shots.
(Photo Credit: Matt Slocum/AP)
Plus, not that it should factor in at all, that’s seriously a LOT of money — over $35MM — to spend on three bench players.
Front court depth may no longer be an issue for Mike Woodson and the Knicks, but if times get tough, player gripes may reach an all-time high.
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I guess it’s somewhat normal for extremely tall individuals tend to have incredibly skinny legs, but Knicks center Tyson Chandler’s gams look downright ridiculous to the point that you might think this picture is photoshopped, which, from all accounts, it’s not… It’s all well and good that Chandler’s upper body is looking quite chiseled and firm, but would it kill him...
Source: #Knicks and Kenyon Martin have reached an agreement.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 24, 2013
Kenyon Martin agrees to a deal to return to Knicks, his agent confirms.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 24, 2013
Great news out of NYC today. Kenyon Martin back in the orange and blue for the 13/14 season. NY was in need of a tough player in the...
The New York Knicks have re-signed veteran forward Kenyon Martin.
General manager Glen Grunwald announced the signing Thursday.
The 6-foot-9 Martin averaged 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over 23.9 minutes in 18 games (11 starts) with New York last season. In 12 playoff games, he averaged 5.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.42 blocks over 21.1 minutes.
Martin originally signed the first...
The man formerly known as Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace right before the start of the Lakers 2011 regular season.
Clevver News is reporting that World Peace is preparing to change his name again, as he begins his first season with his hometown New York Knicks.
“We are going to do do a name change, but I can’t tell you what it is,” World Peace told an interviewer...
Kenyon Martin will return to the Knicks his agent Andy Miller confirmed to The Post. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million.
Martin 35 joined the Knicks in late February and played 18 regular-season games averaging 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds. He was a big boon to their interior as the Knicks suffered from massive injury woes to their big men. But the power forward...
By Chris Connolly
As we proceed further into the offseason and the roster continues to take form for the Knicks, I think it’s time for returning players to take a long hard look in the mirror going into next season. The general core from the Knicks 54 win campaign will be returning for another run at a NBA title. While it is all well and good that they are returning, each player...
Kenyon Martin is returning to the Big Apple.
Martin, 35, has agreed to stay put with the New York Knicks, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. The terms of the deal have yet to be announced.
Free agent Kenyon Martin has reached an agreement to return to the New York Knicks, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 24, 2013
“The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks and currently under a $968 million renovation, has been given a 10 year notice to move from it’s Seventh Avenue location in NYC so Penn Station can be renewed.
According to the NY Times:
The New York City Council notified the arena that it has 10 years to vacate its 45-year-old premises and...
Metta World Peace is definitely no stranger to headlines, but it appears we may have to start calling him something else in them again soon.
World Peace, who recently signed a new deal with the Knicks, will apparently have a new name to go along, although he says he won’t change his name legally. Formerly known as Ron Artest, he changed his name to Metta World Peace in September...
While we here at TNLP debate the authenticity (photoshopped?) of this photo of New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, if the image is untouched, then Tyson has some skinny legs.
We talkin’ Joe Montana legs….
Tyson Chandler’s skinny legs [Reddit NBA]
Breathe easy Knicks fans. Carmelo Anthony isn't going anywhere. At least for now. However, if you are a Lakers fan or a Heat fan this bit of news may bum you out.
Anthony is set to be a free agent after next season, if he does not exercise his player option for the 2014-15 season, and if Lakers nation had any hopes of him moving back to the Western Conference or if LeBron has...
It’s well known that the Lakers are targeting the summer of 2014 and its vaunted free agent class to jump back into serious title contention. However, you can probably take one of the team’s likely top targets off of the board.
TMZ’s cameras caught up with Carmelo Anthony leaving a Hollywood spot earlier this week, and flatly asked the Knicks forward if he sees himself wearing...
Kenyon Martin has agreed to re-sign with the New York Knicks.
Martin played last season with the Knicks after splitting the lockout-shortened season in China and with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Martin will make $1.4 million, the veteran's minimum.
After word spread around the Internet that Metta World Peace might be changing his name again ahead of playing for the Knicks next season, the former St. John's star — where he was known as Ron Artest — took to his Twitter account to squash the idea.
“Don’t believe anyone who said I’m changing my name again,” World Peace tweeted. “I am letting fans give...
Carmelo Anthony addresses rumors of joining the L.A. Lakers in 2014
and teaming up with LeBron James.