Hello again, Knicks fans! This is Neil Best reporting from downtown Phoenix, still on duty covering your very interesting 2012-13 squad.
First, a note from my usual beat, which is sports media: Tuesday's game against the Lakers did predictably boffo ratings numbers, with an average of 5.9 percent of homes in major markets having watched. That's ABC's best for that Christmas afternoon window... » more
Amar’e Stoudemire finally has a realistic target date for his season debut following knee surgery.
He said Jan. 1, 2013 is “a possibility.” It’s the first time Stoudemire has used a specific date. Of course, it depends on how his knee feels after some practices when the Knicks return home from this trip.
The way Stoudemire and Mike Woodson spoke last week about wanting to go through... » more
Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant were the brightest stars Christmas afternoon in Los Angeles, but it was the two guys that were missing the last time the Knicks and Lakers played who made a difference.
Steve Nash’s brilliance at point guard and Pau Gasol’s big plays late helped lift the Lakers over the Knicks, 100-94.
You knew once Nash came back from his left injury he would have an... » more
Greetings from behind the baseline at Staples Center, Newsday.com readers! Neil Best here filling in for Big Al out West this week.
Some quick notes from the coaches' pregame chats with the media:
Knicks coach Mike Woodson on Marcus Camby returning to rotation:
"He is going to play. We’re going to put him in there. We’re going to need him based on their bigs that they have... » more
Amar’e Stoudemire scrimmaged for the second time this week with the Erie BayHawks and soon will join the Knicks’ big club.
There is “no target date,” according to Stoudemire because he said needs time. But when he can play he expects to be the player he was when the signed for $100 million.
“When I’m healthy I feel like I’m back to my dominant self,” Stoudemire said.
For now, the... » more
Mike Woodson laid out at least part of the plan for Amar'e Stoudemire.
"This is a rest day for him," Woodson said. "Tomorrow will be another heavy day for him. That was the plan to go hard yesterday and take it easy today and tomorrow get back at it again and see how he feels after that."
Stoudemire will practice with the Knicks' D-League team, the Erie BayHawks again.... » more
Carmelo Anthony went through shootaround and will test his sprained left ankle before the game. Right now he’s a game-time decision against the Nets.
“He’s moving around pretty good so we’ll see,” Mike Woodson said. “He still hasn’t indicated that he’s going to play. So he’s going to wait. I think he’s going to come out and warm up and see how he feels.”
The Knicks won’t have Rasheed... » more
Mike Woodson admitted what had been known until the Rockets changed their original offer for Jeremy Lin.
“We wanted Jeremy back,” Woodson said before Monday’s game. “I made that publicly [known] back in the summer when we were going through the recruitment process. But things changed from a business standpoint and Jeremy decided to take the Houston deal.”
The Knicks actually decided... » more
Amar’e Stoudemire is getting closer to being cleared for practice. Mike Woodson said there might be an update after Monday night’s game against Jeremy Lin and the Rockets.
Woodson said Stoudemire still hasn’t been given the OK. But he wouldn’t rule out Stoudemire doing something Tuesday if the Knicks hold practice.
“We’ll see,” Woodson said. “We’ll know more tonight after the game.”
Stoudemire... » more
Jeremy Lin makes his MSG return tomorrow night with the Rockets in what should be another interesting night at the Garden.
Lin was tremendous last season, one of the greatest sports stories ever. But his departure led to feelings of anger, sadness, indifference and in some cases relief.
Right now, the Knicks look much better off for not matching the Rockets’ three-year, $25.1 million... » more