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NiuBBall: JR Smith’s former CBA team has replaced him with Quincy Douby.  This probably doesn’t interest you now, but you’ll chuckle this spring when I tell you how much better they got (you may recall that Smith’s team failed to make the playoffs, something that’s never happened to a Douby-led squad).  Fun Fact: Douby set a CBA Finals record when he scored 53 points in a game in 2011.

Pro Basketball Talk: Speaking of JR Smith and his favorite nation, he says he’d actually be happy to make a return to the CBA someday, possibly in the twilight of his career.  Foolishly, JR seems to assume the Chinese would allow he and his family back in their country.

NBA.COM: It’s amnesty season and NBA teams are hitting the clearance rack.  While most will come away with minor pickups such as Brendan Haywood, who has been claimed by the Charlotte Bobcats, the Phoenix Suns have discovered a real bargain: Luis Scola.  While the complete rebuild of their roster will take time, I like what the Suns have done thus far (signed Dragic & Beasley, took a shot at Eric Gordon).

Eye On Basketball: Jason Kidd sucks at driving—both to the basket and his vehicle—especially when he’s drunk.  Maybe he felt like he wasn’t truly a New York Knick until he went and did something stupid.  Or maybe he’s just an alcoholic.

Posting And Toasting: A summary of most of the news/rumors pertaining to the current Jeremy Lin/Raymond Felton situation.  My thoughts?  First of all, I find it hilarious that the Knicks have sent a 2016 pick to Portland.  I’m figuring that’s because they’ve already given them all away through 2015.  Secondly, assuming Raymond Felton will get his ass back in shape, Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric for Kurt Thomas and the aforementioned Ray Felton is a good trade for the Knicks.  Thirdly, the Rockets are stupid.  Jeremy Lin will not be worth 25 million f@cking dollars (at least not on the court), and I won’t blame the Knicks if they elect not to commit $15 million to an unproven commodity three years down the line.  I think Lin’s CEILING is solid to slightly-above-average starter, and I wouldn’t be totally surprised if his contract makes this Morey fellow regret his decision.

SLAM: And they aren’t about to overpay for Landry Fields, either.

ESPN: It’s an ESPN rumor, so take it with a grain of salt, but Ric Bucher is reporting that the T-Wolves have offered either Derrick Williams or as many as three first-round picks in a sign and trade for Nicolas Batum.  Unless David Kahn and Neil Olshey were working with a sh!tty cellular connection, causing “three first-round picks” to sound like “Darko Milicic,” then the Portland Trail Blazers are clearly being run by a group of chimpanzees.

Youtube: Team USA put on a scrimmage for the military last night.  In a nice display of sportsmanship Kevin Durant hooked LeBron up with a pretty sick alley-oop pass, which can be seen at the end of the video.

NESN: Thanks to Powerade, my new favorite sports drink, there is a billboard that congratulates LeBron James on his first NBA title just three miles from the TD Banknorth Garden.  I hope Powerade leaves this thing up for a while so that the boneheads who stand outside the stadium selling “LeBron is a b!tch” t-shirts will have to stare at it.

Yahoo!: Kobe says he’ll probably retire soon.  Are those capri pants?


Carmelo Anthony & JR Smith see problems with Jeremy Lin’s contract offer

It’s looking more and more likely that the Knicks won’t be matching the contract the Houston Rockets gave to Jeremy Lin. In light of comments made by Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith, for chemistry’s sake, it seems like that is probably not a bad thing. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Smith was extremely candid about [...]

Carmelo calls Lin contract 'ridiculous'

Carmelo Anthony strongly expressed his opinion regarding the contract the Rockets offered his teammate and added it's not up to him to decide whether the Knicks match it.

Knicks To Acquire Raymond Felton. Is Jeremy Lin Out Or in?

After being informed the Rockets' poison pill (re: Jeremy Lin) became that much more deadly with the altered terms, the Knicks took to the phones. Working feverishly to seek out other potential alternatives, the team didn't have to look very far. With that, a former Knick and rumored offseason target will be returning to the Big Apple.The Knicks agreed to a sign & trade...

Greed, backstabbing and miscommunication made Jeremy Lin a Houston Rocket

In a stunning development, sources report that the New York Knicks have decided not to match the offer sheet the Houston Rockets presented to Jeremy Lin for $25 million over three years. To soften the departure of Lin, the Knicks … Continue reading →

With rumors swirling that Knicks will let Jeremy Lin walk, Lin reportedly wants to return to the Knicks

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, this whole free agency thing has gotten out of hand for Jeremy Lin. We’ve touched on how Lin still has some growing to do when it comes to the business side of the NBA. And his handling of his free agency continues to prove it. In an attempt to get the most lucrative contract he could, Lin signed an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets...

Knicks fans petition to keep Jeremy Lin in New York

With news breaking that Raymond Felton was coming back to New York and the team did not have plans on matching Houston’s offer sheet to Jeremy Lin, fans everywhere are surprised. And apparently, some Knicks fans are not happy. At all. Fans have started a petition to Knicks management to keep Jeremy Lin in town. The Harvard graduate was an instant fan favorite, as he was a huge...

Knicks fan create petition to keep Jeremy Lin in New York

This NBA offseason so far has created more questions than actual answers in the Jeremy Lin saga but soon we will find out his NBA playing destination.Currently, it looks like that he will be a member of the Houston Rockets since it believed that the Knicks are unlikely to match Houston's offer sheet for Lin.As you may figure, some Knicks fans aren't exactly pleased with this...

Knicks prepared to let Lin walk?

Raymond Felton is returning to New York, calling into question whether the Knicks plan to re-sign fellow point guard Jeremy Lin. Felton's agent confirmed a Yahoo Sports report Saturday that Felton would be signed and traded by Portland to New York. Lin has signed an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, and the Knicks have repeatedly said they would match any offer for their...

J.R. Smith Says Lin Contract Would “Without A Doubt” Cause Issues In Locker Room

  While Mike Woodson keeps tight lipped, J.R. Smith opened up to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated today while in Vegas about the Jeremy Lin contract saga: “I’m sure the city would love to have him back, but the team decided to go in a different direction. It’s nothing personal, I don’t think, just business. We just hope everybody can benefit from here.”   Smith did not...

Rockets GM feeling heat from Lin deal

HOUSTON If the general manager of the Houston Rockets were in public office, Daryl Morey would be in big trouble this election cycle. Approval ratings would be way down. And it probably wouldnt even matter whom he was running against. Are you better off now than you were even one year ago? Morey's opponent might say. No. One year ago you had Goran Dragic. Now you have Zoran...

Knicks Getting Into New York State of Mind With New Group

With the trade to bring former Knicks Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas back to New York now official, hope that the team will match Jeremy Lin's offer sheet with the Rockets continues to fade.Losing Lin would be devastating, to say the least. His impact and value both on and off the court makes him a key potential piece to the puzzle moving forward. Whether he played alongside...

Fiddlin' & Diddlin' - Daily Links 7/16

Herald  Celtics newbies adjust to NBA game Christmas spirit spreads to Vegas Knicks’ Kidd in hot water; Lin is in limbo; Carmelo chimes in Ray Allen becomes latest to choose shot at rings over money U.S. men’s basketball team in shadow of 1992 team Timberwolves make $45.5-million offer to Nicolas Batum Heat’s Chris Bosh expects role to change with new acquisitions Dwight...

Knicks try to deal with Lin contract talk and Kidd's DWI arrest

The New York Knicks troubles continued as the team decides if Jeremy Lin is worth $58.3 million in 2014-15. The New York Post reports that if the Knicks matched the Rockets offer sheet for Lin, owner James Dolan could pay the $58.3 million because of the new CBA's luxury-tax penalties. The Knicks seem to have decided to pair Jason Kidd with a cheaper point-guard in Raymond Felton...

Carmelo Anthony Explains “Ridiculous” Comment

Carmelo Anthony had the media in a frenzy today when word of his unclear “ridiculous” comment, in reference to Jeremy Lin’s contract offer from Houston, spread like wildfire. Before Team USA’s practice at George Washington University yesterday, Carmelo Anthony was asked about teammate, Jeremy Lin’s offer sheet from the Houston Rockets. He said what was on his mind, but...
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